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  • Aeroshell planes will entertain the crowds for the annual Chicago Air & Water Show this weekend.

      Aeroshell planes will entertain the crowds for the annual Chicago Air & Water Show this weekend.
    Courtesy of the City of Chicago

  • The annual parade is part of the fun at the 83rd Elburn Days celebration.

      The annual parade is part of the fun at the 83rd Elburn Days celebration.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Jamie Spencer, riding Cape Blanco, won the Arlington Million at Arlington Park in 2011.

       Jamie Spencer, riding Cape Blanco, won the Arlington Million at Arlington Park in 2011.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Bring your flashlight and shop all night at the 36th Annual All-Nite Flea Market at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.

      Bring your flashlight and shop all night at the 36th Annual All-Nite Flea Market at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Tony Bennett returns to the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, Aug. 18.

      Tony Bennett returns to the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, Aug. 18.
    Courtesy of San Francisco Chronicle

  • Victoria Jaiani performs in "Dance for Life" at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago Saturday.

      Victoria Jaiani performs in "Dance for Life" at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago Saturday.
    Courtesy of Sandro

  • With owner Susan Esbrook of Arlington Heights looking on, redbone coon hound Tally gets her fortune told by Madame Mookus, alias Char Padovani, right, at a previous edition of the Bark for Live event.

      With owner Susan Esbrook of Arlington Heights looking on, redbone coon hound Tally gets her fortune told by Madame Mookus, alias Char Padovani, right, at a previous edition of the Bark for Live event.
    Daily Herald File Photo by Bill Zars/bzars@dailyhe

  • Learn how the pioneers used the pickling process for food at the "Pickle Palooza" event at the Durant House Museum in St. Charles.

      Learn how the pioneers used the pickling process for food at the "Pickle Palooza" event at the Durant House Museum in St. Charles.
    Courtesy of the Durant House Museum

  • Pianist Daniil Trifonov presents a classical concert at Sunday in Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Festival.

      Pianist Daniil Trifonov presents a classical concert at Sunday in Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Festival.
    Courtesy of Ravinia Festival

  • Marc Anthony teams up with Chayanne and Marco A. Solis for the tour Giagantes at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Sunday, Aug. 19.

      Marc Anthony teams up with Chayanne and Marco A. Solis for the tour Giagantes at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Sunday, Aug. 19.

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By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Soaring high
The Chicago Air & Water Show, one of the most exhilarating free shows of the year, takes flight over North Avenue Beach this weekend. This year's headliners include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Army Parachute Team The Golden Knights and the Navy Parachute Team The Leap Frogs. Civilian aircraft performers are the returning Aeroshell Aerobatics Team and the Lima Lima Flight Crew. Public transportation is recommended, but there will be parking at Millennium Garages at 5 S. Columbus Drive; Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave.; and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave. Visit choosechicago.com. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19

South Elgin Riverfest Express
The South Elgin Riverfest Express features a carnival, music, a craft show, food, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Sunday and more at Panton Mill Park, 10 N. Water St., South Elgin. Free admission. Visit riverfestexpress.net. 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16; 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 17; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

Seer sculptures
Artists Nikki Renee Anderson and Joanna Mortreux team up for the exhibit "Transformative Visions" at College of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Free admission. (847) 543-2240 or gallery.clcillinois.edu. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Sept. 21; reception 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24

Flying high at the Sand Bar
Catch the Chicago Air & Water show from the best seat in the house -- the Sand Bar Beer Garden, a pop-up beer garden with unlimited food and drink located at the northeast corner of the North Avenue Beach Boat House. The beer garden will be serving Miller Lite, Coors Light, Goose Island 312 and sangria. Eats include barbecue chicken breasts, burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, salads, chips and fruit. Tickets for Friday cost $60, and Saturday and Sunday cost $75. To buy tickets, see castawayschicago.com/sandbar. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19

Elburn Days
The 83rd Annual Elburn Days celebration includes a parade at 6 p.m. Friday, a 5K race, mud volleyball, carnival rides, food, music, raffles and more at Lions Park, 500 S. Filmore St., Elburn, and at other downtown Elburn areas. Free general admission. (630) 365-6315 or elburnlions.com. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18; and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

Mozart seria
Mozart's early opera seria work "Idomeneo" receives an intimate concert staging by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with singers like Richard Croft, Susanna Phillips, Morris Robinson and more this weekend at the Ravinia Festival's Martin Theatre, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $80 reserved; $10 lawn seating. $90 ticket and dining package. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

Franklin exposed
Steel Beam Theatre presents a limited run of "Born British, Died American," a play examining the life and contributions of Benjamin Franklin. See it at 111 W. Main St., St. Charles. $20. (630) 587-8521 or steelbeamtheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

