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Weekend+ for 2/27 to 3/4

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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 2/27 to Wednesday 3/4

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

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This Weekend’s “Winter Fun!”

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.

Discover 2020 Insights at the Body Mind Spirit Expo!  NEXT WEEKEND!
Explore natural health, personal growth and receive readings and healings, March 7-8, at the Midwest Conference Center. Offering over 70 included presentations and 115 exhibitors, Body Mind Spirit Expo creates a future focused environment for the exploration of alternative thought. Explore within a positive healing environment. Showcasing the national vendors along with the best from Chicago area the expo provides essential tools for discovering overall health and well being. Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books and enlightened art. Healers at the expo provide treatments ranging from massages and yoga techniques to intuitive readings. Weekend admission of $14 includes free lectures and demos as well as admission to the Exhibit Hall. Rejuvenate—receive a relaxing massage, have your aura photo taken and open yourself to new ideas. The expo offers a safe environment for growth and exploration, so mark your calendar for the entire weekend! Location: Midwest Conference Center 401 W Lake St Northlake, IL  60164. For more information and a $1 off coupon, call 541-482-3722  or visit

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

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

Maple Sugaring Days: March 7-8 at Creek Bend Nature Center  NEXT WEEKEND!
Don’t miss our spring celebration – Maple Sugaring Days, March 7-8 from noon – 3 p.m. Learn how to tap a maple tree. Watch sap thicken to syrup. Join us on a naturalist-led hike. Sample pure, local syrup. Plus, check-out interactive exhibits inside Creek Bend Nature Center. Bring the whole family for this fun, FREE program. Creek Bend Nature Center is located within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. See or call 630-444-3190.

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.

Midwest Pond & Koi Society
The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, a trade show, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site for more information.

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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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…


  • ADULTS SCORE Roundtable: Cash Flow for Start-Ups – Meet with fellow business owners and entrepreneurs to discuss challenges and opportunities. 6:30PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard.


  • ADULTS Hike with a Naturalist – 18+. Join a naturalist on a wintry morning hike at Knoch Knolls Park to learn about local wildlife. Free. 10 – 11:30 AM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center Lobby, Naperville. Registration.
  • 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.
  • ADULTS Chicago Golf Show – February 28 to March 1. Over 180 vendors, a 4500 square foot demo area and special appearances from top PGA professionals. Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont.


  • FAMILY Hike with a Naturalist – Ages 5+. Join a naturalist on a wintry morning to learn about local wildlife. Free. 10 – 11:30 AM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center Lobby, Naperville. Registration.
  • FUNDRAISER The Batavia Mothers’ Club Bunco Night – Join us for a fun night of rolling dice and flashing back to the 80s!  Raffle, silent auction games, food and cash bar. 21+. The doors open 6:30 PM. Dice will roll at 7:15 PM. Batavia Moose Lodge, Batavia.
  • 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.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Polar Adventure Days – January 25 and February 29. Engage in winter activities, see live animals and create nature-inspired crafts. Dress for the weather as events take place both outdoors and inside the visitor center. Northerly Island, Chicago.
  • 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.
  • ADULTS Chicago Golf Show – February 28 to March 1. Over 180 vendors, a 4500 square foot demo area and special appearances from top PGA professionals. Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont.

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