Light Shows in Chicago to Check Out This November

light shows in chicago

November starts soon, which means we’ve arrived at the beginning of the 2020 holiday season (if you can believe it). One of the biggest perks to spending the holidays in Chicago is that you can experience the scintillating light displays that illuminate the city. It’s never too early to start planning your holiday adventures, and let’s be real — we could all use a little holiday cheer right now (because 2020). So, we’ve rounded up some of the light shows in Chicago that you can check out this November. Read our list, and plan accordingly. You deserve some pre-holiday fun.


Starting November 13, you can head to the Chicago Botanic Gardens for a spectacular display of lights. As you walk the mile-long lit path, you’ll be treated to dazzling installations, “singing” trees, and more whimsical holiday cheer. Don’t miss your chance to walk under the 110-foot tunnel, which sparkles with over 100,000 lights. Buy tickets here.

Zoo Lights

Opening on November 20, Zoo Lights is back at the Lincoln Park Zoo this year to wow you with its annual displays of festive light installations. Wander through the park to experience the 2.5 million bulbs that shine brightly throughout the season. Get tickets here.

Let It Shine Light Show

Experience the enchantment of holidays lights from the comfort of your car. Northbrook Court’s “Let It Shine” drive-thru light show features light displays synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes. The event opens on November 15 and runs through January 9. Buy your tickets here.

Christmas Around the World

The Museum of Science and Industry’s “Christmas Around the World” showcase opens November 13, featuring its famed 45-foot holiday tree that’s been on display each year since 1942. The four-story tree is surrounded by smaller trees, each representing Chicago’s multicultural communities. You can also check out their “Holidays of Light” display, which honors holiday traditions from across the globe. Buy tickets here.

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