Illinois State Fair

Springfield, Ill.

This event features entertainment, carnival, parade, kids' tent, petting zoo and animal shows.

When: Aug. 7-17. Grounds open 7 a.m.-midnight, buildings open 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $7, $3 kids 5-12 and seniors, free kids under 5

Junior Naturalists

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Activities nurture every child's curiosity about natural science. Class meets for four weeks at Lincoln Marsh and and four weeks at the Northside Park Girl Scout Cabin.

When: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Cost: $60, $48 resident

Music Time

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Stop by for live children's music, a great introduction to the magic of music.

When: 11:15 a.m.
Cost: Free with admission

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

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Emerald City Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

In a world where a trip to the Laundromat threatens to separate Trixie from her beloved bunny, a girl needs a hero to help--Dad. Can her parents understand what she's saying in time to rescue Knuffle Bunny? Performances run Oct. 2, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.

Cost: $16, $13 kids, limited number of $10 tickets available for all performances

Hip-Hop Aesop III: Jazzed, Bopped and Beat-Boxed

eta Creative Arts Foundation | Chicago, Ill.

This third installment continues the marriage of classic literature to music. Students will be introduced to Blues concepts along with other contemporary music. Playwright J. e Franklin reconstructs timeless fables about morals and values that stimulate critical thinking in a setting filled with music, fun, and laughter. Showtimes are 10 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday from Oct. 29-June 14. Summer performances are June 24-Aug. 2.

 

Cost: $6

It Shoudda Been Me

eta Creative Arts Foundation | Chicago, Ill.

Teenage DeShawn goes from making exceptional to poor grades in a matter of months due to the violent death of his best friend and the break-up of his family. Presented in collaboration with the University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative, this performance examines the need to recognize signs of depression in youth due to family disintegration and violence. Performances run Oct. 29-June 14.

When: 10 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday
Cost: $6

Dance Chicago

Stage 773 | Chicago, Ill.

See a variety of styles ranging from hip-hop, ballet, tap and jazz to contemporary and more. The festival is a cornerstone of the city's fall dance season and showcases more than 300 individual dynamic acts from more than 2,500 talented dancers and choreographers from some of Chicago's best dance companies. Check website for schedule. Oct. 20-Dec. 1.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $17-$30

It's a Wonderful Santa Land Miracle Nut-Cracking Christmas Story…Jews Welcome

Stage 773 | Chicago, Ill.

 

Previews: Thursday, Nov. 15, Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 and 8 p.m.
Regular Run: Friday, Nov. 23 - Sunday, Dec. 30 • Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
Street Tempo Theatre packs the whole holiday season into one festivous, exciting, cheery and merry show. Audiences will be taken on a seasonal adventure with singing, dancing, stories, interactive games and non-holiday specific eggnog.

Street Tempo Theatre takes the audience on a seasonal adventure with singing, dancing, stories, interactive games and non-holiday specific eggnog. Previews are 3 and 8 p.m. Nov. 15, 16 and 17. Regular run is 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays Nov. 23-Dec. 30.

 



 

Cost: Previews: $15. Regular Run: $30

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Winnetka Community House | Winnetka, Ill.

Performances are 7 p.m. Nov. 15, 5:30 and 7:30 Nov. 16, 1 and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17-18,

Cost: $10
 





 
 
 
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