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DuPage, Will and Cook to offer Paranormal Cirque to prairie fest

WHERE: Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville
WHEN: Noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 25
ABOUT: Learn about monarch butterflies, milkweed and pollinators at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s “Monarch Way Stations” program for all ages. Visitors also can search for monarch eggs and caterpillars. The program will identify milkweed hot spots that provide valuable habitat and nectar sources for monarchs.
MONARCH BUTTERFLY EVENT WHERE: Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville WHEN: Noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 COST AND INFO: Free; ABOUT: Learn about monarch butterflies, milkweed and pollinators at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s “Monarch Way Stations” program for all ages. Visitors also can search for monarch eggs and caterpillars. The program will identify milkweed hot spots that provide valuable habitat and nectar sources for monarchs.

AUG. 22

AGATHA CHRISTIE'S "AND THEN THERE WERE NONE": Through Sept. 1, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The show's director speaks at a themed tea at 1 p.m. Aug. 24, before the 3 p.m. matinee. Information:

J&D JUST FRIENDS BAND: 9 p.m., Ballydoyle Pub, 5157 Main St., Downers Grove. Also appearing will be Mixtape Junkies at 9 p.m. Aug. 23. Information: 630-969-0600.

MAJOR BOOK SALE: Aug. 22 to 24, Wheaton Public Library, 225 N. Cross St. Information:

PARANORMAL CIRQUE: Aug. 22 to Sept. 2, North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside. Organizers state that "Paranormal Cirque is a crazy yet fun fusion between circus, illusion, theatre and cabaret in perfect harmony with the evolution of a show that brings you back to when we dream and when we had nightmares and fantasies." It contains adult language and content. The R-rated show next will be performed from Sept. 5 to 15 at Chicago Premium Outlets off the Farnsworth Avenue exit on I-88 in Aurora. Information:

OUTDOOR CONCERTS AT PAINTED PIANO: Through August, La Grange, near the outdoor fountain by Village Hall, according to the La Grange Business Association. Scheduled 7 p.m. performances include Adam Chlebek on Aug. 22, and Salt Creek Chamber Wind Quintet on Aug. 29.The piano stays put through Aug. 31, with everyone encouraged to play. Then the piano moves outside the Stone Avenue METRA station, where it will stay through the West End Arts Festival on Sept. 7 and 8. Information:

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. Brass Pocket will play Aug. 22, followed by Hair Band on Aug. 29, SODA on Sept. 5 and Deacon Blues on Sept. 12. 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. "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:

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:

AUG. 23

THE FOUR C NOTES CONCERT: 7 p.m., Commercial Street and Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale. The band debuts as part of the Sounds of Summer Concert Series. Cost: Free. Information:

"WHOSE CRIME IS IT ANYWAY?" – MURDER MYSTERY DINNER: 7 p.m., Two Chef's Restaurant, 3 S. Center St., Bensenville. Mystery Unlimited will perform the comedy improv show. Cost: $50. Information:

KATHERINE RONDEAU WITH ERIC LAMBERT: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Rondeau is a singer-songwriter who focuses her passion for classic folk music through a thoroughly modern lens, and also will be featured at 8 p.m. Aug. 24 on WFMT 98.7 FM's "Folkstage" with Rich Warren. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

PETRA VAN NUIS AND ANDY BROWN, A VOICE AND GUITAR DUO: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Clubhouse, 298 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. Information:, respectively.

REASON AND RHYME DUO AT "K'TIZO AFTER DARK": 7 p.m., Cafe K'Tizo, 1915 Gary Ave., Wheaton. Reason and Rhyme features the music of Jeff and Brittany Janiszewski. Information:

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

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:

AUG. 24

AN OLD-FASHIONED PRAIRIE FEST: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester. Explore the newly restored Prairie House. The fest offers crafters, historic reenactors, food, basket raffles, genealogy advice and an interactive live raptor program between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. "Exploring Wolf Road Prairie" talk and guided tour will begin at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m; to sign up for the tour, visit Cost: Free. Information:

COUNTRY/WESTERN SING-AROUND: 2 to 4 p.m. each fourth Saturday, Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Cost: $1. Information:, 630-969-9720.

MEOWFIT MIXER FOR NEWER SKATERS IS HOSTED BY THE CHICAGO OUTFIT ROLLER DERBY LEAGUE: Doors open at 3 p.m., running to 8:30 p.m., Cicero Stadium, 1909 S. Laramie Ave., Cicero. Information:

PARK PALOOZA: 5 to 10 p.m., Berens Park, 493 N. Oaklawn Ave., Elmhurst. It features food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and activities for kids including an inflatable circus train, 60-foot inflatable obstacle course, face painting and balloon twister. The Hub's Spray Ground and miniature golf will be free to use during the event. Music will be by The Doors of Chicago performing from 5 to 7 p.m. and the '90s party band Run Forrest Run from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 630-993-8900.

