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Swing into adventure at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum! Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer, her animal-rescuing cousin Diego, and their friends. Explore Isa’s Flowery Garden, help Tico gather nuts, sail the seas on the Piggie Pirate Ship, and help baby animals in the Rainforest Maze!

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St. Benedict Preparatory School

Our Passion is the Best Possible You

St. Benedict Preparatory School is devoted to preparing students for learning, achievement, and service in the 21st Century global society. Our commitment to inclusive and rigorous challenge creates a dynamic, innovative, and active learning experience in which the needs of the whole student are met. At St. Benedict Preparatory School, the strengths of each child become an inspiration to others to learn fearlessly, to lead responsibly, and to serve joyfully.

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Harvest a cornucopia of family fun! Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Rides, Music & More!

Fridays-Sundays September 28–October 28 & Monday, October 8 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Fridays & Sundays 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturdays Free admission! lpzoo.org/fallfest Proceeds from this event help keep Lincoln Park Zoo free and open to all.

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So Long, Sunshine

Time to play There’s a reason everyone says parenting is hard. Just when you think you are doing a good job, someone or something appears to tell you that you could do it better. That’s how I felt when I heard some doctors are now prescribing playtime.

Remember back in June, when each day seemed to go on forever? When it was still bright outside at bedtime? Now the sun sets before supper. Every year, as winter gets near, the days gradually get shorter. The longest day of the year, June 21, is more than 15 hours long in Chicago. The shortest day, December 21, lasts only about nine hours. That’s because in winter, our part of the earth is tilted farther from the sun than in summer. Shorter days make a big difference to plants, animals, and us. For one thing, it’s colder: With fewer hours of daylight, there’s not as much warmth from the sun. For another thing, there’s less of the sunlight plants need to make food in their leaves. That’s why most trees and other plants have stopped growing for the winter and will soon discard their leaves to wait for spring. With the leaves gone, animals have less food and shelter. Not every place changes so much. In Nairobi, Kenya, the sun shines for about 12 hours every single day. The longest day of the year is only 10 minutes longer than the shortest. Since trees and plants in the jungles of Kenya get the same amount of sunlight all year long, they can grow all the time. But we have one thing they don’t have in Kenya: Starting December 22, our days will gradually grow longer, until suddenly it’s spring.

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I know you, like me, want the best for our kids. So over the years, I tended to focus more on building their tiny brains and more organized activities after school, rather than shooing them out the door for more unstructured play before or after dinner. My kids were kept too busy to fall for the lure of video games, but in the rare downtimes in their schedules, they did tend to plop in front of the TV with me and their dad. SpongeBob SquarePants’ theme song and snippets from the Scooby-Doo movies remain earworms to this day. Looking back, maybe we should have had more true playtime. But I’m not perfect. Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I can do better.

So with this news from the American Academy of Pediatrics, this is the perfect month to make a few changes because weather in Chicago is awesome right now. Luckily, too, the Chicago Parent team is making unstructured play super easy with our big fall Playdate. For those who’ve never attended a Playdate, think space to run and play, inflatables and hands-on interactive activities at every turn. For those who have attended a Playdate, we have the added twist of Halloween to make it even more fun. I’m still working on my costume, but I hope to see you at Naperville Yard in Naperville Oct. 13. Happy October. ober.

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Autumn is calling at ChicagoParent.com Making the most of fall


Take advantage of the year’s most colorful season by spending time outdoors with your family. Check out all the fun things to do at ChicagoParent.com/FallFun. We’ve also completed a guide of the best fall farms and pumpkin patches in Chicagoland. You can download the guide at ChicagoParent.com/ FallFarms.

Halloween celebrations We’re dancing to the “Monster Mash” over here at Chicago Parent HQ! Stay up-to-date on the latest Halloween events and other spooky happenings near your area at ChicagoParent.com/Halloween. Share your family costumes with us on Instagram by using the #ShareChicagoParent hashtag! We’ll share our favorites on Oct. 31.

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Listen in Our Masters in Parenting podcast will feature two parent panels this month. Stay tuned at ChicagoParent.com/Podcast to learn more about cooking healthy meals with kids and sleep training your babies.

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Marina Squerciati, 34 u Actress on Chicago P.D.

u Child: Daughter “Bean,” 9 months u Baby must-haves: Spectra breast pump, Dr. Brown’s bottles, Ergo Cocoon Swaddle and Stages Performing Arts

Motherhood is no act


hat was it like for you the first time you saw your daughter? I find that people are incredibly positive and happy-go-lucky about their experience, and I feel like that’s not always truthful and it makes other people feel less-than when they don’t have that experience. I didn’t have an incredible surge of love; I didn’t have an incredible non-surge of love. I just was like, “Oh, this is a new part of my life.” It was just not there. It took a couple months, and people were like, “Oh you will feel it, you will.” And I did. And now … I really do absolutely love her and have such joy and so much fun with her. But it took a little bit of time and I’m not ashamed to say that. …

[Now] when my kid’s in the room, I’m just gaga. Are there certain things you’re trying to instill in her as she grows? I have three adjectives in my head whenever I’m parenting, [but] it’s not like I wake up and am like “This is my mantra for the day.” I want her to be brave, I want her to be confident and I want her to be kind. … I don’t dress her in pink and frills and stuff like that, but I also want to respect that if that’s what she wants as a woman, she’s allowed to choose that. If she doesn’t want to be a badass, that’s fine too. I just want her to choose and be confident in her choices. … I want her to be safe, but I also want her to be brave, and I don’t want to sort

“I really am trying to parent in a more low key manner.”

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of swoop her up in every single instance. … Inside I’m pretty uptight, but I really am trying to parent in a more low-key manner. Was it hard to get back to filming shape post-baby? Because I was fit beforehand, I thought I would just bounce back. I’d be like, “I’m fine, I can do it”

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REAL LIFE [and] get back to the gym. I remember [asking] my doctor, “When can I get back in the gym?” He said six weeks. I was like, “Pshaw, what about four?” And he was like, “I don’t recommend it.” I was like “… But can I do it?” He was like, “Yeah, I guess so.” And at four weeks I was like, “Oh, hell no!” I don’t think I went back to the gym until eight months, and I’m only now at nine months feeling like my body’s mine again. … We sort of play down how hard [giving birth] is on the body and how much you need to recoup. We’re such a busy, do-it-all culture that if you can, take the time to sort of be still and heal. I think that’s good. Not even just physically, but emotionally. You don’t have to start being yourself four weeks later. A mom friend

of mine encouraged me to go sit in a sauna for 30 minutes, just to have a few minutes, and I was a better mom that day. I worked hard and I needed a few minutes to decompress and I took that. I can’t lie and [say] I didn’t feel a little guilty. But I did it, and it felt good. What is it like raising your daughter here in Chicago? People are so nice and kind and supportive. … There’s a feeling to Chicago that I don’t think you could replicate in another city. … There is so much to do here. You can go to the library, Cat & Mouse has a reading [time], Open Books has readings on Tuesdays, Juicebox. Everything’s so close and accessible, it’s just so cool. Elizabeth Diffin


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Show Off Your Costume! It’s a costume party and you’re invited Enter our costume showcase, with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. (costumes are not required to attend Playdate!)

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Sports Thrills • Character Visits • Bounce Houses • Train Rides Obstacle Courses • Entertainment Stage • all ages welcome!

Saturday, October 13 • 10 a.m.  3 p.m.

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Get ready to play! Chicago Parent Playdate brings big fun to Naperville Oct. 13


an’t wait for Halloween to put on that fab costume? Neither can we! That’s why we’re getting into the spirit a bit early and ramping up the fun at this year’s fall Playdate. We’re adding a bigger costume parade and a costume showcase on stage with prizes for the winners. Showcase categories include Best Group, Cutest Animal, Super Superhero, Perky Princess and Most Original. With hands-on activities at every table sponsored by our valued and trusted advertisers, soccer fun, a bounce house just for littles and inflatable games that even big kids will love thanks to our favorite playtime guru, The Playground Games, this Playdate will get your October off to a great start. You won’t want to miss your kids on the adorable train, racing on butt bouncers or training with Royal Princess Parties’ royal heroes Batman and Wonder Woman (plus there’s a meet

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and greet and photo opps!) And what parent doesn’t love to see their kids grow their own big ideas? No one we know. So the always popular WTTW Big Idea Traveling Lab will certainly be a hit with kids 2-7 and parents. On stage, the Lab Guys will bring to life fun and learning from WTTW Kids’ most popular TW Kids children’s dren’s shows.

Stage Schedule 10-10:30 a.m. Kids DJ music 10:40-10:55 a.m. Interactive theatrical storytime by The School of Performing Arts 11-11:45 a.m. WTTW’s Big Idea Traveling Lab Noon-1 p.m. Parade and costume showcase 1:10-1:40 p.m. Royal Princesses Parties’ Batman & Wonder Woman 1:50-2:10 p.m. Interactive theatrical storytime by The School of Performing Arts 2:15-3 p.m. Kids DJ music ChicagoParent.com October 2018 13

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BE BOLD this October


In a season of all things bright and brisk, here are three artistic picks every bit as bold as the month itself!

‘Art on theMART’ Like you needed another reason to adore the Chicago Riverwalk: Art on theMART, a curated series of digital works across 2.5 acres of theMART’s exterior facade, will become the largest permanent digital art projection in the world. The inaugural set of works feature the craft of renowned artists Diana Thater, Zheng Chongbin, Jason Salavon and Jan Tichy. The works take viewers to Kenyan hills to see elephants, zebras and giraffes in their native (and endangered) habitats, into the worlds of Chicago’s art and design history, and even into expanding and shrinking voids. The projections are viewable for up to two hours per night, five nights each week (WednesdaySunday), 10 months of the year (March-December) and feature zero branding, sponsorship credits or messaging. (Isn’t that as refreshing as a breeze off the river?) Wacker Drive, between North Wells Street and North Orleans Street, Chicago; artonthemart.com

The American Revolution’ The tale of America’s fight for independence is a gigantic one—but, according to devised physical theater company Theater Unspeakable, you only need roughly 21 feet of space to tell it. Its madcap version of ‘The American Revolution’ has only seven actors portraying everyone from George and Martha Washington to King George III back to Sam Adams and crew. Clocking in at 50 minutes, this is definitely a quick one but—more importantly—it’s a fun one, full of tongue-in-cheek humor and whirlwind physicality to bring to life the battles from Lexington to Yorktown. (Before it rolls into town, it’ll have a stint at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and will bookend the Second City with two more stops in Washington and California; you’ll

definitely want to catch this one before it zooms from sea to shining sea.) Oct. 17-Nov. 11, the

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ If the onset of fall has you ready to embrace All Things Holiday, then have we got the event for you! Join Jack Skellington and the residents of Halloween Town as they team up with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Auditorium Theatre, complete with a costume-encouraged party in the lobby. The PG screening (on Halloween itself!) commemorates the 25th anniversary of

