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Top 10 things to do this weekend


Naperville Food Tasting and Walking Tour

The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1 at 5th avenue station, 200 Fifth Ave., Naperville. Participants will sample food and drink from family-run restaurants and shops. Tours will run every weekend through December. For more information, or to purchase tickets call 630-347-6553 or go to

Easter Adoption Eggstravaganza

The Elmhurst Animal Care Center will partner with Magnificent Mutts Rescue to host a pet adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the center, 850 S. Riverside Drive, Elmhurst. Refreshments and snacks on hand, and families are invited to meet homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens available for adoption. The Easter Bunny will be also be available for pictures for $5. All proceeds will go to help Magnificent Mutts Rescue. For more information, call the Elmhurst Animal Care Center at 630-530-1900 or Magnificent Mutts Rescue at 708-703-5047.

Salt Creek Sinfonietta Concert

The Salt Creek Sinfonietta will perform music for various combinations of instruments drawn from the orchestra, including Stravinsky’s Eight Instrumental Miniatures, Piston’s Divertimento for Nine Instruments and Mozart’s Serenade No. 12, K. 388 in C Minor. The concert will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at First Congregational Church, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1 the First United Methodist Church, 100 W. Cossitt Ave., La Grange. For more information, go or call 708-749-0502.

The Seven Last Words of Christ

The Seven Last Words of Christ will return to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 8245 West 111th St., Palos Hills, for a performance at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1. The Little Flowers Catholic Dance and Theatre Troupe will present its 14th year of Catholic music, drama and dance. For more information, go to, email or call 815-462-3809.

The Gathering

The Improv Playhouse, in cooperation with GreenStick Theatre Company, will be producing “The Gathering,” the late Josephine Raciti Forsberg’s respectful, contemporary adaptation of the last hour of the Last Supper. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Playhouse Box Theater, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. “The Gathering” will also be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Rock the YO for Special Gifts Theater

Come out to The YO March 30th from 7:30 to 10 p.m. to support Special Gifts Theatre, a program which provides children and teens with special needs, a unique, creative drama experience enabling personal growth while breaking down stereotypes related to disabilities within the community at large. This event will feature live music by Earl’s Pearls, The Slurpees, Luminarium, The Youngest Brother, and Bright Noise(Pot of Plants). Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door.

Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum

Enjoy the art, dramatic architecture and landscape design of the first Santiago Calatrava-designed building in the United States, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Friday March 30 at 8:30 am at North Shore Senior Center.

In addition, see the exquisite floral creations by Milwaukee’s top floral designers inspired by the Museum’s Collection of masterworks and scattered throughout the museum. Art in Bloom is an unusual experience, and a perfect way to welcome spring. We will see the “wings” raised and lowered creating a unique, moving sculpture. Lunch at the Lake Park Bistro. Fee includes fees, lunch and bus. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. The fee is $89 member; $104 non-member.

Hound Egg Hunt

The Hound Egg Hunt will take place at noon, Saturday, March 31 at Towne Square, 150 W. Palatine Road, Palatine. Dogs will hunt for eggs filled with treats and have their picture taken with our bunny. All dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Registration must include a copy of current rabies form. Dogs must be wearing a current rabies tag to participate in this event. The event costs $6 for dogs registered before the event, and $8 for dogs registered the day of the event. To register, call the Park District at 847-991-0333.

The Princess and the Magic Pea

Only a bone fide princess is good enough for Prince Peter, the son of King Jasper and Queen Sarsaparilla. So the royal couple devises a plan to discover a true blue blood by placing a pea under 20 mattresses and 20 featherbeds in this musical version of The Princess and the Magic Pea. The children’s performance will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main Street, St. Charles. For more information, go to

Genealogy Workshop

The Twenty First Star Chapter, NSDAR is hosting a Genealogy Workshop Saturday, March 31. At the workshop, you will have the opportunity to work with one of our members on your lineage research and get assistance with your application papers.

The event will be held on the third floor of the Park Ridge Library from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The library is located at 20 S. Prospect Avenue across the street from the Pickwick Theater.

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