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Entertainment options abound in DuPage and Cook

WHERE: McAninch Arts Center's Playhouse Theatre at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays now through June 2
COST AND INFO: $40;, 630-942-4000
ABOUT: "Miracle on South Division Street" is a comic offering by the professional Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, in residence at the MAC. Ever since the miraculous night in 1942, when the Blessed Mother appeared to grandpa in his barbershop, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks' 20-foot shrine as a beacon of hope and faith. A post-show discussion with director, actors and crew is planned May 10.
BUFFALO THEATRE ENSEMBLE TO STAGE 'MIRACLE' PLAY WHERE: McAninch Arts Center's Playhouse Theatre at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays now through June 2 COST AND INFO: $40;, 630-942-4000 ABOUT: "Miracle on South Division Street" is a comic offering by the professional Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, in residence at the MAC. Ever since the miraculous night in 1942, when the Blessed Mother appeared to grandpa in his barbershop, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks' 20-foot shrine as a beacon of hope and faith. A post-show discussion with director, actors and crew is planned May 10.


AAUW USED BOOK SALE: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 2 and 3; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4, First United Methodist Church, 424 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. Featuring 20,000 titles, it's the major fundraiser for the Wheaton-Glen Ellyn Branch of the American Association of University Women. On May 4, books sell for $10 per bag. Checks and cash are accepted. Cost: Free admission. Information:

GREENMAN THEATRE PRESENTS STORIES ABOUT COMMUNITY: 7 p.m., Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave. In a program for adults, the troupe will share folk tales, stories and songs about living together in community. Registration is requested. Cost: Free. Information:

"SECRETS FROM VERY OLD TREES": 7 p.m., Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road. M. Ross Alexander of Midwest Dendro and Christine Rollinson of The Morton Arboretum will describe their wide-ranging study of trees in the area and how climate change may be reflected in their growth. Cost: Free. Information:

"KINDERTRANSPORT": 8 p.m. May 2 to 4 and 7 p.m. May 5, Elmhurst College's Mill Theatre, 190 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Following Kristallnacht in 1938, the Movement for the Care of Children from Germany was formed. In nine months, almost 10,000 unaccompanied children were sent to Britain, most of them Jewish. Playwright Diane Samuels interviewed adults who were the kinder who survived the Holocaust, weaving their experiences of loss, guilt and discovery into the play. Information: Tickets at

DRURY LANE THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES PRESENTS "YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN": Daytime curtain various days of the week through June 15, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Information:


CHILDREN'S THEATRE OF WESTERN SPRINGS STAGING "THE WIZARD OF OZ": May 3 to 5, The Theatre of Western Springs, 4384 Hampton Ave. Curtain is at 7 p.m. May 3; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 4; and 3 p.m. May 5. Information:

TRIBUTOSAURUS IN TRIBUTE TO BLACK SABBATH: 9 p.m., Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road., Berwyn. Cost: $25 to $60. Information:

BEES EVENT ON COD CAMPUS: 10 a.m. to noon, Health and Science Center atrium at College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Bee expert Terry Miesle will lead a tour and discussion on native bee species. Cost: Free. Information: Outdoor Lab/Prairie Manager Remic Ensweiler at

BLOOMINGDALE GARDEN CLUB FLOWER AND PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4, Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield Drive, north end of Springfield Park. The sale features professionally grown annuals in flats, hanging baskets, specialty annuals, tropical, grasses, vegetables and herbs. There will be perennials from members’ gardens, a Master Gardener Help Desk and raffles. Information:,

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 and 9 a.m. to noon May 4, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8659 S. Sayre, Burbank. Saturday offers a $3.50 a bag deal. Information:

LILAC TIME: Month of May, Lilacia Park, 150 S. Park Ave., Lombard. The Lombard Park District's Lilacia Park is an 8.5-acre horticultural showcase featuring hundreds of lilacs and thousands of tulips, along with special events for the festival. Information:

