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Fall Fun Guide Featuring the autumn’s best places to experience in Chicagoland and the Midwest

The Prairie Center has become one of the premiere performance venues in the northwest suburban area that hosts local entertainment as well as international touring acts. A full season of entertainment including music, dance and theatre ensure that there’s something for everyone at the Prairie Center for the Arts.

DON’T MISS its full schedule inside!

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ickets are now on sale for the 2014-15 season of arts and entertainment at Schaumburg’s Prairie Center for the Arts, which is located at 201 Schaumburg Court in Schaumburg. Kicking off with a fun and food-filled party at the Prairie Center, the diverse season offers popular returning acts and music in every genre and plenty of family fare. CELEBRATETHE ARTS

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 @ 7 p.m. The Prairie Center’s annual benefit party takes on a speakeasy theme with live entertainment,food from top area restaurants,libations, a silent auction,and — with the right password — admission into Big Al’s Hideaway.



Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 @ 8 p.m. Two leading troubadours of alt-country,blending traditional country and folk music with punk rock sensibilities.


Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 @ 8 p.m.

Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners & The Nick Moss Band

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 @ 8 p.m. A double bill featuring acclaimed artists Kevin Purcell and Nick Moss,both influenced by Chicago blues masters along with the soul of southern rock.


Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 @ 8 p.m. This three-time Grammynominated jazz pianist and vocalist returns to the Prairie Center and is playing from a 16-album repertoire that covers bop,bossa nova and classically influenced pop.


Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 @ 8 p.m. Back by popular demand,composer/arranger Neil Berg presents a revue of American musical treasures from Irving Berlin to Andrew LloydWebber of classic show tunes, performed by the stars that sang them on Broadway.


St. Luke’s Bottle Band

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 @ 8 p.m.


Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 @ 3 p.m. Seen on the Late Show with David Letterman,the costumed mirthful musicians from St.Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge pop,strike and blow into a variety of bottles (while adding a few unconventional instruments in the mix) to create joyful renditions of theWilliam Tell Overture,music from Harry Potter, the Liberty Bell March and other unlikely compositions.


Sinatra’s Centennial Celebration starring Ron Hawking

A remarkable string trio (on violin,cello,and bass) creating a renewed excitement for instrumental music by performing innovative arrangements of contemporary pop songs by PharrellWilliams,Imagine Dragons,One Republic,Adele and others.

Ranked among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, pedal steel guitar master Randolph is joined by family members Marcus Randolph,Danyel Morgan and Lenesha Randolph,together with guitarist Brett Haas.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 @ 8 p.m. Chicago entertainer Ron Hawking,whose Sinatra tributes have been hailed a critical triumph and simply a knockout,brings a fresh new show celebrating the centennial birth of Ol’Blue Eyes,performed with true authenticity. SEE PRAIRIE CENTER, PAGE 23

SCHAUMBURG PRAIRIE CENTER FOR THE ARTS Rock ! Blues ! Jazz ! Orchestra ! Film ! Holiday Shows Family Programs ! Indie Music ! Lectures ! and More!

Check out our exciting 2014-15 season of Arts and Entertainment

...where every seat is no more than 15 rows from the stage, with ample free parking, easy print-at-home ticketing, and a convenient location.


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Let’s BOWL Everyone knows how to bowl,but no one does bowling as Brunswick’s does.


uffalo Grove’s newest multi-faceted entertainment venue boasts 32 lanes for the bowler in you, but it doesn’t stop there. The upscale center offers a comfortable and lively atmosphere, upgraded bowling equipment, a unique menu, a massive arcade and a Chicagothemed laser tag arena. Food and beverage service from its in-house gastropub,Tavern ’45,is available lane-side,in the restaurant or on the outdoor patio.Offerings such asVietnamese pork belly tacos and hand-stretched specialty pizzas take the dining experience to a level unmet by other bowling venues.Local brews fill the taps at the lane-side bar,and specialty drinks keep the classy atmosphere alive. Brunswick’s Urban Mission takes players on a journey through the streets of Chicago as they compete with one another and protect their district and battling for glory.Once they step out of the arena and back into reality,they can head to any of the competitive,multi-player games waiting to nurture the competitive spirit.Everything from four-player air hockey and a four-dimensional zombie hunt to classics such as skeeball can be found in the expansive game room. “Our center offers guests an experience that can’t be found anywhere else,”said Kristina Perez Thomas,the director of sales and marketing.“There’s something for every occasion and every demographic.”

