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GO TO   Suburban Family’s “The Holiday Issue”
– PRINT issue available in over 1000 outlets throughout the Chicago suburbs and home delivery to select communities.

The Season’s Best…

The FORGE: Lemont Quarries
Cozy up under the Stars with Forgefire Globe Dining: an outdoor dining experience unlike any other!

Adventurous foodies will bask in the wintry beauty of The Forge: Lemont Quarries while enjoying delectable bites and beverages inside one of our private illuminated dining globes. Guests can also enjoy special holiday activities & installations throughout December. For more information, visit:

Lighting Up Lemont
Come brighten up your holiday season in Lemont and stroll all around our historic downtown during “Lighting Up Lemont.”  Our dazzling illuminating holiday displays are nestled throughout our quaint, family-owned shops, restaurants, taverns, and brewery. It’s the perfect place to capture your holiday photos and magical moments. We can’t wait to see you in Lemont this holiday season! “Lighting Up Lemont” is sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association and the Village of Lemont. | @lemontdowntown |

Whether you’re planning your next date night, work outing or family gathering, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! Choose from a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling. Enjoy delicious food, craft beer and signature cocktails at The Pivot Room, open for lunch and dinner daily. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800 

Burr Ridge Village Center
Burr Ridge Village Center is an upscale mixed-use lifestyle center featuring unique shops, restaurants and spas. Key Tenants include: Kohler Waters Spa, Cooper’s Hawk Winery, The Design Bar, The Hampton Social, Kelley Cawley Boutique, Keema Aveda Salon, Peak Running With A Twist, Sephora, Starbucks Coffee, Topaz Café, Two Bostons and Wok ‘n Fire. Connect with Us:

  • Website:
  • Instagram & Facebook: @ShopBurrRidge
  • 701 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527. (630) 654-2782


Winter Wonders: Boerner
Bigger & Brighter Holiday Light Displays from the Safety & Comfort of Your Car!

Winter Wonders is a 1.4-mile touchless, drive-through holiday light show featuring more than one million LED lights set in the area surrounding Milwaukee’s Boerner Botanical Arboretum and Whitnall Park. This year’s display opens  November 20 and runs thru January 3. The event is made possible in part through a Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Department of Tourism. A COVID-Safe Event. All displays are viewed from the safety and comfort of the family vehicle. Online ticket purchase, all ticket scanning, and even the delivery of holiday gift bags are touchless/no contact.

Special Promotions : Illinois Weekend

All vehicles from Illinois will receive a special gift bag December 4th, 5th & 6th. Tickets on sale at

Abbey Farms
Start Your holiday season at Abbey Farms! Searching for an old-fashioned treat to bring home for the holidays? Apple crisp, pies, award-winning donuts – plus our farm store offers a wide range of gifts and a variety of time-tested flavors for your seasonal cooking at home. Christmas trees, wreaths and garland are available beginning November 21 – please reserve your spot at No contact delivery available! Reserve your socially distanced visit with Santa, or enjoy the German comfort food of our Pine Tree Cafe – outdoors on the patio by the fire. For more info, visit!

14th Annual Festival of Lights
Presented by the Rotary Club of Aurora.
Enjoy the magic of the 2020 Festival of Lights. New this year is Santa flying high above the park in his own customized helicopter.  The 20’ tall Dancing Christmas Tree & SINGING Reindeer are still @HEAR” to delight you. This is the largest FREE outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois and is presented by the Rotary Club of Aurora 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. 27 through Dec. 27.  Freewill donations appreciated.

Celebrate the Holidays in Naperville!
It’s the holiday season in Naperville, and it’s time to gather with those closest to you. For those with family coming from out of town, Naperville is home to 17 hotels who are dedicated to the health and safety of their visitors. Don’t forget about a delicious holiday meal. With over 300 restaurants in Naperville, you and your family can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or take it to-go. More information can be found at and

Holly Days in Westmont
Westmont’s annual Holly Days is back! The holiday fun begins November 28, and will include our Holly Days Food Drive, Holly Days Giving Tree, Home and Business Decorating Contests, Letters to Santa, and more! For a complete list of Holly Days activities, please visit or by calling 630.963.5252.

Autumn at Cantigny Park
November is not too late to enjoy the fall colors at Wheaton’s Cantigny Park, and you might even see a wild turkey! Check for the current event schedule, which includes in-person and “virtual” opportunities. If you go, don’t miss the all-new Rock Garden and the farm-themed playground—both added during the park’s recent renovation. Text PARK to 36000 to receive updates. Parking is just $5 seven days a week, and FREE on the first Wednesday of the month.

