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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 9/12 to Wednesday 9/18

THIS WEEK FROM SUBURBAN FAMILY  … Oktoberfest | Fall Fest Des Plaines | Kuipers Pumpkin Farm Festival | “I Remember Pop” | Evanston Bicycle Club’s 35th Annual North Shore Century | SEA Blue Prostate Cancer 5K Run and Walk | Fairs and Festivals | This Weekend’s Best Day Trips Fitness/Race Events | Greater Chicago Events | Active Kids Zone |  Party Place | Dining Guide  | This Week’s Sponsors … see below.

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Fall Fairs and Festivals

Oktoberfest – 9/12-22 Authentic German Food and Bier, live bands, dancing and lots of fun for the whole family. Camera Park, Glendale Heights. glendaleheightsoktoberfest.com

ALSO…Oktoberfest at the Schnitzel Platz Restaurant from 9/6 to 10/27. schnitzelplatz.com
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Fall Fest Des Plaines – Sept. 13th (6-11pm), 14th (noon-11pm) & 15th (noon-7pm). A Three-Day Family-Friendly Festival! Great bands, carnival rides, food, Fun family activities. FREE Admission. Lake Park, 2200 Lee St., Des Plaines. www.FallFestDesPlaines.com.
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Kuipers Pumpkin Farm Festival – 9/15-10/31. Hay rides, autumn treats, corn maze, pig races, Big Rig Pumpkin. Maple Park. www.kuipersfamilyfarm.com.
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  • Weed Ladies Fall Floral Design Sale – 9/12-15. Hand-made seasonal floral arrangements and dried bouquets. Thu-Sat 10 AM-4PM; Sun 1-4 PM. Naper Settlement. napersettlement.org/238/Weed-Ladies-Floral-Sales
  • West Dundee Heritage Fest – 9/13-15. Art and antique shows, fireworks, auto show, bag-go tournament, parade, children’s activities. West Dundee. wdundeeheritagefest.org
  • Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm and Fall Fest – 9/13-11/3. Pumpkin chucker, petting zoo, gemstone mining, haunted barn, pig races. Homer Glen. pumpkinfarm.com
  • Depot Days – 9/14-15. Pioneer demonstrations, games, pie eating contest, model train display, hayride, craft fair. 12-5 PM. Lisle. villageoflisle.org/262/Depot-Days
  • Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest – 9/14. Sample from 30 breweries, trolley, food, ice cream, raffle. Benefits Elmhurst Heritage Foundation. 1-5 PM. Elmhurst. elmhurstcraftbeerfest.com.
  • Goebbert’s Fall Festival – 9/14-10/31. Pumpkin eating dinosaur, games, animals, duck derby, café, bakery. South Barrington. goebbertsgardencenter.com/fall-festival.html
  • Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo and Fall Festival – Opens 9/14-10/31. Farm zoo, pony rides, hayrides, flowers, gift and décor shop, sweet treats, mini golf, pumpkin patch. Bolingbrook. johansenfarms.com
  • Pets-A-Palooza – 9/14. Pet-themed contests, demos, pet parade, canine stunt show. Mooseheart.
  • Woodstock Harvest Fest and Craft Fair – 9/14. Bluegrass bands, fiddle contest, craft show. Woodstock. offsquaremusic.org.
  • Sonny Acres Farm and Fall Festival – 9/14-11/4. New haunted house and hayrides. Carnival, petting zoo, country store and costume shop. West Chicago. sonnyacres.com
  • Fallapalooza – 9/15. Live music by Semple, plus fun activities like a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables and hayrides. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com
  • Shermerfest – 9/15. Music, food, performances, games. Village Green Park, Northbrook. northbrooknine.com/shermer-fest.html

