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Weekend picks: Get your fill of chills, thrills at Frightfest

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  • Those who dare can tour the Mausoleum of Terror and mingle with some creepy characters this weekend as part of Frightfest at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

    Those who dare can tour the Mausoleum of Terror and mingle with some creepy characters this weekend as part of Frightfest at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

  • Dig in to fresh apples and other apple treats at Long Grove's 20th Annual Apple Festival this weekend.

      Dig in to fresh apples and other apple treats at Long Grove's 20th Annual Apple Festival this weekend.
    Paul valade | Staff Photographer, September 201

  • Ben Folds Five -- Robert Sledge, left, Darren Jessee and Ben Folds -- perform Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Chicago Theatre.

    Ben Folds Five -- Robert Sledge, left, Darren Jessee and Ben Folds -- perform Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Chicago Theatre.

  • Video: Video: Weekend in the suburbs

By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Scream and shout
Starting on Saturday, the monsters and creatures of Frightfest once again take over Six Flags Great America at I-94 and Grand Ave., Gurnee. $61.99; $41.99 for kids under 48 inches tall. (847) 294-4636 or Schedule varies on weekends through Sunday, Oct. 28. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30

Johnny Appleseed Festival
Try your hand at pumpkin bowling at the annual Johnny Appleseed Festival, which runs along Woodstock, Brink, Williams and Grant streets in downtown Crystal Lake. The fest also showcases a pumpkin train, storytelling, music, children's games, pony rides, pie-baking and eating contests, dancing, food and the Great Ball Race down Brink Street. Free. (815) 479-0835 or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

An apple a day ...
Dig in to everything from apple doughnuts to caramel apples, apple lattes and more at Long Grove's 20th Annual Apple Festival this weekend at the Long Grove Historic Village on Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Besides all the apple-inspired treats, there will be live entertainment, children's activities and more. Admission is $5 for adults; kids younger than 12 admitted free. (847) 634-0888 or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30

Pieces of Liberty
Full-scale copper sections of the Statue of Liberty are reproduced and displayed as part of Danh Vo's ongoing worldwide project "We The People," now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago's Pritzker Garden and Bluhm Family Terrace, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, and at the University of Chicago's Law School, Booth Business School and the Oriental Institute Museum. Free admission at University of Chicago locations. Part of $16-$18 general admission for Art Institute. (312) 443-3600 or; (773) 702-8670 or Now through Sunday, Dec. 16. Art Institute hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; Renaissance Society hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Something old, something new
Learn about home renovation and remodeling at The Old House New House Home Show at the Pheasant Run Resort and Convention Center, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Contractors, designers and craftsmen present displays. Adults $7, free for seniors ages 62 and older and kids younger than 18. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit local Habitat for Humanity programs. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30

Jim Gill family concert
Enjoy the sounds of Jim Gill as he performs at Washington Junior High School, 201 N. Washington, Naperville, as part of the DuPage Children's Museum's "Tiny Great Performances" series. Seating is picnic-style. Audience members can bring mats or blankets for seating -- no chairs. $3 per person. Advance registration is required. Visit to register. (630) 879-7406. 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

Fill 'er up
Keep your mug full at the Filling Station's second annual Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest party featuring German music, food and beer Saturday. For $10, get a commemorative mug. Fill it up all night for $7 each refill. Grab a brat and listen to The Alpiners who play at 6 p.m. at the bar, 300 W. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-4414 or 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

Great Gershwin
Cabaret star and musicologist Michael Feinstein performs songs by George and Ira Gershwin with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra this Saturday at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $32-$92. (800) 982-2787 or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

Radio days redux
The Improv Playhouse Radio Players present a pair of live radio dramas inspired by the Old West and performed with sound effects in the style of classic radio shows at the theater, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. The double-bill consists of a 1939 episode of "The Lone Ranger" and a 1956 episode of "Gunsmoke." $10, $15 in advance; $12.50, $17.50 at the door. Theatergoers dressed in western wear receive a $2.50 discount on admission. (847) 968-4529 or 7:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

Classical fusion
The Chicago Sinfonietta, under the direction of Mei-Ann Chen, teams up with the New York ensemble PROJECT Trio for two performances of the concert "Performance. Art." -- first at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, then at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $40-$50 in Naperville; $26-$50; $10 students in Chicago. (312) 236-3681 ext. 2 or 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Naperville, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in Chicago

Post-punk heroes
Mission of Burma continues to write one of the most successful second acts in recent rock history. The band burst out of the Boston scene in the 1980s with an angular, punk-inspired sound that paired noise with melody. Burma released two groundbreaking records before disbanding in the middle part of the decade when guitarist Roger Miller developed a case of tinnitus. Flash forward nearly 20 years to 2002, when the band re-formed and released the first in a slew of albums that are just as good as the old stuff. The band, which now features Chicago-based musician and producer Bob Weston, is touring behind its most recent release, "Unsound." See them at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $20. Go to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

Canines and their human friends can head to the 19th Annual Barkapalooza celebration at Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. Event allows pet owners, prospective pet adopters and all-around pet lovers to raise money for homeless pets with a dog walkathon. Other highlights include a pet expo, demonstrations by the Frisbee Sky Dog Team, clowns, food, music and more. Free goody bag for dogs. Event takes place rain or shine. Registration is $15 for adults. Children ages 12 and younger admitted free. Proceeds benefit the West Suburban Humane Society. Visit 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30

Tavern Day
The Glen Ellyn Historical Society hosts its Tavern Day at Stacy's Historic Corners, 800 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn. Highlights include music, storytelling, farm animals, an 1860s one-room schoolhouse, pioneer crafts, games and more. Guests can purchase homemade treats including pies, cakes and fruitbreads. Tickets cost $3-$6 in advance or $4-$8 at the event. (630) 469-1867. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30

Grayslake Living History tour
The Grayslake Historical Society hosts its annual Grayslake Living History Tour at the Grayslake Cemetery, at the northeast corner of Lake Street and Belvidere Road, Grayslake. Costumed volunteers will portray past Grayslake residents who are buried in the venerable cemetery. Free, but donations are welcome. (847) 223-7663 or 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30

Latin Street Dancing
Professional dancers from Latin Street Dancing of Chicago perform salsa, mambo, merengue and other Latin dance styles, at the Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Road, Round Lake. Free. (847) 546-7060 or 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30

Bartlett Cemetery Walk
Join the Bartlett Cemetery Walk at North Avenue and Oliver Street, Bartlett. It costs $5 for ages 16 and older; $2 for ages 12-15; and it's free for ages 11 and younger. Call (630) 289-8592 for reservations. Tours run every 20 minutes from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30

'Magnificent Mozart'
The St. Charles Singers present a "Magnificent Mozart" concert at St. Michael Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton. Tickets cost $10-$40. (630) 513-5272 or 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30

Ben Folds Five reunites
Touring on the heels of "The Sound of the Life of the Mind,"Ben Folds Five headlines the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago, this weekend. Tickets cost $38-$68. (312) 462-6300 or 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30

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