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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 10/24 to Wednesday 10/30

THIS COMING WEEK FROM SUBURBAN FAMILY  … Lemont’s Annual Halloween Hoedown | Mountain View Adventure Center “Haunted Hole-O-Ween” | Odyssey Fun Farm Fairs and Festivals | This Weekend’s Best Day Trips | Fitness/Race Events | Greater Chicago Events | Halloween Happenings | Active Kids Zone |  Party Place | Dining Guide  | This Week’s Sponsors … See below.

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Fall Fairs and Festivals…

Lemont’s Annual Halloween Hoedown – Saturday, October 26, 2019, 1 pm to 4 pm. Free Event! Costume Contest & Parade, Hay Wagon Rides, Trick Or Treating & More! Historic Downtown Lemont. 630-243-2700.

  • Fall Festival at the Promenade 10/25-27. 50+ vendors, crafters, artisans, and food companies set up on Sandburg and Row. Bolingbrook.

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This Weekend’s “Best Day Trips…”

Village of Lemont
Enjoy Our Scene! THIS WEEKEND!
No matter the season, breathtaking hills, valleys, quarries and canals frame Lemont, a quaint village just 25 miles southwest of Chicago.  This unexpected sanctuary is an ideal place to live, visit and experience.  As we approach fall, there’s no shortage of things to do in Lemont.

Lemont Farmers Market a/k/a #TuesdaysOnTalcott continues to run every Tuesday morning through the end of October. Lemont’s main event in October is our annual Halloween Hoedown on the last Saturday of the month, October 26.  However, continuing a tradition started several years ago, Lemont celebrates Halloween all month long!  Known collectively as “Lemontster Days,” we have events throughout the community for young and old alike with something for everyone throughout October.  For details on Lemont’s Halloween Hoedown and all of the “Lemontster Days” events, visit

Lemont is an oasis of dining, shopping, events and activities, all year long. Whatever you do this fall, come and experience Lemont, and Enjoy Our Scene!

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation
Fourth Annual Naperville Pumpkin Race -THIS WEEKEND!
On October 26th Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is hosting the Fourth Annual Naperville Pumpkin Race at Rotary Hill Park in Downtown Naperville. Racer registration begins at 12 PM and races start at 1 PM. Attendees can participate in the costume contest and pumpkin decorating contest, enjoy food trucks, face painting, a bubble master and more. The event is free to attend and kits can be purchased for $20 at or by calling 630-570-7948.

Mountain View Adventure Center
Haunted Hole-O-Ween -LAST WEEKEND!
Join us on these spooky weekends, when the ghosts and ghouls of our old mining town come out to haunt those who dare to play on their mini-golf course. Kids in costume receive a special treat! Oct 18–20 & 25–27. Mt. View Adventure Center. 847-391-5733.

Odyssey Fun Farm    -LAST WEEKEND!
Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park presents Odyssey Fun Farm, just down the street! Amazing attractions include the Dueling Zip-Lines, Containment ‘Z’ Shooting Gallery, 2019 “Corn Story 4” Corn Maize, petting zoo, corn box, hayrides, inflatable kids zone, pony rides and so much more. Fun for the whole family! The Farm will be open 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm starting 9/21 – 10/27! Opening Weekend (9/21-22) will also be the 5th Annual Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest featuring entertainment, guest speakers and all things OZ! See our ad for coupons and save! Located at 18900 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. 708-429-3800.

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

Goodwill is your HALLOWEEN HEADQUARTERS! Look no further than your nearest Goodwill Store to find that unique and creative Halloween outfit and accessories guaranteed to make you the hit of the party! Goodwill it is a DIY’s dream and the best part is no one will have exactly the same costume! Visit for your own, personal amazing look! Trick or Treat never looked so good!

Boundless Adventures
Boundless Adventures is more than just a zipline park! It’s an exciting new family-friendly aerial adventure park experience for thrill-seekers, adventurers, tree-climbers, zip-liners and outdoor enthusiasts that is now open in Wisconsin! With 120 obstacles, 20 ziplines and 9 courses with 4 different difficulty levels, there is something for everyone! 9800 160th Avenue, Bristol, Wisconsin. For more information or to reserve your spot today, please visit or call 262-924-8626.

