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september/october 2022 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kimberly Blaker Rebecca Hastings Cheryl Maguire EVENTS EDITOR Gina Hayes PUBLISHER Jim Wolf CO-EDITORS Sue Wolf Jim Wolf ART DIRECTION Tim Devine Cory Ottenwess

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Outdoorsy Family Adventures Fall GO Guide Fests & More Fall Fun Halloween Happenings Golf Links & Tips On Stage

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family wellness

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Expert Medical Advice about Going Back to School Jump-Start Success at School with Wellness at Home

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Give a Fall Facelift to Outdoor Enter taining Party Places

An Honest Letter from the Teacher Education Resource

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Fall Fitness Fitness Events

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Safety in Youth Sports Active Kids Zone

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#1 family events calendar

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ADVERTISING Sue Wolf Laura Zolper CIRCULATION Lou Fracassi

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ummer may be seen as the outdoor season, but autumn also offers lots of oppor tunities for outdoor fun. Try some of these family activities, and fill yours and your kids’ senses with delight.

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Enjoy a color tour. National parks and forests are the places to be in the fall. Contact your nearest National Park, and find out when fall colors will be at their peak and recommended routes for picturesque views. Host a campfire cookout. If outdoor fires are permitted in your area, have the kids round up neighborhood friends for a cookout. Hot dogs, hot chocolate, marshmallows, and s’mores are a traditional way to top off the season. Have everyone take turns telling stories around the fire. If you have little ones, check-out library books with autumn themes to read to the youngsters. suburban family | subfam.com

Attend a football game. Gather your blankets and head to the stadium. High school, college, and pro football games are great fun for kids and parents alike. Take along a bag of popcorn and thermos of hot cocoa, then snuggle up and get ready to cheer on your team. Visit an apple orchard. Take your kids apple picking, and top off the day with cider and doughnuts, a hayride, and end-of-the-year picnic. Make a scarecrow. What’s fall without a scarecrow on your porch? It is easy to make. Just buy a couple of bails of straw, then have each family member gather some old clothes and hats. Stuff it using string to tie off the hands, feet, and head. Walk in the woods. As flies and mosquitoes retreat, it’s the perfect time of year for a September/October 2022


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walk in the woods. Look for animals scurrying about gathering for the long, cold months ahead, and don’t forget your binoculars. Contact state and local parks for wooded trails near you.

Bird migration watch. As fall fills the air, many birds begin to head south. Contact State and National parks or your Department of Natural Resources for recommended birding locations as well as bird festivals.

stand in your front yard. Find an orchard where pumpkins are cheap, then have your kids purchase a small stock to sell for a higher price. Hot cocoa, baked pumpkin seeds, or doughnuts are profitable additions.

Leaf fun. Do you remember diving into the crisp fall leaves when you were a kid? Grab some rakes, and have your youngsters pitch in. Pile up the leaves to jump in, build a fort, and even have a leaf fight.

Shift through a cornfield maze. Kids delight in finding their way through cornfield mazes. To find a maze near you, visit www. cornmazesamerica.com/ Also, watch the entertainment section of your newspaper.

Horseback rides. Head to the stables and enjoy the fall colors on horseback. For horse rental listings by state visit http://www.horserentals.com/index.html, or look in the yellow pages under ‘stables.’

Find a festival. Apple, pumpkin, fall harvest, and many more festivals are found this time of year featuring food, arts and crafts, kids’ games, pony and wagon rides, and more. Visit your local event’s website online to see what’s coming up.

Plant perennials and bulbs. Let your kids try out their green thumbs. After all, fall is the time of year to plant perennials and flower bulbs. Let your kids choose some plants from the gardening store, and allow them to help design the garden. A handpainted rock or two adds color until the spring blossoms bloom.

Make a bird feeder or house. Kids will enjoy the carpentry experience and marvel at watching birds make use of the kids’ creations. Kits are available in hobby stores and online for making bird feeders. To make one from scratch, visit your library and check out a book on how to build a birdhouse, or find free instructions on the Internet.

Take a railroad excursion.With the colors of fall blazing under bright blue skies, a scenic railroad excursion is a sure bet. Check your local travel agency for tours in nearby.

Parades and marching bands. Find out when your local college or high school will hold its homecoming parade. Be sure to take a blanket and snacks, and enjoy the colorful floats, majorettes, cheerleaders, and marching band. Also, don’t forget the spectacular Thanksgiving Day parades.

Visit a pumpkin patch. Begin a family tradition of picking your pumpkins from a patch. After cleaning out the pumpkins, make roasted pumpkin seeds, a yummy treat that kids love. Rinse the seeds, pat them dry, and coat with melted butter. Spread the seeds on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt, and bake at 350 until golden brown. Be sure and stir them occasionally.

Hold a pumpkin sale. If you have little entrepreneurs, have them set up a pumpkin

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all is a season of transition. Our senses lead us to embrace the outdoors. A visually pleasing palate colors. The taste of pumpkin spice. The sound of crunching leaves. The smell of woodsmoke. From apple picking to zip-lining, we’ve compiled this epic bucket list of fall activities you can get into. Turns out summer hasn’t completely cornered the market on family road trips.

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Sonny Acres Farm You best be-leaf we’re open for Fall activities! Sonny Acres iconic family-friendly festival begins September 17th for a limited time through October 31st. FALL in love with our non-stop family fun fit for all ages. Pick the perfect pumpkin, enjoy a variety of amusements and attractions including everything from our Wacky Worm Roller Coaster to a ride around the farm on the Sonny Express Train, take fun to new heights on our giant jumping pillow, get baaack to nature and feed the farm animals, enjoy great food at our outdoor grill and much more! MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR CHICAGO’S BEST HAUNTED EXPERIENCE - HAUNTED BARN AND HAUNTED WAGON RIDE OPEN SEPTEMBER 30th! Located at 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago, IL. www.sonnyacres.com (630) 231-3859 [See our ad on the Back Cover.] Hayride of Horror and the Curse of the Bayou The Lockport Township Park District presents the Hayride of Horror and Curse of the Bayou every Fri. and Sat. starting Sept. 30 until Oct. 29 from 7pm-10pm (last ticket sold at 10pm) at Dellwood Park, 199 E. Woods Dr. in Lockport. Tickets can be purchased at www.lockportpark.org and fees are as follows: one attraction: $15 per person; $25 both attractions: $35 speed pass to both attractions. Group discounts and private rentals are available. Both events are sponsored by CITGO. Lockport. For more info., visit www.lockportpark.org or call 815-838-1183. 10 out & about

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Richardson Adventure Farm Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, IL is the place to go for A-MAZE-ING Farm Fun! This year, the farm is celebrating 60 years of Bond… James Bond. Wander through the 28-acre corn maze locating each checkpoint just the way Bond would do. After you have completed your mission, take a ride on Richardson Railroad, a spin around the Carousel, race your family or friends down a slide or around the Pedal Cart track, and cheer for the victor at our Pig Races. Pumpkins galore, a Picnic Area with Campfires, a 700’ Zip Line -- The farm offers a variety of activities and experiences for all ages! This year, admission also allows September guests to stroll through our Fields of gorgeous Sunflowers. After a long day of adventure, there is nothing better than grabbing a fresh donut or bag of farm popped kettle corn. Open Thursdays through Sundays from Sept. 10th to Nov. 6th plus Columbus Day. Come visit the farm for an unforgettable experience! Visit www.RichardsonFarm.com for more information. Experience 1 Day in Lemont 4 Ways Time Out Magazine voted Lemont one of the best day trips from Chicago. We’d love to have you stay awhile, but if you only have a day, we’ve put together four itineraries for

friends, families, and adventurers alike. These itineraries allow you to design your trip based on your interests–with recommendations for the best places to explore, shop, and dine.Visit www.lemontdowntown.com/1day-4ways to plan your trip!

Monster Mash in Bensenville Get in the Halloween spirit at the Bensenville Park District’s Monster Mash! Take a trip through the Halloween-themed activity walk through the Deer Grove Leisure Center and into the gym where kids of all ages will enjoy FREE family activities, including carnival games, live animals, inflatable bounce houses and much more! 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, October 29. Deer Grove Leisure Center 1000 W. Wood St., Bensenville. www.BvilleParks.org

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Pumpkin Patch Creations

Saturdays • Oct 1-22 • 3:30-5pm

Embark on a tractor-drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to find your perfect pie pumpkin. Catch a ride back to the farmyard to the decoration station and create your own work of pumpkin art. Roast marshmallows around an open fire as a special treat Ages 15 & under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

All Ages • $15 per person (Ages 1 & Under FREE)

Autumn Hayrides

Fridays & Saturdays • Sep 30-Oct 22 Start times: 5:30pm, 6:30pm or 7:30pm Cruise around the fields on a 30-minute tractor-drawn wagon ride. Group tickets include all the fixings to make s’mores over your own private fire. Individual tickets include a marshmallow roast over a shared fire. Ages 15 & under must be accompanied by a paying adult.

All Ages • Individual Tickets: $12 per person Group Rates: $140 • 8-12 people | $240 • 13-20 people Advance reservations required for all events.

