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Weekend picks: Satisfy your cravings at Chocolate Fest

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  • Long Grove's Chocolate Festival returns from Friday to Sunday, May 19-21.

      Long Grove's Chocolate Festival returns from Friday to Sunday, May 19-21.
    Daily Herald file photo by Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Arlington Heights native and Broadway veteran Karen Mason ("Sunset Blvd.," "Mamma Mia!") performs at Davenport's Piano Bar in Chicago through Sunday, May 20.

    Arlington Heights native and Broadway veteran Karen Mason ("Sunset Blvd.," "Mamma Mia!") performs at Davenport's Piano Bar in Chicago through Sunday, May 20.

  • "Hero's Horse," a sculpture by Kevin and Jennifer Box, is featured in the outdoor exhibit "Origami in the Garden" at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle from Friday, May 19, through Sunday, Oct. 22.

    "Hero's Horse," a sculpture by Kevin and Jennifer Box, is featured in the outdoor exhibit "Origami in the Garden" at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle from Friday, May 19, through Sunday, Oct. 22.
    Courtesy of Morton Arboretum

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh is a guest soloist with the Lake Forest Symphony.

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh is a guest soloist with the Lake Forest Symphony.
    Courtesy of Todd Rosenberg

 
 

Tasty treats

The Long Grove Chocolate Festival returns with a special scavenger hunt, music and lots of sweet snacks this weekend in downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. $5 daily admission; $10 three-day pass; kids ages 12 and under admitted free. (847) 634-0888 or longgrove.org/festivals/chocolate-fest-2017. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 19; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 20; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 21

Crafty folding

See Kevin and Jennifer Box's large-scale Japanese paper art-inspired sculptures in the outdoor exhibit "Origami in the Garden" starting this weekend at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. $14; $12 seniors; $9 youth ages 2-17. Discounts on Wednesday. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sunday, Oct. 22

Animation nation

Fans of Japanese animation and manga comics won't want to miss the return of the Anime Central convention this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. Many admission packages available; see website for details. (847) 692-2220 or acen.org. 10 a.m. Friday, May 19, through 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21

Something old, new

More than 100 exhibitors showcase wares ranging from the ancient world to midcentury modern at the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show this weekend at the Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago. $20. (708) 366-2710 or chicagoantiquesartdesign.com. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 21

Glory Way Quartet

The Southern gospel group Glory Way Quartet presents a concert at the Fourth Street United Methodist Church, 551 S. Fourth St., Aurora, as part of a church fundraiser. The evening begins with an ice cream social, hot dogs, a cake walk and a silent auction and ends with the concert at 8 p.m. Food is included in the ticket price of $15 at the door, $12 in advance for adults; $8 for children younger than 10; $30 for a family of four with kids younger than 10. Advance tickets available at the church. (630) 897-5257. Ice cream social begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 19; concert starts at 8 p.m.

Classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho performs at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Friday, May 19.
Classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho performs at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Friday, May 19. - Associated Press, 2015
Classical crossover

Jackie Evancho, the classical-crossover singer famed for both "America's Got Talent" and performing at President Donald Trump's inauguration, performs tonight at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $35-$85. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, May 19

Broadway cabaret

Arlington Heights native and Broadway veteran Karen Mason ("Mamma Mia!") celebrates her new CD, "It's About Time," with a run of intimate cabaret concerts starting Wednesday at Davenport's Piano Bar, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Featuring special guests Paul Rolnick and Beckie Menzie. $33 plus a two-drink minimum. (773) 278-1830 or davenportspianobar.com. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 19-20

Invisible Cartoons opens for Aaron Williams and Michael C. Hayes at Two Brothers Roundhouse Friday, May 19.
Invisible Cartoons opens for Aaron Williams and Michael C. Hayes at Two Brothers Roundhouse Friday, May 19. - Courtesy of Invisible Cartoons
Local brews

Glen Ellyn's Aaron Williams and Michael C. Hayes are dishing out some rock with a preview of their upcoming album, "The Ex_Files," at Two Brothers Roundhouse Friday, May 19. In addition, the duo will perform songs from their own projects as well as celebrating the release of Williams' single "Lightning Bolt." Kicking off the show is the ever-energetic Invisible Cartoons with a single of their own, "Space Cat," in anticipation of an upcoming album release. Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora. Free. (630) 264-2739 or twobrothersbrewing.com. 9 p.m. Friday, May 19

Big trucks

Get a close-up look at the operations at the public works facility when the Mount Prospect Public Works, 1700 W. Central Road, hosts an Open House with games, big truck displays and more. Visitors can go inside a dump truck or ride in a sweeper and lift. The Mount Prospect Lions Club will serve free hot dogs and drinks. Free. (847) 870-5640. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Spring Fiber Fling

