Weekend Planner: Top 5 Family Events in Chicago / November 15, 16 & 17

Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here? With two weekends until "turkey day," we're busy enjoying these more casual weekends until our family comes into town - and plan to make the most our of weekend days!

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, November 15, Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17.

1. Ancient Game Night
Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 East 58th St. (Hyde Park)
Sat. Nov. 16, 6 - 8 p.m.
Free for members, $3 for non-members

In celebration of International Games Day, the Oriental Institute Museum is offerings a special family program, Ancient Game Night. The event invites families to learn about the games people have played for thousands of years - and get a chance to play them for themselves. Art  and craft activities also will be available for young children. You can register online for the family program.

2. The Artist's Studio: Still Life
Art Institute of Chicago (Ryan Education Center), 111 S. Michigan Ave. (Grant Park)
Sat., Nov. 16, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free with museum admission

This week marked the opening of the Art Institute of Chicago's newest exhibit, Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine. The exhibit, which runs through Mon., Jan. 27, 2014, brings together more than 100 paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from 18th through 20th centuries that "explore the art and culture of food and examine the many meanings and interpretations of eating in America." On Saturday, families can visit the exhibit and then draw a still life as part of the museum's The Artist's Studio: Still Life program. No registration is required for the drop-in program.

3. Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Exhibit
The Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. (Hyde Park)
Thurs., Nov. 14, 2013 - Sun., Jan. 5, 2014
Admission is included with museum entry

This weekend is the first one that visitors can come visit the Museum of Science and Industry's Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit. The exhibit has been a Chicago holiday tradition since 1942. This year, it features the iconic 45-foot Grand Tree and more than 50 smaller trees decorated by volunteers from Chicago's ethnic communities to showcase their cultures and holiday traditions.

4. Ragas in the Parks
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. (Garfield park)
Fri., Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Free admission

Ragas in the Park is being presented by Kalapriya Center for the Indian Performing Arts as part of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Classics In The Parks Series. The concert showcases local and national acts that help bring classical Indian music and dance to life.

5. The Logan Square Farmers Market and The Nosh at Logan Square
2755 N. Milwaukee Ave (Logan Square)
Sun., Nov. 17, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free admission

The Logan Square Farmers Market and The Nosh have gone indoors for the season. You can visit both inside of a former bakery in Logan Square. The double food whammy offers up a bustling farmers market along side a delectable eating market. Obviously, it's best to come hungry to this weekend indoors event.

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