🏅 Winner of Spertus Institute's 2019 Innovation Award 🏅

ChiTribe Channukah Guide 2020

chanukah 2020 chitribe

We really need a miracle this Pandemic Hannukah.

The best most miraculous list of virtual Hanukkah Events in Chicago in 2020 featuring Zoom dreidel competitions, virtual candle lighting on Facebook Live, endless latke recipes… and everything else. Find all the events in Chicago and beyond for this year’s festival of lights.


When is Hanukkah in 2020?

Thursday, December 10th – Friday, December 18th

How can you celebrate Hanukkah during the Pandemic in Chicago?

The best most miraculous list of virtual Hanukkah Events in Chicago in 2020 featuring virtual candle lighting on Facebook Live, Channukah Speef Dating, Hannukah Mocktails with Moishe House, Hoppy Hannukah Beer options and more! Find all the events in Chicago and beyond for this year’s festival of lights.


Every Night of Channukah: Light with ChiTribe Virtually at 8 PM CST

Virtual Candle Lighting LIVE On Facebook And Zoom

Hosted by ChiTribe

chanukah 2020 chitribe

Join ChiTribe for every night of Channukah, virtually. Register for the Zoom link or just tune into Facebook Live at 8 pm all week long!

Thursday, December 10 ChiTribe hosts candle lighting, Maoz Tzur, & Holiday Trivia Thursday
Friday, December 11  Candle Lighting with Lakeview Moishe House and Hannukah Ukelele Sing-a-long
Saturday, December 12 Havdalah and Candle Lighting with Rav Ezra and Silverstein Base Hillel: Loop
Sunday, December 13  with the Young Leadership Division of the JUF (YLD)
Monday, December 14  Candle Lighting and Hannukah Mocktail creation with Uptown Moishe House
Tuesday, December 15  Rabbi Rena Singer  of Temple Sholom leads candle lighting followed by Trivia with ChiTribe and Makom Chicago
Wednesday, December 16   Light Yourselves Up: An Interactive Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Workshop with No Shame On U Engagement Coordinator, Ellen Geis, and ChiTribe. 
Thursday, December 17  led by Rabbi Megan GoldMarche with Silverstein Base Hillel: Lincoln Park


Pre Hanukkah Events

December 6-7th, 2020

Hoppy Hanukkah Craft Brew Box + Daily Zoom To Learn About Each Beer With JCC


Sunday December 8th, 2020

Chanukkah Candle Making Women’s Event

December 8 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM with Lakeview Chabad

Candle Making Women's Event chitribe

Tuesday, December 9th, 2020

Latke Lessons with Girl and the Kitchen

December 9 @ 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM with the Russian Division of the JUF

rjd juf chitribe women in the kitchen

Pre-Hannukah Challah Braiding And Decorating With The JCC

December 9 @ 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

1st Night of Hanukkah | Thursday, December 10th, 2020

The Real Story Of Hanukkah

December 10 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM with JNFuture


Fire Fest: A Virtual Hannukah Kickoff For Birthright Israel Alumni In Chicago

December 10 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM with Shorashim

Are you counting down the days to rock your favorite Hanukkah sweater? Have no idea when Hanukkah starts? Somewhere in between? Alongside Birthright Israel & JUF, we’ve got you covered with a *lit* celebration: Fire Fest: A Virtual Hannukah Kickoff for Chicago (Birthright Israel) Alumni.

Join on December 10 at 5 pm via Zoom to start off Hanukkah the (Birth)right (Israel) way with a communal candle lighting followed by your choice of games, activities, & conversations!


Base Hillel Presents: Rebbe Roundtable

December 10 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM with Base Hillel

Base Rebbe Roundtable chitribe

Shine Bright On The First Night With IsraelNow Chicago

December 10 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM with IsraelNow Chicago

YLD Shine Bright on the First Night with IsraelNow Chicago ChiTribe

First Night Of Hanukkah Bash

December 10 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM


8 Nights of Virtual Candle with ChiTribe & Chicago Jewish Organizations

Thursday, December 10 8-8:10pm CST

ChiTribe hosts candle lighting, Maoz Tzur, & Holiday Trivia Thursday

chanukah 2020 chitribe

Join ChiTribe for every night of Channukah, virtually. Register for the Zoom link or just tune into Facebook Live at 8 pm – 8:10 pm CST all week long!


2nd Night of Hanukkah | Shabbat + Friday, December 11th, 2020


8 Nights of Virtual Candle with ChiTribe & Chicago Jewish Organizations

Friday December 11 8-8:10pm CST

Candle Lighting with Lakeview Moishe House and Hannukah Ukelele Sing-a-long

chanukah 2020 chitribe

Join ChiTribe for every night of Channukah, virtually. Register for the Zoom link or just tune into Facebook Live at 8 pm – 8:10 pm CST all week long!


