Local Events for the Happiest of Hanukkahs in 2019!

If your family celebrates Hanukkah, we’ve found some awesome events to celebrate with the ones you love all around town! From plays to pottery and parties, too, Kidlist has you covered with all things Hanukkah. Get ready to light some candles, spin your dreidel, and eat yummy potato pancakes with these great Hanukkah events! (Heard of Hanukkah, but don’t know much about it? The Everymom shares an article called Hanukkah 101 – Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know. PBS also put together a list of 10 Books That Celebrate Hanukkah.)

2019 Hanukkah Celebrations and Events for Families in Chicagoland

Menorah Painting Party
November 24, 2019 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm 
Color Me Mine
1855 Tower Dr.
Glenview, IL 60026
Prep for Hanukkah at this fun menorah painting party! Menorahs will be fired and glazed in time for the Festival of Lights!

Kids Clay Workshop
December 1, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Kids Clay Room
2646 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 416-4511
Kids can make and paint Hanukkah-themed projects. Adults can drop off or stay. Ages 4 and up. $35/project maker.

The Kids’ Table Hanukkah Cookie Party
December 5, 13 and 19, 2019 | various times (Lakeview – ages 2+)
The Kids’ Table Lakeview
2864 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

December 6, 21 and 27, 2019 | various times (Wicker Park – ages 2+)
The Kids’ Table Wicker Park
2337 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Fun holiday cookie family workshops! Roll, cut and decorate sugar cookies and whip up hot chocolate with fresh whipped cream. $20/family member – register online.

July 2020 Family-Friendly Events

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
December 7–29, 2019
Strawdog Theatre
1802 W Berenice Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
Based on the Caldecott Honor winning book by Eric Kimmel, the story comes to life with music and magic for families to enjoy! Tickets can be purchased online – family pricing available.

JUF Young Families Celebrate Chanukah
December 8, 2019 | 9:00 am -11:00 am 
Chicago Children’s Museum – Navy Pier
700 East Grand Ave, Suite 127
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 357-4831
Celebrate the Festival of Lights at this private event that includes full access to the museum all day, donut decorating, maker-space menorahs, dreidels made out of clay and more! Register in advance, parking not included.

Challah* Bake Sale 
*Challah is a beautifully braided egg-based bread similar to a brioche, and a staple around Jewish holidays.
December 13 and 20, 2019 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
December 15, 2019 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
December 22, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Har Zion Early Childhood Center
1040 North Harlem Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
(708) 366-9000
Pick up your handmade plain, cinnamon or sugar challah bread on its own or as part of a package including gelt, candles, dreidels and other goodies!

Chanukah Celebration – Bubbles and Latkes
December 15, 2019 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 
Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Dr
Northbrook, IL 60062
Bring the family to an afternoon of fun as we celebrate the holiday over latkes (potato pancakes), an interactive bubble show and crafts for kids 10 and under. Register in advance – $20/family.

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Hanukkah Party and Luncheon
December 15, 2019 | 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 and more!

Hanukkah Happenings
December 15, 2019 | 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
A free celebration for families featuring entertainment and activities centered around Hanukkah!

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
December 15, 2019 | 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
December 22, 2019 | 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm 

Temple Har Zion
1040 North Harlem Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
(708) 366-9000
A wonderful play the whole family will enjoy. Tickets include pre and post show celebration with games, fun and food for sale.

Hanukkah Storytime: These Little Lights of Mine
December 18, 2019 | 10:30 am
Barnes & Noble – Mellody Farm
901 N Milwaukee Ave, Suite 500
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Free event to learn about the holiday with stories, songs and fun activities. For children ages 0-2 (with a parent or caregiver), older siblings welcome.

Hanukkah Party for Kids
December 22, 2019 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Whimsy Play
282 McHenry Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Make Hanukkah puppets, listen to storytime and sing along to your favorite Hanukkah songs! Goodie bags for each child that participates.

West Lakeview Menorah Lighting Ceremony
December 22, 2019 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Lakeview YMCA
3333 N. Marshfield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
The menorah lighting will take place outdoors at the corner of Marshfield and Lincoln followed by games, activities, food and music inside the Lakeview YMCA!

Bounce House Rentals, Inflatable Water Slides, and More!

First Light of Hanukkah
December 22, 2019 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Swissotel Chicago
323 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Join Swissotel Chicago for their first ever menorah lighting event!

Local Spots for 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!

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 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. Locations in Schaumburg and Buffalo Grove, too.

50 East Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 573-1600
Order a delicious Happy Hanukkah Box and receive four red velvet, four dark chocolate and four vanilla cupcakes with adorable and festive decorations!

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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