Taste of Chicago 2018: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 13, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, in Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus, Chicago. Outdoor food fest showcases a variety of city eats, plus cooking demonstrations and more. Headliners include Brandi Carlile on Wednesday, Juanes on Thursday, yasiin bey & Talib Kweli are Black Star on Friday, The Flaming Lips on Saturday and George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic on Sunday. Free admission; food tickets and Petrillo Music Shell concert seats cost extra. cityofchicago.org.
St. Demetrios Summer Festival: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 13-15, at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 1400 N. O'Plaine Road, Libertyville. Authentic Greek cuisine including lamb, gyros and pastries for purchase. Raffle and children's area with inflatable attractions. Free admission. saintdemetrioslibertyville.com/.
St. Sophia Greek Fest: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch only (with drive-through) and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 13; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 14; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, 525 Church Road, Elgin. 39th annual festival features Greek cuisine, music, dancing, games, inflatables, indoor marketplace and a grand raffle. Entertainment includes Greek music; Semple from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday; and St. Sophia Agape Dance Troupe performing all weekend. $2 admission; free for kids 12 and younger with a paying adult. Unlimited inflatables from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for $20 or two for $30. www.st-sophia.com.
MainStreet Libertyville's Lunch in the Park: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 13, in Cook Park, Libertyville. Music by Mojo Daddies. Eight food vendors will be on site. Free. mainstreetlibertyville.org/events/libertyville/out-to-lunch-in-the-park/.
Cary Children's Entertainment Series: Noon to 12:45 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road, Cary. Istvan & His Imaginary Band perform. Free. (847) 639-6100 or carypark.com.
Windy City Smokeout -- BBQ & Country Music Festival 2018: Gates open at 2 p.m. Friday, July 13, and noon Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, at 560 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. Hosted by Bub City and Joe's on Weed St., the Smokeout -- a celebration of barbecue, bands and beer -- brings country music stars such as Brett Eldredge, Brett Young and the Brothers Osborne to the stage. Single-day general admission tickets run $50-$55. Three-day passes and VIP packages also available. www.windycitysmokeout.com.
BeachFest: 3 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 13; 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 14; and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach. Carnival rides, food vendors, a beverage tent, children's entertainment and live bands. Free. www.villageofroundlakebeach.com.
Windmill City Festival: 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 13; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 14; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at the Riverwalk, Houston Street at Island Avenue, Batavia. Interactive inflatables, food booths, Craft & Vintage Market, sidewalk chalk drawing contest, golf challenge, pet parade and ice-cream-eating contest. Music: Hillbilly Rockstarz at 6 p.m. and 7th heaven at 9 p.m. Friday; The Paul and Jay Duo at 3 p.m., Fool House at 6 p.m. and Hi-Infidelity at 9 p.m. Saturday; Istvan & His Imaginary Band at 1 p.m., Miss Jamie's Farm at 2 p.m. and Red Woody from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. www.windmillcityfest.org.
Taste of Westmont: 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 13; noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 15, on Cass Avenue between Chicago and Burlington avenues, Westmont. Food booths, music, beer and margarita tent, carnival and kids' activities. Craft show from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. westmontevents.com/tow/.
Lake in the Hills Rockin' Ribfest: 4:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 13; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 14; and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Sunset Park, 5200 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills. Barbecue, music, vendors, kids' games and a community rib cook-off on Sunday. Music: Bluprint at 6 p.m. and Who's Bad at 9 p.m. Friday; Bucket #6 at 2:45 p.m., The Ron Burgandys at 5:30 p.m. and Little River Band at 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and Downpour at noon and Libido Funk Circus at 3:45 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 Friday and 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday; $7 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and all day Sunday; free for active military with ID and kids 12 and younger accompanied by an adult. (847) 742-3378 or lithribfest.com.
Hawthorn Woods Car Show Cruise Nights: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Hawthorn Woods Community Park, 5 Park View Lane, Hawthorn Woods. Exotic and classic cars are welcome to park. Free. vhw.org/CarShows.