Watch sheep sheering and herding and crafting demonstrations at the Spring Fiber Fling at the McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Woodstock. Plus, take in livestock exhibits, concerts, vendors and more. $3; free for kids 7 and younger. mchenrycountyfair.com. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21

Bike Rodeo

Bring your bike and bike helmets to the Lake Forest Police Department's annual Bike Rodeo in the parking lot at Deerpath and Oakwood streets, Lake Forest. The first 300 children who register at the event will receive a T-shirt and helmet. Participants can learn about bike safety, have their bikes inspected and ride on a challenge course. Seven children's bikes will be raffled off, plus there will be music, games, a bounce house, face painting, touch-a-truck, food and more. Free, including a free lunch. cityoflakeforest.com. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20

'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

The Fremont Street Theater Company and the Long Grove Performing Arts Academy present a musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine. This 60-minute production has five acts and includes eight original songs. Music is in a variety of styles including rap and madrigal. $12. (847) 202-5222 or cuttinghall.org. 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20

Jim Adkins and Jimmy Eat World play the 101-WKQX PIQNIQ in Tinley Park Saturday, May 20.
Jim Adkins and Jimmy Eat World play the 101-WKQX PIQNIQ in Tinley Park Saturday, May 20. - Associated Press
Outdoor PIQNIQ

101-WKQX proves again it can put together the best mixtape, blending different genres and eras in an appealing, compact package. This year, West suburban Lucky Boys Confusion and Wilmette's K.Flay join fun national acts on the big stage as PIQNIQ gives some love to local talent. This year's lineup includes Brit rockers The 1975, indie rock from Bleachers, throwback radio-friendly pop-punksters Jimmy Eat World and '90s industrial rock from Stabbing Westward, along with Highly Suspect, Sum 41, Joywave and Warpaint. At the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park. Tickets start at $25 plus fees; $75 for a four-pack of lawn seats. 101wkqx.com. 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Fitting slipper

A&A Ballet presents its debut production of "Cinderella" for three performances starting Saturday at two locations: first at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville; then at the Studebaker Theatre, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $20-$30. (630) 717-6622 or schoolofperformingarts.com. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in Naperville; 7 p.m. Saturday, May 27, in Chicago

A&A Ballet presents "Cinderella" at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville and at the Studebaker Theatre in Chicago.
A&A Ballet presents "Cinderella" at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville and at the Studebaker Theatre in Chicago.
Barn Dance

Learn how to swing dance, along with other styles of dance, at the fourth annual Barn Dance at Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Road, St. Charles. The Fat Babies provide the music, while Vargo's Dance of Geneva provides dance lessons. Participants are invited to dress in vintage clothing from the 1930s and 1940s for a costume competition. Other highlights include a pie-baking contest, a bonfire, wagon rides, visits with farm animals and more. Food will be available for purchase. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Free for kids 2 and younger. (630) 513-4370 or primrosefarmpark.com. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Side Street band battles

Elgin's Side Street Studio Arts launches 2017's Battle of the Bands Saturday, May 20, with a matchup between Northwest suburban Man Bites Dog, Chicago's Beach Bunny, Schaumburg's Elliott Ross and a wild card entry. First round matches will take place the next three Saturdays, with the winners moving on to second-round matches later in June and July. Go support your favorite local musicians and get a taste of some new ones at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Rik Emmett performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Saturday, May 20.
Rik Emmett performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Saturday, May 20.
After Triumph

Rik Emmett, formerly of the Canadian rock band Triumph, performs with his own ensemble RESolution9 on Saturday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $39-$69. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20

'Melancholy' clarinet

Clarinetist John Bruce Yeh of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is the guest soloist with the Lake Forest Symphony. The concert features James Stephenson's Clarinet Concert titled "Liquid Melancholy," plus works by Bach and Bruckner this weekend at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $35-$59; $30-$59 seniors; $15 students under ages 25. (847) 543-2300 or lakeforestsymphony.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21

A look at livestock

Breeders from across the Midwest will display rare and historic livestock and poultry at the annual Rare Breeds Show at the Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. Some breeders may offer poultry, livestock and byproducts for sale. $6 adults; $3 children. garfieldfarm.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21

Museum Day in Elmhurst

Elmhurst celebrates its three museums -- the Elmhurst Art Museum, the Elmhurst History Museum and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art -- along with its Wilder Park Conservatory, during the 21st Annual Museum Day. All three museums and the conservatory will offer free admission and family-friendly activities. A trolley will transport visitors between venues. elmhursthistory.org. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 21

Concert highlights

Kevin Mileski: 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Bliss Wine & Gifts, 201 S. Main St., Wauconda. No cover. (847) 526-7133 or blisswineandgifts.com.

