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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 12/12 to Wednesday 12/18

This week’s highlights …  This Weekend’s “Season’s Best | On Stage | Holiday Happenings |Fitness 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”

Downers Grove Park District Holiday Events 

  • Merry & Bright: A Victorian Christmas – FREE! Saturday, Dec. 14: 3 to 7pm. Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave. Enjoy some holiday cheer and celebrate the season with Victorian Christmas traditions, carolers, luminary walk, campfire and a visit with Santa!
  • New Year’s Eve Countdown to Noon – Tuesday, Dec. 31: 10am to 12pm. Downers Grove Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Rd.. Ring in the new year at noon and celebrate with party favors, a DJ, photo booth, face painting, snacks, a balloon drop and more! Advance registration required.
  • Learn more at dgparks.org.

Plainfield Park District
The Plainfield Park District has several family special events planned for this fall and winter. Grinchmas on the Green, Village Green Pk., 24121 W. Chicago St. Dec. 14: Breakfast with Santa at PARC. Dec. 13-14: Journey to the North Pole, 4 Seasons Pk., 22500 Lockport St. More info & to register go to plfdparks.org.

Cantigny Park “Holiday Cheer”
Good times and holiday cheer await your family in Wheaton! The popular LEGO Train Show Dec. 14-15. Brunches with Santa are set for Dec. 1 and 22, or dine with The Grinch on Dec. 7 or 14. Reserve your table at Cantigny.org. See many more events and full details online. For event updates, text PARK to 36000.

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 www.cascademountain.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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Granite Peak Ski Area
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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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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WhirlyBall
WhirlyBall’s newest location in Naperville is open! WhirlyBall’s newest location brings its one-of-a-kind social experience to Naperville with reimagined design and even more activities for guests to enjoy. Located at 3103 Odyssey Court, the two-story entertainment destination will feature two famed WhirlyBall courts, 12 bowling lanes, a multi-level LaserTag arena, multiple event spaces and The Pivot Room, an American eatery and craft beer bar located on the first floor. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT. 630-932-4800
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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. 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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13th Annual Festival of Lights, Presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club
Enjoy the magic of the 2019 Festival of Lights. Featuring a 20’ tall Dancing Christmas Tree & SINGING Reindeer. This is the largest FREE outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois and is presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club 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, Now through Dec. 26.  Freewill donations appreciated. www.aurorafestivaloflights.com.
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Village of Lemont…Enjoy Our Holiday Scene!
Brighten up your holiday season by visiting Lemont and taking a stroll all around our historic downtown as we’re “Lighting Up Lemont” this season.  Our illuminating holiday decoration display includes a fun twist for the entire family this year!  Loomie, an augmented reality app, features interactive games to play and allows users to create unique photos and holiday cards in seconds.   Come and experience Lemont and Enjoy Our Holiday Scene! www.lemont.il.us/Holiday.
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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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Living Wheaton for the Holidays
Downtown Wheaton is decked out for the holidays this season.  Gather around the community fireplace with hot cocoa at Martin Memorial Plaza and enjoy old-fashioned carriage rides along Front Street. Drop off you letter to Santa in his special mailbox located next to the giant Living Wheaton chair at the ‘W’ Plaza on Front Street. For details visit downtownwheaton.com.

Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink
With the start of the holiday season, ice skating has returned to Cicero! Located at 3400 S 53rd Ave, Cicero, Illinois 60804. Check out times, rates, and weather-related updates at www.facebook.com/bobbyhullcommunityicerink/.
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Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park
Join the Lombard Park District’s annual lighting celebration1 Charming holiday displays light up Lilacia Park with a magical array of animated light shows, decorated trees, a gingerbread house, and much more. Youngsters can visit with Santa Claus, enjoy a spectacular show with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, and visit with holiday characters. Holidays takes place every weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning now until December 22. 150 S. Park Ave. Lombard, IL 60148. Lombardparks.com.

Christmas Town at Summerfield Zoo
An amazing opportunity to make Christmas memories! Visit Santa’s Reindeer Barn with Santa’s entire sleigh team of live reindeer. Visit with Santa Claus (times available on website). Kids will earn an official stable elf diploma! Baby reindeer flight school training sessions. Lots of magical photo opportunities, including live reindeer! Grab a delicious snack at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen Snack Shop. Visit the Flying Reindeer Gift Shop for ALL of your Christmas shopping needs! Admission is $10 per person. www.summerfieldfarmandzoo.com 3088 Flora Rd., Belvidere, IL

“Yuletide Festival & Fair” Naper Settlement, Open Select Days – December 6-22
Make your Holiday merry and bright at the new Yuletide Festival and Fair! Experience the joy of the holiday season with live entertainment, local art and craft vendors, wintry food and beverages from local restaurants and breweries, and more! Stroll through Naper Settlement’s historic grounds decorated for the holiday season with twinkling lights and plenty of holiday spirit. Yuletide Festival & Fair runs Friday through Sunday from December 6-22: Fridays, 2-10PM; Saturdays and Sundays, 11AM-10PM. Admission is FREE! Visit www.NaperSettlement.org/Yuletide for more information.

