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Your DuPage and Cook guide to fun heralds 'Henry V,' festivals, food, outdoor concerts

WHERE: DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton
WHEN: Now through July 28
COST AND INFO: Admission prices vary;, 630-668-6636
ABOUT: The DuPage County Fair is in full swing with live music, a craft beer garden, 4-H exhibits and contests, specialty acts including a sword swallower, carnival rides, food, rodeo and demolition derby among the many attractions promising down-home fun.
DUPAGE COUNTY FAIR WHERE: DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton WHEN: Now through July 28 COST AND INFO: Admission prices vary;, 630-668-6636 ABOUT: The DuPage County Fair is in full swing with live music, a craft beer garden, 4-H exhibits and contests, specialty acts including a sword swallower, carnival rides, food, rodeo and demolition derby among the many attractions promising down-home fun.


TASTE OF CERMAK ROAD: 5 to 9 p.m., Cermak Road, Berwyn. It's presented by Mayor Robert Lovero. Cost: $15. Information: Registration details at

FIRST FOLIO THEATRE'S PRODUCTION OF "HENRY V" IN SHAKESPEARE-UNDER-THE-STARS: Now through Aug. 18, outdoor stage at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., off Route 83, Oak Brook. Cost: $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,

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. Country artist Nick Lynch appears July 25. Then, Arts on the Row will present fine art plus Latin jazz by Contrabanda from 6 to 9 p.m. July 26. Information:,

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 1, Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion, 1500 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. Cadillac Groove, an eight-piece band with a complete horn section, appears July 25, and the tropical Pirates Over 40 on Aug. 1. Cost: Free. Information:

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:

PRAIRIE FEST: July 25 to 28, Community Park, 655 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale. It has live music, children’s entertainment, food, drinks, carnival and fireworks July 27. No outside beverages or pets are permitted. Information:

AAUW ELMHURST AREA BRANCH USED BOOK SALE: July 25 to 28, Sandburg Middle School, 345 E. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. The American Association of University Women branch hosts its 60th annual sale. Information:

BREVILLE PRESENTS SUMMER SOUPS AND SMOOTHIES CLASS WITH NOTED CHEF: 6 p.m., North American Pizza and Culinary Academy, 1970 University Lane, Lisle. Chef Julie Morris, a New York Times best-selling cookbook author, leads a hands-on summer soups and smoothie class, presented by Breville blenders. Information: Tickets at

"1776" THE MUSICAL: 7 p.m. July 25 to 27, Willowbrook High School, 1250 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park. It's presented by Saint Genesius Productions. Cost: $8 to $12. Information:, 630-244-9406.

WDCB 90.9 FM LIVE JAZZ CONCERT SERIES AT LAKESIDE PAVILION: 7:30 p.m., College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. It opens with Grammy-nominated Angel Melendez and The 911 Mambo Orchestra on July 25, followed by Chicago Plays the Stones, featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks and Billy Branch on Aug. 1, and The Joey DeFrancesco Trio with special guest Bobby Broom on Aug. 8. “COD's Got Talent” student talent competition winners will open for each concert at 7:15 p.m. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-942-4000.


BEN BEDFORD: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. In 2010, he was named one of the “50 most significant folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years” by Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago; the list includes the likes of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Shari Kane and Dave Steele will appear at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 2. Blues Revue writes about the duo's “ … slamming rhythms, biting slide … string-snapping and note-slurring tricks that set fire to guitar … ” Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

REASON AND RHYME DUO PERFORMING IN K'TIZO AFTER DARK SERIES: 7 to 10 p.m., Cafe K'Tizo, 1915 Gary Ave., Wheaton. Featured is the music of Jeff and Brittany Janiszewski. Cost: Free. Information:

LOMBARD PLAYWRIGHT CRAIG GUSTAFSON'S COLLECTION OF SHORT COMIC PLAYS CALLED "FASTING COUGARS": July 26 to Aug. 31, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Riverfront Playhouse, 11 S. Water St., downtown Aurora. Cost: $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information:, 630-897-9496.

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

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. The schedule is July 26, Jimmy Buffett tribute featuring Mr. Myers; and July 27, American English in a Beatles tribute. Cost: Admission fees vary. Information:, 708-688-8000.

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:

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.


SUMMER READING CELEBRATION CONCERT WITH SINGER-SONGWRITER RALPH COVERT: 1 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. Grammy-nominated children's musician Ralph Covert will give a high-energy, solo acoustic concert for all ages. Information:

TWO BROTHERS FOR THE LOVE OF HOPS FESTIVAL: 1 to 10:30 p.m., Two Brothers brewery and adjacent tap house, 30W315 Calumet Avenue West, Warrenville. Food and bands will be part of the lineup. Cost: $10, or $65 for VIP entry. Information:

BAGS, BREW AND BBQ: 6 to 9 p.m., outside Wilder Mansion in Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. It's a night just for adults, featuring bags and other games, plus food trucks. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-993-8900.

MCCORMICK HOUSE TOURS: 1:30 p.m., 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.

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:


RICO BAND PART OF FREE LINEUP: 3 p.m., Cantigny Park's band shell, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The West Suburban Symphony Orchestra plays at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the First Division Museum Plaza. McCormick Day festivities are planned from noon to 4 p.m. July 25, with free parking for that event. Cost: $10 parking summer Saturdays and Sundays, otherwise $5. Information:, 630-668-5161.

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

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:


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.

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:

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.


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,


CONCERT IN THE PARK WITH LAKE EFFECT: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Diane Main Park, 200 W. 59th St., Westmont. Next in the series will be Rosie & The Rivets on Aug. 7 and The Flat Cats on Aug. 14, both at Veterans Memorial Park. Patrons are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-969-8080.

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 and the Destination Asia Festival from Aug. 2 to 4.

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 31 - "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"; and Aug. 7 - "Wonder Park." Cost: $1. Information: Reservation forms for groups at

LOMBARD PARK DISTRICT'S CONCERT IN LILACIA PARK: 6:30 p.m., 150 S. Park Ave. The country band Billy Croft and The 5-Alarm will perform. Also featured in the park will be the movie "Trolls" at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 7. 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. 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:

AUG. 1

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.

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:

AUG. 2

LA GRANGE ENDLESS SUMMERFEST FESTIVAL: Aug. 2 to 4, Gordon Park, Tilden and Ogden avenues, La Grange. It features bands, carnival rides, fireworks on closing night, food and a variety of attractions. Information:

AUG. 5

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS "ECHO IN THE CANYON": 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. It's followed by "Wild Nights with Emily" on Aug. 19. Cost: $6 to $10. Information:, 630-534-4528.

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,

COSLEY ZOO: Open daily except fall and winter holidays, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Information:, 630-665-5534.

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