Best Bets: Buddy Guy leads return of Aurora's Blues on the Fox fest

  • Chicago blues great Buddy Guy headlines the 24th Blues on the Fox Festival at RiverEdge Park in Aurora. The festival returns Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, after a two-year hiatus.

    Chicago blues great Buddy Guy headlines the 24th Blues on the Fox Festival at RiverEdge Park in Aurora. The festival returns Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, after a two-year hiatus. Courtesy of Chuck Lanza

 
 
Updated 6/16/2022 12:25 PM

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Riverside blues

 

Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland and Kenny Wayne Shepherd are just a few of the featured headliners playing the Blues on the Fox music festival at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. $25-$35 general admission; free for kids 12 and younger when accompanied by a guardian. (630) 896-6666 or riveredgeaurora.com. 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Free adjacent Party at the Promenade from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18

Three more monumental sculptures join the exhibit "Human+Nature" at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
Three more monumental sculptures join the exhibit "Human+Nature" at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. - Courtesy of Jeffry Ross, Morton Arboretum
Sculptural additions

Three new sculptures are joining the ongoing "Human+Nature" outdoor exhibit featuring massive earthen-inspired works of artist Daniel Popper this weekend at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. $16; $14 seniors; $11 kids 2-17. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. Exhibition continues through March 2023

Caledonian celebration

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Scottish Festival and Highland Games returns with loads of competitions, music, dancing and more this weekend at Hamilton Lakes, 2 Pierce Place, Itasca. Friday admission: $20; Saturday admission: $30; two-day pass: $45. (708) 447-5092 or chicagoscots.org. 1-10 p.m. Friday, June 17, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 18

Comedian Akaash Singh plays Zanies in Chicago and Rosemont.
Comedian Akaash Singh plays Zanies in Chicago and Rosemont. -
'Flagrant 2' friend

Fans of the podcast "Flagrant 2" won't want to miss New York comedian Akaash Singh perform standup sets at two Zanies locations this weekend: first at 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago, (312) 337-4027; then at Zanies Comedy Night Club, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484. For ages 21 and older. $35, plus a two-item purchase. zanies.com. In Chicago: 7 p.m. Friday, June 17. In Rosemont: 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, June 18

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Jackson Browne plays the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Friday, June 17.
Jackson Browne plays the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Friday, June 17. - Associated Press, 2016
'Pretender' legend

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne ("Running on Empty," "Downhill From Everywhere") performs in concert at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $90-$120 pavilion seating; $90-$95 premium lawn blocks; $44 general lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17

Brickworld Chicago returns to the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg.
Brickworld Chicago returns to the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg. - Daily Herald File Photo, 2017
Miniature wonders

Marvel at all the creations built from stackable Legos and other building toys at the Brickworld convention at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $14-$16; free for kids 3 and younger with a guardian. (847) 303-4100 or brickworld.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19

The Chicago Philharmonic performs "Black Panther: In Concert" at the Chicago Theatre.
The Chicago Philharmonic performs "Black Panther: In Concert" at the Chicago Theatre. - Courtesy of Disney, Marvel Studios
Orchestral Wakanda

Experience "Black Panther: In Concert" via the Chicago Philharmonic as they perform Ludwig Goransson's Academy Award-winning score for the 2018 Marvel Studios blockbuster at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $99.50-$129.50. (800) 745-3000 or chicagophilharmonic.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18

The 2022 season of performances featuring the Tempel Lipizzans begins on Sunday, June 19.
The 2022 season of performances featuring the Tempel Lipizzans begins on Sunday, June 19. - Courtesy of John Borys Photography
Equine excellence

The Tempel Lipizzans return for another season of top dressage on display starting Sunday at Tempel Farms, 17000 W. Wadsworth Road, Old Mill Creek. $25-$80 (VIP experience available). (847) 244-5330 or tempelfarms.com. Season begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 19; continues on various dates through Sunday, Sept. 4.

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