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DuPage, Will and Cook to offer festivals, family fun, art and music

WHERE: Unitarian Church, 11 W. Maple St., Hinsdale
WHEN: 8 p.m. Oct. 5
COST AND INFO: $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors;, 630-941-7797
ABOUT: Acoustic Renaissance Concerts presents two noted artists on a co-bill – Zoe Mulford (shown) and Ariane Lydon. Zoe Mulford is becoming best known as the author of "The President Sang Amazing Grace," which was covered by Joan Baez in 2018 and received an international folk award as Song of the Year at Folk Alliance International. Her song "Welcome In Another Year" has become a seasonal favorite on folk radio.
SINGER BEHIND ‘THE PRESIDENT SANG AMAZING GRACE’ WHERE: Unitarian Church, 11 W. Maple St., Hinsdale WHEN: 8 p.m. Oct. 5 COST AND INFO: $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors;, 630-941-7797 ABOUT: Acoustic Renaissance Concerts presents two noted artists on a co-bill – Zoe Mulford (shown) and Ariane Lydon. Zoe Mulford is becoming best known as the author of "The President Sang Amazing Grace," which was covered by Joan Baez in 2018 and received an international folk award as Song of the Year at Folk Alliance International. Her song "Welcome In Another Year" has become a seasonal favorite on folk radio.

OCT. 3

UTAH’S RED ROCK CANYONLANDS: 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. The River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club will co-host “Wild Utah: America’s Red Rock Wilderness” presented by Clayton Daughenbaugh, conservation organizer with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and chairman of the Sierra Club’s Wildlands and Wilderness Team. The program includes a 15-minute film, “Wild Utah.” Federal agencies have proposed to eliminate large portions of Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, a policy threatening the wild lands. “These are spectacular public lands owned by all Americans – as citizens, we have a great opportunity to act to protect these special places,” Daughenbaugh said. Information: or Jeff Gahris of the River Prairie Group at

JACK'S PUMPKIN GLOW: Between Oct. 3 and 27, Sensory Garden Playground, 2751 Navistar Drive, Lisle. The pumpkin wonderland is coming to the suburbs this Halloween season, providing a festive fall activity with a third-of-a-mile trail filled with 5,000 hand-carved jack o’ lanterns. Refreshments are offered. Cost: $16.99 to $27.99. Information:

"THE EXTRAORDINARY IMPACT WE CAN CREATE – LESSONS FROM MY JOURNEY CO-FOUNDING THE MALALA FUND TO NOW": 7 p.m., Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Shiza Shahid co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to create access to high-quality education for all children around the world. Cost: $20 for the public. Information: 630-617-5186,

COLLEGE THEATER AT COLLEGE OF DUPAGE PRESENTING "THE WOLVES": 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday from Oct. 3 to 20, McAninch Arts Center's Studio Theatre, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The play by Sarah DeLappe is directed by Amelia Barrett. It's a portrait of the demands a teenage athlete, daughter, student and teammate must deal with while working to win the game of life and soccer. Information:, 630-942-4000.

"HOLMES AND WATSON" BY BUFFALO THEATRE ENSEMBLE: Through Oct. 6, McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Three years following the mysterious "death" of Sherlock Holmes at Reichenbach Falls, there have been many who've claimed to be Holmes, all de-bunked as imposters by Watson. But now three separate men insist they are the famous sleuth. Full of twists and turns, this is a riveting and clever adventure from award-winning playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, according to BTE. Director is Ron May. It contains adult themes and language. Season tickets currently are on sale by subscription only. Cost: $40 to $42. Information: To subscribe, call 630-942-4000.

"THE COLOR PURPLE": Through Nov. 3, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The musical is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and earned 15 Tony Award nominations, including the win for Best Revival of a Musical. It is rated PG-13. Information:

PAINTER JANICE NOWINSKI DISPLAYING "BODIES OF PAINT" EXHIBIT: Through Oct. 12, Riverside Arts Center's Freeark Gallery, 32 E. Quincy St. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information:

"THE POWER OF CHILDREN – MAKING A DIFFERENCE," A NATIONALLY TOURING EXHIBIT: Through Oct.13, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. It highlights the stories of three ordinary children from different eras who faced extraordinary circumstances that can inspire others to fight discrimination and intolerance – Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White, reflecting the Holocaust, the Civil Rights Movement, and the AIDS epidemic. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: in the programs section or call 630-833-1457.

