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With so much to do during the holiday season, all of that pesky plastic can easily slip right by us. From gift wrap and packaging to decorations to party supplies, we can easily get lost in piles of unnecessary plastic. However, when we shift our mindset a bit, we can find more eco-friendly options to use during our holiday celebrations. Here are some tips to ensure that you stay as plastic-free as possible throughout the holidays.

Party Goods

Whether you are in charge of throwing the big office holiday party or an intimate fam ily holiday dinner, you can control whether plastic shows up as one of your guests. First of all, avoid using plasticware and serve ware. Instead, choose paper (recycled is best), bam boo, or even plates and utensils made out of palm leaves. Next, be sure to use real wine glasses—not plastic ones—and don’t serve your drinks with plastic straws or stirrers. If possible, use real cloth tablecloths instead of those cheap plastic throwaway ones. Be mindful of which food items you purchase at

the grocery store to avoid those wrapped in all of that excessive plastic, such as dips and pre-packaged fruit salads. Finally, when you store your food or package it up to trans port it to a party, be sure to avoid plastic containers and plastic wrap.


What kind of holiday celebration could we possible have without all the festive decora tions? Unfortunately, many of the traditional decorations are mass-produced using plastic. Here are some ways to still show your holi day spirit minus the plastic.

• Make your own. Part of the issue with holi day decorations is that they come packaged with tons of plastic.To avoid that altogether, make some of your own decorations out of non-plastic materials. For example, use last year’s holiday wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons to decorate a wreath or to cre ate a festive wall hanging. Or sew your own stockings for the fireplace using material from old clothes. The options are endless!

• Go natural. Instead of running to the stores stocked with plastic decorations, consider decorating your home more naturally by using items like plants, sprigs of holly and fir, twigs and branches, mistletoe, pine cones, popcorn garland, dried citrus rings, cinnamon sticks, wooden ornaments made from cut logs, cranberry garlands, and dried flowers and leaves. Go for a lovely hike outdoors a few weeks before

the holiday to collect your special nature décor. Plus, all of these items can be com posted after the holiday season.

• Shop second hand. One way to cut back on the plastic being used in the market is to reduce demand by shopping second hand. Check out local thrift stores, online sites like, and garage sales for some treasures that can add a sparkle to your holiday look. When you choose to reuse, you are reducing plastic waste and keeping items from ending up in the landfill.

• Trade with friends and family. Another way cut back on new plastic decorations is to organize a decoration swap with friends and family. Many of us get bored of the same old decorations year after year, so by trading with others we can all get a fresh new look for the holiday season. This would be really fun to do with your neighbors along with a block party or progressive dinner party as everyone moves from house to house.

The Tree

Real or plastic tree? This has been a hotly debated topic over the years. After weighing all the pros and cons, experts conclude that real Christmas trees are still the better option for the environment. According to the New York Times, the most comprehensive study by an environmental consulting firm to determine whether real trees or fake tress are more eco-friendly found that an artificial tree would have to be reused for more than

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November/December 2022 suburban family | out & about 7 The Trans-Infinity Orchestra will feature the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra telling the story of Christmas around the world. Trans-Infinity Orchestra is a musical ensemble complete with an angelic choir, snow machines, a state-of-the-art light show and other holiday surprises! Friday, December 9 18451 Convention Center Drive 7 to 10 p.m. Purchase at: General admission tickets are $15 each and quantities are limited. Visit for a complete schedule of events. Holiday Market Friday, December 2 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Saturday, December 3 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Presenting Sponsor Saturday, December 3 Tinley’s Toyland Parade Step-off 11:45 a.m. 175th Street north to North Street Children are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy. Old-Fashioned Carriage Rides Immediately following the parade until 5:00 p.m. Photos with Santa 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Tickets for complimentary photos will be distributed until 3:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated. Holiday Walk & Rides Snow Globe Photo Opportunity 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4 Photos with Santa 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Tickets for complimentary photos will be distributed until 3:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated. Old-Fashioned Carriage Rides Holiday Walk & Rides Snow Globe Photo Opportunity 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Parade of Lights Step-off 5:00 p.m. 177th Street north along Oak Park Avenue Enjoy festive floats, community groups, local businesses and school bands with our special guest from the North Pole. This event is brought to you by the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce. Performing Live at the Tinley Park Convention Center 7270 W. 191st Street Tinley Park 815-469-4400 |



• Make your own wrapping paper by using the plain backside of used paper and deco rating it with holiday-themed stamps or other design elements.

Real trees are also biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recy cled for mulch and other purposes. On the other hand, most artificial Christmas trees are made of metals and plastics that are not recyclable and ultimately end up in a land fill. Most also contain the petroleum-based polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, which produces carcinogens during manufacturing and dis posal. Finally, the living trees grown in farms produce oxygen, reduce carbon dioxide, and provide habitat for wildlife.

Gift Wrap

Whether we are talking about wrapping paper (that is sold in plastic) or cellophane, gift wrap can be a real waste. Fortunately, there are plenty of other ways to present your gifts to your loved ones.

• Save gift bags from other events and last year’s holiday season and reuse them year after year.

• Make the wrapping part of the gift by using items like handkerchiefs, scarves, blankets, or place mats.

• Use fun cloth bags of all sizes and patterns to enclose your gift.

• For smaller gifts, you can use jars or reus able containers.

• Go rustic by using recycled brown parcel or butcher paper tied in twine or cloth ribbon.

• If you have something fragile, opt for shredded paper instead of polystyrene packing material.

Gift Giving

Last but not least, the types of gifts we choose to give can have a huge impact on our plastic use. So many gifts are either made out of plas tic materials or wrapped in layers of plastic.

Consider choosing more meaningful gifts to give to friends and loved ones that also happen to be plastic-free:

• Make your own crafts from recycled and reused materials.

• Bake yummy organic treats and deliver them in a basket, cloth bag, or ceramic jar.

• Seek out natural and organic products such as organic cotton clothing, essential oils, and natural beauty products sold in nonplastic containers.

• Opt for an experience like hiking, taking an art class, attending a music or theater performance, visiting a museum, or going to a sports event.

8 out & about suburban family | November/December 2022 CREEK BEND nature center LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve 37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles 630-444-3190 Need a change of scenery? Visit Creek Bend Nature Center located at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. There’s plenty to see and do – both inside and out! Explore galore! The next time you stop-in for a visit, Creek Bend Nature Center will look a little different as a new tallgrass prairie exhibit has been installed! Crawl through the new fox den. Learn all about oaks. See what the Fox River could look like below the surface. View bison specimens in our prairie wild exhibit. Enjoy scavenger hunts, hikes and scheduled nature programs. At Creek Bend Nature Center, there are things to explore galore! Admission is always free. Creek Bend Nature Center is open: Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m. Mark your calendar: MAPLE SUGARING DAYS March 4-5 from noon - 3 p.m.
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CHRISTMAS TOWN AT SUMMERFIELD ZOO Make Christmas memories! Lots of magical photo opportunities, including live reindeer! Visit Santa’s Reindeer Barn with his team of live reindeer. Visit with Santa Claus. (Times available on website.) Reindeer ight school training sessions. Kids will earn an of cial stable elf diploma! Grab a delicious snack at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen Snack Shop. Purchase Christmas gifts at the Flying Reindeer Gift Shop ADMISSION IS $15 PER PERSON. WWW.SUMMERFIELDFARMANDZOO.COM 3088 FLORA RD. BELVIDERE, IL
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We understand how important holidays can be, so we’ve gathered these won derful events and attractions of places to go and things to do to add to your ‘must do’ celebrations. Enjoy!

Sonny Acres Farm

Santa’s Workshop has moved from the North Pole to West Chicago! Sonny Acres Farm is open for their annual Winter Wonderland beginning November 21 through December 18. Fun for all ages, holiday happenings in

clude a light show experience, photos with Santa, fresh cut Christmas trees, handmade wreaths, hot cocoa creations & more. Locat ed at 29W310 North Avenue, West Chicago, IL. 630-231-3859. For a full lineup of events, hours and activities, visit www.sonnyacres. com. [See our ad on the Back Cover.]

Celebrate Holidays in Tinley Park Tinley Park is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays! Check out our Holiday Hap penings event from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at the Oak Park Avenue train station featuring the Holiday Market, the Parade of Lights, the Community Tree-Lighting Ceremony and much more. The Village also will host a holiday show featuring the Trans-Infinity Orchestra from 7:30 to 10

p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at the Tinley Park Conven tion Center. Learn more at SpecialEvents.

Oswego Holiday Express

Enjoy the tradition this holiday season! All aboard to kiddos young and old, as the Os wegoland Park District presents the Oswego Holiday Express. Trips depart Santa Station the weekend of December 9-11 for the North Pole. Put on your pajamas, don your warmest apparel, and head to the top of the world on a magical journey. Mrs. Claus will greet you, you’ll enjoy hot cocoa and cook ies, and meet Santa! Visit PlayOswegoland. org to register.

Ottawa, IL - Pick Us!

Nestled along the Illinois and Fox Rivers is a picturesque town with snow covered trees and hundreds of sparkling Christmas lights, Ottawa, Illinois. Spend a day wandering through the charming downtown with store fronts beckoning you to come inside. Déjà vu and Heartland by Hand offer colorful dé cor and unique gifts, while Jeremiah Joe’s will warm you with a delicious hot cocoa. Enjoy the murals and art interspersed throughout downtown, as you make your way to The Beach House for dinner. We look forward to seeing you!

Volo Museum

For over 60 years, the world-famous Volo Museum’s 45 exhibits and 10,000 mechanical marvels guarantees to have something rare and amazing for everyone. Spend the day with hundreds of rotating classic cars, mod ern muscle cars and Hollywood vehicles, Ju rassic Gardens indoor dinosaur experience, a hand-carved 1928 carousel hall, ice cream parlor, military museum, Disney display and one of the largest antique malls in the mid west. There’s no place like Volo Museum in the world! Open daily 10a to 5p. Visit www. 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]

Lighting Up Lemont

Come brighten up your holiday season and stroll all around our historic downtown during “Lighting Up Lemont.” Our dazzling holiday displays are nestled throughout our family-owned shops, restaurants, taverns, and brewery. It’s the perfect place to cap ture your holiday photos and magical mo ments. We can’t wait to see you in Lemont Downtown this holiday season! “Lighting Up Lemont” is sponsored by our Main Event Sponsor Citgo, the Downtown Merchants Association and the Village of Lemont. | @lemontdown town |

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Golf Center Des Plaines

Golf Center Des Plaines, ranked one of the Top 50 Ranges in the country, is Chicago land’s premier year-round practice facility. Golfers of all levels enjoy lighted and heated hitting stations with automatic ball tee-up; a fully-lighted 9-hole course; 1-1/2 acre shortgame area; restaurant, pro shop, and PGA level lessons by GolfTEC. For every golfer a Gift Certificate is the perfect option. For the serious golfer, our Unlimited Driving Range Membership is this year’s most popular gift. Located at 353 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016. 847-803-GOLF (4653) www.Golf

Visit Kenosha Planning at getaway to the Kenosha Area?

Visit Kenosha is excited to offer universal gift cards for use at many of our partner loca tions. Powered by Yiftee and processes as a Master Card, these digital gift cards are easy to use and can be printed or conveniently ac cessed on your mobile device. Enjoy the fabu lous shops, restaurants, and attractions in the Kenosha Area with a Visit Kenosha gift card. Purchase gift cards and see accepting venues at:

Bensenville Park District

The Bensenville Park District offers many family activities to make your holiday season merry and bright. Adopt a snowman to deco rate and display at Fischer Farm during the month of December or enjoy ice sculptures and holiday crafts before warming up around a bonfire with hot chocolate and treats taking a photo with Santa, listening to festive music, and joining in the tree lighting at Farmside Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 4, at Fischer Farm. Or enjoy Breakfast with Santa at White Pines Golf Club Saturday or Sunday, December 17-18. Learn more about these activities and more at

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

Stepping into LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is like you’ve just jumped into the biggest box of LEGO bricks ever! With over 3 million LEGO bricks under one roof and 2 stories of EPIC LEGO play, what will you discover? To see what else we have to offer, check out:!

Be sure to buy tickets online to guarantee your entry. Located at 601 N. Martingale Road, STE 130 Schaumburg, IL 60173.

Jingle all the way to Downtown Wheaton this holiday season!

The festivities begin November 25th with Nights of Lights in Adams Park followed by the Downtown Wheaton Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. The fun con

tinues through December with visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, strolling carolers, fam ily movie night, a festive trolley, and more! And don’t miss the 25 Days of Christ-mas, featuring exclusive deals from your favorite shops. Visit for more de-tails.”

