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Family Fun

DuPage, Will and Cook to offer holiday craft shows, concerts, theater

WHERE: Westmont Public Library, 428 N. Cass Ave.
WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 13
COST & INFO: Free, with registration required; 630-869-6150,
ABOUT: Hal Burke of Westmont will give a historical presentation about the five Sullivan brothers, mentioned in "Saving Private Ryan." They were killed when their ship was sunk in the Pacific in World War II. Burke also will include the connection to Alfred Eisenstaedt’s V-J Day “Kissing Sailor” photo. Burke is president of Victory & Valor Memories. In related news, visit the Downers Grove Public Library's circulation desk to submit a form and photo for a display honoring hometown veterans.
VETERANS DAY RELATED LECTURE TO SALUTE HISTORY WHERE: Westmont Public Library, 428 N. Cass Ave. WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 13 COST & INFO: Free, with registration required; 630-869-6150, ABOUT: Hal Burke of Westmont will give a historical presentation about the five Sullivan brothers, mentioned in "Saving Private Ryan." They were killed when their ship was sunk in the Pacific in World War II. Burke also will include the connection to Alfred Eisenstaedt’s V-J Day “Kissing Sailor” photo. Burke is president of Victory & Valor Memories. In related news, visit the Downers Grove Public Library's circulation desk to submit a form and photo for a display honoring hometown veterans.

NOV. 7

"PETER AND THE STARCATCHER": Through Nov. 9, Arena Theater in Jenks Hall at Wheaton College, 433 Howard St., Wheaton. The prequel to "Peter Pan" is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Cost: $5 to $11. Information:,

ARTIST MAURICIO FORERO'S "SOUTHS AND NORTHS": Through Nov. 23, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information:, 708-442-6400.

NOV. 8

HOLIDAY SIP AND SHOP PART OF EVENTS LINEUP: 5 to 9 p.m., The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Tickets are on sale for food paired with a wine and spirits tasting and holiday shopping, including a trunk show. A holiday exhibit by the Nature Artists' Guild, along with demonstrations, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10. Information:, 630-968-0074.

BEACON HILL WINTER BAZAAR: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9, 2400 S. Finley Road, Lombard. It offers 20 vendors and a bake sale. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-620-5850.

ELMHURST NATIVE TEKKI LOMNICKI'S NEW SHOW: Nov. 8 to 17, Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Six Stories Up – "The Deep Blue Sea" – is a show written and performed by kids and adults with and without disabilities. Sign language interpretation and audio description will be offered Nov. 10. Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for students. Information:

LATTE THEATER PREMIERING "THE PORCH LIGHT": 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 9, Plymouth Place Auditorium, 315 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park. The new work by playwright and director Felicia Pfluger chronicles 120 years of American life and family from 1893 through the present. Presented by her La Grange Area Teen Theater Ensemble, the show chronicles history, hope and humanity as witnessed from the simple front porch of a house. Cost: $5 for students, seniors and first responders; $15 for adults at the door; $12 in advance at Tates Old Fashioned Ice Cream in La Grange. Information:, 708-655-0989.

CHARLIE MOSBROOK: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. President of the nonprofit FOLKNET and vice president of Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM), award-winning songwriter Charlie Mosbrook has wowed audiences for 30 years. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

LOMBARD GARDEN CLUB: 1 p.m. (date change due to Thanksgiving), Lombard Commons, St. Charles Road and Grace Street. "For the Love of Lavender" will be presented by horticulturist Maggie Smith, who explains its history and describes different varieties, their care and the vast uses of lavender from culinary to aromatherapy. Guests are welcome. Cost: Free. Information: Reservations at 630-620-8938.

"EAT, DRINK, AND BE MURDERED," ANNUAL MURDER MYSTERY PLAY BY FRIENDS OF VILLA PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY: 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 and 2 p.m. Nov. 10, library, 305 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park. Cost: $12 to $15. Information:, 630-834-1164.

"BECKY'S NEW CAR": Through Nov. 9, Village Theatre Guild, 2S720 Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The thoroughly original comedy, which has serious overtones, is a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken, a news release stated. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus at 3 p.m. Nov. 9. Cost: $19.99. Information: 630-469-8230,

SHEDD AQUARIUM – SAVING THE GREAT LAKES REGION: 7 p.m., La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave. The Shedd returns with mascot Esther the Blanding’s turtle to talk about new ecological developments in the area. Information:, 708-215-3200.

ELMHURST CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS FOURTH ANNUAL GALA: 7:30 p.m., Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Cost: $150. Information:

NOV. 9

NOTED FOLK MUSICIAN MARK DVORAK: 7:30 p.m., Acorn Coffeehouse at the Burning Bush Gallery, 216 N. Main St., Wheaton. It will be an evening of folk, blues and original song. The singer-songwriter has won awards for journalism and children’s music and received the 2013 FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International. Cost: $10. Information: Reservations are recommended at or 630-393-1247; details at

PLANK ROAD FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY'S OLD-TIME BARN DANCE: 8 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. A string band will play at the informal dance; partners are not required. Cost: $5. Information:, 630-325-7764.

