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DuPage, Will and Cook to offer Halloween-themed fun, theater, music

WHERE: 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays until Oct. 19
COST & INFO: $18 to $30;, 708-795-6704
ABOUT: Rain (played by Anna Dauzvardis) talks with Teeny (Charles Andrew Gardner) in the critically acclaimed "His Shadow." A disgruntled college freshman tries to step out of his older brother’s towering shadow and make a name for himself on the football field. When tragedy strikes, the course of his career is challenged. "His Shadow" is a story of ambition and activism, tracking which will emerge the victor when the two collide. It's a world premiere parable by the author of the 2018 hit "The Light."
BERWYN THEATER EXTENDS 'HIS SHADOW' WHERE: 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays until Oct. 19 COST & INFO: $18 to $30;, 708-795-6704 ABOUT: Rain (played by Anna Dauzvardis) talks with Teeny (Charles Andrew Gardner) in the critically acclaimed "His Shadow." A disgruntled college freshman tries to step out of his older brother’s towering shadow and make a name for himself on the football field. When tragedy strikes, the course of his career is challenged. "His Shadow" is a story of ambition and activism, tracking which will emerge the victor when the two collide. It's a world premiere parable by the author of the 2018 hit "The Light."

OCT. 10

FIRST FOLIO THEATRE'S "SHERLOCK'S LAST CASE": Through Nov. 3, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. To open its 24th season, First Folio Theatre will begin with the literary-inspired production "Sherlock's Last Case," by Charles Marowitz. A threat hangs over the world's most famous detective as he faces an opponent he never expected. The thrilling adventure mixes suspense, humor and breath-stopping surprises. When Holmes’ life is threatened, it’s up to the ever-dependable Dr. Watson to solve the case. The play is directed by Janice L. Blixt. Cost: $29 to $44. Information: 630-986-8067,

"GLASS PUMPKIN PATCH" EXHIBIT, DEMONSTRATIONS AND WEEKEND SALE: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 to 13, near the Visitor Center at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. It features a dazzling collection of more than 6,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins. It's held outdoors rain or shine. A Cider and Ale Festival is planned Oct. 20, featuring tastings of hard ciders and craft beers from 50 local breweries. Walking plays are offered at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October. "The Sherlock Scandal" follows the clever female descendants of the beloved detective duo. The play is for ages 10 and older because of content. Information:

SASHA PIETERSE AT ANDERSON'S BOOKSHOP: 7 p.m., 26 S. La Grange Road, La Grange. From Pieterse, a star of "Pretty Little Liars," comes "Sasha in Good Taste," a full-color guide to cooking, baking, DIY and embracing the joy of entertaining. Ticket is required for signing line. Information:

BUSY BEAVERS CRAFT CLUB: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21, Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. Each program offers a different craft activity in the museum; drop by whenever you like between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monthly themes are October, bats; November, turkeys; December, snowy owls. Cost: Free to all ages. Information:

COLLEGE THEATER AT COLLEGE OF DUPAGE PRESENTING "THE WOLVES": 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 20, McAninch Arts Center's Studio Theatre, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The play by Sarah DeLappe is directed by Amelia Barrett. It's a portrait of the demands a teenage athlete, daughter, student and teammate must deal with while working to win the game of life and soccer. Information:, 630-942-4000.

"THE COLOR PURPLE": Through Nov. 3, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. The musical is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker and earned 15 Tony Award nominations, including the win for Best Revival of a Musical. It is rated PG-13. Information:

PAINTER JANICE NOWINSKI DISPLAYING "BODIES OF PAINT" EXHIBIT: Through Oct. 12, Riverside Arts Center's Freeark Gallery, 32 E. Quincy St. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information:

"THE POWER OF CHILDREN – MAKING A DIFFERENCE," A NATIONALLY TOURING EXHIBIT: Through Oct.13, Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. It highlights the stories of three ordinary children from different eras who faced extraordinary circumstances that can inspire others to fight discrimination and intolerance – Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White, reflecting the Holocaust, the Civil Rights Movement, and the AIDS epidemic. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost: Free. Information: in the programs section or call 630-833-1457.

