5 things to do for $5 (or less) this week in the suburbs
Find out all about director Frank Capra's classic 1946 Christmas film "It's a Wonderful Life" in a new exhibit. "Hometown Holiday: It's a Wonderful Life in Elmhurst" continues through Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. Free. (630) 833-1457 or elmhursthistory.org. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Year's Day)
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Chicago hosts a number of holiday happenings starting this weekend. The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is centered around Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Free. (312) 409-5560 or themagnificentmile.com. Also going on is the Millennium Park Art Market featuring works by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago and After School Matters along the Chase Promenade North, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. Free admission. (312) 742-1168 or millenniumpark.org. Also opening this weekend is the Chicago Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago. Free admission. (312) 494-2175 or christkindlmarket.com. Lights Festival: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; Art Market: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 16-18; Christkindlmarket: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Monday, Dec. 24
The Christkindlmarket returns to Chicago's Daley Plaza Friday, Nov. 16, through Monday, Dec. 24.
- Courtesy of Jim Prisching
The Streamwood Choral Society Holiday Arts Extravaganza is a craft, art and vendor fair that benefits student scholarships, mini grants and a children's choir. It's on Saturday at Streamwood High School, 701 W. Schaumburg Road, Streamwood. $3. (847) 207-8043 or streamwoodchoralsociety.com. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
See the twists and turns of an operating model railroad at the Lake County Model Railroad Club's Open House.
See electric miniature trains whiz by various landscapes at the Lake County Model Railroad Club Open House this weekend at 107 S. Main St., Wauconda. Free admission. (815) 388-4301 or lcmrr.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18
Shelley Long stars in the 1989 comedy "Troop Beverly Hills," which is screened at Aurora's Paramount Theatre on Monday, Nov. 19.
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Critics initially balked at the 1989 film "Troop Beverly Hills." But the comedy starring Shelley Long and Craig T. Nelson later found a legion of fans who adored its campy humor. See it Monday at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $1. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.org. 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19