Concerts on the Green
Held 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays, through Aug. 30, at the Burr Ridge Village Center, County Line Road and Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge. Free admission. See www.brparks.org. Aug. 30: ABBA Salute (ABBA tribute band).
Cruise Nights and Concerts
Held at 6 p.m. Mondays, through Oct. 14, at 31st Street and Wolf Road, Westchester. Sept. 9: DJ Tommy. Sept. 16: Stingrays. Sept. 23: Rick Lindy. Sept. 30: Charles & Co. Oct. 7: Vinyl Jackets. Oct. 14: DJ Tommy.
Presented at 6 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 29, at 31st Street and Wolf Road, Westchester. Aug. 29: Screamin’ End.
Outdoor Concert Series
Concerts in the PARKing LotAt 3 p.m. in the bandshell at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Free with paid parking of $5. Visit www.cantigny.org or call (630) 260-8162. Sept. 1: Five Guys Named Moe (classic rock). Sept. 2: The Chicago Outskirts, a 17-piece jazz ensemble.
RiverEdge Park Music Garden
360 N. Broadway, Aurora. Visit www.riveredgeaurora.com or call (630) 896-6666. Aug. 30, 8 p.m.: Get the Led Out — The American Led Zeppelin. $8; children 12 and under free. Sept. 13, 7 p.m.: Alfredo Bojorquez and Paquita La Del Barrio. $30 in advance; $35 at the door; $75 Sky Deck.
Presented Sept. 19-Oct. 26 at 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays. No 5 p.m. show Sept. 21. $18. Visit www.16thstreettheater.org.
“In the Heights”
Presented Sept. 11-Oct. 6 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The contemporary musical follows three days in the lives of residents living in New York’s largely Hispanic Washington Heights neighborhood. $36.90-$49.90. Call (630) 896-6666 or visit www.paramountaurora.com.
Presented by Buffalo Theatre Ensemble Sept. 5-22 in the Building K Theatre on the College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sundays. $28-$36; $26-$34 students and seniors. Call (630) 942-4000 or visit www.atthemac.org.
The Cole Porter revue will be presented through Oct. 20 at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sundays. $32-$42. Call (630) 584-6342 or visit www.foxvalleyrep.org.
“Next to Normal”
Through Oct. 6 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. $35-$49, with discounts available for students and seniors. Lunch and dinner theater packages available for $50-$74. Visit www.drurylaneoakbrook.com or call (630) 530-0111.
Presented by First Folio Theatre through Sept. 1 on the outdoor stage at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st Street and Route 83, Oak Brook. Performances are at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. $32-$37, with discounts for students and seniors. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit www.firstfolio.org.
“Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks”
Presented Sept. 13-Oct. 6 at Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W. Main St., downtown St. Charles. Curtain at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $28; $25 seniors; $23 students. Visit www.steelbeamtheatre.com or call (630) 587-8521.
Presented Sept. 5-15 at Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Performances are at at 8 p.m. Sept. 5-7 and 12-13; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8; 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 14; and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15. $18, $20. Call (708) 246-3380 or visit www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.
“A Streetcar Named Desire”
Performed Sept. 13-28 at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $17; $15 seniors. Visit www.jpactheatre.com or call (708) 656-1800.
Presented Saturday and Sunday afternoons at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Participants walk along with the action through the arboretum’s landscape. The first Sunday performance of each month will be a low-impact hike (suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs). Each performance lasts approximately three hours; wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent. Shows in September begin at 1 p.m.; shows in October start at 3 p.m. Productions include “A Walk with Mark Twain,” Sept. 7-29; and “The Passion of Dracula,” Oct. 5-27. $19; $13 children. Visit www.mortonarb.org or call (630) 725-2066.
Presented by Theatre-on-the-Hill at 8 p.m. Aug. 30-31 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1-2 outdoors at the Bolingbrook Town Center Stage, 375 W. Briarcliff Road, behind Village Hall. $15. Rated PG-13. Visit www.tothbolingbrook.com.