Director Tim Burton Burton’ss Academy Awardrdnominated stopopmotion classic,, and tells the story of Jack, rag doll Sally, a few trick-ortreaters and one kidnapped d Santa Claus. Danny Elfman’s Golden Globenominated score will be gorgeously performed by

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The road less traveled I live in an amazing neighborhood of Chicago filled with cops, firemen and public school teachers. Everyone knows everyone. There are constant food trains for the sick and fundraisers for those suffering hard times. When a local kid does good, you read about it in the Beverly Review. A trip for milk can take two MARIANNE hours as you will invariably encounter WALSH your Catholic School principal, your cousin and the kid who pummeled you in fifth grade. As a closet introvert, I fought with Joe 12 years ago to remain living downtown. Neighborhood life wasn’t for me. I am terrible with names, and I accidentally refer to everyone as Bob or Mary. Living iving in a neighborhood d with limited anonymity? Pass. Not everyone needs to know how often I trip and swear. I ultimately caved when I envinvisioned my sons llearning i to ride their bikes outside the Rain Forest Café. Our neighborhood experience has been overwhelmingly positive. My kids feel safe. There is freedom to roam. Sure, our 7-Eleven occasionally gets robbed, but that’s the price of urban life. When it came time for my oldest son to choose a high school, I was curious: Would he select one absorbing the most neighborhood kids? Would he test for selective enrollment along with some of his gifted buddies? Would he gamble on his

dad’s school, Mount Carmel, where he knew nobody? In a neighborhood with an established social hierarchy and a reputation for being unable to reinvent yourself after the third grade, I was pulling for Carmel. I wanted wante my son to understand the und greater world. gr I wanted him to t eschew the t safe and known and k seek se out those who will inspire, challenge challen and support him. hi I held my breath. As much as my husband and I love our neighborhood, we didn’t want our choices to limit the choices for our kids. Dan chose Mount Carmel. Only time will reveal whether reaching for the great unknown is a worthy endeavor. But I plan to one day tell him how his mother, too, once chose the road less traveled. And it has definitely made all the difference. Ultimately, it led me to three young men I am so very proud to call my sons.

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We try to protect our children from disturbing imagery: Horror movie posters. Heavy Metal T-shirts. Portraits of the President. Pictures and footage of the macabre can be the “nightmare fuel” that sticks with them throughout their youth and sends them scrambling to Mommy and Daddy’s room in the middle of the night.

Viva is a sensitive soul. Hearing Lucy call Charlie Brown “stupid” in the Great Pumpkin special has scarred her since junior kindergarten. So, how to protect her when October is upon us, and with it, Halloween and its terrifying media? The billboards on the highways around Chicago were already upsetting: Brian Urlacher, arms akimbo, and a bat-wielding Ryne Sandberg, beckoning us to their uncanny kingdom of hair restoration. Now, Chicagoland’s Haunted Houses advertise carnivorous clowns and wild-eyed asylum escapees. Our children, captive in their car seats, have no choice but to look. Get ready for a long talk about how carnivorous clowns are (generally) pretend. When your child grabs your phone to play with Snapchat, there’s a chance they’ll see a filter related to “Suspiria” or a Tweeted jumpscare featuring the immortal Michael Myers. A trip to the theater to see “Smallfoot” means passing by a stand-up for “The Nun.” Opening YouTube to find some silly kitten videos might result in a misplaced ad for the video release of “Unfriended: Dark Web.” Prepare for a pint-sized interloper in the master bed that night. This obstacle course of inappropriate media is nothing new. A trip to the video store in the


days of our youth might have yielded a VHS rental of “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” but it also meant the cover of the box for “The Company of Wolves” (The werewolf snout coming out of the human face?) was burned into your memory. Sure, you turned on the television to watch “Diff’rent Strokes,” but you ended up watching a commercial featuring the desiccated host of “Creepshow.” We don’t wish these scares to be inflicted upon our kids, but a little “kindertrauma” is inevitable. Perhaps inappropriate horror imagery toughened us up back in the day? Maybe the box for “Chopping Mall” or “Invasion of the Blood Farmers” made us more hearty and resilient children? More likely it warped us a little. I think I’ll just make Viva wear welding goggles until November. Viva Scares. Viva Viva. Viva Daddy.

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Fitness for moms When I turned 37, everything bodywise started to go ... south. And east and west if I am going to be honest. I knew it was time to pull it together because I have a little more space to focus on myself and when my sleepdeprived blurred vision came into focus I didn’t like what I saw. Still, heed this important reminder CHERYL LEAHY to all moms: Your kids love you no matter what shape you are!

Second Task: Work out I am notorious for joining a workout class for the first 10 minutes, then faking a coughing attack, ducking out and hitting up the juice bar instead. Every class I have taken has been chock full of cute little 20-somethings who have never woken in the middle of the night to change a child’s sheets multiple times or been too tired to cook dinner for themselves so settle for the mac ‘n cheese left in the pan. I needed some like-situation

moms who wouldn’t dismiss me because I took a few breaks. I found FIT4MOM, which offers a variety of programs including “Body Back” programs for moms looking to get back in shape (this girl!), family exercise programs like Family Run Club and opportunities to socialize through play dates, Moms Nights Out and more. I am sure none of these moms will sneer at my VPL, thank you very much. chicago.fit4mom.com

First Task: Dress the part I have had two children and was never in the A-cup crowd to begin with so I needed some support. In my search, I came across Bloom Bra, a revolutionary sports bra that lifts instead of squishes, drawing support from the back instead of solely straps and band. The founder, Elyse Kaye, came up with the concept and product out of her own need—she couldn’t find a supportive sports bra that worked for her. Since the body naturally changes size/shape 10 percent per month, she designed a bra that is adjustable in straps and cups to ensure a custom fit and full support. You can wear the same bra for yoga as you do to run a marathon. Enlisting the help of NASA and a celebrity corset maker, this state-of-the-art over-the-shoulder boulder holder is nothing short of a miracle. $79.99, bloombras.com I fit into traditional clothing sizes in stores, but what about women who don’t? Chicago native Jenny Gresla set out to create an inclusive activewear/ shapewear brand called SELA Fit that supports women at every stage and size of their fitness, health and wellness journey. She realized that many pieces are designed for women at the end of their fitness goals—tight, short crop tops and low cut leggings that might not make those of us starting

out very comfortable. (I just saw a photo of Kate Hudson in her Fabletics line with pants hovering south of her hip bones and I wanted to cry). The sizes are available in XS to 3X with everything from leggings to bodysuits to tanks. selafit.com

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RX for play

Docs worried about today’s inactive kids



prescription for playtime is just what the doctor should order, the American Academy of Pediatrics say in a new report. Yes, you may actually end up clutching a prescription for an hour at the park to play with your kids or some time in the backyard playing Duck Duck Goose.

It’s a reaction to the lack of perceived playtime in and out of schools, and these prescriptions are an attempt to persuade kids and parents to actually take play seriously. Scott Goldstein, a pediatrician with The Northwestern Children’s Practice in Chicago, says he routinely writes prescriptions for play, especially since more often than not, his patients will tell him that their favorite activities are playing video games or watching YouTube. “I will write, ‘Play outside at least once a day’ or ‘Every day, use your imagination to build—not your iPad’ or something similar to kids whom I feel really spend too much time inside with screens,” Goldstein says. Another doctor in his practice writes prescriptions to “Go for a nature walk” or “Eat dinner together as a family at least once a week,” Goldstein says.

“For parents who seem like they just can’t unplug, I will sometimes write, ‘No screens in bedrooms’ or ‘No screens at the table,’ and say, ‘Now it’s been prescribed by a doctor, so it should be easier to do.’” The American Academy of Pediatrics says that play is a critical part of healthy development, leading to life skills and even helping with language and math, along with physical and social development.

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Why play is the thing Over the past 50 years, free play in the United States declined sharply while mental health problems in children and young adults including anxiety, depression, suicide, feelings of helplessness and narcissism have increased, according to a 2011 study. Parents can’t rely on schools to get kids out to play. A study of Los Angeles kindergarten classes found that the students had just 19 minutes per day of free choice; 25 percent of the classrooms had none at all. Chicago isn’t doing much better. Chicago Public Schools didn’t have recess for 30 years until they re-implemented it in 2011—and 40 percent of American don’tt erric icaan schools still don havee rrecess, eccess, according to the American eriic er ican Association for the

Child’s Right to Play. Even with the forced addition of recess in Chicago, many of the schools lacked the space and the equipment for the physical activity, and they’re still in the midst of restoring the outdoor playtime and gym class to some schools. For example, in the South Loop Elementary School, gym is only offered once a week. So why is play so often neglected? Academics, practicing an instrument and running to structured after-school activities all seem to get in the way, says Roshni Ricchetti, who intentinally bought a home in the suburbs with a large backyard to enable as much outdoor playtime as possible for her three kids. She’s right. The increased academic

pressure leaves 30 percent of kindergartners in the United States without recess, and parents are struggling to keep up with those pressures. “If more people let their kids run free and had them in fewer activities, I’d probably feel less pressure to make sure my kids can swim, skate and play an instrument,” Ricchetti says. Still, she tries to provide playtime for her children by signing them up for nature camps and providing them with opportunities to play and be outdoors. Sometimes, however, there simply isn’t enough time for playing—especially outdoors— and many parents blame school. Angela Albertson has two kids, ages 7 and 8, and their recess in a western Chicago suburb is 16 minutes. When they come home from school at 3 p.m., they have a snack and do homework, leaving them about 30 minutes to play outside before after-school activities, dinner, bath, reading and bed. “I don’t think they get enough outdoor playtime during the school day,” Albertson says. The pediatrician report agrees, saying that the importance of playtime needs to be stressed to educators as well as parents. Increasing homework, test preparation and enrichment activities are chipping away at playtime—and this isn’t a good thing, the report from the AAP says. It’s one of the main reasons why Jennifer Nuara moved her family of four from Chicago to North Carolina a little more than a year ago. “We realized that a good four months-plus out of the year, the kids were sitting on the tablets or watching movies or were bored to death on the couch,” Nuara says of her 4and 7-year-olds. “We lived in a neighborhood that was very family-friendly

Increasing homework, test preparation and enrichment activities are chipping away at playtime — and this isn’t a good thing. with lots of children, but we were the only family that would shovel the sidewalks so our kids could play.” After noticing that the entire neighborhood went into hibernation until summer, Nuara decided to make the drastic decision to move to a warmer climate, where her kids would spend their daily afternoons outdoors. “We love the trees, the weather and the ability to be outdoors 12 months a year,” Nuara says. Still, others have found a way to play right here in Illinois. Shannon McKenzie has three children, ages 1, 9 and 11, and she outfitted her backyard with a treehouse, zipline and sandbox. She also camps and hikes with them as often as possible. “They need a lot of movement, activity, exercise, adventure and mess-making, which the outdoors is great at providing,” says McKenzie, an educator, doula and Tinkergarten leader. “I believe that kids not only need the benefit nature provides on their psyche, but that kids who grow up loving the outdoors will become better stewards of the environment.” No prescription needed.