Meadows' Cruise Night: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Meadows Christian Fellowship, 2401 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows. A weekly show displaying all types of classic cars, with prizes, food and music. Free admission. www.meadowsfamily.org.
Irish Fest: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 13, and 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont St., Arlington Heights. Two days of Irish dancing, heritage and food. $5 for adults, free for kids younger than 15 on Friday; $5 for adults, $3 for kids 3-14 on Saturday. www.ahmuseum.org/irishfest.
Live Music & Ribfest: 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. All you care to eat Rib Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. for $16.95. Live music from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Must be over 21 after 9 p.m. stcharleschamber.com.
Railroad Days: 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 13; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 14; and 2:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Pioneer Park, 479 W. Forest Ave., West Chicago. Carnival, food, entertainment and parade from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. www.wcrailroaddays.com.
Mount Prospect Fridays on the Green: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Centennial Green, 50 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect. Suburban Cowboys will perform. Bring chairs and blankets. Free; free parking in the Emerson Street Garage at Village Hall. experiencemountprospect.org.
Vintage Rides Car Show: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 13, on Hale Street between Liberty and Willow, Wheaton. 21st annual show featuring classic cars, motorcycles and trucks of every make, model and year, from Model T's to Teslas. There also will be a DJ spinning tunes. Tom Jones & Tommy and the Shondells will perform. Free. downtownwheaton.com.
Friday Nights Live!: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Metropolitan Square, Metropolitan Way, Des Plaines. Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell Mama will perform. Free. www.desplaines.org/fnl.
Scoop Waukegan 2018: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 13, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at 38 S. Genesee St., Waukegan. Open scoop, food, beverages and live music. Car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Includes Taste of the Caribbean, with cultural food and music, from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday in the CLC Plaza, 100 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan; and Gospel on the Beach from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Stiner Pavilion at Waukegan Municipal Beach, 201 E. Sea Horse Drive. Free admission and parking. scoopwaukegan.com.
Glendale Heights Fest: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 13; 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 14; and 3 to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Camera Park, 101 E. Fullerton Ave., Glendale Heights. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday. Carnival, food, bingo. Main stage acts include Cowboy Jukebox at 7 p.m. and Back Country Roads at 9 p.m. Friday, Infinity at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and Blooze Brothers at 8:30 and 10 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. (630) 260-6000 or glendaleheightsfest.com.
Itasca Fest: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 13; noon to midnight Saturday, July 14; and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Washington Park, 350 E. Irving Park Road, Itasca. Includes food vendors, carnival, music, indoor cash bingo and more. Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Entertainment includes Ronnie Baker Brooks on Saturday and American English on Sunday. Free. www.itascalions.org.
Hawthorn Woods Summer Concerts: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Community Park, 5 Park View Lane, Hawthorn Woods. Moon Money will perform. Free. vhw.org.
Dundee Township Park District Concert in the Park: 7 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Lions Park, 570 Penny Road, East Dundee. Rosie and the Rivets will perform. Free. www.dtpd.org.
Summer Friday Concert Series: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 13, at the performance pavilion at Heritage Park, 201 Community Blvd., Wheeling. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free concerts. No outside alcohol permitted. Concessions from the grill and beer/wine available for purchase. LAVA Rock will perform. Free. www.wheelingparkdistrict.com.
American English concert: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, at the Lakeside Pavilion at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. The Beatles Tribute Band performs favorites from the Fab Four. Free. atthemac.org.
Elmhurst Movies in the Park: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Wilder Park, 175 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. See "Moana." Bring a picnic blanket. Free popcorn; food truck vendors on site. Family crafts begin at 7:30 p.m.; the movie begins at dusk. Free. epd.org.
Movie in the Park: 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Heritage Park, Arlington Drive West and Santa Anita Drive, Hanover Park. See "The Lion King" on a large outdoor screen. Bring a blanket. Activities before the start of the movie. Refreshments for sale. Free. hp60.org/433/Events.
