Weekend Planner: Top 5 Family Events in Chicago / November 1, 2 & 3

Now that we've dried out and raided our children's candy bags, it's time to look ahead to the weekend. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, November 1, Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3.

1. Chicago Humanities Festival: Lemony Snicket 
Francis W. Parker School, Diane and David B. Heller Auditorium, 2233 N. Clark St.
Fri., Nov. 1 at 6 p.m.
$20 for general public, $10 for teachers and students

Lemony Snicket will take the stage for the Chicago Humanities Festival at Francis W. Parker School. The author of the serial novels A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions, will address the crowd and then meet with fans and sign copies of his latest book, When Did You See Her Last? Attendees also can get their faces painted by Making Faces and enjoy food from 5411 Empanadas. Check the Chicago Humanities Festival website for information about other programs featured this year.

2. The Harris Theater's Eat to the Beat Series: Deeply Rooted Dance Theater
The Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive (Lakeview East)
Fri., Nov. 1 at 12 p.m.
$5 (Lunchpass for all six performances: $20)

This Friday marks the start of the new season of The Harris Theater's Eat to the Beat Series, which offers hour-long,  family-friendly performances at affordable prices. The first of six performances this year features the Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, whose mission is to re-imagine and diversify the aesthetics of contemporary dance by bringing together modern, classical and African-American traditions in dance.

3. ElevArte's Muertos de la Risa with a Sugar Skull Rush
Dvorak Park, 1119 W. Cullerton St. (Pilsen)
Fri., Nov. 1, 3:30 - 8 p.m.
Free Admission

The 34th Annual Dia de Muertos celebration: Muertos de la Risa with a Sugar Skull Rush includes face painting, youth performances by Calavera Circus and Aztec Dance Chicago, and a community procession throughout Pilsen. The procession honors loved ones with ofrendas (altars) along the route.

 4. Natya Dance Theatre's World Premiere of The Seventh Love
The Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive (Lakeview East)
Sat., Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets range from $24 - $75

Natya Dance Theatre returns to the Harris Theatre with the world premier of The Seventh Love. The humorous dance drama explores love in eastern teachings based on the life of the god Krishna. It was conceived by Kersnar and Krithika Rajagopalan, part of the creative team behind last year's Sita Ram, which my then seven-year-old son immensely enjoyed.

5. Redmoon Theater's Skelebration
Redmoon Theater, 2120 S. Jefferson Park (Pilsen)
Sat., Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 3 at 2 and 5 p.m.
$20 adults, $12 children (kids 3 and under are free)

The Redmoon Theater's new, family-friendly Skelebration event celebrates the fall season. It offers parents and children the chance to interact with young musicians, watch amazing acrobats, play in Redmoon's indoor park of swings and roller skates, build your own masks and shadow puppets, and perform in Redmoon's giant shadow world. You can don your mask and join others in a parade along side Redmoon's mobile DJ.

And, don't forget that the Chicago International Children's Film Festival goes through Mon., Nov. 3. Check the schedule for film titles, recommended ages, times and locations.

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