Looking for something to do this weekend? We have 10 suggestions.
DONLEY’S WILD WEST TOWN
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 25 through Aug. 23; weekends, Aug. 24 through Oct. 27; the park’s 38th annual Phonograph and Music Box Show takes place June 8-9
WHERE: 8512 S. Union Road, Union
COST & INFO: Featuring old-fashioned fun for adults and children alike, including gold panning, slingshot shooting, cowboy-style roping lessons, kid-powered handcars, venture canoeing, a live action Wild West Show, a vintage carousel from 1951, the Runaway Mine Cars roller coaster, pony rides, a petting zoo and the C.P. Huntington Train, among other attractions. Admission: $16 for adults; children 2 and younger are free. Information: 815-923-9000 or www.wildwesttown.com.
WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. May 24
WHERE: Starline Factory, 306 W. Front St., Harvard
COST & INFO: Monthly art event featuring the artwork of new and returning artists. The event also includes live music and light appetizers. Admission: $5 per person. Information: 815-943-4805 or www.starlinefactory.com.
FREE AIRPLANE RIDES FOR CHILDREN
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon May 25
WHERE: Lake in the Hills Airport, 8407 Pyott Road, Lake in the Hills
COST & INFO: Young Eagle Rally flights for children ages 8-17 sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 790. Information: 847-226-0074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN: 8 p.m. May 24-25
WHERE: Memorial Hall Civic Theatre, 10308 Main St., Richmond
COST & INFO: Theater Undreground presentation about four now married high school best friends who get together for an annual dinner that ends up a little wilder than previous parties. Adult-themed show that should be viewed as a rated “R” production. Tickets: $10 with $2 of every ticket sold donated to Animal House Shelter. Tickets and information: 815-575-9884 or www.theaterundreground.com.
MEMORIAL WEEKEND COIN SHOW
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 26
WHERE: Holiday Inn, 495 Airport Road, Elgin
COST & INFO: U.S. and foreign coins, gold and silver bullion, U.S. and foreign paper money. Buy. Sell. Trade. Sponsored by the Crystal Lake Coin Club. All ages welcome. Free. Information: 815-814-1255.
BARRINGTON ART FESTIVAL
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 25-26
WHERE: downtown Barrington, Cook and Station streets, Barrington
COST & INFO: Featuring the work of 130 artists from around the world in a variety of mediums including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, photography, watercolors and wood. Live music, food and children’s art activities. Free admission. Information: 847-926-4300 or www.amdurproductions.com.
WHEN: through Aug. 31
WHERE: Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, east of Union
COST & INFO: “Brilliance,” an exhibit honoring the lives of women on the North Shore Line, continues through Aug. 31. Museum operating schedule: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October. Fares: $10 adults, $7 children, $38 families weekdays (except holidays); $10 adults, $7 children, $38 families weekends April and October; $14 adults, $10 children, $50 families weekends May through September. Information: 815-923-4000 or www.irm.org.
NORTHLAND AREA ART LEAGUE ANNUAL MAY FINE ART SHOW
WHEN: through June 3
WHERE: Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock
COST & INFO: Featuring the annual Members Fine Arts Show. Viewing hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Information: 815-337-2027 or email@example.com.
MAXWELL’S RETRO CRUISE NIGHT
WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. May 25
WHERE: Maxwell’s Diner, 551 S. 8th St., West Dundee
COST & INFO: Cruise show, awards, door prizes, disc jockey Rudy K. Hosted by Northern Illinois Street Rod Association. Cost: $5 to show. Information: 224-587-6803 or www.nilsra.com.
“CONNECTING” PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
WHEN: through May 31
WHERE: Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Road, Ringwood
COST & INFO: McHenry County Conservation District invites the public to view the “Connecting” photography exhibit by Donna Giovanni. Display viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Free. Information: 815-479-5779 or www.mccdistrict.org.