Roz Varon's Weekender Report

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Roz Varon takes a look at what's going on in the city and suburbs this weekend.

This is the fifth year for Destination Asia, a multi-cultural festival at the Morton Arboretum. It gets underway Friday evening with music, food and dance from more than 10 countries.


Cantigny Park is going to the dogs on Saturday for Dog Days at Parade Field! From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. bring your best friend and enjoy a special dog play area, more than 50 canine vendors, even a dip in a doggy pool! They'll also have animal shelters and on-site adoption services available.

World of Faeries Festival - SOUTH ELGIN
The annual World of Faeries Festival is Saturday and Sunday in South Elgin. It's fantasy fun for families, with artisans, music and entertainment, including storytelling, puppet shows, scavenger hunts, and tea parties. Food will be available, or you can bring your own and picnic at Vasa Park.

Water Colors, Free Live Jazz - POLK BROS. PARK, NAVY PIER
Watercolors, free live jazz concerts are back at Navy Pier. Each Friday night through August 24, enjoy a 90-minute set outside at the Lake Stage at Polk Brothers Park.

Polar Express Tickets on Sale - UNION
I know it's only August, but tickets just went on sale for the Polar Express Train Ride out of Union Station, happening November 30-January 1! This magical one-hour trip takes passengers on a journey based on the classic children's book, complete with hot chocolate, entertainment and a visit from Santa himself. Tickets sell out fast for this popular holiday attraction, so don't wait too long to get your magical golden ticket.


On the theatre beat, "Pinkalicious, The Musical" is a one-hour presentation for kids and parents of all ages, at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre. Based on the popular children's book, it runs through August 19.

Avenue Q, extended - MERCURY THEATER
And at the Mercury Theater, the highly recommended revival of the Broadway musical "Avenue Q" has been extended due to popular demand. Yes, they're puppets, but this racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street is for adults. It now runs through November 4.

Lollapalooza - Grant Park
Lollapalooza continues in Grant Park. Headliners Saturday include The Weekend, Vampire Weekend and St. Vincent. Lollapalooza runs through Sunday.

Jeff Fest - Jefferson Memorial Park, near Lawrence and Milwaukee
For neighborhood festivals, Jeff Fest, or the Jefferson Park Arts and Music Festival, continues today and tomorrow at Jefferson Memorial Park, just west of Lawrence and Milwaukee. Highlights include popular rock tribute bands, local bands and performers, food, arts & crafts and a kids' activity area!

Flashback Weekend Horror-Con - Crowne Plaza Chicago-O'Hare, Rosemont

We're still a few months away from Halloween, but you can get your fill of haunted and Halloween-themed art, merchandise and memorabilia at the Flashback Weekend Horror-con at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare in Rosemont! They'll have autograph signings from your favorite horror stars, movie screenings and more through Sunday.

Made in Chicago - Chicago Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd.
The Made in Chicago Market is Sunday at Plumbers Hall. Discover local artisans in home, garden, jewelry and toys! Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Black Harvest Film Fest - Gene Siskel Film Center
On the movie beat, the Black Harvest Film Festival opens tonight at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The film fest is a celebration of stories, history and the legacy of African Americans and the African diaspora, interpreted by filmmakers from, the U.S. and abroad. It runs through August 30.

Haymarket - Theater Wit
And on the theatre beat, Haymarket, a New Folk Musical has been extended by popular demand! This true story of Chicago's Haymarket labor movement is now at Theater Wit at least through September 3.
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