If you can't wait to get into the holiday spirit - or if you just want to enjoy some spectacular lights -- you will love the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. This amazing event takes place each year, beginning the weekend before Thanksgiving and continuing on for three separate weekends. There will be music, parades, fireworks, floats, Mickey Mouse and his friends, and, of course, brilliant and beautiful lights. Over a million lights, strung up over the world-famous Magnificent Mile. The atmosphere is definitely kid-friendly, but you don't have to be a kid to enjoy this, one of the most popular events in Chicago.