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WHERE: The Promenade Bolingbrook's The Row, 631 E. Boughton Road
WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 12
COST AND INFO: Free admission;,
ABOUT: Cash Box Kings (shown) will play blues June 13 in the Rockin' Rock Bottom Concert Series. Shows continue with Big Suit in a Talking Heads tribute on June 20; Band Calderisis on June 27; and the Four C Notes in a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute July 11. Lawn chairs are allowed, and Rock Bottom will have food and beverages for sale.
ROCKIN' CONCERT SERIES WHERE: The Promenade Bolingbrook's The Row, 631 E. Boughton Road WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 12 COST AND INFO: Free admission;, ABOUT: Cash Box Kings (shown) will play blues June 13 in the Rockin' Rock Bottom Concert Series. Shows continue with Big Suit in a Talking Heads tribute on June 20; Band Calderisis on June 27; and the Four C Notes in a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute July 11. Lawn chairs are allowed, and Rock Bottom will have food and beverages for sale.


"SWEENEY TODD – THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET": June 13 to 16, Wheaton Drama's Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton. The community theater presents the dark, witty tale of love, murder and revenge set to one of Stephen Sondheim's most memorable scores. David Pfenninger is in the title role. It is recommended for mature audiences. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $21 to $24. Cost:, 630-260-1820.

COSLEY ZOO'S BENTLEY THE BOBCAT MASCOT: 11 a.m. strolls June 13, 20, 27 and July 11, Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Information:, 630-665-5534.

ROCK 'N WHEELS: 6 p.m. Thursdays, Village Green, 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison. It features food, music and Bike & Car Cruise Night. Cost: Free. Information:

WESTMONT CRUISIN' NIGHTS & STREET FAIR: Thursday nights from June through August. Information:

LA GRANGE FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, La Grange Road and Harris Avenue. Information:, 708-582-6510.

EXHIBIT ON "WORLDS OF WONDER – REMEMBERING CHICAGOLAND'S AMUSEMENT PARKS": Through Aug. 18, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. The iconic venues are captured through rare photos and video, memorabilia and artifacts. Interactive, family-friendly stations include a Skee-Ball game, marble roller coaster track and virtual reality roller-coaster experience. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-833-1457.

"ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL": Wednesday through Sunday through June 23, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The show, which won five Tony Awards, is the tale of a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis. Faced by obstacles caused by her family and school, the book-loving Matilda befriends her teacher and helps her reclaim her life. Cost: $55 to $70. Information:

WOODRIDGE JUBILEE: Now to June 16, Woodridge and Center drives. Carnival rides, live music and food are part of the lineup. Information:

A NIGHT OF HORROR WITH AUTHOR JOHN EVERSON: 6:30 p.m., Westmont Public Library, 428 N. Cass Ave. Registration is required to hear the established horror genre author. Cost: Free. Information:

SUMMER AUDITIONS CAN BE SCHEDULED FOR GLEN ELLYN-WHEATON CHORALE: with auditions for all voice parts planned Aug. 12 and 13. Information:


VILLAGE THEATRE GUILD STAGING "LUNA GALE": 8 p.m. June 14 and 15 and 3 p.m. June 15, near the northwest corner of Butterfield Road and Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn. Who should decide the safest environment in which to raise a baby – parents, grandparents, social service agencies? “Luna Gale” will explore the issue in the Rebecca Gilman play. It contains adult themes and strong language. Cost: $19.99 for all tickets. Information:

TWO WAY STREET COFFEE HOUSE, 8:15 p.m. most Fridays, Downers Grove. Appearing June 14 will be Cari Ray and The Shaky Legs, featuring award-winning songwriter Cari Ray and vocalist Dionne Ward. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

CONCERTS AND EVENTS INCLUDING A JUNE 14 BREW FEST WITH THE BAND FINAL SAY: various dates, Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Two free symphony concerts are planned: DuPage Symphony Orchestra of Naperville at 7:30 p.m. June 22 in works by Grieg, Nielsen, Sibelius and Alfven; and West Suburban Symphony of Hinsdale at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, with a theme of dance; no tickets are needed for the Ravinia style concert. Picnics are welcome, and blankets or chairs are recommended as seating. Food and drink concessions will be available; parking will cost $10 per vehicle for the two events. Check out the full lineup of nature, horticultural, educational, war museum, golf, dining and outdoor musical offerings. Information:

AN EVENING WITH THE ANDERSONS: 8:30 p.m., Fitzgerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Featured will be four notable artists each named Anderson or Andersen. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door, with seating for all patrons. Information:

DOWNTOWN DOWNERS GROVE'S SUMMER NIGHTS CLASSIC CAR SHOW: 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 30, on Main from Maple to Franklin. Live entertainment plays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Main Street train station. Information:

