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  • A contingent from Case Construction tend to an oversize balloon of Fred Flintstone in a previous edition of the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago.

      A contingent from Case Construction tend to an oversize balloon of Fred Flintstone in a previous edition of the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago.
    Courtesy of Chicago Festival Association

  • Festive equestrians are decked out in holiday gear for a previous edition of the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago.

      Festive equestrians are decked out in holiday gear for a previous edition of the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago.
    Courtesy of Chicago Festival Association

  • Comedian Drew Carey performs a special engagement at Zanies in Rosemont on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17.

      Comedian Drew Carey performs a special engagement at Zanies in Rosemont on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17.
    Associated Press

  • The Golden Dragon Acrobats appear at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on Friday, Nov. 16.

      The Golden Dragon Acrobats appear at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on Friday, Nov. 16.

  • Adam Barruch's world premiere piece "I Close My Eyes Until the End" is on the bill for River North Dance Chicago's fall engagement at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.

      Adam Barruch's world premiere piece "I Close My Eyes Until the End" is on the bill for River North Dance Chicago's fall engagement at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.

  • Opera baritone and Libertyville resident Robert Orth performs with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the concert "A Patriotic Salute" on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

      Opera baritone and Libertyville resident Robert Orth performs with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the concert "A Patriotic Salute" on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

  • Grammy Award-winning singer Mavis Staples performs at Elgin Community College on Saturday, Nov. 17.

      Grammy Award-winning singer Mavis Staples performs at Elgin Community College on Saturday, Nov. 17.

 
 

Thanksgiving Parade
WWE celebrity CM Punk is the grand marshal of McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade, which also features marching bands, massive balloons and more in its 79th edition heading north along State Street between Congress Parkway and Randolph Street in Chicago. There is no charge to attend, and the parade will be televised live on WGN. (312) 239-0457 or chicagofestivals.org. 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22

Carey on
TV fans of the long-running game show "The Price is Right" and the sitcom "The Drew Carey Show" won't want to miss comedian Drew Carey performing a special standup gig this weekend at Zanies Comedy Club, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $30 plus a two-item-menu purchase. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17

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Dragons den
What better way to mark the current lunar year of the dragon than with a performance of the talented Golden Dragon Acrobats troupe. They perform at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $31-$37. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16

Anniversary dances
River North Dance Chicago commemorates the 20th anniversary of its artistic director, Frank Chaves, with two world premiere pieces by choreographers Adam Barruch and Nejla Yatkin this weekend at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $30-$75. (312) 334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org or rivernorthchicago.com. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17

Rev 'em up
Enthusiasts of customized cars from all over the globe converge this weekend for the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $20. (847) 692-2222 or mcacn.com. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18

Caged fury
Cage fighters like Adam Maciejewski, Miodrag "Pele" Petkovich, Christian Reynoso, Jeff Lavallee and more are on the bout list for the XFO 46 Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $25-$65; $10 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17

U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
Celebrate all things American this weekend when the Elgin Symphony Orchestra performs defining U.S. music in "A Patriotic Salute" with opera star and Libertyville native Robert Orth at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $18-$68. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18

R&B royalty
From her gospel roots to her long-lasting R&B musical career, Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples still shows that she's got it. See Staples in concert Saturday at Elgin Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $35-$38. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17

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