Movie at the Beach, Christmas Countdown: 8:45 p.m. Friday, July 13, at Forest Park Beach, 801 N. Lake Road, Lake Forest. See Disney's "Frozen." Santa Claus just might be there before the movie. Free. www.cityoflakeforest.com.
McHenry Fiesta Days: July 13-16 and 19-22 at two McHenry locations: Petersen Park, 4300 Petersen Park Road, and Veteran's Memorial Park, 3400 Pearl St. Carnival rides, food and beer, car show, bags tournament, outdoor worship service, Big Wheel race, kids' ice cream social, teen night, sidewalk sales and a parade. At Petersen Park: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 13; 3:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 14; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 15; and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 16. At Veteran's Memorial Park: 3 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 20; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 22. Music: Modern Day Romeos and Mike & Joe in revolving sets from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 13; Made in America: A Tribute to Toby Keith at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14; Kacie Swierk at noon, Little Deuce Coupe: A Tribute to the Beach Boys at 2 p.m. and Pirates Over 40 at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Carnival: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 13; 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 14; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15 ($30 wristband); and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 16 ($25 wristband). Admission fees vary. mchenryfiestadays.com.
Splash & Dash Youth Triathlon: 7:45 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Sleepy Hollow Pool, 875 Winmoor Drive, Sleepy Hollow. Race distances around the surrounding neighborhood will be staggered for kids 5 to 9 and 10 to 14. This event will not be timed. Each registered participant is guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration deadline is July 6. $25. www.dtpd.org.
Cops N' Bobbers Fishing Derby: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 14, at Mundelein Seminary, 1000 E. Maple Ave., Mundelein. The Mundelein Police Department invites kids 5-13 and their families to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy some fishing. There will also be free raffle tickets for prizes and fishing poles and bait available. Free. (847) 968-3783 or police.mundelein.org.
Gurnee Park District Fishing Derby: 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Hunt Club Park, 900 N. Hunt Club Road, Gurnee. Fishing derby for kids 5-11. A free event with bait provided and a limited amount of poles available. gurneeparkdistrict.com.
Charity Car Show: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Church Creek, 1250 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights. The Fourth Annual All Wheels Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. Includes a barbecue and silent auction. All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Free to spectators; vehicle entry is $10. Barbecue is $1-$6. Find ChurchCreekSL on Facebook.
Pottawatomie Garden Club garden walk: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, in St. Charles. Biennial garden walk featuring six gardens and a "Garden Gate Boutique." $15 in advance; $20 at the gate. www.pottagardenclub.org.
Water Carnival: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Tower Road Beach, 899 Sheridan Road, Winnetka. 94th annual Water Carnival features games and activities for all ages plus free hot dogs (one per customer). Free with beach admission. Registration required for sand castle contest participants only. www.winpark.org/event/water-carnival.
Barrio Arts Fest 2018: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, 3015 W. Division St., Chicago. Performances, vendors, family workshops, food and a vintage car show. Free. nmprac.org.
Southport Art Festival: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at 3704 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. Showcases the works of more than 75 of the city's most diverse artists who work in a variety of mediums. Free admission. amdurproductions.com.
Fest on the Fox: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Carpenter Park, on Carpenter Boulevard, Carpentersville. Hosted by the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce, featuring live music and entertainment, bags tournament, beer garden, food vendors, free kids' activities, business expo, a car show and more. Free admission and parking. nkcchamber.com. Check-in for the 5K Run for Charity at 4 p.m. with race at 5 p.m. through the old town, along the Fox River and back to the park. Registration is $30 at raceentry.com/race-reviews/race-the-fox.
Naperville Ale Fest: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. More than 200 American craft beers, music, food from area restaurants and food trucks will be at the sixth annual festival. $49, $19 for designated driver. VIP tickets for $99 allow entry at noon. napervillealefest.com.
Fox Valley Rising Stars Vocal Competition: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Carpenter Park, off Carpenter Boulevard in Carpentersville. Soirée Lyrique's 2018 competition will take place during Fest on the Fox. In case of rain, it may be moved to Evangelical Covenant Church, 1565 Larkin Ave., Elgin. Singers will compete in two categories, Broadway and classical, divided into two age divisions. Free. soireelyrique.org.
