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  • The U.S. Army parachute team Golden Knights brave the heights in order to amaze viewers at the Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend.

      The U.S. Army parachute team Golden Knights brave the heights in order to amaze viewers at the Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend.

  • Get an up-close view of the Viking Ship from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition at the Viking Visitor's Day open house in Geneva.

      Get an up-close view of the Viking Ship from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition at the Viking Visitor's Day open house in Geneva.
    File photo by Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald

  • Comedian Don Rickles is set to play the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

      Comedian Don Rickles is set to play the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
    Associated Press File Photo

  • Christopher Kale Jones, left, Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll and Shonn Wiley will perform in "Under the Streetlamp" at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville Ind.

      Christopher Kale Jones, left, Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll and Shonn Wiley will perform in "Under the Streetlamp" at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville Ind.
    Courtesy of Todd Gustafson

  • Country-punk outfit The Waco Brothers make a stop at Fitzgerald's Saturday.

      Country-punk outfit The Waco Brothers make a stop at Fitzgerald's Saturday.

  • Climb aboard a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine at the "Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011" at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union.

      Climb aboard a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine at the "Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011" at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Associated Press Lyle Lovett & His Large Band plays the Ravinia Festival on Sunday, Aug. 21.

      Associated Press Lyle Lovett & His Large Band plays the Ravinia Festival on Sunday, Aug. 21.

  • Katy Perry will perform a makeup show Sunday at Allstate Arena.

      Katy Perry will perform a makeup show Sunday at Allstate Arena.
    Associated Press File photo

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Look to the skies

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights are just some of the high-flying performers who will take to the skies at the annual Chicago Air and Water Show along the lakefront, from Fullerton to Oak Street. Free. (312) 744-3316 or chicagoairandwatershow.us. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21

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Quilting bee

"Love of Quilting" TV personality Marianne Fons will make a special appearance at 10:30 a.m. Saturday ($15) at the weekend gathering Quilts of Valor at the Cosman Cultural Center, 12015 Mill St., Huntley. $6 general admission. (847) 961-5157 or northernillinoisquiltfest.com. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

Money galore!

See more than $1 billion in rare coins and paper money, including Smithsonian gold, Treasury Department $100,000 bills and a $2.5 million nickel at the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. Other highlights include seminars, dealers buying and selling numismatic items, free appraisals of coin and paper money and more. $6 for adults; children 12 and younger admitted free. Visit WorldsFairOfMoney.com. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

Cutting it out

Get new crafty ideas to preserve family memories and showcase snapshots at the Scrapbook Expo at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $7. (630) 584-6300 or pheasantrun.com. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

Long Grove Fine Art & Wine Festival

More than 90 artists will showcase original work at the juried Long Grove Fine Art & Wine Festival at the Archer Municipal Lot near Fountain Square, at routes 53 and 83, Long Grove. View all mediums, from watercolors, oil and acrylic paintings to sculpture, jewelry, photography and more. Artwork is available for purchase. Other highlights include a variety of wines for tasting, food and live music. Free general admission. (847) 634-0888 or longgroveonline.com. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21

Clang! clang! clang!

Ride on historic trolley cars during TrolleyFest, which also coincides with South Elgin's Riverfest Express. Get aboard this weekend at the Fox River Trolley Museum, 361 S. La Fox St. (Route 31), South Elgin. $2-$3.50. (847) 697-4676 or foxtrolley.org. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21

Antiques galore

Seventy-five dealers from across the United States and Canada present a wide range of antiques and fine arts at the Chicago O'Hare Summer Antique Show & Sale at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. Items include antique and estate jewelry, watches, folk and tribal art, reference books, lamps, vintage clothing and more. $10 admission is good for all three days; kids younger than 12 admitted free. Parking is free with paid show admission. (847) 692-2222 or chicagoohareantiques.com. Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21

