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WHERE: Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove
WHEN: 10 a.m. July 13
COST & INFO: $20;
ABOUT: As part of Atlas Obscura's 2019 Focus on Film series, history and movie buffs can join an exclusive tour of the 1928 Tivoli Theatre, the second theater in the U.S. designed and built to show "talkies." Early newspaper ads promoted it as “the wonder theatre of suburban Chicago," where you could actually "hear what you see.”
TOUR THE TIVOLI WHERE: Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove WHEN: 10 a.m. July 13 COST & INFO: $20; ABOUT: As part of Atlas Obscura's 2019 Focus on Film series, history and movie buffs can join an exclusive tour of the 1928 Tivoli Theatre, the second theater in the U.S. designed and built to show "talkies." Early newspaper ads promoted it as “the wonder theatre of suburban Chicago," where you could actually "hear what you see.”


TASTE OF WESTMONT: July 11 to 14, downtown Westmont on Cass Avenue. Tempting foods will be a special focus. A carnival and popular bands are part of the lineup. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 630-829-9378.

DUPAGE HOUSING INFORMATION TABLE: 5 to 8 p.m., Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St. Members of the DuPage County Continuum of Care will staff an information table on the library's main floor to help those in need of securing affordable housing. Information:, 630-668-1374.

FIRST FOLIO THEATRE'S PRODUCTION OF "HENRY V" IN SHAKESPEARE-UNDER-THE-STARS: Previewing through July 12 and opening July 13 with a run through Aug. 18, outdoor stage at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., off Route 83, Oak Brook. Cost: Preview tickets cost $25, then $34 for Wednesday and Thursday and $44 for Friday through Sunday, with $5 discount for seniors and students, and $10 tickets for youth age 14 and younger. Information: 630-986-8067,

COLLEGE OF DUPAGE'S COLLEGE THEATER PRESENTS "GODSPELL": Through July 14, McAninch Arts Center at COD, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, “Godspell” chronicles a small group of disciples helping Jesus tell parables by using a variety of storytelling techniques mixed with an eclectic blend of songs ranging from pop to vaudeville. It includes new arrangements of songs by Stephen Schwartz, such as "Day by Day." Curtain is at 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in The MAC's Playhouse Theatre, with no show July 12. Cost: $14 to $16. Information:, 630-942-4000.

SCREENING OF “SPIDER-MAN – INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE” AT LAKESIDE PAVILION: 8 p.m., College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-942-4000.

THE PROMENADE BOLINGBROOK HOSTING THE ROCKIN' WITH ROCK BOTTOM CONCERT SERIES: 7 to 9 p.m. most Thursdays through Sept. 12, 631 E. Boughton Road. The Four C-Notes will star July 11. Information:,

R-GANG TO STAR AT GLENDALE HEIGHTS FEST UNDERWAY: Through July 14; Camera Park, 101 E. Fullerton Ave., Glendale Heights. R-Gang will appear at 6:30 p.m. July 14. Fireworks shows are part of the lineup.Cost: Free admission. Information:

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 7 p.m. various Thursdays through Aug. 1, Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion, 1500 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. The StingRays will perform vintage rock July 11. Cost: Free. Information:

LISLE COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT IN THE PARK: 7:30 p.m. July 11, 18 and 25, Lisle Park District band shell on east side of Sea Lion Aquatic Park, 1825 Short St. Cost: Free. Information:

GRAVE FRIENDS AND YOU WON'T FEEL A THING: 6 p.m., Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Information:

COSLEY ZOO'S BENTLEY THE BOBCAT MASCOT: 11 a.m. stroll, 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 through August, Village Green, 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison. It features food, music and Bike & Car Cruise Night. Cost: Free. Information:

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

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


AMERICANA NIGHTS: Gates open at 6 p.m. July 12 and 13, Hawthorne Race Course, 3501 S. Laramie Ave., Stickney. Live harness racing starts at 7:10 p.m., along with adult and kid friendly outdoor games. The festival features horse-drawn cart rides on the track, life-size beer pong, giant Jenga and giveaways, plus live music before the racing begins with performances by SunFallen and The Noize. Harness racing continues Thursday through Saturday until Sept. 22. Information: For details on year-round racing, visit, 708-780-3700.

