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YOUR WEEKEND+ for 2/21 to 2/27

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YOUR WEEKEND+ for Thursday 2/21 to Wednesday 2/27

Here are loads of terrific things to do in the upcoming week…from Suburban Family’s extensive database of local events and activities. More at Suburban Familyhttps://chicagosuburbanfamily.com


Here’s Family Fun this Weekend!

TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show…Starts Thursday, Feb 21 to 24 Recharge your Mind, Body & Soul by attending the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on February 21-24, 2019.

Shop for yourself, your family, and friends for every occasion and celebration and get your New Year off to a great start. A day at a TransWorld’s JF&A Show adds up to a great time and better deals than you will find in any mall. Get FREE gifts just for attending and buying at the show.

KIDS DAY ON SUNDAY, FEB.24th: You can bring your kids ages 9-16 with an accompanying adult to the show.  Register kids on-site only and a $5 fee applies. They will receive a FREE Sports Keychain as a gift from us. For complete details, visit our website at: www.jfashow.com to register.
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Discovery Center Museum Discovery Center Museum is a hands-on children’s science museum with 250 interactive exhibits, outdoor science park, and special area for children under 7. Discovery Center is a top-rated family museum according to USA TODAY/10Best.com and Forbes.com. Located: 711 N. Main St. Rockford, IL.  General admission: $8/person; free for children under 2. Now until May 12: Thomas & Friends temporary exhibit admission: additional $3/person. Open 10 am to 5 pm seven days a week. SEE COUPON, use promo code 10375 for Buy One, Get One Free. For additional information, call log onto www.discoverycentermuseum.org.
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Kohl Children’s Museum Kohl Children’s Museum has 17 interactive hands-on exhibits to inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8.  Test your design and construction skills in our Build It!  Come see for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. 847-832-6600. kcmgc.org.
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Cascade Mountain…where kids ski free! 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 47 ski trails, 12 lifts and 15 lanes of snow tubing. A $9 million dollar  project included two new lifts, eleven 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 www.cascademountain.com.
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago Warm up this winter at the Ultimate Indoor LEGO® Playground with 2 rides, 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D Cinema and more! Plus, this February take part in themed activities and character meet & greets during the LEGO Movies Days Event. Visit https://chicago.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/ for more details and to save on tickets.
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Oak Brook Park District
Plan a birthday party at the Oak Brook Park District Family Aquatic Center and it’s sure to be a big splash! Splash and Super Splash Parties are available all year long. Each party is scheduled for two hours of fun and excitement and includes admission, food; beverages; designated party area; paper products; party hostess; and certified life guards. You bring the cake and we’ll provide the fun! Party guests (and party parents) will love Oak Brook Park District’s Inclusive Family Locker Room! This innovative feature makes it easier for families to enjoy all the benefits of Oak Brook Park District’s nationally recognized and award-winning facilities. Visit www.obparks.org for more info.

Funtopia Adventure Parks Funtopia Adventure Parks in two awesome locations: Glenview and Naperville. Conveniently located Funtopia active entertainment centers offers tons of fun and challenging activities that are suited for visitors of all ages and skill levels.  Come visit us and Have Fun, Be Active!

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Fleetwood Roller Rink Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family owned business. Fleetwood Roller Rink 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 www.fleetwoodrollerrink.com.
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Wilmot Mountain Embrace Winter at Wilmot Mountain!  Traverse the slopes, take a lesson, enjoy upgraded food & beverages options at Ski Hill Grill, attend great season long events or enjoy slope side views and a hot toddy at Walt’s Tavern.   Ski, snowboard and tube with us this season. 11931 Fox River Road, Wilmot, WI. www.wilmotmountain.com.
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Cantigny Weddings: Inspired by Nature
Wedding memories you’ll cherish forever begin at Cantigny Park and Cantigny Golf in Wheaton, the beautiful 500-acre former estate of Colonel Robert R. McCormick. Choose from several beautiful garden settings for ceremonies including the new-for-2019 Rose Garden Gazebo. Select from three elegant reception venues, too! Incentives are available as we complete our 2019 booking calendar. Contact our on-staff professional planners at weddings@cantigny.org or call 630-260-8145. Details at Cantigny.org.
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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. Contact us today for additional event information and to book your next adventure of a lifetime. 701 W. North Avenue, Villa Park. 630-530-4649. Visit www.safarilandfun.com.
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Main Event 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. For more information, visit www.mainevent.com.
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Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Don’t miss this great event!

