8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: January 12

Embrace the chilly winter days with activities that will make your season sparkle. From exploring winter markets to indulging in delicious food & drinks while warming up inside, there is so much to experience and enjoy. Embark on snowy trails and visit local landmarks to add a touch of adventure to your winter plans. Don’t miss out on the exciting events scheduled for this weekend to fully appreciate the beauty of the season!

Chase the Chill in Wheaton

Embark on a winter adventure with the Snowflake Scavenger Hunt, a charming event that adds a touch of seasonal magic to Wheaton. This family-friendly scavenger hunt promises not only fun and excitement but also the opportunity to discover hidden gems throughout DuPage County. Engage in the thrill of the hunt as you follow the clues and uncover the enchanting snowflakes scattered across the region. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, the Snowflake Scavenger Hunt offers a delightful way to embrace the winter season and create lasting memories with friends and family.

Date: January 12-13  
Time: 6PM and 2PM 
Cost: $14+ 
Location: Various Locations in Wheaton 
More info: discoverdupage.com

Stitch Together Community in Lisle

Join fellow craft enthusiasts at the Knit + Crochet Circle on Saturdays in Lisle, where creativity and camaraderie come together in a relaxed and welcoming environment. This recurring event provides a wonderful opportunity for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels to gather, share ideas, and work on their projects. Bring your yarn and needles and let the threads of creativity weave a sense of community!

Date: January 13 
Time: 10AM-12PM 
Cost: $29+ 
Location: The Collective Lifestyle Boutique & Makery, 4724 Main Street, Lisle 
More info: discoverdupage.com

Joyful Play for All at the DuPage Children’s Museum

Explore an inclusive space for children of all abilities at the DuPage Children’s Museum’s Adaptive Play Time. With sensory-friendly spaces and trained staff, this set-aside time at the museum ensures an inclusive experience for children. Families can engage in hands-on exhibits, sensory play, and interactive programs, fostering social interaction, creativity, and a sense of belonging.

Date: January 14 
Time: 5:30-7PM 
Cost: $19+ 
Location: DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N Washington St, Naperville 
More info: dupagechildrens.org

Unlock Your Next Adventure at the Chicago Travel Show

Dive into the world of travel at the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show, where travel lovers come together to celebrate exploration. This event is a showcase from a wide array of travel experts and exhibitors, with presentations offering insights into exciting travel opportunities. From seasoned travelers seeking new adventures to those planning their next getaway, this event provides a comprehensive platform to gather information, discover hidden gems, and be inspired by the possibilities of global exploration.

Date: January 13-14 
Time: 10AM-5PM 
Cost: $13+ 
Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center,  
More info: travelshows.com

Broadway Bliss with Jeremy Jordan

Enjoy a night of enchanting performance with Jeremy Jordan at Steppenwolf Theatre! Join the acclaimed Tony and Grammy-nominated actor and singer for an unforgettable evening filled with soul-stirring music and captivating storytelling. Renowned for his roles in Broadway hits such as “Newsies” and “The Last Five Years,” Jordan brings his exceptional talent to the stage in an intimate setting, creating an experience for you that resonates with emotion and artistry. 

Date: January 12-13 
Time: 2PM and 8PM 
Cost: $75+ 
Location: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St 
More info: steppenwolf.org

Solo Storytelling at Lifeline Theatre

Dive into the diverse narratives of Lifeline Theatre’s Fillet of Solo, a festival featuring compelling solo performances that explore authentic human experiences. From humorous to poignant reflections, these storytellers take center stage. This event invites audiences to connect with the raw and genuine essence of individual voices, and it promises an evening of laughter, introspection, and shared humanity.

Date: Opens January 12 
Time: Varies by performance 
Cost: $12+ 
Location: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N Glenwood Ave 
More info: lifelinetheatre.com

Dino-Mania at University of Chicago

Explore the history of dinosaurs in pop culture at the University of Chicago Library’s exhibition, Bibliosaurus: Dinosaurs in the Popular Imagination. This collection delves into the enduring fascination with dinosaurs through literature, film, and scientific illustrations. From iconic movie monsters to children’s books and scientific discoveries, Bibliosaurus offers a glimpse into the cultural impact of dinosaurs throughout history.

Date: Runs through April 19 
Time: Open During Library Hours 
Cost: Free 
Location: The Joseph Regenstein Library, 1100 East 57th Street 
More info: uchicago.edu

Come Sail Away at the Boat Show

Discover the world of boating at the Chicago Boat Show, showcasing the latest in boating and water recreation. From yachts to high-performance vessels, explore the breadth of the boating industry while engaging with exhibitors, discovering new technologies, and gaining insights into water-related activities. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor, fishing enthusiast, or a novice, the Chicago Boat Show offers a chance to experience the best in boating.

Date: Runs through January 14 
Time: Varies by day 
Cost: $13+ 
Location: McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore Dt 
More info: chicagoboatshow.com

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