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  • With uncertain weather, what to do inside or out Oct 17, 2014 3:28 PM
    Indoors or out, this weekend offers a little something for everyone -- music fans, families and even Halloween-loving hounds. Here is a look at five things to do this weekend.

     
  • Randhurst holds Hoots and H’Owls fest Oct 16, 2014 4:31 PM
    The Third Annual ‘Hoots and H’Owls’ Fall Festival will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 18, at Randhurst Village, Rand and Elmhurst Roads, Mount Prospect. The free family festival includes face painting, balloon twisting, stilt walkers and the Candy Sculptor, one of only 5 in the world who still practice this Asian art.

     
  • Prairie Crossing Farm festival: Oct 16, 2014 4:33 PM
    The Liberty Prairie Foundation is celebrating its inaugural fall festival at the Prairie Crossing Farm in Grayslake from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

     
  • Glass Pumpkin Patch opening at Morton Arboretum Oct 16, 2014 4:37 PM
    If you’re looking for a pumpkin that will last for years and already is decorated, you may want to check out Lisle’s HYPERLINK "http://www.mortonarb.org//events/glass-pumpkin-patch"Morton Arboretum this weekend. Starting at 1 p.m. Friday, 4,300 very unusual pumpkins — each one made of glass — will go on sale at the plant museum

     
  • History’s horrors come alive at All Hallows Eve Oct 15, 2014 2:25 PM
    At Naper Settlement, it’s usually history that comes alive. But for two nights this weekend, some of the creepiest characters of the past will return from the grave, from horror films and from spooky literature. All Hallows Eve: Village of Fear features frights from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18, throughout the museum village, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville.

     
  • Hundreds to run, walk in Lisle’s Scarecrow Scramble Oct 14, 2014 12:05 PM
    Lisle’s 10th annual Scarecrow Scramble steps off Saturday evening as part of an event that celebrates almost every aspect of autumn.

     
  • Weekend picks: Fortune Feimster comes to Rosemont, Chicago Oct 17, 2014 10:38 AM
    Catch comedian Fortune Feimster (“Last Comic Standing,” “Chelsea Lately”) performing her standup routine at Zanies in Rosemont and Chicago this weekend. The Lego Store celebrates its first anniversary at Gurnee Mills with a Creation Nation Master Build, where all are invited to build a map of the United States using Legos. Waukegan native Amanda Majeski performs in the Metropolitan Opera's simulcast of "The Marriage of Figaro" at participating theaters Saturday.

     
  • Weekend picks: Russell Peters is Almost Famous Oct 12, 2014 6:30 AM
    Canadian comedian Russell Peters puts in a bid to become more of a household name with his Almost Famous World Tour at the Chicago Theatre. Cellist Matthew Agnew and conductor Stephen Squires team for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra “Nature's Soundscape” concerts this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. A poet and a composer proclaim their love to a widowed countess in Richard Strauss' final opera “Capriccio,” which begins a seven-performance run with American star soprano Renée Fleming at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

     
  • Weekend picks: ESO presents 'Soundscapes' Oct 11, 2014 8:18 AM
    Cellist Matthew Agnew and conductor Stephen Squires team for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra “Nature's Soundscape” concerts this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. A poet and a composer proclaim their love to a widowed countess in Richard Strauss' final opera “Capriccio,” which begins a seven-performance run with American star soprano Renée Fleming at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

     
  • Heritage Day provides history lesson in Bensenville Oct 11, 2014 4:23 PM
    Visitors got a chance to step back in time during the annual Fischer Farm Heritage Day in Bensenville on Saturday. “We look forward to firing upon the enemy and moving forward in the preservation of the Union while running the Confederate Rebels out of Bensenville forever,” quipped Pete Malachiwsky, who re-enacts with Taylor’s Battery Company B First Illinois Artillery.

     
  • 5 things to do before Polar Vortex grips us again Oct 10, 2014 2:31 PM
    Fall fests are in full force, providing the perfect incentive to pack up the family and enjoy some time outdoors before the temps drop too low. This weekend offers a number of different possibilities, from St. Charles’ Scarecrow Fest to historical cemetery tours in Naperville.

