2017 Hanukkah Events in Chicagoland

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 concerts to parties to story times 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!

Hanukkah Events to Celebrate with Your Family


Maccabee Market 2017
December 4–8, 2017, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm | Extended hours until 8:30 pm on December 6, 2017
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!

Hanukkah Storytime: These Little Lights of Mine
December 5, 2017 | 11:00 am
Deerfield Barnes & Noble
728 N. Waukegan Rd
Deerfield, IL

December 10, 2017 | 2:30 pm
The Book Bin
1151 Church Street
Northbrook, IL

Learn about Hanukkah with stories, songs, and activities. Both events are aimed at children ages 0–2 with a parent or caregiver (older kids welcome, too).

Hanukkah Happenings
December 10, 2017 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 362-2600

This free event includes Hanukkah crafts, dreidel spinning, a photo booth, raffles and musical fun for families with Jeanie B. The event will be located on the lower level in front of Carson Pirie Scott.

Hanukkah Party and Luncheon
December 10, 2017 | 11:00 am-12:30pm
Deerfield High School
1959 Waukegan Road
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

This event celebrates Hanukkah with fun including a kindergartener “humanorah,” Hanukkah somosas fried in oil, a welcoming Hanukkah potluck celebration open to everyone, and more.

Hanukkah Celebration
December 10–20, 2017 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Westfield Old Orchard
4905 Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 673-6800

Westfield Old Orchard and Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie are partnering to put on daily crafts, entertainment, refreshments and a Menorah lighting ceremony.

The Kids’ Table Hanukkah Cookie Parties
Select dates and times from December 12–20, 2017 | See website for schedule

The Kids’ Table – Wicker Park
2337 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

The Kids’ Table – Lakeview
2864 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

This kids’ cooking school is hosting cookie parties with Hanukkah sugar cookies, plus hot chocolate with whipped cream. Kids-only dates (for ages 4–10) are $35/child; family dates (for ages 2 and up) are $20/family member.

Chicago Botanic Garden Hanukkah Concert
December 17, 2017 | 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 featuring clarinet, violin, vocals, and dancing! Tickets include the concert and a visit to the Garden’s Wonderland Express. Buy online in advance to save $3 (advance tickets $17/members, $20/non-members, free for kids under 3).

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

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.

50 East Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 573-1600

From December 12–20, 2017, you can order a Hanukkah gift box featuring cupcakes with blue Star of David sugar decorations and sealed with a Star of David sticker.

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… we would love to hear about it!


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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