Upcoming Fairs and Festivals…

  • Taste of Egypt Festival – 9/21-22. Egyptian food, camel rides, petting zoo, jewelry, games, kids’ corner. St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church of Chicago, Burr Ridge. TasteOfEgyptFestival.com.
  • Warrens Cranberry Festival – Sept. 27 – 29. Arts and crafts booths and 100 food vendors; tour of cranberry marsh. Warrens, WI. www.cranfest.com.
  • Harvest Fest – Sept. 28 from 12 PM to 7 PM. Beer, food, kids’ area, pie throwing booth and live music. Fishel Park • 1036 Grove Street, Downers Grove. 630.960.7500. www.dgparks.org/harvestfest.
  • Ottawa’s Scarecrow Fest – Saturday, Sept. 28. Recognized as Illinois biggest “Toddler Friendly” festival! This Annual Fest has something to offer every member of the family! From face painting to giant bouncy houses, and vendors! Downtown Ottawa. 815-434-2737. www.pickusottawail.com.
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This Weekend’s “Best Day Trips…”

Cantigny Park
Family-friendly Cantigny in Wheaton is the place for autumn fun! Some of the park’s most popular annual events include Revolutionary War Reenactment (Sept. 7-8), Cantigny Car Show (Sept. 15) and Cantigny Fall Festival (Oct. 12). Sign up for the Cantigny 5K on Nov. 2, too – go to signmeup.com/130199. The gardens, McCormick House, First Division Museum and special events are free admission with paid parking. Visit Cantigny.org for details and text PARK to 36000 to receive updates.

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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Mid-Continent Railway Museum
Take a ride back in time! Climb aboard for a 55-minute round-trip train ride in historic railcars. After the ride, explore the museum filled with restored trains from the late 1800s and early 1900s and browse the museum gift shop.  Open weekends through October 20 + special events. For train schedules, special event info, and ticket prices call 800-930-1385 or visit www.midcontinent.org. E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom, WI 53951.
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Boundless Adventures
Boundless Adventures is more than just a zipline park! It’s an exciting new family-friendly aerial adventure park experience for thrill-seekers, adventurers, tree-climbers, zip-liners and outdoor enthusiasts that is now open in Wisconsin! With 120 obstacles, 20 ziplines and 9 courses with 4 different difficulty levels, there is something for everyone! 9800 160th Avenue, Bristol, Wisconsin. For more information or to reserve your spot today, please visit https://boundlessadventures.net/wi-park or call 262-924-8626.
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Maxson’s Restaurant & Riverboat
Maxson’s Restaurant has been in business in Oregon, Illinois since 1952.  Plan your visit now and enjoy the fall color season. It offer’s glass enclosed dining with stunning views of the Rock River. The Pride of Oregon Paddleboat takes guests on a scenic 15 mile round trip lunch and dinner cruises. Maxson’s can host events up to 260 people in the restaurant, 200 on the sprawling deck, and 149 on the Riverboat. Located at 1469 IL Rt. 2, Oregon, Illinois 61061. Perfect setting for a day trip or your next special event. For more information call 1-815-732-6761 or visit www.Maxsons.net.
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The Growing Place
Step Into the Gardens at The Growing Place to Find Yours. Fall is a great time to visit The Growing Place. Wander through over an acre of gardens for inspiration as you shop for trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. The expert staff is happy to answer your questions and there are many family-friendly events this fall. Learn more at www.thegrowingplace.com. Two Locations – Naperville: 25w471 Plank Rd. Naperville, 60563, ph: 630.355.4000; Aurora: 2000 Montgomery Rd. Aurora, IL 60504, ph: 630.820.8088.
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“Camp Local” with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County!
You can get away from it all — without spending it all. Family camp sites are available in two Kane County forest preserves. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer RV sites with electric and water hook-ups, as well as tent-only sites. Sites range from $12 to $35 per day.  Campgrounds are open May through October.  For more information, call 630-444-1200 or visit kaneforest.com.

Main Event Entertainment
Main Event Entertainment Is the most FUN you can have under one roof! Enjoy multi-level laser tag, fun-filled bowling and an arcade gallery with 100+ arcade games!  We are your event destination with packages for team building, corporate events and stress-free birthday parties. MAIN EVENT HOFFMAN ESTATES: 2575 Pratum Ave., Hoffman Estates, IL 60192. (847) 645-1111. MAIN EVENT WARRENVILLE: 28248 Diehl Road, Warrenville, IL 60555. (630) 393-9400. For more information, visit www.mainevent.com.
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WhirlyBall Naperville
WhirlyBall Naperville is a two-story “eatertainment” complex. In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s eight bowling lanes, a four-lane bowling suite, HyperBowling and a multilevel laser tag area. WhirlyBall’s food will be 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. Perfect for any corporate or social event, make your reservation today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800
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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.