GORDON FRANCE FROM THE LA GRANGE AREA EXHIBITS "PAINTING THE TOWN": Through Oct. 26, La Grange Art League Gallery, 122 Calendar Ave. A reception is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 for the noted artist's 35 acrylics and watercolors of Chicago streets, intersections and landmarks. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: Gallery at 708-352-3101.

ARTS DUPAGE MONTH: October, across DuPage County. To view attractions, visit

OCT. 4

GREENMAN THEATRE PRESENTING "THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR": Through Oct. 13, 232 S. York St., Elmhurst. The satirical comedy is adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, from the 19th century original by Nikolai Gogol. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Information: 630-464-2646,

"THE ADDAMS FAMILY – A NEW MUSICAL": Through Oct. 6, Wheaton Drama's Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St. "Creepy and kooky," they are headed to Wheaton Drama in a musical comedy based on Charles Addams' publications, as well as the 1960s TV series. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Sunday; an American Sign Language interpreted performance is offered at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Cost: $21 to $24. Information:, 630-260-1820.

"SUGAR SKULL! A DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS MUSICAL ADVENTURE": 7 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. It's a joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of Día de los Muertos through music and dance. Cost: $14 to $20. Information:, 630-942-4000.

ST PETRONILLE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS' ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRY: 5 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11, St. Petronille Church, 420 Glenwood Ave., Glen Ellyn. Information: 630-469-0404.

SOUTH HIGH DRAMA PRESENTS THE CHILDREN'S PLAY "THE TRIAL OF THE BIG BAD WOLF": 7 p.m., Downers Grove South High School, 1436 Norfolk St. It examines the guilt or innocence of the accused from different points of view and comes up with a surprising and satisfying conclusion in which no one escapes unscathed. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, free for children. Information:, 630-795-8518.

THE GEORGE MATTSON TRIO: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. The group will perform country, swing, jazz, blues and honkytonk. Mattson accompanies his big, rich voice on guitar and banjo, with Tommy Re on fiddle, and Mike Hazdra on vocals and bass. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

RUMMAGE SALE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 5, Holy Trinity Church, 8659 S. Sayre Ave., Burbank, two blocks east of Harlem Avenue on 87th Street. A bag costs $3.50 on Oct. 5. Information: 708-599-2040.

OCT. 5

TOUCH-A-TRUCK: 10 a.m. to noon, The Avery Coonley School, 1400 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. There will be a variety of trucks and vehicles, along with free Kona Ice. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-969-0800.

OCTOBER FEST: 2 to 8 p.m., outside DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton. Activities are set on Wesley Street between Main and Cross, featuring live music, a beer garden, children’s area and food vendors. Alpine Thunder performs at 2 p.m., followed by Chemically Imbalanced at 4 p.m. and Vital Signs at 6 p.m. The museum will be open. Information:

ARTOBERFEST: 4 to 9 p.m., Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. All ages are invited to celebrate Arts DuPage Month along with the new season of shows by the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild and Elmhurst Art Museum. There will be award winning hamburgers or a vegetarian option from a Lodi Tap House Pop-up, local craft beers from Elmhurst Brewing, and wines from Illinois wineries. Family-friendly activities include lawn games, an interactive art area, and live music by Joe Eddy and Friends. Information:, 630-834-0202.

OKTOBERFEST DINNER: 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, 643 E. Washington St. Lawn games start at 5 p.m., with dinner buffet at 6 p.m. and a bonfire following. Information:, 630-231-3344.

HOMECOMING CONCERT CHORAL SHOWCASE: 7:30 p.m., College Church, 332 E. Seminary Ave., Wheaton. The Wheaton College Conservatory of Music presents the Concert Choir, Men's Glee Club and Women's Chorale. Cost: Free. Information:

OCT. 6

THE LAST STRAW FALL EVENT: Noon to 4 p.m., Gregg House Museum, 115 S. Linden Ave., Westmont. Most activities at the rain-or-shine event are free. Make a scarecrow (nominal fee), decorate pumpkins, meet a beekeeper, see an animal show, pan for gold, and take a hay ride. Information:

THE KINGDOM CHOIR: 3 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The 15 singers are known for their performance of "Stand by Me" at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Cost: $65 to $70. Information:, 630-942-4000.

ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH ARTIST SERIES PRESENTS CONTEMPORARY JAZZ VOCALIST MARGARET CARLSON: 3 p.m., 215 S. Lincoln St., Lombard. Cost: No tickets are sold, but a freewill offering is gathered. Information:

FRENCH MARKET IN GLEN ELLYN: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 13, Main Street train station south parking lot, between Main Street and Forest Avenue. Information:

OCT. 7

HINSDALE FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Oct. 14, Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave. Information:

OCT. 8

STORY TIME AND FUN WITH AUNT TILLIE AT GLEN ELLYN HISTORY CENTER: 10:30 a.m., 800 N. Main St. The stories and a craft are geared to children ages 2 to 5, presented by Maria Boundas Bakalis of CurtainUp Classroom. Cost: Free, with no reservations required. Information:, 630-469-1867.

