Looking for something to do? We have suggestions ranging from a fine arts festival and a major exhibit celebrating the "Peanuts" comic strip, to a multimedia concert by Chicago Symphony Orchestra members for children, a performance by a past contestant on "The Voice," and a new recording by a Berwyn artist.
GRAUE MILL ARTS FEST
WHERE: 3800 York Road, Oak Brook
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and June 7
COST & INFO: Free admission; www.grauemill.org, 630-655-2090
ABOUT: The lawn of Graue Mill and Museum will provide a scenic backdrop for the 15th annual Fine Arts Festival. More than 50 artists will exhibit and sell a variety of art for the home and garden. The festival will encompass paintings, ceramics, hand-woven textiles, mosaics, pastels, stained glass, jewelry and photography. The museum's operating waterwheel grist mill and homestead are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
CSO FOR KIDS
WHERE: McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 14; preconcert activities at 12:45 p.m.
COST & INFO: $16 for adults, $14 for youth; www.atthemac.org, 630-942-4000
ABOUT: Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Once Upon a Symphony program for ages 3 to 5 will make its debut at the MAC with “The Little Red Hen,” brought to life with small ensemble performances by CSO musicians. It's designed to deliver vivid storytelling with imaginative sets, costumes and visual projections created by Chicago Children’s Theatre. Music is by Beethoven, DvorŠk, Haydn and Saint-SaŽns.
WHERE: 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst
WHEN: June 12 to Aug. 9; June 11 preview requires reservations
COST & INFO: Free exhibit; www.elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457
ABOUT: Elmhurst Historical Museum marks the 65th anniversary of the "Peanuts" gang with “Pigskin Peanuts,” a traveling exhibition by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. It highlights comic strips, memorabilia and interactive attractions, plus special events.
WHEN: Available now
COST & INFO: Varies; www.sugarcreekroad.com
ABOUT: Kara Kesselring, a founding member of the Berwyn Arts Council, recently released her latest album. "Hurry Up … and Relax" features the singer-songwriter with her Sugarcreek Road band. She describes the recording as a mix of country, Americana, folk and pop genres "with a dash of rural nostalgia and a sprinkle of urban life." "Making this album felt very much like an extension of who I am," wrote Kesselring in announcing the project. "It required bravery, vulnerability and faith. From ideas on napkins, songwriting classes, stories from childhood and stories from others, my material was (fleshed) out with amazing musicians and recorded with Chris Cash."
'THE VOICE' CONTESTANT
WHERE: Ballydoyle pub, 5157 Main St., Downers Grove
WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday, June 6
COST & INFO: $5; www.ballydoylepub.com/downers, 630-969-0600
ABOUT: Jamie Lono & Noble Heart will appear at Ballydoyle, the Irish pub. Lono was showcased as a contestant on the television show “The Voice.” The Ballydoyle music lineup this month includes the band Mr. Blotto appearing Friday, June 26, with a $7 cover. And Sundays deliver Irish session music by The Whiskey Brothers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.