Thanksgiving Parade
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  • Thanksgiving Parade

Looking for something to do today? Agenda‘s got you covered.

The organizers of the Thanksgiving Parade promise their event heralds the arrival of Santa in Chicago, even though his lap has already been open in Daley Plaza for two days! Is this a lapse in the space-time continuum, or are sinister forces using high-school marching bands and enormous helium balloons to distract us from the impending Santa battle that will utterly destroy life as we know it? You can find out today. Catch the parade on State between Congress and Randolph.

Thanksgiving is a popular day for going to the movies. Film editor J.R. Jones recommends Philomena, an “absorbing drama [that] recounts [Martin Sexsmith’s] relationship with Philomena Lee, an Irish woman who bore a child out of wedlock in the 1950s and was forced by nuns at the Roscrea convent to surrender it for adoption.” Stephen Frears (The Queen) directed. With Steve Coogan and Judi Dench.

If you’re in the mood for improv, Up Comedy Club has Miracle on Wells Street, a new R-rated holiday revue featuring Second City comedians.

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