5 Things to Do: January 16-18

With all the snow we’ve be getting lately, you’re probably dreaming of a warm-weather getaway. Get some help planning your next trip at the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show this weekend.

If you’re sticking around the North Shore, winter festivities for the entire family will continue at Kohl Children’s Museum with an evening of song and train rides. Plus, another local museum is celebrating its winter opening. Fans of Shakespeare will also enjoy the ability to introduce their family to an abbreviated version of “Macbeth,” and Evanston will host a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. all weekend long.

Winter Wonderland Family Event

Photo courtesy of Kohl Children’s Museum.

Jan. 16

The holidays are over, but you can still enjoy a festive ride through the Kohl Children’s Museum’s holiday lights on the polar express kiddie train. There will also be a concert with Wendy Morgan and DB, free coffee and hot chocolate, an appearance by Paddington Bear and more!

Block Museum of Art Winter 2015 Opening Day Celebration

Crowned Buddha Shakyamuni. Kashmir or northern Pakistan; 8th century. Brass with inlays of copper, silver, and zinc. Asia Society, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art, 1979.044

Jan. 17

The Block Museum’s latest exhibition, “Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies,” opens Jan. 13 and Robert Linrothe, Northwestern faculty member and curator, will speak about the exhibit.

Short Shakespeare! Macbeth

Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Begins Jan. 17

This performance of “Macbeth” is perfect for those age 10 and up because the tragedy will be shortened to 75 minutes. The cast will also stay for a Q&A session after the play before joining the audience in the lobby. This production runs through Feb. 14.

Evanston’s Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Photo courtesy of City of Evanston.

Jan. 17-18

Throughout the weekend, the City of Evanston will celebrate the life and works of Martin Luther King Jr. The weekend begins with a “Day of Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr” and continues with “MLK Day Event with Insight Arts” and the “’11 Months’ Wrap Up Celebration.”

Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

Jan. 17-18

Adventurous folks will love the chance to find travel inspiration and expert advice, as well as travel deals. Guest speakers include Samantha Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Peter Greenberg, Pauline Frommer and Patricia Schultz.

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