However,bowling still remains the focus.Bowling balls and shoes are personally fitted to the guest by an associate. No alley is complete without

leagues,and Brunswick’s lightens the competitive nature to accommodate every skill level.Brunswick’s social clubs run year-round.Options include:the Pins and Pitchers Club,a

weekly club that allows you to tour the taps with a pitcher of a different craft beer each week;the Lousy Bowlers Club,a get-together for those less-inclined on the lanes but still interested in a good time; and the After-Work Club,an excuse to relax on the lanes after a long day. The center is popular with corporate clients as well.Since the grand opening in October 2013,corporations of all sizes have hosted their events:holiday,end-of-season,team building.With customizable package options,private rooms,stateof-the-art equipment,unparalleled guest service and unique team activities,Brunswick’s has redefined the team outing.The center also hosts birthdays and other social gatherings. “Our events team loves customizing the packages and the rest of our staff loves the energy and interaction from corporate and social get-togethers.When it’s your job to create a great time,you end up having one,too,”Thomas said. Brunswick’s is located at 350 McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove. Call (847) 821-9000.Brunswick’s is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11 2 a.m. For more information,visit www.

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Lake shore businesses bring good food, beer and wine straight to you

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all is shaping up to be an action-packed and stirring season, especially with the plethora of beer and wine festivals on the docket. Ravinia in Highland Park has been known for its music and lawn seating. On Sept.20,the venue will be known for something else:the marriage of music and food.Food Network in Concert combines famed stars,from best-selling epicurean Food Network Magazine,with rock-and-roll artists, including music from Phillip Phillips, American Idol Season 11 winner,and Grammy Award-winning John Mayer. “There will be multiple music stages,lively cooking demos,wine and food tastings,talent meet-andgreet opportunities and much more,” said Peggy Mansfield,associate publisher of integrated marketing at Food Network Magazine. Exclusive culinary events will be hosted by notorious Food Network stars — Sunny Anderson,Anne Burrell,Jose Garces,Alex Guarnaschelli,Jeff Mauro,Marc Murphy and Geoffrey Zakarian,as well as 50 of the country’s most esteemed and lauded chefs. “Chefs have become rock stars in their own right through presence in our magazine and via our network,” Mansfield said.“We thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to bring both culinary talent and incredible musicians together for Food Network in Concert at Ravinia,which will be one unforgettable day of music,food, wine and other one-of-a-kind experiences.Ticket prices for admission to Food Network in Concert have something for everyone,whether you want the traditional Ravinia lawn experience or exclusive four-course dinners from a celebrity chef.” MainStreet Libertyville will host MainStreet Oktoberfest.On Sept.20, visitors will rock out to local bands, eat delicious food and sample beer under the big top on Church Street. Originally introduced in 1993 as a spring street dance,this familyfriendly fundraiser has evolved into a lively affair complete with an Oompah band,German beer and food. “In honor of MainStreet’s 25th anniversary,during this year’s event, tickets will be sold for a downtown Libertyville raffle basket containing certificates and items from participating merchants worth over $2000,” said Pam Hume,executive director of

MainStreet Libertyville. MainStreet board chairman,Jeff Lovinger,said:“Starting in September,it’s amazing how many people around town talk about Oktoberfest as if it’s a reunion of sorts.It’s the sort of community spirit and support of our organization that typifies Libertyville residents.” On Nov.1,pop over to Mundelein to celebrate DiCarlo’s FallWine,Food and Craft Beer Festival. “We will once again showcase over 250 fine wines and dozens upon dozens of craft beers,”said Gints Brencis,CSW director of fine wines, DiCarlo FineWines & Spirits.“The festival will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel,and it promises to be another memorable sensory and gustatory experience.” A block of rooms is reserved at the Doubletree Hotel.Mention the event when making your reservation to get a special room rate. “This festival is attended by hundreds of wine and beer enthusiasts alike,”Brencis said.“The selection of wines is very diverse with numerous countries represented.All price points are represented,and attendees are rewarded with the lowest prices of the year.The artisanal gourmet samples provided by local restaurants are equally diverse and complement the wines wonderfully.” TheWine and Craft Beer Tasting event atWaukeganYacht Club, hosted by the GreaterWaukegan Development Coalition,will include samples from more than 60 distilled spirits and craft beers.Artisan cheeses,smoked salmon,mini gourmet sandwiches,spring rolls,crab cakes,antipasto tray,fruit,grilled vegetables and other tasty treats will keep your belly full. Antioch will host the Beer and BBQWalk.Participants can enjoy the downtown streets while eating smoky BBQ and drinking craft beers. Finally,Fox Lake will host Fox Lake Oktoberfest Beer andWineWalk, an adult-only festival that includes live entertainment,food and beer,all under a tent at the park on Oct.11. “It is a great day to come out with friends and family and enjoy some great wine and beer tastings,”said Linnea Pioro,executive director of the Fox Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry.“Our business members serve hors d’oeuvres and offer giveaways,and each participant receives a complimentary wine glass and bottle of wine or beer.” Eat,drink and be merry.

