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YOUR WEEKEND+ for 1/11 to 1/17

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 YOUR WEEKEND+ for January 11 to January 17
(Thursday through next Wednesday)

Here is this week’s “YOUR WEEKEND+” which highlights our full database of events and activities for the upcoming seven day period with special focus on this weekend.

The Chicago Suburban Family – “Winter Fun!” issue 2018 is available here…

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When the chilly temps hit the Chicago suburbs, it can be easy to just slip into hibernation mode. But, don’t let the cold weather freeze your family’s fun. Lucky for you, we’ve got a great variety of indoor and outdoor activities to keep the whole family entertained and moving through these cold wintry months. You won’t want to miss these family-friendly, winter fun happenings……

Cascade Mountain 
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 45 ski trails, 12 lifts and snow tubing. Phase I of a three-phase expansion project has was completed last season. This $9 million dollar  project included two new lifts, nine new trails, additional snowmaking, an expanded main lodge, paved parking and base area improvements. The 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 .

Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show
January 10-14. See hundreds of boats, high tech RVs and paddle board at the largest indoor boat show. McCormick Place, Chicago.

Burpee Museum of Natural History
Join Rockford’s Burpee Museum of Natural History in celebrating “20 Years of PaleoFest” March 3-4, 2018. PaleoFest is an event like no other, featuring talks on exciting new finds, upcoming research, and a window into the current work of noted paleontologists from around the world. Home to a world-class collection, Burpee is proud to continue this tradition with workshops for kids, family events and research-based talks. For more information visit or call 815-965-3433.

Wilmot Mountain
Now part of Vail Resorts with $13M in Renovations.  Celebrate 80 years of winter fun at Wilmot Mountain and experience our new Children’s Learning Center, Main Lodge transformation, three new quad lifts, expanded Terrain Parks, upgraded food & beverages and season long events! Ski, snowboard and tube with us this season. 11931 Fox River Road, Wilmot, WI. .

Creek Bend Nature Center
Visit Creek Bend Nature Center for fun, interactive exhibits. There’s plenty to see and do – both inside and out! Learn all about oaks. See what the Fox River might look like below the surface. View bison in our prairie wild exhibit. Enjoy scavenger hunts, hikes and scheduled nature programs. Visit or call 630-444-3190. At Creek Bend Nature Center, you can explore galore! Open Monday – Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. Admission is always free. 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.

Kohl’s Children’s Museum
Seventeen interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Through March 4th, test your design and construction skills in our Build It! exhibit. Recreate famous Chicago skyline sights, test the strength of your buildings on our earthquake table, and dive into our large blue Imagination Playground blocks to build whatever you can imagine! See for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. 847-832-6600. .

Midwest Pond & Koi
Get involved this year in “Your local water gardening and koi club.” The first club meeting on the topic of Golden Orfes will be on Jan. 19th at the Bohemian Crystal, Restaurant in Westmont. Our second meeting of the year will be on February 16th on the topic of Kloubec Koi Farm. Meeting place toTBD. For more information on events and contacts, please call 312-409-2081 or visit

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 4th.  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.

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 .



Camp Anokijig
Outrageous fun is around every corner at Camp Anokijig! For 92 years, we have nurtured independence, character, and confidence in our campers as they build positive values, friendships, and life skills through their experiences. We offer a huge variety of activities for campers to self-direct their own camp experience, build self-esteem, and create an enriching week of summer camp. Convenient, 1-week sessions offer valuable flexibility to accommodate busy family schedules. Be part of the family and catch the Anokijig spirit! For more information: or 920-893-0782 (ACA Accredited).

InZone, Harper College’s enrichment and sports camp for ages 8 to 14, fills your summer with fun and learning. Kids can expand their art creativity, develop outdoor education skills, create their own video games or become the master of STEM challenges, all while making new friends. Visit to learn more about InZone, request a catalog, and schedule your summer fun. Harper College CE, 1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067. 847.925.6300

Animal Camp Jamaica
Travel abroad with Animal Camp Jamaica – Ages 13-18. This 13 day program focuses on Marine Biology and Cultutral Immersion. Spend mornings snorkeling and afternoons exploring the island of Jamaica swimming with dolphins, trying exotic foods, and jumping from waterfalls! Campers stay at Seven Palms Villa in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. For more info call (573) 458-2125.

Great Lakes Center Youth Volleyball Academy
The GLCYA is accepting girls and boys ages 2-14 for the Great Lakes Center Youth Volleyball Academy Fall, Club, Winter and Spring programs. All sessions focus on motor development and individual skill development by teaching both proper skill technique and introducing the young athlete to age appropriate game play as well for volleyball. We are also offering winter/spring clinics and lessons for all ages.  The Great Lakes Volleyball Center is located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502. For more info call 630-898-6400 or visit FB: Great Lakes Center Youth Academy

Illinois Stampede B-Ball
The Illinois Stampede youth basketball program will be hosting tryouts for players for our 2018 spring/Summer season. Illinois Stampede program is centered on the concept of teaching fundamental skills and developing the complete player for boys 3rd-11th and girls 5th-10th grade. Selected players for our teams will compete in highly competitive leagues and tournament play throughout the chicagoland area. Pre-Register online starting in January and tryouts are Free! all  Players will be selected for teams based on skill level. For registration details please visit us at or call 630-442-0075.

Cub Creek Science Camp
For ages 7-17. Imagine a summer camp where you can eat breakfast next to a colony of lemurs, zoom down a zip-line and pet a camel before lunch, and play a camp wide game of Capture the Flag after dinner! We are that camp! With 300 animals including porcupines, foxes, parrots, lizards, miniature horses, a 6-element ropes course, and classes in chemistry, pottery, culinary, animal care, and many more, we are a truly unique summer camp experience! A/C cabins.  ACA accredited. (573) 458-2125.