3rd Night of Hanukkah | Saturday, December 12th, 2020

A Very Messy Hanukkah: Stories from the Field

December 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm with Mishkan

Mishkan Chicago ChiTribe

8 Nights of Virtual Candle with ChiTribe & Chicago Jewish Organizations

Saturday December 12 8-8:10pm CST

Havdalah and Candle Lighting with Rav Ezra and Silverstein Base Hillel: Loop

chanukah 2020 chitribe

Join ChiTribe for every night of Channukah, virtually. Register for the Zoom link or just tune into Facebook Live at 8 pm – 8:10 pm CST all week long!


4th Night of Hanukkah | Sunday, December 13th, 2020

Coolest Chanukah Ever Drive By

December 13 @ 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM


8 Nights of Virtual Candle with ChiTribe & Chicago Jewish Organizations

Sunday December 13 8-8:10pm CST

with Lauren Silverman and the Young Leadership Division of the JUF (YLD).

chanukah 2020 chitribe

Join ChiTribe for every night of Channukah, virtually. Register for the Zoom link or just tune into Facebook Live at 8 pm – 8:10 pm CST all week long!


5th Night of Hanukkah | Monday, December 14th, 2020


Masa Glocal Hanukkah Event: Global Community – Local Celebration!

December 14 @ 6:30 PM


Bring In The Light With The Chicago Jewish Justice Circle

December 14 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM with Base Hillel Lincoln Park

Bring in the Light with the Chicago Jewish Justice Circle

8 Nights of Virtual Candle with ChiTribe & Chicago Jewish Organizations

Monday December 14 8-8:10pm CST

Candle Lighting and Hannukah Mocktail creation with Uptown Moishe House

chanukah 2020 chitribe

Join ChiTribe for every night of Channukah, virtually. Register for the Zoom link or just tune into Facebook Live at 8 pm – 8:10 pm CST all week long!


6th Night of Hanukkah | Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

A Taste of Chanukah with JNFuture

December 15 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM with JNFuture


8 Nights of Virtual Candle with ChiTribe & Chicago Jewish Organizations

Tuesday December 15 8-8:10pm CST

Rabbi Rena Singer  of Temple Sholom leads candle lighting followed by Trivia with ChiTribe and Makom Chicago

chanukah 2020 chitribe

Join ChiTribe for every night of Channukah, virtually. Register for the Zoom link or just tune into Facebook Live at 8 pm – 8:10 pm CST all week long!


7th Night of Hanukkah | Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

Chanukah Cook And Connect!

December 16 @ 6:00 PM


Chanukah Speed Dating

December 16 @ 7:30 PM with Base Hillel

Chanukah Speed Dating with Base

Shining a Light on Mental Health with No Shame On U and ChiTribe

December 16 @ 8:00 PM – 8:10 PM Candle Lighting

SAD Workshop 8:10 PM – 9:10 PM

Shining A Light on Mental Health chitribe

“Light Yourselves Up” 8-8:10 pm – Candle Lighting 8:10-9:10 pm – Interactive Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with No Shame On U Join No Shame On U Engagement Coordinator, Ellen Geis, and ChiTribe for an interactive event after the candle lighting to inform people about SAD. In this workshop, you will be guided through an activity to identify what you can do to “light yourselves up” this winter if they are experiencing SAD, or to prevent SAD. Register for the Zoom link today


8 Nights of Virtual Candle with ChiTribe & Chicago Jewish Organizations

Wednesday December 16th

8-8:10 Candles

8:10-9 Workshop

Light Yourselves Up: An Interactive Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Workshop with No Shame On U Engagement Coordinator, Ellen Geis, and ChiTribe. 

chanukah 2020 chitribe

Join ChiTribe for every night of Channukah, virtually. Register for the Zoom link or just tune into Facebook Live at 8 pm – 8:10 pm CST all week long!


8th Night of Hanukkah | Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Hanukkah Mishmar and Candle Lighting

December 17 @ 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM with Base Hillel: Loop

Hanukkah Mishmar and Candle Lighting

Fierce Light: An Orot Community Hannukah Event

December 17 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM $36 with Orot

orot chicago chitribe

Virtual Chanukah Party With Selfhelp Home

December 17 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM with the Selfhelp Home

selfhelp home hannukah

8 Nights of Virtual Candle with ChiTribe & Chicago Jewish Organizations

Thursday December 17th 8pm CST

8-8:10 Candles, stick around after to hang out with Silverstein Base Hillel: Lincoln Park. Candles led by Rabbi Megan GoldMarche with Silverstein Base Hillel: Lincoln Park

chanukah 2020 chitribe

Join ChiTribe for every night of Channukah, virtually. Register for the Zoom link or just tune into Facebook Live at 8 pm – 8:10 pm CST all week long!


#TBT to The Only Hanukkah Pop-Up Bar | The Graystone Tavern


Find all the Jewish virtual events on ChiTribe’s Event Calendar

More events to add? Submit any Hanukkah events today!