A DICKENS OF A HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Darien Park District Community Center, 7301 Fairview Ave. It's the 10th annual holiday craft show. Cost: Free admission. Information:

FORTIETH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Route 38 and Westmore-Meyers Road, Lombard. It offers lunch and children's activities; new this year will be a vendor village and pet adoption event. Information: 630-629-8765.

RED SLED HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ogden Avenue School, 501 Ogden Ave., La Grange. There will be crafters and vendors, bake sale, pictures with Santa, games for kids, food and raffle items from local businesses. Information:

THE MAKING OF "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE": 2 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. "It's a Wonderful Life – The Making of a Holiday Classic" is an encore presentation by actress and historian Leslie Goddard. Was Cary Grant supposed to star in the film? Is the gym-floor-turned-swimming-pool real? Did the movie bomb at the box office? Enjoy rare photographs taken behind-the-scenes and find out what happened to the cast. After Goddard's program, an optional free screening of the movie will start at about 3:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for GEHS members, $5 for students age 18 and younger. Information: Tickets at 630-469-1867.

MANOR HILL CRAFT/VENDOR FAIR AND KIDS' GARAGE SALE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Manor Hill Elementary School, 1464 S. Main St., Lombard. Cost: Free admission. Information:

DOWNERS GROVE AREA BRANCH OF AAUW'S USED BOOK COLLECTION: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Eagle Storage, 555 Rogers St., Downers Grove. It's conducted by American Association of University Women. Information: Details on eligible items at

TURKISH COOKING CLASS: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., TAS Wheaton Cultural Center, 1415 Hill Ave., Wheaton. The group will prepare and then dine on Kisir, Rus Salatasi and Cikolatali Kek. Cost: $10. Information: Reservations at

CHICAGO SINFONIETTA IN DIWALI CELEBRATION: 8 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. "Love + Light – The Jubilant Return of Diwali" honors the festival of light, with themes of musical mythology, familiar traditions and dance. Featuring India’s world-renowned violinist and composer L. Subramaniam and classic Indian Bharatanatyam dance by Chicago’s Mandala South Asian Performing Arts, it will be a sweeping performance fusing Carnatic and Western classical music traditions. It will be repeated at Symphony Center in Chicago. Guest conducted by Sameer Patel, the concert will open with Beethoven’s "Leonore Overture" No. 3, Op. 72, in tribute to the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and includes Stravinsky’s "Suite from The Firebird." Cost: $10 to $62 in advance online. Visit

PROJECT 88 CONCERT: 6 p.m., Unity Lutheran Church, 6720 W. 31st St., Berwyn. It features violinists Stefan Hersh and Agnieszka Likos, violist Sixto Franco, cellist Patrycja Likos and pianist Élider DiPaula performing piano quintets by César Franck and Dmitri Shostakovich. Cost: Free, with donations welcome to help create a Berwyn music academy. Information:, 708-788-4132.

DISPENSA'S KIDDIE KINGDOM SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Through Nov. 16, Oakbrook Terrace Historical Society, 17W245 16th St. The two-week, special exhibit is on Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom and Castle of Toys. John Dispensa III will speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at City Council chambers. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Cost: Free. Information:

WHEATON FRENCH MARKET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays until Nov. 9, Municipal Parking Lot 3, Main and Liberty, downtown, Wheaton. Information:

CD ONE PRICE CLEANERS' ANNUAL COAT DRIVE: Through Nov. 10, at all its suburban sites. The company locations are collecting coats for the Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society. They will accept gently used children, teen and adult winter coats. CD One will clean all coats and deliver them for distribution in time for winter. Information: visit

NOV. 10

SALT CREEK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church of La Grange, 100 W. Cossitt Ave. It features Beethoven's Third Symphony ("Eroica") and the Romance for Viola and Orchestra by Max Bruch, with soloist Uli Widmaier. Cost: $15 to $20. Information:

GREAT MIDWEST MODEL TRAIN SHOW: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Information:, 630-290-1962.

VETERANS DAY CONCERT: 3 p.m., Christ Church Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road. Patriotic and religious selections will be presented by its 100-voice Chancel Choir and Women’s Ensemble; the acclaimed Chicago Brass Band; and Singing Men of Oak Brook. Cost: Free. Information:

NOV. 11

WILLS FOR VETS: Appointments on Nov. 11, Wilson & Wilson Estate Planning & Elder Law, 1023 W. 55th St., Suite 110, La Grange. Free estate planning documents are offered active duty military, veterans and their spouses. Register by Nov. 7 or until space is filled. Cost: Free. Information:, 708-482-7090.

