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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 1/23 to Wednesday 1/29

This week’s highlights …  On Stage |This Weekend’s “Winter Fun” |  Fitness Events | Greater Chicago Events |  | Active Kids Zone | Party Place  | Dining Guide  | This Week’s Sponsors … See below.

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On Stage

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions presents…
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe                   STARTS FRIDAY
January 24 – February 8, 2020

Based on the first book in C.S. Lewis’ series, The Chronicles of Narnia. Dramatized for stage by Joseph Robinette. This thrilling tale of four children transported to a mythical, far-away land has gripped young and old readers alike for generations. See your favorite characters on stage, including the fawn Mr. Tumnus, the friendly Beaver family, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Watch their epic battle to free Narnia from the forces of the White Witch as they await the triumphant return of Aslan the Lion. School Day Performances:  **Groups of 15 or more** Call the Box Office for more info!

Disney On Ice presents…
Road Trip Adventures.                                                    STARTS TODAY
Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy—and you—embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands with Simba. Discover a whole new world as you’re swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade. Play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. Join us for a fun-filled getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and up-close character interactions. Allstate Arena, Rosemont: Jan 23 – 26th and Feb. 6 – 9.

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This Weekend’s “Winter Fun!”

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. Join us for Super Hero’s Day on Jan 12th SUPER HEROES.  Dress as your favorite Super Hero and “fly” down the slopes.  Costume contest and parade at 1pm.  Or enjoy the Totally Tubular 80’s Party on Jan. 25th from 11am – 6pm. Wear your best 80’s gear and join us for a rad day on the tubing hill including great tunes, photo booth, party favors and more!  One hour from Chicago just north of the WI/IL border.

STRIVE Marshal Arts
The ultimate birthday party! The party starts with your child being awarded a black belt for the day. They will help lead an official martial arts class filled with martial arts activities and games. Also all guests will be instructed in the art of board breaking and receive an official ninja training certificate. After ninja training guest will head to our party room for pizza and refreshments.  For more info and locations visit

Fleetwood Roller Rink
Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” Come visit us and join in our fun.  Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm   Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times

Kohl Children’s Museum
17 interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Held over through March 29: 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

WhirlyBall Naperville is open! Boasting a two-story “eatertainment” complex with WhirlyBall, eight bowling lanes, a four-lane bowling suite, HyperBowling and a multilevel laser tag area. WhirlyBall’s food is powered by its restaurant, The Pivot Room. The Pivot Room’s relaxed dining experience featuring a fresh take on classic American fare, and an expansive rotating craft beer selection. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800.

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

Midwest Pond & Koi Society
The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, a trade show, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site for more information.

Villa Olivia
Dare to do something different this winter! Learn to ski/snowboard or bring the family and friends for snow tubing. With six ski runs and a double wide tube hill Villa Olivia offers winter fun in your own backyard. We can even make our own snow! The season runs through March 1st.  Villa Olivia is located at 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett. For hours of operation and weather related information visit or call 630-289-1000.

Villa St. Benedict
Villa St. Benedict is a boutique lifestyle community with 47 acres of beautiful grounds and a warm community atmosphere. They offer variety of independent living and assisted living apartments, and memory care. Residents enjoy a carefree lifestyle with maintenance-free villa homes and apartments, gourmet dining options with chef-prepared meals, engaging activities, events, and much more. Learn more by visiting or by contacting a sales counselor at (630) 852-0345.

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Fitness Events

Saturday, January 25

  • F3 Lake Half Marathon – Chicago.
  • Aon Step Up for Kids – Chicago.

This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…


  • 3-D Print for Adults: Designing Houses and Huts – Learn to design 3-D structures for display or game play using Tinkercad and the process to send a design to print. 6 – 7:30 PM. Naperville 95th Street Library.


