Midwestern Thanksgiving in Chicago
Like New York City, Chicago has a huge menu of Thanksgiving options. One reason to opt for a vacation in this Midwestern metropolis: Many of the weekend's biggest attractions are free. In addition to the Christmas tree lighting on Thanksgiving Eve and a parade on downtown's State Street on Thursday, Millennium Park has holiday celebrations, decorations and ice skating.
Few places are better on Black Friday than downtown's so-called Magnificent Mile, at least for window shopping.The city's museums, such as the Chicago Institute of Art, are open on Friday to provide an alternative to the retail rush.