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Things To Do

Although Wheaton is only 25 miles from Chicago, you will find that there’s no need to leave Wheaton to find something to do, whether it's in the vibrant downtown, several shopping districts or elsewhere.
*NOTE: Please make sure to scroll down to see information about recurring events like the French Market! 

Upcoming Events: 

Pumpkin Fest at Cosley Zoo

Dates: Oct. 1-31
Times: Regular zoo admission hours
Location: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave.
Come see the animals of Cosley Zoo in the crisp fall air. Children can conquer the straw pyramid or find their way through the corn stalk tunnel. This event also features thousands of pumpkins scattered on the zoo's lawn. Cosley Zoo is a facility of the Wheaton Park District. See more at www.cosleyzoo.org/specialevents.htm#pumpkin.

Election Candidate Forum

Date: Thursday, Oct. 23
Time: Reception 6:30-7 p.m.; Forum begins at 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Park District Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard

The League of Women Voters and Wheaton Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum to better educate voters for the Nov. 4 General Election. Eligible candidates for State Representative Districts 46, County Board Chairman, County Sheriff, County Board Districts 4 and 6 and Forest Preserve 6 have been invited to participate. The forum is free and open to the public. The audience will have the opportunity to submit questions in writing to the participating candidates.

Halloween Costume Party

Date: Friday, Oct. 24
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Town Square (Naperville Road between Blanchard and E. Loop Road)

Wheaton Town Square will host a Halloween Costume Party in the center circle. The event will include pumpkin decorating, face painting, balloon wizardry, a costume parade and more. More information 

Make a Difference Day

Date: Saturday, Oct. 25
Location: Throughout Wheaton

Wheaton's Community Relations Commission encourages the entire community to get involved in Make a Difference Day. Whether it's donating food for the Stuff-a-Truck with Food drive, helping clean up Adams Park, contributing to the collection for the City's adopted Army battalion or starting your own project, you can make a difference on this national day of giving back. For more information, visit www.wheaton.il.us/MADD

Boo-Palooza! Downtown Trick-or-Treat

Date: Saturday, Oct. 25
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Downtown Wheaton 

The Downtown Wheaton Association invites families to enjoy Halloween festivities in downtown Wheaton. Events at Martin Memorial Plaza (located on Front Street just west of Main Street) start with a costume contest at 10 a.m., a pet costume contest at 10:30 a.m., a Halloween photo corner, face painting, a friendly gypsy fortune teller and more. Then trick-or-treat by visiting participating businesses and stores throughout the downtown. More information 

Vivaldi Strings

Date: Sunday, Oct. 26
Time: 2 p.m.
Location:Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.

Did you know that Sherlock played the violin? The Wheaton College Community School of the Arts performance ensemble, Vivaldi Strings, will play by the stairwell on the first floor of the library. This program is part of the Sunday Sampler series and is sponsored by the Friends of the Wheaton Public Library. No registration required. More information 

Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 29
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.

 Former NASA consultant Kevin Manning will discuss the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and assorted visuals. A powerful telescope will be set up outdoors for viewing the craters on the Moon, the rings of Saturn and other objects in the night sky, weather permitting. For grades 3 through adult. Pick up free required tickets three weeks in advance at the Children’s Desk or call 630-868-7540 to reserve tickets. More information 

Chili Cook-Off

Date: Saturday, Nov. 1
Time: 1-5 p.m.
Location: Participating Downtown Wheaton restaurants

The sixth annual Chili Cook-Off is ready to crown a chili champion once again. Participants can travel from one restaurant to the next and try samples of each chef's take on chili. Then, vote for your favorite. More information 

Local Author Signing: Jack McGuire

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.

Join Wheaton author Jack McGuire as he discusses his self-published memoir, "Grand Crossing: Coming of Age on Chicago's South Side during the Great Depression." Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing. 

Terminal Town Exhibit

Dates: Nov. 9-22
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.

