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Fitness Events


Geneva Park District’s 13th Annual Super Shuffle 5K  – 10:00AM at Geneva Middle School South,  1415 Viking Drive, Geneva. After-Race Game Day Party: 10:00am-noon at Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center, 3507 Kaneville Road, Geneva  www.genevaparks.org/special-events/super-shuffle-5k/ LEARN MORE

  • Tackle the Tri. Oak Brook. obparks.org

Prairie Lakes Fitness Center – Get Fit. Stay Healthy

  • Members get 25% off Personal Training
  • New Cardio & Strength Equipment, including Matrix Performance Plus Treadmills
  • Zumba, Pilates, Yoga and Spin classes
  • Personal Training Available. Add Aquatic Membership

Yearly memberships starting at $23 per month! Des Plaines Park District, Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E Thacker St., Des Plaines | 847-391-5711 | dpparks.org            LEARN MORE

Winter Boredom Busters

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.  LEARN MORE

Peppa Pig World of Play Chicago
 Jump into the world of Peppa Pig to explore and discover, interact and engage in 14 themed areas that are sure to be an unforgettable adventure with Peppa and her friends. Spark the imagination of your little piggies at Peppa Pig World of Play, an indoor family attraction designed for pre-school children and their families! Jump, laugh, play, imagine and giggle with the whole family! Visit our website to reserve your tickets today at www.peppapigworldofplay.com/chicago  LEARN MORE

Fleetwood Roller Rink
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  LEARN MORE

Elk Grove Park District  “Celebrate Your Child’s Special Day!”
Elk Grove Park District is your place to celebrate your child’s most special day! Gather your friends and family to experience one of our many beautiful and unique party spaces. Our facilities are open year-round and are budget friendly.

If you are looking for a space to create your special event, we offer a wide variety of rentals for all budgets. If your child has dreamed of a party under the Big Top, we offer a 28 horse Carousel and Jumps n’ Jiggles Play Zone or enjoy a Splashtastic event at Pavilion Aquatics Center. You can also rent gym space for a sports related party. Summer seasonal facilities including Pirates’ Cove Children’s Theme Park and Rainbow Falls Waterpark are cool places to celebrate on hot summer days.

You can book your summer events beginning January 1 and the Carousel parties can be booked up to one year in advance. Visit elkgroveparks.org to let us start planning your event. We are easily accessible from I-290 with ample parking. LEARN MORE

Downtown Naperville!
Now is perfect opportunity to redeem unused Downtown Naperville gift cards as they are accepted at 150+ merchants!  Come Shop, Dine, and Explore in Downtown Naperville! For more information, visit www.DowntownNaperville.com. LEARN MORE


Plan your visit to Creek Bend Nature Center
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 your 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’s always something to explore! Admission is always free. Creek Bend Nature Center is open: Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.

Mark your calendar: Maple Sugaring Days: March 4-5, from noon – 3 p.m.  LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. 630-444-3190. www.kaneforest.com  LEARN MORE

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 5th (weather permitting).  Villa Olivia is located at 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett. For hours of operation and weather related information visit villaolivia.com or call 630-540-4199.  LEARN MORE

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 www.appleholler.com for further information.  LEARN MORE

Burpee Museum of Natural History
Join us as we celebrate 25 years of PaleoFest from March 3-5, 2023, with lectures from paleontologists around the world and special programming! Dino-lovers, rock collectors, & fossil diggers unite for an internationally attended festival. Many of the talks will focus on our speakers’ cutting edge research and amazing new discoveries. Learn about prehistoric animals and explore the halls of Burpee! 737 North Main Street, Rockford Illinois 61103 | 815.965.3433 | burpee.org | burpee@burpee.org  LEARN MORE

Growing Cents Of Style
Growing Cents Of Style is a SEASONAL ONLINE Consignment Sale March 7th-11th, 2023. THOUSANDS of gently used children’s & junior’s clothes, shoes, toys, women’s clothing, home goods & more.  All at just a fraction of retail.  Curbside pickup & shipping available for orders. Interested in selling?  Register online at www.growingcentsofstyle.com.  You won’t want to miss this HUGE event!   Follow us on Facebook & Instagram for all the details!  LEARN MORE

