Roz Varon's Weekender Report

ABC 7's Roz Varon has plenty of fun suggestions for this weekend!

Winter WonderFest - NAVY PIER

It's a holiday tradition at Navy Pier! Winter WonderFest is now open, with beautifully-decorated trees, holiday-themed activities, carnival rides, giant slides and an indoor ice rink! Winter WonderFest runs through Jan. 12.

One of a Kind Holiday Show - THE MART
Make a dent in that holiday shopping at the One of a Kind Holiday Show and Sale, going on Thursday through Sunday at Merchandise Mart. Find unique gifts in a wide range of prices in everything from fashion to furniture, paintings to pet products, artists demonstrations, fashion shows and gourmet cafes!

Santa Hustle 5K - SOLDIER FIELD
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Soldier Field. That's because the annual Santa Hustle 5K and Kids Dash will be stepping off Saturday morning. Proceeds benefit the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

The Holiday Flower Show features white birch wind chimes, bold burgundy poinsettias and deep green conifer trees, showing the invisible forces that affect plants' lives. It runs through Jan. 5; admission is free.

'Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish' - GREENHOUSE THEATER
On the theater beat, the charming musical "Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish" is now in performance at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Based on the best-selling children's book written by Chicago entertainment icon Denise McGowan Tracy, it runs through Dec. 29.

'Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins' - STRAWDOG THEATRE COMPANY
The Strawdog Theatre Company's popular holiday hit, "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" is back at the theater, located at 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Based on the award-winning children's book, find out if Hershel can outsmart the goblins that haunt the old synagogue, so the villagers can celebrate Hanukkah. It runs through Dec. 29.

And at the Steppenwolf Theatre, the live music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo is featured in the world premiere production of "Lindiwe." The story travels from Chicago to South Africa, exploring the sacrifices we make for love. It runs through Jan. 5.

Chicago Wine Fest - ARTIFACT EVENTS
Or, take a time out from the holidays at the Chicago Wine Fest, Saturday at Artifact Events, 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. in Ravenswood! Tasting sessions are from noon to 10 p.m. They'll also have great food and live entertainment. The event is 21 and older, only.

If you're looking for some holiday fun for a good cause, check out the Santa Speedo Run Saturday in the Gold Coast! Pre-run fun starts at Shenanigans at 11 a.m.; the run itself is at 1 p.m. along Rush Street and back up Michigan Avenue. Proceeds go to the Chicago Diabetes Project

Ballet Legere's 'The Nutcracker' - LUND AUDITORIUM, RIVER FOREST
On the holiday dance beat, you can see Ballet Legere's production of "The Nutcracker" Saturday and Sunday at Lund Auditorium at Dominican University, 7900 Division St. in River Forest.

On the theater beat, the Emerald City Theatre production of "Corduroy" is now in performance at the Broadway Playhouse. This sweet adaptation of the classic children's book runs through Jan. 5.

'The Steadfast Tin Soldier' - WATER TOWER WATER WORKS
The highly recommended production of "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" is back in town for the holidays at Water Tower Water Works. The Hans Christian Andersen story about a little tin soldier who never gives up, runs through Jan. 26.

Taiko Art Legacy - MCA
And for some non-traditional holiday entertainment, check out Taiko Art Legacy at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Saturday night's concert blends jazz with traditional Taiko drumming. Sunday afternoon's performance includes traditional Japanese dance with the bold sounds of the Taiko drums.

Find out where the CTA's holiday train and bus are at
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