North Shore entertainment: Dining specials, 'Pop 2000 Tour,' Highwood's Garlic Fest and more

Back-to-school special

Through the month of August, Thorn Restaurant & Lounge in Rosemont is honoring educators with a free appetizer with the purchase of an entree. A valid school ID is required. Thorn is located inside The Rose Hotel Chicago O'Hare, 5200 Pearl St., Rosemont, (847) 260-4774,

Sail away

Even if you can't get to the beach right now, Harbor Kitchen + Tap can take your taste buds there with its new summer seaside dishes. Options include the cheesy Gruyere lobster dip served in a sourdough bread bowl with won ton chips and veggies ($14.99), grilled mahi sandwich garnished with grilled pineapple, marinated red onion and avocado ($13.99), and seafood risotto with shrimp, lobster, asparagus and roasted tomatoes ($23.99). Summer sips include the froze (rosé, fruit and Tito's) for $10 and the frozen rosé margarita (Tequila, rosé, housemade sour mix, lime juice and Cointreau) for $11. Harbor Kitchen + Tap is at 1762 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, (847) 549-3817,

Beatles nostalgia

The Fest for Beatles Fans 2022 features folks with connections to the The Fab Four like Billy J. Kramer, Peter Asher, Chris O'Dell and more this weekend at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont. $64 on Friday; $92 on Saturday and Sunday; two-day pass: $148-$175; three-day pass $230; $40 virtual pass; discounts available for kids 18 and younger; $15 parking. (847) 696-1234 or 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, Aug. 12; noon to midnight Saturday, Aug. 13; and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14

Kaskade at the bat

North Shore native Kaskade follows up his recent Lollapalooza performance by bringing his chart-topping electronic dance music to Guaranteed Rate Field for a large-scale, late-night show following the Chicago White Sox game against the Detroit Tigers. Field Pass Packages are sold out, but all guests with tickets to the game (which are still available) will be able to stay for the show. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W. 35th St., Chicago. Tickets run from $9-$275.

'Pop 2000 Tour'

Celebrate the days when boy bands were on the rise and pop was making a comeback from grungy alternative as Joe's Live hosts the return of the "Pop 2000 Tour." Hosted by Chris Kirkpatrick of *NSync, the tour stop includes performances by boy band O-Town, pop singer Ryan Cabrera, season seven "American Idol" winner David Cook and LFO alum Brad Fischetti. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Joe's Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $30 for general admission, $75 for Fan PIT (immediately in front of the stage). (847) 261-0392 or

O.A.R. teams with Dispatch and G. Love for a night at Ravinia this weekend.

Special blend

Platinum-selling pop-rockers O.A.R. ("Love and Memories," "Shattered") pairs with indie-folk band Dispatch ("The General," "Break Our Fall") for a co-headlining tour stop at Ravinia this weekend. Singer G. Love packs his funk-infused rock and hip-hop blend to open the evening. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park. General lawn admissions starts at $44; reserved pavilion seating is $85-$130. (847) 266-5100 or

Cabaret in Skokie

Cabaret artist Caryn Caffarelli incorporates pop and musical theater songs into "Momufactured," a show about parenting. Caffarellis performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. $25. Masking required. (847) 677-7761 or

Cash convention

Meet with rare coin dealers and other cash merchants at the 2022 Chicago World's Fair of Money starting Tuesday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $10 admission; $15 parking. (719) 482-9867 or 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 17-19

Celebrate Highwood's Garlic Fest returns at Highwood's Everts Park on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Courtesy of Celebrate Highwood

Strong flavoring

Celebrate Highwood's 11th annual Garlic Fest features a gourmet food market, garlic-infused treats, a trivia contest and more at Everts Park, 111 North Ave., Highwood. Free admission. (847) 668-1213 or 4:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17

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