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Chicagoland Area Events…


  • FAMLY Passport to Community History – Pick up a Community History Passport to begin your local adventure at 3 historical sites in Bensenville 11AM-3PM. Various sites. Bensenville. Elmhursthistory.org


  • GARDEN Weed Ladies Spring Preview – Features creative seasonal floral arrangements for sale, silk and dried floral creations. 10AM-3:30PM. Proceeds benefit Naperville Heritage Society. Naperville. Napersettlement.org


  • FAMLY Immigration Storytime – Family-friendly stories about immigration on the hour and half hour, as well as coloring sheets and exhibits. Elementary age children. 10AM-12PM. Elmhurst History Museum. Elmhurst. Elmhursthistory.org
  • FAMILY Flashlight Egg Hunt – Kids can hunt for eggs filled with prizes and candy at Bott Community Park. 8-8:30PM. Plainfield. Plfdparks.org
  • FAMILY Flashlight Egg Hunt: Kids Night Out – Bring your flashlight and a basket to find candy and toy filled eggs. Pizza will be served. Register. 6:30-8:30PM. Community Rec Center. Wheeling. Wheelingparkdistrict.com
  • GARDEN Weed Ladies Spring Preview – Features creative seasonal floral arrangements for sale, silk and dried floral creations. 10AM-3:30PM. Proceeds benefit Naperville Heritage Society. Naperville. Napersettlement.org
  • KIDS Nerf Wars – The gym at Westmont Community Center is transformed into a Nerf battleground complete with obstacle course. Pizza and drinks included. Westmont. Westmontparks.org
  • DAILY EXHIBIT Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition – Longest running exhibition of African-American art in the US featuring over 100 Black artists. Runs through April 23 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. msi chicago.org
  • DAILY EXHIBIT Women and the Environment Series – Open Fridays through March 2023. Celebrate the contributions women have made to the Natural World through these programs. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org
  • DAILY EXHIBIT Superfood Friends are Exhibit – The Art Center in Highland Park hosts this new exhibit by Prescott Ellison featuring artwork, books and toys about the Superfood Friends characters. Highland Park. Theartcenterhp.org
  • DAILY EXHIBIT Be-Longing Sculptures – Solo exhibition by Indira Johnson’s sculptures reflecting her efforts to maintain a sense of belonging. Runs 3/3 – 4/8. The Art Center, Highland Park. Chicagogallerynews.com
  • DAILY EXHIBIT In Pursuit of Happiness: Immigrants in our Communities – Exhibit runs through May 14, 2023 examining personal stories and experiences of immigrants and their descendants, told through photos, objects and stories. Elmhurst. Elmhurstartmuseum.org
  • DAILY EXHIBIT The Negro Motorist Green Book – The Illinois Holocaust Museum runs this exhibit 1/29 through 4/23 and shares the history of The Green Book, an annual travel guide for African American travelers. Skokie. Ilholocaustmuseum.org
  • DAILY EXHIBIT Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad – 1/28-3/19. A visual story of 2,000 miles of the Underground Railroad. Dunn Museum, Libertyville. lcfpd.org.
  • KIDS Hands on Learning – Join DuPage Children’s Museum for Arts & Maker programming which provides children with the materials, tools, inspiration, and opportunities for collaboration that truly lets their imaginations soar. Naperville. dupagechildrens.org
  • KIDS Tiny Great Performances Series – Saturdays in March and April features an integration of play performances. Included with museum admission. Performance times vary. DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville. Dupagechildrens.org
  • OUTDOOR The Forge: Lemont Quarries – Forgefire Adventure Dining is an unforgettable dining experience in a climate-controlled globe. Keep warm with heated table, blankets, and extraordinary food. Every Friday, Saturdays and Sundays in March. forgeparks.com/adventure-dining
  • OUTDOOR Hiking Group – Chicago area people looking to get outdoors and socialize can join an event leader for a hike at various locations and distances. Register. Meetup.com/chicagohos
  • FAMILY First Fridays – A night of art, fun, music, dance and community at local businesses and venues in downtown Aurora the first Friday evening each month. Aurora. Auroradowntown.org



