Best bets: Scottish Fest returns to Itasca, Blues on the Fox plays RiverEdge

  • Elissa Hapner of Aurora competed in a previous Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Itasca.

      Elissa Hapner of Aurora competed in a previous Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Itasca. Daniel White | Staff Photographer, 2018

  • Daniel Verstat of Lisle threw in the open stone Braemar Stone competition as Rick Kramer, right, of Villa Park, waited his turn at a previous Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Itasca.

      Daniel Verstat of Lisle threw in the open stone Braemar Stone competition as Rick Kramer, right, of Villa Park, waited his turn at a previous Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Itasca. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer, 2017

  • Coco Montoya performs Saturday, June 15, as part of the 23rd Blues on the Fox Festival at Aurora's RiverEdge Park.

    Coco Montoya performs Saturday, June 15, as part of the 23rd Blues on the Fox Festival at Aurora's RiverEdge Park.

  • Buddy Guy shares a concert bill with Shemekia Copeland Friday, June 14, at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

    Buddy Guy shares a concert bill with Shemekia Copeland Friday, June 14, at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. Associated Press, 2019

 
 

Time for Tartan

Celebrate all things tied to Scotland when athletes, musicians and dancers compete in the 33rd Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games this weekend at Hamilton Lakes, Park Boulevard and Pierce Road, Itasca. Friday admission: $15 ($10 seniors); Saturday admission: $25 ($20 seniors; $12 students); $5-$8 parking. chicagoscots.org. 1 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 14, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 15

Blues Buddy

Award-winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy shares a concert bill with Shemekia Copeland and the North Mississippi Allstars at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $90-$100 pavilion seating; $38-$43 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 14

Aurora blues

The 23rd annual Blues on the Fox music festival features Ana Popovic and the Taj Mahal Quartet on Friday, then Jamiah Rogers, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Coco Montoya and Robert Randolph and the Family Band on Saturday at RiverEdge Park, 360 Broadway, Aurora. $20 daily general admission. (630) 896-6666 or riveredgeaurora.com. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 14, and 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 15

Ana Popovic performs Friday, June 14, as part of the 23rd annual Blues on the Fox at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.
Ana Popovic performs Friday, June 14, as part of the 23rd annual Blues on the Fox at RiverEdge Park in Aurora. - Courtesy of Ruben Tomas
National pastime

Enjoy plenty of Father's Day weekend promotions when the Chicago Dogs take on the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. There's a mini-bat giveaway and an appearance by WGN's Pat Tomasulo on Friday, postgame fireworks on Saturday, and pregame autographs and the chance for parents to play catch with their kids on Sunday. Home games are at Impact Field, 9850 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont. $9-$25. (847) 636-5450 or thechicagodogs.com. 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, and 1:05 p.m. Sunday, June 16

Comedian Christopher Titus plays the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on Friday, June 14.
Comedian Christopher Titus plays the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on Friday, June 14. - Courtesy of Comedy Central
Hard-knock comic

Watch as comedian Christopher Titus transforms tough growing-up stories into standup material at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $33-$35. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org. 8 p.m. Friday, June 14

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A 40-pound, five-foot-long, black-throated monitor lizard made an appearance at a previous All Animal Expo at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.
A 40-pound, five-foot-long, black-throated monitor lizard made an appearance at a previous All Animal Expo at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton. - Daily Herald File Photo
Creatures great & small

See exotic reptiles or coo at house pets like dogs and cats at the All Animal Expo at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. $5. (630) 668-6636 or dupagecountyfair.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16

Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby brings her "Douglas" tour to the Chicago Theatre on Sunday, June 16.
Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby brings her "Douglas" tour to the Chicago Theatre on Sunday, June 16. - Associated Press, 2018
Tasmanian 'Douglas'

Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, famed for her Netflix special "Nanette," performs her latest "Douglas" tour at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $39.75-$59.75. (800) 745-3000 or thechicagotheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16

Mike Schmidt of Cincinnati wore a gambler-style western hat made entirely from Lego bricks at a previous Brickworld Chicago in Schaumburg.
Mike Schmidt of Cincinnati wore a gambler-style western hat made entirely from Lego bricks at a previous Brickworld Chicago in Schaumburg. - Daily Herald File Photo
Brick by brick

See what marvelous creations can be made with Lego and Duplo building blocks at Brickworld Chicago, which returns to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $14 daily admission (kids 3 and younger admitted free with guardian). (847) 303-4100 or brickworld.com/brickworld-chicago. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16

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