Things to do Nov. 17-23: Lightshows, Turkey Trots, tree lightings, vacation markets and extra
By Luke Zurawski
Fall Flower Show: 8 a.m. to six p.m. every day by Nov. 26 at Wilder Park Conservatory, Church Street and Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst. A seasonal show of fall flowers. epd.org.
Yuletide Treasures: 9 a.m.to five p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays on the DuPage Art League, 218 W. Front St., Wheaton. One-of-a-kind items handmade by native artists. Free parking on Front Street and within the parking storage throughout the road. dupageartleague.org.
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”: 1 and seven:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays, by Dec. 30, at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. The inspiring true story of Carole King’s journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Ticket costs begin at $55. marriotttheatre.com.
“Downton Abbey — The Exhibition”: 10 a.m. to six p.m. Wednesdays by Sundays by March 31 at Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center, 4905 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. See never-before-seen parts from the present, together with authentic costumes, production-used props and unique footage from “Downton Abbey.” $27-$64. downtonexhibition.com.
Lightscape: 4:30-9:15 p.m. choose days by Jan. 7 on the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Take an after-dark stroll by an array of illuminated shows from new installments to favorites just like the Winter Cathedral. In advance: $30-$34 for adults, $17-$19 for youths 3-12; day of: $33-$37 for adults, $19-$21 for youths 3-12. chicagobotanic.org/lightscape.
Starts earlier than Friday
The Grove Holiday Market: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16-17, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, at The Grove Redfield Estate, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview. Shop for vacation items, decorations, personalised ornaments and connoisseur meals from native distributors. Admission is $4 on the door. glenviewparks.org/amenities/the-grove.
IllumiBrew: 5:30-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16-17, at Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. For 21 and older. See Illumination: Tree Lights whereas sampling seasonal beers, ciders and meads from native breweries stationed alongside the Illumination path. $70-$95 (designated driver $35-$50). mortonarb.org.
“Seussical Jr.”: 6:30 p.m. Thursday by Saturday, Nov. 16-18, and a pair of:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. A younger boy named JoJo conjures up the Cat within the Hat together with his highly effective creativeness and is whisked to the Jungle of Nool for a fantastical journey. There, JoJo learns of the plight of the tiny residents of Whoville, who reside on a planet the dimensions of a speck of mud. $12-$18. parkfun.com.
HOTT Productions’ “Nutcracker Ballet”: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16-17, at Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. $22. prairiecenter.org.
“Legally Blonde Jr. The Musical”: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16-17, and a pair of p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Wheaton Academy Fine Arts Center, 900 Prince Crossing Road, West Chicago. WeGo Community Theatre’s manufacturing. Tickets are $10 at wegocommunitytheatre.org.
“Mean Girls, Jr.”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 16-17, and three p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, at Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. Big Deal Productions presents the autumn Children’s Theatre manufacturing. $17. bgparks.org/packages/performing-arts.
“Miss Bennet — Christmas at Pemberley”: 8 p.m. Thursdays by Saturdays and three p.m. Sundays, from Thursday, Nov. 16, by Dec. 17, on the McAninch Arts Center Playhouse Theatre, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Buffalo Theatre Ensemble presents this sequel to “Pride and Prejudice.” Mary Bennet, the bookish, single center sister, yearns for extra in life when an anticipated visitor joins the Christmas festivities at Pemberley. Preshow with the director and designers at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, and publish present with the director and actors Friday, Nov. 24. $42-$44. atthemac.org.
Friday, Nov. 17
Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine & Jukebox Show: 7 a.m. to five p.m. Friday, Nov. 17; 9:30 a.m. to five p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18; and 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, on the Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Antique slot machines, jukeboxes, promoting memorabilia, gumball and penny arcade machines, music bins, pinball machines, vintage video video games, vinyl records and extra. Friday is early-bird preview and supplier’s setup. Admission is $8 for Saturday or Sunday, $12 for each days, $50 for a three-day move for adults; free for youths. chicagolandshow.com.
