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  • "Deep Space Adventure" launches today at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

      "Deep Space Adventure" launches today at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

  • The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust performs "Transposition" at Chicago's Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance as part of the Eye on India Festival.

      The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust performs "Transposition" at Chicago's Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance as part of the Eye on India Festival.

  • The Bristol Renaissance Faire returns for its 24th annual season near Kenosha, Wis.

      The Bristol Renaissance Faire returns for its 24th annual season near Kenosha, Wis.

  • The Orbert Davis Quintet performs as part of the Jazz Fest Glen Ellyn.

      The Orbert Davis Quintet performs as part of the Jazz Fest Glen Ellyn.

  • Wheeling native Deborah Voigt performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

      Wheeling native Deborah Voigt performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

  • Courtesy of the Gahlberg GalleryA 1983 Polaroid photograph of Princess Caroline of Monaco is part of an exhibit of Andy Warhol photographs at the Gahlberg Gallery at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage. The free exhibit runs through Saturday, Aug. 6.

      Courtesy of the Gahlberg GalleryA 1983 Polaroid photograph of Princess Caroline of Monaco is part of an exhibit of Andy Warhol photographs at the Gahlberg Gallery at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage. The free exhibit runs through Saturday, Aug. 6.

  • Daily Herald file photo by Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.comWatch re-enactments of famous Civil War battles at the annual Civil War Days at the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda

      Daily Herald file photo by Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.comWatch re-enactments of famous Civil War battles at the annual Civil War Days at the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Infinity and beyond

Explore the far reaches of the universe with dramatic space imagery at the brand new "Deep Space Adventure" experience starting today in the newly renovated Grainger Sky Theater at the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Adler pass: $27; $21 kids; $16 parking. (312) 922-7827 or adlerplanetarium.org. Grand opening at 10 a.m. Friday, July 8, with the inaugural show at 10:30 a.m.; extended hours from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 8; daily summer hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call for exact screening times.

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Greek to me

Get your fill of Greek culture and tasty Mediterranean treats like gyros, souvlaki, saganaki and more this weekend at the St. Sophia Church Greek Fest at 525 Church Road (Route 31 and I-90), Elgin. $2 admission. (847) 888-2822 or St-Sophia.com. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 8; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 9; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 10

Can do!

People with disabilities, seniors, caregivers and more can find new products and services at the Abilities Expo this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. Free admission. (847) 303-4100 or abilitiesexpo.com/chicago. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10

Eye on India

The best of Indian music, theater, literature, film, visual art and more will be celebrated during the nine-day Eye on India Festival starting today at various Chicago locations ranging from Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E. Randolph Drive), to the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.), to the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.). Many events are free, though some require museum admission ($35-$70 and $25-$50 for Harris Theater events). (312) 334-7777 or eyeonindia.com. Friday, July 8, through Saturday, July 16

Dig in with the Scouts

Batavia Boy Scout Troop 43 hosts its 18th annual all-you-can-eat Corn and Brat Dinner. at Bethany Lutheran Church, at Lincoln and Wilson streets, Batavia. Tickets are $8 at door and include a drink. Children under age 6 eat free (hot dog, corn and one drink). Proceeds will help the Scouts pay for their camp outings and adventure trips. For information, call Norah at (630) 639-8354. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 8

Civil War Days

Watch re-enactments of famous Civil War battles, learn about the lives of Civil War soldiers in their camps, and look for costumed re-enactors starring as famous, historical figures during the annual Civil War Days at the Lakewood Forest Preserve on Route 176, just west of Fairfield Road, Wauconda. $4-$8. Kids ages 3 and under are free. Visit lcfpd.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 9, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 10

Yo ho & huzzah

The Bristol Renaissance Faire returns in its 24th annual edition with a special "Pirates of the Renaissance" theme this summer. Get in on the Elizabethan fun starting this weekend just west of the I-94 Russell Road exit, near Kenosha, Wis. Admission is $18.95-$19.95; $8.95-$9.95 kids ages 5-12; kids ages 4 and younger admitted free. (847) 395-7773 or renfair.com. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day from July 9 through Sept. 5

Postcards, papers and more

Visitors can browse through a variety of antiques and collectibles at the Grayslake Premiere Antique Market and Fabulous Post Card and Paper Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Items include country furniture, estate jewelry, Victorian items, postcards, advertising, old toys, paintings and more. $6. (715) 526-9769 or zurkopromotions.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 10

Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players

Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players perform a pop/rock concert for kids and their families at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $10. Lawn tickets are $5. Park opens at 10 a.m. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9

Jazz hub

Jazz Fest Glen Ellyn returns for its fifth year with headliners like the Orbert Davis Quintet, Two for Brazil, Marshal Vente & Tropicale and more. The festival runs Saturday along Main Street from Crescent Boulevard to Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Glen Ellyn. Free admission, but contributions appreciated. (630) 942-4000 or jazzfestglenellyn.org. 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 9

Warhol photos

More than 150 original Polaroid and black-and-white photographs by famed artist Andy Warhol are on display at the Gahlberg Gallery at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The prints are part of the Andy Warhol ndation's Photographic Legacy Program. The Gahlberg Gallery is one of more than 180 college and university art museums throughout the country to receive prints as part of the Warhol Foundation's 20th anniversary. The Gahlberg exhibit includes Polaroid portraits of such well-known personalities as actor Ryan O'Neal, Princess Caroline of Monaco, designer Calvin Klein and more. Free admission. (630) 942-2321 or cod.edu/gallery. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and during all Main stage performances through Aug. 6

Operatic Spain

Members of the Elgin Opera Training and Performing Ensemble celebrate Spain operatically in the concert "Ole! La Fuerza de la Musica" this weekend at The Rider Center's Kimball Street Theatre at Elgin Academy, 350 Park St., Elgin. $10. (800) 838-3006 or elginopera.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 9, and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 10

3 Great Germans

Wheeling native and world-famous soprano Deborah Voigt teams with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Christopher Eschenbach to perform music of Beethoven, Wagner and Richard Strauss at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $40-$70; $15 lawn. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9

Heritage Fair

Step back in time during Union's annual Heritage Fair, featuring an antique auction, music, food, a plant sale, a baked-goods sale, a fruit pie-baking contest and more. The McHenry County Historical Society Museum's "The James" mobile bus museum will be open for tours at the McHenry County Historical Society Museum, 6422 Main St., Union. The mobile museum features an exhibit about Civil War soldiers and what they did with their time between battles. Free admission. (815) 923-2267 or mchsonline.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10; mobile museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.

From Beijing to Moscow

World traveler Bill Helmuth presents "Beijing to Moscow: A Trans-Siberian Train Trip," a program featuring stories about his travels through China, Mongolia, Siberia and Russia at the Lisle Public Library, 777 Front St., Lisle. Free. (630) 971-1675 or lislelibrary.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10

Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra

The Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra presents an outdoor afternoon concert at Aurora's Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating. Concert is free, but there is a $3.75-$7 admission fee to enter the park. Children younger than 2 admitted free. (630) 476-9072 or foxvalleyparkdistrict.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, July 10

May I have this dance?

The 16-piece Bobby Sanders Orchestra performs at a Big Band Dance for the public at the Metropolis Ballroom, 6 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. Guests can dance or just listen to the concert. Couples and singles are welcome. Admission is $15. Call (847) 392-0918 for information. 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 10

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