Top Stories Top stories from Planit Life. Performers bring 'Our Holiday Stories' to 16th Street TheaterRekindling old traditions are contemporary holiday stories from three of 16th Street Theater's favorite writers: novelist Elizabeth Berg ("The Pull of the Moon"), Robert Koon ("Menorca") and Tanya Saracho ("Kita y Fernanda" and "Our Lady of the Underpass")., 27 Nov 2014 14:30:00 GMTRegistration underway for violin competition in Clarendon HillsThe American Music Institute accepts applications for a violin competition happening Sunday, Feb. 22, at AMI's Clarendon Hills campus., 26 Nov 2014 23:30:00 GMT'Mary Poppins' to alight at Paramount TheatreFresh from her Goodman debut with "Brigadoon," Rachel Rockwell of Berwyn directs and choreographs Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's song-and-dance-filled "Mary Poppins," accompanied by a 16-piece orchestra. It runs Wednesday to Sunday through Jan. 4 at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, as part of the in-house Broadway series that's been earning raves., 26 Nov 2014 18:00:00 GMTCheck out select events in Planit 5Looking for something to do this week? We have suggestions ranging from a Gingerbread Festival to live theater, and premier vocal ensembles offering music that's out of the ordinary., 26 Nov 2014 14:30:00 GMTHoliday Bazaar & Ladies Night Out set at White Pines in BensenvilleDiverse opportunities for pampering and fun will be part of the Holiday Bazaar & Ladies Night Out events from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at White Pines Golf Club in Bensenville., 25 Nov 2014 23:30:00 GMTTheater troupes announce December auditions in Westmont, ElmhurstAuditions for plays in Elmhurst and Westmont invite people to indulge their acting bug this winter., 25 Nov 2014 18:00:00 GMTStephen Alltop to conduct Apollo Chorus in 'Messiah' The Apollo Chorus, Chicago’s oldest musical organization, will perform its signature rendition of Handel’s “Messiah” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Orchestra Hall, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Harris Theater for Music & Dance. It will be conducted by Stephen Alltop, known to suburban audiences as music director of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra., 25 Nov 2014 14:30:00 GMTSt. Nicholas at heart of Dec. 5 concert by DamenchorThe Elmhurst Historical Museum plans a joyful celebration of St. Nicholas Day and Elmhurst’s German roots at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. The festive evening promises holiday music, entertaining stories, good cheer and a visit from St. Nick., 24 Nov 2014 23:30:00 GMTTheatre of Western Springs to present ‘Santaland Diaries’Humorist David Sedaris’ comic tale of “The Santaland Diaries” will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at Theatre of Western Springs. For adults only, the show is a fundraiser for the theater., 24 Nov 2014 18:00:00 GMTCheck out select events in Planit 5Looking for something to do this week? We have suggestions ranging from a festively pampered Ladies Night Out to a Christmas ship folk concert, a production of "A Christmas Carol," a dramatic presentation on Marshall Field's, and "Illumination: Tree Lights" at The Morton Arboretum., 24 Nov 2014 14:30:00 GMTSt. Charles Singers to shine in ‘Candlelight Carols’The St. Charles Singers will present the 31st annual edition of its “Candlelight Carols” Christmas program from Dec. 5 to 7 in Chicago and St. Charles., 23 Nov 2014 14:30:00 GMTLee Murdock 'Christmas Ship Concert' to sail back to LombardMaple Street Chapel will present singer-songwriter Lee Murdock for a one-of-a-kind seasonal celebration from the sailor’s perspective at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in Lombard., 22 Nov 2014 15:00:00 GMTWheaton Park District to unwrap gift cards, Black Friday sales, pool specialsThis holiday season, the Wheaton Park District has multiple suggestions to give the gift of fun., 21 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMTReception to launch Shakespeare-inspired art exhibit in Elmhurst"Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare: As They Like It," a touring exhibit featuring more than 40 well-known area artists who have based their works on the plays and poetry of Shakespeare, is the current Elmhurst Artists’ Guild invitational show., 21 Nov 2014 15:21:25 GMTBoy Scouts prepare for holiday wreath sale in WheatonBoy Scout Troop 35 offers its annual wreath and holiday greenery sale at three Wheaton locations between Nov. 28 and Dec. 7., 20 Nov 2014 23:03:00 GMTGallery 200 offers jewelry making event in West ChicagoGallery 200 resident artist Britta Renwick is the featured ArtShare demonstrator for "Baubles, Bangles and Beads." She will demonstrate how she turns wire and beads into a bracelet from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at 200 Main St., West Chicago., 20 Nov 2014 18:21:00 GMT'Illumination' about to shine at Morton Arboretum in Lisle"Illumination: Tree Lights" at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle opens Friday, Nov. 21, with more effects and new, one-of-a-kind experiences designed to encourage visitors of all ages to see trees in a different light., 20 Nov 2014 14:30:00 GMTCheck out select events in Planit 5Looking for something to do this week? We have suggestions ranging from the improv stars of iO Chicago appearing in Lombard to Bensenville’s Holiday Magic, an art exhibit inspired by the Bard, a lapidary club program for all ages, and the harmonies of the Choral-Aires Chorus of Elmhurst., 19 Nov 2014 23:30:00 GMTSage Kitchen + Bar brunch a perfect weekend treatIt was a crisp autumn morning when my friend and I walked into Sage Kitchen + Bar in Bolingbrook., 19 Nov 2014 18:00:00 GMTGuest stars to join fingerstylist Muriel Anderson at Downers Grove hometown concertNational Fingerpicking Guitar Champion and harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson will celebrate her hometown concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in Downers Grove. She will be joined by Jeff Coffin from the Dave Matthews Band and Flecktones, and seven-time Grammy winner Paul Wertico of the Pat Metheny Group., 19 Nov 2014 14:30:00 GMT