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Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants Exhibit runs through November 7, 2021 Explore the captivating world of carnivorous plants!

The display features dozens of species, including Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, trumpet plants, butterworts, sundews, and more. Get a close-up view of these amazingly adapted plants while immersing yourself in this unique world, and experience larger-than-life interactive sculptures that will give you a “bug’s eye” view of these unique flora. Regular admission rates apply. Pre-purchase admission tickets prior to visiting encouraged. Reduced rates apply for children, youth, seniors, and veterans. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL. Call 815-987-8858 or visit for details. We welcome the opportunity to assist guests with disabilities. Call/text 815-987-8800 for info.


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Easy Fall Decorations To Craft For Your Home


eady to get into the autumn spirit but can’t afford a shopping spree on Etsy? Have no fear. Beautiful autumn décor is within reach with supplies from you own backyard. Send the kids out to gather dozens of freshly fallen autumn leaves while you pull out the craft supplies. In a couple of days, your leaves will be prepped to retain their color and shape, and you will be amazed with all the ways you can use them to transform your home for fall.



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Do this step first! Choose your project or projects below, and gather more leaves fall leaves at their peak than you think you need. Allow one - two days before you begin any crafts. Snip stems and spread leaves in thin layers between sheets of plain white paper. Then add another layer of leaves on top of the paper and keep building your pile up until you have sandwiched all the leaves between sheets of paper. Cover your stack with several heavy books to press them as flat as possible. Let your stack sit for 24 - 48 hours to flatten before coloring fades. Do not press longer than two days.Then your leaves are ready for crafting!

Bask in the autumnal glow of leaf-light! You need: Mason Jars (or any old jars) with lids (if Mason Jars),Variety of pressed fall leaves (above), Mod Podge Glossy, Foam paint brushes, Battery-operated tea lights, and Glitter (optional). Cover one side of clean, dry jar with Mod Podge and apply one leaf at a time, overlaying each leaf slightly, coating each with a thin layer of glue as you go. Once the sides of the jar are covered, sprinkle sides lightly with glitter in a complimentary color like gold or copper. Let lanterns dry upside down for an hour. For Mason Jars, attach jar rim without can seal and insert tea light. These look great on a mantel or hutch. Kids may like to have them in their bedrooms. suburban family |

Everyone deserves to wear this crown! You need: Brown paper grocery bags,Variety of pressed fall leaves (above), Modpodge Glossy, Foam paint brushes, Parchment paper, Wide double-sided tape, Scotch tape,Tacky glue. Step one: Coat one side of each pressed leaf in Mod Podge. Let dry on parchment paper for a half hour. Then coat the other side and let dry for another half hour. Step two: Open grocery bags and cut into 3 - 4 inch x 28 inch strips. Fit each paper strip to wearer’s head, so it sits just above ears, but don’t close the loop yet. Apply double-sided tape to the center of the strip, leaving a bit of brown paper edge on the top and bottom. Lay flat and apply coated leaves pointing up, down, sideways or a combination of directions. If you need more sticking power, add a dab of Tacky Glue.When your crown is decorated, use more double sided tape to secure the crown base end-to-end. If extra securing is needed, use a piece of scotch tape on the inside of crown.

Your plates will look stunning haloed with real leaves! You need: Painter’s tape, Parchment paper, Variety of pressed fall leaves (above), Mod Podge Outdoor, Foam paint brushes. Cut parchment paper larger than the size of mats you wish to make. You can make mats round to peek out underneath plates or square or rectangle – it’s up to you. Secure parchment paper onto a large table where project can sit undisturbed for several hours. September/October 2021

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Use a thin permanent marker to sketch out the shape you desire. Coat just beyond that shape with a thick layer of Mod Podge. Start laying leaves face-down in a burst pattern, starting on the inside of your shape and working layers out, coating the other side completely in Mod Podge as you go. Try similar shapes of leaves in different colors or alternate rings of different varieties. When you are satisfied with your design, cover the mat with another piece of parchment and lay a large, heavy book on top for two hours. Peel off the top parchment and let the top of the mat dry for an hour before flipping over and removing the other piece of parchment. Allow adequate drying time, then store mats in fresh parchment until use.

A lot less mess than carving pumpkins! You need: Spray adhesive, Mod Podge Outdoor, Foam paint brushes, Variety of pressed fall leaves (above), Pumpkins (real or artificial). Divide your leaves by type and size and create a pattern on the table that you like. You can create a ring around your pumpkin or spread the leaves out all over. Play around and have fun creating different looks. Once you are ready, spray mount adhesive on the back of leaves and smooth them onto a clean, dry pumpkin. Finish your look and then coat

entire pumpkin with thin coat of Mod Podge, allowing 30 minutes to dry. Repeat with another coat. Real pumpkins should last the season outdoors. Artificial pumpkins may last for several seasons indoors.

Make your front door the envy of the neighborhood! You need: Large cardboard shipping box, Mod Podge Outdoor, Foam paint brushes, Variety of pressed fall leaves (above), Masking tape, Ribbon. Flatten your box, and then outline and cut out a large cardboard letter that represents your family’s last name. Hold it up against your door to gauge accurate size. Trim to fit. Seal the open edges of your letter with pieces of masking tape to protect form from moisture. Coat all sides of the letter in Mod Podge and allow to dry 30 minutes on each side. Lay your letter face-up and arrange with leaves until you have a design you admire. Coat front and sides of letter with Mod Podge, press on leaves and add another coat to the front of leaves. Dry 30 minutes.Add one more coat of Mod Podge and dry again. Embellish top of letter with ribbon, if desired. Use mounting squares to hang finished monogram on front door.

Decorate a mantel, doorway or hutch with a colorful strand of peak fall leaves! You’ll need: Paper straws, Jute twine, Mod Podge (Matte, Satin or Gloss), Variety of pressed fall leaves (above), Scotch tape. Step one: Measure the space you want your garland to cover. Then mark that length on a clean floor and spread out your flattened leaves plus quite a few extras in a pattern you admire. Step two: Coat one side of each pressed leaf in Mod Podge in matte or gloss depending on which type of finish you prefer. Let dry on parchment paper for 30 minutes. Then coat the other side and let dry for another 30 minutes. Step three: Cut straws into three-quarter inch pieces, tape onto back of downward pointing leaf, near the stem, and then lay them on a clean floor, leaf-side down until you have the arrangement you want. Allow for a couple extra feet of twine on each end. String your twine through each straw and tie each end where you would like your garland to hang. Move leaves along the twine until you have the arrangement you like.You can scotch tape the leaves in the back to eachother if necessary, once the garland is hung. Storage Tip: When storing until next year, wrap your leaf crafts in layers of parchment paper and then loose tissue. If you protect crafts from being crushed, chances are good they will last for several years. 8 out & about

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ooking for the best fall activities near you? You’ll want to add all of these fun ideas in the Fall GO Guide section to your fall bucket list.

Kuipers Family Farm Season begins August 28th with our Sunflower Festival. Visit the orchard for apple picking (Saturday, Sunday & holidays. Check website for weekday picking) and fresh apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pies, fudge, farmpressed apple cider and hand-spun caramel apples from The Orchard Shop and Bakery. Sample our hard ciders & fruit wines at The Bin Tasting Bar! Take a scenic ride around the farm on The Farmview Railroad! September 18th over 30 farm-themed activities open at the Pumpkin Farm. FREE PUMPKIN with a paid admission! Exclusions apply. While supplies last. for more information. Shop, Dine, and Play in Arlington Heights! The Village of Arlington Heights is open for business, offering an abundance of ways to shop, dine, and play! Discover our one-of-akind Downtown ambiance with some of the most unique and eclectic boutique stores in the Chicago suburbs. Live music, theater, and comedy are all showcased at the intimate Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. And savor Chicagoland’s best outdoor dining atmosphere with Arlington Alfresco, concluding with live music, great eats, and family fun at Harmony Fest on October 1 and 2! For more great experiences, visit [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.] Park Forest Art Fair One of Chicagoland’s treasures, the Park Forest Art Fair, will be held September 18 and 19 from 10 until 5, on the Village Green. The fair 10 out & about



features artists exhibiting in a variety of media from painting, printmaking and photography to sculpture, woodworking, glass and jewelry. This year, 19 artists will be participating for the first time. The fair is family friendly with “kids art alley” offering crafts projects and an art contest. On Saturday, the village hosts a music fest. On Sunday, folk artists “Patchouli” will perform. For info: or call 708-748-3377 Scarecrow Fest in St. Charles, Illinois The 36th Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest takes place Oct. 8-10, 2021 in downtown St. Charles. This family-friendly fall festival, famous for its unique scarecrow displays, features an array of activities for everyone to enjoy. The Fest continues to feature new attractions along with its signature events. Come see why St. Charles, Illinois Scarecrow Fest has once again been named one of the country’s “Top 22 Fall Festivals to celebrate the season” by Country Living. St. Charles Business Alliance (630)443-3967 St. Charles Park District’s Farm Frolic Don’t miss this year’s old-fashioned farmyard fun on Sept. 18 from 10am-3pm. All ages are welcome to celebrate the harvest season with pumpkin painting, pony rides, petting zoo, straw maze, tractor-drawn wagon rides, historic demonstrations, such as rope making, candle dipping, blacksmithing, corn shelling and more! Primrose Farm is located at 5N726 Crane Road in St. Charles, IL. Refreshments available for purchase. $10/person. Advance tickets sales: Warrens Cranberry Festival Warrens Cranberry Festival marks the 48th celebration! Sept. 24 - 26. Located 8 miles northwest of Tomah off Interstate 94 West suburban family |

to Exit #135 in central Wisconsin’s “Heart of Cranberry Country”. “Making Memories Since 1973” the Festival is perhaps best known for its shopping of over 800 arts & crafts booths (unusual works of art), 300 flea & antique booths (primitives, pottery and antiques), 100 farm market booths (fresh fall produce) and 100 food vendors that make for a three-mile shopping extravaganza! Free guided tour to see a cranberry marsh on Friday & Saturday and Sunday morning. www. Richardson Farm Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, IL is celebrating the Adventure Farm’s 20th Anniversary – 20 Years of A-MAZE-ING Farm Fun! The farm offers a variety of activities and experiences for all ages. Sure, we have the world’s largest and most intricate corn maze, but we have so much more to experience! Train & Carousel Rides, Slides & Pedal Carts, Pig Races & a Petting Zoo, Fresh Donuts & Kettle Corn, Pumpkins galore, a Picnic Area with Campfires, a 700’ Zip Line, and more! Open Thursdays through Sundays from September 11th to November 7th plus Columbus Day. Visit Come visit our farm and be part of celebrating two decades of family fun and traditions! Mid-Continent Railway Museum All aboard! Located near Wisconsin Dells, Mid-Continent Railway Museum welcomes visitors for a 55-minute ride aboard antique passenger train cars and to explore the museum’s railyard filled with dozens of beautifully restored trains from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Open Saturdays and Sundays thru Oct. 17. Autumn Color trains, Pumpkin trains, and other special events offered. Info at or call 800-930-1385. E8948 Museum Rd., North Freedom, WI. September/October 2021

