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contents march/april 2023 ADVERTISING AND GENERAL INFORMATION: Office: (630) 863-7183 | Fax: (866) 779-4320 Suburban Family Magazine P.O. Box 1266, Westmont, IL 60559 activities, advice and resources for the chicago suburban family
contents 4 suburban family | March/April 2023 out & about 6 Gardening for Kids Swing into Spring On Stage celebrate! 14 Sensory-inclusive Birthday Party Tips Party Places active kids 16 Choosing The Right Summer Camp Summer Camp Source 5 Great Reasons to Send Your Kids to Sleepaway Camp education centra 28 Things Parents Wish People Knew about Their Child With Autism Education Resource family wellness 32 Simple Ways to Become a Healthier You fitness first 33 How to Pick the Right Race to Run How to Train for and Run a 5K Race Get Kids into Running 2023 Annual Race Guide great events 48 #1 family events calendar dining out 53 Places to dine with family and friends
1100 W. Wood St, Bensenville | 630-766-SWIM @BvilleParks Water Park Season Passes on Sale Now! Save 10% through March 15 @BvilleParks Register by April 3 Call 630-766-0304 ext 300 Payment is due in full at time of registration Kids 3 and under free Ages 4-12 $24 | Ages 13+ $37 10 a.m. - Noon | Saturday, April 22 EARTH DAY Fischer Farm Cleanup E-Recycling & Shred Event Presented by Free! Come volunteer to help clean and beautify Fischer Farm. Volunteers will receive a free commemorative Earth Day T-shirt! Fischer Farm | 16W680 Old Grand Ave. | Bensenville Shred paper documents ($8/box | First Box Free in-district). Recycle electronics ($5 unlimited approved electronics). Water Park parking lot | 1100 W. Wood St. | Bensenville @BvilleParks

Gardening is the perfect way for kids to get out and play while learning about the world around them. Kids are some of the best earth tenders around. With their love for food, flowers, and dirt, gardening is the perfect activity to combine play, learning, and family time.

Why Kids Make Great Gardeners

Understanding the world around them is a child’s primary mission, even if they don’t know it. Gardening provides the perfect way to build understanding. From learning about plants and how they grow to seasons, the Earth, and what we eat, kids will be excited to discover that they can work with nature to do something amazing.


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Connecting with nature has proven benefits. From increasing creativity to decreasing symptoms of things like ADHD and stress, gardening provides kids with far more than a pretty plant. Even issues like childhood obesity are helped by spending some time tending the earth.

The key to successful gardening for your child is knowing what works.

The Perfect Tools

Having the right tools doesn’t need to be complicated, but it can make the experience much more enjoyable. With just a few basics, kids will feel ready to get dirty.

Garden gloves are a great starting place. Finding gloves designed for kids will help them fit properly and be ready to dig, plant and water. Plus, it means easier cleanup when they’re done!

Kid-sized tools make the job much easier for kids to maneuver. Plus, they enjoy having things designed just for them. A shovel, hoe, and rake are great starting places. Adding in a small hand shovel and trowel can also be quite handy.

Great Starter Ideas

You have two main choices when it comes to gardening: flowers and fruits/vegetables. Doing some of each is a great way to ensure kids are engaged and discover what they love to do.

Some favorite flowers to plant include sunflowers and nasturtium. These are easy to

grow and provide big results.

Fruits and vegetables are especially fun as you get to eat the results! Green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and strawberries are favorites that yield great harvests kids love.

Read All About It

Make the experience about more than tossing some seeds in the dirt, but reading books that help kids understand gardening.

A favorite book, and New York Times Bestseller, We are Gardeners combines great illustrations with truly helpful information perfect for kids. Plus, Gaines offers help on handling obstacles along the way.

Grow: A Family Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables is a delightful guidebook that offers tips, games and even a Grow Your Own Pizza plan with recipes. This book is the perfect way to keep kids excited about gardening as they learn all about it.

With 120 step-by-step gardening activities, The Best-Ever Step-by-Step Kid’s First Gardening is a fantastic resource offering new ideas for things to grow and how to do it. Full of color photos, kids will feel equipped to tackle new garden projects with confidence!

Discover how you and your kids can learn from a new garden this spring. With a few tools and a willingness to get a bit dirty, you and your kids can connect with nature and with each other!

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At last, spring has arrived at our doorsteps. One thing’s for certain, as the great outdoors becomes lighter, brighter and warmer, we’ll all be feeling the natural urge to get outside. So, read on...we’ve gathered some wonderful activities to enjoy in this spring issue!

The world-famous Volo Museum’s 45 exhibits guarantees to have something rare and amazing for everyone including hundreds of rotating classic and modern collector cars, movie/ TV vehicles, an indoor dinosaur experience, a carousel hall, ice cream parlor, military museum, Disney Gallery and one of the largest antique malls in the midwest. This spring check out our new Titanic Experience, Hollywood Train Museum, train tours of the property, a mini golf course, animatronic ice age exhibit and an all new party/event space for up to 100 people! Open daily 10a to 5p. Visit www. 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]

This fun-filled weekend has a 60s-70s vibe, and offers wellness classes, wine and food experiences, workshops and social events including 60-70s-themed party at the historic Riviera Ballroom, and a boat cruise on beautiful Geneva Lake. See the schedule of sessions, hotel discounts and local sponsors, and register at Women’s Weekend is hosted by the Geneva Lake Women’s Association (GLWA). Proceeds benefit charitable organizations throughout Walworth County, Wis.

Enjoy springtime in downtown Aurora. See public art, visit family-friendly museums, stop by local coffee shops, and enjoy free events. Egg Hunt on the Island is a downtown-wide fun hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 1. Experience art, music, and more at monthly First Fridays events with more than two dozen venues open with activities for all ages. May 5 is the annual Food Truck Festival. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.]

Naperville in the springtime is an epicenter of fun adventures. Springtime beauty is scattered across the city in the parks, the Riverwalk, and eclectic Downtown. Go to to find more information on upcoming spring events in the city like concerts, art fairs, and more. You can also find a full list of all our amazing parks, making it easy to enjoy nature this spring. Naperville is your next springtime destination for fun in the sun!

Jump into the world of Peppa Pig to explore and discover, interact and engage in 14 themed areas that are sure to be an unforgettable adventure with Peppa and her friends. Spark the imagination of your little piggies at Peppa Pig World of Play, an indoor family attraction designed for pre-school children and their families! Jump, laugh, play, imagine and giggle with the whole family! Visit our website to reserve your tickets today at

Eat. Drink. Game ON! Whether you’re celebrating an engagement, an anniversary, a team-building event, or raising funds for your not-for-profit, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s a multi-level LaserTag arena, eight bowling lanes, a four-lane VIP private bowling suite, and HyperBowling. Offering a relaxed yet elevated dining experience featuring fresh takes on classic American fare, an expansive collection of 24 rotating craft beer selections, and refreshing signature cocktails. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-9324800, [See our ad on Page 3.]

Get Your Geek On! Saturday, April 29,10 AM to 4 PM. Free. Hands-On Exhibits, In-Person Workshops, On-Demand Virtual Activities. Special guest Kate Biberdorf--Kate the Chemist live interactive demonstration. COD staff and industry experts will be on hand to provide an inside view into some of the most in-demand and cutting-edge careers of today and the future. To learn more visit: www.cod. edu/stemcon Come for the knowledge. Stay for the fun! (See our ad on p. 29.)

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Women’s Weekend Lake Geneva

April 28-30, 2023

Gather your friends and enjoy the perfect weekend getting to know Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Select from our offerings of workshops, wellness activities, and social events, including the Kunes boat cruise with cocktails and music, and a kick-off party at the Riviera! Events will be held at various locations around Lake Geneva. Hotel discounts are available. You won’t want to miss this “Groovy” get together!


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Women’s Weekend is brought to you by the Geneva Lake Women’s Association (GLWA). GLWA supports the critical needs of the community and people of Greater Walworth County through direct service projects and financial contributions. Proceeds from Women's Weekend go towards our philanthropic fund to help our community.

New discounts, deals, and offers are waiting for you throughout the month of March with Downtown Naperville’s Spring Savings Pass! Whether you’re looking to freshen up your wardrobe, your look, or just wanting to get out and enjoy some great food and libations… take advantage of the Spring Savings in Downtown Naperville! Also, don’t forget your gift cards! Downtown Naperville Gift Cards are accepted at 150+ downtown merchants! Come Shop, Dine, and Explore in Downtown Naperville! For more information, visit!

season pass sale March 1-15, the free April 1 Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza, the White Pines Easter Brunch with the Easter Bunny April 9 and Earth Day events April 22, you’re sure to have a great time. Summer program registration begins April 4 (in-district) and 5.Visit for more information!

Enjoy adventure beyond the expected north of the border. For more info and to plan your trip, go to

Stepping into LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is like you’ve just jumped into the biggest box of LEGO bricks ever! With over 3 million LEGO bricks under one roof and 2 stories of EPIC LEGO play, what will you discover? To see what else we have to offer, check out www.legolanddiscoverycenter. com/chicago/! Be sure to buy tickets online to guarantee your entry. Located at 601 N. Martingale Road, STE 130 Schaumburg, IL 60173.

With new spring golf rates at White Pines Golf Club starting March 1, a water park

Summer is Calling - This summer, beat the heat and have a blast at the Village of Hinsdale Community Pool. Featuring a 50-meter pool with 25-meter L shape, zero-depth walk in wading pool with play features, a diving well with drop slide, two 1M diving boards and a 3M diving board. Passes are affordable and offer great value for families and individuals. Also available are 10 visit passes and Neighborly Rates! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make memories and stay cool this summer. For more information, visit and follow @HinsdaleParks for updates and events. Get your pass today!

You’ll find world-class museums to explore, and at least a half dozen places to create your own art as a family. History buffs will love The Civil War Museum and Kenosha History Center. Plus, enjoy miles of hiking trails, bike paths, and more nature areas as the weather warms!

The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, road trips, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site for more information.

Secret Life of Butterflies – March 17 - June 4 Join us to explore the wild, wonderful, and often strange world of butterflies and moths! See the whole lepidoptera lifecycle in action as caterpillars munch on leaves, butterflies emerge from their chrysalis, and moths from their cocoons. Get an up-close look at these amazing insects in the butterfly house as you’re surrounded by native and exotic butterflies! Located at Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St. Rockford, IL. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]

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Overshadowed Theatrical Productions

The 39 Steps - March 10 – April 1

A comedy thriller, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps is packed with nonstop laughs and over 150 eccentric characters (played by four actors). The play is about a man with an ordinary life who meets a woman with a strong accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale. A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure.

Located at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. To order tickets, please call the box of-

fice at 630-634-2100 or go to [See our ad on Page 3.]

Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts

The Schaumburg Prairie Center puts the spotlight on family entertainment this spring with an exciting variety of mainstage shows.

Live music and dance combine on Sunday, March 5, when 30 members of McNulty Irish Dancers are joined by an ensemble from the Murphy Roche Irish Music Club in a celebration of the beautiful tradition of Celtic performing arts.

Back by popular demand, comedy dog spectacular Mutts Gone Nuts returns for two performances on Sunday, March 25. Deemed “a must see” by the Washington Post, these

talented four-legged performers are sure to delight audiences of all ages.

On Saturday, April 1, winner of NBC’s Phenomenon and top America’s Got Talent finalist Mike Super delivers astonishing magic and illusions in this captivating, interactive show filled with humor and heart.

For tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center, located at 201 Schaumburg Ct. in Schaumburg, is owned and operated by the Village of Schaumburg.

Denny Diamond

Since his “2000” debut on Dick Clark’s show, “Your Big Break,” Denny has been traveling across the country performing his one-of-akind tribute to the music of Neil Diamond. He has a carefree, fun-loving attitude on stage, but what really sets him apart is his full-throated, robust baritone voice.

