Thanksgiving Day in Chicago
- SWATHI RAMASWAMY
- UPDATED May 09, 2018
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Thanksgiving is a very important celebration in our lives as there are many things to be grateful for. People around the world celebrate all the good things in their life on this day with the glorious food and turkey. But the people in Chicago are differently grateful about the things to be living in a city with good food. They are thankful to be around with good people and good food where they can spend time with the loved ones at the concerts and the best shops.
In the United States, it is celebrated on fourth Thursday of November. It started as a Thanksgiving after the first harvest in US long time back and it is continued and celebrated today in all over the world. Chicago offers the entertainment shows, activities for the kids, community help and celebrating them at café.
Here’s the list of events in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day where people celebrate it with gratitude and great enthusiasm.
1. Thanksgiving Day Parade
The parade takes place in Chicago with giant Mascots such as Mr. Potato Head, Paddington Bear, Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade including the decorated horses, marching bands, travels along downtown 8 street involve the crowd in Chicago to join in the Thanksgiving Day parade. The parade starts at 8:00 am to 11:00 am and the Chicago Metra, Amtrak and Transit Authority provide the public transport.
Everyone in Chicago participates in the parade with great enthusiasm and energy and the whole city looks joyful while celebrating Thanksgiving Day.
2. Community Help
Chicago offers a great help to the community by serving the deprived people in Chicago. St. Ignatius Church in Roger’s Park offers Thanksgiving Lunch from Ignatian Services Food Pantry. They keep the lunch open for everyone from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.
They also host the musical concerts and then serve and help the community from the money collected through it. It is actually the blessed way to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
3. Entertainment for the family
The kids are taken out to the Brookfield Zoo and then are helped to feed the animals at Thanksgiving Lunch. And the families also take part in a theme race at Lincoln Park where they celebrate the Thanksgiving Day as Turkey Day. The people come dressed as Turkey for participating in the race.
There is also a race for children of 2 to 12 years of age which is shorter than the other race and is known as Plymouth Rock Ramble. McCormick Tribune Ice Rink also offers free skating but they charge on skate rentals.
4. Enjoying the streets of Chicago in the winter time
The very interesting German Style market runs in Chicago from late November to late December in Daley Plaza. It is a boon for the street food lovers in Chicago where people enjoy the Thanksgiving winter by roasted nuts and sausages.
They also enjoy the roadside shopping of famous German handicrafts and other stuff which attract the people in Chicago.
5. Order a Thanksgiving pie at the Chicago restaurant
Turkey Day is celebrated in Chicago by ordering a Thanksgiving pie at some of the good restaurants in Chicago. Baker Miller Bakery & Millhouse Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits, Beatrix, Delightful Pastries, Floriole Café & Bakery, The Gage, The General, Hoosier Mama Pie Company, Little Goat, Vanille Patisserie are some of the good restaurants in Chicago.
One can get the mouth-watering grape and walnut tart, caramel apple or fudgy chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, Hoosier sugar cream and a lot more tempting pies and pastries at these restaurants. It is an awesome way to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with these sweet obsessions in Chicago.
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in an altogether different way in Chicago. The people in Chicago are very foodie and they love to celebrate the event by enjoying the street food in winters and by relishing the pies and pastries. They are also kind-hearted and believe in the community help on such occasions. Chicago people look happy and grateful for the kind of life they enjoy in the city; therefore, they celebrate Thanksgiving Day with zest and liveliness.