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DuPage and Cook offer festivals, music and family fun

MYSTERY AUTHOR C.J. BOX TO ATTEND BOOK SIGNING
WHERE: Frugal Muse Books in Chestnut Court Shopping Center, 7511 Lemont Road, Darien
WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 15
COST & INFO: Free admission with reservations at 630-427-1140; frugalmusebooks.com
ABOUT: A best-selling author and winner of the Edgar Award, C.J. Box of Wyoming, is famed for the Rocky Mountain crime tale. He will sign and discuss his new book, "The Bitterroots," set in Montana and continuing the story of former lawwoman Cassie Dewell, private investigator.
MYSTERY AUTHOR C.J. BOX TO ATTEND BOOK SIGNING WHERE: Frugal Muse Books in Chestnut Court Shopping Center, 7511 Lemont Road, Darien WHEN: 7 p.m. Aug. 15 COST & INFO: Free admission with reservations at 630-427-1140; frugalmusebooks.com ABOUT: A best-selling author and winner of the Edgar Award, C.J. Box of Wyoming, is famed for the Rocky Mountain crime tale. He will sign and discuss his new book, "The Bitterroots," set in Montana and continuing the story of former lawwoman Cassie Dewell, private investigator.

AUG. 8

WILLOW SPRINGS BENEFIT CAR SHOW PART OF WILLOW FEST: 4 to 10 p.m., Willow Springs Village Hall, 1 Village Circle, Archer Avenue and Willow Springs Road. Car registration takes place that day between noon and 6 p.m. or register in advance at the village for priority parking. Show registration is $20, with numerous perks. DJ Tom will play rock and the Lions Club will serve pork chop sandwiches. No animals are permitted. Cost: Free for spectators. Information: 708-467-3700, www.willowsprings-il.gov.

DUPAGE AIRPORT BACK-TO-SCHOOL CELEBRATION: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., DuPage Airport, 2700 International Drive, West Chicago. Students can sit inside airplane cockpits and explore other vehicles plus see vintage aircraft and learn about careers in aviation. Food and refreshments will be provided. Cost: Admission to the event is free, but pre-registration is requested. Information: For free tickets, go to shawurl.com/3bj1.

"HENRY V": Now through Aug. 18, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., off Route 83, Oak Brook. One of the bard's history plays will transport audiences to 15th century French battlefields when First Folio Theatre stages "Henry V" in Shakespeare-Under-the-Stars. Cost: $34 to $44, with $5 discount for seniors and students, and $10 tickets for youth age 14 and younger. Information: 630-986-8067, www.firstfolio.org.

THE PROMENADE BOLINGBROOK HOSTING THE ROCKIN' WITH ROCK BOTTOM CONCERT SERIES: 7 to 9 p.m. most Thursdays through Sept. 12, 631 E. Boughton Road. Lotus Kings will play Aug. 8, followed by Ron Burgundy's on Aug. 15. Information: shawurl.com/3bc7, www.shoppingpromenade.com.

ROOTS ROCKERS LARA HOPE AND THE ARK-TONES: 8 p.m., Brauer House, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. They are fresh off the road with The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Cost: $10 to $12. Information: www.brauerhouse.com.

WDCB 90.9 FM LIVE JAZZ CONCERT SERIES AT LAKESIDE PAVILION: 7:30 p.m., College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Performing will be The Joey DeFrancesco Trio with special guest Bobby Broom on Aug. 8. “COD's Got Talent” student talent competition winners will open at 7:15 p.m. Cost: Free. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

WHEATON WINE WALK: 5 to 8:30 p.m., downtown Wheaton. It's presented by the Downtown Wheaton Association and offers more than 60 wines from around the world for participants to taste as they sip, stroll and shop their way through town. Tastings begin at the new Martin Memorial Plaza, where participants will pick up their wine glass and tasting ticket along with a walking map to all the locations. Tickets also are offered for the Sipping Muse Paint & Sip event immediately following the Wine Walk. Cost: $35 for wine tasting in advance and $40 at the event. Information: downtownwheaton.com.

SAMPLE SEVEN BRIDGES EVENT KICKING OFF SEVEN BRIDGES RESTAURANT WEEK: 5 to 7 p.m., Seven Bridges Golf Club, 1 Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. Restaurant week runs Aug. 8 to 16, offering a variety of dining incentives. Cost: $10 for adults for sampling event, $5 for children age 3 to 12. Information: To register, visit Chamber630.com; www.dinewoodridge.com.

