Jan 30 – Feb. 5: This Week’s Family Event Picks You Should Check Out in Chicago

Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Dr. Chicago
Feb. 3, 2012 5:30 pm – 8:00am

Don’t miss your chance to spend a night at the museum! At an Adler Astro-Overnight, you can dream of landing on the Moon, exploring the surface of Mars, and shooting past asteroids. Educators will lead you through your Solar System adventure with hands-on activities, a special Grainger Sky Theater show and award-winning exhibits. This program is designed for ages 6-10. Light snacks, continental breakfast and two sky shows are included.

Astro-Overnights activities include telescope viewing of the sky (weather permitting) and a fun interactive planetarium show!


Willy Wonka Jr.
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd Glen Ellyn, 60137
(847) 516-2298
Feb 2, 9:30am – 11:30am
Feb. 2, 11:45 am – 1:45pm
Feb 3, 9:30am – 11:30am
Feb. 3, 11:45am – 1:45pm

Students ages 8-18 of CYT Chicago (DuPage) proudly present Willy Wonka Jr. Join CYT for Willy Wonka Jr. – the sweetest show of all. An eccentric and brilliant candymaker, Willy Wonka, sends people scrambling through chocolate bars in search of five golden tickets to tour his exclusive factory. The winners and their guardians, including down-to-earth Charlie Bucket, enter a realm of imagination like no other: full of Oompah-Loompas, chocolate rivers, wacky inventions and edible masterpieces at every turn. This tale is sure to delight sweet tooths young and old. The show runs about 90 minutes with one intermission. Recommended for all ages.

Welcoming of the Groundhog
Feb. 1, 2012 6pm – 7pm
Woodstock Opera House 121 W. Van Buren, Woodstock, IL

Woodstock Willie will make an appearance on the balcony of the Opera House and spectators are invited to gather on the street below. Following a few surprises, Willie will join his fans who will have an opportunity to pose for pictures with our furry mascot. After that you are invited in to Pirro’s Restaurante on Main Street to warm up with some hot chocolate and play our Groundhog Day movie trivia game.


Chili Cook-off
Saturday, Feb. 4th 12:00 – 1:15pm
Stage Left Cafe & Opera House Community Room, 121 West Van Buren St. Woodstock

It has been a long cold and snowy winter. To warm you up again this year a Chili Cook-off will be held in conjunction with Woodstock’s Groundhog Day Festivities. All of the cooking will take place in the kitchen of the Woodstock North High School classroom kitchen from 8am Saturday, February 4th. The public tasting and judging will take place from 12 noon in the Woodstock Opera House. Coordinator Rick Bellairs said, “We usually have a few returning cooks and a few new competitors”.

Entries are now being accepted on a first come first serve basis. There is a $25 entry fee. Meat will be provided. Contestants supply everything else. Anyone interested in competing should contact Rick Bellairs at 815-334-2618 or Rick@RickBellairs.com.

The public is invited to a free tasting of the chili in the community room of the Opera House beginning at 12 noon Sat. February 4th. After sampling all of the different concoctions the public can vote for their favorite. There will also be a judging. Winners will be announced at 1 o’clock in the Stage Left Café. There are prizes for 1st and 2nd place and “People’s Choice”.

Following the Chili Cook-Off, there will be a walking tour of some of the locations filmed in the making of the movie “Groundhog Day”.


Ground Hog Tales – Storytelling with Jim May
Home State Bank, 124 Johnson Street, Woodstock
Feb. 4, 2012 10:00am

Listen to a master storyteller share the secrets of these winter prognosticators!

Jim May is waiting for the groundhog. How about you? Come hear Jim’s stories celebrating the ground hogs arrival at Home State Bank on Saturday, January 30th at 10 am.
Jim May is an Emmy Award-winning storyteller and writer. His collection of stories, THE FARM ON NIPPERSINK CREEK, won a best book award from the Public Librarian Association. He is cofounder of the Illinois Storytelling Festival and for 20 years it’s artistic director. He was inducted into the National Storytelling “Circle of Excellence” (Hall Of Fame) in the year 2000.

He has toured the U.S. and Europe, presenting at schools, storytelling and folk festivals, as an artist/author in residence at schools and universities, and in nonprofit and corporate venues emphasizing the role of myth, story, and culture in the personal, family and community context.

Chicagoans know him from his appearances on WGN’s Roy Leonard Show and from the Studs Terkel radio show on WFMT-FM. He received a 1989 Chicago Emmy award for a WTTW-Channel 11 production of his original story, “A Bell For Shorty.”

MJ Tam

Head Chicagonista, Co-host of the Chicagonista LIVE! show, Founder of Women Driving Excellence. MJ is also the annual host of SocialRevUp - Brands & Bloggers Summit (#bbsummit) attended by about 200 professional high-profile bloggers nationwide. Follow MJ on Twitter: @mjtam

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