Mount Prospect Bluesmobile Cruise Nights: 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Mount Prospect Train Depot, 13 E. Northwest Hwy., Mount Prospect. Enjoy classic cars and entertainment. Sponsored by the Mount Prospect Lions Club. Free. www.facebook.com/BMBCruiseNights.
Parking Lot Party: 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Rolling Meadows Community Center Parking Lot, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. Reserve your own "patio spot" to decorate and grill out. Includes food trucks and live music at 7 p.m. by Hifi Superstar. Reserve a patio spot in advance, or just come out and enjoy the party. Admission is free; $25 to reserve a spot. rmparks.org/parking-lot-party.
Saturday Cruise Nights: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at 7600 Barrington Road at Tower Drive, Hanover Park. Classic cars, music and more. Free. www.hpil.org.
Wauconda Rodeo: 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 14, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at the Wauconda Rodeo, Case and Rand roads, Wauconda. The 55th Annual IPRA Championship Rodeo. Suburban Cowboys play Saturday. Sunday is family day with pony rides, bull riding, a bouncy house and panning for gold. $6-$15. Tickets available at www.waucondachamber.org.
Summer Breeze Concert Series: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, 101 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. Soul 2 the Bone will perform. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic food and beverages. Sponsored by the Schaumburg Park District and the Village of Schaumburg. Free. villageofschaumburg.com or parkfun.com.
Fiesta Days Car Show: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Petersen Park, 4300 Peterson Park Road, McHenry. Northern Illinois Street Rod Association's 35th annual show features street rods, old school hot rods, rat rods, custom, vintage, domestic and imported cars and trucks from all manufacturers. This year's show features Valve Cover Racing, like Pinewood Derby for the car guy. Registration for show participants is 8 a.m. to noon. Judging takes place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and trophies for the winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Registration is $25; event T-shirt, goody bag and dash plaque are free to the first 200 cars. fiestadayscarshow.com.
Antique and Vintage Car Show: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at the Elgin History Museum, 360 Park St., Elgin. Antique cars will be on display in the museum's parking lot. Museum will be open for tours. Free; donations welcome. Food and drinks available for purchase. www.elginhistory.org.
Fox Lake Bloody Mary Fest: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15, on Grand Avenue between Nippersink and Rollins, Fox Lake. Sample a variety of Bloody Marys, plus music, food and drinks from local taverns and bars. $25. www.eventbrite.com/.
Anonapalooza Sober Fest: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva. 10th annual alcohol-free festival features live music, family activities, food and more. Proceeds benefit Hope Outreach Foundation in Aurora and A Man in Recovery Foundation in Naperville. Free. www.anonapalooza.com.
Cantigny Red Oak Festival Vintage "Base Ball" tournament: Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Enjoy America's pastime as it was played under the rules of 1858 when the DuPage Plowboys, Oregon Ganymedes, Rockford Forest Citys, Somonauk Blue Stockings, Creston Regulators and Aurora Town Club compete in the Cantigny Red Oak Festival tournament. Free admission; $10 parking. cantigny.org.
Chicago Bears Day: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Arlington Park Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. Celebrate the Chicago Bears with an autograph signing, drum line, Staley Da Bear and more. Free with general admission, but VIP Extreme Fan tickets allow for an all-day Chicago Bears-themed experience with food and beverages. $8, $4 for kids; VIP ticket cost $85, $35 for ages 12-20, $25 for ages 4-11. www.arlingtonpark.com.
Cantigny Park Outdoor Concert Series: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. New Odyssey will perform. Free; $10 parking. cantigny.org.
Mundelein summer concert series: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Kracklauer Park, 116 N. Lake St., Mundelein. The Millennials will perform. Free. (847) 949-3200.
Sounds of Summer Concerts: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at the Performance Pavilion at Heritage Park, 201 Community Blvd., Wheeling. Recycle the Day will perform. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free concerts. No outside alcohol permitted. Concessions from the grill and beer/wine available for purchase. Free. www.wheelingparkdistrict.com.
