WEEKEND+ for Thursday 12/30 to Wednesday 1/5/2022

WINTER FUN! |  SPECIAL SECTION: Mental Health Awareness | Winter Boredom Busters | On Stage |  Chicagoland Events |  Fitness Journey Tips + Race Events  |  Why Consider Private School?  | Dining Out

SNEAK PEAK   Suburban Family’s “WINTER FUN!” issue.

SPECIAL SECTION: Mental Health Awareness

Winter Boredom Busters…

(Updated for this week…12/30 to 1/5)

Forest Preserve District of Kane County
Explore Galore!
Need a change of scenery? Visit Creek Bend Nature Center for fun, interactive exhibits. There’s plenty to see and do – both inside and out! 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! Admission is always free. We’re open: Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday – Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. www.kaneforest.com 630-444-3190

Visit Kenosha
Enjoy a nine-day celebration of food and flavors in the Kenosha Area during Kenosha Restaurant Week! Join us February 19 – 27, 2022 to explore new places, re-visit old favorites, and show support to locally owned establishments. There will be great deals, as well as a variety of special offerings – so come hungry! Make it an overnight so you can enjoy shopping and attractions in the area, too. Learn more at www.VisitKenosha.com/RW or by calling 262-654-7307.

Villa Olivia
Learn to ski/snowboard or bring the family and friends for snow tubing. With six ski runs and a double wide tube hill Villa Olivia offers winter fun in your own backyard. We can even make our own snow! Book your winter fun online now at villaolivia.com. The season runs through March 6th (weather permitting).  Villa Olivia is located at 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett. For hours of operation and weather-related information visit www.villaolivia.com or call 630-540-4199.

The Princess Diana Exhibition
Anticipated to be one of the hottest tickets this season, The Princess Diana Exhibition: Accredited Access, has made its Chicago debut and is open to the public at 19 Oakbrook Center. This exhibit is the first-ever walk-through documentary, telling the untold story of how a princess changed the world. For the first time, world famous Royal Photographers, Anwar Hussein and his two sons Zak and Samir, will share collections of their original images and the intimate, never-before-told stories behind them. The Husseins collectively spent four decades working side by side with the iconic Princess and her family and will reveal what they witnessed first-hand, both in public and private moments. Tickets are on sale now, and can purchased at www.feverup.com/m/104604

Downers Grove Ice Festival
Get out of the house for a weekend of fun, shopping and dining for all ages! The Annual Downtown Downers Grove Ice Festival returns February 4-6, 2022. Watch carvers demonstrate their art in person Friday evening under the lights at 5:30pm on the southeast corner of Main and Curtiss and on Saturday with live ice carving demonstrations on Saturday from 11am-3pm. The carvings will remain out as long as whether permits! Details at www.downtowndg.org or 630-725-0991.

Whether you’re planning your next family fun day, work outing, or 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, www.whirlyball.com/naperville


Sonny Acres Farm – West Chicago
Sonny Acres Farm offers endless possibilities when it comes to planning your next event, boasting 22 acres of space, perfect for a variety of special occasions. From breathtaking weddings set in one of our many beautiful backdrops to large scale corporate events, family reunions, kids birthday parties and more, the customization options are both fun and flexible to perfectly pair with any occasion. For extra “wow factor” at your next event, treat your guests to some of our seasonal offerings including access to amusement rides, petting zoo, hayrides around the property and much more. For a consultation on how to make your next event the best one yet, visit www.sonnyacres.com. 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185. (630) 231-3859

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

Great Lakes Volleyball Center
Looking for a summer volleyball camp for your son or daughter, well look no further? The Great Lakes Volleyball Center located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502 offers summer volleyball camps for girls and boys of various ages and skill levels. GLC offers camps for the beginner as well as the advanced/elite level player. For more info, call 630-898-6400 or visit www.greatlakescenter.com FB: Sports Performance Volleyball

Rock ‘N’ Kids
In-person and virtual music, movement and imagination classes available for 1-6 years at park districts in Chicagoland! Tot Rock, Kid Rock and Rockin’ at Home programs 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! Sing, dance, and play the Rock ‘n’ Kids way! We have been having fun with music for 27 years! Get more information at www.rockitkids.com.

Volo Museum
The Volo Museum is SO much more than cars! The roars of our dinosaurs at Jurassic Gardens, the sweet sounds of the happiest music on earth in our carousel room and the “oohs and ahhs” of our Disney and Movie Car displays – to just name a few! Don’t Miss Out on the Fun! Open daily 10a to 5p. And, treat your family to a ‘Christmas Vacation’ they won’t forget ! National Lampoon’s film tribute on view through Jan. 2, 2022. Visit us at www.volocars.com for more information. Volo Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL.

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 our Main Event Sponsor Citgo, the Downtown Merchants Association and the Village of Lemont.  www.lemont.il.us/Holiday | @lemontdowntown | www.lemontdowntown.com

Village of Arlington Heights
The Holiday Season is Wonderful in Arlington Heights! Arlington Heights is the perfect holiday destination for your family. With great shopping, entertainment, and events, Arlington Heights is the place to be this holiday season! For more information, please visit www.DiscoverArlington.com!

