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Kite Festival

Sat-Sun 8/9-8/10, 10 AM-3 PM
phone 847-835-5440

Make your own kite, watch performances by the Chicago Fire Kite Team (who knew?), and enjoy summertime treats at this incredibly family-friendly festival.

http://chicagobotanic.org
Chicago Botanic Garden (map)
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-835-5440

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Model Railroad Gardens

Through 10/26, 10 AM-5 PM

Close to 20 model trains run on 17 tracks intricately placed throughout the gardens. This is the highlight of your summer and you don't even know it. $4-$6

Chicago Botanic Garden (map)
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-835-5440
Model Railroad Gardens

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Powered by Nature

Ongoing

hand-on exhibit exploring sustainable energy.

Kohl Children's Museum (map)
2100 Patriot Blvd.
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-832-6600

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Science + You

Ongoing

An exhibit designed with scientists at Abbott.

Kohl Children's Museum (map)
2100 Patriot Blvd.
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-832-6600

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Soloists from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Tue., July 22, 8 p.m.

James Conlon, conductor.

Ravinia Festival (map)
Green Bay & Lake Cook
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-266-5100

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Ravinia Festival (map)
Green Bay & Lake Cook
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-266-5100

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Jonathan Biss

Thu., July 24, 8 p.m.

James Conlon, conductor (Beethoven).

Ravinia Festival (map)
Green Bay & Lake Cook
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-266-5100

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Ravinia Festival (map)
Green Bay & Lake Cook
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-266-5100

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Bell

Sat., July 26, 7 p.m.

James Conlon, conductor.

Ravinia Festival (map)
Green Bay & Lake Cook
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-266-5100

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Denis Matsuev

Sun., July 27, 5 p.m.

James Conlon, conductor (Tchaikovsky).

Ravinia Festival (map)
Green Bay & Lake Cook
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-266-5100

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Kevin Cole

Tue., July 29, 8 p.m.

James Conlon, conductor (Rhapsody in Blue).

Ravinia Festival (map)
Green Bay & Lake Cook
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-266-5100

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Bebel Gilberto, Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers

Wed., July 30, 8 p.m.

On the cover of his most recent album, Border-Free (Jazz Village), explosive Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes wears an enormous feathered Native American headdress—a reference to a tune of his called “Afro-Comanche,” which honors Comanches deported by Spanish soldiers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries from what would later become the southwestern U.S., many of whom ended up in Cuba (via Mexico and Spain) and integrated into the island’s community. The message is clear: people, like music, aren’t contained or defined by geography. Few musicians have embodied that idea as thoroughly as Valdes, who cofounded influential Cuban jazz-fusion group Irakere in 1973; with his protean talents, he’s obliterated the boundaries between Cuban tradition and jazz tradition. The name of his current group is of course a hat tip to Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and though the original tunes nod to Latin music (propulsive clave-based polyrhythms, ubiquitous percussion breakdowns, et cetera), they usually follow the durable “theme followed by improvisation” structure that’s endured in hard bop for six decades. (The band’s previous album is called Chucho’s Steps, a Coltrane reference.) “Bebo,” which Valdes wrote to memorialize his brilliant piano-playing father, sounds like a jazz standard with a clave beat; it’s also one of three tracks to feature the fiery saxophone of Branford Marsalis. Other pieces reach elsewhere for ideas. “Abdel” explores Gnawa music; “Pilar,” which opens as an extended duet with bassist Angel Gaston Joya Perellada, weaves in bits of two pieces Valdes’s mother loved, Miles Davis’s “Blue in Green” and Bach’s Prelude in D Minor; and “Caridad Amaro,” written for his grandmother, borrows from Rachmaninoff. —Peter Margasak $22-$55

Ravinia Festival (map)
Green Bay & Lake Cook
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-266-5100
Bebel Gilberto, Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers

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