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THANKSGIVING WEEKEND+
for Thursday 11/28 to Wednesday 12/4

The coming week from Suburban Family  … Living Wheaton for the Holidays | Cantigny Park “Holiday Cheer” | Village of Arlington Heights | Abbey Farms | Kohl Children’s Museum | WhirlyBall | Wilmot Mountain | Festival of Lights, Aurora Noon Rotary Club | Cascade MountainPlainfield Park District | Holly Days in Westmont | Aurora Downtown | Kuipers Family Farm | Christmas Town at Summerfield Zoo | Granite Peak Ski Area | Ride Metra  | Hollywood Blvd Cinema | Safari Land | Funtopia: Glenview and Naperville | Holiday Inn, Overshadowed Theatrical Productions | Mary Poppins + A Christmas Carol, Drury Lane Theatre | Magic of the Holiday Season, The Dancing Horses Theatre Roselle Annual Turkey Tango/Trot 5K |This Weekend’s “Seasons Best” | Holiday On Stage | This Weekend’s Holiday Happenings | Fitness/Race Events | Greater Chicago Events | SPECIAL: Senior Focus | Active Kids Zone and Party Place  | Helping Kids with Learning Differences | Dining Guide  | This Week’s Sponsors … See below.

Happy Thanksgiving

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This Weekend’s “Season’s Best”

Living Wheaton for the Holidays
Downtown Wheaton is decked out for the holidays this season.  Gather around the community fireplace with hot cocoa at Martin Memorial Plaza and enjoy old-fashioned carriage rides along Front Street. Drop off you letter to Santa in his special mailbox located next to the giant Living Wheaton chair at the ‘W’ Plaza on Front Street.

The season opens with the Living Wheaton Christmas Parade on Friday, November 29th at 6pm.  Keep local awesome by supporting our small downtown businesses on Shop Small Saturday, November 30th and visit with live reindeer that same day from 12pm to 2pm at Martin Memorial Plaza.  Enjoy Christmas festival family activities every Saturday through December 21st. For details visit downtownwheaton.com.

Cantigny Park “Holiday Cheer”
Good times and holiday cheer await your family in Wheaton! Cantigny’s Celebrate the Season Festival and Mistletoe Market take place on Dec. 7, followed by the popular LEGO Train Show Dec. 14-15. Brunches with Santa are set for Dec. 1 and 22, or dine with The Grinch on Dec. 7 or 14. Reserve your table at Cantigny.org. See many more events and full details online. For event updates, text PARK to 36000.

