Festivals: Comic Con, Naperville Wine Festival, arts fests & more
Wizard World Comic Con: Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. Comic book and other pop culture panels, vendors and events. Planned celebrity guests include Karl Urban, Michael Rooker, Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Ernie Hudson and many more. wizardworld.com/comiccon/chicago.
Bites and Booze Fest 2018: 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at LaCuna Artist Lofts, 2150 S. Canalport Ave., Chicago. Enjoy craft beers, cocktails, and a host of specialty alcohol tastings along with tapas-styled food pairings, plus guest disc jockeys, a craft cocktail corner, a cigar lounge and branded seating areas on two floors. Must be 21 or older. Tickets required: $30-$65. www.bitesandboozefestival.com.
Trinity Lutheran Church Oktoberfest: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 11008 N. Church St., Huntley. Music, food, beer, wine, hard cider, raffles, silent auction, kids' activities and more. Church service under the big tent at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Entertainment includes Freddie & Lorrie at 7 p.m. Friday; Doc Diamond at 4 p.m. and Die Musikmeisters at 6 p.m. Saturday; and Lid Flippers at 1 p.m. Sunday. www.trinityhuntley.org.
Waukegan Music Festival: 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26. on Genesee Street between Grand Avenue and Washington. Features live performances from a multitude of performers as well as carnival rides and games, food, cooking demos, classic cars and more. Performances include La Ley De Norte and Toby Love on Friday; Orquestra Sauve and George Lamond on Saturday; and Latin Soul and Angel De Cuba on Sunday, and many more. www.waukeganfest.com.
Logan Square Food Truck Social: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, in Logan Square, Humboldt Boulevard between Armitage and Bloomingdale, Chicago. Mobile eats paired with beer and edgy tunes on two stages. Admission is a $5 donation. www.logansquarefoodtrucksocial.com.
Meadows' Cruise Night: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Meadows Christian Fellowship, 2401 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows. A weekly show displaying all types of classic cars, with prizes, food and music. Free admission. www.meadowsfamily.org.
Naperville Wine Festival: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, and 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. The 16th annual fest features more than 250 wines from around the world, cooking demonstrations, seminars, food from area restaurants and music. Cadillac Connoisseurs Club tickets (one hour early entrance and access to the VIP tent, exclusive wines and gourmet small plates) cost $99 in advance, $120 at the door; general admission (includes a tasting wineglass and 18 tastings) costs $40 in advance online, $45 at the door; general admission plus (one hour early admission) is $50 in advance online, $55 at the door; $15 designated driver. napervillewinefestival.com.
Downtown Palatine Street Fest: 5 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Aug. 24; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 25; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at 110 W. Palatine Road, Palatine. Street fest features music from Sixteen Candles at 9:30 p.m. Friday, 7th heaven at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and American English at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, plus food and family-friendly activities. Free admission. www.palatinestreetfest.com.
Friday Nights Live!: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Metropolitan Square, Metropolitan Way, Des Plaines. Leaders of the Pack will perform. Free. www.desplaines.org/fnl.
Second Annual Nashwood: 6 p.m. to bar closing time Friday, Aug. 24; 11 a.m. to bar closing time Saturday, Aug. 25; and 11 a.m. music brunch Sunday, Aug. 26, at 17 Highwood Ave. and throughout Highwood. Country music and Southern rock sounds will play in 20 bars and restaurants. Sunday will feature jazz, gospel and blues brunch options. Free admission. celebratehighwood.org/project/nashwood.
Vintage Rides Car Show: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, on Hale Street between Liberty and Willow, Wheaton. 21st annual show features classic cars, motorcycles and trucks of every make, model and year. A DJ will be spinning Southern rock. downtownwheaton.com.
Hawthorn Woods Summer Concerts: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Community Park, 5 Park View Lane, Hawthorn Woods. Bossydog will perform. Free. vhw.org.
Chicago Women's Funny Festival: Events start at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. Some of the country's greatest up-and-coming female comedy talents on four different stages. $15-$20. www.stage773.com/cwff.
Lincoln Funeral Car in Antioch: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Saturday, Aug. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 9, at 900 Skidmore St., Antioch. Re-creation of the original Lincoln Funeral Car. Includes historical re-enactors and other programs. $5 per person. antiochchamber.org.
CycleFest: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, starting at Towne Square at Smith and Slade streets, Palatine. Sponsored by the Bike Palatine Club, this bicycling event is geared for all ages and features routes of 9, 15, 23 and 33 miles for various skill levels. Trained leaders will accompany each group. Cyclists must wear helmets and those younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult. $25, or $20 for Bike Palatine Club members. Register at www.bikepalatine.com, Mike's Bike Shop or at the event at 8:30 a.m.
Des Plaines Car Show: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Des Plaines Elks Lodge #1526, 495 Lee St., Des Plaines. Presented by VooDooKings Kustom Car Club and hosted by the Des Plaines Elks Lodge. Pre-1975 cars and motorcycles. Music, food, trophies and raffles. $5 spectator fee; free for kids younger than 12. www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?LodgeNumber=1526.
Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26, at Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn. The 49th annual juried fine art show features 70 artists, food, beer and wine garden. Proceeds benefit the Glen Ellyn Lions Foundation. Free admission. www.facebook.com/GlenEllynFestivaloftheArts.
Port Clinton Art Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26, at Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave., Highland Park. More than 260 artists will be showcasing their work. Free admission. amdurproductions.com.
Rolling Meadows City Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Community Church of Rolling Meadows, 2720 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows. Features food trucks, fresh produce, handmade jewelry, crafts, clothing, art, health, beauty and pet products. Live music, raffles and kids' activities. Free. www.ci.rolling-meadows.il.us/379/City-Markets.
Elgin Hayday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Meier Park, 3770 Gansett Parkway, Elgin. Bluegrass music, food vendors, hayrides, petting zoo and potato sack races. Free. www.cityofelgin.org.
Round Lake Heights Festival Parade: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Steps off starting east down Black Cherry and south on Lotus to Rollins Road in Round Lake Heights. villageofroundlakeheights.org.
Alley Art Festival: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Water Street Mall, 13 Water St., Aurora. More than 60 artists featuring art, music, food and fun. The Aviators perform at noon, Anderlik, Otto & Church at 1 p.m., Eastern Fire Belly Dance at 2 p.m., Town Band at 3 p.m., and Olivia Ports Music at 4 p.m. Free admission. www.downtownauroran.com/alley-art-festival.
I AM Fest: 2 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. The 10th anniversary of I AM FEST: "Independent Arts & Music Festival" features local entertainment and visual performers along with neighborhood artists, photographers and other activities with exhibits showcasing the best of Chicago's creative community. $18-$23. elboroomlive.com/i-am-fest.
Round Lake Heights Festival: 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Round Lake Heights village hall, 619 Pontiac Court, Round Lake Heights. Features inflatables, kids' rides, a police dog demonstration, food and a raffle. Includes a performance by Hello Weekend at 7 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. villageofroundlakeheights.org.
Northshore Wine, Beer and Cigar Fest: VIP tasting from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., general admission from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, on Church Street in downtown Libertyville. Sample more than 100 wines from about 15 different vendors, 80 beers from local craft breweries and distributors, and a variety of cigar offerings. VIP tasting will feature wine only, after which wine selection will be reduced until 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $40 for general admission or $160 for VIP admission in advance or $50 for general admission and $180 for VIP at the gate, if available. Hosted by the Libertyville Sunrise Rotary Club; proceeds are distributed to more than 40 charities in Lake County. www.northshorewineandbeerfest.com.
Civil War-era baseball game: 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Central Park, 477 N. Lake St., Grayslake. Held before Color Aloft Balloon Festival. Old-fashioned "base ball" game pits the McHenry County "Independants" against the Grayslake Athletics. Parking at Grayslake Central High School. Free. www.GotHistory.org.
50Fest: 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road, Northbrook. Celebrate the North Suburban YMCA's 50th Anniversary with live music, food vendors, kids' activities and more. Suggested donation is $5 per person; benefits the North Suburban YMCA and its Strong Kids Fund. NSYMCA.org.
Grayslake Color Aloft Balloon Festival: 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Central Park, 250 Library Lane, Grayslake. See the inflation and competition of hot-air balloons (weather permitting). Includes music and family activities. Picnics welcome; there will be no food vendors. Free. (847) 223-6888 or www.grayslakechamber.com.
Mount Prospect Bluesmobile Cruise Nights: 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Mount Prospect Train Depot, 13 E. Northwest Hwy., Mount Prospect. Classic cars and entertainment. Sponsored by the Mount Prospect Lions Club. Free. www.facebook.com/BMBCruiseNights.
Elmhurst Park Palooza: 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Berens Park, 493 Oak Lawn Ave., Elmhurst. Music with Red Woody and The Music Dudes. Includes kids' activities, face painting, a beer and wine garden and food trucks. Free admission. www.epd.org.
HopStop Craft Beer Festival 2018: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., Riverside. Sample offerings from local craft brewers; food from Flur available for purchase; and live music by TrenchDrain, the Mountainaires and the Sundown Club. Commemorative tasting glass with each ticket. $40. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3393010?ref=349591.
Saturday Cruise Nights: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7600 Barrington Road at Tower Drive, Hanover Park. Classic cars, music and more. Free. www.hpil.org.
Summer Breeze Concert Series: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, 101 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. Frank Winkler & The Symphonic Pops will perform. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic food and beverages. Sponsored by the Schaumburg Park District and the Village of Schaumburg. Free. villageofschaumburg.com or parkfun.com.
Feet Fest Family Adventure Run: 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Towne Square, 50 W. Palatine Road, Palatine. Navigate your way through obstacles over a two-mile course. Registration costs $18-$25. www.palatineparks.org.
