Best Bets: Cirque Italia's Water Circus tours to Aurora

  • Angelica Cardinali performs a bubble contortion act as part of a touring Water Circus by Cirque Italia.

    Angelica Cardinali performs a bubble contortion act as part of a touring Water Circus by Cirque Italia. Courtesy of Roman Smolkin

  • Michael Feinstein performs in concert with Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Sunday, Aug. 1.

    Michael Feinstein performs in concert with Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Sunday, Aug. 1. Courtesy of Ravinia Festival

 
 
Posted7/28/2021 6:00 AM

Splash zone

Marvel at all kinds of physical feats performed by contortionists, aerialists, clowns and more when Cirque Italia's Water Circus sets up its splashy touring show at the Chicago Premium Outlets, 1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., Aurora. $10-$50. (941) 704-8572 or cirqueitalia.com. Various times from Thursday, July 29, through Sunday, Aug. 8

 

Fair fun

The Lake County Micro Fair is a smaller take on the traditional event, which goes back to its core components of farming displays, rides and more at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. $10; $5 kids 6-12; free for kids 5 and younger and active military in uniform. (847) 680-7200 or lcfair.com. Noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 30-31, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1

Skeleton Key benefit

See the bands The Relevant and Primal Moon as part of a special benefit for Woodridge's Skeleton Key Brewery, which suffered extensive damage from the June 20 tornado. Expect live music, raffles and more at Metal Monkey Brewing, 515 Anderson Drive, Romeoville. $13. (815) 524-3139 or metalmonkeybrewing.com. 6-10 p.m. Friday, July 30

Circus 'Salon'

The Actors Gymnasium celebrates a quarter-century of teaching and performing circus acts with a special outdoor Summer Salon 2021. The family-friendly event full of music, circus acts and more happens at Tallmadge Park near 931 Noyes St., Evanston. Free, but donations appreciated. (847) 328-2795 or actorsgymnasium.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 31

Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley performs in concert with Michael Feinstein at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Sunday, Aug. 1.
Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley performs in concert with Michael Feinstein at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Sunday, Aug. 1. - Courtesy of John Boal
Broadway veteran

Expect to hear standards from the Great American Songbook when Michael Feinstein and Tony Award winner Betty Buckley perform in concert at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. Pavilion tickets: $80-$100; lawn tickets: $44-$59; parking: $25. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1

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WWE star Alexa Bliss competes at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
WWE star Alexa Bliss competes at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. - Associated Press, 2017
Return to wrestling

WWE Monday Night RAW returns with stars such as Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, Alexa Bliss and more at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $20-$65. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2

Christopher Bell, chorus director of the Grant Park Music Festival, conducts "From Ireland With Love" at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 4.
Christopher Bell, chorus director of the Grant Park Music Festival, conducts "From Ireland With Love" at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 4. - Courtesy of Grant Park Music Festival
Hibernian harmony

The Grant Park Music Festival offers plenty of Emerald Isle choral music when Christopher Bell conducts the Grant Park Chorus in the concert "From Ireland With Love" at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. $25-$50 reserved seating; free lawn seating and back of the seating area. (312) 742-7647 or grantparkmusicfestival.com. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4

Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp returns to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Wednesday, Aug. 4.
Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp returns to the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Wednesday, Aug. 4.
Former frontman

Rock on when former Creed frontman Scott Stapp returns to perform at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $59-$99. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4

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