Kuipers Family Farm
Kuipers Family Farm is 230 acres of Midwestern farm fun! Visit the orchard for apple picking (Sat, Sun & holidays only) and fresh apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pies, fudge, farm-pressed apple cider and hand-spun caramel apples from The Orchard Shop and Bakery. Sample our hard ciders & fruit wines at The Bin Tasting Bar! Take a scenic ride around the farm on The Farmview Railroad! September 21st over 30 farm-themed activities open at the Pumpkin Farm. New for 2019: FREE PUMPKIN with a paid admission! Exclusions apply. While supplies last. for more information.

Apple Holler
Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard and family farm with a farm to table restaurant, bakery, gift shop, offering pick your own apples, pears, and pumpkins. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including; orchard and farm tours, children’s shows, school field trips, hayrides, sleigh rides, barnyard animals and outdoor play areas. Apple Holler is located between Racine and Kenosha, WI, right off of I-94, simply follow the signs to the FUN!  (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100, or visit, for further information.

Abbey Farms      –LAST WEEKEND!
Celebrate Fall at Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze and create memories for families and friends of all ages. Abbey Farms offers acres of fun, outdoor attractions that let you disconnect from the digital world. Explore Kane County’s largest corn maze, our weekend petting zoo, or relax on a hayride. Parents may enjoy the weekend craft beer & wine tent, while everyone loves our fresh-made donuts available daily! Pick out a pumpkin before leaving, and shop at our Farmstead Emporium for more fall flavors and decor. Join us Sept 21 – Oct 27. Visit for more details!

Ottawa, IL – Pick Us!
Nestled along the Illinois and Fox River, lies the best kept secret of the Midwest. Lush plantings and butterfly gardens line the streets filled with boutique shops and modern eateries. Stand in the shadows of Honest Abe and the Little Giant then learn the fine art of blown glass and craft brewing. Renowned architecture, massive murals, live music and theater bring culture to life in this historic canal town. Join us throughout the year! Ottawa Visitors Center – 1028 LaSalle St – Ottawa, IL. 815.434.2737

Maxson’s Restaurant & Riverboat
Maxson’s Restaurant has been in business in Oregon, Illinois since 1952.  Plan your visit now and enjoy the fall color season. It offer’s glass enclosed dining with stunning views of the Rock River. The Pride of Oregon Paddleboat takes guests on a scenic 15 mile round trip lunch and dinner cruises. Maxson’s can host events up to 260 people in the restaurant, 200 on the sprawling deck, and 149 on the Riverboat. Located at 1469 IL Rt. 2, Oregon, Illinois 61061. Perfect setting for a day trip or your next special event. For more information call 1-815-732-6761 or visit

Cantigny Park
Family-friendly Cantigny in Wheaton is the place for autumn fun!  Sign up for the Cantigny 5K on Nov. 2, too – go to The gardens, McCormick House, First Division Museum and special events are free admission with paid parking. Visit for details and text PARK to 36000 to receive updates.

Willow the Witch
Provide a spooky twist to your next Halloween Party by inviting Willow to haunt with your guests. Willow provides an eerie – audience heart pumping story with music and sensory stimulation to entertain guests at your next private or public party/event.  Many years of experience working with children and haunting in schools, park districts and private parties.  A less – scary Willow is available upon request for very small children. Ghoulie Face painting also available. Contact Willow at 708-372-7125.

