Arts and entertainment calendar for June 7
Updated: June 5, 2012 9:07PM
“Ah, Wilderness!”, by Eugene O’Neill, through June 10 at Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. In Connecticut in 1906, the Miller family celebrates the Fourth of July as their 16-year-old son goes through the trials of young love. Tickets are $18 and $20. Call (708) 246-3380 or visit www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.
“Alice in Wonderland,” presented by Stage Door Fine Arts June 7-10 at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call (630) 323-7500 or visit www.stagedoorfinearts.com.
“Barbecuing Hamlet” will be presented by Westchester Civic Theatre at 7:30 p.m. June 9 and 16 and 2 p.m. June 10 and 17 at the St. Joseph High School theatre, 10900 W. Cermak Road, Westchester. Wouldn’t it be great fun to direct William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet?” That was what Margo Daley thought until she was hired to do just that by the Peaceful Glen Memorial Players in their theater, a renovated funeral home. Tickets: $13; $11 for students and senior citizens; $8 for children ages 6-12. Call (708) 928-5010 or visit www.westchesterplays.com.
“The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch,” at 7 p.m. June 23-24, June 29-July 1 and July 6-8 at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The comic parody speaks to the idea of living life to the fullest. Tickets: $13; $11 for seniors and youth. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.atthemac.org.
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” presented by Wheaton Drama through June 17 at Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St., downtown Wheaton. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18 for Thursday performances; $21 for Friday through Sunday. Visit www.wheatondrama.org.
“Hairspray,”through June 17 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The performance schedule is 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8:30 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $35-$46, with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Lunch and dinner packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
“Legally Blonde,” presented by Stage Door Fine Arts June 14-17 at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. $18. For tickets, call (630) 323-7500 or visit www.stagedoorfinearts.com.
“Love Thy Neighbor ... Till it Hurts,” July 5-14 at 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. The fully staged solo piece that takes place in Rogers Park examines what it means to be a good neighbor in a community where everyone has differing views. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays. $18 general admission. Visit www.16thstreettheater.org or call (708) 795-6704.
“The Merchant of Venice” will be presented by First Folio Theatre July 11-Aug. 19 as part of its Shakespeare-under-the-Stars series on the outdoor main stage at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Performances are at 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Featuring lawn seating, attendees are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets, or rent one for $2 each at the concession stand. Concessions as well as pre-ordered box suppers from La Cuisine (prepaid 48 hours in advance) are also available. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets: $26-$36, with discounts for students and seniors. First Folio will also present a fully staged reading of “Shylock and His Daughter,” by Maurice Schwartz, at 8:15 p.m. July 26, Aug. 2, 9 and 16. Originally written for the Yiddish theater and translated into English, the play tells the same story as “The Merchant of Venice,” but from Shylock’s perspective. Tickets are $10. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
“Picnic,” through June 30 at Riverfront Playhouse, 11 S. Water St., Aurora. Curtain at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets: $12-$15. Call (630) 897-9496 or visit www.riverfrontplayhouse.com.
“Route 66,” a jukebox comedy about a gang of rowdy Chicago service station attendants who take an imaginary Chicago to L.A. road trip, through Aug. 19 at the Paramount Theater, 8 E. Galena Blvd, in downtown Aurora. No shows June 11-19, July 4-8, July 14 and Aug. 18. Performances are at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays. $29. Call (630) 896-6666 or visit www.paramountaurora.com.
“Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein,” presented by Fox Valley Repertory through July 22 at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Thursday performances available June 14 and 28 and July 19 at 2 p.m. The show is rated PG. Tickets: $32-$42; dinner show packages are available from $52. Call (630) 584-6342 or visit www.foxvalleyrep.org.
