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Better together You and your best friend are different, but you’re both important. Each of you is better at some things, which means you can help each other. Together, you make up a friendship. Nature is full of relationships like that. Have you ever seen a tree trunk or branch with a blue-green coating that looks shaggy? That’s a lichen—a partnership of two living things that need each other to live.


I can’t say I wasn’t warned. Everybody always offered the not-so-helpful unsolicited advice to treasure the moments with my kids because they would grow up overnight. In the midst of the joys of parenting three small kids, though, that advice didn’t feel real. Until it suddenly was. Overnight, my sweet baby went to this:

Part of the lichen consists of algae. They’re not plants, but, like plants, they can use sunlight and air to create food. They use a green pigment called chlorophyll to do it, which is why many lichens look greenish. Most algae live in water; they make up the slimy green film you may see in lakes or along streams. So how do algae live on tree trunks, out in the dry air? That’s where the fungus comes in. The fungus coats the algae to protect them and keep them moist. It anchors the lichen to tree bark with tiny, fine hairs. In return, the fungus gets food from the algae. Lichens don’t only grow on trees. They can grow on anything that doesn’t move, such as stones, walls, and fence posts. There are thousands of kinds of lichens. Each one consists of two or three separate living things that depend on each other, like you and your best friend.

And I am a bundle of emotions, but just mainly really sad. Arlee left for college recently, to begin her own path separate from me, and I am not ready. I want time back. I probably should have listened more carefully to that unsolicited advice. What I wouldn’t change is the time I spent shuttling the kids to their activities because I think those things (music lessons, tennis, Irish dance, track, band, Girl Scouts, Best Buddies ... oh such a long list) made my kids who they are today. You’ll read this month in the cover story written by Managing Editor Hillary Bird that studies show extracurricular activities help kids in the classroom. I’ve never doubted it for a second; my kids’ grades were best when they were juggling after-school activities, homework and friends. I know we parents do everything we can to love our kids with all our hearts and give them lots of opportunities to thrive as they grow up. So, I’m struggling this month with this: why is it so painful when they actually do? Happy September.

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ow has the transition to becoming a mom been? It’s been a really surprising journey for me. … What I realized is that instinct is a lot stronger than you realize, and that every single baby is different. So you have to take whatever advice you get from friends and family with a grain of salt because I really believe that each mom is designed for that baby. You know your baby more than anyone else. … I really understand unconditional love now. … You’re easy to forgive, you’re easy to forget. I think that just experiencing him every day as he changes, it’s like a Christmas present every day. You don’t know what you’re going to get that morning. … The

hardest thing is dying to yourself. Literally, you feel like there’s a death to your selfishness, sometimes your ambition, your priorities, and even your alone time. … When I didn’t have a baby, I kind of set my own schedule and I could do what I wanted. But now I have this little boss that dictates my time. What is your favorite way to spend time with him? We tote him around everywhere. … I take him to the library or to Barnes & Noble to play with the trains. Wherever we go, we just take him—even though it’s harder—so he can experience the world. … I love discovering what he’s discovering. I can’t wait until I can take him

“It was really tough to march to the beat of my own drum and follow what I wanted to do.” out to the zoo, or the aquarium, just to see his face light up when he starts to explore and understand and comprehend things. I can’t wait until he has his first taste of ice cream. It’s just fun to CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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see him discover every little new thing. As a chef, are there other foods that you’re looking forward to Lincoln trying? This is the most humbling thing: He does not like food. … Right now, all he eats is avocados and bananas. That’s it. I sit there making all these homemade purees … and then he doesn’t eat it. … I want him to have a wide range [of tastes] so that he’s not reliant on chicken fingers and French fries and macaroni and cheese. I want him to be able to eat what’s given to him—eat our food—so I don’t have to be a short-order cook. That’s what I’m hoping for; I don’t know if it will get there at this rate.

understood other moms who said “I don’t have time to cook.” I understood where they were coming from because it is really hard to find that time where your baby doesn’t need you and isn’t crying ... My meals have become simpler. … I literally stir-fry everything! And it doesn’t even have to be Asian stir-fry; I’ll make stir-fry kielbasa with potatoes … just anything that’s quick. I love stage cooking. … Whatever you can prep in stages, do it. [If] you’re going to make a stir-fry the next day, the night before, chop all your vegetables and keep them in Ziploc bags, and make the sauce in advance and keep it in the fridge. Just prep whenever you can. … And utilize your freezer.

Do you have any cooking tips for moms in that first year? What are your hopes for Lincoln’s future? I’m truly passionate about cooking, I love it. … [But] I pray that he becomes a Wikki_Unplug_AD_ChicagoParent_PRNT.pdf 1 honestly. 7/12/18 I10:06 after I became a mom, I man of faith, feel


like that will get you through a lot of hard times in life. That he will be respectful and have [emotional intelligence]. I feel like that’s more important than having brain knowledge, being book smart. That he gets along with people. And that he goes after his

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Kids Fringe at the Chicago Fringe Festival Fringe festivals, generally speaking, are theatrical carnivals of the new, the original and the “you’re not gonna see this anywhere else.” (And for a city like Chicago, that’s saying quite a bit.) Since 2010, the Chicago Fringe Festival has brought all of this and more, from puppetry to spoken word and rule-bending theater. And guess what? They love your kids, too. In addition to the dozens of shows for the bigger crowd, the festival provides top-notch performances, plus free games and workshops for the tinies, with 100 percent of the proceeds going back to the performers themselves. In previous years, masks were donned, birdhouses were crafted, and Punch & Judy not-so-gently upended the notion of gentle theater. This year? Anything can happen. (Lucky you.) Aug. 30-Sept. 3; Jefferson Park, Chicago (multiple locations); chicago

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Hyde Park Jazz Festival Few musical mediums celebrate creativity like jazz. Since 2007, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival has been bringing the best performers from Chicago, the nation and across the globe to the South Side for the annual celebration of jazz. With three dozen performances and programs on 13 stages, it’s one of the city’s largest and easily most anticipated festivals of its kind. Besides providing a wealth of diversity in

musicians, venues and artisan vendors, this free two-day festival gives directly back to its community by creating sustainable support systems for the legacy of jazz as well as for its future. But what if your kid thinks “Take Five” is a time-out anthem? Not to worry: the Jazz Festival’s family-friendly programming will provide a welcomed primer. Sept. 29-30; 1130 Midway Plaisance, Chicago (multiple locations);

Creative Youth Festival A further celebration of The Year of Creative Youth—Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ hat tip to young Chicago artists and their tireless mentors—is the city’s Creative Youth Festival, the first of its kind. Performances and art exhibitions from citywide youth groups will be showcased from the stages of Millennium Park over to Maggie Daley Park, with activities for all ages and stages. Bringing along an art-lover or two? Interactive mural painting and multimedia demonstrations will tickle them pink, while the extroverts among you will thrill for the open mic with DJs. Warm up

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The last time


It is hard to forget your baby’s first smile. Or first steps. Or first day of school. Those moments are cherished and filmed. Every new milestone rightfully claims its spot in your heart and in your memory. Yet what they never warn you about? There is no notice given for the LAST time your child does something.

