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…for November and December

Here’s your source for current and upcoming great events. Event information is subject to change without notice; therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm – and be certain to tell ‘em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine!

If you have an event of regional interest, we’d love to hear from you. Send to “Great Events” Fax: 866-779-4320, E-mail: mail@subfam.com Mail: P.O. Box 1266, Westmont, IL 60559. Deadline for inclusion in the November/December issue is Wednesday, October 16th.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1

  •  ADULT Online Lecture: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Architecture of Space – Images and insights into the spaces that Wright created and the importance of preserving his buildings for future generations. FREE. Available online through Dec 20th. Elmhurst History Museum, elmhursthistory.org.
  • FAMILY Kane County Flea Market –11/1 and 12/5-6. Find that perfect piece of refurbished furniture, holiday decorations, sports collectibles, or antique. 600+ dealers each month. Kane County Fairgrounds, Geneva. kanecountyfleamarket.com.
  •  FITNESS EVENT  Turkey Trot 5K and 8K Walk/Run Series. Tinley Park. tinleyparkdistrict.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY VIRTUAL Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 1 – December 31. A unique online shopping experience with traditional German flair. Chicago. christkindlmarket.com.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

  • ADULTS VFW Bingo – Play Wednesday night bingo with raffles and pull tabs. 18 and older. Proceeds benefit veterans. 7-11 PM. West Chicago VFW. wchicago.mhsoftware.com.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5

  •  FAMILY Virtual Workshop: Art Glass Made Wright – Free with registration. Learn about architect Frank Lloyd Wright and make a “stained glass window” craft. Pick up supply kit. Grades 3-8.4:30-5:30 PM. elmhurstpubliclibrary.org.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

  •   FAMILY Day of the Dead – Virtual, crowd-free, and small in-person events.  Downtown Aurora. Full details at auroradowntown.org
  •   TEENS Super Smash Bros Tournament  – Round robin play format that includes a bracket finish. Prizes.
  • All players are required to wear a face covering. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream. csparks.org.
  • VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER Redefining Recovery – Support Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center with a virtual evening of inspiring stories as we honor our resilient graduates, hear from our founder and celebrate our loyal supporters. 7PM. Register for link. anb.today/2020-gala/.
  • EXHIBIT Decision 1920: A Return to “Normalcy” – Through 11/25. Free exhibit – voters in 1920 faced an important choice in a moment of profound change. A global war followed by a worldwide pandemic, national prohibition, women’s suffrage campaigns, unrest surrounding race, immigration, and the economy continue to highlight persistent challenges dating back to the founding of the republic. Newberry Library, Chicago. Newberry.org.
  • EXHIBIT Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails – Through 1/3/21. This interactive exhibit allows children to help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges from simple sorting to more complex engineering. Kohls Children’s Museum. Glenview. kcmgc.org.
  • EXHIBIT Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the InteriorThrough 12/20. Explore the ingenious ways in which Wright maximized the feeling of open space while still accommodating the various functions of daily living. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org.
  • EXHIBIT Wright Before the “Lloyd” – Through 1/3/2021. Features images and artifacts that portray the eclectic, early explorations of one of the world’s greatest architects. Elmhurst Art Museum. elmhurstartmuseum.org.
  • EXHIBIT Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art – Museum is open from Noon to 4 PM Tuesday – Sunday.  Fossils, Mosaics, Gemstones and more. Make your reservation today. Oak Brook. lizzadromuseum.org.
  • EXHIBIT Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military – Shows the evolution of roles women have had over time. Prepaid limited walk-in availability on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Dunn Museum. Libertyville. lcfpd.org/museum/planning
  • OUTDOORS Mums Flower ShowThrough11/29. Visit now to enjoy this seasonal display of mums and other fall plantings. 8AM-6PM. Wilder Park Conservatory. Elmhurst. epd.org.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