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Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Savage Gardens Explore the captivating real and imaginary world of carnivorous plants! The display features dozens of species, including Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, trumpet plants, butterworts, sundews, and more. Get a close-up view of these amazingly adapted plants while immersing yourself in this unique world, and experience larger-than-life interactive sculptures that will give you a “bug’s eye” view of these unique flora. Exhibit runs through November 7. Regular admission rates apply. Pre-purchase admission tickets prior to visiting encouraged. Reduced rates apply for children, youth, seniors, and veterans. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd St., Rockford, IL. Call 815-987-8858 or visit www. for details. [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.] Village of Lemont You can’t fake real, and you don’t have to when you have the most picturesque terrain in Chicago and the best outdoor activities in the Midwest. Our downtown eateries, taverns, and shops are nestled into our hills and housed in original limestone buildings stamped with the names of families who have been here for generations. In these buildings, you’ll find local makers who took a leap to create one-of-a-kind food, shops, and adventures. We’re continuing this legacy of hustle into the future by investing in recreation, transit-oriented development, and state of the art waterfront parks. No matter where you find yourself in Downtown, you’ll always experience Lemont Real.YOU CAN’T FAKE REAL. Learn more at Sonny Acres Farm Sonny Acres Farm is constantly getting better! Under new ownership, the farm now offers fun for all-ages such as amusement rides, attractions, a jumping pillow, the Sonny Express train, an outdoor kitchen and grill, farm fresh market and a weekly concert series every Thursday night through the end of summer! Next up: their iconic Fall Festival and holiday lights experience! Located at 29W310 North Avenue,West Chicago, IL. 630-231-3859. For a full lineup of events and activities, visit [See our ad on the Back Cover.] Keller’s Farmstand Keller’s Farmstand is a local day trip that everyone will enjoy! Come any day for apple picking at one of Chicago’s largest orchards or pick a pumpkin in our HUGE pumpkin patch. On weekends, explore our eight-acre corn maze, bring the kids to our Farmland playground and see the horses and animals. Our Farmstand is open daily with unique 12 out & about

foods and homemade donuts on weekends! It’s safe outdoor fun for the whole family! Open through Halloween, visit for more. [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.] Apple Holler Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard, family farm and bakery café while enjoying 78 acres of fresh air & wide-open spaces! Various food and drink options available for purchase at the Apple Holler Bakery Café and outdoor applewood grill. Four seasons of family fun for visitors to enjoy all year long! Apple Holler is located between Racine and Kenosha, 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. [See our ad on Page 7.] Oakhurst Forest Preserve Join the Forest Preserve District of Kane County for a grand reopening celebration of Oakhurst Forest Preserve! The ribboncutting with take place on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome! Afterwards, enjoy our fall festival, “Harvest of the Acorn Moon,” from 12-3 p.m. We’ll have pumpkin painting, mule-drawn hay rides, outdoor games, nature crafts, folk music, guided hikes, and refreshments. Admission is free! There’s a nominal fee for crafts and refreshments. Oakhurst Forest Preserve is located at 1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora, IL 60504. For more information on both of these events, call 630-232-5980 or visit Autumn Drive The 33rd Annual Autumn Drive is a Fall Festival for the whole family. On October 15-17, from 9 am to 5 pm, in Rural Woodstock/ Marengo in McHenry County, Illinois, the country colors come alive and our neighborhood turns into an eclectic collection of talents. With a leisurely country drive from homes to farms you can discover: antiques, art, crafts, pumpkin patches, apple picking, corn mazes, food, music, and even garage sales and barn sales. For many more details, maps, and stories check out our web site at www. Follow us on Facebook at Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm Enjoy family-friendly fall festivities at Blackberry Farm! Weekends in October & Columbus Day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission includes all rides and attractions, pumpkins can be purchased for an additional cost. Check the Blackberry Farm website or Facebook page for a detailed schedule of events. All ticket sales are final. 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora. suburban family |

Fall Fun for Everyone in Downtown Aurora! Aurora Downtown welcomes you this fall with free events for everyone to enjoy. Join us each month at First Fridays, a night of art, music, and more throughout downtown Aurora. Visit Sugar Skull City from October 15 to November 7 and enjoy Day of the Dead activities. Stop by and see Santa at the Gazebo from 1 to 3 p.m. the first three Saturdays in December. Enjoy family-friendly events all year-round in downtown Aurora. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www. [See our ad on Page 5.] Abbey Farms Create fall memories at Abbey Farms’ Pumpkin Daze! Abbey Farms offers safe fun for all ages on a huge farm with outdoor attractions that let you disconnect from the digital world. Explore Kane County’s largest corn maze, our weekend petting zoo, the Emporium Cafe, or our half-mile hayride. Enjoy the weekend craft beer & wine tent with live music, and take home some pumpkins or donuts! Located at 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora, IL.Visit for more! [See our ad on Page 5.] Oak Brook Park District’s Autumn Fest Save the date for Autumn Fest on September 18th from 2-5pm at 1500 Forest Gate Road! This free, family-friendly event will start with kid entertainment from 2-3:30pm with a DJ, Juggler, face painter, carnival games, arts & crafts, hayrides, and more! Feel Good Party Band will be on stage performing from 3:305pm. All the while there will be food, beer, and wine available for purchase. For more information visit special-events/autumn-fest Westmont Park District’s Fall Fun Look no further than the Westmont Park District for bales of fall fun! Our Last Straw Fall Event kicks it off on October 3…don’t miss this great, free, family event for all ages! For those brave ones, walk and ride through our annual Haunted Forest Tour. We are once again offering The Pumpkin Flotilla; families can carve a jack-o-lantern that will float on the Diane Main Park Pond. Little ghouls and goblins can attend our annual Spooktacular Fun Night with games, costume parade and more on October 29. For more info call 630-963-5252 or visit Bensenville Park District’s Harvest Fest Harvest Fest, on September 25 from 10:30am6pm at Fischer Farm in Bensenville, is a family fun event which will feature live music, food, games, a petting zoo and all sorts of other Autumn activates.This event is sure to be one September/October 2021

you and your family will not want to miss; tickets are only $10 per person. Visit www. for more info. WhirlyBall Whether you’re planning your next date night, work outing or family gathering, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s eight bowling lanes, a four-lane bowling suite, HyperBowling and a multilevel laser tag area. Offering a relaxed yet elevated dining experience featuring fresh takes on classic American fare, an expansive collection of 24 rotating craft beer selections and refreshing signature cocktails. Reserve your space today! www.WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630932-4800 [See our ad on Page 3.] The Forge: Lemont Quarries The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a first-ofits-kind adventure park designed to deliver unique year-round outdoor activities. From ropes courses, ziplines, and climbing walls, to mountain biking, hiking trails, and adventurous dining options, The Forge: Lemont Quarries has something to Exhilarate, Educate, and Entertain adventurers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Located near beautiful downtown Lemont, The Forge offers an outdoor experience unlike anything else. Head to for more information.

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Midwest Pond & Koi Society The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, road trips, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting on September 17th, Topic: Preparing your pond for fall and winter. Darien. October 15th, Topic: Bonzai. Chandlers, Schaumburg. Visit our web site for more information. Oktoberfest and All Hallows Eve at Naper Settlement Traditional German cuisine and beer will be overflowing at Naper Settlement’s Oktoberfest! Celebrate fall inside a giant heated tent with German cuisine, live polka and rock music, themed contests, and local and traditional Oktoberfest beer varieties. During the day on Saturday, an expanded children’s area will have activities for the whole family! Naper Settlement transforms into a site for the eerie and bizarre at All Hallows Eve! Get ready to experience frightening attractions, spooky exhibits, and spine-chilling performances. 523 S Webster St, Naperville. www.

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SEPTEMBER PrairieFest – 9/3 – 6. Children’s activities, carnival, pony rides, business expo and food vendors. Free. Oswego. Last Fling - 9/3 – 6. Block party-style end-of-summer community celebration with music, food, carnival. Jackson Avenue in downtown Naperville. Wauconda Street Dance – 9/4. Live music, food, drink and dancing. Wauconda. Septemberfest – 9/4 – 5. Carnival, two music stages, reduced Taste of Schaumburg, bingo, fireworks. Free.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 10 AM TO 5 PM Enjoy a Late Summer Day with Traditional Food, Crafts, Games, Gifts & Entertainment Celebrating the Five Nordic Cultures and Heritage Free Parking * Adults $10 * Children 12 & Under FREE Rain or Shine – Park Hotline 847-695-6720 Presented by the Scandinavian Day Festival Committee at

VASA PARK, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin, Illinois 60177 7 Miles South of I-90 Northwest Tollway & 5 Miles North of IL Rt. 64 North Avenue Visit our Websites to Learn About This and Other Scandinavian Park Events at and VASA PARK FISH BOIL SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2021

Schaumburg. septemberfest. Irish Days – 9/4-6. Celebrate Irish culture with dance, food, music, folk bands, children’s activities. Long Grove. VIRTUAL Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival – 9/4-6. Virtual bands, musicians, dancing, storytelling. Take a Hike & Lunch – 9/4-26, Weekends. View spectacular fall colors with guided hikes. Starved Rock State Park, Utica. St. Charles Jazz Festival – 9/9-12. Enjoy jazz performances at 14 different venues over the weekend. Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm and Fall Fest – 9/1010/31. Pumpkins, hay rides, pumpkin chucker. Homer Glen. Itasca Oktoberfest – 9/10-11. German food, music and entertainment. Itasca. Fall Festival at Veteran’s Memorial Park – 9/11. 11am-3pm. Giant pumpkins, family activities and entertainment. Kenosha., WI. Shades of Autumn Festival – Weekends 9/11-10/31. 10am-6pm. Pumpkins, farmer’s market, hayride, petting zoo, McHenry. Irish Heritage and Harvest Fest – 9/11-12. Live music, tractors, dancing, dining. Tinley Park. chicago-

