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  • Bazaar continues Sunday at Spring Valley Nature Center Nov 29, 2014 11:10 PM
    Most of the year, the Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg is a place for peaceful pursuits like a quiet hike through the woods, bird-watching along the marshes and streams, or just relaxing in the serene atmosphere provided by its 135 acres of fields and forests. But on Saturday, the nature center took on a decidedly more festive and boisterous air as it played host to the seventh annual Spring Valley Holiday Bazaar, featuring more than 50 vendors from as far away as Michigan and Wisconsin.

  • Carriage rides added to Dickens in Dundee festival Dec 2, 2014 3:08 PM
    The Dickens in Dundee festival may look easy and fun to put together every year, but it takes an army of volunteers and a dozen groups to make sure things go as smoothly as weather permits. The parade, the living windows, the breakfasts, the carriage rides and the gingerbread house-making festivities need coordinators, time and space. The Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in East and West Dundee need preparation along with dozens of cookies that will be served.

  • NaperLights holiday display growing in second year Nov 25, 2014 9:18 AM
    Family favorite light displays from last year’s inaugural NaperLights event at Central Park are returning to downtown Naperville this year in a larger venue.

  • Chicago lights Christmas tree Nov 25, 2014 9:47 PM
    Chicago’s Christmas tree in downtown’s Daley Plaza is lighting up the sky. Hundreds of people cheered Tuesday evening when the city flipped the switch during the 101st annual tree-lighting ceremony. This year’s tree is a 10,000-pound, 57-foot Colorado blue spruce cut from an Elgin family’s front yard.

  • Mooseheart’s Holiday Lights features new displays Nov 25, 2014 2:39 PM
    Back for its fifth year, Mooseheart’s Holiday Lights show has become a family tradition, not only for communities in Kane County, but for individuals and families who enjoy a break from the frantic pace associated with the holidays.

  • Tickets going on sale for Naperville Winter Ale Fest Nov 25, 2014 12:18 PM
    When tickets for the second annual Naperville Winter Ale Fest go on sale over Thanksgiving weekend, organizer Josh Seago of Lou Dog Events expects them to disappear quickly.

  • Holiday Homecoming and Electric Christmas Parade light up St. Charles Nov 24, 2014 2:33 PM
    Nothing says Christmas like a street lit up by thousands of Christmas lights. At the St. Charles Holiday Homecoming and Electric Christmas Parade, visitors can find their own piece of holiday magic.

  • Arboretum opens second annual ‘Illumination’ festival Nov 20, 2014 4:23 PM
    The Morton Arboretum is giving a whole new meaning to lighting the holiday tree again this year. While many DuPage County communities are holding traditional tree-lighting ceremonies in the coming weeks, the Lisle museum is doing everybody one, or maybe 100 times, better with its second annual “Illumination: Tree Lights” festival that opens Friday, Nov. 21, and continues through Jan. 3 at 4100 Route 53.

  • Holiday Wine Walk Nov. 22 in Barrington Nov 19, 2014 12:26 PM
    The merchants in downtown Barrington will host a Holiday Wine Walk from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, to kick off the holiday shopping season by introducing shoppers and visitors to the unique shops and restaurants in Barrington.

  • Aurora prepares for downtown ‘Jolly Holiday’ celebration Nov 17, 2014 1:38 PM
    Aurora is opening the holiday season with its third annual Winter Lights event, “It’s a Jolly Holiday,” from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, on Downer Place and Stolp Avenue in downtown.

  • Gurnee Mills holds Breakfast with Santa Nov 15, 2014 3:39 PM
    Gurnee Mills celebrated the arrival of Santa Claus Saturday with its annual Breakfast with Santa, a Simon Kidgits Club event. “It’s very exciting — it’s his first Christmas,” said Jess Chwierut of Grayslake, whose son Tyler, age two months, was held by Santa.

  • Christmas haunted house raises concerns in Lombard Nov 14, 2014 6:10 PM
    Despite backlash from some residents and disapproval from the village board, a Lombard community group may move forward with plans to open a Christmas haunted house. The proposed name of the attraction — Frightmare before aXeMas — is a spin off from the title of the popular Tim Burton movie, “Nightmare Before Christmas,” said organizer Jackie West of Lombard Commonwealth — formerly the Lombard Jaycees. “I understand people’s concerns that we are not in the spirit of Christmas, but we’re not having a manger scene, we’re not having Santa biting the head off a reindeer, nothing like that,” she said.

  • 'Welcoming lights' ring in Naperville Marathon, holiday season Nov 6, 2014 6:00 AM
    Downtown Naperville is set to light up for the holidays beginning at 6 p.m. Friday before the Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon steps off at 7 a.m. Sunday and the holiday shopping season begins. “It lights up the downtown for the entire holiday season, which encompasses Thanksgiving and the December holidays,” said Katie Wood, executive director of Downtown Naperville Alliance.

  • New marathon course to display 'wide array of Naperville' Nov 4, 2014 5:20 AM
    The Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon is parting ways with the course used in the inaugural event last year and introducing a new one that organizers say will accommodate more racers and better display the city Nov. 9. “We achieved what we wanted to achieve last year, learned what we wanted to learn and then felt comfortable to move on,” Race Director Dave Sheble said.

  • Kids come out in costume for Halloween Fest in Libertyville Oct 29, 2014 12:06 PM
    There were 25 costumed characters on hand Tuesday at the Libertyville Sports Complex to greet parents and kids younger than 10 as they enjoyed Halloween games, train rides, inflatable slides and a pumpkin patch.

  • Generations gather for West Chicago fall festival Oct 26, 2014 5:40 PM
    There’s Halloween, with its pumpkins and hay rides and slight little scares. And then there’s Halloween, with its make-you-scream frights. Throughout its annual Fall Festival, Sonny Acres Farm in West Chicago has a bit of both brands of the October event.

  • East Dundee celebrates the season with Harvest Fest Oct 26, 2014 5:24 PM
    Families had a chance to celebrate fall with almost summerlike weather Sunday with at Harvest Fest hosted by the Village of East Dundee Farmers Market. “It’s been a really wonderful year as a new market,” East Dundee Village President Lael Miller said

  • Costume contest just one of the attractions at BatFest Oct 25, 2014 6:55 PM
    Kids put on costumes from scary to silly for BatFest Saturday in downtown Batavia. Activities on both sides of the Fox River included downtown trick or treating, Main Stage entertainment at the Peg Bond Center, and the first Fall Festival with petting zoo, train rides, arts and crafts, and live music hosted at Music Matters, 24 N. Washington.

  • Rock out, zombie style, at Elgin's Nightmare on Chicago Street Oct 24, 2014 6:14 AM
    Get ready to rock out, zombie style, at Elgin's fourth annual Nightmare on Chicago Street. The event takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and features a variety of creepy and bizarre acts, along with horror-themed music and costume contest.

  • Halloween fun rules Batavia at BatFest Oct 22, 2014 10:01 PM
    If you venture into downtown Batavia this Saturday, beware of small projectiles. A pumpkin seed spitting contest and marshmallow shooting contest are among the newest offerings at BatFest, Batavia's celebration of the Halloween season.

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