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Raising little activists What I’ve learned as I found my own voice BY TIANA KUBIK


o Hate! No Fear! Everyone is welcome here! No Hate. No Fear! Everyone is welcome here!” This is the chant my 5-year-old has on repeat. We aren’t protesting or rallying, we’re just doing normal everyday things, like grocery shopping, and this is what is on his mind. When I hear him chanting or playing the role of activist, I am simultaneously proud of him and a little bit saddened that his brain is working overtime trying to figure out what is going on in our world. Our kids are watching and learning from us. My goal is to show my kids that we are advocating for things we believe in and that they have power, too, to advocate for what they believe in. Here are some helpful tips I’ve learned along the way to navigate these sometimes challenging waters.


Let kids speak and actually listen to them

Past generations taught children to be seen, not heard. Today’s parents know that giving kids the appropriate outlets for speaking out and asking questions will give them the tools and confidence they need to advocate for a better world. Teaching kids that their thoughts and ideas matter starts from the beginning. Encourage them to share often. Have meaningful, age-appropriate dialogue with them.


Teach kids to think critically and research for answers

Every parent experiences the rabbit hole of 1,000 whys. Instead of going down that rabbit hole, coach your inquisitive activist on how to


find answers. This may be a trip to the library, a Google search or a call to knowledgeable community members. Help them gather information and then flip the Q&A around on them. Ask them questions such as: What do you think the answer is? Are there any other possible answers? Did you

find anyone who disagrees with you? How did you make up your mind? The goal is for them realize that “why?” or “how?” can have many answers, and that the one handed to you is not always the right one. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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Teach them 3 about privilege, equity and empathy In the last few years, we have been submerged in a world that seems unfamiliar to so many of us. After hundreds of discussions about the change we want to see in the world, a few major themes seem to have emerged. The ideas of privilege, equity and empathy all go hand in hand. Privilege is not a bad word; we all have some level of it. This concept is actually pretty easy for kids to understand. Everything they have is because they were born into a certain family, in a certain neighborhood, with a certain ethnic identity. It is the purest form of privilege and we can talk about that without making them feel ashamed. They can enjoy their home, their toys, their experiences. At the same time they can realize there are kids born


to different families who do not have those same joys through no fault of their own. As they get older, expanding the idea of privilege to everyone in our community will help them see the inequities and have empathy for those who do not have those same opportunities. Growing that empathy for

those at a different level of privilege is a powerful, and necessary, accelerator to activism. You have to see the inequities, understand the pain caused by them and then see the necessity to change to create equitable policies, ideas and actions. Teach the idea that equity for everyone only helps our communities grow stronger.



Be an activist with them and show them their own power

Lead by example. Talk with kids about what issues are important to you and how you plan on advocating for them. Then take them on the journey with you. Meet with your legislators, go to rallies and marches, engage in conversations with others. As they form their activist identity, facilitate and encourage their involvement. Keep track of their progress and keep them motivated, because activism is a lifelong habit with rewards that are often not immediate. Help kids see the small victories and the positive lessons in failure. Then teach them to get up the next day and do it all over again. Why? Because we need them.


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hicago is full of great breweries, but they’re often packed on weekends. Want to grab a brew without the entire neighborhood joining you? Consider traveling outside of the city to one of the lesser-known, but still delicious brew pubs the suburbs has to offer. Here are a few faves worth checking out for a girls’ night out or date night, but some are also really family friendly. Chances are, you’ll find a new favorite spot to hang this fall.

Sketchbook Brewing Co.

Tucked away in an alley in Evanston, Sketchbook is unassuming, but don’t let the facade fool you. Enjoy the brewery’s rotating list of 16 brews while hanging out in its hip and artsy taproom, which is decorated using recycled materials. Need a midday break? Sketchbook hosts a Lazy Lunch Happy Hour noon-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday where pints are just $5. And don’t worry about leaving the little ones at home while you grab a drink—this brewery is familyfriendly and they even have card games available for kids to play. Top Brew Pick: Honeybird Pale Ale, which is brewed with honey and basil.

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Solemn Oath Brewery

Church Street Brewing Company

Solemn Oath says on its website that it does things “a little differently,” but don’t let that deter you from visiting this unique spot in Naperville. The brewery has a three serving limit, meaning you won’t be able to try every beer you want in one trip, but you’ll also feel safer knowing patrons aren’t overindulging. They also don’t accept tips, but you’re allowed to buy your server a beer, which makes the interaction feel less formal and more friendly. Although the brewery does not serve food, it does have food trucks that often park outside and you’re always welcome to bring your own grub, too. Top Brew Pick: Full Mallow Jacket, a Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Stout.

Church Street’s slogan is “righteously good beer,” but the owners may want to add “extremely fun place to hang out” to their motto as well (too much?). The Itasca brewery has free tours, free live music every Saturday and, oh yeah, a large selection of award-winning brews that will please even the biggest beer snob. Make sure to check out the onsite shop for stylish Church Street merch while you’re visiting. Top Brew Pick: Heavenly Helles, a Munich-style lager.

Noon Whistle Brewing Hanging at the Noon Whistle taproom in Lombard gives you a firsthand peek into the brewing process, since there’s no wall separating patrons from the equipment. If you’re a dog owner,

you’ll be happy to know Noon Whistle welcomes furry friends, as long as they’re leashed. Bring your pup on a Friday night and grab one of the brewery’s session beers, along with a bite from a rotating list of food trucks. If you like what they have to offer, Noon Whistle has

crowlers (32 ounce can) and growlers (64 ounce glass bottle) to go, so you can share the tasty brews with friends. Top Brew Pick: M-Punk Mosaic Hopped Red Ale, featuring Mosaic hops and oats. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30




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5 Rabbit The taproom or cerveceria—5 Rabbit brews beers with flavors based in Latin America—is in the same warehouse in Bedford Park as the brewing barrels. Owned by a family with kids, the brewery is kid-friendly and will serve on tables outside the bar area if little ones are in tow. 5 Lizard was the first packaged beer, a passionfruit wit found in supermarkets across Chicago. Tours on Saturdays are $12 and come with a glass and they’ll fill it with beer.

Hailstorm Brewing Hailstorm in Tinley Park likes to focus on beers that have big flavor, and that’s evidenced by its unique ingredient list, which relies heavily on fruits. Check out the Hopsecco IPA if you’re more of a wine fan who wants to like beer, since

Their beer slushies pair well with tacos served at the cerveceria on Thursdays and tamales on Saturdays. Top Brew Pick: Vida y Muerte, an Oktoberfest lager. it features Sauvignon Blanc grape juice as a main ingredient. Hailstorm regularly hosts live music, food trucks and events on the weekends, so there’s always something to do while you enjoy the brews. Top Brew Pick: Nothing says fall quite like Hailstorm’s Oktoberfest.


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• Programa ejecutado vía correo o teléfono • Debe ser mayor o igual a 18 años de edad • No debe hacer ejercicio regularmente • No debe tomar antidepresivos • Debe considerarse de bajos ingresos, lo cual se define como: -Inscripta en cualquier programa asistencial del gobierno (por ejemplo, WIC, SNAP) y / o - Ingresos anuales considerados como bajos (menos de $ 45,510 para una familia de cuatro, menos de $ 30,044 para una familia de dos y menos de $ 22,311 si es soltera). • Usted recibirá $100 y un FitBit por su tiempo (será permitido quedarse con el FitBit después de la culminación del estudio)

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Fall for fall! Ideas to host your own backyard fall party



Apple of my eye

othing is better than that fall crisp air, crunchy leaves and being outdoors. So take advantage of the beautiful autumn weather and host a backyard fall fest. Here are some ideas to get your fest started.

Nothing says fall more than apples, so head to your local farmers market to get in-season apples and create an entire apple dessert bar. Start with the traditional apple pie, maybe even small hand pies for guests to grab and eat on the go. Then amp up the options with baked apples, cinnamon apple chips, apple cider doughnuts and homemade applesauce. Create a caramel and chocolate apple dipping g station complete with dips such as sprinkles, crushed nuts, M&Ms and more.

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Cook-off challenge

The best part about hosting a fall fest is that decor is practically done for you. Take advantage of those beautiful leaves changing colors as your backyard backdrop. To spice it up, get a few large hay bales for extra seating and toss a plaid throw blanket over them. Break out or borrow a firepit to keep guests warm. Plus, any pumpkins or gourds scattered around will bring the whole thing together.

Instead of taking on the entire meal, make your fall fest a cook-off challenge. e. Whether it’s chili, soups or stews stews, pick a food and encourage guests to bring their own big pot to share. Then provide the accoutrements like cheeses, onions, sour cream, bread and more. You can make it competitive with anonymous scorecards for each guest to fill out and pick their favorite pot of food.

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Game on

Craft away

Providing a few games and activities for the kiddos will keep them busy and allow parents to have some fun of their own. It’s simple to get out a big bucket of water, throw in some apples and let the kids bob away. To have a fun twist on tic-tac-toe, all you need is a small table and mini pumpkins. Use painter’s tape to create a tic-tac-toe board on the table and then mark five minipumpkins with an “O” and five mini-pumpkins with an “X.” Or fill a large jar with candy corn and have your guests write down their guess of how many are in the jar to win a prize. Create a pumpkin ring toss by placing a few medium-sized pumpkins in a line.

Creating an area where the kids can be creative and craft can make the party host feel less pressure to entertain. Let them decorate mini pumpkins by providing stickers, googly eyes and Sharpies. Make fall wreaths by cutting a ring from a paper plate and gluing on either fake or fresh leaves. If the idea of paint doesn’t scare you, put out some fall colors and Q-tips to create fall tree portraits.

Fall cocktails Create signature fall cocktails for both the adults and kids. For the wee ones or nondrinkers, mix up a batch of fall punch by combining apple cider, cranberry juice and ginger ale. For adults, mix up a pitcher of apple cider sangria by combining 1 cup quartered and thinly sliced apples, 1 bottle white wine, 1 cup apple cider, 1 lemon juiced, ¼ cup apple brandy and two 12-ounce bottles hard apple cider. Or create apple cider Moscow mules with 1 ½ ounces caramel vodka, 3 ounces apple cider and a ginger beer. Garnish drinks with crisp apple slices or cinnamon sticks.

Pumpkin please If apples aren’t your thing, pick pumpkins instead! You could have a pumpkin dessert bar filled with pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie or cheesecake, pumpkin bread or whatever you can think of, just add pumpkin!

Sniff away Give your guests the gift of fall smells by creating a homemade simmering spice pot that will make your whole house smell amazing. You can really make your own version by throwing whatever you desire into a crockpot with water or simmering in a pot on your stove. To start, try 5 cups water, 2 peeled oranges, 1 apple sliced in half, 3 cinnamon sticks and 1 teaspoon whole cloves. Add more water as needed and enjoy the aroma all day long. Megan Murray Elsener is a mom of three and columnist for Chicago Parent.

