Festivals Nov. 11-17: Veterans Day events, Chicago Botanic's Lightscape, Morton's IllumiBrew and more
Fall Flower Show: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Nov. 27 at Wilder Park Conservatory, Church Street and Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst. A seasonal display of fall flowers. epd.org/news/fall-flower-show.
Yuletide Treasures: 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 23 at the DuPage Art League, 218 W. Front St., Wheaton. The show features one-of-a-kind gifts, all handmade by local artists. Free parking on Front Street and in the parking garage. dupageartleague.org.
Verse Immersive, The Art of the Future: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, through Dec. 13, at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. A holographic, 30-minute theater experience with cutting-edge augmented reality technology used by NASA. See breathtaking landscapes, solve puzzles, interact with mythical creatures and more. Tickets start at $25. navypier.org.
"A Christmas Story, The Musical": 8 p.m. Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Jan. 1 at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive. Lincolnshire. This show brings the 1983 movie about the Parker family to musical life on stage. Directed by Jeff Award-winner Scott Weinstein with musical direction by Jeff Award-winner Ryan T. Nelson and choreography by Tiffany Krause. $59-$64. (847) 634-0200 or MarriottTheatre.com.
"Elf the Musical": 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays, 1:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through Jan. 8 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Musical stage adaptation of the holiday film. drurylanetheatre.com/elf-the-musical/.
"The Sound of Music": 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sundays, 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through Jan. 14 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical as directed by Amber Mak. The Grand Gallery will be decked out for the season with a giant two-story, fully decorated Christmas tree. Tickets start at $28. paramountaurora.com.
Blue Man Group: Various times and dates at the Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted, Chicago. Masks are encouraged, but now optional. Recommended for kids 3 and older. $49-$69. briarstreetbroadway.com.
"Jeeves Intervenes": Various times and dates through Dec. 4 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., Oak Brook. First Folio Theatre launches final season with the very first adventure of Bertie and Jeeves. Preview tickets: $29. $44-$59; $20 for students. firstfolio.org.
"Wicked": Various times and dates through Dec. 4 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $59-$106. (312) 977-1700, ext. 1259, or broadwayinchicago.com/theatre/chicagos-james-m-nederlander-theatre.
Starts before Friday
Holiday Book & Art Sale: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Wheaton. Friends of the Library Holiday Book and Art Sale features like-new gift books, nostalgia items, collectible books, silent auctions, autographed copies, and framed and unframed art. All proceeds benefit the library. Free admission. wheatonlibrary.org/friends.
"All is Calm": 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. The Beverly Arts Center honors veterans and active and reserve military personnel with "All is Calm," an a cappella opera based on true events, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. $40. thebeverlyartscenter.com.
Friday, Nov. 11
Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine & Jukebox Show: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12; and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Lake County Fairgrounds & Event Center, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. See a selection of antique slot machines, jukeboxes, advertising memorabilia, gumball and penny arcade machines, music boxes, pinball machines, antique video games, vinyl records and more. Saturday and Sunday admission is $8 per adult per day and $12 for both days; free for kids. Friday is an early buyer's show; $50 per adult for a three-day pass. chicagolandshow.com.
St. Charles Veterans Day Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at Fire Station 1, 112 N. Riverside Ave., St. Charles. The ceremony will begin with the singing of the national anthem, followed by a prayer, remarks, a closing prayer, a gun salute and a performance of taps. stcharlesil.gov.
Elgin Veterans Day Ceremony: 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Heritage Ballroom at the Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin. The City of Elgin, in partnership with American Legion Post 57, honors veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Seating will be provided. Parking is available in the Centre Parking deck located at the southwest corner of Symphony and Grove. cityofelgin.org.
Lake Barrington Veterans Day Ceremony: 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at The Lodge at The Shores of Lake Barrington, 64 Old Barn Road, Lake Barrington Shores. The veterans of Lake Barrington Shores invite area active-duty military, veterans and their families to the annual Veterans Days ceremony. Air Force Brig. Gen. James G. Silvasy is the keynote speaker. Cake and coffee will be served. (847) 638-1638.
Wheeling Veterans Day Commemorative Event: 11 a.m. Friday Nov. 11, at Wheeling AMVETS Post 66, 700 N. McHenry Road, Wheeling. The post will be conducting a commemorative event in honor of Veterans Day, followed by a light lunch. amvets66.com.
Buffalo Grove Veterans Day Celebration: Noon to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. The VFW Post 981 Color Guard will present and remove the Colors and present a special Armed Services flag presentation. Plus, there will be speeches and military music. Lunch will be served before the program. Free. bgparks.org/veterans-day-celebration.
Winterfest Art Market: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at 160 First St. and Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia. Craft and art sale featuring handmade, vintage and repurposed items. Both locations will have drinks, food and live entertainment. Free admission. downtownbatavia.com/winterfest-art-market.
