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YOUR WEEKEND+ for Nov. 22nd to Nov. 28th
(Thursday though next Wednesday) 

Here are loads of terrific things to do in the upcoming week…from Suburban Family’s extensive database of local events and activities.

The “HOLIDAY ISSUE of Suburban Family is available…
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Lincoln Park Zoo: ZooLights
Presented By ComEd and Invesco QQQ
Select dates from Nov. 23 to Jan. 6 4:30-9 p.m. The most wonderful time of year deserves the most wonderful type of event. The one-of-a-kind experience offers fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebrations that feature luminous displays and seasonal activities…all under the glow of 2.5 million lights! Incredible 3D displays. Warm spiced wine, frosty beers and festive snacks. Holiday gift shopping. Live ice-sculpture carving (select nights). Musical light shows at the Winter Wonderlawn. For more information visit

Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm
This year, treat your whole family to a wonderful day at Ben’s Christmas Tree Farm! Take in the sights as horse-drawn wagons ferry you into nine varieties of sustainably grown trees spread across the 50 acre farm. Once you have found your perfect tree, enjoy free hot cocoa in the warming barn, or visit the farm animals. Ben’s will retrieve, shake, and wrap your tree, and will even tie your tree to your vehicle, leaving you to enjoy a day in the country. Leashed pets welcome. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 9am-4pm, Thanksgiving thru Christmas. Trees $6.25 to $9.25 /ft., most activities Free! See for details.

Holiday Homecoming
Downtown St. Charles
Holiday Homecoming is a two-day family tradition that kicks off on Friday, November 23 at 5pm. Join us as we light up the lights in downtown, sing Christmas carols and Santa first appears in the plaza. On Saturday, November 24, there is a FREE showing of Home Alone at the Arcada Theatre, FREE trolley rides on 1st Street, live holiday window displays and the Electric Christmas Parade at 5:30pm! For more information visit

Living Wheaton for the Holidays
Downtown Wheaton is decked out for the holidays with a new look for Front Street this season.   Gather around the community fireplace with hot cocoa at Martin Memorial Plaza and enjoy old-fashioned carriage rides and give Santa your wish list! The season opens with the Living Wheaton Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Friday, November 23rd at 6pm.  Keep local awesome by supporting our small downtown businesses on Shop Small Saturday, November 24th.  Make plans for the Christmas Festival on December 1st for all day family fun! For details visit

Village of Arlington Heights
The Holiday Season is Wonderful in Arlington Heights! Arlington Heights is the perfect holiday destination for your family.  It all starts with our grand Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 23rd.  Great events continue with Small Business Saturday on November 24th.  Come out and shop at independent and national retailers in our award-winning Downtown.  And don’t forget the Rotary Santa Run on December 1st, a 5K race featuring hundreds of St. Nicks dashing through the streets.  With great shopping, entertainment, and events, Arlington Heights is the place to be this holiday season! For more information, please visit!

Holiday Homecoming
Downtown St. Charles
Holiday Homecoming is a two-day family tradition that kicks off on Friday, November 23 at 5pm. Join us as we light up the lights in downtown, sing Christmas carols and Santa first appears in the plaza. On Saturday, November 24, there is a FREE showing of Home Alone at the Arcada Theatre, FREE trolley rides on 1st Street, live holiday window displays and the Electric Christmas Parade at 5:30pm! For more information visit

12th Annual Festival of Lights
Presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club
Enjoy the magic of the 2018 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; (5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday); Nov. 23 through Dec. 26.  Freewill donations appreciated.

Westmont Park District
The annual Holly Days Winter Festival returns to Westmont!  Opening Night, complete with the Frosty and Friends Parade and Santa’s arrival on Saturday, November 24 is not to be missed.  Don’t miss our Snow-Much Fun Night on December 15 with sled dogs, games, crafts, Santa’s Workshop, s’mores and more! For a complete list of Holly Days activities, please visit or by calling 630.963.5252.

Abbey Farms
Start Your Holiday Season at Abbey Farms! Searching for an old-fashioned treat to bring to your holiday gatherings this year?  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 17, and Santa arrives the day after Thanksgiving! Enjoy a free apple cider donut when you purchase your tree – and ask about our tree delivery service!  For more info, visit!

Kohl Children’s Museum
Seventeen interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Through January 13, walk into your favorite children’s books in Storyland, featuring Peter Rabbit, The Snowy Day, Abuela, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and more!  Also, don’t miss our New Year’s Eve Bash – tickets on sale soon. 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. 847-832-6600.

