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Whitecap Mountains Resort
A fun-filled experience for family, friends, and adventurers. Whitecap Mountains Resort offers year-round family recreation, lodging, and down-home hospitality in Northern Wisconsin. Spread over a vast 400 acres within the ancient Penokee Mountains, it’s the perfect location for a corporate retreat, mountaintop wedding, extended family reunion, or relaxing getaway.  Discover three mountains with 43 trails for every ability. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find endless opportunities to connect with nature and each other. 9106 W County Road E, Upson, WI 54565. 715-561-2227.
www. whitecapresort.com

Winter Wonders: Boerner
Bigger & Brighter Holiday Light Displays from the Safety & Comfort of Your Car!

Winter Wonders is a 1.4-mile touchless, drive-through holiday light show featuring more than one million LED lights set in the area surrounding Milwaukee’s Boerner Botanical Arboretum and Whitnall Park. This year’s display runs Now thru January 3. The event is made possible in part through a Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Department of Tourism. A COVID-Safe Event. All displays are viewed from the safety and comfort of the family vehicle. Online ticket purchase, all ticket scanning, and even the delivery of holiday gift bags are touchless/no contact.

Special Promotions : Illinois Weekend

All vehicles from Illinois will receive a special gift bag December 4th, 5th & 6th. Tickets on sale at www.WinterWonders.org

Abbey Farms
Start Your holiday season at Abbey Farms! Searching for an old-fashioned treat to bring home for the holidays? Apple crisp, pies, award-winning donuts – plus our farm store offers a wide range of gifts and a variety of time-tested flavors for your seasonal cooking at home. Christmas trees, wreaths and garland are available beginning November 21 – please reserve your spot at www.WinterCheer.org. No contact delivery available! Reserve your socially distanced visit with Santa, or enjoy the German comfort food of our Pine Tree Cafe – outdoors on the patio by the fire. For more info, visit www.AbbeyFarms.org!

Celebrate the Holidays in Naperville!
It’s the holiday season in Naperville, and it’s time to gather with those closest to you. For those with family coming from out of town, Naperville is home to 17 hotels who are dedicated to the health and safety of their visitors. Don’t forget about a delicious holiday meal. With over 300 restaurants in Naperville, you and your family can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or take it to-go. More information can be found at www.VisitNaperville.com and www.DineNaperville.com.

14th Annual Festival of Lights
Presented by the Rotary Club of Aurora.
Enjoy the magic of the 2020 Festival of Lights. New this year is Santa flying high above the park in his own customized helicopter.  The 20’ tall Dancing Christmas Tree & SINGING Reindeer are still @HEAR” to delight you. This is the largest FREE outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois and is presented by the Rotary Club of Aurora in partnership with the City of Aurora. It is a mile-long drive-through of spectacular displays. Staged at Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora. Open nightly 5 to 9,  through Dec. 27.  Freewill donations appreciated.  www.aurorafestivaloflights.com

Lighting Up Lemont
Come brighten up your holiday season in Lemont and stroll all around our historic downtown during “Lighting Up Lemont.”  Our dazzling illuminating holiday displays are nestled throughout our quaint, 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 this holiday season! “Lighting Up Lemont” is sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association and the Village of Lemont.

www.lemont.il.us/Holiday | @lemontdowntown | www.lemontdowntown.com

Burr Ridge Village Center
Burr Ridge Village Center is an upscale mixed-use lifestyle center featuring unique shops, restaurants and spas. Key Tenants include: Kohler Waters Spa, Cooper’s Hawk Winery, The Design Bar, The Hampton Social, Kelley Cawley Boutique, Keema Aveda Salon, Peak Running With A Twist, Sephora, Starbucks Coffee, Topaz Café, Two Bostons and Wok ‘n Fire. Connect with Us:

  • Website: www.shopburrridge.com
  • Instagram & Facebook: @ShopBurrRidge
  • 701 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527. (630) 654-2782


Holly Days in Westmont
Westmont’s annual Holly Days is back! The holiday fun begins November 28, and will include our Holly Days Food Drive, Holly Days Giving Tree, Home and Business Decorating Contests, Letters to Santa, and more! For a complete list of Holly Days activities, please visit www.hollydaysfestival.com or by calling 630.963.5252.

The FORGE: Lemont Quarries
Cozy up under the Stars with Forgefire Globe Dining: an outdoor dining experience unlike any other!