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Ottawa, IL - Pick Us! Nestled along the Illinois and Fox River, lies the best kept secret of the Midwest. Lush plantings and butterfly gardens line the streets filled with boutique shops and modern eateries. Stand in the shadows of Honest Abe and the Little Giant then learn the fine art of blown glass and craft brewing. Renowned architecture, massive murals, live music and theater bring culture to life in this historic canal town. Join us throughout the year! Ottawa Visitors Center - 1028 LaSalle St - Ottawa, IL. www.pickusottawail. com 815.434.2737 Apple Holler Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard, family farm and wedding venue while enjoying 78 acres of fresh air & wide-open spaces! Enjoy great comfort food touched by the magic of apples at the Red Barn Restaurant and Bakery Café. Four seasons of family fun for visitors to enjoy all year long! Apple Holler is the ideal rustic wedding venue located between Chicago and Milwaukee, WI, right off of I-94 at Exit 337, simply follow the signs to the FUN! (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100 or visit www. appleholler.com for further information. [See our ad on Page 7.] Arlington Heights:Your Fall Destination for Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment! The Village of Arlington Heights is your home for Chicagoland’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment! Discover our one-of-a-kind Downtown ambiance with some of the most unique 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 experience with Arlington Alfresco, concluding with live music, great eats, and family fun at Harmony Fest and the Taste of Arlington Heights on September 30 and October 1! For more great experiences, visit www.DiscoverArlington.com. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.] Volo Museum For over 62 years, the world-famous Volo Museum’s 45 exhibits and 10,000 mechanical marvels guarantee to have something rare and amazing for everyone. Spend the day with hundreds of rotating classic cars, modern muscle cars and Hollywood vehicles, Jurassic Gardens indoor dinosaur experience, a hand-carved 1928 carousel hall, ice cream parlor, military museum, Disney display and massive Antique mall. Open daily 10a to 5p. Visit www.volofun.com for more information. 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.] September/October 2022


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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, enjoy storytelling with a mime artist, and see the horses and animals. Our Farmstand is open daily with unique foods and homemade donuts on weekends! It’s safe outdoor fun for the whole family! Open through October 30. Tickets at www.KellersFall.com. [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.] Visit Kenosha Fall in love with Kenosha, WI during the autumn season. Enjoy the crisp air at as you hike through county parks, take a swing at one of our many golf courses, or roll along a lakefront bike path. Savor the tastes and style of boutique shops, spend an evening at the theatre or comedy club, and ride a pedal tavern or electric streetcar for a tour of the downtown area. Plan your getaway at www.VisitKenosha.com Celebrate Fall in Naperville Indulge with your favorite dish this fall at one of our 300 restaurants throughout Naperville! There’s nothing better than fall in Naperville, so why not make it better by swinging by one of our restaurants? You can always

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find a place that will appeal to your taste buds. Find more restaurants and information at www.DineNaperville.com. Naper Settlement Fall is the perfect time to visit Naper Settlement with a variety of special events for visitors of all ages including Octoberfest (September 30-October 1), All Hallows Eve (October 14-15), Howlin’ at the Moon (21+ event, October 21-22), Trick or Treat at Naper Settlement (October 30), and more! For more information, visit www.NaperSettlement.org/Events. Fall Fun for Everyone in Downtown Aurora! Aurora Downtown welcomes you this fall with free events for everyone to enjoy. Join us at First Fridays, a night of art, music, and more throughout downtown Aurora. Visit Sugar Skull City from October 15 to November 6 and enjoy Day of the Dead activities. Trick or Treat at downtown businesses from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. Enjoy family-friendly events all year-round in downtown Aurora. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www.auroradowntown. org [See our ad on Page 3.] DuPage Event Center and Fairgrounds The DuPage Event Center and Fairgrounds is “The Place Where Community Gathers”. For

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the past 68 years a wide variety of events have called us home. From Train Shows, Toy Shows, Civil War Show, Craft Shows, Quilt Shows and many more. We also support many area non-profit events that have a positive impact on our community. We continue to look for new activities to bring to the grounds, and welcome you to join us. Find upcoming events at www.dupagecountyfair.org Harvest of the Acorn Moon Festival Celebrate autumn’s arrival at this familyfriendly festival featuring: Pumpkin Painting, Mule-drawn Hayrides, Games, Nature Crafts, Guided Hikes, Folk Music, Refreshments. Sunday, Sept. 25, Noon – 3 p.m. Admission is FREE; nominal fee for crafts and refreshments. No registration required. Oakhurst Forest Preserve, 1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora. www.kaneforest.com. Autumn on Parade Folks will be “Fallin’ for Oregon” on October 1st and 2nd during the 51st celebration of this FREE family friendly event! From our Fun Zone, Food Court, and 5K to Crafters Market, Auto Classic, and Antique Tractors, there’s activity and options for all! Check out our 21 and older Beer Garden on Saturday only. Our Harvest Time Parade steps off at 1 p.m. on Sunday! Full schedule and details at www.autumnonparade.com

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Siegel’s Cottonwood Pumpkin Farm. A day of “affordable fun on the farm.” Come “Harvest Family Memories” starting Sept 24th - Halloween. Admission includes 40+ UNLIMITED attractions for all ages to enjoy with plenty of meals and treats to eat. Wagon rides, farm animals, giant slide, trains, corn mazes, ziplines, play area and so much more. Grandparents FREE Monday - Friday with paid grandchild. 17250 Weber Rd. Lockport. 800304-FARM. Check out events and more at www.ourpumpkinfarm.com Pumpkin Weekends 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. www.blackberryfarm.info Kuipers Family Farm Season begins August 27th 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, farm-

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Apple Cider Donuts 6 Acre Corn Maze Petting Zoo U-Pick Pumpkins Bouncy Pillow Pedal Tractors And So Much More

Moonlight Corn Maze SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND (RAIN DATE OCTOBER 29TH)

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pressed 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 17th over 30 farm-themed activities open at the Pumpkin Farm. FREE PUMPKIN with a paid admission in October! Exclusions apply. Save $ and buy tickets online. www.YouPickFun.com for more information. Curtis Orchard Curtis Orchard in Champaign offers fun for everyone from July 20 - December 23. Activities include apple and pumpkin picking, kids and toddler play areas, farm kittens, goats, and mazes. September and October weekends bring rack wagon rides, pony rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, inflatables and air cannons. Eat lunch in our café, visit our bakery and then shop our beautiful country store.You’ll find local gifts, specialty foods, cider and preserves to take home. www. curtisorchard.com LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Stepping into LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is like you’ve just jumped into the biggest box of LEGO bricks ever! With over 3 million LEGO bricks under one roof and 2 stories of EPIC LEGO play, what will you discover? To see what else we have to offer, check out www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/chicago/! Be sure to buy tickets online to guarantee your entry. Located at 601 N. Martingale Road, STE 130 Schaumburg, IL 60173. 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 www.abbeyfarms.org for more! Odyssey Fun Farm Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park presents Odyssey Fun Farm, just down the street! Amazing attractions include the Corn Maize, Containment ‘Z’ Shooting Gallery, corn cannons, petting zoo, hayrides, rope maze and so much more. Fun for the whole family! The Farm will be open for FUN from 10am – 6pm starting 9/24 - 10/30! www.odysseyfunfarm.com Located at 18900 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park. 708-429-3800. September/October 2022


Explore paths, beaches, and parks that stretch for miles along Lake Michigan. Venture through a vibrant downtown filled with boutique shops, museums, historic sites, authentic streetcars, unique cafes and dining experiences, and so much more. Wherever your interests lie, Kenosha offers FUN beyond the expected.

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Tall Grass Arts Association presents:

The 66th Annual Park Forest

ART FAIR September 17 & 18, 2022 10:00am to 5:00pm Downtown Park Forest, IL On Main St. between Western Ave. & Orchard Dr. 708.748.3377 www.tallgrassarts.org

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 Oct. 2… don’t miss this great, free, family event for all ages! For the brave ones, walk and ride through our Haunted Forest on Oct. 22. Little ghouls and goblins can attend our annual Spooktacular Fun Night for trick-or-treating, games, and more on Oct. 31. For more info call 630-9635252 or visit www.westmontparks.org Downers Grove Park District Autumn Events Enjoy a day out with your pup at Fishel Park on Sept. 10. Explore the allegedly haunted Downers Grove Museum and Main Street Cemetery on Oct. 7 at Specters and Spirits. Children ages 3- 9 are welcomed to kick off Halloween by learning some dance moves at the Monster Mash Dance Party on Oct. 29. Trick-or-Treat at the Downers Grove Museum on Oct. 31. For more information, visit www.dgparks.org. Autumn Drive The 34th Annual Autumn Drive is a Fall Festival for the whole family. On October 1416, from 9 am to 5 pm, in Rural Woodstock/ Marengo in McHenry County, Illinois, the

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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. autumndrive.net. And Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/autumndrive. Park Forest Art Fair One of Chicagoland’s treasures, the Park Forest Art Fair, will be held September 17 and 18 from 10 until 5, on the Village Green and along Main Street. The fair features artists exhibiting in a variety of media from painting, printmaking and photography to sculpture, woodworking, glass, fabric art and jewelry. The fair is family friendly and features a “kids’ art alley” offering several crafts projects, drawing and a face painter. Of special interest to young people, some of the artists will be demonstrating their art techniques during the fair. This includes a sculptor who works in stone and a doll maker. On Saturday, the Village hosts a music fair. For additional information www. tallgrassarts.org or call the Tall Grass Gallery at 708-748-3377.

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HARVEST OF THE ACORN MOON FESTIVAL Celebrate autumn’s arrival at this family-friendly festival.

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Pumpkin Painting Mule-drawn Hayrides Games Nature Crafts Guided Hikes Folk Music Refreshments

Sunday, Sept. 25 Noon - 3 p.m. Oakhurst Forest Preserve 1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora

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Admission is FREE; nominal fee for crafts and refreshments. No registration required. www.kaneforest.com

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Open July 20 - Dec 23 Country Store and Gift Shop • Local Specialty Food and Gifts • Bakery • Cafe for Lunch (Sept & Oct) Apple picking • Pumpkin picking • Corn Maze • Petting Zoo • Giant Slide • Obstacle Course Wicked Orchard Shootout • Jump Pad • Munchkin Land • Pony Rides • Tractor Tours • Homemade Pies ACTIVITIES HAVE LIMITED TIMES AND SEASONS

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Save the date! Midwest SOARRING Foundation 26th Annual Harvest Pow Wow All welcome! Nov. 12 & 13, 2022. Come experience Native American culture at its finest. Listen to the sound of our drum and watch our Native dancers dressed in beautiful regalia. Our Pow Wow offers unique Native themed vendors with something for everyone. Come listen to Native flute playing, story- telling, try flintknapping and other family friendly activities. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. Purchase discounted tickets at www. harvestpowwow.com/tickets.html. TOM’s Farm Market TOM’s Farm Market is a fun day for everyone! During October, you can pick your own pumpkins from our fields and take a walk through our 6-acre corn maze. Spend some time enjoying our petting zoo, bouncy pillow, pedal tractors and other activities. Our market is open every day with homemade soups, desserts & everyone’s favorite…Apple Cider donuts! We are open from March thru December, but October has all the extras, so visit www.TomsFarmMarket.com to learn more. Primrose Farm Frolic Experience farm life! Explore restored farm buildings, visit with farm animals, stroll

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through 100+ acres of historic and modern rural landscapes and climb up on a vintage tractor near the fruit orchard. Exciting and educational activities await you in the farmyard! Drop-in programs offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, featuring hand-milking a Jersey cow, gathering eggs from the chicken coop, grooming a draft horse or feeding the animals. Sign up at httpwww.primrosefarm.org/animaladventures/ Autumn Fest! The Oak Brook Park District invites you to this year’s Autumn Fest! Sept 17th.This free, familyfriendly event will start with kid entertainment from the Hinsdale School of Rock Band from 2-3:30pm, juggler, face painter, carnival games, arts & crafts, hayrides, and more! Nashville Electric Band will be on stage performing from 3:30-5pm. All the while there will be food, beer, and wine available for purchase. www.obparks. org/special-events/autumn-fest 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

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trips, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site www.mpks.org for more information. Warrens Cranberry Festival Warrens Cranberry Festival marks the 49th celebration! Sept. 23 - 25. Located 8 miles northwest of Tomah off Interstate 94 West to Exit #135 in central Wisconsin’s “Heart of Cranberry Country”. The Festival is perhaps best known for its shopping of over 800 arts and 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 a guided tour to see a cranberry marsh on Friday & Saturday and Sunday morning. Sunday the parade is at 1pm.Visit us at www.cranfest.com Kidzmax Kidzmax is Chicago’s newest one-stop shop for quality, recycled products your kids and teens will love to wear year-round. At kidzmax.com, you’ll find an amazing selection of clothing, outerwear, footwear, equipment, and much more, at up to 80% of retail prices. Original tags are on over 80% of the products, and the prices can’t be beat. Go to www.kidzmax.com today, and see why Chicago moms have given kidzmax.com a 4.9-star Google rating. (See our ad on p. 41.)

