The first candle of the Grand Menorah in Daley Plaza will be lit Thursday night.
The first candle of the Grand Menorah in Daley Plaza will be lit Thursday night. Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times
The first candle of the Grand Menorah in Daley Plaza will be lit Thursday night.
The first candle of the Grand Menorah in Daley Plaza will be lit Thursday night. Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times

Hanukkah celebrations in the Chicago area begin this week, with most of the themed activities planned for Sunday.

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is an eight-day commemoration of the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem by the Maccabees after their victory over the Syrians. The small amount of oil left in the temple burned for eight days and was considered a miracle, leading to the candle-lighting custom.

Chicago menorah lightings

The Loop: The Center for Jewish Life will hold its annual lighting of one of the city’s largest menorahs — a 30-foot-tall candelabra — in Daley Plaza with Mayor Brandon Johnson at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Roscoe Village: The Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual menorah lighting at 6 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of North Lincoln and Marshfield Avenues.

Wrigleyville: A DJ, live entertainment and candle-lighting will help kick off Wrigleyville’s Hanukkah with “4th Night, 4th Light” on Sunday, one of several JCC Chicago events bringing the eight-day holiday to the city and northern suburbs. The free event at Gallagher Way, 3635 N. Clark St., will run 3-5 p.m.

Lincoln Square: Lincoln Square’s “Grand Community Menorah Lighting” is slated to feature live music, treats and a candle-lighting beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday. The celebration in Giddings Plaza, 4733 N. Lincoln Ave., will also feature a gelt drop — gold-wrapped chocolate coins — by the Chicago Fire Department.

Lincoln Park: Lincoln Park’s “Menorah Lighting Extravaganza” is a free event set to feature a DJ, crafts, treats like latkes and jelly doughnuts, adult beverages and a menorah lighting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, in the New City entertainment district at 1457 N. Halsted St.

Chicago Hanukkah celebrations and events

See ‘Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins’: Already underway, the Chicago Loop Synagogue’s musical production of the book “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” began its nearly monthlong run Sunday. While admission is free, registration is required for the shows at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Hanukkah-themed drag queen storytime: The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will host a free, Hanukkah-themed drag queen storytime led by “drag bubbie” Merriam Levkowitz at 4 p.m. Sunday at Understudy Coffee and Books, 5531 N. Clark St. The Andersonville menorah lighting will take place immediately after, outside the shop at the corner of Clark Street and Catalpa Avenue.

Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar: The 8 Crazy Nights Hanukkah pop-up bar has returned to Lake View at 3441 N. Sheffield Ave. with events planned through Jan. 7.

Hanukkah celebrations in the Chicago suburbs

Evanston: The city of Evanston plans to light a 10-foot menorah at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Fountain Square, along with other themed activities and treats.

Skokie: The Skokie Park District is planning to host “8 Nights, 8 Lights” at the Devonshire Cultural Center, 4400 Greenwood St. The event offers education on the history of Hanukkah, treats and activities starting at 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $7 for residents and $9 for nonresidents.

Deerfield: Kol Hadash Sunday School’s Hanukkah event at Deerfield High School is scheduled to have a menorah show-and-tell, dreidel tournament, candle- and menorah-making crafts along with a holiday meal starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10.

Bolingbrook: Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook is set to host a special edition of its usual storytime events next Tuesday, with free holiday story readings 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in its Children’s Storytime Room.

Oak Park: “Chanukah With Candycopia” is a free event geared toward young families and hosted at the Oak Park candy store Candycopia, 717 Lake St., at 2 p.m. Sunday. It’s slated to have a Hanukkah storytime, candle lighting and candy. Registration is required.

The first candle of the Grand Menorah in Daley Plaza will be lit Thursday night.
The first candle of the Grand Menorah in Daley Plaza will be lit Thursday night. Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times
The first candle of the Grand Menorah in Daley Plaza will be lit Thursday night.
The first candle of the Grand Menorah in Daley Plaza will be lit Thursday night. Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times

Hanukkah celebrations in the Chicago area begin this week, with most of the themed activities planned for Sunday.

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is an eight-day commemoration of the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem by the Maccabees after their victory over the Syrians. The small amount of oil left in the temple burned for eight days and was considered a miracle, leading to the candle-lighting custom.

Chicago menorah lightings

The Loop: The Center for Jewish Life will hold its annual lighting of one of the city’s largest menorahs — a 30-foot-tall candelabra — in Daley Plaza with Mayor Brandon Johnson at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Roscoe Village: The Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual menorah lighting at 6 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of North Lincoln and Marshfield Avenues.

Wrigleyville: A DJ, live entertainment and candle-lighting will help kick off Wrigleyville’s Hanukkah with “4th Night, 4th Light” on Sunday, one of several JCC Chicago events bringing the eight-day holiday to the city and northern suburbs. The free event at Gallagher Way, 3635 N. Clark St., will run 3-5 p.m.

Lincoln Square: Lincoln Square’s “Grand Community Menorah Lighting” is slated to feature live music, treats and a candle-lighting beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday. The celebration in Giddings Plaza, 4733 N. Lincoln Ave., will also feature a gelt drop — gold-wrapped chocolate coins — by the Chicago Fire Department.

Lincoln Park: Lincoln Park’s “Menorah Lighting Extravaganza” is a free event set to feature a DJ, crafts, treats like latkes and jelly doughnuts, adult beverages and a menorah lighting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, in the New City entertainment district at 1457 N. Halsted St.

Chicago Hanukkah celebrations and events

See ‘Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins’: Already underway, the Chicago Loop Synagogue’s musical production of the book “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” began its nearly monthlong run Sunday. While admission is free, registration is required for the shows at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Hanukkah-themed drag queen storytime: The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will host a free, Hanukkah-themed drag queen storytime led by “drag bubbie” Merriam Levkowitz at 4 p.m. Sunday at Understudy Coffee and Books, 5531 N. Clark St. The Andersonville menorah lighting will take place immediately after, outside the shop at the corner of Clark Street and Catalpa Avenue.

Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar: The 8 Crazy Nights Hanukkah pop-up bar has returned to Lake View at 3441 N. Sheffield Ave. with events planned through Jan. 7.

Hanukkah celebrations in the Chicago suburbs

Evanston: The city of Evanston plans to light a 10-foot menorah at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Fountain Square, along with other themed activities and treats.

Skokie: The Skokie Park District is planning to host “8 Nights, 8 Lights” at the Devonshire Cultural Center, 4400 Greenwood St. The event offers education on the history of Hanukkah, treats and activities starting at 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $7 for residents and $9 for nonresidents.

Deerfield: Kol Hadash Sunday School’s Hanukkah event at Deerfield High School is scheduled to have a menorah show-and-tell, dreidel tournament, candle- and menorah-making crafts along with a holiday meal starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10.

Bolingbrook: Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook is set to host a special edition of its usual storytime events next Tuesday, with free holiday story readings 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in its Children’s Storytime Room.

Oak Park: “Chanukah With Candycopia” is a free event geared toward young families and hosted at the Oak Park candy store Candycopia, 717 Lake St., at 2 p.m. Sunday. It’s slated to have a Hanukkah storytime, candle lighting and candy. Registration is required.