Get rid of the grains and get your taste buds geared up for some major matzah meals. Yep, it’s Passover! We’ve pulled together some terrific Passover activities so you and your family can start partying like the Red Sea’s parting all over again. The following events and restaurant specials are open to the public.


photo: JCC Chicago

Crafts, Live Music & Story Time With JCC
Passover comes to life with fun and exciting activities at JCC that are especially for kids. Try out a 10 plagues themed relay race, crafts, music with “Mr. D,” or just kick back in the story corner. And if that’s not enough, you can always take a dip in the “Nile River,” or the swimming pool, as it’s called the other 51 weeks of the year.

Held Sunday, April 6, 2-4 p.m.
Cost: $25/family
Bernard Weinger JCC
300 Revere Dr.

Bake-Your-Own Matzah at Chabad’s Model Matzah Bakery
You can buy a box of matzah but where is the fun in that? Instead, bring the kids to Whole Foods Market in Northbrook for an all-ages matzah-making class. Invite your friends and family to learn about Passover and watch the matzah not rise. For more information, contact Rabbi Meir Moscowitz at 847-564-8770 or

Held Sunday, April 6, 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Whole Foods Market
840 Willow Rd.

Books Inc., Alameda

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Strollers, Stories & Celebrations
Stop by Books on Vernon in Glencoe to kibitz with fellow parents, grandparents and caregivers at a Passover get-together specifically geared toward children 0-2 years old. There will be story time, movement activities, holiday-friendly refreshments and coffee.

Held Friday, April 11 & 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
664 Vernon Ave.

Honor Tradition at the Am Shalom Family Seder
If you’re looking for a family seder that won’t have others giving you the evil eye when your little ones get the shpilkies, Am Shalom is for you. Rabbi Phyllis Sommer and her family will lead a fun, interactive first night seder that’s open to anyone looking to celebrate without judgment. Register online at by April 7.

Held Monday, April 14, 5-7 p.m.
Cost: $40/adults; $25/children
Am Shalom
840 Vernon Ave.


photo: The Painted Name

Eat Passover Dinner at Mon Ami Gabi
The classic French bistro will offer a traditional Passover to Lincoln Park for two days in April. Celebrate seder with a multi-course menu that includes favorites like matzo ball soup, chopped liver, slow braised beef brisket, potato pancakes and flourless chocolate cake with fruit compote. For reservations, call 773-348-8886.

Monday, April 14 & 15, 5:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $36.95/person; $15.95/children 12 & under (tax & gratuity not included)
2300 N. Lincoln Park West
Lincoln Park

Continue the Celebration at Emanuel Brotherhood Second Night Passover Seder
Families that want a little tradition on the second night of Passover need look no further than Emanuel Congregation in Chicago. The second night seder is open to the community and will serve a traditional, kosher Passover-style meal. Children under 5 are free, however space is limited and registration is required by Tuesday, April 1. All proceeds raised by the seder will benefit OSRUI scholarships for Emanuel youth.

Held Tuesday, April 15, 6 p.m.
Cost: $42 per adult; $20 per youth (13-18); $10 per child (5-12); free for children under 5 years old
Emanuel Congregation
5959 N. Sheridan Road

Dive Into Gefilte Fish at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
On Monday and Tuesday, April 14 & 15, our favorite seafood and steak house will transform into a Passover hotspot you won’t want to pass over. With a menu that includes gefilte fish with red beet horseradish, matzo ball soup, your choice of roasted chicken, braised brisket of beef, or wild Alaskan halibut en papillote, sides like potato pancakes and ginger glazed carrots, and chocolate macaroon pie for dessert, you’ll be happy you let Joe’s do the seder prep … and the post-seder cleanup too.

Held Monday, April 14 & Tuesday, April 15, beginning at 4 p.m.
Cost: $45.95/person
60 E. Grand Ave.
River North

Savor Potato Pancakes at Di Pescara Passover 2014
Not only do they do all the cooking for your traditional, made-from-scratch meal that will feel like you’re at home, but they’ll even put together a seder plate and kosher wine pairings from Barkan Winery in Israel. Seder dinner includes mouthwatering staples like matzo ball soup, chopped liver, gefilte fish, brisket of beef, roast chicken, whitefish, potato pancakes, flourless chocolate cake and homemade macaroons. Eat in or carry out! Call 847-498-4321 to make a reservation or place a take-out order.

Held Monday, April 14 & Tuesday, April 15, beginning at 5 p.m.
Cost: $39.95/person; children under 12 eat for ½ price or carry-out for $29.95/person
2124 Northbrook Court

Know of a great Passover event or menu that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the Comments below.

— Jo Aaron