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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 11/21 to Wednesday 11/27

The coming week from Suburban Family  … Wilmot Mountain| Abbey Farms | WhirlyBall | Cascade Mountain | Holly Days in Westmont | Aurora Downtown | Kuipers Family Farm | Kohl Children’s Museum | Granite Peak Ski Area | Oak Brook Park District | Metra | Hollywood Blvd. | Safari Land | Funtopia Glenview and Naperville | 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.

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This Weekend’s “Season’s Best”

Wilmot Mountain     …OPENS Friday, 11.22
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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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 beginning Saturday, November 23, 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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WhirlyBall
WhirlyBall Naperville is open to host your Holiday Party! 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
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Cascade Mountain…where kids ski free!  …OPEN
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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Holly Days in Westmont
The annual Holly Days Winter Festival returns to Westmont!  Join us on November 24 as we begin the festival with Decorating Day; shop at the Gift Bazaar, donate to the Food Drive and enjoy a tasty holiday breakfast buffet prepared by the Lions Club.  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, like Winter Lights on November 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. Then 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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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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Granite Peak Ski Area  …OPEN
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.

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Holiday On Stage…

Holiday Inn
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions

November 29 – December 21, 2019.   …TICKETS AVAILABLE

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       …TICKETS AVAILABLE
“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 November 15, 2019 – 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!

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 – 11/16-12/31. The lights go on nightly  on the hour, choreographed to music. 5-9 PM. The Promenade, Bolingbrook. shoppingpromenade.com.
  • Santa House on the Riverwalk – 11/20 – 12/22. Take a magical trip to visit Santa on the Naperville Riverwalk at Jackson Avenue and Webster Street. Reservations needed. napervilleparks.org.
  • Winter Lights – 11/22. Kick off the holiday season with a festive parade along Downer Place, fireworks, and photos with Santa at Wyckwood House. Visit nearby shops at a Winter Market featuring local artisans. 6-9 PM. Free. Aurora. auroradowntown.org.
  • Shades of Crimson Poinsettia Display & Sale – 11/22. Visitors are invited to the Cantigny Greenhouse to enjoy 15 or more varieties of poinsettias (3,000-plus poinsettias) all grown on site from cuttings. Plants will be available for sale. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. cantigny.org.
  • Tree Lighting and Gingerbread Festival – 11/22-24. Countdown to the lighting of the tree on Friday during the two-day festival to shop, sample and kick off the holidays. Downers Grove. events.downers.us.
  • BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival – 11/22-23. Disney-themed light parade with floats, marching bands and performers. The Magnificent Mile, Chicago. themagnificentmile.com.
  • Happy Holiday Railway Santa Trains – 11/23-24, 11/29-30, 12/1, 12/7-8, 12/14-15 and 12/20-23. All Aboard for the North Pole. Santa, hot chocolate and cookies on train.  Illinois Railway Museum. Union, IL irm.org.
  • Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum – 11/23-1/5. View 50 acres of majestic trees glowing with special effects and events along a wooded, one-mile path. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
  • Annual Tree Trim at Brookfield Zoo – 11/23-24. Families and groups can sponsor a tree to decorate that will be on display at Brookfield Zoo for the holiday season. 10 AM-4:30 PM. Brookfield. Register for a tree now at CZS.org/TreeTrim.
  • Higher Grounds Coffee Company Holiday Craft Fair – 11/23. Find a unique gift for that special someone at one of our many artists tables. 8 AM – 2 PM and Higher Grounds Coffee Company, Lemont. highergroundscoffeecompany.com.
  • Holiday Lights at Mooseheart – 11/23 – 12/31. Over 1.8 miles of beautiful lights. Crafts, games, hot cocoa and cookies. 5-9 PM. Mooseheart Child City and School, Mooseheart. enjoyaurora.com.
  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop – 11/25. Create a fresh holiday arrangement for your home with expert instruction. Bring a wire cutter and hand pruner plus a tray to carry creation home. All other materials provided. 6:30-8 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. cantigny.org.

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Fitness / Race Events …

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23

Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run – Sat 11/23 at 9 AM 5K Run/Walk. Cantigny Park. Wheaton. www.jbr.org/westernsuburbs.

  • Turkey Trot 5K and Drumstick Dash. Addison. addisonparks.org
  • Holiday Lights 5k. Mooseheart. support.moosecharities.org

Upcoming Fitness Races…

  • 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.
  • 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…

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

  • ADULT Ladies Night Out – Make holiday wreaths. Includes supplies, instruction, bow demonstration, wine tasting and small appetizers. 7-9 PM. Glenview Park Golf Club. Register. glenviewparks.org.
  • SENIORS 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. Mortonarb.org.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21

  • KIDS Nerf Gun Night – Kids will battle and play fun competitive games. Participants must provide their own Nerf Gun and protective eye-wear. Ages 7-12. 6-7:30 PM. Register. Downers Grove Recreation Center. Dgparks.org.
  • HISTORY Date with History: Battle of the Bulge – Author Gregory Fontenot discusses “Loss and Redemption at St Vith: The 7th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge.” 7 PM. Free. Cantigny Visitors Center, Wheaton. Cantigny.org.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23

  • ADULTS – Turkey Shoot Softball Tournament. Enjoy a weekend of fun, softball and turkey! Teams compete in a double elimination tournament. Prizes. McCaslin Park, Carol Stream. Register your team. csparks.org.
  • TEENS “The Gobble Games” Minecraft Tourney – Come show off your Minecraft talent and compete to win cash prizes, gift cards, and more! Players enjoy food, drink, and snacks provided. 3 -9 PM. NIU, Naperville. eventbrite.com/o/game-is-the-name
  • 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. DunnMuseum.org.
  • 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, NOVEMBER 24

  • 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.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25

  • KIDS Talkin’ Turkey Parent-Child Activity – Children learn about the wild turkey, listen to stories, sing songs and make a turkey craft. 10 – 11 AM Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Register. Cantigny Visitors Center, Wheaton. Cantigny.org.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26

  • TWEENS/TEENS Middle School Open Gym / Open Swim- Choose from basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, soccer, swimming, table tennis or a little of each. Concessions. 7-9 PM. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream. csparks.org

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

  • TEENS Middle School Movie Nights – 11/27 and 12/23. The Lounge is open just for middle-schoolers to watch newly released movies on our huge projector screen! Concessions are available. Bloomingdale. Bloomingdaleparks.org.
  • 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. Mortonarb.org.

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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 Serevices, 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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