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  • 5 places to enjoy the last gasp of summer Sep 19, 2014 1:13 PM
    Fall may be starting, but Saturday’s weather forecast sure screams summer. Get out enjoy those 80-degree temps at festivals and other outdoor events in the suburbs this weekend. Here are five ideas to get you started.

  • Watch the Zombie Invasion in Aurora on Saturday Sep 19, 2014 6:01 AM
    Stuart Sports Complex is one lively place, where action-loaded athletic events keep everybody’s pulse pounding. But on Saturday, Stuart will be invaded by the living dead, turning this sports-centric spread into a mecca for mayhem. In the early evening twilight of Sept. 20, real-life zombies — at least the undead ones — will rise from their haunts for the Fox Valley Park District’s Zombie Invasion 5K.

  • ECC’s International Film Series features Japanese ghost story Sep 18, 2014 6:01 AM
    Experience some of the best in foreign cinema this fall during the Elgin Community College Humanities Center’s International Film Series. Held the first and second Friday of each month, the series is part of the center’s effort to foster cross-cultural understanding through cinema.

  • Farm heritage festival this weekend Sep 18, 2014 2:33 PM
    The Lake County Forest Preserve District will host its 22nd annual farm heritage festival celebrating farm life from the turn of the century to the present, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda. Visitors can check out hundreds of antique tractors, cars and steam engines, and other farm machinery during the event.

  • Hoffman Estates puts the ‘scare’ in scarecrow Sep 17, 2014 3:17 PM
    The Hoffman Estates Park District hosts Scarecrow Fest, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at Vogelei Park, 650 W. Higgins Road. In addition to a whimsical scarecrow display, country band Billy Croft & the 5-Alarm Band will perform from 1-2 p.m. in the pavilion. Admission is free.

  • Naperville planning ‘wonderful art retreat weekend’ Sep 17, 2014 3:35 PM
    Art will take a turn being the star in downtown Naperville this weekend as the Naperville Art League hosts the 29th annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair. "The city just takes on a whole different feel,” said Debbie Venezia, executive director of the Naperville Art League. “It’s an escape. It’s like going to this wonderful art retreat weekend.”

  • By the numbers: St. Peter Barn Sale Sep 17, 2014 3:51 PM
    A Fox Valley tradition, the St. Peter Barn Sale has been hosted by a Catholic parish in Geneva for more than 30 years. This two-day gigantic “garage sale” will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20-21, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Months ahead of the sale, volunteers collect, sort and box donations from the community.

  • Rotary Oktoberfest brings a bit of Bavaria to Palatine Sep 17, 2014 4:19 PM
    A bit of Bavaria will come to downtown Palatine this weekend as the Rotary Club of Palatine hosts its 7th annual Oktoberfest on the corner of Smith and Slade streets, south of the Metra train station. The free three-day festival will feature authentic German music, food, beverages, and activities for all, much taking place inside a large heated tent.

  • Food and entertainment shine at Art in Your Eye in Batavia Sep 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s been said that art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. At Batavia’s Art in Your Eye festival, you can be the judge. The 10th annual fine arts show takes place Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21, at the Batavia Riverwalk. Admission is free.

  • Bike Palatine family Octoberfest ride Sept. 20 Sep 16, 2014 1:41 PM
    Get ready for another fun bicycle ride in Palatine as the Bike Palatine Club hosts a free Octoberfest ride on Saturday, Sept. 20, part of the Palatine Rotary Club’s Octoberfest weekend, Sept. 19-21.

  • Weekend picks: Ralphie Roberts comes home for Zanies show Sep 19, 2014 1:37 AM
    Chicago native and comedian Ralphie Roberts continues his run of standup performances this weekend at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort. The Joffrey Ballet presents the Chicago premiere of Yuri Possokhov's “RAkU” alongside classic story ballets by George Balanchine and Anthony Tudor in the repertory concert “Stories in Motion” at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Chicago Celtic punk rockers Flatfoot 56 play at Lombard's Brauherhouse Friday. And comedian Jo Koy begins a two-weekend standup run at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

  • Head out to a fall festival this Saturday Sep 15, 2014 1:19 PM
    Several fall festivals set for this weekend in the Fox Valley offer a variety of ways to welcome the new season. Each festival has a different focus — history, healthy lifestyles, or family activities.

