Big Week: November 21-28

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Christmas in Chicago

The Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., invites you to relive the days when State Street was king at Christmas and crowds with gather round the windows at Marshall Field's to gawk at the adventures of Uncle Mistletoe before heading inside to gaze in awe at the tree inside the Walnut Room.

Historian Clarence Goodman will share entertaining stories of Chicago's Christmas traditions on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.

The event is free, but registration is required by calling 708-485-6917 or visiting

Reindeer Run at zoo

Runners are invited to grab their glow sticks and running shoes and head over to Brookfield Zoo for the first-ever Reindeer Run on the night of Saturday, Nov. 24.

The non-competitive (untimed) two-mile run will begin at 7 p.m. in front of The Pavilions. Registrants may enter and check in at the zoo's North gate beginning at 5:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and participants 21 and over will receive a free beer courtesy of Revolution Brewing.

Registration is $25 per person (plus a $2.50 sign-up fee) and includes a commemorative knit beanie. Park in the zoo's north parking lot, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. 

Unwind at North Riverside Library

Begin your work week by decompressing at "Unwind at the Library: Meditation and Stretching" under the direction of fitness instructor Cathy Kolessar at the North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave. 

The class is appropriate for adults and senior citizens. To RSVP, call the library at 708-447-0869 or visit online at

LTHS fieldhouse open to public

With colder temperatures settling in for the winter, the community is invited to jog, walk or run inside on the indoor track at the Lyons Township High School South Campus fieldhouse, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs, from 6 to 7 a.m. on days when school is in session.

There is no admission charge or fee to use the track.

Thanksgiving and Honest Abe

Historical dramatist Kevin Wood portrays Abraham Lincoln, sharing the story of how our national observance of Thanksgiving was established during his presidency in "The Story of Our National Thanksgiving Holiday" on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7:15 p.m. in Dole Hall of Plymouth Place, 315 N. LaGrange Road in LaGrange Park.

The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Contact 708-354-0340 or email

And more

  Lyons Township High School's South Campus, 4900 S. Willow Springs Road in Western Springs, rolls out the red carpet for eighth-graders and their parents on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at Future Freshman Night to provide info about academic programs and student activities at LTHS. Call 708-579-6300 for more info.

  Artwork by Lyons Township High School student artists representing virtually every medium will be on display at the Thomas Ford Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs, throughout the month of November, during regular library hours. Free and open to the public.

  Compassion Factory Art Gallery and Studio, 9210 Broadway Ave. in Brookfield, presents "In Our Family" featuring work in a variety of media, which were submitted for review during an open call last month. The theme of the show revolves around family – what it looks like and what it means to the artists. The exhibit runs through Dec. 1. Admission is free. Open Thursdays from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and first Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m.

  Riverside-Brookfield High School, 160 Ridgewood Road in Riverside, hosts Water Exercise Techniques (WET), an adult level fitness class on Wednesday nights through Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. No swimming involved. $36 for six classes. Email Noelle at for info.

  Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., hosts the exhibit "25 Years of RAC School" in the FlexSpace gallery through Nov. 30 and "We Are Beasts" featuring the work of Sarah and Joseph Belknap in the outdoor sculpture garden through December. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

  Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, Knitting and Needle Work Drop-in on Mondays from Nov. 19 to Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Quiet Reading Room.

  North Riverside Public Library, 2400 Desplaines Ave., hosts a Senior Drop-in on Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Meeting Room. Play cards and socialize every Friday. 

For kids, there's Messy Mornings for Munchkins (ages 2-5) on Nov. 27 at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Storytime (ages 2-5) on Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m.; and Paint Your Own Mini Pumpkins (grades 6-12) on Nov. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.

  The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., hosts bingo every Monday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m. minimum cash payout of $2,275 a night, plus pull tabs, lightning, tic-tac and raffles.

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