Warrens Cranberry Festival Sept. 24–26, 2021 Opens 7 a.m. All 3 Days Ph: 608-378-4200 Fx: 608-378-4250 8 Miles North of Tomah Take I-94 West to Exit #135 • Cranfest Marsh Walking Tours Fri-Sun • 850 Arts & Craft booths all 3 days! • 80 Food Booths

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suburban family | Glow in the Park Lantern Walk – 9/12. 5-8pm. Food, face painting, balloon artist, live music followed by a paper lantern walk around the lake. Glen Ellyn. 41st Annual Scandinavian Day Festival September12. 10am-5pm. Nordic Folk dancers, church services, pony rides and vendors. Vasa Park, South Elgin. Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo and Fall Festival – Opens 9/15-10/31. Farm zoo, hayrides, and pumpkin patch. Bolingbrook. Tinley Park Oktoberfest September 17-19. Authentic German Food, Domestic, Oktoberfest and Craft Beers, Carnival, Live Entertainment, and more! 108001 S, 80th Avenue, Tinley Park Oktoberfest – 9/17-19. Downtown Ottawa Hosted by Tangled Roots Brewing Co with an Ooompah band. Fun for the whole family. Ottawa. Fall Fest – 9/17-19. Carnival, free concerts, KidZone, Food, Free admission. DesPlaines. Pollyanna Oktoberfest – 9/18. Pollyanna beer, and live music all day, $10. Food for purchase from Weber Grill and Forgefire Adventure Dining. The Forge: Lemont Quarries. Autumn Fair – 9/18. 11am-3pm. Peck Farm Park. Crafts, games, hayrides, music, Free, Tickets purchased for pony rides, petting zoo and pumpkins. Geneva. Farm Frolic – 9/18. 10am-3pm. All ages. Petting zoo, wagon rides, pumpkin patch, straw maze and games. St. Charles. September/October 2021

Artfest – 9/18-19. Juried artists. Live music. Food. 10am-5pm. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Depot Days – 9/18-19. 12-5pm. Straw bale maze, wagon rides, gift shop, Vintage Automobiles. Lisle. Goebbert’s Fall Festival – Mid-September-10/31. Pumpkin eating dinosaur, games, animals, duck derby, haunted house. South Barrington. Kuipers Pumpkin Farm Festival – 9/18-10/31. Hay rides, autumn treats, corn maze, pig races, Big Rig Pumpkin and a jumping pillow. Maple Park. Autumn Fest – 9/8 - 2-5 PM. Kids activities, food vendors, DJ, carnival games. Oak Brook. Riverwalk Fine Art Fair – 9/18-19. Outdoor juried art exhibition along the DuPage River. 10 AM-5PM. Naperville. Vintage Illinois Wine Festival – 9/18-19. More than 25 wineries, plus music and food. 11am-6pm Sat; 11-5pm Sun. Carey Memorial Park, Utica. FALLAPALOOZA – 9/19. Live music, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables and airbrush tattoos. 1-5 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Windy Acres Farm – 9/19-10/31. Family fun, food, music, Grand Slam playground with zipline. Geneva. Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest – 9/19-10/31. Mini Zoo, corn maze, farm stand, pig races,. Lincolnshire. Fall Fest – 9/23-26. Entertainment, beer garden, food, carnival and fireworks. Huntley. HuntleyFallFest. com. Warrens Cranberry Festival – 9/24-26. Arts and crafts booths, food vendors and tour of cranberry marsh. Warrens, Apple Fest – 9/24-26. Bushels of apple inspired treats, pie-eating contest, live music. Long Grove. Johnny Appleseed Festival – 9/25. Live entertainment, scarecrow decorating contest, Great Ball race. Crystal Lake. Harvest Fest – 9/25. 10:30am-6pm. Petting zoo, games, live music, beer garden and food. Bensenville. Scarecrow Fest – 9/25. 10am-4pm Illinois’ biggest “Toddler Friendly” festival with a balloon artist, puppet show and petting zoo. Ottawa. Harvest of the Acorn Moon Fall Festival – 9/26. 12-3 p.m. Pumpkin painting, mule-drawn hay rides, games, crafts and music. FREE. Oakhurst Forest Preserve, Aurora. September/October 2021

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OCTOBER Harmony Fest October 1 – 2 Food & Local Business Tents Family Fun and Live Music! Downtown Arlington Heights [See our ad on Inside Back Cover.] Pumpkin Fest – 10/1-31. Farm animals and 1000’s of pumpkins. Children’s rides for additional fee. Cosley Zoo, Wheaton. Bayfield Apple Festival – 10/1-3. Tour the orchards and wineries, peruse fine arts and crafts. Live music and carnival. Bayfield, WI. Autumn Hayrides – Fridays & Saturdays 10/1-23. Tractor-drawn wagon ride, bonfire & s’mores. Primrose Farm, St. Charles. Register: Oktoberfest at Naper Settlement – 10/1-2. Live music, German Beer Garden, German Cuisine, Family Activities. Naperville. Family Day – 10/2. Enjoy art, nature, architecture, treats, stories and more. 10am-2pm. Plano. Galena Oktoberfest – 10/2. 12-10pm. Food and beer, Polka lessons, Bean Bag tournament, bounce house.

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Pumpkin Weekends – 10/2- 31.11am-4pm. Pumpkin Bounce House, Face Painter, World’s Tallest Scarecrow, Balloon artist and Trick-or-Treat. $8, Blackberry Farm, Aurora. Oktoberfest – 10/2. 3-8pm. Food, beer, music and live entertainment. Wheeling. The Last Straw – 10/3. 12-4pm. Scarecrows, pumpkins, pan for gold, hayrides, learn about life in the past. The Gregg House Museum. Westmont. Autumn Opener Festival – 10/3. Pony rides, petting zoo, performers and games. Bring clothes to make a scarecrow. Castaldo Park, Woodridge. Devonshire County Fair – 10/3. 12:30-3:30pm. Petting zoo, hay wagon rides, field games, crafts and Heroes and Princesses. Skokie. St. Charles Scarecrow Festival Oct. 8-10 Fri 12pm -6 PM Sat and Sun 10 AM- 6 PM Scarecrow Stroll Contest Arts & Craft Show, Family Zone Scarecrow in a Box Professional Pumpkin Carver Photo Opportunity St. Charles, Illinois 630-443-3967

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Screech Cinema – 10/9. Itasca. Enjoy a free movie at the Itasca Nature Center. Fire pit, hot chocolate and marshmallows. Movie TBD. Pumpkin Swim – 10/8. Pumpkin hunt at the Family Aquatic Center, Oak Brook. Search for candy and prizes in the pool, with free swim after until 8:45. Oak Brook. Great Pumpkin Giveaway – 10/9. 10-1pm. Free family event including live animals, kids’ activities and more. Plainfield. Cantigny Fall Festival – 10/9. Harvest-time fun for all ages. Food, music, crafts, inflatables.10am-4pm. Wheaton. Burgoo Festival 10/9-10. Annual village street party featuring vendors, craftsmen, musicians, and other entertainment, and a classic car show. Utica. The Great Pumpkin Hunt – 10/10-30. Locate hidden pumpkins in Mokena’s local parks. for a prize. Mokena. Autumn Drive – 10/15-17. Progressive festival with barnyards, farmhouse doors and studios open to the public. Garage and antique sales. Woodstock to Marengo. Fall Fest – 10/16. Safety Town trick-or-treating, photo ops, fall games. The Depot at Wild Meadows Trace, Elmhurst. Escape the Mansion – 10/16. 1-9pm. Stephen Persinger Rec. Center. Use the clues to escape the haunted mansion before time runs out. $10R/$15NR. Geneva. The Great Pumpkin Hunt – 10/16-17. Grab a list of clues and head to the forest to find the Great Pumpkin. Red Oak Nature Center, Aurora. Flea Market Frenzy – 10/17. 9am-4pm. Find hidden treasures among the antiques, furniture, tools, jewelry, video games and more. Skokie. Boonanza – 10/22. 4-7pm. Children 10 and under, pumpkin decorating, crafts, carnival games, and balloonist. Wheeling. Howlin’ at the Moon – 10/22-23 5-10pm 21yrs and older only – local bands, food trucks, fire dancers and curiosities. Naperville. STEM Fest Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Free family fun celebrating science, technology, engineering and math. Science demo shows, hands-on activities, expert speakers. Explore robots, weather balloons, VR technology and more! Northern Illinois University, DeKalb Campus Sycamore Pumpkin Festival – 10/27-31. Decorated pumpkins, 2 carnivals, craft shows, vendors and a parade. Sycamore. September/October 2021

Feed the Critters at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

Select Fridays • 10:30am Saturdays • 10:30am Step behind the scenes as you become a zoologist for the day. Enjoy a private, hands-on meet and greet with our animal ambassadors. Help feed and learn about the resident turtles, snakes, fish and more as you assist with the animal care.

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Scarecrow Stroll Family Zone Scarecrow in a Box Photo Opportunity Craft Art Show Professional Pumpkin Carver & More!


