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YOUR WEEKEND+ for 12/7 to 12/13

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 YOUR WEEKEND+ for December 7 to December 13
(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 – Holiday Issue 2017 is available here…

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Holiday Seasonal Events…

Downers Grove Park District
Merry & Bright: A Victorian Christmas. Join us for a celebration of the season at this free family event! Learn about Victorian Christmas traditions, tour the holiday-decorated Victorian Blodgett house and listen to Victorian-era carolers. Stroll the park while warming up around a campfire and visit with Santa and his reindeer! Holiday snacks, hot cocoa, beer and wine will be available for sale to enhance the holiday cheer. Event is FREE. Saturday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 5pm at the Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. 630.963.1309 .

Winter Cheer at Wheeling Park District
Start the season with Breakfast with Santa. Meet Santa and spend time with “Those Funny Little People” on Sat. Dec. 9, 10-11:30 am. Cost varies. It’s a “Noon Year Celebration” with festivities for every age child on Sun. Dec. 31, from 10 am-12:15 pm. Cost: $1pp. Winter Wonderfest comes to town on Sun, Jan. 14 from 1-4 pm. Cost: Free. Event locations/deadlines vary. Learn more at or call 847-465-3333.

Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic
Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic presented by Com Ed and Meijer, is the area’s largest lights festival, and runs Saturdays & Sundays in December through December 17, and all week December 26 through 31. The event features over one million LED lights, a 41 foot talking tree, ice carvers, larger- than life-light displays, carolers, seasonal treats, warm drinks, and more. The Zoo opens at 10am with festivities starting at 4pm. Get info at .

Cantigny Park
Brunch with the Grinch – 12/9. Feast on a Grinch-themed buffet along with a viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The Grinch himself will make an appearance. 10 AM and 12:30 PM seatings. Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf. For reservations call 630.260.82194 or email

Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Magical Holiday Express – 12/9-10. Bring the entire family and create joyful memories together at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Magical Holiday Extravaganza. The program also includes a sing-along and appearance from a special visitor from the North Pole. 12/9, 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM and December 10, 2:30 PM. Hemmens Cultural Center. Elgin. 847-888-4000.

Bartlett Park District
Santa Splash – 12/10. Santa and his elves will be leading holiday themed games and warding prizes; sleigh racing in the lap and activity pools. 1-3 PM. Bartlett Community Center. 630-540-4800.

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.

Stratford Square Mall
Spread the cheer and join us at Stratford Square for a holiday season of fun! From Photos with Santa, Storytime with Santa, Lunch with Santa, a Holiday Artisan Show, Crafts with Santa, holiday performances to a host of entertainment venues you can choose from to continue the fun! Bowling, movies, jump houses, kids train and so much more! Visit for more information on stores, entertainment venues and events.

Apple Holler
Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard and family farm with a farm to table restaurant, bakery, gift shop, offering pick your own apples, peaches, pears and pumpkins. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including; Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides, children’s shows, orchard and farm tours, school field trips, hayrides, barnyard animals and outdoor play areas. Apple Holler is located between Racine and Kenosha, WI at exit 337 off I-94 (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100, or visit , for further information.

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 to $9 /ft., most activities Free! See for details.

Village of Arlington Heights
The Holiday Season is Wonderful in Arlington Heights! Arlington Heights is the perfect holiday destination for your family.  With great shopping, entertainment, and events, Arlington Heights is the place to be this holiday season! For more information, please visit for details!

Kohl Children’s Museum
17 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!  Autumn is our quietest traffic season, and the best time to see for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. 847-832-6600. .

11th annual Festival of Lights
Presented by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club
Enjoy the magic of the 2017 Festival of Lights. Featuring a 20’ tall SINGING Christmas Tree.  This year we will be unveiling our illuminated “WEISNER Skating Pond” honoring the Past Mayor of Aurora.  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); Through Dec. 26.