“The 39 Steps,”July 5-Aug. 26 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Based on the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, “The 39 Steps” is a fast-paced comedy thriller that introduced the “man on the run” genre to Hollywood. The performance schedule is 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8:30 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $35-$46, with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Lunch and dinner packages available for $49.75-$68. Call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
WDCB Jazz Salon, produced by Pianoforte Foundation, features concerts at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20; $25 premium; $18 seniors and students. Before each concert, there will be a tour of Mayslake Hall at 6:30 p.m., $5 per person. For tickets, call (630) 206-9566 or visit www.pianofortefoundation.org. June 14: Elmhurst College Jazz Band.
The Chicago Sinfonietta presents “Passion. Tragedy. Love.” at 8 p.m. June 16 at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville. The program includes music of Felix Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Michael Abels’ “Delights and Dances,” and Benjamin Lees’ Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra. Tickets: $35-$45. Call (312) 236-3681, ext. 2, or visit www.chicagosinfonietta.org.
The musical duo of Brian Fitzgerald and Marty McCormack, known as Switchback, will entertain with Irish music at 6:30 p.m. June 20, on the upper terrace of King-Bruwaert House, 6101 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge. Bring lawn chairs for seating. To RSVP, call (630) 230-9521. In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled.
Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. (630) 530-0111. www.drurylaneoakbrook.com. June 22-23, 8 p.m., and June 24, 3 p.m.: Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Loretta Lynn. Tickets are $65. A 6 p.m. dinner is available for an additional $19 on Friday and Saturday; lunch is available on Sunday for an additional $19.
Naper Nights concert series, June 22-Aug. 25 at Naper Settlement outdoor history museum, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Concerts are from 5-10 p.m. Friday night tickets are $10; $5 youth ages 4-12. Saturday night tickets are $15; $10 youth ages 4-12. Admission is free for Naperville Heritage Society members. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Proceeds benefit the Naperville Heritage Society. For information, call (630) 420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.museum. June 22: American English (Beatles tribute band). Opening act is The Hix Brothers. June 23: The Smithereens (rock). Opening act is Mimi Betinis. July 27: Kashmir (Led Zeppelin tribute). Opening act is Kimi Hayes. July 28: Buckwheat Zydeco (Creole party music). Opening act is Ska To Catch ‘Em. Aug. 24: ARRA (classic rock). Opening act is DownPour. Aug. 25: Al Stewart. Opening act is Dave Nachmanoff.
The West Suburban Symphony Orchestra and Singers performs Verdi’s Requiem, conducted by Peter Lipari, at 4 p.m. June 24 at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Featured as soloists are Chicago-area opera singers John Concepcion, Paul Grizzell, Deborah Guscott and Ann McMann. Tickets are $20 and $25. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.westsubsymphony.org.
The Watoto Children’s Choir will perform at 6 p.m. July 1 at the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave., Clarendon Hills. The choir has traveled the world, using story, music and dance to raise awareness about the plight of African children orphaned by AIDS/HIV. The free concert is open to all ages. For information, visit www.ccch.org.
“Hot Jazz - 6 Cool Nites” concert series, 7:30 p.m. July 21-27 at North Central College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth, Naperville. The series is presented in conjunction with the 24th annual Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp, and features the jazz artists who comprise its faculty roster for the weeklong educational workshop. Each evening of the series will feature a different combination of artists and musical selections. Featured vocalists are Janice Borla, Jay Clayton and Suzanne Pittson, and instrumentalists include trumpeter Art Davis, pianist Dan Haerle, bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Jack Mouse. Tickets to the concerts Saturday through Thursday are $20, $15 for students and senior citizens. A four-night concert pass is $60; $45 for students and seniors. Tickets for the Friday performance are $10; $5 for students and seniors. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/show.
Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For more information about the theater, call (847) 671-5100 or visit www.rosemonttheatre.com. June 10, 7 p.m.: Roberto Carlos “Un Millon De Amigos” (“One Million Friends”) World Tour. $65-$125. Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.: Yes with special guest Procol Harum. $40, $50, $65, $75. Oct. 21, 7 p.m.: Celtic Thunder. $32.50, $49.50, $65, $75.
Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For information, visit www.allstatearena.com. Parking is $20, cash only. July 7, 7 p.m.: American Idol Live! Tour 2012. $29.50, $45, $65. July 19, 7 p.m.: Rock of Ages Tour — Def Leppard/Poison with special guest Lita Ford. $29.50, $59.50, $79.50, $95. Aug. 3, 7 p.m.: Summerland Tour 2012 featuring Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground. $39.50, $49.50. Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.: System of a Down with deftones. $50.
The Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street, St. Charles. (630) 962-7000. www.oshows.com. June 10, 7 p.m.: “Moonwalker, The Reflection of Michael,” a tribute to Michael Jackson. $24-$49. June 22, 8 p.m.: Rik Emmett of Triumph. $29-$69. July 14, 8 p.m.: Kevin Costner and his band, Modern West. $69-$225.
Tuscany Restaurant, 1415 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook. (630) 990-1993. www.tuscanychicago.com. June 22, 8 p.m.-midnight: “Tune into Tuscany: Fourth Fridays Live” features singer Cindy Cronin. No cover.
FitzGerald’s,6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. June 7, 8 p.m.: Blast! plus Kick the Cat (prog rock). $7. June 8, 9 p.m.: Ronnie Baker Brooks (blues). $15. June 8, 8:30 p.m.: John Engelmann plus Ingrid & the Unicorns in the SideBar (rock). $10. June 9, 9 p.m.: Kelly Hogan “I Like to Keep Myself in Pain” CD release (roots) plus Dean and the Purvs. $15. June 9, 9 p.m.: Ralph Covert’s Acoustic Army, in the SideBar (rock). $10. June 10, 6 p.m.: Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners (jazz). $10; $5 youth. June 13, 8 p.m.: Chicago Singer Spotlight, $8. June 14, 8 p.m.: Exposure featuring Trevor Parker, Will Phalen and The Blue Lincolns, in the SideBar. $5. June 14, 9 p.m.: Reckless Kelly (roots), $15. June 15, 9 p.m.: Cathy Richardson Band plus Leslie Hunt (rock). $15. June 17, 6 p.m.: Deep Blue Big Band (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. June 20, 7:30 p.m.: Pete Ellman Big Band (jazz). $10; $5 for ages 17 and under. June 20, 8 p.m.: Tish Hinojosa in the SideBar. $15. June 21, 8:30 p.m.: Expo ‘76 in the Club. No cover. June 22, 9 p.m.: Kim Lenz & the Jaguars, Roy Kay Trio, Nate Gibson & the Hi-Fly Rangers (rockabilly). $10. June 23, 9 p.m.: The Bellfuries with The Honeybees (rockabilly). $10. June 23, 9 p.m.: Old Californio in the SideBar (roots). No cover. June 24, 6 p.m.: FitzGerald’s hosts “The Earl of Old Town’s 80th Birthday.” Live folk concert inside FitzGerald’s Nightclub to be broadcast on closed circuit TV on a 14-foot screen in the Festival Tent. $10. June 28, 8 p.m.: Country Night in Berwyn with Smith & McMann, For Pilots and Jen Sygit, $5. June 29-July 3: FitzGerald’s 32nd annual American Music Festival.
Friendly Tap, 6733 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 484-9794. www.friendlytap.net. June 9, 2 p.m.: Friendly Folk Festival, featuring local talent, including Amazing Mike, Ian Leith, Ryan Anderson, Robin and Jenny Bieneman, Mark Anderson and The Farmers Market Folk Group. Acts will play every half-hour, with proceeds going to the bands. Tickets are $15.
Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. (630) 969-9720. www.twowaystreet.org. Folk/Americana music at 8:15 p.m. Fridays for a $7 cover, unless noted otherwise. June 8: Sue Fink with Jordi Kleiner. June 12, 7-9 p.m.: Second Tuesday Song Circle, $1. June 15: The Once, an award-winning Canadian trio, performs maritime songs featuring bouzouki, banjo, bodhrán and more. June 16, 2-4 p.m.: Sing-Around, co-sponsored by the Plank Road Folk Music Society. Beginners and experienced musicians can learn and/or share songs. Listeners and singers welcome. Songbooks provided. $1. June 22, 8 p.m.: Open mike. Limited to one to two songs, 10 minutes maximum. Signup at 7:30 p.m. June 23, 2-4 p.m.: Bluegrass Jam, co-sponsored by the Plank Road Folk Music Society. June 28, 7-9:30 p.m.: Last Thursday Open Mike, an unplugged open mike for high school and college age students. Music, poetry and other performance arts; 10 minutes maximum. June 29: Diana Chittester.
Books and poetry
Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. (630) 355-2665. www.andersonsbookshop.com. June 10, 2 p.m.: Buzz Bissinger discusses and signs Father’s Day: A Journey Into the Mind & Heart of My Extraordinary Son. June 21, 7-8 p.m.: Gillian Flynn discusses and signs her new novel, Gone Girl.
For young audiences
Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000 ; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. For more information about the theater, call (847) 671-5100 or visit www.rosemonttheatre.com. Aug. 9, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.: Getting Strong — The Wiggles! Live in Concert. Tickets: $15.50-$85.50.
Classic Cinemas theatres, including North Riverside Mall Theatre, 7501 W. Cermak Road, North Riverside; Ogden 6 Theatre, 1227 E. Ogden, Naperville; Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove; York Theatre, 150 N. York St., Elmhurst, presents the Wednesday Morning Movie Series June 13-Aug. 8, featuring family-friendly films for $1 admission. Show time is 10 a.m.; doors open at 9 a.m. for appearances by costumed characters, games and other activities. For information, visit www.classiccinemas.com. June 13: “Kung Fu Panda 2,” rated PG. June 20: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” rated PG. June 27: “Puss In Boots,” rated PG. July 11: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” rated G. July 18: “Arthur Christmas,” rated PG. July 25: “The Smurfs,” rated PG. Aug. 1: “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh,” rated G. Aug. 8: Surprise movie, PG rating.
“One, Two ... What Comes Next?” presented by College of DuPage Summer Repertory Theatre June 24-July 7 at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Performances are at 5 p.m. Saturdays, June 24, 30 and July 7, and Sundays, June 24 and July 1. An additional performance is set for 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the Early Childhood Education Center on the Glen Ellyn campus. $9. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit: www.atthemac.org.
“Seussical!” will be presented by the DuPage Conservatory of Fine Arts at 7 p.m. June 22-23 and 3 p.m. June 24 at the Hinsdale Community House, 8th Street and Madison, Hinsdale. Tickets: $15; $12 for children and senior citizens. Call (312) 919-5004.
“The Wizard of Oz,” through June 16 at Drury Lane Theatre Theatre for Young Adults, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Performances are at 10 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday (excludes June 6-7, June 13-14). Tickets are $12. A breakfast buffet with the cast is offered June 16 at 11:30 a.m., with the performance at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Breakfast buffet package price is $25 for adults; $22 for children 12 and under. For reservations, call (630) 530-0111 or visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.
A Summer Garden Soiree, a fundraiser for 16th Street Theater, will be held from 2-5 p.m. June 23 at the Arthur J. Dunham Home, 3131 Wisconsin Ave., Berwyn. The event features a performance of “Stories of Love, Faith & the Unknown,” live music, and refreshments. $40 per person; $75 per couple. Visit www.16thstreettheater.org or call (708) 795-6704, ext. 107.
Spirito! Singers2012-13 season auditions are now being scheduled. The Ragazze training ensemble includes fifth- through eighth-grade girls and provides multi-level classroom theory training. The Bravura Ensemble includes ninth- through 12th-grade young women, providing performance, recording and annual tour opportunities. For information, visit www.spiritosingers.org or call (630) 941-0744.