GLEN ELLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY PARTNERS WITH VILLAGE LINKS OF GLEN ELLYN TO OFFER THREE MINIATURE GOLF HOLES: month of May, library at 400 Duane St. “Putt Putt FORE Fun” holes feature books and other fun obstacles. Youth ages 8 to 16 can register to win a free half-day golf lesson or a free bucket of range balls. The free event kicks off summer programs at the library and golf course. Information:, 630-469-0879;

PLAY EXPLORES 'EURYDICE' VIEWPOINT: 7:30 p.m. May 3 and 4, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. "Eurydice," by Illinois playwright Sarah Ruhl, reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through the eyes of its heroine. It is funny, sad, dramatic and surprising. Cost: $15 to $20. Information:

AMERICAN LEGION BINGO: 7 p.m., 123 Main St., West Chicago. Weekly bingo, raffles and pull tabs on Fridays for ages 18 and older. Proceeds help veterans and the community. Check out additional dates. Information:

"A BUTLER DID IT" BY GROVE PLAYERS: 8 p.m. May 3 and 4 and 2 p.m. May 5, Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. In the Robert Scott play, the three Butler brothers can't seem to agree on anything except that they don't care for each other's company. Add a detested Aunt Francesca plus a briefcase containing $1 million and the comic plot thickens. Cost: $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors. Information:


PERFUME BOTTLE DESIGN FINALISTS DISPLAY: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 4 and noon to 2 p.m. May 5, Westin Chicago Northwest, 400 Park Blvd., Itasca. It's among public events offered by the International Perfume Bottle Association. Visitors also can access the Perfume Bottle and Vintage Vanity Show, where thousands of perfume bottles and other vanity items are on display and for sale. A 5 p.m. May 3 auction is planned; auctioneer is "Antiques Roadshow" celebrity Nicholas Dawes. A collectors flea market is open to the public from 9 to 11 a.m. May 4, and a lecture starts at 11:15 a.m. Cost: Free admission. Information:

ELMHURST NATIVE TEKKI LOMNICKI ANNOUNCING BENEFIT FOR HER TELLIN' TALES THEATRE: 6:30 p.m., Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, Chicago. "Utopia," which imagines a world of inclusion without barriers, is an evening of story and song. Information:

PLANK ROAD'S SING-AROUND: 2 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Cost: Free. Information:

EASTERSEALS' 16TH ANNUAL RUN FOR THE KIDS – SUPERHERO HUSTLE: 8 a.m., Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley, 830 S. Addison Ave., Villa Park. Raising funds to help kids with disabilities, it offers a 5K and a 2-mile fun run. Early registration rate ends May 2. Cost: $30 to $35. Information:

WHEATON FRENCH MARKET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, municipal parking lot at Main Street and Liberty Drive in downtown Wheaton. It's presented by Bensidoun USA. Information:

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: all day, various libraries and comic book stores across the U.S. Information:

FRIENDS OF THE CLARENDON HILLS LIBRARY PLANT SALE: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., front lawn of the library, 7 N. Prospect Ave. There will be dozens of perennial plants for sale. Free seeds will be given away and a master gardener will be on hand. Information:

TOUCH-A-TRUCK: 10 a.m. to noon, Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Ave., Glen Ellyn. This is a chance to climb inside dump trucks, fire trucks, police cars and other vehicles one sees on the road and at construction sites. There will be giveaways while supplies last. No registration is required. Cost: Free. Information:

ELMHURST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMING BRAHMS AND SHOWCASING MAHLER'S SYMPHONY NO. 5: 7 p.m., Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road. Cost: $12 up to $75 for a family. Information:

CO-BILL OF KAT EGGLESTON AND RUPERT WATES: 8 p.m., Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, 11 W. Maple St. Eggleston is an artist of great range who has inspired audiences all over the world with her strong, clear voice and masterful fingerstyle guitar technique. The London-born Wates in 2018 was a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Song Contest, and an Emerging Artist at Falconridge Folk Festival. Cost: $16 to $18. Information:, 630-941-7797.


