Best Bets: Illumination: Tree Lights ready to dazzle at Morton Arboretum

  • The Morton Arboretum revives Illumination: Tree Lights starting Saturday, Nov. 20.

    The Morton Arboretum revives Illumination: Tree Lights starting Saturday, Nov. 20. Courtesy of Michael Hudson, Morton Arboretum

  • Be dazzled by the return of Illumination: Tree Lights to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle starting Saturday, Nov. 20.

    Be dazzled by the return of Illumination: Tree Lights to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle starting Saturday, Nov. 20. Courtesy of Michael Hudson/Morton Arboretum

  • Take a ride on the Artic Express around the new AMAZE Light Festival at Impact Field in Rosemont.

    Take a ride on the Artic Express around the new AMAZE Light Festival at Impact Field in Rosemont. Courtesy of Matt Zuro

 
 
Updated 11/16/2021 2:23 PM

All aglow

The ninth annual Illumination: Tree Lights, the popular one-mile walk-through winter-season spectacle combining color, light and festive music, returns Saturday at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. There will be concession tents along the path serving warm beverages and snacks as well as fire pits where patrons can warm up and toast marshmallows. Member tickets: $14-$19 for adults, $8-$11 for kids 2-17; nonmember tickets: $19-$24 for adults, $13-$16 for kids 2-17. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. Admission times: 4:30-8 p.m. select dates; runs through Jan. 2

 

Alice Cooper appears at the "Days of the Dead" fan convention in Rosemont this weekend.
Alice Cooper appears at the "Days of the Dead" fan convention in Rosemont this weekend. - Associated Press, 2019
Spooky celebrities

The "Days of the Dead" fan convention gathers loads of celebrities like Alice Cooper, Richard Dreyfuss, Kathleen Turner and more for meet-and-greet opportunities this weekend at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont. $35-$40 single-day admission; $80 weekend admission. Extra fees for photo opportunities. (847) 671-6350 or daysofthedead.com. 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, through 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21

The new AMAZE Light Festival opens Friday at Impact Field in Rosemont.
The new AMAZE Light Festival opens Friday at Impact Field in Rosemont. - Courtesy of Matt Zuro
Be amazed

Impact Field in Rosemont gets into the game of elaborate holiday displays with its new AMAZE Light Festival featuring more than one million holiday lights, Santa's Workshop (complete with lit see saws and giant light brights), costumed characters, holiday food and beverages, toboggan rides, a Polar Peak tubing ride, train rides, a holiday market, an immersive storybook experience and more starting Saturday at 9850 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont. $23 for adults; $18 for kids 2-12; $34-$85 VIP ticket. (847) 636-5450 or amazerosemont.com. 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20, and 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21; and various times and dates through Sunday, Jan. 2

Take a spin on the thrill hill tubing at the new AMAZE Light Festival at Impact Field in Rosemont.
Take a spin on the thrill hill tubing at the new AMAZE Light Festival at Impact Field in Rosemont. - Courtesy of Matt Zuro
Exit slide included?

Kids can pay a visit to Santa Claus this season alongside a custom set that re-creates scenes from the beloved film "A Christmas Story" starting this weekend at the Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills. $5 per child; free for adults and kids 2 and younger; proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation. (847) 362-2600 or shophawthornmall.com. Santa arrives between 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19; hours and days vary through Friday, Dec. 24

The interactive "A Christmas Story" set is ready for visitors at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills.
The interactive "A Christmas Story" set is ready for visitors at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. - Courtesy of Hawthorn Mall
Symphonic cinema

Relive the aural silver screen sweep of movies like "E.T.," "Jaws," "Star Wars" and more when the Elgin Symphony Orchestra performs "The Film Music of John Williams" this weekend at two locations: first at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, then at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $50; $40 youth. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in Skokie, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, in Elgin

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"Sarah Vowell in the Land of Lincoln" comes to Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre Friday, Nov. 19.
"Sarah Vowell in the Land of Lincoln" comes to Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre Friday, Nov. 19. - Associated Press, 2018
Quirky history

Fans of books like "Assassination Vacation" and "Unfamiliar Fishes" won't want to miss seeing author "Sarah Vowell in the Land of Lincoln" at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $35. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19

What's cooking?

See "MasterChef" and "MasterChef Jr." contestants go head-to-head in onstage cooking demonstrations as part of "MasterChef Live!" The national tour arrives Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $35-$45. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20

Comedian Trevor Noah brings his "Back to Abnormal World Tour" to the United Center on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Comedian Trevor Noah brings his "Back to Abnormal World Tour" to the United Center on Saturday, Nov. 20. - Courtesy of Gavin Bond, Comedy Central
'Daily Show' Noah

"The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah is back on the road with his "Back to Abnormal World Tour." Catch his standup comedy set Saturday at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $45-$85; $375 VIP tickets. (800) 745-3000 or unitedcenter.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20

Top 'Talent'

The Texas Tenors, who rose to stardom on NBC's "America's Got Talent!," bring their vocal talents to the Belushi Performance Hall at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, to promote their new album, "Outside The Lines." In-person tickets are $55-$65; virtual tickets are $50 a household. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org/events/the-texas-tenors-2/. 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21

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