Have fun and be active during the holiday season at Funtopia Glenview! Tons of amazing attractions and awesome challenges for guests of all skills and levels. Come climb on our Fun walls, explore ultra realistic caves, dare sliding down a 20ft slide or challenge yourself on our Rope Course! With so many activities, we guarantee you will have a blast! Funtopia also hosts birthday parties and group events. 2050 Tower Dr., Glenview, IL 60026. For more information visit or call 224-432-5453.

Winterfest…Oak Park
Home for the Holidays – Catch the old fashion holiday spirit in Downtown Oak Park! Clebrate the season with free horse drawn sleigh rides, and a visit from Santa Claus, Saturday, December 16 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Marion Street, Lake Street and North Boulevard.

Lombard Park District
Charming holiday displays light up Lilacia Park with a magical array of animated light shows, decorated trees, a giant gingerbread house, and much more. Holiday Lights at Lilacia Park – 12/2-3, 12/8-10, 12/15-17. Park Lighting Ceremony/Jinglebell Jubilee on 12/2 with train rides, visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph, Polar Express, hot cocoa and cookies. Youngsters can visit with Santa Claus, ride the delightful Gold Medal Express train, visit with their favorite holiday characters, and enjoy a spectacular show with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. 630-620-7322.

Naper Settlement
Make holiday traditions at Naper Settlement! From Nov. 7 to Dec. 24, enjoy mid-century modern traditions and fun fads at the Home for the Holidays: Christmas in the Fabulous 1950s Exhibit. Enjoy Naper Lights and Christkindlmarket, an outdoor German market, as it transforms the grounds into a winter wonderland on select days from Nov. 24 to Dec. 24. Bring your children to Santa @ the Settlement on Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, 9 & 16. Visit .

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 .


Greater Chicago Events…


  •  FAMILY Eco-Friendly Art Fair – Annual Holiday Remix is an Arts & crafts market for things remixed, reused, and recycled at Broadway Armory Park in Edgewater. 11 AM-4 PM. Broadway Armory Park, Chicago.
  •  ADULTS Winter Solstice Craft Beer Fest – 10 beer samples and 2 food samples, with 100 beers for sale and live music at Blarney Stone Pub, Oak Forest. 12-5 PM.
  •  ADULTS Steampunk Party – Exotic shows, world-class musicians, and colossal artwork plus cocktails at Stan Mansion. 7 PM-midnight.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Field Museum of Natural History – “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” Through 1/7/2018. Imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking animals. Chicago. 312-922-9410.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Museum of Science and Industry – “Robot Revolution.” Through 2/4/2018. Explore how robots, created by human ingenuity, will ultimately be our companions and colleagues, changing how we play, live and work together. Chicago. 773-684-1414.


  • CHICAGO/CITY  Field Museum of Natural History – “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” Through 1/7/2018. Imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking animals. Chicago. 312-922-9410.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Museum of Science and Industry – “Robot Revolution.” Through 2/4/2018. Explore how robots, created by human ingenuity, will ultimately be our companions and colleagues, changing how we play, live and work together. Chicago. 773-684-1414.


  • ADULTS Caregiver Support Group – Provides emotional support for those caring for loved ones. 10-11:30 AM. St. Mary of Vernon Catholic Church, Indian Creek. 847-362-1005.
  • PARENTS Moms Connect – Perfect opportunity to network with other moms while gaining support and encouragement. 9AM. St. John Lutheran Church, Darien. 630-969-7987.


Here are events with multiple dates: See Ongoing Events

On Stage…Upcoming Shows…Get Tickets Now

Shows include …
I’ll Be Seeing You
The Nutcracker
The Original Harlem Globetrotters
Magical Holiday Extravaganza/Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Michael Carbonaro Live!
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo
Elf The Musical


Solutions for Seniors

Special Guide to Senior Resources and Advice


Dining Guide

Superb picks for dining out.

Special Offers this Issue

Special offerings from this issue’s sponsors.



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