The last time they say “dwoo” instead of “drew.” The last time they hold your hand in public. The last time they call you “Mommy.” For 10 years, I have had children in Little League. Dan and Joey eventually walked away from the sport. Dan got tired of having to hit triples order to make in o it to first base (Willie Mays Hayes he is not). Joey proved too gangly and impatient to i get past coach pitch. He also liked chatting up whoever was on first base and often lost track of plays. Jack stuck it out. After all, 12U was Cooperstown year! For many teams, it is the pinnacle of a kid’s Little League experience. After months of fundraising and planning, the year culminates in a week-long tournament at the birthplace of baseball. The players get treated like MLB stars. The boys sleep in the barracks and meet kids from across the U.S. and Canada. They trade pins, are allowed unlimited quantities of chocolate milk and feel as though they’ve landed in a

real-life Field of Dreams. As we packed our minivan and programmed the GPS, I didn’t know what to expect. But for once, I recognized a possible “last.” Upon arriving, we deposited our child in his bunk room and kissed him goodbye. He was too excited to swat us away or act annoyed. “I’ll call you if I need something, Mom.” The week went by in a blink. Memories of my little 3-year-old tentatively taking the field conflicted strongly with the 12-yearold now sauntering to the mound with legitimate baseball swagger. He threw strikes. He got hits. He never doubted himself for a moment. I got a little emotional during the closing ceremonies. The beautiful hills and sunsets of Oneonta, N.Y., became etched into my psyche. I cannot thank baseball enough for what it has given to my family—the friends made, the lessons learned and the times had. And for once, I rejoiced that one of the most important “lasts” finally got the send-off it deserved. Marianne Walsh is a Chicago mom of three boys.

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Do you miss school? I don’t miss sitting in rows of desks, listening to a teacher drone on about a topic that holds zero interest for me, but I DO miss education. I miss learning, the thrill CHERYL LEAHY of discovering how to do accomplish something new, the luxury of soaking up knowledge on a subject that captivates and excites me. Although most of us have long since skipped out on school days of the past, our education doesn’t have to end. Here are a few ways to jump-start your continuing ed without that puddle of drool on your desk.

Read Think you might be an old dog who can’t learn new tricks? Garner inspiration from a personal account that proves you don’t need a traditional education to succeed at something new. Educated by Tara Westover will bring you to the conclusion that where you came from does not dictate where you can end up. Westover was raised in a survivalist family, without ever attending school or even receiving a birth certificate, yet she managed to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge. This story is filled with nuggets of insight and courage (sometimes via naiveté).

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Art as brain food Studies show that enrichment can improve learning, grades BY HILLARY BIRD PHOTOS BY THOMAS KUBIK


isa Mazza enrolled both of her children into music classes when they reached 3. A teacher, Mazza says she wanted them to have a diverse education and knew that music could help develop their brains for math and reading skills. The deal was that her son and daughter had to play an instrument until each reached 18. Her gamble paid off in more ways than one. The Mazzas’ son, Giovanni, 13, has been playing his violin at NBA halftime shows since Lisa entered him into a Bulls’ Youth Talent Search at age 9. Her daughter, Aria, who has played multiple instruments ranging from cello to piano to saxophone, also maintains the family’s stance on music as enrichment while playing sports. Data released by the College Board about college-bound seniors in 2015 who took the SAT showed that students who engaged in enrichment

“Find your own way.”

Giovanni Mazza dreams of winning a Grammy and a role in an action movie. opportunities were found to have higher scores on the test than the national average. With an average of 495 in Critical Reading, 511 in Math and 484 in writing, students who listed course work in music performance scored

better in Math (536) than those who listed no enrichment experience (486). Enrichment in the survey included acting or play production, art, dance, drama study or appreciation, music study or appreciation, music

performance, photography or film and studio art and design. In no categories did students with an enrichment background score lower than students who had no background in those activities. Anah Ambuchi is an

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Anah Ambuchi’s short movie will be released in October. 11-year-old dancer, actor and new film maker in Chicago. She says her mother, Naomi, allowed her to add to her schedule and pursue the activities she wanted to try under one condition: “The deal was I had to keep my grades up,” Ambuchi says. “It was a motivation to her to stay on the honor roll,” Amuchi’s mom, Naomi Morin, says. Anah has kept her grades up, in part because of the deal and because she’s been active in learning.

Most benefits come when kids care A Northwestern University study about engagement in the enrichment opportunities

found that students who don’t pay attention or aren’t motivated by their enrichment classes don’t pick up the benefits to the brain. “Children who were more engaged in the music program—as defined by better attendance and classroom participation—developed stronger brain encoding of speech after two years than their less-engaged peers in the program. Additionally, children who were more engaged in the program showed increases in reading scores, while those less engaged did not show improvements,” wrote the authors of a study released in December 2014. The study—authored by Nina Kraus, Jane Hornickel, Dana L. Strait, Jessica Slater

and Elaine Thompson—found that music can spark neurons in children from disadvantaged neighborhoods across the country. Though Mazza started the violin at 3 and Ambuchi began dancing at 5, children who aren’t exposed to the arts until high school still reap the rewards of an arts education, a 2015 study shows. The Northwestern team at the Auditory Neuroscience Lab tested teens who had no musical training before they entered high school and again after they’d taken music classes in high school and found that music, even late in education, can help mature the brain. “These changes seem to benefit literacy skills: both groups improved in phonological

“Music, even late in education, can help mature the brain. ” awareness relative to the general population, but the music training group improved more,” says the study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Supporting studies that show how kids’ brains are impacted by enrichment aren’t just sound based. The Guggenheim Museum CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 September 2018 21

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ART AS BRAIN FOOD found in 2010 that New York City third-graders in art classes performed better in problemsolving development than students who didn’t have the same art exposure. “We are pleased to demonstrate that arts education helps develop the skills necessary to persistently and adaptively work through problems,” say Kim Kanatani, deputy director and Gail Engelberg director of education for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in a release by the foundation. Lisa Mazza says that Giovanni’s background in music has helped mold him as a student. “I think that the focus required to play an instrument helps him study,” Lisa says. “He’s an avid reader and that focus needed to play an instrument is similar to that focus needed to study and read.”


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nah Ambuchi was a straight-A fourth-grader when her progress report showed a D. That was enough to raise the attention of her mom, Naomi Morin, who insisted on good grades if her daughter wanted to remain active in her extracurriculars: acting and dancing.

“In the fourth grade, these kids were calling me all kinds of names,” Ambuchi says. “Some were really, really mean to me. I became sad, and I would cry in the

bathroom. “I didn’t want to talk to any of my friends, and I didn’t want anyone to talk to me. I didn’t want to talk to my teachers about it, and

my grades started to dip.” After Ambuchi finally told her mom about the bullying, Ambuchi found release writing in her journal. Those notes eventually became a script. Ambuchi, now 11, turned her experience into a positive, filming a short movie, “Made In His Image,” over three days in June. Her movie documents her struggles with bullying and how to combat it. Morin was a producer on the film, and with the help of a fundraiser, secured the $5,000 necessary to hire cinematographers and house out-of-town actors for the project. “Made In His Image” is slated for release in October. Ambuchi, who lives on the south side of Chicago, participated in the full directorial experience with her film: she


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pared down the script, she held two-day auditions to pick actors and she filmed some of the shots. “I learned that it takes a lot to be that organized,” Ambuchi says. “You can’t be all over the place. You have to have your shots ready. You have to know what you want your movie to look like.” Ambuchi already had experience on the other side of the camera. She started dancing at 5, which led to commercials at age 6, theater at 7 and TV and film work at 8. “I knew what she had told me (about the bullying incidents), but I didn’t know the whole

story until I read her script,” Morin says. “She didn’t hold anything back. “She is showing people that nobody can define who you are but yourself.” Ambuchi’s experience behind the camera has helped her define a career path. She knows she wants to continue acting, writing and directing. “I started acting because I watched a lot of TV and I saw kids and said I want that to be me,” Ambuchi says. “My mom put a lot of time and energy to go to auditions and lessons and classes so that I can pursue my dream.”