During COVID, like many other musicians, Denny started having fun streaming his performances online. Always up for a laugh, he began to refer to himself as “the world’s okayest vocalist.” This new moniker caught on, and with it he’s adding all new performances in “2023,” covering songs made famous by legendary artists like Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Elvis, and many others, including, of course, Neil Diamond. And also adding songs from beloved Broadway productions like “Carousel.”

For more information on Denny and his performances, visit

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BirthdaySensory-inclusive Party Tips

While most families want to include their children in the typical birthday traditions of balloons, singing and gathering, for children with autism birthday parties are likely to create some sensory overload. The singing, dancing, laughing, and shouting can put them into overdrive and turn what should be an enjoyable experience into a stressful one. But this doesn’t mean kids with autism should miss out on birthday parties – they just need to be approached a little differently.

Plan Sensory-Friendly Activities

The great news is that the team at Blue Sprig Pediatrics created a wonderful list of sensoryinclusive birthday ideas that are as much fun for all children as they are accommodating for children with autism. Activity ideas include:

• Sensory-friendly slime: Playing with slime is not only an enjoyable activity but helps children develop their fine-motor skills. It can also be a relaxing activity for kids, especially those with autism.

• Sensory-themed bins:These are plastic tubs or containers filled with some material to help stimulate the senses. While they activate the senses, these bins provide a calming activity and present opportunities for learning and exploring.

• Birthday-party playdough: Playdough is fun

just about any time and is another great activity to infuse into a birthday party as a creative and relaxing mode of play.

In addition to activities, consider environmental modifications to help prevent children from feeling overwhelmed, such as a venue with limited capacity, a quiet room, dimmed lighting or music that is not too loud.

Every child is different and that is true for kids with autism as well. If you are inviting a child with autism as a guest, don’t be afraid to ask their parent how to make the celebration as inclusive as possible.

Visual Transitions Are Key

After selecting sensory-friendly activities in a soothing environment, concentrate on how children will transition from one activity to the next.

Displaying a visual schedule of the party’s events on the wall and verbally reviewing the itinerary with kids will help every party-goer feel comfortable with the day’s events.Another idea is to announce the end of the activity with some advanced notice. For example, you can tell children that “in 10 minutes, we will finish arts and crafts and move to cupcakes.” This helps children visu-

alize what will happen and when, all particularly helpful for children with autism.

Ask For Extra Help

If you are hosting an event for your own child, ask for friends and other family members to help at the party. Someone familiar with neurodiversity can help set up activities and assist with meltdowns if necessary. You can also seek consultation with your therapy team beforehand to discuss what would work best for your child.

Prepare for Meltdowns

Since birthday parties present opportunities for sensory overload, there is a possibility that your child will experience a meltdown. At Blue Sprig Pediatrics, we help parents identify signs that a child is beginning to feel overwhelmed and empower them to utilize strategies that may help avoid meltdowns. For example, parents can work together with their child to create a “break plan” which may include identifying a quiet room, using a weighted blanket, engaging with sensory-friendly toys, or taking a moment to enjoy favorite foods.

Also, consider eliminating triggers. For example, if your child is likely to have a meltdown if a balloon pops, don’t have balloons at the

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A child’s birthday party can be a magical experience and create memories that last a lifetime.

party, or have larger helium balloons that are less likely to pop. Or if your child does not like people singing “Happy Birthday”, set aside time to practice what that will be like ahead of time or skip the tradition all together.

Watching videos of birthday parties are also a great way to help your child prepare for the experience. Work on activities like responding when opening

a present, involving them in a calendar countdown to party day, and reviewing pictures of people who will be at the party ahead of time.

With a little extra planning and expectationsetting, birthday parties can be enjoyable and happy experiences for all children including those with autism. To learn more, visit

Fleetwood Roller Rink

Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate.” Complete Birthday Packages include Admission, Skate Rentals, Pizza & Soft Drink, Birthday Centerpiece, Gift for Birthday Person, Birthday Host and Mic Announcement. Check website for our ongoing specials and public skating times. Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family-owned business. Located at 7231 West Archer Ave., Summit. 708-458-0300.

WhirlyBall Naperville

Eat. Drink. Game ON! Whether you’re celebrating an engagement, an anniversary, a teambuilding event, or raising funds for your not-forprofit, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s a multi-level LaserTag arena, eight bowling lanes, a four-lane VIP private bowling suite, and HyperBowling. Offering a relaxed yet elevated dining experience featuring fresh takes on classic American fare, an expansive collection of 24 rotating craft beer selections, and refreshing signature cocktails. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800, www.WhirlyBall. com/Naperville [See our ad on Page 3.]

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It’s no exaggeration to say that the one event kids really look forward to all year is the summer camp. But how do you choose the right one for them? Based on my experiences as the parent of a teenager as well as conversations with other parents, I’ve figured out the top six things to consider.


It goes without saying that cost is an important factor, especially if you have more than one kid. Summer camps can range widely in price, depending on whether they’re bare-

bones camps with a limited number of activities, or camps that offer a lot of expensive activities like overnight trips. But don’t just consider the price of the camp. Also consider how much money you’ll have left for other summer activities like family trips. Kids’ summer vacations are long and can feel even longer if the whole family has to stay home for many weeks because you didn’t have any money left to do other things. I learned this the hard way the first time our son went to a summer camp. The camp was so expensive that we ended up not having money for our planned family vacation.

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Geographical Distance

Another aspect to consider is the distance of the camp from your home. If the camp is far away, you may end up spending a lot of time and money driving to and from camp. This issue is made even more challenging if you’ve kids who go to different camps, at different times, and for different lengths of time. A good friend of ours spends a lot of the summer crisscrossing the U.S. on the way to and from the different camps that his kids go to.

Day Camp or Sleepaway Camp

One of the biggest choices every parent faces is whether to send their kids to a day camp or a sleepaway camp. In my experience it’s best to start with a day camp until your kids express interest in going to a sleepaway camp. Believe me: they’re fully aware even at a young age that sleepaway camps exist and that some of their friends already have attended them. If your kids haven’t said they’d like to go to a sleepaway camp, it’s probably because they’re not ready yet. It can also be a good idea to send your kids to both day and sleepaway camps. While sleepaway camps give them a chance to experience real independence and to make new friends, day camps

let them come home in the late afternoon and spend some time with their regular friends.

Indoor or Outdoor Activities

Consider the types of activities in which you kids would be engaged when choosing a camp. Some kids enjoy sitting quietly inside focusing on arts and crafts; other kids prefer being outdoors doing sports. You could choose to simply follow your kids’ preferences and let them decide, or you could use the summer camp as a chance to challenge your kids to step outside their comfort zone and try something different. My spouse certainly prefers the second option. Since our son first began going to summer camp, my spouse has insisted that he try activities that we can’t offer him in our regular city-slicker lives, like canoeing, water skiing, and zip-lining.

Single Activity or Multiple Activities

Find out if the camps you are interested in are specialized and focus on one activity, or if they offer multiple activities. Many camps are geared toward one specific activity, like chess, coding, writing, or more sports-oriented activities like basketball or soccer. Other camps offer kids

a range of activities from sports, to crafts, to performing arts. Camps that focus on a single activity typically aim to strengthen kids’ abilities in that particular area. Camps that offer many different activities try to introduce kids to different things. So ask yourself – and your kids - whether the goal is simply to have fun and try new things, or whether the goal is to enhance some particular skill of theirs.

Single or Multiple Camps

Finally, ask yourself whether you want to send your kids to one camp for all or part of the summer, or whether you want your kids to go to multiple camps. There are good reasons for either choice. On the one hand, sending your kids to a single camp can save you time and money shuttling between camps. It would also let your kids cultivate friendships for a longer period of time. On the other hand, sending your kids to several camps would let them to explore different interests and make more new friends.

Work at Camp

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Good Times Summer Day Camp

Good Times Summer Day Camp offers campers an exciting and active program for children ages 4-14. Each week is filled with incredible field trips, many hours of swimming, various sports, exciting guests, challenging crafts, special events, and a theme based cookout. We accommodate parent’s busy schedules by offering extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at no extra charge. Schedules are flexible – come only the days you want. Convenient locations in Libertyville, Wheeling, Deerfield, & Glenview. Busing available in some areas. For more information, please call 847-680-4884 or visit [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.]

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

Get your girl ready for a fantastic year! Together with Girl Scout friends, your child

will gain the confidence to try new things, speak up in class, and explore various opportunities. From being outdoors at our awesome summer camps to participating in our many spectacular programs, there is no shortage of activities for your girl. We welcome all girls in grades K to 12 to register! about-girl-scouts/join.html

Shining Stars

Started in 2015, “Shining Stars” is a camp where children can enjoy baseball and softball as they learn basic skills in a fun, creative, and Christian environment. Though the camp is open to children of all skill levels, it is specifically targeted toward children who have had limited or no organized baseball experience. The centerpiece and differentiator of this camp over and above any other baseball / softball camp is sharing and helping kids grow in Christ Jesus.

Hamilton Park, Palatine, IL (1037 N. Smith St.)

Young Moguls Business Bootcamp

Give your child the tools they need for a successful future with our summer camp for business entrepreneurship and financial literacy! Designed for ages 7-14, our program teaches kids how to create and market their own product, understand basic financial concepts, and develop a cando attitude. Our experienced mentors and instructors will guide your child every step of the way, culminating in a fun lemonade stand where your child can put their skills to the test. Available in Downers Grove, Des Plaines, and Orland Park. Register at www.

Rockstar 101 Music Camp

Discover your child’s inner rockstar with our Rockstar 101 Summer Day Camp! Perfect for beginner to intermediate musicians ages 7-14, this camp offers hands-on experience with a variety of instruments, from guitar to drums, bass, and piano. With fun musical games and activities, your child will learn music fundamentals and even play songs as a band. At the end of each week, they’ll perform in a rockin’ concert, showing off their new skills and talents to friends and family. Available at three locations in Downers Grove, Des Plaines, and Orland Park. Register at

Tech Titans Code Camp

Embark on a journey from app consumer to app creator this summer! Our camp is designed for kids aged 8-14 who love video games like Minecraft and Roblox, but want to learn the code behind the fun. With our program, your child will gain valuable skills in artificial intelligence, web, app, & video game coding. No experience required! They’ll discover the satisfaction of bringing their own ideas to life while becoming better prepared to thrive in a rapidly changing digital world. Join us for an unforgettable summer of tech exploration, learning, and fun! Available at three locations in Downers Grove, Des Plaines, and Orland Park. Register at

Camp Naper at Naper Settlement

Utilizing Naper Settlement’s beautiful 13acre museum campus as their learning laboratory, campers in grades 1-8 will go on adventures in history, art, science, and more at the uniquely themed Camp Naper summer day camps. Campers will enjoy hands-on educational activities, such as creating 3D-

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printed art projects, investigating scientific mysteries, and learning how pioneers survived in the past. Whether exploring foods and cultures from around the world, taking a blast to the past, or learning about life and landforms on the ocean floor, each of Naper Settlement’s summer day camps provides an immersive learning experience that will capture campers’ imagination while strengthening their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Camp Naper begins on June 5 and runs through August 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with drop-off available for parents beginning at 8 a.m. for no additional fee. To view the list of camps and register, visit

Downers Grove Park District Summer Camps

Downers Grove Park District summer camps offer nearly 100 adventures where kids will make memories that will last a lifetime! Check out action-packed sport camps, teen trips, traditional day camps and our early childhood camps. Unique specialty camps let kids delve into science, robotics, cooking, visual and cultural arts. Campers can take a swing at our golf camps, discover the great outdoors with nature camps or explore their historical side at one of our museum camps. Before and after care is available for full-day camps.

