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Don’t Miss Overshadowed’s Production of DreamWorks Madagascar — A Musical Adventure.

March 24–April 8 Tickets $12–18 630.634.2100 • 900 Foster Ave, Medinah, IL 60157 Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture • Book by Kevin Del Aguila Original Music and Lyrics by George Noriega & Joel Someillan Madagascar is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019. Tel: 212.541.4648, Fax: 212.397.4684,


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BRING THE WORLD DOWN TO SIZE. Through April 24, discover Eastern culture in our latest exhibit, Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character, & Confucius. Learn Chinese hanzi lettering, care for baby pandas, and take part in our daily Chinese New Year dragon parades! See for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago • 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview • (847) 832-6600 •


march/april 2017 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mali Anderson Alexa Bigwarfe Christa Melnyk Hines Christina Katz Meghan Kennihan Heidi Smith Luedtke, Ph.D. EVENTS EDITOR Lara Krupicka Colleen Sall PUBLISHER Jim Wolf CO-EDITORS Sue Wolf Jim Wolf ART DIRECTION Tim Devine Cory Ottenwess


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s chilly winter weather gives way to the green of springtime, kids and parents alike are draw to the great outdoors. And that’s a good thing. Because loads of recent research shows the benefits of spending time in nature. Here are some highlights.

“Your local water gardening and koi club.”

MAR 17TH: Club Meeting Topic: Propagation, care, and flowering of water lilies, lotus, and marginal’s. Location: Lisle Park District Rec Center, Lisle IL

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Better Health. Inactivity increases your risk for physical disability and disease, yet 28% of American adults and 19% of kids age 6 to 17 are inactive today. People who spend more time outdoors are more active on average than people who spend less time outside. Ride bikes or start jogging to jumpstart your fitness routine. Hills, uneven terrain and wind resistance challenge your muscles and your mind.

pression. An analysis of 30 studies done in the last 26 years found you don’t have to break a sweat to get benefits from being outside. Even low-intensity outdoor activities, such as walking or gardening for 20 minutes, can be beneficial. In fact, the biggest increase in mood and self-esteem occurs in the first 5 minutes. So what are you waiting for? Putter around in the yard to feel instantly happier.



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Body Image. If Zumba makes you feel more like a threefooted klutz than a Latin temptress, you’re not alone. Full-frontal mirrors and the presence of other people cause gym goers to focus on how they look while exercising instead of what they’re doing. In the natural environment, you’re better able to focus on how it feels to move your body and what your body can do. What’s not to like about that?

Renewed Focus. Research conducted at the University of Michigan shows the relaxed quiet of outdoor environments allows our brains to recharge. In nature – where we aren’t bombarded by text messages and to-do lists – we’re able to tune in to subtle details like budding leaves

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to get from food sources alone. This important nutrient is crucial for calcium absorption in the body, and low levels increase your risk of fracture and osteoporosis. Studies also link Vitamin D deficiency to asthma, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Soak up some rays to make more D. Experts say 5 to 30 minutes of sunshine two to three times a week should be enough for most people.

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Fewer Symptoms of ADHD. A national survey of more than 400 parents of children with ADHD found those who regularly played outdoors in unstructured green spaces like parks and woodlands had less severe symptoms than kids who played indoors or on outdoor playgrounds with man-made structures. A nature walk or trip to the beach may be just what the doctor ordered.

Enhanced Creativity. Researchers from the University of Kansas found backpackers who spent 4 days in nature – unplugged from electronics – scored a full 50 percent better on a creative problem-solving test. It’s not clear whether time in nature or time out from technology – or a combination of both – was responsible for this impressive result. Lesson for you? Leave your cell phone at home. Or at least turn it off.

Less Stress. Outdoor environments aren’t created equal. Studies show a 50-minute walk in the park is more restorative than walking the same distance and duration on city streets. People who walked in nature reported feeling less time pressure and more positive feelings than urban walkers did. If a city stroll is your only option, take a friend. Those who walked with a buddy felt more invigorated after an urban outing. No matter what you do in the great outdoors, make sure to enjoy it with all your senses. Breathe deeply. Listen for birdsong. Look at cloud shapes. Smell the roses. Feel the ground beneath your feet and the wind in your hair. Claim your place in big, wide world. Nature is always waiting. 8 seasons

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Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago Seventeen interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Through April 24, discover Eastern culture in our latest exhibit, Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character, & Confucius. Learn Chinese hanzi lettering, care for baby pandas, and take part in our daily Chinese New Year dragon parades! See for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. For more information call 847-832-6600 or visit [See our ad on Page 3.] 10 out & about

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Midwest Pond & Koi Society “Your local water gardening and koi club.” Join us for a club meeting on March 17th. The topic: of discussion is on propagation, care, and flowering of water lilies, lotus, and marginal’s. Lisle Park District Rec Center, Lisle . And, the next club meeting is on April 21st. The topic: is“Myth and Truth” - facts and fiction about ponding. Alberto’s, Carol Stream. For more information on events call 312-4092081 or visit: DuPage Children’s Museum Imagination in Bloom Spark your curiosity, ignite your excitement, and let your imagination bloom! Explore, create, build, wonder, discover, think, play, and more. Plan a visit to DuPage Children’s Museum where your family will REVEL IN PLAY. Flutter, crawl, creep, or fly on over for Bug Bonanza to catch all the fun on March 25-26 and join us for enchanting activities April 8-9 at Fairy Tale Fest. Every visit is a new adventure. Plan your visit today.SUBFAM 301 North St., Naperville. FILLWashington small 12.16:Layout 1 63012/14/16 637-8000.



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Bartlett Park District Aquatic Center Plan NOW to take a wild ride at the Bartlett Aquatic Center and experience a New Way to Play! 10% OFF season passes in March | 5% OFF season passes in April . Amenities include an eight-lane lap pool with a zero-depth entry section, tube slide, lazy river, water based zip line, drop slide, two body slides, and spray playground, a sand-play area, and a concessions area.Available for private rentals, group outings and birthday parties. 620 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett, IL 60103. For hours of operation and more information call 630.540.4800 or visit Kane County Forest Maple Sugaring Days: March 11-12 at Creek Bend Nature Center Don’t miss our spring celebration – Maple Sugaring Days, March 11-12 from 1-4 p.m. Learn how to tap a maple tree.Watch sap simmer and thicken to syrup. Join us on a guided hike through the preserve. Sample pure, local syrup. Plus, check-out interactive exhibits inside Creek Bend Nature Center. Bring the whole family for this fun, FREE program. Creek Bend Nature Center is located within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. See www.kaneforest. com or call 630-444-3190 12 out & about

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Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Madagascar: A Musical Adventure—Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto our stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, Madagascar will leave you with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!” For a super special treat join us for our Character Breakfast! Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets, visit or call 630-634-2100. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]org. [See our ad on Inside Back Cover.] Stars on Ice Tour Don’t Miss The 2017 Stars On Ice Tour In Rosemont on May 6th at 7:30 Allstate Arema in Rosemont. In 2017, Stars on Ice brings together a cast of our country’s most exciting and decorated skaters! Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White are joined by 2016 World Medalists Ashley Wagner and Madison Chock & Evan Bates, 2016 U.S. Champion Gracie Gold, four-time U.S. Champion Jeremy Abbott and more in a star-studded event leading up to the 2018 Olympic Games! A Skater Meet & Greet will be held after all 2017 Stars on Ice shows. Fans may meet and mingle with the stars, collect autographs and bring cameras for photo opportunities! Only a limited number of passes are available, so purchase your Meet & Greet passes before they sell out.. Buy tickets at Mamma Mia! ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. After reading her mom’s diary from one carefree summer 20 years ago, Sophie secretly invites the three men her mom wrote about to her wedding. Set to the classic songs of ABBA like “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “SOS,” Mamma Mia! is the enchanting and unforgettable tale of love, laughter, family and friendship. Marriott Theatre 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, IL Runs thru April 16th. For tickets call the Box Office at 847-634-0200.. March/April 2017

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Countdown To A Stress-free Birthday Celebration By Christina Katz


lanning a memorable birthday event can be the highlight of your child’s year, if you maximize the fun and minimize the stress. The best way to increase the magic and decrease the madness is to use a handy checklist so you can start early and get ready gradually. Or if you want to plan your party in one fell swoop a few weeks ahead, this checklist will help you do that, too.

before your party date, brainstorm themes with your guest of honor. See sidebar for theme suggestions. Make Reservations. If there is one thing I have learned about popular party venues, it’s that they fill up early. Once you have your theme and know you will need a location away from home, get your reservations nailed down tight two-three months in advance.

I have been planning and hosting birthday parties for over a decade, and these steps will get you from vision to fruition. Follow these timing tips, and you’ll be able to keep a smile on your face from the day you start planning until the moment the final guest is picked up or dropped off.

Find Supplies Online. Shop local when you can to support your local economy, but for those hard-to-locate items, don’t burn up time ad gas searching for what you can easily find online. Generally speaking, one-stop party stores are not as prevalent as they used to be and you’ll likely be delighted by the variety you can find online. Just make sure to place your orders at least month early to allow for shipping time and returns if anything is not what you’d expected.

Choose A Theme. Always have a theme. Having a focus will help you plan and execute your party without a hitch. Several months

Send Out Invitations. Evite wins hands-down for quick and easy party invites. Just visit, select a theme, add in your guests’ e-mail ad-

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dresses, and send your invitations. Two weeks notice is usually just the right amount of time. But if it’s a busy time of year, add another week or two.

Order The Cake. Cakes and cupcakes can get expensive when you make them from scratch. Besides, the kids will probably like the local big-box or grocery store sheet cakes just as much as homemade. Order one week ahead for pickup up on party day for the freshest results.

Tackle Your Local Shopping List. Despite ordering ahead online, you probably still have few items you need to pick up locally. Be sure to pick them up at least a week ahead in case you can’t find something and need to order it online after all.

Recruit Helpers. Why try to do everything yourself when you can have so much more fun at your party with plenty of helping hands standing by? See the sidebar for suggestions. March/April 2017

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Fleetwood Roller Rink is a family owned business. We are celebrating our 60th anniversary. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) private parties and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages. For “health sake, roller skate.” Come visit us and join in our fun. Skating lessons available every Saturday at 1 p.m. Located at 7231 W Archer Ave, Summit, IL 60501. Call 708-458-0300. Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times at Like us at [See our ad on Back Cover.]

Safari Land

Let Your Adventure Begin! Safari Land has everything you need for a complete adventure. Whether it’s bowling, video games, rollercoaster, kiddie carts, food or other fun, Safari Land is the place for your party. Come ride the tiger terror... take a spin in our 360 degree, full-motion, 3D flight simulator,…play in our soft play area, or throw some strikes during cosmic bowling. Contact us today for additional event information and to book your next adventure of a lifetime. 701 W. North Avenue, Villa Park. 630-530-4649. Visit

Odyssey Fun World

The place for out of this world family fun for all ages! Plan your next birthday party here. Two fun locations with 150+ arcade and redemption games, a 4-story soft play center, Laser Tag, numerous exciting indoor rides, and great food. All summer long we offer Go Karts, Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, Hydro Racers (like Go-Karts on Water!), a ZIPLINE (30 feet high!), and an Inflatable Kidz Park at our Tinley Park location and Paintball at our Naperville location! Visit for exclusive discounts, or call 708-429-3800. 19111 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park, and, 3440 Odyssey Ct., Naperville

Yu Kids Island

We know shopping with kids can be a big ordeal. So we’ve created an kid-friendly indoor environment inside malls that is stimulating and enjoyable for your kids. Come in and enjoy the time with your kids, or participate in our dropoff programs available Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 9 pm. Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm. Plan your next children’s party here. Our party rooms provide privacy, yet allows you to keep an eye on your kids while they play! Two convenient locations: 5 Woodfield Mall #G144, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Tel: 847-969-9000, and, 122 Hawthorn Center Vernon Hills, IL 60061. For more information e-mail:

Curry Favors. Favors don’t have to be expensive or intricate. For a home party, go simple, fun, and inexpensive. Be as eco-friendly as possible by offering favors in a reusable container. If hosting a party elsewhere, consider letting the party be favor enough or simply offering a small treat to guests on the way out like a lollipop or a candy necklace. Set Up A Day Ahead. If you are ordering any large food deliveries like pizza, place your order a day ahead. Don’t forget to check online for any discounts or coupons. Then go ahead and tackle as much prep work as you can. Decorations? Food preparation? Party favors? Activity prep? Everything will go smoother on party day if you take care of as much as you can the day before. Party Down! Get a good night’s sleep. Allow at least two hours prior for set up and one hour afterwards for clean up.Then enjoy every memorable moment. Designate a party photographer, if your hands will be full to document the day.

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Mom! It’s Time for School! By Mali Anderson


f you’ve been out of school for a while—be it a year or decades— returning to an academic environment can be daunting. But the trend of adults returning to school is on the rise. One study reports adult students (over 25 years old) make up nearly half of the new and returning student population on today’s college campuses.

So, if you’ve been dreaming of finishing your first bachelor degree, or are chomping at the bit to get your second graduate degree, there are more options than ever to help you attain that goal. Keep in mind, it can be a struggle to cope with financial responsibilities, children’s needs, household management and work, all while attending classes, but these are short-term sacrifices needed to achieve a long-range goal. Marci Nogueira, a working mother who was promoted from general manager to director after obtaining a graduate degree from Post University, says, “having my family see me in a different career light is incredibly rewarding. 18 education central

My family was able to see me engaged in the process, to know what it’s like to work hard, go to school, get an education, but also to advance in your career and apply leadership skills both at home and at work.” Have you decided to hit the books? Consider the following tips to help you get started on the delicate balance of returning to school and raising a family.

Do it because you want to

This sounds obvious but there are many pressures to attend school. Furthering your education needs to be important to you. Attending school because someone suggested it, or in hopes of one day making more money, could make it more difficult to finish. Study what you love and the passion will come through. We don’t all know exactly what we want to do, but everybody has interests. How do you spend your free time? What books and magazines do you read? Which class have you taken in the past that has stuck with you all this time? Follow these ideas and talk to advisors at the university to help define what you could study in order to make your ideal career path a possibility. suburban family |

“Choose a specialization that you truly care about. The juggling act will be much more challenging for you if you don’t enjoy your field of study. A focus area you are passionate about will help you achieve success” says Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon, associate dean of Walden University’s School of Counseling and Social Service.

Consider a flexible program

We all have varying levels of support. If you have an encouraging spouse and an extended family willing to help, you may be able to attend a traditional degree program. If that is not a possibility, there are alternative methods such as part-time enrollment, low residency graduate programs and online classes. For instance, Nancy Hemenway, a working mother of two daughters, is pursuing a graduate degree at George Mason University. She says, “I can take some of my classes online, which helps me keep a flexible schedule. When I looked at programs, I wanted to be able to do a good portion of my grad work online but still have the connection to the university. I also looked for a program that would give me some time to finish. My plan is one course a semester including summer sessions. March/April 2017

So, realistically, I should be able to obtain my degree in 3 years.”

Reorganize your life

Scheduling a time and place to do your studying can help with self-discipline and time management. Just as young children thrive in routines, having a set time for your own studies—maybe once the kids are in bed—and a set location—a well lit table away from distractions like televisions and household duties—can assist parents in staying up-to-date with the assigned reading and papers needed to finish an advanced degree. Also, many schools have programs to assist adults in the transition from parent to parent and student. For example, UW-Milwaukee has a children’s center and a life impact program. The tuition at the children’s center can be adjusted to fit within a family’s finances and life impact provides resources, meeting groups and scholarships, designed specifically for parents returning to school. At the start of your first semester, reach out and ask faculty if they are aware of helpful study groups. Exchange email addresses with classmates as soon as school starts to set up a support system early. This way, if you miss a class, or there is a concept everyone but you gets, you won’t fall behind. Often, if you ask for help, you’ll be surprised how willing others are to supply it.

Questions to ask before returning to school How will school fit into my schedule?

There are a variety of programs available for non-traditional students. Would you be able to attend a low residency program? Would night or online classes be a possibility? Take a hard look at your planner and see where adjustments can be made. School is a big commitment and chances are things will have to be sacrificed. For instance, vacation time may be used for a low residency graduate program, or family dinners may be interrupted by Monday and Wednesday evening classes.

Can I afford it?

Once you have a school you’re interested in, ask about financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Check with the human resources department at your work about any programs they offer to reimburse educational expenses. Armed with this information, sit down with a fresh piece of paper and look over family finances. For many, an advanced degree will mean a tight year or two before a degree can be obtained. Remember, on top of tuition, you’ll need books, possible childcare and in many cases a new laptop. If the numbers truly don’t add up, start a savings fund while researching affordable schools and financial aid opportunities. Education enhances life, but financial stress can affect how well a student does in school, too. Figure out what works for your family, and stick to the budget.

Will I be able to work?

With more and more adults returning to school, many have found ways to continue working while studying. Would your current employer be open to flexible hours? Or can your position be reduced to part time? Do you know other parents who have been able to swing school and work? Ask around, you may be offered the ideal opportunity for your situation.


Acacia Academy is a private therapeutic day school ages 6 – 22 for those with learning disabilities, emotional concerns, autism and intellectually challenged students who benefit from a personalized program designed to meet individual needs. Natural habitat and threeacre school Nature Center located on campus provides students with a unique outdoor experience and summer program. AdvancED accredited and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for out-of-district placement. Transition programs and vocational services are available for ages 17-22. Kathryn Fouks, principal. 6425 Willow Springs Road, LaGrange, IL 60525. (708) 579-9040.

