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Family Fun

Entertainment options abound in DuPage and Cook

WHERE: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace
WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday through June 23
COST & INFO: $55 to $70;
ABOUT: A deliciously twisted musical comedy awaits audiences in "Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical." The Broadway musical won five Tony awards in 2013, and while based on a children's book about a precocious 5-year-old by Dahl, author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," the story has plenty of appeal for both adults and kids. Pictured are Eben Logan (from left) and Sean Fortunato, appearing as Miss Honey and Miss Trunchbull.
'ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL' WHERE: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday through June 23 COST & INFO: $55 to $70; ABOUT: A deliciously twisted musical comedy awaits audiences in "Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical." The Broadway musical won five Tony awards in 2013, and while based on a children's book about a precocious 5-year-old by Dahl, author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," the story has plenty of appeal for both adults and kids. Pictured are Eben Logan (from left) and Sean Fortunato, appearing as Miss Honey and Miss Trunchbull.


"SWEENEY TODD – THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET": Playing through June 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.

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

"SLEEPING BEAUTY" PRESENTED BY CURTAIN UP PLAYERS: 7:30 p.m. June 6 and 7 and 3 p.m. June 8, First United Methodist Church, 424 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. Cost: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and children age 12 and younger. Information: Reservations at 630-234-2776, 

NOTED SINGER-SONGWRITER CHRIS KNIGHT: 7 p.m., Fitzgerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $25 for the age 21 and older show. 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.

"NATURE'S DIVERSITY" EXHIBIT BY MAUREEN MCKEE: Through June 8, Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road, door number 4. She shows impressionist landscape oil paintings. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-458-4500.

"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:

DRURY LANE THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES PRESENTS "YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN": Daytime curtain various days of the week through June 15, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. 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. Adults can learn more about the animals, insects and plants in the exhibition at the June 11 program, "The Nature Behind Nature Connects." 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 center's FlexSpace displays "Passing hours, space in between: I am breathing your air," an installation by Yoonshin Park, featuring self-breathing pillows on the floor; the show runs until June 11. 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:

BRICK SAFARI AT BROOKFIELD ZOO: Running now, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. It features more than 40, life-size animal sculptures created by a noted LEGO artist. Information:

VILLAGE THEATRE GUILD STAGING "LUNA GALE": Through 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. Curtain is at 8 p.m. June 7, 8, 14 and 15, with 3 p.m. matinees June 8, 9 and 15. The play contains adult themes and strong language. Cost: $19.99 for all tickets. Information:

TRIBUTOSAURUS BECOMES SANTANA: 9 p.m., Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $25 general admission. Information:


CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND SAFETY EXPO WITH REPTILE SHOW PART OF LINEUP: 9 a.m. to noon, Pleasantdale Middle School, 7450 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. It includes a Traveling World of Reptiles Show, Touch-a-Truck exhibits and interactive safety demonstrations such as the Darien Police K-9 Unit, hosted by State Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, and State Sen. John Curran, R-Downers Grove. Cost: Free. Information: 630-325-2028, 630-796-2623.

WHEATON KENNEL CLUB ALL BREED DOG SHOW: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 8 and 9, DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Information:, 260-925-0525.

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:

RUMMAGE SALE TO BENEFIT YOUTH MISSION TRIP: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9, Southminster Presbyterian Church parking lot, 680 S. Park Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Information:

LOMBARD ALE FEST: 1 to 5 p.m., downtown Lombard. Information:

"DON QUIXOTE AND MORE": 4 p.m., Edman Chapel at Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. It's not a college event. Chicago Ballet Conservatory presents excerpts from "Don Quixote" as well as class performances in ballet, character and modern from pre-professional training students. Cost: $18. Information:

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 Mustang Appreciation Day on June 8; St. James Farm Day on July 6; and Tractor Day on Aug. 24. Information: 630-668-6012,

ISLAND RENDEZVOUS: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), Romeoville.The 18th century rendezvous was a time when fur traders met to celebrate a successful season. Visitors can experience the connection between past and present with activities, games and crafts. Feel what it’s like to pull back a bow and shoot an arrow. Try to start a fire with nothing but wood. See live birds of prey and a petting zoo. The air-conditioned museum shows new exhibits, and food and gifts will be available for purchase. No registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: 815-886-1467;


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:

GARDEN GAIT FUNDRAISER: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., outstanding homeowner gardens in Lisle. The Lisle Woman's Club event also features refreshments and vendors. Cost: $15 in advance or $20 that day. Information:

"THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII": 2 p.m., Helen Plum Library, 110 W. Maple St., Lombard. Meet the many women behind Henry VIII as presented by Martina Mathisen in a one-of-a-kind program. Registration is required. Information:, 630-627-0316.


AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS "A WOMAN AT WAR": 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Behind the scenes of a quiet routine, Halla leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist in a noted Icelandic film. The "Ask Dr. Ruth" documentary will be shown at 7:30 p.m. June 17. Cost: $6 to $10. Information:, 630-534-4528.


APOLLO 11'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NASA AMBASSADOR MARK BENSON: 6 p.m., Stickney-Forest View Public Library District, 6800 W. 43rd St., Stickney. Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and look ahead to what NASA is doing now and has coming up. Registration is required. Cost: Free. Information:, 708-749-1050.

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:

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.


WOODRIDGE JUBILEE: June 12 to 16, Woodridge and Center drives. Carnival rides, live music and food are part of the lineup. Information:


MUSIC ON THE MALL: 7 p.m., Elmhurst College Mall, 190 Prospect Ave. Elmhurst College Summer Band will perform. If it rains, the event will be held in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel. Cost: Free. 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:


WESTMONT PERFORMING ARTS' PRODUCTION OF "MAMMA MIA!": 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 14 to 23, Westmont High School, 909 Oakwood Drive. Spotlighting the effervescent music of the Swedish pop band ABBA, the show tells a tale of love and belonging. Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Information:;

TWO WAY STREET COFFEE HOUSE, 8:15 p.m. most Fridays, Downers Grove. Appearing June 7 will be Small Forest, a popular Door County mother-daughter songwriting team of Jeanne Kuhns and Marybeth Mattson, followed June 14 by Cari Ray and 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. Check out the full lineup of nature, horticultural, educational, war museum, golf, dining and outdoor musical events. 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.

ELMHURST CRAFT BEER FEST TICKET PRE-SALE EVENT: 7 to 9 p.m., Pints, 112 S. York St., Elmhurst. To kick off ticket sales for the Sept. 14 benefit fest, beer lovers can save $5 per ticket by attending an advance party at Pints, event sponsor. Online ticket sales start June 16. Information:

"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:


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:

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