Water Street Naperville
NaperLights will make the season bright along Water Street and the Riverwalk in Downtown Naperville from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Lights are synced to music for walking or drive-through. The display, from the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise, features 150,000 lights. Santa holds socially distanced chats with children by the Great Tree on most Friday and Saturday evenings. While they last, holographic glasses for kids on weekends. Donations for Sunrise Rotary charities are welcomed. www.naperlights.com

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
People of all ages enjoy this exceptional Museum dedicated to sharing the beauty of cut and polished stone, promoting lapidary artists and understanding rocks and minerals. Featuring a world-class collection of Chinese jade and hard stone carvings from around the world. Exhibits include stone mosaics, cameos, animal dioramas, mineral specimens, gemstones, fossils, meteorites and hands-on displays. Unique Museum Shop, ADA accessible and open year-round. 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL  60523. Ph. 630-833-1616, info@lizzadromuseum.org Visit: www.lizzadromuseum.org

Visit Lake County
Nothing’s more “holiday” than enjoying the sights (and tastes) in Lake County, Illinois! Take a nearby “road trip” to Antioch’s FREE Kringle’s Christmas Village, an indoor holiday display of themed oversized shadowboxes (think Marshall Field’s window displays with a unique spin), to a brisk hike on the miles of trails throughout the county at the Lake County Forest Preserves. Cross-country skiing is available at select locations. Top it off with all-things “chocolate” at The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee, delectable dishes infused with cocoa (not to mention the best hot chocolate!). Download a visitor map guide at visitlakecounty.org. 847-662-2700.

Winter Wonders – Boerner Bigger and Brighter
Carrying on the Holiday tradition, Boerner Botanical Gardens is enhancing the 2021 Holiday Light Show with new effects, bigger displays and new technology tricks that highlight the beauty and majesty of Wisconsin’s most beautiful botanical park  and surroundings. This year’s event runs from through January 2nd, every night including all the holidays. Hours are from 5:00PM till 10:00PM. The first cars can start lining up at 4:30PM. This year as an added attraction, Santa will be on site in a specially designed habitat to allow all the cars driving past to share his holiday wishes. Tickets for full carloads are $25.00 and there are also limited nightly skip the line tickets for $35.00. Tickets should be purchased in advance at www.winterwonders.org. All carloads will get a free gift bag with coupons, ornament, and other items on certain nights. Winter Wonders follows all Covid 19 safety guidelines.

Holidays in Naperville
It’s the time of year for gathering with friends and family, and Naperville is the city for the season! It’s easy to find accommodation with 17 amazing hotels to choose from. You’ll never be hungry thanks to 300 restaurants. From American to Asian, to Italian, to ice cream, any craving can be met. To find the best spots to celebrate with family and friends, go to www.VisitNaperville.com and www.DineNaperville.com!

Downtown Elgin Holly Days
Look for 15 beautifully decorated windows featuring holiday artwork in downtown storefronts. Roaming entertainment, Santa and more are also in the works! Visit www.DowntownElgin.com/HollyDays.

Journey to Wellness, Inc.
Give Yourself and your oved ones the gift of message this holiday season! 20% off your first visit.Services Offered: Therapeutic Table Massage, Therapeutic Thai Massage, Workplace/Event Chair Massage, Massage Cupping, Acupressure, Reiki. Benefits Achieved: Decreased Pain / Tension, Decreased Anxiety / Stress, Improved Sleep, Increased Mobility, Injury Recovery. Jennifer Dexheimer BS, LMT | 1000 Grand Canyon Parkway, Suite 105, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169. 847-750-HEAL (4325) jen@gojourneytowellness.com, www.gojourneytowellness.com

On Stage


(Updated for this week…12/30 to 1/5)

The Community House – Hinsdale “ALL SHOOK UP!”

Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions “A Year With Frog and Toad”
January 21 – February 5; Ask about our school day performances on Jan 28!

Rialto Square Theatre – Joliet “Dinosaur World Live”

The Genesee Theatre

Chicagoland Events…

(Updated for this week…12/30 to 1/5)


  • LECTURE ONLINE Elmhurst Greats and Grads – Available 11/4 – 1/2. Learn about the significant people who developed, attended and graduated from Elmhurst University during its 150-year history. Led by Dr. Robert Butler. Elmhursthistory.org.


  • FAMILY Kohlights – Mesmertastic Holiday Lightacular returns to the Kohl Children’s Museum 11/26 thru 12/31.Glenview. kohlights.com.


  • Happy New Year!
  • FITNESS New Year’s Day Burn – A morning of calorie-burning group fitness classes. Bring a non-perishable food item for entry “fee”. 8-11AM. No Registration required. Ackerman SFC. Glen Ellyn. Gepark.org.


  • KIDS Pokémon Club – Meet to play and talk Pokémon with other trainers. Bring cards or play with the library’s. Trainers are welcome to bring DS, Switch, and devices for Pokémon Go as well. Ages 6+. 6-7PM. Naper Blvd. Library, Naperville. Naperville-lib.org.



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