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SEPTEMBER Yorkville Hometown Days Festival – 9/1-4. Beecher Community Park. Carnival games, rides, more. Yorkville.il.us Buffalo Grove Days – 9/1-5. Buffalo Grove. Bgdays.com Septemberfest – 9/3- 5. Live entertainment, carnival, craft show, fun and more. Schaumburg. villageofschaumburg.com Wauconda Street Dance – 9/3. Live music on multiple stages, food, drink and dancing. Wauconda. waucondachamber.org Maple Park Fun Fest – 9/3-5. Free. Softball, Beer Garden, rock climbing wall, toilet bowl races, bike parade . Maple Park. Mapleparkfunfest.com Irish Days – 9/4-6. Celebrate Irish culture with dance, food, music, folk bands, children’s activities. Long Grove. longgrove.org. Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival – 9/3-5. Virtual bands, musicians, dancing, storytelling. Geneva. foxvalleyfolk.com. St. Charles Jazz Festival – 9/8-11. Enjoy jazz

Warrens Cranberry Festival Sept. 23–25, 2022

Friday & Saturday 7am–5pm Sunday 9am–5pm Parade - Sunday at 1pm

cranfest@cranfest.com 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

• 350 Antique & Flea Market booths all 3 days! • Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, & Twitter

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performances at 14 different venues over the weekend. stcjazzweekend.com Aurora Water Lantern Festival – Floating lantern event at Rivers Edge Park. 4:30-9PM. Waterlanternfestival.com Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival – 9/9-11. Demonstrations, classes, raffle, silent auction, contests, Jefferson, WI. wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com Itasca Oktoberfest – 9/9-10. Enjoy German food, music and entertainment. Itascaparkdistrict.com Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival – 9/10-11. Fine art, plus boutiques, cafes and a children’s art area. Downers Grove. Dowtowndg.org Fall Festival at Veteran’s Memorial Park – 9/10. 11AM-3PM. Giant pumpkins, family activities and entertainment kenosha.org Stades Annual Arts and Crafts Show – 9/10-11. 10AM-4PM. Crafts, jewelry making, paintings and more. McHenry. stadesfarmandmarket.com 42nd Annual Scandinavian Day Festival | 9/11 Scandinavian food, crafts, gifts and entertainment. 10AM-5PM. Vasa Park, along the Fox River. www.Scandinaviandayil.com Goebbert’s Fall Festival – 9/11-10/30. 9AM-6PM. Pumpkin eating dinosaur, games, animals, duck derby, haunted house. South Barrington. goebbertsgardencenter.com Glow in the Park Lantern Walk – 9/11. 5-8PM. Food, face painting, balloon artist, live music followed by a paper lantern walk around the lake. Glen Ellyn. gepark.org Brew at the Bridge – 9/14. Oswego’s annual craft beer festival at the scenic Fox River. 1-7PM. Oswego. Enjoyaurora.com Mexican Independence Day – 9/ 15 – 18. Carnival, suburban family | subfam.com

crafts, food, parade. Cicero Fairgrounds. thetownofcicero.com 10th Annual Glendale Heights Oktoberfest | Sept. 15 - 25 Authentic German food, and beer, live entertainment daily, souvenirs, hats, and steins Free Parking. Camera Park, 101 E Fullerton, Glendale Heights www.westchicago.com Johansen Farms Children’s Zoo and Fall Festival – Opens 9/15-10/31. Farm zoo, hayrides, and pumpkin patch. Bolingbrook. johansenfarms.com Berwyn’s Oktoberfest – 9/16-17. Live music, international food court, beer garden. Berwyn.net Fall Fest Des Plaines | Sept. 16 - 18 9/16 (6-11pm), 9/17 (noon-11pm) and 9/18 (noon-7pm) A Three-Day Family-Friendly Festival! Great bands, carnival rides, food, fun family activities. FREE Admission. Lake Park, 2200 Lee St., Des Plaines www.FallFestDesPlaines.com Oktoberfest – 9/16-18. Authentic German Food, carnival, vendor fair, and traditional music. Tinley Park Metra Station. Tinleychamber.org Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm and Fall Fest – 9/1610/31. Pumpkins, donuts, BBQ, hayrides, pumpkin chucker. Homer Glen. pumpkinfarm.com DesPlaines Fall Fest – 9/16-18. Carnival, free concerts, KidZone, Food, Free admission! Fallfestdesplaines.com Taste of Egypt Festival | Sept. 17 & 18 Delicious Egyptian Food! Fun Activities for all Ages! Camel rides, petting zoo, jewelry, souvenirs & more! 15 W 455 79th St, Burr Ridge. www.TasteofEgyptFestival.com September/October 2022


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Bring Your Family & Friends to Beautiful Vasa Park!

Scandinavian Day Festival Come enjoy Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian & Swedish Culture, Heritage, and Traditions at Beautiful 25-Acre Vasa Park, located along the Fox River

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022 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

www.vasaparkil.com and www.scandinaviandayil.com

Autumn Fair – 9/17. 11AM-3PM. Crafts, games, hayrides, music, and fall activities. Free Admission. Peck Farm Park.. genevaparks.org Autumn Fest – 9/17. Oak Brook. Family friendly festival with kids’ activities, music, food, carnival games and more! 2- 5 PM. obparks,org Elmhurst Craft Beer Fest – 9/17. 1 6 PM. Elmhurst History Museum. elmhurstcraftbeerfest.com Kuipers Pumpkin Farm Festival – 9/17-10/30. Hay rides, autumn treats, corn maze, pig races, Big Rig Pumpkin and a jumping pillow. Maple Park. kuipersfamilyfarm.com Fiestas Patrias Festival– 9/17.- 18. Features tfood vendors, cultural activities, a free carnival, and entertainment. RiverEdge Park, Aurora. aurorafiestaspatrias.com Fox Fall Fest | Sept. 18 9AM-3PM. Fun family filled day! Artisan Market, vendors, games and more! Downtown Oswego www.facebook.com/FoxFallFest Vintage Illinois Wine Festival – 9/18-19. More than 25 wineries, plus music and food. 11AM-6PM Sat; 11AM-5PM Sun. Utica. vintageillinois.com. Barrington Hills Fall Festival – 9/18. 12-4PM. Live

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music, games, entertainment and food. Riding Center. Barrington Hills. Vbhil.gov/fall-fest Windy Acres Farm – 9/18-10/31. Family friendly with food, beer garden and live music. windyacresfarmstand.com. Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest – 9/19-10/31. Mini Zoo, corn maze, farm stand, pig races. Lincolnshire. didierfarms.com Fall Fest – 9/23-25. Entertainment, beer garden, food, a carnival and fireworks. Huntley. HuntleyFallFest.com Aurora Greek Fest – 9/23-25. Celebration of Greek food and culture. St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church. Enjoyaurora.com Oaktoberfest – 9/23-24. Free. Live music, delicious fall foods, craft beers and a kids’ root beer garden. Oak Park. Oakterberfest.net Warrens Cranberry Festival – 9/23-25. 7AM5PM. Cranfest marsh, food booths, Arts and crafts and Flea Market. Parade Sunday at 1PM. Warrens,

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Autumn on Parade 2022 Theme: Fallin’ for Oregon

The historic Ogle County Courthouse in downtown Oregon, Illinois provides the back-drop for this popular festival. Free entertainment and family-oriented events and activities are offered.

Arts & Crafts Farmers’ Market - Crafters and artisans offer an array of handmade, homegrown and collectible items including antiques and garden produce. Located on the Courthouse Square Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harvest Time Parade - More than 100 units featuring Honored Guests, novelty acts, marching bands, Jesse White Tumblers and South Shore Drill team! Step off at 1 p.m.

Live Entertainment/Beer Garden - A variety of local, Chicagoland, and Nashville performers. Gated area. ID and entry fee required. Plus... Antique Tractor Show, Auto Show, 5K, 60/40 Raffle, Olde English Faire, Food Court by Local Not-For-Profits, Petting Zoo, Fun Zone for kids... and more!

www.autumnonparade.org • 815-732-3465

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WI. Cranfest.com Apple Fest – 9/23-25. Bushels of apple inspired treats, pie-eating contest, live music. Long Grove. longgrove. org/festivals/apple-fest Keepataw Day Parade & Fun Fest – 9/24. Inflatables, Live Bands, Games, Food Vendors Beer Tent. Parade 1PM. Lemont. keepatawparade.com Scarecrow Festival – 9/24. Downtown Ottawa. “Toddler Friendly” annual fest has something to offer every member of the family! pickusottawail.com Johnny Appleseed Festival – 9/24. Live entertainment, scarecrow decorating contest, Great Ball race. Crystal Lake. downtowncl.org Autumn Hayrides – 9/24-10/22. Cruise around the fields and make s’mores over your own private fire. St. Charles. Tickets at primrosefarm.org/events. Navy Pier Chicago Live! – 9/24-25. Chicago’s top cultural organizations in back-to-back performances. Navy Pier. Chicago. Navypier.org Polyanna Brewing Oktoberfest – 9/24. 12-11PM. Live music, food from Weber Grill, free shuttle buses. The Forge, Lemont Quarries. Forgeparks.com Autumn Family Fun Fest – 9/24. 1-4PM. Hayrides, pumpkin launch, petting zoo and a prairie maze. Eaton Preserve. Plainfield. Plfdparks.org Oktoberfest – 9/24. Live polka music at the beer garden from 11AM-5PM. Free with zoo general admission. Brookfield Zoo. Czs.org/Oktoberfest