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Carthage College Soccer Camp

Develop your soccer skills in a positive environment on the beautiful campus of Carthage College. Boys and Girls, from young players learning the game to elite recruits looking to play at college. 10-14 yrs Junior Resident Camp June 16-19; 14-17 yrs Senior Resident Camp June 22-25; 15-18 yrs Elite Camp June 22-25. 5-8 yrs Junior Kickers July 24-27; 7-114 yrs Day Camp July 24-27. Learn from college players and be seen by college coaches. Questions, call: 262-5515930. Register online at

Sports Performance Volleyball

The Great Lakes Center offers youth volleyball programs ages 3 years old to 12th grade. Looking for world class training? Join us this summer for our Sports Performance Summer Camps offering skill camps from beginners to elite level players for both boys and girls. Week long camps offered in a variety of skills from 1st Contact, Setting, Attack/ Block/Pass/Serve, Middle Blocker, All Skills, Fundamentals and more! Sign-up today!

Camp Invention®

Spark your child’s curiosity and creativity with our all-new Camp Invention® program, Wonder! Campers in grades K-6 will collaborate

with friends to take on fun, hands-on STEM challenges. From building a mini skate park to launching a pop-up shop to transforming a robot into a stuffie, each experience adds up to an imagination-stretching, confidenceboosting summer. Visit or call 800-968-4332 to secure your spot! Use promo code SUM25 by 3/30 to save $25.

Little Mountain Community Theatre Seussical™ Kids

Children entering grades 2-8 in the fall are invited to join us Mondays through Fridays, June 19-30, for a two-week theatrical immersion while rehearsing for a production of Seussical™ Kids. Participants will learn lessons in teamwork, responsibility, and self-confidence. Singing, dancing, and acting will be an integral part of the program with a final performance in the Lemont High School Performing Arts Center. Space is limited. Visit for details


Your summer adventure awaits at NIU. Day and residential camps for aspiring scientists, engineers and creators on the campuses of Northern Illinois University. Explore engineering, health sciences, video game design, robotics, creative writing, filmmaking, food science and other STEAM topics. Build friendships, work in teams and develop your creativity as you complete open-ended creative challenges. Day and residential camps for grades 2-12.,, 815-753-8554

CampVentures by Kiddie Academy of Lemont

All Day Adventures. All Summer Long. CampVentures® will turn your child’s ordinary summer vacation into a summer of STEM activities and exploration. Kiddie Academy’s CampVentures® program inspires imagination through exciting activities and special visitors, while balancing the individual needs and interests of each child in our care. Awaken a world of fun, learning and friendships for your child! Rock ‘n’ Kids

Springtime Fun! Rock ‘n’ Kids provides music, movement and imagination classes for 1-5 years at park districts in Chicagoland! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are interactive and educational, with each class including songs and rhymes, basic dance steps and movements, fine and gross motor skills, rhythm instruments and movement props, imaginative play, socialization and fun! We are also available for mobile music and dance parties! We have been singing, dancing, and playing for over 28 years! Get more information at

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The Kiddie Academy CampVentures® program turns your child’s ordinary summer vacation into an unforgettable summer of fun and exploration. Our program inspires imagination through exciting activities, outdoor adventures, field trips and special visitors, while balancing the individual needs and interests of each child in our care.

CampVentures awakens a world of fun, learning and friendships for your child.

The Actors Gymnasium’s Circus and Performing Arts Summer Camp 2023

Summer camp will be every Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm for 4 weeks and campers will learn skills from tumbling to unicycling, juggling, aerial silks and more guided by our incredible group of instructors and camp counselors! The experience, kids tell us, is nothing short of transformational. We offer financial assistance and payment plan options as well. July 10 - August 4, 2023. The Actors Gymnasium, Evanston, Illinois, 60201, (847) 328-2795,

Camp SEASPAR: Camps Specially Designed for People with Disabilities

SEASPAR’s summer day camps are the perfect place for kids, teens, and young adults with disabilities ages 3–22 to spend their summer enjoying creative, social, and physical activities as well as fun community outings! SEASPAR is a special recreation association offering therapeutic recreation programs and services to people with disabilities of all ages. For more information on day camps and other programs for children and young adults, call SEASPAR at 630.960.7600 or visit

White Sox Summer Camp

Learn from the pro’s this summer at a White Sox Summer Camp presented by Wintrust! Professional coaches from the White Sox organization will work on throwing, hitting, fielding, and base-running, but more importantly, kids will be taught how to love the game of baseball. On top of the four days of camp, each camper will receive tickets to a White Sox game (date TBD), a White Sox t-shirt, hat, and other various White Sox goodies. For more info visit:

University of Illinois Sports Camps

University of Illinois, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has committed itself to the development of well-rounded summer sport camps for boys and girls. Young athletes have the opportunity to learn more about their sport, improve their skills, create new friendships and have fun at the same time. Campers receive excellent coaching, experience campus life, and meet athletes from a variety of backgrounds. To learn more about specific camp offering go to

Camp Anokijig

Outrageous fun is around every corner at Camp Anokijig! Since 1926, we have nurtured independence, character, and confidence in our campers as they build positive values, friendships, and life skills through their camp experience. We offer a huge variety of traditional and not-so-traditional

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activities for campers to self-direct their own camp experience, build self-esteem, and create an enriching week of summer camp. Convenient, 1-week sessions offer valuable flexibility to accommodate busy family schedules. Become part of the Anokijig family and catch the spirit! For more information: or 920-893-0782 (ACA Accredited).

Sports Broadcasting Camp

Play By Play Camps is the Nation’s #1 Sports Broadcasting Camp for sports fanatics ages 10-18. Learn the ins and outs of sports broadcasting from top professionals in the business at our 1-week day and overnight summer camps. We’re back in Chicago at the Holiday Inn - Skokie on July 10-14, 2023! Campers will practice all aspects of sports broadcasting including sports talk radio, sideline reporting, anchoring with a teleprompter, hosting a variety of on-camera sports & PTI-style debate shows, podcasting, and so much more. Live out your sportscasting dream as you host your own shows, tour professional stadiums, meet top sportscasters & athletes, and make friendships that’ll last a lifetime. For more information visit, check us out on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter @playbyplaycamps or call 800.319.0884.



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There are so many great reasons why you should consider sending your kids to sleepaway camp this summer, and it’s not only because they’ll have a whole lot of fun. Based on my experiences as the parent of a teenager who loves summer camp as well as conversations with other parents, I’ve learned that sleepaway camp can be character-building. Here are five different ways that your kids will develop and mature.


For most kids, sleepaway camp is the first time they get to experience real independence. They’re away from their parents and other adult family members for an extended period of time, and they’ve got to quickly learn how to take care of themselves, from getting themselves ready in the morning to choosing their daily activities. Of course, there are counselors who’re responsible for the overall welfare of the kids, but unlike teachers who tell kids what to do, camp counselors act much more like older brothers and sisters who’re on a joint adventure with the kids. I’ll never for-

get the first time my spouse and I picked up our son from sleepaway camp. He acted like a completely different person than the one we’d left behind only a few short weeks earlier: independent, mature, and with a confident, knowing demeanor.


Sleepaway teaches kids how to become better organized. From the moment they wake up in the morning to the moment they go to sleep at night, they have to make many choices that require them to learn how to organize themselves and their time. For example, in the morning they’re supposed to wake up, get dressed, brush their teeth, make their beds, and walk to the dining hall at the same time and together with all the other kids they’re bunking with. But unlike in school where teachers tell kids exactly what to do and when, camp counselors expect that kids figure it out themselves. And that includes not forgetting to put their dirty clothes in the hamper on laundry day.


Kids also learn some very valuable lessons about comradery. Camps often let parents request that their kids bunk with friends from home. Yet, they’ll also bunk with many other kids, often from different states and countries. This’ll teach them how to get along with and enjoy the company of kids with very different backgrounds than their own. Most camps are aware of this and organize activities aimed at creating a strong sense of comradery and

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community, including evening camp fires, singa-longs, and the ever-popular Camp Olympics.


Not every kid easily adjusts to being away from their parents for a long period of time, and not every kid easily makes new friends. If there’s one area where camp counselors do actively step in to help kids adapt it’s when someone is homesick or just not happy. Camp counselors show kids how to treat others with compassion, care, and respect. Many camps also have a buddy system where kids are teamed up to support another and do fun things together.


Sometimes, despite camp counselors’ best efforts, conflicts do occur over who bunks together, who sits next to whom at meal times, and who plays with whom. After all, kids often live in cramped quarters at camp, with unfamiliar roommates. But that’s not such a bad thing: one of the most important skills kids learn at sleepaway camp is how to solve interpersonal conflicts on their own. Camp counselors certainly step in to solve serious conflicts. But they’ll typically let the kids solve the small ones on their own. And learning how to solve conflict is a great skill kids will bring home with them and use long after the camp is over.

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Things Parents Wish People Knew About Their Child With Autism

Our kids know when people are talking about them. Do not assume that children with autism are not aware when others are talking about them. Instead, show them the same courtesy we show everyone else and try to include them in conversation. Speak with them about topics they enjoy or things you may have in common.

As Autism Acceptance and Awareness Month is upon us, BlueSprig Pediatrics spoke with three of their employees, Alicia, Natalie and Sara who all have kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to find out what they wanted their friends and family members to know about their child with autism.

These moms created a list of things they wanted their family and friends to know about their child with autism.

As parents, we can get overwhelmed easily. We are often overwhelmed by the medical and school challenges we face daily. Having a child with autism or, for that matter, any other type of special need, can be harrowing. “A challenge that I encountered in the earlier stages was finding the resources and having the support system in place,” said Natalie. Sometimes parents of children with ASD just want a friend we can talk to and a shoulder to lean on for support. It is important to surround us as parents with a support network, so we know we are not alone.

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Accept our children as they are. The common theme among these three moms is that they wanted their friends and family to accept their children just as they are and to realize that no two children with autism are the same. The reason we refer to it as an autistic spectrum is because everyone is different, and not all children engage in what you might consider ‘classic’ autistic behavior. For example, while many people think children with autism do not like to engage in social interactions, they often want to be social, they just lack the skills needed to do so.

Understand that attempts to connect with others may look different. They may not greet you with a traditional “hello,” but instead instantly start talking to you about a particular topic the two of you have in common. They aren’t being rude; that is just their way of making a meaningful connection with you.

Especially for the older kids, they just want to feel part of this world like everyone else. They want to feel a sense of belonging and be an active part of the conversation, event, or whatever else is happening in the world around them. “My son just wants to be a cool, 24-year-old guy who wants to show off his OU hat, his new shoes or tell you he saw something down the road. He wants to feel a part of the world, the conversation and the event, and not just an accessory to his parents. He’s his own person!” said Alicia.

Sometimes our struggles are invisible. “My daughter is happy. She can be patient, sensitive, and understanding. It can seem on the outside that we don’t face challenges. What people don’t see is all the work that goes into the balance, fighting for her needs, helping her navigate the world, struggling to find an environment that will accept her, troubleshooting supports, working through the hard days where we do have to stay home, get called home from work, attending to doctor’s appointments, therapies, evaluations, IEP meetings, and tutors. Sometimes our struggles are visible, and sometimes it seems like we’re doing fine. We need our friends to be compassionate even when things seem like they’re smooth sailing, because there is so much going on under the surface on a daily basis,” said Sara.

We plan for small things. Leaving the house can be an event that requires planning. We think about how many people will be in attendance and if there will be designated sensory friendly spaces available in case of over-stimulation. As a parent it is important to ensure our children have the appropriate resources such as tablets, headphones, chewies, blankets and other sensory activities readily available to regulate more effectively.