Apple Holler

Pick your own memories at Apple Holler or chard, family farm and sleigh ride winter wonderland! Enjoy great comfort food touched by the magic of apples at the Red Barn Restau rant, Bakery Café, Cider Bar and Farm Store. Four seasons of family fun for visitors to enjoy all year long! Apple Holler is the ideal rustic wedding venue located between Chicago and Milwaukee, WI, right off of I-94 at Exit 337, simply follow the signs to the FUN! (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100 or visit for further information.

Abbey Farms Abbey Farms has everything you want for the holidays! Purchase a Pre-Cut tree, or cut your own! We have garland, swag and a host of greenery as well. Bring home an old-fash ioned treat from our bakery – choose from pies, apple crisp or our award-winning donuts. Reserve a time to visit Santa, then stay to dine in The Emporium Cafe, either inside or on our patio by the fire! Or shop a wide range of gifts in our 6,000-square-foot farm store –from incredibly tasty specialty food items to unique home goods to one-of-a-kind vintage items and crafts. We’re dog-friendly, so bring ‘em along! Visit for all the details! [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.]

Holiday Express at Blackberry Farm

Bring the family for a magical and memora ble experience – just like visiting the North Pole! Blackberry Farm is a winter wonder land amid thousands of twinkling lights, festive holiday decorations and happy holiday music. Take a ride on the Holiday Express train – a charming tour around scenic Lake Gregory –and enjoy a hay wagon ride, too. Back in the historic pioneer village, you’ll enjoy crafts, a reindeer food bar, story readings of holiday classics at the one-room schoolhouse and…a special visit with Santa. 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora. 630-892-1550. Tickets go on sale November 10 at 9 a.m. www.blackberryfarm. info/holiday-express/

Make Arlington Heights Your Holiday Destination!

The Holiday Season is wonderful in Arlington Heights with some of Chicagoland’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment for the whole family! It all starts with our spectacu lar annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on No vember 25th and continues with Small Busi ness Saturday on November 26th. Come out and shop at independent and national retailers in our award-winning Downtown. And don’t forget the Rotary Santa Run on December 3rd, a 5K race featuring hundreds of St. Nicks dashing through the streets. With great shopping, entertainment, and events, Arlington Heights is the place to be this holiday season! For more information, please visit

WhirlyBall Naperville Eat. Drink. Game ON! Whether you’re celebrating an engagement, an anniversary, a team-building event, or a holiday party, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s a multi-level LaserTag arena, eight bowling lanes, a four-lane VIP private bowling suite, and HyperBowling. Offering a relaxed yet elevated dining experience featuring fresh takes on classic American fare, an ex pansive collection of 24 rotating craft beer selections, and refreshing signature cocktails. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-9324800,


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Spend your Holiday in Naperville

Holidays are meant for gathering, celebrating, and connecting over great meals. Whether you want intimate fine dining or an outing with a group, make this holiday season memorable by dining in Naperville! With over 300 restaurants to choose from, Naperville has options for a fun and festive holiday gathering suited for family, friends, kids or a work group. For more ideas, get your free Naperville Dining Guide, go to www.DineNaper, or reach us at 866-996-2737.

Downtown Elgin

Downtown Elgin kicks off the holiday shopping season with a Holiday Cheers beverage crawl at 20+ locations around downtown Elgin on November 26. Shop on Small Business Saturday while enjoying holiday-themed beverages in a custom, insulated cup. We will also have a limited-edition hand-created mug from Downtown Elgin business, Steep N Clay. Enjoy Hot Cocoa, Warm Apple Cider, Ponche Navideño, Mint Mochas, and more! Also, look for 15 beautifully decorated windows featuring holiday artwork in downtown storefronts. Roaming entertainment, Santa, Holiday Pop Up Markets (December 2, 9, and 16), and more are also in the works! www.

Forest Preserve District of Kane County Explore galore! Need a change of scenery? Visit Creek Bend Nature Center located at LeRoy

Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles.There’s plenty to see and do – both inside and out! The next time you stop-in for a visit, Creek Bend Na ture Center will look a little different as a new tallgrass prairie exhibit has been installed! Crawl through the new fox den. Learn all about oaks. See what the Fox River could look like below the surface.View bison specimens in our prairie wild exhibit. Enjoy scavenger hunts, hikes and sched uled nature programs. At Creek Bend Nature Center, there are things to explore galore! Creek Bend Nature Center is open: Mon. – Thurs. 10AM. – 4PM. Sat. – Sun. Noon – 4PM. Mark your calendar: Maple Sugaring Days – March 4-5 from noon – 3PM. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. 630-444-3190.

Holly Days in Westmont Westmont’s annual Holly Days is back! The holiday fun begins December 2, and will include our Holly Days Food Drive, Holly Days Giving Tree, Frosty & Friends Parade, Business Decorating Contests, Letters to Santa, and more! For a com plete list of Holly Days activities, please visit www. or by calling 630.963.5252.

Winter Lights at Central Park

Enjoy a 1/2 mile walk through the beautifully lit Central Park! Discover dancing trees, inspi rational signs, colorful rainbow arches, cascad ing snowflakes, and musical hearts throughout

this scenic walk.This walk is FREE to the com munity. The Winter Lights at Central Park will take place from November 24, 2022 - Janu ary 8, 2023, every evening from 4:30-9:30 PM.. Oak Brook Park District.

Christmas Town at Summerfield Zoo

An amazing opportunity to make Christmas memories! Visit Santa’s Reindeer Barn with Santa’s entire sleigh team of live reindeer.Visit with Santa Claus (times available on website). Kids will earn an official stable elf diploma! Reindeer flight school training sessions. Lots of magical photo opportuni ties! Grab a delicious snack at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen Snack Shop.Visit the Flying Reindeer Gift Shop for ALL of your Christmas shopping needs! Admission is $15 per person. 3088 Flora Rd. Belvidere, IL. Visit for more information and tickets!

2022 Cup of CheerTM

The Cup of CheerTM House Walk, Holiday Market and Tea is the Naperville Garden Club’s major fundraiser. The proceeds fund scholarships and Club programs.Tickets allow entry to four area homes decorated for the holidays and a holiday market and tea located at the Naperville VFW. Tickets are $55 for December 1st and $40 for December 2nd. More information and ticket sales through the Club’s website: www.napervillegardenclub. org. Or call Barbara at 630-650-4405.

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Lombard Christmas Mart – 11/5. Art and craft fair inside various downtown churches and other locations. 9AM-2PM. Downtown Lom bard.

A Holiday Happening Craft and Art Fair –11/5-6. Over 175 booths. College of DuPage Athletic Arena, Glen Ellyn. craftproduction

Weed Ladies Floral Sales – DATES TBA. Fea turing holiday-themed floral arrangements and accessories. Naper Settlement, Naper ville.

Naper Lights – 11/11-1/5. Holiday light dis play and synchronized music, winter wonder land at Water Street. Naperville. Downtown

Festival of Lights – 11/12. 3-6PM. The Prom enade Holiday tree lighting with Santa, trol ley rides, crafts and more. Bolingbrook. shop

Tree Trim at Brookfield Zoo – 11/12-13. Fam ilies and groups can sponsor a tree to deco rate that will be on display. 10AM-4:30PM. Brookfield. Register at

Christmas Around the World – 11/16-1/2. The Museum of Science and Industry contin ues its beloved annual exhibit. Over 50 trees will be displayed.

Shades of Crimson Poinsettia Display & Sale – 11/17. Many varieties of poinsettias grown on site from cuttings will be available for sale. 11AM-4:30PM. Cantigny Park, Whea ton.

Mistletoe Market – 11/17. Shop the cheery dis

plays of local crafters and vendors offering oneof-a-kind items. Food trucks on site. 11AM-7PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.

Seussical Jr. Children’s Theatre of Elgin –11/17-20. Immerse yourself in the world of Dr. Seuss at Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin.

Holiday Tree Lighting – 11/18. 6-7PM. Festive Christmas carols, hot chocolate and cookies, and Santa! DT Elmhurst. Deck the Green – 11/18. Village Green at the Burr Ridge Village Center has pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 5-7PM. Burr Ridge.

It’s Thanksgiving Downers Grove – 11/18. Enjoy snacks and crafts with some special characters at Lincoln Center, Register for time slots. 9:15-2:15PM

Winter Lights – 11/18. Kick off the holiday sea son with a festive parade at 6PM along Downer Place, fireworks, and photos with Santa. Visit shops at a Winter Market featuring local arti sans. 6-9 PM. Free. Aurora. Santa’s Rock ‘N’ Lights – Drive-through ani mated lights show 10/18 through Jan. 1. Lake County Fairgrounds.

Christkindlmarket Aurora – 11/18-12/24. 11AM-7PM. RiversEdge Park is home to this traditional market featuring international and local vendors. Aurora.

Christkindlmarket Chicago – 11/18-12/24. Traditional holiday market offering a unique shopping experience, family-friendly events, and intercultural activities. Daley Plaza.

City of Chicago Christmas Tree – 11/19. Watch the lighting of Chicago’s “official”

Christmas tree In-Person at Millennium Park 6PM.

Turkey Raffle – 11/19. Full cash bar, hot dogs, chili and prizes – all to help our veterans in need. American Legion Hall Post 75. Geneva.

A Dicken’s of a Holiday Craft Show – 11/19. Find unique, handcrafted holiday gifts. FREE. 9AM-3PM. Darien Park District Community Center.

Amaze Light Festival – 11/19-1/8/23. All-en compassing outdoor storybook event takes guests through an enchanting experience of festive food, themed adventure and the ulti mate light show. Odyssey Fun World, Tinley Park.

Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival –11/19-21. Tree lighting ceremony at 4PM on Friday at Centennial Plaza. Disney themed parade with floats, marching bands and per formers on Saturday. The Magnificent Mile, Chicago.

Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/19-1/1. A twin kling winter wonderland with ice sculptors and festive activities. Sensory-friendly visit times. 4:30-10PM. Chicago.

Talkin’ Turkey: A Thanksgiving Celebration –11/19. Learn about these interesting birds with stories, songs and crafts. 10-11AM. Reg ister. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.

Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum – 11/19-1/7. View 50 acres of majestic trees glowing with special effects and events along a wooded, one-mile path. Timed entry tickets. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.

Lights of Love Memorial Tribute – 11/23.

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5PM. Gather family and friends to honor and celebrate at Rialto Square Theater. Joliet.

Tree Lighting Ceremony – 11/25. At the Main Street train station on Friday at 4:30PM. Downers Grove. Festival of Lights – 11/25-12/26. 5-9PM. One of the largest, free drive-through holiday light displays in northern Illinois. Aurora. Enjoyau

Little Friends Holiday Parade of Lights –11/25. Enjoy an evening of festivities, brightly lit floats and musical entertainment. Parade at 7PM. Visit with Santa after parade. Down town Naperville.

Festival of Lights Parade – 11/25. Parade with Santa, lights, music, and pageantry. 7-9PM. Downtown Crystal Lake. Light Up the Holidays Festival and Parade – 11/25. Parade, fireworks, tree lighting and activities. 10AM- 7:30PM. Downtown Joliet.

Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic – 11/2527, 30, 12/1-4, 12/7-11, 12/14-18, 12/26-31. 3-9PM. Chicagoland’s longest running lights festival with over One-Million LED Lights and much more. Advance tickets required. Brook field. Holiday Homecoming – 11/25-26. Lighting of Lights on Friday. Music, holiday movies, sleigh rides, lighted parade on Saturday. St. Charles.

Festival of Lights and Tree Sales – 11/2512/30. Cosley Zoo is transformed with 20,000 twinkling lights, spectacular displays, a se lection of Christmas trees for purchase, hot chocolate and gifts. 9AM-9PM daily. Whea ton.

Hometown Holidays Weekend – 11/2527. Shop downtown Naperville with amaz ing holiday offers all over town. Naperville.

Happy Holiday Railway Santa Trains –11/25-27, 12/3-4, 12/10-11, and 12/17-18. All Aboard for the North Pole. Santa, hot choco late and cookies on the train. Illinois Railway Museum. Union, IL

Light Up the Lake – 11/25-1/7. Navy Pier. In door experience with light sculpture displays, ice rink, kiddie train rides, Santa’s Village, and family friendly events.

Spring Valley Holiday Craft Fair – 11/26. The Nature Center becomes a festive holiday gift shop for 2 days with vendors and handcrafted items. 10AM-4PM. Schaumburg. Holly Days – 11/26. Support the small busi nesses of Elgin and enjoy the decorated store fronts, food, and special events Purchase your special refillable cup for the Holiday Cheers

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Beverage Crawl.