Fall fun in Deerfield

Halloween Hoopla


Friday, Sept. 21 • 5:45 p.m. Deerfield Golf Club Adults 21+, Enjoy glow-in-the-dark golf; putting and chipping challenges and a great dinner. Play five holes under the moonlight. Raffles, prizes, fantasy scratch cards, beverages, desserts, silent auction. $480 per team of up to six. $400 if paid by Aug. 30. Register online at www.


Saturday, Sept. 20 • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Patty Turner Center Featuring a large vendor exhibit, light refreshments and more.A valuable opportunity to talk to staff, instructors and vendors.Flu shots/ pneumonia vaccines are available for purchase.Free event.


Saturday, Oct. 18 • 9:30 a.m. Jewett Park Community Center Compete against your friends in a round-robin chess tournament. Bring your own chess set.Awards will be awarded to top individuals and teams.Cost:$20.


1-4 p.m. Jewett Park Community Center 9/27 trinket box $35 10/11 bird houses $35 11/1 coral reefs $35 11/15 animal habitat $35 Join Richard Cohen,and create fun and exciting projects.Parents and children are welcome to take class together.For:ages 6+.


Friday, Oct. 17 • 5:30-8 p.m. Patty Turner Center Featuring a delicious buffet from the Edelweiss Inn in Chicago and the sounds from the JohnnyWagner Trio.Cost:$25 member/$35 nonmember


Friday, Oct. 24 – Saturday, Oct. 25 7-9 p.m. Haunted house,disc jockeys,bonfire in the park,movie in the park. Saturday, Oct. 25 3-6 p.m. Costumed characters,games,inflatable/other rides in the park,balloon twisters,hayride,craft room, face painting,entertainment,food, lights-on haunted house.

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D-Day tribute: Wings over Waukegan air show his year,on Saturday,Sept.6, the two-runwayWaukegan National Airport,a general aviation reliever-airport facility for O’Hare International Airport,will host the annualWings overWaukegan.

Sabre,T-2B Buckeye, AD-1 Skyraider “Bad News,” P-51D “Baby Duck,” T28B Trojan, Hopper Flight,Team Aerostars, Michael Vaknin Extra 300L, Dacy/Kazian Wingwalking and WHF classic trainers. “Our shows are just as good as the largest shows out there,” Farrell said.“This year the United States

Waukegan National Airport, located on 535 acres near the heart of the city of Waukegan at 3580 North McAree Road, has a number of fortune 500 companies that fly in and out.The airport is a hub between Milwaukee and Chicago. “It’s the jewel of the Midwest: the best kept secret,” said Grant B. Farrell, president of the Waukegan Air Show. The whole family will enjoy stunts and procedures, expertly executed by: A-4B Skyhawk, F-86F

marines are planning to bring some equipment. For a homegrown one-day airshow, we can go toe-to-toe — that’s the quality of the show.” Witness great flight performances by world-renowned aerobatic pilots up close and personal. Eye-catching rare vintage military aircraft will take to the skies during flight demonstrations. Every year,Wings over Waukegan stands up as the country’s best air show.



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Past highlights have featured: a F-18 SuperHornet, static aircraft displays, classic Warbirds, parachute teams, formation flights, living history events, a Jet Bus and military aircraft. “Since 2000, we have watched Wings over Waukegan evolve from its first small show to recently showcasing the Canadian Snow Birds for the North Shore community in 2012,” Farrell said.“This event has continued to grow in size each year due to the many volunteers who give their time and from the generosity of loyal supporters.” Last year, the air show brought nearly 20,000 people to the event,

their photograph taken with some of the brave pilots while adults can shake hands and drill the pilots with any burning questions. “We hope to help the younger generations understand that air power was an integral force in the Allies’ success and we want to instill an appreciation for aviation,” Farrell said.“We have freedom to fly airplanes because of the commitment that was innovated from the beginning of World War II. Everyone bought in, including civilian workers, and made it happen.The airshow is an honor to all of them and especially to the veterans.”

according to Jim Stanczak, airport manager, and this year more visitors are expected. “The organizers of the air show maintain our mission to share our passion for aviation and educate youth about the history of flight and its contribution to society,” Farrell said. The pilots are accessible and more than happy to answer questions and greet fans. Kids can get

Families will love this valueinspired regional event: kids under 12 years old are admitted for free and adults are only $10. Parking is free. Enjoy food and beverages while viewing the amazing aerial feats of historic aircraft. Gates open at 9:30 a.m., and the air show begins at noon. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (847) 244-0055.