We will miss things…but please don’t take it personal. We are aware of how our children process their surroundings, and sometimes we won’t be able to make that birthday party or family function, even when we want to, because we know our child’s lim-

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March/April 2023 suburban family | education central 29 STEM SCIENCE+TECHNOLOGY+ENGINEERING+MATH COLLEGE OF DUPAGE Saturday, April 29, 2023 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Free Physical Education Center (PEC) Highlights • Hands-On Exhibits • In-Person Workshops • On-Demand Virtual Activities For more information or to register for our workshops: Get Your Geek On! For ADA accommodations, please email with the event title in the subject line and your accommodation request. Please email two weeks in advance. ©2023 College of DuPage. All rights reserved. STEMO-23-495250(2/23) Special guest Kate Biberdorf Kate the Chemist interactive demonstration followed by a book signing College of DuPage staff and industry experts will be on hand to provide an inside view into some of the most in-demand and cutting-edge careers of today and the future. Come for the knowledge. Stay for the fun!

its. Some environments are not the best fit for our children and may cause sensory overload. That’s just part of our reality.

Early intervention. An early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and treatment are significantly important for the development of a child’s brain in the early years of their life. According to the CDC, the brain will continue to develop and change into adulthood, however the first 8 years of a child’s life can build a foundation for future learning, health and life success. Early detection and treatment can lead to improved behaviors in the short and long-term to help children with ASD regarding various skill areas (e.g., socialization, communication, adaptive skills), health and safety, and quality of life. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms to detect ASD, talk to the right medical specialist to get a diagnosis and know your next steps for the best care and treatment for your child.

At what age can my child receive a diagnosis?

Signs of autism can be shown in children at an early age through multiple signs and symptoms. A reliable diagnosis can be made by an experienced professional by the age of two. Doctors will conduct a developmental assessment through developmental monitoring, screening, and diagnosis. This developmental assessment will determine if early intervention through applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy is needed.

Why is early intervention important?

For children with ASD, early diagnosis and intervention are essential for their development. Learning, behavior, and health are shaped during the first three years of a child’s life. As a child gets older, it becomes more difficult to change these behaviors.A key feature of ABA is that it allows for repeated learning opportunities, so the earlier intervention is started, the more opportunities the child has to practice desired skills and less time they have to engage in undesired behavior. By implementing early intervention therapy services at a young age, children with autism spectrum disorder can improve their developmental pathway.

What treatment is best for autism?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a therapy built around the process of positive behavior change using reinforcement strategies to both increase and decrease targeted behavior while working to improve socialization, communication, learning skills and other developmental milestones. ABA has been shown to minimize the deficits associated with autism and improve the quality of life of individuals with ASD and their families. To learn more, visit

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Sensory Garden Playground

Play for All Sensory Garden and Playground, 2751 Navistar Drive, Lisle. The Sensory Garden and Playground offers accessible playground equipment including a treehouse, gravity rail and net climber that allow children of all abilities to play and learn together. Equipment is specially outfitted with ramps and other accessibility features. Fragrant and tactile gardens provide educational, sensory experiences. Special events are presented every summer. Free admission. For more information, please visit

Immaculate Conception Grade School

As an educational ministry of Immaculate Conception Parish, we partner with parents to prepare students for lives as Catholic leaders. As Christians empowered by the Holy Spirit, we focus on formation through prayer, message, concern, and service to the community.We teach students to live lives that embody these values, are centered in Christ, and strive for their greatest academic potential. We invite you to schedule a tour and take a closer look. Pre-K 3 through 8th Grade. Contact: Mrs. Sheila Wachholder, Office Manager at Registration for 2022-2023 is Now Open. Address: 132 Arthur Street, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126. 630.530.3490

SEASPAR Multi-Sensory Rooms: Two Rooms to Engage the Senses

Two of SEASPAR’s most exciting amenities are its multi-sensory rooms. These rooms offer specially designed interactive equipment that appeals to the auditory, tactile, olfactory, and visual senses. Multi-sensory rooms primarily benefit individuals with autism, sensory processing disorders, and ADHD. Ready to engage your senses? SEASPAR is a special recreation association offering therapeutic recreation programs and services to people with disabilities of all ages. Call SEASPAR at 630.960.7600 or visit for more information.

Eye Level Learning Center

Eye Level is based on an educational philosophy in which students learn at their own pace. Each student receives an individualized program based on their ability, independent of age and grade. Eye Level English develops students’ essential writing and literacy skills through a comprehensive English Language Arts program. Eye Level Math develops students’ critical and analytical thinking skills through a comprehensive program and small-step approach. We offer virtual and in-center classes. Contact your local Eye Level Learning Center to schedule a diagnostic test! To learn more, visit Eye Level - Empowered & Ready For Success at

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Simple Ways to Become a HEALTHIER YOU

Whether you want to lose 30 pounds, get better control of your diabetes, or achieve a similar health goal, it’s best to make small but powerful changes. Eventually, you’ll see results. If you’re ready to take some small yet mighty steps toward better health in 2023, give these tips a try.

Cut out sugary drinks immediately. Sugary drinks like regular soda, fruit drinks, energy drinks, and sweet tea raise your blood glucose and add empty calories to your daily intake. Replace them with fresh water, low-fat milk, flavored calorie-free carbonated water, and unsweetened tea and coffee.

Purge the junk food. Cookies, chips, sweets, and other snacks are hard to resist when they are an arm’s length away. The best way to avoid them is by removing them from your home.When you’re craving a snack, you can try a healthier whole food option, like slices of avocado, a handful of nuts, kale chips, a small serving of Greek yogurt, a piece of fruit, veggies with hummus or nut butter. These snacks are more satisfying and pack more nutrition than your processed favorites.

Choose leaner cuts of meat. Saturated fat—the kind found in animal protein—raises blood cholesterol levels, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

An easy way to reduce your saturated fat intake is by choosing lean cuts of meat. Avoid or reduce your intake of lard, fatback, and high-fat meats like regular ground beef, bologna, hot dogs, sausage, bacon, spareribs, and the skin from chicken and other poultry. Instead, choose skinless poultry; fish, turkey, and beef trimmed of fat, including round, sirloin, flank, and tenderloin; and lean cuts of pork, including center loin chop and tenderloin.

Plan your meal around veggies (instead of making them the afterthought). At mealtimes, try to fill at least half of your plate with nonstarchy vegetables like spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, and eggplant.Veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and Brussels sprouts are delicious when roasted in the oven, and sautéing cabbage, bell peppers, and eggplant brings out their natural flavors. Finally, start any meal with a simple salad of mixed greens to help you meet your veggie quota.

Try lettuce wraps instead of bread. Iceberg, green leaf, or butter lettuce make a surprisingly delicious bread substitute. Use them in place of bread for your next sandwich. Nestle burgers or grilled chicken inside a lettuce “cup” in place of hamburger buns, and carefully wrap deli meats and toppings into a low-carb lettuce sub sandwich and secure it with wax paper and a piece of tape.Then tear the paper away as you eat.

Eat veggie noodles in place of pasta. For a great pasta substitute, sample the veggie noodles trend. Veggie noodles are a delicious, lower-carb option that can be eaten in place of grain-based pastas.A kitchen tool called a “spiralizer” quickly and easily turns vegetables into “noodles,” or you can use a standard vegetable peeler for a similar result. For even more convenience, you can now find these spiralized veggies in the freezer or produce section of many grocery stores. Try noodles made from zucchini, sweet potato, carrot, or spaghetti squash. Top them with chili, Bolognese sauce, or use them to make a cold “pasta salad” or noodle dishes like Pad Thai.

Schedule in exercise five days a week. What you write on your calendar and allot time for is more likely to get done.Your workouts don’t have to be extra rigorous to be effective. Just taking a brisk 30-minute walk each day—or at least five times a week—is a great way to get your heart rate up and kickstart weight loss and improved health. Of course, if you’d like to take up running or sign up for a cardio class, go for it! But if you are sedentary, it’s important to start slow and build up your endurance so you can maintain your new routine!

But don’t do ONLY cardio. Get in some strength training too. Strength or resistance training makes your body more sensitive to insulin and can lower blood glucose. It also helps to maintain and build strong muscles and bones. The American Diabetes Association recommends doing some type of strength training at least two times per week. Activities include using weight machines, free weights at the gym, or resistance bands; exercises that use your body weight to work your muscles like squats, lunges, planks, wall-sits, and push-ups; or activities that build and keep muscle like heavy gardening.

Shake up your sedentary workday every chance you get. Sitting at a desk all day can negatively impact your health. If the nature of your work causes you to be sedentary for eight hours a day, look for chances to build more movement into your day. For example, take a ten-minute walk after lunch, get up and move a little each hour (even if it’s just a walk to the water fountain or restroom), park farther away than you normally would, take the stairs instead of the elevator.

There’s no reason your work-outs have to be painful, punishing, and ultimately unsustainable. Making more manageable changes—that you will actually enjoy—is a better game plan for success. Make 2023 the year you finally shift into a healthier lifestyle and start moving toward building a better you.

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How to Pick the Right Race to Run

Having a race on your calendar is great motivation to keep running. But it’s important to pick the right race to run so you don’t start to regret your decision. If you’re not excited about your upcoming race, you may slack off in training. To avoid buyers’ remorse, ask yourself these questions before signing up for a race:

1. How far do I want to run?

The right distance for you depends on your current fitness level and goals, how much time you have before the race, and how much time you can dedicate to your training. Beginners should get their feet wet with shorter races, like a 5K (3.1 miles) or a 10K (6.2 miles), before taking on a longer distance. Those who want to train for a half marathon (13.1 miles) should be running for at least three months. If you’re hoping to run a full marathon (26.2 miles), give yourself at least six months of regular running before starting a training schedule.

2. When do I want to train and race?

Think about what time of the year you want to train and run the race. Take a look at race training schedules and figure out how much time you’ll need to be ready. A beginner runner can be prepared for a 5K in 6 to 8 weeks. But even experienced runners need about 10 to 12 weeks to get ready for a half marathon, and 16 to 20 weeks for a full marathon.

To help you prepare for an outdoor race, you really want to run outdoors for the majority of your training. So, you need to think about the training schedule and possible weather conditions you’ll be training in. Training for a spring marathon, for example, means you could be running a lot of miles in the cold, if you live in an area with cold winters. If you have more time to train in the summer and you prefer training in the heat, then you may want to choose a fall race as your goal race.

Also, consider the timing in relation to your personal and professional schedule, as well as other races you’re already committed to. Some runners pick one or two really important “A races” and make sure that their other races coordinate nicely with those races.

3. Where do I want to race?

Sure, running the Honolulu marathon sounds amazing, but make sure you consider the cons of running a race in an exotic destination. You’ll have to deal with potential issues, such as language barriers, unfamiliar foods, and running with jet lag. If you’re the type of runner who likes to have a very predictable routine leading up to race day, a local race might be a better option, so you don’t have to deal with the pre-race stress of traveling.

You also have to take the potential weather conditions and other factors such as altitude into consideration. Search online to see what race organizers and runners have to say about typical race day weather. And think about how you feel about racing in hot or cold weather.

4. How’s the terrain?

Is a scenic course high on your list of criteria? Are you willing to put up with a few hills in exchange for a beautiful course? Or are you less interested in scenery and hoping to run a personal record on a flat, fast course? Make sure the race’s terrain matches up with your criteria and goals. Do your homework and talk to other runners about the course, read race reviews, and check out the course description and elevation map.

About Christine Luff

Christine is a Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified running coach and has been coaching runners since 2003. Christine writes about running for numerous magazines and websites and is certified as a personal trainer, a fitness nutrition specialist, a weight management specialist, and a youth fitness specialist by the American Council on Exercise. Her book, Run for Good: How to Create a Lifelong Running Habit, is available in paperback and Kindle formats.

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Promote your race event in any bi-monthly edition of Suburban Family Magazine and receive an enhanced listing in the FITNESS EVENTS section. For more information or to reserve your space now call 630-863-7183.

The absolute best way to motivate yourself is to find a race in the 2023 Annual Race Guide, sign up (for 2 or 3 or…), pay for it, and put on your calendar. A fixed race date will help you stay focused, and keep you on a regular running schedule. Nothing feels better than crossing the finish line. A beginner can run any race — you just need to allow enough time to train for it.