Adventurous foodies will bask in the wintry beauty of The Forge: Lemont Quarries while enjoying delectable bites and beverages inside one of our private illuminated dining globes. Guests can also enjoy special holiday activities & installations throughout December. For more information, visit: www.forgeparks.com/forgefire-globe-dining

Whether you’re planning your next date night, work outing or family gathering, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! Choose from a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling. Enjoy delicious food, craft beer and signature cocktails at The Pivot Room, open for lunch and dinner daily. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800 www.whirlyball.com 

Apple Holler
Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard and family farm with a farm to table bakery cafe, gift shop, offering pick your own apples, peaches, pears and pumpkins. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including; Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides, children’s shows, orchard and farm tours, school field trips, hayrides, barnyard animals and outdoor Kids Korral play areas. Apple Holler is located 20 minutes north of Gurnee Mills between Racine and Kenosha, WI at exit 337 off I-94 (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100, or visit www.appleholler.com, for further information.

Autumn at Cantigny Park
November is not too late to enjoy the fall colors at Wheaton’s Cantigny Park, and you might even see a wild turkey! Check www.Cantigny.org for the current event schedule, which includes in-person and “virtual” opportunities. If you go, don’t miss the all-new Rock Garden and the farm-themed playground—both added during the park’s recent renovation. Text PARK to 36000 to receive updates. Parking is just $5 seven days a week, and FREE on the first Wednesday of the month.

Lyman Woods Nature Programs
Nature programs at Lyman Woods offer outdoor adventures to explorers of all ages! Kids can enjoy programs such as outdoor cooking, gardening, campouts, scavenger hunts and more. For adults, Lyman Woods offers beekeeping workshops, dog training classes and more! Looking for a unique date night? Join our Wild Nights Out for Adults featuring a nighttime hike. Once the cold weather sets in, visitors can enjoy the wonders of winter at Lyman Woods with snowshoe rentals! 901 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515. 630.963.9388. www.lymanwoods.org Learn more and register at www.dgparks.org.

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 www.fleetwoodrollerrink.com

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Due to Covid-19, event information is subject to change without notice. Therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm – and please tell ’em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine!

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  • EXHIBIT Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails – Through 1/3/21. This interactive exhibit allows children to help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges from simple sorting to more complex engineering. Kohls Children’s Museum. Glenview. kcmgc.org.
  • EXHIBIT Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior – 10/23-12/20. Explore the ingenious ways in which Wright maximized the feeling of open space while still accommodating the various functions of daily living. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org.
  • EXHIBIT Wright Before the “Lloyd” – 9/8-1/3/2021. Features images and artifacts that portray the eclectic, early explorations of one of the world’s greatest architects. Elmhurst Art Museum. elmhurstartmuseum.org.
  • EXHIBIT Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art – Museum is open from Noon to 4 PM Tuesday – Sunday.  Fossils, Mosaics, Gemstones and more. Make your reservation today. Oak Brook. lizzadromuseum.org.
  • EXHIBIT Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military – Shows the evolution of roles women have had over time. Prepaid limited walk-in availability on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Dunn Museum. Libertyville. lcfpd.org/museum/planning
  • OUTDOORS Mums Flower Show – 10/31-11/29. Visit now to enjoy this seasonal display of mums and other fall plantings. 8AM-6PM. Wilder Park Conservatory. Elmhurst. epd.org.
  • THEATRE Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol – 12/3-20, 2020. Adaptation of Dickens’s classic tale, this modern-day story comes to life over the characters family zoom call. Each show will be performed live in Manual Cinema’s Chicago studio in a socially distanced manner, and live streamed to audiences at home. For showtimes: manualcinema.com.


  • THEATRE Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol – 12/3-20, 2020. Adaptation of Dickens’s classic tale, this modern-day story comes to life over the characters family zoom call. Each show will be performed live in Manual Cinema’s Chicago studio in a socially distanced manner, and live streamed to audiences at home. For showtimes: manualcinema.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/21/20 – 1/3/21 4-10PM. ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This will be a ticketed event this year. Lincoln Park Zoo. lpzoo.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – November 13-January 3. Enjoy fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Lightscape – November 13-January 3. Spectacular New Magic for the Holidays. Along a mile-long path, the night comes alive with color, imagination, and sound, from a playful choir of singing trees to a spectacular waterfall of light. Chicago Botanic Garden. chicagobotanic.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY VIRTUAL Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 1 – December 31. A unique online shopping experience with traditional German flair. Chicago. christkindlmarket.com.




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