Roz Varon's Weekender Report

CHICAGO (WLS) -- No doubt, this Thanksgiving is looking quite different this year, but there are still plenty of ways to have fun virtually this long holiday weekend.

Holiday Magic -Brookfield Zoo

Holiday Magic is back at Brookfield Zoo, opening Friday for its 39th year! Over one-million LED lights will be sparkling throughout the zoo - there's also a 600-foot long light tunnel synced to music, larger than life LED animal sculptures and a new scavenger hunt game called Game of Gnomes! You'll have to get timed entry tickets online ahead of time, and no indoor buildings will be open. Holiday Magic runs through December 31.

Zoo Lights - Lincoln Park Zoo

Zoo Lights continues at Lincoln Park Zoo on various night through January 3rd. Timed entry tickets are $5. There will be several free nights, but you will still need an online reservation.

CTA Holiday Train

The CTA Holiday Train will start running this Friday and Saturday along the Green Line. This year, for safety reason, you won't be able to ride the train, or take pictures with Santa, but you can take pictures from the platform as the festive train makes its way along the various routes through December 21.

Maggie Daley Ice Skating Ribbon - Maggie Daley Park

The ice-skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park is now open, but with restrictions - reservations are required, whether you bring you own skates, or rent them on site. Masks are required while skating and while you're in the park at all times.

Live theatre, still not happening, but that doesn't mean you have to miss your favorite holiday shows! Many are live-streaming,and that means you always get the best seat in the house - YOUR house!

Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas The Musical

Based on the popular children's book by Denise McGowan Tracy, Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical will be available to stream November 27 through December 27. Recommended for ages 3 and up, it's the story of a rag doll named Eleanor who lives at the magical North Pole, but really wishes for a best friend and a home of her own. Tickets for the link can be purchased at


On the virtual comedy beat, the Congo Square Theatre's new series Hit 'Em on the Blackside can be seen on the theatre's Instagram and Facebook pages. The sketch comedy web is odes will compiled into a full show for free viewing on the theatre's website next month!


And Lifeline Theatre's virtual production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is available to stream today through Sunday. You can purchase tickets on the theatre's website - they'll send you the link for viewing. Have a great, and safe holiday weekend everybody!
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