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Denise LGrasswill perform “The Blues Ain’t Color” Aug. 11 UncommGround.

Denise La Grassa will perform “The Blues Ain’t a Color” Aug. 11 at Uncommon Ground.

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Updated: September 10, 2013 6:02AM


THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO: 111 S. Michigan Ave. (312) 443-3600. “Kara Walker: Rise Up Ye Mighty Race!” through Aug. 11. “Sharing Space: Creative Intersections in Architecture and Design” through Aug. 18.


SECOND CITY: Piper’s Alley, 1608 N. Wells. (312) 337-3992. “The Second City’s 101st Revue, Let Them Eat Chaos,” “Clown Car Named Desire” and “What The Tour Guide Didn’t Tell You” will be performed through August. Tickets are $30.50-35.50 for each.

ZANIES: 1548 N. Wells. (312) 337-4027. Dan Cummins, Aug. 9-11 Rising Star Showcase, 12. Kevin Bozeman, Aug. 13-18. Female Funnies, Aug. 19. Larry Reeb, Aug. 20-25.

ZANIES: Pheasant Run Resort and Spa on North Avenue in St. Charles. (630) 513-1761. Vince Maranto, Aug. 9-10. Russ Williamson, Aug. 14-16. Walt Willey, Aug. 17. Midnight Swinger, Aug. 21-24.

ZANIES: MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. (847) 813-0484. Tone Bell, Aug. 9-10. Bret Ernst, Aug. 14-17. Walt Willey, Aug. 18. Graham Elwood, Aug. 21-24.


BUD BILLIKEN PARADE AND PICNIC: 39th Street and South Martin Luther King Drive. (773) 536-3710 or visit Parade will be Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. beginning at King Drive at Oakwood Boulevard and activities follow at Washington Park with free giveaways and other treats.

LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER CHICAGO: 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg. (847) 592-9700; On display is Master Model Builder Andrew Johnson’s large-scale replica of the Blackhawks logo entirely out of LEGOs. The model is made of 756 LEGO bricks, measures 2 feet by 3 feet, weighs 20 punds, and took about 16 hours to build.

NAVY PIER: 600 E. Grand Ave. (312) 222-9328; Summer fireworks Saturdays at 10:15 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. through Aug. 31. Cirque Shanghai will present “Dragon’s Thunder” through Sept. 2. Tickets are $15.50-29.50. Shoreline Sightseeing Wine Tasting Cruise at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 12. Features wines of Chicago-area Lynfred Winery plus light refreshments and a ninety-minute cruise on Shoreline’s climate controlled “Celebration.” Tickets are $49. Cash bar is available onboard. Tall Ships Chicago 2013, Aug. 9-11. Visitors will have the opportunity to come aboard and tour Tall Ships dockside or take a sail on Lake Michigan on select Tall Ships for an even more unique experience. Admission is $5, $25 for adult and $12 for children dockside boarding tickets.


CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Navy Pier. (312) 464-7737. Permanent exhibit titled “Tinkering Lab.” It provides children and families with the inspiration, time, space, materials and freedom to innovate and interact directly with the real, three-dimensional world around them. It’s the ultimate workshop inspiring visitors to design, build, test and retest with real tools and materials. The Laugh Shak, a new pop-up comedy club, will run through Sept. 2. It creates an opportunity for children to be spontaneous, perform and just let loose. Programs include Open Mic, Silly Pets and a “Make Me Laugh” booth.

ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER: 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. (847) 967-4889; Free admission to military and their immediate families through Sept. 1 as part of the Blue Star Museums summer program.“The Zev and Shifra Karkomi” permanent exhibit tells the story of the Holocaust, from pre-war German life, to ghettos and concentration camps, to eventual liberation and resettlement throughout the world, with a special focus on post-war life in Skokie. Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh, a Creation of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, will be on display through Sept. 8. Holocaust survivor, Rena Olenick will discuss her survival of the war in exile in Siberia Aug. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Reservations required.

PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM: 2430 Cannon Drive. (773) 755-5100. Features Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, a 2,700 square-foot greenhouse filled with pools of water, flowers, tropical trees and 1,000 butterflies, including those never-before-seen in our region. Permanent exhibit “Nature’s Lunchbox” shines the spotlight on healthy eating. Exhibit titled “Food: The Nature of Eating” will be on display through Sept. 8.


JAY PRITZKER PAVILION: Millennium Park, Michigan between Randolph and Monroe. (312) 742-1168; Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz concert series, through Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Free.

LEE’S UNLEADED BLUES: 7401 S. South Chicago Ave. (773) 493-3477; Weekly blues jam Wednesday from 8 p.m. to midnight.


METROPOLIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE: 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121. Peter Oprisko will perform the music of pop icons from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s in his show titled “The Chairman’s Board” Aug. 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25. “Weddings of Mass Destruction” will be performed Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.

RIVERFRONT PLAYHOUSE: 11 S. Water St., Aurora. (630) 897-9496. “Wait Until Dark” will be performed through Sept. 7 Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-17.

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE: Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. (312) 595-5633. “Shrek the Musical” will be performed through Sept. 1. Tickets are $18-25.

UNCOMMON GROUND: 1401 W. Devon. (773) 465-9801; Denise La Grassa’s jazz-theater musical titled “The Blues Ain’t a Color” will be performed Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. It is an hour-long collage, sketches of lives living the blues in many-colored hues, comprised of original songs and poetry by Denise La Grassa that chronicles the day-to-day struggles of predominantly African-American characters who encounter the ingrained American racism of yesterday and today and features a three-piece ensemble that underscores and punctuates La Grassa’s text. Tickets are $7.


BROOKFIELD ZOO: First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and 31st Street. (708) 688-8000. Dinosaurs are back and this time they are bigger and badder than ever. See your ferocious favorites up close like the Triceratops, as well as obscure dinosaur species with unusual characteristics, like feathers. Dinosaurs Alive! is $5 and $3 for children and seniors over 65 in addition to general zoo admission. Children 2 and under are free.

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 556-1778. Public farmers’ market open the first and third Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 20. Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America open through Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Admission is $6 and $4 for children ages 3 to 12. Butterflies & Blooms exhibit will be on display through Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America, and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. Admission is $4-6 and free for children 3 and under. Art of the Heirloom will be on display through Aug. 18. The exhibit features works in a variety of media and styles such as oil painting, paper, collage, encaustic, colored pencil, and printmaking. Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden Family drop-in activities Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. through Sept. 2. Chef garden series 1:30 p.m. includes Bistro Campagne with Adam Dittmer Aug. 10 and Quince with Bryan Klau Aug. 11. Kite Festival Aug. 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy soaring, stunt-kite performances set to music. Gardeners of the North Shore Show & Sale Aug. 10 from noon to 4:30 p.m. and Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Rio Bamba will perform Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. Mid-America Bonsai Society Show & Sale Aug. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. and Aug. 17-18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MORTON ARBORETUM: I-88 and Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, Tree House Tales exhibit on display through November. Enter a tree village that’s filled with adventure and imagination. For ages 2 to 10. South China Collection through November 2013. Celebrate the exciting world of bugs with the David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibition through Sept. 8. Wednesdays Woods and Wine at 5:30 p.m. through Aug. 21. For adults 21 and over (no children allowed). Cost is $15 and includes one drink, cheese buffet and live music. Weekend Theatre Hike will present “James and the Giant Peach” through Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $8-12. Family Twilight Adventures Aug. 9 from 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $19. Little Nashville will perform Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. Cost is $5.

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