The West Suburban Youth Orchestra is seeking middle school and high school musicians for the 2012-13 season. For information or to schedule an audition, visit www.wsyo.org.
Crafters wanted for the Pumpkins ‘n Holly Craft Show and Bake Sale, to be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. Barbara Parish Center, 4015 Prairie Ave. Brookfield. Spaces are 9 feet wide by 8 feet deep and are $25; tables to rent are 8 feet wide by 2 feet deep and cost $10; electric hook-up is $5. No vendors please. Call (708) 485-1962 for an application.
Zanies Comedy Night Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342. www.zanies.com. June 7-9: The World Series of Comedy. June 13-16: Vince Maranto. June 20-23: Closed. June 27-30: Baby Boomer Comedy Show.
Willowbrook Ballroom, 8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. www.willowbrookballroom.com. (708) 839-1000. June 12, 19 and 26 and July 3, 7:30-10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dance, $8. June 13, 20 and 27, 7:30-11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dance, $10. No partner needed. June 15, 6 p.m.: Father’s Day celebration dinner and show with The Intruders. $25-$45. For tickets, call (312) 446-7795. Reservation deadline is June 10. June 17, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Anthony Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. June 22, 8:30 p.m.: Swing dance with music by The Flat Cats Band. Admission is $12; $10 for students, which includes swing dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. June 24, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Cooper Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. June 29, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance. $6 before 8:15 p.m.; $8 after 8:15 p.m. July 1, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Teddy Lee Orchestra, $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes. July 6, 7-11 p.m.: Country and Western Dance, $8. July 7, 8 pm.: Tejano Dance with Boni Maurico and Linda Escobar. $20 per person until 9 p.m.; afterwards $25 per person. For more information, visit www.yellowrosetejanomusicpromotions.com. July 8: Cha cha lesson, 12:30-1:30 p.m., $20. Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Anthony Orchestra, 2-5 p.m., $14 per person. No jeans or gym shoes.
Festivals and fairs
The 26th annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games, 4-10 p.m. June 15 and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. June 16 at Hamilton Lakes, at I-290 and Thorndale Avenue, Itasca. The event includes Highland Dance competitions, traditional and contemporary Celtic music, a piping and drumming competition, Heavy Athletics U.S. Open Championship featuring traditional Scottish contests, rugby and soccer tournaments, genealogy and cultural exhibits, children’s activities, traditional Scottish and American cuisine, and shopping in the Celtic Marketplace. Admission on Friday is $12, free for children 12 and under; on Saturday $20, $5 for children ages 3-12. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Visit www.chicagoscots.org or call (708) 447-5092.
The After Hours Film Society screens films at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Admission is $9; $5 for members, unless noted otherwise. For information, call (630) 534-4528 or visit www.afterhoursfilmsociety.com. June 11, 7:30 p.m.: “The Kid With a Bike.”
Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666. www.paramountaurora.com. Classic Movie Mondays film series — Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 7 p.m. Admission is 80 cents. June 11: “The Princess Bride” (1987). June 18: “West Side Story” (1961). June 25: “Goonies” (1985). July 2: “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984). July 9: “Blazing Saddles” (1974). July 23: “Sixteen Candles” (1984). July 30: “Superman” (1978). Aug. 6: “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). Aug. 13: “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983). Aug. 20: “Grease” (1978). Aug. 27: “Terminator” (1984).
CAC (Catholic Alumni Club of Chicago) Single Catholics. (708) 450-8280 or www.caci.org/chicago.html. June 8, 7 p.m.: Dinner at Giordano’s, 10410 W. Cermak Road, Westchester. Reservations to (708) 788-3352. June 16, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Cocula, 5452 S. La Grange Road, Countryside. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by June 15. June 17, 12:30 p.m.: Oak Brook Classic Car Show, Oak Brook Shopping Center, 22nd Street and Route 83, followed by dinner at The Cheesecake Factory in the Oak Brook mall. Reservations to (708) 947-2198. June 30, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Matton’s Restaurant, 9 E. 31 St., La Grange Park. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by June 29. July 3, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Rocky’s Pizza/Restaurant, 10421 Cermak Road, Westchester. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by July 2. July 7, 6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Tonys Restaurant, 9414 Ogden Ave., Brookfield. Reservations to (708) 788-3352 by July 6.
Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000; the ticket prices listed below do not include service fees. The information line is (847) 635-6601. June 20-24: Cirque du Soleil presents “Dralion,” featuring an international cast of 52 acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35-$80; $31.50-$67.50 for senior citizens, students and military; $28-$65 for children 12 and under. Visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion. Father’s Day Car Show
, featuring more than 100 cars, trucks and motorcycles, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 17 at the Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, 5750 Holmes Ave. There will be a live band playing music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, raffle prizes, free hotdogs and lemonade, and free bratwursts for fathers. Visit http://ccch.org/men.
“Loving Llanview,” an interactive fan event celebrating the soap opera “One Life to Live,” 3 p.m. June 24 at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Cast members participating include Kassie DePaiva, John-Paul Lavoisier, Michael Easton, Melissa Archer, Hilary B. Smith and Trevor St. John. Tickets: $125 Gold Circle, $75, $55, $35; post-show autograph and photo session, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $125 (must have show ticket to attend). Visit www.lovingllanview.com or call (866) 364-0330.
Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 833-1457. www.elmhursthistory.org. Admission is free. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Through Sept. 30: “Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital.” Learn about Chicago’s candy-making history while experiencing interactive displays with nostalgic photos and artifacts, watch a video narrated by Bill Kurtis, and take on the Twisted Candy Challenge to test candy-wrapping skills. June 19, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Fabulous Flower Pots, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. June 21, 6:30 p.m.: Chef Gale Gand: Tales from the Pastry Kitchen at the Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave. Reservations required; call (630) 279-8696. June 24, 1-4 p.m.: Sweet Home Spectacular, a celebration of summer and the “Sweet Home Chicago” exhibit. Award-winning musician and children’s author Jim Gill performs at 2 p.m., and there will be tours of the exhibit, treats from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, games and activities, face painting and more. June 26, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Create-Your-Own Compass, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. July 3, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Festive Tambourines, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. July 10, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Pocket Sundials, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. July 17, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Make-Your-Own Monocular, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. July 19, 1 p.m.: The Sweet Smell of Success: The History of Blommer Chocolate. Mike Auda of Blommer Chocolate will share the story of this family-run Chicago institution that has become the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America and a leader in sustainability efforts in cocoa growing regions. July 24, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Leapin’ Lizards!, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. July 31, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Shark Tooth Necklaces, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. Aug. 7, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Hand Puppet Fun, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members. Aug. 9, 1 p.m.: It’s History: Adventures in Candyland. Third-generation candy maker Amy Wertheim of R.G.W. Candy Company will share the company’s tradition of making small batch, hand-dipped chocolates, toffees, caramels and more on the family farm in downstate Illinois. Aug. 14, 1-3 p.m.: Summer Fun & Games: Back-to-School Tote Bags, a craft project for children ages 4-12 accompanied by a caregiver. $2; $1 for members.
