4 things to do for $5 (or less) in suburbs, Chicago
'Post to Present'
Celebrate 60 years since John Falter's painting, "Fox River Ice-Skating," put Batavia on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. The Saturday "Post to Present" event features free skating, entertainment and fire pits at the Batavia Depot Museum pond, 155 Houston St., Batavia. Skate rentals and food available for purchase. downtownbatavia.com. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6
To Chicago -- and beyond
Take the kids to explore the wonder of the cosmos during this month's free days at the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Illinois residents get free general admission Sunday, Jan. 7, through Friday, Jan. 12, and then again Monday, Jan. 15, through Friday, Jan. 19. Sorry, stargazers, sky shows are not included. (312) 922-7827 or adlerplanetarium.org. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; open until 6 p.m. on Jan. 15
Revisit an animated classic with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" on the big screen at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The 1937 tale was Walt Disney's first animated feature-length film. Tickets are $1. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., movie starts at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8
Learn about film portrayals of those with disabilities when Dann & Raymond's Movie Club presents "I Am Not an Animal! How Hollywood Handles the Disabled" at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. The event, by Film Critic Dann Gire and film historian Raymond Benson, includes clips from "The Elephant Man," "Shine" and other films. Free. (847) 392-0100 or ahml.info. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11