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  • Watch out for high-spirited waltzers at the New Philharmonic's New Year's Eve concert "Viennese Pops With a French Twist," relocated this year to Dominican University's Lund Auditorium in River Forest.

      Watch out for high-spirited waltzers at the New Philharmonic's New Year's Eve concert "Viennese Pops With a French Twist," relocated this year to Dominican University's Lund Auditorium in River Forest.

  • Tiny Sturgess and Flight Time Lang of the Harlem Globetrotters clown around with a basketball. The comedy basketball team comes to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont for two games on Friday, Dec. 28.

      Tiny Sturgess and Flight Time Lang of the Harlem Globetrotters clown around with a basketball. The comedy basketball team comes to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont for two games on Friday, Dec. 28.

  • Comedian Hannibal Buress plays weekend engagements at Zanies locations in St. Charles, Rosemont and Chicago.

      Comedian Hannibal Buress plays weekend engagements at Zanies locations in St. Charles, Rosemont and Chicago.
    COURTESY OF BRAD BARKET/PICTUREGROUP

  • A youth and volunteer cut into the Yule Log during last year's Hunt for the Yule Log at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

      A youth and volunteer cut into the Yule Log during last year's Hunt for the Yule Log at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
    Daily Herald File Photo

  • Under the Streetlamp plays engagements at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan and the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

      Under the Streetlamp plays engagements at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan and the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

  • DuPage Children's Museum's Bubble Bash Celebration takes place this year at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.

      DuPage Children's Museum's Bubble Bash Celebration takes place this year at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.

  • WGN-TV sports newscaster Pat Tomasulo teams with Ana Belaval and Mike Toomey for New Year's Eve performances of The Chicago Comedy Tour at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

      WGN-TV sports newscaster Pat Tomasulo teams with Ana Belaval and Mike Toomey for New Year's Eve performances of The Chicago Comedy Tour at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

  • Katie Dufresne and Stacey Smith make up the sketch comedy duo Snooty Pageant, which performs at the 12th Annual Sketch Comedy Festival in Chicago.

      Katie Dufresne and Stacey Smith make up the sketch comedy duo Snooty Pageant, which performs at the 12th Annual Sketch Comedy Festival in Chicago.

 
 

Waltz time
College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center may be shut for renovation, but the New Philharmonic is still ready to ring in the New Year with its concert "Viennese Pops With a French Twist" featuring soprano Kiri Deonaire and conductor Kirk Muspratt at Dominican University's Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. $65; $63 seniors; $55 kids. atthemac.org. 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31

Tall order
See Tiny Sturgess, the world's tallest professional basketball player, when the Harlem Globetrotters return to the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $20-$170; $20 parking. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28

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Hail Hannibal
Award-winning comedian and writer Hannibal Buress ("30 Rock," "Saturday Night Live") returns to the Chicago area for performances at three Zanies locations: 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484; Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6342; and 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago, (312) 337-4027. $30 with a two-menu item purchase in the suburbs; $35-$45 with a two menu-item purchase in Chicago. zanies.com. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, in Rosemont; 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, in St. Charles; 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in Chicago

Logging in
See if your searching skills are up to snuff at The 35th Annual Hunt for the Yule Log Sunday at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. $12; $11 seniors; $9 kids. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30

Quartet countdown
Welcome in the New Year by reflecting on pop hits from the 1950s and '60s when Under the Streetlamp performs Sunday at Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $55-$64. (847) 782-2366 or geneseetheatre.com. Then Monday at Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $55-$65. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, in Waukegan; 6 and 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in Aurora

Bubble bobble
Families with small kids can celebrate the New Year early with the DuPage Children's Museum's Bubble Bash Celebration, which features the band Jeanie B. and the Jelly Beans, Geoff Akins' "Bubble Wonders" show and more Monday at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $17. (630) 637-8000 or dupagechildrensmuseum.org. 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Dec. 31

WGN anchors away
See WGN anchors and personalities Pat Tomasulo, Ana Belaval and Mike Toomey (aka Skip Parker) in a different light when they perform in The Chicago Comedy Tour Monday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $50; $60 stage tables. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 6 and 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31

Get sketchy
More than 1,000 national and international performers appear in 169 shows as part of the 12th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $14-$15 per show. (773) 327-5252 or chicagosketchfest.com. Thursday, Jan. 3, through Sunday, Jan. 13

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