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alloween may be rooted in the scary, but these days, it offers something for everyone. Read our picks for the best Halloween events happening in and around the Chicago suburbs. Event info is subject to change, we encourage you to check ahead and confirm. Zombie Apocalypse - Adventure comes in endless forms. Weekends in Oct. The Forge: Lemont Quarries. Learn more at: 13th Floor Haunted House – 9/10-11/13. Select dates. One of the largest haunted house brands. Special features with Fright Club app. Melrose Park. Teenie Weenie Pumpkins & Munchkins – 9/25. Celebrate with treats, games, crafts and a hayride. 10am-Noon. Carol Stream. Itasca Halloween Celebration – Pony rides, bounce house, games, pumpkin decorating. Itasca. Halloween Hayride – 10/3. 5-6:30pm. Hayride around Lake Gregory followed by activities and S’mores. Costume contest. Register. Blackberry Farm. Aurora. Pumpkin Flotilla – 10/8. 6-7pm. Daine Main Park Pumpkin carving and spooky stories while watching the Pumpkin Flotilla at twilight. Westmont. Specters & Spirits – 10/8. Exploration of the haunted Downers Grove Museum for adults. Drinks around a bonfire before with paranormal experts. 7pm. Downers Grove. Creature Double Feature – 10/9. 7pm sharp! Outdoor screening of Beetlejuice and Ghostbusters. Community Park Hill, Lisle. Halloween Hollow – 10/ 9 Drive in Movie 7:15pm10pm. The Addams Family. $10 per car. Mokena. Not So Scary Golf – 10/11. Family friendly activities, music, mini golf. Coyote Crossing Mini Golf. Carol suburban family |

Stream. Glass Pumpkin Patch – 10/13–17. Demos of the country’s top glassblowers and unique, handcrafted designs. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Night of 1000 Jack-o-Lanterns – 10/13-17 & 10/20-24. Over 1000 real pumpkins light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Glencoe. Chicago Ghost Tours – Ongoing through 10/31. Tour the historic haunts of Chicago. Both Bus and Foot Tours available. Times vary. Tickets. Escape the Barn – 10/15-16. Mysterious crimes are popping up at Primrose Farm! It’s up to your team to escape with your lives before it’s too late! 4, 5 or 8pm. Primrose Farm, St. Charles. Haunted Trail – 10/15. 6-7pm – Family Hour. 7-9:30 Active Scaring. Hold on tight while you are guided through the 1/3 mile loop turned haunted ground! Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary. Things that Go Bump in the Night – 10/15. Fun and not frightening. Watch skits as you walk along the trail with costumed characters. Includes campfire, snacks and songs. 6-8:15pm. Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie. Haunted Forest – 10/15. – Merry Monsters, 4:307pm; 10/16. Sheer Terror, 6:30-9:30pm. Haunted Hayride then finishing on foot through the haunted Sandra Smith Woods. Westmont. All Hallows Eve – 10/15-16. Acres of haunting creatures and screaming delights at Naper Settlement! Not recommended for children under 8. Naperville. Nightmare at West Main – 10/15. Haunted hike through the spooky trails. Ages 10+. Tickets. Batavia. Trick-or-Treat Trail – 10/16. Ages 0-10 yrs. Children and parents enjoy walking the trail at the Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary, receiving crafts and treats along the way. 12-1:30pm. FREE! Itasca. Haunted Trail and Bonfire – 10/16. Bonfire, food, cider, games, wagon rides and a haunted trail. Lindenhurst. Ghost Stories at Smith Woods – 10/22. 5:45pm. Enjoy scary stories and snacks around a fire pit. Beware of ghosts in the surrounding woods! Westmont. September/October 2021

Haunted Forest Walk – 10/22-23. Wind your way through a haunted forest trail full of scary scenes, wicked creatures and evil spirits. Afternoon matinee suitable for children under 9. Fri: 6:30-9:30pm, Sat: 1-3pm and 6:30-9:30pm. Hawthorne Woods. Woodridge. BOONANZA – 10/22. Children, ages 10 and younger, are welcome to spend a bewitching afternoon at the CRC (Creepy Reeky Castle) filled with spook-tacular fun! Enjoy spooky storytelling, carnival games, a balloonist, crafts and inflatables. 4-7 PM. Community Recreation Center, Wheeling. Halloween Hoedown – 10/23. 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. FREE Event. Line-Up for annual Costume Contest & Parade followed by Trick or Treating at participating merchants and more! Frightening Photo opportunity. Historic Downtown Lemont, Halloween Hayday – 10/23. Halloween egg hunt, costume contest, bounce house, hayrides, science activities. 10am-1pm. Stephen Persinger Rec. Center. Geneva. Monster Mash – 10/23. 11am-2pm. Halloween themed walk through Bensenville Parks ending with carnival games, bounce house, live critters. Bensenville. Howl O’Ween Dog Parade - 10/23. Bring your dogs and dress-to-impress at Peck Farm Park’s FREE Howl O’ Ween Dog Parade! Geneva. Halloween Happening – 10/24. Enjoy fun activities, games and goodies a FREE Halloween fest for kids 10 and under. 1-4pm. Naperville. Spooktakular Fun Night – 10/29. Ages 2-10. Trick-or-treat through the community center, costume prizes goodies, crafts and activities. 5-7pm. Westmont. Trick-or-Treat Tango – 10/29. Dancing, crafts, games, candy and prizes. $10. 7-8:30pm. Aurora. Haunted Hayride – 10/29-30. 7-9pm. Hot cider and a haunting ambiance for a hayride for ages 16 and up. St. Charles. Boo Bash! – 10/29. Come in costume and hear stories, make crafts and share a treat. 10-11 AM. Cantigny, Wheaton. Kooky Spooky Candy Trail – 10/30. Trick-ortreating along the candy trail at Oakton Park, while enjoying the roaming magician. 3-5pm.Skokie. Monster Mash Dance Party – 10/30. Learn dance moves to spooky Halloween songs, followed by a candy hunt at Fishel Park. Ages 3-5: 1:30–2:30pm. Ages 6-10: 2:45-3:45 PM. Downers Grove. Haunted Halloween Flea Market – 10/30. Live music and ghoulish encounters and thousands of treasures for sale. 3pm– Midnight. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Wheaton. Trick or Treat Downtown – 10/30. Dress up in costume and visit dozens of participating businesses and museums for treats. Aurora. Trick or Treat Trail – 10/30. Trick or Treat socially safe at Red Hawk Park. All participants must register for a designated time slot. Register. Red Hawk Park, Carol Stream. September/October 2021

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Golf Links & Tips Nickol Knoll Golf Club

Facility of Arlington Heights Park District 3800 N. Kennicott Avenue Arlington Heights 847-590-6050 Steve Jenne, PGA Head Teaching Professional Sae Yoon, PGA Assistant Professional Tim Govern, PGA Manager of Golf Operations Matt Yarc, Assistant Golf Professional Golf Tip from your Arlington Professionals...Chip and Run Most golfers will have better results for short shots around the green by playing shots that land just on the putting surface and roll like putts to the hole. Choice of club can vary anywhere from a five-iron for a shot across the green all the way to a sand wedge, dependent on the length the ball needs to run. I often use the seven-iron for longer chips…the pitching wedge if the hole is closer. You certainly want to pick a club that allows you to land the ball on the green…not in the fringe. The stroke is fairly short…just enough to get the ball on the green and rolling. You should experiment with different clubs to get a good feel. Play 20 out & about

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the ball back off your right foot and keep the left wrist leading for solid contact. Use this method for consistent play around the green…only use the “flop shot” with the sand wedge when extreme height is necessary to stop the ball quickly. Good luck saving strokes in 2021! If you need help with your short game, or any other aspect of the game, the PGA professionals of the Arlington Heights Park District are here to help make your golf game more enjoyable.

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Assistant Golf Professional Travis Cedzidlo The Preserve at Oak Meadows 900 N. Wood Dale Rd. Addison, IL 60101 630-595-0071 Golf Tip: Stop the Scoop A majority of your strokes during a round of golf take place on and around the greens. On chip and pitch shots, many golfers make the mistake of trying to help the ball into the air by “scooping” it off the turf. When scooping, September/October 2021

golfers allow weight to hang back which causes the club to approach the ball on a path that is either too steep or too shallow. To avoid bladed or chunked shots, practice hitting chips and pitches with your weight “parked” on your front leg. As a practice drill, put 100 percent of your weight on your front leg and keep it there from setup through the finish of your swing.To make sure you’re doing so, set up and swing with your back foot off the ground, using only the toes on your back foot for balance. This will force you to keep your weight forward, letting the club swing down into the ball at the appropriate angle, which helps the ball pop off the turf. Once you start to feel the crisp contact, you can bring your trail leg back into the picture, but still keep around 80 percent of your weightFILL on the front12.17:Layout leg. SUBFAM small 1 12/15/17

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Located at 3800 N. Kennicott Ave. in Arlington Heights, Nickol Knoll was built in the mid 90’s and was immediately mentioned among the best Par 3 courses in all of Chicagoland. Large bent grass tees and greens give this fun layout a big course feel. Several shots from elevated tees provide a beautiful view of the area. Whether you’re a beginner 11:35 AM Page 1 you’ll or a seasoned veteran, find Nickol Knoll a challenging and enjoyable course to play.


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The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. Fri., Nov.12 at 8 p.m. A diverse, dream team of virtuoso musicians break the barriers between musical genres. Ruth Page’s The Nutcracker. Sat., Dec.18 at 1 and 5 p.m. The quintessential holiday classic returns in this iconic and magical full-length staging. [See our ad on p. 24.]


The historic Rialto Square Theatre is located at 102 N. Chicago St. in downtown Joliet.


The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts reopens for its 25th Anniversary Season! Located at 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, IL. Since 1997, the JLC has hosted a wide array of quality, high caliber professional events and concerts, along with CLC music, dance and theatre department performances and productions. To celebrate and usher in this special season, the JLC will host an Open House on Sat., Sept. 18, 12-4:30 p.m. See our ad on pg. 24 for details on this family-friendly event. Single tickets for the JLC’s Professional Events in the Mainstage go on sale this same day. Tickets available at the JLC Box Office or by phone (847) 543-2300. Masks required. The fall 2021 season features: Colin Mochrie’s HYPROV: Improv under Hypnosis. Fri., Oct.8 at 7:30 p.m. A unique comedy experience crafted from the audience’s uninhibited unconscious. Switchback.Sun., Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack perform traditional Celtic music and Americana songs.

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Opening in 1926, it was originally designed and operated as a vaudeville movie palace, but it now houses musicals, plays, concerts, standup comedy, educational programs and more. The Rialto box office hours are 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and before shows. For more information, call us at (815) 726-6600. For a complete listing of events in addition to the most current updates and to purchase tickets, please go to


Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, offers performances for everyone, with reasonable ticket prices and free parking. Enjoy world-class entertainment at our beautiful venue, without the hassle of driving downtown. This season’s lineup includes dance ensembles, an illusionist, the

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incomparable Ben Vereen, Jim Witter, multicultural performers, The Second City comedy troupe, cabaret, concerts by our instrumental ensembles and chorale, Theater Department productions and more. In our 600-seat Dorothy Menker Theater and the intimate John and Angeline Oremus Theater, every seat is a good one. Memberships are available. Many ticket prices include discounts for active military and veterans, as well as free options for any student with an ID. See our website for details. If you have never been to our center, we invite you to join us this season and prepare to be amazed! View the complete season at [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]

OVERSHADOWED THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. Twelve Angry Men & Women, September 16 - October 16

It is 1959 and 12 jurors have been led into a jury room of a New York City court of law. They are given final instructions about determining the verdict in a murder case whose defendant faces the death penalty if found guilty. The defendant, a young man, is accused of killing his father; and, after a preliminary vote, all but one of the jurors presume he is guilty. They heatedly discuss the known facts of the case; and little by little the personalities, opinions, and biases of each juror become evident. Will this last juror obstinately stand his ground or can the others convince him otherwise. This production will be performed on alternate weekends as either Twelve Angry Women or Twelve Angry Men. Why two casts? Is it different to tell the same story if presented by one or the other? For tickets call the box office at 630-634-2100 or visit

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The James Lumber Center is thrilled to be back … and Celebrating its 25th Anniversary!


