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5 Things to Do: Jan. 12-14

This weekend, see a show and make a difference for fellow Chicagoans, explore two new exhibits, and more. Plus, we’ll look ahead to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Enchanted Railroad [1]

5 Things to Do: Enchanted Railroad [1]

Photo courtesy of The Morton Arboretum.

Opens Jan. 13

The Morton Arboretum’s miniature model railroad exhibit opens this weekend with a two-level display of 10 model trains your kiddos will love.

Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt [2]

5 Things to Do: Block Museum's "Paint the Eyes Softer" [2]

VIS-NIR-Fluorescence comparison of Mummy portrait. (Courtesy of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the Regents of the University of California and NU-ACCESS.)

Opens Jan. 13

The Block Museum of Art and Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering will present this “groundbreaking installation” of ancient artifacts from Egypt during the Roman period through April 22.

Red Rose Jazz [3]

5 Things to Do: Red Rose Jazz [3]

Photo courtesy of Gorton Community Center.

Jan. 14
Lake Forest

Red Rose Jazz Band, a favorite guest at Gorton Community Center, returns to perform the best of ragtime and early jazz.

A Subtle Beauty: The Landscape of Lake County, Illinois [4]

5 Things to Do: A Subtle Beauty: The Landscape of Lake County, Illinois [4]

Independence Grove by John Wylie (Photo courtesy of Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods.)

Opens Jan. 14

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods will present this free exhibit of work by local photographer John Wylie through Feb. 21.

Medieval Times’ Fill the Pantry Campaign [5]

5 Things to Do: Medieval Times [5]

Photo courtesy of Medieval Times.

Through Feb. 4

Medieval Times is challenging patrons to provide 3,000 meals for the Greater Chicago Food Depository [6]. Now through Feb. 4, drop off three non-perishable food items at Medieval Times and you’ll receive 35 percent off an adult ticket and 20 percent off a child ticket. Learn more at medievaltimes.com/chicago [5].

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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital [18]