Best bets: 100 wines on tap at Waterleaf Food & Wine fest
Two local breweries and more than 100 wines are part of the Daily Herald-sponsored Waterleaf Food & Wine Festival, which also includes artisanal cheeses, hors d'oeuvres, pastries and music from the Shawn Maxwell Trio Saturday surrounding the Waterleaf Restaurant at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $40-$45. Must be 21 or older to attend. (630) 942-6881 or waterleafrestaurant.com. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22
The Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements is back with a variety of performers like Bobby Womack, Conor Oberst, Zola Jesus and Helado Negro appearing on bills with comedians like H. Jon Benjamin, Brian Babylon, Seaton Smith and more this weekend at the Riverfront Theater, 650 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago. $10-$30. riverfronttheater.com. 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21-23 (some shows begin at 5 p.m.)
If you want some ministry with your music, then don't miss the Christian rock quartet Anthem Lights and singer/songwriter Becky Johnson at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. $18. (630) 584-7200 or norrisculturalarts.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21
Finds for Fido
Leave your furry, feathered or scaly loved ones at home and go shopping for them at the Midwest Pet Expo this weekend at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. $6. (847) 680-7200 or petshowevents.com. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23
Costumed actors portray local (and late) historical figures as part of Saturday's Oakwood Cemetery Walk starting at Bowen Park, 1911 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan. $3-$5. (847) 360-4740 or waukeganparks.org. Noon, 12:30, 1:30, 2 and 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22
More than 20 high school marching bands from Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove Village and other towns compete in the 45th Annual Chicagoland Marching Band Festival Saturday at Wheeling High School, 900 S. Elmhurst Road, Wheeling. $10; $7 students/seniors. (847) 718-7111 or wheelingbands.org. 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22
Six championship belts are on the line in more than 20 fights as part of MMA Unleashed presented by the American Predator Fighting Championship Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $23-$63; $83 VIP seats. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22
Laughs for Lopez
Comedian and TV star George Lopez returns to standup for a Saturday night show at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $60.50-$68. (312) 462-6300 or thechicagotheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22
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