Village of Arlington Heights 
The Holiday Season is Wonderful in Arlington Heights! Arlington Heights is the perfect holiday destination for your family.  It all starts with our grand Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 29th.  Great events continue with Small Business Saturday on November 30th.  Come out and shop at independent and national retailers in our award-winning Downtown.  And don’t forget the Rotary Santa Run on December 7th, a 5K race featuring hundreds of St. Nicks dashing through the streets.  With great shopping, entertainment, and events, Arlington Heights is the place to be this holiday season! For more information, please visit www.DiscoverArlington.com!
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Abbey Farms
Start Your Holiday Season at Abbey Farms! Searching for an old-fashioned treat to bring to your holiday gatherings this year? Apple crisp, pies, German comfort food from our Pine Tree Cafe — plus the Farmstead Emporium offers a wide variety of time-tested flavors for your seasonal cooking at home. Christmas trees and wreaths are available now, and be sure to look for Santa, too! Enjoy an award-winning apple cider donut, free, when you purchase your tree – and ask about our tree delivery service!  For more info, visit AbbeyFarms.org!
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Kohl Children’s Museum
17 interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Now through January 26, come explore the great outdoors with our interactive exhibit Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond, based on the hit PBS Kids TV show, and developed in partnership with Spiffy Pictures and WTTW! See for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL. For more information, call 847-832-6600 or visit www.kcmgc.org.
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WhirlyBall
WhirlyBall’s newest location in Naperville is open! WhirlyBall’s newest location brings its one-of-a-kind social experience to Naperville with reimagined design and even more activities for guests to enjoy. Located at 3103 Odyssey Court, the two-story entertainment destination will feature two famed WhirlyBall courts, 12 bowling lanes, a multi-level LaserTag arena, multiple event spaces and The Pivot Room, an American eatery and craft beer bar located on the first floor. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT. 630-932-4800
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Cascade Mountain…where kids ski free!
One of the most popular ski resorts in the Midwest is Cascade Mountain. Located on Interstate 90/94 between Madison and Wisconsin Dells, Cascade is a large area with 47 ski trails and snow tubing. Wisconsin Dells is just 15 minutes away from Cascade, and the city of Portage is even closer. Families with children save a bundle at Cascade Mountain because kids 12 and under ski free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, go to www.cascademountain.com.
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Wilmot Mountain
Embrace Winter Family Fun at Wilmot Mountain!  Traverse the slopes, take a lesson, enjoy upgraded food & beverages options at Ski Hill Grill, attend great season long events or enjoy slope side views and a hot toddy at Walt’s Tavern.   Ski, snowboard and tube with us this season. Ring in the New Year with the family at our NEW Kid’s New Year’s Eve Bash at Walt’s Tavern! Enjoy a family friendly 2-hour daytime party at Walt’s Tavern.  The event includes face painting, photo booth, party favors, games, DJ, and more! Reservation are required, limited seating available. 11931 Fox River Road, Wilmot, WI. www.wilmotmountain.com
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13th Annual Festival of Lights
Presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club
Enjoy the magic of the 2019 Festival of Lights. Featuring a 20’ tall Dancing Christmas Tree & SINGING Reindeer. This is the largest FREE outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois and is presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Aurora. It is a mile long drive-through of spectacular displays. Staged at Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora. Open nightly 5 to 9, Nov. 29 through Dec. 26.  Freewill donations appreciated. www.aurorafestivaloflights.com.
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Plainfield Park District
The Plainfield Park District has several family special events planned for this fall and winter. Nov. 30: Grinchmas on the Green, Village Green Pk., 24121 W. Chicago St. Dec. 14: Breakfast with Santa at PARC. Dec. 13-14: Journey to the North Pole, 4 Seasons Pk., 22500 Lockport St. More info & to register go to plfdparks.org.

Holly Days in Westmont
The annual Holly Days Winter Festival returns to Westmont!  Join us on Opening Night, complete with the Frosty and Friends Parade and Santa’s arrival on Saturday, November 30 is not to be missed.  Don’t miss our Snow-Much Fun Night on December 21 with sled dogs, games, crafts, Santa’s Workshop, s’mores and more! For a complete list of Holly Days activities, please visit www.hollydaysfestival.com or by calling 630.963.5252.

Aurora Downtown 
Aurora Downtown welcomes you to enjoy the holidays with free events for everyone. Join us at First Fridays, a night of free trolley rides, art shows, live music, and more throughout downtown Aurora. On December 6, it’s our second annual Cocoa Crawl. Purchase your mug and button before they sell out. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www.auroradowntown.org.

Kuipers Family Farm
Visit the farm for a huge selection of freshly harvested Pine and Fir trees.  Includes shaking, baling and one of our famous apple cider donuts for everyone in your party. Browse The Orchard Shop & Bakery for great gift ideas, gourmet foods, pies, fudge, apple cider and so much more! Located in Maple Park, IL just 45 minutes west of Chicago. Visit YouPickFun.com or call 815-827-5200 for more information.
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Christmas Town at Summerfield Zoo
An amazing opportunity to make Christmas memories! Visit Santa’s Reindeer Barn with Santa’s entire sleigh team of live reindeer. Visit with Santa Claus (times available on website). Kids will earn an official stable elf diploma! Baby reindeer flight school training sessions. Lots of magical photo opportunities, including live reindeer! Grab a delicious snack at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen Snack Shop. Visit the Flying Reindeer Gift Shop for ALL of your Christmas shopping needs! Admission is $10 per person. www.summerfieldfarmandzoo.com 3088 Flora Rd., Belvidere, IL

