Arts and Entertainment: Halloween theatre in the western suburbs

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“Searching for Peabody’s Tomb”

First Folio Theatre’s interactive Halloween experience will be presented through Oct. 31 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st Street and Route 83, Oak Brook. Performances are every half-hour, 7 through 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Groups of 15-20 will join the mansion’s ghostly butler on a tour through historic Mayslake Hall in search of the spirit of F.S. Peabody, the coal millionaire who built the mansion in 1921. Best for ages 14 and older. Tickets: $10. Reservations recommended. Visit First Folio Theatre online or call 630-986-8067.

Halloween drama

“The Woman in Black” will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 24-25; 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 26; and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. A lawyer visits a mysterious house in the marshes in order to finalize the affairs of a deceased woman. Tickets are $18 and $20. Call 708-246-3380 or visit the Theatre of Western Springs online. 

“The Passion of Dracula”

Presented as a Theatre-Hike at 3 p.m. Oct. 26-27, at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. Participants walk along with the action through the arboretum’s landscape. Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a chair or blanket and water bottle. Tickets: $19; $13 children. Visit the Morton Arboretum online or call 630-725-2066.

Halloween Walk & Fall Festival

The La Grange Business Association will host its annual a day of fall-themed activities for families, Oct. 26 in the shops and restaurants of the downtown area. The traditional Halloween Walk trick-or-treat parade will be held 10 a.m.-noon, starting at Cossitt School playground, with treats provided by local merchants. There will be a magic show and pictures with Ronald McDonald from noon-12:30 p.m. near the fountain at Village Hall. Throughout the day, nearly 30 merchants will offer seasonal activities plus shopping and dining specials. Events include free costumed pet photos, a painting party, pumpkin decorating, Halloween crafts, make-your-own caramel apples, hourly pie eating contests, a pool party and more. Event details and a map are available at the La Grange Business Association online.


7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook. 630-575-8700. Oct. 31: Trick-or-treaters welcome all day. Nov. 1, 8 p.m.: Halloween costume contest. First place winner receives a party for eight guests; second place winner receives a party for four guests; and third place winner receives a $25 Pinstripes gift certificate.

Boo! at the Zoo

The annual Halloween celebration will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26-27 at Brookfield Zoo, located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways, Brookfield. Highlights include a corn maze, special Zoo Chats, haunted hayrides, pumpkin-carving demonstrations, and a costume parade and contest. Admission to Brookfield Zoo is $15 for adults; $10.50 for children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and older. Parking is $10. Visit Brookfield Zoo online or call 708-688-8000.

Haunted Forest Walk

Held 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 (children’s matinee 1-3 p.m. Oct. 26) at Hawthorne Hill Woods, 2600 Center Drive, Woodridge. Tickets: $5-$7. Call 630-353-3300 or visit Woodridge Park District online.

The Massacre Haunted House

Open through Nov. 2 at 3440 Odyssey Court, Naperville. Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Includes The Massacre Haunted House and Fear Factory 3-D. Tickets: $20-$35. Call (708) 320-3327 or visit Fear the Massacre online.

The Asylum Xperiment

Open through Nov. 2 at the Odeum Expo Center, 1033 N. Villa Ave., Villa Park. Hours are 7-10:30 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Evil clowns and apocalyptic steam punk bikers are a few of the terrors guests meet at the three attractions: “The House: Home for the Horrordays,” “Subterranean” and “Armageddon.” Tickets: $25-$40. Call (630) 941-9292 or visit the Asylum Xperiment online.

Happy Hell-a-Days

Hours are 7-11 p.m. Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 29-Nov. 3, at 356 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. The Lombard Jaycees present this fundraiser for needy families, which is thought to be the longest consecutively running haunted house in the country. Tickets: $5-$15. Call 630-519-3694 or visit Happy Hell-a-Days online.

Tivoli Theatre

5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Call 630-968-0219. Oct. 25: Midnight showing of “Young Frankenstein.” $5 admission. Those in costume receive a free small popcorn. Oct. 26: Halloween Happening — 21st annual Halloween costume contest and free showing of “Hotel Transylvania.” Doors open at 9 a.m. for registration; costume contest judging at 9:45 a.m.; movie starts at 11 a.m.

“RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead”

Screened at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at local movie theaters, including AMC Yorktown 17, 80 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. Tickets available at theater box offices and online at Fathom Events.

