Festivals July 12-18: Rockin' Ribfest, ItascaFest, Glendale Heights Fest, Taste of Chicago & more
Friday Funday: 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, at Vogelei Park, 650 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. Children's entertainment, including an animal show by Animal Quest. Bring a picnic, play on the playground or splash on the spray pad. Free. heparks.org.
MainStreet Libertyville's Lunch in the Park: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 5, in Cook Park, Libertyville. Mojo Daddies will perform. Six food vendors will be on-site. The children's entertainment tent offers bubbles, face-painting and games. Free. mainstreetlibertyville.org.
St. Demetrios Greek Fest: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 12-14, at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1400 N. O'Plaine Road, Libertyville. Music from 1980s cover band The Breakfast Club on Friday. Greek music, dancing, and food including lamb, souvlakia, Athenian chicken, gyros and Greek pastries. Free. www.saintdemetrioslibertyville.com.
St. Sophia's Greek Fest: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 12; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 525 Church Road, Elgin. Authentic Greek food and pastries, an indoor craft marketplace, live music, Greek dancing and more. Dueling Pianos from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday. St. Sophia Agape Dance Troupe will perform throughout the weekend. Unlimited inflatables from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for $20 or two for $30. Due to construction, there will be no drive-through service for food this year. Admission is a freewill donation. www.st-sophia.com.
Taste of Chicago 2019: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, in Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago. More than 80 food vendors; music from De La Soul at 5:30 p.m. Friday, The Strumbellas and lovelytheband at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and India.Arie at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Petrillo Music Shell; dance performances and more. Free admission; there is a charge to purchase food and drink tickets. Tickets for concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell cost $25 for general admission seating and $50 for premium seating at tasteofchicago.us. www.choosechicago.com.
Taste of Park Ridge: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, on Summit Avenue between Touhy and Prospect avenues, Park Ridge. Food vendors; live music including headliners Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press on Friday and 7th heaven on Saturday; and the "Taste the Talent" youth showcase featuring musical, dance and gymnastics performances. tasteofparkridge.com.
Libertyville's Dog Days of Summer: Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, in Cook Park, 300 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Home of the DockDogs National Premier Canine Aquatic Jumping Competition and more. Free. www.dockdogs.com or www.facebook.com/LibertyvilleDogDaysofSummer.
Sounds of Summer Friday Family Picnic Concert: Noon Friday, July 12, at Towne Square, 150 W. Palatine Road, Palatine. Super Stolie will perform. Pack a picnic and bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Free. palatineparks.org
Lake Zurich Farmers Market: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Henry J. Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Market features about 30 vendors, pet rescues, artisans, music and children's activities. Free. lakezurich.org.
Taste of Westmont: 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 12; noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 14, on Cass Avenue in Westmont. Carnival, battle of the bands, car show and food. Free. www.westmontevents.com.
Irish Fest: 4:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 12, and 3:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont St., Arlington Heights. Two days of Irish dancing, food and more. $5 for adults; $3 for kids 3-14. www.ahmuseum.org/irishfest.
Lake in the Hills Rockin' Ribfest: 4:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 12; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13; and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14, in Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills. Music from Draw the Line at 9 p.m. Friday, Sister Hazel at 9 p.m. Saturday and Haulin' Oats at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Barbecue, vendors, kids' games and more. $7-$10; free for kids 12 and younger when accompanied by a paying adult. www.lithribfest.com.
Brookfield Zoo's Summer Nights: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Music, kids' entertainment, food, beer and wine garden, animal encounters, a laser light show and more. $15.95-$21.95 zoo general admission fee applies; free for members. czs.org.
Hawthorn Woods Car Show Cruise Night: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, in Hawthorn Woods Community Park, 5 Park View Lane, Hawthorn Woods. Enjoy a night of cars and family fun. Exotic and classic cars are welcome and can compete for "best car." Free. vhw.org.
Scoop Waukegan 2019: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 12, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 13, in downtown Waukegan. Festivities start with the open scoop, a vehicle parade open to the first 1,000 classic and custom cars to register, at 5 p.m. Friday. Saturday includes a car show, with check-in starting at 11 a.m., and open scoop at 5 p.m. Food, live music, and carnival rides and games both days. Free admission. (847) 650-1905 or scoopwaukegan.com/.
