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WHERE: Cantigny Park band shell, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. June 22 and Aug. 3
COST AND INFO: Free with $10 parking fee;
ABOUT: Cantigny will present the DuPage Symphony Orchestra of Naperville at 7:30 p.m. June 22 in works by Grieg, Nielsen, Sibelius and Alfven. Next up will the West Suburban Symphony of Hinsdale performing at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, with a theme of dance. No tickets are needed for the Ravinia style concerts. Picnics are welcome, and blankets or chairs are recommended as seating. Food and drink concessions will be available. Visit the website to view the full lineup of nature, horticultural, educational, war museum, golf, dining and outdoor musical offerings.
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS AT CANTIGNY PARK WHERE: Cantigny Park band shell, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton WHEN: 7:30 p.m. June 22 and Aug. 3 COST AND INFO: Free with $10 parking fee; ABOUT: Cantigny will present the DuPage Symphony Orchestra of Naperville at 7:30 p.m. June 22 in works by Grieg, Nielsen, Sibelius and Alfven. Next up will the West Suburban Symphony of Hinsdale performing at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, with a theme of dance. No tickets are needed for the Ravinia style concerts. Picnics are welcome, and blankets or chairs are recommended as seating. Food and drink concessions will be available. Visit the website to view the full lineup of nature, horticultural, educational, war museum, golf, dining and outdoor musical offerings.


DOWNERS GROVE AREA AAUW'S 61ST ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE: 6 to 9 p.m. June 20; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 21; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22, Henry Puffer Elementary School, 2220 Haddow Ave., Downers Grove. Cash or check only is accepted. Cost: $10 admission fee opening night, otherwise free. Information:

SJC FEST: 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.

EXHIBIT OF WORKS BY LEGENDARY PRINTMAKER OF MEXICO: Through 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.

THE PROMENADE BOLINGBROOK HOSTING THE ROCKIN' ROCK BOTTOM CONCERT SERIES: 7 to 9 p.m. each Thursday through Sept. 12, 631 E. Boughton Road. Information:,

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

DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER'S EXHIBIT: Into July, Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St., Wheaton. James A. Bowey's exhibit is "When Home Won't Let You Stay," about refugees in America. Information:, 630-668-1374.

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": 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:

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


ELMHURST NATIVE TEKKIE LOMNICKI'S LATEST INCLUSIVE THEATER PRODUCTION – "DIVERCITY": 8 p.m. June 21 and 22 and 2 p.m. June 23, Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave., Chicago. Lomnicki's Tellin' Tales Theatre stages "Divercity," planting the seeds of acceptance. Eight writers and artists with disabilities perform original pieces that range from hilarious to poignant. A post-show talk-back and free reception are planned June 22, as are sign language interpretation and audio description. Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for students and people with disabilities. Information:, 312-540-1330.

THE VELTWAY MUSIC COLLECTIVE HOSTING MAKE MUSIC WEEKEND: June 21 to 23, various Berwyn locations. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21, 9 p.m. to midnight June 22; and 5 to 9 p.m. June 23. Cost: Free admission. Information:

BLOOZE BROTHERS CONCERT: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Community Square, Commercial Street and Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-766-4900.

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 sign-up 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:

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:

SUMMER NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENT AT BROOKFIELD ZOO: 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 21 to Aug. 10, Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Guests of all ages can relax on the zoo’s East Mall while enjoying live music, roaming performers and laser light show, with details at or 708-688-8000. The country band Cowboy Jukebox will play at 7 p.m. June 21, and Simply Elton at 7 p.m. June 22. Brick Safari features more than 40, life-size animal sculptures created by a noted LEGO artist. 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:

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:


CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL: 1 to 5 p.m., The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. It's noon to 5 p.m. with VIP ticket. There will be food and music by The StingRays. Information:, 630-725-2066.

BEST-SELLING YOUNG ADULT AUTHOR JOELLE CHARBONNEAU: 2 p.m., Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St. She will discuss her writing journey, her path to publication and how life is often like a book. Information: Registration required at, 630-668-1374.

"ENDLESS SUMMER BEACH PARTY" TO BENEFIT THEATRE OF WESTERN SPRINGS: 6 p.m., Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Tickets include dinner and entertainment, plus two drink tickets. Registration deadline is June 21. Cost: $30. Information:, 708-246-4043.

LISLE CAR SHOW WITH MUSIC AND FOOD: 6 to 9 p.m., Main Street and Burlington Avenue, Lisle. Information:

K'TIZO AFTER DARK FEATURING UNCLE GARBAGE IMPROV TEAM: 7 to 10 p.m., Cafe K'Tizo, 1915 Gary Ave., Wheaton. The comedy is from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $3. Information:

NATIVE PLANT SUSTAINABLE YARD TOUR: 9 a.m. to noon, beginning with a brief program at Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Ave., Glen Ellyn. Participants stroll through neighborhood gardens using a self-guided tour map of local residences displaying rain and native plant gardens. Cost: $10. Information: Registration offered online through June 21 at; 630-428-4500, ext. 121,

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:


MEMBERS EXHIBITION AND RAC KIDS SHOW: June 23 to July 27, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. A reception is planned from 3 to 6 p.m. June 23. The Sculpture Garden shows art by Jordan Martins until Aug. 3. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400,

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:


JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY: 7 p.m., Cafe K'Tizo, 1915 Gary Ave., Wheaton. The style of ceremony demonstrated will be the Yuuzari-no-chaji, and will include Japanese sweets. Cost: $15, $7 for tea club members. Information: Tickets and reservations at

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.


"AMERICAN SALUTE": 7 p.m., Elmhurst College Mall, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. The concert of American favorites and patriotic music features faculty member and vocalist Gayle Bisesi and trombone faculty member Tom Stark. Cost: Free. Information:

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 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


SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 7 p.m. various Thursdays, June 27 to Aug. 1, Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion, 1500 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. Dancing Queen performs a tribute to ABBA on June 27. Cost: Free. Information:

"THE ART OF SWEDISH DEATH CLEANING": 7 p.m., Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd. Learn how and why to free yourself and your family from a lifetime of clutter. Register to attend. Information:, 708-485-6917, ext. 130.

LISLE COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT IN THE PARK: 7:30 p.m., Lisle Park District band shell on east side of Sea Lion Aquatic Park, 1825 Short St. Cost: Free. Information:


COUNTRY NIGHT WITH THE HOYLE BROTHERS, ZACH LANCASTER AND THE WAYWARD TRAVELLERS, AND BONO BROS BAND: 8 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Information:, 708-788-2118.

TWO WAY STREET COFFEE HOUSE: 8:15 p.m. most Fridays, Downers Grove. Appearing June 28 will be Kat Darling and Aaron Earl Short in The High Crest, who blend dueling guitars and powerful harmonies. They are frequent guests and hosts on Iowa radio. Cost: $7. Information:, 630-969-9720.

VALE, EVE BLACK, SOLEMN MEANT WALKS AND DJ SCARY LADY SARAH: 8 p.m., Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Information:


The 4-H SUMMER WORKSHOPS FOR YOUTH: Tri-county area. They range from pet care to microbiology, welding, photography, sewing and survival science, offered through the University of Illinois Extension of DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. Youth do not need to be current 4-H members to register. 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 St. James Farm Day on July 6; and Tractor Day on Aug. 24. Information: 630-668-6012,


AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS "ASH IS PUREST WHITE": 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Called a soulful epic, the drama is by Jia Zhangke. Cost: $6 to $10. Information:, 630-534-4528.


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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