Weekend “A-Jen-Da” May 12th-15th

May 12 thru 15 Weekend Ajenda events

The Fun Stuff…

Big John Howell’s Pick: Judy Roberts Plays the Jazz Showcase

Date: Thursday, May 12 through Sunday, May 15
Time: 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 4:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Sunday
Location: Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court

Read this wonderful piece from Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune,


ChicaGO24 Kickoff Boat Tour: Chicago along the River

Date: Friday, May 13
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Chicago Line Cruises

Hosted by the Chicago History Museum, kick off the summer months with a river boat sunset cruise! More information and how to get tickets here.

Girls on the Run 5k – Southwest Region (Joliet)

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Location: Chicagoland Speedway, 450 E. Laraway Road, Joliet
Time: 6:30 a.m. On-site registration opens, 8:00 a.m. Start Time

Join WLS-AM 890’s very own Jen DeSalvo at the Girls on the Run 5k in Grayslake!

Run 3.1 miles and see Jen of the Big John Howell Show announcing at the starting line!

The event is still in need of volunteers!

For registration and more information visit this link.


Tails on the Trails

Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: The Morton Arboretum

There are only a few days each year when you can enjoy a “paw”fect day out with your pup, meandering down the Arboretum’s 16 miles of hiking trails. You can also shop from local businesses and organizations in the pet expo, test out the agility course, and join us for guided hikes. Meet dogs available for adoption and inquire about volunteering with local pet shelters. Sign your pooch up for some doggy games, including the crowd-favorite peanut butter licking contest!

Learn more about the event here.

Stargazing at Lake Katherine

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 Lake Katherine Dr, Palos Heights, Illinois 60463

May 14 is Spring International Astronomy Day (it happens twice per year)!

From the Facebook Event Page:  Astronomer Joe Meyer will be guiding stargazers as we look at the moon and Jupiter and its four moons. No registration is needed. Meet near the entrance bridge. The program will be cancelled in the case of cloudy skies, rain or snow.

The Orchestra w/ former members of ELO

Date: Friday, May 13, 2016
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Location: Arcadia Theater, St. Charles

From our sister station, 97.9 WLUP-FM:

The Orchestra is formed by former members of the Electric Light Orchestra and ELO Part II. It is the continuation of ELO Part II following Bev Bevan’s departure and selling of the rights to Jeff Lynne.

With former ELO members and vocals from 90’s era Styx singer Glenn Burtnik, The Orchestra brings the one-of-a-kind ELO sound to Chicagoland.

Wings Rockshow Artshow – Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Wings over America

Date: Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15
Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Saturday), 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Sunday)
Location: Tinley Park

WLS-AM 890 sister station 94.7 WLS-FM along with Bettenhausen Automotive present The Wings Over America 40th Anniversary Rockshow Artshow. The show will feature signed artwork from Paul McCartney, Photographs from Linda McCartney and a special appearance by Wings guitarist Denny Laine! For more information, click here.

And the Traffic Issues…

Weekend Ramp Closure on Jane Byrne Interchange

More Jane Byrne Intersection work is happening this weekend, beginning with the southbound ramp from the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to the westbound Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), on Friday, May 13.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, the ramp from the southbound Kennedy  to the westbound Eisenhower will be closed from Jackson Street to Morgan Street until 5 a.m. Monday, May 16.

There will be a posted detour for travelers planning to use the closed ramp. The project will result in a new auxiliary lane on the ramp.


Intersection Reconstruction at U.S. 6 and Parker Road

IDOT announced temporary lane closures on U.S. 6 at Parker Road in both directions, in New Lenox, beginning Thursday, May 12.

This project will add turn lanes and new traffic signals at the intersection.

The project is expected to be completed in Fall 2016.

Overnight Closures Under East River Road Bridge

Overnight lane closures along with full expressway closures on I-90 and I-190 begin Friday, May 13. This work is for beam removal, and should last about one week.

Lane Closures on Westbound Lake St. between Swift Rd. and Medinah Rd.

From the Illinois Department of Transportation, beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, westbound Lake Street (U.S. 20) will be reduced to one lane between Swift Road and Medinah Road.
The left turn lane from eastbound Lake Street to northbound Medinah Road and the left turn lane from northbound Medinah to westbound Lake Street also will be closed.
The pavement repairs are expected to be completed by 6 p.m. Saturday.