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s 14 million children across the country head off to day and overnight camps this summer, they’ll return home with more than just a cute camp t-shirt. The summer camp experience can give kids an advantage in school and in life. Here’s how camp benefits kids:

“You learn to navigate through group dynamics, to barter, to keep one another happy, to be sensitive and support a friend who’s sad,” says James Spearin,YMCA senior vice president of youth development. “These skills transfer and build adults with strong character and leadership.”

Nurtures social skills

More camps are also working to offer healthier food choices for their campers. According to 2014 study in the American Journal of Health Behavior, camps that offer wholesome foods are more likely to turn out campers

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Models healthy living According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity in children has doubled, and in teens has quadrupled, in the last 30 years. Thanks to the many activities camp offers, kids stay busy and physically active.

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who eat more fruits and veggies. Many resident and day camps now offer cooking and gardening tracks where kids learn how to prepare nutritious meals.

Eases the summer slide You know that old saying, “if you snooze, you lose”? In the absence of regular enrichment over summer break, research finds that kids typically lose as much as two months of grade level equivalency in math. Reading comprehension and spelling skills also take a hit during the summer. To help curb summer learning loss, many specialized camps offer educational opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) that make learning and problem-solving fun and interactive. Also look for camps geared toward reading, writing and the arts. March/April 2017

Provides a sense of achievement From rock climbing to whitewater rafting and horseback riding, summer camp gives kids a chance to try activities that they wouldn’t ordinarily get to try. “Trying new things in an encouraging environment creates a greenhouse for growing young leaders,” says Garret Perkins, director of Camp Kanakuk, a faith-based camp that offers overnight, day and family camps.

Enhances self-confidence According to an extensive study of camper outcomes conducted by Philliber Research Associates, 70 percent of parents report that their child gained self-confidence while at camp. Whether they work through homesickness or tackle an activity that pushed them outside of their comfort zone, kids walk away feeling a stronger sense of personal pride and self-reliance. “We use our activities and facilities as platforms to encourage kids in who they are and equip them to grow in confidence in who God has created them to be,” Perkins says. “With this newfound perspective, they become influencers in their own communities.” Helps them unplug. In a distracting digital world, camp offers valuable space where kids can slow down, connect and focus. “At Kanakuk, we remove the distraction technology offers and give campers the chance to plug into the great outdoors, try new sports and activities, make friends through shared experiences instead of shared social media platforms-and we see them come alive,” Perkins says.

day. Why? Kids say they aren’t interested, they lack access and are uncomfortable outside. In the meantime, they’re growing more and more attached to life in cyberspace and further detached from the natural world. “To connect with our woods and forests, our wildlife, our lakes and streams and oceans, our stars in complete darkness, all while depending on other campers and adults to keep one another safe is an experience unlike most others in life,” Spearin says.

Fosters teamwork

might learn to swim, sleep in a cabin and sing around a campfire, they’re rewarded with personal development skills that will help them in the classroom, in their relationships and eventually, the board room- or whatever their calling. “Those tangible experiences lead to building the foundations of stronger children who can lead others, show empathy, navigate through difficult group dynamics, value the differences in everyone, and give of oneself for the benefit of others,” Spearin says. “These are skills that the best in our society show throughout life.”

Camp facilitates an environment where kids learn that to succeed they must work together with their peers and their camp leaders. Whether they’re working to build a campfire together, playing a game, or preparing a meal, campers learn to problem-solve to accomplish their goals. Through teamwork, kids learn that they are each an integral part of the camp community where they feel a sense of acceptance and belonging.

Encourages personal growth While camp may simply seem like a quintessential summer pastime for kids where they

Celebrating our 22nd year! Tot Rock and Kid Rock Music & Movement Classes (ages 1-5 years) offered at park districts in the Northwest Suburbs. Music and Dance Parties (ages 1-8 years) Sing, Dance, Play! Enrollments being accepted now at your park district!

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Builds friendships Away from the pressures, labels and social structure of school, one of the best parts of camp is the opportunity for kids to make new friends. “Some of the biggest benefits we saw from sending our children to Kanakuk were their new friendships, spiritual growth and just the opportunity for them to spend time with likeminded people away from worldly distractions,” says Dianne Shadwick, whose three, now grown, children began attending Camp Kanakuk at age 9.

Register your young designer for these NEW architecture and design summer camps in the historic drafting room of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Studio. June 24 The Architect as Artist Grades 9-12 July 10 to July 14 In Wright’s Studio: Upcycle Studio Grades 3-5 July 22 Color/Pattern/Print: Designing in 2 Dimensions Grades 9-12

July 31 to August 4 In Wright’s Studio: Sustainability Studio Grades 6-8 August 12 Form/Shape/Mass: Designing in 3 Dimensions Grades 9-12 Students must have completed the first grade level listed above.

Info + Registration: FLWRIGHT.ORG/CAMPS

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hat to do with the kids this summer? Camp or no camp? Vacation or no vacation? Here is the area’s most comprehensive source of “kid’s camps” … loaded with great options to help you make an easy decision! Happy campin’ kiddos! Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Camps

In the room where Frank Lloyd Wright and colleagues pioneered a new vision for American architecture and design, In Wright’s Studio summer camps let young participants collaborate and create with professional architects, artists and designers. Newly designed workshops serve grades 3-12. Two week-long workshops serve younger students. High school students build portfolios during singleday Saturday workshops. Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. For more information, visit camps or call 708.725.3828. [See our ad pn p. 21.] 22 active kids

Des Plaines Park District Summer Camps

Beautiful Lake Park features three of our most popular summer day camps: Camp Chickagami has lots of outdoor activities, great special events, and 2 field trips each week. Camp Opeka is packed with fun, including swimming every week. Adventure Camp Is a full week of exciting day trips around the area. Our dedicated, experienced camp counselors make the difference. No wonder our campers come back year after year, and tell their friends, too! For more information, please call 847-3915700 or visit suburban family |

St Charles Bowl

St Charles Bowl is a Fox Valley Tradition since 1961. Our 24 lane bowling center offers the best in adult and youth leagues as well as family fun! For our 10 and 6 week summer program, kids bowl one session a week and learn bowling skills with the bonus of free open bowling all summer. We also host the best fundraisers, company and group outings. Kids love our Cosmic Birthday Parties and New Jumbo Video Music Screens. 2520 W. Main Street, St. Charles, IL, 630-584-9400. Email: Visit: March/April 2017

and get a recreation relief discount card worth over $100 in savings all summer!

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Rock ‘n Kids

Song and dance, rhythm and rhyme, join the fun for a rockin’ good time! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are structured music and movement programs for children ages 1-5 years that focus on imaginative play, sensory integration, fine and gross motor movements, rhythm skills and socialization, while utilizing a variety of rhythm instruments and props. Classes offered at park districts in the Northwest Suburbs. [See our ad on p. 21.]

Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre

“Unprecedented Youth Theatre” Hosts Musical Theatre Classes & Performing Arts Summer Camps in Downtown Naperville, Ages 5-18. 3-Week, Full Day Camps, Students Perform in Broadway Shows, Kids & Teens Love Our Inspiring & Professional Instructors, ONGOING OPEN ENROLLMENT - Summer Shows “Lion King”, “Madagascar”, “Wizard of Oz”, & “Shrek”. Camps Sessions Begin 6/5 & 6/26. RMCT is Celebrating 11 Years of Extraordinary Training Nationwide for the Young Actor, Nurturing Confidence & Creativity. JOIN US & Be a Part of Our Drama! 20 N. Center St, Naperville 60540 - 630-3524490 - REGISTER TODAY, Many Discounts Available!

Cantigny Park

Cantigny is the 500-acre former estate of Robert R. McCormick and part of the nonprofit McCormick Foundation.Visit the colorful gardens and McCormick’s historic home, now a museum. Upcoming activities at the park include parent-child classes, gardening workshops, lectures and Easter activities, including a fabulous brunch. The gardens, museums and most special events at Cantigny are complimentary admission with paid parking ($5 per car). See the Spring Events Guide at For event reminders, text PARK to 36000. Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

In SAIC’s camps, kids work together on a variety of fun projects, including painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, printmaking, performance, digital art and more. One- and twoweek camps for students ages 4 to 13 begin in June. Located at 36 South Wabash Avenue Suite 1201, Chicago, IL 60603. 312-629-6170. Visit 24 active kids

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Be part of the country’s most elite and cutting-edge interdisciplinary art school. Children’s Multi-Arts Camp and Middle School Programs in art, design, and mixed media Register now for summer camps and programs. | | | 312.629.6170

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Fox Valley Park District Some of the best times from childhood can be traced back to youth camp, those indelible memories of exploring, learning and growing – all while having fun. The Fox Valley Park District features more than 60 such camps that offer exciting opportunities for youth of all ages and interests.Venture into new worlds of discovery, enjoy a variety of sports, advance specific skills or just enjoy some good, ol’ summer fun. It’s all here! Visit for full details

Sports Broadcasting Camp Boys and girls 10-18 will have an opportunity to learn from the pros in the sports broadcasting industry. July 10-14, 2017. Meet sports celebrities. Make sports anchor, play-by-play, and reporting tapes. Participate in mock sports talk radio and PTI style shows, trivia and Stump The Schwab contests, and much more. Day/Overnight Options at Holiday Inn--Skokie. Check us out on and For more information, call 800.319.0884 or visit: or email:

Bartlett Park District Splash Central Indoor Aquatic Center located in the Bartlett Community Center.Take a wild ride at Splash Central and experience a New Way to Play! Amenities include a six-lane, 25-yard, 3.5 to 12 foot depth lap pool, One meter diving board, a zero-depth entry activity pool ranging from zero to 3.5 foot depth, body slide, kiddie slide and water spray features. Available for year-round swim lessons, private rentals, group outings, birthday parties, fitness classes, special events and much more. 700 S. Bartlett Rd., Bartlett, IL 60103. For hours of operation and more information call 630.540.4800 or visit

Camp Fire IL Prairie Camp Kata Kani Camp Kata Kani offers 11 weeks of summer fun and learning for only $115 per week (less on Holiday weeks). Archery, fishing, hiking and open fire cooking, plus Camp Fire programming and field trips. Kids thrive while playing, making new friends and having new experiences. For a small additional fee, parents can drop and collect campers before and after camp hours. To register, call 630-629-5160 or visit March/April 2017

Cub Creek Science Camp

Ages 7-17. A summer camp with its own zoo! Feed lemurs, zoom down a zip-line, and take classes in Veterinary Medicine, Animal Care, Survival Skills, Archery, and Arts & Crafts. A/C cabins. ACA accredited. Travel abroad with our sister camp, Animal Camp Jamaica Ages 14-18. 13 day program focused on Marine Biology and site-seeing. Spend mornings snorkeling and afternoons exploring the island of Jamaica swimming with dolphins, trying exotic foods, and jumping from waterfalls! PADI Scuba certification available. Seven Palms Villa in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. For more info call (573) 458-2125.

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The Yard


Come join After School Sports Summer Camps at The Yard, two state-of-the-art athletic and family recreation centers located in the near-west suburbs of Chicago. Kids will enjoy field trips and pool trips every week, sports on our fields, our play tower and inflatables field, games, arts/crafts, science, reading, projects, and more. For more information, visit or westmontyard. com or call 630-245-1101 for Naperville Yard and 630-737-1110 for Westmont Yard.

InZone Camps at Harper College

InZone, Harper College’s enrichment and sports camp for ages 8 to 14, fills your summer with fun and learning. Kids can become 3D printing masters, dunk a basketball, learn to cook, or master math challenges, all while they make new friends. Visit harpercollegece. com/family to learn more about InZone, request a catalog, and schedule your summer fun. Harper College CE, 1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067. For more information, visit or call 847.925.6300. [See our ad on Back Cover.]

SciTech Summer Adventure Camp

SciTech Summer Adventure Camps are an opportunity for young people to imagine, explore, and discover the incredible world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. We offer seven weeks of camp for Preschool to Kindergartners, and four weeks of camp for First to Eighth Graders. Registration is open until June 1st. Space is limited, so don’t wait to sign up! Discounted pricing is available, please visit for more information. [See our ad on Inside Front Cover.] March/April 2017

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Saint Ignatius College Prep

JOIN THE WOLFPACK FOR SUMMER CAMPS! Saint Ignatius offers a wide variety of athletic camps and academic programs for students of different ages each summer. Our camps and courses are engaging, enjoyable, and challenging in the tradition of Saint Ignatius College Prep. Choose from “Summer with the Pack” athletic camp opportunities for students beginning in the 3rd grade, our “Taste of Ignatius” academic enrichment program for rising 7th and 8th grade students, and our High School academic offerings. Visit for details and registration.

Saint Ignatius College Prep offers a wide variety of athletic and academic programs for students. Our camps and courses are engaging, enjoyable, and challenging in the tradition of Saint Ignatius College Prep. Choose from “Summer with the Pack” athletic camp opportunities for students beginning in the 3rd grade, our “Taste of Ignatius” academic enrichment program for rising 7th and 8th grade students, and our High School academic offerings. Visit summer-school for details and registration. 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608.

Wellness House KidsKamp

At Wellness House, we know you don’t have to have cancer to be affected by it. Family Matters is a comprehensive group of educational and supportive programs at Wellness House that helps kids, teenagers, and parents learn about cancer and express their feelings in a safe and supportive place. Wellness House is located at131 N. County Line Road in Hinsdale. To learn more about their services and KidsKamp programs call 630-323-5150 or visit

Overshadowed Theatrical Production

Join us for a theater camp experience you will never forget! Perform in a production with costumes and set, sharpen your acting skills and make new friends! Choose from two exciting camps or attend them both for a discounted price! Or check out our camp for younger children! Also, participate in workshops led by Overshadowed acting company members along with other artistic and camp staff. Workshops include text work, movement, voice, audition skills and team building. For more information, please visit [See our ad on Inside Back Cover.]


Funtopia literally means “fun world” – a place for FunBelievable adventures to happen. Kids here can climb and play on their own or with their buddies. Our staff always provides great care and everybody gets to have a great time. The rides present medium to high-difficulty obstacles for people of all sizes and ages. All of them are designed with fun in mind and are themed accordingly. Funtopia offers day camps with a variety of adventurous activities during school holidays. 2050 Tower Dr., Glenview. 224-432-5435. glenview 28 active kids

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Camp Naper at Naper Settlement

June 5 – July 24, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Explore and discover epic experiences through hands-on and immersive adventures at Camp Naper! Naper Settlement’s all new one-day to weeklong camps offer a variety of enrichment activities including STEM exploration, science, history, cooking and more. Day camps are for children grades 1 to 8 and are led by experienced, adult counselors. Registration opens in March. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, Illinois 60540. Call 630.420.6010 or visit our website at:

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Good Times Summer Day Camp

Offers campers an exciting and active program for children ages 4-12. 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 Illinois and Wisconsin. Busing available in some areas. For more information, please call 847-6804884 or visit [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.]

American Diabetes Association Northern Illinois Area Day Camp

A unique recreational and educational experience for children with diabetes. Sharing experiences with other youngsters who have the same lifestyle encourages acceptance and promotes a positive self-image. Diabetes education sessions teach campers about nutrition, exercise, insulin, highs and lows and blood sugar testing. The generosity of donors allows the ADA to offer every camper nationwide a significant reduction in camp fees. To learn more visit or call 312-346-1805. March/April 2017

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Mount Carmel Academic and Athletic Summer Camps:




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June 12-15 June 12-15 June 19-22 June 19-22 Mount Carmel High School 6410 S. Dante Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 @MountCarmelHS • #WeAreMC

Since 1900 Mount Carmel has prepared young men of all learning levels and interests to attend the nation’s top universities. Learn and train with the Caravan this summer and join a 117-year tradition of academic and athletic excellence. Transportation is available at no extra charge to camp participants. Register at

Great Lakes Center Youth Academy

Sports Performance / GLCYA Summer Volleyball Camps. “American’s #1 Volleyball Camp Program.” Week long day camps for Jr. High and High School age athletes. We are accepting girls and boys ages 4-14 who are interested in learning, developing and training the correct volleyball skills for the “Great Lakes Center Youth Academy Summer Volleyball Camp Series”. All camps focus on individual skill development by teaching both proper skill technique and introducing the campers to age appropriate game play as well. All camps are held at: The Great Lakes Volleyball Center, 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502. For more info call 630-898-6400 or visit FB: Great Lakes Center Youth Academy

Big Blue Swim School

Big Blue Swim School is excited to announce this summer’s Super-Improver Camps schedule. Each four-day camp will run Monday through Thursday beginning Monday, June, 5th and packs a month’s worth of progress into four consecutive days with the same teacher. Big Blue’s state-of-the-art swim lesson facilities are conveniently located in Buffalo Grove, Wilmette, Niles and coming this summer to Hoffman Estates. Call 847-769-7665 to register or visit Call today!

