From Suburban Family Magazine: WEEKEND+ for Thursday 11/10 to Wednesday 11/16.

THIS WEEK: Preview Holiday On Stage Performances | Holiday Family Fun Guide | Holiday Happenings | Fitness Events | Chicagoland Events | Senior Focus | Dining Out

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Preview Holiday On Stage Performances…

(For this week…11/10 to 11/16)

“The Sound of Music” at Paramount Theatre

  • The Sound of Music … November 9, 2022 to January 15, 2023

Tickets start at just $28. Get your tickets today at

“Home for the Holidays” celebration at Rialto Square Theatre

  • A Very Rialto Christmas … November 21 @ 7 pm
  • Teddy Bear Tea … November 25 @ 9:30 am and 12:30 pm
  • The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays … November 29 @ 7:30 pm
  • Charlie Brown Christmas – Live on Stage … November 30 @ 6:30 pm
  • Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats – The Holiday Variant … December 1 @7:30 pm
  • Santa’s Secret Workshop … December 4 @ 1 pm
  • The Midtown Men – Stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys … December 10 @ 8 pm
  • Joliet American Legion Ban Concert … December 11 @ 2 pm
  • Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats – The Holiday Variant … December 1 @7:30 pm

Visit to learn more about their lineup.

Celebrate the Holidays at Drury Lane ~Where the most wonderful time of year ‘dazzles’

  • “Elf – The Musical … Nov 9, 2022 to Jan 8, 202
  • A Christmas Carol … Nov 25 to Dec 30

For all your holiday season fun go to

James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts

  • Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s, The Nutcracker … Dec 17 @ 1 and 5 pm

Tickets available online at; by phone at 847-543-2300 or at the JLC Box Office, 19351 West Washington St., Grayslake. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Dancing Horses Theatre ~ Enjoy the spectacular Christmas show

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

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

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

  • A Very Electric Christmas … Dec 2 @ 7:30pm
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer … Dec 8 @ 6:30pm
  • The Magic of the “Nutcracker … Dec 21 and 22 @ 6:30 pm

The Genesee Theatre: 203 N Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL. Online: Box office: (847) 263-6300.

Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts

  • The Nutcracker …. Dec 2, 3, 4 and Dec 9, 10, 11

For tickets and additional information, visit or call 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct. in Schaumburg. Don’t wait to buy tickets — performances sell out quickly!

The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University

  • The Nutcracker … Nov 19 @ 1 and 5 pm
  • Air Play April 22 @ 2 pm

Tickets are available at or at (708) 235-2222.

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions presents …

  • Miracle on 34th Street … Nov 25 to Dec 17
  • The Wizard of OZ … Jan 20, 2023 to Feb 4, 2023
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” … Mar 10, 2023 to Apr 1, 2023
  • Singin’ in the Rain … July 7, 2023 to July 29, 2023

Tickets $14 to $22. Call 630-634-2100. Playing at 900 Foster Ave, Medinah, IL 60157

Go to the full On Stage article

The Official “Holiday Family Fun Guide”

(For this week…11/10 to 11/16)

We understand how important holidays can be, so we’ve gathered these wonderful events and attractions of places to go and things to do to add to your ‘must do’ celebrations. Enjoy!

Here’s the full Holiday Family Guide article

Sonny Acres Farm
Santa’s Workshop has moved from the North Pole to West Chicago! Sonny Acres Farm is open for their annual Winter Wonderland beginning November 21 through December 18. Fun for all ages, holiday happenings include a light show experience, photos with Santa, fresh cut Christmas trees, handmade wreaths, hot cocoa creations & more. Located at 29W310 North Avenue, West Chicago, IL. 630-231-3859. For a full lineup of events, hours and activities, visit

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

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

Ottawa, IL – Pick Us!
Nestled along the Illinois and Fox Rivers is a picturesque town with snow covered trees and hundreds of sparkling Christmas lights, Ottawa, Illinois.

  • Rusty Halo Snowman Express – Nov 11 & 12
  • Festival of Lights Parade – Nov 25
  • Merry Everything Holiday Home Tour – Dec 4
  • Chris Kringle Market – Nov 25, 26, 27; Dec 9, 10, 11; Dec 16, 17, 18

Spend a day wandering through the charming downtown with store fronts beckoning you to come inside.  Déjà vu and Heartland by Hand offer colorful décor and unique gifts, while Jeremiah Joe’s will warm you with a delicious hot cocoa.  Enjoy the murals and art interspersed throughout downtown, as you make your way to The Beach House for dinner. We look forward to seeing you!

Volo Museum
For over 60 years, the world-famous Volo Museum’s 45 exhibits and 10,000 mechanical marvels guarantees to have something rare and amazing for everyone. Spend the day with hundreds of rotating classic cars, 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 one of the largest antique malls in the midwest. There’s no place like Volo Museum in the world! Open daily 10 am to 5pm. Visit 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL.