Fox Valley Nutcracker – 11/26-27. Showcas ing professional and local dancers. Tickets. Batavia Fine Arts Center, Batavia. foxvalley

Marmion Christmas Craft Show – 11/26-27. Over 200 crafters and vendors in a 48,000+ sq. ft. shopping center. Sat. 9AM-4PM, Sun. Aurora 10AM-2PM.

Holiday Candy Making – 11/27. 11AM-3PM. Learn to make candy on a wood-burning stove in an historic farmhouse. All ages. Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago.

Celebration of Lights Festival – 11/27. Enjoy hayrides, holiday craft activities, a community sing-a-long, ceremonial tree lighting and vis its with Santa. FREE! 5-7PM. Batavia Riverwalk.

Forest Hike – 11/28. 8:30-10AM. Get up early to enjoy some healthy exercise on a 3 – 5-mile guided hike. West DuPage Woods. Dupage

Drumming Circle – 11/28. 6:30-7:30PM. Cel ebrate Autumn’s arrival by drumming in the cool weather at Fullersburg. Bring your own drum or borrow ours. Ages 12+. Register. Full ersburg Woods Education Center, Oak Brook.

Mistletoe Medley - 11/29. Fun and Festive

Holiday Fundraiser with a luncheon and fash ion show. 9AM-3PM. Drury Lane, Oak Brook.


Holiday Express at Blackberry Farm – 12/1 and weekends in December. Take a magical ride on the Holiday Express train! Decorations, reindeer food bar, hay wagon rides. Blackber ry Farm, Aurora.

One of a Kind Holiday Show – 12/1-4 Hun dreds of talented artists, makers and design ers will set up shop at The Mart. Chicago.

Cup of Cheer – 12/1-2. Naperville Garden Club’s House Walk, Holiday Market & Tea. Tour 4 decorated homes and receive a commemo rative teacup and saucer. 9AM-4PM napervil

Holiday Happenings in Tinley Park – 12/131. Month long events include carriage rides, ice carving demonstration, carousel rides, holiday activities, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus inside the train station and S’mores by a campfire.

Cocoa Crawl – 12/2. 5-9PM. Celebrate the winter season with toasty hot cocoa in a

custom mg at several participating venue. Downtown Aurora.

Blitz Craft Show – 12/2. Over 100 crafters/ vendors selling jewelry, knitted items, holiday décor and more. Bartlett Community Center. Bartlett.

Hanover Park Tree Lighting Ceremony –12/2. Santa, hot chocolate bar, live reindeer, horse and carriage rides on a lighted luminary path, arts/crafts, choirs and an indoor snowball fight. 5:30PM.

Holiday Walk and Festival of Windows12/2. 6-9PM. Window displays, open houses, horse-drawn carriages, the Clauses, and more. Forest Park.

Winter Wonderland Frosty Fest – 12/2. DJ, Santa and Rudolph and friends, dancing, pho tos, games and treats! Registration required. 6-8PM. Tinley Park.

Annual Hinsdale Christmas Walk – 12/2. Tree lighting, treats, ice carvers, Santa, carousel, trackless train and sing-a-longs. 5-8PM. Hins dale.

Christmas Walk – 12/2. Festivities include the arrival of Santa Lucia and Santa, the lighting of the tree, carolers. 6-9:30 PM. Downtown Geneva. Festival of Lights – 12/2. Sparkling display in Old Town Park and Old Town Bloomingdale, with carriage rides, crafts, refreshments, pho tos with Santa and story-time. Bloomingdale.

Wintersong 2022 - 12/2, 7:30PM and 12/3, 3PM. Enjoy the performance of The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale and accompanying chamber orchestra as they celebrate the sea son with music and song. College Church. Wheaton.

Holiday Market and Parade – 12/2, 6-9PM; 12/3-4, 12-5PM. Tree lighting, Toyland Parade, Parade of Lights, children’s crafts, market. Tin ley Park.

Holiday House Tour – 12/2-3. View decorated local homes for self-guided tours. 10AM-5PM.

Holiday Lights Festival – 12/2-1/1. Drive through lights display. Festival dates 12/2-3, 5-8PM. Romeoville Village Hall and Police Sta tion.

Lemont’s Hometown Holiday – 12/3. The tree-lighting ceremony at 5PM. Kids crafts, caroling and more. Lighting Up Lemont, the Village’s light display throughout the down town area all month long. Lemont. lemont

Santa at the Gazebo – 12/3 and 12/10. 1-3PM. Stop by Millennium Plaza for a photo with Santa. Aurora.

Westmont Holly Days– 12/3 – 12-31. Month-

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long festival in Downtown Westmont starts with the Frosty & Friends Parade, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, downtown business open houses, treats and more. Westmont.

North Pole Holiday Spectacular – 12/3, 6:307:45PM; 12/4, 1-2:15PM and 3:30-4:45PM. Fam ily event with a Holiday themed musical show, games, cookie decorating and Santa. Commu nity Rec Center, Schaumburg.

Nutcracker “All Jazzed Up” – 12/3,4,10, 11. 2PM and 7PM. A twist on the original classic includes ballet, jazz, tap and more. Bartlett Community Center, Bartlett. 630-540-4800

Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival –12/3. Santa Claus will be reading stories and taking photos, fun crafts and the whole park will be decorated for the holidays. 1-7PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.

Tinley Toyland Parade – 12/3. 174th Street to Zabrocki Plaza. 11:45AM. Tinley Park. tin

Jingle Bell Jubilee – 12/3. See holiday lights, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, hear stories, listen to carolers, and more! Tree lighting 5:30PM. Lombard.

Once Upon a Christmas – 12/3. Purchase gifts in the Heritage Society Gift Shop. 4-7:30PM. The Museums at Lisle Station Park.


Santa’s Workshop – 12/3. A holiday store just for kids at Wilder Mansion. Open to the public from 1-4PM. Elmhurst.

The St. Nick’s Mart – 12/3. Come shop the wares of local crafters and small Villa Park businesses. 5-8PM. Villa Park Public Library, Villa Park.

Santa at the Gazebo –12/3 and 12/10 Free photo with Santa at the Gazebo on Stolp Ave. Millennium Plaza, Aurora. Aurorad

Winterfest –12/3. 10AM – 3PM. Downtown Oak Park Winterfest activities and Cookie Walk.

Farmside Christmas – 12/4. Holiday fun with ice sculptors, reindeer, holiday crafts, and treats around the bonfire. Tree lighting at 4:30PM. Register. Ages 3-17. Bensenville. LaGrange Holiday Walk – 12/4. Kick off a month of Holiday magic and Holiday shop ping. Downtown LaGrange. lgba.chamber

Holiday Lights at Lilacia Park – 12/4-18. En joy light shows, tree decorations, a ginger bread house and more. 8PM. Lombard. lom

Parade of Lights – 12/4. Viewing area 175th Street along Oak Park Avenue. 5PM. Tinley Park.

Storytime with the Grinch – 12/4. Visit with the Grinch and enjoy cookies and hot cocoa. Story time and photo ops. Blackberry Farm, Aurora.

Woodland Santa Holiday Workshop – 12/4. Watch Santa pulled by his dashing huskies and help him get ready for his big day. Make a craft and have a picture taken with the Big Guy. Santa arrives at 10:45AM. St. Charles.

Holiday Bedtime Stories – 12/6. Bring PJs, a stuffed toy and blanket for a night of Christ mas songs, stories and cookies and milk with Mrs. Claus with a visit from Santa. 5:306:45PM and 7:15-8:30 PM. Barrington Park District. Register

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt – 12/9. 6-7PM. All ages. Bundle up, grab a flashlight and search for candy canes throughout the forest at Winston Woods Park. Bolingbrook. Boling

Journey to the North Pole – 12/9. Bundle up for a wagon ride to the North Pole. Sing along with carols and hot chocolate and a visit from Santa. Register. Plainfield.

Santa Paws – 12/10. 10AM-12PM. Bring your pooch for a photo with Santa. Clayson House Museum and Library, Palatine. Merry and Bright: A Victorian Christmas

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–House Walk, Holiday Market & Tea Dec 1st & 2nd, 2022 9am – 4 pm (both days) $55 12/1 (LIMITED # OF TICKETS SOLD) $40 12/2 Tour four homes decorated for the holidays. Enjoy coffee, tea and cookies while shopping at the holiday market. A HOLIDAY TRADITION SINCE 1962 MORE INFO AND TICKETS AT CALL BARBARA FOR MORE INFO 630-650-4405
November/December 2022 suburban family | out & about 21 Journey to the North Pole December 9-11 $25(R)/$35(N) per person 630.554.1010 FRI, DEC 9 4:30-6:00pm 6:00-7:30pm SAT, DEC 10 2:00-3:30pm 4:00-5:30pm 6:00-7:30pm SUN, DEC 11 2:00-3:30pm 4:00-5:30pm 6:00-7:30pm RESERVE YOUR SEAT Santa • Mrs. Claus • Cookies • Cocoa

12/10. Victorian Christmas traditions, tour of the house and a luminary walk with Victorianera carolers. Visit with Santa. Register. 3-7PM. Downers Grove Museum. Holiday Spectacular – 12/10-11. Celebrate the holidays with the Elgin Symphony Or chestra and Elgin Master Chorale. Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin. Holiday Market –Grayslake Antique and Flea Market – 12/10-11. For times, check zurkopro

Nutcracker Performances – 12/10. 7-9:30PM. Performers will tell the story of the holiday classic. Prisco Community Center, Aurora.

Breakfast with Santa – 12/10. Come share a light breakfast with Santa with donuts, fruit, yogurt and coffee. Register. 8:30-11AM. Bata via.

Breakfast with Santa – 12/10. Plated breakfast, holiday crafts, music and fun! 9:30-11:30AM. Pre-register. Villa Olivia. Christmas in the Valley – 12/11. 12-4PM. Experience the holiday season as it was in 1880s. Enjoy treats, crafts and beverages around a bonfire. Heritage Farm, Schaum burg.

Breakfast with Santa – 12/11. 8:30-11:30AM. The Howard Leisure Center hosts Santa for

breakfast and pictures. Register early. Niles.

Brunch with Buddy the Elf – 12/11. Join Bud dy the Elf for a festive brunch and fun filled activities. 9-10:30AM. Deerfield Park District. Register

Iceland Santa Skate – 12/11. Enjoy a fam ily skate with Santa and his elves to holiday music. 2:30–4PM. Iceland, Niles Park District.

Candy Cane Hunt – 12/10. Bags will be provid ed for the goodies you find. A visitor from North Pole, too. Check for times. Community Park Bandshell, Lisle. Register.

Pre-K Outdoor Play – 12/15. 1-2PM. En gage your little ones in outdoor adventure, stories, songs, movement, and games. Ages 2-4 with adult. Register. Fullersburg Woods.

Flashlight Candy Cane Hike – 12/16. Explore the woods and prairie to solve a puzzle and receive a goody bag. Head to Hickory Knolls for warm beverages and a craft. St. Charles.

Pizza with Santa – 12/16. Pizza, soda, craft, games, bounce house. Children of all ages with an adult. Register by 12/10. 6-7PM. Darien.

Family Holiday Party – 12/17. Families will

make pinatas and papel picados inspired by Hispanic customs. 2PM visit from Santa. Cookies and cocoa in the McCormick House. 1-4PM. Elmhurst.

Parkie’s Reindeer Games – 12/17. Swimming in a pool with melted snowmen and pics with Parkie. Arts, crafts and games. Pelican Har bor Indoor Aquatic Park. 9-11:30AM. Boling

Breakfast with Santa – 12/17-18. Enjoy Breakfast Buffet, Photo with Santa, Crafts and Activities. White Pines Golf Club, Bensenville. 10AM – 1PM. Register

Breakfast with Santa – 12/17-18. Addison Community Recreation Center. Register. 9:3011:30AM. Addison.

Breakfast with Santa – 12/18. 8:30AM. Starved Rock Lodge. Breakfast followed by a magic show and a treat. Utica, IL starvedrock

Family Holiday Concert – 12/18. Enjoy a fresh take on the Nutcracker Suite with fun Christ mas movie songs peppered in. All ages. 2:00 and 4:00 PM. Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville.

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt – 12/19. Ages 1-14 years. Bundle up, grab a flashlight and search for a dozen candy canes, some with a special note to exchange for a prize. All will leave with a small goody bad. 6-6:30PM. Itas ca.

Winter Solstice Sunrise Hike – 12/21. 6:457:45AM. A hike atop Mount Hoy early in the morning to experience the solstice sunrise and learn about wildlife. Ages 12+. Register. Blackwell.