River Park Sunday Summer Concerts: 6 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at River Park, off River Lane, Geneva. The Illinois Brass Band will perform. Sponsored by the Cultural Arts Commission. In case of rain, the concerts will be held at Geneva United Methodist Church, 211 Hamilton St. Free. www.genevaarts.org.
Music Mondays: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 16, at Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton. A & R Band will perform. Enjoy live family-friendly entertainment. Picnics welcome; concessions available. Free. wheatonparkdistrict.com.
Musical Memory Lane: 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 16, at Lions Memorial Park, Veterans Memorial Band Shell, 411 S. Maple St., Mount Prospect. The Mount Prospect Community Band performs music for all ages. Sponsored by the Mount Prospect Park District. Free. (847) 640-1000. www.mppd.org.
MainStreet Arlington Heights Park District Summer Concerts: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at North School Park, Eastman Street and Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Istvan & His Imaginary Band perform Tuesday. Rosie & The Rivets perform Wednesday. Free. www.ahpd.org.
Algonquin Commons Cruise Nights: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Algonquin Commons, off Randall Road, Algonquin. All makes of classic cars, hot rods and custom cycles; entertainment by Cruisin' Music Radio DJ Rudy the K 101.5 FM. Free. www.hemmings.com.
Broken Oar's Car & Bike Show: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Broken Oar, 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington. Bring your custom and classic cars, trucks and bikes. All make and models welcome. 5 p.m. registration; 8 p.m. judging. www.facebook.com/events/2154061948067986.
Wauconda Cruise Night: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at 101 N. Main St. Wauconda. Family-friendly cruise night is free to exhibitors and attendees. Main Street will be closed to traffic from Route 176 to Bangs Street. www.waucondacruisenight.com.
Crystal Lake Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Main Beach Crystal Lake, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake. Rosie and the Rivets will perform. In the event of inclement weather, it will be moved to Park Place, 406 W. Woodstock St. Free. www.crystallakeparks.org.
Downers Grove Park District Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Fishel Park, on Grove Street in Downers Grove. Generation will perform oldies rock. Food, wine and beer available for purchase starting at 6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, food and nonalcoholic beverages. Free. www.dgparks.org.
Elmhurst Concert in the Park: 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, July 17 and 19, in Wilder Park, 175 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. The Elmhurst Summer Community Band plays Tuesday and the Elmhurst Community Jazz Band plays Thursday. Free. www.epd.org.
Huntley Concerts in the Parks: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Huntley Town Square on Coral Street, Huntley. Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band will perform. In case of rain, the Cosman Theater is reserved. Free. www.huntley.il.us.
Independence Grove Concerts: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Millennia Plaza at Independence Grove Forest Preserve, 16400 W. Buckley Road, near Libertyville. Adam Ezra Group will perform. $6 per car parking after 5 p.m. on event nights. To learn is parking is full or if a concert has been canceled due to rain, call (847) 968-3497. lcfpd.org/ig/concerts.
Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Village Green, 901 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village. A "two for Tuesday" concert with Sister Sledge and Village People featuring Victor Willis. Free. www.elkgrove.org/visitors/mid-summer-classics-concert-series.
Waukegan Band Concert: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Stiner Pavilion, 201 Seahorse Drive, Waukegan. The concert theme is "Youth Night: A Teddy Bear Picnic." Bring a picnic and chairs. Snacks and sodas for sale. Waukegan Park District Arts Van will be there. Free admission and parking. www.waukeganband.com.
