The Spirit of the Marathon: From Pheidippides to Today

National Hellenic Museum | Chicago , Ill.

Learn and connect to the history of the Marathon race, inspired by the Battle of Marathon (490 BC), from the first Marathon race in the 1896 Athens Olympics to today. Includes section on The Chicago Marathon. Children are invited to participate in a Race for Pheidippides scavenger hunt to redeem a prize. Exhibit coloring pages also available.

Cost: Free with admission

Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital

Harold Washington Library Center | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Exhibit includes numerous artifacts, photographs and other documentary items that tell the story of Chicago's iconic candy makers, including Snickers, Lemonheads, Butterfingers and Cracker Jack.

Cost: Free

Enchanted Railroad

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

See model trains loop around a holiday-themed track. Santa has his own car. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26-Jan. 6
Cost: Free with admission

Festival of Trees

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

A display of over 20 trees decorated by groups in the community, plus live animal presentations and tours on Saturday.

Cost: Free with admission

Candy Cane Express

Hesston Steam Museum | Hesston, Ind.

Ride Santa's Candy Cane Express in enclosed or open railroad coaches on a two-and-half mile railway line through the woods and past lakes and farm fields and visit with Santa in the vintage-1900s caboose.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $5, $3 kids, free kids under three

Gingerbread Festival

Downtown Downers Grove | Downers Grove, Ill.

FREE  

Includes Gingerbread Story-time, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Gingerbread Man Hunt, Gingerbread House Contest, visits with Santa in his Gingerbread House, Small Business Saturday, Gingerbread Boy and Girl perusing town, and Complimentary Carriage Rides. For more information, visit www.downtowndg.org or call (630) 725-0991.

When: to
Cost: Free

Snowman Contest

Irons Oaks | Olympia Fields, Ill.

FREE  

Build a snowman out of biodegradable and natural items to win. Fill out an entry form at the main office.

Cost: Free

Babes in Toyland

AlphaBet Soup Productions | Lombard, Ill.

Someone is trying to foreclose on Mother Gooseland in this humorous twist on a fairytale classic. Performances are Nov. 10-21 at Lewis University in Romeoville; Nov. 29-30 at North Central College in Naperville; and Dec. 5-7 at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Cost: Call for cost

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$97

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Cadillac Palace Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Max the Dog narrates this classic holiday tale that will entertain the whole family as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit. Peformances run Dec. 5-16, 2012.

Cost: Call for cost
 





 
 
 
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