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Weekend+ for 10/31 to 11/6

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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 10/31 to Wednesday 11/6

The coming week from Suburban Family  … Pumpkin Smash 2019 at Scarce | Kohl Children’s Museum | NEWSBOYS at Rialto Square Theatre |  Cantigny 5K Run-Walk for Homeless Veterans | This Weekend’s Holiday Happenings | This Weekend’s Best Day Trips | Fitness/Race Events | Greater Chicago Events | Active Kids Zone | Party Place | Dining Guide  | This Week’s Sponsors … See below.

The November + December “Holiday Issue” will be available by EOD Friday, 11/1 at

This Weekend’s “Holiday Happenings”

Yes, the holiday season is starting already…

  • Holiday Artists Bazaar 2019. 11/1-12-21. Unique artwork and fine crafts for purchase as holiday gifts. The Lemont Center for the Arts.
  • Wilder Mansion Holiday Market – 11/1-2. Enjoy one-of-a-kind arts, crafts including jewelry, fiber, glass, ceramics, gourmet food, and unique holiday gifts from 50 artisans and vendors. Elmhurst.
  • Lombard Christmas Mart – 11/2. Art and craft fair inside various downtown churches and other locations. 9 AM-3 PM. Downtown Lombard.
  • The Nutcracker Suite – 11/2. Salt Creek Ballet dancers will perform for about 20 minutes before inviting the audience on stage to learn a short routine. 10 AM. Washington Jr. High, Naperville. Fundraiser for DuPage Children’s Museum.
  • A Holiday Happening – 11/2-3. Art and Craft Fair with over 200 booths. College of DuPage Athletic Arena, Glen Ellyn.
  • Turkey Shoot Golf Outing – 11/2.  Two person teams. Holes 1-6 Scramble, holes 7-12 Alternate Shot, holes 13-18 Best Ball. Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles.

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This Weekend’s “Best Day Trips…”

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.

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

The Growing Place
Step Into the Gardens at The Growing Place to Find Yours. Fall is a great time to visit The Growing Place. Wander through over an acre of gardens for inspiration as you shop for trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. The expert staff is happy to answer your questions and there are many family-friendly events this fall. Learn more at

Two Locations – Naperville: 25w471 Plank Rd. Naperville, 60563, ph: 630.355.4000; Aurora: 2000 Montgomery Rd. Aurora, IL 60504, ph: 630.820.8088.

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.

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! THIS WEEKEND!

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.

  • NEWSBOYS United – Nov 3

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 …


Cantigny 5K Run/Walk – Sat. Nov 2 at 9AM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. . All proceeds donated to Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans.

  • Beer Run 5K Run. Hoffman Estates.
  • Hot Cider Hustle 2-Day Event with 8-Mile Run and 5K Run/Walk. Wheaton.


  • Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Run and 2-Mile Walk. Chicago.
  • Ooh La La Chocolate Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk. Geneva.

Upcoming Fitness Races…

  • Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run – Sat 11/23 at 9 AM 5K Run/Walk. Cantigny Park. Wheaton.
  • 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
  • Arlington Heights Rotary Club Santa Run. Saturday, December 7. Arlington Heights.
  • Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run – Sat 12/14 at 9 AM 5K Run/Walk. Chicago History Museum. Chicago.

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…


  • FAMILY Day of the Dead Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with authentic food, dancing, Mexican altars, and tradition during November’s First Fridays.  Free. Downtown Aurora.
  • CONTEST Cantigny Park Amateur photographers to enter their best images in the Cantigny in Focus annual photo contest. Entry deadline 11/18. Winning entries on display in February. Park visitors vote for their favorite images throughout 2020. Cantigny, Wheaton.


  • FAMILY Pumpkin Smash! – Help keep Halloween Green by keeping pumpkins out of landfills. To date, the Pumpkin Smash has diverted over 254 tons of pumpkins from landfills. Bring your pumpkin on Saturday, November 2nd to Scarce to be composted. Glen Ellyn.
  • FUNDRAISER – American Legion Pancake Breakfast – Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, beverages. $10 adults. $5 kids. Under 4 free. Visitors Center, Cantigny. Wheaton.
  • ADULTS Fall Fête – Come view the Lake Ellyn Boathouse in all of its magnificent beauty while enjoying food, cocktails, wines and a festive atmosphere. 6:30 – 10:30 PM. Supports the Glen Ellyn community.
  • EXHIBIT “A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico” Through 1/5/20. The temporary exhibition is rich with cultural symbols from one of the most recognized annual events in Mexico. Dunn Museum, Libertyville.


  • FAMILY Free Backyard Stargazing 101 – Discover what wonders can be seen with a little knowledge of where to look and what to look for. Ages 11+ Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville.
  • EXHIBIT McCormick House – Past, Present, Future – Through 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.
  • EXHIBIT Home Grown – Through 7/28/2020. Home Grown 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.
  • EXHIBIT What Came After: Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-98. Through 1/12/20. What Came After is a survey of diverse interests in the figure as a subject, the human condition, and an interest in personal iconography. Elmhurst History Museum.


  • FAMILY Tree Walk & Talk – Learn about Cantigny’s magnificent trees and enjoy the fall foliage on this guided tour. 11 AM. Free with parking ($5). Cantigny Visitors Center, Wheaton.


  • ADULTS Barrel Tasting and Open House – Lynfred winemakers will serve some of their favorite barreled wines and Guest Suites will be open for viewing. Serving appetizers. 7-9 PM. Tickets. Roselle.
  • SENIOR Mount Prospect Senior Men’s Group Welcoming New Members. Play pool, share stories and discuss the news of the day. Wednesdays at 12:30 PM. Community Room, Mount Prospect Village Hall. Contact: Lee Habich (847-207-0079).
  • KIDS Arbor Reading Adventures – Wed and Fri in Nov. This interactive story time will include a craft before participants head out to the grounds for an adventure walk. 11 -11:45 AM. Children ages 3 to 5 with adult. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.

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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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Dining Guide

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

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