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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 3/5 to Wednesday 3/11

This week’s highlights … This Weekend’s  Activities | On Stage | Fitness Events | Greater Chicago Events |  Summer Camp Sign-Up Time | Party Places  | Dining Guide  | Autism Assessment | This Week’s Sponsors … See below.

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This Weekend’s Activities

PaleoFest 2020: Adventures in a Prehistoric World – This Weekend!
Burpee Museum of Natural History
PaleoFest 2020: Weekend Adventures in a Prehistoric World is a dino-centric event this March 6-8, that provides a fun and educational experience for both adults and children! Scientists arrive from around the world to celebrate all things prehistoric. The museum transforms: special stations showcasing paleo research, family-friendly lectures and workshops, PaleoArt workshops and the world famous research lectures. March 6: FREE student symposium. Saturday & Sunday March 7-8: Full PaleoFest Event. For more information, visit

Discover 2020 Insights at the Body Mind Spirit Expo!   This 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

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 and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit for more information.

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.

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On Stage

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
The Trip to Bountiful, By Horton Foote. Performances run March 6 – 28.
Carrie Watts, an elderly woman, finally escapes her cramped apartment and overprotective children to return to her beloved hometown of Bountiful, Texas. But she begins to learn that her cherished town isn’t the same as she remembered it. In April, come join us for The Overshadowed Princess Concert! Enjoy an evening of your favorite princess songs sung by stars of the Overshadowed stage! April 17 – 18, 2020 | 7:30 PM, 2 PM, 7:30 PM. Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call the box office at 630-634-2100 or visit our website at

Arcada Kids Club
The Arcada Kids Club presents TWO family-friendly shows, coming to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. March 11 – Tales of Peter Pan & Cinderella ON ICE, a journey with several of your favorites. April 18, join us for Cinderella, the beloved fairytale/play everyone loves! Tickets are just $12. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! Ron Onesti’s Wild West Town, a family amusement park and entertainment center, just west of Huntley, is opening for the 2020 on May 16th!

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Race / Fitness Events


  • Oak Forest Fleadh 5K Run/Walk. Oak Forest.
  • Broken Oar’s Shiver Run 5K Run/Walk and Kids 5K. Barrington.
  • Shamrock Beer Run 5K Novelty Run/Walk. Arlington Heights.


  • Fight for Air Climbing event. Chicago.
  • Tri Your Luck Indoor Triathlon. Palatine.

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…


  • EXHIBIT Spring Exhibit Opening Reception – Viewing of “Community, Culture, and Conversations: African American Heritage in Batavia.” Free! 5-7PM. Batavia Depot Museum. Batavia.
  • WORKSHOP It Might be Time to Make a Change – information about how to get started downsizing, and preparing your home for the market. 1:30PM. Villa St. Benedict, Lisle.
  • LECTURE Date with History: America’s First Women Soldiers – The story of American women who served in WWI as telephone switchboard operators in France. 7PM. Visitors Center Cantigny, Wheaton.
  • WOMEN Women’s Retreat IF: Gathering 2020 – Women will gather for live worship, be encouraged and challenged diverse female speakers. 5PM through 12:30 PM March 7th. Christ Church Oak Brook.
  • EXHIBITS DuPage Children’s Museum – New exhibit spaces; Creativity Connections Young Explorers and Make It Move Young Explorers. For children birth – 2 years. DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville.
  • KIDS Winter Play – Daily, through March. The Children’s Garden is open for outdoor fun. Explore activities such as painting snow or building a fort. 11 AM–3 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • KIDS Gnome Hunt – Daily in March. The animals may be hibernating, but the Children’s Garden still has gnomes. 9:30 AM- 4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • EXHIBIT On the Right Track: By Rail to Chicago & Beyond – Thru March 29th. Take a journey through 170 years of railroading history. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst.
  • EXHIBIT By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst – Ongoing. Encounter an interactive tabletop map, videos, photos as well as interesting artifacts from the museum’s collection. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst.
  • EXHIBIT “Reima Ratti: Life and Art in the Great Depression – Through April 12.  Explore the Great Depression through the eyes of a Lake County artists. Dunn Museum, Libertyville.