Geneva Concours d'Elegance: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, along South Third Street, Geneva. More than 150 antique, classic and modern automobiles including Mercedes-Benz SLs, Chrysler 300s, steam-powered automobiles of all ages and a special display celebrating the 70th birthday of the Sports Car Club of America. Free admission with suggested donations to benefit LivingWell Cancer Resource Center. www.genevaconcours.net.
Walk in the Park: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at North School Park, 410 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. The 47th annual fine arts show features mixed media including artwork in oil and watercolor as well as photography, woodworking, glass, jewelry and fabric art. Food available for purchase; a classical guitarist will perform. Free admission. arlingtonheightsartguild.com.
Saint Joseph Feast: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Maryville Academy, 1170 N. River Road, Des Plaines. Events begin with Mass at 10:30 a.m. and the traditional procession with St. Joseph. Also features live music, Italian food and fireworks. Free. www.facebook.com/Society-of-Saint-Joseph-Chicago-298201253975204.
City of Lights Ukulele Fest: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Water Street Mall, 24 E. Downer Place, Aurora. Features Lil' Rev, Gerald Ross, Lanialoha Lee, The Fabulous Heftones, The Beatleleles, and the Hix Bros Ukulele Band. Features vendors, workshops and more. Tickets cost $11.48; $27.22 for a family pass; free for kids younger than 12. www.cityoflightsukulelefestival.com.
St. Colette Family Picnic: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, on the St. Colette Parish Grounds, 3900 Meadow Drive, Rolling Meadows. The annual family picnic begins with a bilingual mass at 11 a.m. under the big tent and continues until 4 p.m. Food features Hispanic and Filipino dishes, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn, pizza and ice cream. Soft drinks available, BYOB. Everyone is welcome. stcolette.org.
Taste of Armenia Fest: Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at St. James Armenian Church, 816 Clark St., Evanston. Armenian food, music from local bands, and games and activities. www.cityofevanston.org.
Cantigny Park Outdoor Concert Series: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Hot Rocks Band will perform. Free; $10 parking. cantigny.org.
Mundelein summer concert series: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Kracklauer Park, 116 N. Lake St., Mundelein. Free. Skip Towne & the Greyhounds will perform. (847) 949-3200.
Algonquin Commons Cruise Nights: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Algonquin Commons, off Randall Road, Algonquin. All makes of classic cars, hot rods and custom cycles. Entertainment by Cruisin' Music Radio DJ Rudy the K 101.5 FM. Free. www.hemmings.com.
Broken Oar's Car & Bike Show: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Broken Oar, 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington. Bring out your custom and classic cars, trucks and bikes. All make and models welcome. 5 p.m. registration; 8 p.m. judging. www.facebook.com/events/2154061948067986.
St. Charles Cruise Nite: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, on Riverside Avenue, St. Charles. See cars from antiques to muscle to sports cars. Free. stcharleschamber.com.
Buffalo Grove Days 2018: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 29-30; 5 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31; 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1; 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2; and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, at Mike Rylko Community Park, 951 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. Bingo, food, beer tent, music, craft fair, business expo, kids' crafts, the Buddy baseball game, parade, carnival, car show, and Fun and Food program. Free admission. bgdays.com.
Cary Cruise Nights: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, on West Main Street and Jandus Road off Route 14, Cary. The theme will be "Winners Circle." Free. Call the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce at (847) 639-2800 or see www.carygrovechamber.com.
Chicago Jazz Festival: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30; and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 2, at Millennium Park, Michigan and Columbus avenues, Chicago. Music fest features performances by Ramsey Lewis, Kurt Elling and more. Free. www.cityofchicago.org.
History Alive!: 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Dress in the uniform and equipment of a Civil War soldier. Interact with artifacts, crafts and games from the Civil War. Free with $5 paid parking. www.fdmuseum.org.
Food Truck Thursdays With Music In The Park: 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Jens Jensen Park, 486 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park. Food and drinks from local food trucks. Ambiente performs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free admission. cityhpil.com/thingstodo.
Cruisin' Nights & Street Fair: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, on Cass Avenue in downtown Westmont. Classic cars, live music, theme nights, food vendors and more along three blocks. Free. westmontevents.com/streetfair.
Addison Rock 'N' Wheels: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Village Green, 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison. Free entertainment, Bike and Car Cruise Night, kids' rides, and food from Addison restaurants. Cruise Night closes at 7:30 p.m. or when the street is full. Historical museum open house and craft show from 6 to 8 p.m. www.ithappensinaddison.com.
Barrington Cruise Night: 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at 208 S. Cook St., Barrington. Classic cars, food trucks and the Barrington Bank & Trust Family Zone featuring kids' games, face painting, live performances and more. www.barrington-il.gov.
Geneva Classic Car Shows: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Kane County Courthouse parking lot, 100 S. Third St., Geneva. Check out the antique, custom build, muscle and sport cars. Enjoy treats and a DJ. Downtown shops, pubs and restaurants stay open late. Free. www.genevachamber.com.
Rockin' In The Park 2018: 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Sixteen Candles will perform. Food and beverage tents on the park's lawn and a musical fireworks display after every show. www.ParkwayBankPark.com.