Benjamin Britten Music Festival
College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the birth of renowned English composer Benjamin Britten with a series of performances and lectures by faculty and students. For information, visit www.atthemac.org or call (630) 942-4000. Events include: “Song and Proverbs of William Blake,” a recital featuring COD alumnus David Govertsen, at noon Sept. 20 in Room 130M of the Open Campus Center. “Benjamin Britten’s Musical Language — A Guided Analysis,” a talk by College of DuPage professor of music Ken Paoli, at noon Sept. 27 in Room 107, Building K.
Presenting “eMotion” at 4 p.m. Sept. 15 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The urban dance culture is showcased in a new suite that mixes classical masterworks by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and others with performances by Chicago hip-hop troupes FootworKINGz and Kuumba Lynx. $40-$50; $10 students. Visit www.chicagosinfonietta.org.
The Orion Ensemble
“Celebrating Brahms,” 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South St., Geneva. $26; $23 seniors; $10 students. Admission is free for children 12 and younger. Call (630) 628-9591 or visit www.orionensemble.org.
Western Springs Music Club
Opens its season with a musical program at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 945 S. Garfield Ave. The program features Charis Buell, piano; Celeste Martino, voice; Victor Sotelo, cello; and Rose Sperrazza, clarinet. For more information, call Nancy Hirsch, (708) 579-3779.
The Arcada Theatre
105 E. Main Street, St. Charles. (630) 962-7000. www.oshows.com. Sept. 7, 8 p.m.: Jonny Lang. $39-$89. Sept. 13, 8 p.m.: The Yardbirds. $39-$59. Sept. 14, 8 p.m.: An Acoustic Night of Triumph Starring Rik Emmett. $29-$69.
Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket
645 Joliet Road, Willowbrook. (630) 325-0780. www.chickenbasket.com. Live music at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover, unless otherwise noted. Sept. 7: The Fort Awesome Band. Sept. 14: On the Floor. Sept. 21: The Harry Gardner Band. Sept. 28: Hugh Too.
6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. (708) 788-2118. www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. Aug. 30, 8:30 p.m.: The Bad Sneakers Orchestra (rock). $15. Aug. 31, 8:30 p.m., and Sept. 1, 7 p.m.: The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra (jazz). $30. Sept. 4, 8 p.m.: The SideBar Sessions with NIA Quintet (jazz). $5. Sept. 4, 8:30 p.m.: The Brothers Comatose (rock). $10. Sept. 6, 8:30 p.m.: Rosie Flores, Marti Brom, Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers (rock). $15. Sept. 8, 6 p.m.: Bill O’Connell’s Chicago Skyliners (jazz). $10; $5 ages 17 and under. Sept. 11, 8 p.m.: The SideBar Sessions with Peter Lerner Quartet (jazz). $5. Sept. 12, 8:30 p.m.: Peter Case (rock). $15. Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.: Oak Park Firefighters’ A Night to Remember Benefit with Underwater People (rock). $60. Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m.: Chicago Grandstand Big Band (jazz). $10; $5 ages 17 and under. Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.: Southland Jazz Ensemble. $10; $5 ages 17 and under. Sept. 18, 8 p.m.: The SideBar Sessions with Mark O’Connor Quartet (jazz). $5. Sept. 22, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra with Frieda Lee (jazz). $10; $5 ages 17 and under. Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.: Pamela Rose presents Wild Women of Song (benefit for The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. $35; $30 for members. Sept. 25, 8 p.m.: The SideBar Sessions with BakerzMillion (jazz). $5. Sept. 27, 9 p.m.: Jesse Dee (soul). $15. Sept. 28, 7 p.m.: Eddie Holstein, Pickin’ Bubs (folk). $15. Sept. 29, 6 p.m.: Shout Section Big Band (jazz). $10; $5 ages 17 and under. Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.: Everybody Says Yes featuring Meghan Murphy (pop). $10. Oct. 2, 8 p.m.: Matuto (roots). $15. Oct. 4, 9 p.m.: The Red Elvises (rock). $15. Oct. 5-6, 2 p.m.: School of Rock presents Rebels and Outlaws Country Rock. $10; 18 and under free. Oct. 12, 7 p.m.: Kevin Welch (roots). $15. Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m.: Pete Anderson (blues/country). $15. Oct. 17, 9 p.m.: Mondo Zombie Boogaloo Tour with Los Straitjackets and The Fleshtones (rock). $20. Oct. 17, 8 p.m.: Slaid Cleaves (roots). $20. Oct. 20, noon: Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle (polka). $10. Oct. 23, 9 p.m.: Chuck Mead and the Grassy Knoll Boys; The Black Lillies (country). $15. Oct. 25, 9 p.m.: Roomful of Blues, $20.