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Giovanni, in addition to playing soccer and acting, is also a straight-A student, Lisa says. “One of the reasons I wanted him to go to pubic middle school is so that he could see how miserable middle school really is,” Lisa says. “One of the reasons it’s important to be as normal as possible is because we don’t know when that day is going to come that it’s not going to be normal. It’s important just for interpretation for music

and interpretation of the arts to know how people really live.” Like Giovanni, Anah attends public school and maintains a rigorous schedule. “It’s all a part of education,” says Morin, who teaches college courses in speech. “Anah goes to a public school, because you have to have friends, you have to learn to be in a classroom setting. She still goes to church, she still does chores, that’s important to education, too.”

Master musician Young violinist impresses with versatility BY HILLARY BIRD


iovanni Mazza’s music bug bit when his mother entered him into a young artist’s contest.



The Chicago-based violinist had been playing for six years and enjoyed his fiddle tunes, but was an actor not really ready to show off his musical talent. “When we were driving home, after she told me she’d entered the video, I was saying to myself, ‘it’s Chicago, it’s such a big city, I’m probably not going to get it anyway,’” Mazza says. Then he played in front of a crowd during the Youth Talent Search at a Chicago Bulls game and Mazza knew he was a musician. “When I did, I was jumping for joy and I really liked the feeling of performing,” he says. “I did it, and I don’t regret it.”

On a vote from the fans at the game in March 2015, Mazza was impressive, but finished second of the three young performers, his mom Lisa remembers. By November of that year, he was called back by the Bulls, who liked his violin talent and hoped to find some entertainment for fans at the game during a TV timeout. Mazza was quickly bumped into a halftime role and the Bulls recommended him for the NBA All-Stars Rising Stars halftime show as his violin was joined with a hip hop back beat. Which is the short story of how Mazza, who started playing the violin after being attracted to it at a library instrument petting zoo, became a sought-after halftime performer in the NBA and cut his first album, all by age 13. Mazza has played his violin in roles in movies and shot a music video, Evaporate, that came from a song on his album. Another movie, Encantado, is an animated music video

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Mazza hopes to continue his career as a musician and plans to keep his Screen Actors Guild card after graduating high school. “I want to be one of those musicians that also does acting,” Mazza says. “My dream to be a musician is to win a Grammy; my dream for acting is to be in an action movie.” Lisa is glad to see that Giovanni is showing the functionality of the violin to audiences. “There are a lot of different ways to play the violin, a lot of different schools. Find your own way,” Lisa says. “If you like to play fiddle music, play it. There’s a teacher for every type of music style you want to play on the violin. It doesn’t have to be the orchestra.”

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bout a year ago, I took a nap. Maybe for other people, this wouldn’t be such a big deal, but for me, it’s an unheard of activity. I’m never without my to-do list, and naps aren’t on there. But last year, I had the incredible urge to erase a little time from my life. That was exactly how I thought of it: I wanted to fast-forward. My depression started gradually, first when I noticed that I was a bit bored with just about everything, and then it grew, like a snowball rolling down a hill, picking up steam until everything in my life took on a dull sheen.

When you look at that “Are you depressed” list of questions, one of the first that always pops up is: Are you uninterested in previous activities? It wasn’t that I was uninterested in them—it was more that I couldn’t believe I was ever interested in them in the first place. In fact, my entire life seemed so dull. I remember talking to a group of moms outside my daughter’s school about how hard it is to deal with house renovation issues. They were talking about the leaks they needed fixed, the big never-ending construction projects they had going on. I used to love these topics. But as they droned on about their contractors not showing up, I felt like if I didn’t leave the conversation, I might end up screaming, “Why, why do you care about this so much?” So I turned and walked away, in the middle of the conversation without a word of explanation. And then I took my first nap. I needed to disappear. Being depressed and having to parent is ridiculously difficult. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28 September 2018 27

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After my first nap, I was hooked. I wanted to sleep all.the.time. It didn’t even feel like a choice: I was always tired. While my kids, 6 and 9, appreciated all the electronic time they were getting while I napped, they didn’t like the fact that I was ignoring their needs. My appetite dwindled, and it became ridiculously tedious to cook or even to prepare food for the kids. Eggs became a daily staple whenever my husband wasn’t around to cook, and I dropped 15 pounds quickly. Since I was 125 to start with, 15 pounds made me look gaunt. People started commenting. “I’m just not that hungry,” I told friends, who admired my restraint.

just to get out the door. Being a mother was just too hard. Being a person was too hard. I was sinking into a hole, and reality seemed so far away from me. When I called my mother to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day, I began crying. “I’m just not having a good time,” was all I could say. She got it. Being a mother and working and being a wife and just being is so hard, she told me, urging me to get some help. She also suggested that I start taking mini vacations by myself. “You should never go more than a month without sleeping in a bed that’s not yours,” my unconventional mother told me. What she was trying to tell me was that my life was swirling around doctor’s appointments, school runs, work and just the everyday-ness of taking care of two smallish children. Somewhere along the way, I had forgotten about my own needs. I had gotten lost and I was having trouble finding myself again. The first step was finding a therapist and a psychiatrist. Prozac helped immediately, making me see the beauty in my normal life again, while my therapist reminded me of tools I can pull out when I’m feeling depressed (my favorite is reading, which is simple, silent and can instantly take me away from my world). It’s been a little over a year since I became depressed, and while I’m not 100 percent back to the way I was, I feel like I can manage my symptoms and parent at the same time. I still have days when I want to sleep, and my kids are starting to realize that I have feelings, too. But most of the time, it’s all about the kids. I truly feel like parents are always in survival mode. We need to do whatever it takes to get by and be happy, whether that’s popping an anti-depressive, taking a few days off from being a parent or escaping to a silent room daily for some personal maintenance.

“I was struggling just to get out the door. Being a mother was just too hard. Being a person was too hard. I was sinking into a hole, and reality seemed so far away from me.” It wasn’t fun feeling nauseous, sad and tired all the time. I felt like the only thing I had the energy to do was to sink into the couch and take a nap. My husband, always supportive, was getting a little tired of being a solo parent. One time, when we all had a free Saturday, he told me that we could do anything I wanted to do; he just wanted me to be happy. I wanted to sleep all day. There was absolutely nothing else I could fathom doing. Finally, he convinced me to go ice skating. I agreed only because I could pop on headphones and listen to music while I skated. My husband drove us to the ice rink, he helped the kids get on their skates, he helped them ice skate. I ignored everyone and did my own thing, in my own world. To the outsider, I’d look like the worst mother ever. Or at least the most selfish one. But I was struggling

Parenting with depression: tips from an expert According to a study by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, about 20 percent of Americans will suffer from depression—and if parents are depressed, it can lead to negative consequences for kids. Theresa Herring, a psychologist in Evanston with Centered Connections, has some tips for parents suffering from depression.

Take care of yourself first

Pushing your own emotional needs to the side isn’t going to help your family in the long run. Getting help will. Seeing a therapist is an investment not only for your mental health, but for your family’s well-being.

Ask for help

Parents expect themselves to be super humans and to do it all themselves. That’s a challenging expectation in the best of times, and completely unrealistic when you’re feeling depressed. So assemble your tribe and let your partner, family and friends know that you need a little more help. Be specific in your ask so that they can support you in the ways that you need support.

Cut yourself some slack

It’s OK that you’re not happy all the time. This is a great time to model self-care and healthy coping skills for your children. Kids learn from adults about how to manage feelings like sadness, anxiety and stress. You can say, ‘Mommy is feeling sad right now, so I’m going to practice some mindfulness.’