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Long and short bike paths in the northern suburbs BY WENDY ALTSCHULER


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For Sun-Times Media

ith cool crisp air on the horizon, autumn is the perfect time for a bike ride. Many trails and winding paths might peek your senses while keeping you engaged and energized. The North Shore Bike Path,for example,contains miles and miles of woodsy bliss,a great east-west route that connects you to many other north-south trails.The path, which travels between Lake Bluff and Mundelein and parallels Route 176,is one of dozens in the Chicagoland area that links to other trails.It meets with paths such as the Robert McClory Bike Path and the Green Bay Bike Trail accessible for longer bike rides.The Green Bay Bike Trail refers to the southern extension of the Robert McClory Bike Path,which is linked in Highland Park.The path weaves together the communities of Highland Park,Highwood,Fort Sheridan,Lake Forest,Lake Bluff,Naval Station Great Lakes,North Chicago, Waukegan,Beach Park,Zion and Winthrop Harbor. Another great destination is Citizen Park,at the Barrington Park District,which offers miles of bike trails because it also links to the Cuba Marsh,a blend of marsh,woodland and grassland in Lake County. Bicyclists have long enjoyed the many trails that take them over rising and falling hills.The marsh and grove views are unmatched.The trail segment,in the Cuba Marsh,includes a boardwalk and a 50-foot-long timber bridge,which was created through an anonymous donor contribution of $100,000 as a memorial to Keith

Peterson,a past Lake County Forest Preserve member,loyal environmentalist and outdoorsman. “It is serene and beautiful,”said Teresa Jennings,executive director of the Barrington Park District. “This trail and connection was in partnership with Lake County Forest Preserve and the Barrington Park District.The trail winds all around the park and past the Pepper Family Treehouse — the only treehouse of its kind in Illinois that incorporates 2000 square-feet of handicappedaccessible ramps,bringing you up to a cabin in the trees.” For shorter trails,the Deerfield Park District has a number of bike paths throughout the park system that are suitable for bicyclers. “Our recently renovatedWoodland Park provides a path system throughout and around the perimeter of the 17-acre park,”said Rick Julison, executive director of the Deerfield Park District.“Our Briarwood Nature Area and Briarwood Park encompasses nearly 20-acres of beautiful woods as well as open areas.These two parks provide our longest trails.” According to Julison,highlights of many of the paths are the amenities designed within the parks:playgrounds,swimming pools,picnic tables,disc golf courses and skate parks. “Shorter routes for a relaxing bicycle jaunt,or to a playground or other recreation destination,include those at the following parks:Jaycee, Maplewood,Walden,Jewett,Shepard/ Keller and Mitchell,”said Julison. No matter where you decide to have your adventure,chances are, you’ll enjoy yourself and the great outdoors. Bike.Sweat.Breathe.

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ooler weather,crisp colorful leaves and pumpkins: this can only mean one thing – fall has arrived! Another exciting aspect of fall is navigating a corn maze,and Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm has one of the best in the area. Open to the public,the corn maze is one of the farm’s most popular attractions. The farm,located inWaukegan, is a family affair,run by Randy and Ruthann Kroll.With the help of their children,family and friends,the Krolls work together each year to create a

new maze. The maze,which is carved from the cornfield by hand,takes months of work to complete. Instead of using a GPS system,this family relies upon measurement and hard work to transfer the design they have laid out on graph paper into the labyrinth it becomes. Once the maze is completed,the Krolls begin planning out the educational component of the maze. Each year the maze teaches visitors a different aspect of farming. Having so much to celebrate in 2014, this year’s maze depicts a family tree.

The tree represents the birth of their new grandson,Cameron,and also the Kroll’s 30th wedding anniversary. They are also celebrating 20 years of working as a family growing and selling pumpkins. Wood-chipped paths make the maze a delight to walk in,

regardless of the weather. The corn maze is not the only attraction at the farm. As it began as a pumpkin farm in 1993,the farm always has an assortment of beautiful pumpkins. Kroll’s Farm also features an array of farm animals:goats,sheep,a llama, donkeys,a miniature horse,rabbits and a wide variety of chickens. The farm’s newest arrivals,baby goats,are always a big hit with children and adults alike. This year,the Kroll’s are also anticipating the birth of a baby donkey. Kroll’s Farm also offers educational hayride farm tours,fall decorations,cornstalks,local honey, straw bales and winter squash. A picnic area is available for visitors use.Remember to bring a camera for the many photo opportunities. For more information,check out www. and plan to spend a beautiful fall day down on the farm.


Fall Harvest Farm 13236 W. Town Line Rd. • Waukegan



Open Daily Sept. 12 - Nov. 8

Mon-Thurs: Noon - 8:00pm • Fri: Noon - 10:00pm Sat: 10:00am - 10:00pm • Sun: 10:00am - 7:00pm


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Lake Shore Halloween C

heck out these local FOX LAKE Halloween happenFRIDAY, OCT.31 ings.Visit your village’s Halloween Howl website to find out exactly 4-7 p.m. what frightful activities will Fox Lake Police Dept., 301 S. Rte. 59 What you need to know: Join be lurking in your area.