Westmont Park Dist. -NEXT WEEKEND!
Look no further than the Westmont Park District for bales of fall fun! For those brave ones, walk and ride through our annual Haunted Forest Tour.  We are once again offering The Pumpkin Flotilla; families can carve a jack-o-lantern that will float on the Diane Main Park Pond.  Little ghouls and goblins can attend our annual Halloween Fun Fair with games, costume parade and show on October 31. For more info call 630-963-5252 or visit

Aurora Downtown -NEXT WEEKEND!
Aurora Downtown welcomes you this fall with free events for everyone to enjoy. Join us each month at First Fridays, a night of free trolley rides, art shows, live music, and more throughout downtown Aurora. On November 1, enjoy Day of the Dead activities. On December 6, join us for the second annual Cocoa Crawl. Enjoy family-friendly events all year-round in downtown Aurora. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown.

“Camp Local” with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County!
You can get away from it all — without spending it all. Family camp sites are available in two Kane County forest preserves. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer RV sites with electric and water hook-ups, as well as tent-only sites. Sites range from $12 to $35 per day.  Campgrounds are open May through October.  For more information, call 630-444-1200 or visit

Ghoulish Mortals
Retail Monster and Horror Store
Oozing with creepy coolness, Ghoulish Mortals is Chicagoland’s immersive monster & horror retail store filled with fun, artist created art & products!  Check out our website for a store video, and info on our customized parties for kids/teens/adults and of course our horrid happenings: classes, seminars, make & takes, b-movie nights, tabletop game nights, ¬¬artist/author signings, kids stories/crafts, themed photography, etc. Definitely like us on social media to always see what’s lurking at the store!  228 W. Main Street, Saint Charles, IL 60174. (Corner of 3rd St & Main (Rt 64) in Downtown STC, across from Rocket Fizz) 630-441-2920.

Growing Cents of Style
Growing Cents of Style is a seasonal children’s consignment event offering boutique and designer clothing (newborn -size 16), shoes, accessories, baby gear and toys. We help shoppers find the children’s clothing they desire most at a fraction of the cost. Clean out those closets and become a seller! Consignor registration is now open!! Earn up to 80% of your sales.  Visit to learn more.

Pumpkin Smash 2019 at Scarce!
Help keep Halloween Green by keeping pumpkins out of landfills. Bring your pumpkin on Saturday, November 2nd to Scarce in Glen Ellyn to be composted.

Main Event Entertainment
Main Event Entertainment Is the most FUN you can have under one roof! Enjoy multi-level laser tag, fun-filled bowling and an arcade gallery with 100+ arcade games!  We are your event destination with packages for team building, corporate events and stress-free birthday parties. MAIN EVENT HOFFMAN ESTATES: 2575 Pratum Ave., Hoffman Estates, IL 60192. (847) 645-1111. MAIN EVENT WARRENVILLE: 28248 Diehl Road, Warrenville, IL 60555. (630) 393-9400. For more information, visit

WhirlyBall Naperville
WhirlyBall Naperville is a two-story “eatertainment” complex. In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s eight bowling lanes, a four-lane bowling suite, HyperBowling and a multilevel laser tag area. WhirlyBall’s food will be 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. Perfect for any corporate or social event, make your reservation today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800

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 or call 630-530-4649.


Broadway In Chicago
Novemeber 15 to January 5         –
Emerald City Theatre’s beloved production of Corduroy returns to Chicago just in time for the holidays! In this sweet adaptation of Don Freeman’s classic book, a small bear’s quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime. Tailored for young imaginations, this playful adventure will delight ages three and up! For tickets and additional information visit

Rialto Square Theatre
See our lineup of great shows!        –TICKETS AVAILABLE

The historic Rialto Square Theatre is located at 102 N. Chicago St. in downtown Joliet. Opening  in 1926, it was originally designed and operated as a vaudeville movie palace, but it now houses musicals, plays, concerts, standup comedy, educational programs and more.

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The Rialto box office hours are 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and before shows.  For more information, call us at (815) 726-6600. For a complete listing of events and to purchase tickets, please go to

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Fitness / Race Events …


Moraine Valley Community College Health, Fitness, & Recreation Center – Halloween 5K Run/Walk Children’s 1K Race.  USATF-IL certified. Family activities included.. Sat. 10/26 at 9 AM.

