A comprehensive exhibit of 175 years of Aurora history, David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 East Downer, Aurora, 2nd Floor Gallery, Wednesday-Saturday, Noon to 4 p.m. Admission free, donations welcomed. A comprehensive exhibit of 175 years of Aurora history.
Symbolism in Chinese Jade, through Aug. 21, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill, Elmhurst. The Museum’s permanent collection of jade carvings is filled with auspicious Chinese symbolism. This exhibit focuses on a selection of carvings from the Qing Dynasty and translates the hidden meanings in their visual motifs. Admission: $5. Information: (630) 833-1616.
Childhood Memories, through Sept. 25, DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton. Rekindle fond memories of childhood glory. Enjoy the simplicity of a time where play and learning were stimulated without electronics. Become absorbed in the delightful innocence of DuPage County’s past as you learn about the various toys and games of the 19th and 20th century. Information: (630) 510-4941.
THROUGH AUG. 23
Millennium Carrillon Summer Recital Series, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Millennium Carrillon, Naperville, Talented carillonneurs from across the country and all over the world delight concertgoers with an evening of music. Free performances are held rain or shine (unless there is lightning). Picnicking on the lawns surrounding the tower is welcome. Post recital Moonlight Carillon Tours available for $3 per person from 8 to 9 p.m.
DuPage County Fair, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton, free parking, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, 10 single day adult gate admission, $4 single day child gate admission, $5 single day senior adult admission. Five-day season pass, $25. Family mega-ride passes range from $23 to $90 and include fair admission. Rodeo and demolition derby, $15 per session. See web site (dupagecountyfair.org) for details and to order tickets.
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Summer Concert Series at The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia, 7-9 p.m., free. The latest in a series of free concerts hosted by The Holmstad retirement community. Space is limited. To register, www.TheHolmstad.org or call 877-226-7310.
Sugar Grove Corn Boil, Volunteer Park, 85 S. Main St., Sugar Grove. The annual festival celebrating sweet corn includes live entertainment, carnival, parade crafts, 5K race, fireworks, beer tent and lots of corn. Information: (630) 449-7999.
Aurora American Legion Band at McCullough Park, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora, 7:30 p.m., free. Set amid the stately oaks and the riverside setting of McCullough Park, the American Legion band will perform for its 79th year.
Concerts in the Park, Lincoln Park, W. Main Street at 4th Street, St. Charles, 7 p.m., free. 7th Heaven plays dead on renditions of Def Leppard, Beatles, Bon Jovi, Journey, U2, and more. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an open-air concert. Food available for purchase. Information: (630) 513-6200 or visit www.stcparks.org
Downtown Alive! American English, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, $3, 8 p.m. Beatles’ Tribute Band plays music from that very first song on the Ed Sullivan show to Abbey Road
Best of St Charles Foodie Fest, St. Charles History Museum, 215 E Main St, St Charles, 5-9 p.m., $40 members, $50 non-members. The museum’s annual 21-plus fundraising event features local restaurants, small plates of food, and craft beverages.
24th Annual State Championship Chili Cook-Off, Batavia Riverwalk, 100 Island Ave., Batavia, free admission, 2-4 p.m. Come taste the best chili in the state. Three categories of competition: (1) Illinois State Championship Chili Cook-Off (2) Traditional (includes Restaurant Division) (3) Salsa. Chili & Salsa tasting begins at 2 pm. Tasting cups available for a small fee. Information: (630) 879-5235 or email email@example.com
Super SciTech Saturday: Science of Sports, Scitech Hands On Museum, 18 W. Benton St., Aurora, free admission for up to four Fox Valley children with paying adult, $4 per child for Creation Station, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Creation Stations will also be open for everyone to learn how Art and Science belong together. Information: (630) 859-3434.
Pan African Cultural Festival, Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., $10 per car. Nicknamed “panafest,” this first-time event for Cantigny showcases the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the African continent. Featured attractions will include culinary arts and cuisine, music, dance, retail marketplace and displays. Festival entry is included with parking fee.
Bob Leonard 5K River Run/1K Family Color Run, Grand Pavilion-Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Avenue
St. Charles. River Corridor Foundation and St. Charles Noon Kiwanis are collaborating for this event. Runs begins and ends at Pavilion. A new Color Fun Run features a hugely popular family 1K Color Run attracting runners, walkers of all ages. For information or registration visit www.signmeup.com/113228
St. Charles Cruise Nites, Downtown, Riverside Avenue, St. Charles, free. Community event where people can view classic cars downtown St. Charles. Information: (630) 584-8384 or www.stcharleschamber.com/cruise-nites
Kendall County Fair, 10826 Illinois Route 71, Yorkville.8 a.m.-11 p.m., Aug 4; 8 a.m.-midnight, Aug. 5-6; , 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 7. Admission: Daily passes are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children. Four-day passes are $24 for adults, $16 for seniors and $12 for children. All-day carnival passes are $12 for adults, $16 for children ages 5-13 and $15 for seniors and separate from admission charges.
Aurora’s First Friday Artwalk, Downtown Aurora (various venues). Enjoy a night of art, fun, music, dance, and community at local businesses and venues in downtown Aurora on the first Friday evening of the month. Free entrance, free art viewing, free trolley rides, free fun. Information: www.auroradowntown.org
Beach Boys / The Temptations: Surf and Soul Tour, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, 7 p.m. Information: (630) 896-6666.
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