Most fireworks shows are back, and they're more expensive than ever
Those who like to celebrate Independence Day by taking in their local fireworks display take note; most every fireworks show in the suburbs is back and some organizers promise they'll be better than ever in spite of mounting costs.
Sound check: Celebrate our musical roots with FitzGerald's American Music FestivalFitzGerald's 39th American Music Festival celebrates the U.S. through its music this weekend with four days of Americana, roots, folk and jazz; Waco Brothers play in Aurora; Charlie Otto hits Hey Nonny; and Broken Robots share a new single at Chop Shop with Girl Named Nino and HLDAY MAGK.
Chris Pratt picks military veterans for new Amazon series 'The Terminal List'Chris Pratt, who portrays a Navy SEAL in his new Amazon series "The Terminal List," made sure he was surrounded on camera and behind-the-scenes by former members of the U.S. military.
TCM rocks with July series of music moviesIf rock 'n' roll will never die, neither will movies that have rock music as their basis. Many pictures of that ilk -- including some very well-known ones -- are gathered in a "History of Rock of Film" that Turner Classic Movies will run on Monday nights throughout July.
Robert Feder: My childhood dream became the honor of a lifetimeForty-two-year Chicago media columnist Robert Feder is retiring his daily column.
Where to see fireworks around the suburbs July 1-4Fireworks displays return with a bang throughout the suburbs this weekend.
Joyful noise: Steppenwolf's superb 'Choir Boy' a testament to the power of musicSteppenwolf Theatre makes a joyful noise with its deeply affecting revival of ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney's coming-of-age play-with-music "Choir Boy."
In 'Rise of Gru,' Minion mayhem reignsIn this sequel to 2015's "Minions" and "Despicable Me" prequel for Gru (Steve Carell), who here is an 11-year-old aspiring supervillain, the coming-of-age belongs less to Gru than his little army of Minions who once again steal the show.
Head outside for KC and The Sunshine Band, Blue Oyster Cult and more this Fourth of July weekendThe Monday holiday means the celebration can spread over the whole weekend, and suburban festivals and musicians are taking advantage of that. Here's where to pull up a seat and enjoy some music outdoors.
Independence Day parades step off around the suburbs this weekendIf you're a fan of parades, there are a plethora of Independence Day parades taking place across the suburbs this weekend.
Will the The Comedy Shrine in Aurora ever open again? 'No guarantee,' owner saysThe Comedy Shrine in Aurora has shuttered a little over a year after relocating within Fox Valley Mall. Owner David Sinker and a Fox Valey Mall official say the closure is temporary, with a possible reopening in fall.
Sponsored | Ron Onesti: Where have all the ballrooms gone?As I continue to open my themed restaurants, theaters and speak-easies, I make sure the decor gives a nod to those classic eras when the people and the places looked upscale and gawdy. The Big Band or Swing era is one of my favorites. It was a time when class reigned, and elegance ruled.