Things to do in Chicago this weekend! November 10th – 12th.

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Each year, the Chicago Botanic Garden hosts a highly sought-after annual holiday lights display, offering visitors a compelling array of reasons to venture into the forest preserve during the festive season. Along a beautifully illuminated path, guests can immerse themselves in an enchanting after-dark experience featuring a diverse collection of artistic installations. This includes a remarkable 110-foot tunnel, composed of an astonishing 100,000 lights, and a cluster of trees adorned with bulbs that harmoniously “sing” holiday tunes. What’s particularly exciting about this year’s event are the brilliant new creations by international artists, notably a captivating “Sea of Light” exhibit. This display showcases thousands of LED light balls that twinkle in a variety of intricate patterns and colors, all choreographed to a unique and mesmerizing soundtrack. Tickets for this extraordinary event tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to secure your spot in advance.

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Origami Open House

Origami is an engaging and creative pastime that appeals to both kids and adults. With just a few folds and creases, you can convert a simple sheet of paper into a three-dimensional shape, whether it’s a swan, a boat, a flower, or even a hat. If you’re enthusiastic about crafting animals, dinosaurs, decorative boxes, flowers, and an assortment of other models, we invite you to participate. On the second Saturday of each month, the Chicago Area Origami Society hosts a complimentary Origami Open House that is open to all visitors. Please feel free to drop in, as both children and adults are encouraged to join in the fun.

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Ice Cream Museum

Combining elements of whimsy and delectable delights, the Museum of Ice Cream showcases 14 enchanting exhibits, along with the opportunity to savor a variety of delectable confections while exploring the museum.