Visit the Viking Ship

The public can get an up-close view of the Viking ship from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition at the Viking Visitor's Day open house at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva. View the inside of the ship, and learn about its voyage from Bergen, Norway, to the Columbian Exposition. Donations will be accepted to assist with the ship's repairs. Cost is $5 adults; $3 for ages 13-19 and $1 for children ages 5 to 12. (630) 232-6060 or vikingship.us. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

'Peace, Love and Lambs'

Travel back in time to the 1960s as Lambs Farm hosts a day of activities and contests with "Celebrating the '60s -- Peace, Love and Lambs." The Beatles cover band American English will perform. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating at Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road, I-94 at Route 176, Libertyville. $10 ages 13 and older; kids 12 and younger admitted free. (847) 990-3750 or lambsfarm.org. 2 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

Wine and dine

The ninth annual Naperville Wine Festival features more than 300 wines from across the globe. Highlights include wine seminars and tastings, cooking demonstrations, a beer garden, live music and fare from area restaurants at CityGate Centre, at I-88 and Route 59, Naperville. Adult wine tasting tickets cost $27 in advance and $35 at the door. Designated driver tickets cost $10. A portion of proceeds will go to the Naperville Area Humane Society. (847) 382-1480 or napervillewinefestival.com. 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

Outdoor Film Festival

The Friends of Ryerson Woods group invites the public to a free evening of art and film under the stars at the group's Outdoor Film Festival. The evening begins with a guided tour of the Art of Green group exhibition at the historic Brushwood home in Ryerson Woods, on Riverwoods Road, between Route 22 and Deerfield Road, Deerfield. Guests can then picnic on the grounds of Brushwood and see a screening of acclaimed short films with nature themes. Admission is free. Donations accepted. (847) 968-3321 or visit ryersonwoods.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

'Mr. Warmth'

It's ironic that one of America's most famous insult comedians has been nicknamed "Mr. Warmth." So don't believe the title of "A Quiet Evening With Don Rickles" if you see the famed comedian perform Saturday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $59-$125. (888) 695-0888 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

PBS bound

If you've loved seeing former "Jersey Boys" cast members (Christopher Kale Jones, Michael Cunio, Michael Ingersoll and Shonn Wiley) in the show "Under the Streetlamp," then don't miss your chance to be in the audience when the show is taped for future PBS-TV broadcast on Saturday at the Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Place, Merrillville, Ind. $45. (800) 745-3000 or starplazatheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

Going acoustic

Marty and Wayne of the Freddy Jones Band deliver an acoustic show Saturday at The Montrose Room in the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets cost $20, $30. montroseroom.com. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

'Brothers' of rock

The Waco Brothers, the country-punk outfit led by Chicago indie-music icon Jon Langford, have put out some stellar records. But it's the band's live show that sets it apart. Loud, raucous, joyous, sweaty -- the Wacos always deliver. See them this weekend at Fitzgerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $15. fitzgeraldsnightclub.com. 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

Classical blues

Chicago blues get combined with classical chamber music in the concert by Corky Siegel and his Chamber Blues on Saturday at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago. $25-$35. (773) 381-4551 or maynestage.com. 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20

Rolling down the rails with Thomas

Thomas the Tank Engine chugs his way to the Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, Union, for his annual visit, Day Out with Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011. Youngsters and their families can meet Thomas, of "Thomas & Friends" book and TV fame. Ride a 15-ton replica of Thomas, view videos or shop for Thomas products. Other highlights include magic shows, clowns, puppet shows and more. Tickets cost $18 for ages 2 and older. (866) 468-7630, ticketweb.com/thomas.html or irm.org.9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21

Living large

They like things big in Texas, so expect plenty of sound when Lyle Lovett & His Large Band play country and rock hits Sunday at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $55 pavilion; $27 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21

Make-up date

Pop princess Katy Perry returns to the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, for a show that was rescheduled after illness forced her to cancel her original July concert. $35, $45. ticketmaster.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21

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