The 2023 Annual Race Guide will be on our website all year long. Check back for race updates in each bi-monthly edition. Please check with Race Event Organizer before you go as circumstances may have changed since time of print. Get fit, stay well and have fun!



Oak Forest Fleadh 5k. Oak Forest. oak-forest-fleadh


Fight for Air Climb. Oak Brook.


Shamrockin’ Along the Fox River. St. Charles.

St. Paddy’s Day 5K Run/Walk. Naperville.

DUbliNDEE Kilted 5k Race and Fun Walk. East Dundee.


Tri Your Luck Indoor Triathalon. Palatine.

Running o’ the Green 8K. Tinley Park.


Pi Day “Pi K” Fun Run/Walk. Chicago.


The Forge Trail Half Marathon & Quarter Marathon Sat., 3/ 18 at 7 AM

One of the few long distance trail races in the Chicago area. The Forge, Lemont

Deer Park St. Paddy’s Day Half Marathon, 10k and 5k. Deer Park. deerparkst

Shamrock Beer Run. Rockford. Shamrockbeerrun. com

Kiwanis Shamrock Shuffle 5K. McHenry.

Lucky Dog 5k. Rolling Meadows. Luckydog5k.


Deer Park St. Paddy’s Day 5K and 10k Run/Walk Lake Zurich.

March Madness Half Marathon. Cary.

Aurora Half Marathon and 5K. Aurora.

Bolingbrook St. Paddy’s Day Marathon and 5K. Bolingbrook.


Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

March 24 - 26, Grant Park Packet Pick-Up: March 24 & 25

The Mile: Saturday, 3/25

8K run and 2-Mile Walk: Sunday, 3/26

Instagram handle: @ChiShuffle

Hashtags: #ShamrockShuffle #Shuffleto8K


Lakefront 50K George Cheung Memorial Race Chicago.



Bunny Hop Fun Run. Plainfield.


Chi Town Half Marathon and 10K Run. Chicago.

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Stepping up to Wellness 5K Run. Libertyville.


Superhero Fun Run 5K Sat., 4/15 at 8:30AM Memorial Park, Wheaton

Spring Chance BQ.2 Geneva. Run Like A Super Hero. Morris.

ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge 5K. Arlington Heights.

IPA 10K. Montrose Beach, Chicago.


Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler and 5k. Chicago. Run, Walk and Roll 5K/1mile. Bloomingdale.


Saw Wee Kee - Spring Trail Run Sat. 4/22 at 4 PM

3-Mile Course, 7350 Sundown Lane, Yorkville Oswegoland Park District. 630-554-1010

Fight Hunger 5K/10K Run/Walk Sat., 4/22 at 8:30 AM

Cantigny Park, Wheaton Benefitting Northern IL. Food Bank Use code SUBFAM for $10 off adult reg.

Fox Trot 5k and 10k. Batavia. Bataviarunnersclub. org/event/fox-trot-run-walk

Zoomies 5/10K. Aurora.

Earth Day 50K, 15-Mile and 5-Mile Run. Crystal Lake.

The Champion of Trees 10K. Lisle.


Earth Day Run. Brookfield Zoo.

Women’s Half Marathon and 5K. Naperville.


Chicken Run 5K/10K and Lil’ Peeps Kids Run Sat. 4/29

USATF certified, chip timed, Cash Prizes 5 year Custom Age & Custom Finisher Medals Batavia, IL

Running With Friends 5K. New Lenox. Illinois Marathon. Champaign.

Purple Stride 5K Run/Walk. Chicago.

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How to Train for and Run a 5K Race

Running your first 5K is an exciting and achievable running goal for most people, even those who are new to running or may have never run a race before. A 5K race is 5 kilometers long (or 3.1 miles) and a popular distance for first-timers. It’s the perfect way to build your fitness, stay motivated, and have fun while working out.

Even if you’re a total beginner runner, almost anyone can be ready to run/walk or run a 5K by learning the basics about running and following a smart and safe training schedule.

Why Run a 5K?

People run 5K races for many different reasons. Some of the most common include:

• They want to challenge themselves.

• They want to train for a specific goal, rather than just running for exercise.

• They enjoy running with others.

• They want to show their support for a specific charity.

• They like the idea of crossing a finish line.

What’s Involved in Training for and Running a 5K Race?

For beginner runners, the 5K distance may seem intimidating at first. However, even someone who is new to running can be ready for a 5K in a matter of eight weeks. Many new runners use a run/walk strategy for their first 5K, which means that they alternate between intervals of running and walking.

People who have more experience running can usually run a 5K race on any given weekend. But even advanced runners will follow a very specific training schedule in order to achieve a goal time in the 5K.

How Long Does It Take to Train for a 5K?

Your training time for a 5K race really depends on your current fitness level, your running experience, and your goals for the race.

If you’re an experienced runner who already runs a few times a week and you just want to run a 5K to evaluate your fitness level, then you could probably knock out a 5K this weekend.

However, someone who is basically sedentary or a runner who wants to achieve a personal best time would want to give themselves at least 6 to 8 weeks to prepare for a 5K.


Good Life Race. Oak Park.

Walk MS. Chicago.

Run for 102 5K & 1 Mile Run Run. Brookfield.



Sprint 2 Spring 5k Run/Walk. Hanover Township.

Cinco De Miler. Chicago.

A Safe Place EmpoweRun 5K Run/Walk. Libertyville.


Walk for Wellness House

3K Walk/5K Run Sun., 5/7

131 N County Line Road, Hinsdale, IL Benefitting Free Cancer Support Programs


Great Western Half Marathon and 10k. St. Charles.

Chicagoland Spring Half Marathon. Schaumburg.

Bob Blazer Run for the Arts. Crystal Lake.


USole Four Mile Classic Run/Walk. Chicago.


Pink 5K Run/Walk Sat. 5/13 at 8 AM

Benefits Hinsdale Hosp. Foundation

Oak Brook Park District 1450 Forest Gate Rd. Oak Brook 630-990-4233 ~~~

Lemont Quarryman Challenge

5K & 10 Mile Road Race

Sat., 5/13: 7:30 AM (10 Mile); 8:00 AM (5K) Historic Downtown Lemont

Elim Eagles’ Wings 5K Run, Walk, and Roll Crestwood.

Highlander Assault Obstacle Course Races. Holiday Hills. highlanderassault

Starved Rock Country Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K.


Mother’s Day 5k and Kids’ Run. Barrington.

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us as we come together to feel empowered on the course all the way to the finish line, while also empowering neighbors who need our help!
Use code SUBFAM for $10 off adult registration.
Presented by:


She Runs the Fox. Batavia.


Lilac Mutt Strut 5K. Lombard. Walk to Cure Arthritis 5K. Libertyville.

G.L.O.W. 5K Run. Naperville.

Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run.

Mujeres On the Run 5K Walk/Run. Chicago.


16th ANNUAL Walk the Walk for Mental Health

Sun. 5/ 21 at 9:00 AM

#StepUP #WalktheWalk #ColorWalk

The Community House 415 W. 8th St., Hinsdale

Darien Dask 10/5K. Darien.

Fight For Air Climb. Chicago.

CARA Spring Trail Race 10K at The Forge. Lemont.

Deer Grove Half Marathon and 10K. Deer Grove.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides 5K Walk. Chicagoland.

Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon, 10k

and Junior Dash. Chicago.


Western Springs 46th Annual Tower Trot

Sat. 5/27 8:30 AM

10K, 5K, & Fun Run, plus Double Run (10K & 5K) Benefits Healing Hearts for Ashley Grand Avenue Community Center 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs. 708-246-9070

20th Annual SALUTE

Sat. 5/27 at 8 AM

10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk Recreation Park, 500 Miner Street, Arlington Heights

Use promo code SUBFAM5OFF for $5 OFF when registering.

Muddy Dash.

Soldier Field 10. Chicago.


Race to the Flag 5k Run/Walk. Westmont.

Get Kids into Running

Running has tons of benefits for kids and it’s a perfect sport for families. If you’d love to get your kids into running or just be more active in general, here are some things that have worked for me and other families:

Let them be your race cheerleaders. If they make spectator signs for you, cheer from the sidelines, and experience the excitement of race day, they’ll equate running with fun.

Enter them in a kids’ race.

Many people (both adults and kids) get hooked on running after experiencing the thrill of crossing a finish line. Look for a local 5K or other race that includes a much shorter kids’ race either before or after the main event. Many kids’ races give them a ribbon, medal, T-shirt or other race swag, which may give them incentive to run more.

Run with them on trails, parks, and paths. A safer and fun alternative to running on the street with your kids is to take them to parks or trails to run. You can combine a little bit of running with a nature walk. Or, jog around a park and then play at the playground.

Start a running log with them. Help your child keep track of how far he or she running. Just record the date and approximately how long or far they ran. If they have a phone or other device, they can use an app like RunKeeper to record their distances.

Find a youth running program.

Kids love doing things with other kids. Check with your child’s school, your town or city’s recreation department, or local churches to see if they have a kids’ running program or club.

Check in with local running clubs for adults to see if they offer any programs, camps, races, or clinics for kids.

Local running stores are also a great resource for kids’ running. Some running stores offer running programs or camps for kids. If not, they may have tips on finding local teams or clubs.

If you’re looking for a running program for your daughter, check out Girls on the Run, a non-profit program for girls in grades 3 to 8, to see if they have a local chapter.

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Help ght breast cancer in stride at the Oak Brook Park District Annual Pink 5k!


Early Bird Online Registration (Ends March 31, 2023): $30

Online Registration (Begins April 1, 2023 and ends May 5, 2023): $35

Day of Registration (May 13, 2023): $40

Team Rate (must have 15 people per team): $25 per person

Proceeds Bene t:

Saturday, May 13 | 8:00am

Run for a great cause!
For more event or registration information:


Ridge Run 5K/10K Run. Chicago.



Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals

Sat., 6/3

7:30A 5K/10K I 8:45A ½-Mile Kids’ Run Memorial Park, Wheaton cosley-zoo-run-for-the-animals

Saw Wee Kee - Spring Trail Run Sat. 6/3 at 4 PM

4-Mile Course, 7350 Sundown Lane, Yorkville Oswegoland Park District. 630-554-1010

5K Run for LIFE! Sat. 6/3

5K run/walk along the Fox River @ The Lodge of Batavia

Presented by: Suicide Prevention Services of America

Benefits #HereforLife #DepressionScreening #Counseling

#PreventionTraining #SupportHotline


Walk to Defeat ALS.

Walk to Cure Arthritis 5K. Chicago.

Cori’s Kids Triathlon. Oak Brook.


Bank of America Chicago 13.1

June 2 - 4, Garfield Park Packet Pick-Up: June 2 - 3 Festival and Half Marathon: 6/4 Instagram handle: @Chicago13.1 Hashtags: #ChiThirteenOne

Elgin Valley Fox Trot. Elgin.

Run for the Zoo. Chicago.

North Shore Classic. Highland Park.


La Grange Rocks 5K Fri., 6/9

Kids’ Race 6 PM, 5K Event 7 PM USATF Certified course! Run/walk, all abilities, family friendly, live bands! Benefits The LeaderShop. La Grange, IL


GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge 6/11 at 8:30 AM

Benefiting GiGi’s Playhouse 5K Run, 1-mile walk, and Kids Dash for Down Syndrome Now Arena | Hoffman Estates, IL

Take Steps. Glenview.


PrairieFest 5K & One Mile Prairie Dog Jog Sun. 6/18 at 8 AM

Father’s Day Morning at Prairie Point Park, Oswego Oswegoland Park District. 630-554-1010

Studio Wine Run 5K. Lake Geneva, WI.winerun5k. com/events/lake-geneva-wine-run-5k

Prairiefest 5K and 1 Mi. Prairie Dog Jog. Oswego.


Take Steps. Chicago.