West Chicago Railroad Days: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 12; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13; and 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Pioneer Park, 479 W. Forest, West Chicago. Carnival, kids' activities and more. Music from Soul Shine at 6:45 p.m. and Heartsfield at 8:15 p.m. Friday; Fourth Point at 5 p.m., Who's Who at 7 p.m. and Downpour at 9 p.m. Saturday; and Projecto 7 at 4 p.m. and Sammy and the Knights at 6 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. www.wcrailroaddays.com.
Windmill City Festival: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 12; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the Riverwalk, Houston Street at Island Avenue, Batavia. Interactive inflatables, live music, food booths, craft and vintage market, sidewalk chalk drawing contest, golf challenge, pet parade and ice-cream-eating contest. Free. www.windmillcityfest.org.
Yorkville's River Fest: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 12, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Riverfront Park, 131 E. Hydraulic Ave., Yorkville. Music from Back Country Roads at 7 p.m. Friday and Whiskey Romance at 7 p.m. Saturday. Cardboard boat races Friday, food, family activities, bags tournament, craft beer tasting and more. www.yorkvillechamber.org.
Downtown Downers Grove Summer Nights Classic Car Show: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Main and Curtiss, Downers Grove. Features cars that are at least 25 years old and entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Main Street Train Station. Free. downtowndg.org.
Friday Nights Live: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Metropolitan Square, 647 Metropolitan Way, Des Plaines. Family-friendly entertainment, games for kids and more. Free. desplaines.org.
Fridays on the Green: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Centennial Green, Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect. Ken Dix will perform. Bring chairs or blankets. Free admission and parking in the Emerson Street Garage at Village Hall. experiencemountprospect.org.
Glendale Heights Fest: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 12; 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 13; and 3 to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 14, in Camera Park, 101 E. Fullerton Ave., Glendale Heights. Carnival rides, food vendors and more. Music from Cowboy Jukebox at 9 p.m. Friday, Modern Day Romeos at 9 p.m. Saturday, and Deja Vu Band at 8:30 and 9:50 p.m. Sunday. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. glendaleheightsfest.com.
Irish Fest Chicago: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 12; noon to midnight Saturday, July 13; and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago. Showcases Irish and American music, dance and family activities. Headliners include The Prodigals, Dustbowl Revival, House of Hamill, Rory Makem, The Byrne Brothers and more. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, free for kids 12 and younger. www.irishfestchicago.com
ItascaFest: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 12, and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, in Washington Park, Irving Park and Rush Street, Itasca. Carnival with rides and games, food vendors, flea market, beer tent, indoor air-conditioned bingo, sports tournament, classic car show at 10 a.m. Sunday and vendor booths. Music from ARRA at 10 p.m. Friday, Sawyer Brown at 10 p.m. Saturday, and American English at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Presented by the Itasca Lions Club. Free. www.itasca.com.
Uncork Barrington: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Barrington Metra Station-Tent Pavilion, 201 S. Spring St., Barrington. Charitable wine-tasting event with wine and food sampling and live entertainment. General admission: $40 in advance, $50 at the door; VIP: $90; designated driver: $25. www.uncorkbarrington.com.
Vintage Rides Car Show: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, on Front Street between Hale Street and Cross in Wheaton. 22nd annual show featuring classic cars, motorcycles and trucks. A DJ will be spinning tunes. Free. downtownwheaton.com.
Hawthorn Woods Concert in the Park: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Hawthorn Woods Community Park, 5 Park View Lane, Hawthorn Woods. Bossydog will perform. Free. www.vhw.org.
Movies in the Park: 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Recreation Park, 500 W. Miner St., Arlington Heights. See "Incredibles 2." Free. ahpd.org.
Dundee Township Park District Concert in the Park: 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Grafelman Park, Fourth and Main streets, West Dundee. China Grove will perform. Free. www.dtpd.org.
Friday Night Headliners: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, 201 Community Blvd., Wheeling. Mike & Joe will perform. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating. Coolers are allowed; no outside alcohol is permitted. Concessions are available for purchase. Free. wheelingparkdistrict.com.
Lakeside Pavilion Outdoor Summer Series: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The Ides of March, featuring Jim Peterik, play rock music. The park opens at 6 p.m. If it rains, the concert will move indoors. Free. www.atthemac.org.
Movies Under The Stars: Dusk Friday, July 12, at Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Road, Buffalo Grove. See "Incredibles 2." Concessions available for purchase or bring a picnic. Free. bgparks.org.
Wheaton French Market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, in municipal parking lot 3 at Main and Liberty in downtown Wheaton. Fresh produce, meats and flowers for sale, live music, foodie treats and gifts, crafts and freshly prepared delicacies from local vendors. Free admission. wheatonchamber.com/events.
