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  • Sculptor Xu Rui from China stands with his sculpture from a past edition of Snow Days Chicago at Navy Pier.

      Sculptor Xu Rui from China stands with his sculpture from a past edition of Snow Days Chicago at Navy Pier.
    Photo courtesy of Fran Volz/Snow Visions Inc.

  • Juliet and Romeo are joined in a secret marriage by Friar Lawrence in The State Ballet Theatre of Russia's touring ballet "Romeo and Juliet," coming to the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

      Juliet and Romeo are joined in a secret marriage by Friar Lawrence in The State Ballet Theatre of Russia's touring ballet "Romeo and Juliet," coming to the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

  • See Husky Heroes at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

      See Husky Heroes at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
    Daily Herald file photo

  • Magician Mike Super comes to College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake for a performance on Saturday, Jan. 28.

      Magician Mike Super comes to College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake for a performance on Saturday, Jan. 28.

  • Comedian Charlie Murphy appears at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg from Feb. 2 to 4.

      Comedian Charlie Murphy appears at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg from Feb. 2 to 4.

  • Soprano Michelle Areyzaga is set to star as the Japanese bride Cio-Cio San in the New Philharmonic's concert staging of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

      Soprano Michelle Areyzaga is set to star as the Japanese bride Cio-Cio San in the New Philharmonic's concert staging of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

 
 

Snow business
Once a major attraction at Randhurst Mall in Mount Prospect, the giant snow sculptures by international competitors now emerge this weekend as part of Snow Days Chicago at Navy Pier's Gateway Park, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Free admission. (312) 595-7437 or navypier.com. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29

Hamburg to Wheaton
British conductor Jeffrey Tate leads Germany's Hamburg Symphony Orchestra on tour in a concert tonight featuring the music of Brahms, Dvorak and Vaughan Williams at Wheaton College's Edman Memorial Chapel, 401 E. Franklin Ave., Wheaton. $37-$50. (630) 752-5010 or artistseries.org. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27

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Poor 'Butterfly'
The New Philharmonic presents a special costumed concert staging of Puccini's classic tear-jerker opera "Madama Butterfly" with guest soloists like Michelle Areyzaga, John Sumners and more at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $38; $36 seniors; $28 kids. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28

Journey on
Need suggestions on where to spend your vacation dollars this year? If so, visit Chicago Travel & Adventure Show this weekend for tips and celebrity seminars with travel experts like Samantha Brown, Patricia Schultz and more this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $9-$15. Kids under the age of 16 admitted free with a guardian. (847) 692-2222 or adventureexpo.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29

Mush! mush!
See dog sled demonstrations, learn about Alaskan history and find out about dog adoption options this weekend when Husky Heroes return this weekend at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. $12; $11 seniors; $9 kids ages 2 to 17. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29

So very grand
More than 400 pianists are set to perform on 12 grand pianos as part of a series of American Grands XVII concerts this Saturday at Elgin Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $22. $15 kids ages 12 and under. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu. 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28

Wherefore art thou?
Shakespeare's classic romantic tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" gets a beautiful silent treatment when The State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs the classic ballet version featuring a gorgeous score by Prokofiev this weekend at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $30-$87. (800) 982-2787 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29

It's Magic
If you loved comic magician Mike Super on the NBC-TV series "Phenomenon," then don't miss his Magic & Illusion show this Saturday at the College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $22-$30. $20-$28 seniors. $7-$15 youth. (847) 543-2300 or clcillinois.edu/tickets. 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28

Spreading the love
Looking for laughs? Consider comedian Charlie Murphy ("Chappelle's Show," "I Will Not Apologize" on Comedy Central) who performs five shows starting Thursday at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $32. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2; 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4

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