Granite Peak Ski Area
Wisconsin’s #1 Ski Area located in an authentic ski town!  Your family will have so much to do for the entire weekend.   Ski and Stay packages as low as $452 for a family of 4! 3 High Speed chair lifts with beginner runs that allow for your whole family, no matter their ability, ski all day long!  Combo tickets starting at $299 for 5 Days.  Now that’s a deal! Book now at Skigranitepeak.com.
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Ride Metra to Winter Fun
With traffic-free trips to festive Chicago-area destinations like shopping, ice skating, theaters, light displays and more, Metra is made for the holidays! Enjoy unlimited rides Saturday and Sunday for just $10, and free rides for up to three kids 11 and under with each fare-paying adult on weekends and select holidays. For more fun trip ideas, schedules and to find the station nearest you, visit metrarail.com today!
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Oak Brook Park District
Parties and Event Services
From year-round pool parties to quaint weddings and family gatherings, the Oak Brook Park District’s award-winning facilities and staff are available to make sure that your next event is a success! Please contact the our team for additional details or reservations by emailing events@obparks.org or calling 630-645-9554. www.obparks.org.

Celebrate the Holidays
with Hollywood Blvd Cinema

Celebrity Guest, Ugly Sweater Parties, Movie with Santa, Christmas Dueling Pianos, Throwback Holiday Classics and so much more! Private Events rentals available also for Fundraisers, Holiday Parties & Corporate Events. Contact Blvd today. 1001 W. 75th St. Woodridge IL 60517 www.HollywoodBlvdCinema.com.

Safari Land
Villa Park, IL

Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR amusement park, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties!  For more information visit www.safarilandfun.com or call 630-530-4649.
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Funtopia
Glenview and Naperville
Funtopia hosts the most FUNbelievable Birthday Parties. Our packages offer a unique way for kids to have fun and be active on awesome attractions while parents can relax and enjoy the great atmosphere.

Two FUNtastic locations:

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TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show                  ..NEXT WEEKEND
Holiday cheer and the best holiday shopping awaits you at the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center from December 5-8, 2019.   All you need for great holiday gifts and more will be on sale.  Discover jewelry, clothing, accessories, and beauty products to highlight your style; gifts for special occasions; and much more.   All are welcome (16 years old and above) to attend the Schaumburg Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show December 5-8. Kid’s day is Sunday, December 8th where 9-15 year olds are welcome with an accompanying adult. Visit www.jfashow.com and make sure to register to attend today!
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Christ Church
Spirit Village & Carolfest                   …NEXT WEEKEND
Christ Church Offers Free Family-Friendly Events: Spirit Village & Carolfest on December 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. is an alternative Christmas market that supports the real needs of people locally and globally. Give gifts on behalf of those on your Christmas list that will uplift and help those less fortunate. Help those in need while having a fun family day with balloons, face-painting and a petting zoo.

Carol Fest is December 8 at 3:00 p.m. And 6:00 p.m., and features portions of Handel’s “Messiah” as well as songs of the Christmas season with a large choir and orchestra. Cookie and punch reception between performances, as well as childcare for children under age 4. Christ Church Downers Grove (We’ve moved!) 2S361 Glen Park Rd., Lombard, IL 60148. 630-654-1884. www.christchurch.us.

“Yuletide Festival & Fair” Naper Settlement
Open Select Days – December 6-22                    …NEXT WEEKEND
Make your Holiday merry and bright at the new Yuletide Festival and Fair! Experience the joy of the holiday season with live entertainment, local art and craft vendors, wintry food and beverages from local restaurants and breweries, and more! Stroll through Naper Settlement’s historic grounds decorated for the holiday season with twinkling lights and plenty of holiday spirit. Yuletide Festival & Fair runs Friday through Sunday from December 6-22: Fridays, 2-10PM; Saturdays and Sundays, 11AM-10PM. Admission is FREE! Visit www.NaperSettlement.org/Yuletide for more information.

Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society
2019 Holiday Housewalk and Market for Healthy Kids                   ..NEXT WEEKEND
Join the OPRF Infant Welfare Society for a fun weekend of Holiday Festivities on December 5-7, 2019.