New Year’s Beach Ball Drop Pool Party –12/30-31. 6-8PM and 11AM-1PM. Ring in the new year with a beach ball drop countdown. Waterslides, splash zone, music and more. Vaughan Athletic Center, Aurora. Foxvalleyp

Concert Radiance NYE Concert – 12/30-31. 8PM. See web page for list of performers. Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake. radi

Noon Year’s Eve Ball – 12/31. Noon Year’s Eve toast, DJ and dancing, snacks a craft and a family photo. Registration required. 10:30AM12:30PM.

Happy Noon Year – 12/31. Kids will enjoy games, music, balloon drop and sparkling grape-juice toast. 11AM-12:15PM. Pre-reg istration is required. Community Rec Center. Wheeling.

Bubble Bash – 12/31. Explore hands-on ex hibits, and count down with confetti, bub bles, and more. DuPage Children’s Museum. Naperville.

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November/December 2022 suburban family | out & about 23 Shop Different Shop Local Shop Arlington Heights for the Holidays! EX P R E SS 2 0 2 2 $8 Purchase tickets onlin e beginning Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. Special Needs Night DEC. 2 • 5-8 P.M. THURSDAYS DEC. 1, 8, 15 • 5-8 P.M. FRIDAYS DEC. 9 & 16 • 5-8 P.M. SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS DEC. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 • 2-7 P.M.SPONSORED BY QUALITY LOGO PRODUCTS ® Enjoy all the fun of Holiday Express in a low-sensory environment! Pre-registration required

The Dancing Horses Theatre

Enjoy the spectacular Christmas show Costumes, music, and lights all grace the stage of this 90-minute performance. It’s all about magic and family entertainment. It is a “must see” if you are looking for a unique destination!

After the performance you can stay in your seats for a 30-minute BACK STAGE TOUR for just $5. per person. Our trainer comes out with a horse to show the gentle tech nique used to train our horses. She will an swer any questions the audience may have, about the show and the performers. You will then be escorted to the rear of our Theatre

to learn more about our history and our equine stars.

Located at 5065 Highway 50 in Delavan, Wis consin. For more information and tickets call 262-728-8200 or visit our website at www.

“Home for the Holidays” celebration at Rialto Square Theatre

Make yourself at home this holiday season at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL.The “Home for the Holidays” celebration lineup includes familyfriendly shows and holiday favorites.

Family-friendly events range from the Teddy Bear Tea Party which includes a keepsake ted dy bear and an appearance by St. Nick himself, to a visit to Santa’s Secret Workshop, where your children can create a homemade pres ent.You can also join the Peanuts Gang live on stage with A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Kick-off the holiday season at the Rialto as they il luminate their Christmas decorations with a Very Rialto Christmas There’s No Place Like Home! or journey through the land of whirling snow flakes and visit the kingdom of the Sugar Plum fairy with the family favorite The Nutcracker.You can also spend a day at the Rialto watching clas sic Christmas movies such as It’s a Polar Express, Home Alone, or It’s a Wonderful Life.

No matter how you choose to celebrate the Holidays, you can find a home at the Rialto Square Theatre with its heartwarming events that allow you to create memories with your children or allow you to relive your childhood memories.

Visit to learn more about their lineup.

Celebrate the Holidays at Drury Lane

Where the most wonderful time of year dazzles

This holiday season, Drury Lane has everything you need to get into the Christmas spirit. Whether you’re gathering the family for a fes tive brunch, or attending one of the spectacu lar live performances, there’s no better place to celebrate with the ones you love.

On stage, Drury Lane’s Theatre for Your Au diences presents the 30th Annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This beloved classic is a treat for all ages, full of magical illusions and even falling snow!

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Based on the hit film, Elf the Musical brings Christmas cheer to Drury Lane with the help of an Elf unlike any-Buddy else. An adventure full of heart, hilarity, and holiday joy, Elf the Musical is fun for the whole family.

For even more festive fun, bring the children to meet and treat with Santa at one of Lucille’s special events this season. Perfectly paired with the production schedule, dates and times are available for breakfast, brunch, and dinner.

For all your holiday season fun go to www.

James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts

Celebrate the holiday season at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County! The JLC is thrilled to welcome the return of Ruth Page’s The Nut cracker to the Mainstage for two performanc es – Saturday, December 17 at 1 and 5 p.m. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s enduring score, this production recreates Page’s full-length staging, with exquisite dancing, guest artists, gorgeous costumes and magical settings.

This beloved family classic tells the story of a little girl heroine, Clara, who receives a nut cracker from her mysterious godfather, Dros selmeyer, on Christmas Eve. As Clara falls off to sleep and the clock strikes midnight, strange things begin to happen. The Nut cracker turns into a handsome Prince while the other toys surrounding the holiday tree come to life. The Prince then takes Clara on a journey to the enchanted Land of Snow and the delightful Kingdom of the Sweets — en countering many companions along the way — including whimsical mice, toy soldiers and dancing snowflakes. Don’t miss this familyfriendly holiday tradition!

Tickets available online at jlcenter.clcillinois. edu; by phone at 847-543-2300 or at the JLC Box Office, 19351 West Washington St., Gray

slake. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. [See our ad on Page 3.]

The Genesee Theatre – Waukegan ‘Tis the season for great family entertainment!

On Friday, December 2, A Very Electric Christmas will dazzle kids and adults alike with its glow-in-the-dark artistry. Students from Gurnee’s Standing Ovation Theatre Academy will open the show. On Thursday, December 8, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rein deer: The Musical will share the unforget table story and joyful songs made famous by Burl Ives. On Friday, December 9, Marie Osmond: A Symphonic Christmas Tour will perform festive Yuletide songs and popular hits. On Thursday, December 15, Million Dol lar Quartet Christmas will tell the story of an impromptu recording session featuring Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins with a holiday twist. On December 21 and 22, Dancenter North will perform the largest, most lavish production of The Magic of the Nutcracker in Lake County. The Gen esee Theatre: 203 N Genesee Street, Wauke gan, IL. Online: Box office: (847) 263-6300.

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November/December 2022 suburban family | out & about 27 For all your holiday season fun visit 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS AT DRURY LANE Based on the hit film, Elf - The Musical brings Christmas cheer to Drury Lane with the help of an Elf unlike any-Buddy else. An adventure full of heart, hilarity, and holiday joy, Elf - The Musical is fun for the whole family. WHERE THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR DAZZLES COMING SOON BRUNCH WITH SANTAA CHRISTMAS CAROL Experience the singular sensation of A Chorus Line Beginning this January at Drury Lane. For more festive fun, come meet Santa at one of Lucille’s special events. Paired with the production schedule, dates and times are available for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. On stage, Drury Lane’s Theatre for Young Audiences presents the 30th Annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Call 630.570.7272 or email Call 630.530.0111 or visit DruryLaneTheatre.comGET TICKETS NOW November 9, 2022 – January 8, 2023

The Sound of Music at Paramount Theatre

One of the most beloved musicals of all time and a holiday favorite, The Sound of Music has enchanted audiences for more than 50 years.

When carefree nun-in-training Maria is sent by her convent to be the governess of seven chil dren, she finds herself unexpectedly questioning her choices in life and falling in love with the chil dren’s stern father, all while the events of World War II play out in the background. Experience it for the first time or all over again at Paramount Theatre, where our lobby will be decked out in Christmas decorations, including a two-story Christmas tree. Share The Sound of Music with someone you love this holiday season.

The Sound of Music runs from November 9, 2022–January 15, 2023. 23 East Galena Bou levard, Aurora, IL. Tickets start at just $28. Get yours today at

The Sound of Music is sponsored by Rush Copley Medical Center and Jake’s Inc. Suggested for ages 5+, includes some dis criminatory language, depiction of Nazis and images of swastikas

Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts

A seasonal favorite with audiences of all ages, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s 27th annual Nutcracker returns to the Al Lar son Prairie Center for the Arts for ten performances this December. This fullscale production of Tchaikovsky’s enchant ing holiday ballet follows the dreamlike adventures of young Clara, who, guided by a magical Nutcracker Prince, encounters dueling mice, dancing bonbons, and waltz ing flowers on her journey to the Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Complete with live narration, grand sets, lav ish costumes, and a cast of over 130, Scha umburg Dance Ensemble’s Nutcracker is a joyous treat for the eyes and ears.

The Nutcracker plays for two weekends, December 2 through December 11 (Fri days at 7:30 pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 1 pm & 5 pm). For tickets and additional information, visit or call 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center is locat ed at 201 Schaumburg Ct. in Schaumburg. Don’t wait to buy tickets — performances sell out quickly!

The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University

The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University presents over 30 productions, serving over 50,000 audience members annu ally. With free parking, convenient access by Metra or I-57, and one of the best free sculp ture parks in the country, Governors State has something for the entire family. The Center’s 2022-23 season includes The Nutcracker pre sented by The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine and Air Play presented by Acrobuffos.

The Nutcracker features Tchaikovsky’s be loved score with instantly recognizable holi day music, including “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” and more.

In Air Play umbrellas fly, fabrics soar over the audience, balloons swallow people, and snow swirls, filling the stage. With stunning images and gales of laughter, Air Play bounces on the edge of definition: part comedy, part sculp ture, part circus, part theater.

Tickets are available at or at (708) 235-2222. [See our ad on Inside Back Cover.]


Have a Celebration


know about you, but for me, the cooking, cleaning, shopping, dressing up, travel ing, rushing, stressing, and going into debt are just a few of the joys to look forward to from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. I vote we all take a day in between all that chaos to have a low-key Thanksmas celebration. Invite who you want! Eat what you want! Wear what you want! Now that I’ve got you all riled up, let me teach you how!

What is Thanksmas … and when?

Thanksmas is a holiday when religion doesn’t matter; it’s about spending time with loved ones — not just family. It can be held any time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, usually on a weekend, never before noon. Hold this celebration at your place, someone else’s house if your space is limited, or in a church basement or other venue.

Why Thanksmas?

Thanksmas is a great excuse to keep in touch with the friends you can’t even seem to spend time on the phone with anymore. I mean, Facebook is a great social outlet, but it’s not the same as a face-to-face conversation and a hug. Also, we overextend ourselves during the main holidays, and we need a day when we can focus on fun, relationships, and relaxation.

Who is invited to Thanksmas?

Thanksmas includes friends, neighbors, a fam ily you want to get to know better, your own family who might be out of town during the main holidays, etc. Invite who you want, not who you feel like you should. This is a great time to invite someone like that cool ex-aunt who you never get to see anymore or that family you wonder about at church.

How to do Thanksmas

1. Start with the invitations. Have your kids trace their hands on the front of green and red construction paper for a turkey shape, include the details, and mail those puppies off old-fashioned style.

2. Head to the clearance section of your local party store and pick up leftover Thanksgiving

goodies like plates, cups, napkins and decora tions on the cheap. While you’re there, grab some red and green plastic utensils, then find a plastic or fabric Christmas tablecloth (ask someone you know if you don’t have one).

3. Download a bunch of Christmas music and hook up a speaker.

4. DON’T try to cook the perfect meal be cause the goal of this “holiday” is to have fun. Go ahead and cook a turkey and a ham if that’s what floats your boat, but I’m giving you permission to do something different like make pizza, stir-fry, tamales or bratwurst. It’s your party, and the sky’s the limit! Being a little goofy gains you extra Thanksmas points.

5. DON’T dress up. I’m not saying to ask your guests to come in jammies (okay, maybe I am), but for the love of all that is Thanks mas, please do not allow your guests to dress up! Comfy is key.

6. DON’T stress out.Your house does not need to be immaculate, and your cooking doesn’t need to be gourmet. Make your celebration a potluck so most of the meal is taken care of.

7. Put out crayons, coloring books, and games for the kids. And if you happen to pop something in the DVD player for the kids like “A Christmas Story” or “Elf” or Tom and Jerry’s “The Nutcracker” so you can have some adult conversations in another room, I won’t tell anybody.

8. Give back. Come up with a charity, and have your guests bring something for it, like canned goods for a food bank or diapers for a local crisis pregnancy center. Teach the kids about religious freedom and diversity, and how great it is to get togeth er with all kinds of different people.

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If you’re looking for a space to host a birthday party or holiday event or just want to gather with friends, we’ve got some great options to explore. These venues will offer different party services and can make sure they suit your par ty needs. Just give them a call now to reserve your time. And, let the fun begin!