  • ADULTS Flashlight Egg Hunt – Adults 21 and over can find hundreds of prizes and gift cards and stay for
    drinks an socializing. Big Camp Timber. Elgin. Register. Flashlightegghunt.org

  • FAMILY Hop Til You Drop – Games and prizes in this carnival style event. 50 participants every 45 minutes. Register. Free. New Lenox Park District. New Lenox newlenoxparks.org

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  • FAMILY Easter Bunny Photos – Visit with the Bunny in the gazebo on Stolp Ave and receive a free photo. 1-3PM. Millennium Plaza, Downtown Aurora. auroradowntown.org
  • KIDS Easter Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza – Bring your basket to Deer Grove Leisure Center for games, crafts, inflatables and the Easter Bunny. 10-10:30AM. Bensenville. Bvilleparks.org
  • FAMILY Easter Egg Hunt – Meet the Easter Bunny for photos and an Easter Egg Hunt. 9AM. Freedom Park, Tinley Park. Tinleyparkdistrict.org
  • FAMILY Easter Egg Hunt – Bring your baskets to collect eggs and treasures. Adult supervision. 10AM. Pottawatomie Park, St. Charles. Stcparks.org
  • FAMILY Doggy Egg Hunt – Bring your fur baby out to hunt for colorful eggs and treats at Riverbend Community Park. $5 per dog. 10-11AM. St. Charles. stcparks.org

  • FAMILY Spring Fling – The Itasca Bunny is hiding eggs at Washington Park and will stick around for photos. Check eggs for prizes! FREE. Itasca. Itascaparkdistrict.com

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  • KIDS Preschool Egg Hunt – Bring a basket to the preschool playground to find candy and toy filled eggs. Meet the Easter Bunny, too. Register. 9:30AM-11:15AM. Community Rec Center. Wheeling. Wheelingparkdistrict.com
  • KIDS Kids Egg Hunt at Camp Big Timber – Kids ages 10 and under will have an egg hunt, Goody bag and visit from the Easter Bunny. 9AM. Elgin. Register. Flashlightegghunt.org
  • KIDS Egg Hunt – Bring your baskets to this FREE egg hunt at the Lombard Community Building. 10:40-11AM. Lombard. Lombard.parks.com
  • KIDS Hippity Hoppity Bunny Trail – Hop table to table at Centennial Park Trail for treats! Participants encouraged to dress like a bunny. 10AM-12PM. Lemont. Register. Lemontparkdistrict.org
  • KIDS Egg Hunt – Hunt for eggs and treats at the baseball field in Gregory B. Bott Community Park Bring your camera for phots ops with the Easter Bunny. 10:00-11:00AM. Plainfield. plfdparks.org
  • KIDS Preschool Egg Hunt – Come to the preschool playground for fun and games. Bring your camera for photos with the Bunny. Register early. Ages 1-3. 9:30-10:45AM. Wheeling. Wheelingparkdistrict.com
  • KIDS Bunny Bash – Egg hunt, coloring, crafts, refreshments and the Easter Bunny. 9:30-11AM. Circle Park. Bloomingdale. Bloomingdaleparks.org


  • FAMILY Easter Egg Hunt – Cantigny’s annual Easter Egg hunt returns. Check back for details as date approaches. 10AM-4PM. Cantigny’s Parade Field, Wheaton. Cantigny.org


  • KIDS Flashlight Egg Hunt – Grab your flashlights and head to the Springbrook Nature Center for an egg hunt in the dark. Ages 1-14. 8PM. Itasca. Itascaparkdistrict.com


  • FAMILY Drop In at the Dunn Nature Play and Crafts – 10-11:30AM. Drop-in to Dunn Museum’s North Shore Gas Classroom for hands-on experiences. Adult supervision required. Libertyville. Lcfpd.org
  • TEENS Eggstreme Teen Night – FREE. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden at Washington Park, so bring your basket and flashlight to find eggs and special prizes. Ages 10-15. 8PM. Itasca. Itascaparkdistrict.com


  • PRETEEN Dodgeball and Pizza – Enjoy some pizza and Dodgeball in our gymnasium. Register 6-8PM. CORE Gymnasium. Lemont. Lemontparkdistrict.org

“Swing Into Spring” with these Great Activities and Venues

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, www.WhirlyBall.com/Naperville 

Volo Museum
The world-famous Volo Museum’s 45 exhibits guarantees to have something rare and amazing for everyone including hundreds of rotating classic and modern collector cars, movie/TV vehicles, an indoor dinosaur experience, a carousel hall, ice cream parlor, military museum, Disney Gallery and one of the largest antique malls in the Midwest. This spring check out our new Titanic Experience, Hollywood Train Museum, train tours of the property, a mini golf course, animatronic ice age exhibit and an all new party/event space for up to 100 people! Open daily 10a to 5p. Visit www.volofun.com. 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL. 