North Central College
Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. (630) 637-7469. www.northcentralcollege.edu/show. Sept. 20, 8 p.m.: North Central College jazz faculty members Jim Cox and Jack Mouse will perform “The Revenge of The Rhythm Section.” $20; $15 students and seniors. Oct. 24, 8 p.m.: Grammy Award and Gospel Music Association Dove Award-winning recording artist Amy Grant. $65, $75.
North Central College
Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. (630) 637-7469. www.northcentralcollege.edu/show. Sept. 21, 8 p.m.: Grammy Award-winner singer Stephanie Mills. $45, $50, $60. Oct. 5, 8 p.m.: “The Official Blues Brothers Revue.” Wayne Catania and Kierom Lafferty, as Jake and Elwood, recreate a live concert experience, integrating the humor and songs from the original 1980 film, “The Blues Brothers.” $20, $30, $35. Oct. 19, 8 p.m.: Blood, Sweat & Tears performs its blend of classic rock and jazz. $30, $35, $45.
Arts in Bartlett
The exhibit, “Landscapes by Kandice Husarik,” will be on display Sept. 3-30 at the Bartlett Village Hall’s Second Floor Gallery, 228 Main St., Bartlett. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. An artist’s reception will be 5:30-6:45 p.m. Sept. 17.
Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 834-0202. www.elmhurstartmuseum.org. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays; closed Mondays. Admission: $5; $3 for students and senior citizens; free for children under 5 and members. Free admission Fridays. Sept. 21-Jan. 5: “Inventory_The EAM Collection,” featuring art and objects from the museum’s vault. Opening celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28, with free admission all day. Free Friday night artist talks and lectures — Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m.: Artist Phyllis Bramson discusses her figurative painting practice. Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.: Art collectors Peter and Eileen Broido present “The Art of Collecting.” Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.: Chicago artist Helen Maurene Cooper discusses her love and investigation of Chicago’s unique nail art scene. Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.: Jeanne Schultz Angel, executive director of the Lombard Historical Society, presents “American Folk Artist Sheldon Peck and the Underground Railroad.” Talking About Books book discussions are held in partnership with the Elmhurst Public Library and take place at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Reservations appreciated; call (630) 834-0202. — Oct. 5, 10:45 a.m.: Storytime at the Museum, an interactive program for children ages 3-8, accompanied by an adult. Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m.: Discussion of “Hare with the Amber Eyes” by Edmund De Waal. Nov. 8, 4 p.m.: Art Museum Book Party, based on “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg. Designed for children in grades 4-6.
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. September: “Here We Go Again.”
La Grange Public Library
Lower Level Gallery, 10 W. Cossitt Ave., La Grange. Through Sept. 4: “Play of Light,” an exhibit of pastel paintings by Julie Skoda.
Midwest Collage Society
Presenting “Reclamation,” an exhibit of papers, photographs, found objects, fibers and other mixed media techniques that create a visual exploration of salvation, through Sept. 10 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook.
North Central College
Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Sept. 13-Nov. 10: Members of the Illinois Watercolor Society present “Signature Works.” An artists’ reception will be held 2-4 p.m. Oct. 12. For gallery hours or for more information, contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at (630) 637-5375 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Riverside Mall Theatre
7501 W. Cermak Road, Riverside. www.classiccinemas.com. August: Geometric paintings by Garrett Ruckauf. September: Abstract architectural scenes of Chicago by Chad Allen.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Youth orchestra auditions
The West Suburban Youth Orchestra of Chicago is seeking talented middle school through high school musicians for the 2013-14 season. For information, visit www.WSYO.org. Schedule an audition by emailing email@example.com.
Auditions for “Lucky Stiff”
GreenMan Theatre will hold auditions for the musical “Lucky Stiff” on Sept. 3-4 at First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York, Elmhurst. Auditions are by appointment only. To make an appointment, visit www.greenmantheatre.com/productions--auditions.html.
BOOKS & POETRY
Illinois State Poetry Society, Hinsdale Chapter
Meeting 1-4:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Hinsdale Public Library, 20 E. Maple St. Bring a snack to share plus beverage, and 10-12 copies of one or two poems for critiquing. Visit www.illinoispoets.org.
