Award of Excellence was presented to Karen Altschul for her first place photograph titled The Cows in “The Farm: Images from the Heartland 2012” competition at Lake County Discovery Museum near Wauconda.
ANTIOCH FINE ARTS FOUNDATION GALLERY: 983 Main St. (847) 838-2274; www.antiochfinearts.org. Free folk music on the second Saturday of every month from 1 to 4 p.m. September artists for the month of September are James MacAyeal, Sharon Wessling.
DANDELION GALLERY: 109 S. Genesee St., Waukegan. (847) 989-1021. Hours are Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. as well as Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
JACK BENNY CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Bowen Park, 1800 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan. (847) 360-4741 or www.lcal.org. Exhibit title “Jack Benny: From Waukegan To Hollywood” shows the life of Jack Benny from when he was growing up in Waukegan to his prolific career in Hollywood. The Lake County Art League will feature artists Chuck McCann and Susan Kronowitz in its “Juxtapositions” show through Oct. 5. McCann, a Round Lake Beach resident, will display 30 pieces of art of diverse subjects. Kronowitz, who lives in Mundelein, will exhibit 10 recent oil paintings of the famous Lipizzan stallions that perform at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek. Artwork can be viewed by the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
LAKE COUNTY DISCOVERY MUSEUM: Lakewood Forest Preserve, Route 176 and Fairfield Road, near Wauconda. (847) 968-3400. “The Farm: Images from the Heartland 2012” competition will display artwork through Nov. 4.
ROBERT T. WRIGHT COMMUNITY GALLERY OF ART: College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. (847) 543-2240. http://gallery.clcillinois.edu. Exhibit titled “Nikki Renee Anderson and Joanna Mortreux: Transformative Visions Eight” will be on display through Sept. 23. Chicago artist Anderson explores the nuances of the feminine experience through ceramic sculptures that incorporate sound. Australian artist Mortreux paints images of exotic or extinct animals and mixes them up to create strange but familiar creatures.
LAMBS FARM: I-94 and Route 176, Libertyville. (847) 362-4636; www.lambsfarm.org. Farmyard open on weekends through November, and daily through October. Meet Mrs. Wiggles, the 450-pound pig. Climb into the petting zoo with goats, sheep and lambs. Check out the llamas, alpacas, cows, horses, ducks and more. Enjoy a ride on the old-fashion carousel or the train. Then challenge your friends and family to a round of mini golf. Day passes for all activities available for $8 and $12 for children 2-12.
TEMPEL FARMS: 17000 Wadsworth Road, Old Mill Creek. www.tempelfarms.com or call (847) 623-7272. Each Evening Toast and Performance begins with a champagne toast to the Lipizzan Breed and honored guests. The performance, which is set to classical music, will follow the varying stages of the development and training of the Lipizzan horses. Matinee show will be held Sept. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. Costs are $25; $20 for active military/veterans and $15 for children under the age of 15. Tickets also can be purchased at the door for $30 and $20 for children and active military and veterans.
THE BUTTON ROOM MUSEUM: 4072 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee. (224) 399-9870. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors will be given an opportunity to view beautiful buttons on display and learn more about beautiful objects and historical artifacts. The museum is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic.
FORT HILL HERITAGE MUSEUM: Lion’s Field, 601 E. Noel Drive, Mundelein. (847) 566-8122; www.mundeleinparks.org. The museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Outside, an 1890s caboose takes center stage where visitors can get an up-close, exterior view. Offerings include a host of exhibits, railroad artifacts, a replica 1900s Lake County schoolhouse, Mundelein’s first fire hose cart, 19th-century quilts, photographs and veterans’ uniforms, fashions of various eras, to the oldest item, a 1774 Flintlock musket. Open Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. (closed January and February). Drop-ins are welcome however large groups are encouraged to call to arrange a time.
GREAT LAKES NAVAL MUSEUM: Building 42, 610 Farragut Ave., Great Lakes. (847) 688-3154. Hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
HERITAGE CENTER AND HISTORY MUSEUM: 164 Hawley St., Grayslake. (847) 223-7663. The permanent gallery traces the history of Grayslake. Open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. New art exhibition features works by three local artists through Nov. 3: Charles Oglesby Longabaugh (1884 to 1944), Willadene Nicholas (1910 to 2007) and Jean Korell, a local artist still painting at the age of 95. Taken together, their works span nearly a century. The 23 water colors and two pen-and-ink drawings come from the collection of the Grayslake Historical Society, local collectors and the Korell family.
HIGHLAND PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 326 Central Ave. (847) 432-7090 or www.highlandparkhistory.com. Special group tours during the week are available upon request.
KENOSHA PUBLIC MUSEUM: 5500 First Ave. (262) 653-4140. Exhibit titled “Home Run! Reggie Jackson and the Original 500 Club” will be on display through Oct. 21. Pickard China and its Contemporaries on display through March. Exhibit titled “Biodiversity in the Art of Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen” will be on display through Sept. 16. Four Seasons Garden Show Sept. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. “Caroline Quarlls: My Independence Day will be performed Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. Plus, the exhibit will be joined by some of the animals from the KPM collection. Join the Museum every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. this summer for a brand new program designed to see exactly how much you really know about dinosaurs. Each week is a different theme with stories, activities, crafts and games to teach kids all about dinos.