Sonny Acres Farm offers endless possibili ties to make your next event unforgettable, boasting 22 acres of space, making it the per fect option for just about any occasion. From breathtaking weddings set amidst one of our scenic backdrops to large scale corporate events, family reunions, kids birthday parties and more, the customization options are flex ible and pair perfectly with any occasion. Treat your guests to our seasonal offerings includ ing access to amusement rides, petting zoo, hayrides and much more. For more informa tion visit [See our ad

Scene 75 Entertainment Center Scene75 is Chicagoland’s brand new indoor amusement park and entertainment center! Lo cated at 460 South Weber Road, Romeoville, IL, and offers fun for all ages. With 14 outstanding attractions, 150+ arcade games, an eatery and sweetshop, Scene75 is your go-to venue for a memorable day out with the family or birthday celebration! Boasting a massive 135,000 sq ft of fun, Scene75 Chicagoland is now the largest in door entertainment center in the state of Illinois!

Fleetwood Roller Rink - Summit Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family-owned business. Our venue hosts pub lic skating, birthday parties (our specialty) pri vates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate”

Come visit us and join in our fun. Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times. Located at 7231 West Archer Ave., Summit. 708-458-0300.

Trails Entertainment Centers

Trails Entertainment Centers offers three amaz ing venues – Enchanted Castle Family Entertain ment Center in Lombard, which is an all-indoor facility, and Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Centers located in Burbank and Joliet, which fea ture both indoor and outdoor attractions. Each location offers a unique variety of games, minia ture golf, go-karts, amusement rides and other special attractions. Special discounted rates are available for birthday parties, group outings and corporate picnics & events. For more informa tion visit

Celebrate with Funtopia!

Our parties make you move! The most Fun & Active Birthday Party experience guaranteed! Funtopia Naperville located in Westridge Court • 2639 Aurora Ave, Naperville • 630-718-4327 Funtopia Glenview located in The Glen Town Center • 2050 Tower Dr, Glenview • 224-432-5435

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Parents Should Know About DYSLEXIA

Though dyslexia is one of the most com mon learning disabilities (one in five people are thought to have it!)parents often miss the signs and symptoms when it comes to their own child. Prevailing misconceptions about what dyslexia is and how it presents in children can also get in the way of students’ ability to receive the proper learning tools crucial to their academic success. Luckily, with early diagnosis and scientifically-backed inter ventions, children with dyslexia can perform just as well as their peers. As the founders of Marker Learning, we can attest to that. We

both were lucky enough to have parents that provided us with early evaluations and treat ment, and both went on to graduate business school and become entrepreneurs.

The following facts–from the biggest myths about the disorder, to the best ways to approach treatment–are things every single parent should know, whether or not their child has dyslexia.

Dyslexia affects 20% of the population. By far one of the most common learning dis abilities, everyone knows someone who has dyslexia. So what exactly is it? Dyslexia is actually the name for a group of disorders involving the struggle to interpret symbols such as letters and numbers, which makes learning language and reading more difficult. However, with the right support a child diagnosed with the con dition can incorporate learning strategies and implement tools that will have them reading and writing just as proficiently as their peers.

It’s not a vision problem.

There’s a misconception that dyslexia is re lated to poor vision, or that it causes those afflicted to mix up or jumble the order of let ters when they try to read, but this simply isn’t the case. They do not “read backward”

or upside-down as many believe. The reality is a lot more complex, as children with dyslexia actually struggle with language and connect ing sounds to symbols, making reading, writ ing, and spelling more of a challenge.

It has nothing to do with intelligence. This is one of the most prevalent myths, and also one of the most harmful. Children diag nosed with dyslexia are in no way less intel ligent than children who do not have it. The disorder affects people of all backgrounds and IQs. If anything there is evidence that the opposite might be true, Research shows that people with dyslexia are especially creative and innovative. And people with dyslexia are in great company–some of the greatest minds in history are believed to have had dyslexia, such as Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Leonardo Da Vinci, to name a few.

Signs and symptoms can vary.

There’s a wide range of severity when it comes to dyslexia, as dyslexia is actually a term to describe a cluster of symptoms that may vary from person to person. This can make it more difficult to catch or diagnose, as it can pres ent differently in different people. Some of the most common signs to watch for include:

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• Trouble decoding words (difficulty matching letters to sounds)

• Difficulty with phonemic awareness (difficulty recognizing sounds in words)

• Incorrect spelling

• Struggling with grammar

• Problems with reading comprehension and/ or fluency

• Trouble with sentence structure

• Avoiding reading (either to oneself or out loud)

• Difficulty learning a foreign language

• Constant stress

Dyslexia is treatable.

Dyslexia is a lifelong condition that does not go away with age or other changes, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be effectively managed to the point where it no longer interferes with the individual’s daily life. The key to preventing academic problems that can impact the course of a student’s education is early identification.

When dyslexia is diagnosed early on, the right tools can be implemented to help a child ex cel at reading and writing. Teachers, tutors, and therapists who are trained to use a mul tisensory, structured language approach are an invaluable support system to a child with dyslexia. Because every case of the disorder is different, just as every child has different needs, one-on-one help is crucial to a suc cessful outcome.

One such approach, called the Orton-Gilling ham approach, is an excellent method used to treat those with dyslexia. The teaching approach was specifically designed to help students with dyslexia focus on making con nections between letters and sounds, and elements of Orton-Gillingham have already been incorporated into many early reading programs. Marker offers Orton-Gillgham tu toring online, so students can get this critical 1:1 support from the convenience of home.

Structured practice is key. When working with students who have dyslexia, structured practice is essential to improving their ability to read, write, and perform well in math. By getting immedi ate corrective feedback from a professional trained in the right techniques, children are able to develop the necessary automatic word recognition skills to improve their reading comprehension and overall learning skills.

Classroom accommodations are crucial. It’s important to note that classroom accom modations are not meant to give anyone an unfair advantage. Instead, the point is to en sure equal access to the academic experience for all students. Rather than giving some stu dents a leg up, it actually levels the playing field for those who struggle with reading compre

hension and other challenges associated with dyslexia. Because those with the disorder may require more time to read, write, and process language, accommodations are critical to their success. Popular accommodations and modifi cations for children with dyslexia include, but are not limited to:

• Extended test time

• Larger print

• Incorporation of audiobooks

• Allowing a child to use text-to-speech software

• Giving a student multiple opportunities to read the same text

• Using reading buddies

Armed with better knowledge, parents are empowered to alter the course of their children’s education for the better. Knowing that dyslexia is not only treatable, but that it is incredibly common and not a sign of lack of intelligence can make parents and children alike feel less alone and more prepared to seek out resources that will lead to their academic success. When parents are well educated about the signs and symptoms of dyslexia and can identify it before it becomes a serious problem, they can start employing the many tools at their disposal to ensure their children thrive in any rigorous academ ic environment. We created Marker Learning

( to help with speedy, cost-effective evaluations that are accessible to everyone.


Marker Learning was created to fix the cur rently broken system, where children are put on years-long waitlists for a learning disability evaluation, and families and schools are often being charged over $10,000 for an assessment.

Their mission is to provide best-in-class eval uations to the millions of students who cur rently do not have access to them. Marker Learning strives to inspire and support stu dents with all types of learning needs, so they can achieve their full potential.

To ensure they could provide a high-quality service, the co-founders spent time learning from experts in the field, including psycholo gists from Johns Hopkins and Columbia Uni versity to understand how evaluations are administered, and how testing could be trans lated to a virtual delivery, while maintaining the highest quality bar.

Marker connects students with licensed psy chologists across the country who are spe cially trained to assess for learning and atten tion disabilities in a virtual environment.

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The question of how to educate a child is one of the most important a parent can ask. A basic choice that many parents struggle with is that of public vs. private school. Parents do not want to take on unnecessary expenses if they will not ultimately benefit their child. After all, many public schools do an excellent job of educating students. But while it is true that public schools do not have tuition costs (and a private school can run, on average from 12,000 to 30,000 dol lars a year), the benefits of a private education can still far outweigh the costs depending on the local options parents may face. Students who at tend private schools can be more academically challenged, exposed to clearer value systems, given greater access to teachers, and may simply feel safer than local public school options. If you do decide to pursue private schooling for your child, start the research process early.Admission to private schools can be competitive, and find ing a school that is a perfect fit for your child where he or she will be also be accepted, may take some time.


Acacia Academy is a private special edu cation school for students with a variety of unique and special needs. La Grange Campus is home to grades 1-12 and Burr Ridge Campus offers a Transition Program for ages 18-22. Students benefit from personalized programs designed to meet individual needs. A Natural Habitat and three-acre school Nature Center provides students with a unique outdoor experience and summer program. Ad vancED/Cognia accredited and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for out-of-district placement. Kathryn Fouks, Principal. La Grange Campus: 6425 Willow Springs Road, LaGrange, IL 60525 (708) 579-9040. Burr Ridge Campus: 6880 N Frontage Rd, Suite 100, Burr Ridge, IL 60527 (708) 639-4222. info@acaciaacad


SS. Cyril and Methodius School provides an excellent Catholic education from Pre-K through 8th grade in a compassionate en vironment that strives to develop each stu dent spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally. In 2019, SSCM was awarded a National Blue Ribbon, which is a trademark of excellence in education. This prestigious recognition is only awarded to 50 nonpublic schools throughout the nation. Our Philosophy is to guide each child to realize their unique talents and fulfill his/her po tential. Our goal is to enrich and develop each student through Catholic Faith by promoting self-esteem, discipline, common sense, and courtesy in a positive, healthy, respectful and safe environment. Address: 607 Sobieski St, Lemont, IL 60439. (630) 257-6488.


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Cyril and Methodius School provides an excellent Catholic education from preschool through Eighth grade in a compassionate environment that strives to develop each student spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally. The BLUE RIBBON FLAG is recognized as a trademark of excellence with NATIONALLY normed TEST SCORES in the top 15%… only 50 private schools throughout the country are eligible for nominations to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Our school asserts an advanced academic curriculum enhanced by computer and science labs, one-to-one Chrome books from 5-8, Chrome carts available to grades K-4, along with new iPads, Smart boards in all classrooms and yearly upgrades to curriculum through new materials. Our teachers are State Certified and certified as Religious Educators; many have advanced degrees and keep up with professional development. Comprehensive after-school, extra-curricular activities are offered to increase positive student growth. On-site morning and after school care is available to help ease the worry of working parents. Financial Aid is also available. Please inquire at school. Pleasecalltodaytoschedulea PRIVATETOURwithourPrincipal~ Or,ifyouhaveanyquestions,pleasecall 630-257-6488 | 607SobieskiSt,Lemont,IL60439 SS.Cyril& Methodius A 2019 National Blue Ribbon School
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A good way to make exercise part of your children’s weekly routine is to enroll them in a class. Help your child find a sport or activity to try out. Or consider improving their skills in a sport with instruction.

Winter classes or teams are available in many communities for a wide range of active sports, including swimming, yoga for kids, dance, gym nastics, basketball, volleyball, tennis, indoor soc cer, martial arts, fencing, skating, rock climbing and many more.

Your investment in a class this winter could lead to a lifelong love of a new sport or activ ity your child might not otherwise have tried.


Participation in team sports allows kids to make lasting friendships, develop communication skills, feel a sense of community, and learn to respect their teammates and coaches. Additionally, being part of a team teaches children the importance of being a responsible and reliable team member.

Team sports are said to bolster the five C’s: competence, confidence, connections, char acter, and caring. At the heart of this is selfesteem – an increased sense of self as a result of better social interactions, stronger rela tionships, and higher academic performance.


Individual sports instill higher levels of selfreliance, discipline and passion in athletes. Winning or losing is entirely up to you, and every competition is a chance to beat your personal best. Your success and your failure are entirely your own.


No matter what the weather, following these three guidelines can make it easier to keep your kids active:


Children have different interests and enthu siasms.Your goal as a parent is to suggest and enable activities that your child will enjoy. And that might mean different activities for different children in your home.


Find the times for activity that work best for your family, and stick with them. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that you have to give up on that running-around time when your child gets home from school. If that’s when your child has the most energy, keep it going. Just find new ways to be active if it’s not possible to play outside.


The American Heart Association’s recom mended 60 minutes of exercise daily doesn’t have to be in one stretch. Ten minutes here and 20 minutes there are just as effective for maintaining health.

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It’s that time of year. The days are shorter, the air is colder. And
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Great Lakes Volleyball Center

The Great Lakes Center offers youth volley ball programs ages 3 to 6th grade. Tikes/Tots is a motor development program centered around developing quickness, jumping, over all coordination & agility, hand-eye skills and throwing ability. In Level 1 players begin to develop foundational skills for volleyball including underhand/overhand passing, attacking and serving. In Level 2 players begin repetitive skill training to reinforce muscle memory so players can begin to execute and repeat skills at an elite level. For more info call 630-8986400 or visit

Model Act Studios

Model Act Studios is the only Talent Man agement studio in Wheaton & Lemont that works directly with talent agencies, model ing agencies, and casting directors from Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. We provide you with the correct tools to succeed, such as confidence, interview skills, camera technique, acting ability and experience, while presenting you with the opportunities to meet the right people. For more information visit. www.