  • ADULT Fall Beer Tasting – Local craft breweries serving seasonal and flagship brews, ciders and meads. Entries are available on the half-hour, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
  • KIDS Life Sized Candy Land Game – Don’t miss out on the fun with Mr. Mint, Jolly, Lolly, Gloppy and the rest of the Candy Land characters. 12-7 PM Iowa Community Center, Villa Park. invillapark.com.
  • FAMILY Take-and-Make “Thank You” Flag Craft – Celebrate Veterans Day by creating a window hanging at home. Pick up your free kit. A donation is suggested. 10AM-Noon. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. fdmuseum.org.
  • TOUR Oak Hill & Oak Crest Cemetery Tour – Honor Veterans Day with a special tour of two of Downers Grove’s oldest graveyards. History of the sites and stories of significant Downers Grove residents who are buried there, including war veterans. 1-2:15 PM. Oak Crest Cemetery, Downers Grove. dgparks.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY VIRTUAL Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 1 – December 31. A unique online shopping experience with traditional German flair. Chicago. christkindlmarket.com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8

  • FITNESS EVENT  Gobbler Hobbler 10K and Mashed Potato Mile. Oswego. oswegolandparkdistrict.org.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9

  • OUTDOORS Star Gazing – Outdoor class includes a search for constellations, galaxies, stars, planets, comets, asteroids and even an up close and personal look at the earth’s own moon. Ages 3+. Mather Woods, Plainfield. Register. plfdparks.org.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11

  • LECTURE They Served: Stories from Veterans – Each veteran has their own unique story to share. This Veterans Day join us virtually as veterans of the 1st Infantry Division share stories of their service. 7 PM Via Zoom. Free with registration. Cantigny.org.
  • ADULTS VFW Bingo – Play Wednesday night bingo with raffles and pull tabs. 18 and older. Proceeds benefit veterans. 7-11 PM. West Chicago VFW. wchicago.mhsoftware.com.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

  • EXHIBIT Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails – Through 1/3/21. This interactive exhibit allows children to help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges from simple sorting to more complex engineering. Kohls Children’s Museum. Glenview. kcmgc.org.
  • EXHIBIT Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior – 10/23-12/20. Explore the ingenious ways in which Wright maximized the feeling of open space while still accommodating the various functions of daily living. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org.
  • EXHIBIT Wright Before the “Lloyd” – 9/8-1/3/2021. Features images and artifacts that portray the eclectic, early explorations of one of the world’s greatest architects. Elmhurst Art Museum. elmhurstartmuseum.org.
  • EXHIBIT Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art – Museum is open from Noon to 4 PM Tuesday – Sunday.  Fossils, Mosaics, Gemstones and more. Make your reservation today. Oak Brook. lizzadromuseum.org.
  • EXHIBIT Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military – Shows the evolution of roles women have had over time. Prepaid limited walk-in availability on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Dunn Museum. Libertyville. lcfpd.org/museum/planning
  • OUTDOORS Mums Flower Show10/31-11/29. Visit now to enjoy this seasonal display of mums and other fall plantings. 8AM-6PM. Wilder Park Conservatory. Elmhurst. epd.org.
  • SHOPPING Psychic Holistic Fair – 11/12-15. Mediums, Psychics, Reiki Masters, Shamanic Practitioners, Aura Photography and More! See hours online. Stop in and see our unique items! Enlightened Balance, Crystal Lake. EnlightenedBalance.com.
  • SHOPPING Holiday Market at Fox Valley Mall – 11/13-15. We will have a variety of crafters, artisans, and holiday items for sale from local vendors and crafters. 11AM-7PM Fri and Sat. Noon-6PM Sun. Fox Valley Mall, Aurora.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