Tour 5 beautiful homes, festively decorated for the holidays in Oak Park and River Forest.  Shop one of a kind artisan vendors offering unique gift items at our Holiday Market  and enjoy music food and drinks at the Holiday Spirit and Wine Tasting on Thursday and the not so Trivial Pursuit night on Friday. All proceeds benefit the IWS Children’s Clinic.  Purchase tickets at www.oprfiws.org/events or at the door day of the event. Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave, Oak Park.

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Holiday On Stage…

Holiday Inn
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions

November 29 – December 21, 2019.                    …STARTS THIS WEEKEND

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Based on the film from Universal Pictures. Book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge. This crowd-pleasing, classic romance is sure to delight audiences of all ages—featuring thrill-ing dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including “Blue Skies,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” and “White Christmas.” New this year…we have two additional performances to our Christmas production. First, we have added a matinee performance on the Saturday of opening weekend. Second, we have added another show on Tuesday, December 17.

Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call the box office at 630-634-2100 or visit our website at overshadowed.org. We can’t wait to share the holidays with you!
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Mary Poppins + A Christmas Carol
Drury Lane Theatre
“It’s a jolly holiday with…” Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins at Drury Lane Theatre! Everyone’s favorite nanny flies to the stage Now thru January 19, 2020. Based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, this “practically perfect” musical is fun for the entire family. Tickets start at $60 and are on sale now – and if you’re still doing your shopping, they make a “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” gift! Call or visit the box office or visit DruryLaneTheatre.com to get your tickets today!

Have a magical day out at the Spoonful of Sugar Tea before the matinee performance of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins on January 4 and 11. Kids of all ages will love the magic show and decorating their very own kite. For more information or to make reservations, visit LucilleRestaurant.com or call (630) 530-8300.

Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences presents A Christmas CarolNovember 29-December 23, 2019. The 60-minute holiday classic is appropriate for all ages. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now. Call or visit the box office or visit DruryLaneTheatre.com to get your tickets today!

(630) 530-0111 | 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 | DruryLaneTheatre.com.
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Magic of the Holiday Season
The Dancing Horses Theatre – located 10 minutes west of Lake Geneva
Open all year round!
Discover what everyone is talking about. For a perfect day of family entertainment, and to enjoy the Magic of the Holiday Season, visit The Dancing Horses Theatre. Music, costumes, and holiday lights grace the entire Theatre from November to January. It is a “must see” for any horse lover as well as all those looking for a unique destination. www.thedancinghorses.com or call 262-728-8200. Tickets are $32.50 for over 2 hours of spectacular entertainment!

West Towns Barbershop Chorus …NEXT WEEKEND
Put the Annual West Towns Barbershop Chorus Christmas show on your calendars! You’ll have three opportunities over two weekends to see Chicagoland’s premier men’s four-part harmony a cappella chorus with special guests Midwest Crossroads Chorus and many more! What better way to kick your holiday season off then with the songs from your childhood? December 7, 2:00pm, December 14, 2:00pm & 7:00pm at Living Water Community Church, 190 Lily Cache Ln, Bolingbrook. For tickets or information visit www.westtowns.org or call (630) 201-5544. The West Towns Chorus is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization on a mission to Change Lives Though Song.

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Celebrating our 70th Anniversary Season 
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is continuing the Elgin holiday tradition with our annual Deck The Halls Holiday Concert. This community sing-a-long filled with your classic holiday favorites is complete with the Soprano Katelyn Lee, the Elgin Master Chorale, Dancewear’s, and a special visit from the man himself – SANTA CLAUS! Conducted by Stephen Squires, this is a concert for the whole family. Performances are December 14th @ 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM and December 15th @ 2:30 PM at the Hemmens Cultural Center. Purchase tickets at ElginSymphony.org or by calling 847-888-4000.
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Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts   …STARTS NEXT WEEKEND
The Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts offers two timeless shows for families this holiday season, beginning with Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s full-scale production of The Nutcracker. A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet, following the dreamlike adventures of a young girl who, guided by a magical Nutcracker Prince, encounters leaping Russians, waltzing flowers, twirling snowflake maidens and more. Complete with live narration, grand sets and vibrant costumes, The Nutcracker plays for two weekends December 6 through December 15.

