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Family Fun

DuPage, Will and Cook to offer scary tales, theater, art, family fun

OCT. 17

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,

VISIÓN LATINO THEATRE COMPANY STAGING THE LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA MUSICAL "IN THE HEIGHTS": Through Oct. 27, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center on the campus of Morton College, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for seniors. 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:

'HIS SHADOW' EXTENDED: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18 and 4 and 8 p.m. Oct. 19, 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. 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, and his life altered. "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." Cost: $18 to $30. Information:, 708-795-6704.

GORDON FRANCE FROM THE LA GRANGE AREA EXHIBITS "PAINTING THE TOWN": Through Oct. 26, La Grange Art League Gallery, 122 Calendar Ave. The noted artist shows 35 acrylics and watercolors of Chicago streets, intersections and landmarks. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Information: Gallery at 708-352-3101.

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

OCT. 18

SOKOL TABOR'S RUMMAGE SALE: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 19, Sokol Tabor, 1602 Clarence Ave., Berwyn. Saturday offers a $5 per bag sale. Cost: Free admission. Information:, 708-738-3137.

SPOOKY STORIES AND SONGS OF THE SEASON: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, GreenMan Theatre at First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York St., Elmhurst. It's an evening of creepy stories and scary songs geared for adults but also appropriate for older children. Cost: $5. Information:

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

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.

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

OCT. 19

WILLOWBROOK HIGH SCHOOL CRAFT FAIR: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the school, 1250 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park. Information:

PET COSTUME PARADE: 1:30 to 3 p.m., with step-off at 2 p.m., The Promenade Bolingbrook, 641 E. Boughton Road. A free post-parade party is planned with music and vendors. All ticket proceeds benefit the West Suburban Humane Society. Cost: Free to spectators. Information: Registration for $5 online at


A TALK BY ABSTRACT ARTIST KIP PASTA: 2 p.m., Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road. His one-man exhibition runs through Nov. 2. The center is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Cost: Free. Information:, 630-458-4500.

SCARECROW TRAIL AND WALKING PLAYS: Various dates, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. 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. Open daily in October, the scarecrow trail around Meadow Lake features Scouts' nature-themed creations. Information:

"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 for 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 zombies, and learn archery basics. Then practice shooting at the archery range. It's free for ages 18 or older. Register by Oct. 17 at or call 815-886-1467.

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

OCT. 20

ARTIST RECEPTION FOR MAURICIO FORERO'S "SOUTHS AND NORTHS": 3 to 6 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The exhibition runs to Nov. 23. Cost: Free. Information:, 708-442-6400.

"I'M NOT RUNNING": 2 p.m., 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.

OCT. 21

AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS THE 2019 ANIM8 STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL: 5:30 p.m., Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. "Give Me Liberty" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21; medical transport driver Vic is late, but it’s not his fault. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one else can shuttle his Russian grandfather and émigré friends to a funeral. The new route uproots his scheduled clients, particularly Tracy, a vibrant young woman with ALS. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails, their collective ride becomes a hilarious, compassionate and intersectional portrait of American dreams and disenchantment. Information:, 630-534-4528.

OCT. 22

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:

OCT. 23

FAIR TRADE RUG EVENT: Oct. 23 to 27, Ten Thousand Villages of Glen Ellyn, 503 Pennsylvania Ave. Information:, 630-790-1166.

OCT. 24

LAUGHS ON TAP: 7:30 p.m., Alter Brewing Company, 2300 Wisconsin Ave., Downers Grove. There will be a new lineup of stand-up comedians. Cost: $10. Information:

"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. 25

GLENDALE HEIGHTS JUNIOR WOMAN'S CLUB FALL BUNCO FUNDRAISER: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Glendale Lakes Golf Club, 1550 President St., Glendale Heights. Cost: $25 to $30. Information:, 630-546-2849.

TRICIA ALEXANDER WITH ALPHA STEWART JR.: 8:15 p.m., Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Alexander is an award-winning singer, songwriter and healing artist, while Stewart is a master of rhythm and dynamics. They have toured together for 40 years. Cost: $10. Information:, 630-969-9720.

THE WHAT 4 PERFORM ABBEY ROAD: 8:30 p.m., FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. It features Phil Angotti, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough and John Perrin with special guests, performing The Beatles "Abbey Road" as the album celebrates its 50th anniversary. Cost: $15. Information:, 708-788-2118.

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

OCT. 26

LIBRARY FRIENDS BOOK & BAKE SALE: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. A members only sale evening is the night before. Information:, 708-246-0520.

STUDIO CLASSES PREPARE ACTORS TO JOIN THEATRE OF WESTERN SPRINGS: Oct. 26 to Nov. 10, 4384 Hampton Ave. The two-week acting workshop, open to people age 18 and older, is taught by TWS executive artistic director Eddie Sugarman. Backstage learning opportunities also are plentiful. Cost: $40 fee can be applied to the seven-play subscription required for casting. Information:

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. 28

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:

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. 31

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.

NOV. 1

"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:

NOV. 16

BUSY BEAVERS CRAFT CLUB: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monthly themes are November's turkeys, and December's snowy owls. Cost: Free to all ages. Information:

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