ABC7 Gibbons 5K Run/3K Walk. Chicago.

Fit America Half Marathon, 10k and 5k. Hoffman Estates.

GlowRun Festival. Chicago.

Bike MS: Tour de Farms. Maple Park.

SAVE-A-PET Furry Friends 5K. Libertyville.



Liberty 5k Run/Walk. Morris.


4 on the 4th 4-Mile Run. Elmhurst.

Stars and Stripes 5K. Tinley Park.

Firecracker 5K Run/Walk. Warrenville.


Savage Race. Chicago.


Margarita Mayhem 5K. Elk Grove Village.

Lake Zurich Triathlon. Lake Zurich.

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March/April 2023 suburban family | fitness first 41 The Community House 16TH AnnuAl Walk the Walk Color Walk 5.21.23 | 9 AM Free T–shirt with Registration! Health Expo • Food Trucks • Face Painting Music • Games and More! For more information, contact Cara Romanini at 630.323.7500, ext. 250 or sign up and form your team today! Di D you know th At The Community House Counseling Center provides life-changing equitable access to mental health services for children, youth, young adults, and families despite economic and insurance barriers. J oin US! #StepUp #WalktheWalk23 and walk a mile on May 21 to support mental health! Lace Up Your Shoes! Let’s Have Some Fun!


Mutt Strut VIRTUAL 5k Fri., 7/14 - Sun. 7/16

Virtual 5k Run/Walk to Benefit Homeless Animals

Supporting Animal Care League


Quadruple Dog Dare. Sugar Grove.


WALK for Pancreatic Cancer Research Sun., 7/16 at 8:30 AM Riverwalk Grand Pavillion Naperville

Benfits the Lustgarten Foundaation


Sundowner 5K Run, Splash Dash, and Kids’ Races. Joliet.


The Forge: Lemont Quarries Off Road Triathlon Sat., 7/22 at 7 AM

540-yard swim, 10.7 mile gravel bike, and 3+ Mile trail run

The Forge, Lemont


Road Warrior Race. Carol Stream.

Kids’ Triathlon. Wauconda.

Adult Triathlon. Wauconda.

Founders Days Run/Walk. Algonquin.


Park Center Sprint Triathlon and Aqua Bike Race. Glenview.

CowaLUNGa Bike Ride . Gurnee Mills.



Bubble fun Run. Park Ridge.


Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon, Aqua Bike, and Kids’ Triathlon. Naperville.


Western Suburbs Lupus Walk Sat. 8/12

9 AM – Festival Area Opens

10 AM – Walk starts Naperville Riverwalk, Grand Pavilion

Tour de Cure Ride. Pottawatomie Park. tour.


Run the Crossroads Grande Park 5K. Plainfield.


Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race. Grayslake, WI.

Run The Rails Race . Elburn. runtherails

Stan’s Donut Run. Chicago.


Alpine Races. Lake Zurich.


Kids Tri. Chicago.

Tough Mudder Obstacle Race Day 1. Rockford.


Tough Mudder Obstacle Race Day 2. Rockford.

Fort2Base Race 10 Nautical Mile or 3 Nautical Mile. North Chicago.

Chicago Triathlon Sprint and Kids’ Triathlon. Chicago.

Bike for the Kids. Elgin.

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Chicago Children’s Dyslexia Centers 5K Sat. 9/9 at 8:30 AM

5K Run/ Walk/ & Kids 50 Yard Dash USATF Certified Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago 383 E. Lake St. Bloomingdale

Benefits: Metropolitan Chicago Children’s Learning Centers

Spring Chance BQ.2 Geneva. Naperville Trails Half Marathon. Naperville.

Last Chance BQ.2 Geneva.


Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. North Shore.

Zoo Run. Brookfield.

North Shore Century. Between Chicago and Wisconsin.


Pint 1K Run. Oswego. Out of the Darkness Walk. Chicago. *DATE TBD*


Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Naperville.

Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and 20-

Mile Race. St. Charles.

North Shore Triathlon. Wilmette.

Sea Blue Run/Walk. Chicago.


Step It Up for Clearbrook 5K. Arlington Heights.


Kid’s Triathlon Sun. 9/24 at 9 AM Grades 3-6, Oswego East High School Oswegoland Park District. 630-554-1010

Brain Up 5K Walk/Run. Frankfort.


DeKalb Corn Classic 10K and 5K Race. DeKalb.


Light the Torch 5K Night Run Sat., 9/ 30 at 7 PM Central Athletic Complex, Wheaton

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. St. Charles.

Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle 5K Run/2 Mile Walk. Villa Park. NEDA Walk. Chicago.

Race to Wrigley. Chicago.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Fox Valley.



Lemons of Love Pink Lemonade Zest 5k. Mt. Prospect.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of DuPage. Wheaton.


Monster Mash 5K Sun. 10/07

USATF certified, chip timed, 5 year Custom Age & Custom Finisher Medals Geneva, IL

Montgomery 5K & 10K River Run . Village of Montgomery.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Schaumburg.

NAMI Run for Mental Health 5K Run/Walk. Evanston.

Abbott Chicago 5K. Chicago.


Bank of America Marathon. Chicago.

LUNG FORCE Walk. Wheaton. Lung,org

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Trail Run 4 Miles JUN 18 PrairieFest
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- Spring Trail Run 3 Miles OCT 14
Fall Trail Run 4.5 Miles NOV 12
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Information about the race and On-line registration at

Chicago Lupus Walk and Fun Run. Lincoln Park.


Saw Wee Kee - Fall Trail Run Sat. 10/14 at 3 PM

4.5-Mile Course, 7350 Sundown Lane, Yorkville Oswegoland Park District. 630-554-1010

Country Sole Half Marathon and 10K. Chicago.

The Forge Fall Cooldown. Lemont

Des Plaines River Trail Races. Vernon Hills.

Nik’s Home Run, 7k Run, 1.5 Mile Fun Walk. Loves Park.


Chicago 10K Run. Chicago.

Run with the Nuns 5K Run/Walk. Lemont.

World’s Largest Corn Maze 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Spring Grove.


Autism Speaks 5K/1-Mile Walk. Chicago. act.

Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5K Run. Naperville.

Light the Night Walk. Western Springs.

Red Eye 5K Run. Joliet.


Autism Speaks 5K/1-Mile Walk. Wheaton. act.


Moraine Valley Community College

Health, Fitness & Recreation Center

Halloween 5K Run/Walk

Sat. 10/28, at 9 AM & Kid’s Dash Race at 10:15 AM USATF-IL certified. Family activities included! 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills

The Universal Sole Trail Challenge. Palos. Bat Race 5K/10K. Batavia.

Halloween Hustle 5K – Palatine.

Hot Cider Hustle 8 mi. and 5K.


Hot Cider Hustle 8 mi. and 5K.

Sycamore Pumpkin Run 10K Road Race Sycamore.

Haunted Oak 5K. Homer Glen. Healthy Driven FRAIDYCAT 5K . DATE *TBD*



Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. Chicago.

The Forge Trail Run Festival. Lemont www.

Ooh LaLa Chocolate 1/2 Marathon, 5K Run Sun 11/5

1 M Walk & Kids Dash Sat 11/4

USATF certified, chip timed, Cash Prizes 5 year Custom Age & Custom Finisher Medals Geneva, IL


Turkey Trot 5K. Tinley Park.

The Fox & The Turkey. Batavia.

Beat the Eagle 5K. Lombard.

Jingle Bell Run. Wheaton.


Gobbler Hobbler 10K & Mashed Potato Mile Sun. 11/12 at 8:30 AM

Scenic Fox River Run at Fox Chase Elementary, Oswego Oswegoland Park District. 630-554-1010


USOLE Trail Challenge. Palos.


26th Annual Naperville Noon Lions 5K Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Morning 11/23 Proceeds benefit individuals with Vision and Hearing disabilities. Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Avenue, Naperville

Long Grove Turkey Trot. Long Grove.

North Shore Turkey Trot 5K & 10K. Highland Park.

Roselle Annual Turkey Trot 5K. Roselle..Roselle5K. com DATE *TBD *


Grant Park Turkey Trot. Chicago.



Lions Club Reindeer Run 5K Sat., Dec. 2 at 8:30A Downtown Wheaton

Rotary Santa Run. Arlington Hts. rotarysantarun. org DATE *TBD*


Insane Candy Cane 5K and Rudolf Kids Run Sun 12/3

USATF certified, chip timed, Prizes 5 year Custom Age & Custom Finisher Medals Batavia, IL www.crm.enmotive.comLemont Frigid 5K

Frigid 5K Lemont. DATE *TBD*

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Annual 5K 26th Thanksgiving November 23, 2023 vision and hearing disabilities. RACE LOCATION Naper ville Central High School 440 Aurora Ave, Naperville
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March & April great events

Here’s your source for current and upcoming great events. Event information is subject to change without notice, therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm. Preregistration for most events required. And, be certain to tell ‘em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine!

If you have an event of regional interest that you would like included in the Great Events section, please send an e-mail to: Deadline for inclusion in the May/ June issue is Friday, April 14.



PRETEEN Dodgeball and Pizza – Enjoy some pizza and Dodgeball in our gymnasium. 6-8PM. Register. CORE Gymnasium. Lemont.


ADULT Dancing with the Band – Move to the music on the dance floor at Garden Terrace located in the Pavilion. 7 – 9 PM. Elk Grove.

SENIOR Senior Stroll – Seniors can explore preserves and learn history surrounding the land. 10AM-12PM. Creek Bend Nature Center. St. Charles.


KIDS Flashlight Clover Hunt – Meet us at Firefighters Park to find special clovers, some for prizes. Bring a basket and dress for outdoors. Ages 3-11. 6:15-6:45PM. New Lenox.


FAMILY Dino Activity Day – Fossils and hands-on activities, plus a take-home craft and Bingo. Register. 10AM4PM. Lizzadro Museum. Oak Brook.

FAMILY Multicultural Fest – Student performances, crafts, games, activities and foods from around the world to educate and celebrate many cultures. 11AM-2PM. Community Rec Center. Schaumburg.

FAMILY St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Fest - Enjoy floats and fun in historic downtown Lemont. Parade steps off at 1PM. Lemont.

FAMILY Woodland Family Hikes: Maple Tapping –Discover the cultural and natural history of maple trees and maple tapping at Morton Arboretum. 11AM. Lisle.

OUTDOORS Maple Sugaring – Learn how to identify and tap a maple tree and try drilling a tap. Enjoy cocoa and ice cream while the syrup simmers over an open fire. 12-

3PM. Leroy Oaks Forest Preserve.


CONCERT Community Music Programs – Small ensemble music performance of Menghua Guan, Chinese Zither, with community musicians. 2PM. All ages. Register. Oak Brook. Reserve spots at

FAMILY Irish Parade – Enjoy the Tinley Park Irish Parade along Oak Park Ave. Enjoy delicious Irish fare. Tinley Park.

OUTDOORS Maple Sugaring – Learn how to identify and tap a maple tree and try drilling a tap. Enjoy cocoa and ice cream while the syrup simmers over an open fire. 123PM. Leroy Oaks Forest Preserve.


FAMILY Adventures in Nature – Kids connect with nature through outdoor exploration. 10:30-11:45AM. Greenbelt Cultural Center. North Chicago.


ADULT The Challenge: Live Quiz Game – Show off your knowledge as you compete for prizes during this quiz game featuring pop culture, music, history, geography and other categories. Register your team or we’ll place you with one. 7-8:30PM. Mayslake.

KIDS Lucky Charm Dive – Dive into our leisure pool filled with charms to collect. Turn them in for small prizes. 5:30-7:30PM. Wheeling.


CLASS Rockin’ Jewelry for Kids – Children make their own gemstone jewelry, a necklace, keychain or pin. All materials included in kits. Scavenger hunt after, jewelry badge for scouts. 1:30PM. 8yrs+. Register. Oak Brook.

