McAninch Arts Center Announces 2019 Lakeside Pavilion Lineup

By: Ann Fink

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The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage is pleased to announce the 2019 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series. Programming runs July 11 to Aug. 9 on the College’s Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., and includes Thursday evening Family Movies, a Friday evening Pop Music Series, and the Thursday evening WDCB Live Jazz Concert Series.

Sponsored by L.L. Bean, seating for the Lakeside Summer Series evening events begins at 6 p.m. There will be no access to the Lakeside Pavilion grounds prior to that time. Parking is always free.

“L.L. Bean is all about helping families of all kinds enjoy the outdoors together,” said Donna Fruehe, district manager of L.L. Bean stores in Chicagoland. “The outdoors is a place where we all belong, and if it’s outside, we’re all in. That’s why we’re delighted to sponsor the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center Lakeside Pavilion Summer Series, where our whole community can celebrate summer with great music, movies and family fun outside.”   

Family Movies open the 2019 Lakeside Free Outdoor Summer Series and will include the 2018 Academy Award-winning animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (July 11) followed by Disney-Pixar’s two-time Academy Award-winning animated film “Coco” (2017) July 18. Showings beginning at dusk (around 8 p.m.). In the event of inclement weather, films will be cancelled and notice will be posted by 4 p.m. the evening of the event to the MAC’s website,

Last seen at the MAC in 2014, the legendary rock band Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik returns to open the Pops Series July 12. Next, New Philharmonic, under the baton of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, presents an evening of pops, marches and movie scores July 19. Brass Transit returns to the Lakeside Pavilion for an encore performance July 26, performing the hits from the '70s-'80s hit band Chicago. Donnie Kehr returns to the Lakeside Pavilion for “The Greatest Piano Men” Aug.  2. This time, he is joined by Greg Ransom and Pete Peterkin for an electrifying production that celebrates the world’s greatest pianists and showmen including Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Beethoven, Liberace and more. Magic of Motown closes the series Aug. 9 with the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by the Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Earth, Wind, & Fire. All Pop Music Series concerts are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. Audiences are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the Friday Night Concerts to benefit the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry and the COD Student Fuel Pantry.

WDCB 90.9 FM, Chicago’s home for jazz, located on the campus of College of DuPage, returns with its Thursday Evening WDCB LIVE Jazz Concert Series beginning with Grammy-nominated Angel Melendez and The 911 Mambo Orchestra (July 25). The rest of the series includes “Chicago Plays the Stones,” featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks and Billy Branch (Aug. 1), and The Joey DeFrancesco Trio with special guest Bobby Broom (Aug.8). All concerts are free and will begin at 7:30 p.m 

All pops and jazz concerts take place rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will be moved indoors to the Belushi Performance Hall and notice will be posted on the MAC’s website, 

All attendees are encouraged bring a blanket or lawn chair. Seating begins at 6 p.m. prior to any evening event. Holding of space for latecomers or groups is not permitted. To host a special event or reserve space for a group, contact Kat Kazmierski at or call 630-942-3026. 

Concessions available for purchase on site include burgers, Chicago style hot dogs, desserts, coffee, popcorn, ice cream, wine, beer and soda. Outside alcohol is not permitted onto the property and coolers, kegs, umbrellas, tents and skateboards are prohibited. Vendors for the 2019 Lakeside Pavilion Free Outdoor Summer Series include Weber Grill, Heavenly Hot Dogs, Nothing Bundt Cakes and more. Dining Partners and menu items may vary and are subject to change. Visit for updates.

Also at the Lakeside Pavilion this summer, COD College Theater presents “Can You See Me” Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 at 5 p.m. COD Professor of Theater Amelia Barrett directs this free, hour-long, interactive family-friendly show. Due to the early curtain time, seating for these performances will begin at 4 p.m.

Throughout the summer, the MAC continues to offer programming inside the venue. Events taking place in the Playhouse Theatre include COD College Theater’s production of “Godspell" (2012 Revised Version), July 5 to 14, directed by COD Professor of Theater Connie Canaday Howard. Performances are at at 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. (no scheduled performance Friday, July 12.) The Cleve Carney Art Gallery will feature an exhibition of work by legendary Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada June 17 to Sept. 13. The exhibition is open one hour prior to Lakeside Pavilion events (excluding Thursday evening movie nights), as well as during regular summer gallery hours.

For more information about these and additional MAC summer 2019 events call (630) 942-4000 or visit