Saturday, September 18 | Noon to 4:30 p.m. | Free and Open to the Public Enjoy this peek inside the performing arts, along with a preview of our 25th Anniversary 2021/2022 Season. Activities will include: • Visual display and poster sale, highlighting • Backstage tours 25 years of JLC performances • Yoga demonstrations • Discount ticket sale this day only for our • Open dance and theatre rehearsals Fall 2021 professional events PLUS: Come back in the evening for a FREE live performance of:

L-Theory Collective 7:00 p.m. | Mainstage A modern dance company, co-founded by Lamaiya Lancaster Reservations required for this special performance. Call the JLC Box Office at 847.543.2300 or send an email to:

Fall 2021 Professional Events Colin Mochrie (of Whose Line Is It, Anyway?) Presents HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass

Friday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 12 at 8 p.m. A dream team of virtuoso musicians


Ruth Page’s The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 18 at 1 and 5 p.m. The beloved holiday classic returns

Sunday, November 7 at 3 p.m. Traveling Down an Irish Road

TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 18! Visit our website at for more information on our Fall 2021 Professional Events Your safety is our highest priority. Masks required at CLC and the JLC. CLC has enhanced cleaning procedures in the theatre, restrooms and common touchpoints. 24 out & about

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re you looking for some fun new ways to celebrate Halloween with your kids this year? How about a neighborhood contest? Costume contests are just one of the many options to get everyone in the spirit. So read on to see if one of these wicked ideas grabs you. Craziest costume – Pass out fliers inviting all the neighborhood kids to meet at your house an hour before trick-or-treating begins. Give everyone a name tag when they arrive. Then each child and adult can fill out a voting slip. Include best costume, scariest, funniest, most creative, and more. Hand out a special prize to the winners of each category. And don’t forget a small consolation prize for all children who participate. Most ghoulish yard – Invite everyone in the neighborhood to join in a decorating contest.You could have a few categories, such as scariest, cutest, silliest, and best overall. Set a decorating deadline for October 21st. Provide delivery instructions on the flier so every house in the neighborhood can vote for the addresses they like best. Also, mention that neighbors should view all the homes after October 21st and deliver their votes to you by a specified date. Ask some of the participating neighbors to help you make up fun ‘Scariest House’ and other signs. Then post them in the yards of the winning homes. Funniest carved pumpkin – Ask the neighborhood to join you in a carved pumpkin contest. You can schedule a date and time when everyone will meet with their pumpkins at your home or a neighborhood park. Suggest everyone who participates pitch in $2 per pumpkin for a jackpot. To keep it fair, allow only one pumpkin per child. Prepare numbered cards in advance so each pumpkin will have its own number. Then have everyone fill out a voting slip. The carver of the winning pumpkin gets the jackpot. You could also pass out small goody bags for all the kids who participate. September/October 2021

Funnest Halloween game – Hand out fliers to everyone in the neighborhood or on your street to hold a Halloween game day. Ask each participating house to set up a Halloween kids game in their front yard. Participating homes can give out small prizes such as stickers or treats to each kid who plays their game. Kids can wander the neighborhood playing the games for the afternoon. When they’re done, have each child fill out a ballot for the most fun Halloween game. Then post a chilling homemade sign in the yard of the winner. Scariest scarecrow – Ask your neighbors to participate in the scariest scarecrow contest. To keep the scarecrows safe until voting, set a specific day when the scarecrows should

be displayed in everyone’s yards. Have everyone in the neighborhood, whether they participate by making a scarecrow or not, handdeliver their vote to you by the end of the day that the scarecrows are set out. Then deliver a fun Halloweenish homemade yard sign to the winning home. Creepiest food – Hold a simple neighborhood potluck Halloween party. Each participating family should be instructed to bring a Halloween themed food or dessert. Place a numbered card next to each dish. Then have everyone fill out a ballot for the cutest, grossest, funniest, and scariest food. Once the winners are announced, take photos of the families next to their creepy food. Then everyone can dig in and eat the yummy dishes and treats.

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WhirlyBall From friendly competition and entertainment to exceptional food and drink, WhirlyBall Naperville provides the perfect venue for all ages and occasions. The two-story “eatertainment” complex features a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and Bowling plus private event spaces for groups of any size. Round out your event with customized menus featuring The Pivot Room’s selection of elevated American fare and craft beverages. Book your event today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800 [See our ad on Page 3.] Sno Daze Tropical Sno Sno Daze Tropical Sno invites you to step inside their Tropical Oasis for your next dessert destination! Open All Year Long with indoor seating and a warm tropical fun atmosphere! New just in time for Fall is our Hot Cocoa Bar! Also, New are our S’more & Ice Cream Boards! Each board serves a

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family of four and advance reservations are required! Meet Willow the Witch on the eve of Friday October 29 from 5-8 p.m. 12230 S. Harlem Ave. Palos Heights. 708-458-2216. Fleetwood Roller Rink - Summit Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family-owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” 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. www. Rock ‘n’ Kids It’s party time! Kid Rock ‘n’ Roll music and dance parties are for children 1-6 years! We take our fun on the road and bring the party

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to you! During our 45-minute program, your party guests will have a blast with our kidfriendly rhythm instruments and movement props, and will participate in a musical parade, parachute games, a freeze dance, a balloon drop, and much more! From toddler songs to the most current dance songs for little ones, we have it all! Wiggle, giggle, dance and play the Kid Rock way! Contact us for our current party specials! Get more information at www. Downers Grove Park District Create an unforgettable birthday party with the Downers Grove Park District’s Birthday Party Service. With a variety of themes and options, your child will love the party and so will you! Just invite the guests and leave the planning and mess up to us! All themed parties are filled with fun games and activities. LINCOLN CENTER, 935 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, Learn more at:

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BACK TO SCHOOL CONFIDENCE BUILDERS By Marcie Colledge, PhD and Kelly McCollum, MPH

aising children in an educationfriendly home can help create lifelong problem solvers. When children are encouraged to ask questions, experiment with their ideas, and explain their thought process, they develop skills that will help them excel in life in general, but especially in subjects such as science and math – ones that rely heavily on strong problem-solving skills.

1.) Expose them to role models

The good news is that even if you’re not a whiz at math or science (yet!) you can still help boost your child’s confidence and empower them to return to school with new knowledge and excitement about exploring the world around them.

• The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Helligman

Exposing your child to the powerful role models of the world through books, movies, television shows, etc. can help them gain confidence and inspire their own journey. By being able to picture themself accomplishing the same amazing things, they’ll feel powerful and inspired to put themselves out there and try new things. These are a few amazing role models in books or movies: Books • Marie Curie by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara • The Girl with a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague by Julia Finley Mosca • The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter.

Movies • Hidden Figures (PG) • Black Panther (PG-13) • Code Girl (documentary) • The Imitation Game (PG-13) • Contact (PG) • Gravity (PG-13) 2.) Wonder and solve problems together Be curious together. It doesn’t matter how much you do or don’t know about science or math –learn together. If there’s a question or problem they’re stuck on, look it up together; or encourage them to research a topic they’re wondering about then have them come tell you about it. They’ll absorb your sense of wonder and desire to learn and likely come to internalize it as their own. They’ll also be empowered to search for answers to their questions instead of having them spoon-fed to them. This will help them not only at home but also in the classroom. With the confidence to ask questions and let their teacher know when they need help, they’ll be able to better understand subjects that they didn’t feel too confident about before. 3.) Do educational activities together The best way for children to learn is by doing hands-on activities. Intentional adult-children interactions can help extend this learning, so finding way to enjoy education can make a huge difference in their confidence levels. For science especially, there are amazing resources to help facilitate these interactions and make learning a positive experience. • Visit your local science museum! You can use this directory to search for science museums in your area. • There are so many free online resources such as Yellow Scope’s blog page, which describe experiments you can do at home with supplies you probably have in your cupboard. This is a great family activity for a rainy day or during summer when kids are looking for something fun to do with friends. Set them up in the backyard and let them experiment!

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•  Purchase science, math, engineering kits then set aside family time to work on them together! Award-winning Yellow Scope science kits are perfect for that 8–12-year-old in your life; check out A Mighty Girl’s website to search for age-specific math activities; or delve into circuitry and electronics with Little Bits’ electronic building blocks. 4.) Embody a growth mindset According to Stanford researcher Carol Dweck, how students perceive their abilities has a big impact on their motivation and achievement. Students with a “fixed” mindset believe intelligence and abilities are “fixed” or unchangeable, whereas those with a “growth” mindset believe these traits can be developed. Students with a fixed mindset are more likely to shy away from challenges and asking questions for fear of not looking smart. By contrast, those with a growth mindset tend to ask more questions and seek out challenges - seeing them as opportunities for growth and development. In fact, in study after study, students who learned to embody a growth mindset performed better when challenging material was presented; they also earned higher grades and took more challenging classes! Here are some phrases that adults can use to can help encourage a growth mindset:

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“When you learn how to do a new kind of math problem, it grows your math brain.” “That feeling of science being hard is your science brain growing.” If possible, try to avoid suggestions that students (or you!) aren’t good at specific subjects like: “I can’t do math.” “That’s okay, maybe science isn’t one of your strengths.” Note: If you slip (as we all sometimes do!) and accidentally find yourself using one of these phrases, simply add “yet” to the end.) When they make a mistake, help them think of it as a great learning opportunity. 5.) Give them time to explore and think on their own. Children learn science best when they experiment, make mistakes, make observations, re-try the experiments, and then think about what’s happening. This process can take time. Give them the time and space to explore and discover on their own before jumping in with the “correct” answers. Providing support while they’re struggling with a question, problem, or idea can let them know you’re there for encouragement, but still allows them to problem-solve and get the answer themselves.