Be present

Focus less on showing your kids your happy face and more on being present. One great way to ground yourself in the moment is to really tap into your five senses. Notice the sights and sounds around you, what you’re physically feeling, smelling and even tasting. Depression is often reinforced by thoughts in our head. Getting out of your head and into your body can open you for moments of connection with your kids.

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Galena If you’re up for a road trip, Galena is as picturesque as it gets, and only becomes more so during the fall. Not only does the town boast many historic homes and quaint antique shops, the area’s rolling hills and scenic overlooks make for some postcard perfect foliage viewing. If you’re up for an adventure, take in the view from 2,000 feet up on a hot air balloon ride.

You may even be lucky enough to spot a whitetailed deer while visiting, as they’re known to roam the Warrenville farm.

Take a day trip to Lisle to explore the 16 miles of hiking trails the arboretum has to offer. Not in the mood to hike? No problem. The arboretum also offers guests an open air tram ride to view some of the 4,000 types of trees on its property. While visiting, be sure to check out the award-winning Children’s Garden and Maze Garden, go troll hunting, try out the nature play areas and then grab lunch at the Ginkgo Cafe.

Chicago Botanic Garden The fall colors are so gorgeous here that the garden offers an actual guide to peak foliage on its website. Beautiful Japanese maples, oak trees, weeping willows and wildflowers set amongst 385 acres of land promise to give quite the autumnal show. The first two weeks of October are ideal for spotting the best colors.

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Lurie Garden at Millennium Park Described as an “urban oasis” in the middle of downtown, the garden features dozens of colorful trees and plants during the fall, along with butterflies, birds and insect life. Enjoy a guided or self-led tour as you explore the serenity of Lurie Garden’s five acres.

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The preserve is made up of 985 acres of woodlands, so you’re bound to get some great foliage viewing in during your visit to Park Forest, along with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife. Thorn Creek’s Nature Center also offers classes, workshops and hands-on activities for both kids and adults who want to learn more about the natural world.

Starved Rock may be a bit of a trek, but you won’t regret making the trip. The park offers city dwellers a true chance to get away from it all. Take in the beauty of the fall colors while hiking, horseback riding or canoeing, then check out one of the park’s many canyon waterfalls. This place has family photo opp written all over it.

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Consider extracurricular activities If a school doesn’t have a specific club, don’t give up. Just ask more questions. Many schools are willing to work with students and add clubs and activities. Sawin also suggests asking schools about exploring offsite opportunities if it isn’t something they can or want to add. Sports are important for many students and if that’s the case with your child, Sawin advises asking schools about what they currently offer and could offer in the future, as well as the likelihood of your student seeing playing time. “Some schools have great teams, but not everyone gets to play, while there are some small schools where everyone plays,” she says. Don’t be limited by geography Many families feel they have to stay in the Chicago city limits, but that’s not true. There are private schools in the suburbs near train stops and may be the same distance, or closer, as some CPS options. And they may be a better fit. “Suburban private schools draw students from all over,” says Sawin. Visiting a school is essential You can hear from a school at the Hidden Gems Fair and spend hours on their website,

but it’s still important to set foot on campus. It’s possible that you may feel differently when you go to visit it. Sawin says that for many of the families with whom she has worked, the visit has often been a “deal maker or deal breaker.” Remember that your child is not stuck Finding the right school for the next four years brings with it a lot of pressure, but Sawin reminds families that if their first choice doesn’t work out, “you are not stuck.” Many schools take transfer students, so it is possible to switch schools.

Hidden Gems High School Fair 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30 Disney II High School, 3900 N. Lawndale Ave., Chicago Admission: $15 per family More than 30 schools will participate, plus parents and students will learn about testing requirements and how to strategize the school search process as well as get info on essay writing, executive functioning tips and more.

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High School Choice // special advertising section What do I need to do? Public and Private High School Search timeline Early work • Sixth grade: Visit one or two “high interest” schools to determine requirements for admission and enter seventh grade with a goal • Seventh grade: Attend open houses, concentrate on schoolwork (standardized tests and school grades). Solidify relationships from potential recommendation providers. • Sixth- to eighth-grade families should attend the Hidden Gems High School Fair this month to widen the net of schools for consideration. Eighth grade • Late summer: Register at if interested in CPS programs (non-CPS students also register for NWEA MAP testing) • Early fall: Research schools, attend open houses, write essays and gather recommendations (if required) • Late fall: Apply by deadline and register for any entrance exams • Late fall-winter: Take entrance exams and complete parochial, independent and charter applications Source: ChiSchoolGPS

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Lycée Français de Chicago, 1929 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, offers a world-class pre-K to 12 education in a multicultural, multilingual learning environment. Our outstanding programs, including our Englishbased IB, open student minds to the world.

What if high school was a place where you were known? Daystar School empowers students to positively impact the world through a faith-based, culturally-engaged, globally-minded education. Daystar, 1550 S. State St., Chicago, is launching a new IB high school in fall 2019.

Visit our Open House Saturday, Nov. 3 President Eric Veteau

Latin School of Chicago

Head of School Tami Doig

British International School of Chicago

Latin School of Chicago, 59 W. North Blvd., Chicago, provides its students with a rigorous and innovative educational program in a community that embraces diversity of people, cultures and ideas.

Visit our Open House Sunday, Oct. 14. Head of School Randall Dunn

North Shore Country Day

British International School of Chicago, South Loop, 161 W. 9th St., Chicago, offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, where students earn an internationally recognized qualification that’s respected by the world’s top colleges and universities.

Visit our Open House 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10

Headmaster Mike Horton

Sacred Heart Schools

North Shore Country Day, 310 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, is where learning becomes transformative when engaged students collaborate with each other and teachers. That’s the kind of powerful JK-12 education North Shore County Day has delivered for 100 years.

Sacred Heart Schools, 6250 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, provide an exceptional education that inspires children to have values, confidence and a sense of responsibility. They are lifelong learners dedicated to changing the world for the better.

Visit our Open House 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 Head of School Tom Flemma

Visit one of our Admissions Coffee dates: Oct. 12, Oct. 24, Nov. 15, Nov. 30, Dec. 12 Head of Schools Nat Wilburn




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Executive Director Laura Davis

Sonnets Academy

GEMS World Academy Chicago

Sonnets Academy, with four locations in Chicago, is dedicated to the development of the whole child - fostering an environment that celebrates the individuality of children and inspires learning through play in its discovery-based curriculum for children six weeks to six years of age.

350 E. South Water St., Chicago;

Visit our Open House 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 27

Schedule a tour 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday.

Francis W. Parker School Francis W. Parker School. 330 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, educates students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse democratic society and global community.

Principal Daniel B. Frank, Ph.D.

Visit our Open Houses: 2 p.m., Oct. 13 (JK-grade 3), 1 p.m., Oct. 20 (Grades 6-8) and 10 a.m., Nov. 17 (grades 9-12)

Chicago Waldorf High School Chicago Waldorf High School, 1300 W. Loyola Ave., Chicago, is redefining rigor. While other schools teach to the test, we provide real world experience and, with a 100 percent college acceptance rate, get real world results.

Visit us Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6. Administrative Director Luke Goodwin

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OPEN HOUSE | October 14 at 2 p.m. 310 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, Illinois 60093

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Lower School (JK–Grade 3) Saturday, October 13 • 2 p.m. Middle School (Grades 6–8) Saturday, October 20 • 1 p.m.


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Fall Fun // advertising directory Apple Holler Farm, Orchard, Restaurant, Bakery, Country Store and Pick your own. 5006 S Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI (800) 238-3629

Classic Cinemas Celebrating 40 years at the movies Share your favorite movie going memories with #ClassicCinemas and win movies!