     
  • Barrington Scarecrow Festival takes place Oct. 11 Oct 8, 2014 12:37 PM
    Barrington’s 14th annual Scarecrow Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in Memorial Park on South Hough Street.

     
  • ‘What’s in a Scarecrow?’ Find out at St. Charles festival Oct 8, 2014 1:01 AM
    Autumn is here and with it one of the Fox Valley’s most popular events: the Scarecrow Festival in St. Charles. Depending on the weather, between 100,000 and 120,000 people are expected to attend the festival, according to Jason Pawlowski, marketing manager and festival liaison for the St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.

     
  • Weekend picks: Crenshaw on Arcada 'Eighties' bill Oct 10, 2014 6:16 PM
    Get nostalgic for pop hits from the past with The Romantics, The Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw and Tommy Tutone on the bill for the “Rock of the Eighties Tour” at the Arcada Theatre. A poet and a composer proclaim their love to a widowed countess in Richard Strauss' final opera “Capriccio,” which begins a seven-performance run with American star soprano Renée Fleming at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

     
  • Sunday picks: Tony Rock takes up the family funny business Oct 5, 2014 6:15 AM
    After comedian Chris Rock catapulted to fame, his brother, Tony Rock, took up the family funny business. See him perform standup at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Don't miss Al Capone's Chicago Gangster Convention today with mob book authors and documentary filmmakers appearing at the Copernicus Center in Chicago. Cirque Italia, a European-style traveling circus, brings big-top spectacle complete with a complex water show to Westfield Fox Valley in Aurora. Step back in time with the Civil War Re-Enactment at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Fans of remote control toys and model railroads won't want to miss the return of the iHobby Expo this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg.

     
  • German Oktoberfest in Naperville stays ‘cozy’ on chilly day Oct 4, 2014 7:18 PM
    Wet red leaves were on the ground, warm winter parkas were interspersed among fall jackets and the savory smell of sausage and sauerkraut was in the air. It was Oktoberfest at Naper Settlement in Naperville, and it featured polka music, fall beers and German food under a "cozy" heated tent. “One of the highlights this year is the outdoor beer garden,” said Amanda Fehrenbacher, special events coordinator.

     
  • Gurnee’s Fall Festival greeted by fall-like weather Oct 4, 2014 7:13 PM
    There was plenty of fall-like weather for Gurnee’s Fall Fest Saturday in Viking Park. The free event had plenty to offer, including a pet zoo, tractor-pulled hay rides, balloon artist and stilt walker, pumpkin painting, inflatable obstacle course and costumed characters. The Fraternal Order of Police had food available for purchase.

     
  • On the road: Windy City BBQ Classic takes over Soldier Field Oct 4, 2014 6:30 AM
    What can make the sight of Chicago’s lake shore and cityscape even sweeter? The scent of barbecue wafting through the fall air during the Windy City BBQ Classic. Held at Soldier Field on Oct. 10-11, the competition promises craft barbecue, beer and tips from more than 40 pitmasters. This is one of many interesting events happening in the Chicago area next week.

     
  • Weekend picks: Redmoon Theatre, Chicago team up for fire festival Oct 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    Redmoon Theatre teams up with the city of Chicago and the Chicago Park District for an outdoor spectacle called The Great Chicago Fire Festival, featuring floating fire art pieces and fireworks along the Chicago River Riverwalk. Fans of remote control toys and model railroads won't want to miss the return of the iHobby Expo this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg. Step back in time with the Civil War Re-Enactment at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. More than 40 breweries offer samples of their beers for an inaugural Craft Beer Festival on Saturday at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

     
  • 5 things to do this weekend (and links to more) Oct 3, 2014 10:27 AM
    October brings the last weeks of outdoor fall fests — and the first tastes of spooky Halloween attractions. You can enjoy a little of both this weekend in the suburbs. Here are five great things to do, plus links to even more.

     
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