Halloween Festival

Family-oriented Halloween-themed festival, noon-4 p.m. Oct. 26 at Five Seasons Family Sports Club, 6901 S. Madison, Burr Ridge, geared toward toddlers to teens. Features a pumpkin-carving contest, costume contest and a pumpkin-throwing contest. (Pumpkins that have been carved and decorated ahead of time will be judged.) All activities are free of charge. Check-in from noon to 12:30 p.m.; costume contest starts at 1 p.m. Activities includes crafts, apple-bobbing and more. Call 630-570-5200 or see Five Seasons Burr Ridge.

“A Nightmare on Elm Street”

Robert Englund, who starred as Freddy Krueger in “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” will appear during screenings of the movie at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W 75th St., Woodridge; and 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 S. Route 59, Naperville. Englund will sign autographs and pose for pictures one hour before the first show time each day (fees apply). For details and tickets, visit



The comedic thriller will be performed Oct. 25-Nov. 9 at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. $17; $15 seniors. Visit Jedlicka Performing Arts Center or call 708-656-1800.

“Broken Fences”

Through Nov. 9 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. $18. Visit 16th Street Theatre online.

“Hello, Dolly!”

Through Jan. 5 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 Drury Lane Theatre online or call 630-530-0111.

“Lucky Stiff”

Presented by GreenMan Theatre Nov. 1-24 in Asbury Hall at the First United Methodist Church at 232 S. York, Elmhurst. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $18; $16 students and seniors. Call 630-64-2646 or visit GreenMan Theatre online.


Presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 26; 9 p.m. Oct. 25; and 2 p.m. Oct. 27 in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Tickets: $10; $8 students and seniors. Call 630-637-7469 or visit North Central College online for tickets. 

“Miss Saigon”

Presented Oct. 30-Nov. 24 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Show times are 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $36.90-$49.90. Visit the Paramount Theatre online or call 630-896-6666.

“Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok”

Walt Willey presents his one-man show for all ages at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 and 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets: $32-$42. Call 630-584-6342 or visit Fox Valley Prep online.


“The Met: Live In HD”

Audience members can watch performances of The Metropolitan Opera’s eighth season of live performance transmissions at select local movie theaters, including Cinemark Woodridge 17, 6500 Route 53, Woodridge; AMC Yorktown 17, 80 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard; and AMC Naperville 16, 2815 Show Place Drive, Naperville. Performances will be at 11:55 a.m., unless noted otherwise. Met opera stars serve as hosts for the series and conduct live interviews with cast, crew members and production teams, as well as presenting behind-the-scenes features during intermission. Tickets are available at theater box offices and online at For information, The Metropolitan Opera online. Oct. 26: Shostakovich’s “The Nose.” Nov. 9: Puccini’s “Tosca.” Dec. 14: Verdi’s “Falstaff.” Feb. 8: Dvorak’s “Rusalka.” March 1, 11 a.m.: Borodin’s “Prince Igor.” March 15: Massenet’s “Werther.” April 5: Puccini’s “La Boheme.” April 26: Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte.” May 10: Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.”

The Orion Ensemble

“Danube Destinations,” featuring music by Beethoven, Hindemeith and Mozart, 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South St., Geneva. $26; $23 seniors; $10 students; free admission for children 12 and younger. Call 630-628-9591 or visit the Orion Ensemble online.

Spirito! Singers

Presenting a special recital featuring Brad Garvin of the Metropolitan Opera, 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Yorkfield Presbyterian Church, 1099 S. York Road, Elmhurst. Admission is free. For information, visit the Spirito! Singers.