Visit Kenosha
Find fun this winter in Kenosha, WI. Explore the crisp air while skiing, snowboarding, tubing, or ice skating! Tour the lakefront while strolling along a sculpture walk or taking a ride aboard an authentic streetcar. Warm up at one of our many museums, art galleries, boutique shops or great eateries. Check out live theatre productions, concerts, and even comedy shows. You’ll never be bored here. Plan your getaway and find trip ideas at VisitKenosha.com  LEARN MORE

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 10a to 5p. Visit www.volofun.com. 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL.  LEARN MORE

WhirlyBall Naperville – Eat. Drink. Game ON!
Whether you’re celebrating an engagement, an anniversary, a team-building event, or raising funds for your not-for-profit, 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, WhirlyBall.com/Naperville   LEARN

On Stage

James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts | Broadway in Chicago |  Overshadowed Theatrical Productions | The Genesee Theatre – Waukegan

James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts
James Lumber Center’s spring season features Grammy award-winning bluegrass, energetic hip-hop and more!

“We are thrilled to bring an exciting and eclectic lineup to the JLC, including legendary artists with multiple Grammy nominations and TV/movie appearances between them,” says Alisa Baum, executive director. “This incredible season will help establish the JLC as a mecca of live entertainment for Lake County.”

  • Tab Benoit with opener JD Simo … Friday, February 24. Grammy-nominated, soulful Delta blues singer.
  • Switchback … Sunday, March 19. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this award-winning duo.
  • Natalie MacMaster/Donnell Leahy … Friday, March 24. Marquee Celtic superstars.
  • Chicago Dance Crash … Sunday, April 23. This hip hop/contemporary dance ensemble performs “Keepers of the Floor.”
  • Gangstagrass … Sunday, May 14. Creator of the Emmy-nominated TV theme song for “Justified,” this unique group combines bluegrass, hip hop and beyond.

Tickets online at jlcenter.clcillinois.edu; 847-543-2300; JLC Box Office, 19351 West Washington St., Grayslake, open M-F, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.  LEARN MORE

Broadway in Chicago
Broadway In Chicago has two upcoming productions that will make for an unforgettable family night out at the theatre. Share the experience of CATS, the beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with breathtaking songs including “Memory”, for the first time as it begins a new life, or let it thrill you all over again! Featuring new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton). Playing one week only February 21 – 26 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre.

ANNIE, the best-loved musical of all time returns in a new production celebrating family, optimism and the American spirit. The Chicago Tribune calls it “one of the best family musicals ever penned.” It’s the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way. Playing March 7 – 19 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. For tickets visit BroadwayInChicago.com  LEARN MORE

The Genesee Theatre – Waukegan
The Genesee makes your New Year’s Resolution of seeing more shows easier than ever!

  •  One of country music’s biggest stars, Josh Turner … Friday, February 10 – will grace the stage with his southern charm and baritone voice.
  • The Commodores … Thursday, February 16 – will perform hits from their 55-year career.
  • The final weekend lines-up Little River Band, Rick Springfield, and Tim Allen back-to-back … Thursday, February 16.

Tickets are on sale now! The Genesee Theatre: 203 N Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL. Online: www.geneseetheatre.com. Box office: (847) 263-6300.  LEARN MORE

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More Chicagoland Events…


  • Kids Valentine’s Stories & Crafts – Make delicious treats and homemade cards. 5:30-7:00PM. CRCChestnut, Roselle. rparks.org


