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YOUR WEEKEND+ for 3/14 to 3/20

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YOUR WEEKEND+ for Thursday 3/14 to Wednesday 3/20

This week’s Venues + Events + Races…and more! 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 Family

Family Fun this Weekend…

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago
Have the perfect Spring Break at the Ultimate Indoor LEGO® Playground with 2 rides, 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D Cinema and more! Visit between Now thru April 7 to join in on special events around the new “LEGO MOVIE 2”, including Escape the Aliens Zip Line, Build Your Escape Vehicle and character meet and greets. Visit for event details, spring break hours and to save on tickets. 601 N. Martingale Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60173.

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! Glenview: 224-432-5435. Naperville: 630-718-4327

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. 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

Fleetwood Roller Rink
Fleetwood Roller Rink Fleetwood Roller Rink is a family owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) private parties and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages. For “health sake, roller skate.” Come visit us and join in our fun. Skating lessons available every Saturday at 1 p.m.  Located at 7231 W Archer Ave, Summit, IL 60501. Call 708-458-0300. Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times at Like us at

Kohl Children’s Museum
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 June, explore the world of building blocks like you’ve never seen them before in our Build It! exhibit, sponsored by Wintrust. Build giant structures, test earthquake-proof buildings, and recreate the Chicago skyline.  2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. 847-832-6600.

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

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
Who would know that the words they wrote as a thirteen young old girl would one day be so inspiring for the rest of mankind? Anne’s diary preserved and then published is full of words of hope. Come see this inspiring story!

  • The Diary of Anne Frank
    Through March 30, 2019
    By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman

Through long months of hiding and amid harrowing circumstances, Anne Frank diligently wrote about her experience as a Jewish girl in Holland. This adaptation of Anne’s story, completed in 1999 by Wendy Kesselman, introduces new material from her unedited diary entries, giving us deeper insights into her personality. It 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 at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call 630.634.2100 or visit our website at

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…


  • SENIORS St. Pat’s Luncheon – Wear your green, dance a little jig and eat some Irish food. Enjoy a specialty drink and great entertainment. Ages 55 and up. Community Recreation Center, Schaumburg. Fee, register at
  • ADULTS Raising a Teen in a Contrary Culture – 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18. Join Moms with Teens in exploring the book Raising Teens in a Contrary Culture by Mark Gregston. Learn about new parenting styles and ways to engage with teens. 9:30-11:30 AM. Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington. Fee, call to register 847-765-5000.


  • FAMILY Free Moonlit Hike – Bundle up for a moonlit walk in nature and search for nocturnal animals, tracks, and discuss adaptations for winter conditions. Stay for hot cocoa after. 7:30-8:30PM. Ackerman Park, Glen Ellyn. Register at
  • KIDS Little Leprechauns – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with stories, fun crafts and a special treat. Ages 3-5 with an adult. 10-11 AM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Fee, register at
  • HOBBY Pond & Koi Society Club MeetingJoin the Midwest Pond & Koi Society’s monthly meeting to discuss construction of a pond. Everyone welcome, you don’t need to be a member to attend. Home Run Inn, Darien. Call for reservations 312-409-2081,
  • PET SHOW Chicagoland Family Pet Expo –  An unbeatable, one-stop venue for pet products and services! March 15, 16 & 17. Arlington International Racecourse, Arlington Heights.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Shedd Aquarium Asleep with the Fishes – March 1, 15 and April 5, 19. This overnight event includes animal and science activities, an aquatic presentation, animal encounters, aquatic crafts, a scavenger hunt and a Caribbean reef feeding dive.


