The Best Hanukkah Events in Chicagoland – 2018!

For our Hanukkah-a-celebratin’ families, we haven’t forgotten you! There are many fun Hanukkah events surrounding the Festival of Lights in the Chicagoland area. From plays to concerts to parties to delicious eats, Kidlist has you covered for all things Hanukkah. Get your menorahs ready, spin those dreidels and eat potato pancakes to your heart’s delight with these great Hanukkah events!

Don’t know much about Hanukkah? wrote two really great articles… The first is: What You Need to Know about Chanukah and the second is about Only One Club, written by Jane Naliboff, which tells the story of a little girl named Jennifer who is the only one in her class who doesn’t celebrate Christmas: The Only One Club

2018 Hanukkah Events to Celebrate with Your Family

Maccabee Market 2018
November 18 – December 4, 2018 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 
Oak Park Temple
1235 N. Harlem
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 386-3937
Make all your purchases for Hanukkah in one stop. Hanukkah items of all shapes and sizes…candles, gifts, dreidels, gelt and more!

JUF Young Families Celebrate Chanukah
December 1, 2018 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
Ball Factory
864 S Route 59
Naperville, IL 60540
Come light the menorah and celebrate Chanukah with jBaby Chicago and PJ Library at the Naperville Ball Factory!

Kick Off the Holiday Season with The Fox Valley Nutcracker

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
December 1, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Strawdog Theatre
1802 W Berenice Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
A new play based on the book that tells the adventurous story of Hershel of Ostropol as he defeats a series of goblins over the eight nights of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah Party and Luncheon
December 2, 2018 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Deerfield High School
1959 Waukegan Road
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
This fun Hanukkah event includes a kindergartener “humanorah,” Hanukkah somosas fried in oil, a welcoming Hanukkah potluck celebration open to everyone, and more.

Decalogue Chanukah Party
December 5, 2018 | 11:00 am
Chicago Loop Synagogue
16 South Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Latkes and a light supper will be served, and dreidels/gelt will be provided for the children. Kids under 13 attend for free.

The Kids’ Table Family Dinner – Hanukkah Party

December 7, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (Wicker Park) (ages 2+)
The Kids’ Table – Wicker Park
2337 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

December 8, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Lakeview) (ages 7+)
The Kids’ Table – Lakeview
2864 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Adults and kids work together to make a meal, and then enjoy their creation! Hanukkah Party menu includes: Cheesy Kugel, Harvest Salad and Chocolate Cranberry Clusters.

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Chicago Botanic Garden Hanukkah Concert
December 9, 2018 | 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-5440
Music by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band! Tickets include the concert and a visit to the Garden’s Wonderland Express. Advance tickets online – $17/members, $20/non-members, free for kids 2 and under.

Hanukkah Food Favorites

In addition to events, local eateries are also putting out favorite foods:

Manny’s Deli
1141 South Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 939-2855
Get some of the best potato pancakes, beef brisket and matzo ball soup in town! They even offer a Kids Night on Wednesdays.

The Onion Roll
6935 W. North Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 383-2548
A great Jewish deli in the near west suburbs offering some delicious Hanukkah fare.

Schmaltz Deli
1512 N. Naper Blvd.
Naperville, IL
(630) 245-7595
Classic Jewish deli west of Chicago with Hanukkah foods that everyone loves.

Deerfield’s Bakery
813 North Waukegan Road
Deerfield, IL
(847) 520-0068
All the best Hanukkah cookies and challah bread varieties with locations in Schaumburg and Buffalo Grove, too.

50 East Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 573-1600
Order a Hanukkah gift box featuring red velvet, dark chocolate, vanilla cupcakes with blue Star of David sugar decorations and sealed with a Star of David sticker.

Review: Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Exhibits at MSI

Check out this neat article for a little inspiration about building new traditions around Hanukkah. Are there Hanukkah events or traditions that you enjoy every year with your family? Please share below! Then, find more fun things to do with kids indoors this winter.


About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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