  • FAMILY Bird Walk – Cantigny bird walks are free to attend and in partnership with the DuPage Birding Club. Beginning birders and kids at least 8 years old (accompanied by an adult) are always welcome! Cantigny, Wheaton. Cantigny.org.
  • TEENS Fortnite Tourney – Ages 10-18. Participants bring their own controller for use during game play. Heats will be set by age if applicable. Prizes. Face coverings must be worn while participating. 3:00 PM. NIU Naperville, woodridgeparks.org.
  • FAMILY Scavenger Hunt – 11/14-22 and 12/5-13. Each scavenger hunt will follow a different theme, and include new challenges and twists while you “collect” your items by taking photos and videos. 8AM-5PM. Lyman Woods, Downers Grove. Dgparks.org.
  • SHOPPING Psychic Holistic Fair – 11/12-15. Mediums, Psychics, Reiki Masters, Shamanic Practitioners, Aura Photography and More! See hours online. Stop in and see our unique items! Enlightened Balance, Crystal Lake. EnlightenedBalance.com.
  • SHOPPING Holiday Market at Fox Valley Mall – 11/13-15. We will have a variety of crafters, artisans, and holiday items for sale from local vendors and crafters. 11AM-7PM Fri and Sat. Noon-6PM Sun. Fox Valley Mall, Aurora.
  • FITNESS EVENT  White Pines Winterland Walk/Run. Bensenville. bvilleparks.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY VIRTUAL Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 1 – December 31. A unique online shopping experience with traditional German flair. Chicago. christkindlmarket.com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15

  • OUTDOOR Dog Admission Day – Bring your furry friend to Morton Arboretum. Special rules apply. See website for details. 7AM – Sunset. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Mortonarb.org.
  • VIRTUAL EXHIBIT “Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior” Gallery Talk – If you can’t make it to the museum to see “Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior,” we’ll bring the exhibit to you! Tune in via Facebook Live. Noon. elmhursthistory.org.
  • FAMILY Scavenger Hunt – 11/14-22 and 12/5-13. Each scavenger hunt will follow a different theme, and include new challenges and twists while you “collect” your items by taking photos and videos. 8AM-5PM. Lyman Woods, Downers Grove. Dgparks.org.
  • SHOPPING Psychic Holistic Fair – 11/12-15. Mediums, Psychics, Reiki Masters, Shamanic Practitioners, Aura Photography and More! See hours online. Stop in and see our unique items! Enlightened Balance, Crystal Lake. EnlightenedBalance.com.
  • SHOPPING Holiday Market at Fox Valley Mall – 11/13-15. We will have a variety of crafters, artisans, and holiday items for sale from local vendors and crafters. 11AM-7PM Fri and Sat. Noon-6PM Sun. Fox Valley Mall, Aurora.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17

  • KIDS Kid Rock “Fall Jamboree” – This special musical event is about apple picking, colorful leaves, hayrides, campfires and much more. 10-11 AM. Ages 1-5 with adult. Register. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Cantigny.org.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18

  • ADULT Wine & Canvas at the Farm – Guided custom canvas creation. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine, snacks, a few friends and enjoy a creative night out. All materials included. 6:30 – 8:30PM. Blackberry Farm, Aurora. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
  • ADULTS VFW Bingo – Play Wednesday night bingo with raffles and pull tabs. 18 and older. Proceeds benefit veterans. 7-11 PM. West Chicago VFW. wchicago.mhsoftware.com.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