Golf Center Des Plaines
Our lighted, heated, 80-bay Driving Range features automatic ball tee-up and a 300-yard targeted landing area. The unique 1-1/2 acre Short Game Practice Area, where you can practice chip shots from up to 60 yards out, includes three bunkers and multiple greens. Money-saving Unlimited Annual Memberships make great gifts. 353 N. River Road, Des Plaines. For more info, call 847-803-GOLF or visit Open year-round.

Santa’s Village Amusement Park
The 2018 Magical Christmas Season at Santa’s Village promises something for everyone! From the moment you pass through the front gates, it is apparent that Santa’s Village is a special place for creating new holiday memories. With 23 rides, animals, shows, games, and all your favorite fun foods you’re bound to have a magical time. From Picnics to Parties, toddlers to tweens, and thrill seekers to party goers … Santa’s Village is the perfect place for a day of play for your next family or group outing. Visit for further details. Located at 601 E. Dundee Ave., East Dundee

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 or call 815-827-5200 for more information.

Chicago Steel Hockey Team
Join the Chicago Steel Hockey Team for fast-paced family fun at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva and see the future stars of college and pro hockey! Home games: 11/23 (family ticket pack game), 11/30, 12/4, 12/8 (post-game skate), 12/29 (mascot bobblehead giveaway & post-game skate). Tickets start at just $10; sit on the glass for only $20. Plus, parking is always free!  Check out the full promotional schedule and purchase tickets at

Entertainment Cruises
Aboard Spirit, Winter’s Never Looked Better
Did you know that Spirit of Chicago cruises all year long? And aboard the cozy, festive decks, you’ll see a whole new side of winter. Bring your family aboard to see magical, winter views of classic Chicago sites like Buckingham Fountain, the Adler Planetarium, Trump Tower, Willis Tower and more! Your cruise will include a delicious buffet-style meal and DJ entertainment. For the highlight of your holidays, plan your cruise at

Fleetwood Roller Rink
Fleetwood Roller Rink 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

Oak Brook Park District
Party and Event Services
From all-inclusive, year-round pool parties to quaint weddings, Oak Brook Park District’s award-winning facilities and staff are here to make sure your next event is a hit. Please contact Katie or Carmen at or 630-645-9554 and ask how we can help you plan your next birthday party, formal event, family reunion, or shower!

Safari Land
Let Your Adventure Begin! Safari Land has everything you need for a complete adventure. Whether it’s bowling, video games, rollercoaster, kiddie carts, food or other fun, Safari Land is the place for your party. Come ride the tiger terror…take a spin in our 360 degree, full-motion, 3D flight simulator, play in our soft play area, or throw some strikes during cosmic bowling. Buy a wristband for only $10 (see details on ad). Contact us to book your next adventure of a lifetime. 701 W. North Avenue, Villa Park. 630-530-4649. Visit




Roselle 5th Annual Turkey Tango/Trot 5K – Thurs. Nov. 22nd at 8 AM. Thanksgiving Morning. 5K Run/Walk, Chipped Time, USATF certified. Hot Chocolate and post-race refreshments. Roselle, IL.

