Weekend picks: Merida braves the ice at Allstate
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. Friday through Sunday, Jan. 25-27, in Rosemont; then Wednesday, Jan. 30, through Sunday, Feb. 10, in Chicago
The Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake plays host to three days of dog shows as The Chain O' Lakes Kennel Club hosts a dog show on Friday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 27, and the Park Shore Kennel Club hosts its own dog show on Saturday, Jan. 26. Exhibitors and breeders from the Midwest and beyond showcase and discuss various breeds. The Lake County Fairgrounds is at 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Admission is $5 per car. (847) 680-7200 or visit lcfair.com. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Jan. 25-27
Skating at the 94th floor
While it may not be the city's tallest building, the John Hancock Building and Observatory can certainly brag about having the world's highest ice skating rinkat the 94th floor observatory, 875 N. Michigan Ave. Offering 360-degree views of Chicago, the lake and even Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin on a clear day, the 900-square-foot skating rink has a synthetic surface so you don't even have to bundle up to make your figure eights. You can still have a hot chocolate, a bite to eat or a cocktail at the Lavazza Espression Café after you take a spin around the rink. Each 25-minute skating session is $5 (admission to the observatory is a separate fee) and skate rental is $1. (888) 875-8439 or JHOChicago.com. 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily through April 8
Die-hard sport fishers won't want to miss the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $12; $3 admission for kids ages 5 to 11. (847) 303-4100 or sportshows.com/chicago. 12:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 27
See displays, meet with experts and more when the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show returns 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. 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
Snow way out
Navy Pier's annual winter party returns this year with snow-sculpting competitions among 15 professional teams from the U.S. and around the world. Watch teams from Spain, Mexico, Czech Republic, Russia, Germany and other countries carve and mold snow into magical creations that are illuminated by a festive light display each night of Snow Days at Navy Pier's Gateway Park, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. Enjoy snow painting and other kids' activities including a new interactive snowboarding experience and live entertainment on the Family Pavilion Stage. Free admission. navypier.com/snowdays. 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
'The Blues Brothers'
See a screening of the 1980 comedy film "The Blues Brothers" at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. The film, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, is rated R. Admission is $6 adults; $3 seniors, kids under 12 and military (with an ID). Cash only. (847) 782-2366 or geneseetheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25
Jo Dee Messina, a Grammy-nominated country-music star, will bring her string of hits ("Bye Bye," "Burn," "That's the Way") to the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, Friday. Messina's music is highlighted by her warm twangy voice and her knack for writing pop melodies. Tickets start at $29. Go to oshows.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25
Successful artist Jack devises a plot to kills his art dealer after he discovers the man has tricked him in the comedy whodunit "The Art of Murder" by Joe DiPietro ("I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," "Memphis"). American Theater Company's Jason W. Gerace directs Fox Valley Repertory's season-opening production at the Pheasant Run Resort main stage, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $32, $42. (630) 584-6342 or foxvalleyrep.org. Previews at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27; show runs through March 17
Drury Lane's 'Sunset'
Drury Lane Theatre revives "Sunset Boulevard" — the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical inspired by Billy Wilder's iconic 1950 film about fading silent screen star Norma Desmond who's desperate for a Hollywood comeback and sees her opportunity in struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis. Christine Sherrill and Will Ray star in director William Osetek's production, which also features Don Richard as Norma's faithful butler, Max. See it at 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. $35-$46. (630) 530-0111 or drurylaneoakbrook.com. Previews at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
Nick Hogan spins
Whatcha gonna do, brother, when the Hulk's kid comes to town? You could hit up John Barleycorn, 1100 American Lane, Schaumburg, for drinks and a live set spun by Nick Hogan. Drink specials include $4 4 Rebels Vodka, $4 well cocktails and $4 4 Rebels Dragonbombs. Tickets start at $10. (847) 619-5540 or johnbarleycorn.com. Doors open at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25
On Saturday, the Lincoln Park Conservatory opens its annual Spring Flower Show, featuring descendants of the azaleas that once bloomed at the World Columbian Exposition of 1893. The show also features a changing selection of spring blooming plants, including azaleas, annuals and perennials. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is at 2391 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago. Free admission. (312) 742-7736 or chicagoparkdistrict.com. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily starting Saturday, Jan. 26; runs through Sunday, May 12
