Cook County Calendar of Events Feb. 1 – Feb. 8

Feb. 1-March 17
“Boeing, Boeing,” a farce set in 1960s Paris, will be performed Feb. 1 through March 17 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. There are 3 p.m. matinees and 7:30 p.m. evening performances.

Feb. 1-March 17

“Boeing, Boeing”
3 p.m. matinees, 7:30 p.m. evening performances
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights
$35 during previews, $40 regular run

In this farce set in 1960s Paris, confident bachelor Bernard prides himself on being able to discretely maneuver his three globe-hopping flight attendant fiancées. With the help of his impeccable scheduling abilities and his begrudging housekeeper, Bernard has successfully kept them apart, until now. A surprise visit from an old friend, Robert, and the invention of a new faster jet gives way to a series of events landing all three unsuspecting women at Bernard’s flat at the same time. In for a bumpy ride, this bachelor tries to avoid a major collision. Purchase tickets at

Feb. 2

Purple Crayon Players’ Storytime and Craft
4 p.m.
Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston

Drama students from Northwestern University will read stories to children, and then will lead the children in a craft project. Stories and crafts appropriate for ages 3 – 8, but all are welcome.

Feb. 3

Noon-4 p.m.
Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights
$5, free for children 2 years old and younger

The festival will include hayrides, animals, children’s crafts, face-painting and snowshoeing. A naturalist from Pilcher Park Nature Center will introduce a raptor, and staff from Lake Katherine will present turtles, snakes, and six- and eight-legged critters. The Palos Heights Fire Protection District will perform an ice rescue demonstration in the lake at 1 p.m.

Family Program: Ancient Animals
Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago
1-3 p.m.
$14 general public, $10 (1 child + 1 adult) museum members; fee for each additional registrant.

Meet the fantastic and everyday creatures that populated the lives and imaginations of ancient people. Get up close with real ancient animal bones, and discover how zooarchaeologists use them to study the ancient world. Hear the Egyptian epic of a sailor shipwrecked on a mysterious island, search the museum’s galleries for animal images and sculptures, and craft a Neo-Babylonion lion to take home. For children, 5-12 years old. Registration required. Adults must register and attend with child. Register at

Cinderella Ball
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Orland Park Cultural Center, 14760 Park Lane, Orland Park
$25 resident, $35 non-resident 

Dress up in your favorite princess or prince wardrobe and come ready to enjoy an enchanted evening at Cinderella’s Ball. The evening will include a DJ, dancing, a craft, games and light refreshments. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Wehmeier Portraits will be onsite to take digital photos for an additional fee, or donation of a prince/princess toy. Photo proceeds will be donated to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation.

Feb. 7

The Underground Railroad in New England and Chicago
7 p.m.
Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston

Join Evanston artist and historian Deena Uzzell in a discussion about the Underground Railroad in New England, the Midwest and Chicago. Based on five years of research, her talk will highlight key individuals and groups who transported enslaved people from bondage to freedom and explores how black whalemen in New England’s maritime industry played an important role in moving freedom seekers from station to station. 

Feb. 8

Power Networking Breakfast
7:30-9 a.m.
A. Perry Homes, 1220 Washington Ave., Wilmette
$15 guests, $10 Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce

Bob Dupre, owner of CARS of America since 1972, attributes his success to 50 percent luck, 50 percent perseverance. Dupre will lead this session, and will be glad to help attendees solve challenges they may be facing. Call (847) 251-3800 for more information.


–Cook County Calendar of Events Feb. 1 – Feb. 8–