Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, ranging from Railroad Days and Itasca Fest celebrations to Broadway and classical music concerts to a jazz festival.
WHERE: Glenbard South High School Auditorium, 23W200 Butterfield Road, Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13
COST & INFO: $32; $96 for all four concerts; 630-790-1430, www.ticketweb.com; www.wheatonsymphony.org
In its 55th year, the Wheaton Pops Orchestra summer season opens with three guest vocalists, Christine and David Pfenninger, plus boy soprano Michael Semanic in selections from his recent starring role in "Oliver" with Light Opera Works. Conducted by Kevin McMahon, the concert features Broadway showstoppers. It's followed by "Hooray! for Hollywood" on July 27; a program of Rodgers and Hart hits Aug. 3, and "The Big Bands" on Aug. 10.
WHERE: Washington Park, 350 E. Irving Park Road, Itasca
WHEN: 6 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11; 9 a.m. to midnight Friday, July 12; 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday, July 13; noon to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14
COST & INFO: Free admission; lineup at www.itasca.com; 630-773-0835
Itasca Fest, presented by the Itasca Lions Club, will deliver plenty of family fun, including a fishing contest, carnival, live entertainment, food and 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Don’t miss Saturday's antique flea market or Sunday's classic car show. American English performs its noted Beatles tribute Sunday night, preceded during the week by The Meteors, Blue Moon Swamp, Downpour, Sixxx, Kashmir, Arra and Chicago Tribute Anthology. As part of its work for vision charities, the Lions Club will collect old eyeglasses. Among kids events will be pony rides and petting zoo.
WHERE: Main Street in downtown Glen Ellyn, closed to vehicles between Crescent Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue
WHEN: 4 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13
COST & INFO: Free; 630-469-0907, www.jazzinglenellyn.org
Watch as downtown Glen Ellyn transforms into a jazz hub for one day. The lineup presents Paul Wertico’s Jazz with Friends, Mark Colby Quartet, Dee Alexander, and the Elmhurst College Jazz Band featuring Bryon Stripling on trumpet. Audience members can grab some food, wine and beer from local vendors around the festival to accompany the entertainment. Music trivia: The father of jazz saxophonist Mark Colby was a drummer who played with Benny Goodman for a time in the 1940s.
SYMPHONY IN THE PARK
WHERE: Outside Cantigny Park's First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13
COST & INFO: $12 in advance, $18 day of show; free for children younger than 8; parking fee waived for ticket holders; cantigny.org or 630-260-8162
Maestro Peter Lipari will conduct the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra in "Cinema Classics" in a Ravinia-style setting. Seating is on the lawn, so guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs, with picnic baskets welcome. The program celebrates beloved movie themes, including Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," Ravel's "Bolero" and Sibelius' "Finlandia," as well as music by Mozart, Schubert, Verdi and Wagner.
WHERE: Reed-Keppler Park, Arbor Avenue and East National Street, West Chicago
WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 11 and 12; noon to midnight Saturday, July 13; 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 14
COST & INFO: Cost varies; 630-231-3003, lineup at www.westerndupagechamber.com
The Fourth of July may have come and gone, but the fun continues at West Chicago Railroad Days. The fest is complete with fireworks Saturday, July 13, after dusk, while a car show takes place during the day. The 41st annual parade – themed "We Have a Dream" – steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday. Music includes acts such as Midnight Special, Head East, The Neverly Brothers and DuPage Band.