  • KIDS Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show – The Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show is a completely unique production featuring magic, comedy and Smarty’s award-winning, eye-popping balloon props! 7 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Sox Fest – January 24-25. The 28th annual fan event offering new ways and opportunities to connect with your favorite Sox stars. McCormick Place West, Chicago.
  • KIDS Arbor Reading Adventures – Stories, crafts and an adventure walk during this program held in the Sterling Morton Library. Wed and Fri in January, 11–11:45 AM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • OUTDOOR Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Rentals – This winter embrace the snowy season and trek through 1,700 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s winter wonderland. Daily in January, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.–4 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday
  • HISTORY Farmhouse Museum Tour at Kline Creek Farm – Through 3/30/20. Tour the farmhouse museum, and learn how the home served as the building block of the rural community. FREE. Warrenville. 10AM – 4PM. Closed Tues and Wed.
  • EXHIBIT On the Right Track: By Rail to Chicago & Beyond – Through 3/29/20. Take a journey through 170 years of railroading history—from Elmhurst to Chicago and beyond. View a wide array of artifacts. Hands-on learning stations. FREE. Elmhurst History Museum,
  • EXHIBIT Home Grown – Through 7/28/2020. Explores the historical methods and tools that DuPage residents used to farm and raise livestock and the impacts agriculture has had on the country. DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton.


  • FUNDRAISER “Unmasking the Face of Homelessness” – The Hero Behind the Mask benefit and gala. 6 PM. Games, silent auction, appetizers, dinner, dancing and cash bar. $150 per person. Q Center, St. Charles.
  • OUTDOOR Totally Tubular 80’s Party – Wear your best 80’s gear and join us for a rad day on the tubing hill. 80’s music, photo booth, party favors, and more! 11 AM – 6 PM. Wilmot, WI.
  • OUTDOOR Husky Heroes – See Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring and speed demonstrations. 11AM – 4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Chicago’s Night Sky – Learn about the impact of light pollution, create your own constellations with interactive technology, and learn how to identify cool things in the Chicago sky. Adler Planetarium.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Wired to Wear – Now Open. Wired to Wear is the first-ever exhibit dedicated to wearable technology—smart clothing and devices designed to extend the human body’s capabilities and make us healthier, stronger and safer. Museum of Science and Industry.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Cloud Buster – Now Open. Cloud Buster is 37 ft climbable structure. Every nook and cranny provides a different thrill. Chicago Children’s Museum.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Underwater Beauty – Enter a world of shimmer, color, pattern and rhythm, in the aquarium’s most diverse special exhibit ever. Shedd Aquarium.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Sox Fest – January 24-25. The 28th annual fan event offering new ways and opportunities to connect with your favorite Sox stars. McCormick Place West, Chicago.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Polar Adventure Days – January 25 and February 29. Engage in winter activities, see live animals and create nature-inspired crafts. Dress for the weather as events take place both outdoors and inside the visitor center. Northerly Island, Chicago.
  • EXHIBIT Could Be Architecture: McCormick AfterParti – January 25 – April 12, 2020. Chicago-based design duo transforms historic McCormick House into playful, interactive playground. Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst.


  • OUTDOOR Husky Heroes – See Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring and speed demonstrations. 11AM – 4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • TEENS Finger Knitting – Make a cool scarf with nothing but your fingers in a single sitting! 2PM. Grades 6–12. Helen Plum Library, Lombard.
  • FAMILY Snowman Photo Contest – Through 2/28/2020. Get outside and build a snowman together. Take a photo and submit it to Winners announced 3/2/2020. Darien.


  • ART Learn to Sketch with Princess Etch – Activities will include drawing different shapes, going through mazes and learning how to write your name! Ages 5+. 5-6 PM. Register. Park District, Bridgeview.


  • KIDS Story Time – January 22 – March 25, 2020. 10 – 11 AM. Stop by for nature-themed stories and activities Wednesdays in the Lenhardt Library. Ages 2-5. Chicago Botanic Garden,

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