Celebrate the Happiest of Hanukkahs in 2021!


Hanukkah falls early this year, and we’ve found some great family events locally for our readers who celebrate! Take advantage of these gatherings offering sweet ways to celebrate the holiday together: lighting candles, playing dreidel, and of course, eating delicious potato pancakes! Don’t know much about Hanukkah and the traditions associated with the holiday? Check out this helpful article by The Everymom: Hanukkah 101 – Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know.

2021 Hanukkah Events in Chicagoland

Hanukkah House Party! Via Zoom
Sunday, November 14, 2021 | 1:00 pm
Shir Hadash Synogogue
Please register for the Zoom Link in advance. 
A fun family zoom event featuring Hanukkah crafts that you can eat, decorate your house with, or give as a gift. Make an edible menorah, a paper dreidel and a pop-up card — all using simple kitchen and school supplies.

Hanukkah Sale
November 14 & November 21, 2021 | 9:00 am – 12 noon
Temple Har Zion
1040 North Harlem Ave.
River Forest, IL 60305
Come shop for all things Hanukkah — menorahs, dreidels, gift wrap, paper goods, housewares, jewelry, toys, gifts and more!

Online Hanukkah Cooking Class – Potato Pancakes
November 16 & November 30, 2021 | 2:00 pm
A 75-minute Zoom class
Celebrate Hanukkah with a live, interactive online cooking class with Chef Craig where your family can learn how to make perfect latkes, applesauce, and other holiday recipes.

What is Hanukkah?
November 29, 2021 | All Day 
Elmhurst Public Library
125 S. Prospect Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
A family-friendly program that teaches about the culture/traditions surrounding this special holiday. No registration required. 

Hanukkah Happening!
December 3, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Temple Beth-El of Northbrook
3610 Dundee Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
A special Hanukkah celebration (RSVP required) including an outdoor dinner from Little Louie’s, wax hand making, family menorah lighting, blessings, songs, stories, treats from Stan’s Donuts, and hot chocolate.

Hybrid Kabbalat Shabbat & Hanukkah Sing-Along
December 3, 2021 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Shir Hadash Synogogue
200 W Dundee Rd.
Wheeling, IL 60090
Celebrate with the family via a Shabbat Eve Hybrid Hanukkah Celebration. Listen to the choir sing beautiful versions of Hanukkah songs, as well as a great Hanukkah story and lessons of Hanukkah traditions led by the rabbi. Then, wave glow lights in the dark to celebrate the Hanukkah holiday together! A hybrid in-person/Zoom event requiring advance registration by December 1 (limited attendance).

Local Spots for Hanukkah Food Favorites

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

Travelle at the Langham
November 28, 2021 – December 6, 2021 | 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
330 N Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 923-7705
Hanukkah-themed specials on their dinner menu including friend donuts, apricot pecan rugelach, and other delights.

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 at Naperville, plus a new location in Wheaton!

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!

Are there special Hanukkah traditions that you enjoy every year with your family? Please share below. Then, take a look at this neat article for a little inspiration about building new Hanukkah traditions. And, don’t miss our page on more fun things to do with kids indoors this winter!

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