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…

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Celebrating our 70th Anniversary Season   …THIS WEEKEND
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is continuing the Elgin holiday tradition with our annual Deck The Halls Holiday Concert. This community sing-a-long filled with your classic holiday favorites is complete with the Soprano Katelyn Lee, the Elgin Master Chorale, Dancewear’s, and a special visit from the man himself – SANTA CLAUS! Conducted by Stephen Squires, this is a concert for the whole family. Performances are December 14th @ 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM and December 15th @ 2:30 PM at the Hemmens Cultural Center. Purchase tickets at ElginSymphony.org or by calling 847-888-4000.
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Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts   …THIS WEEKEND!
The Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts offers two timeless shows for families this holiday season, beginning with Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s full-scale production of The Nutcracker. A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet, following the dreamlike adventures of a young girl who, guided by a magical Nutcracker Prince, encounters leaping Russians, waltzing flowers, twirling snowflake maidens and more. Complete with live narration, grand sets and vibrant costumes, The Nutcracker plays for two weekends December 6 through December 15.

Then, classical and popular music of the season is performed by the award-winning Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra at its 20th annual Presto! Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 21 at 3pm and 7pm. The Schaumburg Youth Choir joins the program, performing carols with the orchestra. For tickets, visit prairiecenter.org or call 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct., in Schaumburg.
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West Towns Barbershop Chorus  …ENDS THIS WEEKEND!
Put the Annual West Towns Barbershop Chorus Christmas show on your calendars! You’ll have three opportunities over two weekends to see Chicagoland’s premier men’s four-part harmony a cappella chorus with special guests Midwest Crossroads Chorus and many more! What better way to kick your holiday season off then with the songs from your childhood? December 7, 2:00pm, and December 14, 2:00pm & 7:00pm at Living Water Community Church, 190 Lily Cache Ln, Bolingbrook. For tickets or information visit www.westtowns.org or call (630) 201-5544. The West Towns Chorus is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization on a mission to Change Lives Though Song.

James Lumber Center!
Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s

THE NUTCRACKER triumphantly returns to the James Lumber Center!  …THIS WEEKEND!
A little girl heroine. A mysterious godfather. An enchanted nutcracker. A magical night. Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker, the popular recreation of the holiday classic, comes to the mainstage of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County for two performances only on Saturday, December 14, at 1 and 5 p.m. Originally presented at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theatre from 1965 until 1997, this production recreates Ruth Page’s beautiful and beloved original full-length staging. Experience the exquisite dancing, stunning costumes and magical settings in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets like never before — engaging entertainment for young and old alike!

Ticket prices are $25/$20 for adults; $24/$19 for seniors; $15 for students and teens; and $10 for children. Prices do not include an additional $2 per ticket facility fee. Tickets can be purchased at the JLC Box Office on the Grayslake Campus, Room P112, 19351 W. Washington St, open Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. or by calling (847) 543-2300.

To purchase single tickets online, visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets.
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Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series:
Great Family Events!                …NEXT WEEKEND
Christmas at the Silent Movies – Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra (December 14).

  • Enjoy Christmas the old-fashioned way, with live ragtime accompaniment to classic holiday silent films by Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton and the first film adaptation of The Night Before Christmas.

All performances are at Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium located at Kirk & Pine Street in Batavia.  Tickets are available to both performances. events.fnal.gov/arts-lecture-series or 630/840.ARTS.
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Holiday Inn
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions

 
Now – December 21, 2019. 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
“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 Now – 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 Now 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!

Raue Center For The Arts
Raue Center For The Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all through the arts. The 750-seat theatre, located in historic downtown Crystal Lake, Illinois, is a gathering place for our region’s citizens and has become a true destination for music, comedy theater, and more! Proud home to in-house nonprofit theatre company WILLIAMS STREET REPERTORY and all its programming! Raue Center strives to provide the arts for all and believes integrity, inclusion, and diversity make us better as an arts center. Stop by and experience great entertainment, close to home! Located at 26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. (815) 356-9212 | Box Office Hours: Tue–Fri: 2PM–6PM | Sat: 12PM–4PM | Sun & Mon: Closed. www.rauecenter.org.

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 this article:Website | Digital Edition


This Weekend’s “Holiday Happenings”