EXHIBIT ON "WORLDS OF WONDER – REMEMBERING CHICAGOLAND'S AMUSEMENT PARKS": Through Aug. 18, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. The iconic venues are captured through rare photos and video, memorabilia and artifacts. Interactive, family-friendly stations include a Skee-Ball game, marble roller coaster track and virtual reality roller-coaster experience. A gallery talk on the exhibit starts at 2 p.m. Aug. 11. Families are invited to a maker program for elementary-age kids from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 about the music of the Woodstock festival. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: elmhursthistory.org, 630-833-1457.

ROCK 'N WHEELS: 6 p.m. Thursdays through August, Village Green, 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison. It features food, music and Bike & Car Cruise Night. Cost: Free. Information: ithappensinaddison.com.

WESTMONT CRUISIN' NIGHTS & STREET FAIR: Various Thursday nights through August. Information: westmontevents.com.

SUMMER AUDITIONS CAN BE SCHEDULED FOR GLEN ELLYN-WHEATON CHORALE: With auditions for all voice parts planned Aug. 12 and 13. Information: gewchorale.org.

AUG. 9

NICKEL&ROSE: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. The act is composed of upright bassist Johanna Rose and guitarist Carl Nichols, who have performed internationally. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

WILLOW FEST LIVE MUSIC KICK-OFF: 4 to 11 p.m., Willow Springs Village Hall, 1 Village Circle. Country music band Hillbilly Rockstarz headlines at 9 p.m., and opening band The Full Grown Men appears at 6 p.m. Food, carnival, beer tent and attractions are planned. No animals are permitted. Cost: Free admission; fest runs through Aug. 11. Information: 708-467-3700, www.willowsprings-il.gov.

MAGIC OF MOTOWN TO CONCLUDE POP MUSIC SERIES AT LAKESIDE PAVILION: 7:30 p.m., College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. People are asked to bring donated food item for pantry. Cost: Free. Information: atthemac.org, 630-942-4000.

WHEATON'S FRIDAY NIGHT VINTAGE RIDES CAR SHOW: 6 to 9 p.m. through Aug. 23, Front Street in downtown Wheaton. Information: www.downtownwheaton.com.

ELMHURST NATIVE TEKKI LOMNICKI'S LATEST TELLIN' TALES THEATRE SHOW: Weekends through Aug. 11, Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice, Chicago. Featuring four performers, the show about breaking up is titled "It's Not Me, It's You." Cost: $20 or $15 for students and people with disabilities. Information: tellintales.org.

LOMBARD PLAYWRIGHT CRAIG GUSTAFSON'S COLLECTION OF SHORT COMIC PLAYS CALLED "FASTING COUGARS": Now to Aug. 31, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Riverfront Playhouse, 11 S. Water St., downtown Aurora. Cost: $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Information: riverfrontplayhouse.com, 630-897-9496.

SUMMER NIGHTS CONCERTS AT BROOKFIELD ZOO: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Aug. 10, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Cost: Admission fees vary. Information: CZS.org/SummerNights, 708-688-8000.

DOWNTOWN DOWNERS GROVE'S SUMMER NIGHTS CLASSIC CAR SHOW: 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 30, on Main from Maple to Franklin. Live entertainment plays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Main Street train station. Information: www.downtowndg.org.

AUG. 10

CHICAGO SINFONIETTA CHAMBER ENSEMBLE PART OF FRENCH PICNIC UNDER THE STARS: 6 to 11 p.m., Cantigny Park parade field, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. It's followed by French Connection Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11. The U.S. Coast Guard Band will play at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at the First Division Museum Plaza. Cost: Picnic costs $15; $10 parking summer Saturdays and Sundays, otherwise $5. Information: cantigny.org, 630-668-5161.

CICERO DISTRICT 99'S BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Unity Junior High School, 2115 S. 54th Ave. Information: www.cicd99.edu.

IMMANUEL RESIDENCES' BAZAAR: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1122 Gilbert Ave., Downers Grove. It offers bakery items, home decor, kitchenware, Christmas items, jewelry and art. Lunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 630-852-6935.

WILLOW FEST CRAFT AND VENDOR SHOW: 1 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 and noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 11, Willow Springs Village Hall, 1 Village Circle. Enjoy live music, food and beverages while attending the outdoor craft and vendor show with over 60 exhibitors. They offer doll and goose clothing, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, candles, decorative home items, kitchen products, clothing, jewelry, floral wreaths and arrangements, embroidered and crochet Items, dog collars, wine glasses and CBD products. No animals are permitted. Cost: Free admission. Information: 708-467-3700, www.willowsprings-il.gov.