  • FAMILY Indoor Drive-In Movie Night – A cardboard box and decorations will be supplied to each child to create a car with their family that they can sit in to enjoy the featured presentation, “The Jungle Book”. Movie starts at 6PM. Register in advance. barringtonparkdistrict.org
  • KIDS Kids Night Out – Take the night off while your kids enjoy an evening of Valentine fun! Ages 4-12 Fort Hill Activity Center, Naperville. Kids will make hearts, write Valentine letters to parents, play heart-and-seek, Heart Beat and more. 6-9PM. Pre-register. Napervilleparks.org
  • EXHIBIT In Pursuit of Happiness: Immigrants in Our Communities – October 28-May 14. Examine diverse stories of area immigrants as told through first-person accounts, objects, video and more. FREE. Elmhurst History Museum, elmhursthistory.org
  • TOURS Black History Month Tours – Take a tour with award winning Chicago historian for a perspective changing neighborhood tour. Feb 4 – Feb 25. DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago. AllEvents.in
  • ICE SKATING Polar Plaza Synthetic Ice Rink – Rink is open until February 14, 2023. Free to residents andarea visitors. The rink has a synthetic (plastic) which replicates an ice surface. Glen Ellyn. Gepark.org | Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Through March 5.  ree admission, fee for skate rental. Maggiedaleypark.com | Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink – Open all season long. Cicero. thetownofcicero.com |  McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – Open through March 5. Free admission, fee to rent skates. Online skating tickets required. Cityofchicago.org
  • SLEDDING  Newton Park Sled Hill – Enjoy sledding on the only designated hill located near Newton Park. Sledding only during daylight hours. Users determine if conditions are appropriate. Gepark.org
  • SNOWSHOE Snowshoe Rentals – Must be at least 2 inches of snow, 2-hour rentals at the Bartlett Nature Center Trails. All rentals must be returned by 4PM M-F and 2PM on Saturday. Bartlettparks.org
  • OUTDOOR Eagle Watching in the Quad Cities – Eagle watches offered in the historic Clock Tower and prime outdoor viewing locations. For times and information, check qccaexpocenter.com
  • FAMILY Open Swim – Open swim times at the Water Works, Schaumburg! Wednesdays 5:30-8PM, Fridays 4-8PM and weekends 12-5PM. Children may not be left unattended. Parkfun.com


  • FAMILY Spring Valley Winter Fest – This family event features snowshoeing, outdoor games, s’mores andcocoa around the fire. Dress for the weather. 12-3PM. Nature Center at Spring Valley, Schaumburg. Parkfun.com
  • OUTDOOR Farmhouse Tours: Keeping Your Family Healthy This Winter – Learn about “sick foods’ in the 1890’s and how candy was used as medicine in these special guided tours. Saturdays in Jan. and Feb. 10AM-4PM. Kline Creek Farm. West Chicago. Dupageforest.org


  • FAMILY Spring Valley Winter Fest – This family event features snowshoeing, outdoor games, s’mores and cocoa around the fire. Dress for the weather. 12-3PM. Nature Center at Spring Valley, Schaumburg. Parkfun.com


  • FAMILY Spring Valley Winter Fest – This family event features snowshoeing, outdoor games, s’mores and cocoa around the fire. Dress for the weather. 12-3PM. Nature Center at Spring Valley, Schaumburg. Parkfun.com
  • SENIORS Weekly Movies – Mondays at noon, Tuesdays at 1PM and Wednesdays at 11AM. Catch a free movie with friends. Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center. Naperville. See web page or activity catalog for movie list. Napervilleparks.org
  • EXHIBIT Tallgrass Prairie Exhibit – Featuring fox dens, scavenger hunts, hikes and nature programs Monday – Thursday: 10AM – 4PM. Creek Bend Nature Center, St. Charles. kaneforest.com
  • ADULT EDUCATION Caregiver Stress-Busting Program – This 9-week program teaches stress-management techniques and coping strategies for caregivers and your loved ones. Downers Grove. Call 630-719-6670 for information.

Happy Valentine’s Day


  • SENIORS Galentine’s Day Celebration – More details in the Active Adult Newsletter. 11:30AM-1PM. Plainfield Township Community Center. Plainfield. Plfdparks.org


  • ADULT Donut Bingo – Enjoy a Wednesday morning donut, socializing and a few games of Bingo! RSVP one week in advance. Ages 18+. 9:45-11AM. Invillapark.com

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