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Kane to light up with holiday festivities, cabaret act, theater productions

WHERE: Downtown St. Charles
WHEN: Nov. 29 and 30
ABOUT: Holiday Homecoming presents two days of festivities including Saturday's Electric Christmas Parade stepping off at 5:30 p.m., preceded by an open house at the Baker Community Center, where “Nutcracker” ballet previews will take place between 2 and 5:30 p.m. Visitors to the open house can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies. Dancers from Engage Dance Theatre will perform excerpts at 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., and also will appear at the St. Charles History Museum between 3 and 5:30 p.m.
HOLIDAY HOMECOMING WHERE: Downtown St. Charles WHEN: Nov. 29 and 30 COST AND INFO: Free; ABOUT: Holiday Homecoming presents two days of festivities including Saturday's Electric Christmas Parade stepping off at 5:30 p.m., preceded by an open house at the Baker Community Center, where “Nutcracker” ballet previews will take place between 2 and 5:30 p.m. Visitors to the open house can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies. Dancers from Engage Dance Theatre will perform excerpts at 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., and also will appear at the St. Charles History Museum between 3 and 5:30 p.m.

NOV. 29

DEACON BLUES WITH CORKY SIEGEL WILL BE PART OF THE ARCADA LINEUP: 8 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The Steely Dan tribute artists include Siegel, a member of the Blues Hall of Fame. The show is followed by a free screening of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with Jim Carrey at 10 a.m. Nov. 30; Cornerstones of Rock starring Chicago’s iconic rock groups of the ’60s and ’70s at 8 p.m. Nov. 30; Leonid and Friends in a Chicago tribute at 7 p.m. Dec. 1; a tribute to The Beatles’ “White” album by Christopher Cross, Todd Rundgren, Micky Dolenz, Jason Scheff and Joey Molland at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2; and the Bret Michaels Christmas party at 8 p.m. Dec. 6. Information:

CHRISTMAS TREE HARVEST BEGINS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 to Dec. 15, Kuipers Family Farm, 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park. Visit the farm and harvest your own fresh pine or fir or choose a fresh pre-cut Fraser fir. An apple cider donut for everyone in the tree party is included. One also can visit the Orchard Shop & Bakery. Santa will speak with children on select dates among the festivities planned. Information: 815-827-5200,

MOOSEHEART HOLIDAY LIGHTS SHOW: 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 31 on Route 31 between Batavia and North Aurora. Proceeds support Mooseheart, a residential child-care facility. The show has dozens of light displays over a 1.8-mile route and costs $10 per car. On Dec. 13 to 15 and 20 to 22, one can see Santa Claus at the Field House and enjoy activities and refreshments. Santa will sit for free photos starting at 5:30 p.m. Information:

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES WITH SANTA AT GENEVA COMMONS: 5 to 7 p.m., 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. Cost: Free. Information: Details on all the holiday happenings at

WINDY CITY DUELING PIANOS: 9 p.m., EvenFlow Music and Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. High-energy music is played on two pianos by two performers who incorporate interactive comedy. Information:

WAYNE HOUSE TOUR DEPARTING GENEVA BY SHUTTLE BUS: Nov. 29 and 30, starting at owner’s business, SG Geneva/Scentimental Gardens, 428 W. State St. The Holiday Home Tour is at Debra Phillips’ 1850s residence. The tours will continue from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Cost: $20. Information: Reservations for the tour can be made at 630-232-1303 or at the shop;

DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”: Through Jan. 19, Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Directed and co-choreographed by Amber Mak, it runs most Wednesdays through Sundays plus two Tuesdays. Paramount favorite Paul-Jordan Jansen returns as the Beast. It is recommended for ages 5 and older for some scary moments. Cost: Single tickets range from $36 to $74. Information:, 630-896-6666.

