An FGR Guide to Gratitude

With a nail-biting MLB championship and turbulent election ending, it’s time to “shed leaves” of months past and move forward with thanks. You might even add a few layers, depending on the unseasonable warmth. Swallow all that this time and city have to offer with the following guide.

Stay “thank-full” with Bang Bang Pie.


Nothing brings people closer like sweet filling and flaky crust. Choose from this Chicago favorite’s pumpkin, classic apple, chocolate pecan and key lime pies. Don’t forget their signature scratch biscuits for sharing (buy in 6- or 12-packs). Place your Thanksgiving orders early, and pick up at either 2051 N California, Logan Square or 4947 N Damen, Ravenswood.


Celebrate tradition at “Tattoo”.


The Field Museum (1400 S Lake Shore Dr) exposes this ancient form of body art and its evolution. Take a closer look at the cultural connection, spectrum of meaning, and tools used to ink a permanent legacy, like the 17th-century stamp design above—first transferred to Christian pilgrims’ skin and then traced with a needle.


Embrace a Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.


Friday from 6–7 PM, as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, Ross Gay shares lines of appreciation. The Blanc Gallery (4445 S Martin Luther King Dr) welcomes his poetic reading as he invites listeners to adopt a new worldview and savor simple beauties. Discover other programs in art, culture, technology, economy, science, and politics here.


Reflect on nature’s splendor during Illumination.


Retreat to the Suburbs for an enlightening experience. Starting November 18The Morton Arboretum hosts acres of metamorphoses. Feast your eyes on displays of pre-holiday magic with family, or revel in “you time”. 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle.


Nourish music, health and freedom of expression with Jim James + Twin Limb.


Witness My Morning Jacket’s Jim James soulfully wade through heavy waters and timely issues. He debuts his sophomore album, Eternally Even at Riviera Theatre (4746 N Racine Ave) on Saturday, November 26. This 93XRT sponsored Holiday Concert for the Kids encourages attendees to present a new toy or book for Chicago’s hospital-bound children this holiday season.


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