LISLE CAR SHOW: 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 and Sept. 28, at Main Street and Burlington Avenue in downtown Lisle. Music and food are offered at the event coordinated by the Kiwanis of Lisle and Lisle Heritage Society. Cost: Free admission. Information:

AMERICAN ENGLISH, A BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND, AT LOMBARD CRUISE NIGHT AND CONCERT SERIES SEASON FINALE: 6 to 10 p.m., with concert stage in the intersection of Park Avenue and St. Charles Road in downtown Lombard. Through-traffic will be blocked beginning at 3 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. Free crafts and activities will be available at the Kids’ Corner, and popcorn can be purchased from Lombard Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, with all profits benefitting Lombard’s Shop-With-A-Cop program. Information:

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,

RIVERSIDE CHAPTER OF THE LYRIC OPERA SCREENING "CALLAS BY CALLAS": 2 to 5 p.m., Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road. Information: Alice Stake at 708-447-7523.

"ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS" OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES: 6 p.m. Aug. 24 and 25, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Dialogue contains brief mentions of death. Hike is roughly one mile in distance. Information:

AUG. 25

ELMHURST CHORAL UNION'S MICROWAVE MASTERPIECES: 1 to 5 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church of Elmhurst, 142 E. Third St. How long does it take to learn a choral masterpiece? Just one afternoon, if you do it right. Join singers from Elmhurst Choral Union and sing with conductor Scott Uddenberg. Singers pay $20 for music scores at the door. Audiences pay $5 for the 4 p.m. concert. Tickets or registration are through, 800-838-3006, or at the door. Information:, 630-758-1100.

ONE OF THESE NIGHTS BAND: 3 p.m., Cantigny Park bandshell, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Chicago Tribute Anthology will play at 3 p.m. Sept. 1 and American English, a noted Beatles tribute band, at 3 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 2. Cost: $10 parking summer Saturdays and Sundays, otherwise $5. Information:, 630-668-5161.

AUG. 26

FRIENDS OF THE VILLA PARK LIBRARY'S MURDER MYSTERY PLAY AUDITIONS: 7 p.m., Iowa Community Center, 338 N. Iowa Ave., Villa Park. Organizers are searching for a cast of characters, with no experience needed. Information:, 630-834-1164.

"ASTRONOMY USING YOUR EYES": 7:30 p.m., North Riverside Public Library, 2400 S. Des Plaines Ave. See the stars with Michelle Nichols, the astro educator, to learn to observe the night sky without a telescope, and get the chance to see Jupiter and Saturn, weather permitting. Cost: Free, with registration requested. Information:, 708-447-0869.

AUG. 27

"SAVING YOUR PRIZED POSSESSIONS": 7 to 8:30 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Discover the factors that make things fall apart, and learn easy ways to save and store possessions from a museum expert. Cost: Free for ages 16 or older; register by Aug. 25. Information:, 815-886-1467.

HOT SPOT COMEDY SHOWCASE: 7 p.m., Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Cost: Free. Information:

JAZZ COMMUNITY BIG BAND: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Fitz’s Spare Keys, 119 N. York St., Elmhurst. It's a swinging, 18-piece big band, led by Marianne May. Information:, 630-379-5007.

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. 28

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 bands. 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.

AUG. 30

UNIQUE UKULELE STYLIST DEL REY: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. "Rey is one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitars,” stated Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

HOLY TRINITY PARISH FEST, A COMMUNITY AND PARISH EVENT: Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, Holy Trinity commuter lot, 111 S. Cass Ave., Westmont. The debut fest features a carnival, food, craft show, bingo and live music. 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. 31

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

ART EXHIBIT ELLEN ROTTSOLK: During August, Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. Information:, 630-964-7899.

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


LIVING HISTORY DEMONSTRATION: Noon to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Meet cooks, seamstresses, voyageurs, soldiers or craftsmen from the 18th-century fur trade era. Registration is not required for the all-ages program. Cost: Free. 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:

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:


LA GRANGE FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. various Thursdays, La Grange Road and Harris Avenue. Information:, 708-582-6510.

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.


AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY MUM SALE: 10 a.m. until sold out, at the post at 151st and Archer Avenue in Lockport. The American Legion Auxiliary John Olson Unit 18 serves communities including Lemont, Bolingbrook and Romeoville. The plants come in a variety of colors. Cost: $10 each, and all profits will be used to help local area veterans. Information:


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:

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