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Sunday picks: Fun awaits at fests all over the suburbs

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  • See jugglers and more at the old-fashioned Country Fair at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago.

      See jugglers and more at the old-fashioned Country Fair at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago.
    Courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage

  • Pat Benatar performs with Neil Giraldo on Sunday, Sept. 2, at Naperville's Last Fling.

      Pat Benatar performs with Neil Giraldo on Sunday, Sept. 2, at Naperville's Last Fling.
    Associated Press File Photo

  • An arts and crafts show is just one of the highlights of Schaumburg's 42nd annual Septemberfest.

       An arts and crafts show is just one of the highlights of Schaumburg's 42nd annual Septemberfest.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer/2008

  • The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe hosts the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society Show & Sale on Sunday, Sept. 2.

      The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe hosts the Northeastern Illinois Rose Society Show & Sale on Sunday, Sept. 2.
    Daily Herald file photo by George LeClaire/gleclai

  • Comedian Jon Lovitz performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg from Friday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept. 2.

      Comedian Jon Lovitz performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg from Friday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept. 2.

  • Video: Video: The Suburbs

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Old-fashioned fun
Take a trip back in time to an 1890s Country Fair at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Events include the acrobatic juggling of Amazing Budabi Brothers, Professor Marvel's Amazing Flea Circus, gun spinner Garret Popek and more. Other highlights are old-fashioned games, livestock viewing and hayrides. Free admission. (630) 876-5900 or dupageforest.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2

Buffalo Grove Days
Music, carnival rides, food, a craft show and other family activities are just part of the fun at the annual Buffalo Grove Days festival at Lake-Cook Road and Raupp Boulevard. The fest also features special activities for those with disabilities from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3. Free admission. Visit bgdays.com. 8 a.m. to midnight Sunday, Sept. 2, and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3

Schaumburg celebrates
Schaumburg hosts its 42nd annual Septemberfest at the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center grounds, 101 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. Highlights include fireworks, an arts & crafts show with 250 vendors, a parade, a bingo tent, carnival rides, local and main stage entertainment and more. Free admission. Visit ci.schaumburg.il.us. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3

Fun at the Fling
What do Pat Benatar and Blue Oyster Cult have in common? They're just two of the headliners at Naperville's Last Fling today. But there's a lot more to the annual free fest than just music. Check out the Labor Day parade (10 a.m. Monday), carnival, kids' activities like bounce houses, the Great American Duck Race and the Radio Disney Road Crew, arts and crafts, food and more at various venues in the downtown area. Free general admission, but tickets sold for Main Stage entertainment. (630) 961-4143 or lastfling.org. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3

Long Grove World Tour
Celebrate a variety of cultures from countries around the globe at the Long Grove World Tour, at the crossroads of Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin roads in downtown Long Grove. Highlights include ethnic fare, music, dancing, face painting, family activities and more. Free admission and parking. (847) 634-0888 or longgroveonline.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2-3

Last chance for Ren Faire
Enjoy all the merrymaking the Bristol Renaissance Faire has to offer one last time this season. Kids and adults alike can enjoy live entertainment, music, game and rides, food and much more at 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, Wis. Adults $19.95; kids ages 5-12 $9.50; kids ages 4 and younger admitted free. (847) 395-7773 or renfair.com. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2-3

Tales to tell
Hear stories from professional storytellers on eight different stages at the Fox Valley Folk and Storytelling Festival, in Island Park, routes 25 and 38, Geneva. Guests can also hear traditional and modern music, and take part in storytelling workshops. Bring your musical instruments for informal jamming sessions. Don't miss the old-time barn dance from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, and ghost stories ($5) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Daily admission is $15; $10 for teens and seniors. Kids ages 12 and younger admitted free. Visit foxvalleyfolk.com. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3

Let's be 'Civil'
Members of the 10th Illinois Regiment, along with their families, depict life in 1863 in a Union military camp, at the Civil War Encampment at the Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 S. York Road, Oak Brook. See authentic Civil War clothing, weapons and tools. Watch powder-firing demonstrations and drills; see cooking and craft demonstrations and more. Free admission to the encampment. Fees for those wanting to enter the mill for tours and activities are $1.50-$3.50. (630) 920-9720 or grauemill.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2

Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival
A carnival, musical entertainment, food, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, a "Melon Propellin'" competition, Battle of the Bands, car show and more are just part of the fun at the annual Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival, at Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills. Free admission. (847) 658-4213 or summersunsetfest.com. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2

Blooming beauty
Hundreds of roses will be on display and available for purchase at the judged Northeastern Illinois Rose Society Show & Sale at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Free admission; parking is $20. (847) 835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org. Noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2

Latino expressions
Paintings, photographs and installations from 10 established and emerging Latino artists are featured in the new exhibit "Dreams and Mirrors" starting this weekend at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place, Aurora. No charge. (630) 256-4636 or aurora-il.org. Exhibit continues from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday through Nov. 30

'Bread and Butter'
Costumed docents demonstrate the art of churning butter and baking cornbread and biscuits at the Bread and Butter event at the Durant House Museum, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W370 Dean St., St. Charles. Visitors can view butter molds and stamps from the 1800s. Admission is $3 per adult, and $1 for children. (630) 377-6424 or ppfv.org. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2

Big band in the band shell
The Naperville Big Band presents an afternoon concert in the band shell at Cantigny Park and First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Bring chairs and blankets for seating. Free with paid $5 parking fee. (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2

Let's hear it
Finish out the weekend with Toby Keith's Overdrive Tour with Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park. Tickets run $20-$84.75. (877) 598-8694. 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2

That's the ticket!
Comedian Jon Lovitz ("Saturday Night Live," "The Critic," "Casino Jack") returns to share his standup routine at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. $30 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2

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