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January 17, 2017 - February 12, 2017

Chicago Children’s Theatre presents the return of ‘The Hundred Dresses’

With the New Year comes the return of an all-time favorite, Chicago Children’s Theatre’s The Hundred Dresses, the smash hit musical about a young girl who struggles with bullying and learns what it takes to stand up to others – even when you’re standing alone. Performances are January 17-February 12, 2017 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. For tickets or information go to chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (872) 222-9555

Where: Chicago
Location: Ruth Page Center

January 18, 2017

Technology Center of DuPage – Community Open House

Technology Center of DuPage in Addison will hold its annual Community Open House on January 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The high school career campus offers 20 advanced career programs from engineering to EMT to culinary arts for high school juniors and seniors in the DuPage County area. Earn high school credit, free college credit, and career-related certifications while still in high school. Interested families are invited to see the Technology Center in action. For more information about TCD’s Community Open House, visit tcdupage.org.

Where: Addison
Location: Technology Center of DuPage

January 19, 2017 - January 29, 2017

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

The 2017 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, riding the wake of its inaugural success in 2015, is returning to wow the Windy City again, January 19-29, 2017. The Festival welcomes top contemporary puppets acts and artists from around the world, the U.S. and Chicago to cultural venues large and small throughout the city. Check the full schedule and purchase tickets at chicagopuppetfest.org

Where: Chicago
Location: various

January 20, 2017 - January 21, 2017

Aquinas Literacy Center Seeks ESL Tutors

Responding to a critical societal need, Aquinas Literacy Center (ALC) empowers adults by providing English as a Second Language instruction through individualized tutoring in an environment that respects and reverences individuals. They enable learners to transform their lives by acquiring skills to become successful parents, productive workers and responsible citizens. Volunteer tutors should be able to commit 90 minutes of instruction time per week. The next Tutor Training workshop is Friday, January 20, 6-9pm and Saturday, January 21, 9am-4pm. For information on volunteering call 773.927.0512 or email sabrina@aquinasliteracycener.org

Where: Chicago
Location: Aquinas Literacy Center

January 21, 2017

‘God Save The Queen’ at Paramount

Who doesn’t love signature Queen rock classics like “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Somebody to Love?” Hailed “the best tribute of all tributes” by Rolling Stone, God Save The Queen is an absolute must-see for anyone who loves the band Queen, and it’s playing one-night-only, Saturday, January 21 at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., in downtown Aurora. Tickets are $35-$45. To purchase, visit ParamountAurora.com.

Where: Aurora
Location: Paramount Theatre

January 21, 2017

‘The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce’ Workshop for Women

The Lilac Tree is hosting a workshop for women contemplating or in the process of divorce. The Nuts and Bolts of Divorce will be held Saturday January 21, 2017 from 1PM to 4:30PM at the Hilton Garden Inn in Evanston. Divorce can be overwhelming – especially with all the information out there.  Join this Saturday afternoon workshop to hear insights about the legal, financial and emotional aspects of divorce. For information CLICK HERE. Cost $50 per person.

 

 

Where: Evanston
Location: Hilton Garden Inn

January 25, 2017 - February 12, 2017

Disney On Ice presents ‘Follow Your Heart’ Comes to Chicagoland

Disney•Pixar’s record-breaking animated feature Finding Dory makes a splash in Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart, coming to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., Jan. 25-29, and Chicago’s United Center, Feb. 1-12. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Inc., the action-packed adventure also brings Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out to the icy stage for the first time, together with other beloved Disney characters. Visit DisneyonIce.com for more information.

Where: Rosemont, Chicago
Location: Allstate Arena, United Center

January 27, 2017 - January 28, 2017

Adventure Stage Chicago presents ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

Adventure Stage Chicago (1012 N. Noble) presents ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,’ with student matinees Jan 25-27 and public performances Jan 27-28. With masterful marionette puppetry and an original score, Minneapolis-based Open Eye Figure Theatre explores youth and aging, the allure of power, and the beauty of a life well-lived. For information and tickets go to https://adventurestage.org/current-season/the-sorcerers-apprentice/.

Where: Chicago
Location: Adventure Stage Chicago

January 28, 2017

10th Annual Empowering Lupus Patients Educational Seminar

Plan now to attend the 10th Annual Empowering Lupus Patients Educational Seminar on Saturday, January 28th at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Topics covered will include: Lupus & Human Resources Issues; Lupus & Legal Issues; and a Panel Discussion – Living Well with Lupus. For more information and registration, CLICK HERE.

