Looking for something to do this week? We have suggestions ranging from breakfast with St. Nick to Salt Creek Ballet's "Nutcracker" confection, plus destinations for foodies and a way to work off holiday calories.
ST. NICK BREAKFAST
WHERE: Morton Arboretum’s Ginkgo Restaurant, 4100 Route 53, Lisle
WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 and 23
COST & INFO: $31 for member adults, and $27 for members ages 3 to 12, or $38 and $32, respectively for nonmembers; mortonarb.org, 630-725-2066
ABOUT: Santa Claus makes a special stop at The Morton Arboretum to share a family breakfast. Children can meet him, and receive a gift. “It’s fun to see the kids’ faces light up as they see St. Nick come in from Meadow Lake,” said Jenelle Hardtke, special events manager. “Santa makes a grand entrance, then sits with each child as they tell him their Christmas wishes.” Seating is limited, and early registration suggested. The Arboretum is open daily from 7 a.m. until sunset.
WHERE: Hinsdale Central Auditorium, 5500 S. Grant St., Hinsdale
WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1
COST & INFO: Tickets start at $15; www.saltcreekballet.org, 630-769-1199
ABOUT: Salt Creek Ballet brings to life young Clara and her "Nutcracker" hero, transporting the audience on a magical journey with waltzing flowers, giant mice and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Guest artists are Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov. Sunday's benefit performance includes a "Sugar Plum Party," where audience members meet characters from "The Nutcracker," step onto stage and enjoy refreshments in an enchanted, winter wonderland.
WHERE: Oakbrook Center, near Neiman Marcus, Oak Brook
WHEN: Now open
COST & INFO: Varies; www.perryssteakhouse.com
ABOUT: Perry’s Restaurants, a family-owned group of steakhouses, just launched its first Midwest location for Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille. “From our roots as a meat market, we’ve grown to focus not only on great food, but also the experience of our guests,” said Chris Perry, founder and owner. “At Perry’s, you can expect distinctive signature dishes carved tableside, flaming desserts prepared tableside, mixology creations made with ingredients fresh from the kitchen, and live music daily.” Known for its selection of butcher-fresh Prime beef, the 11,000-square-foot restaurant can accommodate 350 guests, and features a towering wine wall, five private dining rooms, an island bar, main dining with glimpses of the kitchen and patio. Perry’s is also home to Bar 79, offering menu items to share, wines and martinis.
REINDEER AND SANTA
WHERE: Standard Market, 333 E. Ogden Ave., Westmont
WHEN: 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30
COST & INFO: Free admission; 630-366-7030, StandardMarket.com
ABOUT: Santa Claus will meet children on the Standard Market Grill's patio, and will pose for complimentary photos by a professional photographer. Hot cocoa and warm adult beverages will be available for purchase outdoors. Kids can head to the covered patio to pet several of the reindeer, with cameras welcome. Indoor festivities include gingerbread cookie decorating for children, beverage samples in the CUBE for adults, and holiday food tasting. The Christmas tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m., and a Westmont High School choir will perform.
WHERE: 251 S. Frontage Road, Unit 26, Burr Ridge
WHEN: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28
COST & INFO: Free with canned food donation, but register in advance at turkeyworkoutburrridge.viprespond.com; 630-280-1953, firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT: Burr Ridge Kettlebell Club presents its annual “Turkey-Busting Workout” and canned food drive to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving. Residents of Burr Ridge, Willowbrook and the area are invited to bring a can of food and work off calories at the club’s fitness boot camp, organized by club owner Paul Lyngso. He also suggests donations of gently used jackets for DuPagePads shelters. “It’s a great way for us to give thanks for our health, our families, friends and good fortune, and help others who are less fortunate at the same time,” Lyngso said. He calls them “Turkey-Busting Workouts,” because of the holiday calories they burn off. “Our workouts are perfect for all folks, regardless of age or fitness level,” Lyngso added. “We … customize the workouts so everybody gets what they need.”