  • SENIORS Thanksgiving Luncheon – Join us for a musical luncheon featuring sing-a-long to songs from the Roaring 20s through today. An individually wrapped lunch is included. Noon-1:30 PM. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream. Csparks.org.
  • KIDS Thanksgiving Bingo – Spend the evening meeting new friends, playing bingo, and creating fall-themed crafts. Ages 5-10. 5-7 PM. Community Recreation Center, Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com.
  • EXHIBIT Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails – Through 1/3/21. This interactive exhibit allows children to help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges from simple sorting to more complex engineering. Kohls Children’s Museum. Glenview. kcmgc.org.
  • EXHIBIT Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior – 10/23-12/20. Explore the ingenious ways in which Wright maximized the feeling of open space while still accommodating the various functions of daily living. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org.
  • EXHIBIT Wright Before the “Lloyd” – 9/8-1/3/2021. Features images and artifacts that portray the eclectic, early explorations of one of the world’s greatest architects. Elmhurst Art Museum. elmhurstartmuseum.org.
  • EXHIBIT Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art – Museum is open from Noon to 4 PM Tuesday – Sunday.  Fossils, Mosaics, Gemstones and more. Make your reservation today. Oak Brook. lizzadromuseum.org.
  • EXHIBIT Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military – Shows the evolution of roles women have had over time. Prepaid limited walk-in availability on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Dunn Museum. Libertyville. lcfpd.org/museum/planning
  • OUTDOORS Mums Flower Show10/31-11/29. Visit now to enjoy this seasonal display of mums and other fall plantings. 8AM-6PM. Wilder Park Conservatory. Elmhurst. epd.org.
  • FAMILY Scavenger Hunt – 11/14-22 and 12/5-13. Each scavenger hunt will follow a different theme, and include new challenges and twists while you “collect” your items by taking photos and videos. 8AM-5PM. Lyman Woods, Downers Grove. Dgparks.org.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21

  • OUTDOORS Chili Fling and Fire Disc Golf – Enjoy 9 holes and a bowl of chili by the fire after the event. Prizes. Please bring a face covering. Ages 14+. 11AM-12:30PM. Castaldo Park Disc Golf Course, Woodridge. Woodridgeparks.org.
  • FAMILY Scavenger Hunt – 11/14-22 and 12/5-13. Each scavenger hunt will follow a different theme, and include new challenges and twists while you “collect” your items by taking photos and videos. 8AM-5PM. Lyman Woods, Downers Grove. Dgparks.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/21/20 – 1/3/21 4-10PM. ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This will be a ticketed event this year. Lincoln Park Zoo. lpzoo.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – November 13-January 3. Enjoy fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Lightscape – November 13-January 3. Spectacular New Magic for the Holidays. Along a mile-long path, the night comes alive with color, imagination, and sound, from a playful choir of singing trees to a spectacular waterfall of light. Chicago Botanic Garden. chicagobotanic.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY VIRTUAL Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 1 – December 31. A unique online shopping experience with traditional German flair. Chicago. christkindlmarket.com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28

  • FITNESS EVENT  North Shore Turkey Trot 10K and 5K Run. Highland Park. northshoreturkeytrot.com.
  • FITNESS EVENT  Beat the Bird 5K. Fullersberg Woods, Oakbrook. endureitsports.com.
  • VIRTUAL FITNESS EVENT  44th Annual Lincolnwood Turkey Trot. Lincolnwood. lincolnwoodil.org
  • VIRTUAL FITNESS EVENT  Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Run and 2-Mile Walk. Chicago. hotchocolate15k.com.
  • VIRTUAL FITNESS EVENT  Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run. Wheaton. jbr.org/westernsuburbs
  • VIRTUAL FITNESS EVENT  Turkey Trot. Addison. addisonparks.org.
  • VIRTUAL FITNESS EVENT  Schaumburg Half Marathon and 5K. Schaumburg. allcommunityevents.com.
  • VIRTUAL FITNESS EVENT  Grant Park Turkey Trot. Chicago. Allcommunityevents.com
  •  VIRTUAL FITNESS EVENT  Long Grove Turkey Trot 8K/5K Run and Kids’ Dash. Long Grove. runsignup.com.
  •  VIRTUAL FITNESS EVENT  Naperville Lions Turkey Trot. Naperville. napervilleturkeytrot.com.
  •  VIRTUAL FITNESS EVENT  Turkey Trot 2 mile/5 mile. Palatine. palatineparks.or