Where: Chicago
Location: St. Xavier University

January 28, 2017 - March 5, 2017

Teatro Vista presents ‘The Wolf at the End of The Block’

Teatro Vista presents the world premiere of The Wolf at The End of The Block by Ike Holter and directed by Ricardo Gutiérrez. It runs January 28 – March 5 at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater. For tickets and information on group rates, visit TeatroVista.org, call the Victory Gardens box office, (773) 871-3000, or visit the theater, at 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.

Where: Chicago
Location: Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater

January 29, 2017

Catholic Charities’ 16th Annual d’Vine Affair

Sample wines from around the world and premium craft beer at the 16th Annual d’Vine Affair, benefitting Catholic Charities self-sufficiency programs. It’s happening at the Union League Club of Chicago on Sunday evening, January 29th.  Complete with gourmet appetizers and desserts, raffles, auctions and more. For details go to www.catholiccharities.net/dvine

Where: Chicago
Location: Union League Club

January 29, 2017

20th Annual Aon Step Up for Kids

Register online today for the 20th Annual Aon Step Up for Kids, presented by KPMG,  taking place Sunday, January 29th. Climb 80 floors to the top of the Aon Center, while raising money to support K.I.D.S.S. for Kids, an affiliated organization of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Family Services Department. Visit LurieChildrens.org/stepup for more info.

Where: Chicago
Location: Aon Center

January 30, 2017

Luther College Nordic Choir to Perform in Downers Grove

Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the top college choirs in the nation, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove, 1032 Maple Ave., Downers Grove, Illinois. The performance by the 66-member Nordic Choir is open to the public with no charge for admission, with free-will donations accepted. For information go to http://tinyurl.com/nordic-choir-schedule or call 1-800-4LUTHER.

Where: Downers Grove
Location: First United Methodist Church

January 31, 2017 - February 12, 2017

Broadway in Chicago presents ‘The Bodyguard’

Broadway In Chicago presents THE BODYGUARD, playing at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) for a limited two-week engagement January 31 through February 12, 2017. Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy® Award-nominee and R&B superstar DEBORAH COX! For information, CLICK HERE.

Where: Chicago
Location: Oriental Theatre

February 11, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Driehaus Museum – French Poster Exhibit

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie in Chicago, is proud to announce the special exhibition L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters opening February 11, 2017 through January 7, 2018. The exhibition features approximately 50 posters dating from 1875 to 1910 created by five grand masters: Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Alphonse Mucha.  For information go to the Driehaus Museum’s website

Where: Chicago
Location: Driehaus Museum

February 11, 2017

Mount Prospect Historical Society’s “Lunch Pail” Book Discussion

Celebrate the birthday and teaching career of American pioneer girl Laura Ingalls Wilder in Mount Prospect’s newly restored original one-room schoolhouse from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11.  Children in grades 4-6 will discuss Ingalls’ book These Happy Golden Years while snacking on lunch (provided), packed in a tin pail, just like Laura would have eaten. For complete details on the program, and to register, go to www.mtphist.org.

Where: Mt. Prospect
Location: One Room School House

February 18, 2017

Special Olympics Polar Plunge 2017

You’ll be freezin’ for a reason! Support Special Olympics Illinois by taking an icy dip in the waters of Lake Michigan at Clark Street Beach on February 18th or find another Polar Plunge location near you by CLICKING HERE.  Presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run and GEICO.

Where: Illinois
Location: various

February 21, 2017 - February 26, 2017

‘The Illusionists – Live From Broadway’ Comes to Chicago’s Oriental Theatre

Broadway In Chicago presents the world’s best-selling touring magic show, THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY. On the heels of a highly successful multi-city tour and run on Broadway, THE ILLUSIONISTS will play Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) from Feb. 21 to Feb. 26 for a limited one-week engagement. For information go to www.BroadwayinChicago.com.

Where: Chicago
Location: Oriental Theatre

February 24, 2017

“Sleep In” to Benefit Chicago Youth Homeless Agencies

With winter already spreading its arctic grip across the Chicago area, more than 20,000 young adults and students are looking for a permanent home, not just overnight shelter. In response to this housing crisis, a region-wide “Sleep In” will be held at Chicago’s Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Avenue, Friday night, Feb. 24, to benefit 13 organizations providing shelter, drop-in space and advocacy for youth experiencing homelessness in the region. To donate, sign up for the event, or learn more go to http://sleepinchicago.org/ .