FAMILY FUN FAIR: 5 to 8 p.m., Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. Take a nostalgic trip back to the old-school amusement park experience with a fun-filled evening for families on the museum grounds. Cost: Free. Information:

SUMMER NIGHTS CONCERTS AT BROOKFIELD ZOO: 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 10, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Guests of all ages can relax on the East Mall while enjoying live music, roaming performers and a laser light show. It offers enhanced dining, beer and wine gardens, and appearances by the zoo’s animal ambassadors. Cost: Admission fees vary. Information:, 708-688-8000.

ANDI AND I: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Andi and Al Tauber create an unusual variety of textures with two voices, a guitar and occasional percussion, infusing their songs with storytelling, human experience, faith and humor. Cost: $10. Information: Details at 630-699-2973;, 630-969-9720.

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:


KIDS TIME'S ANNUAL I SPY FOR AGES 3 TO 10: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St. Take a look around the museum and learn about Lisle’s history and culture. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-968-0499,

MCCORMICK HOUSE TOURS: 1:30 p.m. July 13 and 27, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Learn about the history and unique design of the McCormick House (1952) by Mies van der Rohe on the docent-led tour. Information:, 630-834-0202.

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.

"HEART OF BARKNESS" BOOK SIGNING BY SPENCER QUINN: 1 to 3 p.m., Hinsdale Humane Society, 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale. Frugal Muse Books of Darien and Hinsdale Humane Society present the best-selling author of The Chet and Bernie Mystery Series. Chet the dog has been called “the most lovable narrator in crime fiction” by The Boston Globe. Cost: Books must be purchased at Frugal Muse to participate in signing line. Information: 630-427-1140 to reserve seats;


MIKE & JOE CONCERT PART OF LINEUP: 3 p.m., Cantigny Park's band shell, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. A family fun night with the Millennials is planned at 6 p.m. July 19, and Denny Diamond will perform at 3 p.m. July 21. Cost: $10 parking summer Saturdays and Sundays, otherwise $5. Information:, 630-668-5161.


SENIOR FAIR: 2 p.m., Lisle Park District, 1925 Ohio St. State Sen. Suzy Glowiak invites seniors to a free Senior Fair. Information:, 630-785-3177.

CHORAL-AIRES CHORUS GUEST NIGHTS: 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 345 S. Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst. A noted a cappella barbershop harmony chorus, the Choral-Aires Chorus of Sweet Adelines International meets to rehearse Monday nights. Information:

MUSIC MONDAYS: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Monday in July, Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton. Information:

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS "NON-FICTION": 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. It's a French comedy about current affairs. Cost: $6 to $10. Information:, 630-534-4528.

SPIRITO! SINGERS: Scheduling auditions for next season, locations in western suburbs. Spirito! draws singers from Elmhurst, Hinsdale, La Grange, Oak Brook, Downers Grove, Western Springs, Riverside, Clarendon Hills, Brookfield, Burr Ridge and beyond. Information:, 630-581-5440.


CONCERT ON THE PARK – TROPIXPLOSION: 7 to 8:30 p.m., outdoors at Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St. The Caribbean show band features steel drums, percussion and vocals. The concert moves indoors in case of rain. No registration is required. Information:, 630-668-1374.

"WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW" CONCERT AND DISCUSSION: 7 p.m., Lombard Mennonite Church, 528 E. Madison St., Wheaton. It's presented in 21st century troubadour style by Earl Fischer, dedicated peace activist and performer, who will offer singing, poetry and group discussion. He'll touch on the West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-510-8500, ext. 104.