Growing Cents of Style
Growing Cents of Style is a seasonal children’s consignment event offering boutique and designer clothing (newborn -size 16), shoes, accessories, baby gear and toys. We help shoppers find the children’s clothing they desire most at a fraction of the cost. Clean out those closets and become a seller! Consignor registration is now open!! Earn up to 80% of your sales.  Visit www.growingcentsofstyle.com to learn more.

STAGE…

I Remember Pop
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
September 13 – October 5, 2019 TICKETS AVAILABLE
An original Overshadowed Production based on a real life story. I Remember Pop is the true story of a man who was willing to lose everything to follow Jesus. Born into a wealthy household and destined to be the heir of his family business, he set privilege and prestige aside to answer the call to the ministry. Throughout the play, Pop’s life story unfolds with unexpected twists as discovered through the eyes of his granddaughter. It’s a remarkable story with heart-felt moments and an enriching, spiritual message—if we submit to God, He will direct our steps. Join us for this story that will make you cherish the moments of your family both young and old. Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets visit www.overshadowed.org or call 630.634.2100.
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Rialto Square Theatre
See our lineup of great shows! TICKETS AVAILABLE

The historic Rialto Square Theatre is located at 102 N. Chicago St. in downtown Joliet. Opening  in 1926, it was originally designed and operated as a vaudeville movie palace, but it now houses musicals, plays, concerts, standup comedy, educational programs and more.

  • We Will Rock You  –  Sept 17
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Sept 22

The Rialto box office hours are 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and before shows.  For more information, call us at (815) 726-6600. For a complete listing of events and to purchase tickets, please go to rialtosquare.com.
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Gamelan Çudamani
Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center
Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. TICKETS AVAILABLE
Experience the pageantry of Bali as this world-renowned troupe performs traditional dance and music at Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center in Palos Hills. Kids can attend this amazing cultural experience FREE! (A ticket is required.) Tickets: morainevalley.edu/fpac or (708) 974-5500.
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Fitness / Race Events …

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

  • Race Judicata 5K Run/walk. Chicago. cvls.org/judicata.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

  • Last Chance BQ.2 Boston Marathon Qualifier. Geneva. bq2races.com.
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Fundraising Run/Walk. Glenview. act.alz.org.
  • Mutt Strut 5K Dekalb. TailsHumaneSociety.org
  • Here for LIFE Walk. Saint Charles. spsamerica.org
  • NAMI Run for Mental Health 5K Run/Walk. Jackson Park, Chicago. namiwalks.org.
  • Walk for Wishes. Chicago. illinois.wish.org
  • The Great Mud Run. Glencoe. glencoeparkdistrict.com/
  • Run Your Mutt Off 5K. Naperville. naperhumane.org

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Evanston Bicycle Club’s 35th Annual North Shore Century – Sunday, September 15, 2019. Scenic go-at-your-own pace routes of 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles. SAG support; Well-stocked rest stops on all routes. Helmets strongly urged! All rides leave from Dawes Park in Evanston, 6:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.  www.northshorecentury.org .
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SEA Blue Prostate Cancer 5K Run and Walk – Lincoln Park. seablueprostatewalk.org .
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  • Glow in the Park Lantern Walk. Glen Ellyn. gepark.org
  • North Shore Triathlon. Wilmette.  trinorthshore.com
  • Glow in the Garden 5K. Rockford. Rockfordparkdistrict.org
  • Evanston Bicycle Club’s 35th Annual North Shore Century. Evanston. northshorecentury.org

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Upcoming Fitness/Races Events…

  • Moraine Valley Community College Health, Fitness, & Recreation Center – Halloween 5K Run/Walk Children’s 1K Race.  USATF-IL certified. Family activities included.. Sat. 10/26 at 9 AM. www.morainevalley.edu/fitrec.