Shady Oaks Camp

At Shady Oaks Camp, we create outstanding camp experiences that enrich the lives of our campers by providing outdoor fun and recreational opportunities for children with Cerebral Palsy and all disabilities. Because the Association is a not for profit, private organization the money to run camp must be raised by the parents. who conduct many fundraisers throughout the year. We strive to create a space for our campers that promotes safety, independence, supportive care and attention based on the individuals needs and goals, with a unique one on one camper ratio. We are now accepting applications for membership and camp for summer of 2017. Located at 16300 Parker Rd., Homer Glen, IL. Call 708301-0816 or visit: 30 active kids

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he Lyme infected tick population has grown and spread significantly since we were at camp – all we had to worry about were itchy bug bites and poison oak or ivy. Today, Lyme disease is just a tick away.

poppy seed and are around in the spring and early summer, and larger adult ticks come later in summer and fall. 4. Most ticks crawl onto people from the grass, brush, bushy areas, and leaf piles. Have your children wear closed-toed shoes with socks (not sandals or flip flops). 5. The sooner a tick is removed, the better. If a tick is infected, the chance of transmission increases with time.

Below, we breakdown everything parents need to know about tick prevention and the best ways to educate their kids this summer – before heading off to camp.

• Ticks thrive in humid, dark, shady, wooded areas and taller grasses, leaf piles and along grassy creek beds. • Ticks do not drop on you from trees, jump or fly; they mostly attach at ground level and crawl up your leg. Let your kids know it’s best to stay in the middle of the trail when hiking. • Note: Many people get bitten in their own backyards, or close to home.

1. Prevention is key. Parents can protect their families from Lyme disease through daily tick checks and the use of tick repellent clothing. 2. Ticks are now in almost every state and most active in April-September. Each year, over 300,000 people in the US catch Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria from a tick. 3. Learn to identify ticks: They come in small (larvae), medium (nymphs) and large (adult female/male) sizes. Nymphs are as small as a

Three weeks before camp begins have theTick Talks and Tick Checks with your children so they learn how to be their own advocate and know when to ask for help. A tick bite is painless - ticks like to burrow into the skin and suck on a person’s blood, but you don’t feel a thing. If your child thinks they have a tick embedded, they should go straight to their counselor to get it properly removed.

• Wearing lightly-colored clothing makes it easier to spot ticks – long sleeves and pants are best. • You can purchase clothes that come treated with permethrin, a repellant that kills ticks on contact. • Don’t forget their shoes! Tick repellentsprayed shoes are the best defense against tick bites; just spray with Permethrin before the trip. • Sleeping bags and tents should also be sprayed. No repellent is 100% effective. But DEET and Permethrin are well-known and effective repellents against ticks. Repellent clothing is more effective and less toxic to people than DEET sprays or lotions. If you’re worried about potential tick-transmitted diseases, place the tick in a plastic bag after you remove it. If any symptoms develop, you can bring the tick to your doctor’s office so that it can be properly tested. Don’t let the fear of ticks keep your family from enjoying the outdoors this summer! Take these steps before you send them to camp for a little peace of mind. For more information, visit

Call today to sign up for your 4-Day Super Improver Camp. Camps start Monday, June 5th. Sign up for as many as you want while availability lasts.

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Extended care is available (regular hours are 9am-4pm). Register now at www.campcomOutrageous fun is around every corner at SUBFAM FILL small 12.16:Layout 1 12/14/16 Camp Anokijig! For over 90 years, we have nurtured independence, character, and confidence in our campers as they build positive values, friendships, Daily Postings and life skills through their experifor Everyone in the Family! ences. We offer a huge variety of activities for campers to self-direct their own camp experience, build self-esteem, and create an enriching week of summer camp . Convenient, Get the Complete Issue and Much More. 1-week sessions offer valuable flex“A must see!” ibility to accommodate busy family schedules. Be part of the family and catch the Anokijig spirit! For more information: or Oak Brook Swim & Tennis Club 920-893-0782 (ACA Accredited) Kids will have a blast this summer in our full day or half day summer camps (Swim & Tennis), (Tennis, Archery, & Sports), (Art & TenChrist Community Church nis) and (Soccer & Tennis) while parents with Camp Commotion busy schedules will love their new found 1st to 6th graders choose from 16 different flexibility! Sign up for one week, all nine activity focuses to create the unique summer weeks, or anything in-between. All camps experience they want! Camp is offered at begin June 12. Oak Brook Swim & Tennis Christ Community Church in St. Charles evClub | 800 Oak Brook Road | Oak Brook, IL ery week from May 30 to August 11. Kids can 60523 | come for one week…or all 11. It’s only $120 | 630-368-6420 per week (that’s less than $3.50 an hour).



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Choosing an Overnight Camp Maturity. Most kids are ready by ages 9 or 10, but consider your child’s physical and emotional maturity first.

2. Follow the list provided on the camp’s website.Make sure that you do not send items that are not on the list.

Plan ahead. Check out websites, talk to friends and family for recommendations and visit prospective camps.

3. Put an outfit for each day in a gallon Ziploc freezer bag and label it by day (socks and underwear, too). This keeps the outfit dry and is easy to pull out.They stack up inside a trunk well.

Size of camp. Decide whether your child would do better in a large or small setting. Location. Because of their geographical location, some camps offer better outdoor or adventure activities than others and may be more likely to have access to experienced adventure specialists. Meet the director. A meeting will help you get a sense of his or her personality, trustworthiness and compatibility. Source:

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Packing For Camp 1. Make sure your child is involved. Let them pull out the clothes/swimsuit/theme night outfits that they want to wear.

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4. Name or initials on everything (clothing, soap containers, tooth brushes, etc.) 5. Put everything in a container/trunk. 6. Let your child actually pack or help you pack. They need to know where to find the toothbrush and sunscreen, etc. is, or – odds are it won’t get used during the week! Source:

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Vertical Endeavors Indoor Rock Climbing – Our camps are designed to meet the needs of all climbers ages 6-16. Whether your climbers are beginners or advanced, our camps provide each child the proper instruction to achieve personal goals in a fun, supportive, and controlled setting. Our instructors possess years of knowledge in climbing movement, technical know-how, and safety. In addition to camps, we also provide: open climbing for all ages and abilities, group events, and more. Located at 246 Windy Point Drive, Glendale Heights. Visit us at or 630.784.9000 to learn more!

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Give yourself a couple of free hours and your kids some paddling adventure with our Youth Paddlesports Camp. Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) concepts will be taught, providing them the skills and confidence to safely and comfortably maneuver on the water. In addition, on Day Four, Mom or Dad are invited to come out and paddle with the kids! For more information, please give us a call at 630-506-57606 or visit

Moraine Valley Community College’s FitRec Spend your summer with FitRec! Moraine Valley Community College’s FitRec is hosting recreational summer camp for ages 5-13. Campers will stay entertained with a variety of activities in our state-of-the-art facility. Half day options are also available to fit your schedule. Add on options include before & after care and swim lessons. Refer to back cover for dates and prices. 9000 W. College Pkwy., Building H, Palos Hills. For more information, please visit or call (708) 608-4000.

Kiddie Academy At Kiddie Academy we believe the best learning happens during play. From family style dining to character education, parents can rest assured that our proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum gives your child a full day of learning and fun. In addition, Kiddie Academy sets the standards for safety, education and trust because we understand children need to thrive in an environment that’s as clean, safe and nurturing as home. Call to schedule your tour today!

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We nurture courage. The urge to find adventure in the everyday: it needs support before it gets off the ground. Children are ready to see how fun it is to take every lesson in adventurous leaps. They find role models in their teachers and aviators who fly way above every obstacle and expectation. Kiddie Academy ® CampVentures® turns your child’s ordinary summer vacation into a summer of exploration. All day adventures. All summer long.® SM

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Helping or Harming By Meghan Kennihan


he world of running is continually changing and the use of technology is just one of the areas that has made an impact on running in the modern day. We used to run in cotton t-shirts, shorts, and rubber shoes. Now we have sweatwicking tech shirts, compression shorts, and every type of shoe under the sun. Runners used to be lucky to go out with a watch that told them how long they were on the roads, now we have watches that track our runs, HR monitors that tell us how hard we are pushing ourselves and IPODs to distract us from the pain. While these devices allow us to train purposefully, they can also hinder the enjoyment of running and the awareness of our own bodies. Let’s review the pros and cons of some of the top technologies used by today’s runners: 36 fitness first


Pros: Diversion: listening to music can pump you up and get you into a zone, breaking the monotony of the treadmill or long road Set the Pace: Playlists with up tempo songs can keep you going through a threshold run or a speed session Go Longer: Music can inject energy into you to push for that extra 2 miles. Motivation: Music is not the only thing you can listen to on your IPOD, motivational material can help keep your efforts high during your workout. Cons: Distraction: Running on the road or trail? Music can put you in serious danger when you cannot hear what is coming from behind or beside you. Dependency: If you rely too heavily on the noise from your IPOD it can become a crutch and with many races banning the use of iPods you could be setting yourself up for a poor performance. Slow Poke: If your music selection is slower it can hinder your tougher workouts as your body gets into rhythm with the slower tempo suburban family |

Losing Touch: One of the best attributes of elite runners is their ability to tune into their bodies, to go easy when they need to and push it when they can. Music can distract you from your bodies natural signals leading to injury or burnout.

GPS Watches

Pros: Intensity: GPS provides you with pace per mile which allows you to train at the intensities you mean to train at, so you don’t overtrain or undertrain Mileage and Routes: GPS tracks your mileage and routes. This allows you to know how far you are going, need to go, and the breakdown of your splits. You can review where you may tire during a race and it keeps you honest with distances run. Race Execution: One of the biggest mistakes runners make is going out too fast in the beginning of the race, a GPS allows you the luxury of executing your race plan because you will know exactly how fast you go out, what pace you maintain throughout the race, and how far to the finish. Advanced Workouts: Many feature the ability to March/April 2017


set up intervals and other advanced workouts Treadmills so that you can push yourself through harder Pros: efforts by time, pace, or distance, again keepEffective: Research has shown that heart rate is ing your workouts honest. lower on a treadmill than it is outdoors, but you Cons: can counteract the slight difference by running Numbers Slave: Many runners become obat a 1% grade. Also the treadmill does not allow sessed with the #s on their GPS which can you to slow down, or cheat your workout. lead to overtraining as they go too hard on Convenience: Running is something you can do their easy days just to see a certain pace or anytime, anywhere. But if you run before the go too far because they have to end on even sun comes up or after it goes down, a treadmill mileage can spare you from having to run in the dark. If No Internal Pace: When always relying on a ice and snow take over your winter training, a FBlose LIKE 1 save 12/14/16 AM Page 1 GPS to tell you your pace, you the fill ability 12.16:Layout treadmill can you from 11:48 a nasty fall. to read your bodies’ signals about what is the Control: They allow you to create precise workouts. If you want to “correct” pace for you practice running at that day. Races have difyour goal pace beferent elevations, weathfore an upcoming er, etc. that affect pace. race or ace a tough For those not familiar interval workout, with “feeling” of different Get Daily Updates of Great Local you can set the paces in different situaOfferings for Everyone in the Family! precise pace on tions they may push too the treadmill and hard during a race to use it to get your maintain an unrealistic body accustomed pace and hit the “wall”. to holding that pace steadily. Satellite Reception: Many watches lose recepCons: tion in cities or on trails and can emit inacLack of Variation: Your foot lands in approxicurate information again setting a dependent mately the same way every step because the athlete up for failure. surface never changes, this can lead to overuse injuries as the same muscles are firing HR Monitors over and over. It is also impossible to simulate Pros:


downhill running on most treadmills, which makes it hard to train for such races as the Boston Marathon or get some of the benefits of eccentric quad contraction. Boredom: Researchers at the University of Stockholm found that when runners were allowed to set their own pace in an indoor treadmill run and an outdoor trail run, they ran significantly faster at the same perceived effort level outdoors which suggests running outside may be more effective for some. Expensive: Even if you do not buy a treadmill for your home, renting one or joining a gym costs a lot more than the $0 you spend to walk out your door. Moral of this Story: Technology is going to keep getting better and adding more information to our already clogged running logs. It’s fine to take advantage of these wonderful gadgets but make sure you have a few “free” runs a week when you just listen to your body. It knows best. Meghan is a USA Track & Field coach and a RRCA (Road Runners of America) certified distance coach. She is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a level 3 USA Cycling Coach. Meghan is passionate about helping others enjoy running, fitness, and health as much as she does. She strives to bring out the best in everyone she works with. Connect with Meghan at meghan.kennihan@ and

Progress Report: HR Monitors allow you to check progress over time. As you become fitter your HR should be lower for a given speed or you can run faster for the same HR. Similarly, your resting HR should gradually lower, and if it spikes you know to take an easy day Hard/Easy Days: You can train specifically within your optimal HR zones on any given training day and training type. Helps both elites and inexperienced not to over train. Stimulus: Sometimes you don’t realize that you’ve slowed down. Your heart rate monitor can be there to tell you to take it up a little. It’s your own personal trainer, you can’t cheat your HR. Cons: Numbers Game: Runners get locked into heart rate training and let the number dictate their pace or whether their run was a success because they hit that certain HR average or max. Variability: There are a lot of factors that can cause your heart rate to artificially increase …weather, dehydration, anxiety and over training. If you could control everything, relying solely on the monitor might be all you need, but you can’t. Data Freak: Too much data can ruin your focus and distract you from your bodies signals and your environment. To have the ability to feel which HR rate you have in training vs. competition without the use of a heart rate monitor is best. March/April 2017

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Race season is in full swing, and whether you consider yourself new to the running scene or a seasoned vet, it’s time to make yourself race ready. We’ve prepared this list of races for those of you who want to take on a new challenge, support a good cause or Run/Walk/Roll for the health of it! Select an event within your range of conditioning and consult a physician before beginning any exercise program. Sign up NOW and make sure you tell them you heard about it in Suburban Family Magazine. Check back in every bi-monthly print edition and online at for updates.

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Shiver Run – Sat. 3/4 at 9:30 a.m. 5K Run/ Walk. Benefits Miseracordia. Barrington. Chicago Polar Plunge – Sun. 3/5 at 10 a.m. North Avenue Beach, Chicago. Benefits Special Olympics Chicago. 312-527-3743. CORE Indoor Sprint Triathlon – Sun. 3/5 at 8 a.m. 10min. Swim, 15min. Bike, 15min. Run. Lemont. 630-257-6787. Fight for Air Climb - Sun. 3/5 at 7 a.m. 180 floors + 2,340 steps! Benefits the American Lung Association. Presidential Towers, Chicago. 312-781-1100 Run For the Nuns 5K Run/Walk – Sun. 3/5 at 9:30 a.m. South Elgin. 630-514-2364. Running O’ The Green – Sun. 3/5 at 8 a.m. 8K Run/Walk. USATF certified. Tinley Park. suburban family |

708-342-4200. Together We Tri Indoor Triathlon – Sun. 3/5 at 6:30 a.m. 10min. Swim, 20min. Bike, 15min. Run. Benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research. Glenview. Get Lucky Chicago - Sat. 3/11 at 9 a.m. Half marathon, 14K & 7K. USATF Certified. Soldier Field, Chicago. 612-521-8085. Kilted 5K - Sat. 3/11 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry & Friends of the Fox. East Dundee. 847-426-7300. Leprechaun Leap 5K/8K Run – Sat. 3/11 at 9:30 a.m. USATF certified. Benefits Greater Chicago Food Depository. Lincoln Park, Chicago. 773-868-3010. McHenry Shamrock Shuffle - Sat. 3/11 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. USATF certified. McHenry. March/April 2017

815-271-5418. St. Paddy’s Day 5K – Sat. 3/11 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Rotary projects and charities. Naperville. Advocate Good Shepherd Indoor Triathlon – Sun. 3/12 at 8 a.m. 10min. Swim, 20min. Bike, 15min. Run. Barrington. 847-620-4588. St. Pat’s Day 5K – Sun. 3/12 at 9 a.m. Benefits Anderson Animal Shelter. South Elgin. Pi Day Pi K Fun Run – Mon. 3/14 at 6:28 p.m. 3.14mi. Run/Walk. Benefits Illinois Science Council. 4 locations in Chicago and Elmhurst. Deer Park St. Paddy’s Day 5K Run/Walk – Sat. 3/18 at 8:20 a.m. 10K, 5K & Kids’ Dash. Benefits WINGS. Deer Park. 224-757-5425. Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Race #3 – Sat. 3/18 at 10 a.m. 10K Trail Run. Fabyan East Forest Preserve, Geneva. racedirector@ Shamrock Chicago 5K Beer Run– Sat. 3/18 at 11 a.m. 5K Novelty Run/Walk. Arlington Heights. 317-696-0196. Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler & 5K – Sat. 3/18 at 9 a.m. 10mi. & 5K Runs. CARA certified. Montrose Beach, Chicago. 312-666-9836. Amita Health Bolingbrok St. Paddy’s ½ Marathon & 5K– Sun. 3/19 at 8:15 a.m. Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Dash. Benefits Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation. Bolingbrook. 224-757-5425. March Madness Half Marathon – Sun. 3/19 at 8:35 a.m. Cary. Cusacks Leprechaun 5K Dash – Sat. 3/25. 5K Run/Walk & Kids 1mi. Dash. Gaelic Park, Oak Forest. MELTFEST 5K – Sat. 3/25 at 10 a.m. 5K Run/ Walk & Kids Run. Rockford. info@meltfest. com.

April Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to Arny Johnson Run – Sat. 4/1 at 8:30 a.m. 10mi. and 5K Runs. Benefits Annie’s Locker. Machesney Park. April Fools 5K Run – Sat. 4/1 at 9 a.m. 5K & Kids’ Dash. USATF certified. Benefits Phil’s Friends. Bloomingdale. Fast Cat 5K & 10K – Sat. 4/1 at 8:30 a.m. 5K, 10K & Kids’ Fun Run. USATF certified. Plainfield. 630-608-9531. Foodie 5K – Sat. 4/1 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Northern Illinois Food Bank. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 847-336-3663. No Foolin’ 5K – Sat. 4/1 at 8:34 a.m. 5K Run & Little Fools 1mi. USATF & CARA Certified. Lockport. 815-588-0908. Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K – Sun. 4/2 at 8:30 a.m. USATF certified. Grant Park, Chicago. 312-904-9814. Heathly Kids Running Series – Sun. 4/2, 9, 23 & 30 at 3 p.m. 1mi., 1/2mi., & 1/4mi. Runs & March/April 2017

50-yard Dash. Geneva. 331-248-0221. Chi Town Half Marathon & 10K – Sat. 4/8 at 7 a.m. USATF certified. Benefits Special Olympics Chicago. 224-757-5425. Chicago Lakefront 50K Memorial Race – Sat. 4/8 at 7:30 a.m. USATF certified. Chicago. 847-648-8843. Spring Training Run – Sat. 4/8 at 9 & 10a.m. 5K Run/Walk & 1 mile kids run. LaGrange Highlands. 773-457-5356 Red Shoe Run for Donor Awareness – Sat. 4/8 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Family Fitness Walk. Benefits Rock River Valley Blood Center. Rockford. 815-965-8751. Russell Hustle 5K Trail Run – Sat. 4/8 at 10 a.m. 5K Trail Run & 2K Fun Run. Benefits St. Mary School. Genoa. 815-751-2831. Shake It Off 5K Run/Walk – Sat. 4/8 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash. Benefits Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research. Bolingbrook. World Vision’s 6K For Water – Sat. 4/8 at 9 a.m. 6K Run/Walk. Benefits World Vision water projects. Warrenville. Active Heroes’ 5K – Sun. 4/9 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Active Heroes. St. Charles. 502-277-9280. Bunny Rock Chicago 5K & Egg Hunt – Sat. 4/15 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk, 1mi. Youth Dash. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. 847-829-4536. Bunny Wabbit Run & Easter Egg Hunt – Sat. 4/15 at 8 a.m. 15K, 10K &5K Runs & 1K & 200m. Kid’s Dash. Libertyville. sparky_1212@

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Have a low-fat, high-carbohydrate and low-fiber meal about three hours before the race to prevent any indigestion, fatigue or stomach discomfort while running. Avoid heavy meals the day before the race and only eat familiar foods on the day itself. Foods to eat

Bread/toast, bagel, peanut butter, fruit without skin (banana), pulp-free fruit juice or sports drink for a pre-race breakfast. Rice, pasta, lean meat, starchy vegetables, fruits for “carbo-loading” at least three days before the race. For hydration, drink 500 to 700 ml of fluid about three hours before the race. Foods to avoid​

Deep fried foods, foods high in saturated fats (red meat, processed foods like bacon, sausages and pastries). Avoid dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt) on race day if you have a history of gastrointestinal problems. Some marathon runners skip morning coffee as it is a diuretic. ​ Because the body uses more energy digesting fatty foods, your race performance might suffer if you consume excess fats.

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& 1mi Run/Walk. Benefits ABC/25 Foundation. Arlington Heights. Chicago Quarter Marathon – Sat. 4/15 at The Race Against Extinction Earth Day 5K – 9:15 a.m. 6.55mi Run. CARA Certified. Benefits Sat. 4/22 at 11 a.m. 5K Run/Walk and Kids Runs. Prevent Child Abuse America. Soldier Field, Chicago. Chicago. 773-868-3010. Sly Fox Half Madness & 10K –Sat. 4/22 at Chocolate Chase Rabbit Race – Sat. 4/15 7:20 a.m. Half marathon & 10K. USATF & CARA at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. USATF certified. Palos Certified. St. Charles. Heights. 708-361-1807. Spring Chance BQ.2 Marathon – Sat. 4/22 at Egg Shell Shuffle – Sat. 4/15 at 8:30 a.m. Half 6:30 a.m. Marathon. Geneva. marathon, 5K Run/Walk & Egg Hunt. BenSUBFAM FILL small 12.16:Layout 1 12/14/16 11:47 AM Page efits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. SVF Friars 5K Run/Walk –Sat. 4/22 at 8 a.m. Elk Grove Village. egg5K Run/Walk, 1mi. Fun Run & Senior Shuffle. River Forest. 773-495Hop to It 5K/10K – Sat. Daily Postings 8157. 4/15 at 9:30 a.m. 10K & 5K for Everyone in the Family! Run/Walk. Benefits Hersey TCS Run, White and Deaf Alumni Association Blue 5K –Sat. 4/22 at 8 & SWCCCASE. Lemont. a.m. 5K Run/Walk. USHerseyDeafAlumni@ ATF & CARA Certified. Shorewood. 815-351Get the Complete Issue and Much More. Saw Wee Kee Spring 0218. “A must see!” Trail Run – Sat. 4/15 at 4 Techno Trot 5K – Sat. p.m. 4mi. trail run. Oswe4/22 at 8:45 a.m. 5K go. 630.554.4425. Run/Walk and 1/2mi Kids’ Race. Benefits Run for Illinois C.O.P.S. Westfield School technology. Winthrop Har– Fri. 4/21 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Ilbor. 847-872-5438. linois Concerns of Police Survivors. Oak Brook 630-368-8700. Walk & Roll Chicago – Sat. 4/22 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Walk, 10K Skate or 15K bike along the Earth Day 50K – Sat. 4/22 at 8 a.m. 50K, 15mi. Lakefront. Benefits American Cancer Society. & 5mi. Runs. Crystal Lake. dirtrunner100@yaSoldier Field, Chicago. 312-960-2321. Breakthrough For Brain Tumors – Sun. Fun Run in Color – Sat. 4/22 at 9 a.m. 5K Nov4/23 at 9 a.m. 5KRun/Walk. Benefits American elty Run. Wheaton. 630-690-4880. Brain Tumor Association. Soldier Field, ChiJust Move it Challenge – Sat. 4/22 at 8 a.m. 5K cago. 800-886-1281. Breathe Deep North Shore – Sun. 4/23 at 9 a.m. 2mi. Walk & 5K Fun Run. Benefits LUNGevity Foundation. Deerfield. 312-407-6100. The Champion of Trees 10K Run – Sun. 4/23 at 8 a.m. USATF certified. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074. Walk the Walk for Autism – Sun. 4/23 at 8:30 a.m. Rain or Shine at The Community House, 415 West Eighth Street, Hinsdale, or 630-323-7500. Chicago Crosstown 5K – Sun. 4/23 at 9:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Diversey Harbor, Chicago. Fox Valley PR.1 Half Marathon – Sun. 4/23 at 6:30 a.m. Half Marathon. Geneva. info@ The Good Life Race – Sun. 4/23 at 8:45 a.m. 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ mile & Junior Dash. USATF certified. Benefits the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. Oak Park. 312-772-5438. McHenry County Human Race – Sun. 4/23 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Fitness Walk. CARA Certified. Benefits local charities. Crystal Lake. 815-3444483. Naperville Women’s Half Marathon & 5K – Sun. 4/23 at 7 a.m. North Central College, Naperville. 504-454-6561. Race to Zero 5K Run/Walk – Sun. 4/23 at 8 a.m. Benefits Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center. Libertyville. 847-244-1187. Ravenswood Run – Sun. 4/23 at 8 a.m. 5K Run & Kids’ Race. USATF Certified. Benefits Rasuburban family |

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venswood Community Services Food Pantry. Chicago. 847-243-8500. Superhero Glow Run – Fri. 4/28 at 7:30 p.m. 5K Novelty Run/Walk. Six Flags, Gurnee. 847249-1776.. Be the Match Walk & Run – Sat. 4/29. 5K Fun Run. Grant Park, Chicago. Barnyard Dash 5K Sat., 4/29 at 8:30 a.m. CARA Certified 5K & Pig Pen 1-miler Blackberry Farm, Aurora 630-892-1550 Loop the Lakes 5K – Sat. 4/29 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Vernon Hills Park District Scholarship Program. Vernon Hills. 847-9966800. Batavia Mothers’ Club Fox Trot 5/10K – Sat. 4/29 at 8 a.m. 5K & 10K Runs & Kids’ Fun Runs. Benefits local charities. Batavia. Race to Wrigley – Sat. 4/29 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/ Walk. Benefits Lurie Children’s Hospital. Chicago. 773-404-2827. Rockdale Ramblin’ 10K – Sat. 4/29 at 8 a.m. 10K Run. USATF & CARA certified. Joliet. 815741-7275. Run With the Lions – Sat. 4/29 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Kids’ Run. Benefits Longwood Elementary. Warrenville. Shelter, Inc. 5K 4 Kidz – Sat. 4/29 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Shelter Inc. Elk Grove Village. 847-590-6188 x21. Young Life Access Race – Sat. 4/29 at 9 a.m. 5 & 10K Run/Walk Novelty Run. Benefits Young Life Capernaum. Wheaton. Kendall County Juvenile Justice Council SKY 5K – Sat. 4/29 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certified. Benefits Kendall County Juvenile Justice Council. Yorkville. 630-553-4157. Divas Half Marathon & 5K – Sun. 4/30 at 8 a.m. Novelty Half Marathon & 5K Run. USATF Certified. Lake Zurich. North Shore Walk for Autism Speaks – Sun. 4/30 at 9 a.m. Benefits Autism Speaks. New Trier HS, Northfield. 224-567-8573. PurpleStride – Sat. 4/29 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/ Walk. Benefits Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Soldier Field, Chicago. 877-272-6226. Run Thru the Hills – Sun. 4/30 at 8 a.m. 5K & 10K Run/Walk & 5K. Lake in the Hills. 847960-7463. Stepping Up for Wellness Run/Walk – Sun. 4/30 at 7:30 a.m. 5K & 1mi. Family Walk. Benefits Cancer Wellness Center. Libertyville. 847509-9595. Whistle While You Walk/Run 5K – Sun. 4/30 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Villa Park. March for Babies – DeKalb & St. Charles on 4/22; Arlington Heights on 4/23; S. Suburban & Lakefront Chicago on 4/30; Lisle, Plainfield & Rockford on 5/7. Benefits March of Dimes. 312-435-4007. March/April 2017

May Great Strides – 3 mile Walk. Various dates, times, and locations. Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To find a Walk near you go to or call 312-236-4491. Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to 14th Annual Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle 5K Run/2 Mile Walk Sat. 5/6 at 9 a.m. Benefits Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley 830 S. Addison Ave, Villa Park 630-282-2031 Cinco de Miler – Sat. 5/6 at 9 a.m. 5 mi Run. USATF Certified. Benefits 100 Club of Chicago. Solider Field, Chicago. 847-243-8500. DuPage Human Race – Sat. 5/6 at 9 a.m. 5K Run & 2mi. Walk. Benefits over 50 local charities. Downers Grove. 847-829-4536. EmpoweRun – Sat. 5/6 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certified. Benefits A Safe Place. Libertyville. 847-731-7165 xt.109. Hanover Township Sprint to Spring 5K – Sat. 5/6 at 8 a.m. Elgin. Home O. Harvey 5K – Sat. 5/6 at 8 a.m. 5K Run and Kids Fun Obstacle Course Run. Ben-

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efits Homer O. Harvey Scholarship Fund. Northbrook. Run to Remember – Sat. 5/6. 5K Run/Walk & Junior Jog. USATF certified. Benefits Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. Chicago. 312499-8899. Willow Creek 5K – Sat. 5/6. 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certified. Benefits Celebration of Hope. South Barrington. World Vision’s 6K For Water – Sat. 5/6 at 8 a.m. 6K Run/Walk. Benefits World Vision water projects. Batavia. Deer Dash & Tinman Triathlon – Sun. 5/7 at 7:30 a.m. 10K, 5K and 1mi. Runs. Or 300m Swim/6mi Bike/3mi Run Triathlon. Deerfield. 847-945-0650. Ferocious 5K – Sun. 5/7 at 8 a.m. 5K Run. USATF Certified. Elgin. Great Western Half Marathon – Sun. 5/7 at 8 a.m. USATF certified. Benefits Special Olympics. Sycamore. Healthy Kids Running Series – Sun. 5/7 at 3 p.m. 1mi., 1/2mi., & 1/4mi. Runs & 50-yard Dash. Geneva. 331-248-0221. Run For Your Life Safety 5K – Sun. 5/7 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk & 1K Kids Dash. USATF Certified. Tinley Park. 708-444-5000. Southwest Half Marathon & 10K – Sun. 5/7 at 7:30 a.m. Half Marathon, 10K Run/Walk, &½ mi Walk, Run or Roll for special needs participants. CARA certified. Palos Heights. 708-448-9200. Walk MS 2017 – Sun. 5/7 at 9 a.m. 1 mi & 3mi Walks. Lake in the Hills, Lockport, Naperville,

Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Rockford, Schaumburg, St. Charles. 800-344-4867. Walk for Wellness House Sun., 5/7 Registration open at 7 a.m. Race begins at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run, 3K Walk Wellness House, Hinsdale 630-654-5191 Willowbrook Spring Fling – Sun. 5/7 at 7:30 a.m. 5K Run, 1mi Kids Run. CARA Certified. Willowbrook. 630-323-8215. Autism Speaks Walk – Sat. 5/13 at 10:15 a.m. 3 mi Walk. Soldier Field, Chicago. 224567-8573. Bridge Walk – Sat. 5/13 at 8 a.m. 5K Walk. Benefits Living Well Cancer Resource Center. Geneva 630-262-1111. Apple Blossom Run Sat., 5/13 at 8 a.m. 5K Run, 5K Stroller Roll, 10K Run Bartlett Park District 630-540-4800 Fellowship Housing 5K Team Run – Sat. 5/13. 5K Team Run/Walk. Elk Grove Village. 847-882-2511. 5K Ecorun – Sat. 5/13 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits McHenry County Conservation District. Crystal Lake. Foodie 5K – Sat. 5/13 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Northern Illinois Food Bank. Libertyville. 847-336-3663. Groovin’ in the Grove 5K Sat., 5/13 at 9 a.m. 5K Run & Kids 1K, 1/2K, 100 Yd Dash Warrior Fitness Challenge USATF & CARA certified Benefits Sharing Connections Midwestern University Downers Grove www.28thgroovininthegrove5k. Hip Hop Run – Sat. 5/13. 10K & 5K Runs. Chicago. Hope for Haitians 5K Walk/Run for Education – Sat. 5/13. Geneva. events@ Lupus Walk – Sun. 5/13. 1 mi & 3mi routes. Vernon Hills. 312-542-0002.