The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival Fri.: 4-9 p.m., Sat.: 11 a.m. — 9 p.m., Sun.: 11 a.m. — 8 p.m. City Park at Highwood City Hall, 17 Highwood Ave. What you need to know: This festival will include events, vendors, music, activities, music, hay and pony rides, pumpkin carving, a parade, a 5K and more.Visit for more information.

the annual cookout — hot dogs, drinks and chips — and see what the inside of a jail cell and police car look like. Dress in costumes. Visit for more information.


Trick or Treat on Main Street 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. Downtown Libertyville What you need to know: Dress up and visit local merchants for trick or treating.Visit for more information.


Didier Farms Pumpkin Fest Mon. — Fri.: 9 a.m. — 6 p.m., Sat. — Sun.: 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.



16678 W. Aptakisic Rd. What you need to know: A family event full of rides, animals, mazes, concessions and pumpkins.Visit for more information.


$2 off any single open play admission. Coupon is good for up to 2 kids and must be used in a single visit. Coupon cannot be combined with other offers or used toward party package or tokens. Good toward open play admission only for more details and hours

please visit us or contact us 847-837-0010

coupon expires on 2/1/2015

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342 Townline Rd. - Mundelein

Deer Path Art League presents

Art Fair on the Square


he 60th annual outdoor, juried fine art show, Art Fair on the Square, is the Deer Path Art League’s signature annual event and its gift to the community. The art fair, which attracts visitors from Chicago, Milwaukee and more than 22 suburban communities, helps to fulfill the art league’s mission to spark, nurture and enhance creativity as well as raise community awareness and appreciation of the arts. The mission is as true today as it was in 1954. Last year, nearly 500 national and international artists applied to participate in this event. The selected exhibitors work in a variety of disciplines including: ceramics, digital art, drawing/ pastels, fiber, glass, graphics/ printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood. Silhouetted against classical

architecture and stately mature trees, the artists set up their outdoor galleries around historic Market Square in downtown Lake Forest. This centralized arrangement makes it easy for visitors to walk the entire show. Not too big and not too small, the show is the perfect size to comfortably visit and interact with the artists. Featured specialty booths will include Creation Station, an interactive children’s art tent; the entrepreneurial Young Artists gallery replete with their artisanal crafts; and the Emerging Artists area, which highlights the inspired work of high school and college students. Please feel free to contact the Deer Path Art League for more information, sponsorship inquiry or to volunteer. Look on its Facebook page for up-to-date show information. Find the event listing at Sunshine Artist.

Ceramic Artwork by Debra Steidel


60th annual juried fine art show

labor day weekend aug. 31 - sept. 1, 10 am - 5 pm

Market Square, Lake Forest, Illinois FREE Admission, Open to the Public

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Autumn adventures in Wisconsin BY WENDY ALTSCHULER

For Sun-Times Media

Take a drive to Wisconsin this fall, and see what the season has to offer our northern neighbors.These locations will appease both the parents and the kids.



estination Kohler,home of The American Club — a fullservice Tudor-style luxurious property,originally designed to house immigrant factory workers from Austria,Holland,German and Russia,among other places — is the leading superlative travel hot spot for those seeking awardwinning championship golf courses, boutique shops,delectable dining experiences and an indulgent spa, located in the Carriage House.

“Nestled amongst trees,water and untouched wilderness,theVillage of Kohler is set in a cozy little corridor that feels like your own natural playground,”said Tricia Rathermel,Destination Kohler special events manager.“In autumn,the resort’s treescaped surroundings offer a breath-taking natural backdrop of colored leaves,bringing out the childlike adventurer in all of us.” Nature-lovers and fall explorers will find much to do at the nearby 800-acre RiverWildlife,a vast and stunning wilderness preserve and dining club. “As the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond Forbes Five Star Resort Hotel,The American Club provides some much-deserved fun for the entire family including outdoor games like croquet and family golf plus hiking trails,nature walks,bird

watching,garden tours,clay and trap shooting,youth archery,canoeing,kayaking,stand up paddle boarding,indoor and outdoor swimming and tennis,horseback riding, fishing and more,”Rathermel said. For parents that want a little alone time,Destination Kohler offers kid-centric activities and fun in the Kohler Kidz programs.Children can take part in the Kidz Dinner and a Movie offered every Saturday from 6-9 p.m.,which includes time for games or children can benefit from a custom activity designed by Kohler Kidz staff. “A Kohler Kidz coordinator is available by special request anytime for $15 per hour,”Rathermel said. A trip to Kohler wouldn’t be complete without a Kohler Factory Tour. Learn how Kohler bathtubs,faucets and fixtures are expertly made in the Industry in Action three-hour excursion. You may also visit to the Kohler Design Center,a lovely facility full of innovative interior design and home inspiration. Destination Kohler is truly fun for the whole family,with activities and experiences for everyone. Fill your day with an exciting escapade and romp around the beautiful grounds,or take it slow with an invigorating spa treatment, an exquisite garden walk and a cup of Joe in the inimitable antique solarium,The Greenhouse.No matter what your pleasure is,a vacation with Destination Kohler will be something special. For more information on Destination Kohler,visit