“The Stinky Cheese Man”
Organic Theater Company will present performances of the children’s show, “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,” at noon and 3 p.m. Oct. 6 in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets: $12; $6 children under 12. An optional dessert reception is available between performances for an additional $4 per ticket. Call (630) 637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Children’s Theatre of Western Springs
The 2013-14 season of classes starts Sept. 9. Students can sign up for a full year, a semester or just a few weeks in a variety of classes, including acting, musical theatre, improv, masked performance, clowning, technical theatre and more. Visit www.theatreofwesternsprings.com or call (708) 246-4043.
Free music classes
Available through Aug. 31 at the American Music Institute, 60 55th St., Clarendon Hills. Includes group classes in guitar, voice, cello and violin. Register at (630) 850-8505 or visit www.amimusic.org.
La Grange Art League Gallery and Studio
122 W. Calendar Ave., La Grange. (708) 352-3101. www.lagrangeartleague.org. All workshops held 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., unless noted otherwise. Sept. 15: Photoshop Elements Essentials Workshop. Studio artists who are interested in entering shows or updating their websites will learn resizing, cropping and color correcting images and then saving those images for the web. $105; $95 for members. The La Grange Art league offers fall classes in different mediums and at all levels, beginning Sept. 16.
“Clean Guys of Comedy”
Broadcast live from the Buell Theatre in Denver at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Yorktown 17 with IMAX, 80 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, and Naperville 16, 2815 Show Place Drive, Naperville. Visit www.fathomevents.com.
Zanies Comedy Club
Located at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6342. www.zanies.com. Two-item food/beverage minimum per person. Sept. 4-7: Andy Woodhull, $23. Sept. 11, 12 and 14: Brian Hicks and Denise Ramsden, $23. Sept. 13: Jon Reep, $25.
May I Have This Dance
Offering dance classes on Wednesdays, Sept. 4-25, at Divine Providence School’s McInerney Center, 2500 Mayfair Ave., Westchester. Salsa I is at 7 p.m.; West Coast Swing I is at 8 p.m. $45 for one class (four weeks); $85 for both series. Add $5 if registered after Aug. 29. No partner necessary. To register, call (773) 635-3000.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
51st Invitational Fine Art Exhibition
Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Oakbrook Center, 100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Visit www.oakbrookcenter.com.
Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival
Offering works by more than 130 juried artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7-8 at the intersection of Main Street and Burlington Avenue, downtown Downers Grove. Free admission. Visit www.DownersGroveArtFestival.com.
Jazz and Blues Festival
Presented by the Community Park District of La Grange Park, 6-11 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Memorial Park Amphitheater, La Grange Road and Woodlawn Avenue, La Grange Park. The event includes three bands, food vendors, a beer and wine tent, and a car show. Free admission. Visit www.cpdlgp.org.
West End Art Festival
Held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 14 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Stone Avenue Train Station, Burlington and Brainard avenues, La Grange. The juried art show includes food from local restaurants, live music and children’s art activities. The festival kicks off with an Evening of Art & Jazz, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 13. Visit www.lgba.com.
Wine and Cultural Arts Festival
Presented 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 21 in Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton, featuring wine tasting, fine art, and live entertainment. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Both options include a souvenir glass and 12 tastings. $5 cover for entry without wine. Free admission for attendees age 20 and under. Beer, wine, soda, and food will be available for purchase. Visit www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/waca.
Fall Family Festival
Presented by the Clarendon Hills Park District 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Prospect Park, located between Prospect, Norfolk, Oxford and Chicago avenues, Clarendon Hills. The event includes musical entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, a petting zoo, children’s activities, and food and beverage vendors. Free admission. Call (630) 323-2626 or visit www.clarendonhillsparkdistrict.org.
Held noon-7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Oak Brook Park District, 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook. The event includes live music, children’s activities, food and more. Visit www.obparks.org.
