5 Things to Do Nov. 5-7—Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Broadway in Chicago, and Dog Admission Day at Morton Arboretum

This weekend, there’s something for everyone to do in Chicago and the suburbs. Hear from some of the best literary artists at the Lit & Luz Festival, catch two of the hottest musicals in town, or take advantage of the outdoors this Sunday with your favorite furry companion at the Morton Arboretum. Here are the 5 best things to check out this weekend.

All Weekend:  Lit & Luz Festival

Photo by Lisa Korpan

The Lit & Luz Festival is an annual literary series that features more than a dozen free bilingual events, including readings, discussions, and film screenings. This year, the festival’s signature Live Magazine Show is back, located at the Logan Center for the Arts, in which pairs of artists and writers from Mexico and the U.S. present their collaborative work.

All Weekend: Broadway In Chicago

18 W Monroe St or 24 W Randolph St

paradise square
Paradise Square, Photo courtesy of Playbill

This week, two new productions have premiered for audiences and tickets are still available for this weekend! The first is the Tony-award-winning “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” at the CIBC Theatre. Theatre aficionados can also catch the pre-Broadway run of ”Paradise Square,” a new musical set in 1863, that explores the bustling, multicultural neighborhood of the Five Points. Masks are required in addition to proof of vaccination or a negative covid test.

Nov. 6: Glencoe’s Fourth Annual Pumpkin Smash and Composting Drop-Off Site

380 Old Green Bay Road, Glencoe

pumpkin bin

Put your post-Halloween pumpkins to good use! Bring your pumpkins to the Glencoe Community Garden from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to smash your pumpkin. All pumpkins are then composted.

Starts Nov 5: 38th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

Starting this Friday, the FACETS 38th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) kicks off. The series features a diverse selection of films for children, teens, and young adults. Limited person viewings will be available at FACETS Cinema in Lincoln Park and all festival content will be streamed online. General ticket prices are $10 for in-person and $15 for virtual screening, with festival passes and FACETS’ members discounts available.

Nov. 7: The Arboretum hosts “Dog Admission Days” 

4100 IL-53, Lisle


Throughout the year, The Morton Arboretum hosts “Dog Admission Days,” the only days where non-service dogs are allowed on the grounds. This Sunday, take advantage of the opportunity to explore the Arboretum’s 16 miles of one of a kind trails with your canine companion.

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Melissa Perry is a senior journalism and international studies major from Northwestern University. Raised in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, Melissa is a proud Midwest girl through and through with a lifelong love for dance and the arts!

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