Kane County Fair: 3 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, July 18-19; noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, July 20-21; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Exhibit halls close two hour earlier than the midway. Carnival only ($20 wristband) on Wednesday. Monster Truck Show at 7 p.m. Thursday ($10). Professional Championship Bullriders and Cowgirls at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday (grandstand admission TBA). Smash Em Bash Em Demolition Derby at 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday ($10). Also 4-H animal exhibits, Imagination Gallery, JackAxe Obstacle Course and more. Free music on the sound stage, including Eddie V Band (Fox 103.9 FM) at 5 p.m. and Eric Chesser at 7 p.m. Thursday; Hi Infidelity at 8:30 p.m. Friday; Hillbilly Rockstarz at 8 p.m. Saturday; and 7th heaven at 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free Wednesday and every day for kids 2 and younger; $5 Thursday; and $5-$10 Friday through Sunday; season tickets cost $20. kanecountyfair.com.
Daily Herald Cruise Night: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Stratford Square Mall, 152 Stratford Drive, Bloomingdale. A night of cars, trucks and motorcycles. Features music by 94.7 WLS, Harley Davidson Wild Ones, and the Matt Avery's Pick Trophy. Free. events.dailyherald.com/daily-herald-cruise-nights.
Aurora's Wednesdays at the Plaza: 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Millennium Plaza, 21 S. Stolp Ave., Aurora. Summer concert series along the Fox River with food trucks. Features The Reserve from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Stumpwater from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. downtownauroran.com/wednesdays-at-the-plaza.
Cary Cruise Nights: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at West Main Street and Jandus Road off Route 14, Cary. Various car themes throughout the summer. Free. Call Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce at (847) 639-2800. www.carygrovechamber.com.
Libertyville's Car Fun on 21: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Church and Cook streets, Libertyville. The show features vintage cars on display. Food available for purchase; music from Kevin Spica. Free. www.mainstreetlibertyville.org.
Geneva Park District Summer Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at River Park, 151 N. River Lane, Geneva. Mr. Myers will perform. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Food for sale from Deane's Market & Deli and Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream. The beer tent will feature Penrose Brewing Co. beer. Free admission. genevaparks.org.
River Rhapsody Concert Series: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Batavia Riverwalk, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia. Featuring Pirates Over 40. Presented by the Batavia Park District and the Batavia Rotary Club. Free. www.bataviaparks.org.
Summer Concert Series: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Citizen's Park Amphitheater, 511 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington. Swing Forward will perform. Presented by BMO Harris Bank. Free popcorn. Free. www.barringtonparkdistrict.org.
Adult Battle of the Bands: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, 256 E. Palatine Road, Palatine. Palatine Park District presents the annual Adult Battle of the Bands featuring local talent. Each band will perform a 15-minute set with awards announced at the end of the event. Free. www.palatineparks.org
Lake Villa Music in the Parks: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Lehmann Mansion, 485 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa. Boy Band Night will perform. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and coolers. Free; food and beverages available for purchase. www.lake-villa.org.
Northwest Concert Band: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at St. Colette Church, 3900 Meadow Drive, Rolling Meadows. Northwest Concert Band performs. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Free. northwestconcertband.org.
History Alive!: 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Dress in the uniform and equipment of a World War II soldier. Interact with artifacts, crafts and games from the time period. Free with $5 paid parking. www.fdmuseum.org.
Antioch Taste of Summer: 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 19; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 20; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 21; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22, by the band shell at the corner of Orchard and Skidmore, Antioch. Music, food, carnival rides, games, sidewalk sales, crafters and more. A Special Needs Carnival will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 20. Free admission. (847) 395-2233 or antiochchamber.org.
Highwood Days and North Shore Taco Fest: 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 19; 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 20; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 21; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the Highwood Metra Station Parking Lot, 317 Green Bay Road, Highwood. Carnival rides, music and food from local vendors, including a beer and margarita garden. Taco Fest is on Saturday and Sunday. North Shore Taco Run 5K is at 9 a.m. Saturday. Free admission. Rides require tickets, with unlimited ride specials available. celebratehighwood.org.
Cruisin' Nights & Street Fair: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 19, on Cass Avenue in downtown Westmont. Classic cars, music, theme nights, food vendors and more along three blocks. Free. westmontevents.com/streetfair.