"Heathers the Musical": 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the McHenry County College Black Box Theatre, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake. $20, $15 for MCC students, staff and veterans. mchenry.edu.
"Mary Poppins Jr.": 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, at Franklin Middle School, 211 N. Main St., Wheaton. Wheaton Park District Children's Playhouse stages the musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. $8. wheatonparkdistrict.com.
"Ninja Pirate Princess and Ghost Pirate Prince": 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11; 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12; and 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at 232 S. York St., Elmhurst. GreenMan Theatre Troupe stages two one-act plays for kids. $5 for kids 3 and older; $10 for adults. greenmantheatre.org.
"Seussical": 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, at Blackhawk Middle School, 250 S. Church Road, Bensenville. Elmhurst Children's Theatre production. $12. elmhurstchildrenstheatre.com.
The Messiah by Handel: 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron, Chicago. Camerata Chicago and its choir will perform the Messiah (Part I -- Christmas) by Handel with the Hallelujah Chorus. Adults $50, seniors $40, students $10, kids 14 and younger with a paying adult $2. cameratachicago.org.
"Silent Sky": 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Elgin Community College's SecondSpace, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. ECC Theatre stages this play about 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt and her place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries. $12-$14. eccartscenter.org.
"A Christmas Chaos": 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., 8th floor, Elgin. Elgin Theatre Co.'s production of Michael Wehrli's holiday comedy. $18-$20. elgin-theatre.org/next-production.
Lake County Film Festival: Friday through Monday, Nov. 11-14, at The College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake, and various locations in Lake County. A selection of shorts, feature films and documentaries will be screened. Tickets for short film programs: $5; feature films: $10. 2022.lakecountyfilmfestival.org.
Lightscape: Various times and dates Friday, Nov. 11, through Jan. 8 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Explore a new path, new light-filled installations and the Winter Cathedral and a re-imagined fire garden. Adults: $30 for members, $32 for nonmembers; kids: $14 for members, $16 for nonmembers; free for kids 2 and younger. Tickets purchased the day of the event are $2 more. chicagobotanic.org/lightscape.
Saturday, Nov. 12
Artisan Craft and Food Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn. The fair will take place in two spaces around the farm -- the heated event tent and the rustic barn -- and will feature Chicago-area vendors selling handmade goods from mittens and jams to art, soaps and more. heritageprairiefarm.com/artisan-craft-food-fair.
Randolph Street Holiday Market: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, at Plumber's Hall, 1341 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Uniting 125 vintage and antiques dealers, fashion designers and makers from around the country, the market will offer one-of-a-kind finds including art, designer fashion, jewelry, décor, retro home furnishings, global goods and more. Includes live music, food vendors and cocktails. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the gate. randolphstreetmarket.com.
Native American Harvest Pow Wow: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Grand entries will be held at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Includes dancers, food booths, veterans honors, cultural demonstrations, drum groups, arts and crafts vendors, flute players, children's crafts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., arrowhead making and more. $15 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and older, $7 for kids 3-12, and free for kids younger than 3. harvestpowwow.com/tickets.html.
St. Thomas Fine Arts and Craft Festival: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville. The 23rd annual festival will host more than 30 vendors, featuring paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, mixed media and more. firstname.lastname@example.org or stapostle.org.
The Messiah by Handel: 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at College Church, 332 E. Seminary Ave., Wheaton. Camerata Chicago and its choir will perform the Messiah (Part I -- Christmas) by Handel with the Hallelujah Chorus. Adults $50, seniors $40, students $10, kids 14 and younger with a paying adult $2. cameratachicago.org.
Arboretum of South Barrington Tree Lighting: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington. Santa and Mrs. Claus will parade down main street on firetrucks and police cars. The tree-lighting ceremony in the Main Street Plaza will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by a dance party and music. In the holiday tent, there will be free hot cocoa, balloon artists and face painting, and The North Pole Band will perform until 9 p.m. shopthearb.com.
Deer Park Fireworks: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road, Deer Park. shopdeerparktowncenter.com.
Sunday, Nov. 13
Holiday Day Craft Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Westmont Park District Community Center, 75 E. Richmond St., Westmont. Handmade items, one-of-a-kind ornaments, holiday decorations and specialty gifts will be for sale from a variety of crafters and home-based businesses. Free admission. (630) 969-8080 or westmontparks.org.
Honoring Our Veteran's Collection Event & Veterans Day Ceremony: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Veterans Memorial in the Huntley Town Square. Ceremony is at 10 a.m. Bring donations to stock the shelves at New Horizons, formerly TLS. For a list of needed items, visit huntley.il.us.
