5 Things to Do: Nov. 10-12

5 Things to Do: Nov. 10-12 (Chili Cook-Off)

This weekend, Chicago History Museum will open a brand new exhibit about race and racism as Auditorium Theatre celebrates 50 years with a celebration of dance. Plus, cheer on the Bears at a chili cook-off, sip wines from around the world, and go green with the entire family.

America Recycles Day Celebration

5 Things to Do: America Recyles Day Celebration
Photo courtesy of the Glenview Park District.

Nov. 11

This family friendly event will teach kids about the importance of recycling. Tour the Tyner Interpretive Center (certified as LEED Platinum by the U. S. Green Building Council), make green crafts, or take part in an outdoor scavenger hunt.

Wheeling Wine Festival 2017

5 Things to Do: Wheeling Wine Festival 2017
Nov. 11

This annual festival will feature more than 150 exclusive wines and 150 spirits, plus a buffet of cheeses, appetizers, and veggies. A portion of proceeds will benefit Clearbrook and Orphans of the Storm.

“Race: Are We So Different?”

5 Things to Do: Chicago History Museum — "Race: Are We So Different?"
An interactive game about the traits people share yields surprising results that challenge visitors to reconsider the ways in which they categorize people. (Photo courtesy of American Anthropological Association and Science Museum of Minnesota.)

Opens Nov. 11

This exhibit opening at Chicago History Museum will offer “an unprecedented look at the history, science and social experiences of race and racism in the United States.” Guests will be able to explore the U.S. Census, scan their skin and add it to a mosaic of scans from other visitors, and more.

Bears vs. Packers Chili Cook-Off

5 Things to Do: Bears vs. Packers Chili Cook-Off
Image courtesy of Traffic PR & Marketing, Inc.

Nov. 12

Cheer on the Bears while also deciding who has the best chili in the city. A $12 wristband will get you chili samples and a pint, and all proceeds will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Think your chili is the best? Email communications@ontourbrewing.com to be one of the 12 competitors.

A Golden Celebration of Dance

5 Things to Do: Auditorium Theatre's Celebration of Dance
Auditorium Theatre in 1967 (Photo courtesy of Auditorium Theatre.)

Nov. 12

Auditorium Theatre is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the theater’s re-opening with an evening of dance. Featured participants include American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.


  • Chicago’s Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Nov. 11 at Soldier Field. The Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy, Acting Secretary of the Army, will deliver the keynote address and the West Point Glee Club will perform. Learn more.

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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital






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