ARTS DUPAGE MONTH: October, across DuPage County. To view attractions, visit

OCT. 11

HAUNTED FOREST: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12, Oak Brook Park District, 1450 Forest Gate Road. See if you can make it through the twists and turns of the haunted maze. A variety of attractions is offered. Parental discretion is advised for thrill seekers younger than 10. A nonscary maze preview is offered from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 10, costing $5 for unlimited maze walks. Cost: Fees vary. Information:, 630-990-4233.

PUMPKIN FLOTILLA AND SPOOKY STORIES: 6 to 7 p.m., Diane Main Park, 200 W. 59th St., Westmont. Because there's a limited number of floating devices, contact Dustin Kleefisch, superintendent of recreation, to reserve your pumpkin’s spot at or 630-963-5252, ext. 218. Cost: Free. Information:

"THE ODD COUPLE": 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 13, First Congregational Church of La Grange, 100 Sixth Ave. Galaxy Theater Company presents Neil Simon's classic comedy. Cost: $10 to $15. Information:

NOAH DERKSEN: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. An American citizen born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies while maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters, mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

ST. PETRONILLE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS' ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRY: 5 p.m., St. Petronille Church, 420 Glenwood Ave., Glen Ellyn. Information: 630-469-0404.

CHICAGO A CAPPELLA: 8 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. It's a program of anthems inspired by the National Public Radio series, representing critical moments from America’s past and social movements from Civil Rights to #MeToo. Information:

OCT. 12

FALL FESTIVAL RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Woodside Road, Riverside. Information:, 708-442-5250.

FAMILY FALL FEST: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wild Meadows Trace Park, 511 S. York St., Elmhurst. Elmhurst Park District invites families to Safety Town trick or treating, inflatable corn maze obstacle course, inflatable circus train for the little ones and food trucks. Information:, 630-993-8900.

BOO! AT THE ZOO: Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 12 to 27, Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. Information:

DUPAGE COMIC CON SHOW: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Coming up will be the Haunted Halloween Flea Market from 3 p.m. to midnight Oct. 19 (715-526-9769). Information:,

ELMHURST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 7 p.m., Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road. Information:

AN EVENING WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Information:, 630-942-4000.

SEA BEAST PUPPET COMPANY PRESENTS "SPOOKY SLAM" HALLOWEEN SHOW: 8 p.m., 820 Warrenville Road, Wheaton. Information:

TURKISH COOKING CLASS: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., TAS Wheaton cultural center, 1415 Hill Ave. The interactive class launches the first cooking program of 2019-20, and will teach how to make a patatesli kofte entree with rice and salad. No reservations are required. Cost: Free. Information:

BERWYN WALL MURAL ART BUS TOUR: Noon, various Berwyn locations. It's organized by the All Berwyn Committee. Cost: $15, which includes a one-year membership in the committee. Afterward, one can stop by Lavergne’s Tavern, which houses a mural. Information: Call Committee President Santiago “Jim” Ramos at 708-484-4275 or email

GLEN ELLYN HISTORY CENTER PRESENTS "THE HISTORY OF FERMILAB": 2 p.m., 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn. Bruce Chrisman of Glen Ellyn, retired chief operating officer of Fermilab, will speak. The particle physics and accelerator laboratory is on a 6,800-acre site in Batavia, and collaborates with more than 50 countries on experiments. Cost: Free. Information: 630-469-1867,

DOWNERS GROVE DOWNTOWN MARKET: 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 19, Main Street train station, 5001 Main St. Information:

OCT. 13

SEASON'S FINAL FRENCH MARKET IN GLEN ELLYN: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Main Street train station south parking lot, between Main Street and Forest Avenue. Information:

OCT. 14

DUPAGE COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND: 7:30 p.m., McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. Information:

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS "DAVID CROSBY – REMEMBER MY NAME": 7:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. It's a revealing and deeply personal documentary. Information:

SEASON'S FINAL HINSDALE FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave. Information:

CHORAL-AIRES CHORUS GUEST NIGHTS: 7 p.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 345 S. Kenilworth Ave., Elmhurst. A noted a cappella barbershop harmony chorus, the Choral-Aires Chorus of Sweet Adelines International meets to rehearse Monday nights. Information:

OCT. 15

ILLINOIS PRAIRIE WEAVERS GUILD PRESENTS "SHENEQUA ON WEAVING, SISTERHOOD, INTIMACY": 10 a.m. to noon, Congregation Etz Chaim, 1710 S. Highland Ave., Lombard. Information:

BINGO AT AMERICAN LEGION POST 80: 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Alexander Bradley Burns Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave., Downers Grove. Doors open at 4 p.m. There will be a variety of games and progressive jackpots, with food and refreshments available. Cost: Free admission. Information: 630-968-9710,

PUMPKIN FEST: All October, Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton. Information:

"TIPS FOR THE LAZY GARDENER": 6:15 p.m., Cornerstone Faith Community Church, 118 First St., Bloomingdale. Cindy Tyley is a certified landscape designer and owner of Carriage House Garden Design, as well as a member of the Western Springs Garden Club. At 7 p.m., her show-and-tell presentation will demonstrate tips for both indoor and outdoor gardening throughout the year, presented by the Bloomingdale Garden Club. Cost: Free admission. Information:,

OCT. 16

"I'M NOT RUNNING": 7 p.m. Oct. 16 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20, McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. It's broadcast directly from London's National Theatre stage to the MAC big screen. Cost: $24. Information:, 630-942-4000.

LEMONT ARTISTS GUILD DEMONSTRATION OF ALCOHOL INKS: 7 p.m., Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. The presenter is Deborah Spertus, whose abstract work is meant to evoke emotions. She will have alcohol ink and small pieces of paper for participants to experiment with. She did an internship at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and has studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. Visit her website at Cost: Free, with donation for food pantry welcome. Information: Call Guild President Liz Connelly at 815-341-1145 or visit

OCT. 17

THEATRE OF WESTERN SPRINGS PRESENTS "ACCOMPLICE": Oct. 17 to 27, TWS, 4384 Hampton Ave. It's described as a diabolically clever comedy, written by Rupert Holmes and directed by TWS Artist-in-Residence Greg Kolack. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 to 19 and 24 to 26, and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20, 26, and 27 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Cost: $22 to $24. Information: 708-246-3380,

"SKELETOBER" DISPLAYS DOZENS OF LIFE-SIZED SKELETONS: Month of October, in front of La Grange businesses. A church features a singing skeleton in a choir robe, a real estate business hosts a skeleton family with a newborn, a music school's skeleton is playing a keyboard, and the skeleton in front of a fitness studio is working out with weights. Information: Map at

OCT. 18

VILLAGE THEATRE GUILD PRESENTS "BECKY'S NEW CAR": Oct. 18 to Nov. 9, 2S720 Park Blvd., near northwest corner of Park Boulevard and Butterfield Road, Glen Ellyn. The play by Steven Dietz is the story of Becky Foster, caught in middle age, middle management, and in a middling marriage – with no prospects for change. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. The troupe calls it a "thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken." Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, with no performance Oct. 20. There are additional matinee performances at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9. Cost: $19.99. Information: 630-469-8230,

DAVE COFELL: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. He performs on six- and 12-string guitar, playing original folk and blues to jazz standards and R&B covers. In 2016 and 2017, he was selected to perform for the Americal Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

BENEFIT GARAGE SALE TO FIGHT HOMELESSNESS AND SUPPORT LITERACY: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, 436 Bunning Drive, Downers Grove. It offers books, toys, sheet music, glassware, dishes, tools, furniture, trunks and miscellaneous items. Bridge Communities calendars and hand-sewn children’s books can be viewed. Information: Maren Huber at 331-201-8263 or Jeanne Topic at 815-715-0110.

RUMMAGE SALE: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 and 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 19, St. John Lutheran Church, 7214 S. Cass Ave., Darien. Information:, 630-969-7987.

