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  • Kids enjoy the teacup ride at a previous year's Lake County Fair in Grayslake.

      Kids enjoy the teacup ride at a previous year's Lake County Fair in Grayslake.
    Daily Herald file photo by PAUL VALADE/pvalade@dai

  • Comedian Steve Rannazzisi appears at Zanies in Rosemont.

      Comedian Steve Rannazzisi appears at Zanies in Rosemont.

  • The late former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo and his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame are celebrated at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles as part of "Ron Santo Night."

      The late former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo and his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame are celebrated at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles as part of "Ron Santo Night."
    Associated Press

  • Linda Eder will perform at Viper's Alley in Lincolnshire.

      Linda Eder will perform at Viper's Alley in Lincolnshire.

  • Popular Chicago keyboard artist David Schrader plays and conducts an all-Mozart program.

      Popular Chicago keyboard artist David Schrader plays and conducts an all-Mozart program.

  • Pianist Gabriela Montero will play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

      Pianist Gabriela Montero will play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

  • Child prodigy pianist Ethan Bortnick appears at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

      Child prodigy pianist Ethan Bortnick appears at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

 
 

A fair affair
The 84th Annual Lake County Fair features a Motocross, monster trucks, a demolition derby, carnival, games, rides and more starting Wednesday at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. $10; $5 kids and seniors. (847) 680-7200 or lcfair.com. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 25-28, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, July 29

'League' comedian
If you've enjoyed comedian Steve Rannazzisi in FX's "The League," MTV's "Punk'd" or even the film "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," then don't miss his weekend performances at Zanies Comedy Club, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $30 plus a two-item menu purchase. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28

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Santo salute
Share memories of the late and great Cubs third baseman as part of Ron Santo Night, a Saturday benefit for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation featuring an appearance by his son, Jeff Santo, and a documentary screening of "This Old Cub." It's at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $15-$25. (888) 695-0888 or oshows.com. 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28

Better Eder
Experience the amazing vocal range of Broadway and pop singer Linda Eder ("Jekyll and Hyde") this Saturday at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. $30. (847) 499-5000 or viper-alley.com. 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28

Majority Mozart
The Woodstock Mozart Festival returns with a concert featuring Chicago keyboard artist David Schrader playing an all-Mozart program this weekend at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. $30-$52. (815) 338-5300 or mozartfest.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29

Orbital orchestra
Holst's "The Planets" has been named this summer's "One Score, One Chicago" selection, so hear it as performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with conductor John Axelrod, alongside pianist Gabriela Montero (who plays Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor) this Wednesday at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $10 lawn tickets, $40-$70 pavilion tickets. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 31

Piano prodigy
Piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick teams up with Kidz Bop Kids for a special performance this Wednesday at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. $34.50-$49.50. (847) 673-6300 or northshorecenter.org. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1

'Girls' Night'
Chicago's famed sketch comedy troupe The Second City journeys out to the suburbs with a revue called Girls' Night Out starting Thursday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $28.50-$33.50. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Aug. 2 to Sept. 8

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