WHEATON'S FRIDAY NIGHT VINTAGE RIDES CAR SHOW: 6 to 9 p.m., through Aug. 23, Front Street in downtown Wheaton. Information:

MORTON ARBORETUM PRESENTS "NATURE CONNECTS" ART WITH LEGO BRICKS BY SEAN KENNEY: Through Sept. 15, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. It features 15, nature-themed sculptures crafted from more than a half-million LEGO bricks. There will be themed programs related to the show for all ages. Visitors also can enjoy the Troll Hunt exhibition on display through the end of summer. Arbor Evenings with entertainment are planned Wednesdays through Aug. 28. Information:

DUPAGE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: Ongoing activities, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Information:

AMERICAN LEGION BINGO: 7 p.m., 123 Main St., West Chicago. Weekly bingo, raffles and pull tabs on Fridays for ages 18 and older. Proceeds help veterans and the community. Check out additional dates. Information:

EXHIBIT: Through June 15, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. "Sound Textures for Intimacies of Space" highlights work by Monica Rezman and Beth Bradfish. The Sculpture Garden shows art by Jordan Martins until Aug. 3. The annual Members Exhibition and RAC Kids Show will take place from June 23 to July 27, with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m. June 23. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400,

SELECTIONS BY SIX PAINTERS: Until Aug. 25, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave. The show's title "With a Capital P" is a reference to an approach that doesn’t always use paint or brush. The group exhibition consists of six rooms, each using different criteria to interpret artistic approaches and a wide-ranging conversation about process and media. "Luftwerk: Parallel Perspectives" is a site-specific exhibition that uses color and light interventions to activate and interpret the McCormick House, designed by Mies van der Rohe. Information:


MEXICAN FOLKLORIC FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Celebrate the traditions, food, dance, music and fine arts of Mexico at this debut festival in partnership with Immigrant Solidarity DuPage. Information:;, 630-668-5161.

LIBRARY BLOCK PARTY CELEBRATING RENOVATION: 3 to 7 p.m., Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. The Frankie Ace Magic Show is set from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed by swing music by The Flat Cats from 5 to 6:30 p.m., plus games and activities for all ages, library tours, and free food from local food trucks. Cost: Free. Information:, 708-246-0520.

FOURTH ANNUAL BEN'S MEMORIAL MILE RUNNING GALA AND FAMILY FESTIVAL: 5 to 9 p.m., outdoor track at Downers Grove North High School, 4436 Main St. Raising money and awareness for mental health and suicide prevention, it’s an evening of running, walking, music and games in honor of Ben Silver, the DGN champion runner, singer, songwriter and poet who died in 2015 at age 22 after dealing with mental illness for three years. Ben’s Memorial Mile has donated over $50,000 collectively to Hope for the Day. Information: 630-926-3001,,

YOGA WITH CATS TAKING PLACE AT HINSDALE HUMANE SOCIETY: 10 a.m., 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale. Homeless feline residents will roam through the class, providing therapeutic benefits for attendees and socialization for the cats and kittens. Cost:
Suggested donation of $20 or more. Information: Register at or visit

"LOGS TO LUMBER' DEMONSTRATION BY WOODWORKING STAR GEORGE VONDRISKA: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, 139 S. Weber Road, Bolingbrook. Cost: Free. Information: 331-253-0117;

BUSY BEAVERS CRAFT CLUB: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), Romeoville. The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers the club. There are monthly themes – June's is making a fish-themed craft. The program is for kids ages 12 and younger. Cost: Free. Information:

DOWNERS GROVE DOWNTOWN MARKET: 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Main Street train station, 5001 Main St. Among items will be local produce and artisan foods. Information:

WHEATON FRENCH MARKET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays until Nov. 9, Municipal Parking Lot 3, Main and Liberty, downtown, Wheaton. Information:

GREAT AMERICAN CAMPOUT AT GREENE VALLEY FOREST PRESERVE: From 1 p.m. June 15 to 11 a.m. June 16, preserve straddling Naperville and Woodridge. There will be picnic games, archery, nature activities, a guided night hike and an egg-drop contest, as well as dinner and s’mores by the campfire and continental breakfast. The preserve features 12 miles of marked trails and a 190-foot-tall scenic overlook that offers a view of DuPage County and the Chicago skyline. Cost: $20 per person ages 2 and older. Information: Register at or 630-850-8110.