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Harvest of the Acorn Moon Festival | 9/25 Pumpkin painting, hayrides, crafts, hikes and folk music. Noon - 3PM. FREE. Oakhurst Forest Preserve, Aurora. www.kaneforest.com Autumn Opener Festival – 9/25. Pony rides, petting zoo, performers and games! Bring clothes to make a scarecrow. Castaldo Park, Woodridge. woodridgeparks.org Scarecrow Parade – 9/25. 1PM. Kid-friendly event with a scarecrow theme. pickusottawail.com Harvest Fest | Sept. 30 - Oct 2 Fischer Farm, Bensenville Food & Drink. Family Fun. Animals. Live Music. Free Parking. www.BvilleParks.org/harvestfest Oktoberfest at Naper Settlement – 9/30-10/1. Live music, German Beer Garden, German Cuisine, Family Activities. Naperville. napersettlement.org Harmony Fest – 9/30-10/1. Food & Local Business tents. Family fun and live music. Arlington Heights. DiscoverArlington.com Oktoberfest – 9/30-10/2. Buffalo Creek Brewing hosts a Bavarian themed event. Lake Zurich. Buffalocreekbrewing.com

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Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo – 9/30 - 10/30. Celebrate the harvest season with family-friendly activities. lpzoo.org

OCTOBER Fallin’For Oregon – 10/1-2. Autumn on Parade includes 180 booths in Ogle County Courthouse Square. Homegrown and handmade items with a Kids Fun Zone with petting zoo and inflatables. Oregon, IL autumnonparade.com Pumpkin Patch Festival – 10/1. South Elgin. Family-friendly. Southelgin.com Pumpkin Fest – 10/1-31. Farm animals and pumpkins! Children’s rides. Cosley Zoo, Wheaton. cosleyzoo.org Pumpkin Patch Creations – 10/1-22. 3:30-5PM. Tractordrawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and come back to the decoration station to create your work of art. Primrose Farms, St. Charles. Primrosefarm.org/events Cody’s Farm Pumpkin Fest – 10/1-10/31, Weekends. 10AM-6PM. Corn maze, pumpkins, apple orchard, kids’ rides, food and more. Marengo. Codysfarm.com Autumn Hayrides – Fridays & Saturdays 10/1-23. Tractor-drawn wagon ride, bonfire & s’mores. Primrose Farm, St. Charles. Register: primrosefarm.org Galena Oktoberfest – 10/1. 12-10PM. Food and beer, Polka lessons, Bean Bag tournament, bounce house. visitgalena.com

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Pumpkin Weekends – 10/1-10/22. 11AM-4PM. Pumpkin Bounce House, New features each weekend. Check web page for details. Buy tickets online, $8, Blackberry Farm, Aurora. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org The Last Straw – 10/2. Scarecrows, pumpkins, pan for gold, hayrides, learn about life in the past. 124PM. The Gregg House Museum. westmontparks.org Autumn Harvest Festival – 10/2. 4PM. Experience the fall harvest in 19th century farm life demonstrations with crafts, games, music, food. Schaumburg. Parkfun.com International Houby Fest | Oct.6-10 Carnival, float filled parade, live music, food, crafts and more. Rich, cultural tradition. The Towns of Cicero and Berwyn www.cicerofestivals.com Bayfield Apple Festival – 10/7-9. Tour the orchards and wineries, peruse fine arts and crafts. Live music and carnival. Bayfield, WI. bayfield.org Fall Festival and Bulb Sale – 10/7-9. Purchase bulbs shipped from Holland and enjoy family activities and Harvest Market at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe. Chicagobotanic.org St. Charles Scarecrow Festival – 10/7-9. Children’s rides, fish fry, scarecrow sculpting, parade, bingo and more! St. Charles. scarecrowfest.com Smoketoberfest – 10/8. Downtown Ottawa. Inaugural Backyard BBQ Competition for backyard chefs with pig roast & live music. pickusottawail.com Oktoberfest – 10/8. 3-8PM. Food, beer, music and entertainment. Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com Fall Festival at Palatine Stables – 10/8. 10:45AM3:45PM. Pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin decorating and photo ops. Palatineparks.org Bronkberry Farms Fall Fest - Oct.8-9. Hayrides, farm fun. 9AM-6PM FREE. Plainfield. bronkberryfarms.com Boo at the Zoo – 10/8-23. Family Halloween celebration in the Zoo’s West Mall. Creepy Carousel, and the Craized Maize. Weekends. Brookfield. Czs.org Fall Fest – 10/8. DJ, entertainment, hayrides, arts, crafts, giant slide, s’mores and more. 6-8PM. Bloomingdale. Bloomingdaleparks.org Cantigny Fall Festival – 10/8. Celebrate at Cantigny with harvest-time fun for all ages! Food and shopping, music, crafts, children’s book fair, inflatables and more! 10AM-4PM. Wheaton. cantigny.org Burgoo Festival – 10/8-9. Street party featuring over 100 vendors, craftsmen, musicians. Utica. lasallecountyhistoricalsociety.org. Founders Day Festival – 10/8. 2-7PM. 100 Birthday with zip line, rock climbing wall, bounce house, corn maze, beer garden and much more. Lake Park West Campus. Roselle. Rparks.org Fall Fest – 10/8. 9AM-12PM. Safety Town trick-ortreating, photo ops, fall games and more. The Depot at Wild Meadows Trace, Elmhurst. epd.org Glass Pumpkin Patch – 10/12–16. Features September/October 2022


demos of the country’s top glassblowers and unique, handcrafted designs available for purchase. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org Autumn Drive, Woodstock to Marengo – 10/1416. Progressive festival with barnyards, farmhouse doors and studios open to the public. Garage and antique sales. autumndrive.net Frankenstein’s Kiddie Carnival – 10/14. Wear Halloween costume and enjoy carnival games, crafts, popcorn PARCC Plainfield. Plfdparks.org Fall Fest – 10/14-16. Fall Fest parade, great food and music, arts and crafts, kids’ activities and classic car show. WI. sisterbay.com STEM Fest | Sat. Oct. 15 Free family fun celebrating science, technology, engineering and math. Featuring drone flying, a Haunted Physics Lab, engaging stage presentations, science demo shows and more! 10AM – 4PM. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb Campus Go.niu.edu/STEMFest2022 Autumn Fair – 10/17. 11AM-3PM. Peck Farm Park. Food, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkins and more. Geneva. genevaparks.org Caravan to Candyland – 10/19. Drive along the Halloween themed path and stop at candy/prize stations

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along the way. Prizes geared for ages 10 and under. St. Charles. Stparks.org Pumpkin Swim – 10/21. Pumpkin hunt at the Family Aquatic Center, Oak Brook. Search for candy and prizes in the pool, with free swim after until 8:45PM. obparks.org Gourds on Parade – Carve your pumpkin and drop off to the Pottawatomie Community Center by 10/21 for guests to view on a walk along the path. St. Charles. Stcparks.org Trail of Terror - 10/22. Wander the Haunted course trails among live ghouls and goblins. May not be suitable for young children. St. Charles. Stparks.org Boonanza – 10/21. 4-7PM. Children 10 and under, pumpkin decorating, crafts, carnival games, and balloonist. wheelingparkdistrict.com Howlin’at the Moon – 10/21-22 5-10PM. 21yrs and older only – local bands, food trucks, fire dancers and curiosities. Naper Settlement, Naperville. napersettlement.org Bolingbrook Fall Festival – 10/22-23. Crafters, makers, bakery goods, and other fall and Halloween related items. Bolingbrook. Shoppingpromenade.com Sycamore Pumpkin Festival – 10/26-30. Decorated pumpkins, carnivals crafs, and parade. sycamorepumpkinfestival.com Fall Fest – 10/28. 6-9PM. Costume contest, inflatables, games, crafts, petting zoo, wine and live music. Warrenville. Warrenvilleparks.org

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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.

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. 13thfloorchicago.com Teenie Weenie Pumpkins & Munchkins – 9/17. Celebrate the colorful time of year with treats, games, crafts and a hayride. 10AM-Noon. Carol Stream. csparks.org Hayride of Horror and the Curse of the Bayou – Open every Fri. and Sat. starting Sept. 30 until Oct. 29 from 7pm-10pm at Dellwood Park, Lockport. lockportpark.org Ghoulish Golf – 9/30-10/1. 4-9PM. Spooky surprises

await after a game of crazy golf. Family-friendly light scares possible. St. Charles. Stparks.org Itasca Halloween Celebration – 10/1. 1-3PM. Pony rides, bounce house, games, pumpkin decorating and more! Itascaparkdistrict.com Halloween Hayride – 10/2. 5-6:30PM. Hayride around Lake Gregory followed by activities and S’mores. Costume contest. Register. Blackberry Farm. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org Howl-O-Ween – 10/5. 5-7PM. Bring your favorite dog for a spooky egg hunt, raffle, photos, and a goody bag for your dog. Fred. P. Hall Amphitheater. Palatine. Palatineparks.org Halloween Hollow – 10/7-9. Yunker Park. Kids’ games, mummy wrap, pumpkin decorating, food concessions and beer. 12-5PM. Mokena. Mokenapark.com Specters & Spirits – 10/7. Exploration of the haunted Downers Grove Museum for adults. Drinks around a bonfire before searching for signs of spirits with paranormal experts. 7PM. Downers Grove. dgparks.org Great Pumpkin Giveaway – 10/8. 10-2PM. Pumpkins, live animals, kids’ activities, flu shots and blood drive. The Compass Church, Three Rivers Campus, Plainfield. Thecompass.net Not So Scary Golf – 10/10. 11AM-6PM. Family friendly activities, new fire pit, music, mini golf and giveaways! Coyote Crossing Mini Golf. Carol Stream. csparks.org Night of 1000 Jack-o-Lanterns – 10/12-16 & 10/19-23. Over 1000 real pumpkins light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. chicagobotanic.org/ Halloween. Chicago Ghost Tours – Ongoing through 10/31. Tour the historic haunts of Chicago. Both Bus and Foot Tours available. Times vary. Tickets. chicagohauntings.com Haunted Trail – 10/14. 6-7PM – Family Hour. 7-9:30PM Active Scaring. Hold on tight while you are guided through the 1/3 mile loop turned haunted ground! Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary. Purchase tickets at trail, cash only. Itascaparkdistrict.com Things that go Bump in the Night – 10/14. Fun

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Ride our Hayride of Horror through the heart of Dellwood Park while the spirits of the long forgotten welcome you home. Dark and mysterious forces will play with your imagination as our creatures inspire fear. Eerie movies will air on our 20 foot outdoor movie screen while you await your Hayride of Horror, and our bonfire will warm you while keeping the evil from incinerating your soul.

