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Walking with dinos

If you loved the movie or Universal Studios ride "Jurassic Park," save your fossils for a ticket to "Walking with Dinosaurs The Live Experience," a theatrical arena show setting up at Chicagos United Center Aug. 7-17. Based upon an award-winning BBC television series, the show allows the audience to witness 10 species of colossal beasts evolving and interacting with amazing realism. (312) 559-1212 or

Air & Water Show

It might be middle-aged, but at 50, the 2008 Chicago Air and Water Show is still about lean and mean flying and gliding machines. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team star over three days of heart-pounding stunts along Chicagos stunning lakefront and on the water at North Avenue Beach. Aug. 15-17.


World of faeries

If a yearly visit to a local Renaissance Faire isnt enough, head to Vasa Park in South Elgin for the World of Faeries Festival Aug. 2-3. Dab some patchouli behind your ears and browse fairy art and crafts, magic shows, sword fighting demos and lots of folk music. Flit over to www.the or call (815) 788-1630.

Mendota corn


Get your roughage at the 61st annual Mendota Sweet Corn Festival, Aug 7-10, when the city serves up 50 tons of free, hot buttered sweet corn as well as musical entertainment, a large flea market, beer garden, grand parade and a carnival with rides and games for adults and little shavers. For details and directions, theyre all ears at (815) 539-6507 or go to www. …