  • Beat the Bird 5K – Thu 11/22 at 9 AM. Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook. 312-401-4392.
  • Bonfield Express Turkey Trot 5K – Thu 11/22 at 8:30 AM. Downtown Downers Grove.
  • Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot 5K – Thu 11/22 at 9 AM. Elmhurst.
  • Flying Turkey 5K – Thu 11/22 at 9 AM 5K. Evanston.
  • The Fox and The Turkey Races – Thu 11/22 at 7:30 AM for the Four Mile and 7:30 AM for the Youth One Mile. Batavia.
  • Hertz Trout Valley Turkey Trot – Thu 11/22 5K at 9 AM and 12 and under 1 MI at 8:30 AM. Cary.
  • Long Grove Turkey Trot – Thu 11/22 at 8:40 AM 5K & 8K Run/Walk & Kids Dash. USATF Certified. Long Grove. 224-757-5425.
  • McHenry Turkey Trot for Hospice – Thu 11/22 5K Run/Walk at 8 AM. McHenry High School East Campus.
  • Naperville Noon Lions 5K Turkey Trot – Thu 11/22 at 8 AM. Naperville.
  • North Shore Turkey Trot – Thu 11/22 10K & 5K. Highland Park.
  • Orland Park Turkey Trot – Thu 11/22 at 8 AM. 2.5 MI run. Village of Orland Park.
  • Palatine Park District Turkey Trot – Thu 11/22. 2 and 5 MI run. Palatine Park District. Harper College Campus, Palatine.
  • Pilgrim Pie Run For Rotary – Thu 11/22 at 8:30 AM. Lyons Township High School North Campus.
  • Thanksgiving Day 5K – Thu 11/22. 5K Run/Walk at 8 AM. Bring voluntary food or monetary donation. Benefits Food Pantry. Lippold Park, Crystal Lake.
  • Turkey Trot 5-Mile Predicto Race – Thu 11/22. The top finishers to finish in the time they predicted win this Thanksgiving Day race at 8AM Lake Ellyn Park. Glen Ellyn Park District.
  • Rockford RoadRunners Turkey Trot – Thu 11/22 5K Run/Walk at 9 AM. Rockford.
  • Wauconda Turkey Trot – Thu 11/22 4 MI and 2 MI Runs at 9:15 AM. Benefits Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry. Wauconda.
  • Butterball Burner – Fri 11/23 Family Fun Run 5K at 9 AM. H-F Racquet and Fitness Club. Homewood, IL.
  • COOL 5K/10K Run and Walk – Sat 11/24 at 9:30 AM. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate. Old School Forest Preserve, Libertyville.
  • Grant Park Turkey Trot – Sat 11/24 5K/10K at 8:45 AM. Benefits Playworks Illinois. Grant Park, Chicago.
  • Schaumburg Turkey Trot – Sat 11/24 at 8:30 AM Half Marathon & 5K. USATF certified. Benefits Misericordia. Schaumburg.
  • Ugly Sweater 5K – Sat 11/24 at 9 AM. Part of the 2018 Holly Days. 630-344-9140.
  • Carraig Pub 5K – Sun 11/25 5K and 1.5 Mile Walk 10:30 AM. Chicago Gaelic Park. 708-687-9323.


  • Chilly Chili 5k Run/Walk – Sat. Dec. 1st at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk . USATF certified. Schaumburg Golf Course, 401 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg . 847-490-7015.
  • Arlington Heights Annual Rotary Santa Run & Walk – Sat. Dec. 1st at 10 a.m. 5K run, 1 mile walk & kids reindeer run. Proceeds fund Rotary projects that benefit local & global communities. Downtown Arlington Heights.
  • 10th Annual Frigid 5K & Candy Cane Kids Dash – Sun. Dec. 2nd at 8 AM. Centennial Park. 16028 127th St., Lemont. 630-257-6787. Register at
  • Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell RunChicago – Sat 12/08 at 9 AM 5K Run/Walk. Chicago History Museum. 312-248-4593.



“It’s a Wonderful Life” – Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
Adapted by Doug Rand from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling. November 23 – December 15, 2018. George Bailey, a building and loan banker, sacrifices his dreams to help his community, to the point where he feels life has passed him by. Due to a cruel business rival’s manipulations, Bailey falls into despair so deep that he contemplates suicide, until his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, gives him a valuable new perspective on the worth of his life. It’s an endearing classic holiday presentation you won’t want to miss. Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call 630.634.2100 or visit our website at

“Home for the Holidays” – Rialto Square Theatre

Home for the Holidays at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, presented by ComEd, is a month long celebration of the season with sixteen opportunities to enjoy holiday entertainment and build your own family traditions at the beautiful Rialto Square Theatre. Home for the Holidays has something for the entire family! The festivities with events and activities run through Saturday, December 20th. It includes entertainment options for the whole family with holiday shows, concerts, social gatherings, movies and special events throughout the holiday season. Visit for a complete listing of our holiday themed shows.


  • Teddy Bear Tea – November 23 @ 9:30AM and 12:30PM
  • The Oak Ridge Boys, Christmas Celebration Tour – November 25 @ 7:00PM
  • Kenny G, The Miracles Holiday and Hits Tour – November 29 @ 7:30PM
  • The Nutcracker – December 2 @ 2:00PM
  • Noel, A Breathtaking Musical – December 4 @ 7:00PM
  • A Magical Cirque Christmas – December 7 @ 8:00PM
  • It’s a Wonderful Life, Live Radio Broadcast – December 8 @ 7:00PM
  • Joliet American Legion Band, Sounds of Christmas – December 9 @ 2:00PM
  • The Tenors, Home for the Holidays – December 14 @ 8:00PM
  • Big Bad V0odoo Daddy, Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party – December 15 @ 8:00PM
  • 98° At Christmas – December 20 @ 7:30PM


  • The Polar Express – November 24 @ 1:00PM
  • Miracle on 34th Street – November 30 @ 7:00PM
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol – December 16 @ 3:00PM