Then, classical and popular music of the season is performed by the award-winning Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra at its 20th annual Presto! Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 21 at 3pm and 7pm. The Schaumburg Youth Choir joins the program, performing carols with the orchestra. For tickets, visit prairiecenter.org or call 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct., in Schaumburg.
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For details on any of these shows…
Holiday Inn | Nutcracker, James Lumber Center | Mary Poppins | A Christmas Carol | Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series | Magic of the Holiday Season | West Towns Barbershop Chorus | The Elgin Symphony Orchestra |  Nutcracker, Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts | Raue Center For The Arts …Go to:Website | Digital Edition


This Weekend’s “Holiday Happenings”

  • Festival of Lights Parade – 11/29. Parade with Santa, lights, music, pageantry. 2019 Theme: A Dr. Seuss Christmas. 7 PM. Downtown Crystal Lake. downtowncl.org.
  • Aurora Festival of Lights – 11/29-12/26. One of the biggest and best light displays in the area during the holiday season. This dazzling drive through show—open for a full month—attracts over 20,000 visitors. Fri-Sat 5-10 PM; Sun-Thurs 5-9 PM. Phillips Park, Aurora. aurorarotary.org.
  • Holiday Homecoming – 11/29-30: Lighting of Lights on First Street Plaza on Friday, 5 PM. Music, holiday movies, sleigh rides, lighted parade, Santa’s House and live holiday window displays. Main Street, St. Parade starts at 5:30 PM. Charles. downtownstcharles.org.
  • Holiday Walk – 11/29. An annual tradition since 1975. Countdown to tree lighting, visits with Santa for kids, music, local merchants offer refreshments. 6-8:30 PM. Glen Ellyn. glenellynchamber.com.
  • Light Up the Holidays Festival and Parade – 11/29. Parade, fireworks, tree lighting and activities presented by local businesses. 10 AM-7 PM. Downtown Joliet. jolietdowntown.com.
  • Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/29 -1/5. This free event transforms Lincoln Park Zoo into a twinkling winter wonderland complete with visits from Santa, ice sculptors, festive activities and sweet treats of all kinds. Enjoy Light Maze, Holiday Market and special events. Chicago. Lpzoo.org.
  • Festival of Lights and Tree Sales – 11/29-12/30. Cosley Zoo is transformed with 20,000 twinkling lights, spectacular displays, a selection of Christmas trees for purchase, hot chocolate and gifts. 9AM-9 PM daily. Wheaton. cosleyzoo.org.
  • Little Friends Holiday Parade of Lights – 11/29. Bundle up and enjoy an evening of festivities, brightly lit floats and musical entertainment! Parade at 7 PM. Visit with Santa after parade. Downtown Naperville. downtownnaperville.com.
  • Fox Valley Nutcracker – 11/30-12/1 Showcasing professional dancers, the performance features local dancers ages 5 to adult from 20 different dance studios. Tickets. Batavia Fine Arts Center, Batavia. foxvalleynutcracker.com.
  • Holly Days Opening Ceremony – 11/30. Month-long festival in Downtown Westmont starts with the Frosty & Friends Parade, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, downtown business open houses, treats and more. Westmont. hollydaysfestival.com.
  • Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic – Sat and Sun, 11/30-12/1, 12/7-8, 12/14-15, 12/21-22, and Thurs-Tues, 12/26-31. Chicagoland’s Largest and Longest Running Lights Festival with over One-Million LED Lights, a 41-Foot Talking Tree, a Skating Rink, Ice Carvers, and Much More! Brookfield. CZS.org/Events.
  • Cantigny Brunch with Santa – 12/1. Enjoy a fantastic brunch spread while enjoying a face painter, balloon artists and a family picture with Santa. 10 AM and 12:30 PM seatings. Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf, Wheaton. Reservations. cantigny.org.
  • JingleBell Jubilee – 12/1. Come see beautiful holiday lights, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, hear stories, listen to carolers, drink hot cocoa, and much more! Lombard. lombardparks.com.
  • Celebration of Lights – 12/1. Enjoy activities for the whole family including hayrides, holiday craft activities, a community sing-a-long, visits with Santa! FREE. 5- 7 PM. Batavia Riverwalk. Bataviaparks.org.
  • Sugar & Spice – 12/2. Fun and Festive Holiday Fundraiser with Boutique Shopping, Hors- d’oeuvres, deserts, Holiday martinis, Split the Raffles. Drury Lane, Oak Brook. 5-9 PM. oakbrookchapterinfantwelfare.org.
  • Holiday Market at Lincoln Park Zoo – 12/3. One-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list – all illuminated by the glow of ZooLights. An event for all ages. 6:30-10 PM. Chicago. Lpzoo.org.
  • Mistletoe Medley – 12/3. 9:30 AM – 3 PM. Annual luncheon and fashion show, boutique shopping and raffle. Benefits Oak Brook Infant Welfare Society. 9:30 AM-3 PM. Oak Brook. Reservations oakbrookchapterinfantwelfare.org.
  • Holiday Bedtime Stories – 12/3 and 12/5. Bring PJs, a stuffed toy and blanket for a night of Christmas songs, stories and cookies and milk with Mrs. Claus with a surprise visit from Santa. Barrington Park District. Register barringtonparkdistrict.org.

