Where to find July 4 fireworks, modified parades and decorating contests
The July 4 holiday is here -- minus much of the fanfare. But you can still find car parades, decorated homes and a few fireworks options if you know where to go in the suburbs.
Constable: Pandemic closes theaters, but suburban group's online show (and charity) go onThe pandemic can take the theaters away from performers, but it can't take the theater out of those performers. A suburban group has figured out a way to broaden the stage, turn performances into a competition, and generate donations for a good cause.
Sights, not sounds: Fourth of July decorating contests recapture holiday revelryDecorating contest entries aren't letting COVID-19 cancellations deprive towns of some of the Fourth of July sparkle.
Pop-up drive-in theaters are a fix for social-distanced moviegoingDrive-in movie options are popping up in parking lots all over the suburbs. "It's a way to get out," a Long Grove business owner said.
Book review: Lose yourself in the places that inspired J.R.R. TolkienAfter months of lockdown, political unrest and the inescapable threat of environmental collapse, Readers can find escape in John Garth's "The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien," a fascinating, gorgeously illustrated and thought-provoking examination of the landscapes, cities and architecture that inspired Tolkien during his lifelong creation of Middle-earth.
COVID-friendly Fourth fun you can watch on TVAssuming you haven't had your fill of all those late-night explosions from the last month or so, how can you enjoy some fireworks from the living room this year?
Zombies, beware: Naperville's Birthdayy Partyy invades giant Minecraft music festivalBryan and Jon Gorecki of Naperville bass-house duo Birthdayy Partyy join next week's Rave Family block Fest, a four-day virtual music festival set in the popular block-building video game Minecraft.
Book review: Paul Doiron cranks up a suspenseful, fast-paced plotThe discovery of a badge belonging to a missing Maine game warden sends retired warden Charlie Stevens on a mystery in "One Last Lie" by Paul Doiron.
Catherine Deneuve gives a master class in acting in 'The Truth'For Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, family is a choice. And in his latest and first French-language film, "The Truth," it's a choice that his central character has seemingly abdicated.
Theatre: 'Magic Parlour' goes virtual; Red Orchid, Porchlight team up for audio dramaMagician Dennis Watkins introduces a virtual version of his long-running "The Magic Parlour," and A Red Orchid and Porchlight team up for the audio drama "War of the Well(e)s," adapted from Orson Welle's radio drama of H.G. Wells' invasion tale.
Where to find some of the suburbs' most iconic foodsChicago-style hot dogs, bricks of fried onions, chocolate cake and more. Here's a look at some iconic suburban foods and where to find them.
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