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 concert goers 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.
Swedish Days Festival, downtown Geneva. The whole family will enjoy fabulous food, carnival rides, live music & entertainment nightly, plus Sweden Vast, our tent that’s everything Swedish. Information, (630) 232-6060
Free Family Fun Day at Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission for all Illinois residents (ID required). They’re quite popular, so expect big crowds and frequent lines for some of the attractions. Farm hours today are from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rock ’n’ Wheels, Village Green, east of Village Hall, 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison, 6-10 p.m., free. Around the World Night will feature Bike & Car Cruise Night; Addison Historical Museum Open House and Craft Fair; and Fran Cosmo (formerly with the band Boston). Music starts at 7:30 p.m. For details, visit ItHappensInAddison.com.
Wheaton Municipal Band Children’s Concert, Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton, 7:30 p.m., free. Wheaton Municipal Band’s annual Children’s Concert features music honoring sports and the Olympics. Come early for a musical instrument “petting zoo” at 6:30 p.m.
Concerts in the Park, Lincoln Park, W. Main Street at 4th Street, St. Charles, 7 p.m. Revisit all of the great rockin’ music from the 70′ era. Six outstanding musicians authentically recreate all favorites. 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.
“Cinderella”, outdoors behind Darien Park District Community Center, 7301 Fairview Ave., Darien, 7:45 p.m., free. This film is the latest treatment of the classic story of Cinderella; it is not a cartoon, but is live action. Pre-show photographs available with Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be shown in in the Community Center gym.
Kool and the Gang, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, 7:30 p.m. In more than four decades of performing, Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, won two Grammys and seven AMAs, racked up 31 gold and platinum albums and scored a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This June, they’re bringing their funky jams to RiverEdge Park. You won’t be able to stay in your seat when these guys roll out hits including “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down On It.” Tickets: $45. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Information: (630) 896-6666
Car Show, downtown Lisle, 6-9 p.m., free. The Chamber’s Downtown Business Council coordinates the summer car shows, which are held on the last Saturday of the month.
Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, 8 p.m. Willie Nelson may have been inducted into Country Hall of Fame 23 years ago, but he’s been considered a living legend for decades longer. After spending years writing smash hits like “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “For the Good Times,” Kris Kristofferson tried his hand at performing his own tunes with his ballad-heavy album The Silver Tongued Devil and I. Tickets and information: (630) 896-6666.
DuPage Symphony Orchestra, Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, 7:30 p.m. Music Director Barbara Schubert will conduct “American Salute!”—a symphonic celebration of our country’s land, people and freedom. Symphony Passports are on sale now: $30 in advance (through June 19) or $35 the week of concert. A Passport admits one car and its occupants to this concert only.
Sink or Swim Cardboard Boat Races, Swanson Pool, 8 North Avenue, St. Charles, 11 -11:30 a.m. Free event, but registration required. Daily admission fees may apply. Information: (630) 584-3314 or visit swansonpool.org
Tri-City Craft Brew Festival, Lincoln Park, North 5th St. and Main Street, St. Charles. Featuring sampling of 30-plus craft breweries, 60-plus different craft beers and hard ciders. Guests will have an opportunity to sample,learn about new, exciting beers from up and coming local, regional, national craft breweries. Food trucks, music, vendor booths. Information: www.eventbrite.com/e/tri-city-craft-brew-festival-tickets-22630921696
Free Airplane Rides, Aurora Municipal Airport, 43W752 Rt. 30, Sugar Grove, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kids ages 8 and 17 years who are interested in aviation can take a free Young Eagles flight and see what pilots do on the ground and in the air. No reservations required. Information visit the EAA 579 website and click on the Young Eagles tab.
Polo Season Kick-off, Oak Brook Polo Club, 2606 York Road, Oak Brook, gates open at 1 p.m., ticket prices vary. The 2016 Oak Brook Polo Season kicks off with the Chicago Polo Cup. The club’s opening will feature a DuPage rivalry in the making: pitting the Oak Brook Polo Team, captained by James Drury, against the Arranmore Polo Team, captained by John Greene. For more information and tickets, visit oakbrookpoloclub.com, or call (630) 368-5095.
Chicago historian and author Tim Samuelson, Elmhurst History Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst, 2 p.m., free. Chicago’s official cultural historian and author of the book, “But Wait, There’s More!: The Irresistible Appeal and Spiel of Ronco and Popeil,” will presents a lecture about his fascination with collecting Ronco and Popeil products and the cultural impact of the Popeil phenomenon. For more information, contact elmhursthistory.org or (630) 833-1457.
Concert in the Park, Darien Community Park, 7100 Clarendon Hills Road, Darien, 7 p.m. free.
The band, Final Say, will cover a variety of music including Adele, Aerosmith, Beyonce, Bon Jovi, Elton John and Elvis Presley, to name a few. In the event of inclement weather, call (630) 968-6400, ext. 103 for alternative weather plans.
Discover Dundee Farmers’ Market / Adoption Event, The Depot, 319 N. River Street, East Dundee, 9:00 -1 p.m. Klein’s Farm and Garden Market and Ruthella’s New Orleans Cuisine LLCback and Waterfall Glen Soap Company and Butter & Flour will featured. Local rescues, such as Ellie’s Resale and Rescue, Inc., will be on hand to help find a new furry friend. Information: Check Facebook for all the details on the Farmers Market and more
Farmers Market at St. John’s, Parking lot of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 750 Aurora Ave., Naperville, 3-7 p.m., free admission. Vendors at the market sell in-season vegetables and fruits, as well as honey, farm fresh eggs, meat, cheese, organic specialty foods, breads, pastries and cookies, coffee, jams, sauces, freshly squeezed juices, baked empanadas, natural skin care products, French linens and many other fine offerings. In addition, families can enjoy a free children’s story time program provided by the Naperville Public Library every 30 minutes during market hours.
Weird Al Yankovic – Return of the Mandatory World Tour, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. “Weird Al” Yankovic is the best-selling comedy recording artist in history. His mind-blowing ability to parody world-famous musicians like Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, U2 and Madonna launched Al into superstardom himself, and after almost 40 years of leaving millions of fans of every age in stitches, he’s still going strong. Tickets and information: (630) 896-6666.
— DuPage County events calendar —