Turning Pointe Autism Foundation “Fourth Annual Naperville Pumpkin Race” On October 26th Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is hosting the Fourth Annual Naperville Pumpkin Race at Rotary Hill Park in Downtown Naperville. Racer registration begins at 12 PM and races start at 1 PM. Attendees can participate in the costume contest and pumpkin decorating contest, enjoy food trucks, face painting, a bubble master and more. The event is free to attend and kits can be purchased for $20 at or by calling 630-570-7948.

  • Halloween Walk. LaGrange.
  • Halloween Hustle 5K. Palatine.
  • Batavia United Way 5K/10K Batavia.


  • Healthy Driven FraidyCat 5K, Ghost Run 10K and Meow Mile. Oswego.
  • Sycamore Pumpkin Run 10K Road Race Sycamore.

Upcoming Fitness Races…

Cantigny Park – Family-friendly Cantigny in Wheaton is the place for autumn fun!  Sign up for the Cantigny 5K on Nov. 2, too – go to The gardens, McCormick House, First Division Museum and special events are free admission with paid parking. Visit for details and text PARK to 36000 to receive updates.

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…


  •  MEN ONLY Cooking Class – Participants see, smell, taste, ask questions about, and learn the background of food. Bring a container for leftovers. Medinah/Roselle.


  •  FUNDRAISER Casino Night – Experience a night of fun and excitement with the Batavia Parks Foundation! 7 PM to 10:00 PM. Eastside Community Center.
  •  FAMILY Orionid Meteor Shower Night – Get the chance to see this once-a-year meteor shower with the park district. Fischer Farm Bensenville.
  • TOURS Millennium Carillon – Saturdays (10 AM to 4 PM) and Sundays (Noon to 6 PM) through October 27th. Tours are available for $3 for ages 5 and older.  Millennium Carillon, Naperville.


  • PRESCHOOL TOTASANA: Parent and Toddler Yoga – Share the fun of yoga with your child and playfully interact through animated poses. Please bring a yoga mat to class. Age: 2 – 5. Montgomery.
  • KIDS-Monstrosity Make & Take- Come in your costume and create a monster! A Barbie head on a rat body? A spider skeleton with unicorn head? Why? Because its Halloweentime…mua-ha-ha-ha! Stay for Halloween story time after. Suggested for ages 7  and up.  Ghoulish Mortals Monster & Horror Retail Store in Downtown St. Charles – 10am –   FREE – Please call or email to reserve your child’s space. 630-441-2920 or
  • TOURS Millennium Carillon – Saturdays (10 AM to 4 PM) and Sundays (Noon to 6 PM) through October 27th. Tours are available for $3 for ages 5 and older.  Millennium Carillon, Naperville.
  •  FAMILY McCormick House – Past, Present, Future – 9/15 to 1/12/20. Elmhurst Art Museum will exhibit a full 1950s domestic representation of its Mies van der Rohe McCormick House Tours Sundays 1 PM and 3 PM. Elmhurst
  •  FAMILY Power of Children: Making a Difference – 9/6-10/13. The exhibit explores the lives of three children from different eras whose lives teach us about overcoming obstacles to make a positive change in the world:  Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White. Elmhurst History Museum.
  •  EXHIBIT Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. 8/8 through 10/13. A Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” explores the contributions of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans to the country. Naper Settlement. Naperville.

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Halloween Happenings

Read our picks for the best Halloween events happening in and around the Chicago suburbs.

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10 Halloween Games + Party Places

Party Places featuring: Main Event EntertainmentWhirlyBall NapervilleGhoulish Mortals, Safari Land – Villa Park

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Benefits of Extracurricular Activities + Active Kids Zone

Active Kids Zone Featuring: Rock n’ Kids, Christ Church, Great Lakes Volleyball Center, Model Act Studios, Bel Canto Music Academy

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Golf Links and Tips

Golf Links and Tip Featuring: Golf Center Des Plaines 

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide featuring:Rosebuds, Catch 35, Mon Ami Gabi, VinoTHAI, Chuck’s Southern Comfort Cage

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