Lighting Up Lemont
Come brighten up your holiday season and stroll all around our historic downtown during “Lighting Up Lemont.”  Your holiday photo spot from Nov. 25 to Jan. 31. Our dazzling holiday displays are nestled throughout our family-owned shops, restaurants, taverns, and brewery. It’s the perfect place to capture your holiday photos and magical moments. We can’t wait to see you in Lemont Downtown this holiday season! “Lighting Up Lemont” is sponsored by our Main Event Sponsor Citgo, the Downtown Merchants Association and the Village of Lemont. | @lemontdowntown |

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

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

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

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago
Stepping into LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is like you’ve just jumped into the biggest box of LEGO bricks ever! With over 3 million LEGO bricks under one roof and 2 stories of EPIC LEGO play, what will you discover? To see what else we have to offer, check out! Be sure to buy tickets online to guarantee your entry. Located at 601 N. Martingale Road, STE 130 Schaumburg, IL 60173.

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

Make Arlington Heights Your Holiday Destination!
The Holiday Season is wonderful in Arlington Heights with some of Chicagoland’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment for the whole family!  It all starts with our spectacular annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 25th and continues with Small Business Saturday on November 26th.  Come out and shop at independent and national retailers in our award-winning Downtown.  And don’t forget the Rotary Santa Run on December 3rd, a 5K race featuring hundreds of St. Nicks dashing through the streets.  With great shopping, entertainment, and events, Arlington Heights is the place to be this holiday season!  For more information, please visit  and Facebook.

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

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

WhirlyBall Naperville – Eat. Drink. Game ON!
Whether you’re celebrating an engagement, an anniversary, a team-building event, or a holiday party, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s a multi-level LaserTag arena, eight bowling lanes, a four-lane VIP private bowling suite, and HyperBowling. Offering a relaxed yet elevated dining experience featuring fresh takes on classic American fare, an expansive collection of 24 rotating craft beer selections, and refreshing signature cocktails. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800,

2022 Cup of Cheer™
The Cup of Cheer™ House Walk, Holiday Market and Tea is the Naperville Garden Club’s major fundraiser. The proceeds fund scholarships and Club programs. Tickets allow entry to four area homes decorated for the holidays and a holiday market and tea located at the Naperville VFW. Tickets are $55 for December 1st and $40 for December 2nd. More information and ticket sales through the Club’s website: Or call Barbara at 630-650-4405.

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

“Jingle all the way to Downtown Wheaton” this holiday season!
The festivities begin November 25th with Nights of Lights in Adams Park followed by the Downtown Wheaton Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. The fun continues through December with visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, strolling carolers, family movie night, a festive trolley, and more! And don’t miss the 25 Days of Christ-mas, featuring exclusive deals from your favorite shops. Visit for more de-tails.”

Forest Preserve District of Kane County ~ Explore galore!
Need a change of scenery? Visit Creek Bend Nature Center located at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. There’s plenty to see and do – both inside and out!

The next time you stop-in for a visit, Creek Bend Nature Center will look a little different as a new tallgrass prairie exhibit has been installed! Crawl through the new fox den. Learn all about oaks. See what the Fox River could look like below the surface. View bison specimens in our prairie wild exhibit. Enjoy scavenger hunts, hikes and scheduled nature programs. At Creek Bend Nature Center, there are things to explore galore!

Creek Bend Nature Center is open: Mon. – Thurs. 10AM. – 4PM. Sat. – Sun. Noon – 4PM. Mark your calendar: Maple Sugaring Days – March 4-5 from noon – 3PM. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. 630-444-3190.

Kidzmax is Chicago’s newest one-stop shop for quality, recycled products your kids and teens will love to wear year-round. At, 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 today, and see why Chicago moms have given a 4.9-star Google rating.

Holly Days in Westmont
Westmont’s annual Holly Days is back! The holiday fun begins December 2, and will include our Holly Days Food Drive, Holly Days Giving Tree, Frosty & Friends Parade, Business Decorating Contests, Letters to Santa, and more! For a complete list of Holly Days activities, please visit or by calling (630)963-5252.

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

Winter Lights at Central Park
Enjoy a 1/2 mile walk through the beautifully lit Central Park! Discover dancing trees, inspirational signs, colorful rainbow arches, cascading snowflakes, and musical hearts throughout this scenic walk. This walk is FREE to the community. The Winter Lights at Central Park will take place from November 24, 2022 – January 8, 2023, every evening from 4:30-9:30 PM.  Oak Brook Park District.

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

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

Fleetwood Roller Rink – Summit
Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family-owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” Come visit us and join in our fun.  Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm   Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times. Located at 7231 West Archer Ave., Summit. 708-458-0300.

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

Celebrate with Funtopia!
Our parties make you move! The most Fun & Active Birthday Party experience guaranteed!