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To Keep You & Your Family Healthy This Winter

The medical field has long known people are more prone to catching colds and the flu during the cold winter months. Previously, scientists primarily attributed this to people living and breathing together in enclosed environments. But cold temperatures also make our immune system sluggish and prevent our bodies from fighting off infection, according to a 2015 PBS report, “Scientists Finally Prove Why Cold Weather Makes You Sick.” Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, taking extra precautions during the winter to maintain health is incredibly vital.

Keep your home warm Maintaining warmth is essential to ward off winter-related illnesses. So keep your home temperature comfortably warm by setting your thermostat between 68 and 75 °F. Op timum daytime temperatures for living areas are 70 to 72 °F. At night, set the thermostat

just a couple of degrees cooler for your bedrooms. What’s comfortable varies from person-to-person. So if you feel cold at 72 °F, turn it up a notch or two. The idea is to remain comfortable.

Dress in layers

Layer your clothing, whether you’re at home or heading out. Wear a t-shirt or cami, long sleeve shirt or blouse, and a sweater over the top. This way, you can set your thermostat at a moderate temperature and peel off layers to maintain the perfect comfort level. Layers will also ensure you maintain comfort if you go out.

When you do leave the house, wear warm boots, gloves, and a hat even if you’ll be out side just briefly. We lose most of our body heat through the extremities. So it’s vital to keep those areas warm.

Eat healthily

A healthy diet is essential year-round. But during the cold winter months, certain foods are particularly beneficial to the immune system.

The much-criticized starchy potato is an ex cellent source of nutrition. It’s high in vitamins B6 and C, both of which boost immunity.

Collards, kale, and chard, among other dark leafy greens, are high in vitamins A, C, and K.

Winter squash, including pumpkin, butternut, spaghetti, and acorn, is high in beta-carotene. Our bodies convert beta-carotene to vitamin A, another vital source that boosts the im mune system.

Several fruits are also particularly benefi cial and protect against winter-related ail ments. Citrus fruits are a rich source of vitamin C. Kiwi packs even more of a ‘C’ punch than oranges. Other fruits that help keep your immune system strong include pomegranates, blueberries, cherries, and even bananas.

Drink plenty of water

Dehydration causes a host of health compli cations. Despite this, most people don’t drink nearly enough water. As a result, health ex perts say they’re in a state of chronic dehy dration. According to the report “Prevalence of Inadequate Hydration Among US Children and Disparities by Gender and Race/Ethnicity: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, “ half of all children are dehydrated. 2009-2012.”

So how much water should you drink each day? A commonly repeated recommenda tion is eight 8-ounce glasses per day. But why would a 100-pound inactive woman need the same intake as an active 220-pound man?

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It turns out there’s a formula to determine how much water you should consume.

Divide your weight by 2.2. Next, if you’re un der 30, multiply by 40; between ages 30 to 55, multiply by 35; if older than 55, multiply by 30. Now divide your result by 28.3 for the num ber of ounces you should drink daily. Divide this by 8 to determine the number of cups.

Wash your hands

One of the best ways to reduce the spread of germs is by washing your hands regularly. This not only reduces the risk of transferring your bacteria to others. It reduces the chance that you’ll transfer bacteria to yourself.

When someone with a cold, the flu, or coronavirus touches a doorknob, handrail, gas pump, or other objects, their germs get transferred to the object. Bacteria can survive this way for several hours to days. If you come along and touch the germ-ridden object, the bacteria transfer to your hands. Then when you scratch your nose or grab a cookie to eat, you become infected.

So when you wash your hands, use soap and warm water. Rub between your fingers and underneath your fingernails. Then rinse your hands for 20 seconds and dry them thor oughly. In public restrooms, use a paper towel

to turn off the water and open the restroom door after you’ve washed your hands.

Keep active

An active lifestyle is crucial to a healthy heart, lungs, and bones. But a moderately active lifestyle also improves your immune system, according to a 2010 study cited in “Exercise and Respiratory Tract Viral Infections.” Prolonged intense exercise suppresses the immune system, however.

So the key is to exercise regularly but in moderation. Unless you’re trying out for the Olympics, a 20-mile run won’t likely serve you well. Instead, opt for a brisk walk for 30 – 60 minutes each day. If you want to do some thing more vigorous, do 20-30 minute runs or aerobic workouts 3 to 4 times a week with weight lifting in between.

Avoid public places during outbreaks

If we learned anything during 2020, it’s impor tant to avoid public places and social distance during a pandemic. When you hear of the flu or virus outbreak in your area, stay home if possible. This will serve double-duty by keep ing you out of the cold that makes you more susceptible. When you go out in public, wear a mask, and maintain at least 6 feet of distance.

Take an antiviral medication

If you’re exposed to the flu, be proactive and

nip it in the bud with a prescription for Re lenza or Tamiflu. The only catch is there’s a short window of opportunity for these med ications to be effective. These treatments must begin within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. So as soon as you feel signs of the flu coming on, call your doctor. If your doctor can’t see you right away, go to an ur gent care.

Get a massage

According to a 2010 study for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Swedish massage increases lymphocytes, improving the immune system’s effectiveness. So now you have the perfect ex cuse to exchange massages with your partner to help stave off illness. Bear in mind, until the COVID-19 pandemic is entirely under control, getting a professional massage is not advisable.

Get your z’s

When we sleep, our bodies release cyto kines, which promote sleep. Specific cy tokines also ward off infection. When we don’t get enough sleep, we’re deprived of the protective cytokines, leaving us more susceptible to infection.

Sleep requirements vary from person-to-per son. But children should get at least ten hours of sleep each night. Teens require nine to ten and adults seven to eight.

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Prevent Falls

Know the Risks

Trips, stumbles, and minor tumbles may not seem like a big deal when you’re younger. Yet, for seniors, any fall has the potential to result in severe injury or a health crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a senior over the age of 65 falls every second of every day. One in five falls ends in serious injury. So understanding the risk factors that lead to both fatal and nonfatal falls and taking precautions are vital to avoid the potentially debilitating consequences seniors can face.

What are the causes of falling?

variety of factors increase an individual’s likelihood of falling. Usually, it’s a combination

multiple factors that lead to a fall. So being aware of your personal risk factors can help you to minimize dangers.

Factors typically associated with aging.

you age, there’s a natural degeneration in various bodily functions. This may include:

Any of these individual issues can cause diffi culty walking, going up and down stairs, sitting, standing, or lying down. These problems can also lead to increased fatigue and less awareness of external factors that could potentially contribute to a fall. All of these make falling more likely.

Medical Factors

Aging may lead to higher susceptibility to certain medical conditions that increase your risk of falling. Some examples of health issues associated with fall risk are dementia, osteo porosis, vertigo, depression, COPD, diabetes, arthritis, and disabilities, particularly in the feet or lower limbs.

Surgical procedures for medical conditions or injuries can also affect an individual’s mobility, strength, and function.

Medications taken for medical conditions can increase the risk of falling because of the side effects that compromise balance. Taking four or more drugs is also associated with falling.

Environmental Factors

Falls are more common in environments with slippery floors, poor lighting, uneven surfac

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 A decrease in strength  Difficulty with balance  Slowed reaction times and reflexes  Worsened vision  Impaired hearing  Cognitive impairments

es, stairs, and clutter. Many falls occur in the bathroom. Getting in or out of the shower or bath can be particularly hazardous to se niors. Interestingly, however, household and environmental factors aren’t as significant an indicator as health factors.

Other Factors

The potential for serious or fatal injury from a fall is especially concerning if a person lives alone.

Senior women are more likely to fall and have serious hip injuries.

Being less active means more muscle atro phy and an increased likelihood of falling.

Seniors who’ve fallen may start avoiding activities that could lead to another fall.

Injuries from a fall may contribute to an inability to function independently and re quire care or moving to a nursing home.

 The consequences of falling may increase the risk of depression.

Medical costs after a fall can be expensive.

What are some prevention strategies to avoid falling?

Be honest about any concerns you have and discuss any side effects of your medication.

Wear well-fitting, comfortable, wide, and flat shoes for a stable base.

If needed, be sure you actually use devices like canes or walkers for assistance.

Being overly active can lead to more op portunities to fall and potentially pushing your physical limits.

A history of previous falls means you have a higher risk of falling again.

What happens to seniors who suffer a fall?

Just one fall can have a significant negative impact on a senior’s quality of life. Consider these facts.

Most fatal injuries occur from falling.

Ninety-five percent of all hip fractures happen during a fall.

 Falling is the leading cause of traumatic brain injury.

 A fear of falling again is common.

Make sure your prevention strategies ad dress your individual risk factors. List out your personal risk factors, look at which ones can be changed, and create a plan to decrease those risks.

Stay active at an appropriate level for your health and ability. Try lower intensity work outs like yoga, tai chi, walking, swimming, wa ter aerobics, and weight training, especially for leg muscles.

Work with a physical therapist to prevent falls or to heal from injury, especially if you have health risk factors. A physical therapist can help you improve balance and build strength while taking into account your individual needs.

Get regular physical exams to check for any risk factors or problems that could lead to falls.

Assess your environment and take steps to make it safer. Consider features like grab bars in the bathroom, secure handrails on stairs, a more accessible tub or shower, and plenty of light. Also, avoid small rugs that can bunch up or catch on your shoes, and remove clutter to keep floors and spaces clear.

Have a plan in place in case you fall and know what to do and how to get help. If you’re at risk, get a wearable emergency fall device so you can call for medical assistance. New technology is available for automatic fall risk detection. There are also manual devices to push in case of an emergency.

For seniors, falling can be a significant con cern in trying to stay safe and healthy. But falling isn’t an inevitable part of growing old er. By taking these steps to lessen your risk of falling and being prepared in the event of a fall will go a long way toward living a healthy, fulfilling life throughout your retirement.

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Internet trolls also love targeting the elderly, knowing they’re more likely to get a reaction, which is what trolls live for.

Unfortunately, when seniors are trolled, the consequences can be even more dire because an online confrontation with someone trying to make them angry might escalate, affecting their mental, emotional and physical health.That's why it's time to teach your senior loved ones about safe online behavior so that they can avoid flame wars and know when they should respond to Internet trolls and malicious online harassment. The Importance of Providing Seniors with Cy ber Education

Seniors did not grow up with the internet like Millennials, making many older Gen X and Baby Boomers less experienced at navigating online spaces. And when they're not equipped with internet education and good online practices, they're more likely to feed the internet trolls or fall for online scams.

The social media platforms seniors use most are Facebook and LinkedIn, which means that they're more at risk from cybercriminals who use those platforms to propagate scams and troll posts. Seniors use Facebook to connect with family and friends and to follow current events like politics.

Internet trolls follow threads with sensitive topics that are most likely to lead to heated arguments. Trolls will leave distasteful, seemingly ignorant, inflammatory and insulting comments. Many seniors may feel the urge to defend the person who was targeted by the hurtful words. Even though their intentions are good, in reality, responding may only escalate the situation.

No matter how beautifully crafted their rebut tals are, their efforts will die on the vine—or comment thread—because trolls are not looking to be proven wrong. A troll's only goal is to engage victims in an online argument, so-called flame wars. Often, they will go to great lengths to find their victim’s sensitive spots by access ing their public profiles and responding, so the victim feels attacked on a personal level.

Help the seniors in your life understand how to recognize when someone is trolling them and why they shouldn't engage, and especially why they should never share personal information with people or organizations they don’t know and trust.

When they're armed with these new skills, it's easier for them to choose safer online behavior, which means ignoring a scammer, a cyberbully or troll who tries to aggravate them and pro voke a never-ending battle of comments.

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Senior Resource

Nursing and Rehabilitation

Recognized as a leader of rehabilitation and nursing services, Lemont Nursing & Reha bilitation Center offers highly individualized skilled care in a caring and comfortable en vironment. At Lemont, we are committed to providing the highest quality care to every person that comes through our door. Our experienced team of clinicians and thera pists work together to help maximize in dependence to provide comfort and peace of mind.

Lemont’s highly specialized team of physicians include: Cardiologist, Infectious Disease, Inter nist, Orthopedist, Physiatrist, Pulmonologist, and Wound Care. They all work together with the resident’s personal physician to ensure continuity of care, while residing at Lemont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Call Lemont

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Villa St. Benedict

A continuing care community

Villa St. Benedict is at the height of its beauty when the seasons are changing. With a mix ture of warm and cool days, we can still walk along our 47-acre campus to enjoy the colors of fall. The beautiful 47-acre campus is part of the original parcel of 500 acres purchased and still occupied by the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart since 1912. The heart of the community is the Sacred Heart Chapel.

