3 events to avoid the post-Halloween slump

So you think Saturdays and Sundays slow down a little bit between post-Halloween and the ramp up to the holiday season? Not a chance. Here are three events on our radar for this upcoming weekend; events that manage to be great for the brain and the soul at the very same time.

‘The Mad Hatters’ at Women & Children First

Sometimes a weekend just calls for wearing many hats. The Mad Hatters, a community project of the Junior League of Chicago, has just the head-toppers for whatever the day holds — and for whatever your kiddo ends up suggesting during their wacky storytelling hour. Featuring fun songs and interactive drama, the Mad Hatters are geared for ages 3 to 7 — but all ages of literary lovers are welcome! (And if you’ve never been to Andersonville’s beloved Women & Children First, you’ll like what you see/read. After all, only good things can come of the tagline “shop as independently as you think.”)

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago



‘RACE: Are We So Different’ at the Chicago History Museum

And the award for Most Timely Exhibit goes to the Chicago History Museum, with their in-depth and immersive ‘RACE’ experience. Yes, there’s an encyclopedia’s worth of social studies and historical data (some of which might just surprise people), but there’s also downright fascinating science in the form of biology and common human ancestry. The part that’s guaranteed to get everyone in your family talking, though? ‘The Colors We Are,’ which allows visitors to scan their skin and be added to the mosaic of Chicagoans and visitors to the museum— a gigantic reminder that each of us has a color, and we all look pretty great together. Click here for a more detailed look at this exhibit.

Opens Nov. 11, 2017

Chicago History Museum, 1601N. Clark St., Chicago


$16 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, free for children 12 and under

Super Stolie’s 10th Anniversary Concert

Sure, it’s a musical dance party aimed at children, but we dare the parents in the audience not to groove along. Chicago’s Super Stolie — a.k.a. Rebecca Stoelinga — is celebrating 10 years of rocking out with Chicagoland’s (and beyond!) children, while providing the kind of upbeat melodies and smart lyrics that parents don’t grow weary of in constant rotation. (Promise.) Her concert at Irving Park’s Windy City Playhouse (which will also be streaming worldwide!) is not only a nod to her ‘hood, but also promises perks that fans won’t want to miss out on; goodie bags, a download code for ’10’ — her latest album — and a physical CD shipped to them by Thanksgiving. Talk about a super-duper love for her fans!

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago


$10 for adults, $15 for children, $40 for family four-pack (2 adults, 2 children)

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