October 18, 2012 5:06PM
The Family in “Dreamgirls” performed through Oct. 28 at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.
Updated: October 18, 2012 5:06PM
ANDERSON ARTS CENTER: 121 66 St., Kenosha. (262) 653-0481.
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. The work of Diane Bates and her art students will on display though October. Diane’s students will display work they created in Diane’s classes which are held weekly at the Gallery.
DANDELION GALLERY: 109 S. Genesee St., Waukegan. (224) 430-9975 or (224) 440-2194. DAVID ADLER MUSIC AND ARTS CENTER: 1700 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. www.adlercenter.org or (847) 367-0707. The center is dedicated to promoting music and the arts as an integral part of everyday life. Its year-round activities are designed to foster critical thinking and interpretation, participation, entertainment, and achievement in music and the arts for the people of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. The center maintains and interprets the historic home of architect David Adler, which is the base of its activities, and a visual image of the harmony between music, the arts and daily life.
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. Open 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. Memorabilia from the exhibit include historic photographs of Jack Benny, programs from Jack Benny performances, and autographed items by Benny, Mary Livingstone and others. Learn about Benny’s early days growing up in Waukegan, his radio and television career, and the impact that he had on Hollywood and his hometown of Waukegan.
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. Exhibition titled “Dickens: 200 Years of Celebrity,” featuring legendary author and his beloved characters, runs through Feb. 24.
ROBERT T. WRIGHT COMMUNITY GALLERY OF ART: College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. (847) 543-2240. http://gallery.clcillinois.edu. The 32nd annual Recent Works Juried Exhibit will be on display through Nov. 4. Selected from 227 entries, the artwork in the exhibit includes 58 pieces in various media, created by artists who live or work in Lake County. Many of the artworks are for sale.
ARTWAUK: Downtown Waukegan. www.artwauk.com. Waukegan’s monthly ArtWauk is held every third Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. in downtown.
GRAYSLAKE FARMERS MARKET: Center Street in downtown. www.grayslakefarmersmarket.com. Fall market open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Dec. 22.
JELLY BELLY: 10100 Jelly Belly Lane, Pleasant Prairie. (866) 868-7522 or www.jellybelly.com. Free tours are offered daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
JOPLIN’S JAVA AND RAGTIME CAFE: 114 S. Genesee St., Waukegan. (847) 775-1988. Senior social hours from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Casual Gaming Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m. Open Mic first Mondays of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring poetry, short stories, comedy or music.
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.
MAINSTREET LIBERTYVILLE: On Milwaukee Avenue, downtown from the Metra station to Broadway and on Cook, Church and Lake. (847) 680-0336 www.mainstreetlibertyville.org. Celebrate the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m.
RHYTHM ACADEMY OF DANCE: 200 N. County St., Waukegan. (847) 244-4944. Salsa lessons are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday. Admission is $10 per class or $55 for a six-week session. Community Drum and Rhythm Circle is held the 3rd Sunday of each month. Free.
ROUND LAKE AREA PARK DISTRICT SENIOR CENTER: Robert W. Rolek Community Center, 814 Hart Road, Round Lake. (847) 546-8558. Open painting time for seniors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays.
SUNDANCE SALOON: 300 Lakehurst Road, Waukegan. (630) 328-2874. Dance program from 6 to 10 p.m. every Thursday. Music will be country, swing or Latin. Admission is $5.
THE ANSEL B. COOK HOUSE AND VICTORIAN MUSEUM: Milwaukee Avenue, between Cook Avenue and Church Street, Libertyville. (847) 362-2330 or libertyvillemundeleinhistoricalsociety.com. The house was built in 1878 by its namesake on the site of the first permanent dwelling in Libertyville. In 2001, the Home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Due to the 1921 facade reconstruction, it is listed as Cook Memorial Library.
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 exhibit “All Aboard: A History of Railroads in Grayslake” will be on display through Feb. 23. It includes rare images and artifacts from the collection of the Grayslake Historical Society, as well as items loaned by local collectors. Also, a working model train, with a Soo Line engine and cars, will also be on display. Hands-on learning opportunities related to the history of the railroad will appeal to younger visitors.
HIGHLAND PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 326 Central Ave. (847) 432-7090 or www.highlandparkhistory.com. Special group tours during the week are available upon request. October is John Van Bergen Month. Of all the Prairie architects, John S. Van Bergen (1885-1969) is probably the most closely associated with Highland Park. A comprehensive exhibit spanning Van Bergen’s 55-year career will be on display through October. Admission is $5.
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.
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.
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.
CITADEL THEATRE: Lake Forest High School West Campus Theater, 300 S. Waukegan Road. (847) 735-8554 or www.citadeltheatre.org. Season opener, Jerry Sterner’s “Other People’s Money”, will be performed through Oct. 28, with performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 for Thursday or Sunday performances, $37.50 Friday or Saturday.
CLOCKWISE THEATRE: 221 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. (800) 838-3006 or www.clockwisetheatre.org. “Soul Sisters” by Joanne Koch and Sarah Blacher Cohen, directed by Joyce Becker Lee (Mundelein) will be performed through Nov. 11, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20.
MARRIOTT THEATRE: Ten Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200 or www.marriotttheatre.com. “Dreamgirls” will be performed through Oct. 28. 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.
MIDDLEFORK FARM PRESERVE: 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest. (847) 735-8554; www.ticketturtle.com. Citadel Theatre and Lake Forest Open Lands will present a theater hike titled “The Witch’s Brew” October 19-21 at 4:30 p.m. Experience the magic of theater amidst the gorgeous fall backdrop. In case of bad weather, the performance will move to the West Campus Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. Costumes encouraged. Tickets are $15 and $10 for Open Lands members. Cash only sales at the door.