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Push for the Path PeppeRUNi 5K – Sat. 5/13 at 8 a.m. Yorkville. 630-553-4357. Quarryman Challenge – Sat. 5/13. 10 mi & 5K. CARA certified. Lemont. 708-705-6791. Squeez’d Girls on the Run – Sat. 5/13 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk & Li’l Spark Sprints. Joliet. 773-342-1250. Cooley Run 5K – Sun. 5/14 at 8:05 a.m. 5K Run & Superhero Dash. CARA Certified. Huntley.


a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Elk Grove Village. nikki. Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K – Sun. 5/21 at 7 a.m. Half marathon, 10K and Junior Dash. USATF certified. Chicago. Chicagoland Spring Marathon & Half Marathon – Sun. 5/21 at 7:05 a.m. USATF certified. Schaumburg. 224-757-5425. Darien Dash – Sun. 5/21 at 7:30 a.m. 10K & 5K, 1mi. Runs & Fun Run. USATF Certified. Lilac Mutt Strut 5K Run Darien. 630-968-0004. & 1 Mile Walk Dash for the Dogs – Sun. 5/21 at 9 a.m. 5K Sat., 5/20 at 8:00 a.m. Run/Walk & 1 mi Family Fun Walk. Benefits USATF certified; Animal House Shelter. Barrington. animalRun/walk with your dog! Lombard Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Mara630- 620-7322 thon – Sun 5/21. 18.5 mi river race and 5.25 mi “minithon.” Libertyville. 847-604-2445. Lake Zurich Color Vibe 5K – Sun 5/21 at 8 Komen Chicagoland Mother’s Day Race a.m. 5K Novelty Run. Lake Zurich. support@ for the Cure – Sun. 5/14 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/ Walk. Benefits Susan G. Komen Foundation. OCF Walk/Run For Awareness – Sun 5/21 Chicago. 773-444-0061. at 9:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits The Oral Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk – Sun. 5/14 at 8 Cancer Foundation. Bensenville. a.m. 5K Run/Walk and Free Kids’ Fun Run. ATF certified. Barrington. 224-757-5425. Rockford Marathon – Sun. 5/21 at 6 a.m. Sock Hop Hustle 5K – Sun. 5/14 at 8 a.m. Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K. USATF certiThemed 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certified. Olymfied. Benefits Northern Illinois Food Bank. pia Fields. 708-481-7313. Rockford.1773-584-6688. FB LIKE fill 12.16:Layout 12/14/16 11:48 AM Page 1 Youth Tower Triathlon – Sat. 5/20. 100m Run Fur Shelter – Sun. 5/21 at 7:45 a.m. 10K swim/4K bike/1K Run (Ages 7-10), 200m Run, 5K Run/Walk, 2mi. Walk & 100m Kids swim/8K bike/2K Run Sprint. South Elgin. (Ages 11-14). USATF 224-805-3722. Certified. Niles. 847-410Sertoma Speech & 5108. Hearing Center 5K Team CF Superheroes – Sun. 5/21. 5K Run/ 5K – Sun. 5/21 at 9 a.m. Walk & Kids’ Run. Get Daily Updates of Great Local 5K Walk. Montrose HarPalos Hills. 708-599Offerings for Everyone in the Family! bor, Chicago. 312-2369500. 4491. J.P. Morgan CorpoThe Universal Sole Four rate Challenge – Mile Classic – Thurs. Thur. 5/25 at 7 p.m. 5K 5/18 at 7 p.m. 4mi. Run. Benefits Chicago Run. Run. Grant Park, Chicago. 847-673-4100. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. 773-868-0893. Soldier Field 10 Mile – Sat. 5/27 at 7 a.m. 10 Got2Run…For Education – Sat. 5/20 at 8 a.m. mi Run. CARA certified. Benefits Salute, Inc. 8K Run & 2.62 mi Run/Walk. USATF certified. Chicago. 847- 243-8500. Arlington Heights. Lake County Walk to Cure Arthritis – Sat. Western Springs 40th Annual Tower Trot 5/20. 3mi. & 1mi. Walks. Libertyville. 312-880Sat. 5/27 8:30 a.m. 10K, 5K, & Fun Run, 4733. plus Double Run (10K & 5K). Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk – Sat. CARA & USATF certified 5/20 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk & 1 mi Kids’ Run. Benefits Bear Necessities Pediatric USATF & CARA certified. Benefits ALS. NorthCancer Foundation. brook. 847-400-8900. Grand Avenue Community Center 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs. Night Nation Run – Sat. 5/20 at 8 p.m. 5K Nov708-246-9070 elty Run. Benefits Stand Up To Cancer. Soldier Field, Chicago. Lupus Walk – Sat. 5/20 at 9 a.m. 1 mi & 3mi Rockford Color Vibe 5K – Sat. 5/27 at 9 a.m. routes. Olympia Fields. 312-542-0002. 5K Novelty Run. Rockford. support@thecolorSqueez’d Girls on the Run – Sat. 5/20 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk & Li’l Spark Sprints. Grant Aurora Color Vibe – Sun. 5/28 at 7:30 a.m. 5K Park, Chicago. 773-342-1250. Novelty Run. Aurora. support@thecolorvibe. Aurora Veterans Advisory Council 5k Fun com. Run, Walk, Woof and Roll– Sun. 5/21 at 7:30 MB Bike the Drive – Sun. 5/28 at 5:30 a.m. a.m. 5K Run/Walk, Fun Run. Benefits veterans Up to 30 mi round trip ride of Lake Shore in need in Aurora, IL. Aurora.2017 Chicago Drive. Benefits Active Transportation Alliance. Promise Walk & 5K Run – Sun. 5/21 at 10:30


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Chicago. 312-967-1016. MMTT Youth & Elite Triathlon – Sun. 5/28 at 7 a.m. Swim/Bike/Run. Junior (7-10), Senior (11-16) & Elite (any age) Divisions. Geneva. 630-779-0836. Race to the Flag 5K Run/Walk – Sun. 5/28 at 8 a.m. CARA and USATF Certified. Ty Warner Park, Westmont. SALUTE, INC. 5K/10K Tactical Challenge – Sun. 5/28 at 8 a.m. 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and/or Tactical Challenge. Arlington Hts. 847-359-8811. Essence of Freedom Run – Mon. 5/29 at 7:45 a.m. 5K/10K Run. USATF certified. Benefits Support Our Soldiers Freedom, Inc. Deerfield. The Ridge Run – Mon. 5/29 at 8 a.m. 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, & Youth Mile. Ridge Park, Chicago. 773-233-3100.

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Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to Cori’s KidsTriathlon – Sat. 6/3 at 8 a.m. Swim/Bike/Run event for kids ages 6 – 14. Oak Brook. 630-990-4233. Chicago Gospel Run 5K – Sat. 6/3 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk & 1/2mi. Kids Run. USATF Certified. Oakwood Beach, Chicago. Cosley Zoo Run For the Animals – Sat. 6/3 at 7:30 a.m. 5K/10K Run & Kids’ Run. CARA certified. Cosley Zoo, Wheaton. 630-690-4880.

Glow 5K Run for Reading – Sat. 6/3 at 8:15 p.m. Naperville. 630-420-3086. Great Steps 4 NF – Sat. 6/3 at 8:30 a.m. 3 mi Walk. Benefits Neurofibromatosis Midwest. Naperville RiverWalk. 630-945-3562. Kendall County Sweetness Run – Sat. 6/3 at 8 a.m. 8K & 5K Runs. Yorkville. 630-885-4980. Run the Ridge 5K/1K Run/Walk Sat., 6/3 at 8 a.m. 5K and 1K Run/Walk Benefits ProActive Kids 150 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge 630-850-4050 STEM Step 5K – Sat. 6/3. 5K Run, Family Walk & Kids Dash. Humboldt Park, Chicago. 773486-1055. Summertime Stride 5K – Sat. 6/3 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk & Kids’ Dash. USATF certified. Benefits Disabled Patriot Fund. Mokena. 708-390-2401. AVON 39 – Sat. 6/3 thru Sun. 6/4. 2-day 39.3mi. Walk. Chicago. 888-540-WALK. Walk to Cure Arthritis – Sat. 6/3 at 6 p.m. 3mi. & 1mi. Walks. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. 312-880-4735. Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Sat. 6/3 at 8 a.m. 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, 1 mi Walk & Kids’ Dash. Benefits ZERO The End of Prostate Cancer. Joliet. 888-245-9455. Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race Sun., 6/4 at 7 a.m. 11 canoe divisions, 8 kayak divisions and 1 open (non-competitive) division Aurora 630-892-1550 Dan Horyn’s Skokie Swift 5K – Sun. 6/4 at 8:15 a.m.. 5K Run/Walk Run and Kids’ Dash. Skokie. North Shore Classic Half Marathon – Sun. 6/4 at 7 a.m. Half marathon & 5K Run. Benefits Misericordia Heart of Mercy. Highland Park. 847-243-8500. Pet Walk & Run – Sun. 6/4 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/ Walk, Pet Walk, & Kids’ Dash. Benefits Hinsdale Humane Society. Hinsdale. 630-323-5630. Run for the Roses – Sun. 6/4. 5K and youth race. Roselle. 630-980-2000. Run With the Nuns – Sun. 6/4 at 8 a.m. 5K & Youth Dash. Lemont. Running for Hope – Sun. 6/4 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk & Kids’ Dash. Benefits Ronald McDonald House at Advocate Children’s Hospital. Oak Lawn. 630-623-5300. Take Steps – Sun. 6/4 at 10 a.m. Benefits Crohn’s & Colitis research. Naperville. 847312-1206. United Run for the Zoo – Sun. 6/4 at 7:45 a.m. 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk & Kids’ Races. USATF certified. Benefits Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago. 855-969-5515.

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Ben’s Memorial Mile – Sat. 6/17 at 5 p.m. Honor Ride Chicago Chasing the Sun 5K – Thurs. 6/8 at 7 p.m. 5K 1mi. Run/Walk & Kids Runs. Downers Grove Sun. 6/11 at 8 a.m. Run/Walk & Stroller Run. Benefits educational North High School. 630-297-7850. Three non-competitive routes scholarships. New Lenox. 815-485-4241. Beginning and ending in Skokie The Chase 5K - Sat. 6/17 at 8 a.m. 5K RunSunset Shuffle 5K – Thurs. 6/8 at 6:30 p.m. Benefits our Healing Heroes Walk. USATF Certified. Benefits DP Parks 5K Run/Walk. CARA & USATF Certified. BenEvanston Subaru Scholarships. Des Plaines. 847-391-5700 efits JDRF. Glenview. 866-88-WE-TRI. 818-888-7091 x 106 LM5K Family Run/Walk – Sat. 6/17 at 9 a.m. La Grange Rocks – Fri. 6/9. 5K Run/Walk 5K run/walk. Benefits Lauren Kiefer Memorial & Kids’ Races. Benefits TheLeaderShop. La Foundation. Villa Park. Grange. 708-579-5898. Life-On-Life Race – Sat. 6/17 at 8 a.m. 5K, Fight for Air Ride – June 9, 10 & 11. 2- or 3-Day Batavia Triathlon/Duathlon – Sun. 6/11. 1K & Mankind Mile. Benefits GRIP the School. Ride. Benefits American Lung Assoc. Crystal Swim/Bike/Run or Run/Bike/Run, Youth Chicago. Lake, IL to Lake Geneva, WI. 312-940-8004. Splash & Dash, & Kids’ Dash. USATF certified. One Last Race – Sat. 6/17 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/ Bike MS: Tour de Farms – Sat. 6/10 – Sun. Batavia. 630-430-9006. Walk and Kids Color Romp. Wheaton. onelas6/11 at 7 a.m. Multiple route options, up to Dash for Detection – Sun. 6/11 at 9 a.m. 5K 200-mile ride through scenic farmland. NIU, Run/Walk. Benefits Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer DeKalb. 312-423-1140. SUBFAM FILL small 12.16:Layout 1 12/14/16 11:47 AM Page 1 PR Mile – Sat. 6/17 at 6:20 p.m. 1mi. Run. USFoundation. Soldier Field, Chicago. 773-989ATF Certified. Benefits Big Rig Books. Darien. Not All Wounds Bleed 5K – Sat. 6/10 at 9 1108. 630-963-0144. a.m. 5K Run/Walk. St. Charles. 708-738-1557. Run BeCAUSE CharTiki Run – Sat. 6/17 at 8 p.m. Themed 10K Take Steps – Sat. 6/10 at ity Mile – Sun. 6/11 at 8 Run & 5K Fun Run. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. 10 a.m. Benefits Crohn’s Daily Postings a.m. 1mi Run/Walk. Win612-521-8085. & Colitis research. Chifor Everyone in the Family! netka. therunbecause@ cago. 646-398-3286. Daisy Dash – Sun. 6/18 at 8 a.m. 5K & Kids’ Fun Run. USATF Certified. Clarendon Hills. Trot Against Trafficking Tour de Cure – Sun. 773-617-8408. 5K – Sat. 6/10 at 8:30 a.m. 6/11 –5 a.m. 10mi., Father’s Day 10K/5K – Sun. 6/18 at 8 a.m. 5K and 1mi. Run/Walk, 20mi., 40mi., 65mi., & 10K & 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Cary. 815and Kids’ Fun Runs. USGet the Complete Issue and Much More. 100mi. bike rides. River 382-2673. ATF Certified. Park Ridge. “A must see!” Edge Park, Aurora. 312trotagainsttrafficking@ Father’s Day 5K – Sun. 6/18 at 7 a.m. 5K Run/ 346-1805. Walk. Wheaton. ABC7 Gibbons 5K – Waffle 5K Shuffle – Sat. Lake in the Hills Triathlon – Sun. 6/18 at Thurs. 6/15 at 6:25 p.m. 5K Run & 3K Walk. 6/10 at 8:30 a.m. 5K & Fun Run. Wood Dale. 6:30 a.m. 1/2mi. Swim/15.5mi. Bike/4mi. Run. Benefits Leukemia Research Foundation. 630-595-9333. 309-397-9621. Grant Park, Chicago. 847-424-0600. PrairieFest 5K– Sun., 6/18 at 8:30 a.m. 5K




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Run & 1mi. Prairie Dog Jog. USATF Certified. Oswego. 630-554-1010. Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate – Sun. 6/18. Benefits YWCA Evanston/ North Shore. Evanston. 847-864-8445. Superhero 5K – Sun. 6/18 at 8 a.m. Themed 5K Run/Walk & 1mi. Run/Walk. USATF Certified. Palatine. Tunnel to Towers 5K – Sun. 6/18 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Lake Zurich. Lambs Farm Fun & Fit Family Day – Sat. 6/24 at 7 a.m. 5K Run & 2mi. Walk. Libertyville. 847-362-4636. Color in Motion 5K – Sun. 6/25 at 9 a.m. 5K Novelty Run. Montrose Beach, Chicago. 208538-9502. Take Steps For Crohn’s & Colitis – Sun. 6/25 at 5 p.m. Benefits Crohn’s & Colitis research. Glenview. 646-398-3286.

July Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to Run the Runway at CEA – Sat. 7/1 at 8 a.m. 5K Run and 1mi. Walk. USATF certified. Wheeling. 847-537-2580 ext 111. Stampede Run – Sun. 7/2 at 7:30 a.m. 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ race. USATF certified. Arlington Heights.

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Freedom Fun Run Sun., 7/2 Tot Trot at 7:45 am 1 Mile at 8:00 am 5K at 8:30 am Sandwich Park District Knights Park, Sandwich 815-786-8044 Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th – Tues. 7/4 at 7:15 a.m. 4 mi Run and 1K Kids’ race. CARA and USATF certified. Elmhurst. 630-269-4872. Firecracker 5K Run/Walk Tues., 7/4 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk 50-yard Dash (Ages 3-6) and 100-yard Dash (Ages 6-10) Certified {Scenic} Course IL-09121-JW 3S260 Warren Ave. Warrenville, IL 60555 630-393-7279 Great Western Freedom 4 – Tues. 7/4. 4 mi Run, 2 mi Walk & Kids Dash. USATF and CARA certified. St. Charles. 630-587-2144. Freedom 4 – Tues. 7/4. 4 mi Run. Glen Ellyn. 630-858-2462. Independence Day 5K – Tues. 7/4. 5K Run/ Walk. Riverside. 708-442-7025. Stars and Stripes 5K – Mon. 7/4 at 8 a.m. Tinley Park. 708-342-4200. Chicago Challenge – Sat. 7/8 at 1 p.m. 5K Novelty Run/Scavenger Hunt. Chicago. info@ The Frontline OCR – Sat. 7/8 at 7:30 a.m. 5mi. Obstacle Run. Lockport. frontlineocr@ Rundevous Race – Sat. 7/8 at 8:30 a.m. 4 mi Adventure/Novelty Race. Benefits Crystal Lake Food Pantry. Crystal Lake. 815-814-1100. Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 – Sat. 7/8 at 7:30 a.m. 10 mi Run. Benefits Big Rig Books. Darien. 708-352-0081. 5K Dash ‘N Splash– Sun. 7/9 at 7:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Hanover Park. 630-837-2468. 5K Run! To End Homelessness – Sat. 7/15 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. USATF Certified. Benefits A Safe Haven Foundation. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. 773-435-8374. Lake Zurich Triathlon – Sun. 7/9 at 6:30 a.m. 1.5K swim/40K bike/10K Run. Also Sprint Tri. USATF certified. Lake Zurich. 847-727-2681. Miles for Melanoma – Sun. 7/9 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Melanoma Research Foundation. Montrose Harbor, Chicago. 800673-1290. Christmas in July 5K/10K – Fri. and Sat. 7/15-16. 5K, 10K, Santa Claus Fun Run and ultra races of 6, 12 and 24 hrs. USATF Certified. Lisle. 847-894-0461. Hemmingway 8K Running of the Bulls – Sat. 7/15 at 7:45 a.m. Oak Park. McHenry River Run – Sat. 7/15 at 8 a.m. 10K and 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certified. McHenry. 815-363-2100. March/April 2017

BTN Big 10K Sun., 7/23 10K Run/Walk. at 7 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. at 8 a.m. Grant Park, Chicago. 847-243-8500 Mention code: BTNFAM17 at register for FREE item.

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Chicagoland Inline Marathon – Sun. 7/23 at 7:30 a.m. Marathon, Half Marathon and 7K Inline Skate Races and Kids’ Dash. Hoffman Estates. 224-757-5425. Get Your Rear in Gear – Sun. 7/23. 5K Run/ Walk. Benefits Colon Cancer Coalition. Tinely Park. 952-378-1237. Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk– Sun. 7/23. Naperville. 516-803-2304. FB Wauconda LIKE fillTriathlons 12.16:Layout 12/14/16 – Sun.17/23 at 6:30 a.m. Sprint and Olympic distances. Kids’ Tri-


Humana Rock and Roll Chicago Half Marathon – Sun. 7/16 at 6:30 a.m. USATF certified. Chicago. 800-311-1255. Run for Hunger – Sun. 7/16 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/ Walk and ½ mi Kids’ Fun Run. USATF certified. Benefits multiple local food pantries. Elmhurst The Universal Sole Burgers and Beer 5K Run/Walk – Mon. 7/17 at 7 p.m. Benefits Girls in the Game. Soldier Field, Chicago. 773-8680893. Eggs & Legs 5K Run/Walk – Sat. 7/22 at 8:30 a.m. Benefits Fischer Farm. Bensenville. 630766-7015. Sunset Half Marathon – Sat. 7/22 at 5:30 p.m. Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Dash and Glo Run. USATF certified. Hoffman Estates. 224-757-5425. Venus de Miles Ride and Run – Sat. 7/22 at 8:45 p.m. Women’s 60mi. and 25mi. bike rides and 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Greenhouse Scholars. Lake Forest. 303-459-5467.