TOUCH A TRUCK: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 W. Cermak Road. Cost: Free. Information: shawurl.com/3bj0.

SALT CREEK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTING "DIE FLEDERMAUS" OPERETTA: 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church of La Grange, 100 W. Cossitt Ave. The orchestra, in collaboration with the Midwest Institute of Opera, will perform the Johann Strauss Jr. favorite. Tickets are available at the door and at brownpapertickets.com. Cost: $20, $15 for students and seniors. Information: www.saltcreekchamberorchestra.org.

FOSSIL FUEL BAND'S BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HINSDALE HUMANE SOCIETY: 6 to 10 p.m., BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. It's an evening for music lovers and their dogs on the patio. Cost: $20, with tickets available in advance at bit.ly/HHS-Tunes-4-Tails or at the door. Information: hinsdalehumanesociety.org.

WALK AND TALK WITH ILLINOIS BOTANIST CHRIS BENDA: 3 p.m., Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road. The walk among the wildflowers and Riverside‘s arboretum, followed by a lecture, is co-sponsored by the Frederick Law Olmsted Society. Information: riversidelibrary.org.

LOMBARD PARK DISTRICT'S BOUNCE BACK TO SCHOOL: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lombard Common east of Paradise Bay Water Park, 433 E. St. Charles Road, Lombard. Children ages 3 to 12 can enjoy eight different inflatables, a DJ, stilt walker, juggler, balloon twister, snow cones and cotton candy. Cost: Free. Information: www.lombardparks.com, 630-620-7322.

AUG. 11

ARTIST RECEPTION FOR ELLEN ROTTSOLK: 2 to 3:30 p.m., Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. Information: woodridgelibrary.org, 630-964-7899.

FREE PONY RIDES, PETTING ZOO, BINGO, FIREWORKS PART OF WILLOW FEST: Noon to 10 p.m., Willow Springs Village Hall, 1 Village Circle. Schedule shows pony rides and petting zoo from 1 to 5 p.m.; clown parade and games at 1 p.m.; carnival from noon to 10 p.m.; bingo from 1 to 4 p.m.; food from noon to 10 p.m.; craft and vendor show from noon to 6 p.m.; live music from 4:30 to 9 p.m.; and fireworks at dusk. No animals are permitted. Cost: Free admission. Information: 708-467-3700, www.willowsprings-il.gov.

AUG. 13

HOT SPOT COMEDY SHOWCASE: 7 p.m., Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Cost: Free. Information: www.brauerhouse.com.

"U.S.-CUBA RELATIONS FROM 1898 TO 2018 – LEARN THE STORY": 7 p.m., Glen Ellyn Police Department community room, 65 S. Park Blvd. Historian Walt Zlotow will speak. Cost: Free. Information: glenellynhistory.org, 630-469-1867.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES IN THE PARK: Tuesdays until late August, Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Fishel Park, on Grove Street just west of Main Street, Downers Grove. Kids activities are planned, and food, wine and beer will be available for purchase. Cost: Free. Information: www.dgparks.org/summer-concert-series.

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, www.post80.org.

AUG. 14

CONCERT IN THE PARK WITH THE FLAT CATS: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, Dallas and Linden streets, Westmont. Patrons are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. Cost: Free. Information: westmont.illinois.gov, 630-969-8080.

COMMON GROUND – IMMIGRANT STORIES: 7 p.m., Indian Prairie Public Library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien. Panel members will share their immigrant experience – obstacles they have encountered as immigrants, why they immigrated, and what traditions they have kept. A representative from Literacy DuPage will speak about its services to help immigrants improve their English. Registration is requested. Information: www.ippl.info, 630-887-8760.

ARBOR EVENINGS: Wednesdays through Sept. 4, with music from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m., The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Unwind with family and friends, enjoying live music and dancing, lawn games and refreshments. Tickets include one beer, wine or soda, along with activities and entertainment by such bands as Dick Diamond and The Dusters, appearing Aug. 14. Cost: $17, $12 for members, with tickets required for guests age 21 and older, and children admitted free. Information: mortonarb.org, including details on special Thursday family nights.

DUPAGE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: Ongoing activities, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Information: dupagechildrens.org.

SELECTIONS BY SIX PAINTERS: Until Aug. 25, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave. The show's title "With a Capital P" is a reference to an approach that doesn’t always use paint or brush. The group exhibition consists of six rooms, each using different criteria to interpret artistic approaches and a wide-ranging conversation about process and media. "Luftwerk: Parallel Perspectives" is a site-specific exhibition that uses color and light interventions to activate and interpret the McCormick House, designed by Mies van der Rohe. Information: elmhurstartmuseum.org.