Merry Makers Craft Show: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at 816 W. Highland Ave., Elgin. Christmas wreaths, vacation decorations and ornaments on the market, in addition to crocheted child objects, hats, scarves, gnomes and present objects. Bake sale contains do-it-yourself vacation cookies, breads, fudge and different goodies. (847) 888-2230.
Chicagopex 2023 Stamp Show: 10 a.m. to six p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, on the Westin Chicago Northwest, 400 Park Blvd., Itasca. Largest stamp present within the Midwest options over 70 sellers, displays, philatelic and literature exhibitions, youth space and an APS Town Hall on Friday. Free admission and parking. chicagopex.org.
Christkindlmarket Aurora, a German-style outside market, runs Thursdays by Sundays, Nov. 17 by Dec. 24, at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.
– Courtesy of Eric James Walsh.
Aurora Christkindlmarket: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to six p.m. Sundays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 17 by Dec. 24, at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. German-style outside market that includes worldwide and native distributors promoting a wide range of wares. Special hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23. Free. paramountaurora.com/occasions/christkindlmarket.
Chicago Christkindlmarket: 11 a.m. to eight p.m. Sundays by Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 17 by Dec. 24, at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago. German-style outside market that includes worldwide and native distributors promoting a wide range of wares. Special hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23. Free. christkindlmarket.com/daleyplaza.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church Holiday Vendor Fair: 3-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2107 Three Oaks Road, Cary. Crafters and distributors, rummage sale, meals vehicles, baked items and visits with Santa. Free. holycrosscary.org.
Holiday Market: 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18; and midday to three p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Studio, 740 Front St., Lisle. One-of-a-kind objects by the artists, together with distinctive ceramics, glass, artwork, ornaments and items. clayspace.web.
McHenry Living Windows & Cocoa Crawl: 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in downtown McHenry. Register for the Cocoa Crawl to obtain samples of scorching cocoa and vacation treats at taking part companies. mchenrychamber.com/living-windows.
Providence Christmas Market: 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Northwest Bible Baptist Church, 9N889 Nesler Road, Elgin. Annual fundraiser benefiting Providence Bible College options quilts, present jars, purses, garden video games, cookies, pies, jams and jellies, salsa and extra. Homemade concessions. Free admission and parking. providencebaptistcollege.com.
Sonny Acres Farm Holiday Market: 4-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4-9 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 17 by Dec. 23, at Sonny Acres Farm, 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago. Product distributors, hayrides, petting zoo, specialty meals distributors, leisure and extra. Free entry. sonnyacres.com.
ZooLights: 4:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4:30-9 p.m. Sunday by Thursday, Nov. 17 by Jan. 7, at Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago. Lighted shows, picture ops and interactive programming. Closed Thursday, Nov. 23. $10 Fridays and Saturdays, $7 most weekdays, free on Mondays. lpzoo.org/occasion/zoolights.
Big & Bright Trail of Lights Festival: 5-9 p.m. Thursday by Sunday, Nov. 17 by Dec. 31, at Sonny Acres Farm, 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago. Holiday lights present contains Christmas Market, pictures ops, fireplace pits, s’mores, scorching chocolate, grownup specialty drinks and extra. $10-$15. sonnyacres.com.
Holidays on the Town — Shop, Sip, Taste: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, round 34 W. Palatine Road, Palatine. More than a dozen shops will supply raffles, particular reductions and extra. Santa will cease by every location to go to with company and take selfies. downtownpalatine.org.
Santa’s Rock ‘N’ Lights: 5-10 p.m. every day from Friday, Nov. 17, by Sunday, Jan. 1, on the Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Drive-through animated lights present. $29.99-$36.99. santasrocknlights.com.