Downtown Aurora Events
Enjoy springtime in downtown Aurora. See public art, visit family-friendly museums, stop by local coffee shops, and enjoy free events. Egg Hunt on the Island is a downtown-wide fun hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 1. Experience art, music, and more at monthly First Fridays events with more than two dozen venues open with activities for all ages. May 5 is the annual Food Truck Festival. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www.auroradowntown.org 

Village of Hinsdale Community Pool
Summer is Calling – This summer, beat the heat and have a blast at the Village of Hinsdale Community Pool. Featuring a 50-meter pool with 25-meter L shape, zero-depth walk in wading pool with play features, a diving well with drop slide, two 1M diving boards and a 3M diving board. Passes are affordable and offer great value for families and individuals. Also available are 10 visit passes and Neighborly Rates! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make memories and stay cool this summer. For more information, visit www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr and follow @HinsdaleParks for updates and events. Get your pass today!

Spring into summer with the Bensenville Park District!
With new spring golf rates at White Pines Golf Club starting March 1,  the free April 1 Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza, the White Pines Easter Brunch with the Easter Bunny April 9 and Earth Day events April 22, you’re sure to have a great time. Summer program registration begins April 4 (in-district) and 5. Visit BvilleParks.org for more information!

Spring in Naperville
Naperville in the springtime is an epicenter of fun adventures. Springtime beauty is scattered across the city in the parks, the Riverwalk, and eclectic Downtown. Go to www.VisitNaperville.com to find more information on upcoming spring events in the city like concerts, art fairs, and more. You can also find a full list of all our amazing parks, making it easy to enjoy nature this spring. Naperville is your next springtime destination for fun in the sun!

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.

Downtown Naperville Has Spring Savings Around Every Corner!
New discounts, deals, and offers are waiting for you throughout the month of March with Downtown Naperville’s Spring Savings Pass! Whether you’re looking to freshen up your wardrobe, your look, or just wanting to get out and enjoy some great food and libations… take advantage of the Spring Savings in Downtown Naperville! Also, don’t forget your gift cards! Downtown Naperville Gift Cards are accepted at 150+ downtown merchants! Come Shop, Dine, and Explore in Downtown Naperville! For more information, visit downtownnaperville.com!

Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
Secret Life of Butterflies – NOW – June 4
Join us to explore the wild, wonderful, and often strange world of butterflies and moths! See the whole lepidoptera lifecycle in action as caterpillars munch on leaves, butterflies emerge from their chrysalis, and moths from their cocoons. Get an up-close look at these amazing insects in the butterfly house as you’re surrounded by native and exotic butterflies! Located at Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St. Rockford, IL.  www.nicholasconservatory.com/butterflies 

College of DuPage STEMCON
Get Your Geek On! Saturday, April 29, 10 AM to 4 PM. Free. Hands-On Exhibits, In-Person Workshops, On-Demand Virtual Activities. Special guest Kate Biberdorf–Kate the Chemist live interactive demonstration. COD staff and industry experts will be on hand to provide an inside view into some of the most in-demand and cutting-edge careers of today and the future. To learn more visit: www.cod.edu/stemcon Come for the knowledge. Stay for the fun!

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.

Think Spring Break in Kenosha, WI!
You’ll find world-class museums to explore, and at least a half dozen places to create your own art as a family. History buffs will love The Civil War Museum and Kenosha History Center. Plus, enjoy miles of hiking trails, bike paths, and more nature areas as the weather warms! Enjoy adventure beyond the expected north of the border. For more info and to plan your trip, go to www.visitkenosha.com

Come Together! Women’s Weekend Lake Geneva … April. 28-30, 2023.
This fun-filled weekend has a 60s-70s vibe, and offers wellness classes, wine and food experiences, workshops and social events including 60-70s-themed party at the historic Riviera Ballroom, and a boat cruise on beautiful Geneva Lake. See the schedule of sessions, hotel discounts and local sponsors, and register at LakeGenevaWomensWeekend.com. Women’s Weekend is hosted by the Geneva Lake Women’s Association (GLWA). Proceeds benefit charitable organizations throughout Walworth County, Wis.