Line entertainment will keep you both terrified and delighted. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

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Are you one of the brave souls to seek out the underground of Dellwood Park? We dare you to attempt the Curse of the Bayou. This haunted attraction has been hidden in the canyons below the Hayride of Horror. The veil between the living and the dead has been lifted, and a powerful Voodoo Priestess has been called forth from her home in the swamps. She commands a legion of fiendish monsters to assist her so that she may stay in this realm, wreaking havoc. Do you carry the still beating heart she yearns for? You must navigate the treacherous maze to escape, or risk being her next victim. The Curse of the Bayou is not recommended for young children. Parental guidance is suggested. This is a walking attraction with an uneven trail, tight corners, low ceilings, strobe lighting, fog and loud noises.

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and not frightening. Watch skits as you walk along the trail with costumed characters representing the critters of the forest. Includes campfire, snacks and songs. 6-8:15PM. Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie. skokieparks.org

Sat: 1-3PM and 6:30-9:30PM. Hawthorne Woods. Woodridge. woodridgeparks.org

All Hallows Eve – 10/14-15.6:30-10PM. 13-acres of haunting creatures and screaming delights at Naper Settlement! Not recommended for children under 8. napersettlement.org

Trick-or-Treat Tango – 10/21. 7-8:30PM. Dancing, crafts, games, candy and prizes! $10 Registration required. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org

A Nightmare at West Main – 10/14 and 10/21. 7-9PM. Haunted hike through the spooky trails. Ages 10+. Tickets. Batavia. bataviaparks.org Sugar Skull City – 10/15. - 11/6. Celebrate the Day of the Dead . Downtown Aurora. auroradowntown.org Trick-or-Treat Trail – 10/15. 12-1:30PM Ages 0-10 yrs. Children and parents enjoy walking the trail at the Ray Franzen Bird Sanctuary, receiving crafts and treats along the way. FREE! Itascaparkdistrict.com Haunted Trail and Bonfire – 10/15. Bonfire, food, cider, games, wagon rides and a haunted trail. lindenhurstparks.org. Graveside Stories Cemetery Walk– 10/15 - 16. 2-5PM . St. Peter & St. Mary Cemeteries, 310 Alexander St., Elmhurst. Reservations Required: elmhursthistory.org/320/Programs Haunted Forest Walk – 10/21-22. 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,

Haunted Hayrides – 10/21-22. Spooky, fun-filled hayrides on the trail at Eaton Preserve. Plainfield. Plfdparks.org

Howlin’ at the Moon – 10/21-22. 21+ event. Come dressed in costume and enjoy performances, live music, local cuisine and beverages. Naper Settlement, Naperville. Napersettlement.org/event Haunted Forest – 10/22. – Little Monsters, 3-6:30PM; Sheer Terror, 6:30-9:30PM. Sandra Smith Wood, Westmont. westmontparks.org Spooky Zoo – 10/22. Trick-or-Treating on zoo grounds. 10AM-While supplies last or 1PM. Lincoln Park Zoo. Lpzoo.org Halloween Hayday – 10/22. 10AM-1PM. Stephen Persinger Rec. Center. Halloween egg hunt, costume contest, bounce house, hayrides, science activities. Registration recommended. Geneva. genevaparks.org Howl O’Ween Dog Parade - 10/22. Bring your dogs and dress-to-impress at Peck Farm Park’s FREE Howl O’ Ween Dog Parade! Geneva. genevaparks.org LEGO® Brick-or-Treat Monster Party - 10/23 10/31. It’s non-stop fun, with spooky decorations, amazing LEGO® activities, and a screening of the EXCLUSIVE NEW LEGO® 4D Halloween movie. Schaumburg. legolanddiscoverycenter.com Batfest – 10/29. Halloween themed family event with trick-or-treating, pumpkin bowl, contests, BatArt, stories and games. Free. Batavia. Downtownbatavia.com Monster Mash – 10/29. 11AM-2PM. Halloween themed walk-through Deer Grove Leisure Center. Ending with carnival games, bounce house, live critters and more! Bensenville. bvilleparks.org Kooky Spooky Candy Trail – 10/29. 3-5PM. Trickor-treating along the candy trail at Oakton Park, while enjoying the roaming magician. Advanced ticket purchase. Skokie. skokieparks.org Haunted Halloween Flea Market – 10/29. Live music and ghoulish encounters and thousands of treasures for sale. 3PM– Midnight. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Wheaton. zurkopromotions.com Trick or Treat Trail – 10/29. Trick or Treat socially safe at Red Hawk Park. All participants must register for a designated time slot. Register. Red Hawk Park, Carol Stream. csparks.org Boo Bash! – 10/31. Children and families come in costume. We will read stories, make crafts and share a special treat. 10-11 AM. Cantigny, Wheaton. cantigny.org. Spooktacular Fun Night – 10/31. Geared for kids ages 2-10. Trick-or-Treat through the community center and stay for fun and games. 5-7PM. Westmont. Westmontparks.org

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Golf Links & Tips

The Preserve at Oak Meadows 900 N. Wood Dale Rd., Addison Travis Cedzidlo, First Assistant Golf Professional 630-595-0071 www.DuPageGolf.com

Putting From Off the Green There are many extra factors to consider when putting from off the green including turf length/condition, distance, slope, obstacles, and more. A lot of these tricky factors simply take practice to learn, but there are a few fundamentals to help you as you gain experience with this shot. First, use your regular putter grip. Regardless of the lie, you're still making a putting stroke, so use whatever grip you would use if you were on the green. Next, stand a little taller at address. This allows your arms to swing more freely and get an extra bit of momentum into the golf ball. It is also important to not hit down on the ball. Instead, set up with your hands even with or slightly behind the golf ball to add a touch of loft. This will help the ball avoid getting caught in the turf. Finally, as with all putts, make sure your backswing and follow through lengths match. For a longer putt, take the putter back a little further, but make sure your follow through travels the same distance. Keep these things in mind to help yourself nestle more putts up close from off the green!

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Golf Center Des Plaines Justin Bentley, PGA Professional GolfTec Des Plaines 353 N. River Road, Des Plaines 847-803-GOLF www.GolfCenterDesPlaines.com

Hitting Into the Wind Like many aspects of golf, there are multiple ways to approach hitting shots into the wind. One is to flight the ball on a piercing trajectory that cuts through the breeze nicely. Another, perhaps easier method to hitting solid wind-beaters, is pulling a longer club and swinging easy. Because, when many golfers are faced with shots into the wind, their first instinct is often to hit the same club as they normally would and swing as hard as possible. However, that can add unwanted spin to the ball and more directional variability, meaning it immediately balloons up in the air and lands short and likely offline. So, by taking one or two more clubs (a 5 or 6 iron, instead of a 7), moving the ball slightly farther back in your stance at address (the width of a ball or two) and maintaining a smooth swing instead of going all out, both spin and launch will remain low and the shot will be less affected by the wind. The simple point? Instead of swinging for the fences when it’s windy out, force yourself to pull a longer club and swing less than full to keep the ball below the breeze!

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The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (JLC) at the College of Lake County announces its fall 2022 series. “The performing arts are an important cultural asset hit hard by the pandemic,” says newly appointed Executive Director, Alisa Baum. “As we continue to recover, the JLC provides a great option for Lake County residents to see world class entertainment in their own backyard.” • The Second City Presents: Out of the House Party, Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. A raring-to-go cast of comedians in a laugh-packed adventure. Rated R for language. • Lisa Rock in Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters, Sunday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. A musical tribute to many of the most memorable songs of the 70s. • Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass: Brothers on the Battlefield: The Power of Love, Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. America’s premiere large brass ensemble of virtuoso artists in a joyful performance.

Drury Lane, the ultimate entertainment destination. For over 66 years, Drury Lane has delighted guests with spectacular live

• Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 and 5 p.m. The beloved family classic returns for the JLC’s holiday tradition.

performances, delicious dining, convenient transportation, and dedicated group services. Experience the transportive power of theatre with Ag-

Tickets are available online at www.jlcenter.clcillinois.edu; by phone

atha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express on stage now. An immer-

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in time for the holiday season, Elf: the Musical comes to Drury Lane. A magical, musical story based on the festive hit film follows Buddy the Elf on his journey from the North Pole to New York City. Get tickets today!

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More than great theatre, join us for a traditional Sunday Brunch at Lucille.

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100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 (See our ad on p. 33.) Located at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah. Individual tickets are now available for Tuesday Morning. You can purchase tickets for all shows by becoming a season subscriber. To order tickets, please call the box office at 630-634-2100 or go to www.overshadowed.org.

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James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts

REDISCOVER THE JLC! The Second City Presents: Out of the House Party Saturday, September 17 * 7:30 p.m.

Lisa Rock in Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters Sunday, October 23 * 4 p.m.

Senior/Military/Group Discounts Available!

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass Saturday, November 12 * 8 p.m.

TICKETS

Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker Saturday, December 17 * 1 and 5 p.m.

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and gales of laughter, Air Play bounces on the edge of definition: part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theater. Tickets are available at CenterTickets.net or at (708) 235-2222.

Wheaton Drama, Inc Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University

Since 1931, Wheaton Drama, Inc has been providing quality commu-

The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University presents

Opening our 2022-2023 season, will be the high-energy, foot-tapping

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for the entire family. The Center’s 2022-23 season includes The Nut-

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ing our ticket line at 630-260-1820. Our season continues with

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the wonderful family musical, The Nutcracker features Tchaikovsky’s beloved score with instantly recognizable holiday music, including “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Dance of the

“A Christmas Carol” running November

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day agenda! We hope to see you at our theatre this fall!

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$20 tickets for children 14 and under! The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine presents The Nutcracker

Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 1 & 5 p.m. ‘Tis the season for making special memories with your family! Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, The Nutcracker will fill you with the holiday spirit. Starring the acclaimed State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine, this treasured fairytale follows a young girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, and an army of mice. Acrobuffos present

AIR PLAY Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 2 p.m.

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A circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, Air Play transforms ordinary objects into uncommon beauty. Great for all ages, Air Play creates beauty and inspires laughter across cultures and continents. No translation necessary.

