This weekend may be primarily about Thursday evening's big meal, but for many, it's also a rare long weekend to spend out and about in Chicago--perhaps even taking out-of-towners on tour. If you manage to survive your Black Wednesday shenanigans around town, here's a bevy of options to keep you out and about in the Windy City before, during and after your tryptophan-induced daze.
Green Gifting Workshop
Skip Black Friday and learn how to create your own, green gifts at a craft workshop hosted by the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. All crafts will be environmentally friendly and/or nature-oriented, and sure to please friends and family (especially the granola-eaters).
Where: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago
When: 11 a.m - 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25 - Sunday, Nov. 27
Price: $3 one craft, $5 two
Holiday Train: Green Line
The CTA's holiday train begins its seasonal laps around the loop this weekend, starting with tours around the Green Line Friday and Saturday. The six-car train is adorned with holiday images and has thousands of multi-colored lights inside and out. Santa and his elves will be circulating, passing out candy canes and taking gift requests.
Where: CTA Green Line stations
When: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26
Turkey Trot 8K
The 34th Annual Turkey Trot 8K takes off from Lincoln Park Thanksgiving morning, and is expected to bring more than 5,000 runners and walkers to donate canned goods and run for prizes. Non-perishable food items will be collected to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Where: Lincoln Park, Cannon Drive, Chicago
When: 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Price: $30 adults, $12 kids
Thanksgiving Odyssey Cruise
The first Thanksgiving dinner wouldn't have been possible without the Mayflower, so pay homage to our ancestors from a different angle and spend your Thanksgiving meal onboard the luxurious Odyssey cruise ship. The ship will take two separate dining jaunts onto Lake Michigan for a gourmet dinner with to-die-for views.
Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
When: 2 p.m. lunch cruise, 6 p.m. dinner cruise
Price: Lunch $59.90, Dinner $79.90
Billy Corgan Hosts BLACK FRIDAY Wrestling Match
The Smashing Pumpkins must have something in common with wrestling, so fans of either or both can come together at Resistance Pro's BLACK FRIDAY match at Excalibur, hosted by founder Billy Corgan. Twenty-two wrestlers are competing, and Corgan will be promoting concussion-awareness programs to educate about the warning signs and dangers of head injuries.
Where: Excalibur Nightclub, 632 N. Dearborn, Chicago
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25
The Flying Karamazov Brothers
Looking for some non-football entertainment this weekend? Watch the intersection of physical humor, juggling and acrobatics with banter that's part Marx Brothers, part Monty Python with the Flying Karamozov Brothers. Their latest show, "4-Play" is 100 minutes of the same tricks and jokes that have made them an entertainment destination for more than 35 years.
Where: Paramount Arts Centre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
When: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26
Price: $28.50 - $38.50
Uptown: Chicago Profiles
Join Anaphora in paying (and playing) tribute to accomplished local composers and their work at the Green Mill Lounge. Premiers include George Flynn's "American Howl Quartet" and Gregory Hutter's "Companion Piece," performed by musicians including Dan Klinger, Aurelien Pederzoli and Heather Wittels.
Where: Green Mill Lounge, 4802 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27
Sing-a-Long "Sound Of Music"
Aspiring singers who aren't big caroling fans can still get their festive belting fix with the Music Box's sing-a-long screening of "The Sound of Music." Audience members will be given props Rocky Horror-style and led through a vocal warmup before the screening begins (with subtitles).
Where: Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27
Price: $15 Adults, $9 Children
Anything we missed that's on your weekend agenda? Tell us in the comments.