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10 great places to visit for Thanksgiving

By: Josh Lew on Nov. 10, 2016, 8:43 a.m.
Sailors assigned to U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes perform in the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade

Photo: Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Andre N. McIntyre/U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons

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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.