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cision making. Groups of 10-12, couples/singles decide on potluck dinner/topics once per month at member homes. Contact Mary Glatz at 720-205-8944. ADULTS Exhibit – “1917: Catalyst for the Modern Era.” An exhibit shedding light on the catastrophe of World War I and its century-long aftermath with military artifacts. Through 7/30. Mon-Fri 9:30 AM-4PM; Sat-Sun Noon – 4PM. DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton. 630-520-4941. ADULTS Exhibit – “Freedom: A History of US.” 1/123/11. Highlights include reproductions of a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten speech notes, and letters by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr. Sun, Tues-Fri 1-5PM.; Sat. 10AM-5 PM. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. 630-833-1457. ADULTS Exhibit – William Blake and the Age of the Aquarius explores the impact of artist William Blake and his impacts post WWII into the 1960s regard non-conformity, individuality and resistance to authority. Mary Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston. 847-491-4000. ADULTS Fleet Feet Fun Run – Meets on Jan. 6 and every Saturday. Ongoing Chicago Lincoln Square “Breakfast Club” and social running group that explores Chicago’s routes, open to new people from walk-run to Boston Marathon trainers. 8-9:30 AM. 773-271-3338. ADULTS Stage – “Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Fall. Climb. Release.” 1/5-6. Three black women navigate their journeys with catharsis through trauma and therapy, self-discovery and validation, history and nostalgia. 7PM. Links Hall, Chicago. ADULTS Stage – “Ten Dollar Comedy.” Weekly showcase featuring some of Chicago’s best improve, stand up and sketch comedy. Tuesdays, 8:30-10 PM. Judy’s Beat Lounge in The Second City Training Center, Chicago. 708220-2077. ADULTS Toastmasters International – Build “quick-learning” skills as you give 1-2 minute speeches on general subjects with plenty of practice in various communications experiences. Ages Teen-Adult. Tuesdays 12-1PM and Wednesdays 5:30-7:30PM. Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce. 630-226-8420. ADULTS Writer’s Group – Interactive group allows writers to obtain feedback from their peers on original writing. Thursdays 1/11 and 1/25; 2/8 and 2/22. 7-9 PM. Westmont Library, Westmont. 630-969-5625. FAMILY Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Rental – Through 3/11. Available on most days with four inches of snow. Various scenic and ability trails. 10AM-4PM weekdays, 9AM-4PM weekends. Call before visiting. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074. FAMILY/ADULTS – “Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament” offers ongoing shows with jousting, 40 great events

horsemanship & falconry plus a 4-course, utensil-free meal served in a castle-like space. Parties, company events, special packages. Times vary. Schaumburg. 847-882-1496.

warmth in the coldest of places. Playing at various suburban theaters such as Joliet Junior College, Moraine Valley College, Tivoli Theater, and Prairie Center for the Arts. 630932-1555.

FAMILY Art Exhibit – Through 2018. “Art Is Instrumental.” Play, hear, and move to the sound of a variety of instruments while being surrounded by both paintings and sculptures. DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville. 630-637-8000.

FAMILY The Great Midwest Train Show – The world’s largest monthly train show with an average of 180 exhibitors at each show, featuring trains of all scales and gauges. Discounted prices on over 550 table of trains. 5 Buildings - plus outside sellers. 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/6, 6/3. 9 AM-3PM. DuPage County Fairgrounds. 630-290-1962.