Lisle Veterans Day ceremony: 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Lisle Veterans Memorial, 921 School St., Lisle. Hosted by the Lisle Park District, VFW Post 5696 and Lisle Woodridge Fire Protection District. The ceremony features patriotic music from the Lisle Community Band, invocation from the DuPage AME Church, dignitary remarks and more. lisleparkdistrict.org/specialevents.html.
Holiday Gifts and Crafts Show: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Wild Onion Banquet Hall, 22221 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington. Variety of local crafters and direct sales representatives will be selling home decor, health and wellness, apparel, jewelry, wood crafts, knit and crochet. Proceeds support the FISH pantry; also accepting box and can item donations for the pantry. Free admission. email@example.com.
Ravenswood Makers Market: 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Empirical Brewing, 1801 W. Foster Ave., Chicago. A variety of handmade goods such as jewelry, knit goods, home decor, metal working, prints, soap, paintings, candles and more will be for sale. Free admission. fb.me/e/2BC9MFHZO.
"Blueprints": 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at ECC Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra's season opener. $14-$25. eyso.org/concert.
The Messiah by Handel: 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at New Covenant Church, 1 Bunting Lane, Naperville. Camerata Chicago and its choir will perform the Messiah (Part I -- Christmas) by Handel with the Hallelujah Chorus. Adults $50, seniors $40, students $10, kids 14 and younger with a paying adult $2. cameratachicago.org.
Elmhurst Symphony's Neiman plays Brahms concert: 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst. Pianist Adam Neiman plays Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 44. Also features Brahms' Symphony No. 3 in F minor, Op. 90. Dedicated in memory of Dale Clevenger, Chicago Symphony Orchestra's principal hornist and a former Elmhurst Symphony music director. $35, $32 for seniors, $12 for ages 13 and older. elmhurstsymphony.org.
Monday, Nov. 14
Festival of Trees at Hawthorn Mall: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, through Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills. Stop by the lower level of Macy's Court and vote for your favorite holiday-themed tree for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree. shophawthornmall.com.
Movie Mondays: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The 1991 comedy "Home Alone" will be screened. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. $1, cash only ($20 bills or less). Credit/debit cards accepted at concessions. paramountaurora.com/series/movie-mondays.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Jazz Combo Fest: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston. This year's fest will showcase jazz students playing a variety of jazz standards and original music. Free admission; parking is available in the lot behind the school. Guests should enter through Door 2. (847) 424-7130 or eths.k12.il.us.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
MSI Tree Lighting: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Experience the museum's tree-lighting ceremony. Adults $21.95; kids 3-11 $12.95; free for members. msichicago.org/.
Holiday Twilight Shop: 4:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, around 7 S. Vail St., Arlington Heights. The Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce hosts its eighth annual Holiday Twilight event for a night of shopping with discounts, holiday carolers, drinks specials, local gift card giveaways, shopping incentives and more. $20-$40. eventbrite.com/e/holiday-twilight-shop-tickets-443740679317.
Thursday, Nov. 17
Bliss Holiday Boutique & Luncheon: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Makray Memorial Golf Club, 1010 S. Northwest Hwy., Barrington. The $45 ticket includes shopping, entertainment and lunch. business.barringtonchamber.com/events/details/bliss-holiday-boutique-and-luncheon-2022-28505.
Mistletoe Market: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Shop from local crafters and artists offering one-of-a-kind items for holiday gift giving. Food trucks include Taco Fiesta, Aunt Tina's Sound Bytes and Grumpy Gaucho. The marketplace coincides with Cantigny's Shades of Crimson poinsettia sale and display, which runs from noon to 5:30 p.m. in the park's greenhouse. Plants in various colors and sizes will be for sale. Free admission with $5 parking. cantigny.org.
Girls' Night Out: 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in downtown Antioch. Women ages 21 and older can take part in holiday activities throughout downtown including the Tipsy Elf Scavenger Hunt. Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater or elf hat. Finish the evening with an after-party at Rivalry Alehouse. Register online. $22. antiochchamber.org.
IllumiBrew: 5:30-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18, at Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. For ages 21 or older. See the 10th annual Illumination: Tree Lights while sampling seasonal beers, ciders and meads from local breweries stationed along the Illumination trail. $80-$90. mortonarb.org.
"Beauty and the Beast Jr.": 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 17-19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. $9-$17. parkfun.com.
Percussion Concert: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Elmhurst University's Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. elmhurst.edu/events.
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble "Season's Greetings": 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 17 through Dec. 18, in the Playhouse Theatre, McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Alan Ayckbourn's entertaining look at the anxiety and high jinks of an average family during the holidays. Preshow discussion with the director and designers at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. Contains mature themes and language. $40-$42. atthemac.org/events/seasons-greetings.