WALK FOR WELLNESS HOUSE 3K WALK OR 5K RUN: 8:30 a.m., beginning and ending at Wellness House, 131 N. County Line Road, Hinsdale. It will draw over 3,000 cancer survivors, families, friends and volunteers in support of people living with cancer. This year's fundraising goal is to raise $575,000 to benefit the programs offered at no charge to participants all year-long. Information:

EXHIBIT RECEPTION: 3 to 6 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. "Sound Textures for Intimacies of Space" features work by Monica Rezman and Beth Bradfish. The show runs until June 15, and an Artists' Talk is offered at 2 p.m. May 25. The Sculpture Garden shows art by Jordan Martins until Aug. 3. The center's FlexSpace will display "Passing hours, space in between: I am breathing your air," an installation by Yoonshin Park, featuring self-breathing pillows on the floor. The show runs until June 11. Cost: Free. Information: 708-442-6400,

DUPAGE CHORALE AND DUPAGE CHORALE ORCHESTRA, JOINED BY GUEST VOCAL SOLOISTS: 7:30 p.m., College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The "Americana" concert of works by Amy Beach and Randall Thompson will be conducted by Lee Kesselman. Cost: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $6 for students. Information:, 630-942-4000.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE'S "STANDING AT THE WATER'S EDGE": 2 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Cost: $26. Information:, 630-942-4000.

LYRIC OPERA'S EVENING AT THE OPERA: 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 1106 Chestnut St., Western Springs. The Lyric's lecture series highlights excerpts from its season. No registration is required. Cost: Free. Information:

LIVING HISTORY DEMONSTRATION: Noon to 3 p.m., Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), Romeoville. The Isle a la Cache Brigade portrays cooks, seamstresses, voyageurs, soldiers or craftsmen from the 18th-century fur trade era in all-ages programs. May’s theme focuses on fire-starting methods. In addition, the Forest Preserve District of Will County will offer the Busy Beavers Craft Club from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 and June 15. There are monthly themes – May's is creating a caterpillar to travel with you on your walks; and June, make a fish-themed craft. The program is for kids ages 12 and younger. Cost: Free. Information:


GROUNDBREAKING CELEBRATIONS FOR COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 99 IN DOWNERS GROVE'S MASTER FACILITY PLAN: 4 p.m. May 6 and 20, Downers Grove South and North high schools, respectively. Events take place May 6 at South High, meeting at the front entrance; and May 20 at North High, meeting at Prince Street Circle, on the west side of school. Information:

"EXPOSED" PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE BY COLLEGE OF DUPAGE'S PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM: 6 to 8 p.m., COD's McAninch Arts Center, room 278, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Cost: Free. Information: Call photography professor Terry Vitacco at 630-942-2329.

DUPAGE COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Cost: $6. Information:, 630-942-4000.


MONTHLY GARDEN TOUR AT CANTIGNY PARK: 11 a.m., Meeting at Cantigny Park Visitors Center, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The free tour will highlight spring blooming bulbs and flowers. No registration is required. Cost: $5 parking fee per car. Information:

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The Chamber Orchestra is a mixed group of instrumentalists consisting of student and community members. Cost: $6. Information:, 630-942-4000.

CHICAGO YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS' JAZZ ORCHESTRA: 8 p.m., Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $10. Information:

GLEN ELLYN WOMAN'S CLUB SPRING LUNCHEON: 11:30 a.m., Glen Oak Country Club, 21W451 Hill Ave., Glen Ellyn. The club celebrates its 124th annual spring luncheon, and guests are welcome. Cocktails are served at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and the program featuring Nostalgia Entertainment with Cynthia and Matt Gruel at 1:30 p.m. Fifties-era music is the theme of the program titled “Unforgettable.” Cost: $50. Information: To make a reservation or buy a ticket, call Mary Ann Zeitz at 630-858-8264.

