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Art fair hosts leading international exhibitors of global contemporary art and culture.

When: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sept. 14-16; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sept. 17
Cost: Check website

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

The Model Railroad Garden delights visitors of all ages with the sights and sounds of garden-scale trains traversing bridges and trestles, past miniature scenes of America's best-loved landmarks and beautiful gardens planted to scale. From June 7-Aug. 30, the exhibition stays open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; special evening hours Wednesdays, June 10–Aug. 26 until 8 p.m
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12, free kids under 3; $1 discount for members

Mother Goose’s Garden

Emerald City's Little Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose’s magical garden! Enjoy a playful and interactive event in Emerald City’s Little Theatre, a welcoming and safe space for kids and their grown-ups. In this world premiere production, join Jack and Jill as they search for Mother Goose and help a gaggle of your favorite characters along the way. Sing along to live music with Little Boy Blue, Miss Muffet, and others as you experience the fun in teamwork through hand-puppetry and immersive play.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Tickets start at $14.

100 Years of Broadway: The First Century of Musicals

Steel Beam Theatre | St. Charles, Ill.

This original musical evening takes us on a journey through the major milestones of Broadway hits - and near misses – that make up the American showtune century. From the era of Ziegfeld to the era of big blockbuster musicals, this show will have your toes tapping and your heart singing.

When: 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $28, $23 student

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