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The Quinceañera Coming of age for today’s Latino girls




rowing up as a bi-racial Hispanic-American girl in Chicago, my friends and I dreamed about the day of our Quinceañera. A Quince isn’t just a big party that today can rival a wedding when it comes to the planning that can sometimes take years, the hair and the amazing dress. It remains a celebration of family tradition steeped in faith that blesses a 15-year-old girl on her journey as a woman. But today’s girls are putting their own signature stamp on their coming out event—and it’s not always without drama.

The dress The choice of a Quinceañera dress is as essential (and sometimes as costly) as a wedding dress. The outfit is the key to making the girl feel like a princess on what will be her biggest milestone to

date. The design signals that she is leaving behind childhood and entering adulthood. And today, there are no limits to how elaborate a Quinceañera dress can be, with costs ranging from a few hundred dollars to thousands. In many cases, the parents are more than happy to gift the dress of her dreams to their daughter no matter the financial burden, but do fight to keep it tasteful. The goal is to make the transition to womanhood a happy and elegant event that respects the family’s traditions.

The hair Mario Negron, owner of M2 Hair Salon in Oak Park who has been creating looks for Quince girls for more than 25 years, says traditional princess hairstyles are not always the go-to these days. “First, she wants what her mother doesn’t want, that’s for sure, so there ensues the battle,” he says. “They want to

emulate the pop stars in the music videos. So, sometimes, the experience of what mom originally hopes for isn’t the soft innocent look that she has envisioned her little girl’s perfect Quince hairstyle.” When conflict erupts, sometimes with arguing, screaming, tears, even a tantrum, dad gets called in to settle the dispute and chooses the hairstyle. Nothing is too extreme these days when it comes to hair and make-up, Negron says. He even had a client who brought in a wire bird cage shaped like the Eiffel Tower and insisted it be used as a “bump” to give her hair the right height and form.

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of the fiesta’s needs such as flowers, shoes, venue, decorations, food, the band or DJ and even the cake that sometimes is just as extravagant a wedding cake. Food also is a very important part; the choices are a part of what keeps Hispanic customs alive and it always brings together the warmth of family. Sometimes, though, a family’s wishes overrides the girl’s. Arabel Alva Rosales, a Chicago businesswoman and co-founder of Latino Fashion Week, has seen parents’ desires make their daughter’s experience miserable. In one instance, she says, the parents “wanted to take the oppor-

Good to know • Quinceañera is the combination of “15” and “years” in Spanish and refers to both the celebration of birth and a girl’s transition to womanhood at 15 years old. • The Corte de Honor is made up of cousins, family friends and close classmates (damas=young ladies and chambelanes=gentlemen) and accompany her to church, through her dances and serve as her court for the evening. The Corte traditionally consisted of 14 girls and 14 boys, but modern celebrations sometimes have as few as seven. A lot of preparation and dedication comes with being part of the Corte; members must be committed to learning the dances and being present for all parts of the event’s preparation. • The main Chambelan is the young man who will escort the senorita and is an honorable position to have at a Quinceañera. Generally,

tunity to showcase the event as their time to shine, show off their wealth or status to other family and friends who attended the party and it became quite stressful for the daughter.” Still, after all the money has been spent, tantrums that were had and craziness of every single aunt and uncle about not having enough Mariachi time on the dance floor, there’s one thing that remains the same for all young Hispanic women. No matter what background a young girl is from, when it comes time for a Quinceañera to finally appear on her calendar, it is one of the biggest thrills and most significant events for that young woman, and her entire family. It will give her memories that will last a lifetime. the main Chambelan is a relative close to the girl. He is the person who will help make her feel like a princess for the day. • The Waltz is the first dance after the introduction of the party, of the young woman and her parents. The traditional performance is sometimes followed by a more modern dance routine. • La ultima muñeca is the last doll, which symbolizes the step from childhood to adulthood. It is presented during the church ceremony, signifying leaving behind toys and taking on new roles, new interests and becoming more independent. Sometimes the young woman will toss her doll during the reception to another young girl in the family. • La ultima zapatilla is a tradition of changing the shoes, from girl to womanhood. Traditionally it is the first time she wears high-heeled shoes.

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to the party, the kids made bouncy balls and played with black lights. The caterers had dry ice all over everything! The gift bags had magnifying glasses, goo and all kinds of science-related things. The easiest part was it happened right in our home, and it was a great time for the kids and adults alike. The birthday boy still talks about the scientists that came to play in our playroom!


ith three little ones of my own, I know how time consuming it is to throw the perfect birthday party for 15-20 of your kids’ closest friends. First, you must come up with a theme, which has to be creative enough to spark enthusiasm, and one that your mini critic can agree on. Then, like an art form, you must balance the guest list with soccer friends, school friends and summer camp friends. Next you create a meal plan that enhances your theme, decor to complement, and lastly, try not to forget the most important detail, the cake. But for real, what on earth will almost two dozen kids do for two to three hours? If you have a little bit of time to spare, the following mamas executed some of the coolest, trendiest birthday parties around and they share some ideas on how to pull off the party. These can be done at home or at one of the many venues around Chicagoland that cater to birthday boys and birthday girls.

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October I threw a Day of The Dead October birthday for an 8-year-old. There is something cozy about a well-thought-out party at home, a true memory maker for children during formative years. We had a face painter, teen helpers, nail bar, flower crown making, teen DJ and tattoos. Just add a taco truck and this theme is fun

and easy. Annie Dwyer, interior designer at @salvagegirlchicago, and mom of three

Mad Scientist Party We did an amazing scientist party for Jack when he turned 5. Two scientists came

For my son’s 3-yearold (December) birthday we had an animalthemed party (giant snake sub sandwich, veggie “tree” cups) and we had a trolley pick everyone up and take us to Lincoln Park Zoo for Zoo Lights. I made survival packs for everyone, which included hand warmers, juice boxes for the kids and “jungle juice” (mini bottles of rum) for the adults.

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Birthday Cake Wars Food competition meets birthday party! Each kid will have the opportunity to decorate a birthday cake for the birthday kid. The birthday kid

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Fall Scavenger Hunt I love to entertain. So, when it came time to plan a party for my son Luke I knew it would be at the house. Every year is a new theme. Since Luke loves to use his imagination and explore, I thought the perfect theme for turning 6 would be a Scavenger Hunt-themed party. I found editable invites that

were Scavenger Hunt themed on Esty. I emailed the edited Scavenger Hunt List and gift tag image to a printing press, The Printing Store in Oak Park. I ended up stapling the Scavenger Hunt List to paper bags. When the kids arrived, our adventure began. I took them around the block exploring nature, collecting berries, twigs and rocks to fill their paper bags. We catered from a local, family owned restaurant, La Parrillita in River Forest. They were delicious! The Scavenger Hunt themed cake was made by Reuter’s Bakery, and Luke’s favorite detail was the river and magnifying glass. The kids received goody bags filled with items that played into the scavenger hunt theme. I purchased all the items from Amazon. I had so much fun putting the bags together. Allowing Luke and his friends to be creative at the party was important to me. It’s all about letting the them explore and letting their imagination soar.


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eo Greene’s basement is overflowing with toys. Storage bins are packed to brim with cars, trucks and balls, and his mom, Rebecca, is afraid to open the closet in fear of a LEGO avalanche. That’s why she decided to take a different approach to gift giving for his fifth birthday. She used EchoAge, a paperless invitation service with a charitable twist. After submitting their RSVP, guests could choose a donation amount, with half going towards Leo’s gift, and the other half to their chosen charity, Share our Spare. “Not only did Leo get the batting helmet and gloves he

was asking for, but he also got a valuable lesson about giving back to those in need,” Greene says. Leo’s toy overload is a common parent predicament. That’s why more and more parents are opting for ‘no gifts please’ birthdays. Meghan Wilson says that when her children celebrated their first and second birth-

days, she explicitly said ‘no gifts please’ on the invitations to make sure that guests knew there was no added pressure to purchase a gift. “I wanted the early birthdays to be more of a celebration,” Wilson says. “At that age, kids don’t understand gift giving. Plus, I didn’t want to fill up our living room with more toys they didn’t need.”

But many times, this ‘no gifts please’ request puts some parents who like to follow traditional birthday party etiquette in a strange place. “I know I should comply when they say no gifts, but I always feel bad showing up empty handed,” says Rachel Schmahl. “Especially when they’ve come to my daughter’s parties with a gift.” Darcy Castellanos says her son Jack looks forward all year to unwrapping birthday presents from family and friends. “I don’t want to take the experience of opening presents away from him,” she says. “Even if it’s something small, like a slinky, it’s part of the fun of being a kid.” No matter how you unwrap

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it, there seems to be a great divide in philosophies in whether to gift or not to gift for birthdays, and how to best respect the wishes of the host. We rounded up some tips for hosts and attendees when it comes to ‘no gifts please.’

EXPERIENCES Whether it’s a pass to a museum, zoo or aquarium, consider gifting experiences that will create lasting memories.

Hosts: How to request alternate gifts for your kids: BOOK EXCHANGE Ask your guests to bring a wrapped book. At the end of the party, each child gets to take a book home. This also avoids having to buy goody bags! CHARITABLE DONATION Choose a charity that’s meaningful to your family and in lieu of gifts, ask for donations. Make it even more meaningful by bringing your child to the charity to make the donation. Other online




the road. If possible, provide a direct link and clear instructions about how to put a monetary contribution into your child’s college savings account.

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uests who attended Ella Marscin’s fifth birthday party came to one consensus: the party was epic! That’s mostly due to an appearance by the star of the show at Ella’s Hoffman Estates home – Steve the sloth. Yes, an actual, real live sloth! Ella’s mom, Amanda, says she “went all out” for her daughter, who has a soft spot for even the tiniest of creatures after her many hours of watching “Wild Kratts” on PBS. “Initially I thought it was a crazy idea, but when I Googled sloth birthday parties, I saw that they were a thing,” she says. “We’ve never done big things like this for


her birthday, but I figured ‘why not’?” Luckily, there are a growing number of Chicagoland-based services that bring sloths and other animals on the road for

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If your future artistt has a yen for a natural palate, Emily Oakss Nature Center in Skokie has the answer. Earthy Art for Kids experiences are designed to include anything from rock towers to stick structures to leaf arrays as kids learn about the beauty in nature. Once completed, the art remains on display at Emily Oaks for other visitors to enjoy. Oct. 5-6. Times and prices vary. 4650 0 Brummel St., Skokie. (847)) 677-7001, skokieparks.org.


Disney Junior has the solution for preschoolers who can sing all the words to the “Mickey & The Roadster Racers” theme yet can’t stay put in their seats: dancing. The Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour brings together all the favorites. Of course, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy will be there, and new stars like Vampirina, Elena of Avalor and Doc McStuffins made the guest list. The Muppet Babies, Puppy Dog Pals and Lion Guard will make on-screen appearances. The show is recommended for kids 3-8. $35 and up. 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Chicago Theater, 175 N. State St., Chicago. msg.com.


