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Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show

Chicago, Ill.

The show features hundreds of powerboats, sailboats and RVs on display for attendees to view, board and shop, plus the latest in outdoor and marine, and plenty of hands-on interactive and educational activities for everyone. Powerboats, RVs and sailboats will be showcased in three distinct areas to make it easy for attendees to navigate the show and find what they are looking for.  Young attendees will enjoy literally walking on water at the Rockin’, Rollin’ Bubbles exhibit or trying their hand at fishing at the Huck Finn Trout Pond.

When: Jan. 11-15, 2017. Hours vary by day. See website for details.
Cost: $14, $10 seniors on Jan. 14 only, free kids 15 and under

Winter Play

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

A self-guided glimpse into the world of outdoor play will depend on the day. Possibilities include painting snow or building a fort.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily
Cost: Free with admission

Gnome Hunt

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Search for gnomes in the Children's Garden using your best "I Spy" skills. Checklist provided.

When: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Cost: Free with admission

Free Winter Weekdays

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


Museum admission is free to Illinois residents every weekday.

Cost: Free

Beginner's Art Studio

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Kids and adults can explore their creative sides. Materials change daily and trained facilitators assist with the artistic process.

When: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Saturday; 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Included with admission

Free Admission

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Throughout the 160th birthday week celebration, the Nature Museum will host additional opportunities to win prizes, participate in art projects and other hands-on activities and discover more about the Chicago Academy of Sciences’ legacy.

Cost: Free

The Snow Queen

AlphaBet Soup Productions | Lombard, Ill.

This frozen fairy tale comes to life in this all-new adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson classic. Follow Gerda on her whimsical quest to save her sister Kai before they are forever trapped in the Snow Queen's palace. Playing at various venues including Joliet Junior College, North Central College, Museum of Science & Industry, Tivoli Theatre, Prairie Center for the Arts and more.

When: 10:30 a.m. Check website for schedule.
Cost: $8.50

Blue Man Group

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

Blue Man Group performances are a celebration of human connection. Mixing art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology, the show encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child and see the world through a new perspective. Backed by a live rock band, the Blue Men unify the audience for the show’s celebratory climax - an unforgettable, euphoric dance party.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at:
Cost: $49-$99

Little Red Riding Hood

Chicago Kids Company | Chicago, Ill.

Sing along with Red and her friends as she travels through the forest to visit her Grandma. Will she get to Grandma’s before the Big Bad Wolf? Will she listen to her Mom’s words of advice? Performances at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero (Oct. 20-Nov. 5) and Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago (Nov. 8-Feb. 24).

When: 10:30 a.m. weekdays; 1 p.m. on Saturdays Nov. 5 and 19
Cost: $12

Jack and the Beanstalk

Chicago Kids Company | Chicago, Ill.

Jack and his dancing Spanish cow Carmelita try to save their village from the crazy Giant. Runs 10:30 a.m. select weekdays, Jan. 28-April 2, plus 1 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 28 and March 21. Check website for exact dates. Performances at Stahl Family Theater, 5900 W. Belmont Ave. (Oct. 27-March 1) and Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero (March 8-18).

When: Check website for schedule. 10:30 a.m. weekdays; 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12
Cost: $12
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