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DuPage boasts 4 communities on’s 2018 Top Places to Live list due to high quality of life. Live like a local enjoying the gatherings and events that helped distinguish DuPage from 2,300 other cities. Whether you’re looking to fill an hour or an entire weekend, our calendar is your starting point. Check back often as new events are added every day. #DuMoreEnjoying

Weekend Brunch

3/3/18 - 12/30/18
Join us for Brunch every Saturday and Sunday! Our seasonal, chef inspired menu features homemade pas...More!

Troll Hunt

6/22/18 - 8/31/19
Journey through our forest to hunt for six colossal trolls crafted from reclaimed wood by Danish art...More!

DuPage Architects Exhibit

8/11/18 - 2/1/19
Stop by to see the Museum’s newest exhibit, DuPage Architects. The rich architectural history in DuP...More!

DuPage Music Makers

9/15/18 - 7/29/19
Music is an element of cultural heritage that bonds communities and embodies an era. A variety of po...More!

Murals at Yorktown Center

10/1/18 - 12/31/18
Butterfly Mural
Celebrity street artist Kelsey Montague has created a stunning mural for visito...More!

The Collection Art Exhibit

10/1/18 - 12/31/18
This multifaceted art program provides visitors with the opportunity to access and enjoy contemporar...More!

Special Exhibit: Faberge Figurative Carvings

10/2/18 - 1/6/19
Modern carvings from the House of Faberge feature Russian folklore figures of the Kvass Seller, the ...More!

Gnome Hunt

11/1/18 - 12/31/18
The animals may be hibernating, but gnomes can be discovered throughout our garden. Can you find all...More!

Winter Play

11/1/18 - 12/31/18
Join us in the Children's Garden for winter time fun. We'll set out activities to complement the day...More!

Arbor Reading Adventures

11/2/18 - 12/28/18
Join us in the Sterling Library for some interactive story time and fun. We’ll make a craft and then...More!

Gnome Globes

11/3/18 - 12/30/18
After taking a hike through the Children’s Garden to hunt for all of the hiding gnomes, create a kee...More!

Photos with Santa - Fashion Outlets of Chicago

11/9/18 - 12/24/18
Santa will be available for photos and visits at his Headquarters presented by HGTV, located in the ...More!

Pictures with Santa - Santa's Workshop

11/9/18 - 12/24/18
Taking photos with Santa is the perfect way to create lasting memories for the holidays. Get into th...More!

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

11/9/18 - 1/27/19
Based on the beloved Academy Award-winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical contin...More!

Festival of Lights

11/11/18 - 12/31/18
250,000 LED lights twinkle, sparkle and dance to more than 20 different Holiday songs.


Community Trees

11/16/18 - 12/30/18
Check out our 2018 Community Trees! We invited 7 local non-profits and gave them a donation of $2,50...More!

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

11/16/18 - 1/1/19
The grounds of The Morton Arboretum will again glow with luminous, multi-colored LED light, mesmeriz...More!

Hometown Holiday: It's a Wonderful Life in Elmhurst

11/16/18 - 1/6/19
With memorable characters like George Bailey, Clarence the guardian angel, Zuzu, and even the notori...More!

Bird Walks

Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. Walk with an expert guide, who will ...More!

Curious Encounters with the Natural World

Writers Michael R. Jeffords and Susan L. Post have circled the globe and explored their own neighbor...More!

DIY Holiday Notecards

Make personalized notecards using watercolor or gelli prints. An instructor will discuss types of pa...More!

Gingerbread House Workshop

Take a winter walk, find out what sweet treats grow on trees, then decorate a keepsake, light-up, ch...More!

Restoration and Wildlife

Identify and apply short- and long-term restoration activities to enhance wildlife habitat. Learn to...More!

Thanksgiving Harvest Arrangement

Create a colorful autumnal arrangement for your Thanksgiving table or to give as a gift. In this han...More!

Community and Tree Trim

11/17/18 - 11/18/18
Does your community group want to get into the holiday spirit early? Join Brookfield Zoo in gearing ...More!

Toot Suite: Claude Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio

The Bolling Team brings you Claude Bolling's jazzy flute suite as well as jazz standards and origina...More!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Just in time to show off your creative prowess at your delectable feast! Fresh flowers on your Thank...More!

Chuck's Thanksgiving Dinner

Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Buffet!

*Seating is by reservations only....More!

Give Thanks with Harry Caray's

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without any of the prep or clean up at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse. H...More!

Thanksgiving at The Clubhouse

Join us for our award-winning holiday buffet and make Thanksgiving 2018 one to remember! Spaces fil...More!

Thanksgiving at Wildfire

Bring your family and friends to Wildfire and let us do the cooking this Thanksgiving. We will be se...More!

Thanksgiving Buffet at Westin Chicago Northwest

Join us at The Westin Chicago Northwest for a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with a twist!...More!

Thanksgiving Day Brunch - Drury Lane Theatre

Leave the cooking to Drury Lane this Thanksgiving! Start your morning off with our seasonal pumpkin ...More!

Thanksgiving Dinner - Arrowhead Golf Club

Let our Chef prepare all of your favorites, plus a few extra special treats. Enjoy the time with the...More!

