It’s a challenge every month to spot the New Moon after sunset by naked eye (or eyeglasses) as early as possible. I use the term New Moon in its traditional sense of one’s first sighting of the Moon after its monthly solar conjunction (Dark Moon). The Dark Moon (which some call New Moon) was in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2017 NOV 18 at 11:42 UT (05:42 CST).
Only observers well west of Chicago had even a slim chance to spot the half-day-old Moon after sunset on NOV 18. The rest of us would have been presented with a more realistic opportunity during the following evening. See my New Moon Spotting graphics listed above.
Also above is a link to a panorama including all Diana’s Bows in 2017. Those are waxing crescent Moons about 10% illuminated and aged about three days. The name is a reference to the archery equipment of the ancient Roman Goddess of Hunting and the Moon. The graphic nicely illustrates how the season of the year affects the viewing of a waxing crescent Moon.