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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

Help Wanted: The Holiday Servants Tour

Driehaus Museum | Chicago, Ill.

The mansion served as the Nickerson's winter residence during the late 19 th century, and the family spent every holiday season in Chicago lavishly entertaining acquaintances, friends, and family from near and far. During this tour, participants are transported back to the winter months of 1899, where they discover through a servant's eyes how the Nickersons celebrated the holidays. As applicants to a position in domestic service, participants learn the best methods for preparing plum pudding, how to prevent the new electrical lights on the Christmas tree from catching it on fire, and more.

When: Tours begin every Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.
Cost: $15, $8 kids 12 and under

Discover the Power of Plants

Garfield Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the conservatory's Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden to plant an imaginary garden, build a tropical habitat, help water the plants, or read a book under the tropical canopy. Runs through entire 2012.

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

Free ice skating

Martin Avenue Homewood Ice Rink | Downtown Homewood, Ill.

FREE  

Nestled in the heart of downtown Homewood, Martin Avenue is an ice skating venue for the entire family. Fully staffed and equipped with free rentals, open skate is from 2-8 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 15, and 22. Skate rentals are free and most sizes available or bring your own skates.

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
 







 
 
 
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