Harvest Pow Wow
Hosted by the Midwest SOARRING Foundation, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 21 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. The event includes Native American drumming, dancers in regalia, and vendors offering turquoise jewelry, beads, baskets, drums, blankets, hides and moccasins, as well as native food. Grammy Award winner Robert Mirabal performs at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Children’s Area, open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, presents crafts, games and educational information. Admission to the Pow Wow, including access to the Naper Settlement buildings and museum (during regular museum hours), is $10; $7 seniors and children. Free admission for children under age 3. Call (773) 585-1744 or visit www.midwestsoarring.org.
Held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester, at the northern end of Wolf Road Prairie. The event includes food, arts and crafts, dulcimer music, a wool spinning demonstration, and a quilt display. Free admission. For information, visit www.savetheprairesociety.org.
Presented by the Burr Ridge Park District, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 28 at Harvester Park, 15W400 Harvester Drive, Burr Ridge. The event includes entertainment, food, hayrides, carnival games, a petting zoo, and more. Fees charged for some of the activities. Visit www.brparks.org.
The After Hours Film Society
Screening films at 7:30 p.m. 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. Sept. 9: “A Hijacking.” Sept. 23: “20 Feet from Stardom.”
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 $1. Sept. 16: “Dune” (1984), rated PG-13. Sept. 23: “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987), rated R. Oct. 7: “The Last Starfighter” (1984), rated PG. No movies Sept. 2, 9 or 30.
Chicago Pet Show
Presented 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7-8 at the Darien Sportsplex, 451 Plainfield Road, Darien. Admission: $7; free for those under age 18 accompanied by a parent.
“Fun and Games in La Grange”
The dozens of bag toss board games that were part of a summer art exhibit in La Grange will be auctioned for charity on Sept. 6 on the front lawn of Village Hall. The games will be displayed for browsing beginning at 5 p.m. Food from local restaurants and a cash bar will be available, and there will be hula hoop contests and other games, as well as music by Loose Change and Teknikal Diffikulties. The live auction begins at 7 p.m. If it rains, the event will be moved inside the adjacent parking garage. Visit www.lgba.com.
“Pompeii from the British Museum”
Audiences can experience the British Museum’s show, “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in local movie theaters, including AMC Yorktown 17, 80 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, and AMC Naperville 16, 2815 Show Place Drive, Naperville. Tickets are available at theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
Revolutionary War Reenactment
Held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7-8 at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Living history actors from the Northwest Territory Alliance will present mock battles and create an encampment of soldiers and civilians. Free with paid parking of $5. Visit www.cantigny.org.
Summer Nights Classic Car Show
Held 6-9 p.m. Aug. 30 on Main Street in downtown Downers Grove, with live entertainment at the Main Street Train Station. Free. Visit www.downtowndg.org.
DuPage County Historical Museum
102 E. Wesley Ave., Wheaton. www.dupagemuseum.org. (630) 510-4941. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are appreciated. Suggested donation amount is $4; $2 for children and students. Through Oct. 27: “Early Illinois Folk Art 1825-1925,” featuring more than 100 artifacts. Sept. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Guest historian T. Lindsay Baker will present a talk on folk art history focusing on windmill weights. Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. $20.
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. Aug. 30-Oct. 20: “Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation.” The traveling exhibit explores the life arc of members of the World War II generation, as told in their own words. Sept. 12 and Oct. 10, 7 p.m.: It’s History Series lectures. Sept. 25, 1-3 p.m.: Open House for Veterans, with guided tours and refreshments.
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, through Nov. 10. Closed Mondays. Admission is $4.50; $4 for senior citizens; $2 for children ages 4-12; free for children 3 and under. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Civil War Encampment. Members of the 10th Illinois Regiment depict what life was like in a Union military camp, including black powder firing demonstrations and drills, cooking, toys, and crafts.
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 833-1616. www.lizzadromuseum.org. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Mondays. Admission: $4; $3 senior citizens; $2 students and teens; $1 for children ages 7-12; free for children under 7. Free admission on Fridays. Through Sept. 15: “Stone Inspiration: The Lapidary Art of Derek Levin,” works made by juxtaposing found stones, cut, carved and faceted gemstones, and other natural materials. Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-noon: Soapstone carving workshop, open to ages 9 through adult. Participants will take home a carving of their own creation. All materials included. $15 per person; reservations required. Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m.: “Rock & Mineral Identification,” presented by geologist Sara Johnson. All materials are provided. Open to ages 8 through adult. $5 per person; reservations required.