Planit 5: Nov. 27 through Dec. 2

Five great things to go and do this week in Chicago's western suburbs

Glen Ellyn Holiday Walk

Where: Downtown shopping district

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 27

Cost & Info: Free;

About: Downtown Glen Ellyn comes alive with thousands of villagers awaiting the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Join Santa at 6 p.m. at Main Street and Crescent Boulevard to watch him light the tree. Santa will then head to the fire station at Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue to greet the children until 8:30 p.m. Shops and restaurants throughout downtown Glen Ellyn will be open late and will be offering treats for holiday shoppers.


Lighted Holiday Parade

Where: Wheaton Avenue and Front Street, Wheaton

When: 6 p.m. Nov. 27

Cost & Info: Free;

About: After a tree-lighting ceremony, the holiday parade will start on Wheaton Avenue near City Hall before turning down Front Street and ending at Cross Street. This event kicks off the Downtown Wheaton Association's "Dickens of a Christmas Celebration," a series events that run through Dec. 19.


The Essential Christmas Carol

Where: La Grange Park Public Library, 555 N. La Grange Road

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 30

Cost & Info: Free;

About: In this storytelling lecture, William Pack first relates the curious origins behind one of the most popular stories ever written, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Then, using a script derived from Dickens' only existing abridged reading copy, Pack will perform a reading of "A Christmas Carol" enhanced with a modern recreation of a magic lantern slide show popular during Dickens' lifetime. Sponsored by the La Grange Park Friends of the Library.


DuPage County Flight Plan

Where: Online at

When: Through Nov. 29

Cost & Info: $22.50 for $45 worth of beer.

About: The exclusive DuPage County Brewery Flight Punch Card from Planit Save allows you to sample a flight of local brews at five area breweries. The punch card, which will be mailed to you, is valid at Beer House in Lombard, Dry City Brew Works in Wheaton, Miskatonic Brewing Company in Darien, Noon Whistle Brewing in Lombard and Urban Legend Brewing Co. in Westmont. For more information, email or call 630-427-6207, ext. 3407.


Eddie Holstein performs

Where: Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove

When: 8:15 p.m. Nov. 27

Cost & Info: $7;

About: A stalwart of Chicago's folk music scene, he and brother Fred sang at their own legendary club. He performs folk, blues and humor, and his songs have been covered by Bette Midler, Bonnie Koloc and Steve Goodman. His music has been performed for Chicago-area crowds for more than 40 years.