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Give a Fall Facelift to Outdoor

Entertaining Whether it’s pumpkin spice everything, sweater weather or the anticipation of the holidays, there are many reasons to be excited about this time of year. Autumn is the perfect time to extend the warm-weather fun and celebrate with some fall-focused outdoor entertaining. Just as the weather is changing, so can your approach to cooler weather celebrations. Try these tips to help you make the most of your fall festivities:

• There’s no need to say farewell to the outdoors just yet. Make the focal point of your party a cozy outdoor setting, such as a patio with heaters or a fire pit. Add some warm blankets and comfy pillows, and you’ll hardly notice the lower temps. • Remember days get shorter as they grow colder, so a fall get-together may require special lighting to keep things going after the sun goes down. Fall-inspired string lights, lanterns or candles can add the perfect ambiance for a party that lasts well into the late-night hours. You can find great, affordable options online. • While it may seem like time to swap the tiki drinks and frozen cocktails for hot toddies and spiked ciders, fall doesn’t mean you must say goodbye to warm-weather favorites. Put an autumn twist on go-to drinks by adding in fall spices. This easy mulled sangria recipe is perfect for sharing with friends at outdoor celebrations. Find more ideas for fall entertaining at WineFix.com.

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bottle Eppa Sangria cup apple cider cup Licor 43 liqueur cinnamon sticks cup packed light brown sugar whole cloves strip orange peel green apples, sliced

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Easy Entertaining When it comes time to entertain family and friends, it’s important to have a few simple, warm appetizers and small plates at the ready. Plan your menu with recipes that can be prepped ahead of time and popped in the oven when guests arrive. It can make hosting easier and more enjoyable. A versatile ingredient that can enhance your favorite sweet and savory recipes, Musselman’s Apple Butter is more than just a spread. It’s made the oldfashioned way for perfect texture and a rich apple-cinnamon flavor, giving parties and get-togethers a unique taste in recipes like these Apple Brie Bites. Find more appetizers ideal for entertaining at musselmans.com.

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sheet puff pastry, thawed ounces Brie cheese cup Musselman’s Apple Butter cup pecans, chopped

Heat oven to 400 F. Grease mini muffin pan. Press seams of puff pastry sheet together. Cut sheet into quarters then each quarter into six pieces. Use rolling pin to flatten each piece of pastry into square shape. Place one square into each muffin cup. Put 1/2 teaspoon brie, 1 teaspoon apple butter and 1/2 teaspoon chopped pecans into each muffin cup. Bake 13-15 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm.

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family wellness

Expert Medical Advice about

GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

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By Cheryl Maguire

o I have to wear a mask again this school year?”

My 12-year-old daughter asked me this question when we recently discussed going back to school. This question along with many others are being asked by kids since the rules about the pandemic are always changing I want to make sure my daughter is healthy and ready for school, so I turned to a medical expert to learn more about masks, immunizations, and check-ups before returning to school this fall.

SCHEDULE A CHECK-UP OR WELL VISIT If your child has not already had their yearly check-up it is important to schedule one so that they can remain healthy throughout the school year. During this visit, you and your child can also discuss any mental health concerns. Dr. Damon Korb, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician in Los Gatos, CA, and author of Raising an Organized Child says “Think 42 family wellness

of going back to school, the same way that you would have any year but perhaps it is more important. We do not want to miss a potential problem to avoid another. Children should get all of their normal well visits and immunizations.”

IMMUNIZATIONS AND FLU SHOTS Dr. Korb recommends referring to the immunization schedule recommended by the CDC to make sure your child is up to date. Sumana Reddy M.D. at Acacia Family Medical Group in Salinas, CA says that everyone should make sure that they get a yearly flu shot. Flu shots are normally available starting in September. And it’s also important to get a covid vaccine if your child hasn’t received one yet. “Children can die from the flu. It’s very important to get your flu shot,” says Dr. Reddy. Dr. Korb agrees by saying, “Getting the flu shot may actually reduce the likelihood of catching and spreading covid.” Dr. Reddy explains that most doctors are concerned about people being infected with suburban family | subfam.com

the combination of covid and the flu virus that will be circulating this fall. “The more families that get the flu vaccine the better it will be for everyone,” she says. Unlike most vaccines, you need to get the flu shot yearly for it to be effective since the strain of flu often changes. If you don’t have insurance vaccines will be provided for free by doctors due to the federally funded program Vaccines For Children. The program provides vaccines to children who might not be vaccinated because of an inability to pay. The vaccines are available at private physicians’ offices and public health clinics registered as VFC providers. And if you do have insurance there should not be a co-pay for receiving the vaccine. “The Affordable Care Act requires private insurance companies to pay in full for vaccines recommended by the CDC,” says Dr. Reddy. Dr. Reddy explains that there might be some insurance companies that are exempt and that you should check with your insurance company about coverage before getting your vaccine. September/October 2022


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EYE HEALTH

ORAL HEALTH

TELEHEALTH CHECK-IN

Children might be unaware of the fact their vision is not normal. This may lead to feeling frustrated about being unable to see the words in a book or in the classroom causing a child to act out.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child visit a dentist for an initial check-up by the time they turn one. According to the CDC tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic diseases for kids from ages 6 to 19. Research studies found that children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who have good oral health.

Kids that are going back to school might have anxiety about this transition from summer break.

The CDC recommends that children’s eyes should be checked regularly by an eye doctor or pediatrician. Amblyopia or lazy eye is the most common cause of vision loss in children which can be treated if caught early between the ages of 3 to 5 years old. The American Optometric Association estimates 80% of a child’s learning happens through observation. In the classroom, most of the teaching is done by displaying the information.

Fluoride can prevent about one-third of cavities in baby teeth. If your town water does not contain fluoride, you can ask your pediatrician or dentist to prescribe fluoride which is typically taken in pill form once a day.

“I recommend that all kids do a telehealth check-in with their pediatrician to discuss the transition. Often parents think their kid is fine, but you want to have a chance to talk about stress and anxiety,” says Dr. Reddy. During this check-in, you can also make sure that your vaccines are up to date or talk about any other mental health concerns.

BE A ROLE MODEL Dr. Korb says, “Make sure you prepare your child by teaching and modeling safe behavior such as frequently washing hands.”

Jump-Start Success at School with Wellness at Home

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etting the stage for success in the classroom starts with reliable morning routines the whole family can depend on. Establishing a plan for each day before heading off for work or school is beneficial for staying on time and organized, and many families’ mornings start with a nutritious breakfast. This school year, add better-for-you breakfast recipes like Orange Oatmeal or an Orangeberry Smoothie to the menu. These morning meals are powered by 100% orange juice, a delicious option that helps fuel the body with essential nutrients that support a healthy immune system and overall diet quality with no added sugar. “A growing number of research studies has revealed children who regularly drink 100% orange juice have higher intakes of key nutrients, higher quality diets and may have healthier lifestyle habits, like greater physical activity levels, than children who do not drink OJ,” said Dr. Rosa Walsh, director of scientific research at the Florida Department of Citrus. “Study after study confirms that 100% orange juice not only has a place in the diets of children, but it can also serve as an easy way for parents to provide key nutrients without fear of adverse effects on body weight when served in moderation.” 44 family wellness

• Plant Compounds, Flavonoids and Colorful Carotenoids – Work to support the immune system by helping to fight inflammation and helping cells communicate with each other, which can help strengthen immune response when encountering infection.

No Added Sugar

Consider these nutritional benefits of Florida Orange Juice, “The Original Wellness Drink.”

Diet Quality Because 1 cup of 100% orange juice counts as 1 cup of fruit, it’s an easy way to contribute to your children’s fruit intake. As a kid-favorite, it’s a nutrient-dense beverage that helps increase the intake of key nutrients including vitamin C, folate, thiamin, magnesium, potassium and, in fortified juices, vitamin D and calcium.

Immune Support When paired with a healthy lifestyle, Florida Orange Juice has vitamin C, vitamin D (in fortified juices) and phytonutrients (naturally occurring plant compounds) and may help support a strong immune system. • Vitamin C – Commonly associated with helping maintain and strengthen a healthy immune system by protecting cells and promoting the production and function of cells. One 6-8-ounce glass of OJ is an excellent source. • Vitamin D – Plays an important role in regulating immune response and helps cells fight off bacteria and viruses that get into the body. One 6-8-ounce glass of fortified OJ is a good source. suburban family | subfam.com

Unlike foods and beverages that contain added sugars, the natural sugar in 100% orange juice contains vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. As one of nature’s nutrient-rich foods, OJ is a convenient way to enhance whole fruit intake and reach daily recommendations. Plus, it can be used as a substitute for nutrient-poor foods and beverages, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, in the diets of children and adults. Find more information and recipe inspiration at FloridaCitrus.org/OJ.

Orange Oatmeal Servings: 4 1½ cups water 1 cup Florida Orange Juice 1 cup quick cooking steel-cut oats 1 Florida Orange, peeled and diced 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt In medium saucepan over high heat, bring water and orange juice to boil. Add oats to boiling liquids. Return to boil then reduce to medium heat and cook uncovered 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Mix in orange, agave nectar, cinnamon and salt. Remove pan from heat; let stand 1 minute before serving. September/October 2022


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AN HONEST LETTER FROM THE TEACHER By Rebecca Hastings

Dear Parents,

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Temperature changes can happen quickly during the fall season. Layer your clothing and plan to take off layers off as you warm up. You want to wear enough to keep you warm, but not enough to overheat. If you are running in the morning or at night, you need to consider visibility. Visibility is essential to runner’s safety, as it helps you be seen by cars and bikes. In addition to gear such as lights, reflective gear and bright colors are great ways to increase your visibility. Avoid slipping on wet leaves with the moisture on the ground. Check the treads on your running shoes to ensure that you’ve got a stable grip. It’s peak time for many bucket-list races. You have many to choose from here, So sign up and go! And, enjoy the delicious post-run treats and drinks, too.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 AFSP Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk 3-mile walk sponsored by the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Montrose Harbor – Chicago, IL www.chicagowalk.org The Forge Adventure Race. Lemont. Forgeparks. com/races Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Kankakee. act.alz.org BT5K Your Way. Chicago. abta.org/get-involved/bt5k Pint 1K Run. Oswego. Enjoyaurora.com Step It Up for Clearbrook 5K. Arlington Heights. Clearbrook.org Out of the Darkness Walk. Chicago. Afsp.org Walk for Apraxia – Frankfort. Secure.apraxia-kids.org North Shore Triathlon. Wilmette. trinorthshore.com SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Chicago LupusWalk and Fun Run. Lincoln Park. Lupusil.org Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Naperville. act.alz.org Fox Valley Marathon, Half Marathon and 20-Mile Race. St. Charles. fv26.com North Shore Century. Between Chicago and Wisconsin. evanstonbikeclub.org Sea Blue Run/Walk. Chicago. Zerocancer.org SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. St. Charles. act.alz.org Hustle S’More 5K and 10K Kids’ Mile. Geneva. Genevaparks.org SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Kid’s Triathalon. Oswego.runoswegoland.org Lions Run for Hope 5k. Stickney. Lionsrunforhope.org Chi Town Half Marathon and 10K. Chicago. allcommunityevents.com/chitownhalfmarathon10k SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 DeKalb Corn Classic 10K and 5K Race. DeKalb. dekalbcornclassic.org Kids’ Triathlon. Oswego. oswegolandparkdistrict.org VIRTUAL Tour de Cure Ride. Anywhere. tour.diabetes.org Bark-a-palooza 5K Run and Rescue Fest. Lisle. Wshs-dg.org September/October 2022