RUSSELL KIRT PRAIRIE TOUR: 6 to 8 p.m., College of DuPage's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd. Participants will learn about native plants and wildlife on a guided walk through the 18-acre site’s restoration areas. Cost: Free. Information: Contact Remic Ensweiler at ensweilerr@cod.edu or biology professor Lynda Randa at randal@cod.edu.

AUG. 15

PRUNING TREES: 6:30 p.m., North Riverside Public Library, 2400 S. Des Plaines Ave. Learn all about pruning trees, including how to prune without harming the tree and how to train trees when young to prevent expensive fixes later. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. Cost: Free. Information: Register at 708-447-0869, www.northriversidelibrary.org.

AUG. 16

PAT GAUGHAN & NANCY MAIO: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Gaughan's voice and guitar are complemented by Nancy Maio's instrumental virtuosity on the fiddle. Cost: $10. Information: twowaystreet.org, 630-969-9720.

TRIBUTOSAURUS BECOMES WOODSTOCK: 9 p.m., Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Cost: $25, $60 for VIP. Information: wireismusic.com.

AUG. 17

WHEATON ALL NIGHT FLEA MARKET WITH "LEAVE IT TO BEAVER" STARS: 3 p.m. Aug. 17 until 3 a.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. On hand will be Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers, plus Kristy McNichol. Tickets are available at the DuPage County Fairgrounds ticket booths. Cost: $9 per adult, free for children age 12 and younger. Information: 715-526-9769, zurkopromotions.com/wheaton-illinois-all-night-flea-market.

HOME ORGANIZING AUTHOR CARALYN KEMPNER BOOK SIGNING: 1 p.m., Barbara’s Bookstore at Village Center Mall, 810 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge. She will offer a relaxed Q&A discussion on home organizing. Her book is "Top-To-Bottom Home Organizing." Cost: Free admission. Information: caralynkempner.com.

AUG. 19

CHORAL-AIRES CHORUS GUEST NIGHTS: 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 345 S. Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst. A noted a cappella barbershop harmony chorus, the Choral-Aires Chorus of Sweet Adelines International meets to rehearse Monday nights. Information: choral-aires.com.

AUG. 21

PETRA VAN NUIS AND LARRY HARRIS, A VOICE AND PIANO DUO: 6 to 9 p.m., Parkers' Restaurant & Bar, 1000 31st St., Downers Grove. She and guitarist Andy Brown will appear from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at The Clubhouse, 298 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. Information: www.parkersamerican.com and www.theclubhouse.com, respectively.

MORTON ARBORETUM PRESENTS "NATURE CONNECTS" ART WITH LEGO BRICKS BY SEAN KENNEY: Through Sept. 15, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. It features 15, nature-themed sculptures crafted from more than a half-million LEGO bricks. There will be themed programs related to the show for all ages. Visitors also can enjoy the Troll Hunt exhibition on display through the end of summer. Information: mortonarb.org.

AUG. 22

LA GRANGE FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. various Thursdays, La Grange Road and Harris Avenue. Information: shawurl.com/3b6m, 708-582-6510.

EXHIBIT OF WORKS BY LEGENDARY PRINTMAKER OF MEXICO: Through Sept. 13, Cleve Carney Art Gallery at McAninch Arts Center on College of DuPage campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Highlighted will be José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913). Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, and one hour prior to Lakeside Pavilion events. Information: clevecarneygallery.org, 630-942-4000.

AUG. 23

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: wchicago.mhsoftware.com.

AUG. 24

ST. JAMES FARM FOREST PRESERVE TRACTOR DAY: Noon to 4 p.m., on Winfield Road, a quarter mile north of Butterfield Road, Warrenville. Trails, picnic areas, fishing and a variety of sculptures are at the 600-acre preserve. Cost: Free, with no registration required. Information: 630-668-6012, dupageforest.org.

COSLEY ZOO: Open daily except fall and winter holidays, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Information: cosleyzoo.org/event-calendar, 630-665-5534.

DOWNERS GROVE DOWNTOWN MARKET: 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Main Street train station, 5001 Main St. Among items will be local produce and artisan foods. Information: events.downers.us.

WHEATON FRENCH MARKET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays until Nov. 9, Municipal Parking Lot 3, Main and Liberty, downtown, Wheaton. Information: wheatonchamber.com.

AUG. 25

FRENCH MARKET IN GLEN ELLYN: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Main Street train station south parking lot, between Main Street and Forest Avenue. Information: business.glenellynchamber.com.

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