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

  •  ADULTS Cold Climate Winemaking – Learn about cold climate grape varieties, the unique challenges and how a vintner decides when to harvest grapes. Warrenville Library. warrenville.libnet.info/
  • FAMILY – West Chicago Food Festival – Free event with live entertainment and demonstrations. Downtown West Chicago. westchicago.org
  • MUSIC St. Charles Jazz Weekend – 9/12-15. Enjoy live jazz music on Sept. 12-15 throughout St. Charles. There are over 35 different performances set between 17 different venues for brunch, dinner and late night entertainment. For venues and more info, stcjazzweekend.com.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

  • FUNDRAISER Lazarus House Golf Outing – Enjoy a day of golf at the Lazarus House Open followed by a buffet dinner, awards and raffle winner announcements.  Prairie House Landing. West Chicago. lazarushouse.net.
  • FAMILY A night at the Movies: Mary Poppins Returns – Free outdoor movie. Bring your own snacks and chairs to Frontier Sports Complex. 7 PM. Naperville. Napervilleparks.org
  • ADULTS Sunset Cider Stroll – Participating restaurants/businesses will be strategically placed throughout the park. St. Charles. stcparks.org
  • ADULTS Celebration Cruise Fundraiser – As part of a month full of ovarian cancer awareness initiatives, the NOCC invites you to set sail aboard Wendella’s “Lila” for the 11th Annual Teal Lights Celebration Cruise. Tickets in advance:$75 at events.ovarian.org/teallights2019
  • MUSIC St. Charles Jazz Weekend – 9/12-15. Enjoy live jazz music on Sept. 12-15 throughout St. Charles. There are over 35 different performances set between 17 different venues for brunch, dinner and late night entertainment. For venues and more info, stcjazzweekend.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  World Music Festival Chicago  – 9/13–29. City-wide, multi-venue, festival with artists and ensembles from over 80 countries. FREE. Various Locations, including: Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. chicago.gov/city
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Oktoberfest – 9/13–31. Hofbräuhaus Chicago will bring the “oompapa” back to the Chicago area with its annual celebration. FREE.  Rosemont. hofbrauhauschicago.com
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Midnight Circus – Now through 10/18. Bringing the circus to the people. This live performance is held at different Chicago parks each weekend. Check schedule and buy tickets at midnightcircus.net.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

  • ADULT Batavia Road Rally –$10 per team. 1:30 – 5:00 PM. Eastside Community Center. Bataviaparks.org.
  • PRESCHOOL Tiny Tots Track Meet – Kids 3-7 can participate in four running events and one field event. All contenders are winners. St. Charles. Stcparks.org.
  • FAMILY Fall Fishing Derby Frenzy – Bring your fishing gear and you will have a chance to catch a fish and fantastic prizes. Roselle. Rparks.org.
  • FAMILY Picnic & Flick – SEASPAR and the Village of Indian Head Park present a picnic and outdoor viewing of Mary Poppins Returns. Blackhawk Park, Indian Head Park. FREE. RSVP at SEASPAR.org.
  • TOURS Millennium Carillon – Saturdays (10 AM to 4 PM) and Sundays (Noon to 6 PM) through October 27th. Tours are available for $3 for ages 5 and older.  Millennium Carillon, Naperville. napervilleparks.org.
  • MUSIC St. Charles Jazz Weekend – 9/12-15. Enjoy live jazz music on Sept. 12-15 throughout St. Charles. There are over 35 different performances set between 17 different venues for brunch, dinner and late night entertainment. For venues and more info, stcjazzweekend.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  World Music Festival Chicago  – 9/13–29. City-wide, multi-venue, festival with artists and ensembles from over 80 countries. FREE. Various Locations, including: Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. chicago.gov/city
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Oktoberfest – 9/13–31. Hofbräuhaus Chicago will bring the “oompapa” back to the Chicago area with its annual celebration. FREE.  Rosemont. hofbrauhauschicago.com
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Amazing Pollinators. Opens 9/14. Take on the role of bats, bees, beetles, and butterflies in this immersive exhibit. naturemuseum.org
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Midnight Circus – Now through 10/18. Bringing the circus to the people. This live performance is held at different Chicago parks each weekend. Check schedule and buy tickets at midnightcircus.net.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