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Fitness / Race Events …

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Roselle Annual Turkey Tango/Trot 5K – Thurs, Nov. 28th at 8 AM. Thanksgiving Morning. 5K run/walk, Chipped Time, USATF certified. Hot Chocolate and post-race refreshments. Roselle, IL www.Roselle5K.com.

  • Noon Lions 5K Turkey Trot. Naperville Central High School. napervilleturkeytrot.com
  • Chicago Turkey Trot 8K/5K Run and Kids’ Race. Chicago. turkeytrotchicago.com.
  • Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run. Elmhurst. dangibbonsturkeytrot.org.
  • Long Grove Turkey Trot 8K/5K Run and Kids’ Dash. long groveturkeytrot.com.
  • McHenry Turkey Trot 5K Run. McHenry. mchenryturkeytrot.com.
  • North Shore Turkey Trot 10K and 5K Run. Highland Park. northshoreturkeytrot.com.
  • Bonfield Express 5K. Downers Grove. bonfieldexpress.com.
  • Winnetka Turkey Trot 5K. Winnetka. winnetkaturkeytrot.com
  • Pilgrim Pie Run. La Grange. pilgrimpierun.com
  • Beat the Bird 5K. Fullersberg Woods, Oakbrook. beatthebird.com

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30

  • Schaumburg Half Marathon and 5K. Schaumburg. schaumburghalfmarathon.com.
  • Rotary Club Ugly Sweater 5K. Westmont. westmontrotaryclub.org
  • Grant Park Turkey Trot. Chicago. allcommunityevents.com

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

  • Kiwanis Santa Run. Crystal Lake. kiwanissantarunforkids.org

Upcoming Fitness Races…

  • Arlington Heights Rotary Club Santa Run. Saturday, December 7. Arlington Heights. Rotary.santarun.org.
  • Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run – Sat 12/14 at 9 AM 5K Run/Walk. Chicago History Museum. Chicago. www.jbr.org/chicago.

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28

  • CONCERT – Millennium Carillon Thanksgiving Day Recital – Seasonal Bell recital. Noon. Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and Visitor Center, Naperville. Napervilleparks.org.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29

  • FAMILY Black Friday Family Hike – Explore what happens to the trees, animals and insects in the fall. End adventure with roasting marshmallows over a fire. 1 – 2:30 PM. $14, includes Arboretum admission. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Mortonarb.org.
  • CONCERT – Millennium Carillon Holiday Concert – Seasonal Bell recital. Noon. Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and Visitor Center, Naperville. Napervilleparks.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/29 – 12/15 weekends and all week 1/16-1/5. ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This FREE event transforms Lincoln Park Zoo into a twinkling winter wonderland for 28 nights complete with visits from Santa, ice sculptors, carolers, festive activities and sweet treats of all kinds.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30