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EDUCATION RESOURCE Eye Level Learning Center Eye Level is based on an educational philosophy in which students learn at their own pace. Each student receives an individualized program based on their ability, independent of age and grade. Eye Level English develops students’ essential writing and literacy skills through a comprehensive English Language Arts program. Eye Level Math develops students’ critical and analytical thinking skills through a comprehensive program and small-step approach. We offer virtual and in-center classes. Contact your local Eye Level Learning Center to find out about our back-to-school promotions! To learn more, visit SEASPAR SEASPAR is a special recreation association offering therapeutic recreation programs and services – including 2 multi-sensory room – for people with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs. Visit or call 630.960.7600 for more information about our yearround programming for all ages and all abilities!

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nyone who’s seen kids on a playground knows that most are naturally physically active and love to move around. But what might not be apparent is that climbing to the top of a slide or swinging from the monkey bars can help lead kids to a lifetime of being active.

As they get older, it can be a challenge for kids to get enough daily activity.This can be due to: • Increasing demands at school • A feeling among some kids that they aren’t good at sports • A lack of active role models • Busy working families And even if kids have the time and the desire to be active, parents may not feel comfortable letting them freely roam the neighborhood as kids did generations ago. So their opportunities to be active might be limited. In spite of these barriers, parents can teach a love of physical activity and help kids fit it into their everyday lives. Doing so can set healthy patterns that will last into adulthood.

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• Decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes • Better sleep • A better outlook on life Physically active kids also are more likely to be motivated, focused, and successful in school. And mastering physical skills builds confidence at every age.

WHAT MOTIVATES KIDS? So there’s a lot to gain from regular physical activity, but how do you encourage kids to do it? The three keys are: Choosing the right activities for a child’s age: If you don’t, the child may be bored or frustrated. Giving kids plenty of opportunity to be active: Kids need parents to make activity easy by providing equipment, signing them up for classes or sports teams, and taking them to playgrounds and other active spots. Keeping the focus on fun: Kids won’t do something they don’t enjoy. September/October 2021

Rock ‘n’ Kids! Get up and dance! In-person music, movement and imagination classes available for 1-5 year olds at park districts in the Chicagoland area! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are interactive and educational; each class includes songs and rhymes, basic dance steps and movements, fine and gross motor skills, rhythm instruments and movement props, imaginative play, socialization and fun! We have been having fun with music for 26 years! We are also available for in-home parties! All classes and parties have been adapted for everyone’s health and safety! Get more information at Great Lakes Volleyball Center Looking for a volleyball program for your son or daughter, well look no further? The Great Lakes Volleyball Center located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502 will offer girls and boys programs three years to sixth grade with our Fall Youth Volleyball Academy (K 6th grade).We also have a GLC Elite JH Winter program for our multisport girl athletes starting in November! For more info, call 630-898-6400 or visit FB: Sports Performance Volleyball

When kids enjoy an activity, they want to do more of it. Practicing a skill — whether it’s swimming or riding a tricycle — improves their abilities and helps them feel accomplished, especially when the effort is noticed and praised. These good feelings often make kids want to continue the activity and even try others. A parent’s positive attitude will help a child who’s reluctant to exercise. Be active yourself and support your kids’ interests. If you start this early enough, they’ll come to regard activity as a normal — and fun — part of your family’s everyday routine. Information provided by from Nemours Children’s Health. © 1995-2021. The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. Reprinted following guidelines.

HOW ACTIVE KIDS SHOULD BE? When kids are active, their bodies can do the things they want and need them to do. It is recommended that children and youth get at least 60 minutes a day of moderate-tovigorous intensity physical activity. Reaching this goal is easy. Increase your child’s physical activity by just five or 10 minutes every few weeks. The time they spend being active will eventually add up to 60 minutes a day. September/October 2021

GREAT LAKES VOLLEYBALL CENTER JH/MS BOYS FALL DEVELOPMENT 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Boys September 10th - October 29th Mondays & Fridays 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm 14 Practices dates & two competition dates


Volley Tikes: 3 years old - Kindergarten (COED) Volley Tots: 1st - 2nd Grade (COED) PRACTICE DAYS: Sundays Or Mondays Level 1: 3rd - 4th Grade (COED) Level 2: 5th - 6th Grade (GIRLS) PRACTICE DAYS: Sundays, Mondays Or Tuesdays Starts September 12th, 13th or 14th!


Winter Program:  November 29th - February 27th Spring Program: April 4th - June 13th Practice 2 days a week Play in local tournaments on the weekends!



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COMMON COLD A By Dr. Phillip Kadaj

s students return to school, there are many illnesses that will make their way through classrooms and cause concern given the global pandemic. With mild ailments like the common cold having symptoms similar to the much more serious Covid-19 virus, parents are left wondering how to distinguish between the two.

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Contributing to the challenge is the fact that in young children Covid-19 virus often presents itself via mild, allergy-like symptoms that can be virtually indistinguishable from the common cold. The good news is that if a child does have mild symptoms, then the course of the disease itself is likely to be mild. Those around the child may need to take more precautions, but the children themselves should recover just fine. There are a few ways to distinguish between a cold and Covid-19. Symptoms of the common cold would resemble allergy-like symptoms and should generally be pretty mild.These include: • Runny nose • Congestion • Sore Throat • Mild Cough • Fatigue These symptoms of the common cold can also overlap with Covid-19, however fever is a hallmark symptom of Covid-19 that you typically wouldn’t see with a common cold. Children can get a low grade fever from a common cold, but higher fevers about 101 degrees Fahrenheit should always prompt further investigation. In addition to fever, Covid-19 also often

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presents itself through symptoms such as shortness of breath, severe fatigue, muscle aches/pains, nausea, diarrhea. It can also much more commonly cause loss of sense of taste and smell. One thing to look for that points to Covid-19, aside from physical symptoms in the child, is clustering in families. If everyone in the family all of a sudden has a clustering of new onset of allergy/cold like symptoms, it very well could be Covid-19. This is especially true if adults in the family develop a high fever while the child has symptoms.That should prompt immediate investigation and testing into the possibility of Covid-19 among all family members. Fever in children can occur with a normal cold, but it should be low grade and short-lived. If one child has a very mild illness with a runny nose, congestion and symptoms typical of a common cold, no exposure to Covid-19, and no one else in the family is sick, testing is generally not needed. They should be kept home from school or day care until they are asymptomatic. A common cold should improve in 2-3 days. If this occurs and the child is symptom-free, they should be okay to return to school or daycare without testing. If the symptoms last longer, fever develops, or other family members get sick then everyone should be tested for Covid-19 and follow doctor recommendations from that point. Author Bio: JustAnswer Physician Phillip Kadaj, MD is a board-certified Michigan-based internal medicine physician who has served as a medical expert on JustAnswer for more than 10 years answering questions on just about any and every primary care medical topic you can think of. He has a special interest in diabetes and treatment for opioid addiction. September/October 2021


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eggs, nuts, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk products. It should be low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, salt and added sugar.

• The remaining one-fourth of your plate should be lean or low-fat cuts of meat, plantbased protein or seafood.

• Warm weather makes fresh produce more easily accessible. Eat more fruits and vegetables by setting freshly washed and prepared produce on the kitchen counter or at eye level in the fridge. At every meal, make sure half your plate is made up of fruit and vegetable servings.

Get Regular Exercise The Department of Health and Human Services recommends an adequate amount of exercise every day. This guide can point to the right amount of exercise to add to your schedule:

Plan a Nutritious Diet The Dietary Guidelines for Americans describes a healthy diet as one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans,

• One-fourth of your plate at every meal should be made up of grains, such as wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal or barley. People who eat whole grains as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases.

here isn’t a better time than now to start getting fit with health information and products so easily accessible. Simply incorporate the basics into your daily routine – good nutrition, adequate exercise and a daily supplement – and start down the path toward better health.

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• Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week. For best results, spread the time out over several days. • Do strength training exercises at least twice a week. Lifting weights builds muscle, which means the body burns more calories – even at rest. • It’s important to keep in mind that when people are active, they produce more free radicals. The antioxidants found in supplements can help buffer the negative effects of the workout. Improving your diet, exercising regularly, taking a daily supplement and getting enough restorative sleep are all important steps to overall wellness. Work to incorporate each step into your daily routine until you reach your goal of good health, and find more health-conscious tips at eLivingToday. com. (Family Features)

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SEPTEMBER SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Ridge Run 5K/10K Run. Chicago. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 MB Bike the Drive Up to 30-Mile Ride. Chicago. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Prairiefest 5K and 1 Mi. Prairie Dog Jog. Oswego. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Chi Town Half Marathon and 10K. Chicago. Here for LIFE Walk. Saint Charles. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Swedish Days Ride. Maple Park. Brookfield Zoo Run.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K. Joliet. St. Jude Walk/Run. Chicago.

Event information is subject to change, we encourage you to check ahead and confirm. 27th Annual Rotary Run Charity Classic

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Barkapalooza Dog Walk. Lisle. Oui Run 5K. Chicago. Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K. Glenview. DeKalb Corn Classic 10K and 5K Race. DeKalb. Kids’ Triathlon. Oswego. SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk/Run. Chicago. ustoo. VIRTUAL Tour de Cure Ride. Anywhere. tour.


