Roz Varon's Weekender Report

CHICAGO (WLS) -- We're heading into a long holiday weekend, as Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Art Institute website



Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been celebrated for more than 20 years at Chicago's Art Institute, and it will continue this year, albeit virtually. On Monday afternoon, the exhibition Bisa Butler: Portraits will come to life, celebrating the legacy of Dr. King through original stories woven together with rhythm and song. You can learn more about Bisa Butler's portrait subjects for her colorful and meaningful quilts on the Art Institute's website with programs for adults and children.

MLK Day: King in Chicago - Chicago History Museum, Zoom


The Chicago History Museum will celebrate the legacy of Dr. King virtually Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with MLK Day: King in Chicago. You'll see the Chicago places Dr. King frequented, participate in virtual storytelling, create hands-on history art with messages of justice, peace and change and lots more. Zoom links will be provided after registering on the museum's website.

Curiosity Club - Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum online


On the virtual museum beat, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is inviting young scientists ages 5 to 9 to join their Curiosity Club, and learn about bugs, fossils and more! Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. you'll go behind the scenes at the museum in this virtual, interactive experience. Next Saturday, it's all about the Fabulous Frogs! Register on the museum's website for your online link.

Virtual Yoga - Garfield Park Conservatory



You may not be able to visit the Garfield Park Conservatory right now, but, you can participate in their virtual yoga every Saturday at 9:00 am, right from your own home! You have to register in advance, but the classes are free. Donations are always accepted. Namaste!

The Journey - Chicago Shakespeare Theater online


And on the virtual theatre beat, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater is live-streaming Scott Silven's The Journey. The renowned illusionist reveals mysteries and mesmerizes audiences from his homeland in Scotland! With only 30 participants per show, each interactive event is unique. Purchase tickets on the theater's website. It runs through January 24.

To fully experience The Journey, you'll need a computer or iPad with a webcam, headphones and a microphone among other things. But think about it - how creative is this to do illusions and magic virtually from Scotland?

The Forge - Lemont


If you're looking for outdoor adventure, you've got to check out The Forge in Lemont! This state-of-the-art adventure park has year-round activities for all ages and abilities! There's rock climbing, rappelling zip lines, tactical laser tag and augmented reality games! If that's not enough, they also offer outdoor globe dining, weekends at least through February. You must make reservations for everything ahead of time and there is strict pandemic safety protects, so check before you go!
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