Weekend Planner: Top 5 Family Events in Chicago / November 8, 9 & 10

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, November 8, Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10.

1. A'Musing Myths: Fall Youth Circus
The Actors Gymnasium at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St. (Evanston, Ill.)
Sat., Nov. 9 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.
$12.50 - 15 for tickets

This weekend marks the start of a series of performances of The Actor Gymnasium's A'Musing Myths, which thrill young audiences with circus skills, dance, clowning and more. The show features a young girl "who scarifies love for the sake of the world," and includes popular characters from Greek mythology. Tickets are available online. Check the website for information on additional performances.

2. Diwali Family Festival
Art Institute of Chicago's Ryan Education Center, 111 S. Michigan Ave. (Grant Park)
Sat., Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free with museum admission for adults and children ages 14 and over

This Saturday, you can head to the Art Institute of Chicago to celebrate Diwali, the five-day Hindu festival of lights. The celebration includes dance demonstrations and workshops, art and drawing activities, family mini-tour of foods and heroes in the Indian, Southeast Asian and Himalayan galleries, and 3-D printing, among other activities.

3. Fall French Market
Lycée Francais de Chicago, 640 W. Irving Park Road (Lakeview)
Fri., Nov. 8, 7 - 10 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 9, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 10, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$35 - 45 for Friday night preview party
$5 for adult entrance to market on Sat. and Sun. (children are free)

This weekend, the annual Fall French Market returns to the Lycée Francais de Chicago. In recent years, more than 3,000 people have attended the three-day event. This year, you can shop at nearly 100 vendors, selling unique items like custom silhouette creations, hand-crafted jewelry, candles, French linens, ceramic tiles, blown glass, balance boards, chocolates, jams, and more. The Fall French Market offers a supervised Children's Pavilion where you can drop your children off to enjoy arts, crafts, free play, coloring, tattoos and manicures on Saturday and Sunday. You also can watch cooking demos lead by some of Chicago's leading chefs.

4. Global Rhythms Featuring Che Malambo
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. (Lakeview)
Fri., Nov. 8 and Sat., Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 - $47

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents the North American premiere of Argentina's Che Malambo. The Argentinian dance and music production is rich with drumming and foot-stomping dance. The performances will feature special guests the Mexican Dance Ensemble on Fri., Nov. 8 and the Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre on Sat., Nov. 9. Tickets are available online.

5. JSAC Kodomo Matsuri (Children's Festival)
Japanese American Service Committee, 4427 N. Clark St. (Uptown)
Sat. Nov. 9, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free Admission

As part of this year's Holiday Delight, the Japanese American Service Center will present Kodomo Matsuri, a children's festival offering Japanese crafts, activities, food and entertainment for all ages.  While you're there, be sure to stop by the Holiday Delight market to browse vendors that specialize in Japanese, Japanese-American and Asian hand-crafted items.

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