Best Bets: Two new Elmhurst Art Museum exhibits; Elgin Symphony opens its 70th season

Art in Elmhurst

The Elmhurst Art Museum opens two new exhibits that focus on the 20th century this weekend: "McCormick House - Past, Present, Future" is part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, while "What Came After: Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-98" begins on Saturday at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 South Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. $15; $12 seniors; free for students and kids ages 18 and under. (630) 834-0202 or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday; from Saturday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Jan. 12

Liszt & Rachmaninoff

Pianist Dinara Klinton performs music of Liszt and Rachmaninoff with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra this weekend at two locations: first at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $50-$100. (312) 334-7777; then at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $35-$85; $10 youth. (847) 888-4000 or In Chicago: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13; In Elgin: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15

Rock project

Hear hits such as "Eye in the Sky" and "Games People Play" when Alan Parsons Live Project performs in concert Friday at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $47.50-$199. (847) 263-6300 or 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13

Suburban scares

Experience classic monsters from the silver screen in person when the 13th Floor Chicago Haunted House reopens for the season starting this weekend at 1940 George St., Melrose Park. $19.99-$32.99 ($10-$20 add-ons for fast pass or skip-the-line passes). 7 to 10 or 11 p.m. various dates from Friday, Sept. 13, to Saturday, Nov. 9

Big laughs

Catch up with comedian Big Jay Oakerson ("This is Not Happening," "Premium Blend") when he returns to do standup at two Zanies locations: first at 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago; (312) 337-4027. Then on Saturday at Parkway Bank Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont; (847) 813-0484. $25 plus a two-item purchase at both locations. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, in Chicago; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in Rosemont

Nitty Gritty guy

Fans of the folk group Nitty Gritty Dirt Band won't to miss seeing one of its founders, John McEuen, perform with The String Wizards in concert on Saturday at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. $30. (815) 338-5300 or 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14

Masculine mirth

Actor and comedian Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation," "Making It") returns for a standup show on Sunday at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $49.50-$203.50. (800) 745-3000 or 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15

Fall family fun

The Wheeling Park District hosts Fallapalooza for families with music by Mike Zabrin's Funktastic, hayrides, a petting zoo and more activities on Sunday at the Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, 201 Community Blvd., Wheeling. Free admission. (847) 465-3333 or 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15

Pianist Dinara Klinton is the soloist with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and Elgin concerts of music by Liszt and Rachmaninoff. Courtesy of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra
The Alan Parsons Live Project plays the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Friday, Sept. 13. Associated Press, 2014
The 13th Floor Chicago Haunted House returns for another season of scares starting Friday, Sept. 13. Courtesy of 13th Floor Chicago Haunted House
Actor and comedian Nick Offerman performs at the Chicago Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 15. Associated Press, 2018
John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performs at the Woodstock Opera House on Saturday, Sept. 14. Associated Press, 2016
The Euro Bungy was an attraction at a previous Fallapalooza in Heritage Park in Wheeling. Daily Herald File Photo
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