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,


EVERETT DEAN AND THE LONESOME HEARTS: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St. The band will play rockabilly, hip-hop and electronic music. Information:

"BUBBLY ON THE BOX," AN ARROWHEAD GOLF CLUB SUMMER WINE SERIES EVENT: 6 p.m., Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. People are invited to gather foursomes for a night that starts with a putting clinic. Cost: $200 per foursome. Information:

MOON LANDING'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY TALK AND VIEWING EVENT FOR ADULTS AND TEENS: 7 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. NASA Solar System Ambassador Mark Benson will share a presentation on the moon landing, followed by an opportunity to view the full moon with a powerful telescope, along with moon and sky viewing tips and information. Registration is requested. Information:

THE APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY: 7 p.m., La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave., La Grange. Historian Jim Gibbons will discuss the ambitious goal proposed by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, and how it was achieved in 1969. Registration is requested. Information:, 708-215-3220.

ARBOR EVENINGS: Wednesdays through Sept. 4, with music from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m., The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Unwind with family and friends, enjoying live music and dancing, lawn games and refreshments. Tickets include one beer, wine or soda, along with activities and entertainment by such bands as Dick Diamond and The Dusters, appearing Aug. 14. Cost: $17, $12 for members, with tickets required for guests age 21 and older, and children admitted free. Information:, including details on special Thursday family nights.

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: 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

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. Information:

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


LAUGHS ON TAP: 7:30 p.m., Alter Brewing Company, 2300 Wisconsin Ave., Downers Grove. Several comedians will entertain. Cost: $10. Information:


FAMILY FUN FEST: 6 to 8:30 p.m., Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. Rain location is Lisle Senior High School. Cost: $10 punch card good for 25 punches. Information:

LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS: 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Information: 708-788-2118,

WINDBORNE SINGERS: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. “The best musical discovery of the year … Stunningly powerful vocal harmony … Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today,” according to Brian O’Donovan of WGBH, National Public Radio. The group will be featured at 8 p.m. July 20 on WFMT 98.7 FM's "Folkstage" with Rich Warren. Cost: $10. Information: Details at 630-699-2973;, 630-969-9720.

MEMBERS EXHIBITION AND RAC KIDS SHOW: Through July 27, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. The Sculpture Garden shows art by Jordan Martins until Aug. 3. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400, www.riversideartscenter.c

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:


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:


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:

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.


EXHIBIT OF WORKS BY LEGENDARY PRINTMAKER OF MEXICO: Through Sept. 13, Cleve Carney Art Gallery at McAninch Arts Center on College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Highlighted will be 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.


LA GRANGE FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. various 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.


RUSSELL KIRT PRAIRIE TOURS: Until Aug. 14, College of DuPage's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Participants will learn about native plants and wildlife on a guided walk through the 18-acre site’s restoration areas. Tours are offered from 1 to 3 p.m. July 28 and 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14. Cost: Free. Information: Contact Remic Ensweiler at or biology professor Lynda Randa at


ACTING CAMP FOR MUSICAL "OLIVER!" BY ELMHURST NATIVE AND CHICAGO ACTOR HELEN KNUDSEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 29 to Aug. 2, in Elmhurst. Hatbox Theatrix will offer the remaining week-long summer camp for actors and singers entering grades four through nine. Knudsen for several years produced full-scale summer musicals in Elmhurst under the name DIY Teen Theatre. Cost: Prices vary. Information:, 630-242-0570.


LOMBARD PARK DISTRICT'S CONCERTS IN LILACIA PARK: 6:30 p.m., 150 S. Park Ave. The country band Billy Croft and The 5-Alarm will perform. Information:

AUG. 6

FILM CLASS ON COMING-OF-AGE STORY: 6:15 to 9:45 p.m., movie theater space of church building at 1032 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. The film is "Almost Famous." Cost: $25 for single class, $45 for couples or for both classes. Information: To register, email

AUG. 24

ST. JAMES FARM FOREST PRESERVE TRACTOR DAY: Noon to 4 p.m., 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. Cost: Free, with no registration required. Information: 630-668-6012,

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