Illuminate Northbrook: 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in downtown Northbrook. Sip complimentary scorching chocolate as Northbrook activates the vacation lights. Donate a gently used or new winter coat to Northbrook Rotary Club’s Coat Off Your Back marketing campaign to obtain a commemorative mug, whereas provides final. northbrook.il.us.
Sparkle Light Festival: Various instances Friday, Nov. 17, by Sunday, Dec. 31, at Impact Field, 9850 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont. Stroll by 5 illuminated villages, together with the Frozen Forest, Snowflake Circle, Winter Wonderland, the North Pole and Deck the Walls. Visit Santa, ice skate, take a free prepare experience on the Holly Trolley prepare and go tubing down the Alpine Slide. Festive meals and drinks for buy. Admission is $18-$70. Parking is at Impact Field’s parking storage for $5. For a schedule, see sparklerosemont.com.
Aurora Winter Lights Festival: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, on Downer Place, from Water Street to River Street, Aurora. At 6:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus lead the illuminated parade that includes reindeer, elves and particular company. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus, together with Mayor Irvin, will mild the town’s vacation tree. A grand fireworks show follows on the banks of the Fox River. Afterward, on Stolp Avenue, between Downer Place and Galena Boulevard, there shall be meals distributors, roaming costumed characters and music at Millennium Plaza. Free. aurora-il.org.
City of Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue and Washington Street, Chicago. Chicago’s official tree lighting. Free. chicago.gov.
North Aurora Turkey Raffle: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18, at North Aurora Fire Station No. 1, 2 N. Monroe St., North Aurora. North Aurora Firefighter’s Association fundraiser. Additional progressive meat raffle each half-hour; should be current to win. Food and drinks. 50/50 drawing at midnight Nov. 18; needn’t be current to win. nafd.org.
Santa’s Arrival, A Christmas Story PJ Party: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills. Meet Santa’s elves, face portray, balloon twisting, crafts and music. Each registered little one will obtain a swag bag. Tickets are $5 for youths; free for adults and children 2 and youthful. shophawthornmall.com.
Turkey Shoot Free-Throw Contest: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Techny Prairie Activity Center, 180 Anets Drive, Northbrook. Third annual Turkey Shoot Free-Throw Contest. Each participant shoots 15 free throws. First place in every age division receives a turkey. Second place in every age division receives a pie. nbparks.org.
Winter Arts & Crafts Expo: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17; 9 a.m. to six p.m. Mondays by Thursdays; 9 a.m. to five p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 18 by Dec. 20, at Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St., Evanston. The twenty first annual expo options one-of-a-kind items by greater than 150 chosen artisans. Includes handmade works of bijou, ceramics, fiber, metallic, glass, work, pictures, blended media and extra. Proceeds profit the continued exhibition, training and outreach packages on the Art Center. Admission Friday, Nov. 17, is $40 prematurely, $50 on the door. Admission Nov. 18 by Dec. 20 is free. evanstonartcenter.org.
Woman’s Club of Evanston Holiday Bazaar: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17; 10 a.m. to five p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, on the Woman’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave., Evanston. One-of-a-kind items, together with glass and ceramic artwork, specialty meals and drinks, dwelling items and decor, clothes and accessories, bathtub and physique, jewellery and extra. Proceeds help native charities through the WCE Community Grants Fund. Friday Preview Party admission is $25; free admission Saturday and Sunday. wcofe.org.
Art of the Land: 6:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18, at Starline Factory, 306 W. Front St., Harvard. Fine artists and artisans shall be promoting works impressed by the native panorama. 30% of all artwork gross sales help The Land Conservancy’s preservation work in McHenry County. conservemc.org.
“What You Will, or Twelfth Night”: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18, at Theatre on the Mill, 253 Walter St., Elmhurst. Shakespeare’s comedy. $5-$15. elmhurst.edu.