Here’s the full Holiday Family Guide article

Holiday Happenings

(For this week…11/10 to 11/16)

  • Naper Lights – 11/11-1/5. Holiday light display and synchronized music, winter wonder land at Water Street. Naperville.
  • Festival of Lights – 11/12. 3-6PM. The Promenade Holiday tree lighting with Santa, trolley rides, crafts and more. Bolingbrook.
  • Tree Trim at Brookfield Zoo – 11/12-13. Families and groups can sponsor a tree to decorate that will be on display. 10AM-4:30PM. Brookfield. Register at
  • Christmas Around the World – 11/16-1/2. The Museum of Science and Industry continues its beloved annual exhibit. Over 50 trees will be displayed.

Here’s the full season of Holiday Happenings 

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Fitness / Race Events

(For this week…11/10 to 11/16)


  • The Forge Fall 4 Miler. Lemont.
  • Hot Chocolate Walk. Wheeling.
  • Strides for Pies 5K. St. Charles.


  • Gobbler Hobbler 10K and Mashed Potato Mile. Oswego.



25th Annual Naperville Noon Lions 5K Turkey TrotThanksgiving Morning. Proceeds benefit individuals with
Vision and Hearing disabilities..
Naperville Central High School, 440 Aurora Avenue, Naperville.

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

22nd Annual Pilgrim Pie Run for Rotary5K at 8:30AM. Lyons Twp High School, 1045 W. Cossitt Ave., La Grange.

Here’s the full list of Fitness Events for Nov + Dec

Special Section: Senior Focus





More Chicagoland Events…

(For this week…11/10 to 11/16)


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


  • AUTHOR EVENT Immigration Stories Showcase with Nestor Gomez – 7-8PM. Elmhurst Public Library. Experience storytelling featuring immigrants, refugees and their descendants. Elmhurst.
  • FAMILY Take-and-Make “Thank You” Flag Craft – Celebrate Veterans Day by creating a window hanging at home. Pick up your free kit. A donation is suggested. 10AM-Noon. Tank Park, Wheaton.
  • PARADE City of Aurora Veteran’s Day Parade – 10AM-12PM. The city of Aurora honors Veterans Day 2022 with a parade and ceremony in downtown Aurora.
  • EXHIBIT Exact Dutch Yellow – Chicago Cultural Center hosts this immersive exhibit through 11/29. Features light installations and performances. Chicago.
  • EXHIBIT Twist Out Cancer – Twist Out Cancer celebrates 10 years in an inspired exhibit at WNDR Museum. Runs through the end of November. Chicago.
  • EXHIBIT Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond – Join Nature Cat and his friends on their outdoor adventures. Kohls Children’s Museum. Glenview.
  • SHOPPING Winterfest Art Market – 11/11-13. 10AM-5PM. Three-day fine craft sale in collaboration with Water Street Studios, featuring fine art, unique crafts and curated goods. Food and beverages will be available. Water Street Studios, Batavia.


  • FAMILY MCA Family Day – 11AM-3PM. Free admission day at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Chicago includes workshops and performances. Chicago.
  •  FAMILY Harvest Pow-Wow – Experience Native American Culture with music and dancers dressed in regalia. Pre-purchase tickets. SOARRING Foundation. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Wheaton.
  • NATURE Artists’ Guild Autumn Art Exhibit – 10AM-4PM. Included free with Arboretum admission. Nature themed art featuring local artists. Lisle.
  • SHOPPING Winterfest Art Market – 11/11-13. 10AM-5PM. Three-day fine craft sale in collaboration with Water Street Studios, featuring fine art, unique crafts and curated goods. Food and beverages will be available. Water Street Studios, Batavia.


  • FAMILY Harvest Pow Pow – Experience Native American Culture with music and dancers dressed in regalia. Pre-purchase tickets. SOARRING Foundation. DuPage County Fairgrounds. Wheaton.
  • MUSEUM Celebrating Our 60th Through Joyful Chinese – 2PM. Educator Yvonne Wolf leads a guided walking tour through the exhibits. Lizzadro Museum. Oak Brook.
  • SHOPPING Winterfest Art Market – 11/11-13. 10AM-5PM. Three-day fine craft sale in collaboration with Water Street Studios, featuring fine art, unique crafts and curated goods. Food and beverages will be available. Water Street Studios, Batavia.                 


  • ADULT Wine & Canvas at the Farm – Guided custom canvas creation. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine, snacks, a few friends and enjoy a creative night out. All materials included. 6:30–8:30PM. Blackberry Farm, Aurora.
  • CRAFT Silk Centerpiece – 6:30PM. Add fall color to your home with a centerpiece or swag. Fee covers all materials. Bloomingdale Artists Association. Bloomingdale.
  • LECTURE The Life and Legacy of Everett McKinley Dirksen – 7-8PM. Join in person or virtually. Speaker Tiffany White discusses Dirksen’s life and political significance. Wheaton.


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