'The Merchant of Venice'
This weekend is your last chance to catch First Folio Theatre's production of "The Merchant of Venice" at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Shakespeare's classic problem play focuses on a money lender who demands an unusual and revengeful form of payment. $20-$37. (630) 986-8067 or firstfolio.org. 8:15 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17-19

Fine art and wine in Long Grove
More than 120 artists will display and sell paintings, photographs, sculptures, jewelry and more at the Long Grove Fine Art & Wine Festival, at Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin roads, Long Grove. Artists will create one-of-a-kind pieces for commissions. Don't miss the wine tasting, live music and food. Free admission. Free parking at Stempel Parking Lot. (847) 634-0888 or longgroveonline.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19

Be like Mark Twain
Build a model raft, whitewash a fence and participate in other activities to learn about Mark Twain's America at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Activities included with admission of $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 youth 4-12, free for Naperville residents, members and children 3 and younger. (630) 420-6010 or napersettlement.museum. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

Million at 30
Cheer on the jockeys and horses at the 30th running of the Arlington Million this Saturday at Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. $16-$105. (847) 870-7223 or arlingtonpark.com. 12:25 p.m. post time Saturday, Aug. 18

Jammin' in Aurora
Head out to Aurora Saturday to see Charlie Daniels Band headline at 8:30 p.m. at the Jam on the Fox fest at North River Street Park, River Street between Cedar and New York streets. Other performers include Red Woody at 2:30 p.m., Heartsfield at 4:30 p.m. and The Georgia Satellite at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5, free for children 12 and younger. (630) 896-6666 or downtownaliveaurora.com. 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18

Up all night
Bring your flashlight for the 36th Annual All-Nite Flea Market at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton. Shop throughout the night for a wide variety of antiques and collectibles. Other highlights include celebrity appearances, including actor Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on television's "The Munsters." Admission is $7. Visit zurkopromotions.com. 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, to 4 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

Dance for Life
The Joffrey Ballet, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Streed Dance Chicago, River North Chicago Dance Company, Luna Negra Dance Theater and Ron de Jesus Dance are participating companies in the HIV/AIDS prevention and services fundraiser concert Dance for Life Saturday at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $50-$75 performance only; $175-$500 gala reception (at Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago) and premiere seating. (312) 431-2357 or danceforlifechicago.com. 5 p.m. gala reception; 8 p.m. performance Saturday, Aug. 18

Memory lane
Fans of rock from the 1960s and 1970s should not miss Back to Woodstock, a concert featuring original members of Big Brother & the Holding Company, the band that backed the late Janis Joplin. Acclaimed rock/blues singer Lynn Asher will deliver lead vocals. See them at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets start at $19. Go to oshows.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18

It's all country
Country stars Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan join Rachel Farley in concert at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park. Tickets cost $29.50-$59. (877) 598-8694. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18

Ragtime revival
Modern-day ragtime composer and pianist Reginald Robinson performs as part of the Sanfilippo Foundation Summer Concert Series this Saturday at the Sanfilippo Estate, 789 Plum Tree Road, Barrington Hills. $65. placedelamusique.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18

A voice legend
After making waves last year with his famed "Duets II" album and in anticipation of a "Viva Duets" album this year, living legend-singer Tony Bennett returns again this Saturday to the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $28-$33 lawn tickets, $91 pavilion. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18

Dogs for a cause
The American Cancer Society Bark For Life returns again this Sunday to the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. There's a one-mile walk with your dog, plus contests and games afterward. $25 preregistration fee per dog, plus donation commitment. (888) 732-7784 or barkforlifenws.com or searscentre.com. 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

Celebrating Japan
Learn about the culture of Japan at the Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. The festival includes a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, storytelling, a drum performance and harp music form the Chicago Koto Group. Kids' crafts include making Japanese kites and origami paper lantern boats. Admission to the garden is free. Parking is $20 per car. (847) 835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

In a pickle
Learn how pioneer families kept themselves fed, thanks to the process of pickling, at the Pickle Palooza event at the Durant House Museum, at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W370 Dean St., St. Charles. Museum staff and docents provide background, and guests can sample a variety of pickled fare. $2 for adults, and $1 for children. (630) 377-6424 or ppfv.org. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

Classical pianist
Pianist Daniil Trifonov presents a classical concert including works by Chopin and Debussy in the Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $10. No lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

Triple Latin bill
Lovers of modern Latin music won't want to miss the concert Gigantes since Marc Anthony, Chayanne & Marco A. Solis all share the same bill this Sunday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $56-$176. $20 parking. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

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