CSO at Wheaton: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Wheaton College Edman Memorial Chapel, 401 E. Franklin, Wheaton. Chicago Symphony Orchestra will carry out Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and violinist Leonidas Kavakos performs Szymanowski’s Second Violin Concerto. A free preconcert dialog shall be held at 6:15 p.m. in Amerding Concert Hall. $65-$125. (312) 294-3000 or cso.org/wheaton.
“It’s a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18, and a pair of p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, on the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., eighth ground, Elgin. Elgin Theatre Company’s annual vacation manufacturing. Sunday performances are signal acted for the deaf and arduous of listening to. $18-$20. elgin-theatre.org/.
StarKid presents “VHS Christmas Carols”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17; 3 and seven:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18; and three p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, on the Apollo Theater, 2550 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $47-$65. teamstarkid.com/vhs-christmas-carols-2023.
Theatre 121’s “White Christmas”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and a pair of p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 by Dec. 3, on the Woodstock Opera House, 121 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock. $10-$26. woodstockoperahouse.com.
Wintersong “Stella Natalis”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and three p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale with Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus. $8-$18. gewchorale.org.
“Big Fish”: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18, and a pair of p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Harper College Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. The Harper College Ensemble Theatre Company performs the musical based mostly on Daniel Wallace’s novel and director Tim Burton’s movie. $15 for Harper college students (with ID); $20 for Harper staff, different college students or seniors (with ID); and $25 for common admission. (847) 925-6100 or harpercollege.edu/boxoffice.
The Second City’s Holiday Revue “What The Elf”: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and three p.m. Sundays, Nov. 17 by Dec. 23, at Copley Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Chicago’s famed improv and sketch comedy theater skewers the vacations. $42. paramountaurora.com.
Long Grove Vintage Days: Friday, Nov. 17, by Dec. 23, in downtown Long Grove, 145 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Carriage rides Fridays by Sundays; vacation caroling; service provider open homes and promotions. Free. longgrove.org/competition/holiday-season.
“The Snow Queen”: Various instances Friday, Nov. 17, by Sunday, Dec. 31, on the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Be spirited away by this new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fantastical coming-of-age journey that impressed the hit Disney film “Frozen.” Tickets begin at $15.75. MarriottTheatre.com.
Guests make s’mores on the warming fires amid the Illumination: Tree Lights installations on show Saturday, Nov. 18, by Jan. 6 on the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
– Courtesy of the Morton Arboretum
Guests make s’mores on the warming fires amid the Illumination: Tree Lights installations on show Saturday, Nov. 18, by Jan. 6 on the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
– Courtesy of the Morton Arboretum
Saturday, Nov. 18
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Christmas within the Country Craft Show: 8 a.m. to three p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1023 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake. The forty third annual occasion encompasses a juried craft present, raffle, bake sale and a meals court docket. (815) 575-2750 or elizabethannseton.org.
Christmas Crossroads Craft Show: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and 9:30 a.m. to three p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Lockport East High School Field House, 1333 E. seventh St., Lockport. The 52nd annual present options greater than 170 artists, crafters and makers, meals distributors and extra. Admission is $5; free for youths 12 and youthful. Free parking and shuttle. christmascrossroads.com.
Breakfast and Lunch with Santa: 9-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at The Village Squire, 480 S. Randall Road, South Elgin. Have breakfast or lunch with Santa. Includes crafts, coloring, reindeer meals and a go to with Santa. Breakfast is $13 for residents and $18 for nonresidents; lunch is $15 for youths and $20 for adults for residents and $20/$27 for nonresidents. Register at southelgin.com/registration.
Carl Sandburg Craft Show: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, at Carl Sandburg High School, 13300 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park. Explore greater than 350 cubicles that includes distinctive crafts, vacation decorations, woodworking, meals, candles, do-it-yourself artisan merchandise, direct-sale objects and extra. Admission: $5, free for youths 11 and youthful. cshsathleticboosters.com.
Holiday Cookie Walk: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Features cookies bought by the pound and various baked items. Proceeds will profit the missions and ministries of the church. faithlutheran-ah.org.
