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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 2/13 to Wednesday 2/19

This week’s highlights …  On Stage | This Weekend’s “Winter Fun” |  Fitness Events | Greater Chicago Events |  | Active Kids Zone | Party Place  | Dining Guide  | This Week’s Sponsors … See below.

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On Stage

Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center presents…
“We Shall Overcome” – A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Featuring Damien Sneed. February 16, 2020, 3 p.m.

We Shall Overcome showcases African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders and is interwoven with excerpts from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.

Damien Sneed, a world-renowned artist and recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, brings his amazing talent to MVCC’sFine and Performing Arts Center in this memorable show. Come experience a moving tribute to the civil rights leader that features music from genres such as gospel, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. A great way to celebrate Black History Month! “His talent stretches across traditional divisions. In the realest sense, he uses his artistry to make our world a better place.” Wynton Marsalis, of Damien Sneed. Located at 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465. (708) 974-4300.>>

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This Weekend’s “Winter Fun!”

Fleetwood Roller Rink
Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” Come visit us and join in our fun.  Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm   Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times

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

Kohl Children’s Museum
17 interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Held over through March 29: 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

WhirlyBall Naperville is open! 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.

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. Join us for Super Hero’s Day on Jan 12th SUPER HEROES.  Dress as your favorite Super Hero and “fly” down the slopes.  Costume contest and parade at 1pm.  Or enjoy the Totally Tubular 80’s Party on Jan. 25th from 11am – 6pm. Wear your best 80’s gear and join us for a rad day on the tubing hill including great tunes, photo booth, party favors and more!  One hour from Chicago just north of the WI/IL border.

TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show    ~NEXT WEEK~
2020 is here and the JF&A Show heads into a new decade! See what all the fuss is about by attending the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on February 20-23, 2020. Shop for yourself, your family, and friends for every occasion and celebration and get your New Year off to a great start. A day at a TransWorld’s JF&A Show adds up to a great time and even greater deals. Get FREE gifts just for attending and buying at the show.  KIDS DAY ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd:  You can bring your kids ages 9-16 with an accompanying adult to the show. Register kids on-site only and a $5 fee applies. They will receive a FREE gift, a Lighted BOUNCY ball as a gift from us. For complete details, visit our website at: to register.

Villa Olivia
Dare to do something different this winter! Learn to ski/snowboard or bring the family and friends for snow tubing. With six ski runs and a double wide tube hill Villa Olivia offers winter fun in your own backyard. We can even make our own snow! The season runs through March 1st.  Villa Olivia is located at 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett. For hours of operation and weather related information visit or call 630-289-1000.

Villa St. Benedict
Villa St. Benedict is a boutique lifestyle community with 47 acres of beautiful grounds and a warm community atmosphere. They offer variety of independent living and assisted living apartments, and memory care. Residents enjoy a carefree lifestyle with maintenance-free villa homes and apartments, gourmet dining options with chef-prepared meals, engaging activities, events, and much more. Learn more by visiting or by contacting a sales counselor at (630) 852-0345.

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Fitness Events

Saturday, February 15

  • Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Series 8K. Aurora.
  • Tour de Trails. Byron.

This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…


  • KIDS Nerf Gun Night- The gym transforms into a battle arena. Bring Nerf Gun and protective eye-wear. Ages: 7-12. Register. Rec Center, Downers Grove.
  • FAMILY  Next Stop Elmhurst: – An exploration of railroads past and present. 3PM. FREE. 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst History Museum. 630-833-1457.
  • FAMILY – RV & Camping Show – Feb 13-16. the Midwest’s largest RV show and super sale with 400 new RVs on display. Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont.


  • FAMILY Indoor Drive in Movie Night – Lady and the Tramp – Each child will decorate a box to create a car to sit in near their family. Popcorn and drinks provided. Ages 2-8 with parent. 6-8:30 PM. F&RC, Barrington Park District.
  • KIDS Pokémon League – Meet to play and talk Pokémon with other trainers. Bring cards or play with the library’s.  Ages 6+. 4:30 – 6 PM. Naper Blvd. Library, Naperville.
  • HISTORY Farmhouse Museum Tour at Kline Creek Farm – Through 3/30/20. Tour the farmhouse museum, and learn how the home served as the building block of the rural community. FREE. Warrenville. 10AM – 4PM. Closed Tues and Wed.
  • EXHIBIT On the Right Track: By Rail to Chicago & Beyond – Through 3/29/20. Take a journey through 170 years of railroading history—from Elmhurst to Chicago and beyond. View a wide array of artifacts. Hands-on learning stations. FREE. Elmhurst History Museum,
  • EXHIBIT Home Grown – Through 7/28/2020. 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.
  • FAMILY – RV & Camping Show – Feb 13-16. the Midwest’s largest RV show and super sale with 400 new RVs on display. Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont.