THE PROMENADE BOLINGBROOK HOSTING A FATHER'S DAY PORSCHE CAR SHOW: Daytime, 631 E. Boughton Road. Judging takes place at noon and some cars will leave then. Event is hosted on Sandburg Way by the Porsche Club of America. The mall offers the Rockin' Rock Bottom Concert Series from 7 to 9 p.m. each Thursday through Sept. 12, with details at Information:

WAVE MAGNETIK: 7 p.m., Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $10 in advance,$12 at the door. Information:

FRENCH MARKET IN GLEN ELLYN: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Main Street train station south parking lot, between Main Street and Forest Avenue. Information:


AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS "ASK DR. RUTH" DOCUMENTARY: 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. The Holocaust survivor became America's most famous sex therapist. Cost: $6 to $10. Information:, 630-534-4528.

SUMMER SOLSTICE SOCIAL HIGHLIGHT SOLAR ENERGY: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., McDonald Farm,10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville. It's co-sponsored by The Conservation Foundation and the Illinois Solar Energy Association. A telescope will be available for stargazing. Cost: Free. Information: Registration required at;

BOOKS FOR $10 A BAG AT CLARENDON HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 7 N. Prospect Ave. It drops to $5 a bag June 18. Information:

EXHIBIT OF WORKS BY LEGENDARY PRINTMAKER OF MEXICO: June 17 to Sept. 13, with reception from 6 to 7 p.m. June 20, Cleve Carney Art Gallery at McAninch Arts Center on College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Highlighted will be late artist José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913). Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, and one hour prior to Lakeside Pavilion events. Information:, 630- 942-4000.


SUMMER CONCERT SERIES IN THE PARK: Tuesdays until late August, Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Fishel Park, on Grove Street just west of Main Street, Downers Grove. Patrons are treated to an evening of live entertainment, spanning country to pop music. Kids activities are planned, and food, wine and beer will be available for purchase. Cost: Free. Information:

BLOOMINGDALE GARDEN CLUB TALKS HYDRANGEAS: 6:15 p.m. social time and 7 p.m. program, Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale. Horticulturist Sharon Yiesla will speak, and visitors are welcome. Information:,

BINGO AT AMERICAN LEGION POST 80: 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Alexander Bradley Burns Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave., Downers Grove. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will be a variety of games and progressive jackpots, with food and refreshments available. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-968-9710,

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR LOMBARD'S FRONT YARD BEAUTIES: Now, across Lombard. Lombard Garden Club is recognizing homeowners who have made their front yards especially attractive. Up to 20 gardens can be chosen each month. A club representative will notify owners if their property is selected and offer them the opportunity to have a recognition sign placed in their yard for one month. In addition, the selected gardens may be featured on the club’s website and related media. Information: Lombard residents can nominate an address at or 630-620-8938.JUNE 15

LEADING MARINE MAMMAL EXPERTS PART OF POST-FILM SCREENING PANEL: 7 p.m., Brookfield Zoo. Discussion follows screening of documentary narrated by Matt Damon about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill's effects. It's told through the eyes of a cadre of scientists working together to better understand and mitigate the fallout. Event costs $16 for the public, who should enter the zoo via the south gate entrance at 3300 Golf Road; and register for “Dispatches from the Gulf 2” at From 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 21 to Aug. 10, guests of all ages can relax on the zoo’s East Mall while enjoying live music, roaming performers and laser light show; or call 708-688-8000. BRICK SAFARI running now at zoo at 8400 31st St., Brookfield. It features more than 40, life-size animal sculptures created by a noted LEGO artist. Information:


ARTIST'S RECEPTION: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Wheaton. Join documentary photographer James A. Bowey at a reception for an exhibit, "When Home Won't Let You Stay," about refugees in America, which will be in the library in June and July. Registration is required for Bowey's talk at 6:30 p.m. Information:, 630-668-1374.

JAZZ IN THE PARK: 7 p.m., Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Ave., Glen Ellyn. Enjoy free live concerts by the Glen Ellyn Jazz Ensemble, a 16-member group, throughout the summer. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, bug spray and picnic dinner. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-858-2462.

MINDFULNESS, BLISS, AND BEYOND BY BEST-SELLING BUDDHIST MONK AJAHN BRAHM: 7 p.m., College of DuPage's Jack H. Turner Conference Center, Student Resource Center, room 2000, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Cost: $20, with registration required. Information:, 630-668-1571.

THE APOLLO PROGRAM TO THE MOON – HISTORY AND LEGACY: 7 p.m., Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, 110 W. Maple St., Lombard. Michelle Nichols of the Adler Planetarium will discuss the history of the development of Apollo, the science learned from the moon landings, and an overview of the decisions made during and after Cost: Free, with registration required. Information:, 630-627-0316.

