November is here! My birthday month arrives with a crisp chill in the air and my favorite holiday in the distance. November also marks the ‘official’ or maybe unofficial beginning of the holiday season. So to give you a head start on things happening in Chi Town this month, we’ve compiled some of our favorite suggestions for what to do with your schedule before it goes totally mad!

National Geographic Live with Jean-Michel Cousteau

Tuesday, November 2nd 7:30-9:30pm The Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.

National Geographic Live kicks off its four-part speaker series in Chicago at The Field Museum with underwater explorer and conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau (our favorite heartthrob). The son of the legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau will share amazing photos as he reflects on his father’s life and ongoing legacy. Cost: $24 Registration: Visit the website to register here.

Earring by Muggy Tuesday

Urban Folk Circuit: Holiday Artisan Sale

Saturday, November 6th 3-8pm The Glenwood Bar 6962 N Glenwood Avenue

The Urban Folk Circuit heads to Rogers Park for the holidays, showcasing handmade goods from 30 local artisans. Cost: Free!

Dynamic Duo’s Signature Fall Detox Workshop

Thursday, November 7th 1:30-2:45 Infuse Yoga Studio 713 W. Wrightwood

Looking to regain energy, lose weight and tackle the upcoming holiday season? Stay strong, healthy and beautiful through the holidays and winter months by taking part in Dynamic Duo’s Signature fall Detox Workshop.  Everything you need to recharge your body and feel better than ever!  Cost: $35.00 Registration: Call the studio at 773.880.8055 to secure your spot.

Eco-Crafting: Handmade Holidays

Wednesday, November 10th 6:30-8:30 Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive

I’m dreaming of a green holiday season – and you should be too! In this Eco-Crafting class, you’ll learn how to create eco-friendly seasonal decor, like a fabric scraps wreath, water bottle ornaments, and more! Cost: $25, all materials provided. Registration: Visit the website to register here.

Vegan Thanksgiving: Side Dishes Workshop with Amanda Skrip

Thursday, November 11th 6:30-8pm Whole Foods 3640 N Halsted

The turkey need not be the main attraction this Thanksgiving! Whether you are a committed vegan, health conscious cook, or just looking for some simple recipes to balance your otherwise indulgent menu, join Amanda Skrip, natural foods chef and wellness consultant, to learn a few animal-free recipes that will delight even your most carnivorous guests. Cost:$25 Registration in advance is required for this class. Call 773-472-0400 to reserve a seat.

Dynamic Beginnings Workshop and Informational Session

Thursday, November 14th 1:30-2:45 Infuse Yoga Studio 713 W. Wrightwood

How would you like to stay grounded this holiday season and step into the new year with clarity and confidence around your health goals?  When your food changes, everything changes. Don’t miss this free workshop and informational session for Dynamic Beginnings, a group program led by Alee Hoffman and Erin Dunscomb of Dynamic Duo Wellness.  Cost: Free! Registration: Call the studio at 773.880.8055 to secure your spot-limited number of spaces available

Raw Food Preparation Classes with Susie Sondag

Tuesday November 16th 6:30 pm at Karyn’s Raw 1901 N. Halsted
This seasonal basic living food prep calss is designed to take the intimidation out of raw foods and teach you the basics to prepare a variety of dishes for daily living and holiday celebration. Menu: Holiday Nog, Sweet Potato Curry Cream Soup, Harvest Nut Pate, Pumpkin Muffins, Raw Pumpkin Pie, Peppermint Stick Cheesecake $55 in advance; $75 day of Registration: Please call 312-255-1590

DIY Trunk Show: Including Pierogi Picnic!

Saturday, November 20th 10am-5pm Pulaski Fieldhouse 1419 W. Blackhawk

Get a head start on your holiday shopping by diving into this bonanza of local (within 100 miles) handmade sales spectacular. You’ll be supporting a diverse gathering of creative talent who will be set to showcase, sell, and promote their handmade arts, goods, crafts, and more! Bring plenty of cash and your own shopping bag.

8th Annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving

The Chicago Diner Nov 25. 12-6pm

3411 North Halsted

Veggie turkey, beefy wellington, pumpkin gnocchi and squash apple bisque are just a taste of what our favorite veg comfort food spot will be serving up on Thanksgiving day. Reservations recommended: 773-935-6696 If you’re dining with family you can also order

carryout from $11.99.