  • The Diary of Anne Frank, this adaptation of Anne’s story is a play of hope that will leave you with a deep sense of gratitude and a renewed courage to face whatever circumstances come your way. Performing March 8 – 30, 2019.

Production performs at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call 630.634.2100 or visit our website at overshadowed.org.
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Willowbrook Ice Arena Our brand new facility is now open offering hockey classes, public skating, and figure skating classes. Our Learn to Skate Program is managed by former Team USA, National/International Medalist & World Team Member Figure Skating Director Mary Beth Marley (mbmarley@willowbrookicearena.com). Located at 201 63rd Street, Willowbrook. www.willowbrookicearena.com.

Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series The Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series brings a whole world of music, family fun, and lectures on a variety of topics!  Join us for  the Chicago Harp Quartet on March 24.  Seating is limited so order soon!  Our lecture series brings a wide array of subjects including 3-D Cellular Printing, Listening In (Cybersecurity), the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, and Deep-Sea Bioluminescence with Edie Widder of ORCA.  Las Cafeteras of LA bring the funk on February 23, followed by Ireland’s Lunasa on March 9.  Don’t miss great family fun with Tomas Kubinek on April 13, the season closes with 18-year old jazz prodigy Matthew Whitaker and his trio on May 4Events.fnal.gov/arts-lecture-series or 630/840.ARTS for more info!
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This week’s greater Chicago events…

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21

  • SHOP TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show…Starts today, Feb 21 to 24 Recharge your Mind, Body & Soul by attending the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on February 21-24, 2019.

FRIDAY, FEBRURAY 22

  • FAMILY Freeze Fest at the Zone – Enjoy a fun-filled evening of activities including arts and crafts, turf games, parkour obstacles, bounce houses and a photo booth. 5-8 PM. The Zone, Mt. Prospect. Fee, all donations go to Send a Kid to Camp. rtpd.org.
  • FAMILY Winter Night Hike – Uses your senses on a guided winter evening hike at River Tail. Afterward, warm up inside with snacks and hot chocolate. 7 PM. River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook. Fee, call to register 847-824-8360. fpdcc.com.
  • FAMILY Enchanted Railroad – 1/18-2/24. The Enchanted Railroad pulls into The Morton Arboretum this January. The intricate model railroad winds through magnificent scenery, including tree collections from around the world. The trains run at a child-friendly height. The Arboretum offers times specifically for those with sensory sensitivities. Free with Arboretum admission. 10 AM-4 PM Monday-Friday. 9 AM-4 PM Saturday and Sunday. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074.
  • SHOP TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show…Feb 21 to 24 Recharge your Mind, Body & Soul by attending the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on February 21-24, 2019.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

