Weekend picks: SKYD, friends take over BaseCamp Pub
Skyline with SKYD and friends
SKYD, the Lisle duo of Skyler Nicole and Derek Boyke, are far more than just their taut collection of edgy, mesmerizing, fuzz-rock grooves. The appeal of the twosome is in their energetic, art-embracing personalities, and it shows in the dynamic stage shows they produce. Catch them live as they headline this month's Skyline Concert Series at Lisle's BaseCamp along with Dead Harvest, Observing With Annie and an acoustic set by the evening's host Aaron Williams. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $6. (331) 777-4712 or aaronwilliamsmusic.com.
The Richardson Corn Maze does its part to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the state of Illinois with a custom bicentennial design. The 2018 maze opens to the public starting Saturday at the Richardson Adventure Farm, 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove. $17-$19; $14-$16 kids 3-12. (815) 675-9729 or richardsonadventurefarm.com. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday; from Saturday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 4 (holiday and extended hours Sept. 3, 21 and 22 and Oct. 8, 26 and 27)
Families with dinosaur-obsessed kids won't want to miss Jurassic Quest. It features more than 75 dino displays of various sizes. The touring exhibition returns this weekend to the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. $20; $18 seniors; $34 kids VIP ticket (for ages 2-12). (847) 680-7200 or jurassicquest.com/grayslake. 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2
The three-day North Coast Music Festival brings the beats to Chicago's Union Park this weekend, with the likes of Miguel, Snails, DJ Snake, Vulfpeck, Robert DeLong, Jamiroquai, Yellow Claw, Gramatik, Moon Taxi and many others, along with a full weekend lineup at the Silent Disco. Be sure to give some local love to the Chicago's Most Wanted Battlegrounds, featuring a Midnight Conspiracy reunion set, Bentley Dean vs. Steve Gerard, Ron Carroll vs. DIZ, RJ Pickens vs. Phil Rizzo and more. 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31; 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1; and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $60-$70 (plus fees) for general admission; $80-$214 (plus fees) for VIP. northcoastfestival.com.
'90s at night
Rock out to pop covers from two decades ago with the "'90s Night: Party in the Park After Dark" at Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. $8 general admission; $40 VIP all-inclusive package features beer, food and a souvenir mug. (847) 385-7500 or arlingtonpark.com. 3:15 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31
End of Summer Luau
Pheasant Run is going all out for its End of Summer Luau over Labor Day weekend. Enjoy DJ Susanne's pool parties with live music, dive-in movies, kids' activities and lots of grilled Caribbean-style food from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the patio. Nosh on shrimp kebabs ($6), jerk chicken ($5), mango and chipotle barbecue ribs ($7), grilled corn on the cob ($1), foot-long hot dogs ($3) and sweet plantains ($2). And sip on specialty luau drinks such as the Blue Hawaiian ($6), Frozen Lime Daiquiri ($7), Bahama Mama ($8) and Mai Tai ($9). A daily pool pass costs $15. Events start at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and 10 a.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1-3. Pheasant Run Resort is at 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6300 or pheasantrun.com/labor-day.aspx.
So long, summer
The Naperville Jaycee's Last Fling features special concerts by Cheap Trick, Lance Bass and more this weekend along Jefferson Avenue, west of Washington Street, Naperville. $15-$25 general admission; $30-$50 pit access (standing room); $100-$150 Carillon VIP standing room. (630) 961-4143 or lastfling.org. 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31; 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1; and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2
See what happens when a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team when the Carol Stream Park District screens the 1993 movie "The Sandlot." Bring low lawn chairs and blankets to this Movies in the Park presentation at McCaslin Park, 27W650 North Ave., Carol Stream. $4 in advance, $5 at the door. (630) 784-6100 or csparks.org. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31
Fans of 1980s pop music can catch Culture Club, the B-52s and Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey all on the same concert bill this weekend at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $100-$115 pavilion seating; $27-$32 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1
"Anywhere," the May release of Chicago singer-songwriter Baertrum, beautifully embraces a viscous vibe, fluidly flowing like a milkshake through genres but thick with depth and substantial enough to leave you satisfied. And thinking about what it all meant. While the tracks are richly layered with music and electronically crafted effects, the draw is in the vocals -- a series of deep part-sung, part-spoken, part-whispered secrets and clever turns of phrase that are particularly intriguing on the title track "Anywhere." Baertrum -- the alter ego of Eric McCloskey -- plays a solo acoustic set this time out. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Elbo Room's acoustic lounge, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $5. (773) 549-5549 or elboroomlive.com.
Chingo Bling blends rap, hip-hop and comedy this weekend in a series of standup sets at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $28 plus a two-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or chicago.improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2
Schaumburg's big fest
The 48th Annual Septemberfest features loads of bands, an arts and crafts show, a craft beer and wine tent, a carnival and more this weekend on the grounds of the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, 101 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. Saturday music includes Suburban Chicago's Got Talent winner Seasalt at 5 p.m. and Mike DelGuidice at 8:30 p.m.; Sunday: Maddie & Tae at 8:45 p.m.; and 7th heaven at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Sunday. Free admission; three-day VIP concert tickets cost $25 or $10 daily. (847) 895-4500 or villageofschaumburg.com. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2; and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3
Support the Union
See what life was like more than 150 years ago for members of the 10th Illinois Regiment and their families during the Civil War Encampment. The living historical re-enactment returns to the Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook. $5; $4 seniors; $2 kids 4-12. (630) 655-2090 or grauemill.org. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2
Embrace all things Irish this weekend with Long Grove Irish Days. Irish music, dancing and food stalls are centered at Long Grove Fountain Square, 228 Robert Parker Coffin Road, Long Grove. Free admission. (847) 634-0888 or longgrove.org. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2; and 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3
By the river
The Downtown Batavia Block Party & Taste of Batavia features concerts, classic cars, a pie bake-off and more. The family fun happens on North River Street and the Batavia Riverwalk, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia. Free admission. (630) 761-3528 or downtownbatavia.com. 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2
Luke Bryan at Wrigley
Luke Bryan "What Makes You Country Tour" with Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce and DJ Rock: Award-winning country artist Luke Bryan brings "This Is How We Roll," "I Don't Want This Night to End" and other hits to Chicago's Wrigley Field. Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St., Chicago. $66-$267. (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Michael Heaton benefit
Two Brothers Roundhouse hosts a night of music, dancing, food and beer to raise funds for the medical expenses of Aurora singer-songwriter Michael Heaton, who is fighting a rare form of medullary cancer that requires expensive radiation treatments. 100 percent of the door donations and proceeds from a silent auction will go to the fund. Donations are also welcome at a GoFundMe page set up by Heaton's family and friends. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora. $20 suggested donation. (630) 264-2739 or twobrothersbrewing.com.
The Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival blends education and entertainment with 35 acts spread across eight stages on Sunday and Monday at Geneva's Island Park, with parking at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva. $20 daily; $15 teens and seniors; kids 12 and younger admitted free. (630) 897-3655 or foxvalleyfolk.com. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2-3
O.A.R. at Ravinia
O.A.R. and Matt Nathanson "Just Like Paradise Tour" with The New Respects: The purveyors of the late-2000s hits "Love and Memories" and "Shattered (Turn the Car Around)" hit Ravinia Festival for an alternative rock extravaganza. 6 p.m. (gates open at 4 p.m.) Sunday, Sept. 2, at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $20-$85. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org.