Best Bets: 'Illumination: Tree Lights' returns to Morton Arboretum Friday

  • "Illuminations: Tree Lights" has been converted to a drive-through format from Friday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 3.

    "Illuminations: Tree Lights" has been converted to a drive-through format from Friday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 3. Courtesy of Caleb Phelps/Morton Arboretum

  • Contemporary artist Jeff Koons appears as part of the Hyde Park Art Center's Interactive Virtual Gala on Saturday, Nov. 21.

    Contemporary artist Jeff Koons appears as part of the Hyde Park Art Center's Interactive Virtual Gala on Saturday, Nov. 21. Courtesy of Chris Fanning

  • The 2020 Cocoa Non-Crawl features mug kits for purchase at Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Society 57, The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange and Wyckwood House.

    The 2020 Cocoa Non-Crawl features mug kits for purchase at Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Society 57, The Cotton Seed Creative Exchange and Wyckwood House. Courtesy of Aurora Downtown

 
 
Updated 11/17/2020 4:11 PM

Electric nature

The seasonal return of "Illumination: Tree Lights" at the Morton Arboretum has been converted into a drive-through experience for 2020. See nature illustrated with lights from your car starting this weekend at 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. $39-$49 regular vehicle; $54-$64 for a 15-person passenger van. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. 5-10 p.m. daily (final entry at 9:15 p.m.) starting Friday, Nov. 20; closed Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7 and 14; runs through Sunday, Jan. 3

 

The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago streams the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan's documentary "Behind-the-Scenes: Creation of 13 Tongues" through Monday, Nov. 23.
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago streams the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan's documentary "Behind-the-Scenes: Creation of 13 Tongues" through Monday, Nov. 23. - Courtesy of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
Dance making

Spend some time online with the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan and see how they crafted one of their most popular dance pieces with the documentary "Behind-the-Scenes: Creation of 13 Tongues." It streams through Monday courtesy of the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago. Free. (312) 341-2310 or auditoriumtheatre.org. Available through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23

Percussive beats

Chicago Tap Theatre performs five new tap dances and three returning repertory pieces as part of its virtual concert "Safe and Sound." The performance is streamed live on Saturday from the The Rooted Space, 1803 W. Byron St., Chicago. $15-$35. (773) 655-1175 or chicagotaptheatre.com/. 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21

Artist Amanda Williams appears as part of the Hyde Park Art Center's Interactive Virtual Gala on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Artist Amanda Williams appears as part of the Hyde Park Art Center's Interactive Virtual Gala on Saturday, Nov. 21. - Courtesy of Tony Smith
Great artists

Internationally acclaimed artists Jeff Koons and Amanda Williams appear online as part of the Hyde Park Art Center's Interactive Virtual Gala. The event also features activities for kids, an art auction and more via the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago. RSVP required; free, but donations appreciated. (773) 324-5520 or hydeparkart.org/gala. Kids' gala from 3-4 p.m.; cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and centerpiece program from 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21

Home chocolate

Show your support for downtown Aurora by participating in its 2020 Cocoa Non-Crawl. Purchase a cocoa mug kit, try crafting a new recipe or dream up other sweet family fun from the safety of your own home. Only 200 kits are available for purchase for $12-$15 from a variety of Aurora locations. For details, see auroradowntown.org. Cookbook recipe entries due by Monday, Nov. 23.

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Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic plays piano for "A Concert of Thanks" to honor COVID-19 first responders, which will be available virtually starting Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic plays piano for "A Concert of Thanks" to honor COVID-19 first responders, which will be available virtually starting Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Piano concert

Conductor and pianist Vladimir Kulenovic plays piano during "A Concert of Thanks" to honor front-line COVID-19 workers. Proceeds will support Brushwood Center's music therapy program for the physicians, staff and patients of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. $20 on-demand virtual household ticket. (224) 633-2424 or brushwoodcenter.org. Available on-demand starting Wednesday, Nov. 25

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Midwest premiere of the documentary "The Bowmakers" online from Thursday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 6.
The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Midwest premiere of the documentary "The Bowmakers" online from Thursday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 6. -
Essential music

The Palos Heights-based Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Midwest premiere of director Ward Serrill's film "The Bowmakers," which is about the history and artisans who construct bows for stringed instruments. The documentary is available to view online starting Thursday, Nov. 26. $15-$18. (708) 481-7774 or ipomusic.org. Available from Thursday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 6

Val Warner of ABC 7 Chicago's "Windy City Live" hosts "Re-ACTIVATE -- A Virtual Fundraiser" for the Chicago Loop Alliance on Thursday, Dec. 3.
Val Warner of ABC 7 Chicago's "Windy City Live" hosts "Re-ACTIVATE -- A Virtual Fundraiser" for the Chicago Loop Alliance on Thursday, Dec. 3.
Loop online

Val Warner of ABC 7 Chicago's "Windy City Live" hosts "Re-ACTIVATE -- A Virtual Fundraiser" for the Chicago Loop Alliance. The online event features live painting, lively conversations and more. RSVP required. Free, but donations appreciated. (312) 782-9160 or loopchicago.com. 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3

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