  • Mural at Vogelei Park to be dedicated Sept. 20 Sep 15, 2014 5:36 PM
    The Hoffman Estates Park District will dedicate a new mural of the original layout of the Vogelei Farm at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at Vogelei Park, as part of the park district’s annual Scarecrow Festival. The mural was painted on the interior wall of the barn at Vogelei Park by volunteer artist Laura Troisen of Carpentersville.

  • Lake Zurich’s Rock the Block street party attendance tops 2013 Sep 15, 2014 5:20 PM
    Lake Zurich’s Rock the Block street party over the weekend was a bigger hit than last year’s inaugural event. Village Manager Jason Slowinski said about 6,500 partygoers were in the village’s downtown t from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday for the fest. That compares to an attendance of 5,000 in 2013.

  • Sunday picks: ESO plays Beethoven's Fifth Symphony Sep 14, 2014 5:45 AM
    Conductor Andrew Grams conducts Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with orchestral opera selections by Wagner and Weber for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra at the Hemmens Cultural Center. Concerts, film screenings and gallery shows are all part of the Charlie's Center for the Arts — All of the Arts, All Over Town event at different St. Charles venues. Des Plaines hosts its Fall Fest 2014 at Lake Park Memorial Pavilion. And you can find seasonal floral arrangements, silk and dried florals and dried bouquets at the annual Weed Ladies Fall Floral Sale, in the Daniels House at Naper Settlement in Naper.

  • Busse Woods comes alive for annual Native American powwow Sep 13, 2014 10:39 PM
    The Busse Woods Forest Preserve was filled with the sounds of American Indian music and chanting Saturday afternoon as the 61st annual Chicago Powwow got underway. “It gives nonnatives an opportunity to find out about the native culture and what we’re about,” said Michelle White, who was selling craft items.

  • 22 bands compete at Lancer Joust Sep 13, 2014 6:24 PM
    The Music Man would have felt at home in Roselle Saturday as 22 bands from Illinois and Wisconsin performed in the 36th annual Lake Park Lancer Joust at the Lake Park High School West campus.

  • West Chicago celebrates Mexico’s independence Sep 14, 2014 7:45 AM
    Green, red and white was the color combination favored by many West Chicagoans for everything from their hair to their shoes Saturday afternoon as hundreds celebrated Mexico’s independence day. The annual Mexican Heritage Parade of horses, men in their sombreros and cultural garb, flags, balloons and more than 100 honking cars rolled through downtown West Chicago. And the display of cultural music and dance that followed moved the crowd.

  • Lake Zurich rocks the block again Sep 13, 2014 7:27 PM
    People filled a stretch of Main Street in downtown Lake Zurich on Saturday evening for the village’s second annual Rock the Block bash. They ate, drank and enjoyed live music, coming together as a community in the heart of the community. “This gives (people) the opportunity to celebrate the end of summer and celebrate Lake Zurich,” Village Manager Jason Slowinski said.

  • Weekend picks: John Leguizamo brings 'Ghetto Klown' to Chicago Theatre Sep 13, 2014 5:45 AM
    Comedian and actor John Leguizamo returns to the Windy City with a one-night-only performance of his Broadway show “Ghetto Klown” Saturday at the Chicago Theatre. Best known from his TV appearances on the “Late Show With David Letterman” and “World's Dumbest,” comedian, Kevin McCaffrey will perform standup starting Wednesday at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Humans and their canine friends are invited to Clearbrook's Raise The Woof Pet Festival in Melas Park, Mount Prospect. And conductor Andrew Grams conducts Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with orchestral opera selections by Wagner and Weber for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra Opening Night at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

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