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North Riverside

DuPage and Cook dish up indoor-outdoor arts, music, unicorn among late-summer attractions

WHERE: Blackwell Forest Preserve on Butterfield Road in Warrenville
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 3
COST & INFO: Free;  630-933-7248,
ABOUT: The DuPage County Forest Preserve District invites people to learn about the sport of archery and its history and equipment before trying out their skills under the guidance of a certified instructor. The open house will highlight the archery range’s three different sections: beginner, advanced and interactive. Representatives from local archery groups will be on hand. All ages are welcome, but adults must accompany youth younger than 18. Equipment is provided, and registration is not required.
ARCHERY OPEN HOUSE WHERE: Blackwell Forest Preserve on Butterfield Road in Warrenville WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 3 COST & INFO: Free; 630-933-7248, ABOUT: The DuPage County Forest Preserve District invites people to learn about the sport of archery and its history and equipment before trying out their skills under the guidance of a certified instructor. The open house will highlight the archery range’s three different sections: beginner, advanced and interactive. Representatives from local archery groups will be on hand. All ages are welcome, but adults must accompany youth younger than 18. Equipment is provided, and registration is not required.

AUG. 1

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. Hat Guys will play Aug. 1 and Lotus Kings on Aug. 8. Information:,

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES CONCLUDING WITH PIRATES OVER 40: 7 p.m., Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion, 1500 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. Cost: Free. Information:

WDCB 90.9 FM LIVE JAZZ CONCERT SERIES AT LAKESIDE PAVILION: 7:30 p.m., College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Performing will be 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.

AUG. 2

ELMHURST NATIVE TEKKI LOMNICKI'S LATEST TELLIN' TALES THEATRE SHOW: Weekends from Aug. 2 to 11, Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, Chicago. Featuring four performers, the show about breaking up is titled "It's Not Me, It's You." Cost: $20 or $15 for students and people with disabilities. Information:

LOMBARD PLAYWRIGHT CRAIG GUSTAFSON'S COLLECTION OF SHORT COMIC PLAYS CALLED "FASTING COUGARS": Now 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.

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.

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:

SCULPTURE GARDEN SHOW BY JORDAN MARTINS: Through Aug. 3, Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400, www.riversideartscenter.

AUG. 3

WEST SUBURBAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PART OF FREE LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Cantigny Park's First Division Museum Plaza, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Dancing Queen will play at the bandshell at 3 p.m. Aug. 4. Cost: $10 parking summer Saturdays and Sundays, otherwise $5. Information:, 630-668-5161.

OUTDOOR SUMMER SKELEBRATION: 3 p.m. kickoff, Skeleton Key Brewery, 8102 Lemont Road, Woodridge. Festivities will be on the lawn. Information:

THE 103RD ANNUAL SUMMER PICNIC OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care, 2800 Des Plaines Ave., North Riverside. Caledonia is the principal charity of the Chicago Scots, and the picnic will feature food for purchase, games and live music. It offers performances by the Highland Dancers and a pipe band, along with an appearance by the national animal of Scotland – the unicorn. Small children can enjoy a special unicorn ride at the petting zoo from noon to 2 p.m., plus pottery painting and face painting. Guests can donate teapots and tea cups for the “Cup O’ Kindness” drive, and can sign up to be a pen pal with a resident. Parking will be available in the forest preserve, with shuttle service. Information:, 708-447-5092.

AUG. 4

CORVETTE AND CAMARO SHOW: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Advantage Chevrolet, 9510 W. Joliet Road, Hodgkins. 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.

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:

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

CRUISE NITES BRING CARS TO BERWYN’S DEPOT DISTRICT: 6 to 9 p.m., Windsor and Grove avenues. It's sponsored by Paisans Pizzeria & Bar. Information:

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,

AUG. 7

CONCERT IN THE PARK WITH ROSIE & THE RIVETS: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, Dallas and Linden streets, Westmont. Next in the series will be The Flat Cats on Aug. 14. Patrons are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-969-8080.

SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT SERIES: 7 p.m., Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. The band Call Me Jo will play acoustic versions of pop, pock and country.
Bring lawn chairs and blankets; food and drinks will be available for purchase. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-964-3410.

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 CONCLUDING: 10 a.m. screening preceded by activities, Classic Cinemas theaters in Downers Grove, North Riverside, Elmhurst and Naperville. The movie will be "Wonder Park." Cost: $1. 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:

AUG. 8

WHEATON WINE WALK: 5 to 8:30 p.m., downtown Wheaton. It's presented by the Downtown Wheaton Association and offers more than 60 wines from around the world for participants to taste as they sip, stroll and shop their way through town. Tastings begin at the new Martin Memorial Plaza, where participants will pick up their wine glass and tasting ticket along with a walking map to all the tasting locations. Tickets also are offered for the Sipping Muse Paint & Sip event immediately following the Wine Walk. Cost: $35 for wine tasting in advance and $40 at the event, with additional tastings available for purchase. Information:

YOUTH ARCHERY: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Learn how to safely use basic archery equipment and practice using compound bows and blunt arrows. Cost: Free for ages 10 to 16. Information: Register by Aug. 6, at or 815-886-1467.

SAMPLE SEVEN BRIDGES EVENT KICKING OFF SEVEN BRIDGES RESTAURANT WEEK: 5 to 7 p.m., Seven Bridges Golf Club, 1 Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. Restaurant week runs Aug. 8 to 16, offering a variety of dining incentives. Cost: $10 for adults for sampling event, $5 for children age 3 to 12. Information: To register, visit;

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. A gallery talk on the exhibit starts at 2 p.m. Aug. 11. Families are invited to a maker program for elementary-age kids from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 about the music of the Woodstock festival. 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. 9

SPARKFEST – AN OUTDOOR FAMILY MUSIC BENEFIT: 6 to 9 p.m., St. Petronille parking lot, 420 Glenwood, Glen Ellyn. It will feature Irish-born vocalist Gavin Coyle, Serena Harnack on electric violin, Mary Nevins and other local musicians. Food will be available for purchase. Guests should bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the St. Petronille Parish Life Center. The concert will benefit the St. Petronille Youth Ministry. Information: Ticket details at, 630-469-0404, ext. 2106.

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:

AUG. 10

FOSSIL FUEL BAND'S BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HINSDALE HUMANE SOCIETY: 6 to 10 p.m., BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. It's an evening for music lovers and their dogs on the patio. Cost: $20, with tickets available in advance at or at the door. Information:

WALK AND TALK WITH ILLINOIS BOTANIST CHRIS BENDA: 3 p.m., Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road. The walk among the wildflowers and Riverside‘s arboretum, followed by a lecture, is co-sponsored by the Frederick Law Olmsted Society. 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:

AUG. 11

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:

AUG. 14

RUSSELL KIRT PRAIRIE TOUR: 6 to 8 p.m., 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. Cost: Free. Information: Contact Remic Ensweiler at or biology professor Lynda Randa at

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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