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  • Naperville's annual Turkey Trot takes to the streets again on Thanksgiving Day.

      Naperville's annual Turkey Trot takes to the streets again on Thanksgiving Day.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer


Here's a look at some other holiday events coming up in the next week or so

Friday 22

Gallery Theater presents "The Christmas Tree," a heartwarming play by Norm Foster, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Gallery 200/STUDIO, 203 Turner Court, West Chicago. A 7 p.m. performance may be added on Sunday. Tickets: $9, $8 seniors and students. Info: (630) 234-5919 or

• Aurora kicks off the holiday season with its second annual Winter Lights event from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Downer Place, Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard in downtown. Includes lighting of the city's official holiday tree at 6 p.m. at North Island Center by Santa and Mrs. Claus, Miss Merry Christmas and Jack Frost, and the mayor. Ice sculpture, holiday carols, free holiday movies in the gazebo at Millennium Plaza, musical entertainment, photos with Santa, and holiday treats and treasures for sale. Free. Info: (630) 256-4636.

Saturday 23

Naperville Park District's Turkey Shoot Golf tournament starts at 9 a.m. at Springbrook Golf Course, 2220 W. 83rd St., Naperville, and at Naperbrook Golf Course, 22204 W. 111th St./Hassert Boulevard, Plainfield. Nine-hole, cross-country scramble with five-person teams. Each participant receives a turkey and the turkey or its cash equivalent may be donated to Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry. Additional nonperishable food donations welcome. Cost: $40 per person. Info:

Sunday 24

Aurora faith communities gather to give thanks in service with the theme "One Family" at 4 p.m. and a light dinner follows at Temple B'nai Israel, 400 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora. The Thanksgiving service includes representatives of the Baha'i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim faiths. An offering is collected for the Interfaith Food Pantry in Aurora. Info: (630) 897-5936.

Tuesday 26

See Christmas trees decorated by seven local nonprofit groups with missions linked to Col. Robert R. McCormick in the Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite tree. The participating nonprofits receive a donation from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and the organization with the winning tree receives additional funding. Free with $5 parking. Info:

Thursday 28

Addison's Turkey Trot invites runners and walkers to take part in some "fitness before the feast" with a half-mile Drumstick Dash for kids 12 and younger at 8:45 a.m. and the Turkey Trot at 9 p.m. at Community Park, 120 E. Oak St., Addison. Turkey Trot racers may compete in a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-mile event, and turkeys are awarded to the participant who comes closest to their predicted time in each division. Registration opens at 7:45 a.m. Fee: $20 per person, $40 for a family of four through Nov. 25; same day registration is $25 per person or $45 per family. Info: or (630) 233-7275.

• Naperville's Turkey Trot 5K starts at 8 a.m. at Naperville Central High School, 440 W. Aurora Ave., Naperville. Cost: $40 adults, $30 ages 10 to 14, and $25 ages 9 and younger. Info:

• A "Drumstick Dash" 5K run starts at 9 a.m. at Fullersburg Woods, 3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook. Participants may run as individuals or in teams. Those who come closest to predicting their time without going over win prizes. A portion of the race fee goes to Chicago Hope Academy, a coed nondenominational college and life preparatory school dedicated to nurturing and challenging the whole person. Wear your favorite football jersey and bring a jersey to donate to the academy. Cost: $35 individual, $75 team in advance; $40/$80 race day. Register:

• Parkview Community Church hosts its 27th annual Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. at 764 St. Charles Road, Glen Ellyn. The dinner is especially for those who would be alone or do not have resources for a Thanksgiving meal. Free. Info: (630) 469-4306.

Friday 29

Grace Lutheran Church's annual chili supper is 5 to 8 p.m. at 493 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn, coinciding with the Glen Ellyn Holiday Walk 2013. Included with chili are hot dogs, cornbread, salad, chips, brownies and drinks. All proceeds donated to the World Hunger Appeals Program. Cost: $7 for adult meals, $4 for kids meals. Info: (630) 469-1555.

• Carol Stream's holiday tree-lighting is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fountain View Recreation Center, 910 N. Gary Ave., Carol Stream. Caroling, ice carving, refreshments, complimentary photo with Santa. Info: (630) 665-7050 or

• Glen Ellyn Holiday Walk is 5:30 to 9 p.m. downtown. Santa lights the tree at 6 p.m. at Main Street and Crescent Boulevard, then visits with children until 8:30 p.m. at Fire Station 1, Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Shop windows decorated with "Winter Wonderland" theme. Info: (630) 469-0907 or

• A Lighted Holiday Parade starts at 6 p.m. in Wheaton's downtown along Wheaton Avenue and east to Front Street. Info: (630) 682-0633 or

• Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, in Naperville with downtown sales, free trolley rides and Holiday Light Display. Washington Street Holiday Market is open 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 47 E. Chicago Ave. at Washington. Free trolley rides from noon to 6 p.m. Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Naperville Sunrise Rotary's Holiday Light Display is open Nov. 29 to New Year's Day in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Info: and

Saturday 30

"Celebrate the Season" with a tree-lighting and festivities from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Roselle Public Library, 40 S. Park St., Roselle. Santa, the Rose Queen and mayor light the tree at 2 p.m. at Elm Court. Info:

• Learn to make old-fashioned holiday sweets during programs that start on the half-hour from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Free. Info: (630) 876-5900.

• Visit Santa's Craft Corner at Cosley Zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14 at 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Visit Santa, make a craft or two, and enjoy cookies, punch and coffee. Free. Children can have photo taken with Santa for $3. Info: (630) 665-5534.

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