What To Do After Dinner on Thanksgiving Day Around the South Loop/ River North

You’ve eaten the turkey and all the trimmings. The pumpkin pie is all gone. Now what? You could take a nap, but when you’re in River North and the South Loop there are so many other things you can do after you’ve eaten. If you want to get out and enjoy the rest of the holiday, we’ve found some fun things to do after Thanksgiving dinner in downtown Chicago.

Strap on some skates and work off that big meal at one of the downtown Chicago ice skating rinks. Both the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink and the Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon will be open on Thanksgiving Day. They’re only open until four, though, so this works best if your family and friends have an early dinner.

Another afternoon option is the Christkindlmarket. Modeled after the German holiday markets in Nuremberg, this favorite Chicago tradition will be open until four as well. You can get some of your gift shopping accomplished while sipping on Glühwein or Bitburger. The market is filled with traditional items like hand-carved cuckoo clocks from the Black Forest and Bavarian pewter ornaments.

If you want to watch the game, pull up a barstool at South Loop’s sports bar The Scout. If you’re still hungry, they’ll have an open-faced turkey sandwich on the menu. River North’s Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap will also have the games on the big screen, and whether you’re hungry or not, you’ll want to get some of their famous wings.

Add some learning to your Thanksgiving day with a visit to Museum Campus and two of the best attractions in the world. The Field Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium are both open. You’ll want to visit the Shedd Aquarium first, though, since it closes at 3pm and the Field is open until 5pm.

We hope you’re thankful for these tips on what to do after Thanksgiving dinner in downtown Chicago. For more holiday ideas, we’d be grateful if you followed us on Twitter and Facebook!