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DuPage, Will and Cook to offer family fun, art, nature events

WHERE: Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, 501 E. Romeo Road
WHEN: Extended to Jan. 12
ABOUT: The fall-ages exhibit features 40 pieces of art drawn from the Wausau, Wisconsin-based Woodson Art Museum's collection. The exhibition provides insight into the fascinating world of owls and demonstrates a variety of stylistic approaches by 30 artists. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
'ONLY OWLS' ART EXHIBIT EXTENDED WHERE: Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, 501 E. Romeo Road WHEN: Extended to Jan. 12 COST AND INFO: Free; ABOUT: The fall-ages exhibit features 40 pieces of art drawn from the Wausau, Wisconsin-based Woodson Art Museum's collection. The exhibition provides insight into the fascinating world of owls and demonstrates a variety of stylistic approaches by 30 artists. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

JAN. 9

"MCCORMICK HOUSE – PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE" PLUS IMAGIST EXHIBIT WITH TOUR: 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. On the final weekend of “What Came After,” artist and exhibit organizer Phyllis Bramson will give a special tour at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 11, which is included with admission. Information:

DRURY LANE PRESENTS "MARY POPPINS": Most Wednesdays through Sundays through Jan. 19, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Information:, 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:, 630-833-1616,

DUPAGE BIRDING CLUB PRESENTS GUEST SPEAKER IN "UNPARALLELED JOY – A PHOTOGRAPHIC BIG YEAR": 7 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 41 N. Park Bvld., Glen Ellyn. In 2016, birder Laura Keene embarked upon a year-long journey with a goal of seeing and photographing as many species of birds as possible in the ABA area (U.S., Canada and beyond). She would go on to set a new standard. Cost: Free. Information:

JAN. 10

THE NEXT FULL MOON TROLL HIKE FOR ADULTS: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. It's a special opportunity to see the trolls – mysterious forest protectors – under the light of a full moon along the west side trails. A guide will share stories about the trolls’ origins, their message of conservation, full moon lore, and what the trees and wildlife are up to during the long dark nights. It will be repeated Feb. 7 and March 10. Cost: $20. Information: Register at 630-719-2468 or

COMEDIAN MIKE MERRYFIELD: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and 11, CG's Comedy Club at The Promenade Bolingbrook, 619 E. Boughton Road. Information:, 630-410-8906.

SAM BYERLY AND LAURA RAE LANZA PERFORMING STRING BAND MUSIC: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Cost: $10. Information:, 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;; check out coming auditions for youth.

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:

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:, 630-833-1616,

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: (see adult programs page) or 630-833-1457.

PREVIEW OF SPRING CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES AT COLLEGE OF DUPAGE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Resource Center's suite 1110, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The Continuing Education program at COD's Sampler Day open house presents a preview of upcoming enrichment and professional development programs. Registration is not required, but is recommended. Cost: Free. Information:

AAUW USED BOOK COLLECTION: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 11, March 14 and May 9, Eagle Storage, 555 Rogers St., Downers Grove. It's conducted by the American Association of University Women - Downers Grove Area Branch. Information:

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;

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 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:; call first to confirm availability at 630-968-0074.

JAN. 12

ART SHOW BY ANDREI RABODZEENKO: Through 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,

WINDY CITY ROLLERS HOME TEAM SEASON BOUT TWO: 5:30 p.m., Lombard Roller Rink, 201 W. 22nd St. Cost: $15. Information:

GREAT MIDWEST TRAIN SHOW: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Cost: $7 for adults and seniors; free for children age 11 and younger. Information:, 630-290-1962.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS CHILI COOK-OFF WITH FOOD AND MUSIC: Noon to 5 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. The event is a fundraiser for Opportunity Knocks, which is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and free for kids age 12 and younger. Information:,

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.

"DYEING 101" BY DAGMAR KLOS PRESENTED BY ILLINOIS PRAIRIE WEAVERS: 10 a.m. to noon, Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 S. Highland Ave., Lombard. Klos is a dye master, fiber artist and teacher, as well as the co-publisher and co-editor of the Turkey Red Journal, a newsletter dedicated to natural dyes. Information:

JAN. 17

ENCHANTED RAILROAD: Jan. 17 to Feb. 23, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. The popular Enchanted Railroad pulls into The Morton Arboretum this January. Children and families can experience trees and trains as they enjoy the intricate model railroad. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information:, 630-968-0074.

OPEN MIKE: 8 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Everyone is welcome to perform. Sign-up starts at 7:30 p.m. on a first-come basis. Information:, 630-699-2973.

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

JAN. 24

NEW PHILHARMONIC WILL PRESENT "THE MERRY WIDOW" OPERETTA: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and 25 and 3 p.m. Jan. 26, McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. It is sung in English. Cost: $57 to $59., 630-942-4000.

JAN. 25

"MUSCLE CAR MANIA, THE ART OF SELLING HORSEPOWER": 2 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Speaker is Mitch Frumkin, official historian of the Chicago Auto Show. He takes his audience on a multimedia journey through the development of increased horsepower and what's ahead. Refreshments are served. Cost: $5 at the door, and tickets can be reserved. Information: 630-469-1867.

JAN. 27

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

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:

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:

JAN. 28

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,

JAN. 30

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

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. Exhibit explores local railroad history through artifacts including photos, maps and models of stations, locomotives and railroad cars. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-833-1457.

JAN. 31

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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