Downtown Oak Park Oaktoberfest – Kids’ Root Beer Garden September 15, 12-5 Free Admission

Fiesta Familiar Saturday, September 22 at Lincoln Park Zoo from 10am-5pm Free admission

Fleetwood Roller Skating Rink Public skating, private parties, fundraisers. Artistic speed and roller derby skating. 7231 W. Archer Ave., Summit (708) 458-0300

Karate Can Do Foundation at North Shore Dojo A karate program for kids and young adults with disabilities 2083 Johns Court, Glenview (847) 729-0001

Kuipers Family Farm August 18-December 16 U-pic apple orchard, Pumpkin Farm and Christmas tree farm. 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park (815) 827-5200

The Little Gym of Chicago Our awesome curriculum facilitates ongoing skill development and maximum fun! 3216 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 525-5750

Main Event Entertainment Main Event has the most FUN under one roof with bowling, laser tag, over 100 arcade games and food! Warrenville: 28248 Diehl Road (630) 393-9400 Hoffman Estates: 2575 Pratum Ave. (847) 645-1111

The Morton Arboretum “Troll Hunt” exhibit runs

through 2018. 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle (630) 968-0074

New Traditions Riding Academy

Rainforest Café

Fall Open House Sept. 22, 10a-2p 10100 So. Kean Ave, Palos Hills (708 ) 598-7718/7719

Nye’s Apple Barn We now have Amish made Take’n’Bake Pies 3151 Niles Road St. Joseph, MI 49085 (269) 429-0596

Odyssey Fun World Odyssey Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze opens Sept. 23. Tinley Park: 1-80 & Harlem Ave. Naperville: 1-88 & Rt. 59 Odyssey Fun Farm: Located next to the Odyssey Fun World, Tinley Park (708) 429-3800

The PlayGround Games Inflatables, Bubble Soccer, DJ/Emcee, Interactive Games, Indoor/Outdoor FUN! (847) 373-6925

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Safari Land Indoor Amusement Park 701 W. North Ave., Villa Park (630) 530-4649

Skokie Park District Check out Chicagoland’s best programs, parties and destinations this fall! 9300 Weber Park Pl., Skokie (847) 674-1500

Visit Delavan P.O. Box 117 Delavan, WI 53115 262-728-6000 Scarecrow Fest, Halloween Haunted Houses, Corn Mazes and Pumpkin picking!


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Achievement Balance Community Therapy that Empowers Families and Children to Move Mountains! Naperville/Plainfield (855) 800-4295

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Children’s Dentistry Jerry Udelson, DDS Where Kids Have Fun at the Dentist! 1129 S. Harlem, Forest Park (708) 386-5437

DuPage Medical Group Over 50 locations provide primary and specialty care for your entire family. (888) MyDMGDr

Karate Can Do Foundation at North Shore Dojo A karate program for kids and young adults with disabilities 2083 Johns Court, Glenview (847) 729-0001 September 2018 41

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Arts Education Guide // advertising directory A Fairytale Ballet Classical ballet incorporating fairytales, costumes & props. 18 months - 17yrs Lakeview, Bucktown, Evanston (773) 477-4488 (LV & EV) (773) 606-0318 (BT)

American Dance Center A nationally recognized school and performing company. 10464 163rd Place, Orland Park (708) 349-4964 1933 Ridge Road, Homewood (708) 747-4969

Ensemble Español Center for Spanish Dance & Music Building J Dance Studios Northeastern Illinois University 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago (773) 442-5916

Master S. H. Yu Martial Arts Fitness Assoc. Building a legacy of martial arts excellence for more than 20 years. 6701 W. North Ave., Oak Park (708) 383-3456

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As we celebrate Illinois’ bicentennial of statehood this year, Richardson’s Adventure Farm has gotten in on the act. The people that brought you mazes depicting the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup and the Cubs’ World Series wins have designed a 28-acre puzzle that highlights the best of Illinois. The design of the maze includes a bust of Abe Lincoln, Chicago inc skyscrapers, the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier and the Lake Michigan shoreline. It also highlights ghlights other state symbols, such as the capitol pitol building, the Mississippi River and agricultural ricultural assets. The farm also has pig races, ces, wagon rides, a carousel and a train train. $17 7 for 13 and up, $14 for kids 4-12, free 3 and nd under in September. ThursdaysThursd Sundays, ndays, Sept. 1-Nov. 4, including Labor Dayy and Columbus Day. 909 English Engl Prairie irie Road, Spring Grove. (815) 6759729. 29. richardsonadventurefarm.c


Monarch butterflies terflies begin their trek ek south to Mexico ico soon. Oak Lawn wn Park District iss celebrating all things monarch arch with puppets, music, arts and crafts, butterfly tagging and nd a bug zoo. There’s also a chance to buy some milkweed if you want to attract the butterflies to your own garden. 2-5 p.m. Sept. 15. Free. Oak View Community Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn.


Though the calendar says the season changes on Sept. 22, there are still outdoor fests to make sure you’ve filled your street food fix before the temps scream for more layers. The Lakeview East Festival of the Arts (Sept. 8-9) has an interactive children’s art area; Cary Main Street Fest (Sept. 1516) has a family entertainment stage; the Elim Dutch Festival (Sept. 22) kicks off with a pancake breakfast; and the Homewood Fall Fest (Sept. 29) is late enough to include a pumpkin patch. September 2018 45

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culture features dancing, music, art and entertainment. Visit website schedule and ticket information. Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive. (773) 256-1248, TASTE OF POLONIA. Features

four stages of music with more than 30 performances including classic rock, pop, polka, classical, Latin and more, Polish cuisine, arts and crafts, carnival, and a Kids World featuring activities and entertainment. There will also be beer garden and casino. $10, free kids 12 and under. Noon10 p.m. Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave. (773) 777-8898, 101 DAYS OF PIZZA. Familyfriendly city tours that allow both locals and tourists to visit four pizzerias, showcasing four unique styles of pizza in about three hours. The tours walk in Wicker Park/ Bucktown, West Loop, West Town or ride the city on a bus. Tours run on Saturdays and Sundays through the summer as promotion of journalist Steve Dolinsky’s book “Pizza City, USA.” $49-$69. Various locations. CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL.

The Labor Day Weekend tradition showcases Chicago’s vast jazz talent along with national and international artists to entertain, encourage and educate a jazz audience of all ages with live musical performances in the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Visit website for schedule. Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. (312) 742-1168, chicagojazz

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Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 N. Western Ave. (773) 561-9181. CIDER & SLIDERS FEST. Features two stages of music, kids’ activities, cider tastings, food and more. Ticket donation benefits West Lakeview Neighbors. $5 donation. Noon-10 p.m. 3500 N. Lincoln Ave. chicago WAVE WALL WAX. This is the final concert of the summer with dancing to the sounds of House, Hip-Hop, Latin, Soul, Funk, Global grooves and more. 2-4 p.m. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. (312) 595PIER (7437), NAVY PIER FIREWORKS.

