Sunday picks: Pal around with penguins at Travel & Adventure Show
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. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
The Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake plays host to the Chain O' Lakes Kennel Club hosts a dog show on Sunday. 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. Sunday, Jan. 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
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
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 through Sunday, May 12
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. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
See displays, meet with experts and more when the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show returns to 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. 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. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
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. 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26-27, in Rosemont; then Wednesday, Jan. 30, through Sunday, Feb. 10, in Chicago
'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. Sunday, Jan. 27
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 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
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 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27; show runs through March 17
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
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. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27
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