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Summer bucket list: Make the most of those hot July days

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  • Bristol Renaissance Faire is open Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend.

    Bristol Renaissance Faire is open Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend.

  • Movie in the Park at Cantigny Park

    Movie in the Park at Cantigny Park
    Courtesy of Glenn Kaupert

  • Three Dog Night

    Three Dog Night

  • Bark in the Park at the Kane County Cougars game

    Bark in the Park at the Kane County Cougars game

  • "Monsters University"

    "Monsters University"

  • The sun sets on the opening night of South Elgin's Riverfest Express Thursday.

      The sun sets on the opening night of South Elgin's Riverfest Express Thursday.
    JOHN STARKS | Staff Photographer

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga


Tuesday, July 1

Concert in the Park

When: 7 p.m.

What: New Invaders (Beatles and early '60s) perform

Where: Main Beach Crystal Lake, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake,

Admission: Free

Wednesday, July 2

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

When: 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Where: 2001 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, (888) 935-6878 or

Tickets: $32.95 adults; $29.95 kids 12 and younger with code JULY4WEB online

Thursday, July 3

Three Dog Night with California Transit Authority

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave., Elgin, (888) 508-1900 or

Tickets: $19 lawn; $39, $59, $79 seats

Friday, July 4


When: Dusk

Where: Towns across the suburbs; see p. 3 for a list

Saturday, July 5

Lee DeWyze and 10,000 Maniacs

When: 7 p.m.

Where: RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, (630) 896-6666 or

Tickets: $12

Sunday, July 6

George Thorogood & The Destroyers

When: 8:30 p.m.

Where: Naperville Exchange Club's Ribfest, Knoch Park, 724 S. West St., Naperville

Tickets: $15

Monday, July 7

Santa's Village Azoosment Park

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What: Unlimited rides, shows, animals and attractions

Where: 601 Dundee Ave., East Dundee, (847) 426-6751 or

Tickets: $19.75; $16.75 seniors (65 and older); free for military with ID and kids 2 and younger

Tuesday, July 8

Movies in the Park After Dark

When: 8:30 p.m.

What: "Monsters University;" bring picnics and lawn chairs

Where: Woodglenn Park, Golf View and Trinity drive, Lisle

Cost: Free

Wednesday, July 9

Classical Blast concert

When: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, (847) 381-0687 or

Cost: Free

Thursday, July 10

Janelle Monae with opener Gary Clark Jr. at Taste of Chicago

When: 5:30 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.); Taste open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Petrillo Music Shell, 235 S. Columbus Drive, Chicago,

Tickets: $25; free lawn seating in Butler Field

Friday, July 11

Lady Gaga's artRave: The ARTPOP Ball

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago, (800) 745-3000 or

Cost: $35-$225

Saturday, July 12

Bristol Renaissance Faire

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, Wisconsin, (847) 395-7773 or

Tickets: $23.95 adults; $11.50 kids 5-12; free for kids 4 and younger

Sunday, July 13

Civil War Days

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Lake County Discovery Museum, 27277 N. Forest Preserve Road, Wauconda, (847) 968-3400 or

Admission: $10 adults; $5 kids 4-17 and seniors 62 and older; free for kids 3 and younger

Monday, July 14

Bastille Day Chicago 2014

When: 5 to 9 p.m.

What: Performances by HK & Les Saltimbanks and Naila, plus waiters' races, pétanque and more

Where: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago,

Cost: Free

Tuesday, July 15

Music on the Esplanade: Kimberly Gordon Big Band

When: 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe, (847) 835-5440 or

Cost: Free, parking is $20

Wednesday, July 16

Donley's Wild West Town

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What: Wild West show, pony rides, pan for gold pyrite, cowboy roping lessons and more

Where: 8512 S. Union Road, Union, (815) 923-9000 or

Cost: $16; 2 and younger admitted free

Thursday, July 17

Cosley Zoo Uncorked

When: 5:30 to 8 p.m.

What: Wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and more

Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton, (630) 665-5534 or

Tickets: $35 individual, $60 couple

Friday, July 18

Pitchfork Music Festival

When: Gates open at 3 p.m.

What: Three-day music fest featuring Beck, Sun Kil Moon, Neneh Cherry and more

Where: Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago,

Tickets: $60

Saturday, July 19

Ernest Hemingway's birthday

When: 7 to 10 p.m.

What: "Hemingway's Paris," with cocktails, food, music and readings

Where: Scoville Square Building, 137 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park

Tickets: $25

Sunday, July 20

Woodstock Folk Festival

When: 12:30 to 6 p.m.

What: Local and national folk performers such as Christine Lavin & Don White and Megon McDonough

Where: On the historic square, 112 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock, (815) 479-4848 or

Suggestion donation: $15 individual; $25 family; $10 seniors/students

Monday, July 21

Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw

When: 7 p.m.; gates open at 4 p.m.

Where: Pavilion at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, (847) 266-5100 or

Tickets: $33 lawn; $50-$60 reserved

Tuesday, July 22

Chicago White Sox day at Brookfield Zoo

When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; zoo open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What: Meet and get autographs from current White Sox players and Southpaw

Where: 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, (708) 688-8000 or

Admission: $16.95 adults; $11.95 seniors (65 and over) and kids 3-11

Wednesday, July 23

Bark in the Park at the Kane County Cougars game

When: 6:30 p.m.

What: Dog parade prior to the game; contests during the game; dogs can run the bases after the game

Where: Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, 334W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva, (630) 232-8811 or

Tickets: $9-$13; dogs get in free

Thursday, July 24

Movie in the Park

When: 8:30 p.m.

What: "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory;" bring blankets, chairs, snacks

Where: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, (630) 668-5161 or

Cost: Free with paid parking ($2)

Friday, July 25

Comedian Jay Pharoah

When: 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Where: MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484 or

Tickets: $25 plus a two-item menu purchase

Saturday, July 26

"Suds: The Rockin' '60s Musical Soap Opera"

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams, Crystal Lake, (815) 356-9212 or

Tickets: $32.50-$38.50

Sunday, July 27

Raging Waves Waterpark

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What: "Sinbad and the Search for the Golden Pineapple" dive show at noon, 2 and 4 p.m.

Where: 4000 N. Bridge St., Yorkville, (630) 882-6575,

Cost: $29.99 over 48 inches; $19.99 under 48 inches

Monday, July 28

The Bangles

When: 8 p.m.

Where: City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago, (312) 733-9463 or

Tickets: $55-$75

Tuesday, July 29

Big Ten Experience

When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What: 13 interactive exhibits plus the Big Ten Theater, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at student-athletes and college traditions

Where: First floor of the Big Ten Conference Headquarters, 5440 Park Place, Rosemont,

Admission: Free

Wednesday, July 30

"The Merry Wives of Windsor"

When: 8:15 p.m.

Where: Outdoors at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st. St., Oak Brook, (630) 986-8067 or

Tickets: $30 adults; $26 seniors and students

Thursday, July 31

Live The Who performs and fireworks

When: 7 p.m.

Where: 5501 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 349-5008 or

Admission: Free

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