Holiday Craft Show Fundraiser: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Alive Center, 500 W. fifth Ave., Naperville. Holiday craft present benefiting Alive Center packages. alivecenter.org.
Holy Apostles Holiday Bazaar: 9 a.m. to six:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at The Church of Holy Apostles, 5211 Bull Valley Road, McHenry. Baked treats and occasional, raffle of present baskets, distinctive crafts and items and refurbished jewellery. A Cookie Walk of specialty cookies shall be held on Saturday. (815) 385-5673 or thechurchofholyapostles.org.
Leggee Holiday Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Huntley High School, 13719 Harmony Road, Huntley. Leggee Elementary School’s twelfth annual craft honest options greater than 140 crafters and distributors. All proceeds profit Leggee Elementary and its packages. Free entry with a financial or nonperishable meals donation for the Grafton Food Pantry on the door. leggeepta.org.
Prince of Peace Vendor/Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to three p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, and eight:30 a.m. to three p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Prince of Peace Parish Life Center, 135 S. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa. Crafters shall be providing domestically produced merchandise equivalent to wooden objects, textiles, jewellery, hand-knit objects, scrapbooking objects and extra. Free entry. college.princeofpeacelv.org.
Salt Creek Park District Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Salt Creek Sports Center, 647 Consumers Ave., Palatine. Crafters and distributors shall be promoting their wares. Free entry. saltcreekpd.com.
Tom-A-Hawk Turkey Trot: 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Third annual run on a flat and quick course alongside the Fox River in Aurora. Proceeds profit the Aurora East Educational Foundation and A + Foundation for West Aurora Schools. Register at runsignup.com/Race/IL/Aurora/TomAHawk5k.
Christmas on the Fox Arts & Crafts Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, at Prairie Events Center, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Artists shall be promoting handmade Christmas floral and candies, jewellery, pictures, paper crafts, attire and equipment, plus whimsical folks artwork with vacation themes, do-it-yourself soup and dip mixes, handmade cleaning soap, wooden indicators and knitting. There shall be vacation greens on the market from Heinz Brothers Greenhouse. Admission: $5. artoftheheartland.com/christmasonthefox.html.
Randolph Street Holiday Market Festival: 10 a.m. to five p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, at 1341 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Vintage and trendy ornamental objects, housewares, vogue for males/girls/kids, artwork, hostess items and extra from 125 distributors. Admission: $12. randolphstreetmarket.com/occasion/randolph-street-market-november-2023.
MSI Tree Lighting: 10:30 a.m. to three p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, on the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. See greater than 50 twinkling vacation bushes, every adorned to characterize a special nation, and reside performances honoring these cultures all day. The grand tree lighting is at 11 a.m. with Santa. Museum admission: Adults $25.95; children 3-11 $14.95; free for members. msichicago.org.
Rosemont’s Chicago Wolves Ice Rink: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, midday to 10 p.m. Fridays, from Nov. 18 by Dec. 21. Special hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. Free. Guests can convey their very own skates or hire skates on-site for $8. ParkwayBankPark.com.
Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lights Festival Lane contains free family-friendly actions together with Santa pictures and musical occasions; 5:30 p.m. parade with Grand Marshals Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse; 7 p.m. fireworks over the Chicago River. Free. themagnificentmile.com/lights-festival.
Turkey Free Throw Shoot: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, on the Zion Park District, 2400 Dowie Memorial Drive, Zion. Participate in considered one of six coed age teams for an opportunity to win a free Thanksgiving turkey. Free. zionparkdistrict.com.
Almost a Winter’s Day: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at SEBA Park, 151 Water St., South Elgin. Make s’mores, embellish cookies, make crafts, get a balloon animal, and drop off a letter to Santa (and get a reply from the North Pole). Also, asphalt curling, an ice sculptor, a bonfire, a tree adorning contest and a large sling shot. Santa arrives at 2 p.m. and stays till 4:45 p.m. for photos. The village tree lighting is at 5 p.m. at Panton Mill Park. Free. For parking, see southelgin.com.
