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Best bets: Cirque du Soliel's "Dralion" flips back to the suburbs

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  • "Dralion" returns to the Chicago area to combine elements of Western circus arts and Chinese-style acrobatics. The arena re-scaled show plays in Rosemont at the Allstate Arena from Wednesday, June 20, to Sunday, June 24, before moving to Chicago at the United Center.

      "Dralion" returns to the Chicago area to combine elements of Western circus arts and Chinese-style acrobatics. The arena re-scaled show plays in Rosemont at the Allstate Arena from Wednesday, June 20, to Sunday, June 24, before moving to Chicago at the United Center.

  • "Dralion" returns to the Chicago area to combine elements of Western circus arts and Chinese-style acrobatics. The arena re-scaled show plays in Rosemont at the Allstate Arena from Wednesday, June 20, to Sunday, June 24, before moving to Chicago at the United Center.

      "Dralion" returns to the Chicago area to combine elements of Western circus arts and Chinese-style acrobatics. The arena re-scaled show plays in Rosemont at the Allstate Arena from Wednesday, June 20, to Sunday, June 24, before moving to Chicago at the United Center.

  • Former "Jersey Boys" cast member John Michael Coppola performs at the 24th Annual Onesti Festa Pasta Vino Festival.

      Former "Jersey Boys" cast member John Michael Coppola performs at the 24th Annual Onesti Festa Pasta Vino Festival.

  • Bill Kurtis will provide narration for the Chicago Sinfonietta's concert at Symphony Center on Monday, June 18.

      Bill Kurtis will provide narration for the Chicago Sinfonietta's concert at Symphony Center on Monday, June 18.

  • Mei-Ann Chen is the music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta, which performs "Passion, Tragedy, Love" in Naperville and Chicago.

      Mei-Ann Chen is the music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta, which performs "Passion, Tragedy, Love" in Naperville and Chicago.

  • Corvettes from the 1950s sit on the certification field for judging at a previous edition of Bloomington Gold at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

      Corvettes from the 1950s sit on the certification field for judging at a previous edition of Bloomington Gold at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.
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  • The Scottish Festival and Highland Games at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca features music competitions for bagpipers.

      The Scottish Festival and Highland Games at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca features music competitions for bagpipers.

  • "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra" plays North Central College's Meiley-Swallow Hall in Naperville.

      "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra" plays North Central College's Meiley-Swallow Hall in Naperville.

 
 

Arena Cirque
Cirque du Soleil's arena restaging of its show "Dralion," which blends Western circus acts with Asian acrobatics, returns to the Chicago area starting Wednesday for two stops at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, then at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $35-$80; $28-$65 kids ages 12 and under; $31.50-$67.50 students and seniors. (800) 745-3000 or cirquedusoleil.com/dralion. In Rosemont from Wednesday, June 20, through Sunday, June 24; In Chicago from Wednesday, June 27, through Sunday, July 1

Highland fling
There will be bagpipers, dancing, scotch tastings and more at the 26th Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games, which return this weekend to Hamilton Lakes, Thorndale Avenue and Route 53, Itasca. $12 admission Friday; $20 admission Saturday; $5 kids ages 3-12. $75 Patron Weekend Pass. (708) 447-5092 or chicagoscots.org. 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 15; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 16

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Odes to Italy
Music acts like the Bronx Wanderers, singer John Michael Coppola and the Las Vegas act The Scintas are all featured at the 24th Annual Onesti Festa Pasta Vino Festival this weekend at Oakley Avenue and 24th St., St. Charles. $7 suggested donation. oshows.com. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 15; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 16; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 17

Crooner celebration
BrightSide Theatre celebrates one of the most beloved singers of the 20th century with the revue "My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra" starting today at North Central College's Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. (630) 637-7469 or brightsidetheatre.com.Various performances from Friday, June 15, to Sunday, July 1

Oh so artsy
More than 75 juried artists display and offer their works for sale, while others will provide live demonstrations like Chicago graffiti artist Won Kim at the Art in Bloom fine art festival this weekend at Cantigny Park and First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Free admission, but parking is $5. (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17

Fight! fight!
Fans of mixed martial arts and cage matches won't want to miss local amateur fighters compete in XFO 44 this Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $35-$800. $10 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16

Orchestral passion
The Chicago Sinfonietta offers a new orchestral arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" and performs selections from Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with snippets of Shakespeare's text read by Bill Kurtis (in Chicago) and Naperville Mayor George Pradel at two locations: North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, $35-$45, or at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $26-$96. (312) 236-3681 or chicagosinfonietta.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in Naperville; 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, in Chicago

Corvette fest
Lovers of all things tied to Chevrolet Corvette cars had better not miss the Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA show starting Thursday at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 584-6300 or bloomingtongold.com. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 21, through Sunday, June 24

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