  • OUTDOOR Nature Discovery Days: Winter Birds – Fun hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books and more. Children and adults explore nature topics together. 11AM – 2PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room, Naperville.
  • FAMILY WINTERFEST – Watch Adopt-A-Husky’s dogs run and learn about the history of dog sledding. Other activities included. Noon-4 PM. FREE. Bartlett Nature Center, Bartlett.
  • KIDS Safe At Home -Topics covered include safety in the home, proper use of keys, what to do in case of anemergency, how to respond to strangers and general house rules. 10-11:30AM. Clarendon Hills Community Center, Clarendon Hills.
  • FAMILY Family Fun Fair – Inflatables, games, crafts, raffles, food & drink vendors. FREE. 11 AM – 2 PM. Vaughan Athletic Center, Aurora.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Chicago’s Night Sky – Learn about the impact of light pollution, create your own constellations with interactive technology, and learn how to identify cool things in the Chicago sky. Adler Planetarium.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Wired to Wear – Now Open. Wired to Wear is the first-ever exhibit dedicated to wearable technology—smart clothing and devices designed to extend the human body’s capabilities and make us healthier, stronger and safer. Museum of Science and Industry.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Cloud Buster – Now Open. Cloud Buster is 37 ft climbable structure. Every nook and cranny provides a different thrill. Chicago Children’s Museum.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Underwater Beauty – Enter a world of shimmer, color, pattern and rhythm, in the aquarium’s most diverse special exhibit ever. Shedd Aquarium.
  • EXHIBIT Could Be Architecture: McCormick AfterParti – January 25 – April 12, 2020. Chicago-based design duo transforms historic McCormick House into playful, interactive playground. Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst.
  • EXHIBIT The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden – February 8 – March 22, 2020. 10 AM – 4 PM. Orchids After Hours, Thursday evenings. Show highlighting, reflecting, and enhancing the hues of orchids in a modern world of living color. Glencoe.
  • FAMILY – RV & Camping Show – Feb 13-16. the Midwest’s largest RV show and super sale with 400 new RVs on display. Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont.


  • FAMILY Family Day – Explore the galleries with us to learn fun facts, find hidden gems and participate in hands-on demonstrations. Make a take-home project too! Free with CAC admission. No Registration. Ages 3+. 10 AM – 2 PM. Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago.
  • FAMILY Lego Build – Come build with LEGO®, solve a design problem and learn the fundamentals to create your own designs. 12 PM. $20; Members Free. 12pm. Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago.
  • FAMILY Snowman Photo Contest – Through 2/28/2020. Get outside and build a snowman together. Take a photo and submit it to Winners announced 3/2/2020. Darien.
  • FAMILY – RV & Camping Show – Feb 13-16. the Midwest’s largest RV show and super sale with 400 new RVs on display. Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont.


  • OUTDOOR Backyard Bird Count – Binoculars and bird ID books along with Naturalists will be on hand to help you identify and record the birds you see. FREE. Drop in between 10AM – 3PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville.
  • FAMILY Grand Morning: A Trip Down The Candyland Trail – Grandparents and Grandkids! Join us for a morning off of school for games, crafts and tasty treats! 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Register. South Point, Oswego.
  • FAMILY Adult/Tot Open Climb – Kids  2-5 climb the indoor rock wall on Mondays through February 24! Other age-appropriate activities will be available. Must be accompanied by adult. 9:30AM-11AM. Ackerman SFC, Glen Ellyn.


  • WOMEN MasterMoms Talk Series: Moms Reset – Learn simple everyday practices to help raise your happiness threshold as a Mom and for your family. 7-9 PM. Boathouse at Lake Ellyn, Glen Ellyn.
  • ART Paint Your Pet’s Portrait – Your pet is pre-sketched from photos you provide, and an artist provides guidance while you paint. Bring a beverage and snack. 6:30 PM – 9 PM. Blackberry Farm, Aurora.
  • KIDS Story Time – January 22 – March 25, 2020. 10 – 11 AM. Stop by for nature-themed stories and activities Wednesdays in the Lenhardt Library. Ages 2-5. Chicago Botanic Garden,

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