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  • An animatronic model of an allosaurus comes to life during the "Discover the Dinosaurs" show, which returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

      An animatronic model of an allosaurus comes to life during the "Discover the Dinosaurs" show, which returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
    Daily Herald file photo by JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@da

  • Comedian Paul Reiser performs at Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont.

      Comedian Paul Reiser performs at Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont.

  • Don Baum's "Rin Tin Tin and the Peon" is part of the Elmhurst Art Museum exhibit "Open House: Art About Home."

      Don Baum's "Rin Tin Tin and the Peon" is part of the Elmhurst Art Museum exhibit "Open House: Art About Home."

  • The Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players perform Schoenfield's Cafe Music for Piano Trio and Faure's Piano Quartet No. 1 in a concert at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Park Ridge.

      The Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players perform Schoenfield's Cafe Music for Piano Trio and Faure's Piano Quartet No. 1 in a concert at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Park Ridge.

  • American bass-baritone Eric Owens (pictured here in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Doctor Atomic") is a guest vocalist and conductor with the Chicago Sinfonietta Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago and Naperville.

      American bass-baritone Eric Owens (pictured here in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's "Doctor Atomic") is a guest vocalist and conductor with the Chicago Sinfonietta Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago and Naperville.
    COURTESY OF DAN REST/LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO

  • Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera, is a guest artist with the Chicago Sinfonietta Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago and Naperville.

      Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera, is a guest artist with the Chicago Sinfonietta Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago and Naperville.

  • Characters from "Brave" join the cast of Disney On Ice's "Rockin' Ever After," which will take to the ice at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont and the United Center in Chicago.

      Characters from "Brave" join the cast of Disney On Ice's "Rockin' Ever After," which will take to the ice at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont and the United Center in Chicago.

 
 

Jurassic walk
More than 60 museum-quality prehistoric beasts are on display in the family-friendly Discover the Dinosaurs experience, which returns this weekend to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $17; $12 seniors and kids ages 2-11. (847) 692-2220 or discoverthedinosaurs.com. Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Jan. 20-21

Reiser returns
Acclaimed actor/comedian/writer Paul Reiser ("Mad About You," "Aliens," "Couplehood") comes back to Rosemont for a return engagement of standup comedy this weekend at Zanies Comedy Club, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $30. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19

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Home, suite, home
"Open House: Art About Home" is the first exhibit assembled by newly appointed chief curator Staci Boris at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. See various artist interpretations of home for $5; $3 students/seniors; free on Fridays. (630) 834-0202 or elmhurstartmuseum.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from Saturday, Jan. 19, through April 20

Grand gospel
After a month of traditional "Messiahs," get warmed up with the return of "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah." It features soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke and Karen Marie Richardson backed up by a 150-voice choir and a 50-piece orchestra and jazz ensemble. Catch it as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $30-$74. (800) 982-2787 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20

Still rocking
Rocker Jim Peterick's World Stage event features Dave Bickler, Lisa McClowry, Jeff Adams (Starship), Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions), The Ides of March and more Saturday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $29-$89. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19

Chamber music
The Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players perform Schoenfield's Cafe Music for Piano Trio and Faure's Piano Quartet No. 1 in a concertSunday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 205 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. $15-$20; $10-$15 seniors. (866) 811-4111 or chicagophilharmonic.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20

Music for MLK Day
Opera bass-baritone Eric Owens sings and makes his conducting debut at the Chicago Sinfonietta Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Also on the bill is Metropolitan Opera clarinetist Anthony McGill and the Mosaic Choir.Catch this concert at two locations: Symphony Center's Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, ($26-$50), then at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, ($40-$50). Special $10 tickets available for students. (312) 236-3681, ext. 2, or chicagosinfonietta.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in Chicago; 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in Naperville

Active outdoors
See displays, meet with experts and more when the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show returns starting Wednesday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $10-$12; free admission for kids ages 11 and younger with paid adult. (847) 692-2222 or chicagosportsmenshow.com. 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23; 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 24-25; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27

Icy princesses
The Disney/Pixar princess Merida from "Brave" joins the lineup in the latest Disney On Ice show "Rockin' Ever After." Catch it first at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, or later at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $15-$26 with $45-$75 VIP tickets. (800) 745-3000, allstatearena.com or unitedcenter.com. Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 23-27, in Rosemont; then Wednesday, Jan. 30, through Sunday, Feb. 10, in Chicago

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