A concert of acoustic guitar, folk music, and storytelling set
to song produced by Des Plaines' own Tim Vana. To order tickets,
contact the Des Plaines History Center at 847-391-5399.
The world's largest specialty event devoted to classic muscle
cars and Corvettes features more than 500 cars. Kids and parents
can enter the Miniature Model Car Contest, participate in a
scavenger hunt and attend the Rescue 1 Fire Safety program. Plus,
an exhibit that feature bikes from Schwinn, Sears, Murray,
Montgomery Wards and Raleigh with iconic "ape hanger" handlebars
and banana seats. For more information, visit mcacn.com.
Just as Victor Frankenstein created his monster from parts of
many different people, this new iteration of "500 Clown
Frankenstein" is constructed by a cast of rotating performers. Five
clowns reconfigure into three different casts, each charged with
the same task: "make monster."
Exhibit examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous
species, ranging from huge to tiny, from speedy to sloth-like, and
displays animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and
horns. Highlights include taxidermy specimens,
an entire skeleton of a giant hoofed plant-eater,
a life-size model of the largest land mammal that ever
lived, one of the oldest fossilized bats ever found,
and an impressive diorama featuring the swamps and forests of an
island in the Arctic. Runs May 26, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.
The mansion served as the Nickerson's winter residence
during the late 19
th century, and the family spent every holiday season
in Chicago lavishly entertaining acquaintances, friends, and family
from near and far. During this tour, participants are transported
back to the winter months of 1899, where they discover through a
servant's eyes how the Nickersons celebrated the holidays. As
applicants to a position in domestic service, participants learn
the best methods for preparing plum pudding, how to prevent the new
electrical lights on the Christmas tree from catching it on fire,
Join Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, a handsome Prince,
and two selfish stepsisters in Rodgers and Hammerstein's most
beloved tale. Performances run Nov. 17-Dec. 31.
See a variety of styles ranging from hip-hop, ballet, tap and
jazz to contemporary and more. The festival is a cornerstone of the
city's fall dance season and showcases more than 300 individual
dynamic acts from more than 2,500 talented dancers and
choreographers from some of Chicago's best dance companies. Check
website for schedule. Oct. 20-Dec. 1.