  • HISTORY Our Town Lemont – The Lemont Area Historical Society presents “Our Town-Lemont.”  Lemont Public Library. Lemont. Lemontlibrary.org
  • FAMILY Monarch Butterfly Festival Enjoy a walk through the butterfly tent plus face-painting, live animals, an arts & crafts fair, children’s crafts, story time, scarecrow making, food & drink vendors and an education tent. Palos Heights. Lakekatherine.org
  •  FAMILY – Crunch & Stomp with Godzilla- Come in your Pj’s or Godzilla costume and crunch cereal while watching classic Godzilla stomp on screen. Stay for a related craft or activity afterward!  Milk cartons and cereal boxes available or bring your own. Ghoulish Mortals Monster & Horror Retail Store in Downtown St. Charles – 10am –  FREE  www.ghoulishmortals.com
  • FAMILY Concert in the Park with Batavia Community Band – A variety of genres will be featured. Free event. 3:00 – 4:15 pm. Peg Bond Center. Bataviaparks.org
  • ADULTS – Oh’ Baby Expo for New & Expecting Parents! Designed to help with your transition to parenthood, life with an infant…and everything in between. Lisle. induoevents.com.
  • TOURS Millennium Carillon – Saturdays (10 AM to 4 PM) and Sundays (Noon to 6 PM) through October 27th. Tours are available for $3 for ages 5 and older.  Millennium Carillon, Naperville. napervilleparks.org.
  •  FAMILY McCormick House – Past, Present, Future – 9/15 to 1/12/20. Elmhurst Art Museum will exhibit a full 1950s domestic representation of its Mies van der Rohe McCormick House Tours Sundays 1 PM and 3 PM. Elmhurst
  • EXHIBIT Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. 8/8 through 10/13. A Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” explores the contributions of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans to the country. Naper Settlement. Naperville. napersettlement.org
  • MUSIC St. Charles Jazz Weekend – 9/12-15. Enjoy live jazz music on Sept. 12-15 throughout St. Charles. There are over 35 different performances set between 17 different venues for brunch, dinner and late night entertainment. For venues and more info, stcjazzweekend.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  World Music Festival Chicago  – 9/13–29. City-wide, multi-venue, festival with artists and ensembles from over 80 countries. FREE. Various Locations, including: Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. chicago.gov/city
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Oktoberfest – 9/13–31. Hofbräuhaus Chicago will bring the “oompapa” back to the Chicago area with its annual celebration. FREE.  Rosemont. hofbrauhauschicago.com
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Amazing Pollinators. Opens 9/14. Take on the role of bats, bees, beetles, and butterflies in this immersive exhibit. naturemuseum.org

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

  • ADULTS Al Capone and the Days of Prohibition –Join the Warrenville Historical Society for a lecture on the days of prohibition and Al Capone, who had connections to Warrenville. warrenville.libnet.info/
  • FAMILY Book Signing: Michelle Schaub – Clever poems tell the story of one inquisitive child’s quest to start just the right collection to share at school. Anderson’s Book Store. Downers Grove. andersonsbookshop.com

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

  • ADULTS Bridal Expo Chicago – Bridal Expo where you can view the area’s best wedding products and services in one convenient location. 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM. Drury Lane Theatre. Bridalexpochicago.com
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Garfield Conservatory – Wild Wednesdays.  Explore nature, get hands dirty and discover new things about plants, animals and nature. Drop ins welcome! garfieldconservatory.org

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Benefits of Extracurricular Activities + Active Kids Zone

Active Kids Zone Featuring: Rock n’ Kids, Christ Church, Great Lakes Volleyball Center, Model Act Studios, Bel Canto Music Academy

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10 Halloween Games + Party Places

Party Places featuring: Main Event EntertainmentWhirlyBall NapervilleGhoulish Mortals, Safari Land – Villa Park

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Golf Links and Tips

Golf Links and Tip Featuring: Golf Center Des Plaines 

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide featuring:Rosebuds, Catch 35, Mon Ami Gabi, VinoTHAI, Chuck’s Southern Comfort Cage

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