Whether you want to take your family out on the town or sneak away for a breather, there’s plenty to do during Thanksgiving week. Here’s some of what we recommend:
Mon 11/21-Tue 11/22: Second City (1616 N. Wells) hosts 24 Hour: You Can Always Come Home, its 15th annual 24-hour improv and music celebration, featuring performances by Cecily Strong, Tim Baltz, Edgar Blackmon, Jeff Tweedy, the Mountain Goats, and more. All proceeds benefit Onward Neighborhood House’s Letters to Santa program. 5 PM
Mon 11/21: Allison Dunne hosts Ladylike, the show in which women tell the “most disgusting stories they’ve got.” Molly Kearney and Alex Kumin are this month’s featured storytellers at Cafe Mustache (2313 N. Milwaukee). 8 PM
Tue 11/22: This iteration of the Girl Talk, the monthly feminist show hosted by Jen Sabella and Erika Wozniak at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia), “focuses on fighting racism, sexism, homophobia and hatred in Trump’s America.” 6:30 PM
Tue 11/22: R.J. Nelson comes to the Cliff Dwellers Club (200 S. Michigan, 22nd floor) to discuss his new memoir about the period he worked for the Chicago Park District, Dirty Waters: Confessions of Chicago’s Last Harbor Boss. 7 PM
Wed 11/23: The Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport) screens Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 comedy about efforts to avert an accidental nuclear holocaust. All are invited to enjoy—or cringe at—this installment of the Is It Still Funny? series. 7:30 PM
Wed 11/23: Sibling duo White Mystery headlines a Friendsgiving celebration at Chop Shop (2033 W. North), joined by the Safes, Flesh Panthers, and stand-up Bill Bullock. 9 PM
Thu 11/24: The annual Thanksgiving Day Parade marches down State Street between Congress and Randolph. The parade this year features the casts of Stomp and Finding Neverland, the group Musicality from America’s Got Talent, Veep‘s Matt Walsh as Grand Marshal, and more. 8 AM
Thu 11/24: Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without ruining your kitchen with special prix fixe holiday menus at Reader-recommended restaurants like Bistronomic (840 N. Wabash), Cafe Des Architectes (20 E. Chestnut), Farmhouse Tavern (228 W. Chicago), Mercat a La Planxa (638 S. Michigan), and Ruxbin (851 N. Ashland). For more Thanksgiving day options, check out Open Table.
For more stuff to do this week—and every day—check out our Agenda page.