Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, encompassing everything from a big outdoor art show to a charity 5K race by the Lions on Labor Day, a Civil War encampment and the new musical at Drury Lane, the recent hit "Next to Normal."
WHERE: Oakbrook Center, Route 83 and 22nd Street, Oak Brook
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1
COST & INFO: Free admission; www.oakbrookcenter.com, 630-573-0700
Oakbrook Center is the stylish frame for the 51st Annual Invitational Fine Art Exhibition, offering paintings in watercolors, pastels, acrylics and oil; photography; pottery; sculpture; jewelry in fine metals and precious stones; and works in fiber, metal, glass, wood, leather, stone and mixed media by 100 juried artists from across the U.S. and Canada. “This show is one of Oakbrook Center’s longest-standing and most celebrated traditions,” said Suzanne Cook-Beres, senior marketing manager. “Our open-air center with a park-like atmosphere provides a perfect setting for the family event.”
CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT
WHERE: Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 York Road, Oak Brook
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1
COST & INFO: Regular admission; www.grauemill.org, 630-655-2090
Step straight into historic action at Graue Mill, transformed into a Union military camp from the Civil War era for the Labor Day weekend. Reenactors of the 10th Illinois regiment in authentic uniforms will perform black powder firing demonstrations and other military drills. Their family members take part for an accurate depiction of the war, from meal preparation to battle. Graue Mill is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays until Nov. 10, and Labor Day.
WHERE: Westmont Community Center, 75 E. Richmond St., Westmont
WHEN: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4
COST & INFO: First session is free; 630-963-5252, www.wpd4fun.org
The latest craze in exercise, pickleball, has infiltrated the Westmont Park District. Pickleball is similar to badminton, tennis and table tennis, and is played on a badminton-sized court with a low net. The weekly afternoon event is a perfect way to get started in the sport, especially with the district offering a free visit and lesson to kick it off. If you have your own paddles and balls, it is recommended you bring them, but some will be available for guests to use.
'NEXT TO NORMAL'
WHERE: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace
WHEN: Wednesdays to Sundays, now to Oct. 6
COST & INFO: $35 to $49, with lunch and dinner packages available; 630-530-0111, www.drurylane.com
Only eight musicals have ever won a Pulitzer Prize for drama, and Drury Lane presents the regional premiere of one: “Next to Normal.” Featured is Susie McMonagle, who starred as Fantine in “Les Miserables” on Broadway. More than 30 original pop-rock songs power one family’s unflinching, authentic and ultimately hopeful journey through the trials and tribulations of modern life. The musical is directed by Drury Lane Artistic Director William Osetek, and contains adult content.
LABOR OF LOVE 5K
WHERE: McCollum Park, 6801 S. Main St., Downers Grove
WHEN: 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2
COST & INFO: $30 for adults, $23 for youth; added $5 to register the day of event; $15 for child's 1K; www.5klaboroflove.org
Live music, food, family fun and prizes will be part of Labor Day festivities at the annual Labor of Love 5K Race along the streets around McCollum Park, an event certified by the Chicago Area Runners Association. All proceeds will benefit the sponsoring Downers Grove Lions Club's programs for the sight- and hearing-impaired. For kids, the 1K Race/Walk steps off at 9:15 a.m. Sign up in advance or the day of the race between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.