Vero Voce Theater presents "An Evening at the Opera!": 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 19-20; and 6 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at the Vero Voce Theatre, 951 State Ave., Suite F, St. Charles. Two one-act comedic operas will be sung in English. Act I is "Mozart's The Impressario," and Act II features "The Old Maid and the Thief," by Gian Carlo Menotti. Tickets $23-$28. Advanced tickets recommended. (630) 584-0139 or verovoce.com.

Arcada Disco Ball III with Peaches & Herb: 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets start at $19.26. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.

Glory Way Quartet: 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, Fourth Street United Methodist Church, 551 S. Fourth St., Aurora. Gospel concert is part of a church fundraiser. Evening begins with an ice cream social, hot dogs, a cake walk and silent auction. Concert follows at 8 p.m. Food is included in ticket prices of $15 at door; $12 in advance for adults; $8 for children younger than 10; $30 for a family of four with children under age 10. (630) 897-5257.

"Girls Just Want to Have Fun": 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, Raue Center For The Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Singer-songwriters Lisa Rock and Sari Greenberg perform 1980s tunes from artists including Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Pat Benatar, Michael Jackson, Culture Club, Prince and others. $20-$25. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.ticketforce.com.

Righteous Hillbillies: 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, Frankie's Blue Room, 16 W. Chicago Ave, Naperville. Rock. $7. frankiesblueroom.net.

Hillbilly Rockstarz: 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $7. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com.

David Costa, The Dead Hands, American Cosmonaut, Lever, Helicopters: 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. $12-$15. (773) 549-4140 or metrochicago.com.

Making Movies, Radio Free Honduras, Evan Coleman: 9 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $12-$15. (773) 404-9494 or martyrslive.com.

Giles Corey Blues Band: 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn. Blues. $6. (708) 484-3610 or harlemavenuelounge.com.

Justin Townes Earle, The Sadies: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., Chicago. $25-$35. (312) 526-3851 or thaliahallchicago.com.

Gallery-81, SeaGiraffe, Emblems, Ballroom Boxer: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $6-$8. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus with "B-Town -- From Barbershop to Boybands": 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Hear tunes made famous by artists such as New Kids on the Block, The Temptations, The Four Seasons, Menudo and many others. $25-$40. (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org.

The Big League Boys, The Shams Band: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $8. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

The Belvederes: 10 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Lucky Star, 1175 W. Lake St., Bartlett. $5. (630) 830-7200 or luckystarbar.com.

The Cube Guys at Afterlife: 10 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Annex Nightclub, 1958 W. North Ave., Chicago. $5-$10. (630) 291-5986 or afterlifechi.com.

Maxwell Street Klezmer Band: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St., Des Plaines. Free. Reservations required. Call (847) 827-5551 or go to dppl.org.

Highland Park Strings: 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Highland Park High School, 433 Vine Ave., Highland Park. Classical. Soloist Joshua Brown joins the Strings to perform the "Concerto for Violin" by Tchaikovsky. Audience members are invited to attend a preconcert conversation on "The Art of Listening," led by Stephanie Ettelson, at 2 p.m. Free. Visit hpstrings.org.

Martha Cares with "La Vie En Rose" tribute to Edith Piaf: 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21, Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. Cabaret. $20. (847) 718-7799 or nscommunityconcerts.org.

"May The Horse Be With You" concert: 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, 302 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. Mix of vocal and instrumental performances by Marianne Kim, Kristen Walter and Steven Walter. Free. (847) 255-5900 or fpcah.org.

Emanation: 6 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Gallery Cafe, 1760 W. North Ave., Chicago. $5-$10 suggested donation. (773) 252-8228 or gallerycafechicago.com.

Dangerous Folk: 7 p.m. Sunday, May 21, Grayslake Heritage Center, 164 Hawley St., Grayslake. Concert is presented by the Lake County Folk Club. Folk. Suggested donation is $13-$18. Call (847) 602-8882 for reservations. For information, visit thelakecountyfolkclub.org.

North Suburban Wind Ensemble: 7 p.m. Sunday, May 21, Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills. $5. northsuburbanwindensemble.com.

Kiefer Sutherland, Rick Brantley: 8 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., Chicago. $25-$39. (312) 526-3851 or thaliahallchicago.com.

The Weekend -- Starboy, Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Rock. Tickets start at $62. (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.

Oh Malô, Menacerno, Earth Program, Stardusk Encounter: 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $7. (773) 404-9494 or martyrslive.com.

Flatfoot 56, Fear City, Mexican Werewolf: 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. $15. (312) 226-6300 or cobralounge.com.

The Phonographs, Highplanes, Shallowdive, Randall T Featherstone: 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at Quenchers Saloon, 2401 N. Western Ave., Chicago. $5. (773) 276-9730 or quenchers.com.

Information is provided by entertainment venues. Check with venue before purchasing tickets. For more concert listings, visit dailyherald.com/calendar.

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