BINGO AT AMERICAN LEGION POST 80: 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Alexander Bradley Burns Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave., Downers Grove. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will be a variety of games and progressive jackpots, with food and refreshments available. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-968-9710,


LOMBARD GARDEN CLUB'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY LILAC BUSH SALE: May 9 to 11, Lilacia Park, one block west of Main Street and one block south of St. Charles Road, Lombard. The sale is open from 3 to 7 p.m. May 9; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10; and 8 a.m. until sold out May 11. The club also is selling Lilac Time Garden Flags. Information:

CHAMBER SINGERS AND CONCERT CHOIR: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Director is Lee Kesselman. Cost: $6. Information:, 630-942-4000.

MAY 10

THE GLEN ELLYN-WHEATON CHORALE: 7:30 p.m. May 10 and 3 p.m. May 11, College Church, 335 E. Seminary, Wheaton. Composer, conductor, educator, church musician, organ performer, adjudicator and workshop clinician Keith Hampton will conduct his piece “Celebrate!” in the all-American concert program. Cost: $19 for adults, $16 for seniors, $9 for students. Information:, 630-415-3066.

C.S. LEWIS AND DOROTHY L. SAYERS – A FEISTY FRIENDSHIP: 4:15 p.m., Wheaton College's Wade Center's Bakke Auditorium, 351 Lincoln Ave., Wheaton. The Wade Center’s new co-directors, Crystal and David Downing, share excerpts from personal letters between C.S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-752-5908,

JOEL MABUS: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. He is described as a skilled guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin player and songwriter, who plays traditional folk to bluegrass, blues and original songs. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

MAY 11

FAREWELL CONCERT BY CONDUCTOR OF ACAPPELLAGO: 7:30 p.m., Event Hall at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Founding maestro Dennis Smith will lead Acappellago's current members and alumni in a selection of favorite pieces from its 17 seasons, plus surprises, in a performance titled "Escape to … Another Sentimental Journey." The new music director will be Vicki Linich. Cost: Free, but a $15 donation is welcomed at the door. Information:

CHICAGO SINFONIETTA, DESCRIBED AS THE NATION'S MOST DIVERSE ORCHESTRA: 8 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. The "SoundSketch" concert will feature guest violin virtuoso Regina Carter. The program highlights musical icons – many female – in a string-centric program in rhythm, blues and beyond, honoring visionaries, composers, musicians and conductors. The program is repeated May 13 at Symphony Center in Chicago. Cost: $10 to $62 in advance online. Information:

MARK DVORAK LEADS ACOUSTIC WORKSHOP ON SONGWRITING, FINGER-PICKING AND HARMONY: 1 p.m., First Church of Lombard, 220 S. Main St. Dvorak of Riverside is a distinguished teaching artist at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. Those who play an instrument other than guitar also are welcome to attend. Cost: $30 for the public, $20 for Plank Road members; one can become a member upon registration. Information: Mark Dvorak at;;

SHOW BY FASHION STUDIES STUDENTS AT COLLEGE OF DUPAGE: 3 and 7 p.m., at Street Scene inside Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center on main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The "CODe” show will feature original designs created by fashion design students; it is produced by fashion merchandising students. Cost: $10 for the 3 p.m. show and $15 for the 7 p.m. show. Information: 630-942-2619,

PSYCHOLOGIST'S BOOK SIGNING PAIRED WITH REPTILE SHOW AND LIVE MUSIC: 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Barbara's Bookstore, 810 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge. Gene Carroccia has written “Treating ADHD/ADD In Children and Adolescents: Solutions for Parents and Clinicians.” The book launch will feature Jim Nesci’s Cold Blooded Creatures reptile show and music by recording artist Noah Gabriel. Information:;

MAY 18

BROOKFIELD ZOO'S ROARS & POURS FOR ADULTS: 4 to 8 p.m., 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Information:

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