FAMILY Enchanted Railroad – 1/13-2/19. Marvel at the indoor intricate model railroad as it winds through a four-season display. Watch as more than 10 model trains run on a two-level, larger-than-life platform. Free timed tickets available at the Visitor Center Information Desk. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074. FAMILY Fishing & Outdoor Show – 1/25-28. Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo is a sports fishing spectacular. Thu and Fri 12-8PM, Sat 10AM-5PM and Sun 10-5 PM. Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg. 630-431-4315. FAMILY Ice Skating – Thru Feb 28. Oakbrook Center Ice Skating Rink. 10AM-9PM Mon.-Sat. and 11 AM-6 PM Sun. Oakbrook Center. 630-573-0700. FAMILY Gnome Hunt – Through 3/31. The animals are hibernating but gnomes still abound. All ages. Children’s Garden, Morton Arboretum. 9:30 AM-4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074. FAMILY Ice Sculpture Festival – 2/9-11. Decorative ice sculpture competition includes live ice carving demonstrations, live entertainment and family activities. Fri 6:30 PM, Sat and Sun 11 AM-3PM. Downtown Downers Grove. 630-725-0991. FAMILY Orchid Show – 2/10-3/25. 10,000 gorgeous orchids on display with features including how celebrities from Jackie Kennedy to Selena Gomez utilized flowers in their ensembles. Photo opportunities and special event throughout the display timeframe, orchids for sale. Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe. 8AM-5PM. 847-835-5440. FAMILY Fun Unplugged – Thru 2/26. Enjoy creativity sparked by the endless possibility of the open air, specific accessories, toys and games helped to create memories in the backyard and school playground. Those magical moments and lasting impressions of outdoor fun are recreated in this imaginative exhibit. DuPage Historical Museum. 102 E. Wesley Street, Wheaton. 630-510-4941. FAMILY Sky Circus on Ice – 2/16-18. Marvel at ice/ snow sculptures, gigantic kite displays, see kite-making workshops and expert-led kit flying lessons. Lake Lawn Resort, Delvan, WI. 800-345-1020. FAMILY Stage – Through 2/11. AlphaBet Soup Productions Professional Theatre for Young Audiences presents “The Snow Queen.”Two sisters set off on a winter adventure and discover that friends and family will bring suburban family |

FAMILY Toddler Tuesdays – Through 1/31. Legoland weekly program includes activities to keep toddlers busy while teaching lessons and developing milestones. Parenting Groups welcome. 10AM-12 PM. Schaumburg. 847-592-9700. FAMILY Winterfest – 1/27-2/4. Lake Geneva, WI, hosts Winterfest and the National Snow Sculpting Competition. Fifteen teams of sculptors from across the country create works of art with People’s Choice voting awards. Other events include a Human Dog Sled Race, live magic/illusion show, helicopter rides, historic tours of Maxwell Mansion, a STAR Party at Yerkes Observatory, a chili cook-off and the Cocoa Crawl in downtown Lake Geneva. 800-345-1020. FAMILY Winter Olympics Bingo – 2/1-28. All ages. Watch the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and mark your Bingo card (pick up at Adult or Youth Services desk) as Olympic feats happen. Score a Bingo when 5 marked boxes in a row and return to library to receive a gold button and enter for a chance to win a Target gift card. Drop in program, Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Library card required. 630-627-0316. KIDS Nature Play Spaces – Free play in the outdoors at the “Mud Kitchen” with a tree stump stove, pots, pans and shovels inside a cabin with a dirt pit and digging tools nearby; Word Garden with painted rocks with words, letters and pictures. Adult companion needed for kids. 7 AM-sunset daily. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074. KIDS STEM Club – Challenge yourself to different problem-solving puzzles each month. Use ordinary materials and your imagination to build, create, and test your ideas. Grades K-2. 4 PM. Glen Ellyn Public Library. 630-469-0979. SENIORS Retirement Pleasures and Pitfalls – 1/11 and ongoing. Discussion group for retired, semiretired or soon to retire seniors. Find new purpose and meaning, set new goals or tackle topics such as exercise, health and bucket lists. 9:30-11 AM. Alcott Center, Buffalo Grove. 847-634-6535. SENIORS Tuesday Night Bingo – Ongoing Bingo at the Alexander Bradley Burns American Legion Post 80, Downers Grove. 4 PM. 630-968-9710. TEENS Facetime Social – Play 2 hours of pool, darts, ping pong, and video games. Also included is a slice of pizza, candy bar and a pop. Fridays 6 PM-12 AM. West Suburban Chamber of Commerce, Indian Head Park, IL 708-784-6344. January/February 2018

Suburban Family ~ Jan + Feb 2018  
Suburban Family ~ Jan + Feb 2018  

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