FAMILY Superfood Friends are Exhibit Kick-Off –The Art Center in Highland Park will kick off its new exhibit with Prescott Ellison and Superfood Friends character Andy Apple. 1-3PM. Highland Park.

FAMILY Pot of Gold Park Stroll – Search for leprechauns, rainbows and more in Mt. St. Mary Park. St. Charles.

FAMILY St. Patrick’s Parade – The parade returns this year at 2PM in downtown St. Charles. Check the website for updates on events around town. St. Charles.

KIDS Rock and Mineral ID Class – All materials included to identify 9 specimens, followed by a tour of the museum. Completes Earth Science badges for Scouts. 10:30AM. Lizzadro Museum. Oak Brook. Register.

SHOPPING Grayslake Antiques and Flea Market –

Zurko Promotions presents its annual flea market at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Grayslake.


FUNDRAISER Glen Ellyn Food Pantry Celebration of Tables – Tickets available for this gala to raise funds for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry at the Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton.

SHOPPING Grayslake Antiques and Flea Market –Zurko Promotions presents its annual flea market at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Grayslake.


VIRTUAL Native Landscaping: Creating your Garden Plan – Get tips and tricks for incorporating native plants into your gardening goals. Ages 18+. Register. 3-4PM.


FAMILY St. Patty’s Day Bingo – Fun, family night of Bingo with prizes, passes and gift cards. 5:45-7:15PM. Bartlett Community Center Oak Room. Bartlett.

KIDS Lucky’s Flashlight Hunt – Lucky the Leprechaun will be leaving green and gold coins and treats to find. Everyone gets a goody bag. Bring a flashlight. Ages 1-14. 8PM. Itasca.

LECTURE The River Flows Through It series – An opportunity to provide your input and ideas to create a lively riverfront environment. 7-8PM. Baker Community Center, St. Charles. Register at

SENIORS Springtime Bingo – Bring your friends and join us for FREE Bingo at the CORE Gymnasium. St. Patrick’s Day Theme. Register in Advance. 1-2PM. Lemont.


SENIORS Active Adult Bunco Parties – Join us for a Bunco party with prizes. A light lunch will also be served. Register. 11:30AM-2:30PM. Plainfield Township Community Center.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


SENIORS St. Patrick’s Bingo – Join us for Bingo and the chance to win exciting prizes. Pre-registration required. 1-3PM. Wheeling.


ADULT Adult Egg Hunt – Hunt for eggs filled with goodies including gift cards and a cash prize. Free. Wilder Park. Elmhurst.

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CRAFT Spring Fling Craft Show – More than 150 vendors selling handmade crafts, Jewelry and home décor. 10AM - 4PM. Community Christian Church, Plainfield.

KIDS Easter Egg Hunt – Bring your basket for a traditional egg hunt at the Lisle Community Park Bandshell. First time slot: 10AM. Lisle.

KIDS Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt – Bring your basket and flashlight for this fun evening egg hunt. 8PM. Lisle.

MUSIC St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Live music and curated meals and a special holiday scavenger hunt. 126PM.The Forge, Lemont.

OUTDOORS Maple Magic - Learn where maple syrup comes from and how it is made. Enjoy a pancake breakfast served with real maple syrup. 9AM. Delnor Woods Park St. Charles.

OUTDOOR Maple Fest – A short indoor presentation, then hitting the trails for a history on maple syrup. Refreshments available for purchase. Red Oak Nature Center. Tickets needed. 12-2PM. Batavia.

OUTDOOR Sugar Bush Fair – Spring Valley’s popular celebration of Spring’s arrival. Learn the history of maple syrup and enjoy breakfast in an enclosed tent from 9AM-12PM. Preregistration highly encouraged. Schaumburg.

OUTDOOR Maple Fest – Join our annual tradition of turning maple sap in Maple Syrup. Register for timed presentation. 9AM-1PM. Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia.


ART Spring Palette Art Show – The Gregg House Museum is transformed into an art gallery. Paintings, prints, drawings, glass and sculptures for viewing and purchase.

11AM-4PM.All ages. Westmont.

FAMILY Sugar Bush Fair – Spring Valley’s popular celebration of Spring’s arrival. Learn the history of maple syrup and enjoy breakfast in an enclosed tent from 9AM-12PM. Preregistration highly encouraged. Schaumburg.

FAMILY Dog Admission Day – Hit the trails, at The Morton Arboretum, with your canine friend. Dog and human admission passes must be reserved in advance. 7AM-sunset. Lisle.

FAMILY Let’s Go Girls – An afternoon of activities in celebration of women’s history and female empowerment, including the Rockford Peaches! 12-4. Cantigny Park. Wheaton.

OUTDOOR Maple Fest – A short indoor presentation, then hit the trails for a history on maple syrup. Red Oak Nature Center. Tickets needed. 12-2PM. Batavia.

OUTDOOR Maple Fest – Join our annual tradition of turning maple sap in Maple Syrup. Register for timed presentation. 9AM-1PM. Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia.


VIRTUAL Native Landscaping: Creating your Garden Plan – Get tips and tricks for incorporating native plants into your gardening goals. Ages 18+. Register. 3-4PM.


CLASS West Suburban Lapidary Club – monthly meetings with demonstrations, presentations and information on cutting and polishing stones. Club meets at 1PM. Programs at 2PM. Lizzadro Museum.

CRAFTS Art and Market Aurora – Curated indoor

market featuring food and artisan vendor as Society 57. Free entry. 11AM-12PM. Aurora.

CRAFTS Shower of Crafts – Midwestern artisans selling high-quality, handcrafted art and crafts. College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn.

DOGS Doggy Egg Hunt – Dogs hunt for treat-filled eggs at Clow Stephens Dog Park. 12-12:30PM. Plainfield.

DOGS Hound Egg Hunt – Head over to Fred P. Hall Amphitheater for a hound-only egg hunt. Check website for entry time by weight. Palatine. Amphitheater.

FAMILY Dunn Museum Sensory Friendly Hour –9-10AM. For those who need a calm and quiet visit before it is open to the public. A quiet room will be available for breaks. Libertyville.

GARDENING 1800’s Vegetables – Come plant your own vegetable seeds to take home, tour the farmhouse and learn about growing vegetables in the 1800s. 10AM-12PM. Lisle.


CONCERT Chicago Immigrant Orchestra – Orchestra members play instruments native to their countries for a one-of-a-kind music experience. 2-3PM. Elmhurst History Museum. Elmhurst.


FAMLY Family History Day – Special time reserved for families to drop in and enjoy the “In Pursuit of Happiness” exhibit. Drop in 11AM-3PM. Elmhurst History Museum. Elmhurst.


FAMILY Dunn Nature Play and Crafts – 1011:30AM. Drop-in to Dunn Museum’s North Shore Gas Classroom for hands-on experiences. Adult supervision required. Libertyville.


FAMLY Passport to Community History – Pick up a Community History Passport to begin your local adventure at 3 historical sites in Bensenville 11AM-3PM. Various sites. Bensenville.


GARDEN Weed Ladies Spring Preview – Features creative seasonal floral arrangements for sale, silk and dried floral creations. 10AM-3:30PM. Proceeds benefit Naperville Heritage Society. Naperville.


FAMLY Immigration Storytime – Family-friendly stories about immigration on the hour and half hour, as well as coloring sheets and exhibits. Elementary age children. 10AM-12PM. Elmhurst History Museum. Elmhurst.

FAMILY Flashlight Egg Hunt – Kids can hunt for eggs filled with prizes and candy at Bott Community Park. 8-8:30PM. Plainfield.

FAMILY Flashlight Egg Hunt: Kids Night Out –Bring your flashlight and a basket to find candy and toy filled eggs. Pizza will be served. Register. 6:30-8:30PM. Community Rec Center. Wheeling.

GARDEN Weed Ladies Spring Preview – Features creative seasonal floral arrangements for sale, silk and dried floral creations. 10AM-3:30PM. Proceeds benefit Naperville Heritage Society. Naperville.

KIDS Nerf Wars – The gym at Westmont Community Center is transformed into a Nerf battleground complete

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with obstacle course. Pizza and drinks included. Westmont.



ADULTS Flashlight Egg Hunt – Adults 21 and over can find hundreds of prizes and gift cards and stay for drinks an socializing. Big Camp Timber. Elgin. Register.

FAMILY Hop Til You Drop – Games and prizes in this carnival style event. 50 participants every 45 minutes. Register. Free. New Lenox Park District. New Lenox

FAMILY Easter Bunny Photos – Visit with the Bunny in the gazebo on Stolp Ave and receive a free photo. 1-3PM. Millennium Plaza, Downtown Aurora.

KIDS Easter Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza – Bring your basket to Deer Grove Leisure Center for games, crafts, inflatables and the Easter Bunny. 10-10:30AM. Bensenville.

FAMILY Easter Egg Hunt – Meet the Easter Bunny for photos and an Easter Egg Hunt. 9AM. Freedom Park, Tinley Park.

FAMILY Easter Egg Hunt – Bring your baskets to collect eggs and treasures. Adult supervision. 10AM. Pottawatomie Park, St. Charles.

FAMILY Doggy Egg Hunt – Bring your fur baby out to hunt for colorful eggs and treats at Riverbend Community Park. $5 per dog. 10-11AM. St. Charles.

FAMILY Spring Fling eggs at Washington Park and will stick around for photos. Check eggs for prizes! FREE. Itasca.

KIDS Preschool Egg Hunt

preschool playground to find candy and toy filled eggs. Meet the Easter Bunny, too. Register. 9:30AM-11:15AM. Commu nity Rec Center. Wheeling.

KIDS Kids Egg Hunt at Camp Big Timber ages 10 and under will have an egg hunt, Goody bag and visit from the Easter Bunny. 9AM. Elgin. Register. Flashlight

KIDS Egg Hunt hunt at the Lombard Community Building. 10:40-11AM. Lombard.

KIDS Hippity Hoppity Bunny Trail table at Centennial Park Trail for treats! Participants encour aged to dress like a bunny. 10AM-12PM. Lemont. Register.

KIDS Egg Hunt

baseball field in Gregory B. Bott Community Park Bring your camera for phots ops with the Easter Bunny. 10:00-11:00AM. Plainfield.

KIDS Preschool Egg Hunt playground for fun and games. Bring your camera for pho tos with the Bunny. Register early. Ages 1-3. 9:30-10:45AM. Wheeling.

KIDS Bunny Bash freshments and the Easter Bunny. 9:30-11AM. Circle Park. Bloomingdale.


FAMILY Easter Egg Hunt

Egg hunt returns. Check back for details as date approaches. 10AM-4PM. Cantigny’s Parade Field, Wheaton.


KIDS Flashlight Egg Hunt

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and head to the Springbrook Nature Center for an egg hunt in the dark. Ages 1-14. 8PM. Itasca.


FAMILY Drop In at the Dunn Nature Play and Crafts – 10-11:30AM. Drop-in to Dunn Museum’s North Shore Gas Classroom for hands-on experiences. Adult supervision required. Libertyville.

TEENS Eggstreme Teen Night – FREE. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden at Washington Park, so bring your basket and flashlight to find eggs and special prizes. Ages 10-15. 8PM. Itasca.


PRETEEN Dodgeball and Pizza – Enjoy some pizza and Dodgeball in our gymnasium. Register 6-8PM. CORE Gymnasium. Lemont.


DOGS Doggie Easter Egg Hunt – Bring your doggie to Circle Park to find eggs filled with doggie treats. Dogs must be leashed 6:45PM. Bloomingdale.

FAMILY Amazing Amphibians – Free to families with kids under 12 years. Drop in to learn about and meet Lake County amphibians. Dunn Museum. Libertyville.

KIDS Flashlight Egg Hunt – Bring your brightest flashlight and hunt for the golden egg containing a gift card! 7:30-7:50PM. Register.

