There’s more to Thanksgiving Day than loading up a plate with food, watching a football game and getting a head start on Black Friday shopping. If you’re looking for something to do on Thanksgiving Day in Chicago, then you’re in luck. Bundle up and take a look at some of the must-see cultural venues and parks that will be open on Thanksgiving Day in 2015.
This Thanksgiving, you can take a virtual step back in time and explore cultures from around the world when you visit The Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago). There’s Sue the T. rex, a look at ancient Egypt, the Hall of Jades and activities just for kids at the Crown Family PlayLab.
Garfield Park Conservatory
Take a break from the excitement of the holidays and spend the afternoon exploring Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago) and its wide assortment of plants. Make time to explore the conservatory’s indoor houses, including the Aroid House, the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden and the Fern Room.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Spend Thanksgiving Day visiting the animals at Chicago’s famed Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark St.). From the Farm-in-the-Zoo to the Kovler Sea Lion Pool, you and your family can take a walk on the wild side during the holiday. Heads up: The zoo’s annual holiday event ZooLights starts November 27.
The Logan Theatre
After spending the day with family, you might be ready to relax and watch a film. That’s where The Logan Theatre (2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago) comes in. The theatre is showing the Steve Martin and John Candy classic “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” and the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
After a tasty Thanksgiving feast, you might want to get out and stretch your legs. If you live in Chicago’s Loop, then consider taking a stroll through Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The garden has five acres and plenty of walking paths so you can see a bit of nature in the midst of the city.
Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
There’s nothing quite like ice skating with the Chicago skyline in the background, and Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink does not disappoint. Located at 201 E. Randolph St., the ice skating rink has special holiday hours on Thanksgiving, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Skate rentals are $12.
Visit dolphins, see a few sharks and learn about belugas when you visit Shedd Aquarium (1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago). The aquarium boasts a wide assortment of exhibits for visitors to learn about animals from around the world, including the famed Caribbean Reef. Shedd Aquarium has an early close time of 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Keep in mind venues may have shortened holiday hours. If you plan to take public transportation to your destination, then verify the schedule in advance using Regional Transportation Authority’s website.