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  • The Bud Billiken Parade returns to Chicago's South Side for its 82nd anniversary.

      The Bud Billiken Parade returns to Chicago's South Side for its 82nd anniversary.
    Courtesy of Danita Delaney

  • Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is set to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Sunday, Aug. 14.

      Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is set to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Sunday, Aug. 14.

and Laura Stewart

Love a parade
The 82nd Bud Billiken Parade & Picnic celebrating youth and education is the nation's largest and oldest African American parade. New this year is a Gospel Festival, which starts at noon. The parade kicks off Saturday at 39th St. and King Drive and ends in Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Chicago. Free admission. (773) 536-3710 or 10 a.m. parade Saturday, Aug. 13; Gospel Festival starts at noon.

Aggregate art
More than 75 artists from around the country display their work as part of the 7th annual Art In Your Eye Festival this weekend along the Batavia Riverwalk in downtown Batavia. Free admission. (630) 761-3528 or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14

Mayslake Family Day
Guests of all ages are invited to the Family Day at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Bring a picnic to dine on the grounds. Then take part in interactive events including live musical entertainment, tours of Mayslake Hall, art activities, fishing, archery and more. Lemonade and popcorn will be available for purchase. Free admission. (630) 933-7200 or 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13

Big Truck Show
Youngsters can get an up-close view of trucks and other working vehicles at the Big Truck Show at the James O. Breen Community Park, at Campton Hills and Peck roads, St. Charles. See everything from garbage trucks to police squad cars and front-end loaders. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call (630) 513-6200, or go to 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13

Tall taste
Marvel at historic sailing vessels and see Olympic-style match race sailing competitions when A Taste of Tall Ships Chicago continues this weekend at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Free admission, but extra charges to board ships and for sailing excursions ($6-$9 boarding; $49-$79 sailing). (312) 595-7437 or 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14

Sport of kings
See fancy hats on parade, meet hall of fame jockeys and cheer on your favorite racehorse when the Arlington Million returns Saturday to Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. $25-$175. (847) 385-7500 or 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13

Louie, Louie
Two-time Emmy award-winning comedian Louie Anderson finds humor from his Midwest upbringing and more topics this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $22-$24. (847) 240-2001 or 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13; 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14

Marigold Mambo
The Chicago area chapter of the USA Dance group invites the public to its monthly party and social dance, Marigold Mambo, at the Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison, Franklin Park. Mambo dance lessons run from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Social dancing runs 8:15 to 11 p.m. (includes mixers). Admission is $8 for members; $10 for nonmembers and $6 for students (with an ID). (847) 577-9014 or visit Doors open at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13

A tribute to ZZ Top
Fans of legendary rock band ZZ Top can head to Lincolnshire's Viper Alley nightclub, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, to see ZZ Top tribute band Eliminator rock the stage with the band's greatest hits. $7-$10. (847) 499-5000 or 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13

'Memories and Moments with Elvis'
Vocalist Steve Richards stars in a musical tribute to Elvis Presley in "Memories and Moments with Elvis," at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. (847) 677-7761 or 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14

Up and Coming Theatre presents "Footloose," the 1998 Broadway musical adaptation of the 1984 film musical about a teenage rebel who comes to a small town where dancing is banned, at Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. $17-$19. Visit 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Aug. 14

'The Women'
Clare Booth Luce's acclaimed 1930s all-woman comedy "The Women" focuses on a New York society woman who is torn about whether or not to divorce her unfaithful husband, at Circle Theatre, 1010 W. Madison St., Oak Park. $26. (708) 660-9540 or 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14

Classical Rufus
Singer-songwriter pop star and opera composer Rufus Wainwright makes his debut performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Sunday at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $50 pavilion tickets; $25 lawn. (847) 266-5100 or 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14

France comes to Wheaton
Celebrate the culture and foods of France in nearby Wheaton on French Connection Day at Cantigny Park and First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The event features a French open air market, music, French fare, a beer and wine garden with wine tastings, crafts for children and street performers including a mime, a stilt walker and others. Free admission. Parking is $5 ($2 before 10 a.m.). (630) 668-5161 or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14

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