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Entertainment options abound in Kane County

WHERE: Batavia Riverwalk on Houston Street at Island Avenue
WHEN: July 12 to 14
COST & INFO: Free admission;
ABOUT: The festival will offer live music, food booths, beer garden, pet parade, talent show, golf challenge (shown), children's activities and games including a large Fun Zone of interactive inflatables for kids. Presented by the Batavia Depot Museum, a Craft and Vintage Market on July 13 and 14 will feature 30 booths of art, crafts and vintage goods from local crafters and small business owners.
WINDMILL CITY FESTIVAL WHERE: Batavia Riverwalk on Houston Street at Island Avenue WHEN: July 12 to 14 COST & INFO: Free admission; ABOUT: The festival will offer live music, food booths, beer garden, pet parade, talent show, golf challenge (shown), children's activities and games including a large Fun Zone of interactive inflatables for kids. Presented by the Batavia Depot Museum, a Craft and Vintage Market on July 13 and 14 will feature 30 booths of art, crafts and vintage goods from local crafters and small business owners.

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CHICAGO KIDS COMPANY’S ADULT ACTORS PRESENT “JACK AND THE BEANSTALK”: Through July 26, Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The one-hour, interactive musical adaptation is recommended for children ages 2 to 10. Cost: $14 to $18. Information:

GENEVA CLASSIC CAR SHOW: 6 to 8 p.m., Fourth and James streets behind the Kane County Courthouse in downtown Geneva. The shows are sponsored by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Information:

KEVIN MCCAFFREY: July 11 to 13, Zanies Comedy Club at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. The club is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Information:

VISIT MUSEUMS AFTER HOURS: 5 to 8 p.m. July 11 and Aug. 8, downtown Aurora. Participating are the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, SciTech Hands On Museum, Grand Army of the Republic Museum and David L. Pierce Art and History Center, plus the Santori Public Library. The museums highlight STEAM activities for all ages. Cost: Free, with free trolley rides as part of the evening. information:

MOVIES IN THE PARK: 8:30 p.m., Geneva. Its Park District will show films, including “Mary Poppins Returns,” July 11, Wheeler Park; and “The Meg,” rated PG-13, Aug. 1, River Park. People can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase. Cost: Free. Information:

ALAIN QUINN AND VOJA RELEASE SHOW WITH SPECIAL GUEST DANNY SERAPHINE (FORMERLY OF THE BAND CHICAGO) AND RICHARD PATTERSON AS PART OF THE CLUB ARCADA LINEUP: 7:30 p.m., Club Arcada, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Also on tap will be Diva’s dance band at 9 p.m. July 12; Everett Dean and The Lonesome Hearts, 9 p.m. July 13; No Cover Magic Wednesdays starring William Pack, 7 p.m. July 17; and Diva Montell in a luncheon show at noon July 18. Information:

QUEEN OF HEARTS WEEKLY DRAWING NIGHTS: Thursdays, Elburn American Legion Post 630, 112 N. Main St. Doors open around 4:30 p.m. The post now has video slot machines. Information:, 630-365-6530.


SINGER-SONGWRITER DAVE RAMONT IN BENEFIT FOR ST. CHARLES HISTORY MUSEUM: 6:30 p.m., at the museum, 215 E. Main St., St. Charles. Cost: $25, $40 for a couple, which includes appetizers and two drinks. Information: Register at

“SEUSSICAL” MUSICAL: 7:30 p.m. July 12, 13, 19 and 20, and 3 p.m. July 14 and 21, Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Up and Coming Theatre Company and Elgin Summer Theatre partner in the production. Cost: $20, $15 for students, seniors and kids, and $25 at the door. Information: Tickets at 847-931-5900,

AMERICAN ENGLISH, NOTED BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND: 8 p.m., RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St. (Route 25), Aurora. Information:, 630-896-6666.


TRICITY FAMILY SERVICES’ CHRISTMAS IN JULY FAIR: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton St. The inaugural fundraiser, featuring local crafters, vendors and direct-sales businesses, is not limited to Christmas items only. It will include homemade goodies, jewelry, apparel, greeting cards, household items and other wares. Cost: Free admission. Information:

FINE LINE CREATIVE ARTS CENTER TEAMS WITH WATER STREET STUDIOS FOR ANNIVERSARY SHOW: Opening July 13, with reception from 2 to 4 p.m. July 21, Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. They are celebrating their 40th and 10th anniversaries, respectively. Work by artists and instructors will be on display through Aug. 21. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Cost: Free. Information: 630-584-7200,

THE ERA OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT WILL BE RECALLED DURING THE DEDICATION OF THE RESTORED 1906 DAIRY BARN: 5 p.m., Garfield Farm Museum, north of Route 38 on Garfield Road in Campton Township, five miles west of Geneva. Joe Wiegand will portray Roosevelt. Advanced ticket purchase is required. To purchase tickets for $50 online, go to the “donate” page and enter “barn dedication” in the “special instruction” box. And visit the website for details on a summer camp for youth ages 8 to 15 from July 23 to 25. Information:

SPEAKER PRESENTING “THE ALICE BERG JOHNSON STORY” FOR TITANIC BUFFS: 11 a.m., St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St., St. Charles. Amanda Helfers, curator of the summer exhibit called “Tip of the Iceberg: St. Charles’ Tie to the Titanic,” will share her research about the St. Charles resident and her two children and their harrowing journey back home as third-class passengers aboard the RMS Titanic. Cost: $5. Information: Register at

THE SMILEY TILLMON BAND, NOTED BLUES ARTISTS: 8 p.m., The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave. (Route 25), between Galena Boulevard and Downer Place, Aurora. The special night will honor the “Girls and Boys in Blue” and offers a 50% discount to all law enforcement officers. Opening the show will be local sensation singer-songwriter Aaron Kelly. Cost: Tickets start at $15. Information:

“FIREFLY FIREWORKS” IN NIGHTTIME NATURE SERIES: 8:15 to 9:15 p.m., Campton Forest Preserve, 4N379 Town Hall Road, St. Charles. It is led by naturalists from the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. In August, “Bat Watch” is offered from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Aug. 16 at Burnidge Forest Preserve, 38W235 Big Timber Road, Elgin. Advance registration is required. Cost: Free. Information: 630-444-3190, to register;

MOVIE SERIES AT GENEVA COMMONS: Through Aug. 10, 602 Commons Drive, Geneva. Movies on The Green will begin at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday. Schedule is July 13, “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part”; July 20, “Homeward Bound”; July 27, “Finding Nemo”; Aug. 3, “Back to the Future”; and Aug. 10, “How to Train Your Dragon.” Cost: Free. Information:


AIR CLASSICS MUSEUM OF AVIATION: Open for season, Sugar Grove. The museum is one mile west of the Aurora airport entrance at 44W546 W. Route 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Additional tour dates are offered groups of 10 or more. Cost: $7 for people 62 and older; $10 for ages 16 to 61; $5 for kids age 5 to 15. Information: 630-466-0888,

HEALING GARDENS AT STONE HILL FARM: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 37W249 Dean St., St. Charles. It is open each second Sunday. Optional tai chi or yoga usually is offered, with registration through the teacher. Cost: garden open for $5 per person and $10 per family; free for cancer survivors. Information: 630-740-2597,

OPERA ARIA EACH WEEK TO BE PART OF RELATED CHURCH SERVICE AND BROADCAST: 9 a.m., Elgin First United Methodist Church, 216 E. Highland Ave. The two-month theme is “Proverbial Opera,” an exploration of King Solomon. The service is broadcast on the radio at 11 a.m. on WRMN (1410AM). The July 14 service will feature tenor Nicholas Metzger in “Una furtive lagrima” from “L’Ellsir d’amore (The Elixir of Love)” by Gaetano Donizetti. On July 28, tenor Franco Martorana will perform “Vesti la giubba” from “Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Services with arias and varied performers will continue Aug. 4, 11 and 18. Information:

RIVER PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 6 p.m. each Sunday in July, the park’s stone amphitheater at 151 N. River Lane, Geneva, off Peyton Street. The series is sponsored by the City’s Cultural Arts Commission. Appearing July 14 will be Alibi Classic playing rock and Motown favorites; July 21, The MacCartyns Harmony offering rock from the late 1960s; and July 28, Northside Brass musicians who have performed with such artists as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera. People are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnics. In case of inclement weather, performances will move inside the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton St. Cost: Free, but donations to the commission are welcome. Information:, 630-938-4530.


KANE COUNTY FAIR: July 17 to 21, fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. It promises down-home fun from live music, food and 4-H competitions to a carnival midway and specialty acts. Information:, 630-584-6926.

POP-UP PICNIC IS A NEW EVENT AT HERITAGE PRAIRIE FARM: 5 p.m., 2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn, where the farm store is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The menu of barbecue-inspired favorites will be a fixed set of appetizers, entrées and a dessert. Children’s option also is available. There’s no vegetarian option. Cost: $50 for adults, $5 for children younger than 12. Information:, 630-443-8253.

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOST AN INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE: 7 p.m., St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave. The Shakespeare Project of Chicago’s Artistic Director Peter Garino will present excerpts from several of the plays including “Hamlet,” “Richard II,” “The Merchant of Venice” and others. The program is open to adults, teens and middle school students. Registration is recommended. Information: 630-584-0076.

