Best bets: Look up as Wings Over Waukegan takes over the skies

 
 
Posted9/5/2018 6:00 AM
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  • Susan Dacy, a pilot from Harvard, is set to fly a Super Stearman biplane called "Big Red" as part of the 2018 Northern Illinois Airshow: Wings Over Waukegan on Saturday, Sept. 8.

    Susan Dacy, a pilot from Harvard, is set to fly a Super Stearman biplane called "Big Red" as part of the 2018 Northern Illinois Airshow: Wings Over Waukegan on Saturday, Sept. 8. Courtesy of Michael J. Gallagher

  • Tony Bennett and his daughter, Antonia, return Saturday, Sept. 8, to perform at Ravinia in Highland Park.

    Tony Bennett and his daughter, Antonia, return Saturday, Sept. 8, to perform at Ravinia in Highland Park. Associated Press, 2018

  • Kris Allen performs Friday as part of the "American Idol: Live! 2018" tour at the Rosemont Theatre.

    Kris Allen performs Friday as part of the "American Idol: Live! 2018" tour at the Rosemont Theatre. Associated Press, 2016

  • Expect fans to dress up in pixilated costumes for Minefare: The Ultimate Minecraft Experience at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center this weekend.

    Expect fans to dress up in pixilated costumes for Minefare: The Ultimate Minecraft Experience at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center this weekend. Associated Press, 2015

  • Living-history actors take part in the Revolutionary War Re-enactment at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Living-history actors take part in the Revolutionary War Re-enactment at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Courtesy of Jeff Reiter

  • Soprano Danielle de Niese is one of the "Stars of the Lyric Opera" performing in concert at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, Sept. 7.

    Soprano Danielle de Niese is one of the "Stars of the Lyric Opera" performing in concert at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, Sept. 7.

  • Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.comA serving of guacamole is topped with cotija cheese at the Bien Trucha boot at the Festival of the Vine Flavor Fare on Friday in Geneva.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.comA serving of guacamole is topped with cotija cheese at the Bien Trucha boot at the Festival of the Vine Flavor Fare on Friday in Geneva.

Up and away

Marvel at the daring flying feats of brave pilots at the Northern Illinois Airshow: Wings Over Waukegan. See antique aircraft displays and more at the Waukegan National Airport, 2882 W. Plane Rest Drive, Waukegan. $15; free for kids 12 and younger and veterans. (847) 244-0055 or northernillinoisairshow.com. Gates open at 9:30 a.m.; air show at noon Saturday, Sept. 8

Opera outdoors

See Act II of Puccini's "La Bohème," plus selections from Mozart's "Idomeneo" and Verdi's "La Traviata" at the Stars of the Lyric Opera concert. Singers include Maria Agresta, Danielle de Niese, Michael Fabiano, Zachary Nelson and more at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. Free. (312) 827-5600 or lyricopera.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7

Pop reality

"American Idol: Live! 2018" features this season's top 7 finalists, past winner Kris Allen and the boy band In Real Life. Catch the concert at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $27.50-$113.23; $15-$20 parking. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7

Divine vines

The Festival of the Vine features wine tastings, Flavor Fare featuring bites from local restaurants, live music, demonstrations, a wine and chocolate tasting event, an arts and crafts show, trolley and horse carriage rides and more. The festival is centralized at Fourth and State streets, Geneva. Free admission; tickets cost $1 each (food items cost 2-7 tickets; wine costs 5-16 tickets a glass). genevachamber.com. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9

Digital daring

Minefaire: The Ultimate Minecraft Experience is a convention for all of the gamers who love living in their custom online world. It's at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $45-$69 day pass. (847) 303-4100 or minefaire.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9

Gallery shows

Two new art exhibitions, "David Wallace Haskins: Polarity" and "The Figure and the Chicago Imagists," open Saturday at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. $12; $10 seniors; free for students and kids 18 and younger. (630) 834-0202 or elmhurstartmuseum.org. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; from Saturday, Sept. 8, to Sunday, Jan. 13

Father & daughter

Grammy Award-winning singer Tony Bennett returns to share the stage once again with his daughter, Antonia Bennett, at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $123-$153 pavilion seating; $46-$51 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

Colonial conflict

Learn about the military angle to the founding of the United States of America with a special Revolutionary War Re-enactment. The historical event features mock battles and displays about life in the 18th century at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Free, but parking is $10. (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

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