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Hanukkah Guide 2021

🎶 Hanukkah is… the Festival of Lights! Instead of one day of presents, we get 8 CRAZY NIGHTS. So if you feel like the only Jew in town looking to fill your night…Click through this guide to stay in the loop, and light all the LIGHTS 🎶

Vaccinations are readily available and Jewish life is officially returning this festival of lights! There are so many Channukah foods in Chicago the oil will never run dry. Find all the Hanukkah happenings from lighting the menorah to Hanukkah pop-up bars, dreidel competitions, and more – this year is miraculous.

When is Chanukah 2021?

Hanukkah begins on the evening of Sunday, November 28, and ends on Monday, December 6.


Hanukkah Happy Hours

Make sure to join ChiTribe for our special upcoming Hanukkah happy hours at the 8 Crazy Nights Hanukkah pop-up at Graystone Tavern. See you November 30 for Twenty-Somethings and December 15 for Thirty-Somethings. Let’s light it up!

This Chanukah season, find all the Happy Hours to connect with the Tribe on ChiTribe. We are excited to be hosting two happy hours at the Graystone Tavern’s Hanukkah Pop-Up Bar in Lakeview. Register by age (30-34 choose which happy hour is better for you!). Join us on November 30th and December 15th based on your age!


Jewish Chanukkah Eats

Sufganiyot At Smack Dab Chicago

Latke Time With Jessica Williams


8 Hanukkah Movies Streaming Now


Sunday, November 28


Monday, November 29

Menorah Lighting At Lincoln Common

November 29 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM


Second Night, Second Light Hanukkah Celebration

November 29 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM with JCC Chicago

*Kid Friendly

Second Night, Second Light Hanukkah Celebration jcc chicago

Tuesday, November 30

20 Somethings Hannukah Happy Hour

November 30 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM with ChiTribe $5 Get Your Ticket>>

20 Somethings Hannukah Happy Hour

Hanukkah Candle-Lighting With JCUA Online

November 30 @ 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

jcua hannukah candle lighting

Jeremiah Lockwood’s “A Great Miracle” Record Release

November 30 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM with Reboot


Movie Night And Candle Lighting

November 30 @ 6:30 PM with Lakeview Moishe House

Ice Skating At Gallagher Way With Uptown MoHo

November 30 @ 7:00 PM


Wednesday, December 1

JNF In Chicago: Light Up The Night

December 1 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM with JNF Future

JNFuture Chicago Hannukah ChiTribe

Reboot Ideas: Democracy Thrives In Light

December 1 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM



FaithFULL: The Theology Of Hanukkah And Christmas

December 1 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM with Mishkan and 18Doors


Thursday, December 2


LEARN Reunion Chanukah Party

December 2 @ 6:00 PM with JUF YLD and Doppelt Base in Andersonville

LEARN Reunion Chanukah Party

A Magical Hanukkah

December 2 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Flame – CYP Chanukah Party

December 2 @ 7:30 PM with Lakeview Chabad


Friday, December 3

Home For The Challah-Days Shabbat Dinner

December 3 @ 7:00 PM with Uptown Moishe House



Tzedek Chicago Hanukkah Concert

December 3 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


First Friday – Chanukah Edition

December 3 @ 7:00 PM – December 4 @ 1:00 AM with Bucktown Wicker Park Chabad

Saturday, December 4

Hanukkah House Party

December 4 @ 9:00 PM with Base Loop

Sunday, December 5

Sukkat Shalom: Nurturing Peace During The Season Of Night

December 5 @ 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM with Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning

Sukkat Shalom: Nurturing Peace During the Season of Night

8 Nights of Hanukkah with the JCC *Kid Friendly

December 5 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Candyland Chanukah Festival *Kid friendly

December 5 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM with Lincoln Park Chabad


Monday, December 6


8th Night 8th Light

December 5 @ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM with JCC Chicago *Kid-friendly

8th Night 8th Light chitribe

Chanukiyot Lighting & Community Celebration

December 5 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Celebrate Hanukkah With NEWCITY And Chabad Lincoln Park

December 5 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Bring In The Light With The Chicago Jewish Justice Circle

December 5 @ 5:30 PM with Chicago Jewish Justice Circle and Doppelt Base in Andersonville

Bring in the Light with the Chicago Jewish Justice Circle

Allyship And Hanukkah: A Conversation

December 5 @ 6:30 PM

Rabbi Megan GoldMarche of Base Andersonville and Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies at CBST in NYC


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