A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: Chicago Suburbs Family Fun November 26-28, 2021

Weekend Windup: Chicago Suburbs Family Fun November 26-28, 2021

Thursday, November 25, 2021


Chicago Suburbs Family Fun November 26-28, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving! After enjoying a celebration with family and friends, I know you will be looking for a little fun. Here are my picks for this weekend. Have a great holiday!


Ongoing Human + Nature at Morton Arboretum, Lisle, stunning natural sculptures to help connect people with trees, the exhibition includes 5 incredible sculptures, included with normal admission

October 13 - January 2, 2022 Par Excellence Redux: The Back 9, Elmhurst Art Museum. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience an interactive exhibit created by local artists. In honor of the original Par Excellence exhibit at The School of the Art Institute, local artists have created 9 unique mini golf holes that you can actually play! To enjoy this exhibit, you do have to reserve a tee time. Please see website for more information and how to book your time.

November 4-15 Lake County Film Festival in-person viewings, November 18-29 with online viewings, Waukegan and Lake Forest

Through January 2 Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden November 12-January 2; Lightscape returns to Chicago Botanic Garden fusing old favorites, reimagined displays and new show stoppers! The gentle amble through stunning designs. Tickets are on sale now, but will go fast. So, purchase them soon!

Through January 9 Let It Shine Drive Thru Light Show in Northbrook, Schaumburg and Aurora, November 12-January 9; light installations synchronized to music, $29.99-$39.99; fast pass can be added on for $20; see website for more information and tickets. Tickets are only available online.

Throeugh January 2 Santa's Rock N Lights, Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, drive through light show of nearly 1000 elements, November 19 - January 2; 5PM-9:30PM see website for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets may be purchased online only

Through January  2 Winter Magic, Will Hills Golf Course, Northbrook, drive-through light event, November 20-January 2

Through New Year  North School Park, Arlington Heights

Ongoing  - December 19 Edith Farnsworth Holiday House Tour, Aurora, enjoy a 1955 holiday adventure, tickets are $25 pp, register online, tix do sell out

Festival of Lights Cosley Zoo Wheaton; November 26 -December 30 (closed Christmas Day), fresh Christmas trees and garland for sale, light displays will decorate the zoo, see website for more info, event is free and donations are very much appreciated.

Holiday Festival of Lights, Phillip's Park Zoo, Aurora, Northern Illinois' largest drive-thru display, November 26 - December 26 free but donations accepted.

Check the Daily Herald for Tree Lightings this weekend!

Friday, November 26

November 26 Festival of Lights Parade, Crystal Lake, November 26 7PM-8PM, holiday lights on parade!

November 26 Holiday Parade of Lights, Naperville

Saturday, November 27

November 27-28 Make Glass Ornaments or Icicles at Patterson Glassworks, Mundelein, 10AM-4PM, $35-$65, reservation suggested

November 27 Cocoa Crawl, Downtown Lake Forest, 12PM-3PM, grab a hot cocoa and ride the trolley to local businesses, free admission

November 27 Fossil Hike, Sagawau, LeMont, 1PM, take a hike to the fossil bed and learn why dinosaur fossils are not found in Illinois but marine ones are, learn how they formed, free but must register

November 27 Holiday History Hike, Wheaton, 1PM-1:45PM, learn history, sing songs and more fun, free

November 27 Highwood for the Holidays, City Hall Park, 2PM-5PM, kids crafts, $5 kids choo choo rides, s'mores, Santa visit and more

November 27 Stroll on State in Rockford. This magical kick-off to the holidays includes a parade with large balloons, bands, floats, and more. The fun includes wagon rides, tree lightings, local vendors, fireworks, hot chocolate stations, fire and ice where sculpted ice is lit on fire, and so much more!

Check out my piece on Holiday Lights in the Suburbs Including Home Displays

Sunday, November 28

November 28 Celebration of Lights Festival, Batavia Riverwalk, 5PM-7PM, free wagon rides, treats, Christmas tree lane, visit to the depot museum and more!

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