  • Westmont Holly Days Winter Ball – 12/13. Dinner, dancing, live entertainment and silent auction. Open to all to attend. RSVP by 11/16. Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook. 6:30 – 11 PM. hollydaysfestival.com.
  • Holiday Express at Blackberry Farm – 12/ 13 & 20; 12/ 7-8, 14-15 & 21-22. Take a magical ride on the Holiday Express train! Decorations, reindeer food bar, hay wagon rides. Blackberry Farm, Aurora. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
  • Santa’s Workshop – 12/13-14. Visit Santa’s workshop to meet Santa and take photos. Dogs welcome Friday. Holiday crafts will be available. Fri 5:30-8 PM and Sat 11 AM-1:30 PM. Itasca Park District, Itasca. itascaparkdistrict.com.
  • Christmas Lights Trolley Tours – 12/13-23. Illuminated tours of the LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby and Utica area to visit light displays on the fully enclosed trolley. 6-8 PM. Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center. starvedrocklodge.com.
  • Merry and Bright: A Victorian Christmas – 12/14. Victorian Christmas traditions, tour of the house and Victorian-era carolers. Visit with Santa. Snacks and hot cocoa available for purchase. New 2019: Tree decorating contest. Register. 3-7 PM. Downers Grove Museum, Downers Grove. Dgparks.org.
  • Stocking Deliveries – 12/14. Santa makes a personal delivery at your home (park district area) with a stocking full of goodies. Winfield Park District. Register winfieldparkdistrict.com.
  • Elgin Symphony Orchestra “Deck the Halls”  Holiday Concert – 12/14-15. Bring the entire family and create joyful holiday memories together at this holiday sing-a-long. Sat 2:30 and 7 PM and Sun 2:30 PM. Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin. elginsymphony.org.
  • LEGO Train Show – 12/14-15. Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club presents the group’s largest annual show. Please bring a new unwrapped toy for the Marine Toys for Tots. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. cantigny.org.
  • Last Chance Craft Fair – 12/14-15. Art and Craft Fair with over 175 booths. College of DuPage Athletic Arena, Glen Ellyn. craftproductionsinc.com.
  • Santa’s Bedtime Stories – 12/15. Dress in pajamas and slippers and join Santa and his elves for some holiday fun. Ages 1-8. Community Center/Hickory-Oak, Woodridge. woodridgeparks.org.
  • ’Tis the Season Holiday Concert – 12/15.Join in the spirit of the season with favorite holiday carols and popular songs by a full symphony orchestra. All ages. 2 and 4 PM. Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville. dupagesymphony.org.
  • ZooLights Monday Family Nights at Lincoln Park Zoo – 12/16, 12/23 & 12/30*. Fun-filled evenings includes activities for families with children. 4:30-9 PM. Lpzoo.org.
  • Holiday House Decorating Tour – 12/17-18. Travel around Schaumburg to see the sights and lights of houses decorated for the holidays. 6 – 8:30 PM. Schaumburg Park District. parkfun.com.

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Fitness / Race Events …

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run – Sat 12/14 at 9 AM 5K Run/Walk. Chicago History Museum. Chicago. www.jbr.org/chicago.

  • Arctic Frog Endurance Run 50K, 25K and 15K Races. Libertyville. froghopssports.com.

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

  • FAMILY Gingerneering – Get in the holiday spirit with a family fun workshop. Build individually or combine the gingerbread kits in new and creative ways. Sci-Tech Museum, Aurora. scitechmuseum.org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

  • FAMILY Second Saturday Family Program: Engineering – Celebrate and learn about remarkable feats of engineering and create one of your own using LEGO® bricks. 12-3 PM. Free. Cantigny’s Robert R. McCormick House, Wheaton. Cantigny.org.
  • SHOPPING Last Chance Craft & Art Fair – 190 booths of indoor shopping. $5 admission. 10AM-4PM. College of DuPage Athletic Arena, Glen Ellyn. Craftproductionsinc.com.
  • KIDS Winter Princess Ball Event –Join all your favorite princesses for a lovely Ball complete with photos, dance parties, and more! 10 AM – 12 PM. Tickets. Bartlett Hills GC Weddings, Bartlett. princessfairytaleparties.com.
  • KIDS Nature Discovery Days: All About Evergreens – Explore nature with your child. Fun hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books and more. No registration. 11 AM – 2 PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room, Naperville. napervilleparks.org/kknc.
  • 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  Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/29 – 12/15 weekends and all week 1/16-1/5. ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This FREE event transforms Lincoln Park Zoo into a twinkling winter wonderland for 28 nights complete with visits from Santa, ice sculptors, carolers, festive activities and sweet treats of all kinds.
  • 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, DECEMBER 15

  • SHOPPING Last Chance Craft & Art Fair – 190 booths of indoor shopping. $5 admission. 11AM-4PM. College of DuPage Athletic Arena, Glen Ellyn. Craftproductionsinc.com.
  • SHOPPING Wheaton Antique Market – Antique Market is a paradise for all kinds of collectors. 8 AM – 3 PM. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Wheaton. 10times.com/wheaton-antique-market.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/29 – 12/15 weekends and all week 1/16-1/5. ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This FREE event transforms Lincoln Park Zoo into a twinkling winter wonderland for 28 nights complete with visits from Santa, ice sculptors, carolers, festive activities and sweet treats of all kinds.
  • 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, DECEMBER 16

  • FUNDRAISER Chili and Cornbread Cook Off – Come and enjoy the food, company, conversation and music as we celebrate the season. Water included or BYOB. 7:30-9 PM. Tickets. DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, Naperville. secure.actblue.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17

  • ADULTS Terrarium Construction- Learn the basics of terrarium construction and care while constructing your very own terrarium to take home. Includes 1 drink (Beer or Wine).7-8:30 PM. Oak Park Conservatory. Tickets. registration.pdop.org.

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SPECIAL: Senior Focus

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Active Kids Zone + Party Places

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  • 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 Services, 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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