beyond expectations experience for all our guests year–round,”said Travis Nelson,spokesperson for Kalahari Resorts.“We couldn’t be happier that,in doing so,Kalahari was recognized earlier this year by Condé Nast Traveler as the ‘World’s Coolest IndoorWaterpark.’” Nelson went on to say:“Home toWisconsin’s largest indoor waterpark, guests can take a ride on America’s first indoor super loop waterslides,taking them on a 250 plus foot journey from high above the room of the waterpark to the water below.Visitors can also enjoy the 570-foot,35-second thrill-ride called The Master Blaster, relax in America’s longest 920-foot lazy river and learn to surf on the popular FlowRider.For little kids, the indoor waterpark also features a state-of-the-art kid’s play zone called Tiko’sWatering Hole.”


Find a delightful thrill at the 1,000-square-foot theme park that is complete with bumper boats,ropes courses,laser tag,a six-story Ferris wheel,an African-themed carousel, bowling,gocarts,mini golf, arcade games and much more. The resort also houses a lavish spa and mouth-watering dining experiences. The newly minted Double Cut Charcoal Grill and Liquor Bar,named as one of OpenTable’s Diners’Choice restaurants in January 2014,provides a modern take on the great American steakhouse. “Double Cut brings distinctive, delicious dining and spirited lounging to all guests,whether business travelers,groups or families,” Nelson said. For more information on the Kalahari Resort,visit

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he Kalahari Resort inWisconsin Dells is the perfect retreat for quality fall family fun.The resort has earned many deserved accolades including TripAdvisor’s 2014 Traveler’s Choice Awards, which named the resort the 16th best family-friendly hotel. “We have always had one goal in mind:to provide a unique,

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Cruise Night 6:30-9 p.m. Harris Bank Parking Lot, South Cook Street What you need to know: See classic cars, enjoy local food and treats and listen to music.Visit for more information.


Summer Concert Series Featuring Broadway in Barrington: Robert Pilon 6:30 p.m. The Sanfilippo Estate, Barrington Hills What you need to know: Admission is $65. Enjoy an evening of Broadway favorites plus selections from “Phantom of the

Opera” and “Les Miserables,” “The Lion King,”“Tarzan” and more. An estate tour begins at the start of the evening.Visit www. html for more information.

THURSDAYS,THROUGH OCT.16 Farmers Market 3-7 p.m. Village Parking Lot, Park Ave. What you need to know: Enjoy shopping for fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, meats, cheeses, dog treats, pasta and more.Visit www. for more information.


Thurs.: 6-11 p.m., Fri.: 6 p.m. — midnight, Sat. — Sun.: 10 — midnight, Mon.: noon — 6 p.m. Festival grounds, Lake Cook Rd. at Raupp Blvd. What you need to know: This annual event includes a beer garden, a business and craft fair, free entertainment, a carnival and fireworks. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday.Visit for more information.

DISCOVER THE PLACE WHERE AWESOME LIVES. Every one of our 17 interactive exhibits is a play station that ignites curiosity, inspires imagination and stirs creativity. Now through November 2, explore Science + You, a child-sized laboratory where kids become little scientists. Discover for yourself just how powerful play can be. 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview | (847) 832-6600 |

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Farmers Market 8 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. 951 McHenry Rd. What you need to know: Enjoy farm-fresh items, homemade baked goods and more. Visit for more information.


11th Annual Healthy Lifestyle Expo 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St. What you need to know:What you need to know: This is an event for all ages, featuring flu shots, health screens, healthy eating and fitness demonstrations and document shredding. Call (847) 945-4660 for more information.


Farmers Market 7 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. What you need to know: Look for locally grown seasonal vegetables and fruit; organic and naturally grown vegetables and flowers; freshly baked breads, muffins and cookies; handcrafted


The Buzz on Bees 1:30-2:30 p.m. River Trail Nature Center, Milwaukee Ave. What you need to know:Visit the nature center, work in the garden and learn about the importance of bees.Visit www. for more information.


Wisconsin cheese and tasty maple syrup and honey.Visit for more information.

EVANSTON SUNDAY, SEPT.7 Streets Alive 1 p.m. Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St. What you need to know:Visit the Main St. business district and transit node for activities, art making, music, skating, biking, walking and yoga. The street will be closed to traffic.