  • FAMILY Mother Son Night – Minecraft theme! Enjoy activities, craft, photo, dinner and entertainment for this fun night. 6:30 – 9 PM. The Core, Lemont. Register at
  • HISTORY First Fridays: Woman Up! – Celebrate Women’s History Month with a night of art, music, and more that honors and respects women. FREE. Downtown Aurora.
  • FAMILY Sham-Rockin’ Fun – St. Paddy’s-themed games and entertainment. Ages 2+ with adult. 6:30 – 8 PM. Plainfield Township Community Center, Plainfield.
  • FUNDRAISER Gala of Hope – Black-tie gala includes dinner open bar, live music, silent and live auctions. 5:30 – 11:30 PM. Tickets. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago.
  • TOTS Magical Ice Cream Social – Hosted by the two most famous mice of them all! Crafts, too! Ages 1-5 with adult. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, Naperville.
  • FAMILY Pizza & Game Night – Bring your own board games or borrow one of ours. Pizza served. Register. Community Recreation Center, Wheeling.
  • ADULT Riding the Rails Bus Tour – A bus tour of historic and modern day railroad sites in Elmhurst, Villa Park, Franklin Park and Bensenville. 9-11:30 AM. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst.
  • ADULTS Women of Faith Conference – March 6 and 7. Live worship and biblical teachings, giveaways, raffles, food, and shopping. Christ Church, Oak Brook. Register at
  • THEATRE Steel Magnolias – A classic story of family, strength in women and big southern hair. March 6-22. Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College. Naperville.


  • ADULTS Sip & Sew – Modern Baby Hat – Stitch up your own cute baby hat from stretchy knit fabric. All supplies included. BYOB Optional. Register. 10:30 AM – Noon. Shawn Sargent Designs, Glen Ellyn.
  • HEALTH Body Mind Spirit Expo – Exploration of alternative thought. Retail exhibitors, healers, lectures and demos. Midwest Conference Center, Northlake.
  • FAMILY Maple Sugaring Days – Nature hike. Learn to tap a maple tree. Exhibits. FREE. 12- 3 PM. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles.
  • ADULTS Landscape Design Basics – Learn principles such as viewpoints, focal points, traffic flow and tips on adding color and texture to your garden. 11AM – 2 PM. The Growing Place. Aurora.
  • FAMILY St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Parade with St. Patrick’s Day Queen. 10 AM. Countryside.
  • FAMILY Crafters to the Rafters – Come out and see a selection of crafts made by local and regional artists. 11AM – 4PM. Free. Concessions available. Deer Grove Leisure Center, Bensenville.
  • FUNDRAISER Off the Wall: Adler Art Heist – Start with wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a gallery preview of the art to be “heisted.”6 PM. David Adler –  Music and Arts Center, Libertyville.
  • ADULTS Women of Faith Conference – March 6 and 7. Live worship and biblical teachings, giveaways, raffles, food, and shopping. Christ Church, Oak Brook. Register at
  • FAMILY Maple Syrup Hikes – March 7–22 Weekends. One-hour hikes run every half-hour from noon to 2 PM. Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods. Tickets.


  • FAMILY REPTILE RAMPAGE – Enthusiasts and experts from around the region will exhibit snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises and more. 10AM- 4PM. Lake Forest Recreation Center, Lake Forest.
  • HEALTH Body Mind Spirit Expo – Exploration of alternative thought. Retail exhibitors, healers, lectures and demos. Midwest Conference Center, Northlake.
  • FAMILY Maple Sugaring Days – Nature hike. Learn to tap a maple tree. Exhibits. FREE. 12- 3 PM. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles.
  • OUTDOORS Dog Admission Day – Visitors can bring their dogs with them to stroll through the Arboretum. 7 AM – sunset. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • FAMILY Nature Discovery Days: Wild Weather – Fun hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books and more. 1-4 PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room. Naperville.
  • LECTURE HERstory Speaks Lecture Series – Rosie Wins the War: The Story of Women’s Workplace Roles in WWII. 4- 5 PM. For tickets call: 630-420-6010. Century Memorial Chapel. Naperville.
  • ADULTS Pints for Paws: A Craft Beer Tasting –  Raise funds for the cats and dogs of the West Suburban Humane Society. 4-6:00 PM. Ike & Oak’s Brewpub, Woodridge.
  • FAMILY Maple Syrup Hikes – March 7–22 Weekends. One-hour hikes run every half-hour from noon to 2 PM. Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods. Tickets.


  • ADULTS Strategies to Pay Off College – Covers student loan basics and strategies for repayment. FREE. 7:00-8:30PM. JRC Lounge, Bloomingdale.
  • TEENS Minute to Win it Games – Drop in for Grades 6-12. Free. Alive Center. Naperville.


  • SENIORS St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon – Enjoy corned beef and cabbage, fresh fruit salad, rolls and dessert for lunch followed by bingo. Ages 60 and up. 12-2PM. Maryknoll Clubhouse, Glen Ellyn. Register at
  • FAMILY Green High Tea – Take your pick from a wide range of hand-selected brews, tea sandwiches, and holiday-appropriate pastries. 3-5 PM. Tickets. Mon Ami Gabi, Oak Brook.


  • KIDS Spring Treats – We will make pretzel butterflies, rainbow fruit kabobs and chopped salad. Parents, please join for sampling during the last 15 minutes of class. 4-5:30PM. Ages 4-12. BCC Oak Room Kitchen, Bartlett.
  • ART Painting on Glass Workshop  – Using paint, learn how to transform glass objects into decorative pieces. 7PM. Bloomingdale Park District Museum, Bloomingdale. Details 630-624-9545 or

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