DECEMBER

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4

  • ADULTS Girls Night Out: Holiday Floral – Join us to make your own indoor English garden for the holidays! All materials provided and wine available for a fee. South Barrington. sbpd.net.
  • KIDS Kid Rock “Winterpalooza” – This special musical event is about playing in the snow, sledding, building snowmen and much more. 10-11 AM. Ages 1-5 with adult. Register. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Cantigny.org.
  •  TEENS Super Smash Bros Tournament – Round robin play format that includes a bracket finish. Prizes.
  • All players are required to wear a face covering. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream. csparks.org.
  • THEATRE Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol – 12/3-20, 2020. Adaptation of Dickens’s classic tale, this modern-day story comes to life over the characters family zoom call. Each show will be performed live in Manual Cinema’s Chicago studio in a socially distanced manner, and live streamed to audiences at home. For showtimes: manualcinema.com.
  • EXHIBIT Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails – Through 1/3/21. This interactive exhibit allows children to help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges from simple sorting to more complex engineering. Kohls Children’s Museum. Glenview. kcmgc.org.
  •  EXHIBIT Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior – 10/23-12/20. Explore the ingenious ways in which Wright maximized the feeling of open space while still accommodating the various functions of daily living. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org.
  • EXHIBIT Wright Before the “Lloyd” – 9/8-1/3/2021. Features images and artifacts that portray the eclectic, early explorations of one of the world’s greatest architects. Elmhurst Art Museum. elmhurstartmuseum.org.
  • EXHIBIT Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art – Museum is open from Noon to 4 PM Tuesday – Sunday.  Fossils, Mosaics, Gemstones and more. Make your reservation today. Oak Brook. lizzadromuseum.org.
  •  EXHIBIT Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military – Shows the evolution of roles women have had over time. Prepaid limited walk-in availability on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Dunn Museum. Libertyville. lcfpd.org/museum/planning
  • OUTDOORS Mums Flower Show10/31-11/29. Visit now to enjoy this seasonal display of mums and other fall plantings. 8AM-6PM. Wilder Park Conservatory. Elmhurst. epd.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5

  • FAMILY Kane County Flea Market –11/1 and 12/5-6. Find that perfect piece of refurbished furniture, holiday decorations, sports collectibles, or antique. 600+ dealers each month. Kane County Fairgrounds, Geneva. kanecountyfleamarket.com.
  • THEATRE Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol – 12/3-20, 2020. Adaptation of Dickens’s classic tale, this modern-day story comes to life over the characters family zoom call. Each show will be performed live in Manual Cinema’s Chicago studio in a socially distanced manner, and live streamed to audiences at home. For showtimes: manualcinema.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/21/20 – 1/3/21 4-10PM. ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This will be a ticketed event this year. Lincoln Park Zoo. lpzoo.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – November 13-January 3. Enjoy fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Lightscape – November 13-January 3. Spectacular New Magic for the Holidays. Along a mile-long path, the night comes alive with color, imagination, and sound, from a playful choir of singing trees to a spectacular waterfall of light. Chicago Botanic Garden. chicagobotanic.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY VIRTUAL Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 1 – December 31. A unique online shopping experience with traditional German flair. Chicago. christkindlmarket.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5

  • FAMILY Kane County Flea Market –11/1 and 12/5-6. Find that perfect piece of refurbished furniture, holiday decorations, sports collectibles, or antique. 600+ dealers each month. Kane County Fairgrounds, Geneva. kanecountyfleamarket.com.
  •  THEATRE Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol – 12/3-20, 2020. Adaptation of Dickens’s classic tale, this modern-day story comes to life over the characters family zoom call. Each show will be performed live in Manual Cinema’s Chicago studio in a socially distanced manner, and live streamed to audiences at home. For showtimes: manualcinema.com.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9

  • ADULTS VFW Bingo – Play Wednesday night bingo with raffles and pull tabs. 18 and older. Proceeds benefit veterans. 7-11 PM. West Chicago VFW. wchicago.mhsoftware.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10

Happy Hanukkah!