CERAMICS EXHIBIT: Through Dec. 7, Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. One of two exhibits showcases ceramics by members of the ClayMirth group, ranging from sculptural pieces to functional art for everyday use. Tanya Lunina’s “Melancholy” is in the upstairs gallery. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Cost: Free, with $5 donation suggested. Information:

ROSIE AND THE RIVETS WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 8:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30; “White Christmas with Diva Montell and George Holmes” dinner and show at 5 p.m. Dec. 1, plus other artists; open mic at 7 p.m. Dec. 3; $5 cover Magic Wednesdays featuring T.J. Regul at 7 p.m. Dec. 4; a no-cover show with the Joe Valentino Band at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; and comedian Mike Toomey’s Christmas special at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Information:

THE COMIC DRAMA “DADDIES” BY DOUGLAS GOWER: 8 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30, Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 Water Street Mall, downtown Aurora. It takes place during the Christmas season and revolves around George, who has been living with a woman who is divorced with two small children and Carl, the biological father of the children. Cost: $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Information: Reservations at, 630-897-9496.

NOV. 30

HIP HOP’S A-LLLA – RETURN OF THE DISC JOCKEY WILL BE PART OF THE LINEUP: 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), downtown Aurora. Next up will be the Giving Tuesday annual fundraising concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3, featuring music by The Kevin Trudo, art and food. Bluegrass will be played by Good Morning Bedlam on Dec. 5, with Todd Kessler opening at 7 p.m. A free First Friday salsa fusion dance party is planned at 6 p.m. Dec. 6, with registration requested. Information:

THINK FLOYD USA IN PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE: 8 p.m., Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Information: 630-584-6400;

CHICAGO POP CULTURE CON: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Pheasant Run Mega Center and ballroom, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. It offers comics, toys, gaming, sci-fi, memorabilia, special guests and all things fan related. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1. Cost: $12, which is good for both days, free for children age 12 and younger with an adult. Information: Tickets will be available at the gate or online at, 715-526-9769.

KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET: Noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Antiques, collectibles, refurbished furniture and holiday decorations will be among the wares offered by the Kane County Flea Market. A country breakfast is served Sundays. The rain-or-shine show is held on the first Sunday of each month and the preceding Saturday. Cost: $5 for adults, free for children age 12 and younger. Information:, 630-377-2252.

DEC. 6

CHRISTMAS WALK: 6 to 9:30 p.m., downtown Geneva. The festivities begin outside the courthouse at 6 p.m. with the arrival of Santa Lucia followed by Santa. A holiday housewalk takes place Dec. 6 and 7, and additional festivities Dec. 8. Information:

CHRISTMASTIME AT FINE LINE’S ARTISAN GIFT SALE: Dec. 6 to 14, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. Opening night festivities run from 6 to 9 p.m. The center will be open daily through Dec. 14, with some extended hours. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 630-584-9443.

YOUTH PRODUCTION OF “TINY TIM’S CHRISTMAS”: Dec. 6 to 8 and 13 to 15, Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P at rear of building, Geneva. In this modern twist, Timothy Crachit, formally known as Tiny Tim, has inherited Ebeneezer Scrooge’s moodiness. As he manages the local toy shop, he has become a regular “Scrooge.” Cost: $10. Information:; tickets also available at Sunset Community Center and Stephen Persinger Recreation Center or 630-232-4542.

DEC. 7

“REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR” LUNCH AND SHOW WITH THE BRIAN PATTI ORCHESTRA: Noon, Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. The luncheon will serve cheese ravioli, meatballs, garden salad, bread and butter, cannoli, soft drinks and coffee. Information:

CANDLELIGHT AT THE INN: 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, Garfield Farm Museum, just north of Route 38 on Garfield Road, Campton Hills. Experience the tradition of winter visits as practiced by families like the Garfields in their 1846 brick inn. It offers hospitality, food, music and a bake sale. Cost: Donations appreciated. Information: 630-584-8485,,

THE FOX VALLEY WHISKEY SOCIETY AND ST. CHARLES HISTORY MUSEUM PRESENT “PARTY LIKE IT’S 1933”: 7 to 9 p.m., at museum, 215 E. Main St., St. Charles. It’s a whiskey tasting and fundraiser. The year 1933 was the year Prohibition was repealed, and the same year the museum was established. The event includes a 50/50 split-the-pot raffle and charcuterie provided by La Mesa Modern Mexican in St. Charles. Cost: $50. Information: Tickets at, 630-584-6967,