Flagg Creek Heritage Society Museum, 7425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, and the Robert Vial House, 7375 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. (708) 246-1064. www.flaggcreekheritagesociety.com. Through Oct. 7 the Heritage Society Museum will exhibit “Post-War and Mid-Century Modern Home Life,” featuring a period den with furnishings, carpet and fabrics augmented by kitchen gear, toys, magazines, model cars and more. Visitors to the Robert Vial House will view “The Fabulous Fifties,” an exhibit of 1950s fashions for women and men. Flagg Creek Heritage Society Museum is open from 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. The Vial House is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook. (630) 655-2090. www.grauemill.org. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, mid-April to mid-November. Closed Mondays. Admission is $3.50; $3 for senior citizens; $1.50 for children ages 4-12; free for children 3 and under. June 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Graue Family Reunion — enjoy lunch with descendents of the Graue, Asche and Fischer families from all over the United States. Visitors can read the words of Fred Graue’s granddaughter Mathilda describing life at the mill at the turn of the century. Also on display will be the Graue family Bible and the settee that sat in the parlor of the Graue home. Advance reservations are required. June 17, 1 p.m.: Windy City Harmonica Club performs music from polkas to blues, showcasing both the 1-inch-long “Little Lady” harmonica and the 2-foot-long Chord Harmonica. Admission to the concert is free; regular admission rates apply to the mill.
La Grange Art League Gallery and Studio, 122 W. Calendar Ave., La Grange. (708) 352-3101. www.lagrangeartleague.org. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. June: “Happy Days,” works by The Bookies, six women who have combined their love of books, bindings, papers, knot-tying to create an art form. A reception will be held from 3-6 p.m. June 10. The Courtyard Sale will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 17. Jacque France will present a one-day immersion workshop, “Introduction to Oils,” on June 24.
A public display of 60 hand-painted and working six-foot clocks has been installed in La Grange as part of an outdoor art exhibit throughout the downtown business district and West End. Local businesses sponsored the clocks and secured local artists, both professional and amateur, to design the timepieces which will be exhibited on the sidewalks throughout the summer. With the theme “Hour Town La Grange — Time Well Spent,” the artists have created clocks ranging from sophisticated to outlandish, contemporary to traditional. The clocks will be auctioned for charity on Sept. 7. An exhibit walking map is available at various La Grange businesses and is posted online at www.lgba.com.
Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 834-0202. www.elmhurstartmuseum.org. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays; closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission: $7; $5 for students and senior citizens; free for children under 12 and members. Free admission on Fridays. Through June 9: “Gordon Powell: Details,” an exhibit of abstract painted wood assemblages. Through June 9: “Mario Trejo: I Defy You,” wall-size drawings of manic marks. Trejo draws hundreds of thousands of marks in each work as a method of testing the artistic limits of time, space and numerical systems. June 15, 6:30 p.m.: Opening reception for “Big Art for Summer.” All exhibitions run through Aug. 25, including Michael Ferris, Jr.: Kindred, large-scale sculptures of recycled wood; Billy Tokyo: The Shape of Things to Come and John Dempsey: Urban Nature, paintings that are equal parts graffiti and illustrative patterns; Anders Nilsen: Adam and Eve Sneaking Back into the Garden to Steal More Apples, an exhibition of stories from the 594-page comic book, “Big Questions”; Heather Becker: The Hidden Face, portraits of women; and Casey Roberts: Totally Free Now, paintings that are reminiscent of elegant children’s book illustrations.
Norris Gallery, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Through June 29: “Art of 9: Two,” featuring works by Tony Armendariz, Vianne Korhorn, Dianne Martia, Eve Ozer, Jerri Reimann, Dennis Salaty, Michael Klaus Schmidt, Cheryl Ann Spran and Frank Tumino. Watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic, collage and assemblage will be on exhibit and for sale. A free artists’ reception will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 15.
Tamale Hut Cafe, 8300 W. Cermak, North Riverside. Through June: “Revealed,” an exhibit of abstract oil paintings by Phil Malhiot. Visit www.malhiot.com.
North Central College’s Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. (630) 637-5375. www.northcentralcollege.edu/show. Through June 24: “Images From a Well-Traveled Lens,” featuring photographs from Hunt Harris’ travels to six continents, ranging from emperor penguins in the Antarctic to the heights of Machu Picchu in Peru.
Artist Don Larson and Connie Weiss Gallery will exhibit “Rock On,” a collection of oil portraits of rock stars, through June 30 at Caribou Coffee, 5100 Main St., downtown Downers Grove. For information, visit www.dalj67.com.