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  • Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson will spar in UFC's Strikeforce Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

      Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson will spar in UFC's Strikeforce Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

  • Archie Beecroft, 7, and his grandma Kit Olah participate in The Great American Duck Race during the DuPage County Fair.

       Archie Beecroft, 7, and his grandma Kit Olah participate in The Great American Duck Race during the DuPage County Fair.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The Mariachi Divas headline the Kraft Great Kids Concert Saturday at Ravinia Festival.

      The Mariachi Divas headline the Kraft Great Kids Concert Saturday at Ravinia Festival.
    Courtesy of Ravinia Festival

  • The Conservation Foundation's Chase the Moon Midnight Bike Ride starts in Warrenville and eventually weaves its way through the grounds of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

      The Conservation Foundation's Chase the Moon Midnight Bike Ride starts in Warrenville and eventually weaves its way through the grounds of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

  • Singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer presents a free concert Sunday in Long Grove's Fountain Square.

      Singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer presents a free concert Sunday in Long Grove's Fountain Square.
    Courtesy of Jim McGuire

  • Violinist Miriam Fried performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Festival Sunday.

      Violinist Miriam Fried performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Festival Sunday.
    Courtesy of Ravinia Festival

  • The Ferris wheel lights up the night sky at the Lake County Fair.

       The Ferris wheel lights up the night sky at the Lake County Fair.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Fight! fight!

A bout between former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and reigning light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson is the headlining fight in the UFC's Strikeforce event on Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $37-$352; $20 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30

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Get to 'The Point'

Bowen Park Theatre in Waukegan presents "The Point," a fable by American songwriter Harry Nilsson and adapted by Mark Kettner, at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan. The tale focuses on Oblio, the only round-headed person in the Pointed Village, where by law, everything has to have a point. $6. (847) 380-4740 orwaukeganparks.org. 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30

Fashionably baby

Bébé Paluzza bills itself as the largest maternity, baby and toddler show in America. See the latest products and services in an expo environment this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $10. (847) 303-4100 or bebepaluzza.com. 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31

Corn, corn, everywhere

Eat as much fresh corn as you can at the annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil in Volunteer Park, Main and Cross streets, Sugar Grove. Also, don't miss the carnival, live music, bingo, Kids Zone, food, a 5K run/walk at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Visit sugargrovecornboil.org. (630) 466-5166. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 30, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 31

Come one, come all to the fairs

If you live north, stop by the annual Lake County Fair this weekend for live music, a rodeo, livestock exhibits, carnival rides, a demolition derby, food and more. It all takes place from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 30, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 Peterson Road, Grayslake. $10; $5 children ages 5-12, seniors and military with active ID; free for children ages 4 and younger and for military in full dress. Parking is free; preferred parking costs $5. (847) 680-7200 or lcfair.com.

For those of you living in the Western Suburbs, the DuPage County Fair features entertainment, a carnival, 4-H exhibits, livestock judging, midway games, children's activities, a monster truck thrill show on Saturday and a demolition derby on Sunday plus more all weekend long at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton. Check it out from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31. Gate admission is $8 for adults; $3 for children ages 3 to 12; and free for children 2 and younger. (630) 668-6636 or dupagecountyfair.org.

The Mariachi Divas

The Mariachi Divas, an all-female ensemble, present world music for all ages in a Kraft Great Kids concert in the pavilion at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. The group, winners of a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Album, are also the official mariachis of Disneyland in Anahiem, Calif. $10. Lawn seats $5. Park opens at 10 a.m. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30

Standing comic

"Last Comic Standing" 2010 winner Felipe Esparza brings his East Los Angeles comic sensibility this weekend to the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $22. (847) 240-2011 or improv.com. 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, July 30; 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31

Silver Mozart

The Woodstock Mozart Festival kicks off its 25th anniversary season with a concert featuring cellist Peter Horr performing music of Barber, Mozart and more this weekend at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. (815) 338-5300 or mozartfest.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30; 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31; festival continues through Aug. 14

Night riders

Be one of 500 cyclists on a 20-mile route through prairies, woods and wetlands around Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory for The Conservation Foundation's eighth annual Chase the Moon Midnight Bike Ride. Cyclists begin at the Warrenville Commons Shopping Center, at the corner of Route 59 and Batavia Road, Warrenville. $40-$45; $20-$25 kids ages 12 and younger. (630) 428-4500 or chasethemoon.com. 10 p.m. pre-ride party Saturday, July 30; 12:01 a.m. bike ride Sunday, July 31

'Shake It Up' with Radio Disney

Kids and their families can enjoy live entertainment and take part in activities at the "Shake It Up" Dance Party, sponsored by Radio Disney AM 1300 Chicago, at the Promenade Bolingbrook, 631 E. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Guests can hear music and meet actors Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine from the Disney Channel's comedy series "Shake It Up." Free admission. Visit radiodisney.com/chicago. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31

Pinocchio's world

See "The Adventures of Pinocchio," the world premiere family musical based on Carlo Collodi's classic tale of a wooden puppet who yearns to become a real boy, at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. $18-$23. (312) 595-5600 or chicagoshakes.com. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31

Beatles tribute

The group Britbeat presents a musical tribute to the legendary Beatles in the band shell at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Picnic meals are welcome. Free admission. Parking is $2-$5. (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31

Carrie Newcomer

Singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer presents a free concert Sunday in Long Grove's Fountain Square, at Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin roads. Newcomer's music combines folk/roots tunes with classical, spiritual and Appalachian influences. Guests are invited to bring chairs and blankets for seating. (847) 634-0888 orlgamc.org. 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31

Evening with the symphony

Violinist Miriam Fried will be the featured performer when the Chicago Symphony Orchestra headlines the Pavilion at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, on Sunday. Tickets cost $25; lawn seating $10. Ticket-and-dining package costs $45. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. Park opens at 3 p.m., concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 31

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