Pick a pumpkin ki and pet a goat in the same visit? Yes, please. The Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo includes requisite fall hay, a chance to buy a pumpkin for jack-o-lantern carving and a corn maze. The Fall Fest isn’t Halloween-only, and this year the zoo has extended hours to 8 p.m. on Saturdays so that the fun can last until bedtime. Admission to the fest is free, but there are fees for some activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Sundays in October, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays. 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago. (312) 742-2000, lpzoo.org. ChicagoParent.com October 2018 49

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students will learn about the environment while stretching, moving and breathing like the creatures around them. $6. 10-11 a.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org.


examine topics relating to a variety of issues that will help families, professionals, and individuals living with autism. There will be four featured keynote speakers. Check website for costs and schedule. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Hilton Lisle/ Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle. (630) 505-0900, thearcofil.org/events. HAYRIDE TOUR. Enjoy the autumn colors from a tractor-pulled hay wagon. Rides will start and end at the Cantigny Park Visitor Center. Free, $5 parking. 10 a.m.-noon. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. (630) 668-5161, cantigny.org.


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River, St. Charles. (630) 377-6161, scarecrowfest.com. GARDEN STORY TIME. Gather for

story time and fun in the Children’s Garden amphitheater. Free with arboretum admission. 11 a.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org.


The unique aesthetic festival celebrates art in all forms—visual, musical, culinary, fashion. Attendees are encouraged to snack-and-stroll through the ‘hood, enjoying the Food Truck Social while checking out pop-up galleries at dozens of West Town retail stores and restaurants. 5-8 p.m. Milwaukee to Leavitt & Ogden, Chicago. (312) 850-9390, westtownartwalk.com. ST. CHARLES SCARECROW FEST. View more than 150

handcrafted scarecrows and vote for your favorite in each of six categories. Plus, live entertainment, arts and crafts show, carnival, petting zoo, canine corner and makeyour-own scarecrow. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Downtown at Route 64 & Fox

EARTHY ART FOR KIDS. Kids can stretch their creativity by designing with natural materials in the natural world. Projects may include rock towers, leaf arrays, texture rubbings and stick structures. Most artwork will remain at Emily Oaks at the end of class to be enjoyed by other visitors. Recommended for kids ages 6-10. $8 resident, $10 non-resident. 4-5:30 p.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie. (847) 677-7001, skokieparks.org. BATAVIA OKTOBERFEST. A

traditional Oktoberfest event that features authentic German food, music, entertainment and beer. Family-friendly activities all day Saturday and official Sam Adams stein hoisting contests on Friday

night and Saturday night. Sunday is family day with games, kid-focused entertainment on stage, and even a Xfinity Sports Zone viewing area for football fans. 4:30-10 p.m. Batavia. downtownbatavia.com.

Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville. napervilleparks.org.


LINCOLN SQUARE APPLE FEST. Enjoy all things apple from

as you enjoy authentic German cuisine during a fun salute to one of the community’s ethnic heritages. Family-friendly activities will be available on Saturday afternoon. $15, $10 kids 4-12; free kids under 4. Additional cost for food and beverages. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. (630) 4206010, napersettlement.org.

pies to pizzas, apple themedgames for kids in the Kids Zone. $5 donation. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Lincoln Square Apple Fest, 4700 block of North Lincoln Avenue. lincolnsquareravenswood.org.


an evening of scary stories that will send shivers up your spine. This is an outdoor event; dress warmly and bring blankets and cushions. Tickets may be purchased online, at the Park District Administration Building or at the door on a cash-only, limited seating basis. Recommended for ages 5 and up. $7. 7-8 p.m. Riverwalk


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 kids 6 and under. 10 a.m. DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 N. Western Ave. (773) 561-9181, dankhaus.com. 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

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CALENDAR on public servers of their choice. $25 5:30-8 p.m. Power Up Tech Academy, 2867 N. Clybourn Ave. (312) 659-3082, powerupta.com. KETCH SECOR: LORRAINE. Old Crow Medicine Show founding member and Grammy Awardwinning musician Ketch Secor presents his new children’s picture book “Lorraine.” Books will be available for purchase and Secor will sign them following the program. In the book, Lorraine and her Pa Paw spend their days celebrating life with the music of the Tennessee hills. But when a storm rolls in and their instruments are nowhere to be found, can Lorraine find the music inside herself to get them through? $18. 6:30-8:30 p.m. American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor. (312) 374-8790, americanwritersmuseum.org. WEST TOWN ART WALK.

See Oct. 5. Today’s schedule: noon-8 p.m.

SUBURBS GEOLOGY AUTO TOUR. Drift back thousands of years to when a one-mile thick glacial ice sheet moved over Illinois leaving its mark on the land here. Environments in prehistoric times included tropical swamplands and subtropical oceans. See the rocks, hills and plains here that still bear evidence of these vastly different ecosystems. Call or email to reserve your spot in the tour. 9 a.m.noon. Midewin Welcome Center, 30239 Ill. 53, Wilmington. (815) 423-6370.

HARVEST FARM CAMP FOR FAMILIES. Pick fall vegetables and

gather wild edibles, meet farm animals while assisting with daily chores and help cook meals with ingredients straight from the farm. There will also be time for games, night hikes, a roaring campfire and s’mores. $45-$125 11 a.m. Saturday-3 p.m. Sunday. Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. (815) 389-8455, learngrowconnect.org/events. SCARECROW HARVEST FESTIVAL. Families can build their

own scarecrow with straw provided free. Bring old clothes to stuff or buy clothes and accessories. Activities include traditional harvest crafts and activities, old-fashioned games, wagon rides around the village, square dancing and demonstrations. $7, $5 kids 3-17. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford. (815) 3979112, midwayvillage.com.

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5. Today’s schedule: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. EARTHY ART FOR KIDS. See Oct.

5. Today’s cost and schedule: $10 resident, $13 non-resident. 2-4 p.m. GHOST STORIES IN THE PARK . . . IN THE DARK! See Oct. 5.

Today’s schedule: 6-7 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE RSVP fwparker.org/openhouse Lower School (JK–Grade 3) Saturday, October 13 • 2 p.m.

About the calendar The deadline for submitting listings for the November issue is Oct.1. 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 64.

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Middle School (Grades 6–8) Saturday, October 20 • 1 p.m. Upper School (Grades 9–12) Saturday, November 17 • 10 a.m. Apply to Parker Visit fwparker.org/apply • Accepting applications for Grades JK–12 • Need-based financial aid available


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See Oct. 6. Today’s schedule: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.


Costumed interpreters relive local history while visitors enjoy folk music, square dancing, hay rides and more. Food is available in an outdoor dining hall. $4, $1 kids under 12. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview. (847) 299-6096, glenviewparks.org. AUTUMN HARVEST FESTIVAL.

Watch history come to life at both the Heritage Farm and Merkle Cabin. Hands-on demonstrations of frontier-era and 1880s farm life including cider pressing, blacksmithing, grain threshing and much more is available to see and do. Available

throughout the day are kids craft activities, 19th century games and live string music on two stages. Grilled food, taffy apples, roasted ears of corn and cold beverages will be available for purchase. $20 family (max six people), $5 person, free kids 3 and under. Noon-5 p.m. Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg. (847) 985-2100, parkfun.com. ST. CHARLES SCARECROW FEST. See Oct. 5. Today’s schedule:

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one-on-one coaching and supervised play time. Students will be instructed with opening theory, middle game planning and combinations, and winning endgame technique. Students are grouped according to skill level: beginner/ novice players, intermediate/

continuing players and advanced/ tournament players. $40-$80, preregistration required. 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. or 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Edgebrook Lutheran Church, 5252 W. Devon, Chicago. (847) 775-9906, 2018ColumbusDayChess. eventbee.com.



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CALENDAR SAFE SITTER. Safe Sitter teaches

teens in grades 6-8 everything they need to know to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who’s choking, and helpful information like what to do if there’s severe weather. The lessons are filled with fun activities and role-playing exercises. Bring a lunch. $40 resident, $45 non-resident. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Round Lake Area Park District Sports Center, 2004 Municipal Way, Round Lake Beach. rlapd.org. COLUMBUS DAY CAMP: ANIMAL UNDERDOGS. Kids in

pre-K through fourth grade explore the zoo and participate in a variety of activities focused on animal diversity, environmental conservation and the ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild. At this camp, participants will explore how often overlooked animals

wield strange or hidden adaptations for surviving and thriving. $70, $60 members. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (312) 742-2000, lpzoo.org. COLUMBUS DAY OUTDOOR DISCOVERY. Kids can spend their

day off in the fresh air exploring the natural world, going on adventures in the woodland and around the pond, and finding wonders and treasures. Recommended for ages 5-9. $35 resident, $44 non-resident. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie. (847) 677-7001, skokieparks.org. CREEPY CRITTERS DAY. Dig for worms, see a slimy salamander, touch a snake and more. The day will feature all things creepy and slimy to observe and touch. A Creepy Story Time begins at 10:30 a.m. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville. napervilleparks.org.


Take a guided hike on the Storybook Trail. Guides will read a story during a walk along the trail, then make a fun craft inside. Appropriate for kids ages 2-6. $5. 12-1 p.m. Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet. (815) 741-7277, jolietpark.org.


Night of pumpkin decorating at Renwood Golf Course. All supplies are provided, and kids can bring home their masterpieces. 5-6:30 p.m. Renwood Golf Course, 701 Shorewood Road, Round Lake Beach. rlapd.org.


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Thursday of every month for kids up to 8 with special needs. $5 per person. 9-10 a.m. Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. wonder-works.org. NIGHT OWLS: SPIDERS. Bring

your little night owls out to the Children’s Neighborhood Museum for evening of seasonally-themed fun and celebrate the world of spiders. Recommended for ages 2-6. $10 resident, $11 non-resident. 6-7 p.m. Round Lake Area Park DistrictRobert W. Rolek Community Center, 814 Hart Road, Round Lake. rlapd.org.

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CALENDAR pony rides, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, crafts and balloons, and the never-ending trick-or-treat candy line. Dress the kids in costumes. Fees for food. 4-11 p.m. Mount Prospect Oktoberfest, Emerson Street and Busse Avenue, Mount Prospect. mpdowntown.com. GARDEN STORY TIME. See Oct. 5.

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Super Grover flies and move to the rhythm with Rosita. $15 and up. 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 671-5100, rosemonttheatre.com.

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entertainment, food and drink in a heated tent on Friday and Saturday night. Fall Festival activities and entertainment will include hay rides,

Park, 6935 W. Addison. (773) 685620, chicagoparkdistrict.com.


Enjoy sports, bounce houses, bubble soccer, train rides, obstacle courses, and activities at every table. $2.50 2 and under, $6 ages 2-3, $10 ages 4-14, free adults. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Naperville Yard, 1607 Legacy Circle, Naperville. (630) 245-1100, ChicagoParent.com/playdate.



