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WHERE: Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn
WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. July 7 and 21 and Aug. 4 and 18
COST & INFO: $5 rental per boat for 20 minutes;, 630-858-2462
ABOUT: People can visit Lake Ellyn Park to try out its canoes, kayaks and pedal boat (shown). The Boating in the Park series is presented by the Glen Ellyn Park District. Before heading out onto the water, instruction is offered by staff for visitors unfamiliar with different rowing techniques. It’s open to all ages, but one must be able to safely fit into the provided life jacket.
BOATING IN THE PARK WHERE: Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. July 7 and 21 and Aug. 4 and 18 COST & INFO: $5 rental per boat for 20 minutes;, 630-858-2462 ABOUT: People can visit Lake Ellyn Park to try out its canoes, kayaks and pedal boat (shown). The Boating in the Park series is presented by the Glen Ellyn Park District. Before heading out onto the water, instruction is offered by staff for visitors unfamiliar with different rowing techniques. It’s open to all ages, but one must be able to safely fit into the provided life jacket.


EYES TO THE SKIES HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL: Noon to 11 p.m. July 4, 5 and 6, with carnival also on July 7, Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. The fest showcases hot air balloons, two music stages, a large interactive children's area, 30 food vendors, carnival, craft fair, and fireworks nightly, with proceeds supporting charities. Cost: Admission fees vary. Information:

GRAND FUNK RAILROAD IS AMONG BIG-NAME BANDS AT RIBFEST: Now through July 6, Knoch Park, 724 S. West St., Naperville. Cost: Prices vary. Information: Call the Exchange Club of Naperville at 630-259-1129,

LS XTRAVAGANZA: Now to July 7, 28248 Diehl Road, Warrenville. It promises car shows, cruises and high-speed excitement. 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.

OPEN MIC: 8 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. The evening opens at 7:30 p.m. with sign-up on a first-come basis. 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:


ARTIST RECEPTION FOR SCOTT YAO: 3 to 4:30 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. Information:

ST. JAMES FARM FOREST PRESERVE EVENTS: Various dates, 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. Visitors are invited to free, family-oriented programs. Danada Equestrian Center has moved its “Horsin’ Around” summer program to St. James Farm’s indoor riding arena. The equine days include children’s activities and up-close opportunities to learn about horses; it's free for all ages, with no registration required. Events from noon to 4 p.m. include St. James Farm Day on July 6; and Tractor Day on Aug. 24. Information: 630-668-6012,


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,


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 "ASH IS PUREST WHITE": 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Called a soulful epic, the drama is by Jia Zhangke. Cost: $6 to $10. Information:, 630-534-4528.


FILM CLASSES ON TWO COMING-OF-AGE STORIES: July 9 and Aug. 6, movie theater space of church building at 1032 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. The respective films are "Stand by Me" from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and "Almost Famous" from 6:15 to 9:45 p.m. Cost: $25 for single class, $45 for couples or for both classes. Information: To register, email

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,


DOCUMENTARY ON SHELDON PECK: 7 p.m., Helen M. Plum Memorial Library, 110 W. Maple St., Lombard. Lombard Historical Society screens its new documentary on the life of Lombardian primitive portrait artist and abolitionist Sheldon Peck. Cost: Free, with registration required. Information:

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:

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 10 - "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation"; 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


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:,

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:

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.


AGATHA CHRISTIE'S "AND THEN THERE WERE NONE": July 12 to Sept. 1, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Information:

IDES OF MARCH FEATURING JIM PETERIK IN LAKESIDE PAVILION OUTDOOR SUMMER SERIES: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The original members of the Ides of March have remained together for nearly 50 years. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-942-4000.

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:


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.


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.


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:


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.


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

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