  • ADULTS Free Nature Cross Country Ski – Enjoy an early morning guided glide followed by hot cocoa and cider. Participants must bring their own skis. 8-9 AM. Ackerman Park, Glen Ellyn. gepark.org.
  • ADULTS Fundraiser – Benefitting the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, the 3rd Annual Jazzed Up Dining & Classic Cocktails event will feature jazz, classical and big band musical performances from conservatory students. Guests will enjoy appetizers, dinner and dessert from the North Shore’s finest restaurants as well as an open bar and silent auction. 6:30 PM. Fort Sheridan, Highwood. Purchase tickets at celebratehighwood.org.
  • FAMILY Super Sci-Tech Saturday – 1/26 and 2/23. Bring the family to experience hands-on STEAM fun with guest speakers and craft projects. Up to four child admissions are free with a paying adult. SciTech Museum, Aurora. 640-859-3434. scitechmuseum.org.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show – 2/9-3/24. Admire more than 10,000 orchids in bloom that capture the spirt of islands, beaches and rainforests. 10 AM-4 PM with extended hours on Thursdays. Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe. chicagobotanic.org.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Polar Adventure Days – January 26 and February 23. Engage in winter activities, see live animals and create nature-inspired crafts. Dress for the weather as events take place both outdoors and inside the visitor center. Northerly Island, Chicago. chicagoparkdistrict.com.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Through March. Lace up your skates and enjoy an ice-skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling city landscape. Free admission, fee to rent skates. Chicago. 312-552-3000. maggiedaleypark.com.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – Through March. Free lessons on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays one hour before the rink opens. Free admission, fee to rent skates. Chicago. 312-742-1168. cityofchicago.org.
  • COOKING French Classics Cooking Classes with Executive Chef Bruce Williams, 10am to 12pm on Saturday, January 19 and February 23.  Call 630-472-1900 for more information or to make a reservation. Mon Ami Gabi is located at the east side of Oakbrook Center mall, near Neiman Marcus at 260 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL 60523
  • SHOP TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show…Feb 21 to 24 Recharge your Mind, Body & Soul by attending the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on February 21-24, 2019.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

  • FAMILY Dance Performance – Watch a preview of the Evanston Dance Ensemble’s production of Space Odyssey, an exploration of our solar system in ballet, modern, and jazz dance styles. 3-4 PM. Skokie Public Library. 847-673-7774.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Handmade Market Chicago – January 12, 27 and February 9, 24. Browse locally made items including funky jewelry, glass pendants, clothing, handbags, paper crafts and more. The Empty Bottle, Chicago. handmadechicago.com.
  • SHOP TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show… Feb 21 to 24 Recharge your Mind, Body & Soul by attending the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on February 21-24, 2019. KIDS DAY ON SUNDAY, FEB.24th: You can bring your kids ages 9-16 with an accompanying adult to the show.  Register kids on-site only and a $5 fee applies. They will receive a FREE Sports Keychain as a gift from us. For complete details, visit our website at: www.jfashow.com to register.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

  • TEENS Cupcake Wars – Sign up for this friendly competition and decorate a book-inspired cupcake. Cupcakes and decorations provided. Ages 11-16. 3:30-5 PM. Brookfield Public Library. Register 708-485-6917.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show – 2/9-3/24. Admire more than 10,000 orchids in bloom that capture the spirt of islands, beaches and rainforests. 10 AM-4 PM with extended hours on Thursdays. Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe. chicagobotanic.org.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Chicago Children’s Choir Black History Month Concert Series – February 25-27. More than 4,000 in-school singers and the world-renowned Voice of Chicago come together for a dynamic educational program and performance honoring black history month. Symphony Center, Chicago. ccchoir.org.

SAVE THE DATE…

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 & SUNDAY, MARCH 3

Body Mind Spirit Expo – Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books, enlightened art and crystals. Healers provide treatments from massage and yoga techniques to intuitive readings. $14 weekend admission includes free lectures, demos and admission to exhibit hall. See ad this issue for $1 off admission. 10 AM-7 PM Saturday; 10 AM-6 PM Sunday. Midwest Conference Center, Northlake. 541-482-3722, Ext 2; marcella@bmse.net; bmse.net.

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Fitness Race Events

  • ET Indoor Triathlon – Sun. 2/24 at 7 AM. 10-minute swim, 30-minute bike ride, 20-minute run. ET Training Center, Lisle. experiencetriathlon.com.
  • Frosty Footrace 5K – Sun. 2/24 at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Sports Center, Round Lake. rlapd.org.


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