Weekend 101: Jan. 11-13

Weekend 101: Jan. 11-13

A new year is here, which means it’s the perfect time for your kiddos to discover a new book at Kid Lit Fest, learn about Illinois at The Grove, or see a world premiere play perfect for young audiences. And adults won’t want to miss a poetry reading in Winnetka.

Editor’s Note: The Creative Minds Talks event featuring Chance the Rapper and Renée Fleming that originally appeared in this article has been cancelled. 

Kid Lit Fest

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Kid Lit Fest at Highland Park Public Library
Cover photo courtesy of Highland Park Public Library.

Jan. 12
Highland Park

This annual Highland Park Public Library festival will give young readers the chance to meet favorite Chicago-area authors while enjoying some book-related fun.

Everything Illinois Bicentennial Celebration

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Everything Illinois Bicentennial Celebration at The Grove in Glenview
Jan. 12

In December, Illinois celebrated its 200th birthday, but the party isn’t over. The Grove will host this celebration to give kids ages 6-11 a chance to learn more about our state with arts and crafts, nature walks, games and activities, and more. Call 847-299-6096 for more information and to register.

We Found a Hat

Weekend 101 (Chicago): Lifeline Theatre's "We Found a Hat"
Photo courtesy of Lifeline Theatre.

Opens Jan. 12

Lifeline Theatre will present the world premiere adaptation of Jon Klassen‘s 2016 book “We Found a Hat” through Feb. 17. The show is recommended for kids five and older. And if you attend a Saturday or Sunday performance, take part in the theater’s Stories Come Alive! Hour for an additional $5 per child.

In With the New: An Afternoon of Poetry

Weekend 101 (Chicago): In With the New: An Afternoon of Poetry at The Book Stall
Photo courtesy of The Book Stall.

Jan. 12

New year, new poetry. Visit The Book Stall, where local poets will read never-before-heard poems during this free event. A reception will end the afternoon.

More Can’t-Miss Events:

  • On Jan. 11, Ragamala Dance Company will present original work “Written in Water” at Harris Theater as part of the company’s 25th anniversary season.

Looking Ahead:

  • If you’re planning an event or simply want to know the latest trends in catering, flowers, photography, and more, don’t miss The Woman’s Club of Evanston’s Event & Meeting Showcase on Jan. 16.
  • Participate in (or listen to) relaxed French conversation during Alliance Française du North Shore’s Café Conversation Soir on Jan. 17.
  • During The Cove School’s parent education event “How Movement Sparks Student Learning” on Jan. 17, attendees will hear from best-selling author John J. Ratey, MD, on “cutting edge neuroscience research about how exercise and fitness affect the brain, enhance attention and learning.”


Anna Carlson writes the weekly Weekend 101 column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine, and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital