Best Bets: Kentucky Derby Day races into Arlington International Racecourse

Race return

Mark this year's rescheduled Kentucky Derby Day by watching live races on the racetrack and the actual race on nearby TV screens Saturday at Arlington International Race Course, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. $300 Terrace Cafe or Canopy Table for four; $250 Terrace Annex table for four. Admission is limited to 300 in-person guests over the age of 18 only. (847) 385-7500 or 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5

Jeff Award-winner Heidi Kettenring performs an outdoor concert at the Marriott Resort in Lincolnshire on Friday, Sept. 4. Courtesy of JPM Photography

Outdoor show tunes

Jeff Award-winning actress Heidi Kettenring sings Broadway show tunes in an outdoor Concert on the Green on the golf course grounds of the Marriott Resort, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. $25; $20 kids 12 and younger. (847) 634-5911 or 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 (seating begins at 4:30 p.m.)

Impressionist connections

Learn about the many historic connections made between famed French artist Claude Monet and the Windy City with the new exhibit "Monet and Chicago" starting Saturday at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $7 on top of $25 general admission or $19 seniors and students; discounts available for Illinois residents. (312) 443-3600 or 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday and 1-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; from Saturday, Sept. 5, through Monday, Jan. 18

  Six Flags Great America in Gurnee closes its Hurricane Harbor season on Monday, Sept. 7. Larry Manno of Willowbrook was one of the first riders to visit the park this abbreviated season. Paul Valade/

Splash away

Time is running out to have water park fun at Hurricane Harbor. The truncated summer season concludes this weekend at Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee. $24.99; $25 parking (must be purchased in advance). (847) 249-1776 or 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 5-7

A Roloson window is part of the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit "Wright Before the 'Lloyd'" at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Courtesy of Elmhurst Art Museum

Wright style

Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson is the curator for the new exhibit "Wright Before the 'Lloyd,'" which explores the stylistic hallmarks of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibit starts Thursday at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. $15; $12 seniors; students 18 and younger admitted free. (630) 834-0202 or Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; from Thursday, Sept. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 14

The Fox Valley Jazz Big Band performs a drive-in concert at James O. Breen Community Park in St. Charles at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. Courtesy of Fox Valley Jazz Big Band

Jazzy drive in

Hear music by American composers such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and more when the Fox Valley Jazz Big Band performs a Drive In Concert on Thursday at James O. Breen Community Park, 3615 Campton Hills Drive, St. Charles. $5 per vehicle; reservations must be made by 4 p.m. on the day of concert. (630) 443-3967 or 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10; part of the larger St. Charles Jazz Weekend at various locations through Sunday, Sept. 13

Fringe fun

A special Family Fringe features performances, games, Brown Bag Art Kits and more as part of the larger Elgin Fringe Festival Virtual Edition that continues through Saturday, Oct. 4. Family Fringe is on Saturday at the Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St., Elgin. Free; masks and social distancing required. (847) 742-4248 or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5

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