  • ADULTS LinkedIn Photoshoot – Schedule your free LinkedIn portrait and learn about the many library resources available to help you find your next job, plan your career path and learn new skills that will improve the desirability of your résumé. 7 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. 630-627-0316.
  • EXHIBIT Smithsonian Gems – American and phenomenal gemstones are featured in this exclusive exhibit from the gem vaults of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. 10 AM-5 PM. Lizadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elmhurst. 630-833-1616.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show – January 10-14. See hundreds of boats, hightech RVs and paddle board at the largest indoor boat show. McCormick Place, Chicago.


  • FAMILY Fun Night Karaoke – Be a star on our stage singing your favorite song! Food and beverage available for purchase. 6:30-9 PM. Rock House, Wilmette, IL. 847-256-7625.
  • KIDS Rubber Band Racers – Build and customize a rubber band racecar. Discover what will make your car go faster, what weighs it down, and then race against your friends. Grade 6-8. 4 PM. Glen Ellyn Public Library. Register 630-469-0879.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show – January 10-14. See hundreds of boats, hightech RVs and paddle board at the largest indoor boat show. McCormick Place, Chicago.


  • FAMILY Winter Fest – Enjoy snowshoe walks through the prairie, horse-drawn wagon rides, winter snacks, crafts and activities inside the Nature Center, marshmallows roasted on a winter bonfire and a visit by a live wolf and coyote. All ages. 12 PM-3PM. Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley, Schaumburg. 847-985-2100.
  • FAMILY Trees in Winter – Nature Discovery Days allows adults and children to explore nature topics together with hands-on activities, games, crafts experiments and nature books. 10:30-2:30 PM. Naperville Park District Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville. 630-848-5000.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show – January 10-14. See hundreds of boats, hightech RVs and paddle board at the largest indoor boat show. McCormick Place, Chicago.


  • CONCERT MLK Tribute – Chicago Sinfonietta presents the Chicago Premiere of Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman’s three-time Grammy nominated masterpiece, “Ask Your Mama” for its 30th anniversary MLK Tribute concert. 3 PM. Pfeiffer Concert Hall, North Central College. Tickets 312-284-1554.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show – January 10-14. See hundreds of boats, hightech RVs and paddle board at the largest indoor boat show. McCormick Place, Chicago.


  • FAMILY Science in the Snow – Can a bubble shatter like glass? Can you make a snowflake? Experiment with snow, ice and the winter cold. Wear warm, waterproof outdoor clothing and boots for exploring outside. Ages 6-10. 9-11 AM. Heller Nature Center, Highland Park. 847-433-6901.
  • FAMILY Winter Wonderfest – Family fun activities for all ages include arts and crafts, winter-themed games, face painting and more. And if it snows, we also will build snowmen and paint designs in the snow. 1 – 4 PM. Chevy Chase Country Club. Wheeling Park District. 847-465-3333.
  • KIDS Laser Comedy Show – Enjoy an interactive live comic book drawn with laser reactive technology and voice acted by performance artist Chris Fair, a graduate of Chicago’s Second City. Grade 6-8. 1 PM. Glen Ellyn Public Library. Register 630-469-0879.
  • MOVIE Sing – Enjoy the day off from school with a morning movie. Popcorn and drinks available for purchase. 10AM -12 PM. Matz Hall Theater, Winnetka Community House. 847-446-0537.


  • ADULTS Fundraiser – Gala event includes silent auction items, mystery wine, live piano entertainment. Dinner, sweets and game. Benefits Lazarus House transitional living for men, women and children in the far west suburbs. 6 PM. St. Charles Country Club, St. Charles.
  • ADULTS Vietnamese Tea and Coffee – Part of the “Tea and Coffee Ceremonies: Around The World in 80 Cups.” Learn about Vietnamese culture while enjoying tea and coffee from the Tea Aficianado Club. Min. 6 attendees necessary to hold event. 7-8 PM. Wheaton, IL. Register 630-702-9461.
  • ADULTS Music Recital – Wheaton College Conservatory of Music faculty presents a recital featuring violin music. 7:30-9:30 PM. Wheaton College. 630-752-5099.
  • FAMILY Things That Go – Zoom over for some Kid Rock fun tailored to the transportation theme. Musical activities, imaginative play, colorful rhythm instruments. Ages 1-5 with adult. 10-10:45 AM. Cantigny Education Center, Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register 630.260.8162.


  • ADULTS Small Business Seminar: The M Generation – For the first time in history, organizations employ members of up to five different generations. Learn about the millennial generation, employee characteristics, and how to navigate generational gaps for a more productive work environment. Free tickets are required for this event. Glen Ellyn Public Library. Register 630-469-0879.


Here are events with multiple dates: See Ongoing Events

ON STAGE Upcoming Shows…Get Tickets Now!

Dennis Miller, The Manhattan Transfer, Buddy Guy, Lewis Black, Los Lobos, Daughtry, Jim Jeffries, Decades Rewind, 3 Doors Down, and more!
Rialto Square Theatre
102 N Chicago St., Joliet
Various dates


On Golden Pond, By Ernest Thompson
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
900 Foster Avenue, Medinah
February 9 – March 3

The Emperor’s New Clothes
Marriott Theatre
10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.
February 23 – May 12, 2018

Monster Jam® 
Allstate Arena, Rosemont
March 2-5, 2018

The Boat, RV & Sail Show
McCormick Place – South
 Jan. 10 – 14th

Golden Dragon Acrobats from China, Ireland’s hottest new groups, The High Kings, Villalobos Brothers, Lectures and Chamber Music
Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series
Located in Wilson Hall, Batavia
Various dates



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