  • OUTDOORS Two-Hour Forest Therapy Walk – Experience a series of guided, gentle invitations to open the senses, cultivate presence and invite healing interactions between people and the natural world. Register. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Mortonarb.org.
  • LECTURE American Girl – Author Kirby Larson will speak about her experience as a writer, including the historical events that shape her novels. Online via Zoom: 5 – 6:15 PM. Cantigny. Registration at fdmuseum.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12

  • EXHIBIT Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails – Through 1/3/21. This interactive exhibit allows children to help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges from simple sorting to more complex engineering. Kohls Children’s Museum. Glenview. kcmgc.org.
  •  EXHIBIT Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior – 10/23-12/20. Explore the ingenious ways in which Wright maximized the feeling of open space while still accommodating the various functions of daily living. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org.
  • EXHIBIT Wright Before the “Lloyd” – 9/8-1/3/2021. Features images and artifacts that portray the eclectic, early explorations of one of the world’s greatest architects. Elmhurst Art Museum. elmhurstartmuseum.org.
  • EXHIBIT Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art – Museum is open from Noon to 4 PM Tuesday – Sunday.  Fossils, Mosaics, Gemstones and more. Make your reservation today. Oak Brook. lizzadromuseum.org.
  • EXHIBIT Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military – Shows the evolution of roles women have had over time. Prepaid limited walk-in availability on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Dunn Museum. Libertyville. lcfpd.org/museum/planning
  • OUTDOORS Mums Flower Show10/31-11/29. Visit now to enjoy this seasonal display of mums and other fall plantings. 8AM-6PM. Wilder Park Conservatory. Elmhurst. epd.org.
  • THEATRE Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol – 12/3-20, 2020. Adaptation of Dickens’s classic tale, this modern-day story comes to life over the characters family zoom call. Each show will be performed live in Manual Cinema’s Chicago studio in a socially distanced manner, and live streamed to audiences at home. For showtimes: manualcinema.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

  • FAMILY The LEGO Show – An extraordinary display of LEGOS in a two-day event. This show will occur in conjunction with our Celebrate the Season event. Visitors Center at Cantigny, Wheaton. Cantigny.org.
  • FAMILY Inspiring Stories – A hero from the Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 shares iher inspirational story. In person or Virtual event. Christ Community Church. St. Charles, 5PM. ccclife.org/resgister
  •  THEATRE Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol – 12/3-20, 2020. Adaptation of Dickens’s classic tale, this modern-day story comes to life over the characters family zoom call. Each show will be performed live in Manual Cinema’s Chicago studio in a socially distanced manner, and live streamed to audiences at home. For showtimes: manualcinema.com.
  • VIRTUAL FITNESS EVENT  Reindeer Run 5K. Wheaton. wheatonparkdistrict.com/racewheaton
  • VIRTUAL FITNESS EVENT  Viking Dash Trail Run 15K, 10K, 5K and 13.1-Mile Races. 2-Day Event. Crystal Lake. vikingdashtrailrun.com.
  • VIRTUAL FITNESS EVENT  Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run. Chicago. jbr.org/chicago
  • CHICAGO / CITY Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/21/20 – 1/3/21 4-10PM. ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This will be a ticketed event this year. Lincoln Park Zoo. lpzoo.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – November 13-January 3. Enjoy fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Lightscape – November 13-January 3. Spectacular New Magic for the Holidays. Along a mile-long path, the night comes alive with color, imagination, and sound, from a playful choir of singing trees to a spectacular waterfall of light. Chicago Botanic Garden. chicagobotanic.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY VIRTUAL Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 1 – December 31. A unique online shopping experience with traditional German flair. Chicago. christkindlmarket.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13

  • FAMILY The LEGO Show – An extraordinary display of LEGOS in a two-day event. This show will occur in conjunction with our Celebrate the Season event. Visitors Center at Cantigny, Wheaton. Cantigny.org.
  • FAMILY Inspiring Stories – A hero from the Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 shares her inspirational story. In person or Virtual event. Christ Community Church. St. Charles, 5PM. ccclife.org/resgister
  • THEATRE Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol – 12/3-20, 2020. Adaptation of Dickens’s classic tale, this modern-day story comes to life over the characters family zoom call. Each show will be performed live in Manual Cinema’s Chicago studio in a socially distanced manner, and live streamed to audiences at home. For showtimes: manualcinema.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14