STORY TIME WITH THEATRE Y. Listen to your favorite

children’s books read aloud and performed by actors from the Theatre Y Ensemble. Recommended for ages 6 and under. 10 a.m. DANK

Fireworks on Navy Pier can be seen from the dock and the lake. They are synchronized with music for a multi-sensory display. 10:15 p.m. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. (312) 595-PIER (7437),

SUBURBS NAPERVILLE LAST FLING. Enjoy entertainment (free and ticketed), carnival, unique contests and a Family Fun Land at Naper Settlement with pony rides, petting zoo, Bounce Town, family stage, crafts, food and beverages, and a family-focused business expo. Proceeds are given to nonprofit organizations throughout DuPage County. Ticket prices vary by day and event. Naperville Central High School, 440 W. Aurora Ave., Naperville. (630) 420-6420, FRANKFORT FALL FESTIVAL. Featuring artisans, live

entertainment and a carnival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Frankfort, Oak and Kansas streets, Frankfort. (815) 469-2177, frankfortfallfestival. info. IRISH DAYS. A tribute to

culture, music, food and Guinness! Features live entertainment, a

leprechaun hunt, as well as competitions for Irish costume and more. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. (847) 634-0888,



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CALENDAR FRANKFORT FALL FESTIVAL. See Sept. 1 IRISH DAYS. See Sept. 1. Today’s times: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.


combined bike ride and bike-a-thon in the morning and a nature walk and walk-a-thon in the afternoon will highlight the 15th annual Active Living Faire. The 20-mile bike ride includes frequent stops along the way. The walk will follow the traditional 5-mile course. Preregistration required. 8:30 a.m. biking, 2 p.m. walking. Wolf Lake, 2405 Calumet Ave., Hammond, Ind. wolflake NAPERVILLE LAST FLING. See


Today’s times: Noon-9 p.m. FRANKFORT FALL FESTIVAL. See Sept. 1. Today’s

times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. IRISH DAYS. See Sept. 1. Today’s times: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


sundae bar. $25 per family member. 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays in Lakeview, Wednesdays in Wicker Park. The Kids Table, 2337 W. North Ave., Chicago. (773) 235-2665,


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Music Box Theatre hosts a sundown movie at Gallagher Way beginning at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Today’s movie: Top Gun. Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark St., Chicago. FAMILY PIZZA NITE. See Sept. 4.

Today’s event in Wicker Park.


diners enjoy food and drinks from a rotating series of food trucks. Food Truck Thursdays are held on Dean Avenue between Roger Williams and St. Johns avenues, and in Jens Jensen Park, across from the Ravinia Metra Station. Family-friendly crafts and activities in the park add to the fun. While dining with family and friends, enjoy live music in Jens Jensen Park. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Jens Jensen Park, 486 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park.

9340 Weber Park Place, Skokie • (847) 674-1500, ext. 2900




midweek dinner adventure for eaters ages 2 and up to learn to cook. On the menu: build-your-own pizzas, salad skewers and an ice cream

It’s all about retro tunes at this annual festival in the Gladstone Park neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side. In addition to three days

About the calendar

“I am a citizen of the world.”

The deadline for submitting listings for the October issue is August 27. All events are subject to change. Please call the event sponsor at the number listed to confirm before you go. Events taking place on four or more dates during the month are listed in Ongoing Events, beginning on page 57.

Dual-Language Montessori Education for ages 3 to 12

Searchable listings updated daily

Your choice of programs: Chinese Mandarin / English Spanish / English Japanese / English

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Indoor Amusement Park Come and explore 62,000 square feet of indoor rides and amusements including Illinois’ Largest Indoor Roller Coaster! Tilt-A-Whirl ~ Monkey Jump ~ Merry Go Round MaxFlight Simulator ~ Soft Play ~ Bumper Cars Kid’s Go Karts ~ Video Games ~ Bowling ~ Food

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of music acts, there will be arts and crafts and kids’ activities. $5 donation. 4-10 p.m. 6030 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Peterson), Chicago. (773) 868-3010, MIDDLE SCHOOL BONFIRE. The

Carol Stream Fire Department will build the annual bonfire. Participants must bring chairs; snacks and glow items for sale at the event. Student drop off on the north side near Roy Deshane School. Kids are responsible for signing themselves into and out of the event. Appropriate for kids grades 6-8. $4 pre-registered, $5 at the event. 7-8:30 p.m. Armstrong Park, 391 Illini Drive, Carol Stream. (630) 784-6100, FAMILY TWILIGHT ADVENTURES. Go on a hike and

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do activities before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark to see which animals come out when people go home. Then relax and roast marshmallows at the end of the evening. $19. 7-9 p.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074,


Community cultural event celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule. Highlights include food, music, carnival rides and kids’ entertainment. On Sunday, the festival is the end location of the 26th Street Parade, one of the largest celebrations of Hispanic culture in the Midwest. Carnival rides extra. 6-11 p.m. Friday; 2-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 26th Street and Kostner. (773) 868-3010, chicago


than 150 juried artists featuring world-class original paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more. In addition to the artists’ booths, the festival features two live music tents and a beer and wine garden, a landscape garden oasis, interactive children’s area, a mosaic mural making booth, live glass blowing and more. See website for

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CALENDAR schedule. Broadway from Belmont Avenue to Roscoe Street. THROWBACK MUSIC FESTIVAL.

See Sept. 7. Today’s times: 11 a.m.10:30 p.m. ST. JUDE WALK/RUN TO END CHILDHOOD CANCER. Enter a 5K

run or fun run or walk to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. $10-$20, free 5 and under. 7-11:30 a.m. Soldier Field (Stadium Green), 1410 Museum Campus Drive. chicagowalkrun. 79TH STREET RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL.

Festival for local food, retailers, organizations and performers from all genres from cultural to modern dance and blues to hip hop. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 79th and Racine. SECOND SATURDAYS GARDEN TOURS. Accompany

the Horticulture department on a walkabout through the zoo’s gardens. Learn about new plants and landscapes as they change with the seasons. 10-11 a.m. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive. (312) 742-2000, FAMILY NATURE DAY AT WEST PULLMAN PARK. Play with

natural items like stumps and seeds, brush up on your bird-watching or nature hiking skills, or venture out on a family scavenger hunt. Families with all ages welcome. Events are open-house style with varying stations. These are rain or shine events, so dress for the weather. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. West Pullman Park, 401 W. 123rd St. (312) 747-7090, DONUT FEST AT THE ZOO. You won’t be able to resist the smell of Chicago’s most famous and popular doughnut shops and bakeries that will be on zoo grounds. Enjoy live entertainment, games, giveaways and more. $20-$25. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive. (312) 742-2000,

COUNTY FAIR CHICAGO. Taste the flavor of down home when urban meets rural as Six Corners Association blends the farm with the city in Portage Park. Stroll the Midway and graze on delicious, locally-made cuisine; pick up new skills from a variety of educational, interactive, maker-focused workshops; take in the sounds of bluegrass, rockabilly and country jams humming from the stage; and, lace up your dancing shoes for a traditional barn dance once the sun goes down. $10. Noon-10 p.m. Bank of America Auditorium, 4901 W. Irving Park Road. (312) 904-9442,

Nurturing the Potential Within Each Child Develop your child’s potential • Ages 15 months through Elementary • Beautiful, bright new building • Regular informational tours • Now enrolling Accredited through age 12 by the by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)


See Sept. 7. Today’s times: 2-11 p.m.


teams compete for trophies and bragging rights in three categories. Festivities include live music, a dunk tank and activities for kids. All proceeds support Bridge Communities in their efforts to help transition homeless families in DuPage County to self-sufficiency. Glenwood Avenue parking lot, Glen Ellyn. glenellyn

Gateway Montessori 4041 N. Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641 773.539.3025 •

TOUCH A TRUCK. Kids get the chance to touch, feel and climb through a variety of trucks and vehicles, including fire trucks, tow trucks and more. 10 a.m.-noon. Berens Park, 493 Oaklawn Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 782-4955, DOWNTOWN DOWNERS GROVE FINE ARTS FESTIVAL.

Enjoy live entertainment and a kids’ art booth while perusing the display of a variety of mediums from artists nationwide. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Main Street and Burlington Avenue, Downers Grove. (847) 926-4300, WEST END ART FESTIVAL.