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 are welcome. Events are open-house style with varying stations, so stop by for a few minutes or stay the whole time. These are rain or shine events, so dress for the weather. 10 a.m.-noon. Shabbona

schoolers can challenge themselves on the new Treetop Junior Course at Bemis Woods, with 18 obstacles along the tree-to-tree crossings and two zip lines 20 feet above the ground. Perfect for new and experienced high ropes participants. Bring a picnic lunch. Transportation by van. Recommended for ages 11-14. $44 resident, $55 non-resident.


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Pre-K through Grade 8 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie. (847) 677-7001, skokieparks.org. CANTIGNY FALL FESTIVAL.

Festival features hayrides, live entertainment, inflatable jumpers and slides, pumpkin decorating, monster mural and face painting. Live music from The Riverside Ramblers, Banjo Buddies Dixieland Band and ScribbleMonster. Free; $10 parking. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. (630) 6685161, cantigny.org. HERITAGE DAY AT CHURCHVILLE SCHOOLHOUSE & FISCHER FARM. The Churchville

Schoolhouse is open to the public for classes with the school marm, old-fashioned games, vintage crafts and fun sure to engage the young and young at heart. Conrad Fischer Singers perform numbers from yesteryear. Take a free hayride to Fisher Farm for animal encounters, a pumpkin patch, crafts and other seasonal activities. Wristband required for some activities at the farm. Free at Churchville Schoolhouse, wristbands $6 for kids, $2 for adults at Fischer Farm. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Churchville Schoolhouse, 3N784 Church Road, Bensenville. elmhursthistory.org. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: EMILY OAKS NATURE CENTER. The

nature center staff will lead fun,

nature-related activities for the kids while parents take a night out. Kids will engage in group games, crafts and a hike outdoors. A light snack will be provided. Appropriate for ages 5-10, $20 resident, $25 non-resident. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie. (847) 677-7001, skokieparks.org.

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an up-close view of reptiles of all shapes and sizes including snakes, frogs, turtles, geckos, iguanas and tortoises—all available for sale. In addition to viewing exotic and rare breeds, enjoy educational sessions from some of the industry’s most respected experts as they discuss specific species and habitats during various presentations throughout the weekend. $15, $8 kids 6-12, free kids under 5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park. (708) 932-8044, reptileconference.com. LONG GROVE SCARECROW DAY.

The Historic Downtown Long Grove Business District provides each guest a basic structure for their scarecrow, bales of straw and building guidance. Participants are asked to provide “old” clothing, shoes, hats, gloves and accessories to dress their

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CALENDAR scarecrow. All of the leftover clothing will be donated. The scarecrows will be on display throughout October and visitors can vote for their favorites. $5 donation. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Intersection of Route 83 and Long Grove Road, Long Grove. (847) 566-0888, longgrove.org. OKTOBERFEST & FALL FESTIVAL. See Oct. 12. Today’s

schedule: 1-4 p.m. Fall Festival, 4-11 p.m. Oktoberfest. SESAME STREET LIVE - LET’S PARTY. See Oct. 12. Today’s sched-

ule: 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m.


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ule: 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. OAKTOBER. Celebrate the

state tree, the White Oak, and all oaks in and around our state with crafts, activities, and nature hikes. Noon-1 p.m. Round Lake Area Park District Prairie Grass Nature Museum, 860 Hart Road, Round Lake. rlapd.org.

medical research for Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis, pediatric cancer and blood diseases. Check website for ticket information. 4-7 p.m. Fields Infiniti, Glencoe. (847) 2261268, sydrocks.com.

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schedule: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.



along, dance along and do along with Miss Carole. Expect a mix of fun, music and lots of learning for toddlers and preschoolers. 10:30 a.m. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove. (847) 929-5102, mgpl.org. GIVING ROCKS UNPLUGGED.

Three action-packed hours include music from five local high school bands, Syd Rocks necklace making, beach yoga and food trucks. Proceeds benefit Syd Rocks, to fund

tion features exhibitors, seminars, speakers, games, tournaments and a chance to win a machine. Plus, tour the Stern Pinball factory and participate in a pinball tournament. Visit website for ticket packages. 5-10 p.m. Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 N Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling. pinballexpo.net.



prizes and lift ticket giveaways. Meet the top manufacturer reps in the industry and top local retailers selling new snow gear. $12, free kids 12 and under; free parking. 3-10 p.m. Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. (847) 972-6521, windycityskiandsnowboardshow.com.

American astrophysicist, cosmologist and author Neil DeGrasse Tyson will present his lecture: “The Search for Life in the Universe.” The presentation begins with Mars, where he will review the ongoing effort to search for habitable planets, liquid water and life in the cosmos. Culminating in the search for intelligent life, whether or not it already exists on Earth. Appropriate for space explorers ages 13 and up. 7:30 p.m. $45-$250. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. (312) 462-6350, (312) 9021500. thechicagotheatre.com.

PINBALL EXPO. See Oct. 17.

PINBALL EXPO. See Oct. 17. Today’s schedule: 8 a.m.-midnight.

ROBIE HOUSE DESIGN LAB. An engaging family-oriented

Today’s schedule: 8 a.m.-midnight. GARDEN STORY TIME. See Oct. 5.


BABY & ME YOGA. Connect

with your baby 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 in the practice with you. No prior yoga experience required. Come to class with a yoga mat or towel, a blanket, some 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. nmdl.libnet.info.

19 | FRIDAY HOME SCHOOL FRIDAYS. Science and nature programs just for homeschooled students. This is a perfect addition to ecology, biology & geology curriculum. Program intended for ages 6-12. $10 residents, $12 non-residents. 2-3 p.m. Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet. (815) 741-7277, jolietpark.org.

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. (312) 994-4000, flwright.org. MINECRAFT PARTY. A social

night for kids 7-12 to play and meet

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CALENDAR 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, powerupta.com.


signed projects around superheroes. Explore the endless creative possibilities of the Lego building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. $30, free parking. 9 a.m.-noon ages 5-6, 1-4 p.m. ages 7-12. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. (630) 668-5161, cantigny.org. OPEN HOUSE. Meet Lenny,

Squiggy, & Oscar, plus eight wolves, a Siberian tiger, a black bear and Charlie the cougar and more. Plus enjoy lectures throughout the day and guided and unguided tours. Park at Wal-Mart, 16241 Farrell Road, for free nonstop bus service. Strollers allowed. Handicapped parking available at the ranch. $6. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Big Run Wolf Ranch, 14857 Farrell Road, Lockport. (815) 588-0044, bigrunwolfranch.org. ADULTS ONLY: POTTY TRAINING WORKSHOP. Let Sarah

Grover of Oh Crap! Potty Training help you set your child up for success. You will learn the best age window to start, common myths of potty training and everything you need to know to ditch the diapers. No registration required. Note this program is for adults only; no childcare will be provided. 2-3:30 p.m. Niles-Maine District Library, 6960 W. Oakton St., Niles. nmdl. libnet.info. GREAT PUMPKIN CELEBRATION. Indoor trick-or-

treating, face painting, carnival games, bounce house and an outdoor hayride and corn maze. For younger Halloween fans, a not-so-scary trick-or-treat walk

will be available in the Children’s Neighborhood Museum. 2-5 p.m. Round Lake Area Park District - Robert W. Rolek Community Center, 814 Hart Road, Round Lake. rlapd.org. MOVIES IN THE MOONLIGHT. Bring blankets,

chairs and food for a movie showing under the stars. A small concession stand will sell snacks. Free popcorn. Today’s Movie: Coco. 8:30 p.m. Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. morainevalley.edu.

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Today’s schedule: 8 a.m.-midnight. WINDY CITY SKI AND SNOWBOARD SHOW. See Oct. 19.

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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 N. Ravenswood. ravenswoodloft.com.


make and take crafts that involve nature. Each session will have a different craft that you will make. Come dressed for messy fun. Registration is required. Recommended for ages 7 and up. $5. 2-3 p.m. Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet. (815) 741-7277, jolietpark.org. WINDY CITY SKI AND SNOWBOARD SHOW. See Oct. 19.

Today’s schedule: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. PINBALL EXPO. See Oct. 17.

Today’s schedule: 8 a.m.-midnight.

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ages 5-7. Parents can drop or stay. 5-6:30 p.m. Power Up Tech Academy 2867 N. Clybourn Ave. (312) 659-3082, powerupta.com.





BOO FEST. Make creepy crafts, eat ghoulish snacks, play spooky games, enjoy a bounce house, and listen to ghost stories. Wear a costume. Appropriate for kids 1-10. $7 resident/$9 non-resident before Oct. 23; $11 resident/$14 non-resident. 6:30-9 p.m. Simkus Recreation Center, 849 W. Lies Road, Carol Stream. (630) 7846100, csparks.org.


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Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Elena of Avalor, Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins will dance and there will be on-screen appearances by Puppy Dog Pals, The Lion Guard and Muppet Babies. Appropriate for ages 3-8. Visit website for ticket packages. 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St. (312) 462-6350, (312) 902-1500 (box office), thechicagotheatre.com. MR. SINGER AND THE SHARP COOKIES. This kooky quintet

rocks out to captivated audiences at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Farm in the Zoo most weekends, and here’s your chance to catch them without

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the barnyard backdrop. From frontman Mr. Singer’s handlebar ‘stache to the crowd-pleasing antics of the whole group, this Chicago talent is celebrating its newest CD release. $6 in advance, $7 at the door. Noon. Beat Kitchen, 2100 W.

Belmont. (773) 281-4444, mrsingerandthesharpcookies.com.


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to raise $600,000 for Make-a-Wish Illinois to help grant wishes to kids with life-threatening conditions. Other activities include all-you-cancarve pumpkins, trick-or-treating, costume contests, Pumpkin parade, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo, crafts, two entertainment stages, food and beverage vendors and a Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/ Walk. All jack-o-lanterns will be placed on walls throughout the festival, with ceremonial lightings Friday and Saturday nights, and the grand lighting on Sunday evening. $2. Check website for schedule. Oct. 5-7. Downtown Highwood. celebratehighwood.org.

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Features carnival, food, activities, entertainment, Scarecrow Laboratory, hayrides, horse rides and contests. Rides, food and some activities cost extra. 4-8 p.m. Oct. 12; 12-8 p.m. Oct. 13; 1-5 p.m. Oct. 14. 10925 La Porte Road, Mokena. (708) 3902401, mokenapark.com.

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in your Halloween best and take in the sights and sounds of autumn at the Elmhurst Park District’s Family Fall Fest. Safety Town trick-ortreating, fall games, food trucks and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 13. Wild Meadows Trace Park, 511 S. York St., Elmhurst. epd.org. BOO! AT THE ZOO. The not-

so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family, including the “Craized Maize”

corn maze, haunted hayrides, the “Pumpkin Smasher,” professional pumpkin carving demonstrations, a 1 p.m. Costume Parade followed by the Costume Showcase at 1:30 p.m., scarecrow building, and Zoo Chats about some of the zoo’s creepy critters. Free with zoo admission 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 13-28. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. (708) 688-8000, czs.org.


