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Family Fun

DuPage, Will and Cook to kick off 2020 with music, nature events, family fun

'STORIES WITH SHISHIBEE,' PLUS FAMILY EVENT
WHERE:  Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville
WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 11; registration deadline of Jan. 9; see Jan. 4 event below
COST AND INFO: Free; ReconnectWithNature.org, 815-886-1467
ABOUT: Visitors can meet Shishibee, the daughter of a French fur trader who grew up among the Potawatomi tribe in Illinois country in the 1700s. A naturalist portraying Shishibee will bring history to life while presenting educational and entertaining legends and stories from new France and the village. The program is for people age 6 and older. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4, families can celebrate like it’s 1759, ringing in the New Year French-Canadian fur trader style with local stories and games. Enjoy a warm drink around a toasty fire. Make a vintage French craft to take home as a keepsake of the family-friendly, free event titled “Bonne Annee,” or good year. It is for ages 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult, and registration is required.
'STORIES WITH SHISHIBEE,' PLUS FAMILY EVENT WHERE: Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville WHEN: 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 11; registration deadline of Jan. 9; see Jan. 4 event below COST AND INFO: Free; ReconnectWithNature.org, 815-886-1467 ABOUT: Visitors can meet Shishibee, the daughter of a French fur trader who grew up among the Potawatomi tribe in Illinois country in the 1700s. A naturalist portraying Shishibee will bring history to life while presenting educational and entertaining legends and stories from new France and the village. The program is for people age 6 and older. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4, families can celebrate like it’s 1759, ringing in the New Year French-Canadian fur trader style with local stories and games. Enjoy a warm drink around a toasty fire. Make a vintage French craft to take home as a keepsake of the family-friendly, free event titled “Bonne Annee,” or good year. It is for ages 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult, and registration is required.

JAN. 2

"ILLUMINATION – TREE LIGHTS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM": Through Jan. 5, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Information: Timed tickets available at www.mortonarb.org.

COSLEY ZOO: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Information: cosleyzoo.org, 630-665-5534.

DRURY LANE PRESENTS "MARY POPPINS": Most Wednesdays through Sundays through Jan. 19, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Information: drurylanetheatre.com, 630-530-0111.

CLASSES AND EVENTS AT LIZZADRO MUSEUM OF LAPIDARY ART: Varied dates, in its new location at 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook. Information: dasher@lizzadromuseum.org, 630-833-1616, www.lizzadromuseum.org.

ART EXHIBIT: Through Jan. 4, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. The painter is Jennifer Oldis-Kryczka. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday except major holidays. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400, www.riversideartscenter.com.

HOLIDAY BREAK UNLIMITED RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS: Weekdays through Jan. 6, Enchanted Castle restaurant and entertainment complex, 1103 S. Main St., Lombard. It offers a three-hour, unlimited attractions wristband. Cost: $25.95. Information: enchanted.com, 630-953-7860.

"MCCORMICK HOUSE – PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE" PLUS IMAGIST EXHIBIT: Through Jan. 12, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Chicago Imagist fans will enjoy "What Came After – Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-1998," while architecture enthusiasts will revel in the sophistication of the Mies van der Rohe McCormick House exhibition that for the first time portrays a full, 1950s domestic representation of the rare single-family home. Special tours are planned. Information: elmhurstartmuseum.org.

JAN. 3

COMEDIAN ANDY BENINGO: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 3 and 4, CG's Comedy Club at The Promenade Bolingbrook, 619 E. Boughton Road. Mike Merryfield will appear at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and 11. Information: cgscomedyclub.com, 630-410-8906.

CELEBRATED SONGWRITER SUE FINK AND VIOLINIST JORDI KLEINER: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Cost: $10. Information: www.twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

JAN. 4

ALL ANIMAL EXPO: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 4 and 19, DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Cost: $5. Information: 630-917-0366; dupagecountyfair.org.

NICK ALEXANDER BLUES BAND AT BRAUER HOUSE: 9:30 p.m., Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Cost: $7 to $10. Information: www.brauerhouse.com.

BIRD WALKS: 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Search the woods, fields and edges of the Arboretum for birds. Learn about migrants and year-round resident birds with an expert guide. Cost: $14. Information: Register at mortonarb.org or 630-719-2468.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI AND SNOWSHOE RENTALS: Daily in snowy conditions, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. After 4 or more inches of snow, people can embrace the season and trek through 1,700 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s winter wonderland. Information: mortonarb.org; call first to confirm availability at 630-968-0074.

JAN. 6

"CHANGING WORLDS – THE IMMIGRATION EXPERIENCE": 7 p.m., Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave. In this reader’s theater experience, members of the GreenMan Theatre portray people seeking to change their lives by leaving their homes for an opportunity at a better life in America. The program is for adults and youth in the ninth grade and older. Information: elmhurstpubliclibrary.org, 630-279-8696.

JAN. 7

GLEN ELLYN WOMAN'S CLUB WELCOMES SUSAN THORNE DEVIN AND HER PROGRAM ON "CHOOSING HAPPINESS": 1 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Devin is a social worker, counselor and director of Choices, a counseling office in Glen Ellyn. Guests are welcome and can call 630-363-5327 to make a reservation. Members are asked to bring socks and toiletries for the PADS organization in DuPage County. Cost: Free. Information: glenellynhistory.org, 630-363-5327.