Villa St. Benedict continues to be a unique senior community offering independent liv ing, assisted living, and memory care with a mission statement based on the Benedictine tradition of hospitality.

As a continuing care community, our staff

works tirelessly to provide excellent services. We work with the same respect and compas sion you would receive from a member of your family. With a wide array of apartment sizes and villa homes, we have a perfect fit for your chosen lifestyle.

Living fully, living well – that’s comfort in VSB’s community! Villa St. Benedict is located at 1920 Maple Avenue in Lisle. Call a sales coun selor at 630-852-0345 to arrange a tour or find out more by visiting

Carefree Management Housing Seniors

Since 1995, Carefree Management has provid ed the best in affordable senior living through out the Chicagoland area. Each community is strategically located within walking distance to shopping centers, grocery stores, pharmacies and public transit. Apartments have a full kitch en, generous closet space, individually con trolled heating and air conditioning, vinyl wood flooring and natural light. While site amenities may vary, the majority of Carefree communi ties offer: senior oriented weekly activities, 1+ community laundry room, library/computer area, game room, dining room (providing daily continental breakfast), exercise room, garage parking and on-site management.

For residents needing additional assistance, our property managers will provide connections to supportive services such as live-in aides, physi cal therapy and transportation services.

Offering studios, one - and two - bedroom apartments in the following locations: Elm hurst, Schaumburg, Homewood, Lake Zurich, Richton Park, Forest Park, Chicago, Hoffman Estates and St. Charles.

Visit or email leas for more informa tion.We look forward to hearing from you!

Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists

Good Foot & Ankle Care Helps Seniors Stay Independent and Headto-Toe Healthy

As we get older, it becomes even more im portant to take care of our feet. Issues that

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at your feet and ankles can lead to

with your knees, hips, back and even your neck. That’s one of the many reasons to get any aches, pains, injuries, unusual feelings or numbness looked at by a foot and ankle physician.

Seniors are prone to certain kinds of foot and ankle ailments and injuries that just come with age.

“With our patients who are 50 or so and up, we see a lot of needs related to toenails

calluses. A lot of older people who have mobility issues have a hard time bending over

trim their nails themselves. If nails aren’t cared for regularly, they can easily start to be a problem, so regular trimmings are important,” said Dr. John Thometz, a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon with Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists.

Bunions are also a common ailment, especially with older women, and they can be cared for with several kinds of treatment options. Hammer toes are the second most structural-related issue the doctors see with their senior patients and can be treated in different ways depending on the severity of the hammer toe. Both bunions and hammer

toes may also be treated with minimally in vasive surgery.

As the one of the largest foot and ankle prac tices in the state of Illinois, Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists not only treats the condition, but we provide cutting-edge treat ments that can help you get back to your life. To learn more visit

Honoring Aging

Senior moving and downsizing services

For more than 17 years, Honoring Aging has been the trusted partner of the most promi nent senior living communities in the Chicago Suburbs. Our team takes a caring and per sonalized approach to helping you move successfully from your family home. We will be a resource to downsizing, selling, and donating what you don’t keep. Not only do we provide a customized floor plan design of your new place, but we also provide packing and resetting/unpacking services as well. Honoring ag ing welcomes the opportunity to share your experience in creating your new home.

We invite you to check out our website and our reviews to see the impact our services provide for seniors. Call us with any questions

you may have or visit to learn more.

Honoring Aging office is located at 25 N River Ln Suite 25423, Geneva, IL 60134. (630) 5249282

Campbell Long, LLC

A Boutique Family Law Firm

At Campbell Long, LLC we are a boutique family firm with offices located in Chicago and Naperville, IL.

We help local families with wills and trusts; probate; guardianship; and wrongful death matters.

Our goal is to be transparent with our clients on our fees, services, and the overall process. We strive to do this in an approachable way with a warm and friendly environment. Most meetings and signings can be conducted ei ther in person or via Zoom and kids are always welcome. We even have toys and snacks in our offices!

If you need assistance with a legal matter, feel free to give us a call at 866-566-9494 or submit an inquiry through our website at www.

You’ve lived in your family home and collected a lot of memories as well as a lot of belongings. It’s hard to know where to begin.

For more than 17 years, Honoring Aging has been trusted by seniors and senior living communities alike as the best provider of senior transition services in the Chicago suburbs. Our reviews and referrals speak for themselves — because it’s not only what we do, it’s how we do it.

Call us to learn more. We think you’ll be glad you did.

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Muscle Loss In Seniors

An aging mother he dearly loved was the mo tivation that sent scientist, inventor, and author Dr. John Jaquish on his deep dive into exercise and fitness. His research revealed that muscle growth can take place for individuals of any age, including those over 60, using the correct strength training regimen and the right nu tritional program. His research into optimal muscle-building further showed that the most productive strength training is accomplished by using variable resistance bands and not free weights. For seniors and others seeking the ul timate solution for effectively maximizing mus

cle and minimizing body fat, Dr.Jaquish details his complete resistance band protocol along with supporting science in his controversial Wall Street Journal bestselling book Weightlift ing is a Waste of Time, So is Cardio.

The “2020 Profile of Older Americans” by the ACL (The Administration for Community Liv ing) reports the number of Americans aged 60 and over is 74.6 million. As this popula tion gets older their hormones change and protein is processed less efficiently. They also tend to move less, which leads to muscular at rophy. When strength is lost, gait and balance change -- which can increase the risk for falls and subsequent injury.

“Contrary to what is widely believed, seniors don’t have to lose muscle as they age; they can still build muscle with strength training,” says Dr. Jaquish.“ Primarily, muscle declines with age because of changes to lifestyle, not biology. Remaining physically active, good nutrition, and the proper strength training program will protect against muscle loss.”

“Strength training is the best preventative and corrective method for age-related muscle loss. No matter your age, you can build and maintain muscle, and to optimally do so re

quires resistance training,” says Dr. Jaquish. “Unfortunately, resistance training methods typically recommended involve lifting free weights such as dumbbells and barbells, medi cine balls, or using weight machines. These methods are not effective, nor are they safe for seniors or bodybuilders of any age.”

In his book, Dr. Jaquish explains how lifting weights puts pressure on joints and increases the risk of injury. Even for professional pow erlifters, this risk increases significantly after the age of 40. For anyone with reduced bal ance and mobility, past joint injuries, arthritis, and loss of bone density, strength training by lifting heavy free weights is not recommended.

Dr. Jaquish says as a solution to these issues, trainers typically program lighter weights, less frequent workouts, or the use of strength training machines. However, these so-called solutions are counterproductive. Building muscle with resistance training requires heavy lifting, and perhaps even more so in a senior population.

“Training with variable resistance and resis tance bands is the superior way. Variable re sistance with the right bands and equipment has built-in protective qualities that make

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strength training for seniors less risky. By al lowing seniors to safely lift heavy weight, vari able resistance also addresses the hormonal environment that can prevent older adults from building muscle,” says Dr. Jaquish.

Dr. Jaquish explains that after approximately 40 years of age, serum levels of the hormones responsible for muscle growth begin to de cline. By using variable resistance training, one is able to maintain a constant tension and recruit more muscle fiber during lifts, cueing the body to open receptors for the hormones that stimulate muscle growth.

“Variable resistance bands offer a sufficiently challenging level of resistance necessary for triggering the perfect hormonal environment, so seniors get the most out of each training session. This not only makes each lift safer but more effective,” says Dr. Jaquish.

It’s not a given that seniors lose muscle with age. By continuing to strength train, eating a high protein diet, and ensuring a steady in take of all essential amino acids, even older adults can experience a “youthful” anabolic response and grow muscle.

For more information about Dr. Jaquish and his book Weightlifting is a Waste of Time - So is Cardio, visit


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Keep Fit in Cooler Weather

When the weather turns colder, days get shorter, and sweaters are pulled back out of the closet, it can be a struggle to keep up healthy habits. During the fall and winter months, health and fitness routines often take a backseat to staying warm and cozy.

After a few months of hibernation and holiday indulgences, the pounds, lack of energy, and health consequences set in, reminding us of those long-forgotten fitness goals. It can be frustrating to feel like you’re starting back at square one. Instead of falling into this yearly cycle, read on for ways to avoid the fall and winter fitness slump and to keep focused on staying fit.

Find an accountability partner or group This is one of the best ways to stay consistent with your fitness goals. It’s much easier to blow off a workout and curl up with a warm drink and blanket if you’re only accountable to yourself. Finding a partner or a community with similar goals is a great way to keep your self on track.You can give and receive support,

find ways to stay fit together, and remind each other of the benefits of keeping fit.

While in-person support is helpful, it isn’t al ways easy to find. But social media makes it much easier to join like-minded people in a virtual community. Do a quick search on so cial media sites, and you’ll find fitness groups for all levels and interests. These communities provide various ways to keep you account able. They’re a safe place to share struggles and successes, provide moral support to one another, and share ideas or tips.

Join a gym or class

Another way to increase the odds of staying fit through the colder months is by joining a gym or fitness class. This requires a financial commitment, which may be an excellent ex ternal motivator.

Gyms offer many amenities to support fitness goals. These include personal training, a variety of equipment, and often classes you can explore for new ways to stay fit. Some fitness centers even have extras like childcare, rock climbing walls, saunas, and heated pools. Such perks may help get you out the door on colder days.

If you like to socialize, fitness classes are also a great way to find a community of people who share the same goals.There are all kinds of fit ness classes and studios like dance, yoga, and CrossFit. Many offer trial periods. So if there’s a type of activity you’ve always wanted to try, you can do it with little risk and the potential for a big reward. Even many libraries offer free fitness classes.

Work Out at Home Maybe braving the cold and dark sounds like too much, or working out with other people isn’t your bliss. If so, there are many ways to get in an effective workout at home.

Investing in a home gym is one way to stay active through the colder months. If you have space and money, particularly if other family members want an at-home workout too, purchase the appropriate equipment to fit your needs. It doesn’t need to be elaborate. Just a set of hand weights or a kettlebell can be enough to get you started if you don’t want to commit to large or expensive equipment. However, sizeable used equipment can often be found for practically nothing on Craigslist and elsewhere online.

You can also find thousands of exercise videos and written plans on the internet, DVDs, through your cable provider, or at your local library.There are also video game systems with fun workouts like the Wii Fit or dancing games. Whatever type of exercise or fitness plan you can think of, there are likely at least a few resources out there so you can do it at home. These include exercises with or without equipment. Many are designed for or take into consideration working out in small spaces or with limited time.

Keep it Simple

If you’re starting from scratch or lack motiva tion, find small ways to incorporate healthy fitness habits into your daily routine. For ex ample, take stairs instead of the elevator, park your car farther away in the lot, and go for a walk during lunch.

You can also start by taking an extra 15 min utes before your shower to do some quick exercises. A daily routine could include body weight moves like squats, pushups, and planks. These can have a significant impact on your fitness when done consistently.

Regardless of your fitness goals, you can stay on track throughout the colder months if you find what works best to keep you motivated and consistent.

Stay up-to-date with our upcoming events and races in this section. Sign up to run or virtually run & earn a T-shirt & medal, while supporting a great cause.

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Cantigny 5K Run/Walk.


Turkey Trot 5K. Tinley Park.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. Chicago. venturesendurance.

Ooh Lala Chocolate 5K. Geneva.


The Forge Fall 4 Miler. Lemont. races

Hot Chocolate Walk. Wheeling. wheelingparkdis

Strides for Pies 5K. St. Charles.


Gobbler Hobbler 10K and Mashed Potato Mile Oswego.


Tom-A-Hawk Turkey Trot 5K. Aurora. aurorarotary

USOLE Trail Challenge. Palos.


Jingle Bell Run. Wheaton.

Turkey Trot 5K/10K. Lincolnwood. lincolnwoodil. org/236


22nd Annual Pilgrim Pie Run for Rotary 5K at 8:30AM

Lyons Twp High School, 1045 W. Cossitt Ave., La Grange

25th Annual

Central High School, 440 Aurora Avenue, Naperville

Roselle Annual Turkey Trot 5K Thurs, Nov. 24th at 8 AM Bloody Mary Station at mile 1.4 5K run/walk, Chipped Time, USATF certified. Hot Chocolate and post-race refreshments. Roselle, IL

The Fox & The Turkey. Batavia. Long Grove Turkey Trot. Long Grove. allcommuni

Turkey Trot and Drumstick Dash. Palatine.

Orland Park Turkey Trot. Orland Park.

Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot. Elmhurst. dangibbonstur

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


Schaumburg Half Marathon and 5K. Schaumburg. Grant Park Turkey Trot. Chicago. allcommuni


Reindeer Run 5K . Wheaton. wheatonparkdis

Santa Hustle. Chicago.

Rotary Santa Run . Arlington Hts. rotarysanta


Frigid 5K. Lemont.


Deer Park Cocoa Classic 5K. Deer Park.allcommuni

Viking Dash Trail Run. 2-Day Event. Crystal Lake.

USole December Trail Challenge. Palos. univer

Jingle Bell Run. Chicago.


5K. Tinley Park. chicago

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Naperville Noon Lions 5K Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Morning Proceeds benefit individuals with Vision and Hearing disabilities. Naperville
DECEMBER SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Chilly Chill 5K. Schaumburg.
Nov. 24th ~ Thanksgiving morning ~ 8:00 a.m. Run/Walk, Chipped time, UDATF Certified Top finishers prize money Awards Hot Chocolate and post-race refreshments. Thanksgiving November 24, 2022 Proceeds benefit individuals With vision and hearing disabilities RACE LOCATION Naperville Central High School 440 Aurora Ave, Naperville (if allowed otherwise, virtual) Information about the race and On-line registration at 25th Annual 5K Fitness Events

great events


Here’s your source for current and upcoming great events. Event information is subject to change without notice, there fore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm – 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” E-mail: Mail: P.O. Box 1266, Westmont, IL 60559. Deadline for inclusion in the January/February issue is December 9, 2022



FUNDRAISER Redefining Recovery Gala: Igniting a Spark in the Dark – 6PM. This year’s gala will be held at the Drake Hotel, Chicago, where the guest is NBA Champion Lamar Odom. Chicago.


FAMILY Day of the Dead Celebration – 6-9PM. Learn about Dia de Los Muertos and enjoy mariachi musicians and dancers. Elmhurst History Museum. Elmhurst.

FUNDRAISER Red, White and Blues Gala –7-10PM. Benefit to support our military community at Pinstripes in Oakbrook.

FUNDRAISER Soiree 2022 – 6-11:30PM. 25th an nual Anniversary Soiree for the Elmhurst Art Museum. All proceeds support the Museum’s operations. Elm hurst. Tickets at


ART On the Cutting Edge: Meet the Artists –

12-3PM. Celebrate the Lizzadro Museum’s 60th An niversary celebration with an Open House and this special exhibit. Lizzadro Museum. Oak Brook. Lizzad

CHARITY Puttin’ On the Glitz Fashion Show –11:30AM at the Bolingbrook Golf Club, Bolingbrook.

CHARITY SkyRise Chicago – Step up in support of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab by participating in the climb up the 105 flights of stairs. Willis Tower, Chi cago.

OUTDOOR Dog Admission Day – Bring your furry friend to Morton Arboretum. Special rules ap ply. See website for details. 7AM–Sunset. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.

MUSEUM On the Cutting Edge: Meet the Artists – In honor of the museum’s 60th anniver sary, this open house event features artists from this exhibit. 12-3PM. Lizzadro Museum. Lizzadro


TEENS Super Smash Bros Tournament –6-8:30PM. Test your skills in a round robin play for mat that includes a bracket finish. Prizes. All players are required to wear a face covering. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream.

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AUTHOR EVENT Immigration Stories Show case with Nestor Gomez – 7-8PM. Elmhurst Public Library. Experience storytelling featuring im migrants, refugees and their descendants. Elmhurst.

FAMILY Take-and-Make “Thank You” Flag Craft – Celebrate Veterans Day by creating a win dow hanging at home. Pick up your free kit. A do nation is suggested. 10AM-Noon. Tank Park, Whea ton.

PARADE City of Aurora Veteran’s Day Parade –10AM-12PM. The city of Aurora honors Veterans Day 2022 with a parade and ceremony in downtown Au rora.


FAMILY MCA Family Day – 11AM-3PM. Free admission day at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Chicago includes workshops and performances. Chi cago.

FAMILY Harvest Pow-Wow – Experience Native American Culture with music and dancers dressed in regalia. Pre-purchase tickets. SOARRING Foundation. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Wheaton. Harvestpow


ADULT Wine & Canvas at the Farm – Guided custom canvas creation. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine, snacks, a few friends and enjoy a creative night out. All materials included. 6:30–8:30PM. Blackberry Farm, Aurora.

CRAFT Silk Centerpiece – 6:30PM. Add fall color to your home with a centerpiece or swag. Fee cov ers all materials. Bloomingdale Artists Association. Bloomingdale.

LECTURE The Life and Legacy of Everett McKin ley Dirksen – 7-8PM. Join in person or virtually. Speaker Tiffany White discusses Dirksen’s life and po litical significance. Wheaton.


MUSEUM Introduction to Archeogemology –2PM. Identify ancient gems to determine their origin with Dr. Cigdem Lule. All ages. Lizzadro Museum. Oak Brook.


Happy Thanksgiving


BOOK DISCUSSION American Like Me: Reflec tions on Life Between Cultures – 7-8:30PM. Elm hurst History Museum. Elmhurst.


CHARITY Special Olympics Annual Evening Re ception – An evening celebrating Chicago’s talented athletes at the newly renovated Old Post Office. 5:308:30 PM.



MUSEUM Create a Gem Tree – 3:30PM. Learn to make beautiful small trees using gemstones and wire. Three 45-minute sessions. Lizzadro Museum, Oak Brook.

MUSEUM Sentrock: Pop-Up Shop – 1-4PM. Pur chase limited edition artwork and merchandise by the artist Sentrock. Line begins at 2PM for non-members. Elmhurst Art Museum. Elmhurst. Elmhurstartmu

NATURE Artists’ Guild Autumn Art Exhibit –10AM-4PM. Included free with Arboretum admission. Nature themed art featuring local artists. Lisle. Mor


FAMILY Harvest Pow Pow – Experience Native American Culture with music and dancers dressed in regalia. Pre-purchase tickets. SOARRING Foundation. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Wheaton. Harvestpow

MUSEUM Celebrating Our 60th Through Joyful Chinese – 2PM. Educator Yvonne Wolf leads a guided walking tour through the exhibits. Lizzadro Museum. Oak Brook.

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MUSEUM Sensory Friendly Morning – 1011:30AM. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Arts without large crowds for a sensory-friendly art-mak ing experience. Chicago.


TEENS Super Smash Bros Tournament – Test your skills in a round robin play format that includes a bracket finish. Prizes. All players are required to wear a face covering. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream.


FAMILY MCA Family Day: Uplift – 11:30AM3PM. Enjoy free family day along with performances and workshops, designed and led by Chicago artists. Museum of Contemporary Arts. Chicago. Visit.mcachi

FAMILY LEGO Train Show – 12/4-5. Northern Il linois LEGO Train Club presents the group’s largest an nual show. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Visitors to the show are encouraged to bring a new and unwrapped toy for the Marine Toys for Tots. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.


FAMILY LEGO Train Show – 12/4-5. Northern Il linois LEGO Train Club presents the group’s largest an nual show. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Visitors to the show are encouraged to bring a new and unwrapped toy for the Marine Toys for Tots. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.

CRAFTS Last Chance Craft Fair – 12/11-12. Art and Craft Fair with over 175 booths. College of DuPage Athletic Arena, Glen Ellyn. craftproduction


CRAFTS Last Chance Craft Fair – 12/11-12. Art and Craft Fair with over 175 booths. College of DuPage Athletic Arena, Glen Ellyn.

OUTDOORS Two-Hour Forest Therapy Walk –

Experience a series of guided, gentle invitations to open the senses, cultivate presence and invite healing interac tions between people and the natural world. Register. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.


Happy Hanukkah

MUSEUM Spirito Men’s Choir – 2PM. Spirito Men’s Choir perform several pieces and include a brief discussion with each selection. Lizzadro Museum. Oak Brook.


Merry Christmas


ART 3D Art Takes Center Stage – 11/18-12/30. The Art Center Highland Park features the work of three talented artists/designers in 3 galleries. High land Park.

CRAFTS Art and Market Aurora ~ Sat. 11/19 | Dec 10 and17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Society 57 featuring a special Sugar Skull City market on Nov 5. Aurora.

CRAFTS Arts and Crafts Show – 11/25-11/27. Step by Step Promotions holds its craft show at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Grayslake.

EXHIBIT By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst – Experience Elmhurst through this award-winning exhibit about how the city grew and developed over the years at the Elmhurst History Museum. Elm

EXHIBIT Exact Dutch Yellow – Chicago Cultural Center hosts this immersive exhibit through 11/29. Features light installations and performances. Chi cago.

EXHIBIT Twist Out Cancer – Twist Out Cancer celebrates 10 years in an inspired exhibit at WNDR Museum. Runs through the end of November. Chi cago.

EXHIBIT Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond –Join Nature Cat and his friends on their outdoor adven tures. Kohls Children’s Museum. Glenview.

FAMILY Kane County Flea Market – 11/5-6 and 12/3-4. Refurbished furniture, holiday decorations, sports collectibles, or antique. Kane County Fair grounds, Geneva.

SHOPPING Winterfest Art Market – 11/11-13. 10AM-5PM. Three-day fine craft sale in collaboration with Water Street Studios, featuring fine art, unique crafts and curated goods. Food and beverages will be available. Wa ter Street Studios, Batavia.

STAGE Beauty and the Beast Jr. – Performances 11/17-20 at the Community Recreation Center. Scha umburg.

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Catch 35

Celebrate the holidays at Catch 35! Located in downtown Naperville and Chicago’s loop, Catch 35 offers the freshest seafood and from the farm dishes. Join us for lunch or dinner! Our all day menu features fa vorites such as Szechwan scallops, Maryland style crabcakes, pan roasted Chilean sea bass, and so much more.

There is more than fresh seafood at Catch 35! With from the farm dishes like grilled skirt steak, braised beef short rib, and filet mignon, our menu offers a variety for all to enjoy. In addition, Catch 35 Naperville offers a casual, neighborhood wine & cocktail bar serving fresh oysters, sliders, tacos, and much more. Perfect for afterwork cocktails or meeting up with friends and family. Every Monday celebrate at Catch 35 with half off select bottles of wine.

Spread the holiday cheer with a Catch 35 gift card (Purchase online). Follow us on social media for specials. Contact us at 35 S. Washington St. Naperville, Illinois 60540 – 630-717-3500. Dine in, delivery, & curbside pickup available. Visit

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dining out

Antico Posto

Antico Posto is a cozy Italian cafe and wine bar serving Italian classics. Located in Oakbrook Center, signature dishes include Chicken Meat balls with arrabbiata sauce, Hand-Stretched Brick Oven Pizzas, HouseMade Gnocchi and Baked Eggplant Parmesan. Dine in the main dining room, order catering for an at-home celebration, or enjoy the intimacy of Antico Posto’s private dining room. 630-586-9200. 118 Oakbrook Center.


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


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

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

Dine Naperville

Hungry for holiday hotspots for family meals this year? Whatever you’re looking for this holiday season, you can find it in Naperville. We’ve even got a free Dining Guide ready for you to make your res taurant selections as easy as pie. Search by category, find your fa vorites by name, or take your family somewhere new for a holiday treat. The dining guide features one-of-a-kind eateries like Quigley’s, Sharko’s BBQ, and Meson Sabika, as well as classic favorites like Mag giano’s Little Italy, White Chocolate Grill, and Morton’s Steakhouse. Find every meal, from breakfast to lunch to dinner to a late-night snack in Naperville. Go to to find more in formation on our 300 restaurants! (See our ad on p. 21.)

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Acrobuffos present AIR PLAY

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$20 tickets for children 14 and under! The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine presents The Nutcracker Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 1 & 5 p.m. ‘Tis the season for making special memories with your family! Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, The Nutcracker will fill you with the holiday spirit. Starring the acclaimed State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine, this treasured fairytale follows a young girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, and an army of mice. 708.235.2222 1 University Parkway University Park, IL 60484
Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 2 p.m. A circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, Air Play transforms ordinary objects into uncommon beauty. Great for all ages, Air Play creates beauty and inspires laughter across cultures and continents. No translation necessary.
Visit @sonnyacresfarm (630) 231-3859 29W310 North Ave, West Chicago, IL 60185 Sonny Acres will completely transform to a magical winter wonderland filled with shopping, activities and fun for all ages this holiday season. Fresh Cut Christmas Trees Holiday Lights Experience Sweet Shop, Hot Cocoa Creations Gifts, Wreaths, Roping, Decor and More! The North Pole has had an address change to West Chicago, IL!