THURSDAY, SEPT.18 Charity Wine Walk 5-8 p.m. Stop by the Chicago-Dempster Neighborhood What you need to know: Join the Chicago Dempster Merchant Association & Vinic Wine for a neighborly wine tasting event. More than 20 local businesses will be pouring tastings of French wines selected and provided by Vinic. The $15 suggested donation per person will benefit two local charities: No Boundaries — Train for Work, Train for Life and The Evanston Art Center.


Lane’s 50th Annual Block Party noon 1300 Block of Ashland Ave. What you need to know: Enjoy the block party, featuring a food truck, potluck, activities, an outdoor movie and a visit from the Wilmette Fire Department.

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French Market 8 a.m. — 1 p.m. Village Center What you need to know: Traditional goods such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheeses, meats and breads are available from local and regional vendors.Visit www. for more information.


Teen Back to School Beach Bash 5-7 p.m. Tower Road Beach What you need to know:Teens in Middle School are invited to visit the beach for a life DJ, food and games, supervised by the Winnetka Park District staff.Visit www. for more information.


Farewell to Summer Family Luau 4-7:30 p.m. Tower Road Beach What you need to know:Visit the beach for a day of family fun and enjoy a Luau, featuring music from Barefoot Hawaiian. Lifeguards will be on hand from 4-6 p.m. and food will be available.Visit www. for more information.

6-8 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. What you need to know: Unwind and learn some dance moves from professional instructors. Refreshments and games will keep the evening fun. Visit for more information.


Chicago Botanic Garden’s Farmers Market 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. What you need to know: Visit for a variety of fruits and vegetables, sauces, dips, meats and more. The market is free to Garden visitors and takes place on the Esplanade.Visit www. for more information.

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You’re less than an hour away from the perfect getaway. — away from the hustle and bustle and into a scenic paradise! Treat yourself to a stroll on the beach, rent bicycles or hike the State Park There s plenty p trails. There’s of fun for the whole family. There’s Yoga, Aqua Fitness and Zumba! The hot tub, sauna, game room and health club are available for our guests. Resort guests also have 24-hour access to the beach.

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8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. Leisure Center What you need to know: Shop for holiday items and more at this event, featuring handmade arts and crafts and other holiday treats. For vendor information or more about the event, call (847) 291-2988.

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Village of Skokie partners with the Independent Merchants of Downtown Skokie BY WENDY ALTSCHULER For Sun-Times Media


he Village of Skokie has aligned with the Independent Merchants of Downtown Skokie (IMODS) to enrich the community and provide unique, creative events and public art that will support the downtown shops and businesses. “This partnership,and the dedication of many merchants and residents,makes downtown Skokie a great place to shop, dine,play and live,”said Ann Tennes,director of marketing and communications,Village of Skokie.


Every Sunday through Oct. 26, from 7:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., visit the farmers market in the village hall parking lot at 5127 Oakton St. Fill your bags with seasonal delights and shopper favorites.Visitors will relish live entertainment and special events as well. On Sept. 7, Document Destruction will commence. On Sept. 21, RC Juggle, a children’s performer, will entertain the crowd. “Fall brings wonderful seasonal delights to the Skokie Farmers Market, including the coveted honey crisp and ginger gold apple varieties, squash, Brussels sprouts, pumpkins, eggplant, potatoes and much more,” Tennes said.“The Skokie Farmers’ Market is a fun community event where people meet their neighbors and friends while stocking up on the best produce the season has to offer.”


On Saturday, Oct. 25, from noon to 4 p.m., families will enjoy several spooky themed activities, sponsored by the IMODS. Children, ages 12 and under, can wear a costume and trick-or-treat in participating downtown Skokie businesses. Make a donation — a canned good item or $1 for the Niles Township Food Pantry — at Crafty Beaver Lumber, located at 4810 Oakton St. Receive a trick-or-treat bag and a Spooktivity guide and you’re on your way for Halloween fun. At the end of the route, participants will enjoy a funhouse, a Halloween market, children’s activities, pumpkin decorating and a hayride back to the parking area.


Hydrants on Parade, inspired by Chicago’s Cows on Parade, are the brainchild of the IMODS. This distinctive and imaginative display brings a dynamic atmosphere to the downtown community. Local artist Art Baltazar, co-owner of Aw Yeah Comics, and illustrator Kurt Wood painted 15 permanent hydrants in bright superhero motifs, delighting the young and young at heart. To support community public art, adopt a hydrant. Proceeds benefit 100 Club of Chicago, an organization that provides for the families of police officers, fire fighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty. “The superhero and comic book character fire hydrants, the comic-covered signal boxes and the abundance of sculptures and public art in downtown Skokie complement the vibrant new street scape and interesting restaurants and stores, making the area lively and fun for shopping, dining and exploring,” said Randy Miles, president of Independent Merchants of Downtown Skokie and owner of Village Inn Pizzeria, Sports Bar & Grill.


