Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from a month-long exploration of Glen Ellyn's shopping district – with prizes in the offing, to concerts in the park from rock to a Neil Diamond tribute, plus a wine tasting benefit for Cosley Zoo, a major summer festival co-sponsored by Hanover Park at the Sears Centre, and a creative outlet for kids with acting classes by Wheaton Drama.
COSLEY ZOO UNCORKED
WHERE: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
WHEN: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18
COST & INFO: $35 per person, $50 per couple; register at www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/tickets; 630-665-5534; www.cosleyzoo.org
Guests can stroll the zoo after hours at the fifth annual "Cosley Uncorked" wine tasting, with musical entertainment by noted artists Lisa McClowry and Thomas Linsk, hors d’oeuvres by My Chef, Inc. of Naperville, and wine sampling by Famous Liquors of Forest Park. A raffle is planned, and 40 different wines will be available to sample. The first 250 registered guests will receive a collectible wine glass for sampling. And 10 percent of wine orders for Famous Liquors will benefit Cosley Zoo.
WHERE: Outside Cantigny Park's First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6
COST & INFO: $10 in advance or $15 on concert day; free for children younger than 8; parking fee waived for ticket holders; cantigny.org, 630-260-8162
The band Infinity will be rockin’ under the oaks, performing classics from its signature collection of Journey cover songs, plus hits from such artists as Boston, Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin, Styx, Queen and REO Speedwagon. Neil Diamond fans will want to catch Denny Diamond's concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at the bandshell. Sunday's concert is included with $5 parking fee. Chairs and blankets are recommended.
GLEN ELLYN SCAVENGER HUNT
WHERE: Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane St., Glen Ellyn
WHEN: Daily through July
COST & INFO: Free; 630-469-5000, www.downtownglenellyn.com
Glen Ellyn Scavenger Hunt fun begins at the library, where you can pick up your search checklist (or use the new smart phone app) before heading out on your adventure. The sixth annual Scavenger Hunt will highlight shops around town, as participants compete for prizes and a $100 shopping spree. The next item on this year’s "Wizard of Oz"-themed list might be right under your nose, so keep your eyes open.
KIDS ACTING CLASSES
WHERE: Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton
WHEN: Different sessions begin July 8 and 15
COST & INFO: $100, $200, respectively; www.wheatondrama.org/classes
Wheaton Drama's Summer Theatre Workshop for budding thespians provides classes in acting technique, music, dance and technical theater. It's taught in a working theater environment. The program is open to youth in grades one to 12. The first session, for grades one to five, meets July 8 to 12, and the one for middle and high school students runs July 15 to 19. A Saturday performance caps each session, allowing students to practice their craft in front of a live audience.
WHERE: Outside Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates
WHEN: Now through Sunday, July 7
COST & INFO: Fees vary; www.NorthwestFourthFest.com
Hanover Park, Hanover Township, Elgin and Hoffman Estates have teamed up to stage a five-day festival with such artists as the platinum-selling Thompson Square on July 5 ($10 tickets) and .38 Special in a free July 6 show. The Northwest Fourth-Fest features fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4, accompanied by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, which takes the stage at 9 p.m. The fest includes carnival, food from local restaurants, and a weekend arts and crafts fair.