A World to Explore
Within the past decade, arts and entertainment opportunities have blossomed in the area as an increasingly sophisticated population has demanded and supported a broad palette of activities.
The Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts opened in 1986, and has since established itself as the premier cultural center of the northwest suburbs. From Broadway to ballet, from storytelling and dance to the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra, the Prairie Center for the Arts offers a rich selection of the most exciting and well-known performers appearing today. Performance highlights include the world-famous Count Basie Orchestra and guitarist John Scofield.
Enjoy lavish Broadway musicals, full-scale productions and world-class entertainers at Rosemont Theatre. Each of the 4,300 seats offer totally unobstructed views. Named Performance Magazine’s “1999 Theatre of the Year,” Rosemont Theatre offers the best in internationally acclaimed entertainment.
Triton College in River Grove is renowned for its Cernan Earth and Space Center. Laser light shows, monthly Sky Watch programs and children’s shows are designed to entertain and help explain our world and universe.
Nearly every community has its own historical museum with antiques, displays and pageants that reflect the early days of the region. Festivals include Frontier Days in Arlington Heights, Septemberfest in Schaumburg, Rotary Fest in Elk Grove and a number of Oktoberfests, Halloween festivals and winter ice carving pageants.
The future promises more entertainment and cultural activities. Extensive development in downtown Arlington Heights brought art cinemas to the suburbs for the first time, as well as the Metropolis Performing Arts Center — a state-of-the-art theater that showcases a diverse line-up of national and regional talent. The 400-seat theater also features an award-winning theater troupe and a well-known improvisational comedy show.