Barrio Arts Fest: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 13, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, 3015 W. Division St., Chicago. Brings together a selection of local artists and craft makers, food vendors, dancers, musical performers and family workshop activities. Free. www.nmprac.org or www.eventbrite.com.
Bristol Renaissance Faire: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, off I-94, at 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, Wisconsin. Step back in time to the 16th century for period food, music, dancing, rides, marketplace of wares, shows and more. Single-day tickets cost $11.50-$29.95 at the gate. Free for kids 4 and younger. (847) 395-7773 or renfair.com/bristol/.
Food Truck Festival: Noon Saturday, July 13, at Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. More than 20 food trucks and multiple live bands, plus Arlington Million contenders in prep races throughout the day. Gates open at noon, first race at 1:25 p.m. Free with regular admission: $8 online, $10 at the gate, $4 for kids; $50 VIP food truck tickets available. www.arlingtonpark.com.
Naperville Ale Fest: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. More than 200 American craft beers, live music, food from area restaurants and food trucks and Christmas in July specialty tent. $49; VIP tickets for $99 allow entry at noon. napervillealefest.com.
Barrington Brew Fest: 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, near the Metra station in downtown Barrington. Live music by Barrington-based classic rock cover band Second Time Around. Food and music sponsored by the Barrington Area Council on Aging. All proceeds benefit seniors. $40-$80; designated driver $20-$30. www.barringtonbrewfest.com.
Bluesmobile Cruise Nights: 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Mount Prospect Train Depot, east commuter parking lot, at the corner of Northwest Highway and Emerson Street, Mount Prospect. View classic cars; themed nights each week. Sponsored by the Mount Prospect Lions Club. facebook.com/BMBCruiseNights.
Parking Lot Party: 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13, in the Rolling Meadows Community Center's parking lot, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. Reserve your own "patio spot" to decorate, grill out and chill out with family and friends. Includes food trucks and entertainment. Free. rmparks.org/parking-lot-party.
Lemont Heritage Fest: 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Main and Canal streets, Lemont. Music, food and family fun. Most activities are free. www.heritagecorridorcvb.com.
Saturday Cruise Nights: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Hanover Park Metra West Commuter Lot. See classic, muscle and newer model cars. With live music. Free. hpil.org.
The 56th Annual IPRA Championship Rodeo: 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Golden Oaks Equestrian Center, at Case and Rand roads, Wauconda. Both days feature a mechanical bull, food booths, the Midwest Renegade Equestrian Drill Team and more. Saturday features live music from 5 to 7 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m. Sunday is Family Day with a free petting zoo, pony rides for $3 and a moonwalk for $2. Admission is $6-$15; free for kids 4 and younger. (847) 526-5580 or www.waucondarodeo.com.
Lombard Cruise Nights: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 13, along St. Charles Road in Lombard. Features classic and custom cars along with concerts and a Kids Corner at Park and St. Charles. Free. villageoflombard.org.
Summer Breeze Concert Series: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, 101 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. Soul 2 the Bone 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/.
Aurora Movies in the Park: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Phillips Park Sledding Hill next to the Phillips Park Aquatic Center, 1150 Howell Place, Aurora. Pre-movie family fun begins at 7 p.m. with costume contests, sing-a-longs and dance parties. See "Incredibles 2." Free. aurora-il.org.
Mount Prospect Lions Club Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the Mount Prospect Train Depot, Northwest Highway and Emerson Street, Mount Prospect. Features fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and more. Free. mplions.org.
34th annual Heritage Fair: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the McHenry County Historical Society Museum, 6422 Main St., Union. Antique car show and White Elephant Sale starting at 9 a.m., pie-baking contest at 9:30 a.m. and antique auction at 10:30 a.m. Music by the Clef Hangers barbershop quartet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and by DJ Jose Ramos, who will play "oldies" during the vintage car show. Pioneer experience for children from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and magic show at 2 p.m. on the museum stage. Baked goods, food, books, vintage clothing and garden plants will be on sale. Free. www.gothistory.org.
Geneva French Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, in downtown Geneva. Vendors will sell vegetables, fruits, flowers, oils, cheeses, tea, baked goods, pasta, homemade soaps, apparel and art. Operated by Bensidoun USA. www.geneva.il.us/calendar.aspx
Antique and Vintage Car Show: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St., Elgin. Antique cars will be on display in the museum's parking lot. Museum will be open for tours. Free; donations welcome. Food and drinks available for purchase. www.elginhistory.org.
