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International Kennel Club Cluster of Dog Shows

Chicago, Ill.


One of the largest all-breed benched dog shows in the country that draws the top dogs from across the United States and Canada to compete for prizes and the coveted title of "Best in Show." Plus dog fashion shows, meet the breeds, pet the dogs and Kid Zone.

When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $20, $15 seniors, free under 12; two-day: $25, $20 seniors, free under 12. Cash only.

Chocolate Expo and Market

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Celebrate chocolate and its connection to the natural world. Visit, taste, and buy specialty chocolates and treats from a variety of vendors.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Lincoln Marsh Snow Day

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Find out some fun things to do with snow, then take a hike to see which animals have been prowling around. Children must be accompanied by a non-paying adult.

When: 1-2:15 p.m.
Cost: $9.50, $7.50 resident

The People Could Fly and Other Tales of Freedom

Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.

This musical journey explores the perils of bondage in the antebellum South and emotional themes of escape and freedom, yet unfolds in a way that makes the play compelling and accessible to even the youngest audiences.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 31; 3 p.m. Feb. 1
Cost: $15, $14 members

Seussical Jr.

The Arts Center of Oak Park | Oak Park, Ill.

Journey back to your childhood with the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. Follow Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge - not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: $9-$12

King Artie and the Knights of the Rad Table

Mayer Kaplan JCC | Skokie, Ill.

A fun filled medieval musical theater performance for all ages. Gwen’s spending her Saturday reading a book and Artie’s riding around on a skateboard, just typical American teenagers… until Merlin wakes up from a 1500 year snooze to whisk them away to the days of chivalry. Purchase tickets online at

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29; noon and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and Feb. 1
Cost: $16, $11 kids 7-12, $6 kids 6 and under

Laurie Berkner Solo! The "Rock Till You Drop" Tour with Special Guest Susie Lampert

Park West | Chicago, Ill.

Best-selling children's recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner brings her Rock Till You Drop Tour to Chicago, showcasing songs from her new album, plus  other fan favorites. Kids should bring their dancing shoes and a stuffed animal (for their heads). The show will also include quieter interludes, with songs from Laurie Berkner Lullabies.

When: 3-4:15 p.m.
Cost: $35; $100 VIP tickets

Suessical Jr.

Oak Park Art League | Oak Park, Ill.

Journey back to your childhood with the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss! To order tickets, visit

When: Check website for showtimes
Cost: $9-$12 presale, $11-14 at the door

Puppets! An Interactive Puppet Extravaganza

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

An interactive installation for all ages celebrating the art of puppetry. Puppets! will include unique performances, puppet-making workshops, and the opportunity for visitors to visit the Ryan Education Center to interact and explore creativity through puppets. Inspiration for these fantastical and imaginative puppet creations are drawn from works in the Art Institute’s collection, including the drawing The Temptation of St. Anthony, the centerpiece of this winter’s special exhibition, Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor. Puppeteers of all ages can experiment with ways to develop stories and use sound effects and props in order to create playful, one-of-a-kind performances. In conjunction with Puppets!, the museum will present a series of film screenings including Jim Henson’s beloved movie The Dark Crystal in Fullerton Hall at 6 p.m. Jan. 15.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Move It!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids work out their bodies and their brains in this new exhibit that provides an active play opportunity for kids. Kids can climb, crawl, jump, balance and bend when they build an ultimate playspace out of large, movable components, and scamper across the wavy net climber.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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