“The Music of Christmas’ – The West Towns Chorus
The West Towns Barbershop Chorus will take the stage for the first time ever at the Arcada Theatre on December 8th and 9th! The 2017 Illinois District Chorus Champions, are one of the premier men’s choruses in the Chicago area. The West Towns Chorus is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization on a mission to Change Lives Though Song. They rehearse at 7:00pm every Monday at Horizon Community Church, 2129 63rd St, Downers Grove. or (630) 201-5544. Come enjoy our holiday concert “The Music of Christmas’ at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles. Saturday, Dec. 8th and Sunday Nov. 9th at 1:30 PM. For ticket information visit: or call 630-962-7000.

Holiday Show Schedule – The Genesee Theatre 
The Spotlight is Closer than you think! The historical Genesee Theatre hosts concerts, variety shows, comedy, and other events. Visit our website today to see our full line-up and get tickets today. Don’t forget to sign up for our email list! Visit for more information. 203 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085.

  • The Colors of Christmas: Taylor Dayne, Peabo Bryson, Deniece Williams, Jon Secada – December 2 @ 6:00PM
  • A Magical Cirque Christmas – December 9 @ 6:00PM
  • The Magic of The Nutcracker – December 8 @ 1:00PM and 5:00PM
  • Michael McDonald “Minute by Minute” – December 15 @ 8:00PM


“Sounds of the Season” – Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Create joyful memories with the entire family at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s “Sounds of the Season” holiday extravaganza. Stephen Squires, conducts, with Catalina Cuervo, soprano, the Elgin Master Chorale and Midwest Dance Collective all performing familiar holiday favorites. The program also includes a sing-along and appearance from a special visitor from the North Pole.

December 8, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, and December 9, 2:30 pm. Hemmens Cultural Center.

Tickets: ElginSymphony.Org or 847-888-4000. Get to Know Your ESO!

“The Nutcracker” AND “19th annual Presto! Holiday Concert” – Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts
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 November 30 through December 9. Then, classical and popular music of the season is performed by the award-winning Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra at its 19th annual Presto! Holiday Concerton Saturday, December 15 at 3pm and 7pm. The Schaumburg Youth Choir joins the program, performing carols with the orchestra. For tickets, visit or call 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct., in Schaumburg.

“’Tis the Season” – Artistry in Motion Dance Company, Des Plaines Park District
The Des Plaines Park District’s national award-winning Artistry in Motion Dance Company performs their annual winter show, ’Tis the Season, onstage at the beautiful Prairie Lakes Theater on Friday, December 7 at 6:30p and Saturday, December 8, at 2:30p and 6:30p. Tickets go on sale November 13, online at and at Prairie Lakes, 515 E. Thacker Street, in Des Plaines. For information about the company, call 847-391-6924.



Whether you’re a senior in need of healthcare or a loved one trying to help with the decision, weighing your options and making the right decision can seem daunting. We hope the information in this section will help guide you along the way. 

  • Heritage Woods -Heritage Woods of Bolingbrook, Plainfield & So. Elgin and Lacey Creek in Downers Grove
  • Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace
  • Artis Senior Living of Bartlett
  • Villa St. Benedict…A Community with a History, Lisle
  • Midwestern University Eye Institutegrams
  • The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell
  • DuPage Medical Group, Medicare Advantage
  • Alvernia Manor, Lemont
  • Cedarhurst of Naperville/Woodridge and Yorkville
  • Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, Woodridge



  • FAMILY Turkey Trot: 30th Anniversary – The top two runners who most accurately predict their race time in this 5-mile run win a Thanksgiving treat. All ages 8 AM. Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn.
  • CHICAGO/ CITY McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – November 22. Giant inflatable balloons, marching bands and cultural performances. 8-11 AM. State Street, Chicago. 312-239-0457.


  • CHICAGO/ CITY Wreathing of the Lions – November 23. Watch as cheery holiday wreaths are placed on the regal lion statues on the museum steps and then head inside for art-making activities. 10 AM. Art Institute, Chicago.
  • CHICAGO/ CITY  Caroling at the Cloud Gate – Each Friday…November 23-December 14. Bundle up and belt out some holiday classics as local Chicago choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song. 6-7 PM. Chicago. 312-744-3316.


  •  WOMEN Holiday Makeovers – Time-saving and cost-cutting tips for the holidays including accessory ideas and new eye and lip techniques. Ages 18 and up. 7- 8:15 PM. Community Rec Center, Addison.



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