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Family Fun

DuPage, Will and Cook to unwrap holiday concerts, theater, family fun

POP-UP BAR
WHERE: Reserve 22 Restaurant and Bar, 485 Winchell Way, Glen Ellyn
WHEN: Through Jan. 6; closed Mondays in winter
COST AND INFO: Free admission; visit www.reserve22.com or call 630-469-5550 to make reservations
ABOUT: Reserve 22 hosts “Holiday View at Reserve 22,” its first holiday pop-up bar. It sports over-the-top decor, with thousands of holiday lights, three Christmas trees, nutcrackers galore, hundreds of bows, 150 snowflakes and an Instagram-worthy “elfie” photo area. Several caroling nights are lined up, and chef Thomas Fota has cooked up a holiday menu. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the Chicago Chapter of Marine Toys for Tots.
POP-UP BAR WHERE: Reserve 22 Restaurant and Bar, 485 Winchell Way, Glen Ellyn WHEN: Through Jan. 6; closed Mondays in winter COST AND INFO: Free admission; visit www.reserve22.com or call 630-469-5550 to make reservations ABOUT: Reserve 22 hosts “Holiday View at Reserve 22,” its first holiday pop-up bar. It sports over-the-top decor, with thousands of holiday lights, three Christmas trees, nutcrackers galore, hundreds of bows, 150 snowflakes and an Instagram-worthy “elfie” photo area. Several caroling nights are lined up, and chef Thomas Fota has cooked up a holiday menu. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the Chicago Chapter of Marine Toys for Tots.

DEC. 19

"A XMAS CUENTO REMIX": Through Dec. 29, 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Cuento means tale. It's a modern-day take on "A Christmas Carol" in which the main characters are strong Latina females. To Dolores who runs D’s Pub, Christmas is a scam and charity is for suckers. When her niece faces eviction, Dolores turns her away. Can three sassy spirits turn this female Scrooge from bad to good? Celebrating Latinx culture and modern music, it's described as an exciting and joyous new Christmas carol for today. The production is a National New Play Network rolling world premiere with Milagro in Portland and Cleveland Public. It launches 16th Street's new season, whose theme is redemption. Information: 16thstreettheater.org, 708-795-6704.

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

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, TREE SALE, CRAFTS AND SANTA AT COSLEY ZOO: Various dates through Dec. 30, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Cosley Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with the light show beginning at 3 p.m. The zoo will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day, and will be open 9 a.m. to noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Cost: Zoo admission is free during the Festival of Lights and Tree Sale; Santa’s Craft Corner costs $10 per family and $3 for a printed photo with Santa, with no registration required. 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. Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences will stage Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" through Dec. 23. Information: drurylanetheatre.com, 630-530-0111.

DUPAGE CARE CENTER'S ADOPT-A-RESIDENT PROGRAM SEEKING PEOPLE TO MAKE THE HOLIDAYS HAPPIER: Offered by the center in Wheaton. It serves over 300 residents, ages 18 to over 100, who are without financial means, and with physical challenges that require full-time skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Adopters receive a list of holiday gifts for the resident. Information: 630-784-4260 or Elizabeth.walker@dupageco.org.

FEATURED ARTIST DARCY BERG: December, Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. She exhibits photography and fiber artwork. Information: woodridgelibrary.org.

DEC. 20

BRASS FROM THE PAST PRESENTS A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AT THE BHOUSE LIVE STAGE: 8 p.m., Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. It's a tribute to the legends of rock and soul. Cost: $15 to $18. Information: www.brauerhouse.com, 630-495-2141.

HOLIDAY BREAK UNLIMITED RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS: Weekdays from Dec. 20 to Jan. 6, Enchanted Castle restaurant and entertainment complex, 1103 S. Main St., Lombard. It offers a three-hour, unlimited attractions wristband, which is not available Dec. 24 or 25. Cost: $25.95. Information: enchanted.com, 630-953-7860.

“COMMUNITY HOLIDAY TREES” ON DISPLAY AT ROBERT R. MCCORMICK HOUSE: Through Dec. 29, the final day of 2019 operations, Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. December hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; the park is closed Dec. 24 and 25. Seven area nonprofits created displays for the 10th annual holiday event for charity. Each receives a $2,500 grant from the McCormick Foundation. They also collect 100% of optional donations made by museum visitors, who are encouraged to vote for their favorite tree. The agency whose tree gathers the most votes receives an additional $2,500. The nonprofits are Diveheart of Downers Grove, which works to build confidence, independence and self-esteem in children, adults and veterans with disabilities through scuba diving, scuba therapy and related activities; Glen Ellyn Infant Welfare Society; Naperville Area Humane Society; Off the Street Club, Chicago’s oldest boys and girls club with Camp Mathieu in Wheaton; Student Excellence Foundation serving Wheaton-Warrenville District 200; Tuskegee NEXT, based in Wheaton, and honoring the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen by offering aviation education and career path opportunities for at-risk youth; and WINGS Program, aiming to break the cycle of domestic violence for adults and children. Cost: $5 parking. Information: cantigny.org.

DEC. 21

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.

BUSY BEAVERS CRAFT CLUB: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. The program offers a craft activity in the museum; drop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The theme will be snowy owls. Cost: Free to all ages. Information: ReconnectWithNature.org.

HOLIDAY MAGIC SHINES AT BROOKFIELD ZOO: Various December dates, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. The zoo’s 38th annual Holiday Magic is the region's longest-running lights festival. A 600-foot tunnel with thousands of colorful LED lights synchronized to music is just one of the event's many attractions. Cost: Fees vary. Information: CZS.org/HolidayMagic, 708-688-8000.

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.

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.

DEC. 26

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.

BATTLE OF THE BULGE REMEMBERED: Events underway, First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The museum has been commemorating the 75th anniversary of the World War II battle with exhibits, lectures and book signings. The First Division Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, except holidays. Cost: $5 parking fee. Information: www.fdmuseum.org.

DEC. 27

RONNIE BAKER BROOKS: 9 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Information: www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, 708-788-2118.

ALMOST NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH MARK DVORAK: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Concert organizers said “Chicago’s Troubadour” Mark Dvorak returns to Two Way Street to welcome the new year in style and with great songs. Cost: $10. Information: www.twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

DEC. 31

NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT BY NEW PHILHARMONIC: 2, 5:30 and 9 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Ring in the New Year with New Philharmonic and Maestro Kirk Muspratt conducting Viennese waltzes, polkas, arias, light classical and movie music. It features Annie Rosen, a mezzo-soprano sensation, according to concert organizers. She will entertain with “La Vie en Rose” and “Mon Cour,” plus surprises. Cost: $67. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

JAN. 2

"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.

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. 4

BONNE ANNEE – A NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: 2 to 3:30 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Celebrate like it’s 1759, ringing in the New Year French-Canadian fur trader style with stories and games of Illinois country. Enjoy a warm drink around a toasty fire. Make a vintage French craft to take home as a keepsake of the family-friendly event and the “Bonne Annee,” or good year, to come. It's for ages 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult, and registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: 815-886-1467, www.reconnectwithnature.org.

JAN. 6

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. 7

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

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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