Includes tea with finger sandwiches and sweets (dolls are
welcome to attend) and a tour of doll and dollhouse exhibits.
Follow Fancy Nancy's lead and wear your spiffiest, most frilly
outfit for an afternoon filled with tea, punch, cookies and
entertainment. Register at ahpd.org.
Act out skits and play theater/improv games - all with a snow
Join other elves in an interactive, creative drama event where
elfin games are played as all the elves prepare for the "big
day" with imagination, costumes and music. Registration
Maggiano's Little Italy will be hosting Breakfast with Santa,
9-11 a.m. Dec. 8. Santa will read a holiday story and visit with
kids. Breakfast will be a buffet of pastries, fruits, eggs, sausage
and beverages. Reservations can be made with Maggiano's at (847)
Exhibit examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous
species, ranging from huge to tiny, from speedy to sloth-like, and
displays animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and
horns. Highlights include taxidermy specimens,
an entire skeleton of a giant hoofed plant-eater,
a life-size model of the largest land mammal that ever
lived, one of the oldest fossilized bats ever found,
and an impressive diorama featuring the swamps and forests of an
island in the Arctic. Runs May 26, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.
See model trains loop around a holiday-themed track. Santa has
his own car. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.
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,
Join Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, a handsome Prince,
and two selfish stepsisters in Rodgers and Hammerstein's most
beloved tale. Performances run Nov. 17-Dec. 31.
Performance is a celebration of the marvelous, merry
madness of the holiday season. Includes lighting of the
first candle of the menorah, music from The Madrigal Singers
of Grace Episcopal and a visit from the Maiden Street
School of Irish Dance. Following the performance, guests are
invited to enjoy cider and homemade desserts in Unity House.