  • FAMILY Royal Ice Princess Breakfast – Enjoy a Royal breakfast with the Ice Queen. Be prepared to “let it go” and have some fun – costumes welcome! 8:30 AM. Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Fee, register at
  • TEEN DIY Craft Station – Get in touch with your creative side at the craft DIY station. Grades 6-12. 11 AM- 6 PM. Evanston Public Library.
  • FAMILY Pot of Gold Climb – Come and try your luck at climbing for “gold” and other treasures on the climbing wall. 1-3 PM. The Club at Prairie Stone, Hoffman Estates. Register at
  • FAMILY Mother Son Game Night – Bring mom, grandma or an aunt to enjoy a variety of games, pizza and dessert. Ages 5-10. 6:30 PM. Pavilion, Elk Grove Village. Register at
  • ADULTS French Cooking Classes – 3/16 and 4/20. Learn how to prepare classic French dishes with Executive Chef Bruce Williams. 10 AM-12 PM. Mon Ami Gabi, Oak Brook. Call for reservations 630-472-1900.
  • PET SHOW Chicagoland Family Pet Expo –  An unbeatable, one-stop venue for pet products and services! March 15, 16 & 17. Arlington International Racecourse, Arlington Heights.
  • KIDS Build It! ExhibitCalling all little architects: experience a twist on an old favorite—the building block! Explore the seven stages of block play with a wide selection of unique and interesting blocks of all shapes and sizes. Through June 30. Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview.
  • CHICAGO / CITY St. Patrick’s Day Parade & River Dyeing – March 16. Enjoy one of Chicago’s most beloved parades and traditions. Dyeing of the Chicago River is at 9 AM, and the parade begins at 12 PM.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Treehouses Exhibit – Through June 2. Set foot into an indoor treehouse and explore who and what is living in the trees through stereoscopic viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts and sounds. Roam from tree to tree to discover the many habitats that trees provide for animals large and small. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

  • ADULTS Chapel Open House – Planning a wedding or renewal of vows? Brides and grooms will meet rental attendants and tour the chapel during this special open house. 11 AM-2 PM. Century Memorial Chapel, Naperville.
  • FAMILY Spring Palette Art Show – Browse colorful oil paintings, watercolor paintings, prints, pencil drawings, glass and sculpture all by local artists. Event includes demonstrations, a raffle and some treats. 11 AM-4 PM. Gregg House Museum, Westmont.
  • FAMILY Free Maple Syrup Festival – Celebrate the arrival of spring with a special day of activities including crafts, games, tree tapping and maple syrup history with syrup samples to taste. 11 AM-3 PM. River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook.
  • FAMILY Women’s History Month – Celebrate women’s history month with special presentations and programs throughout March. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register at
  • PET SHOW Chicagoland Family Pet Expo –  An unbeatable, one-stop venue for pet products and services! March 15, 16 & 17. Arlington International Racecourse, Arlington Heights.
  • KIDS Build It! Exhibit Calling all little architects: experience a twist on an old favorite—the building block! Explore the seven stages of block play with a wide selection of unique and interesting blocks of all shapes and sizes. Through June 30. Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview.


  • KIDS Shamrock Shuffle – Parents and their little ones are invited to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with a fun musical session of songs, instruments and imaginative play. Ages 1-5 with an adult. 10-10:45 AM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Fee, register at


  • ADULTS Free Guided Nature Walk – Enjoy a casual walk led by the Glen Ellyn Park District’s Naturalist. Learn a little about the parks, including efforts underway to improve the natural features, and look for interesting wildlife and plants along the way. 9-10:30AM. Churchill Woods Forest Preserve, Glen Ellyn.
  • KIDS Art Explosion Books – Make a book that will show off your art in a big way! Grades K-3, parents encouraged to attend. 4:15 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Registration open to library cardholders,
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Chicago Flower & Garden Show – March 20-24. Admire more than 700 plant varieties including roses, hydrangea, tulips, hyacinth, azaleas, veggies and more at the “Flowertales: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell” Flower & Garden Show. Navy Pier.

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Fitness/Race Events…


  • St. Paddy’s Day 5K Run/Walk. Naperville.
  • Deer Park St. Paddy’s Day 5K, 10K, and Kids’ Dash. Deer Park.
  • Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Race 10K Run. Geneva.
  • McHenry Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. McHenry.
  • Chicago St. Paddy’s Day 5K and 8K Run/Walk. Chicago.


  • Amita Health St. Paddy’s Half Marathon and 5K. Bolingbrook.
  • March Madness Half Marathon. Cary.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Ride 16, 20 and 36-Mile Bike Rides. Wheeling.

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