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CALENDAR activities, children’s events and musical entertainment. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Stone Avenue Station, Burlington Avenue at Brainard, La Grange.


vited to a series of outdoor musical performances showcasing classical, jazz, folk and percussion music. Bring a blanket and pack a picnic for the concert. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. 6:30 p.m. Today’s artist: Folk music with Old Town School of Folk Music and vocalist Sharon Rietkerk. Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark St. gallagher FESTIVAL DE LA VILLITA.

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Sept. 8. COUNTY FAIR CHICAGO. See Sept. 8. Today’s times: Noon-8 p.m. Oak Lawn Park District


See. Sept. 8. Today’s times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. WEST END ART FESTIVAL.

See Sept. 8. Today’s times: 10 a.m.4 p.m.


Music of the Baroque debuts in

Millennium Park with a lively concert highlighting three major works: Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons featuring concertmaster Gina DiBello as soloist. Also on the program are Handel’s Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks, two masterpieces specifically written for outdoor performance. 6:30 p.m. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. (312) 742-1168,


Works opens early the second Thursday of every month for kids up to 8 with special needs. They are welcome to stay when the museum opens to the public at 10 a.m. $5 per person 9-10 a.m. Wonder Works


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CALENDAR Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. RAVINIA DISTRICT FOOD TRUCK THURSDAYS. See Sept. 6


gets the spotlight treatment at this fest in the heart of the Southport Corridor. In addition to tacos and music, it features beer and taco pairings, Mexican wrestlers, a kids’ activity area and arts/crafts. $10. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 3500 N. Southport. (773) 868-3010, lakeviewtaco


outdoor fall festival features local restaurants and businesses, a marketplace of vendors and artists, live entertainment and a children’s area

with family stage that highlights theater, dance and other interactive children’s programming. $5 donation. Noon-10 p.m. Downtown Cary. (847) 639-2800, carygrove GREEN FAIR. Green vendors

include upcycled, handmade and organic goods. The fair also boasts a Kids Maker Space, Recycling Extravaganza and speakers about ecology. $5, free kids 12 and under. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. DuPage County Fair, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. (630) 668-6636, scarce-green-fair.


chairs and food for a movie showing under the stars. A small concession stand will sell snacks. Popcorn is free. 8:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Today’s movie: Incredibles 2. Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills.


N. Ravenswood. (312) 479-1390, SUNDAY SCIENCE: BIRDS.

Explore the science behind the beauty of Lurie Garden as we learn about the birds of the garden. No registration required. Meet at the south end of the boardwalk in the garden. 2:30-3:30 p.m. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe Street. (312) 228-1004, LAKEVIEW TACO FEST. See Sept.




Activities include butterfly arts and crafts for kids, an interactive puppet theater, face painting, music and more. Plus, live butterfly tagging, a bug zoo, caterpillar aquarium and a movie. 2-5 p.m. Oak View Community Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn. (708) 857-2200,


Families are invited to bring their kids of all ages to laugh, dance, play and meet other “#Jazz Babies.” Ravenswood Loft is a kid-friendly environment for all-ages. Snacks and adult or youth-based “treats” are welcome. $5 child, $10 adults, preregistration recommended. 2:304:30 p.m. Ravenswood Loft, 4437

TIES AND TIARAS. Share a night with dad, grandfather or other special adult male. Semi-formal attire. Appropriate for girls 12 and older. $30 resident/$45 non-resident; fees are per person. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Glendale Lakes Golf Club, 1550 President St., Glendale Heights. (630) 784-6100,



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CALENDAR 19 | WEDNESDAY BABY & ME YOGA. Connect with your baby through breathing and explore gentle yoga postures that aim to build strength, increase flexibility and melt away tension. Baby can play on the mat next to you or participate. Bring a yoga mat or towel, a blanket, toys for your kiddo (optional) and an open heart. For adults and babies ages 4 weeks to 12 months. No registration required. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Niles-Maine District Library, 6960 W. Oakton St., Niles. (847) 663-1234, MUSIC BOX THEATRE MOVIES AT GALLAGHER WAY.

See Sept. 5. Today’s movie: Back to the Future.


run starts and ends on the paths in Lincoln Park with swag for participants. Confections will also be available throughout the course and at the finish line. Proceeds from the event will benefit GirlForward, a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution. $15-$25 for kids race; $34-$49 for 5K. 8 a.m. 5K race, 9:30 a.m. kids run. Lincoln Park, 1701 N. Stockton Drive. ROBIE HOUSE DESIGN LAB.

An engaging family-oriented tour of Robie House followed by a collaborative design program at Gordon Parks Hall, adjacent to the Robie House. Each month will feature a different design project. Registration required. 10-11:30 a.m. Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. (708) 848-1976, YEAR OF CREATIVE YOUTH FESTIVAL. Showcasing the talents

of thousands of young artists in dance, theater, music, spoken word, the visual arts and more, the Creative Youth Festival will include: performances and art exhibitions from youth groups across the city on stages across Millennium Park and popping up at landmarks such as Maggie Daley Park and Cloud Gate; interactive mural painting; an open mic with DJs; family-friendly and hands-on activities featuring artmaking, multimedia demonstrations and more. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St. (312) 742-1168, cityofchicago. org. MINECRAFT PARTY. A social night

for kids 7-12 to play and meet other fans of the game. Each party is a supervised session of open play time, where kids may join private servers set up for the evening or play on public servers of their choice. $25 5:30-8 p.m. Power Up Tech Academy, 2867 N. Clybourn Ave. (312) 659-3082,

SUBURBS ELIM DUTCH FESTIVAL. The festival kicks off with a pannenkoek “pancake” breakfast at 7:30 a.m. After breakfast, sample Dutch and American cuisine from vendors, browse the Dutch Village shops and colorful farmers market. Proceeds benefit the 500 children and adults with disabilities that Elim serves daily. Elim Christian Services, 13020 S. Central Ave., Palos Heights. (708) 389-0555, LITTLE SIKHS CHILDREN FESTIVAL. Archery, animal show,

art activities, interactive games, face painting, Tabla & Dhol music, kids fashion show, a talent show, food, prizes and more highlight a celebration of Sikh cultural awareness and diversity through the eyes of children. Open to families of all faiths. $5, 3 and under free. 1-5 p.m. Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Stearns Road, Bartlett. (847) 608-3100,



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outdoor cooking techniques and tracking. Then, family groups will participate in an all-camp farm scavenger hunt. Bring a tent, sleeping bag rated to 30 degrees, warm clothing (hats and gloves recommended) and rain gear. Register for parents and kids ages 3 and up, kids 8 and older recommended. $65. 2 p.m. Saturday-noon Sunday. Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. (815) 389-8455, events.


