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WHERE: Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20
COST & INFO: Free; 630-933-7200,
ABOUT: An all-ages open house will spotlight year-round events at the estate. On tap will be a a self-guided tour of Mayslake Hall, along with live music and theater, art, naturalist-led nature and photo hikes, exploration stations for youth, archery and fishing. It will offer short meditation walks and an outdoor stretching session to spotlight programs at the 87-acre estate, home to the 1920s Tudor Revival-style Mayslake Hall, a national historic landmark. Performing will be Sinfonietta Bel Canto at noon; Acappellago at 1 p.m.; and First Folio Theatre – Mayslake’s resident theater company – at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Kayaking will be available for a fee.
‘DISCOVER MAYSLAKE’ WHERE: Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 COST & INFO: Free; 630-933-7200, ABOUT: An all-ages open house will spotlight year-round events at the estate. On tap will be a a self-guided tour of Mayslake Hall, along with live music and theater, art, naturalist-led nature and photo hikes, exploration stations for youth, archery and fishing. It will offer short meditation walks and an outdoor stretching session to spotlight programs at the 87-acre estate, home to the 1920s Tudor Revival-style Mayslake Hall, a national historic landmark. Performing will be Sinfonietta Bel Canto at noon; Acappellago at 1 p.m.; and First Folio Theatre – Mayslake’s resident theater company – at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Kayaking will be available for a fee.


LAUGHS ON TAP: 7:30 p.m., Alter Brewing Company, 2300 Wisconsin Ave., Downers Grove. Several comedians will entertain. Cost: $10. Information:

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,

SCREENING OF “COCO” AT LAKESIDE PAVILION: 8 p.m., College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. It's an Oscar-winning Disney-Pixar animated film. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-942-4000.

THE PROMENADE BOLINGBROOK HOSTING THE ROCKIN' WITH ROCK BOTTOM CONCERT SERIES: 7 to 9 p.m. most Thursdays (not July 18 because of heat wave) through Sept. 12, 631 E. Boughton Road. Because of weather conditions, the next Thursday concert will feature country artist Nick Lynch on 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. various Thursdays through Aug. 1, Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion, 1500 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. The Flat Cats will perform swing music July 18, followed by Cadillac Groove, an eight-piece band with a complete horn section, on 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. July 18 and 25, Lisle Park District band shell on east side of Sea Lion Aquatic Park, 1825 Short St. Cost: Free. Information:


NEW PHILHARMONIC IN POP MUSIC SERIES AT LAKESIDE PAVILION: 7:30 p.m., College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The orchestra under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt will present pops, marches and movie scores. Brass Transit returns July 26, performing hits from the band Chicago. Donnie Kehr brings “The Greatest Piano Men” on Aug. 2, this time joined by Greg Ransom and Pete Peterkin. Magic of Motown completes the series Aug. 9. People are asked to bring donated food item for pantry. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-942-4000.

FAMILY FUN FEST: 6 to 8:30 p.m., Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. Rain location is Lisle Senior High School. Cost: $10 punch card good for 25 punches. 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 19, Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press; July 20, Mr. Blotto's 50th Anniversary of Woodstock; 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.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT WITH THE MILLENNIALS PART OF LINEUP: 6 p.m., Cantigny Park's band shell, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Denny Diamond will perform at 3 p.m. July 21, followed by Rico at 3 p.m. July 28. 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. A military through the ages reenactment is presented from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27 and 28; and American Indian veterans will gather both days. Cost: $10 parking summer Saturdays and Sundays, otherwise $5. Information:, 630-668-5161.

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.c


SENSORY GARDEN PLAYGROUND'S FREE JULY PLAY DAY: 10 a.m. to noon, 2751 Navistar Drive, Lisle. Special furry guests will visit from Canine Companions for Independence. A canine training session runs from 10 to 11 a.m. and will include specialized training related to skills to be a service dog. A booth will offer details about the organization. Information,

CHICAGO DAYLILY SOCIETY SHOW: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Guests will marvel at the different colors of more than 150 varieties of daylilies. Among other special events are bird walks. Information:

CHICAGO ODDITIES & CURIOSITIES EXPO: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 20 and 21, Odeum Expo Center, 1033 N. Villa Ave., Villa Park. It's billed for lovers of the strange and unusual, showcasing vendors with all things weird. Cost: $10 to $22 for VIP entry, plus parking. Information:, 630-941-9292;

GRACE KELLY – AMERICAN PRINCESS PROFILED BY LESLEY GODDARD: 2 p.m., Berwyn Public Library, 2701 Harlem Ave. Registration is requested. Information:, 708-795-8000.


ANTIQUE CAR SHOW: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Information:,

POLKA PARTY WITH EDDIE KOROSA JR. AND THE BOYS FROM ILLINOIS: 2 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. The renowned polka bandleader and accordion player brings his band to town. Registration is requested. Information:, 630-964-7899.


TOTALLY TUESDAYS – ANIMAL FARM: Noon, Lisle Community Park Bandshell, 1825 Short St. Animal Farm is a group of musicians and educators who perform original songs and sketches for children and families. Cost: Free. Information:

THE JAZZ COMMUNITY BIG BAND: 7:30 p.m. every fourth Tuesday, Fitz’s Spare Keys, 119 N. York St., Elmhurst. Cost: No cover. Information:, 630-379-5007.

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,


DUPAGE COUNTY FAIR: July 24 to 28, DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Information:, 630-668-6636.

JAZZ IN THE PARK: 7 to 9 p.m., Newton Park, 707 Fairview Ave., Glen Ellyn. Enjoy free live concerts by the Glen Ellyn Jazz Ensemble, a 16-member group, throughout the summer. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, bug spray and a picnic dinner. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-858-2462.

CONCERT IN THE PARK WITH SECOND HAND SOUL: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Diane Main Park, 200 W. 59th St., Westmont. Next in the series will be Lake Effect on July 31 at the same park, followed by 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.

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 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


"THE JUNGLE BOOK": 10 a.m. July 25 and 26, Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. AlphaBet Soup Productions, a professional theater for young audiences, presents the literary classic in an action-packed musical. Cost: $8.50. Information:, 630-932-1555.

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. Cost: $10. Information: Details at 630-699-2973;, 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:

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:


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:


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:

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.


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.


LOMBARD PARK DISTRICT'S CONCERTS IN LILACIA PARK: 6:30 p.m., 150 S. Park Ave. The country band Billy Croft and The 5-Alarm will perform. 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. 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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