DEC. 8

CABARET SHOW: 5 p.m., Lounge 51 (L51), located inside Dream Hall, 51 S. Grove Ave., Elgin. The Nitz/Howe Experience just marked a major milestone. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, with over 1,200 shows at its home base of Chicago’s Davenport’s, it became the longest-running cabaret show in the country. Joined by George Howe, Daryl Nitz is bringing the production to his hometown of Elgin. The show has been hailed as “the best party in town” by New York’s Cabaret Scenes magazine. It’s part request, part audience participation and part stand-up comedy. Nitz’s 30 vocal impressions include Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Carol Channing, Billie Holiday and Edith Bunker, Cost: $15. Information: 224-535-8075, Lounge51Co.Com.

ACAPPELLAGO: 4 p.m., Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. The a cappella ensemble presents “Escape to … A Winter Wonderland.” Music ranges from Debussy to Irving Berlin, Fleet Foxes, Gordon Lightfoot and Vince Gauraldi. The new music director is Victoria Linich. The concert also will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Information: 708-762-3140,

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 and 22, Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Information: Reservations at 630-584-6400;

GENEVA STEEPLE WALK: 2 to 4:30 p.m., four concerts at four churches in walking distance. A Steeple Walk guide will escort the groups to the venues, and will share information about the architecture of each site. Cost: $15 and available for purchase on the city’s website,; at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, 8 S. Third St.; Circa, 123 S. Third St.; and City Hall, 22 S. First St. Seating is limited.

DEC. 9

“THREADS – A LINE FROM THERE TO HERE”: Through Dec. 13, Schingoethe Center of Aurora University, 1315 Prairie St., Aurora. The center’s chief curator Meg Bero of Batavia (who just announced her retirement) and curator Laura Russman co-curated the exhibit. The museum shows 150 historic and contemporary Native American clothing items, shoes, jewelry, bags and hats. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Cost: Free. Information: 630-844-7844,,

HABITAT WORKDAYS: 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fermilab Natural Areas, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. New are workdays from 9 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of the month. Participants learn about ecology and the environment. No experience is required, but dress for the weather and outdoor work. Volunteers have been processing native seed mixes and removing invasive woody plants. All tools and safety equipment are provided. Simply show photo ID to security guard at entrance and meet in Lederman Science Center parking lot. Rain or hazardous weather will cancel event. Information:

DEC. 10

ST. CHARLES HISTORY MUSEUM EXHIBIT ON “THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY – THE BOYS SCHOOL OF ST. CHARLES”: Through 2019, 215 E. Main St. It explores the history of the local reformatory and its impact on the boys who attended it. It housed famed Midwest gangster Lester Gillis, aka Baby Face Nelson. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information:, 630-584-6967.

DEC. 12

QUEEN OF HEARTS WEEKLY DRAWING NIGHTS: Thursdays, Elburn American Legion Post 630, 112 N. Main St. Doors open around 4:30 p.m. The post has video slot machines. Information:, 630-365-6530.

STILL NOT FRIDAY STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWCASE: 8 p.m. every Thursday, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora. Doors open at 7 p.m. The full food and drink menu is available in the showroom. Cost: Show admission free. Information:

LIVE MUSIC: 8:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, ROX City Grill at Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main St., St. Charles. Information:, 630-845-5800.

DEC. 13

TWO BROTHERS ARTISAN SPIRITS DISTILLERY TOURS: 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway (Route 25), Aurora. No reservations are taken, but check in at host stand. Cost: Free. Information: 630-264-2739, twobrothersbrewing.

DEC. 14

DOWNTOWN BATAVIA INDOOR FARMERS MARKET: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through May, Bar Evolution, 27 N. River St. The market features eight to 15 vendors. New this year, Bar Evolution will host a Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar, as well as a farm-fresh egg omelet station courtesy of Ferndell Farm’s eggs. Information:

AIR CLASSICS MUSEUM OF AVIATION: Open for season, Sugar Grove. The museum is one mile west of the Aurora airport entrance at 44W546 Route 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Additional tour dates are offered groups of 10 or more. Cost: $7 for people age 62 and older; $10 for age 16 to 61; $5 for kids age 5 to 15. Information: 630-466-0888,

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