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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Glow in the Garden 5K and Kids fun Run. Rockford. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Western Springs Tower Trot 10K, 5K, & Fun Run. Western Springs. Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Rockford and St. Charles. Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. St. Charles. 4th Annual CrossTrail Classic 5K. Bolingbrook. Fox Valley Kids’ Marathon 1.2-Mile Race. St. Charles. Clearbrook 5K Run/1 Mile Walk. Arlington Heights. NAMIWalks. Chicago. PAWS Chicago 5K. Chicago. BT5K Your Way. Chicago. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Naperville. Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and 20-Mile Race. St. Charles. North Shore Century. Between Chicago and Wisconsin. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Race Judicata 5K Run/walk. Chicago. September/October 2021

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OCTOBER SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 Hops for Hope 5K Beer Run/Walk Saturday 10/2 at 12 pm 5K run/walk w/local craft breweries and Party in the Park, USATF certified Benefits Project Mobility Mount Saint Mary Park, St. Charles 630-464-2991 (direct line) ~~ Montgomery 5K and 10K River Run Sat., 10/2 – Pre-Race Registration Starts 7:30 AM. Race Starts at 9 AM Village of Montgomery, 200 North River Street 630-466-6700 40232/montgomery-river-run Fall Color 5K Run/Walk. Lisle. Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Elk Grove NAMI Run for Mental Health 5K Run/Walk. Evanston. Chicago 10K Run. Chicago. Light the Torch Night Run 5K. Wheaton. Prairie State Half Marathon. Long Grove. Run for the Kids Super Hero Hustle. Villa Park. AIDS Run & Walk. Chicago. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 Rotary Run Charity Classic Hinsdale’s 27th Annual Fun Family Race A Run for Health Sun. 10/3 at 8AM at The Community House 8th and Madison, Hinsdale 3K, 5K, 10K Run / 3K and 5K Walk, Walk ‘N Roll & Mutt Strut CARA certified Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk. Lake Zurich. Brain Up 5K Walk/Run. Frankfort. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of DuPage. Wheaton. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Fox Valley. St. Charles. Abbott Chicago 5K. Chicago. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10 Bank of America Marathon. Chicago. World’s Largest Corn Maze 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ 36 fitness first

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Dash. Spring Grove. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16 Light the Night Walk. Oak Brook. Scarecrow Scramble Nighttime 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Race. Lisle. Country Soul Half Marathon and 10K. Chicago. Race to Cure Sarcoma. Rolling Meadows. p2p. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17 Run with the Nuns 5K Run/Walk. Lemont. Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5K Run. Naperville. JJC Foundation 5K Run and Walk. Joliet. Light the Night Walk. Glenview. VIRTUAL Walk for Wishes. Run, Walk & Roll 5K/1Mile. Geneva. p2p.onecause. com/rwrgeneva LUNG FORCE Walk. Wheaton. Chicagoland SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 Komen Race for the Cure 5K Run/Walk. Chicago. Forte 5K. Channahon. Light the Night Walk. Chicago. Autism Speaks 3-Mile Walk. Chicago + North Shore. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 Healthy Driven FRAIDYCAT 5K GHOST RUN 8K & MEOW MILE Sun., 10/24 - 9 A.M. approximate start in Downtown Oswego 630-554-3505 Walk for Autism Speaks. North Shore. act. Red Eye 5K Run. Joliet. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 Moraine Valley Community College Health, Fitness, & Recreation Center Halloween 5K Run/Walk at 9 AM Kid’s Dash Race at 10:15 AM Sat., 10/30 USATF-IL certified Family activities included! Palos Hills BatRace 5K. Batavia. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31 Sycamore Pumpkin Run 10K Road Race Sycamore. Hot Cider Hustle 8 mi. and 5K. Haunted Oak 5K. Homer Glen. September/October 2021

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Outdoor Oasis – Learn ways to enjoy life outside by learning basic camping skills. 9 – 11AM Atwood Park, Rockford.

If you have an event of regional interest that you would like included in the calendar section, please send an email to Deadline for inclusion in the November/ December issue is Friday, October 15th.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 CONCERT A Tribute to Old Blue Eyes – A variety show format with music, jokes and entertainment. Lawn seating. 3 – 5 PM Wheaton. FOOD Taste of Serbia – Traditional cuisine, music, cultural events and dance, raffles. St. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church. Noon-11 PM. Lake Forest – Mettawa, IL.

SEPTEMBER THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 CONCERT Summer Concert Series – Serendipity & 7th Heaven Live! Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy live outdoor music, delicious eats and cold drinks! 7-10:30 PM. $10 per person. Sonny Acres Farm, West Chicago. EXHIBIT Children’s Garden – Frost Hill Music from 6 – 8 PM, Children’s Garden open til 7:30 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 FAMILY Night at the Movies – Watch Moana outdoors on a big screen at 95th Street Community Plaza. 7:30 PM. Naperville. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 FAMILY Illinois Railway Museum – Open late for nighttime rides on 9/4 - 5, until 9:30 PM. only for train rides, advanced tickets encouraged. Union, IL 815-923-4391. Events scheduled at FOOD Taste of Serbia –Traditional cuisine, music, cultural events and dance, raffles. St. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church. Noon-11 PM. Lake Forest – Mettawa, IL. OUTDOORS Camping 101: Creating an September/October 2021

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 CONCERT Illinois Brass Band – British style brass band music. Lawn seating. 3 – 5 PM. Cantigny, Wheaton. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 ADULTS Chorus – All welcome to ‘sing in a chorus’ at the first rehearsal. No auditions, no registration, 16+. 1900 Rodeo Dr., Bolingbrook. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 EXHIBIT Hidden History of Objects – Intimate conversations about featured objects at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum. Sessions at 1 PM and 7 PM. Arlington Heights. suburban family |

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 EXHIBIT Friday Night Fever – Disco themed evening of mini-golf exhibit, Par Excellence Redux: The Front 9. Book a reservation/Tee time. 5 PM – 9 PM. Elmhurst. FAMILY Night at the Movies – Watch the movie ‘Soul’ at the drive-in movies at Bott Park. Registration is $15 per car. 8 - 10 PM. Plainfield. FAMILY Night at the Movies – Bring blankets for a night watching ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ Concessions available. 7:30 PM. Pottawatomie Park Amphitheatre, St. Charles. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 ADULT Barn Party 2021 – A 21+ event featuring live music, open bar, axe throwing, photo booth and more. Benefits the Batavia United Way. Batavia. ART Fine Arts Festival – Selection of high caliber of art. Children’s art area. Downtown Downers Grove. ART West End Arts Festival – Juried fine arts festival featuring live jazz, chef demonstrations, wine tasting, art classes, and interactive fun for kids. La Grange. ART Oakbrook Art Festival – Exceptional artwork featuring several mediums. Oakbrook. ART Art on the Fox – Juried artists in a variety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10 AM – 5 PM. Algonquin. CONTEST Jeric’s Skate Contest – Skateboards can showcase their best kickflips, grinds, ollies, and other maneuvers for judges and spectators. Ages 8+. Noon to 3 PM. Gregory B. Bott Park, Plainfield. great events 37

FAMILY Northern Illinois Airshow – 9/11. Aerobatic flight performances, helicopter rides, historic and military aircraft displays, food and drink. 9:30 AM – 5 PM. Waukegan. northernillinoisairshow. com HISTORY Revolutionary War Reenactment – Experience the battle and enjoy the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Food available for purchase. Parade Field and Polo Field at Cantigny. Wheaton. LECTURE The Science of Jurassic Park – Discover the facts and myths behind the movies. 2 PM. Ages 10 and up – 75 minutes. Lizzadro Museum, Oak Brook. Register SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 ANIMALS Woofstock – Enjoy family friendly fun while celebrating man’s best friend. 1 – 3 PM. Yunker Park, Mokena. ANIMALS Tails on the Trails – Dog-friendly event, pet expo and vendors. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. ART Fine Arts Festival – Selection of high caliber of art. Children’s art area. Downtown Downers Grove. ART West End Arts Festival – Juried fine arts festival featuring live jazz, chef demonstrations, wine tasting, art classes, and interactive fun for kids. La

Grange. ART Oakbrook Art Festival – Exceptional artwork featuring several mediums. Oakbrook. ART Art on the Fox – Juried artists in a variety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10 AM – 5 PM. Algonquin. VIRTUAL Empowering Girls for Life – FREE event to get the message out on motivating and empowering young girls to be the best that they can be. Multiple speakers, begins 8:30 AM CST. Register at FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 ADULTS Craft Brews at the Zoo –Craft beers featuring local and regional craft beer offerings, souvenir tasting glass, food, music and lawn games. 6 – 10 PM. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. FAMILY Night at the Movies – Watch ‘Tom & Jerry’ outdoors on a big screen at Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Ave. 7:15 PM. Naperville. FAMILY Glow in the Garden at Nicholas Conservatory. Wear anything that glows for end of summer activities and paper lanterns. Rockford. FUNDRAISER Golf for Goodness – Golf outing followed by a buffet dinner, awards and raffle. Benefits Lazarus House. Prairie Landing Golf Club, West

Chicago. FUNDRAISER Rockin’ for the Pantry – The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry invites the community for an evening of fun and music featuring the bands of Glen Ellyn’s School of Rock. 6 - 9 PM. Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn. For tickets: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 ADULTS Craft Brews at the Zoo – Craft beers featuring local and regional craft beer offerings, souvenir tasting glass, food, music and lawn games. 6 – 10 PM. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. ART Park Forest Art Fair – Variety of media from painting, photography, sculpture, woodworking. Downtown Park Forest on Main St. between Western Ave. and Orchard Dr. 10 AM – 5 PM. Park Forest. ART Artfest Michigan Ave – Juried artists in a variety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10 AM – 5 PM. Michigan Ave., Chicago. ART Riverwalk Fine Art Fair – Outdoor juried art exhibition along the DuPage River. 10 AM - 5PM. Naperville. FAMILY Let’s Go Loco – Discover the fun of trains and do fun train activities. 12 – 5PM. Bensenville Railroad Museum, Bensenville. FAMILY Jurassic Fest – A dino-packed afternoon of Jurassic inspired games, crafts, inflatables, and more. 1:30 – 3 PM. Vaughan Athletic Center, Aurora. Register FAMILY Smithsonian Museum Day – SelfGuided Tour - Up to 2 Free Admissions per ticket - Free Admission 10 AM to 5 PM. Tickets can be downloaded at: FUNDRAISER Evergreen Gala – Wine and dine around the lake, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, demonstrations and more. 5:30 – 10 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. MOVIE Family Movie Night – Grab your snacks, chairs and blankets for a free outdoor showing of ‘Lego Movie.’ Millennium Park in Lindenhurst. OUTDOORS Here We Go, A-Fossilling – Learn about different types of fossils and hunt for them in the park’s limestone areas. 1 – 3 PM. Atwood Park, Rockford. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 ART Riverwalk Fine Art Fair – Outdoor juried art exhibition along the DuPage River. 10 AM - 5PM. Naperville. ART Park Forest Art Fair – Variety of media from painting, photography, sculpture, woodworking. Downtown Park Forest on Main St. between Western Ave. and Orchard Dr. 10 AM – 5 PM. Park Forest. ART Artfest Michigan Ave – Juried artists in a variety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10 AM – 5 PM.

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Michigan Ave., Chicago. FAMILY Car Show – Vintage cars, entertainment and food trucks. South Parking lot at Cantigny, 10 AM – 3 PM. Cantigny, Wheaton. SHOP Flea Market Frenzy – 9/19. 9am-4pm. Find hidden treasures among the antiques, furniture, tools, jewelry, video games. Skokie. SHOP Jewelry and Accessories Show – Multi-vendor jewelry and accessories show featuring hand-crafted items. 10 AM – 4 PM Visitors’ Center at Cantigny., Wheaton. VIRTUAL LaGrange Home and History Tour – View 4 beautiful homes and the historic La Grange Theater from your own home. La Grange.

