Fun Happenings for the Happiest of Hanukkahs in 2020!


For our readers who celebrate Hanukkah, we’ve found a handful of nice local events to share the holiday in sweet ways with the the ones you love! Get ready to light some candles, spin your dreidel, and eat delicious potato pancakes! And if you’ve heard of Hanukkah, but don’t know much about it, check out this great article by The Everymom, Hanukkah 101 – Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know.

2020 Hanukkah Celebrations in Chicagoland

Menorah Painting Party
November 19, 2020 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
Color Me Mine
1855 Tower Dr.
Glenview, IL 60026
Prep for Hanukkah at this fun for all ages annual menorah painting party! Menorahs can be pre-ordered. Limited space is available and masks are required.

The Kids’ Table Virtual Hanukkah Party
1-2 hour virtual cooking parties for up to 12 people
The Kids Table – Chicago
(773) 235-2665
Cool, customized culinary events led by seasoned Kids’ Table instructors, centered around connecting while cooking with your favorite people via Zoom! Enjoy guidance through popular Hanukkah recipes (think latkes and rugelach!) with personalized instruction tailored just to your group.

Shine Bright on the First Night
December 10, 2020 | 6:15 pm -7:15 pm (virtually)
IsraelNow Chicago
Join IsraelNow Chicago virtually on the first night of Hanukkah to celebrate the lighting of the Menorah! Registration information will be coming soon.

Local Spots for Hanukkah Food Favorites

In addition to the ideas above, pick up some of your favorite Hanukkah foods at one of these classic spots!

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!

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
390 W. Front St.
Wheaton, IL
Classic Jewish deli with Hanukkah foods that everyone loves. Naperville and a new location in Wheaton, too!

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

Kaufman’s Bakery & Deli
4905 W. Dempster St.
Skokie IL, 60077
(847) 677-6190
From potato pancakes, to matzo ball soup, to noodle kugel…there are so many delicious favorites to be found at Kaufman’s!

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

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