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athlon on 7/23. Wauconda. 847-526-3610. Summer Sunset 5K – Wed. 7/26 at 6:15 p.m. 5K Run/Walk and Youth Runs. USATF Certified. Benefits FRTR Youth Scholarship Fund. Geneva. Run For Gus – Thurs. 7/27 at 5 p.m. 5K Run/ Walk & 400m Kids’ Race. CARA Certified. Benefits Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital. Diversey Harbor, Chicago 312-227-4000. CowaLUNGa Bike Ride – Sat. 7/29 - 7/31.

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Covers 190 miles between Illinois and Wisconsin with option of biking fone, two or three days. Respiratory Health Association. 312-628-0210. Splashes, Dashes & Spokes Youth Triathlon Sat. 7/29 at 8am Kid-Friendly • Kid Distances • Kids Only Otter Cove Aquatic Park Hills Road 11:48 AM 3615 Page Campton 1 St. Charles, IL 60175 630-513-6200 Insane Inflatable 5K – Sat. 7/29 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Novelty/Obstacle Run. Chicagoland SANDWICH PARK DISTRICT

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Splash Pedal Dash Triathlon/Dash Pedal Dash Duathlon Sun. 7/30 at 6:30 am Triathlon/Duathlon Meineke Recreation Center Schaumburg, IL 847-490-7015 special-events/triathlon-duathlon Run for Veterans 5K– Sun. 7/30 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Burr Ridge. 630-654-8181.

August Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to I Tried A Triathlon – Sun. 8/6 at 8 a.m. 250yd Swim, 6mi. Bike, & 2mi. Run. Oswego. 630554-1010. Naperville Sprint Triathlon – Sun. 8/6 at 7 a.m. 20K Bike, 5K Run, 400m Swim. Naperville. 504-454-6561. ECFA 5K 4Kids - Sat. 8/12 at 8:45 a.m. 5k Run/ Walk, 1/2 mi. Kids Fun Run, Toddler Trot Wheaton. 630-653-6400.. Illinois Warrior Dash – Sat. 8/12 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Obstacle Run. Benefits St. Jude Chil-

dren’s Research Hospital. Channahon. 312725-7722. Amazing Race Sat., Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. Prisco Community Center Teams of 4 race through fun mental and physical challenges for prizes, pizza and bragging rights. T-shirt for all participants 630-859-8606 Western Suburbs Illinois Lupus Walk – Sat. 8/12. 1mi and 3mi Walks. Benefits Lupus Society of IL. Naperville. 312-542-0002. Barrington Honor Ride and Run – Sun. 8/13 at 7 a.m. 20/30/50mi. Bike Rides & 10K/5K Runs, 1mi. Fun Run & 1mi. Kids’ Ride. Benefits Ride 2 Recovery. Barrington. BarringtonHRR@ Chicago 10K – Sun. 8/13 at 8 a.m. 10K Run/ Walk. Benefits Special Olympics Chicago. Grant Park, Chicago. Rotary Club of Woodridge Mini Triathlon - Sun. 8/13 at 7 a.m. Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park. 630-353-3329. Cori’s Kids’ Triathlon – Sat. 8/19. Swim, Bike, Run. Promotes healthy habits and physical activity for Kids’ ages 6-14. Riverside. 708-4427025. SuperRun Chicago 5K – Sat, 8/19, 8am – 12pm.Ned Brown Preserve, 1005–1767 W Higgins Rd Elk Grove Village. Benefits UPS for

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Dash • Pedal • Dash

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sponsored by

5:15 a.m. Check-in | 6:30 a.m. Start Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg


400-Meter Swim 12.8-Mile Bike 5K Run


5K Run 12.8-Mile Bike 5K Run

Chip-timed event. Only one transition area.

All participants will receive a men’s or women’s technical T-shirt and a finisher’s medal. Top finishers in each age group receive an award.

For information, call 847/490-7015 or visit


Park District

Register at | Through March 31: $45 • April 1–June 30: $55 • July 1–26: $65 Triathlon_Duathlon 48 fitness first Ad (2)-17.indd


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Downs. 847-895-2100. Aurora Duathlon – Sun. 8/20 at 7 a.m. 2 mi. Run, 20K Bike, 2 mi. Run. Blackberry Farms, FBAurora. LIKE 312-617-9551. fill 12.16:Layout 1 12/14/16 WindRunner 10K – Sun. 8/20 at 8 a.m. USATF


Speedway, Joliet. 815-722-5500. Glenview Park Center Sprint Triathlon – Sun. 7/30 at 6:30 a.m. 300 yd. swim, 10 mi bike, 5K Run. Glenview. 847-724-5670.

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and CARA certified. Wheaton. Life Time Chicago Super Sprint and Kids’Triathlon – Sat. 8/26 at 7 a.m. Swim/ Bike/Run or SprintFoster Beach, Chicago. Parkie’s 5K – Sat. 8/26 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. USATF & CARA Certified. Bolingbrook. 630739-0272. Rugged Maniac – Sat. 8/26 at 9 a.m. 5K Obstacle Run. Joliet. Tough Mudder – Sat. 8/26 at 8 a.m. 10-12mi. Obstacle Run. Rockford. 718-414-6726. Fort 2 Base Race – Sun. 8/27 at 7 a.m. 10 nautical miles (11.5 mi) or 3 Nautical Miles (3.45 mi). CARA Certified. Great Lakes Naval Station, North Chicago. 312-925-6067. Verizon Half Madness – Sun. 8/27 at 7 a.m. Half marathon. USATF and CARA certified. Benefits Batavia Food Pantry. Batavia. 630244-5224.

September Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to Gerald Subaru Rooster 5K & Fling Mile – Mon. 9/4 at 8:45 a.m. 5K & 1 mi Runs. Benefits Naperville Jaycees. Naperville. PATCH Run with the Lion 5K – Sat. 9/9 at 6 p.m. 5K Run/Walk & 1mi. Kids Race. Benefits the PATCH Foundation. Aurora. 630-377-2120. 5K Twilight Run, Walk & Roll – Sat. 9/9. Benefits Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Assoc. CARA Certified. Lake Forest. 847-283-0908. Last Chance BQ.2 – Sat. 9/9 at 6:30 a.m. Marathon. USATF certified. Geneva. Bloomingdale Parks Foundation Sunrise Shuffle 5K– Sat. 9/9 at 8:30 a.m. Bloomingdale. 630-529-3650. Foodie 5K – Sat. 9/9 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Northern Illinois Food Bank. Romeoville. 630-443-6910. Twilight 5K Run/Walk/Roll – Sat. 9/9 at 5 p.m. CARA Certified. Lake Forest. 847-283-0908. Hero Hustle – Sun. 9/10 at 8 a.m. 10K/5K Runs and 1 mi Obstacle Runs. CARA certified. Glenview. Zoo Run Run – Sun. 9/10Fun run and walk inside Brookfield Zoo. March/April 2017


When to Hydrate

You’ve read all about how dehydration impacts performance, so let’s talk about what to drink, when and how. Drinking before you run

• take time to walk for a few steps to enable you to drink comfortably and avoid choking;

One way to minimize dehydration is to ensure that you begin a long run fully hydrated. In the days before a big race, it is a good idea to sip as much water as you can to keep your body topped up. On the day of the run, drink up to two hours before the start. Most experienced runners stop then, to avoid the need to urinate while they are running.You can begin drinking again immediately before the start.

On a hot day, you should regulate your temperature by splashing water over yourself as well as by drinking. You may want to pour a cup of water over your head (and especially down the back of your neck) to keep you cool. During the closing stages of a race – for example, during the last half an hour – cooling yourself this way may be more effective than drinking. It is also less likely to make you feel nauseus.

Drinking while running

Drinking while running is a skill, and you need to practise it during your training to work out what works best for you. Some tips are: • drink little and often to avoid a bloated feeling while you are running;

Drinking after running When you have finished running, you should aim to replenish the fluid you have lost. Because you don’t absorb all the fluid you drink, it is recommended that you drink about half as much again as the volume of fluid you have lost.

a.m. 5K Run/Walk. North Central College, NaTwilight Shuffle 5K – Sun. 9/10 at 5 p.m. 5K perville. 815-272-2009. Run/Walk. Libertyville. 847-680-0336. Get Your Rear in Gear – Sat. 9/23 at 8 a.m. Naperville Trails Half Marathon – Sun. 9/10 5K Run/Walk & Kids’ Fun Run. USATF certified. at 8:30 a.m. USATF certified. Wheaton. 224Benefits colon cancer research. Montrose 757-5425. Harbor, Chicago. 952-378-1237. CASA Kane County Fox Valley KIDS’ MaraHarvest Hustle Twilight All-Terrain 5K– thon – Sat. 9/16 at 3 p.m. 1.2mi. Run. USATF Sat. 9/23. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Geneva Park certified. Benefits CASA Kane County. St. District Scholarship Fund. Geneva. 630-232Charles. 630-232-4484. 4542. Muckfest MS – Sat. 9/16 at 9 a.m. 5K Obstacle Hyde Park Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk – Course. Benefits The National Multiple ScleroSat. 9/23 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certisis Society. Lake County Fairgrounds, Liberfied. Chicago. tyville. 800-344-4867. Chicagoland Out of the Darkness Walk – The Bridge Oktoberfest Color Fun Run Sat. 9/23 at 11 a.m. Benefits American Foun– Sat. 9/16 at 10 a.m. 5K Novelty Run/Walk. dation For Suicide Prevention. Chicago. 312Benefits The Bridge Youth and Family Servic890-2377. es. Palatine. 847-485-3085. St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood CanBucktown 5K – Sun. 9/17 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run. SUBFAM FILL 12.16:Layout 12/14/16 11:47 AM Page – Sat. 9/23. 5K1 Run/Walk. Benefits St. Jude USATF Certified. Benefits the 100 Club of Chi-small cer Children’s Research Hospital. Soldier Field, cago. Chicago. 847-243-8500. Chicago. donors@ Chicago Illinois Lupus Walk – Sun. 9/24. Choice Daily Postings Walk to End Alof 1 or 3 mi Walks. Benefits for Everyone in the Family! zheimer’s – Sat. Lupus Society of Illinois. 9/23 at 10 a.m. Chicago. 312-542-0002. 5K Run/Walk. St. Advocate Health Care Charles. 815-272Fox Valley Marathon – 2009. Sun. 9/17 at 7 a.m. Half Get the Complete Issue and Much More. Chicago Half marathon, 20mi., & full “A must see!” Marathon/5K – Sun. marathon. USATF certified. 9/24. USATF & CARA St. Charles. certified. Chicago. MMRF Race for Research – Sun. 9/17. 5K Run/Walk. Chicago. 203-652Quad Cities Marathon – Sun. 9/24 at 7:30 0222. a.m. Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Midway Fly Away 5K Run/Walk – Sun. 9/17. Relay & 5K. USATF certified. Benefits prostate 5K Run/Walk and 1mi. Kids’ Race. Benefits cancer research. Moline. 309-751-9800. Special Olympics Chicago. Midway Airport, Run to Read – Sun. 9/24 at 7:30 a.m. 5K Run, Chicago. 312-527-3743. 1mi. Family Fun Walk, Mascot Dash & Kids’ Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Sun. 9/17 at 10 Dash. Benefits School District 54 literacy pro-



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grams. Schaumburg. 847-357-5028. Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Sun. 9/24 at 10 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Chicago. 708-669-2475. Cancer Schmancer 5K – Sat. 9/30 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Grayslake. Benefits Marti Leider Foundation. 773-698-6905. Terrain Race – Sat. 9/30 at 8 a.m. 10K and 5K Obstacle Races & Kids Mini Monkey Course. Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet. Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Sat. 9/30 at 10 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Orland Park. 815-272-2010. Also Joliet on 10/7. Light the Torch Night Run – Fri. 9/29 at 5:30 p.m. 5K Novelty Run/Walk. Benefits FT Cares Foundation. Wheaton. 630-510-5135. 1


Fall Color 5K Run & Walk – Sun. 10/1. 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. USATF certified. Lisle. 630-968-0074. Histio Heroes 5K – Sun. 10/1 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk, 1mi. Fun Run, & Kids’ Fun Run. CARA Certified. Benefits Histiocytosis Association. Batavia. 856-589-6606. Let’s Move Elgin 5K – Sun. 10/1 at 7:50 a.m. 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ 100m Dash. Benefits Fit For Kids Elgin. 630-264-7653. Pumpkin Stampede – Sun. 10/1. 5K Run/ Walk & 1mi. Kids Fun Run. Benefits Andrea Lynn Cancer Fund. Crystal Lake. patty@ NAMI 5K – Sat. 10/7 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. USATF certified. Benefits local NAMI chapter. Batavia. 630-896-6264. Curesade 5K Run/Walk – Sat. 10/7 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. USATF certified. Benefits Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. Palatine. pcasey@arfitness first 49 Highlander Assault – Sat. 10/7 at 7:40 a.m. 4mi, 8mi and 12mi Obstacle Runs. McHenry. International Chicago 5K – Sat. 10/7 at 7:30 a.m. Daley Plaza, Chicago. 312-904-9800. Prairie State Half Marathon & 10K – Sat. 10/7 at 8:30 a.m. USATF certified. Benefits WINGS. Long Grove. 224-757-5425. Bank of America Chicago Marathon – Sun. 10/8 at 7:30 a.m. Chicago. 312-904-9800. Highwood Superhero 5K – Sun. 10/9 at 9:30 a.m. Costumed 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Make a Wish. Highwood. 847-432-6000. Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Sun. 10/8 at 10 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Crystal Lake. 815-977-9125. SANDWICH PARK DISTRICT

DONUT DASH 1OK – 5K Run/Walk 6TH ANNUAL - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH, 2017 LOCATION: 1401 Suydam Road, Sandwich, IL 60548

10K Race at 8:30 a.m. 5K Race at 9:00 a.m.

$28.00 (if registered by October 7th, Saturday) $35 after October 7th and Race Day Registration

Doggie Dash

Bring your dog and have them run/walk with you. Sponsors: Just in Time Heating and Cooling, KishHealth System, Valley West Hospital, Angie’s Sugar Buzz Bakery.

Proceeds from the race will aid local food pantries! Call the SANDWICH PARK DISTRICT at 815-786-8044

view our website at to register.

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Des Plaines River Trail Run – Sat. 10/14 at 7 a.m. 50mi., Marathon & Half Marathon. Vernon Hills. 847-476-5645. Scarecrow Scramble Nighttime 5K – Sat. 10/14 at 3 p.m. 5K Run/Walk, Tot Dash and Festival. USATF Certified. Lisle. 630-353-4304. Donut Dash 5K/10K Sun.,10/15 10K at 8:30 a.m. 5K at 9 a.m. Dogs welcome! Sandwich Fairgrounds 815-786-8044 Cornerstone 5K-J Run & Walk – Sun. 10/15 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Cornerstone Services. Joliet. 877-444-0304. Rotary Run Charity Classic – TBD. Hinsdale. Race For the Kids – Sun. 10/15. 5K Run/ Walk, Kids’ Mile & Kids’ Dash. CARA certified. Benefits Comer Children’s Hospital. Chicago. 773-702-1000 This Run’s for Jack – Sun. 10/15 at 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. USATF Certified. Benefits Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund. Glen Ellyn. info@ World’s Largest Corn Maze Run – Sun. 10/15. 5K Run/Walk through a corn maze & Kids’ Dash. Spring Grove. 224-757-5425. Chicago Country Sole – Sat. 10/21 at 7:30 a.m. Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Run/Walk and Concert. Benefits Back on My Feet. Chicago. 224-757-5425. Light the Night Walk – Sat. 10/21 at 4:30 p.m. in Chicago & Oak Brook and 10/22 in Glenview. 2-3 mile Walk benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 312-651-7354. Naperville Kids Marathon – Sat. 10/21 at 3 p.m. 1.2mi. Run. USATF Certified. Naperville. Pumpkins in the Park 5K – Sat. 10/21 at 2:30 p.m. 5K & kids’ sprint. Benefits the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks. Lincoln Park. 847-243-8500. S.E.A. Blue Prostate Cancer Walk/Run – Sun., 10/22. Lincoln Park, Chicago. 630-7951002. Harvest Hustle – Sun. 10/22 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits Niles Food Pantry. Niles. 847-967-6633. Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon – Sun. 10/22 at 7 a.m. Half marathon & 5K. USATF Certified. Naperville. Chicago Lakefront 50/50 – Sat. 10/28 at 6:30 a.m. 50mi/50K Run. Chicago. 847-648-8843. Halloween Hustle 5K – Sat. 10/28 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash. Come in costume. USATF certified. Palatine. 847-8294536. Lake Bluff PTO Pumpkin Chase – Sat. 10/28 at 8 a.m. 5K Race & 1mi. Fun Run. CARA Certified. Lake Bluff. 224-622-9022. Race to Cure Sarcoma Chicago – Sat. 10/28 at 9 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits the Sarcoma Foundation of America. Libertyville. 301253-8687. suburban family |

Spooky Sprint – Sat. 10/28 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits American Veterans Helping Veterans. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. info@ Also 10/22 in Homer Glen. Healthy Driven FRAIDYCAT 5K GHOST RUN 10K & MEOW MILE - Sun. 10/29 - 9 a.m. in Downtown Oswego. 630-554-3505. FRAIDYCAT5K.COM. Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – Sun. 10/29 at 7:30 a.m. 15K/5K Runs & 2mi. Walk. USATF Certified. Benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities. Grant Park, Chicago. 847-243-8500.

