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Miss Carol Concert

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Miss Carol's cross-curricular music and movement instantly invite audiences to join in singing, dancing and rhythmic movement. She'll engage and entertain us with music from her six popular children's CDs.

When: 4 p.m.
Cost: $9, $6 members

Songs of Joy Concert

Des Plaines History Center | Des Plaines, Ill.

A concert of acoustic guitar, folk music, and storytelling set to song produced by Des Plaines' own Tim Vana. To order tickets, contact the Des Plaines History Center at 847-391-5399.

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17; 3 p.m. Nov. 18
Cost: $15, $10 students

Christmas at the Mill

Graue Mill and Museum | Oak Brook, Ill.


Talented local artisans sell unique handmade gifts including art jewelry, hand-knitted and woven scarves and garments, ornaments, wood carvings, paintings, and glass. A visit from Santa, strolling carolers and Christmas trees decorated by local preschools add to the fun.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Native American 'Stories of Families'

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian | Evanston, Ill.

Dakota Sioux storyteller and visual artist Robert Wapahi of Chicago presents a program of traditional, historical, and true contemporary tales for all ages. For information, call (847) 475-1030 or email

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Quest Fest Family Day

Quest Theatre Ensemble | Chicago, Ill.


Activities include bagels with Quest designers, puppet making for the whole family, make a shaker and join the drum circle.


When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $5 requested donation

Family concert: Chicago Q Ensemble

Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago | Downers Grove, Ill.



Free family concert featuring the Chicago Q Ensemble playing Joseph Haydn's String Trio in D Major, Marcos Balter's Vision Mantra, and Alexander Borodin's String Trio in G Minor. Following the performance, families are welcome to try out instruments at an Instrument Petting Zoo, and enjoy refreshments at a free open house.



When: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Fourth Annual Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals Show

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | Rosemont, Ill.

The world's largest specialty event devoted to classic muscle cars and Corvettes features more than 500 cars. Kids and parents can enter the Miniature Model Car Contest, participate in a scavenger hunt and attend the Rescue 1 Fire Safety program. Plus, an exhibit that feature bikes from Schwinn, Sears, Murray, Montgomery Wards and Raleigh with iconic "ape hanger" handlebars and banana seats. For more information, visit

When: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18
Cost: $20, $15 online, free kids 12 and under

500 Clown Frankenstein

Viaduct Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Just as Victor Frankenstein created his monster from parts of many different people, this new iteration of "500 Clown Frankenstein" is constructed by a cast of rotating performers. Five clowns reconfigure into three different casts, each charged with the same task: "make monster."

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $15-$25

American Indian Music and Dance

Des Plaines Public Library | Des Plaines, Ill.


The Black Hawk Performance Company presents a cultural program that includes oral history, storytelling, dance, drumming and traditional as well as modern music. The performers will be dressed in authentic regalia. Registration requested.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Winter Bazaar

Warren Park | Chicago, Ill.


Cookies, gifts, and coffee or hot cider. Santa is available for photos for $10.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

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