Where: Chicago
Location: Second Presbyterian Church

February 25, 2017

Thodos Dance Chicago’s ‘Timeless Motion’

Thodos Dance Chicago makes its annual return to Skokie’s North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie with a fun, fresh and electrifying concert titled Timeless Motion, Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $28 to $58 and are available online at NorthShoreCenter.org or by calling (847) 673-6300.

Where: Skokie
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts

February 25, 2017

DuPage Area STEM Expo

Plan now to attend the 33nd Annual STEM Expo, “Engineers Make a World of Difference,” a fun, free, family interactive event providing children and adults the chance to experience and explore the many fields of science and engineering through displays and presentations. The event is happening on Saturday, Feb. 25th, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Illinois Institute of Technology, Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Campus, 201 E. Loop Road, Wheaton. For information go to appliedtech.iit.edu/engineersweek or call 630-682-6000.

Where: Wheaton, IL
Location: IIT, Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Campus

March 3, 2017 - March 5, 2017

Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre’s ‘Livin’ the Dream’

Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre presents “Livin’ the Dream,” a comedic dance theater piece honoring the childhood dreamer in all of us. It premieres March 3-5 at Links Hall in Chicago. For complete information go to www.KellyAndersonDanceTheatre.com.

Where: Chicago
Location: Links Hall

March 5, 2017 - April 16, 2017

Kokandy Productions presents ‘The Wiz’

Kokandy Productions presents a revival of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical THE WIZ, directed by guest director Lili-Anne Brown with music direction by Jimmy Morehead and choreography by Breon Arzell, playing March 5 – April 16, 2017 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.  Tickets for THE WIZ are currently available at www.kokandyproductions.com, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office.

Where: Chicago
Location: Theater Wit

March 10, 2017

Hedwignites 2017

Save the date for Hedwig Dances Annual Benefit Gala. Hedwignites 2017 is happening Friday, March 10th, 6-10 p.m., at the Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario. For information go to hedwigdances.com.

Where: Chicago
Location: Arts Club of Chicago

March 11, 2017

DuPage Area Moms Spring/Summer Children’s Clothing & Toy Resale

Mark your calendars for the DuPage Area Moms Spring/Summer Children’s Clothing & Toy Resale. It’s happening at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton on March 11th. Shoppers will find gently used Spring/Summer children’s clothing (sizes newborn to 18, Girl’s Jr 0-7) swimwear, shoes, toys, games, books, and baby gear. 7:30am-12:00pm $1 admission; 1:00pm-2:30pm blue & white tag half-price sale – free admission. For more information go to http://www.dupageareamoms.org/

Where: Wheaton
Location: DuPage Co. Fairgrounds

March 16, 2017 - March 18, 2017

Good Food Festival & Conference

The 13th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference is coming up March 16-18 at the UIC Forum in Chicago! The Midwest’s premier annual celebration of the fast-growing Good Food movement is presented by FamilyFarmed, a leader in promoting locally and sustainably produced food for almost two decades. The Good Food Festival & Conference will bring together regional and national leaders in local, sustainable food — from farmers to chefs, entrepreneurs to policy makers — to discuss the movement that’s transforming the way we eat. For a full itinerary go to www.goodfoodfestivals.com

Where: Chicago
Location: UIC Forum

March 17, 2017

Forever Green 42

It’s the largest and longest running St. Patrick’s Day Party in Chicago. Forever Green, presented by the Young Irish Fellowship Club, and benefiting the Andrew Weishar Foundation and March 4 Meg. It’s happening on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17th at the Chicago Cultural Center, featuring live Irish Music and dancing, beer, wine, light bites and more. For information go to youngirish.com.

Where: Chicago
Location: Chicago Cultural Center

April 8, 2017

The Bridge’s Secret Garden Gala

Save the date – Support The Bridge Youth & Family Services at their ‘Secret Garden Gala,’ Saturday, April 8th at Chandler’s Chophouse in Schaumburg. For more information about the gala or the organization go to www.bridgeyouth.org or call 847-485-3073.

Where: Schaumburg
Location: Chandler's Chophouse

November 9, 2017

Jimmy Buffett Musical ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ Premieres in Chicago

Broadway In Chicago and Producers Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams announced today that Escape to Margaritaville, the new musical featuring the songs of legendary singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, will play a limited pre-Broadway engagement beginning November 9, 2017 at Broadway In Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph). More information will be available soon at broadwayinchicago.com!

Where: Chicago
Location: Oriental Theatre