CADILLAC GROOVE WILL BE PART OF THE RIVER RHAPSODY CONCERT SERIES: 7 p.m., continuing most Wednesdays through July, Batavia Riverwalk off Houston Street at 151 N. Island Ave. Cadillac Groove plays Southern rock, blues, R&B and soul. Cost: Free. Information:

SUMMER FILM SERIES FOR KIDS: 10 a.m. screenings preceded by activities Wednesdays through Aug. 7, Charlestowne 18, St. Charles. Schedule: July 17 - “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part”; July 24 - celebrate Christmas in July with “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”; July 31 - “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”; and Aug. 7 - “Wonder Park.” The series will be shown at all Classic Cinemas locations. Cost: $1; groups of 15 or more can reserve seats with a group rate that includes refreshments. Information: Reservation forms for groups at

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BEACH BALL BONANZA: 12:30 to 4 p.m., Hall Quarry Beach, 400 S. Water St., Batavia. So Long Summer & Swim is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 9. Cost: Events included with regular admission fee. Information: 630-879-5235,


PHAMOUS MOCKINGBIRD: 9 p.m., Old Towne Pub & Eatery, 40W290 La Fox Road, Campton Hills. The schedule also presents Five Rounds at 8:30 p.m. July 20. Information:, 630-513-4240.

THE POSIES IN CONCERT SERIES: 6 p.m., Chicago Premium Outlets’ green space on east end of center off North Farnsworth Avenue near I-88, Aurora. “Party in the Park” features the Seattle-bred, power pop group, and will close with Michigan-based, American rock band The Verve Pipe on Aug. 16. Kids’ activities are planned, along with food truck fare. Cost: Free admission. Information:


COCKTAILS IN THE PARK: 7 p.m., Appleton Park on River Walk just east of Batavia Government Center. It offers live music, drinks and small plates. Information:

FABYAN WINDMILL OPEN FOR THE SEASON: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 15, on the east side of Fabyan Forest Preserve on Route 25 in Geneva. The 68-foot, five-story windmill was built by Louis Blackhaus, a German craftsman, between 1850 and 1860. It now contains German, Swedish and Dutch millwright work and is one of the few in the world that’s been restored to run off natural wind energy. Private tours are also available. Volunteer millers and docents are sought by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Information: 630-232-5980.


ILLINOIS BRASS BAND IN OUTDOOR SHOW: 7 p.m., GreenFields of Geneva, 0N801 Friendship Way, at main entrance parking lot. It will feature the 30-piece Illinois Brass Band, and will wrap up with the group called Unscheduled Tour, complemented by a car show, at 5 p.m. Aug. 14. Cost: Free. Information: Register at 630-984-5311 or


“HISTORY HAPPY HOUR” RIVERBOAT CRUISE PRESENTED BY ST. CHARLES HISTORY MUSEUM AND ST. CHARLES PARK DISTRICT: 6 to 7:30 p.m., aboard the Fox River Queen paddlewheel boat based in St. Charles. Passengers will learn how the river helped form the communities that exist today along its shores, some of the other historic commercial boats that have operated on the waterway, and historic locations along the route such as the famous Al Capone hideaway. Cost: $35, including appetizers and two drink tickets. Information: Register at; 630-534-2334,

STILL NOT FRIDAY STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWCASE: 8 p.m. every Thursday, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora. Doors open at 7 p.m. The full food and drink menu is available in the showroom. Cost: Show admission free. Information:

OPEN MIC NIGHTS AT FLAGSTONE CRAFTS: 9 p.m. Thursdays, 101 W. State St., Geneva. It runs until 1 a.m. Cost: Free. Information:

LIVE MUSIC: 8:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, ROX City Grill at Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main St., St. Charles. Information:, 630-845-5800.


TWO BROTHERS ARTISAN SPIRITS DISTILLERY TOURS: 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway (Route 25), Aurora. No reservations are taken, but check in at host stand. Cost: Free. Information: 630-264-2739, twobrothersbrewing.


THE FRENCH MARKET BY BENSIDOUN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, train station parking lot in Geneva, off South and Fourth streets. Information:

PADDLEBOAT RIVERBOAT RIDES: Until October, on the Fox River in St. Charles. Now a facility of the St. Charles Park District, the attraction offers daily departures through August. Information: 630-584-234,


HABITAT WORKDAY: 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fermilab Natural Areas, off Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. Participants learn about ecology and the environment. No experience is required, but dress for the weather and outdoor work. Volunteers have been processing native seed mixes and removing invasive woody plants. All tools and safety equipment are provided. Simply show photo ID to security guard at entrance and meet in Lederman Science Center parking lot. Rain or hazardous weather will cancel event. Information:


FOX COUNTRY PLAYERS SEEKS DIRECTORS AND ASSISTANT DIRECTORS: For upcoming theatrical season, based at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. The season includes two musicals, “Children of Eden,” to be performed Oct. 11 to 13 and 18 to 20, and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” set for April 24 to 26 and May 1 to 3. Rehearsals and performances take place at Waubonsee. All production roles are non-Equity and the director will be paid. Information: People may email resume and complete contact information to

OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: Through October, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. It displays works by seven artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information:

TITANIC EXHIBIT: Through summer, St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St. It’s called “Tip of the Iceberg – St. Charles’ Ties to the Titanic.” Alice Berg Johnson and her two children, Harold and Elanor, were returning home to their hometown of St. Charles after visiting Alice’s ill father in Finland. They would survive the sinking. Information:, 630-584-6967.

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