Elmhurst Garden Walk & Faire: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14, in Wilder Park, 175 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Features tours of five homeowners' gardens and two public community gardens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wilder Park features garden accessories and perennials. Tickets available at various Elmhurst businesses. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. elmhurstgardenclub.org.
Cantigny Red Oak Festival-Vintage Base Ball Tournament: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the Parade Field at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The rules of 1858 apply as the DuPage Plowboys and eight other vintage base ball clubs from throughout the Midwest compete. Free with paid $10 parking. cantigny.org.
Fox Lake Bloody Mary Fest: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14, on Grand Avenue in downtown Fox Lake. Sample Bloody Marys, plus live music, food and drinks from local bars. $25. www.eventbrite.com.
Play, Picnic & Party: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Village Green, 901 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village. Family activities, food and more. Co-hosted by Elk Grove Village, the Elk Grove Park District and the Elk Grove Village Public Library. Free. www.elkgrove.org.
Garfield Farm Museum drop-in tours: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday, July 14 and 17, at Garfield Farm Museum, 3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills. Tour the historic farmstead, including the barnyard and 1846 brick tavern. $3-$4. garfieldfarm.org.
Bolingbrook Summer Fest: 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Indian Boundary Park, Bolingbrook. Free food, fun, games and prizes. Join in a friendly old school vs. new school softball game. www.bolingbrook.com.
Cantigny Park outdoor concert series: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Mike & Joe will perform. Free; parking is $10. cantigny.org.
Mundelein Summer Concert Series: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Kracklauer Park, 116 N. Lake St., Mundelein. The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band will perform. Free. (847) 949-3200.
Sounds of Summer Concerts: 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, 201 Community Blvd., Wheeling. Four C Notes will perform. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Coolers are allowed; no outside alcohol is permitted. Concessions are available for purchase. Free. wheelingparkdistrict.com.
River Park Sunday Summer Concerts: 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at River Park, off River Lane, Geneva. Alibi will perform. Sponsored by the Cultural Arts Commission. In case of rain, the concerts will take place in Geneva United Methodist Church, 211 Hamilton St. Free. www.genevarts.org
Glendale Heights Fireworks: Dusk Sunday, July 14, in Camera Park, 101 E. Fullerton Ave., Glendale Heights. Free admission. glendaleheightsfest.com.
Music Mondays: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, at Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton. Rock Steady will perform. Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic dinner or purchase snacks from on-site concessions. Free. wheatonparkdistrict.com.
Monday Night Concert Series: 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, at Veteran's Memorial Bandshell, Lions Park, 411 S. Maple St., Mount Prospect. Mount Prospect Community Band performs. The theme will be "Movie Magic." Grab a blanket or lawn chair. Concerts move indoors in the case of rain. Free. mppd.org.
Summer Concert Series for the Kids: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, at North School Park, North Evergreen Avenue and East Eastman Street, Arlington Heights. Ben Tator and the Tatortots will perform. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Alcohol and dogs are not allowed. In case of inclement weather, concert will be canceled. Free. ahpd.org.
Broken Oar's Car and Bike Show: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Broken Oar, 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington. Bring your custom and classic cars, trucks and bikes; all makes and models. Hosted by Steve Salzman of 95.1 WILL Rock. Free gifts for entries; prizes awarded at season finale show. Free. www.brokenoar.com/events
Wauconda Cruise Night: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at 101 N. Main St., Wauconda. Family-friendly event is free to cruisers and spectators. Free. waucondacruisenight.com.
Bloomingdale Concerts: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Old Town Park, 111 Third St., Bloomingdale. Spoken Four perform music from The Beatles to Bruno Mars. Free. bloomingdaleparks.org.
Downers Grove Park District Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Fishel Park, on Grove Street in Downers Grove. Semple will perform. Food, wine and beer available for purchase starting at 6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, food and nonalcoholic beverages. www.dgparks.org.
Elgin Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Wing Park Bandshell, 1000 Wing Park, Elgin. Pirates Over 40 will perform. Refreshments and popcorn will be sold by nonprofits. Free. cityofelgin.org.
Huntley Concerts in the Parks: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Huntley Town Square on Coral Street. The Blooze Brothers will perform. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the concert will move to Cosman Theater. Free. huntley.il.us.
Libertyville Concerts in the Plaza: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Independence Grove, 16400 W. Buckley Road, Libertyville. Mississippi Heat will perform. $10 per car. lcfpd.org.
Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Village Green, 901 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village. The Commodores will perform. Free. www.elkgrove.org.
Itasca Ice Cream with the Cops and Firefighters: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, in Usher Park, 200 S. Walnut St., Itasca. Ice cream provided by the Itasca Bank & Trust. Free. www.itascaparkdistrict.com.
Kane County Fair: 3 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, July 17-18; noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 19-20; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Music from Libido Funk Circus at 7 p.m. Thursday, Hillbilly Rockstarz at 8 p.m. Friday, Hi Infidelity at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7th heaven at 7 p.m. Sunday. Carnival rides, demolition derby, car show, bull riding, monster truck show, wine tasting, 4-H exhibits, Bengal tiger show, racing pigs and more. Season tickets cost $20. Free admission for all on Wednesday; $5 (free for kids younger than 3) on Thursday; and $10, $5 for kids 3-12, and free for kids younger than 3 Friday through Sunday. Some fees apply for various activities. www.kanecountyfair.com.
Highwood's Evening Market: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood. More than 60 vendors featuring locally made gourmet cheeses, produce, homemade pastas, pastries, and Italian, Mexican, French and Irish delicacies. Chris Green will perform. Also features dancing, food from local restaurants and food trucks and cocktails. Family- and pet-friendly. (847) 433-2100 or www.celebratehighwood.org/highwood-evening-gourmet-market.
Daily Herald Media Group Cruise Nights: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Parking Lot H at Stratford Square Mall, Bloomingdale. Classic cars, music, food and more. Free admission. (630) 351-9400 or events.dailyherald.com/car-reg/.
Elmhurst Block to Block Party: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. Scottie Long Trio performs in the City Centre Fountain Plaza, York and Schiller streets. We're Not performs in the North York Plaza, 200 block of North York. Free. elmhurstcitycentre.com.
Family Fun Night: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn. Family-friendly evening of music, entertainment, rides, bounce houses, summer craft projects, face painting and more. Free. www.gepark.org.
Aurora's Wednesdays at the Plaza: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp Ave., Aurora. Summer concert series along the Fox River with food trucks. The Ron Porter Trio will perform. Free. auroradowntown.org/millennium-plaza/.
Cary Cruise Nights: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at West Main Street and Jandus Road off Route 14, Cary. Various car themes throughout summer. Free. carygrovechamber.com.
MainStreet Libertyville's Car Fun on 21: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Milwaukee and Church streets, Libertyville. Vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles 25 years and older displayed. Food and music. Free. mainstreetlibertyville.org.
Adult Battle of the Bands: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, 256 E. Palatine Road, Palatine. Palatine Park District presents the annual Adult Battle of the Bands featuring local talent. Each band will perform a 15-minute set with awards announced at the end. In case of inclement weather, the competition will be moved to Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood St. Free. www.palatineparks.org.
Geneva Park District Summer Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, in River Park, 151 N. River Lane, Geneva. The Saturday June Band will perform. Food for purchase and a beer tent. Bring blankets or chairs. Free. genevaparks.org.
Lake Villa-Lindenhurst Live Music in the Parks: 7 to 8:30 Wednesday, July 17, at Lehmann Mansion, 485 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa. Four C Notes will perform. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. Free admission with food and beverages available for purchase. lake-villa.org or lindenhurstparks.org.
River Rhapsody Concert Series: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the Batavia Riverwalk, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia. Cadillac Groove will perform. Free. bataviaparks.org.
Summer Concerts in the Park Series: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Citizen's Park Amphitheater, 511 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington. Piano Man will perform. Free admission and free popcorn. www.barringtonparkdistrict.org.
Summer Concert Series for the Family: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at North School Park, North Evergreen Avenue and East Eastman Street, Arlington Heights. Pirates Over 40 Beach Party Band will perform. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Alcohol and dogs are not allowed. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be canceled. Free. ahpd.org.
Capannari Ice Cream's Movies Under the Stars: 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Centennial Green, Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect. See "Ralph Breaks the Internet." Bring blankets and snacks. Free admission. capannaris.com/events.
TransWorld's Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, July 18-21, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. Shop for jewelry, clothing, accessories, beauty items, food and more. $5-$10. www.jfashow.com.
