Giant menorah will be lit on first night of Hanukkah in Buffalo Grove
Mike Rylko Park in Buffalo Grove will be filled with light on Sunday, as the Jewish community of the Northwest suburbs gathers to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.
The celebration, hosted by the Northwest Suburban Chabad, will start at 4 p.m. with a car menorah parade proceeding from the synagogue, 16296 Aptakisic Road in Lincolnshire, and will culminate with the lighting of a giant menorah at the park, 1000 N. Buffalo Grove Road, at 5 p.m.
Attendees will enjoy lively Hanukkah music and spirited Hasidic dancing, as well as traditional Hanukkah treats such as latkes, doughnuts, hot soup and beverages. Children will get to see a juggling show, and prizes will be distributed to all.
Attendance is open to everyone.
This year's event recognizes the importance of community as the Chicago area slowly emerges from the hardships of the pandemic, said Rabbi Shmuel Katz, who codirects Northwest Suburban Chabad with his wife, Chanie.
"After the difficulties we have all experienced, the importance of community has never been more clear," Katz said.
"We're thrilled to be able to safely host this family-friendly event, and it's an incredible feeling to be part of such a visible celebration of Hanukkah."
For more information, visit nwschabad.org/Hanukkah.