Today’s cost: $5. Today’s time: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. FALL FEST AT LINCOLN PARK ZOO. See Sept. 28.



how to brew beer, kids will make pizza dough from scratch and harvest veggies. Then everyone will come together to make a delicious meal of woodfire pizza. End the night with an outdoor movie and a campfire. $29-$39. 3-8:30 p.m. Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. (815) 389-8455, learngrowconnect. org.

attractions throughout the zoo: corn maze, fun slide, inflatable obstacle course and more. Fall Fest also includes animal chats, musical entertainment, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for sale, pumpkin carvers and fall-themed enrichment. Fees for rides. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (312) 742-2000,





hood event features food, music and entertainment on three stages, arts and crafts and KinderFest with face paintings, storytelling, inflatables, dance parties and art activities on Saturday and Sunday. $10. 5-10 p.m. St. Alphonsus Church, 1429 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago. oktober


Today’s fee: $5. Today’s time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. FALL FEST AT LINCOLN PARK ZOO. See Sept. 28. Today’s

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Features live entertainment for children and adults, horse-drawn wagon rides, the annual bean bag tournament, pony rides, games, art and craft vendors, a pumpkin patch and food from local eateries. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Martin Avenue from Hickory to Ridge Road, Homewood. A ZOO TO YOU ANIMAL SHOW. Have an up-close—and in

some cases hands-on—experience with a variety of animals, learn about their environment and habits, and how they would behave in the wild. 2-3 p.m. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove. (847) 929-5102, CAMPOUT FOR WILDERNESS EXPLORERS. Families will get

hands-on instruction constructing a natural shelter, fire-building,

power of wishes for children with critical illnesses at Make-A-Wish Illinois’ 2018 Walk for Wishes. Walk as an individual or join your neighbors and friends to form a team. Participants are encouraged to dress up as a superhero or comic book character. On-site registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m. See website for registration fees. Busse Woods Forest Preserve, Rte. 72, Elk Grove Village. BARKAPALOOZA. This fundraiser for the West Suburban Humane Society features a Dog Walkathon, Pet Expo, blessing of animals at 10 a.m. It also includes an agility and frisbee demonstration and more than 25 vendors. Kids’ activities include clowns, face painting, balloon sculptures and a Kids and Kindness Zone. Food for humans and dogs available. Free; $20 Walkathon, free kids. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. September 2018 53

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argaret Burroughs was an artist, writer, teacher and helped found what is now the DuSable Museum of African American History. She came to Chicago from Louisiana as a youngster in 1920, spending her formative years on the South Side. Her story will be a part of DuSable’s new exhibit “SouthSide Stories,” which comes just in time for Smithsonian Museum Day, a day of free admission to specific museums across the country. The Smithsonian set this year’s theme at “Women Making History” to honor trailblazers, like Burroughs, and give museum-goers an opportunity to view those exhibits. The Geneva History Museum has, as part of its Main Gallery collection, a chapter about founding mother Charity Herrington. Like DuSable, the Geneva museum is one of more than 1,300 museums nationwide taking part in the 14th Smithsonian Museum Day. Here’s how the program works: visitors first head to museumday to download tickets. You’ll have to confirm which museum you’ll want to attend, and once the tickets are

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sent, there’s no take backs (because only one ticket per email address). Each ticket downloaded grants access to two people: the ticket holder and a guest. So a family of four will need two different email addresses. The free tickets don’t guarantee free parking or admission to otherwise “extra” cost exhibits, such as IMAX presentations. Local museums participating include: Intuit: Center for Outsider Art, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Swedish American Museum Association of Chicago, American Writers Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Glessner House, Adler Planetarium, Mayslake Peabody Estate, DuSable Museum of African American History, Smart Museum of Art, Stacy’s Tavern Museum, Willowbrook Wildlife Center, National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter

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14th Smithsonian Museum Day u Sept. 22 u Museum, Hoosier Grove Museum, Geneva History Museum, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, SciTech Hands On Museum and National Museum of the American Sailor. To note, the Hoosier Grove Museum in Streamwood and the National Museum of the American Sailor in Great Lakes are free every day to visitors. And while Shedd Aquarium isn’t on the Smithsonian list, admission is free to Illinois residents from Sept. 4-30. Hillary Bird


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ONGOING EVENTS EXHIBITS AMAZING ARACHNIDS. Get up close to 100 arachnids with special zoo chats and hands-on interactives. $5, $3 kids 3-11 and seniors 65 and older, plus zoo admission. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. (708) 688-8000,

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the world of frogs, toads, newts and salamanders. $6 and up, free for kids under 3. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (773) 755-5100, BOATS. Kids become captains of

their own adventures in a nautical experience. Free with museum admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (free 5-8 p.m. on Thursdays). Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E. Grand Ave. at Navy Pier, Chicago. (312) 527-1000, chicagochildrens BORN TO CREATE: A TEEN ART EXHIBITION. In honor of the

2018 Year of Creative Youth, the exhibit brings together 18 artists and 33 works of painting, photography, video art, fashion design and musical composition from Chicago high school students. Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., Chicago. (312) 747-4898, chi THE SCIENCE BEHIND PIXAR.

Get a unique look into the Pixar process and explore the science and technology behind beloved animated characters. This exhibit has more than 40 interactive elements. Requires a timed-entry ticket. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (773) 684-1414, TROLL HUNT. The 15- to 20-foottall trolls invite visitors to interact with them. Some trolls are in plain sight, while others are hidden among the trees. Free with arboretum admission. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois

Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, UNDERWATER BEAUTY. Get a glimpse of the grandeur beneath the waves as 100 species from around the world come together. Free with admission. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 939-2438,


shows and activities are guaranteed to be appropriate for kids 12 and under. They run each Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Shows include “Smarty Pants Presents The Big Balloon Show,” “Windy City Performs” and “ASC Trailblazers.” Sept. 1-3. Check website for cost and schedule. Jefferson Park, Chicago. (872) 210-2315, HARVARD BALLOON FEST.

Watch 15 hot air balloons make morning and evening ascensions, enjoy live music, food vendors, beer tent, zip lines, tethered balloon rides, nighttime balloon

glows, inflatables, rock climbing wall, bungie jump, Knockerball and more. Free shuttle to festival grounds from Harvard Metra depot. Check website for cost. 4-11 p.m. Aug. 31; 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 1-2. Milky Way Park, 300 Lawrence Road, Harvard. harvardballoonfest. com. FOX VALLEY FOLK FESTIVAL.

Festival features eight stage areas with performances of folk music and storytelling, plus workshops and kids’ activities. Plus a Barn Dance and Ghost Stories Sunday night. $20, free kids 12 and under. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 2-3. Island Park, Routes 25 and 38, Geneva. (630) 897-3655, SANDWICH FAIR. Annual fair

features carnival, livestock judging, arts and crafts, horse shows, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby, farm zoo, exhibits, kids’ entertainment, live music and food stands. $9, $5 kids 6-12, free kids 5 and under. Sept. 5-9. Sandwich Fairgrounds, 1401 Suydam Road, Sandwich. (815) 786-2159,


Celebrate German Day and the Von Steuben parade at the GermanAmerican Festival. Enjoy German food, beverages, dance and music. The parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday on Lincoln Avenue from Irving Park Road to Lawrence Avenue. Extra costs for food and booths. 5-11 p.m. Sept. 7; noon-11 p.m. Sept. 8; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 9. German-American Fest, Lincoln Avenue between Leland and Western avenues, Chicago. (630) 653-3018, FESTIVAL OF THE VINE.

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SHERMERFEST. Community fall festival with face painting, old-fashioned games and a trackless train. Noon-4 p.m. Sept. 16. Village Green, 1776 Walters Ave., Northbrook. LONG GROVE APPLE FEST. Get your apple fix on treats like brown bag apple pies, apple cider donuts, hot apple cider, caramel apple lattes and more. Plus, participate in free family activities, including applethemed games and the legendary apple pie eating contests. $5, free kids 12 and under. Noon-11 p.m. Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23. Old McHenry Road and Robert Parker Coffin Road, Long Grove. (847) 6340888, JOHNNY APPLESEED FESTIVAL. Meet and greet Johnny

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PERFORMANCES to the rhythms of Chicago’s top jazz musicians—and the pulsing rhythms of spotted jellies, the shimmering slow dance of false herrings and more in Shedd’s new special exhibit, Underwater Beauty. $25. 5-9 p.m. John G. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 9392438,

MIDNIGHT CIRCUS IN THE PARKS. Each two-hour show takes

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the story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. This new musical features hit songs: “Tutti Frutti,” “That’s All Right,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” and, of course, “Heartbreak Hotel.” $34 and up. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago. (800) 7752000,

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