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Things to Do in Lincoln Park and Old Town: Thanksgiving Edition

By Emily Morris | November 27, 2013 7:21am
 Lincoln Park Zoo will turn on its annual holiday lights on Friday, the same day it debuts its seasonal ice skating rink. Here, visitors check out the zoo's lights during the 2012 season.
Lincoln Park Zoo will turn on its annual holiday lights on Friday, the same day it debuts its seasonal ice skating rink. Here, visitors check out the zoo's lights during the 2012 season.
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CHICAGO — We've rounded up some ideas for holiday-themed events to check out in Lincoln Park and Old Town from Black Wednesday through Sunday.


For Black Wednesday, Lincoln Park offers plenty of options to celebrate, if you're so inclined, the merry tradition of getting exceedingly intoxicated before the relatives come over for Thanksgiving.

Turkey Trolley Trot at multiple bar locations from 8-11 p.m.

Trolley rides will be provided for a crawl that includes McGee's, Durkin's, Duffy's and Redmond's (patrons can start the night at any of them). A meal package will include a food buffet at each bar, domestic drafts and "pilgrim punch." Tickets are $30 at the door if you don't catch presale tickets at $25.

Black Wednesday at John Barleycorn, 658 W. Belden Ave., DJ starts at 10 p.m.

John Barleycorn in Lincoln Park will offer $5 Jameson shots, $5 Fireball shots, $5 4 Rebels Dragonbombs, $4 well cocktails, $4 domestic bottles. DJs will spin music from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. There's no cover for the evening.


It's Thanksgiving! Eat everything in sight. If you're looking for things to do, movies like Disney's animated "Frozen" or Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" playing at Regal Webster Place 11 might please family members of all ages (and provide a few hours of non-bickering).


Ice Skating and Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo, noon-9 p.m.

Possibly one of the best upshots to winter drawing closer is the opening of local ice rinks, giving Chicagoans everywhere the opportunity to flail and fall around as they attempt to skate. The day after Thanksgiving, Lincoln Park Zoo offers ice skating for the first time at the Farm-in-the-Zoo. The ice rink will be open from noon to 9 p.m. daily (except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Admission is $5 and skate rental is $5.

The Zoo's annual holiday lights will also be flipped on about 5 p.m.


Green Metropolis Holiday Fair at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The museum and Green Parents Network host a holiday shopping event with local, fair trade businesses, the museum said. A list of vendors is available on the museum's website.

The Second City's Miracle on Wells Street at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 8 p.m.

Keep the holiday mood going with The Second City's holiday revue, which plays on Thursdays and weekends through Dec. 31. Saturday's performance is at 8 p.m. The suggested rating for the show is "R," according to the comedy club. Tickets range from $23-$30.


"It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago," Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., special performances at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m.

A cast of eight from American Blues Theater performs the 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's classic "It's a Wonderful Life," complete with Foley sound effects and original score. In attempting to recreate the feeling of a classic radio broadcast, the show also includes holiday carols, telegrams from the audience read on stage, local commercials and a "Soldier Spotlight" honoring a serviceman or servicewoman. Possibly the best part? After the show, the audience gets to join the cast and crew for milk and cookies. Tickets range from $19-$49.

For Hanukkah, all kids under 12 receive keepsakes from Sunday's 2:30 p.m. performance. The 5:30 p.m. show is a special added performance.