Show Me Chicago's top 7 things to do this weekend

After a whirlwind of activities the past few weeks from the Chicago Cubs World Series victory and parade to the Trump victory, you may be wondering what's next.

Here's Show Me Chicago's top 7 picks for this weekend in Chicago.

1. Go wild at the MSImsiwildthingssendak_5_37637c74d8

In the past, the Museum of Science and Industry has put together author exhibitions on Walt Disney, Charles Schulz and Jim Henson.

Now it's Maurice Sendak's turn. 

Best known for his haunting illustrations in "Where the Wild Things Are" and other children's favorite, a retrospective of Sendak's work, "50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons," will be on display in a temporary exhibit opening at the museum on November 10 (through February 20, 2017). Entrance to the exhibition is included in the $18 general admission fee to the museum.

2. Waiting game at CST

cstkingcharlesPrince Charles, Prince of Wales, has been a prince for over 67 years. The question explored in “King Charles III,”  Mike Bartlett’s 2015 Olivier Award-winning Shakespearean-style “imaginary future history,” is what will he do if he becomes king?

Directed by Gary Griffin, the show stars Robert Bathurst, best known by American audiences as Sir Anthony Strallan on “Downton Abbey,” as Charles. Kate Skinner plays the role of Camilla. Now through January 15, 2017 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier.

3. A Chicago Holiday Tradition

Sitting at a table under "The Great Tree" in the Walnut Room has been a Chicago tradition for generations.

Sitting at a table under "The Great Tree" in the Walnut Room has been a Chicago tradition for generations.

Macy’s Great Tree is standing tall for the 2016 holiday season.

This is the 109th year for what has become a Chicago tradition. The Great Tree tradition was started by Chicago's iconic Marshall Field's department store and has been continued by Macy's since they took over the space.

The tree stands 45-feet-tall and hangs from the ceiling of the Walnut Room at Macy’s State Street store.

The Holiday Windows at Macy’s on State are also up and running. This year's theme is "Reasons to Believe," paying homage to all the things that make the holidays special. The tree and windows will be on display through January 8, 2017. 

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4. Maxwell Street Market

Maxwell Street Market now. Photo: Courtesy of Choose Chicago

Maxwell Street Market now. Photo: Courtesy of Choose Chicago

This outdoor market/festival runs year round--no matter how cold or hot the weather. Maxwell Street Market has been attracting Chicagoans and visitors for just shy of 100 years.

Many go for the some of the best Mexican and Latin street food you'll find north of the border. Others look for deals and enjoy bargaining with the vendors.

The Maxwell Street Market offers an eclectic mix of merchandise – from tools to tires, plus fresh produce, furniture, clothing, rare find and collectibles. It runs every Sunday from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. at 800 S. Desplaines St.

5. River North Whiskey Festival


From local vendors to Kentucky distilleries, the River North Whiskey Festival features 50 varieties of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch. Get in the spirit this Saturday, November 12 (noon to 4 pm.) at Moe’s Cantina and Old Crow Smokehouse. Tickets required.

6. Book it

booksColumbia College’s fifth annual Chicago Book Expo takes place this  Sunday, November 13, from noon to 5 pm.

The fest celebrates Chicago's small presses and publications. It features a book fair and expo floor where you can purchase books from local presses, as well as programs, readings, and workshops. 1104 S. Wabash

7. Hop to it

exoticfrog1-1The Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has just opened a striking new exhibition: Frogs: A Chorus of Colors.

The exhibit showcases 70 live local and exotic frogs.

In addition to viewing these delightful creatures, there are hands-on activities such as dressing up in colorful frog costumes, a mini zip line, a jumping skills test and an opportunity to created a frog chorus. Through January 22, 2017.

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