Lyman Woods Nature Programs
Nature programs at Lyman Woods offer outdoor adventures to explorers of all ages! Kids can enjoy programs such as outdoor cooking, gardening, campouts, scavenger hunts and more. For adults, Lyman Woods offers beekeeping workshops, dog training classes and more! Looking for a unique date night? Join our Wild Nights Out for Adults featuring a nighttime hike. Once the cold weather sets in, visitors can enjoy the wonders of winter at Lyman Woods with snowshoe rentals! 901 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515. 630.963.9388. Learn more and register at

Whitecap Mountains Resort
A fun-filled experience for family, friends, and adventurers. Whitecap Mountains Resort offers year-round family recreation, lodging, and down-home hospitality in Northern Wisconsin. Spread over a vast 400 acres within the ancient Penokee Mountains, it’s the perfect location for a corporate retreat, mountaintop wedding, extended family reunion, or relaxing getaway.  Discover three mountains with 43 trails for every ability. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find endless opportunities to connect with nature and each other. 9106 W County Road E, Upson, WI 54565. 715-561-2227.

Apple Holler
Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard and family farm with a farm to table bakery cafe, gift shop, offering pick your own apples, peaches, pears and pumpkins. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including; Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides, children’s shows, orchard and farm tours, school field trips, hayrides, barnyard animals and outdoor Kids Korral play areas. Apple Holler is located 20 minutes north of Gurnee Mills between Racine and Kenosha, WI at exit 337 off I-94 (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100, or visit, for further information.

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Calendar & Fitness Events…

Due to Covid-19, event information is subject to change without notice. Therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm – and please tell ’em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine!

For more events: The Season’s Best  |  Holiday Happenings


  •  FAMILY Virtual Workshop: Art Glass Made Wright – Free with registration. Learn about architect Frank Lloyd Wright and make a “stained glass window” craft. Pick up supply kit. Grades 3-8.4:30-5:30 PM.


  •   FAMILY Day of the Dead – Virtual, crowd-free, and small in-person events.  Downtown Aurora. Full details at
  •   TEENS Super Smash Bros Tournament  – Round robin play format that includes a bracket finish. Prizes.
  • All players are required to wear a face covering. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream.
  • VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER Redefining Recovery – Support Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center with a virtual evening of inspiring stories as we honor our resilient graduates, hear from our founder and celebrate our loyal supporters. 7PM. Register for link.
  • EXHIBIT Decision 1920: A Return to “Normalcy” – Through 11/25. Free exhibit – voters in 1920 faced an important choice in a moment of profound change. A global war followed by a worldwide pandemic, national prohibition, women’s suffrage campaigns, unrest surrounding race, immigration, and the economy continue to highlight persistent challenges dating back to the founding of the republic. Newberry Library, Chicago.
  • EXHIBIT Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails – Through 1/3/21. This interactive exhibit allows children to help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges from simple sorting to more complex engineering. Kohls Children’s Museum. Glenview.
  • EXHIBIT Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior – Through 12/20. Explore the ingenious ways in which Wright maximized the feeling of open space while still accommodating the various functions of daily living. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst.
  • EXHIBIT Wright Before the “Lloyd” – Through 1/3/2021. Features images and artifacts that portray the eclectic, early explorations of one of the world’s greatest architects. Elmhurst Art Museum.
  • EXHIBIT Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art – Museum is open from Noon to 4 PM Tuesday – Sunday.  Fossils, Mosaics, Gemstones and more. Make your reservation today. Oak Brook.
  • EXHIBIT Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military – Shows the evolution of roles women have had over time. Prepaid limited walk-in availability on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Dunn Museum. Libertyville.
  • OUTDOORS Mums Flower Show – Through11/29. Visit now to enjoy this seasonal display of mums and other fall plantings. 8AM-6PM. Wilder Park Conservatory. Elmhurst.


  • ADULT Fall Beer Tasting – Local craft breweries serving seasonal and flagship brews, ciders and meads. Entries are available on the half-hour, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • KIDS Life Sized Candy Land Game – Don’t miss out on the fun with Mr. Mint, Jolly, Lolly, Gloppy and the rest of the Candy Land characters. 12-7 PM Iowa Community Center, Villa Park.
  • FAMILY Take-and-Make “Thank You” Flag Craft – Celebrate Veterans Day by creating a window hanging at home. Pick up your free kit. A donation is suggested. 10AM-Noon. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.
  • TOUR Oak Hill & Oak Crest Cemetery Tour – Honor Veterans Day with a special tour of two of Downers Grove’s oldest graveyards. History of the sites and stories of significant Downers Grove residents who are buried there, including war veterans. 1-2:15 PM. Oak Crest Cemetery, Downers Grove.
  • CHICAGO / CITY VIRTUAL Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 1 – December 31. A unique online shopping experience with traditional German flair. Chicago.


  • FITNESS EVENT  Gobbler Hobbler 10K and Mashed Potato Mile. Oswego.


  • OUTDOORS Star Gazing – Outdoor class includes a search for constellations, galaxies, stars, planets, comets, asteroids and even an up close and personal look at the earth’s own moon. Ages 3+. Mather Woods, Plainfield. Register.


  • LECTURE They Served: Stories from Veterans – Each veteran has their own unique story to share. This Veterans Day join us virtually as veterans of the 1st Infantry Division share stories of their service. 7 PM Via Zoom. Free with registration.
  • ADULTS VFW Bingo – Play Wednesday night bingo with raffles and pull tabs. 18 and older. Proceeds benefit veterans. 7-11 PM. West Chicago VFW.



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