Getting ready for adventure
More than 150 exhibitors feature programs and exhibits relating to travel at the 2013 Travel & Adventure Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. Guests can interact with Sea World penguins and sled dogs, scuba dive in a 15,000 gallon scuba tank, attend cooking, music and dance events and more. Admission is $9 online (with promotion code CHPR) or $15 at the door. Youth ages 16 and younger are free. Visit adventureexpo.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
Get a free slice of Jet's deep dish pizza Saturday. Customize your crust with a choice of eight flavors: butter, poppy seed, Parmesan, garlic, Cajun, Romano and sesame seed. Jet's even invented the 8 Corner Pizza, a signature pie with eight slices that each have their own corners so everyone gets a taste of the prized corner crust. Jet's Pizza has locations in Arlington Heights, Libertyville, Lombard, Wheaton, Naperville, Schaumburg and Wheeling. jetspizza.com. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
'It Happened One Night'
Step back in time to see the 1934 comedy classic film "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. Admission is $7.25 per person. (773) 871-5504 or musicboxtheatre.com. 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27
A dozen grands
See the spectacle of music performed by pianists on 12 grand pianos when American Grands XVIII plays Saturday at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $24; $15 kids ages 12 and younger. (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts. 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
The World Flyweight Championship is on the line with UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Dodson Saturday at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $40-$250. (800) 745-3000 or unitedcenter.com. 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Dexter Walker and the Zion Movement Chorale are just some of the performers featured in the 25th Annual Gospel Extravaganza Saturday at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. $10-$15. (630) 637-7469 or northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Remembering the '80s
The 1980s tribute band Breakfast Club headlines at the Fuel Room at Austin's Saloon and Eatery at 481 Peterson Road, Libertyville. Admission is $7. (847) 549-1972 or austinsaloon.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Divas 'For Good'
Former "Wicked" co-stars Emily Rozek and Julie Reiber sing a boatload of Broadway tunes with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in the weekend concert "Wicked Divas" at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. Tickets $28-$68; $10 for students. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
Go to the ball with "Cinderella" when the The State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs Prokofiev's classic fairy tale ballet at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $32.50-$52.50. (847) 782-2366 or geneseetheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Memory lane ahead
Bob Abrams, guitarist and vocalist in the Buckinghams, and Mick Brock, former member of Herman's Hermits, will join forces Saturday on a musical love letter to the 1960s and 1970s. "Generation: The Sixties Experience" will feature Abrams, Brock and their band ripping through high-energy renditions of classic '60s-'70s pop songs at Viper Alley, 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire. Tickets start at $10. Go to viper-alley.com. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Brian Daniels Band
The rock/country group the Brian Daniels Band headlines at Tokio Pub, 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg. $5. Guests can avoid the cover charge after 9 p.m. by wearing cowboy boots. (847) 278-5181 or tokiopub.com. 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Count the coins
The Coin Club of Crystal Lake hosts its Mid-Winter Classic Coin Show in the grand ballroom at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 495 Airport Road, Elgin. The show features U.S. and foreign coins and paper money, gold and silver bullion and more. Fifty tables of items will be on display. Free admission and parking. For information, call Dave at (815) 814-1255 or Fred at (630) 677-3866. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
The Lyric Opera Lecture Corps. presents an opera lecture about Wagner's "Die Meistersinger" at the Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook. The program includes composer information, story insight, history and musical highlights. Free. (847) 272-6224 or northbrook.info. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
'Thoroughly Modern Millie'
Schaumburg on Stage presents the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie," which re-creates the "roaring twenties" with a full orchestra, big tap dance numbers and more at the Prairie Center for The Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. $18 adults; $16 for students and seniors ages 62 and older. Dinner packages available. (847) 345-0092 or schaumburgonstage.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
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