MARY SUE FENNER’S TRUNK SHOW OF ONE-OF-A-KIND JACKETS PLUS LECTURE PRESENTED BY ILLINOIS PRAIRIE WEAVERS: 10 a.m., Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 S. Highland Ave., Lombard. It's a fashion show-and-tell event. Cost: Free. Information:

VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION EVENTS AT BROOKFIELD ZOO: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 8400 31st St. The Chicago Zoological Society invites the public to honor the men and women who have served the nation, with free zoo admission. Information:, 708-688-8000.

"PERSONAL STORIES – A VETERANS DAY EVENT": 2 to 4 p.m., Indian Prairie Public Library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien. Get an intimate glimpse into the lives of local veterans as they share their stories. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are required. Information:

ANDY WARHOL @ ART INSTITUTE LECTURE: 7 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. Art historian Michelle Mishur presents a look at Warhol, with a focus on the Art Institute's retrospective exhibit running through early 2020. Information:

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS "ONE CHILD NATION": 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. It's on China’s One Child Policy, the former population control measure. Information:, 630-968-0219.

NOV. 12

GLEN ELLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS "AUNT TILLIE STORY TIME": 10:30 a.m., 800 N. Main St. Aunt Tillie tells her stories and shares a craft project geared to children ages 2 to 5, with no reservations needed. Cost: Free. Information: 630-469-1867.

CHICAGO YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – JAZZ ORCHESTRA: 8 p.m., Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road., Berwyn. Cost: $10. Information:

NOV. 13

BENSENVILLE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: 7 p.m., Bensenville Theatre, 9 S. Center St. The Bensenville Arts Council presents the inaugural event. Information:

WATER-BASED EXERCISE CLASS: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Dec. 18, except Nov. 27, Riverside Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road, Riverside. The WET Class at RBHS is an adult level class, which is meant to elevate heart rate and muscular strength, utilizing water as resistance. No swimming is involved. Cost: $36 for six classes. Information:, clicking on community, swimming pool, WET Class; or email Noelle at

NOV. 14

FILM CLASSES: Various dates, First United Methodist Church, 1032 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. The instructor is Sue Thornquist of Downers Grove. Different classes are offered Nov. 14 and 19 and Dec. 5 and 10. One can register by emailing Thornquist at

NOV. 15

GROVE PLAYERS STAGING DAVID MAMET'S "NOVEMBER": 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 to 24, Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. The Oval Office satire depicts one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander-in-chief. It's directed by Jason Linder. Cost: $18 to $20. Information:;, 630-415-3682.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. The Sapsuckers' Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart were nominated as the best country band by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Association; the accomplished musicians bring a light touch and humor to their performances. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

DONNA THE BUFFALO: 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Touring the U.S. since 1989, Donna the Buffalo has roots in old-time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of Cajun, zydeco, rock, folk, reggae and country. Information:, 708-788-2118.

"DOUBT, A PARABLE": 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 to 24, GreenMan Theatre, 232 S. York St., Elmhurst. A Bronx school principal, Sister Aloysius, suspects Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. Cost: $15 to $17. Information:; 630-464-2646,

DRURY LANE PRESENTS "MARY POPPINS": Most Wednesdays through Sundays, Nov. 15 to Jan. 19, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Information:, 630-530-0111.

NOV. 16

SAINT LOUISE DE MARILLAC SCHOOL'S HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1125 Harrison Ave, La Grange Park. Over 50 crafters and vendors will be on hand, and the Scholastic Book Fair will be open. A Crafters Café serves a light breakfast and lunch items, and there will be raffles, plus pictures with Santa. Information:, 708-352-2202.

BUSY BEAVERS CRAFT CLUB: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and Dec. 21, Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Each program offers a different craft activity in the museum; drop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monthly themes are November's turkeys, and December's snowy owls. Cost: Free to all ages. Information:

NOV. 17

ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS ALLIANCE BRASS: 3 p.m., 215 S. Lincoln St., Lombard. The group is acclaimed by the Chicago Brass Festival to be “the perfect blend of virtuosity and vitality.” Its repertoire ranges from early Renaissance to jazz and beyond. Cost: No tickets are sold, but a freewill offering is gathered. Information:

"PUT ON YOUR SUNDAY CLOTHES II – A SALUTE TO BROADWAY": 3 p.m., Elmhurst’s Bethel United Church of Christ, 315 E. St. Charles Road. It's part of the church’s Music at Bethel Concert Series. A wine reception will follow. Cost: $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $5 for students, with a family pass at $45 for two adults and up to five children. Information:, 630-279-4040

NOV. 18

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 meets to rehearse Monday nights. Information:

ELMHURST HARMONIE REHEARSALS: 7 p.m. 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 for the holiday season. Information:

NOV. 19

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,

NOV. 21

SENIOR SINGERS INVITED TO JOIN LILAC TOWN SENIOR CHORUS: 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday, 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.

NOV. 22

"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 also are planned. Information:

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:

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