Home: Civic Opera House, a masterpiece of art deco and art nouveau design opened in 1929
Mission: to engage audiences with classic operas, lesser-known gems, and new works
Famous performers: Pavarotti, Maria Callas, dancer Rudolf Nureyev, Plácido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, and Renée Fleming have all graced the stage
Founded in 2011, the Chicago-based American Chamber Opera features an ensemble committed to singing full-length oratorios in English. Its productions resemble concerts more than traditional opera performances: the music takes center stage as the singers belt and emote in settings that evoke the world of the story with just a few well-placed details.
As of 2014, Dungeon of Doom has a new home in Zion and 42,000 square feet worth of space to scare the bejesus out of anyone who enters. Now sporting an underground vibe inside the old briquette factory, the renowned haunted attraction has been prepping Halloween fans for their favorite holiday since 1997. The new location is still populated by DOD's Killer Krew: Dr. Killpatient roams about searching for new victims, and Biscuit the Butcher readily awaits new meat to arrive inside the slaughterhouse freezer. Thanks to these characters and its elaborate attractions, Dungeon of Doom has become famed for its consistency. It also keeps its finger on the pulse of what fans want with surveys every season, which is much better than having the dungeon's deranged clowns knock on neighborhood doors with a clipboard.
The production calendar for Lake Villa's Twisters Elite offers an outrageous mix of comedy and drama for the theatrically inclined.
Take your twinkle toes to the next level at Twisters Elite, where numerous dance styles are taught and all experience levels are welcome.
Jab, hook, kick! These kickboxing classes will teach you the basic fundamentals and give you a great cardio workout.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If dancing is on the agenda, be sure to swing by Dance Connection in Grayslake for an exciting (and exhausting) experience.
Guests of Dance Connection's Center Street location can park their vehicles on the street.
Come and see the theatrical offerings at Citadel Theatre Company in Lake Forest.
Sure you could eat at home, but you'll want to take advantage of this theater's restaurant for high-class food.
Families will feel right at home at this theater with its kid-friendly atmosphere.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.