  • OUTDOORS Star Gazing – Outdoor class includes a search for constellations, galaxies, stars, planets, comets, asteroids and even an up close and personal look at the earth’s own moon. Ages 3+. Mather Woods, Plainfield. Register. plfdparks.org.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16

  • ADULTS Wine & Canvas at the Farm – Pinot Noir meets the palette as an instructor guides you through your own custom canvas creation. Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Rd. Aurora, foxvalleyparkdistrict.org
  • SENIORS Christmas Luncheon – Enjoy some holiday cheer at our Christmas Luncheon and White Elephant exchange. An individually wrapped lunch from Rocco Vino’s is included. Noon-1:30 PM. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream. Csparks.org.
  • ADULTS VFW Bingo – Play Wednesday night bingo with raffles and pull tabs. 18 and older. Proceeds benefit veterans. 7-11 PM. West Chicago VFW. wchicago.mhsoftware.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18

  • EXHIBIT Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails – Through 1/3/21. This interactive exhibit allows children to help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges from simple sorting to more complex engineering. Kohls Children’s Museum. Glenview. kcmgc.org.
  • EXHIBIT Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior – 10/23-12/20. Explore the ingenious ways in which Wright maximized the feeling of open space while still accommodating the various functions of daily living. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org.
  • EXHIBIT Wright Before the “Lloyd” – 9/8-1/3/2021. Features images and artifacts that portray the eclectic, early explorations of one of the world’s greatest architects. Elmhurst Art Museum. elmhurstartmuseum.org.
  • EXHIBIT Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art – Museum is open from Noon to 4 PM Tuesday – Sunday.  Fossils, Mosaics, Gemstones and more. Make your reservation today. Oak Brook. lizzadromuseum.org.
  • EXHIBIT Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military – Shows the evolution of roles women have had over time. Prepaid limited walk-in availability on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Dunn Museum. Libertyville. lcfpd.org/museum/planning
  • OUTDOORS Mums Flower Show10/31-11/29. Visit now to enjoy this seasonal display of mums and other fall plantings. 8AM-6PM. Wilder Park Conservatory. Elmhurst. epd.org.
  • THEATRE Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol – 12/3-20, 2020. Adaptation of Dickens’s classic tale, this modern-day story comes to life over the characters family zoom call. Each show will be performed live in Manual Cinema’s Chicago studio in a socially distanced manner, and live streamed to audiences at home. For showtimes: manualcinema.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19

  • THEATRE Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol – 12/3-20, 2020. Adaptation of Dickens’s classic tale, this modern-day story comes to life over the characters family zoom call. Each show will be performed live in Manual Cinema’s Chicago studio in a socially distanced manner, and live streamed to audiences at home. For showtimes: manualcinema.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/21/20 – 1/3/21 4-10PM. ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This will be a ticketed event this year. Lincoln Park Zoo. lpzoo.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – November 13-January 3. Enjoy fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Lightscape – November 13-January 3. Spectacular New Magic for the Holidays. Along a mile-long path, the night comes alive with color, imagination, and sound, from a playful choir of singing trees to a spectacular waterfall of light. Chicago Botanic Garden. chicagobotanic.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY VIRTUAL Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 1 – December 31. A unique online shopping experience with traditional German flair. Chicago. christkindlmarket.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30

  • OUTDOORS Winter Wonder Walk – Wintertime guided nature hike, exploring the island and shores of the Des Plaines River. Enjoy hot cocoa and a fire after hike. Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville. reconnectwithnature.org.
  • ADULTS VFW Bingo – Play Wednesday night bingo with raffles and pull tabs. 18 and older. Proceeds benefit veterans. 7-11 PM. West Chicago VFW. wchicago.mhsoftware.com.

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