6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. 708-788-2118. FitzGerald's. Tuesdays, 9 p.m.: Open mic in the SideBar. Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.: The David Victor Alizo Foundation benefit concert featuring Special Consensus (bluegrass). $30. Oct. 25, 9 p.m.: Roomful of Blues, Shake Em’ on Down (blues). $20. Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.: Ghosts of Rock Stars Past Halloween party, $8. Oct. 27, 6 p.m.: John Burnett Orchestra with Frieda Lee. $10; $5 ages 17 and under. Oct. 30, 8 p.m. The SideBar Sessions with Jarod Bufe Quartet (jazz). $5. Oct. 31, 9 p.m.: Chris and Heather’s Halloween Hootenanny (music/film). $15. Oct. 31, 8 p.m.: Country Fright Night in Berwyn with Dave Kay and Jon Willians, Honky Tonk Parade, Crazee Heart (country). $5. Nov. 1, 9 p.m.: American English (rock). $12. Nov. 2, 9 p.m.: Heartsfield (country rock). $15. Nov. 3, 7 p.m.: Tribute to Lowell George featuring the New Orleans Suspects and Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat (rock). $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Nov. 8, 9 p.m.: Funkadesi (world music). $15. Nov. 9, 9 p.m.: Gary Louris, Mike Musikanto (roots rock). $20. Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.: The Swingle Singers (a cappella). $25. Nov. 15, 9 p.m.: Deacon Blues featuring Howard Levy (rock). $15. Nov. 22, 9 p.m.: New Riders of the Purple Sage (rock). $20. Nov. 23, 8 p.m.: Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown (rock). $25. Nov. 23, 9 p.m.: Beatles Night — 50th anniversary UK release of “With the Beatles,” performed by Phil Angotti, Casey McDonough, Scott Ligon and Tony Kidonakis. $8. Nov. 24, 6 p.m.: Brienn Perry Jazz Ensemble, $15. Dec. 6-7, 9 p.m.: Reckless Kelly (electric show on Friday; acoustic show on Saturday). $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Jim Peterik & The Ides of March

In concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Advance tickets are $30 for TWS subscribers; $35 for non-subscribers. Same-day tickets are $35/$40. Call 708-246-3380 or visit Theatre of Western Springs.

North Central College

Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. 630-637-7469. North Central College website. Oct. 27, 6 p.m.: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band (rock/blues). Tickets are $60 and $45. Nov. 1, 8 p.m.: Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Richard Marx performs in Wentz Concert Hall. Tickets are $30 and $40. Nov. 8, 8 p.m.: Jazz trombonist Joel Adams will perform with other members of North Central College’s jazz faculty. $20; $15 students and seniors. Dec. 6, 8 p.m.: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. $100 and $125.

North Central College

Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. (630) 637-7469. North Central College website. Nov. 17, 6 p.m.: Multiplatinum-selling rock group Foreigner. $70, $75, $85. Nov. 23, 8 p.m.: Pop, funk and R&B group KC & the Sunshine Band. $60, $65, $75.

Sons of the Never Wrong

The folk music band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard. $15. Call 630-627-0171 or visit Maple Street Chapel onlne.

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

The Big Band ensemble will perform at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28-29 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Show-only tickets are $55; lunch and show tickets are $70. Call 630-530-0111 or visit the Drury Lane Theatre online.


6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. 708-669-9473. Wire is Music online. Oct. 25, 9:30 p.m.: Count’s 77. $20. Oct. 26, 9 p.m.: The Waco Brothers and Devil In A Woodpile. $15. Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.: Cheap Thrill. $12. Oct. 31, 9:30 p.m.: Halloween ‘80s party and costume contest, with music by The Spazmatics. $7. Nov. 1, 9 p.m.: Sena Ehrhardt & Lucky 3 Blues Band. $10. Nov. 7, 9 p.m.: Rickie Lee Jones. $30-$100. Nov. 8, 9 p.m.: Tributosaurus Becomes The Clash. $20. Nov. 27, 9 p.m.: Tributosaurus Becomes Bruce Springsteen. $20.


Donna Pope Gallery & Studio

185 N. York St. (second floor), Elmhurst. 708-987-3366. Nov. 1, 6-9 p.m.: Opening reception for “Art & Wine,” an exhibit of works by Jan Anderson, Mary Jo O’Hearn, Charlene Lee-Freislinger, Ann Primack, Donna Pope, Carol Voelker and Charles Wood. On opening night the gallery will partner with “Art at Nite: Food For Life,” supporting United Community Concerns Association by accepting donations of nonperishable food. The gallery will also donate a percentage of all sales that evening to United Community Concerns Association.

Elmhurst Art Museum

150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. 630-834-0202. 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. Through Jan. 5: “Inventory_The EAM Collection,” featuring art and objects from the museum’s vault. Free Friday night artist talks and lectures — 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. — 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. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Through Oct. 25: “Emergence,” paintings by Charlotte Cziperle, including landscapes and abstracts. October: “Autumn Blaze” members’ exhibit. November: “Starry Night” is this month’s juried exhibit. Nov. 15 through December: Christmas in La Grange Fine Art and Gift Gallery, featuring works by more than 40 artists and artisans. Preview Party will be held 6-9 p.m. Nov. 15.

