Mickey, Minnie and Disney turn the Magnificent Mile into the Happiest Place on Earth during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival kickoff weekend. The festivities include the lighting procession, led by Mickey and Minnie, and performances by "A.N.T. Farm" star China Anne McClain (performing with her sisters Lauryn and Sierra), and others. For a complete schedule go here.
Why go: The party is extended to Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.) with more fireworks, performances and a meet-and-greet with the cast from the Disney Channel original movie "Lemonade Mouth" (11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday).
Reconsider: Magnificent Mile + Disney = madhouse on Michigan Avenue.
Details: 11 a.m. Saturday (parade begins at 5:30 p.m.) at Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave., 9 p.m. Navy Pier events begin) and 10 a.m. Sunday (Navy Pier events begin); free; 312-409-5560