LAKE BLUFF HISTORY MUSEUM: 127 Scranton Ave. lakebluffhistory.org. Collection of photographs, documents and memorabilia relating to Lake Bluff are on display. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MOTHER RUDD HOME MUSEUM: 4690 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee. http://www.motherrudd.org. The museum, which houses the Warren Township Historical Society, is the oldest structure in Warren Township, built in 1841 as an inn, and one of the oldest structures in Lake County. The two-story frame house was built as a stage coach stop and acted as the town hall of the area, serving as voting place, post office and dance hall. Rooms on display in the house include a 1930s kitchen and a 1900 bedroom. Displays in the interior of the Mother Rudd House include historic photographs of Gurnee. Artifacts from the Gurnee and Warren area are displayed in two rooms of the house. The recently re-mortared barn foundation behind the house is believed to have been a station of the Underground Railroad.
THE RAGDALE HOUSE: 1260 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest. (847) 234-1063 or www.ragdale.org. Re-opened after a year-long restoration, which has returned the historic structure to its 1926 elegance. Ragdale House was built in 1897 by Howard Van Doren Shaw, noted architect in the English Arts and Crafts tradition, built Ragdale House in 1897 as his Lake Forest summer home. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The re-opening of the Ragdale House allows the residency program once again to accommodate up to 200 artists a year.
LAMBS FARM: Visitors Center, I-94 and Route 176, Green Oaks. www.lambsfarm.org. The museum-like space tells Lambs Farm’s history through a pictorial timeline starting in 1961 when The Lambs, Inc. opened, through the move in 1965, and culminating with the 50th anniversary celebration in 2011. There are also numerous display cases with letters and photos from well-known supporters, samples from the original Silk Screen Shop and Pet Store, various proclamations and so much more. Displays and exhibits will change regularly so visitors will always learn something new about Lambs Farm. Participants will staff the Visitors Center greeting guests, sharing their unique stories and answering questions about Lambs Farm. Merchandise will also be available for purchase. The Visitors Center will be open to tour groups, field trips, and the general public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WAUKEGAN HISTORY MUSEUM: Bowen Park, 1917 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan. (847) 336-1859; www.waukeganhistorical.org. Waukegan-themed exhibits are dispersed throughout the house museum, which portrays life in Waukegan during the late Victorian period. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free.
APPLE HOLLER: 5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, Wis. (262) 886-8500 or visit www.appleholler.com.
ATTICPLAYHOUSE: 410 Sheridan Road, Highwood. (847) 433-2660.
CARUSO MIDDLE SCHOOL: 1801 Montgomery Drive, Deerfield. (847) 945-0650.
CENTERSTAGE: Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road. (847) 234-6062.
CITADEL THEATRE: Lake Forest High School West Campus Theater, 300 S. Waukegan Road. (847) 735-8554 or www.citadeltheatre.org.
CLOCKWISE THEATRE: 221 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. (800) 838-3006 or www.clockwisetheatre.org. CUNEO MANSION AND GARDENS: 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. (847) 362-3042.
DR. LYNN SCHORNICK THEATRE: Jack Benny Center for the Arts, 39 Jack Benny Drive, Bowen Park, Waukegan. (847) 360-4740.
ENCORE THEATRE: Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St. (847) 708-8880 or www.encoretheatre.net.
ESTONIAN HOUSE: 14700 Estonian Lane, Riverwoods. (847) 604-1990; www.theatreinthewoods.net.
GORTON COMMUNITY CENTER: 400 E. Illinois Ave., Lake Forest. (847) 234-6062 or www.CenterStageLakeForest.org.
IMPROV PLAYHOUSE THEATER: 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. www.improvplayhouse.com or (847) 968-4529.
JACK BENNY CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Bowen Park, 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan. (847) 360-4740.
JAMES LUMBER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. (847) 543-2300 or visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets. (847) 543-2300; www.clcillinois.edu/tickets.
LAKE FOREST HIGH SCHOOL: 1285 North McKinley Road. (847) 708-8880; www.encoretheatre.net. MARRIOTT THEATRE: Ten Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com. “Dreamgirls” will be performed through Oct. 28. This Tony Award-winning musical is a true Broadway spectacle. Follow the rags to riches story of a female 1960s Motown group from Chicago, “The Dreams.” Tickets are $40-48, and dinner and theater special is available on Wednesday and Thursday evening for $55.
MUNDELEIN HIGH SCHOOL: 1350 W. Hawley St. (847) 521-6192 or www.http://kirkplayers.com.
MUSIC THEATRE COMPANY: 1850 Green Bay Road in Highland Park. (847) 579-4900; www.themusictheatrecompany.org.PM&L THEATRE: 877 N. Main St., Antioch. (847) 395-3055 or www.pmltheatre.com. “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harding will be performed Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 16, 23 and 30 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $13, and $11 for students and seniors.
PATTY TURNER CENTER: 375 Elm St., Deerfield. (847) 945-0650.
ROUND LAKE BEACH CULTURAL AND CIVIC CENTER: 2007 Civic Center Way. (847) 968-4529 or www.improvplayhouse.com.
ST. LAWRENCE EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 125 W. Church St., Libertvyille. (847) 708-8880 or www.encoretheatre.net.
WOODSTOCK OPERA HOUSE: 121 Van Buren St. (815) 338-5300 or www.woodstockoperahouse.com.