Thanksgiving Feast - Weber Grill Restaurant

It’s that time of year again to give thanks. Weber Grill Restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day, ...More!

Black Friday Guided Hike

Opt for the outdoors this Black Friday with a peaceful hike along the Arboretum’s quietest trails. J...More!

Fall Family Hike

What happens to the trees, animals, and insects in the fall? Come and find out on this fun-filled, g...More!

College of DuPage Theatre presents A Christmas Carol

11/23/18 - 11/25/18
With an exuberant cast of 50 people from our community, this marks the 15th time College Theater has...More!

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Drury Lane Theatre

11/23/18 - 12/23/18
Continue the holiday tradition of gathering the whole family for our heartwarming production of Char...More!

NaperLights Holiday Lights

11/23/18 - 12/23/18
NaperLights holiday display will make the season even brighter as it joins with Naper Settlement and...More!

Christkindlmarket Naperville

11/23/18 - 12/24/18
The Christkindlmarket Chicago is excited to host a suburban location of the Christkindlmarket you ha...More!

Festival of Lights & Tree Sales

11/23/18 - 12/30/18
A winter visit to Cosley Zoo has become a family tradition for many. Make it one of yours! Cosley Zo...More!

Holly Days Opening Ceremonies

Bring your family, friends and neighbors to Downtown Westmont to help ring in the holiday season at ...More!

Reindeer Run

Ready, set, go! Grab your glow sticks and running shoes and join others for the Brookfield Zoo’s ina...More!

Holiday Herbal Cocktails (21+)

Add some flair to your holiday party with festive holiday cocktails that incorporate flavorful herbs...More!

Holiday Swags

Create an elegant evergreen swag, a versatile cluster of winter foliage that can be placed almost an...More!

Festival of Lessons and Carols

Elmhurst College Festival of Lessons and Carols draws together the campus and community to open a jo...More!

Lights and Lagers

Leap into the holiday season while tasting some holiday spirits! Come experience the Brookfield Zoo’...More!

Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival

Families and children of all ages are invited to Cantigny Park for the “Celebrate the Season” holida...More!

Creative Effects Nature Photography Workshop

Add artistry to your nature photography with creative effects. Creative effects lenses put a new spi...More!

Curator Talk

Architect Robert Kleinschmidt will give a curator talk about the McCormick House interior, current e...More!

Essential Oils Holiday Gift Set

Make four essential oil aromatherapy roll-ons and sprays that will provide a variety of wellness ben...More!

Hometown Holiday Block Party

Make it a Hometown Holiday in downtown Elmhurst! Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via the Holly Trol...More!

Mistletoe Market

Visit the festive displays of crafters and artists offering one-of-a-kind items for holiday gift giv...More!

Reduction Printing Workshop

12/1/18 - 12/2/18
In linoleum block printing, a reduction print is a multicolored print created from a single block. T...More!

Breakfast with Santa

12/1/18 - 12/23/18
Enjoy a special breakfast buffet in The Morton Arboretum's scenic Ginkgo Restaurant and a visit from...More!

Holiday Magic

12/1/18 - 12/23/18
Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic, now in its 37th year, is Chicagoland’s longest-running lights festiv...More!

Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park

12/1/18 - 1/2/19
Come visit Lombard Park District’s annual Holiday Lights in Lilacia Park. Enjoy breathtaking display...More!

It's a Wonderful Life: The Making of a Holiday Classic

Did you know Cary Grant was supposed to star in “It's a Wonderful Life”? That the gym-floor-turned-s...More!

Nature at Night Hike

Gain a new perspective on familiar settings with the chance to see what happens in the Arboretum at ...More!

Breakfast with Santa

Hilton LIsle/Naperville Breakfast with Santa is an annual tradition. Bring the family for a morning ...More!

Family Holiday Party at Elmhurst Art Museum

Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and art activities along with a surprise visit from Santa at 2:00PM.

Gingerbread House Workshop

Take a winter walk, find out what sweet treats grow on trees, then decorate a keepsake, light-up, ch...More!

Santa's Workshop

A holiday store just for kids! Santa’s Workshop is a special place just for children where they can ...More!

Brookfield Zoo’s Breakfast with Santa

12/8/18 - 12/9/18
Bring the whole family to Brookfield Zoo for a festive all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet in the Disco...More!

Christmas on the Farm

12/8/18 - 12/9/18
Learn the history of popular traditions, take a photo with Santa in his sleigh, sing carols around t...More!

LEGO® Train Show

12/8/18 - 12/9/18
The largest show of the year produced by the Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club returns to Cantigny ...More!

Mayslake Holiday Art & Craft Market

12/8/18 - 12/9/18
Shop for quality artisan holiday gifts for family and friends. Part of the proceeds will benefit th...More!

Brookfield Zoo's Brunch with Santa

Head to Brookfield Zoo and bring your appetite for a delectable all-you-can-eat holiday brunch at Bo...More!

Bird Walks

Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. Walk with an expert guide, who will ...More!

Brookfield Zoo’s Breakfast with Santa

12/15/18 - 12/16/18
Bring the whole family to Brookfield Zoo for a festive all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet in the Disco...More!

Brookfield Zoo's Brunch with Santa

Head to Brookfield Zoo and bring your appetite for a delectable all-you-can-eat holiday brunch at Bo...More!

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