SUMMER FILM SERIES FOR KIDS: 10 a.m. screenings preceded by activities Wednesdays through Aug. 7, at Classic Cinemas theaters in Downers Grove, North Riverside, Elmhurst and Naperville. Schedule: June 19 - "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies"; June 26 - "Smallfoot"; July 3 - "Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax"; July 10 - "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation"; July 17 - "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part"; July 24 - celebrate Christmas in July with "Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch"; July 31 - "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"; and Aug. 7 - "Wonder Park." Cost: $1; groups of 15 or more can reserve seats with a group rate that includes refreshments. Information: Reservation forms for groups at


SJC FEST: 5 p.m. June 20 to 23, St. John of the Cross Parish, 5005 S. Wolf Road, Western Springs. Families can enjoy the annual festival by the parish, featuring bands, food, carnival and other activities. It runs 5 to 10:30 p.m. June 20; 5 p.m. to midnight June 21; 2 p.m. to midnight June 22; and noon to 8 p.m. June 23. Information:, 708-292-1100.


THE ROYAL HOUNDS, A NASHVILLE BAND: 9 p.m., The Outta Space, 6840 32nd St., Berwyn. "Low Class Songs for High Class People" is the first Royal Hounds album to feature Matheus Canteri, a Brazilian guitarist who's joined the roots rock band. Information:,

ELIN HILDERBRAND BOOK SIGNING: 6 p.m., Frugal Muse Books, 7511 Lemont Road, Darien. The best-selling author is promoting her new book, "Summer of ‘69." Author and radio and television personality Thom Hartmann will appear at 7 p.m. June 28 for his new book, "The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment." Visit

MOVIE IN THE PARK – "THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING": 7:30 p.m., Spring Rock Park, 4400 Central Ave., Western Springs. View the film on the big screen at the event co-sponsored by the Park District. Lawn games and summer reading signup will be available at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will start at dusk. Cost: Free. Information:, 708-246-0520.

A WAY TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF WORN OR TORN U.S. FLAGS AT ROTARY GROVEFEST: Noon to 10 p.m. June 21 to 23, at festival booth of Alexander Bradley Burns American Legion Post 80 near the information center by the intersection of Main Street and Burlington. One also can enter a raffle to win a new flag and learn about American Legion student scholarships, veterans benefits and programs. The flags will be properly retired at a bonfire ceremony. Information: Hal Burke at 708-387-7779,

WINFIELD AREA GARDENERS PLANT AND GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21 and 22, Lions Park, 27W626 Beecher Ave., Winfield. It's during a citywide garage sale. Information:, 630-346-1524.

MAKE MUSIC WHEATON: Noon to 4 p.m., partly at Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Wheaton. It's a live, free musical celebration on the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, parks and in venues across the city. Information:, 630-668-1374.

FULLER’S HOME AND HARDWARE GRILLIN’ AND CHILLIN’ DEMONSTRATION: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 35 E. First Ave., Hinsdale. Information: 630-323-7750,

LIZZADRO MUSEUM OF LAPIDARY ART MOVING SALE: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21 and 22, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. It offers gemstones, rough and polished stone, rocks, fossils and mineral specimens. Furniture, cabinets and fixtures also will be available. All proceeds benefit the Lizzadro Museum, which is moving to Oak Brook. Information:


VINTAGE BASEBALL GAME: 2 p.m., Elmhurst College Mall, 190 S. Prospect Ave. The game will be played by the wildly different rules of 1858. The roster includes a number of Elmhurst community leaders, baseball enthusiasts and elected officials. Picnics and lawn chairs are welcome. Cost: Free, with no tickets required. Information:, 630-833-1457.


TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR ILLUSIONIST JEANETTE ANDREWS: 7 p.m., Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. A sensory illusionist, Andrews will present “Thresholds,” an evening of impossible visions, scents, tastes, feelings and sounds. Immersive and highly interactive, audience members embark on a physical journey to five distinct environments throughout the historic house museum. The 90-minute show is intended for ages 18 and over. Cost: $50, $45 for Cantigny Park members. Information: Tickets at;


ST. JAMES FARM FOREST PRESERVE EVENTS: Various dates, on Winfield Road, a quarter mile north of Butterfield Road, Warrenville. Trails, picnic areas, fishing and a variety of sculptures are at the 600-acre preserve. Visitors are invited to free, family-oriented programs. Danada Equestrian Center has moved its “Horsin’ Around” summer program to St. James Farm’s indoor riding arena. The equine days include children’s activities and up-close opportunities to learn about horses; it's free for all ages, with no registration required. Events from noon to 4 p.m. include St. James Farm Day on July 6; and Tractor Day on Aug. 24. Information: 630-668-6012,


GOLF FUNDRAISER BY STATE CHAPTER OF HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE SOCIETY OF AMERICA: July 13, Village Greens, 1575 75th St., Woodridge. Information: Contact 708-289-1273,;, 800-345-HDSA.

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