November Hot Cider Hustle – Sat. 11/4 at 9 a.m. 8mi. & 3mi. Run/Walk. USATF certified. Benefits Special Olympics, IL. Wheaton. 224-757-5425. Veterans 5K – Sat. 11/4 at 8:15 a.m. 5K Run/ Walk, Kids 5K and Kids Fun Run. USATF certified. Benefits the Veterans Drop-In Center. Rockford. Ooh La La Chocolate 5K – Sun. 11/5 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. Geneva. 630-232-2395. Panting for Paws 5K – Sun. 11/5 at 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk. CARA Certified. Benefits Helping Paws Animal Shelter. Crystal Lake. 815338-4400. Gobbler Hobbler 10K & Mashed Potato Mile – Sun. 11/12 at 8:30 a.m. 10K Race & 1mi. Fun Run. USATF Certified. Oswego. 630-5541010. Red Eye 5K – Sun. 11/12 at 7:15 a.m. 5K Run/ Walk. Joliet. Turkey Trot – Sat. 11/18 at 8:00 a.m., 5-K Race, 8:45 a.m. Kids’ 1-mile Race. Centennial Park, Addison. 630-233-7275. Long Grove Turkey Trot – Thurs. 11/23 at 8:40 a.m. 5K & 8K Run/Walk & Kids Dash. USATF Certified. Benefits Northern Illinois Food Bank. Long Grove. 224-757-5425. North Shore Turkey Trot – Thur. 11/23. 10K & 5K. Highland Park. 847-243-8500. Wauconda Turkey Trot – Thur. 11/23. 4mi Run. Benefits Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry. Wauconda. 847-526-8684. Schaumburg Turkey Trot – Sat. 11/25 at 8:30 a.m. Half marathon & 5K. USATF certified. Benefits Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America. Schaumburg. 224-757-5425.

December Arctic Frog Endurance Run – Sat. 12/2 at 7:45 a.m. 50K & 25K Runs. Libertyville. Chilly Chili 5K – TBD. Schaumburg Park District. 847-985-2115. Lions Club Reindeer Run – Sat. 12/2 at 8:30 a.m. 5K. USATF & CARA Certified. Wheaton. 630-510-5135. Viking Winter Dash – Sat. 12/9 at 11 a.m. 15K & 5K Run/Walk. Crystal Lake. 317-219-3789. March/April 2017

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Hand and Foot and Mouth! Oh My! By Alexa Bigwire


ot to be confused with hoof and mouth disease, a very nasty disease that affects cattle, Hand Foot and Mouth is a virus that your toddler or preschooler (and sometimes even older children) may contract this spring.You’ll want to be on the lookout for a variety of symptoms, of which your child may experience some or all. Be prepared for your children to have completely different symptoms. What exactly is Hand Foot and Mouth disease? HFMD is a highly contagious viral illness most prevalent during the spring and fall seasons. HFMD usually affects infants and children younger than five years of age. It has a wide variety of symptoms, including fever, sore throat, vomiting, reduced appetite, sores, and red bumps. The child may have a variety or all symptoms, or may carry and pass the virus with no symptoms at all.There is currently no vaccine to prevent it, and not much that can be done once the child has it, beyond keeping them comfortable and waiting it out. How serious is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease? It’s more gross than serious, and the itching can be extremely irritating. HFMD can cause high fever. A large concern for many children is dehydration and not eating if the sores in their mouths and throat hurt too badly. (And in rare cases they can develop some very scary, fatal complications - like brain inflammation, and polio like diseases.) Less commonly known side effects - a week or two after the virus is gone, your child may lose their fingernails and toenails and they may also have the skin peel off of their hands and feet. How does it spread? It is highly contagious and can be passed March/April 2017

through mucus, saliva, the blister fluid, and feces. You are most contagious for the first week. • close contact, such as kissing hugging, or sharing cups and eating utensils, • coughing and sneezing, • contact with feces, for example when changing a diaper, • contact with blister fluid, and • touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them. How long should your child stay home from school? • Follow all fever rules - don’t send them to school within 24 hours of the fever • Watch the blisters. If they have oozing blisters that can’t be covered, keep them home • For little ones, keep them home until it’s cleared up if that’s possible. There’s no need to infect other children. Treatment: It’s a virus, and unfortunately, just has to run its course. However, the pain and discomfort suburban family |

can be treated with over the counter, age appropriate fever reducers and pain relievers. Prevent dehydration with plenty of fluids. Ice cream, jello, Popsicles, and so forth are good for sore throats. Can HFMD be prevented? To prevent the spread of HFMD, follow the same protocol as you would for preventing flu or any other virus. • Wash hands frequently with warm, soapy water • Avoid contact with infected people • Disinfect surfaces regularly if someone has been sick Will my child get this more than once? Very generally speaking, once your child has had HFMD, they should build an immunity. However, there are multiple different strains, and it is possible that your child could become ill again with a different strain. Visit the CDC for all you could possibly want to know about hand foot and mouth disease! family wellness 51

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March & April Here’s your source for this issue’s great events. Event information is subject to change without notice, therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm (advance registration may be required) – and be certain to tell ‘em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine! If you have an event of regional interest, we’d love to hear from you. Send to “Great Events” Fax: 866-779-4320, E-mail: mail@ Mail: P.O. Box 1266, Westmont, IL 60559. Deadline for inclusion in the May-June issue is Friday, Apr. 14.

MARCH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 KIDS Homeschool Adventures “Dr. Seuss Day” – Come explore the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. Children 5-12, with an adult. 1-3 PM. Des Plaines History Center, 847391-5399. KIDS Storytime – Naperville Public Library staff present a special storytime of stories, song and more at DuPage Children’s Museum. 10:30-11 AM. Naperville. 630-6378000. SHOPPING Spring Fling Open House – Spring fair with vintage antiques, sangria and appetizers served. 4-8 PM. Tattered Tiques Shop, Lake Barrington. 224-633-9750. WORKSHOP Healthy Eating Meal Prep – Melissa Ronda of Personal Gains shares misconceptions about weight loss and a balanced diet. 7 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register 630-627-0316. THURSDAY, MARCH 2 FUNDRAISER Author Meetup – “Wine, Women & Words.” Meet local authors, learn about latest works. Stories, snacks, smiles and raising funds. The Pointe, Crystal Lake. winewomenwords. KIDS After School Adventures – “Dr. Seuss Day.” Explore the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. Children 5-12, with an adult. 3:30 – 5 PM. Des Plaines History Center, 847-3915399. TEEN Study Tips for Stressed Students – Ages 7-12th grade. 4:30 PM. The Bridge Teen Center, Orland Park. 708-532-0500. FRIDAY, MARCH 3. 52 great events

ADULTS Tai Chi – Slow movement, meditation, breathing and balance. 10 AM. Bloomingdale Public Library. (630) 529-3120. FAMILY Farm To School Day – Hours of fun focused on gardening and spring prep. 1-3:30 PM. Northern Illinois Food Bank. Geneva. 630-443-6910. KIDS School’s Out Day Camp – Make gummy bear molecules and a lemon-powered battery. 9 AM-3 PM. Also 3/27. Naper Settlement, Naperville. 630-420-6010. SATURDAY, MARCH 4. FAMILY Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss – Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with crafts, games, and a treat. 1 PM. Bloomingdale Public Library. Register (630) 529-3120. PETS Dog Admission Day – Bring your dog to hike 16 miles of trails. 7 AM – sunset. Morton Arboretum. 630-9680074. STAGE Seussical Jr. – Musical featuring favorite Dr. Seuss characters on stage. 1 PM. Batavia Fine Arts Centre. (630) 937-8930. SUNDAY, MARCH 5 JOB FAIR Naperville Park District Job Fair – Full time, part time and seasonal positions will be seeking employees. 10 AM-2 PM Naperville. 630-848-5000. TEENS Kick Off Teen Tech Week – Create a fully functional circuit on a card that lights up. Grades 6-12. 3 PM. Helen Plum Library, St. Charles. Register (630) 627-0316. MONDAY, MARCH 6 KIDS Focus on FUNdamentals – Learn a fun twist on skills for staying successful in school. Ages K-2. 3/6 & 4/17. 4 PM. Register Bloomingdale Public Library. 630) 5293120. TEENS How To Find A College Without Losing Your Mind – Transition planning for students with learning differences. 7 PM. Evanston Public Library. 847-448-8600. TUESDAY, MARCH 7 NATURE Greenhouse Tour – Behind the scenes tour of spring and summer plantings. 11 AM Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-260-5161. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 KIDS Art & Science: Light Patterns – Construct a tool to see the world in a new light. Grades K-3. 4:15 PM. suburban family |

Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register 630-627-0316. THURSDAY, MARCH 9 ADULTS Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body – Insights on how to make lifestyle choices that keep you healthy. Research by The Alzheimer’s Association. 7 PM. Mt. Prospect Public Library. 847/253-5675. FRIDAY, MARCH 10 ADULTS Antique Sale & Vintage Market – Estate jewelry, silver, collectibles, vintage clothing & accessories, home décor. 10AM-6 PM. Emmanuel’s Episcopal Church, La Grange (708) 352-1275. KIDS Friday Fun Night – Fun night of organized games and activities in the Community Center Gym. Ages 7-13. 6-8:30 PM. Also April 21. Palatine Park District. 847991-0333. SATURDAY, MARCH 11 ADULTS Antique Sale & Vintage Market – Estate jewelry, silver, collectibles, vintage clothing & accessories, home décor. 10AM – 4PM. Emmanuel’s Episcopal Church, La Grange (708) 352-1275 FAMILY Women’s History Month - Celebrate the amendment granting women the right to vote. Make suffragette sashes and pins to make your voice heard! Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 12 – 3 PM. 630-260-5161. FAMILY Maple Sugaring - Welcome warmer weather at Naper Settlement’s annual tribute to the changing seasons with hands-on activities and presentations. 10AM – 4PM. 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. 630-420-6010. FAMILY Family Fest – Playful family fun for parents and kids ages 3 and older. 9 AM – 12:20 PM. Park Ridge Centennial Fitness Center. 847-692-5129. KIDS Open Gym & Swim – Social night includes DJ, inflatables, swimming, wallyball and racquetball.7PM -9 PM. Park Ridge Centennial Fitness Center. 847-692-5129. SUNDAY, MARCH 12 ADULTS Honoring Women’s History Month – A fascinating look at the history of female journalists. 3 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register 630-260-8162. CONCERT We’ve Got Rhythm – Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra presents Latin melodies. Elmhurst Dance Theater performs. Insturment petting zoo1:45-2:45 PM. Concert 3 PM. Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. 630-941-0202. March/April 2017

FAMILY Maple Sugaring - Welcome warmer weather at Naper Settlement’s annual tribute to the changing seasons with hands-on activities and presentations. 10AM – 4PM. 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. 630-420-6010.

WOMEN Film Screening – “Dream Girl” Documentary showcases inspiring stories of women entrepreneurs and the struggles they face. 7:30 PM. Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, Palatine. 847-202-5222.

MONDAY, MARCH 27 KIDS School’s Out Day Camp – Make gummy bear molecules and a lemon-powered battery. 9 AM-3 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. 630-420-6010.

MONDAY, MARCH 13 ADULTS Singles Club Dance Lesson & Dance – Singles from all towns age 40 and up are invited to professionally instructed dance lessons – no partner required. St. Charles Singles Club. 6:30. Villa Olivia Country Club. 630-6650763.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 FAMILY Sing-a-long – Kids ages birth to 6 years will enjoy this 45-minute music and movement program. 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Registration required. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-260-8162.

TUESDAY, MARCH 28 ADULTS Geneology – “Walking With Your Ancestors” provides the tricks you’ll need to follow your ancestors’ footsteps. 7 PM. Helen Plum Libray, Lombard. (630) 627-0316.

TUESDAY, MARCH 14 ADULTS Transform Your Life: Declutter Your Home – Replace chaos with calm and turn home into clutter and stress-free environment. 6:30 PM. Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Register 847-692-5129. SCREENING Frank Lloyd Wright: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, 7:30 p.m., Robert R. McCormick Theater, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, Chicago. 5:30- Free. Register at WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 KIDS Ready for Spring Drop In Program – Drop in any Wednesday during open hours. Tour the Farmhouse and make a craft. 3+yrs. 2:30 PM. Elk Grove Historical Museum. (847) 439-3994. THURSDAY, MARCH 16 TEENS Cool Computer Tricks – Learn rare skills to get ahead of the technology game. 7th-12th grade. 4:30 PM. The Bridge Center, Orland Park. 708.532.0500. FRIDAY, MARCH 17 NATURE Midwest Pond & Koi Society Meeting – Propagation, care, and flowering of water lilies, lotus, and marginal’s. 7 – 10 PM. Lisle Park District Rec Center, Lisle IL. 312-409-2081.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 KIDS Nature Tykes – Program geared for 3-yearolds and parents/guardians. Explore natural world through various activities including stories, games, crafts. Creek Bend Nature Center. 9:30 AM. 630-444-3190. FRIDAY, MARCH 24 FAMILY Smarty Pants: The Big Balloon Show – The show offers magic, comedy and eye-popping balloon props! 7 PM. Helen Plum Library. 630-627-0316. KIDS Spring Egg-stravaganza – Celebrate spring with crafts, snacks, egg hunt and more. Ages 2-5. 9 AM and 10:30 AM Seager Park, Naperville. Register: 630-527-6497. SATURDAY, MARCH 25 CONCERT Annual Spring Concert – International pianist Huntley Brown and his 30-piece orchestra perform live with Covenant Christian School choir. 6 PM. Free. West Aurora High School, Aurora. Register 630-801-7955. SUNDAY, MARCH 26 FAMILY Greater Chicago Soap Box Derby – Race held west end, lower level Charlestown Mall. Boys and girls 7-20 yrs. 9 AM. St. Charles. Register 630-841-8832.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 KIDS Wheels, Levers & Pulleys – Get a grip on the physics of simple machines, explore force of friction, wheelchair bowling, power of levers and more! Grades K-2. 9:30 AM. Presented by DuPage Kids’s Museum at Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register 630-627-0316. THURSDAY, MARCH 30 KIDS – The Dinosaur Hunters. A paleontologist leads a dig through real dinosaur bones and discusses fossils. 2-3 PM. Morgon Grove Public Library. (847) 965-4220. FRIDAY, MARCH 31 KIDS Flashlight Egg Hunt –Nighttime Easter egg hunt with hot chocolate and cookies. Round Lake Park District. Ages 9-12 yrs. 8 PM. 847-546-8558.