HALLOWEEN FUN WITH FRIENDS. Kids 3-5 dress in costume

craft, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating and more. Costumes are welcome. Free, $5 parking. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. (630) 6685161, cantigny.org.

and join a fun Halloween-themed class with crafts, stories, songs and a Halloween treat to take home. $18, $12 resident. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 17. Schaumburg Park District, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. (847) 490-7020, parkfun.com.

HOBO NIGHT. Features a wide variety of activities for families. Attendees are encouraged to wear hobo costumes and there will be a best costume prize. Everyone also receives a goodie bag upon arrival with all the ingredients necessary for s’mores. Plus, take tours of the Rail Park’s retired and restored Illinois Central locomotive and caboose. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Homewood Rail Park, Chestnut and Park avenues, Homewood. homesweethomewood.com.

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT. As you’re guided along the

trail, you’ll investigate the cases of several creatures known as the UnTouchables, finding out what makes them special and why they shouldn’t be touched. Your visit will end at a campfire featuring snacks and songs. Advanced tickets are sold for specific times, beginning Oct. 1. In case of heavy rain, the event will be moved indoors. $5. 6-8:15 p.m. Oct. 19-20. Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie. (847) 677-7001, skokieparks.org.

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S G N I N E P P .H A ALL HALLOWS’ EVE. Experience two of the darkest nights of the year during this exhibit that brings some of the scariest literature of the past, present and future to life. For 8 and up; not suitable for young children. $20. 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 19-20. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. (630) 420-6010, napersettlement.org.

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HAUNTED HISTORY. The adventure starts at Fischer Farm with a hayride to Churchville Schoolhouse to learn about eerie 19th century postmortem photography, strange Victorian mourning traditions and 1870s cemetery symbols. A lantern-lit walk through Churchville Cemetery and Fischer Woods back to the farm follows for tours and local ghost stories. Guests can share spooky stories around the fire with hot cider and s’mores. Recommended for 14 and older; participants must be able to traverse uneven terrain in low light and sign a waiver. $25. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 20. Fischer Farm, 16W680 Old Grand Ave., Bensenville. (630) 766-7015, bensenvilleparkdistrict.org.

dress in Halloween costumes or silly outfits for an evening of crafts, singing and a snack. $23, $15 resident. 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 19. Schaumburg Park District, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. (847) 490-7020, parkfun.com. SPOOKY POOCH PARADE.

Dogs are allowed in the Botanic Garden for two hours for a canine Halloween costume parade with awards. Nonprofits and vendors from local pet supply shops will share information and sell dogrelated products. Check website for cost. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 20. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 8355440, chicagobotanic.org

costume parade, ghoulish games, eerie crafts, magic, inflatables and a performance by Oak Lawn’s “IndepenDANCE” team. $10 wristband, $5 additional child; activities 50 cents-$2. 11-4 p.m. Oct. 20. Oak View Community Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Oak Lawn. (708) 8572200, olparks.com.


Includes playtime in both Arenas A and B, pizza and drinks for kids (adults can buy food for $5), temporary tattoos, games and a Monster Mash dance party. $17.50

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kids 1 and older. 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 23 and 25. Pump It Up Chicago, 821 W. Eastman St., Chicago. (312) 664-7867, pumpitupchicago.com. NIGHT OF 1,000 JACK-O’LANTERNS. More than 1,000

hand-carved real pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—light up the night. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter characters, watch live carving, view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, and find seasonal light fare for sale, such as apple doughnuts, cider and ale. $16, $14 members in advance, free kids 2 and under. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 24-28. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 835-5440, chicagobotanic.org. SYCAMORE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL. Features thousands of

decorated pumpkins on display, food booths, carnival, parade, and Saturday entertainment. Entry fee for craft fair. Check website for schedule. Oct. 24-28. Downtown Sycamore. (815) 895-5161, sycamorepumpkinfestival.com. HALLOWEEN PARADE.

Evergreen Park resident children ages 1 month to 11 years and their parents are invited to march

in the costume parade, pick a pumpkin from the patch, watch a Halloween-themed movie and take home a goodie bag. 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. 50-Acre Park, 91st and Rockwell, Evergreen Park. evergreenpark-ill.com. A HAUNTING IN THE VALLEY.

Costumed guides lead scheduled groups through the Log Cabin Woods on a trail of Halloween fun, adventure and magic. Also includes refreshments, games, live owl display and a bonfire. $8; $6 in advance. 6:15-9:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27. Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. (847) 985-2100, parkfun.com. HALLOWEEN 5K/1K. Costumes

are encouraged. In addition to the race, Little Pumpkin’s Patch is a free activity area for children. Strollers are allowed on the course. Money raised goes toward student scholarships. $10 children’s run, $35 adult 5K. 9 a.m. 5K race, 10 a.m. children’s 1K race Oct. 27. Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. morainevalley.edu.

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HALLOWEEN HAYDAY. Activities include kids’ games and crafts, a costume contest, science activities, a Halloween egg hunt, bounce houses, hay rides and more. $10, $7 resident; $8, $5 resident in advance; free adults. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 27. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva. (630) 2324501, genevaparks.org.

Scarecrows on Parade, costume contests for adults and kids, prizes from area merchants, special savings at participating restaurants and an afternoon of outdoor family fun. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 28. Diversey from Orchard to Lakeview, Chicago. visitclarkstreet.com. SPOOKTACULAR CONCERT AND HAUNTED MUSICAL OPEN HOUSE. The appropriately “scary”

concert program features selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, performed by the Music Institute’s acclaimed faculty. The Haunted Musical Open House invites guests to travel from room to room for music, trick or treating and other activities. Costumes encouraged. $5 open house, $15 and up concert. 3 p.m. concert, 4 p.m. Haunted Open House Oct. 28. Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave. Evanston. (847) 9051500, musicinst.org. BOO BASH! Children are invited


refreshments, crafts and games, plus trick-or-treating to participating businesses throughout the community. During trick-or-treating, there are magicians, balloon artists, jugglers and stilt walkers. Visitors can enjoy

to wear their costumes to this fun hour of not-so-spooky activities and stories, ending with a yummy treat. Recommended for ages 3-5 with an adult. $10, parking free. 10-11 a.m. Oct. 30. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. (630) 6685161, cantigny.org.

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the world of frogs, toads, newts and salamanders, and immerse yourself in the mathematical designs of nature. $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, naturemuseum.org. AMPLIFIED CHICAGO BLUES.

Immerse yourself in the history of Chicago blues through pictures and experience the blues by playing guitar, designing an album cover, writing lyrics, and singing karaoke. Free with admission, free 18 and under Illinois residents. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago. (312) 642-4600, chicagohistory.org.

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their own adventures when they immerse themselves in a nautical experience, complete with docks and an assortment of boats. A view of Lake Michigan and the boats along Navy Pier’s South Dock serve as the exhibit’s backdrop. 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, chicagochildrensmuseum.org. 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. chipublib.org.

(312) 655-1234. nationalhellenic museum.org. DORA AND DIEGO – LET’S EXPLORE! In this interactive

exhibit, kids learn how to solve problems, be a good friend and care for animals and the environment. Families can explore Isa’s Flowery Garden, help Tico gather nuts, join the Pirate Piggies’ crew to uncover pirate treasure and help baby animals in the Rainforest maze. Free with admission, $6 kids 3-12, $7 students and seniors, $9 adults. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (773) 755-5100. naturemuseum. org/dora.



This interactive display teaches how coins are important financial, cultural and political tools. Free with admission. National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted, Chicago.

American families and how they impacted history. Discover how family genealogy and heirlooms come into museum collections, and the important role they play

in understanding our shared heritage. Free with museum admission. Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave., Kenosha. (262) 653-4141, thecivilwarmuseum.org.

Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago. (773) 7288111, swedishamericanmuseum.org. THE SCIENCE BEHIND PIXAR.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS AGITATOR. Highlights excerpts from

speeches and writings, some recorded by students from Young Chicago Authors. Other excerpts include Douglass’ speech on Haiti at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and “The Reason Why “ pamphlet he and Ida B. Wells distributed to protest African-American exclusion from the fair. Free with museum admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesdaysWednesdays and Fridays-Sundays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays. American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, Chicago. (312) 374-8790, americanwritersmuseum.org. KUNGSHOLM MINIATURE GRAND OPERA. Puppets, ornate

sets and costumes, and related paraphernalia from the 1940s opera puppet theater will be on display. Free with museum admission.

Get a unique look into the Pixar process and explore the science and technology behind beloved animated characters. This exhibit, with more than 40 interactive elements, showcases how STEM concepts bring the films to the big screen. Requires a timed-entry ticket. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (773) 6841414, msichicago.org. THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND.

A three-piece collection resembling water towers by New York-based Chilean artist Iván Navarro will be displayed in Polk Bros Park through April. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. (312) 595PIER (7437), navypier.com. STORYLAND: A TRIP THROUGH CHILDHOOD FAVORITES. Kids

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ONGOING EVENTS life-sized worlds of award-winning children’s books and build literacy skills through imaginative, interactive experiences and dramatic play. Free with museum admission. Visit website for museum hours. Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. (847) 832-6600, kohlchildrensmuseum.org.

the world come together. Watch sea jellies pulse, eels ribbon and a rainbow come alive with reef fishes. Free with admission. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 939-2438, sheddaquarium.org.

TROLL HUNT. Visitors journey to find the larger-than-life guardians of the forest. The 15- to 20-foottall trolls invite visitors to interact with them, while elements of the exhibition encourage visitors to consider their personal responsibility as stewards of our environment. 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, mortonarb.org.

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the fall colors and admire naturethemed scarecrows showcased


throughout the zoo: corn maze, slide, inflatable obstacle course and more. Fall Fest includes animal chats, musical entertainment, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for sale, pumpkin carvers and fall-themed enrichment. Free; ride tickets cost extra. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays & Sundays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (312) 742-2000, lpzoo.org.

around Meadow Lake. Plus, buildyour-own taffy apples and sample other food and beverages available for purchase. Other events include a Cider & Ale festival, and a chance to dine and solve a spooky crime during the Mystery at Thornhill Mansion. Free with arboretum admission; fee for some events. Oct. 1-31. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rt. 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org. PAINT COVERED WEDNESDAYS.

Children use a variety of paints, styles and canvases as they learn to tell their stories. Free with museum admission. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. (708) 383-4815, wonder-works.org. KIDS POKÉMON LEAGUE.

For kids 6-12 who enjoy collecting the cards and are serious about learning how to play. Participants need to understand the official rules and be able to play independently. Must have a deck of 60 cards. 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Cat & Mouse Games, 1112

W. Madison St., Chicago. (312) 4652178, cat-n-mouse.com. LITTLE SQUIRRELS STORYTIME.

Stories and songs celebrating classic literature for preschool-age kids. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, Chicago. (312) 374-8790, americanwritersmuseum.org. BICENTENNIAL CORN MAZE.

