What if I want to make a day of it around town?
Most shops and restaurants in the vicinity of the parade will be closed for the, you know, national holiday, but God bless capitalism, some things will be open. If you’re feeling lucky, try booking a reservation at the Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe St., for the hotel’s Thanksgiving brunch buffet (11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) or turkey dinner (5-10 p.m.). Macy’s Walnut Room, 111 N. State St., also hosts a wildly popular Thanksgiving buffet (5-9 p.m.).
Treat yourself to a less traditional feast AND a movie at the AMC Dine-in Block 37, 108 N. State St., which is screening the holiday classic “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”
While loads of retailers, including State Street stalwarts H&M and Nordstrom Rack, are backing off from Thanksgiving hours at their brick-and-mortar outposts, Old Navy is bucking this trend. The store at 150 N. State St. has posted hours of 9am-noon on Turkey Day, great news if you need to pick up an extra layer for parade viewing (shhh, we won’t tell Uncle Dan’s).
Heck, why not skip Thanksgiving altogether and head straight to Christmas. The Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza will be serving up Yuletide cheer 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Of course, you’ll want to capture some selfies to show your followers you’re having the most amazing holiday ever. The best backdrops: the iconic Chicago Theatre sign, which literally screams “Chicago,” Macy’s Christmas window dressing and the “Hamilton” marquee at the CIBC Theatre (18 W. Monroe St.). Don’t throw away your shot.
How do I watch the parade if I don't want to get off the couch?
Fine, party pooper, it’s totally possible to have your pumpkin pie and eat it too: The parade will air live on WGN-TV Channel 9 and WGN America. A live stream will be available at wgntv.com.
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