The Wheaton Public Library will host the Terminal Town exhibit from Nov. 9 – November 22. The exhibit, which features panels and displays of information about Chicagoland’s transportation history, will then be replaced by a special exhibit focusing on the history of Wheaton transportation, which will be displayed from November 22 – December 9. The library will feature a presentation on Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 pm by Dr. Joseph P. Schwieterman, author of the new book Terminal Town: An Illustrated Guide to Chicago’s Airports, Bus Depots, Train Stations, and Steamship Landings, 1939-Present. He will discuss the exhibit and the historic transportation of Chicagoland as well as how members of the community can get involved. The library will also feature a Wrap-Up party in the exhibit area on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. More information on Terminal Town can be found here: http://terminaltown.org/ 

Discover the World of Chocolate

Date: Sunday, Nov. 9
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St. 

Chocolatier Kevin Roblee is on hand to excite the conversation about chocolate and explain the finer attributes of chocolate enjoyment. Then, taste three of KOKKU - Distinctive Gourmet’s unique and irresistible chocolates at the tasting table. For Grades 6-12, parents and siblings welcome.

Victory Gardening

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 11
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St.   

 Celebrate Veteran’s Day by learning about Victory Gardens with the Prairie Godmothers. Throughout both World Wars, people on the home front planted victory gardens to increase the food supply during strict rationing and to boost morale amidst some of our darkest and most trying years.

Reducing Stress Through Meditation

Date:Thursday, Nov. 13
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St. 

Join Michael Ribet, who has been meditating for over 40 years, as he discusses the extraordinary effect of meditation to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, and enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. He will also present a simple, yet powerful meditation technique that can enrich one’s life personally, professionally, and spiritually.

Sunday Sampler Concert: The Limitations

Date: Sunday, Nov. 16
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St. 

This trio of experienced and knowledgeable musicians takes you on a journey back to the great rockabilly era of American music prior to the British invasion. The focus is on Sun Records, which spawned Johnny Cash, Elvis, Carl Perkins, as well as many others. Pick up free tickets at the Checkout Desk. 

Lighted Holiday Parade

Date: Friday, Nov. 28
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Front Street, downtown Wheaton

Ring in the holiday with this Wheaton tradition. Following a tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., a festive Lighted Holiday Parade will feature music, costumed characters and floats moving down Front Street. This event serves as the kick-off to the Dickens a of a Christmas holiday celebration. More information   

Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Stroll

Date: Saturday, Dec. 6
Time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Shops and boutiques in Downtown Wheaton

The shops and boutiques in Downtown Wheaton will be sharing the spirit of the season with complimentary holiday treats throughout the day from roasting chestnuts, cider tastings, eggnog, peppermints, Christmas cookies and other holiday treats. Complimentary carriage rides, carolers and other special activities will be featured throughout the day. More information 

Dickens of a Christmas Carriage Rides

Date: Saturdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 20
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Location: Martin Memorial Plaza, Front and Main streets

The Downtown Wheaton Association will host complimentary carriage rides each Saturday, Nov. 29 through Dec. 20, through downtown Wheaton. More information 

Visit with Santa

Date: Saturdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 20
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Martin Memorial Plaza, Front and Main streets

Visit Santa in his holiday house at Martin Plaza. Sponsored by the Downtown Wheaton Association, this is part of the Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Celebration. More information 

Recurring Events:

French Market

Dates: Saturdays through Nov. 15, 2014
Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Parking lot near Main Street and Liberty Drive in downtown Wheaton (just south of the railroad tracks)

More than a typical farmers market, the Wheaton French Market offers a wide variety of vendors. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through Nov. 15, 2014, visit the French Market near the intersection of Main Street and Liberty Drive to find fresh produce, locally made gifts, art, specialty foods, handmade jewelry, flowers and more. Items sold change seasonally, offering visitors variety from week to week. For more information about the French Market, contact Bensidoun USA at 312-575-0286.