Richardson Adventure Farm corn maze honors Illinois’ 200th birthday. The 28-acre rectangle is bordered by the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan, Navy Pier and Chicago skyscrapers. Activities include wagon rides, pig races, a vintage carousel and a “park train” that runs on real tracks. $19 ages 13 and up and $17 ages 4-12, free 2 and under. Thursdays-Sundays and Columbus Day. Richardson Adventure Farm, 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove. (815) 6759729, richardsonfarm.com.


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rom peek-a-boo to horror movies, we like to find ways to surprise and scare the bejesus out of ourselves. Fright specialists in Chicago and the suburbs aren’t shy about setting up mazes, castles, barns and rides to help up the fear factor. Some are designed for even the youngest Halloweenie.

For all ages Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm: The lights stay on during the tour of Farmer Frank’s Haunted Barn and there are no live actors, making it as family friendly as anything with the word “haunted” in the title can be. Tours stop at 6 p.m. $11.95-$14.95. 17250 Weber Road, Lockport. ourpumpkinfarm.com, (800) 304-3276. Pumpkin PlayLand: The Spooky Wood Shed at Pumpkin PlayLand is designed for fans of fright as young as preschool. Older kids might find it more humorous than scary. The farm also boasts barn tours, a petting farm, u-pick pumpkin patch and a maze. $10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. The Children’s Farm at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park. (708) 361-3650, thecenterpalos.org/farm.html.

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For elementary-aged children Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch: Thrills and chills through the haunted house is just right for school-aged youngsters. This is a great trip for haunted house fans with littler siblings, who can take a camel ride or hop on the Pumpkin Express at the farm while older kids are enjoying the scare scene. $12$15. 42W813 Reinking Road, Pingree Grove. (847) 464-5952, goebbertspumpkinpatch.com. Hayride of Horror: Based in Lockport’s Dellwood Park, a 20-foot outdoor movie screen keeps riders entertained while they wait, and an ongoing bonfire warms the toes. The hayride also includes walks across terrain, which might be cumbersome for younger riders. $15 and up. 199 E. Woods Drive, Lockport. (815) 838-1183, hayrideofhorror.com.

Teens only 13th Floor Chicago: Located in Melrose Park, the “haunted building” includes actors that walk out, jump out and creep out to the max. Great for those who

The Haunted Trolley murder mystery starts with appetizers at the Oak Park Conservatory, includes dinner at Cheney Mansion and ends at a “speakeasy” at Austin Gardens. Period costumes are encouraged. $75 and up, Oct. 26. Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park. (708) 725-2000, pdop.org.

like to be scared. $19.99 and up. 1940 George St., Chicago. (708) 571-3326, 13thfloorchicago.com. Haunted Barn: The barn at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest is rated PG-13 for its scares and chills, so if you think your younger kiddos can handle the fear factor, you’ll have to walk through with them. The farm also boasts pig races, a selfie booth, a kids’ village and carnival rides. $9.99 and up, free 2 and under, see website for full ticket packages. 13341 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. (708) 301-3276, pumpkinfarm.com. Haunted Wagon Ride: Sonny Acres actors join riders on the wagon and hop out in the woods in a trip geared toward teens and adults. During the day, the ride is more appropriate for a younger crowd, when there aren’t “extras” on the wagon and the fright can be seen from afar in the daylight. $10. Sonny Acres Farm, 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago. (630) 231-3859, sonnyacres.com.

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commoners of Nottingham. Who will stand up to the injustices and bring hope back to the people? Follow Robin Hood and his Merry Men as they take you on a journey of action, danger, and of course, archery in this medieval legend with a modern twist. $7-$17 4 p.m. Saturdays beginning Oct. 19. Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago. (773) 342-4141, vittumtheater.org. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Willy Wonka is opening

his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. $27 and up. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 21. Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago. (800) 7752000, broadwayinchicago.com. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME.

Christopher is a young boy on the autism spectrum with an extraordinary brain and an exceptional talent for mathematics. When the neighbor’s dog is found dead, Christopher launches an investigation into the mystery surrounding the dog’s murder. As he searches for the truth on his first-ever excursion by himself, he uncovers

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surprises about himself and his family, exploring the hidden secrets and challenges in everyday life. Recommended for eighth grade and older. $20-$30. See website for schedule. (The Oct. 27 3 p.m. performance will be a Relaxed/ Sensory Friendly performance.) Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago. (312) 3351650, steppenwolf.org.

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based on children’s books by Mo Willems. An elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie are “bestus” (a word they made up that means “very best”) friends. Piggie and Gerald are invited to a party hosted by the Squirrelles, three singing squirrels who love to have a good time. $10. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Ends Oct. 7. Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest. (847) 2959075, gortoncenter.org. HELLO, DOLLY! The story of matchmaker Dolly Levi’s adventures. Popular songs include “Hello, Dolly,” “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” and “Before The Parade Passes By.” Recommended for ages 9 and older. $27 and up. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and Sundays; 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays-Sundays; 8 p.m. Saturdays beginning Oct. 23. Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago. (800) 775-2000, broadwayinchicago.com.


Wednesday evening, move 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. 5-9 p.m. John G. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 9392438, sheddaquarium.org. LEGALLY BLONDE. Elle has a

seemingly perfect life and perfect future. All she needs is her boyfriend, Warner, to cement it with a proposal. But her dream life turns into a nightmare when Warner decides to break it off because she’s not serious enough for him. Heartbroken and in despair, Elle hatches a near-impossible plan to win him back: get into Harvard Law School. The musical comes with songs and big dance numbers to tell the story of the movie favorite. $36-$69. Wednesdays-Sundays through Oct. 21. Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666, paramountaurora.com.

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PERFORMANCES LEO LIONNI’S FREDERICK. A musical based on beloved children’s author Leo Lionni’s Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse. While other mice are working hard gathering food for the winter, Frederick is daydreaming the summer away. But when dreary weather comes, it is Frederick who has stored up something special to help his companions survive the long cold winter. Recommended for all ages. $20-$45 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Begins Oct. 9. Access weekend for special needs families is Oct. 27-28. A pre-show touch tour of the set for patrons who are blind or have low vision is 9:30 a.m. Oct. 27; ASL events for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing is 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 27; sensory-friendly performances at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28. The Station, 100 S. Racine Ave. chicagochildrenstheatre.org. MIDNIGHT CIRCUS IN THE PARKS. Each two-hour show takes

place under an intimate, little big top tent where there is no such thing as a bad seat and kids can get within an arm’s length of the action. With new acts and returning favorites. $5-$22, free kids under 2. Times vary by location.

Visit website for schedule. Parks schedule in October: Kosciuszko Park Oct. 6-7; Oriole Park Oct. 12-14; Welles Park Oct. 19-21. midnightcircus.net.



Halloween, gather ye ‘round for a line-up of scary (and silly) stories featuring creepy twins that appear in photos, talking potatoes getting lost in the woods, Malcolm X fighting zombies and other spooky scenarios imagined by Chicago elementary school students. $5-$20. 3 p.m. Sundays in October. Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. barrelofmonkeys.org. WITCH. When the son of the local

lord and an ambitious newcomer come into conflict, help presents itself to both of them in the same guise—as the Devil himself. But while they take advantage of the Devil’s bargain to accomplish their own questionable ends, someone else in town stands her ground— Elizabeth, an outcast whom everyone believes to be a witch. $35-$80. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (847) 242-6000, writerstheatre.org.


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Fall Education Showcase // advertising The Avery Coonley School 1400 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove (630) 969-0800 averycoonley.org Upcoming Open House Dates: Early Childhood: October 17, November 12, December 12; Junior Kindergarten: November 13; Kindergarten-8th Grade: October 17, November 13, December 11

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Gateway Montessori School 4041 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago (773) 539-3025 www.GatewayMontessoriSchool.org Grades: 15 months to 6th Grade

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Upcoming open house dates: Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3 (First Monday of each month)

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Grades served: Junior KindergartenGrade Eight Open House date: Sunday, November 4, 10:00 a.m.

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Intercultural Montessori Historic Oak Park (708) 848-6626 Chicago’s West Loop (312) 265-1514 interculturalmontessori.org ages 3-12.

330 W. Webster Ave., Chicago (773) 797-5107 fwparker.org

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Register for an Open House event at fwparker.org/openhouse.

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1929 West Wilson Ave., Chicago Pre-K to Grade 12

Moraine Valley Community College 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills (708) 974-5355 morainevalley.edu/openhouse Open House, Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.Noon

North Shore Country Day School 310 Green Bay Road, Winnetka (847) 881-8807 www.nscds.org Grades K - 12 Mini open houses: November 16 at 10a.m. December 5 at 10a.m. January 25, 2019 10a.m.

Quest Academy 500 N. Benton St., Palatine (847) 202-8035 questacademy.org Preschool through eighth grade Open House Saturday, November 3rd from 2:00-4:00.

Sonnets Academy Boundless learning through play. Six weeks to six years.

Lincoln Park: 1932 N. Clark St. (312) 951-1024 River North: 430 W. Erie St. (312) 344-1926 West Loop: 229 S. Peoria St. (312) 733-7580 Hyde Park: 5548 S. Hyde Park Blvd. (773) 891-0029 sonnetsacademy.com Call to schedule a tour today!

St. Benedict Preparatory School 3900 N Leavitt Street, Chicago (773) 509-3814 www.stbenedict.com PK-Grade 8 Thursday, October 25   6-7:30 PM  PK only Wednesday, November 7   6-8 PM PK-Grade8 Sunday, January 27th  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM  PK-Grade 8

Sacred Heart Schools Grades served: PS-8

6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 681-8418 shschicago.org Visit our website to reserve your spot at one of our upcoming Admissions Coffees and learn more about our new Sacred Heart Preschool, opening Fall 2019!

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Pretty pumpkins Easy twine pumpkins to decorate your home STORY AND PHOTOS BY MEGAN MURRAY ELSENER ER


is the season for pumpkin everything! Create cute, yet incredibly cheap and easy fall decor with these twine pumpkins.

Materials u Twine u Cinnamon sticks u Scissors u Plastic wrap roll or empty paper towel roll (optional)



Create the body of the pumpkin with twine. You can use a plastic wrap cylinder or empty paper towel roll to wrap your twine. Start a quarter of the way down the roll and start wrapping the twine until it covers the rest of the roll. Cut the twine leaving an 8- to 10-inch tail. Another option is wrapping the twine around your three middle fingers. Just make sure you have enough to form the entire pumpkin.


Using your thumb in the center, push the twine off the tube and gather in your hand. Or gently push off your three fingers. Run the excess tail of twine through the center and then secure it by tying a knot around the center of the twine ring with the opposite end.

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Pull the twine around into a circle, fanning it out to look like a pumpkin shape. Gently slide a cinnamon stick into the center of the twine pumpkin.

Megan Murray Elsener is a Chicago Parent contributor and mother of three.

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