Best Bets: Long Grove Chocolate Fest once again serving up treats

Sweet treats

The Long Grove Chocolate Festival returns after a three-year hiatus with lots of live music, family activities and plenty of sweet treats this weekend in downtown Long Grove, around 145 Old McHenry Road. Headliners include Eliminator at 9 p.m. Friday, Sixteen Candles at 9 p.m. Saturday and Mr. Blotto at 4 p.m. Sunday. $5 daily general admission; $10 three-day pass; $30 chocolate wine pairing or chocolate charcuterie lesson. (847) 634-0888 or Noon to 11 p.m. Friday, May 20; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 21; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22

The Long Grove Chocolate Festival features chocolate-covered treats and more this weekend. Daily Herald File Photo

Manga and more

Get your fill of Japanese animation, manga comics, video games and more with the return of Anime Central at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare and Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. Advance registration is required with multiple price points. $15 parking. (847) 692-2220 or 8 a.m. Friday, May 20, through 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22

Symphonic tales

Former music director Andrew Grams returns to lead the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in performances of composer Michael Daugherty's “Raise the Roof” Timpani Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov's “Scheherazade” at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $35-$65; $10 kids. (847) 888-4000 or 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 20-21

South Chicago Dance Theatre celebrates its five-year anniversary with a performance featuring five world premieres by five choreographers. Courtesy of South Chicago Dance Theatre

Dancing anniversary

Spend “An Evening With the South Chicago Dance Theatre: Celebrating Five Years” as five world-premiere dance pieces are performed at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $15-$50. (312) 334-7777 or 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20

Comedian Eddie Griffin plays Waukegan's Genesee Theatre on Friday, May 20. Courtesy of Comedy Central

Laugh a lot

Fans of actor and comedian Eddie Griffin (“Malcom & Eddie,” “Scary Movie 3”) won't want to miss his adults-only standup comedy set at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $27.50-$60. For mature audiences. (847) 263-6300 or 8 p.m. Friday, May 20

Nadine Sierra and Javier Camarena star in director Scott Stone's updated take on Donizetti's tragedy "Lucia di Lammermoor" as part of a Live in HD screening from The Metropolitan Opera. Courtesy of Marty Sohl, The Metropolitan Opera

Operatic updating

Director Simon Stone resets Donizetti's 1835 Scottish tragedy “Lucia di Lammermoor” to a contemporary American Rust Belt town rife with violence and opioid addiction in a new production from The Metropolitan Opera. A global Live in HD screening from New York is available on Saturday and Wednesday in select movie theaters. Ticket prices vary by venue, but largely $20-$26. For locations and ticket prices, visit or Live simulcast: 11:55 a.m. Saturday, May 21; taped encores: 1 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25

Tours of the 19th-century Viking Ship tied to Chicago's 1893 Columbian Exposition resume at Good Templar Park in Geneva starting Saturday, May 21. Daily Herald File Photo

Scandinavian artifact

Geneva Viking Ship Tours commence for the season starting on Saturday. Learn all about the Scandinavian ship that journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean for Chicago's 1893 Columbian Exposition at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva. $7; $4 teens 13-17; free for kids 12 and younger. (630) 302-7333 or 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and various times on June 19, 25 and 26; July 16; Aug. 20; Sept. 17; and Oct. 15-16

Watery inspiration

Singer and songwriter Tori Amos goes back on the road with the “Ocean to Ocean Tour,” which takes its name from her 2021 album. She headlines the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago. $28-$78; $694 platinum package. (312) 341-2310 or 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25

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