"BECOMING QUEEN ELIZABETH II," A HISTORICAL PORTRAYAL BY LESLIE GODDARD: 7 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. Goddard, a historian, explores the life of Britain's famous monarch. Cost: Free, with registration required. 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,

PUMPKIN FEST: All October, Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Information:

OCT. 10

SASHA PIETERSE AT ANDERSON'S BOOKSHOP: 7 p.m., 26 S. La Grange Road, La Grange. From Pieterse, a star of "Pretty Little Liars," comes "Sasha in Good Taste," a full-color guide to cooking, baking, DIY and embracing the joy of entertaining. Ticket is required for signing line. Information:

BUSY BEAVERS CRAFT CLUB: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21, Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Each program offers a different craft activity in the museum; drop by whenever you like between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monthly themes are October, bats; November, turkeys; December, snowy owls. Cost: Free to all ages. Information:

OCT. 11

HAUNTED FOREST: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12, Oak Brook Park District, 1450 Forest Gate Road. See if you can make it through the twists and turns of the haunted maze. A variety of attractions is offered. Parental discretion is advised for thrill seekers younger than 10. A nonscary maze preview is offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 10, costing $5 for unlimited maze walks. Cost: Fees vary. Information:, 630-990-4233.

PUMPKIN FLOTILLA AND SPOOKY STORIES: 6 to 7 p.m., Diane Main Park, 200 W. 59th St., Westmont. Because there's a limited number of floating devices, contact Dustin Kleefisch, superintendent of recreation, to reserve your pumpkin’s spot at, 630-963-5252, ext. 218. Cost: Free. Information:

REZA – EDGE OF ILLUSION: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. REZA promises grand scale illusions, masterful comedic timing and interactive moments. Cost: $44 to $54. Information:, 630-942-4000.

"THE ODD COUPLE": 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 13, First Congregational Church of La Grange, 100 Sixth Ave. Galaxy Theater Company presents Neil Simon's classic comedy. Cost: $10 to $15. Information:

NOAH DERKSEN: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. An American citizen born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies while maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters, mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

OCT. 12

DOWNERS GROVE DOWNTOWN MARKET: 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 19, Main Street train station, 5001 Main St. Among items will be local produce and artisan foods. Information:

OCT. 14

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:

OCT. 15

"TIPS FOR THE LAZY GARDENER": 6:15 p.m., Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale. Cindy Tyley is a certified landscape designer and owner of Carriage House Garden Design, as well as a member of the Western Springs Garden Club. At 7 p.m., her show-and-tell presentation will demonstrate tips for both indoor and outdoor gardening throughout the year, presented by the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Cost: Free admission. Information:,

OCT. 19

TWO ARCHERY PROGRAMS PLUS ZOMBIES: Daytime events, Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. “Ready, Aim, Fire!” meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Work on your archery skills as well as how to safely use basic archery equipment. Practice using compound bows to shoot blunt arrows at a target. It's free for ages 12 to 17. “Zombie Apocalypse Archery” meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Put your archery skills to work protecting the forest preserve from a zombie apocalypse. Learn the basics of archery. Then practice shooting at targets at the archery range. It's free for ages 18 or older. Register for both programs by Oct. 17 at or call 815-886-1467.

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

OCT. 21

ELMHURST HARMONIE REHEARSALS: 7 p.m. Mondays, Elmhurst Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Road. Formerly the Elmhurst Men's Chorus and Elmhurst Ladies' Chorus, the group invites everyone who loves to sing to join rehearsals for the holiday season. Information:

OCT. 24

SENIOR SINGERS INVITED TO JOIN LILAC TOWN SENIOR CHORUS: 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday, Lombard Community Building, 433 E. St. Charles Road. It is presented by the Lombard Park District as a free, friendly and informal setting for people to sing. Information: Call Patti Plomb at 630-620-7322.

OCT. 25

"MCCORMICK HOUSE – PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE" PLUS IMAGIST EXHIBIT: Through Jan. 12, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Chicago Imagist fans will enjoy "What Came After – Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-1998," while architecture enthusiasts will revel in the sophistication of the Mies van der Rohe McCormick House exhibition that for the first time portrays a full, 1950s domestic representation of the rare single-family home. Special tours also are planned. 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:

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