ART SHOW BY ANDREI RABODZEENKO: Jan. 7 to Feb. 22, with reception from 3 to 6 p.m. Jan. 12, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. The exhibit is titled "Energy, Frequency and Vibration – Life-trembling line." It's an audio/video meditation on the dynamic nature of drawing, and an interactive installation of stone, chalk and charcoal, to enable visitors to experience firsthand the primal satisfaction of drawing on stone. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 708-442-6400, riversideartscenter.com.

BINGO AT AMERICAN LEGION POST 80: 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Alexander Bradley Burns Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave., Downers Grove. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will be a variety of games and progressive jackpots, with food and refreshments available. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-968-9710, www.post80.org.

JAN. 10

MUSICIAN SAM BYERLY: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Cost: $10. Information: www.twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

"FROZEN JR.": 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, and 2 p.m. Jan. 12, Park Junior High School, 325 N. Park Road, La Grange Park. The park district announces that Community Footlight Players, a youth theater, will present the show. Cost: $5 for children age 5 and older, $10 for adults, $15 at the door. Information: Tickets at 708-354-4580; communityparkdistrict.org.

NICK ALEXANDER BLUES BAND LIVE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS PLAYING BLUES ROCK: 8 p.m., Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Information: www.wireismusic.com.

JAN. 11

FIELD MUSEUM CURATOR PRESENTING "FOSSIL LAKE AND OTHER CURATORIAL ADVENTURES": 2 p.m., Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook. Lance Grande is the Negaunee Distinguished Service Curator of the Field Museum. His research includes extensive work at Fossil Lake, Wyoming. His books are available in the museum shop, and a book signing will follow. Cost: $8, with reservations recommended. Information: dasher@lizzadromuseum.org, 630-833-1616, www.lizzadromuseum.org.

TRAIN SONGS OF AMERICA WITH FOLK MUSICIAN DEAN MILANO: 2 p.m., Elmhurst History Museum's Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave. Milano presents train-themed songs from America’s past – both well-known favorites and a few obscure selections. The program includes a slide show featuring photos and artwork of trains throughout history. All ages are welcome. Cost: Free, with registration required. Information: elmhursthistory.org (see adult programs page) or 630-833-1457.

EXPLORE WAYS TO VOLUNTEER WITH DUPAGE FOREST PRESERVES: 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 open house and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 information session, both held at district headquarters, 3S5800 Naperville Road, Wheaton. Volunteers are needed for year-round programs and one-time workdays. The open house will showcase 50 volunteer opportunities in 10 volunteer programs. Information: Call Volunteer Services at 630-933-7233; www.dupageforest.org.

JAN. 14

AUNT TILLIE'S STORY TIME: 10:30 a.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. The stories are geared to children ages 2 to 5. Maria Bakalis from Curtain Up Classroom portrays Aunt Tillie, and includes a craft project with her storytelling. Adults are asked to stay with their children. Cost: Free, with no reservations needed. Information: 630-469-1867.

JAN. 18

LECTURE ON SEARS HOMES: 2 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. A teacher at the College of DuPage, Lara Solonickne, presents “Sears Homes of Chicagoland … and Glen Ellyn.” In the mid 1900s, kit homes were offered by Sears, Roebuck and Company via catalogue. Her multimedia program will show the homes as they look now. Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for Glen Ellyn Historical Society members and students age 18 and younger. Information: Advance tickets at Stacy's Corners Store or call 630-469-1867.

JAN. 20

CLOTHING AND TOY DONATION DRIVE: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., various locations across the suburbs. Cradles to Crayons invites families to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day by donating new or gently-used children's items at one of more than 25 pop-up, drop-off locations. The nonprofit provides essentials such as clothing, coats, books and toys to ensure all children, regardless of their socio-economic status, have what they need to feel safe, warm and valued. Most needed are winter coats (sizes newborn to adult medium); winter boots (sizes infant/toddler 5 to adult 10); warm clothing (size newborn to youth 18/20 or adult medium); toys (especially for infants and ages 10 to 12); and books for ages newborn to 12. Information: To find a nearby drop-off location, visit www.cradlestocrayons.org/chicago/mlk-day-2020.

CHORAL-AIRES CHORUS GUEST NIGHTS: 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 345 S. Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst. A noted a cappella barbershop harmony chorus, the Choral-Aires Chorus of Sweet Adelines International usually meets to rehearse Monday nights. Information: choral-aires.com.

ELMHURST HARMONIE REHEARSALS: 7 p.m. most Mondays, Elmhurst Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Road. Formerly the Elmhurst Men's Chorus and Elmhurst Ladies' Chorus, the group invites everyone who loves to sing to join rehearsals. Information: elmhurstharmonie.com.

JAN. 23

DUPAGE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: Ongoing activities, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Information: dupagechildrens.org.

SENIOR SINGERS INVITED TO JOIN LILAC TOWN SENIOR CHORUS: 10 a.m. to noon most Thursdays, Lombard Community Building, 433 E. St. Charles Road. It is presented by the Lombard Park District as a free, friendly and informal setting for people to sing. Information: Call Patti Plomb at 630-620-7322.

"ON THE RIGHT TRACK – BY RAIL TO CHICAGO & BEYOND" EXHIBIT: Through March 29, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. New exhibit explores local railroad history through artifacts including photos, maps and models of stations, locomotives and railroad cars. Cost: Free. Information: elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457.

JAN. 24

AMERICAN LEGION BINGO: 7 p.m., 123 Main St., West Chicago. Weekly bingo, raffles and pull tabs on Fridays for ages 18 and older. Proceeds help veterans and the community. Check out additional dates. Information: wchicago.mhsoftware.com.

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