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OCTOBER SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 Montgomery 5K & 10K River Run USATF Certified.Portion of Proceeds to Montgomery VFW Post #7452, Montgomey Foundation and Rotary Club Village of Montgomery, 200 North River St. raceroster.com/events/2022/61776/montgomery-river-run NEDA Walk.Chicago.Nedawalk.org Fall Color 5K Run and Walk.Lisle.mortonarb.org Highlander Assault 4, 8, 12 and 24-Mile Obstacle Course Races.Holiday Hills.highlanderassault SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Hinsdale Rotary Run Charity Classic 3K, 5K, and 10K Run / 3K and 5K Walk, Walk ‘N Roll & Mutt Strut.CARA certified. The Community House, Hinsdale www.rotaryruncharityclassic.com Lemons of Love Pink Lemonade Zest 5k. Mt. Prospect. lemonsoflove.org Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5K Run/Walk. Elk Grove Village and Crystal Lake. act.alz.org Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk. Lake Zurich. tunnel2towers.org Brain Up 5K Walk/Run. Frankfort. brainup.ngo Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of DuPage. Wheaton. secure.acsevents.org FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 NAMI Run for Mental Health 5K Run/Walk. Evanston. namiwalks.org SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 Abbott Chicago 5K. Chicago. chicago5k.com Nik’s Home Run, 7k Run, 1.5 Mile Fun Walk. Loves Park. Nikolasritschelfoundation.org SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 Bank of America Marathon. Chicago. chicagomarathon.com Chicago 10K Run. Chicago. runmfg.com WEDENSDAY, OCTOBER 12