Fleetwood Roller Rink
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.” Complete Birthday Packages include Admission, Skate Rentals, Pizza & Soft Drink, Birthday Centerpiece, Gift for Birthday Person, Birthday Host and Mic Announcement. Check website for our ongoing specials and public skating times. Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family-owned business. Located at 7231 West Archer Ave., Summit. 708-458-0300. www.fleetwoodrollerrink.com

Midwest Pond & Koi Society
The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, road trips, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site www.mpks.org for more information.

Fitness Events



  • Lakefront 50K George Cheung Memorial Race. Chicago. chicagoultra.org


  • Bunny Hop Fun Run. Plainfield. Plfdparks.org


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On Stage

Denny Diamond

Denny Diamond appears at White Fence Farm, Bolingbrook – April 6 and May 10th

Denny Diamond appears at Hickory Hall, Crystal Lake – April 14th

Since his “2000” debut on Dick Clark’s show, “Your Big Break,” Denny has been traveling across the country performing his one-of-a-kind tribute to the music of Neil Diamond. He has a carefree, fun-loving attitude on stage, but what really sets him apart is his full-throated, robust baritone voice.

During COVID, like many other musicians, Denny started having fun streaming his performances online. Always up for a laugh, he began to refer to himself as “the world’s okayest vocalist.” This new moniker caught on, and with it he’s adding all new performances in “2023,” covering songs made famous by legendary artists like Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Elvis, and many others, including, of course, Neil Diamond. And also adding songs from beloved Broadway productions like “Carousel.”

For more information on Denny and his performances, visit DennyDiamond.com.


STARLIGHT TOURS  provides Motorcoach transportation to many musical events and tours, such as…

  • Kenny and Dolly Tribute – April 3
  • Day in Milwaukee– April 13
  • Grumpy Old Men, The Musical– April 21
  • Washington, DC Tour – June 5 to 11
  • Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo, MI – March 8, Aril 5, May 5, July 2 and July 6. Special all inclusive prices

We also provide Pick-Ups in Crystal Lake, Elk Grove Village, Johnsburg, Rockford, Stream and Woodridge                                           …Come make a memory with us

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Overshadowed Theatrical Productions

The 39 Steps – Now through – April 1

A comedy thriller, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps is packed with nonstop laughs and over 150 eccentric characters (played by four actors). The play is about a man with an ordinary life who meets a woman with a strong accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale. A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure.

Located at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. To order tickets, please call the box office at 630-634-2100 or go to www.overshadowed.org

Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts

  • Mike Super Magic & Illusion – April 1, 7pm

The Schaumburg Prairie Center puts the spotlight on family entertainment this spring with an exciting variety of mainstage shows.

Live music and dance combine on Sunday, March 5, when 30 members of McNulty Irish Dancers are joined by an ensemble from the Murphy Roche Irish Music Club in a celebration of the beautiful tradition of Celtic performing arts.

Back by popular demand, comedy dog spectacular Mutts Gone Nuts returns for two performances on Sunday, March 25. Deemed “a must see” by the Washington Post, these talented four-legged performers are sure to delight audiences of all ages.

On Saturday, April 1, winner of NBC’s Phenomenon and top America’s Got Talent finalist Mike Super delivers astonishing magic and illusions in this captivating, interactive show filled with humor and heart.

For tickets, visit prairiecenter.org or call the Box Office at 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center, located at 201 Schaumburg Ct. in Schaumburg, is owned and operated by the Village of Schaumburg.

Summer Camp Source

Over 20 great kid’s camps in SF’s SUMMER CAMP SOURCE

It’s no exaggeration to say that the one event kids really look forward to all year is a Summer Camp.  Simply click Summer Camp Source to  find  many wonderful camps to pique your child’s interest and expand their abilities.


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