North Central College

Schoenherr Gallery at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Through Nov. 10: Members of the Illinois Watercolor Society present “Signature Works.” For gallery hours or for more information, contact Nickole C. Lanham, North Central’s gallery director, at 630-637-5375 or

North Riverside Mall Theatre

7501 W. Cermak Road, Riverside. Through October: Oil paintings by Elsa J. Anaya, inspired by her Peruvian heritage.


Autumn Voices

Spirito! Singers’ annual fundraiser will be held 6:30 p.m.-midnight Nov. 2 at Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The evening includes dinner, drinks, auctions and performances by three Spirito! Singers vocal ensembles. Tickets are $100. Visit the Spirito! Singers online or call 630-941-0744.


Theatre Trek

Citadel Theatre presents “Jenny and the Old House, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 26-27 at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The outdoor theater trek in Cantigny’s gardens is appropriate for children ages 10 and younger. Stroll along with the actors as they move about the grounds, performing scenes in different settings. Tickets are $10 per person ages 5 years and older. Parking is free. Call 630-668-5161 or visit Cantigny Park online.


La Grange Art League Gallery and Studio

122 W. Calendar Ave., La Grange. 708-352-3101. All workshops held 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., unless noted otherwise. Nov. 7-10: Encaustic method workshop. $675 includes all paints and equipment. Nov. 15-17: Dianne Martia will offer an oil and cold wax Level II workshop. Prerequisite: Previous oil and cold wax class or workshop. $295; $265 for members.


Willowbrook Ballroom

8900 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. 708-839-1000. Oct. 25, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.: Swing dancing with the Flat Cats Band. $14; $12 students. Oct. 26, 7 p.m.: Pre-Halloween party with The Enchantment featuring Jobie Thomas. Also performing are Movin’ On and Chicago’s Mystics and DJ Joe “Cool” Rodriguez. Tickets in advance are $35 VIP; $25 reserved; $20 general admission $20. Oct. 27, 4 to 7 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Ron Smolen Orchestra. $10. Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 and 12, 7:30 to 10 p.m.: Country and western lessons and dancing, $10. Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 and 13, 7:30 to 11 p.m.: Salsa lessons and dancing, $12. Nov. 1 and 15, 8 p.m.: Good Time Charley Singles Dance. $9; $7 before 8:15 p.m. Nov. 3, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing with the Teddy Lee Orchestra. $15. Nov. 8, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.: V.I.P Productions presents Black and Grey Steppers Ball. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. For tickets, call 708-250-5001. Nov. 10, 2 to 5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Anthony Orchestra. $15. Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Salsa Intensive Workshop, open to intermediate-advanced salsa dancers. $35 in advance; $45 at the door. Nov. 16, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.: Tejano Dance with Lazaro Perez Y Su Conjunto and Susan Torres Y Conjunto Clemencia. $30 at the door. Visit Yellow Rose Tejano Music Promotions. Nov. 17, 2-5 p.m.: Ballroom dancing to music by the Steve Cooper Orchestra. $15 per person.


Harvest of Crafts

Held 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Westchester Community Church, 1840 Westchester Blvd., Westchester. Includes homemade crafts by church members, vendor tables, bake sale, café and a raffle. For information, call 708-865-1282.


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 After Hours Film Society online. Nov. 4: “The Attack.”

Paramount Theatre

23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. 630-896-6666. Classic Movie Mondays film series — Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $1. Nov. 4: “Halloween” (1978). Nov. 11: “The Blues Brothers” (1980). Nov. 18: “Vertigo” (1958). Nov. 25: “Aliens” (1986). Dec. 2: “A Christmas Story” (1983). Dec. 9: “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946). Dec. 16: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989). Dec. 23: “Home Alone” (1990). Dec. 24: “The Polar Express” (2004). Dec. 30: “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982).


DuPage County Historical Museum

102 E. Wesley Ave., Wheaton. 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.

Elmhurst Historical Museum

120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. 630-833-1457. Admission is free. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Nov. 8-April 20: “Carl Sandburg in Elmhurst.” Prairie poet, journalist, suburban family man, movie critic, political activist, author — Carl Sandburg wore many hats during the 1920s when he resided with his family in Elmhurst. The exhibit features rare photos, video footage, and artifacts related to Sandburg from his prolific Elmhurst years.

Graue Mill and Museum

3800 York Road, Oak Brook. 630-655-2090. Hours are 10 a.m. to 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.

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. 630-833-1616. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m. to 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.


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