Family & Friends Concert: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 5739 Dunham Road, Downers Grove. Senior Suburban Orchestra performs the music of Sousa, Verdi and Lalo, plus two medleys. Donations are appreciated. seniorsuburbanorchestra.org.
A fireworks show is included within the annual Friendship Tree Lighting occasion in Hoffman Estates, which begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, on the Hoffman Estates Village Hall.
– Daily Herald File Photo
Light Up The Park: 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse-drawn sleigh rides, carolers, skating and ice-sculpting viewing. Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens will arrive at 5:30 p.m. to light up the park with a show of greater than 80,000 vacation lights. Free. ParkwayBankPark.com.
Chicago Beer and Wine Fest: 3:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., West Chicago. Sample a wide range of brews and wines from Chicago-area distributors. Includes meals and reside leisure. For ages 21 and older. $50-$75. do312.com/occasions/2023/11/18/chicago-beer-and-wine-fest-tickets.
Illumination: Tree Lights: Time slots from 4:30-8 p.m. every day from Saturday, Nov. 18, by Jan. 6, (besides Nov. 20 and 23) at Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Holiday mild show that includes 18 lighted installations together with two new and 4 returning favorites with enhanced experiences. $12.80-$39. mortonarb.org.
Palatine Holiday Tree Lighting: 4:45-5:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Towne Square Park, 150 W. Palatine Road, Palatine. Join Mayor Schwantz and Santa as they mild the vacation tree at 4:45 p.m. The Palatine Children’s Chorus shall be performing carols. Free. palatine.il.us.
Hoffman Estates Friendship Tree Lighting Ceremony: 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates. After a fireworks show, Santa will arrive by fireplace truck to go to with kids, adopted by a efficiency by the Choral-Aires and light-weight refreshments. Free. hoffmanestates.org.
Participants in Brookfield Zoo’s 2-mile Reindeer Run at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, can get a sneak peek of the zoo lit up for the vacation season.
– Courtesy of CZS Brookfield Zoo
Reindeer Run: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 thirty first St., Brookfield. Grab your glow sticks and be part of the Reindeer Run, a two-mile course inside Brookfield Zoo, and be the primary to see the lights of Holiday Magic. $25 members; $30 nonmembers. czs.org/ReindeerRun.
DuPage Symphony Orchestra’s “Magic of the Magyars”: 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Hear Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1, Kodaly’s “Háry János Suite,” Weber’s “Andante e Rondo ungarese” with bassoon soloist Eleni Katz, together with Liszt’s tone poem “Les preludes.” $15-$43. dupagesymphony.org.
Girl Named Tom, One More Christmas Tour: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, on the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Bekah, Joshua and Caleb Liechty — the primary group to ever win a season of “The Voice” — current their vacation tour with authentic songs and yuletide classics. $29-$59. geneseetheatre.com.
Lee Murdock will mix music and tales of the Great Lakes with vacation songs at his Christmas Ship Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, on the Baker Community Center in St. Charles.
– Courtesy of Des Plaines History Center
Lee Murdock’s annual Christmas Ship Concert: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, on the Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St., St. Charles. Lee Murdock combines music and tales of the Great Lakes with vacation songs. Tickets embody complimentary drinks (wine, beer and smooth drinks) and light-weight snacks. $30. norrisculturalarts.com.
“A Christmas Carol”: Various instances and dates from Saturday, Nov. 18, by Sunday, Dec. 31, on the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. High-end manufacturing of Charles Dickens’ basic. $25-$75. goodmantheatre.org.
Sunday, Nov. 19
Turkey Dri Tri: 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, on the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. Triathlon options rowing machines, Assault bikes and a run/stroll. Heats begin each half-hour. Depending on the climate, the run portion could also be outdoors. $25. Register at obparks.org/special-events/turkey-dri-tri.