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Superhero 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk. Highwood. Celebratehighwood.org SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 Des Plaines River Trail Races. Vernon Hills. Desplainesrivertrailraces.com Scarecrow Scramble Nighttime 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Race. Lisle. lislepartnersforparks.org Country Soul Half Marathon and 10K. Chicago. allcommunityevents.com/countrysolerun SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 Run with the Nuns 5K Run/Walk. Lemont. runwiththenuns.org Healthy Driven Naperville Half Marathon and 5K Run. Naperville. runnaperville.com World’s Largest Corn Maze 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Spring Grove. allcommunityevents.com Light the Night Walk. Western Springs. lightthenight.org SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 Saw Wee Kee Spring Trail Run. Yorkville. runoswegoland.org Walk for Autism Speaks. Soldier Field. act. autismspeaks.org Komen Race for the Cure 5K. Chicago. komen.org Spooky Sprint. Plainfield. Plfdparks.org Forte 5K. Channahon. Forte5k.com SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 The Universal Sole Trail Challenge. Palos. universalsole.com Red Eye 5K Run. Joliet. jpdrun3.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 Bat Race 5K/10K. Batavia. Bataviaunitedway.org Halloween Hustle 5K – Palatine. Halloweenhustle.com Hot Cider Hustle 8 mi. and 5K. Wheaton.allcommunityevents.com/hotciderhustle Race to Cure Sarcoma. Wheaton. P2p.onecause.com SUNDAY, 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. USATF-IL certified Family activities included! 9000 W.College Parkway, Palos Hills www.morainevalley.edu/fitrec

~~~ Healthy Driven FRAIDYCAT 5K GHOST RUN 8K & MEOW MILE Downtown Oswego info@oswegochamber.org www.FRAIDYCAT5K.COM Sycamore Pumpkin Run 10K Road Race Sycamore. pumpkinrunsycamore.com Haunted Oak 5K. Homer Glen. hauntedoak5k.com Day of the Dead Family 5K Run/Walk. Heritage Park. Wheelingparkdistrict.com September/October 2022


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ith the heavy fall sports season under way in school systems across the nation – one of America’s leading advocacy groups for sports injury prevention is urging athletic departments and parents alike to reevaluate their school’s safety protocols and, if necessary, shore up their game-time contingency plans. Nearly 30 million children and adolescents participate in youth sports in the United States. If you’re a parent, do you know your school’s procedures in case your child gets hurt during a practice or a game? It’s not enough to just assume the coach has all the protocols nailed down. With sports in secondary schools getting more competitive and aggressive, the level of preparedness for injuries also should be heightened.”

Rock ‘n’ Kids Get on your feet! Rock ‘n’ Kids provides music, movement and imagination classes for 1-5 years at park districts in Chicagoland! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are interactive and educational, with each class including songs and rhymes, basic dance steps and movements, fine and gross motor skills, rhythm instruments and movement props, imaginative play, socialization and fun! We are also available for mobile music and dance parties! We have been singing, dancing, and playing for over 27 years! Get more information at www.rockitkids.com. Great Lakes Volleyball Center If you are looking for the best volleyball training in the Chicago area then look no further than the Great Lakes Volleyball Center. The GLC offers programs of all grades (Pre-K - 12th Grade), all abilities (Beginner to Advanced) and all levels of commitment. Please visit our website for more information. www.greatlakescenter.com

The Taylor Haugen Foundation cites these five tips for building the safest school sports program possible: 1. Post dedicated medical personnel on the sideline. 2. Establish proper sideline protocols for injuries. 3. Outfit your athlete with the proper protective equipment. 4. Beat the heat with a hydration plan. 5. Talk to your kids about sports safety. Make sure they understand how to be as prepared and protected as possible for competition. More information can be found at taylorhaugen.org

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Here’s your source for current and upcoming great events. Event information is subject to change without notice, therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm – and be certain to tell ‘em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine! If you have an event of regional interest that you would like included in the calendar section, please send an email to mail@ subfam.com. Deadline for inclusion in the November/December issue is Friday, October 14th.

SEPTEMBER FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 FAMILY End-of-Summer Celebration – 4-9PM. Mini-golf, food trucks, live music and fireworks. Pottawatomi Park. St. Charles. Stcparks.org SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 FOOD Taste of Serbia – Traditional cuisine, music, cultural events and dance, raffles. St. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church. Noon-11PM. Lake Forest – Mettawa, IL. tasteofserbia.org FAMILY Illinois Railway Museum – Open late for nighttime rides until 9:30PM. Only for train rides, advanced tickets encouraged. Union, IL 815-923-4391. Events scheduled at www.irm.org

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 CONCERT Anchors Away – A Yacht Rock extravaganza featuring some of Chicago’s most seasoned musicians. Lawn seating. 3–5PM Wheaton. cantigny.org FAMILY Illinois Railway Museum – Open late for nighttime rides until 9:30PM. Only for train rides, advanced tickets encouraged. Union, IL 815-923-4391. Events scheduled at www.irm.org FOOD Taste of Serbia – Traditional cuisine, music, cultural events and dance, raffles. St. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church. Noon-11PM. Lake Forest – Mettawa, IL. tasteofserbia.org

Happy Labor Day! MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 CONCERT Radio Gaga – Vegas style production featuring music of Lady Gaga and Freddy Mercury. Lawn seating. 3–5PM Wheaton. cantigny.org WEDNSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 MOVIE Drive-In Movies – Jurassic Park at The Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center. 8PM. Register. Mokena. Mokenapark.com SHOPPING Fall Canal Artisan Market – Vintage goods and handmade wares in downtown Lemont. 9AM–3PM mabelsmarket.com THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 FAMILY Day of Play Event – Romeoville Park District at Rotary Park event includes activities and crafts. Plainfield. Plfdparks.org FAMILY Touch-A-Truck – Climb, play and explore a variety of vehicles in Blackberry Farm’s back parking lot. 9:30AM-12:30PM. Aurora. Foxvalleyparkdistrict.org FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 FAMILY Night at the Movies – Watch Encanto outdoors on a big screen at 95th Street Community Plaza. 7:30PM. Naperville. napervilleparks.org

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FAMILY Lake County RV Outlet Show – Admission and parking are Free. Grayslake. Rvoutletshow.com SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 ADULT Sip and Stroll – Sample local libations at the park district and enjoy the changing colors and sculpture exhibit. St. Charles. Stcparks.org ADULTS Cup in Hand Kickball – Play a game of kickball while holding your favorite beverage. 10AM Ottawa. Pickusottawa.com ANIMALS Pooch Pentathlon – Dogs show their skills in a multi-event competition. Prizes for each event and division. 12-4PM. Register. Splash Country Water Park. Aurora. Foxvalleyparkdistrict.org 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. lgba.com ART Art on the Fox – Juried artists in a variety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10AM–5PM. Algonquin. amdurproductions.com FAMILY “A River Thru History” – An early American festive gathering of fur trappers, settlers, craftsmen, and entertainers along the banks of the Des Plaines River. 10AM - 5PM. Columbia Woods Forest Preserve, Willow Springs. ariverthruhistory.com FAMILY Touch-A-Truck – Climb and explore a variety of vehicles at Berens Park. Free. Elmhurst. Epd.org FUNDRAISER National Hellenic Museum Gala – Hilton Chicago, black tie optional. 6-11PM. Nationalhellenicmuseum.org 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. Cantigny.org LECTURE Pioneering the American Faceting Movement – Justin Prim reveals the roots of gemstone cutting in America. 2PM. Ages 12 and up. Lizzadro Museum, Oak Brook. Register lizzadromuseum.org VIRTUAL Empowering Girls for Life – FREE event to get the message out on motivating and empowerSeptember/October 2022


ing young girls to be the best that they can be. Multiple speakers, begins 8:30AM. Register at empoweringgirlsforlife.com SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 ANIMALS Tails on the Trails – Dog-friendly event at Morton Arboretum’s trails. Pet Expo and vendors. Dog-friendly days are the only times that non-service dogs are allowed in cars or on the grounds of the Arboretum. Tickets for dogs are $5 each. Mortonarb.org ART Art on the Fox – Juried artists in a variety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10AM–5PM. Algonquin. amdurproductions.com 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. lgba.com AUTO Plainfield Moose Car Show – Buffet breakfast, lunch available 8:30-3PM. , music from 1-4PM. Plainfield. Mooseintl.org FAMILY “A River Thru History” – An early American festive gathering of fur trappers, settlers, craftsmen, and entertainers along the banks of the Des Plaines River. 10AM - 4PM. Columbia Woods Forest Preserve, Willow Springs. ariverthruhistory.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. Cantigny.org

FUNDRAISER Golf for Goodness – Golf outing followed by a buffet dinner, awards and raffle. Benefits Lazarus House. Prairie Landing Golf Club, West Chicago. lazarushouse.net SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 ART Park Forest Art Fair – Outdoor art exhibition. Downtown Park Forest on Main St. between Western Ave. and Orchard Dr. 10AM–5PM. Park Forest. tallgrassarts.org ART Riverwalk Fine Art Fair – Outdoor juried art exhibition along the DuPage River. 10AM-5PM. Naperville. napervilleartleague.com CONCERT Mickey Hatfield Trio – Local band performing live music from Willie Nelson, REM, Avett Brothers and more. 12-2PM. The Glen. Glenview. Butterfieldpd.com FAMILY Smithsonian Museum Day – SelfGuided Tour. Up to 2 Free Admissions per ticket. Free Admission 10AM-5PM.Tickets can be downloaded at: smithsonianmag.com/museumday FAMILY Downtown Lisle Car Show – Main Street, Burlington Ave. and commuter lots in downtown Lisle. 6-8:30PM. Lisle. Villageoflisle.org FUNDRAISER – Evergreen Gala - Wine and dine around the lake. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, demonstrations and more for the Morton Arboretum. 5:30–10PM. Mortonarb.org SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 ART Park Forest Art Fair – Outdoor art exhibition. Downtown Park Forest on Main St. between Western Ave.

and Orchard Dr. 10AM–5PM. Park Forest. tallgrassarts.org ART Riverwalk Fine Art Fair – Outdoor juried art exhibition along the DuPage River. 10AM-5PM. Naperville. napervilleartleague.com AUTO Cantigny Car Show – Vintage cars, entertainment and food trucks. South Parking lot at Cantigny, 10AM–3PM Wheaton. Cantigny.org WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 MOVIE Drive-In Movies – Back to the Future. The Oaks Recreation Center. 8PM. Register. Mokena. Mokenapark.com SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Art Burr Ridge Art Fair – Juried artists in a variety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10AM–5PM. Burr Ridge. amdurproductions.com FAMILY Fun Night Out in Hinckley – Restaurants feature specials, antique car show, and live music. 4-9PM. Downtown Hinkley. Enjoyaurora.com FAMILY Big Truck Show – See the innerworkings of tractors, trucks and cars. Bring your camera for photo ops. 10AM-12PM. St. Charles. Stcparks.org FAMILY Civil War Show – Museum quality artifacts from the past and recent war eras, along with antique and vintage firearms. 9AM–4PM. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. chicagocivilwarshow.com SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Art Burr Ridge Art Fair – Juried artists in a va-

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 FAMILY Fall Special Needs Night – Families with special needs can enjoy Blackberry Farm and all attractions after hours. Purchase tickets. Aurora. Foxvalleyparkdistrict.com FAMILY Car Cruise Night – Classic cars, food trucks, music and family fun! 5–8 PM. Konow’s. Homer Glen. konowscornmaze.com OUTDOORS A Night for Nature – 5-9PM. Tickets include small plates, tours of McCormick Woods and Spring Brook, Live entertainment and more. Dupageforest.org/night-for-nature FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 FAMILY Night at the Movies – Watch Black Widow outdoors on a big screen at 95th Street Community Plaza. 7:30 PM. Naperville. napervilleparks.org FAMILY Glow Night at Blackberry Farm – Glowin-the-dark party with a variety of games and a treasure hunt. All ages. Purchase tickets. Aurora. Foxvalleyparkdistrict.org FAMILY Touch-A-Truck Day – Eastside Community Center. Discover a variety of vehicles up close. 10AM-12PM. Sensory-friendly hours. Batavia. Bataviaparks.org FAMILY Glow in the Garden – Wear anything that glows for end of summer activities and paper lanterns. Nicholas Conservatory. 6-9PM. Rockford. Nicholasconservatory.com/glow-in-the-garden September/October 2022

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riety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10AM–5PM. Burr Ridge. amdurproductions.com EXHIBIT Solisti Di Camera String Quartet – The string quartet will perform selections and will include a brief discussion about the music selections. Oak Brook. Lizzadromuseum.org PETS Barkpalooza Dog Walk and Pet Expo – Animal-related vendors, food, live entertainment, and kids’ fun zone. 10AM-2PM. Benefits the West Suburban Humane Society. Community Park, Lisle. WSHS-dg.org PETS Pets-AH-Palooza – 11AM-5PM. Family and pets enjoy a stunt dog show, contests, adoptions, workshops and more. Geneva. Ahconnects.org

OCTOBER SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 ART Lincoln Roscoe Art and Crafts Fair – Juried artists in a variety of mediums. Live music. Food. 10AM–5PM. Lincoln Avenue, Roscoe to School. Chicago. amdurproductions.com CRAFTS Craft Show Autumn Colors – Over 100 booths indoor and outdoor. 9AM-3PM. Free admission. Romeoville Rec Center. Romeoville. Romeoville.org FUNDRAISER Golf in the Dark – Lake Park Golf Course hosts an evening of glow golf, food, drink, prizes and raffles. Register. Des Plaines. Dgparks.org SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 ART Liberty Art Festival – Art will be displayed in the businesses’ storefront window, or other visible location. Some artists will also be present, selling their work. 9AM–5PM Downtown Morris. downtownmorris.com PETS Aurora Pooch Parade – 11AM-2PM in Phillips Park. Aurora. Enjoyaurora.com THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 FAMILY Drive-In Movie – 7-9PM. West Main Community Park. Bring the family, blankets and pillows and enjoy The Addams Family (2019 Animated) under the stars. Batavia. Bataviaparks.org WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12 ART Relief Print Making Demo – Bloomingdale

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Artists Association at Bloomingdale Park District Museum. 6:30PM. Bloomingdale. bpetrosius@gmail.com SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 ESCAPE Escape the Mansion –Explore the mansion’s secret laboratory and solve the clues to escape it before it’s too late. 1-9PM. Register. Geneva. Genevaparks.org FAMILY STEM FEST– Join us to celebrate science, technology, engineering and math with hands-on activities, exhibits and talks. 10AM to 4PM. NIU DeKalb Campus. go.niu.edu/STEMFest2022

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ONGOING RT Resilient – 9/2-24. An exhibit showcasing storytelling through textiles. Aurora. Aurora-il.org/329/ Aurora-Public-Art CRAFTS Arts and Crafts Show – 9/30-10/2. Admission is $5 and parking is free. Lake County Fairgrounds. Grayslake. Stepbysteppromotions.com 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. lcfairgrounds.com 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. lizzadromuseum.org EXHIBIT Resilience – 9/16 thru Late December. Exhibition of 20 works of photographic art. National Hellenic Museum. Chicago. nationalhellenicmuseum.org EXHIBIT Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World – A five-month outdoor exhibit featuring dozens of mythical animals inspired by Mexican folklore. Open through Oct. 30. Wheaton. Cantigny.org

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EXHIBIT Train Saturdays - 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. 1:30-3:30PM. DuPage County Historical Museum. Wheaton. dupagemuseum.org EXHIBIT Delicate Forces Exhibit – Colorful materials and subtle movement create a kaleidoscope in this latest exhibit. Through 11/6. Nicholas Conservatory. nicholasconservatory.com EXHIBIT Human + Nature Walking Tour – Take a 1.5 mile walking tour through The Morton Arboretum to view the sculptures on display. 9–11:30AM and 1:30–4PM through March 2023. Lisle. Mortonarb.org FAMILY Irish Days – 9/3-5. One-of-a-kind St. Patrick’s Day on Labor Day. Bagpipers, folk bands, Irish dancers and Men’s Kilt Contest. Downtown Long Grove. longgrove.org/festivals/irish-days FAMILY Art Openings & More! - Experience art, music, and more at more than a dozen venues throughout downtown. First Friday of the month through December. Free. 5-11PM. Aurora. auroradowntown.org FAMILY Lake County RV Outlet Show – Lake County Fairgrounds Friday, 9/9-11. 11AM–7PM Friday, 10AM-7PM Saturday, 11AM-5PM Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Grayslake. rvoutletshow.com FAMILY Ice Age Giants – Daily. Amazing life-like animatronics located throughout the park. Brookfield Zoo. Schedule visit at czs.org HEALTH Lupus Support Group – Group meetings begin with education, sharing, then time to meet individually. Saturdays, 10AM–12PM Edward-Elmhurst Health. Lupusil.org KIDS 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. Kcmgc.org OUTDOORS Plant Giveaway – Stop by the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden to pot up a featured plant seedling or seed to grow at home. 11AM–3PM. Chicago Botanic, Glencoe. Chicagobotanic.org OUTDOORS Take a Hike & Lunch – 9/4-26, Weekends. View spectacular fall colors with guided hikes. Starved Rock State Park, Utica. starvedrockstatepark.org OUTDOORS Birds of Prey – Rockford Park District is open to the public Saturdays, 10AM-2PM for self-guided tours and the Birds of Prey live exhibit is open Saturdays at 1PM. Seth B. Atwood Park. Atwoodpark.org SHOPPING Recycled Art Sale at The Art Center – Donations collected throughout the year are for sale in the style of a Parisian Flea Market 10/14-22 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Theartcenterhp.org SHOW Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show – 9/30–10/2 70,000 sq. feet of retailers, resorts, clubs and giveaways. in the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel. Renaissanceschaumburg.com TOUR Cavalcade Tour of Homes – Tour a variety of homes with the latest tech and designs on 2 weekends 9/9-9/18. Tickets at cavalcadetourofhomes.com September/October 2022


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

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano Biaggi’s is a casual Italian restaurant with 3 locations in the Chicagoland area offering large portions of affordably priced, authentic Italian dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients available. Relax in a comfortable, inviting dining room while enjoying your meal from an extensive selection of pastas, soups & salads, pizza, fresh seafood, steaks and desserts. Signature dishes include Fettuccine with Lobster, Ziti al Forno and White Chocolate Bread Pudding. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Biaggi’s Chicagoland locations include Algonquin, Deer Park or Naperville. For a complete menu or additional information visit www.biaggis.com.

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ANTICO POSTO Antico Posto is a cozy Italian cafe and wine bar serving Italian classics. Located in Oakbrook Center, signature dishes include Chicken Meatballs with arrabbiata sauce, Hand-Stretched Brick Oven Pizzas, House-Made Gnocchi and Baked Eggplant Parmesan. Dine in the main dining room, order catering for an athome celebration, or enjoy the intimacy of Antico Posto’s pri272 OAKBROOK CENTER • 630-491-1415 BE ATRIXRESTAURANTS.COM

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Feed the farm animals, enjoy great food at our outdoor grill and much more!

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