KIDS Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt – Bring a flashlight and a basket for your goodies. Hunting occurs in 2

head Springs Farmhouse. Hampshire.

TEENS Flashlight Egg Hunt – Bring your flashlight search for eggs filled with candy and prizes. Ages 11–16. 8PM. Wilder Park, Elmhurst. Register


KIDS Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt & Hike - Let’s take a hike through our natural area! Bring your flashlight in search of treat-filled eggs along the trail. Hickory Knolls Discover Center. 6PM. St. Charles.


DOGS Doggie Eggstravaganza – Celebrate spring with your four-legged friends for an egg hunt just for them. 11AM sharp. Berens Park. Elmhurst.

KIDS Hippity Hoppity Bunny Trail – Head out to Heriage Park for fun and games. Bring a basket and a camera for pics with the Easter Bunny. 10AM-12PM. Wheeling.

KIDS Underwater Egg Hunt – Hunt for Easter eggs in the shallow end of the pool and stay to take photos with the Easter Bunny. 12:15-2PM. Register. Norric Rec Center, St. Charles.

KIDS Egg Hunt – Bring your baskets, hunt for treats, and visit with the Easter Bunny at Robbins Park. Spring crafts and entertainment is fun for the entire family. Hinsdale.

KIDS Egg Hunt at Berens Park – Hop over to the baseball fields at Berens Park to hunt for candy and prizefilled eggs. Adults accompany kids. Ages 2-10. Register.

KIDS Milto’s Marvelous Egg Hunt – 10AM. Blackberry Farm. Aurora.

KIDS Floating Egg Hunt – Vaughan Athletic Center, 9-11AM. Aurora.

KIDS Downtown Batavia Egg Hunt – Hop around downtown Batavia businesses to find eggs for a chance to win raffle prizes. Includes games, music, and activities. Batavia.

KIDS Egg Hunt on the Island – Go on a scavenger hunt via Stolp Island. See their website and Facebook page for details closer to the date of the event. 1-3PM. Aurora.

OUTDOORS Bird Walk – Cantigny bird walks are conducted in partnership with the DuPage Birding Club. Beginning birders and kids at least 8 years old welcome. 7:30AM. Cantigny, Wheaton. Register


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DEMONSTRATION Blending and Glazing with Acrylics – Dale Olsen demonstrates how he achieves oil-like effects using acrylic paints. Bloomingdale Park District Museum. Bloomingdale.

SENIORS Springtime Bingo – Bring your friends and join us for FREE Bingo at the CORE Gymnasium. St. Patrick’s Day Theme. Register in Advance. 1-2PM. Lemont.


SHOPPING Grayslake Antiques and Flea Market –Zurko Promotions presents its annual flea market at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Grayslake.


LECTURE Yellow Peril: Understanding Asian America through Storytelling – 2-3PM. Mix of intimate personal storytelling and mini presentations. Elmhurst History Museum. Elmhurst.

SHOPPING Grayslake Antiques and Flea Market –Zurko Promotions presents its annual flea market at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Grayslake.


SENIORS Active Adult Bunco Parties – Join us for a Bunco party with prizes. A light lunch will also be served. Register. 11:30AM2:30PM. Plainfield Township Community Center.


ADULT Egg Hunt – After you very own egg hunt at

PARC, relax and enjoy pizza, pop and a chance to win some prizes. 1 raffle ticket included and more available for purchase. 6-8PM. PARC. Plainfield.


CRAFTS Art and Market Aurora – Curated indoor market featuring food and artisan vendor as Society 57. Free entry. 11AM-12PM. Aurora.

FAMILY FOREGE FEST – Nature trail, vendor village, activities for kids, workshops, conservation projects, live entertainment, food trucks. Free.The Forge. Lemont. Theforge. gives

FAMILY Earth Day Story/Walk – Walk the trail through the park while reading pages of an Earth friendly story, plus more activities. 10AM-12PM. Volunteer Park. Tinley Park.


FAMILY Earth Day – Celebrate Earth Day with the whole family with a nature walk. Learn about Wheeling’s wildlife, view live animals up close, plant seeds in our butterfly garden. 11AM-1PM. Wheeling.

OUTDOORS Earth Day – Celebrate Earth Day with a nature walk, view animals up close and plant seeds in the butterfly garden. Free. 11AM-1PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion. Wheeling.


FAMILY Arbor Day Celebration – Join the Lemont Park District Pre-school Academy for a celebration including butterfly aviary, activities and a visit from Seemore the Eagle. 12-1PM. Centennial Community Center. Lemont.


FAMILY STEMCON – Experts will be on hand to provide cutting-edge demonstrations and hands-on exhibits for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. FREE.10 AM - 4 PM. College of DuPage

KIDS Touch a Truck – Have fun learning about and climbing all over trucks, cars, and all types of fun vehicles. FREE. 10AM-1PM. Old Quarry School. Lemont.

FAMILY Lore and Legends: Spring Traditions

– Gather with farm friends to explore different cultural customs, games, bonfire and refreshments for purchase, or bring your own. Primrose Farm. St. Charles.

FUNDRAISER Chicago Zoological Society Gala –Black-tie event held at the Hilton Chicago, 6PM-Midnight. Proceeds benefit animal care and welfare initiatives as well as educational programs. Register.


LECTURE GPA Healy: Prodigious Painter of Cottage Hill – 2-3PM. Museum staff-led lectures shed light on a portrait of Jane Byrd Brian by renowned painter G.P.A. Healy. Reservations required. Elmhurst History Museum. Elmhurst.


CRAFTS Art and Market Aurora – Back at Society 57 Saturdays through the end of April. Featuring food and artisan vendors, Free entry. 9AM-12PM.

EXHIBIT Women and the Environment Series –Open Fridays through March 2023. Celebrate the contributions women have made to the Natural World through these programs. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.

EXHIBIT Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition –

Longest running exhibition of African-American art in the US featuring over 100 Black artists. Runs through April 23 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. msi

EXHIBIT Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine and Jukebox Show – Annual show returns to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake. 4/28-4/30. Early buyers show on Friday.

EXHIBIT Superfood Friends are Exhibit – The Art Center in Highland Park hosts this new exhibit by Prescott Ellison featuring artwork, books and toys about the Superfood Friends characters. Highland Park.

EXHIBIT Be-Longing Sculptures – Solo exhibition by Indira Johnson’s sculptures reflecting her efforts to maintain a sense of belonging. Runs 3/3 – 4/8. The Art Center, Highland Park.

EXHIBIT In Pursuit of Happiness: Immigrants in our Communities – Exhibit runs through May 14, 2023 examining personal stories and experiences of immigrants and their descendants, told through photos, objects and stories. Elmhurst.

EXHIBIT The Negro Motorist Green Book – The Illinois Holocaust Museum runs this exhibit 1/29 through 4/23 and shares the history of The Green Book, an annual travel guide for African American travelers. Skokie.

EXHIBIT Northern Illinois Boat Show – Presented by Muson Marine at the Lake County Fairgrouds, Grayslake. Runs from 3/3-3/5.

EXHIBIT Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad – 1/28-3/19. A visual story of 2,000 miles of the Underground Railroad. Dunn Museum, Libertyville.

FAMILY First Fridays – A night of art, fun, music, dance and community at local businesses and venues in downtown Aurora the first Friday evening each month. Aurora.

FAMILY Maple Sugaring – March 4, 5, and 11, 12. Discover how sap becomes syrup as you try tapping with tools from the 1890s, and watch sap thicken over the fire. All ages. Free. Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago.

FAMILY Paleo Fest – March 3-5. Dress in your best paleo costume, and jump into so many fun ways to win contests, learn about prehistoric animals...and explore the halls of Burpee with our education staff and international speakers. Burpee Museum, Rockford.

KIDS Hands on Learning – Join DuPage Children’s Museum for Arts & Maker programming which provides children with the materials, tools, inspiration, and opportunities for collaboration that truly lets their imaginations soar. Naperville.

KIDS Tiny Great Performances Series – Saturdays in March and April features an integration of play performances. Included with museum admission. Performance times vary. DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville.

OUTDOOR Hiking Group – Chicago area people looking to get outdoors and socialize can join an event leader for a hike at various locations and distances. Register. Meetup. com/chicagohos

THEATER Bartlett Park District Youth Theater

Presents Newsies – Newsies unite to fight for what is right! March 9–12. Reserved seating. Check website for dates and times.

THEATER Charlotte’s Web – Presented by AlphaBet Soup Productions, playing at various venues. See website for venues and times.

TOURS Arlington Heights Historical Building Tours – Saturdays 10:30AM and 2:30PM. Meet in the Heritage Gallery for an hour long tour of 5 historical buildings on the museum campus. Arlington Heights.

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Catch 35

From the ocean to your plate – Celebrate Lent at Catch 35 Chicago/Naperville! Succulent seafood specials offered daily. Prince Edward Island Mussels, House Smoked Shrimp, Crab Stuffed Maine Lobster Tail, Szechwan scallops, Fish & Chips, pan roasted Chilean sea bass, and so much more. Join us for lunch or dinner.

The Catch 35 menu offers a variety for all to enjoy such as our fresh from the farm dishes like grilled skirt steak, roasted beet salad, braised beef short rib, the wedge salad, and our house burger. In addition, Catch 35 Naperville offers a casual, neighborhood wine & cocktail bar serving fresh oysters, sliders, lobster rolls, and much more. Perfect for afterwork cocktails or meeting up with friends and family. Every Monday celebrate at Catch 35 with half off select bottles of wine.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for special offers. Contact us at 35 S. Washington St. Naperville, Illinois 60540 – 630-717-3500. Dine in, delivery, & curbside pickup available. Visit


A Mykonian escape in the Chicago suburbs, VIOLI represents a Modern Greek restaurant located on the east side of Oakbrook Center. Inspired by its big sister, LYRA, and DineAmic Hospitality owner’s travels through Greece, the team partnered with Greek Top-Chef Athinagoras Kostakos to bring the Greek lifestyle to Illinois. VIOLI is open 7 days a week for dinner and weekday lunch, beginning at 11:30am. Weekend brunch on Saturday and Sundays will be coming soon!

The space includes a 6,300-square-foot interior, an expansive fourseason outdoor pergola patio, a beautiful oval shaped bar, and a fully private dining room. From intimate happy hours and celebrations, to corporate buyouts and catering, our passionate events team is ready to plan the perfect event for 12 or more guests. Inquire today - 260 Oakbrook Center Oak Brook, IL 60523.

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Antico Posto

Antico Posto is a cozy Italian cafe and wine bar serving Italian classics. Located in Oakbrook Center, signature dishes include Chicken Meatballs with arrabbiata sauce, Hand-Stretched Brick Oven Pizzas, House-Made Gnocchi and Baked Eggplant Parmesan. Dine in the main dining room, order catering for an at-home celebration, or enjoy the intimacy of Antico Posto’s private dining room. 630-5869200. 118 Oakbrook Center.


Located in Oakbrook Center, Beatrix is an all-day restaurant, coffeehouse and meeting place open for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch! The menu features healthy meets delicious options, and is known for its iconic coffee and bakery counter, including signature cookies and in-house pastry favorites. Plus, celebrate your next event in the private dining room accommodating groups up to 65 guests, or enjoy Beatrix catering. 630-491-1415 272 Oakbrook Center. 9200. 118 Oakbrook Center.

Biaggi’s Biaggi’s is a casual Italian restaurant with 3 locations in the Chicagoland area offering large portions of affordably priced, authentic Italian dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients available. Relax in a comfortable, inviting dining room while enjoying your meal from an extensive selection of pastas, soups & salads, pizza, fresh seafood, steaks and desserts. Signature dishes include Fettuccine with Lobster, Ziti al Forno and White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Open daily for lunch and dinner, Biaggi’s Chicagoland locations include Algonquin, Deer Park or Naperville. For a complete menu or additional information visit

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