Skokie’s family-friendly First Fridays program began when IMODS formed a partnership between merchants, residents and representatives from the Village of Skokie, the Park District and the Skokie Public Library. The event kicks off with a Cruise Night on Lincoln Avenue, featuring classic and custom cars. Many fun experiences are lined up, including camping in Lorel Park on Sept. 5, a dining and pub crawl event on Oct. 10, live jazz music at the Skokie Public Library on Nov. 7 and a holiday festival and cookie walk on Dec. 5.


Downtown Skokie is home to an incredible amount of diverse restaurant selections that will satiate any palate. Café Hanah, El Fuego Mexican Cuisine and Cocomero Frozen Yogurt are new options; Alexander’s Breakfast and Lunch and Annie’s Pancake House are popular breakfast, brunch and lunch spots; Libertad, Kabul House Afghan Cuisine, Tub Tim Thai and Yolo Mexican Eatery are all Michelin rated; the Village Inn Pizzeria Sports Bar and Grill has just undergone an extensive renovation and currently features a new menu and attractive outdoor seating; The Curragh Irish Pub is a very popular neighborhood pub with a year-round patio and Sweety Pies and D-Jred Fine Jamaican Cuisine are both family-owned. Venture out, join family, friends and community members and take advantage of all that the Village of Skokie and the IMODS have to offer. Shop. Dine. Explore. 22 | Thursday, August 28, 2014 | Fall Fun Guide




Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 @ 8 p.m. Indie artist on the fast track to pop-rock stardom following the rave reviews of his second release,MC II.


Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 8 p.m. A passionate,searing and immensely talented sibling trio whose music draws from rock,blues,TexMex,Conjunto and Tejano.


Sunday, May 10, 2015 @ 2 p.m. The NewYork Gilbert & Sullivan Players celebrates the legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan in American musical theater.Features favorites from Rodgers & Hammerstein,Bernstein, Sondheim,Lerner & Loewe,MeredithWillson and Jerry Herman.

The Prairie Center also offers two holiday programs:


Friday, Dec. 5 — Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in the 20th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet that follows the dreamlike adventures of a young girl.


Joseph Malmquist, director Presto! Holiday Concert Featuring the Schaumburg Youth Choir Michael VanCamp, director Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 @ 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A heartwarming break from the pre-holiday hustle and bustle with classical and popular music of the season performed by the award-winning SchaumburgYouth Symphony Orchestra,joined by new SchaumburgYouth Choir.


Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 @ 2 p.m. Producer/director Stephen Parry introduces his film documenting the history ofWLS radio and television’s National Barn Dance,one of Chicago’s biggest exports in entertainment that highlighted stars such

as Gene Autrey,George Gobel and Pat Buttram.A question-and-answer session with Parry follows.


Whose Memoirs Helped Inspire Downton Abbey Portrayal by Leslie Goddard Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 @ 2 p.m. (Lecture Hall) Lecturer Leslie Goddard portrays British servant Margaret Powell as she depicts life below stairs in stately English homes in the early 1920s.Based on Powell’s bestselling memoir,Below Stairs,which inspired Downtown Abbey and the 1970s series Upstairs,Downstairs.


Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 7 p.m. The Prairie Center Arts Foundation’s wine tasting event returns for a second year to please all palettes. Back are tasting options from dozens of wines and microbrew beers along with small bites and other surprises to please the senses.


Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 2 p.m. Singers,dancers,stand-up comics,musicians and novelty artists have turned Schaumburg’s own senior citizen variety show into a showcase that prove that you’re never too old to entertain.


Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m. Coming up on its ninth annual event,Screen Test is the Chicago area’s premier festival dedicated to short films made by students in grades 5 – 12.

Sponsors for the 2014-2015 season: Daily Herald, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Links Technology Solutions, R.J. Augustine and Associates, Schaumburg Bank & Trust, the Prairie Center Arts Foundation, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, Bahama Breeze, Bonefish Grill, Chandler’s Chophouse & Grille, Comcast, Comfort Suites Schaumburg, Comfort Inn Hoffman Estates, L’Eiffel Bistrot & Creperie, Moretti’s Schaumburg, Pita House, Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, Sam & Harry’s, Season’s 52, 90.9 FM WDCB (Media Sponsor), Wells Fargo, Westwood Tavern, and Whole Foods. The Prairie Center for the Arts is a division of the Village of Schaumburg Department of Cultural Services. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (847) 895-3600. A complete listing of season events is available by request.

On the cover: The Prairie Arts Center. (From left to right) 101 Years of Broadway, Andrea Rivette, The Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra, The annual Prairie Arts Festival, “The Nutcracker”



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Fall fun guide 2014  

Featuring the autumn's best places to experience in Chicagoland and the Midwest

Fall fun guide 2014  

Featuring the autumn's best places to experience in Chicagoland and the Midwest