  • CHICAGO / CITY  Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/29 – 12/15 weekends and all week 1/16-1/5. ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This FREE event transforms Lincoln Park Zoo into a twinkling winter wonderland for 28 nights complete with visits from Santa, ice sculptors, carolers, festive activities and sweet treats of all kinds.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Opens mid November. Among the “alpine in a city,” lace up your skates and enjoy an ice skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling landscape. Chicago. maggiedaleypark.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – November 14-January 5. Since 1942 Chicagoans and visitors alike have enjoyed fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 15 – December 24. A unique open-air shopping experience with traditional German flair offering food, drinks and diverse holiday entertainment. Downtown and Wrigleyville locations. Chicago. christkindlemarket.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – November 15 – mid March. Lessons and special programming weekends and during the Chicago Public Schools’ winter break. Skate rentals available. Chicago. millenniumpark.org.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

  • SHOP Tropical Fish Swap Meet – GCCA’s Swap Meet is a great place to buy fish, plants, food, equipment and more! 10 AM – 2 PM. $5 and kids under 15 free with adult. Marriott, Hoffman Estates. gcca.net.
  • HISTORY Military Collectibles Show – You will see items from ALL wars – edged weapons, books, flags, medals, insignia, hats, helmets, artwork and photos. 8 AM – 1 PM. Ramada, Glendale Heights. 10times.com.
  • FAMILY Snowman Photo Contest – 12/1/19 – 2/28/2020. Get outside and build a snowman together. Take a photo and submit it to sdignan@darienparks.com. Winners announced 3/2/2020. Darien. Darienparks.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/29 – 12/15 weekends and all week 1/16-1/5. ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This FREE event transforms Lincoln Park Zoo into a twinkling winter wonderland for 28 nights complete with visits from Santa, ice sculptors, carolers, festive activities and sweet treats of all kinds.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Opens mid November. Among the “alpine in a city,” lace up your skates and enjoy an ice skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling landscape. Chicago. maggiedaleypark.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – November 14-January 5. Since 1942 Chicagoans and visitors alike have enjoyed fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 15 – December 24. A unique open-air shopping experience with traditional German flair offering food, drinks and diverse holiday entertainment. Downtown and Wrigleyville locations. Chicago. christkindlemarket.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – November 15 – mid March. Lessons and special programming weekends and during the Chicago Public Schools’ winter break. Skate rentals available. Chicago. millenniumpark.org.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

  • PETS Santa Paws Pictures – Dress up your pooch for a picture-perfect photo shoot! Santa will be there and his elves will take a picture of you and your pup on his lap. Bloomingdale. Bloomingdaleparks.org.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

  • FAMILY Hoot Hike! –Learn about owls – what to look and listen for and then go on a .5-mile hike in search of our feathered friends. 6-7 PM. Isle a la Cache Museum, Joliet. reconnectwithnature.org.
  • HEALTH – DAGN Coffee Klatch – Our Coffee Klatches are informal meetings for parents to meet with the Dyslexia Action Group of Naperville team and other parents who understand the challenges of raising a child with dyslexia. 7-8 PM. Whole Foods, Naperville. dagnaperville.com.

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SPECIAL: Senior Focus

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Active Kids Zone + Party Places

  • Active Kids Zone featuring: Rock ‘n Kids, SEASPAR, Great Lakes Volleyball Center Go to this article: Website | Digital Edition
  • Party Places featuring:  Oak Brook Park District Parties and Event Services, Hollywood Blvd Cinema, SAFARI LAND,  Funtopia Glenview and Naperville Go to this article: Website | Digital Edition

Help Your Child with Learning Differences

  • Featuring: Autism Home Support Services, Eye Level Learning Centers, Her’s to You! LLC, SEASPAR

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Dining Guide

  • Dining Guide featuring:The Hen House of Wheaton, Vino Thai, Mon Ami Gabi, Catch 35, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

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