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Downers Grove Park District. Activities, entertainment and more. 4 PM. Downers Grove. Register. FUNDRAISER The Forge Rocks – Performances from Bottle Rocket and more. Proceeds benefit the LHS and OQMS band programs. 6- 9 PM. The Forge: Lemont Quarries. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 FUNDRAISER Zoo Ball – Black-tie affair of fundraising, dining, dancing and entertainment. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago. SHOP all Craft and Vendor Show – Wide variety of crafts, merchandise and locally made goods. Bolingbrook.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 FUNDRAISER – Golftoberfest – Golf outing fundraiser to benefit Tri City Family Services. 8:00 AM. Prairie Landing Golf Club. West Chicago. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 ADULTS Swing Dance – 1940s swing dance lessons from Arthur Murray Dance Studio. 1:30-2:30 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 FAMILY Civil War Show – Featuring museum quality artifacts from the past and recent war eras, along with antique and vintage firearms. $9. 9 AM – 4 PM. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. FAMILY Movies in the Park – Arrive early with blanket or chair to see ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’ 7 - 9 PM. The Forge: Lemont Quarries.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 FAMILIES Party in the Park – Gilbert Park.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 FAMILY Barkpalooza Dog Walk and Pet Expo

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– Animal-related vendors, food, live entertainment, and kids’ fun zone. 10 AM - 2 PM. Benefits the West Suburban Humane Society. Community Park, Lisle. HOP Fall Canal Artisan Market – Vintage goods and handmade wares for sale. 9 AM – 3 PM. Downtown Lemont. SHOP all Craft and Vendor Show – Wide variety of crafts, merchandise and locally made goods. Bolingbrook.

OCTOBER SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 FUNDRAISER Hop & Vine Fest – The area's best wineries, breweries and restaurants at Schaumburg Park Foundation's annual event. 4 - 7 PM. Spring Valley, Schaumburg. Tickets: FAMILY Reflect on Farnsworth House – Enjoy nature, art, architecture, stories, treats and more on a beautiful autumn day. 10 AM – 2 PM Plano, IL SPORT Golf in the Dark – An evening of glow-in-the-dark-golf, food, drinks, prizes, raffles and camaraderie. Lake Park Golf Course, DesPlaines.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 ART Liberty Art Stroll – Art will be displayed in the storefront windows or other visible locations. Some artists will also be present, selling their work. 10 AM – 4 PM Downtown Morris. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 FAMILY Night at the Movies – Bring blankets for a night watching ‘Hocus Pocus’ at Pottawatomie Park Amphitheatre, St. Charles. Concessions available. 6:30 PM St. Charles. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 SHOP Usborne Book Fair – Find a full range of fun and educational books for children in the Visitors’ Center at Cantigny. FREE, $5 parking. 10 AM – 4 PM Wheaton. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 CRAFTS Autumn Craft & Vendor Show – A jury chosen selection of arts and crafts designed and created by local artists. 9 AM – 3 PM. Shannon Hall, Batavia. FUNDRAISER Sioree 2021: Par-Tee at the Museum – Cocktails, multi-course dinner, entertainment and auctions for artwork, vacations and experiences. 6 PM – 11:30 PM. Elmhurst. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 EXHIBIT Human + Nature Walking Tour – 1.5 mile walking tour through The Morton Arboretum to view the sculptures on display throughout. 9 – 11:30 AM and 1:30 – 4 PM. Lisle.

ONGOING ART Aurora Public Art Gallery – Thru 9/25.“Accelerating Inspiration: Art from Fermilab.” Highlights the connections between Art and Science. Third Floor Gallery. Aurora. CONCERTS 2021 Music Series – Open-air concerts venue Select days in Sept. The Mount at The

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Forge: Lemont Quarries. Learn more at: CRAFTS Arts and Craft Show – 10/1 - 3. Showcasing 300 booths of quality handcrafted items for sale by talented and creative artists & crafters. $5. Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake. EDUCATION Kohl’s Children’s Museum Mobile Learning – Travelling lab van to reach children in Lake County targeting locations where children are more at-risk due to lack of resources. EXHIBIT Carnivorous Plants– Through 11/7. Learn about these unique plants and experience interactive sculptures. Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford Park District. Pre-purchase tickets for timed entry EXHIBIT Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art – Museum is closed on Mondays and holidays. Explore the eternal beauty of Fossils, Mosaics, Gemstones and more. Oak Brook. EXHIBIT Train Saturdays – 9/18, 10/16 and 10/30. The HO Gauge Model Train features a detailed layout that covers 2,000 feet of track and highlights some of DuPage County’s railroads and landmarks. 1:30 - 3:30 PM. Dupage County Historical Museum. Wheaton. EXHIBIT Resilience – 9/24 thru Late December. Exhibition of 20 works of photographic art. National Hellenic Museum. Chicago. FAMILY Irish Days – 9/4 - 6. One-of-a-kind St. Patrick’s Day on Labor Day. Bagpipers, folk bands, Irish dancers and Men’s Kilt Contest. Downtown Long Grove. FAMILY First Fridays in Downtown Aurora – Experience art, music, and more at more than a dozen venues throughout downtown. First Friday of the month through December. Free! 5 - 11 PM. Aurora. FAMILY Car Cruise Night – 9/2, 9/9, 9/16. Classic cars, food trucks, music and family fun! 5 – 8 PM. Konow’s. Homer Glen. FAMILY Campfire Nights – 9/2, 9/9, and 10/14. An evening of zoo animals, night hikes, self-guided activities and s’mores. Lincoln Park Zoo 6:30 – 9 PM

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FAMILY Elmhurst Art Museum – From 10/9 – 1/2/22Artistic, playable mini golf course. The Back 9. Make Tee times online. Elmhurst. FAMILY Dinos Everywhere – Daily. Amazing life-like animatronics located throughout the park. Brookfield Zoo. Schedule visit at GARDENING Victory Garden – Visit Naper Settlement every Thursday in September for programs on gardening, food preservation, and open-hearth cooking demonstrations located in the Victory Garden. Naperville. GARDENING Online Bulb Sale – 9/9 - 25. The annual Bulb Festival will be exclusively online this year. Shop from over 225 varieties of bulbs for curbside pickup in October Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe. GARDENING Plant Giveaway – Wed - Sun through 09/30. Stop by the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden to pot up a featured plant seedling or seed to grow at home. 11 AM – 4 PM. Chicago Botanic, Glencoe. HEALTH Lupus Support Group – Saturdays, 11 AM – 12:30 PM. Group meetings begin with education, sharing, then time to meet individually. Elmhurst. Edward-Elmhurst Health. MUSIC Jazz Weekend – 9/9-12. Live jazz music with over 25 different performances set between 15 different venues for lunch, dinner and late night entertainment. St. Charles. OUTDOOR Walking Plays – Weekends through Oct. 31. Walk a 1.5-mile hike as actors perform “A Haunting in Sherwood Forest”. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. SHOP Recycled Art Sale – 10/14 - 23 Highland Park. Donations collected throughout the year are for sale in the style of a Parisian Flea Market. The Art Center, Highland Park. SHOP Fall Vendor and Craft Show – 9/24 - 26. Start your holiday shopping. The Promenade, Bolingbrook. SHOW Windy City Ski and SnowboarD Show – 9/24 – 26. Explore 70,000 sq feet of retailers, resorts, clubs and a huge sale, prizes and lift ticket giveaways. Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel. TOUR Old Joliet Prison “Historical Tour” – 1.5 hour walking tour of the Old Joliet Prison. All tours are outdoors only for 2021. This tour talks about the general history of the prison from when it was first opened in 1858 to present day. Ages 10+. Joliet. TOUR Second Saturday Garden Tours – Second Saturday each month, 10 - 11 AM. Join fellow nature lovers for a guided tour of Lincoln Park Zoo’s diverse plant life and ecosystems. Free. Lincoln Park Zoo. September/October 2021

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Attract our readers to your restaurant with an ad program in the November/December issue. FREE listing included. Call 630-863-7183. Catch 35 Naperville


Come explore new flavors at Catch 35! Our new all day menu features favorites such as Szechwan scallops, Atlantic salmon, pan roasted Chil-


ean sea bass, Nashville hot chicken, braised beef shortrib, coconut shrimp, and so much more. Catch 35 is your comfort food destination in downtown Naperville. Don’t miss out on our wine lovers special - half


off select bottles of wine - every Monday.


In addition, Catch 35 Naperville welcomes Niños Fresh Mexican Kitchen - our NEW ghost kitchen concept. Fresh Mexican dishes available for curbside pickup/delivery thru UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub. Ni-


ños quesabirrias, wings al pastor, green chili cheeseburger, and crab & guacamole quesadillas are a few fresh Mexican dishes on the menu. Every Tuesday Niños is taking over Catch 35’s bar & patio so get the squad together for a fiesta. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for specials. Contact us at 35 S. Washington St. Naperville, Illinois 60540 – 630-717-3500. Dine in, delivery, & curbside pickup available. View the menus and ordering links at DINE IN• CURBSIDE PICKUP• DELIVERY

35 S. Washington St. Naperville 630.717.3500 September/October 2021

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MON AMI GABI Oak Brook Located on the east side of the Oakbrook Center Mall near Neiman Marcus, Mon Ami Gabi offers diners the perfect place to gain some much-needed respite after a long day of shopping. Featuring an outdoor patio to relish the sunshine and warm summer breezes, experience exquisite French bistro fare at Mon Ami Gabi – al fresco! Open for lunch and dinner daily, and brunch on the weekends. Please note, patio seating is first-come, first-serve. Book a reservation on OpenTable or by calling the restaurant. To learn more about private party dining and catered events, please visit or call our team at 630-472-1900.

Vino THAI St. Charles Well-known for its vibrant, flavorful Thai cuisine and friendly staff, Vino Thai’s has long been a top choice for diners looking to tour the tastes of Thailand. Every family recipe is carefully prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients available. Please let us welcome your next dine-in or take out. We serve lunch specials Mon.- Fri. 11:00 - 3:00

Healthy Fresh Thai Cuisine

p.m. Vino Thai is located in East Gate Commons, 3825 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. We are open every day for lunch and dinner. For reservations call 630-443-8461. Visit

Don’t miss this opportunity to attract our readers to your restaurant at the holiday season.


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Reserve your space in the DINING OUT section of the November/December ‘HOLIDAY’ issue. . Free listing included! Call 630-863-7183 to reserve your space NOW!

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