Illini Fest: 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Park Grill Plaza in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. Paint Chicago orange and blue and celebrate Illini pride with drinks, live music, notable Illini and more. illinois.edu/events/illinifest.html or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Antioch Taste of Summer: 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 18; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 19; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 20; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21, by the band shell at the corner of Orchard and Skidmore, Antioch. Music, food, carnival rides, games, sidewalk sales, crafters and more. A Special Needs Carnival will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. Bands include Modern Day Romeos at 8 p.m. Thursday, Boy Band Night at 8 p.m. Friday, Suburban Cowboys at 8 p.m. Saturday and Hi Infidelity at 3 p.m. Sunday. Free admission, but fees for rides and food. (847) 395-2233 or antiochchamber.org.
Highwood Days and North Shore Taco Fest: 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 18; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 19; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 20; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at the Highwood Metra Station Parking Lot, 317 Green Bay Road, Highwood. Carnival rides, live music and food from local vendors, including a beer and margarita garden and North Shore Taco Fest on Saturday and Sunday. North Shore Taco Run 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday. Free admission; rides require tickets, with unlimited ride specials available July 18, 20 and 21. www.celebratehighwood.org.
Barrington Cruise Nights: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at East Station Street and South Cook Street, Barrington. Theme nights, food trucks and more. The Barrington Bank & Trust Family Fun Zone features face painting, a balloon artist, kid-friendly games, inflatables, tricycle and Porsche pedal car races and more. www.enjoybarrington.com.
Geneva Classic Car Show: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Fourth and James streets, behind the Kane County Courthouse, Geneva. See antique, custom-built, muscle and sport cars. Includes food and a DJ with music. Downtown shops, pubs and eateries will stay open late, with several offering entertainment. Free. www.genevachamber.com.
Rock 'n Wheels: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Village Green, east of Village Hall, 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison. Features food and a bike and car cruise night. Pearl will perform at 6:30 p.m. and Marrakesh Express at 7:30 p.m. Also craft and vintage fair and open house in conjunction with the Historical Museum. Free kids' rides. Free admission. ithappensinaddison.com.
Vernon Hills Summer Celebration: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 18; 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 19; 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 20; and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills. Carnival rides, outdoor concerts, beer tent and food. Free. www.vernonhills.org.
Lake Forest Concerts in the Square: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at 256 Market Square, Lake Forest. HiFi Superstar will perform dance and party rock songs. Food and family activities. Sponsored by Lake Forest Parks and Recreation. Free. www.cityoflakeforest.com.
Music at the Gazebo: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in the gazebo at Prairie Path and Spring Road, Elmhurst. Small Potatoes will perform. No alcohol. Free. springroad.com/our-events/.
Cary Summer Concert Series: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Lions Park band shell, 1200 Silver Lake Road, Cary. The Teen Battle of the Band winners will perform. Free. carypark.com.
Live & Uncorked: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Off the Charts will perform. Bring a blanket, picnic basket and beer or wine. $5. Purchase tickets online at foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
Rockin' in the Park 2019 Free Summer Concert Series: 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Silver Bullet STL will perform. Features food and beverage tents on the park's great lawn and a musical fireworks display after the show. Free. www.rosemont.com/thepark/entertainment/rockin-in-the-park-2019.
St. Charles Park District Concerts in the Park: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Lincoln Park, Main and Fifth streets, St. Charles. Pirates Over 40 will perform. In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled. Free. stcparks.org.
Summers Sounds on the Green: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Village Green Amphitheater, 5510 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. Howard & The White Boys will perform. Bring a picnic, chairs or blanket. Free. hoffmanestatesarts.com.
Algonquin Summer Concert Series: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in Towne Park, 100 Jefferson St., Algonquin. Features Back Country Roads and Toasty Taco. Free. (847) 658-2716 or www.algonquin.org/recreation.
Thursday Concert Series: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Veteran's Memorial Bandshell in Lions Park, 411 S. Maple St., Mount Prospect. Hillbilly Rockstarz will perform. Concessions available. Concert will move indoors in the case of rain. Free. mppd.org.
Wheaton Municipal Band: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton. The theme will be "Member Favorites." Free. wheatonmunicipalband.org.
Movies in the Park: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, 201 Community Blvd., Wheeling. See "Mary Poppins Returns." Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Coolers are allowed; no outside alcohol is permitted. Free. wheelingparkdistrict.com.
Warrenville Summer Movies in the Park: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Bower School, 4S241 River Road, Warrenville. See "Ferdinand." Free. warrenvilleparks.org.
Elgin Movies in the Park: At sunset Thursday, July 18, in Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave., Elgin. See "Wreck it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet." Refreshments and popcorn available for purchase. Take train rides on the Elgin Express. Free. www.cityofelgin.org.