This fair offers families, teachers, toy and game enthusiasts the chance to preview new toys and games, meet Toy and Game Inventors, have a picture taken with Star Wars characters and more.
The event is held along North Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and Wacker Drive. Festivities run all day and the lighting procession begins at 5:30 p.m. The day begins on Pioneer Court with family-friendly interactive activities, Santa Claus and top musical entertainment. The evening’s grand marshals, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, lead a parade of more than 40 floats, helium-filled balloons, marching bands and top musical performers as they illuminate more than one million lights along The Magnificent Mile. Event concludes with a fireworks display over the Chicago River.
Celebrate the autumn harvest by making a fabulous fall project, enjoy a seasonal hike, snack around the glow of a campfire and take a festive hayride around the lake.
Brighten the dreary winter days by bringing these winter birds to you. This program will focus on how to identify McHenry County’s winter birds and how to attract them to your backyard. Participants will make a simple bird feeder to take home.
This two-hour, hands on, beginner class is suitable for both families and novice adults. Each individual (or parent/child team) will design and decorate their very own gingerbread firehouse or burning building. Following the workshop, participants are invited to leave their completed creations for entry into the Aurora Regional Fire Museum's Gingerbread FIREhouse Contest.
See demonstrations by artists from the West Suburban Lapidary Club including: beading, silversmithing, cabochon cutting, wire wrapping and faceting. Free hands-on activities andjewelry cleaning.
A cross-department workshop combining physical awareness on stage, creative movement, and modern dance. Students will work with a theatre instructor and a dance instructor.
Parents can shop for items sold by artisan mommas, caregivers and social enterprises while children play.
Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, African traditional dance, and influences from a variety of other dance and art forms. Performances integrate dance, songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation.
Focuses on composers such as George Gershwin, Bedřich Smetana and Ottorino Respighi who wrote music about their favorite places, portraying city streets and bustling neighborhoods as well as tranquil settings with different melodies and rhythms. Featured works Gershwin’s An American in Paris; Smetana’s The Moldau from Má vlast; Resphigi’s Fountains of Rome and more. WTTW’s Geoffrey Baer will narrate the “Downtown Sounds” program.