APRIL SATURDAY, APRIL 1 FAMILY Kid’s Expo – Chicagoland’s best and longest standing Kids Expo. Activities, crafts, Knockerball, performances, petting zoo, bounce houses, reptile show. 9AM-

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 FUNDRAISER Kiwanis 62nd Annual Pancake Breakfast – Signature Pancake Festival 7AM-noon. Proceeds donated to local non-profits. Naperville Central High School, TEENS ACT & SAT Practice Tests – Full-length practice tests will provide scores and analyzed results to prepare for the real test. 12 PM. Bloomingdale Public Library. (630) 529-3120. SUNDAY, MARCH 19 FUNDRAISER American Legion Pancake Breakfast – Cantigny Post 556 invites the public to feast on pancakes, sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy. Also Spring floral display, Door prize. 7 AM – 1 PM. Walk-ins welcome. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-260-8162. MONDAY, MARCH 20 ADULTS Managing Your Google Drive – Learn how to access documents from anywhere and work collaboratively with others. Vernon Hills High School. 6:30 PM. Register 847-247-4575. TUESDAY, MARCH 21 SCREENING Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan – 5:30-7:30 p.m., Robert R. McCormick Theater, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, Chicago. Free. Register at TEENS Job Fair – KidsMatter hosts this job fair that attracts over 70 businesses. 5-7:30 PM. North Central College, Naperville. 630-527-6562. March/April 2017

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City Events The Orchid Show – Through March 26. Thousands of gorgeous orchids, inspiring professional photography on display, orchids for sale, experts on hand. 10 AM-4 PM Chicago Botanic Garden. Glencoe. 847-835-5440. CHIditarod: The Chicago Urban Shopping Cart Race – March 4. Costumed teams of four pullers and one musher race shopping carts filled with donated food. Benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Chicago. Chicago’s Best WingFest – March 5. Festival-goers of the 18th Annual WingFest will be treated to 5PM. Schaumburg Convention Center.

a variety of wings from some of Chicago’s leading chefs. “Lady or Lord of the Wings” award for winner of the wings eating contest. 1-5 PM. UIC Pavilion. 17th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge – March 5. Whether you go ankle high, knee deep or take the full plunge, your efforts benefit Special Olympics Chicago. 9AM-2 PM North Avenue Beach. Chicago. 312-527-3743. Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame Fundraiser – March 8. Five industry innovating chefs will be inducted at this gala fundraiser. Open bar, wandering feast prepared by top local restaurants, silent auction, raffle. Benefits the Chicago Culinary Museum. Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier. 5-9 PM. 630-290-7008. St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 11. One of the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades. Rain or shine. Begins at Balbo & Columbus Dr., proceeding north through Grant Park. 12:00 PM. Dyeing of the Chicago River begins at 9 AM. The Magic Ball – March 11. Adults-only evening including dinner, magic, and musical entertainment. Benefits Camp Kesem, an organization dedicated to helping children touched by a parent’s cancer. 7 PM-Midnight. Fairmont Chicago Millenschool percussionists. 7:30 PM Also 4/8 at 3 PM & 7:30 PM Naperville Central High School.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 FAMILY Kid’s Expo – Chicagoland’s best and longest standing Kids Expo. Activities, crafts, Knockerball, performances, petting zoo, bounce houses, reptile show. 10AM-5 PM. Schaumburg Convention Center.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 FAMILY Breakfast With The Bunny – All ages will enjoy breakfast with the bunny and an outdoor egg hunt. Discount for pre-registration. 9 AM. Villa Park Recreation. 630-834-8970. FAMILY Easter Egg Hunt – Hundreds of plastic eggs will be hidden for this colorful rain or shine event. All ages. TUESDAY, APRIL 4 Photos with Mr. or Mrs. Easter Bunny; “Hop” (movie) 9:30 NATURE Garden Tour – will showcase flowering and 11:30 AM. Craft. 9 AM – 1 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. trees, shrubs and wildflowers and answer questions. 11 AM. 630-260-8162. No registration required. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-260 FAMILY Movie – “Hop” Easter-themed movie present8162. ed during Easter Egg Hunt. Rated PG, comedy. 9:30 & 11:30 AM. Sat. & Sun. Easter Bunny. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 260-8162 KIDS Homeschool Adventures – “Reduce, Reuse, Re KIDS Book Fair – Usborne offers “brain candy” for cycleBird Feeder Project.” In honor of Earth Day, create your child’s Easter basket! Young readers. 9 AM – 1 a recycling masterpiece. Children 5–12, with PM. Sat. & Sun. Cantigny adult. 1-3 PM. Des Plaines History Center, Park, Wheaton. 630-260(847) 391-5399. 8162. KIDS Sweet Mosaics – Make KIDS Spring Fling colorful (and tasty!) mosaics with – Pictures with Easter candy. 4:15 PM. Helen Plum Library, Bunny, egg hunt, grand Get Daily Updates of Great Local Lombard. Register 630-627-0316. prize egg, craft. 10:30 AM O erings for Everyone in the Family! -12:30 PM. Itasca Park DisTHURSDAY, APRIL 6 trict 630-773-2257. NATURE Gardening – 90 minute presentation highlighting the park’s plant selections and SUNDAY, APRIL 9 plans for the main gardens, golf course and Idea Garden, FAMILY Easter Egg Hunt - Hundreds of plastic eggs spring through fall. 10 AM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630will be hidden for this colorful rain or shine event. All ages. 260-8162. Photos with Mr. or Mrs. Easter Bunny; “Hop” (movie) 9:30 and 11:30 AM. Craft. 9 AM – 1 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-260-8162. FRIDAY, APRIL 7 PERFORMANCE NCHS Drumshow – High energy FAMILY Movie – “Hop,” Easter-themed movie presentdrumming in the style of BlueMan Group & STOMP by high ed during Easter Egg Hunt. Rated PG, comedy. 9:30 & 11:30


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nium Park. Good Food Festival – March 18. Family friendly celebration of local, sustainable, humane foods. Enjoy food, exhibitors, speakers, workshops, chef demonstrations. 10 AM-5 PM UIC Forum. 312-8747360. Chicago Flower & Garden Show – March 18-26. Inspiring gardening-related displays, seminars, vendors and food. Sun-Wed. 10 AM-6 PM, Thurs.Sat. 10 AM-8 PM Navy Pier. 312-241-1250. Museum of Science & Industry – Through September 4, 2017. Brick by Brick. 7,000-square-foot exhibit of giant LEGO structures, incl. Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam, Roman Coliseum plus handson activities. Chicago. 773-684-1414. Baconfest Chicago – March 31-April 1. 9th Annual Festival features all things bacon. Top-shelf festival provides unique showcase for bacon talent with Food Network stars, 150 restaurants. UIC Forum, Chicago. Call for Fee Phone: 773-209-9543. One Of A Kind Show – April 28-30. Premier artisan shopping event with over 300 artists, designers, and makers offer wares at various price points. Hands-on crafts, cooking demos, interactive activities. The Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, 7th Floor, Chicago. 312-527-4141. AM. Sat. & Sun. Easter Bunny. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630260-8162. KIDS Book Fair – Usborne offers “brain candy” for your child’s Easter basket! Young readers. 9 AM – 1 PM. Sat. & Sun. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-260-8162. TUESDAY, APRIL 11 KIDS The Great Egg Quest – Minute-to-win-it style games with prizes. Parent/guardian must attend. Ages 7-11. 6:30 PM. Keith Mione Community Park, Mundelein. Register by Apr 1. 847-566-0650. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 FAMILY Kid Rock “Bunny Hop” – Parents and their little ones (ages 1-5) are invited to a fun Easter-themed session of songs, instruments and imaginative play. 6-6:45 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register 630-260-8162. THURSDAY, APRIL 13 FAMILY “Hoppy Easter” – Parent-child holiday celebration will include stories, songs and crafts plus a special treat! Ages 3 to 5. 10-11 AM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register 630-260-8162. FRIDAY, APRIL 14 FAMILY Baking With The Bunny – Kids will bake Easter goodies, do holiday activities and visit the Bunny. Ages 4-10. Registration Required. 1 – 3 PM. Villa Park Recreation. 630-834-8970. FAMILY Egg Coloring – Kids will color eggs to take home for an in-home hunt. Ages 4-10. Registration Required. 9-10 AM. Villa Park Recreation. 630-834-8970. FAMILY Kite Flying Night – Bring a kite or purchase one at Cantigny ($3). Wind permitting, Chicago Kite will demonstrate some larger, fancier models. 5:307:30 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-260-8162. March/April 2017

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 FAMILY Easter at Lincoln Park Zoo – Eat breakfast with the Easter Bunny; hunt for eggs; visit animals; ride the train & carousel. 8 AM-12:30 PM. 312-742-2000. FAMILY Spring Ice Skate – Skating games and fun for everyone. IceLand, Niles. 847-297-8010. WORKSHOP Design & Build: Prairie Style -- Family design workshop includes tour of Robie House and instruction in designing a detail with Legos. 10-11 a.m. Free work session follows. 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. $25. Register at

SUNDAY, APRIL 16 HAPPY EASTER! MONDAY, APRIL 17 KIDS Focus on FUNdamentals – Learn a fun twist on essential skills that prove essential to staying successful in school. Ages K-2. 4 PM. Bloomingdale Public Library. Register 630 529-3120. KIDS Messy Monday – Wacky Watercolors Artthemed projects.11 AM-3 PM. Discovery Center, Rockford. (815) 963-6769

tree with Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat after storytime. 11 AM. Morton Arboretum. 630-968-0074.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 WOODCARVING “Artistry in Wood” – Midwest’s

finest woodcarvers exhibiting their work and offering oneof-a-kind items for sale, demonstrations. 9 AM-4 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-260-8162.

SUNDAY, APRIL 30 WOODCARVING “Artistry in Wood” – Many of

the Midwest’s finest woodcarvers exhibiting their work and offering one-of-a-kind items for sale, demonstrations. 9 AM-4 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-260-8162.


ADULTS April After Hours at Robie House – Drinks, live music and tours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, the Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. FRIDAYS, April 7, 14, 21, 28 from 5-8 p.m. $35. Register at ADULTS Art Exhibit – Yellow House Artists present FRIDAY, APRIL 21 original work in paste and oil stick. 10 AM. 2/17-3/25. Fine FAMILY Animal Habitats – Family Friday event recomLine Creative Arts Center, St. Charles. 630-584-9443. mended for families with school age kids. with a Cosley Zoo ADULTS Camera Club – Central DuPage Camera representative. 7 PM. Helen Plum Library. 630-627-0316. Club meets the second and fourth Monday of the month KIDS Friday Fun Night – Fun night of organized Sept-May. 7:30 PM Wheaton Park District Community Cengames and activities in the Community Center Gym. Pizza ter. and snacks available for purchase. Ages 7-13. 6-8:30 PM. ADULTS Monday Night Page turners – Book Palatine Park District. 847-991-0333. discussion group meets on the NATURE Midwest Pond & Koi Society third Monday of the Meeting – “Myth and Truth” facts and fiction month except August Daily Postings about ponding. 7 – 10 PM. Alberto’s, Carol and December. 7:30 for Everyone in the Family! Stream, IL. 312-409-2081. PM. Bloomingdale Public Library. (630) SATURDAY, APRIL 22 529-3120. NATURE Bison’s Bluff Grand FAMILY Acorn Opening & Earth Day Celebration Express Adventures Get the Complete Issue and Much More. – One acre play area features climbing – Family-friendly tram“A must see!” towers, rock walls, meandering stream, ride throughout arboretum. nature art area, nature-themed play structures. Crafts and new topics weekly. 10 AM-2 PM Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg. 847) Wednesdays and Fridays in April (except 4/28). 985-2100. 11-11:45 AM. Morton Arboretum. 630-968-0074. FAMILY Arbor Day Weekend – Celebrate in the SUNDAY, APRIL 23 Kids’s Garden all weekend. Plant seeds, investigate tree NATURE Singing Frogs – Learn about our local frogs, cookies find unique trees. 4/28-4/30. 11 AM-4 PM. Morton and how to identify them by their calls. For adults and older children. 10 AM-2 PM Trailside Museum, River Forest. (847) 985-2100.



Arboretum. 630-968-0074. FAMILY Arbor Reading Adventures – Interactive story time crafts and adventure walk on grounds. Wednesdays and Fridays in March. 11-11:45 AM. Morton Arboretum. 630-968-0074. FAMILY Gnome Homes – Hike through Kids’s Garden to find hidden gnomes, then make light-up keepsake gnome. Weekends in March. 11AM – 2 PM. Morton Arboretum. 630-968-0074. FAMILY One Earth Film Festival – Wide ranging experiences for the ecologically-minded. 9:30 AM 3/3-3/12. 4th Presbyterian Church, Chicago. FAMILY Sugar Bush Fair – Authentic demos of maple syrup production, pioneer sugar camp, puppet show, hayride, pancake breakfast. 3/18-3/19. 9AM – Noon. Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg. 847-985-2100. KIDS Acting Workshop – Register now for Little Mountain Community Theater’s workshop for a production of Jungle Book Kids. Open to kids grades 2-8, all experience levels. 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. June 12-23. LHS Performing Arts Center, Lemont. MOMS Support Group – Mom2Mom Downers Grove is a safe, non-judgmental group that helps new mothers c 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 10:30 AM-12 PM. First United Methodist Church. Register (630) 745-8118 or (630) 632-8131. PETS Chicagoland Family Pet Expo – Entertainment, demos, presentations & products for pet owners & enthusiasts. 1-9 PM Also 3/18 at 9 AM-6 PM & 3/19 10 AM-5 PM Arlington International Racecourse, Arlington Heights. 630-793-9779. SHOPPING Antique Glass and Pottery Show – Early American glass, pottery; 24 dealers from around the country. 11AM-4 PM. 3/11-3/12. Concord Plaza Midwest Conference Center, Northlake. 630-851-4504. SHOPPING Flea Market – Up to 1,000 dealers display and sell antiques and collectibles indoors and outside. Country breakfast Sundays. 3/4-3/5 and 4/1-4/2. Kane County Fairgrounds. 630-377-2252. SHOPPING Spring Fox Valley Antiques Show – 55 dealers from 14 states offering authentic antiques. 3/11 & 3/12. Kane County Fairgrounds. 815-575-1272. STAGE Osma of Oz – Stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s third tale of the adventures in Oz. Children’s Theatre of Western Springs. 3/7&10 at 7:30 PM, 3/4&3/11 at 11 AM, 3/11 at 4 PM and 3/5 & 3/12 at 2:30 PM. 708-246-3380. STAGE Thoroughly Modern Millie – Highspirited musical adapted from movie. 3/11- 3/19. Naperville Bright Side Theatre. 630-447-8497.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 KIDS Plum Pokemon League – Using your own Pokemon cards and handheld video games, play and trade with other kids of all ages. 4 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register 630-627-0316. SHOPPING Wheaton Illinois Vintage Flea Market – Antique furniture, jewelry, silverware, toys, collectibles. Food served all day. DuPage County Fairgrounds. 715-526-9769. THURSDAY, APRIL 27 KIDS Create-a-Craft: Masterpiece for Mom – Drop into the Library and make a special secret gift for Mom. 11:30 AM-5 PM. Mt. Prospect Public Library. 847-253-5675.

FRIDAY, APRIL 28 NATURE Arbor Day Tree Planting – Plant a real March/April 2017

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Catch 35 Seafood and Premium Steaks Catch 35 Seafood and Premium Steaks is located in the heart of downtown Naperville and offers a seasonal variety of fresh seafood like Ecuadorian Mahi Mahi, crispy fried clam strips, Chilean Sea Bass, and East/West coast oysters. Catch 35 is a true Seafood and Steak house with an extensive wine list and specialty cocktails. Don’t miss the mouthwatering Prime New York Strip topped with Maitre d’Hotel butter, served with fingerling potatoes, creamed spinach, and roasted garlic. Join us for lunch and devour Catch 35’s NEW Signature small plates at WILD new prices; Open for lunch at 11:30am Monday-Saturday. Catch 35 offers a private party space for your next cocktail reception, celebration dinner, or business luncheon. Visit and discover weekly specials, community discounts, and our Prix Fixe menu. Reserve your table today! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Locations: 35 W. Wacker, Chicago, 312-346-3500 and 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630-717-3500

Mon Ami Gabi Mon Ami Gabi is a classic French bistro located on the east side of The Oakbrook Center Mall, near Neiman Marcus. We’re open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, along with weekend brunch available Saturday 11:30am - 3:00pm; Sunday 10:30am - 3:00pm. Planning a special event? Our charming bistro is perfect for your next private party, business gathering or special event. Mon Ami Gabi is pleased to accommodate parties in our two private rooms and dining area. Contact Jessica Cavanah to inquire: jcavanah@ or call 630-472-1900. Celebrate Springtime at Mon Ami Gabi on Tuesday, April 11 with our Spring Wine Dinner! Enjoy a custom four-course menu filled with a bounty of seasonal spring offerings. Each course will be paired with French wines. Seating is limited; please call 630-4721900 to secure your spot. Monthly French Classics Cooking Classes on Saturday, March 18 and April 15 from 10:00am-12:00pm; Can-Can Dinner Show on Monday, March 13 and April 24 6:30pm seating, 7:00pm show. To secure a spot or for more information, please call 630-472-1900. 56 dining out

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Houlihan’s Enjoy more options at Houlihan’s Happy Hour with our new Happy Apps, featuring appetizers in smaller and full-size portions for $4, $5 and $6. These pair nicely with our drink specials. App specials valid in the bar/lounge/patio only and drink specials valid in the entire restaurant. SMALLER PORTIONS: $4 Organic Spinach Dip, Mediterranean Black Bean Dip, Loaded Guacamole, Avocado Toast, Houlihan’s ’Shrooms (3), Parmesan Frites (full-size portion), $5 Mini Flatbreads, Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Wings (Thai, buffalo or grilled), $6 Mini Burger Slider Pair. FULL-SIZE PORTIONS: $6 Char-Crusted Ahi Tuna, Spicy Chicken & Avocado Eggrolls, Cubano Eggrolls, Organic Potstickers. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Brunch on Sundays from 10am-2pm at our Park Ridge location.

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>> SMALLER PORTIONS << Organic Spinach Dip Mediterranean Black Bean Dip Loaded Guacamole Avocado Toast Houlihan’s ’Shrooms (3) Parmesan Frites (full-size portion)


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>> FULL–SIZE PORTIONS << Char-Crusted Ahi Tuna Spicy Chicken & Avocado Eggrolls Cubano Eggrolls Organic Potstickers Pairs nicely with our drink specials. App specials valid in the bar/lounge/patio only. Drink specials valid in the entire restaurant.

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Vino Thai Vino Thaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serves up healthy and fresh Thai Cuisine. Ever since 1990, Vino Thai has provided customers with the finest and freshest tasting Thai food in a pleasurable dining atmosphere. Signature dishes include Golden Chicken, Crazy Noodles and Chicken Curry Fried Rice. Dine in - Carry Out. Vino Thai is located in East Gate Commons, 3825 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Open every day for lunch and dinner. For reservations call 630-443-8461.

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Shikara, an authentic Indian restaurant is a truly unique addition to those craving the deep, rich flavors of the populous land. Indian cookery is among the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most distinctive and enticing cuisines, one whose influence can be discerned in culinary traditions around the globe. Over the generations, Indian food has taken on many shapes and forms, absorbing culinary techniques found in both eastern and western regions of the world. Through years of experience, our chefs can now offer a perfect balance of both the traditional as well as the contemporary forms that Indian cooking has developed. Now, food connoisseurs can take delight in the various dishes that taste as exotic as their names. This company has been in the Restaurant, Catering & Banquet business for more than 20 years. 1620 75th St.,Downers Grove. 630-964-1720.





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