Sacred Heart Church Germanfest: 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19; 5:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 20; 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 21; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 114 S. Elizabeth St., Lombard. Carnival rides, kids and adult bingo, indoor casino, raffle, bags tournament, pull tabs for cash prizes, beer and wine tents, homemade German food and desserts. Music by 7th heaven, Hairbangers Ball, 97Nine and more. Free. www.facebook.com/sacredheartgermanfest.
Barrington Cruise Night: 6 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at 208 S. Cook St., Barrington. Classic cars, food trucks and summer fun. The Barrington Bank & Trust Family Zone includes kids' games, face painting, performances and more. Free. www.barrington-il.gov.
Geneva Classic Car Shows: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Kane County Courthouse parking lot, 100 S. Third St., Geneva. Check out the antique, custom built, muscle and sport cars. Enjoy treats and a DJ. Downtown shops, pubs and eateries stay open late. Free. www.genevachamber.com.
Addison Rock 'N' Wheels: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Village Green, 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison. Entertainment, Bike and Car Cruise Night, kids' rides, and food from Addison restaurants. Cruise Night closes at 7:30 p.m. or when the street is full. Historical museum open house and craft show from 6 to 8 p.m. Free admission. www.ithappensinaddison.com.
Vernon Hills Summer Celebration: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 19; 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 20; 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 21; and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills. Carnival rides, outdoor concerts, beer tent and food. Free admission. www.summercel.com.
Concerts in the Square: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Market Square, 256 Market Square, Lake Forest. Classic Car Show night with Cadillac Groove. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. www.cityoflakeforest.com.
Hoffman Estates Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Village Green Amphitheater, 5510 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners will perform. Free. www.hoffmanestatesarts.com/summer-concert-series.
St. Charles Park District Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Lincoln Park, Main and Fifth streets, St. Charles. Rockstar Rodeo will perform. In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled. Free. www.stcparks.org.
Wauconda Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Wauconda Area Library, 801 N. Main St., Wauconda. Pots and Pans steel drum band will perform. Free. waucondaparks.org.
Aurora Summer Concerts in the Park: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at McCullough Park, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora. 28 Days will perform. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free. www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
Cary Summer Concert Series: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Lions Park band shell, 1200 Silver Lake Road, Cary. Teen Battle of the Band winners will perform. Free. www.carypark.com.
Elmhurst Music at the Gazebo: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the gazebo at Prairie Path and Spring Road, Elmhurst. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for music under the stars. No alcohol. Free. springroad.com.
Live & Uncorked: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, picnic basket and drinks. 1976 Band will perform. $5. Purchase tickets online at www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
Rockin' in the Park 2018: 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Silver Bullet Band STL will perform. Free. www.ParkwayBankPark.com.
Lisle Community Band: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at band shell at Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. Free. www.lislecommunityband.org.
Thursday Concerts in the Park: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Lions Memorial Park, Veterans Memorial Band Shell, 411 S. Maple St., Mount Prospect. The concert will be an Abba Salute. Free. mppd.org.
Wheaton Municipal Band: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton. Features guest conductor Col. Lowell E. Graham. Free. www.wheatonmunicipalband.org.
Algonquin Summer Concert Series: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Riverfront Park, 201 N. Harrison St., Algonquin. Features Saturday June Band and food from Toasty Cheese. Crave Bar-Pod will provide ice cream. Free. (847) 658-2700 or www.algonquin.org/recreation.
Sounds of Summer Main Stage Concert Series: 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, 256 E. Palatine Road, Palatine. Pack a picnic and bring your lawn chairs or blankets. The Palatine Children's Chorus will perform. Free. Weather hotline: (847) 705-5123, ext. 431. www.palatineparks.org/rccms/soundsofsummer.
Mundelein Movies in the Park: 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Community Park, 1401 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. See "Cars 3." Bring blankets and chairs. Free. mundeleinparks.org.
Elgin Movies in the Park: Dusk Thursday, July 19, in Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave., Elgin. See "Honey I Shrunk the Kids." Refreshments and popcorn will be sold by local nonprofits. Train rides available on the Elgin Express. Free. www.cityofelgin.org.