CHICAGO GHOSTCON PARANORMAL CONVENTION: Oct. 18 to 20, Holiday Inn, 6201 Joliet Road, Countryside. The all-paranormal weekend features speakers, vendors, readers, ghost hunting, ghost tours and Svengoolie. Information:

SALT CREEK CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE BOOK SALE AND LINCOLN PROGRAM: Book sale starts at 6 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Kevin Wood will portray Abraham Lincoln discussing immigration at 7:30 p.m. Information:

"A PIRATE MURDER AT THE GOVERNOR’S HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE BALL": 8 p.m., Chicago Dance Factory, 415 N. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park. The Murder Mystery Mafia presents the event. Cost: $20 to $30. Information:

FUNDRAISING CONCERT FEATURING THE FOUR C NOTES: 8 p.m., Addison Trail High School Auditorium, 213 N. Lombard Road. Addison Sister Cities Italy Exchange presents the seven-piece band led by John Michael Coppola of "Jersey Boys," paying tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Cost: $30. Information:

GRANDSON OF WAYLON JENNINGS – WHEY JENNINGS – WITH PEARLS MAHONE: 9 p.m., BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. Information:

COMEDIAN RUSTY DOOLEY: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, CG's Comedy Club at The Promenade Bolingbrook, 619 E. Boughton Road. Information:, 630-410-8906.

OCT. 19

"MONSTER MAYHEM OF THE MIDWEST": 2 p.m., Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St. Historian Terry Lynch tells ghoulish stories based in Illinois. He will describe the Murphysboro Mud Monster, the Headless Horseman of Illinois, Nelliethe Lion and additional tales. Cost: $7 adults, $5 for GEHS members and students age 18 and younger. Information: 630-469-1867,

TWO ARCHERY PROGRAMS PLUS ZOMBIES: Daytime events, Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road, Romeoville. “Ready, Aim, Fire!” meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Work on your archery skills as well as how to safely use basic archery equipment. Practice using compound bows to shoot blunt arrows at a target. It's free for ages 12 to 17. “Zombie Apocalypse Archery” meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Put your archery skills to work protecting the forest preserve from a zombie apocalypse. Learn the basics of archery. Then practice shooting at targets at the archery range. It's free for ages 18 or older. Register for both programs by Oct. 17 at or call 815-886-1467.

DUPAGE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM: Ongoing activities, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Information:

WHEATON FRENCH MARKET: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays until Nov. 9, Municipal Parking Lot 3, Main and Liberty, downtown, Wheaton. Information:

OCT. 21

ELMHURST HARMONIE REHEARSALS: 7 p.m. Mondays, Elmhurst Elks Lodge, 711 W. St. Charles Road. Formerly the Elmhurst Men's Chorus and Elmhurst Ladies' Chorus, the group invites everyone who loves to sing to join rehearsals for the holiday season. Information:

OCT. 24

SENIOR SINGERS INVITED TO JOIN LILAC TOWN SENIOR CHORUS: 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday, Lombard Community Building, 433 E. St. Charles Road. It is presented by the Lombard Park District as a free, friendly and informal setting for people to sing. Information: Call Patti Plomb at 630-620-7322.

OCT. 25

A TRADITIONAL IRISH BAND, STEAM QUARTET: 7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 493 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. It stars Katie Grennan, Dennis Cahill, John Williams and Steve Morrow, who all have won music awards, appeared in movies, Irish festivals, touring companies, Lincoln Center and Sydney Opera House. Additional parking is available at the First Congregational Church, 535 Forest Ave. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Information: Tickets at

"MCCORMICK HOUSE – PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE" PLUS IMAGIST EXHIBIT: Through Jan. 12, Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave. Chicago Imagist fans will enjoy "What Came After – Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-1998," while architecture enthusiasts will revel in the sophistication of the Mies van der Rohe McCormick House exhibition that for the first time portrays a full, 1950s domestic representation of the rare single-family home. Special tours also are planned. Information:

AMERICAN LEGION BINGO: 7 p.m., 123 Main St., West Chicago. Weekly bingo, raffles and pull tabs on Fridays for ages 18 and older. Proceeds help veterans and the community. Check out additional dates. Information:

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