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The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade

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Updated: December 19, 2012 10:21AM



Kidworks benefit

Dinner-dance and silent auction fundraiser for Kidworks is being held at Trinity Banquet Hall, 638 Calumet Road, Chesterton. Proceeds benefit the special needs of underinsured or uninsured children in Northwest Indiana. $50 per person, $85 per couple, 983-9675
6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, Nov. 17
For details: 983-9675

Magnificent Mile
Lights Festival

The Peanuts Gang and Disney characters kick off the 21st annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. The grand finale includes a tree-lighting and a parade at 5:30 p.m. led by grand marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse down Michigan from Oak to Wacker. The evening concludes at 6:55 p.m. with a fireworks display over the Chicago River..
11 a.m. kick off, 5:30 p.m. grand finale, Nov. 17
For details:
themagnificentmile.com

Turkey day parade

WWE wrestler CM Punk serves as grand marshal of the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade . The parade route is down State Street from Congress to Randolph.
8 a.m. Nov. 22
For details:
chicagofestivals.org

Retro Active

Millie Jackson, Willie Clayton, Clarence Carter and Peggy Scott-Adams take it old school at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond. Tickets are $40-$65.
8 p.m. Nov. 16
For details: (800) 745-3000, ticketmaster.com

Josh Turner

Country cutie Josh Turner performs in support of his new album “Punching Bag,” at Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville. Tickets are $40.
8 p.m. Nov. 17
For details: (800) 745-3000, ticketmaster.com

Skating season

The ice skating rink at Millennium Park opens at noon Nov. 16 at Michigan between Washington and Madison in Chicago. It remains open, weather permitting, through mid-March. Admission is free. Skate rentals are $10. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 22; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday (beginning Jan. 5); 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Check for holiday hours and closings.
For details:
millenniumpark.org

Chocolate city

Chocolatiers and pastry chefs showcase delectable treats during the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. Admission is $35, for ages 21 and older.
Noon-10 p.m. Nov. 16; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 17; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 18
For details:
chicagochocolatefestival.com



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