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After the Fall: A Winter Tree Walk

Volo Bog State Natural Area | Ingleside, Ill.


Burn off those Thanksgiving calories in the crisp autumn air while meeting the trees in their winter garb. Bark, branches and overall form reveal the species' identity.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Winter Flower and Train Show

Lincoln Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.


Model trains will wind their way through a miniature village set in a field of poinsettias. The village is made entirely of natural materials and features a variety of Chicago-style homes and famous buildings such as the neighborhood bungalow, Chicago Theatre and Chicago Water Tower Place. Nov. 26-Jan. 8.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Gingerbread Festival

Downtown Downers Grove | Downers Grove, Ill.


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 or call (630) 725-0991.

When: to
Cost: Free

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