Calendar of Events

Holiday Stroll

The Mt. Greenwood Community and Business Association will host a Holiday Stroll on Friday, Dec. 10, from 4-7 p.m.

Participating businesses from Sacramento Avenue to Pulaski Road will host a variety of events and special offers. The stroll also includes live reindeer, special characters, music, raffles and more.

For more information, call Mary Gill at (773) 881-0622 or email

Craft Fair

The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St., will host its sixth annual Red Tractor Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will feature arts, crafts, kids’ activities and more. Visitors can also enjoy a festival ride in a real tractor.

Gaelic Park

Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., in Oak Forest, will celebrate Thanksgiving with a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet dinner on Thursday, Nov. 25, from 2 to 5 p.m., with live music from 3 to 6 p.m.

The feast will begin with a choice of soups and an extensive salad bar. The main course includes turkey, ham and roast beef along with the traditional trimmings, coffee and dessert.

Reservations are required and must be paid in advance. Seating is limited.

Tickets are $32 for adults and $16 for children 4 to 12 years of age and include all the food and entertainment. A cash bar will be available.

For more information or tickets, call (708) 687-9323.

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Gaelic Park will host its 10th annual Carraig Challenge Cross Country 5K run or 1.5-mile walk on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m.

Packet pick-up will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. The event will take place at Gaelic Park.

Registration is $30 per participant. Student/family registration for three or more is $25 per participant. There will be no race-day registration.

At the finish line, each registrant will be provided with a Carraig Pub drink ticket, water and hot cup of soup.

Proceeds benefit Gaelic Park Charities.

For online registration, visit racetimeinfo.

Holiday Market

The Beverly Area Arts Alliance will host the annual Uprising Holiday Market, on Saturday, Dec. 4, from noon to 4 p.m., at RMH Design, 1804 W. 103rd St.

The market will showcase the release of the limited-edition Beverly Mural print. Only 75 prints, signed by artist Mitch Egly, will be available for a donation in support of the Beverly Area Arts Alliance.

Uprising will also feature more than 20 vendors plus DJ Ruta Spencer, Steering Cocktails libations, Beverly Phono Mart, and Made.

For more information, visit

Holiday Wagon Ride

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, 7402 Lake Katherine Dr., in Palos Heights, will host holiday wagon rides on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 or 7 p.m.

Get in the holiday spirit by enjoying a wagon ride to look at the neighborhood lights and decorations. Finish the evening with a craft and a hot beverage.

Cost is $12 per person.

For more information or to register, call (708) 361-1873 or visit

Money Tree Hunt

The Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce will host a Money Tree Hunt on Nov. 27, Small Business Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Collect clues to find the hidden tree at a business in Evergreen Park. The prize is $250.

No purchase is necessary.

To register, visit


The Drama Group will present “Sweat” on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at the Milord Studio Theatre, 330 W. 202nd St., in Chicago Heights.

Additional performances will be held Dec. 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 12.

Filled with warm humor and heart, Pulitzer Prize-winning “Sweat” tells the story of a group of friends who share drinks and laughs while facing the possible loss of their blue-collar jobs due to modernization. When layoffs chip away at their trust, they fight to stay afloat.

Audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test results within 72 hours of the performance.

For tickets, visit the website at


Families looking for a unique winter light show this year will find it in the ninth annual Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rt. 53, in Lisle, with five new features and a curated selection of music from around the world along the path.

Illumination attendees will find familiar favorite features from previous years, as well as the newly created experiences of the arboretum’s 26-foot tall Human+Nature Hallow sculpture lit at night, a glittering entry gateway, passage through 150 colorful lanterns, a blanket of white lights across a hilltop meadow and a conifer trail lined with dozens of spectacularly colored light reeds.

Illumination will open at 4:30 p.m., last entry at 8:30 p.m. Lights go out at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are recommended to be purchased online in advance since many nights traditionally sell out and tickets may not be available at the door.

Ticket prices range from $8 to $24 per person. Children under age 2 are free of charge.

For more information or tickets, call (630) 725-2066 or visit

Holiday Magic

The Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Rd., will host its 40th annual Holiday Magic on Nov. 26 to 28, and Dec. 1 to 5, 8 to 12, 15 to 19, and 26 to 31, from 3 to 9 p.m.

Holiday Magic features over 2 million LED lights. Reservation times for Holiday Magic are in 15-minute increments.

Zoo admission and parking tickets, which must be reserved in advance, are $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 3 to 11, and $19.95 for seniors 65 and over. Parking is $15. All tickets are nonrefundable.

For information, visit the website at