Artisan Faire: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie. Handcrafted wares created by native artists, together with jewellery, knits, kids’s garments and equipment, ceramics, playing cards, fused glass, prints, soaps, Judaica and extra. Presented by the Sisterhood of Temple Beth Israel. Free entry. (847) 675-0951 or tbiskokie.org.
GCHS Booster Club Turkey Trot 5K: 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Grayslake Central High School, 400 N. Lake St., Grayslake. The race begins and ends on the GCHS monitor. Proceeds will assist help the highschool athletic program. $35. gchsboosterclub.org.
Prospect High School Holiday Gift & Craft Boutique: 10 a.m. to three p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Prospect High School Fieldhouse, 801 W. Kensington Road, Mount Prospect. More than 150 cubicles, raffles, bake sale, concessions, music and extra to profit the scholars of Prospect High School. Admission: Adults $4; college students $2; free for Prospect college students with college ID and children 9 and youthful. [email protected].
Get Ready for Christmas!: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Durant House and Sholes School in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Learn how early settlers embellish their faculties and houses for Christmas. Make your individual decorations. Suggested donations: $1-$3. ppfv.org.
Holiday Crafts and Gifts Shop: Noon to five p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Wild Onion Brewery and Banquets, 22221 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington. Shop for distinctive vacation items together with jewellery, dwelling decor, attire, well being and wellness, children’ objects, direct gross sales objects and extra. Free entry. [email protected].
ESO Music for Strings: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave., Elgin. Elgin Symphony Orchestra performs Donizetti’s Sinfonia in G minor, Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante défunte,” Marteau’s “Serenade for Winds,” Strauss’ Serenade in E-flat main, and Mozart’s Serenade No. 12 in C minor Ok. 388. $20, $5 for college kids; free for youths 17 and youthful with a paid grownup. elginsymphony.org.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas Live”: 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, on the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. Stage adaptation of the vacation basic that includes Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, Vince Guaraldi’s jazzy rating, and a post-show singalong live performance with vacation songs and Christmas carols. $35-$70. geneseetheatre.com.
Lights Around Wheeling: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Friendship Park, on the northeast nook of Milwaukee Avenue and Dundee Road, Wheeling. Visits with Santa, carolers, scorching chocolate and cookies. Free. wheelingil.gov.
Holiday Magic and Tree Lighting Ceremony: 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Green and Center streets, Bensenville. The tree-lighting ceremony with a vacation automotive parade begins at 5 p.m. at Tioga School and ends in Town Center. Take pictures with Santa from 5:15-7 p.m. Holiday automotive parade winners introduced at 6 p.m. Plus, there is a petting zoo, horse-drawn carriage rides, free prepare rides, commemorative ornaments, s’mores station, and free treats whereas provides final. Bring new unwrapped toys, new or gently used coats, and nonperishable meals objects for the annual toy, meals and coat drives. bensenville.il.us.
Monday, Nov. 20
Holiday Movie Night: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987). Doors open at 6:15 p.m. $1, money solely on the door. paramountaurora.com.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Wintrust Winterland: 3-9 p.m. Monday by Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 by Jan. 7, on Gallagher Way and inside Wrigley Field, Chicago. Family-friendly actions and interactive experiences, together with Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville with distributors, a 40-foot Ferris wheel and a lighted tree; an ice rink with bumper automobiles and skating; carnival video games and rides; a lounge with fireplace pits, s’mores kits, and refreshments; reside music and extra. Special hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 21-22 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23. Free admission; the Wrigley Field portion requires tickets, that are $5 prematurely (worth topic to vary after Nov. 20). gallagherway.com.
