Editor’s Note: The following about this month’s Glow in the Dark Lantern Walk is a sponsored post brought to you by the Glen Ellyn Park District.
The weather is getting a bit cooler, and the sun is setting earlier. It seems like a wonderful time of year to light up the night!
The Glow in the Park Lantern Walk is being organized by the Glen Ellyn Park District on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Lake Ellyn Park. The park district partnered with the Charlie’s Corner Foundation to create the event, and proceeds will benefit the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
These lanterns are lit with battery-operated LEDs (so no flames) and will be attached to sticks. Participants can create a paper lantern for the walk at the event (a $10 fee includes supplies) or you can bring your own creative creation from home. The park district is even holding paper lantern workshops on Sept. 12 and Sept. 14 that you can register for in advance! Lanterns and lights are also available for purchase in advance in a variety of colors for $10 at the Spring Avenue Recreation Center, 185 Spring Ave., in Glen Ellyn. That way you can do some decorating ahead of the walk; prizes will be awarded for the most creative lanterns!
The Glow in the Park Lantern Walk requires no advance registration, and the event is free, although donations to Lurie Children’s Hospital are much appreciated.
The fun will get underway on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m. There will be special activities including bounce houses, an inflatable climbing wall, food available for purchase and live music from Dave Rudolf (6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) until the sun goes down. At approximately 7:30 p.m. your family can either participate in or watch the lantern parade around Lake Ellyn as this jewel of Glen Ellyn starts to glow!