Art in Elmhurst

The Elmhurst Museum of Art opens two new exhibitions dedicated to the 20th century this weekend: “McCormick House — Past, Present, Future” is part of the Chicago Architecture Biennale, while “What Came After: Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-98” begins Saturday at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 South Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. $15; $12 seniors; free for students and children 18 and under. (630) 834-0202 or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday; from Saturday September 14 to Sunday January 12

Liszt and Rachmaninoff

Pianist Dinara Klinton performs the music of Liszt and Rachmaninoff with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra this weekend at two locations: first at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $50 to $100. (312) 334-7777; then to the Hemmens Cultural Centre, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $35 to $85; $10 young. (847) 888-4000 or In Chicago: 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 13; In Elgin: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 14 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 15

rock project

Hear hits such as “Eye in the Sky” and “Games People Play” when Alan Parsons Live Project performs in concert Friday at the Genesee Theater, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $47.50 to $199. (847) 263-6300 or 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 13

Suburban scares

Experience classic big-screen monsters in person when Chicago’s 13th-floor haunted house reopens for the season starting this weekend at 1940 George St., Melrose Park. $19.99-$32.99 ($10-$20 extras for fast or skip-the-line passes). 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. various dates from Friday, Sept. 13 to Saturday, Nov. 9

great laughs

Catch up with comedian Big Jay Oakerson (“This is Not Happening”, “Premium Blend”) when he returns to do stand-up at two Zanies locations: first at 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago; (312) 337-4027. Then on Saturday at Parkway Bank Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont; (847) 813-0484. $25 plus a purchase of two items at both locations. 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on Friday, September 13 in Chicago; 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 in Rosemont


Nitty gritty man

Fans of folk band Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be sure to see one of its founders, John McEuen, perform with The String Wizards in concert on Saturday at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. $30. (815) 338-5300 or 8 p.m. Saturday, September 14

Male cheerfulness

Actor and comedian Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” “Making It”) returns for a stand-up show Sunday at the Chicago Theater, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $49.50 – $203.50. (800) 745-3000 or 7 p.m. Sunday, September 15

Fall family fun

The Wheeling Park District hosts Fallapalooza for families with music from Funktastic by Mike Zabrin, wagon rides, a petting zoo and more activities on Sundays at the Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, 201 Community Blvd., Wheeling. Free entrance. (847) 465-3333 or 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15


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