“The Illusionists — Magic of the Holidays”: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday by Friday, Nov. 21-24; 2 and seven:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25; and seven:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago. A showcase that includes the jaw-dropping abilities of unbelievable illusionists. Recommended for ages 5 and older. $55-$150. broadwayinchicago.com/present/the-illusionists-2023.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
Turkey Testicle Festival: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Parkside Pub, 11721 E. Main St., Huntley. The forty first annual competition is for ages 21 or older. Live music with Polly Says from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., seventh heaven from 2-4:30 p.m., Modern Day Romeos from 5-7:30 p.m. and In the Stix from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Four bus routes this 12 months, beginning at 3 p.m. $30-$75. Tickets out there through parksidepub.com/ttf.
Concert Confidential — Tales and Travails of a Concert Pianist: 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, on the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. Pianist Jeffrey LaDeur, previously of St. Charles, shares anecdotes about his musical encounters and mishaps in a candid program. Free. norrisculturalarts.com.
Mount Prospect Holiday Tree Lighting and Christkindlmarket: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Meyn-Busse Park, 21 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect. The tree lighting takes place at 5 p.m. and the Christkindlmarket runs from 4-7 p.m. inside village corridor. The Prospect High School Madrigals will sing vacation songs, and there shall be cookies and scorching chocolate supplied by the Mount Prospect Lions Club. Free. mountprospect.org.
Thursday, Nov. 23
The Fox and the Turkey 4-mile/1-mile youth race: 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, in downtown Batavia. One-mile at 7:30 a.m. and 4-mile at 8:10 a.m. Benefits Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. $20-$45. foxrivertrailrunners.org/the-fox-the-turkey/.
Naperville Noon Lions 5K Turkey Trot: 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, at Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Ave., Naperville. twenty sixth annual chip-timed race with awards. All proceeds profit area people teams together with people with imaginative and prescient, listening to and diabetes points. $40 till Nov. 17, $45 till Thanksgiving; $30 for youths 10-14 or $25 for youths 9 and youthful. napervilleturkeytrot.com.
Turkey Trot & Sammy Scurry: 8:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, at Harper College Health and Recreation Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. The forty third annual Palatine Park District’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Runners might select both a 2- or a 5-mile distance. Long-sleeve shirt assured to all preregistered runners. $10-$40. palatineparks.org.
Evanston Flying Turkey 5K: 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, at Church Street and Sheridan Road, Evanston. 5K run or stroll offered by NorthShore University HealthSystem. Registrants obtain a winter hat. Collection of canned items on web site for the Evanston Vineyard Food Pantry. $40; $15 for youths 11 and youthful. evanstonflying5k.com.
Wauconda Turkey Trot: 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, at 118 S. Main St., Wauconda. 4-mile chip-timed run round Bangs Lake and a 2-mile enjoyable run/stroll down Main Street. Participants will obtain a T-shirt and race bib. Proceeds profit the Wauconda/Island Lake Food Pantry. $35 for the 2-mile, $50 for the 4-mile, $15 for youths youthful than 10. raceroster.com/occasions/2023/80064/2023-wauconda-turkey-trot.
Dickens Holiday Village: 10 a.m. to eight p.m. every day, from Thursday, Nov. 23, to Jan. 1, at Kringle’s Christmas Village, 510 Orchard St., Antioch. Public artwork exhibit that includes lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens period. Free. antiochchamber.org.
Thanksgiving With the Sailors: Noon Thursday, Nov. 23, at New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 910 S. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich. New Life Lutheran Church of Lake Zurich will host Naval Recruits from Great Lakes Naval Station and the group on Thanksgiving Day. A meal shall be served at midday adopted by leisure. There isn’t any value, however RSVP by Nov. 20. newlife-wels.org/tnx.htm.
Winter Lights: 4:30-9:30 p.m. every day from Thursday, Nov. 23, by Sunday, Jan. 7, at Central Park, Jorie Boulevard and Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. A free half-mile illuminated stroll alongside paved pathways. Path shall be closed throughout inclement climate. obparks.org/winterlights.
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