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Weekend picks: Chicago Auto Show starts its engines today

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  • A Lexus hybrid concept car was featured at last year's Chicago Auto Show, which returns to McCormick Place in Chicago for its 105th edition.

       A Lexus hybrid concept car was featured at last year's Chicago Auto Show, which returns to McCormick Place in Chicago for its 105th edition.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer, February 2012

  • Look for finches and other winter birds at the free Bird Walk at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

      Look for finches and other winter birds at the free Bird Walk at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

  • The Grave Digger jumps into action as part of "Monster Jam." The big truck extravaganza returns to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

      The Grave Digger jumps into action as part of "Monster Jam." The big truck extravaganza returns to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

  • Learn about the life of NASCAR legend and Elmhurst native Fred Lorenzen at the "On the Road to Glory: Fred Lorenzen" exhibit at the Elmhurst Historical Museum.

      Learn about the life of NASCAR legend and Elmhurst native Fred Lorenzen at the "On the Road to Glory: Fred Lorenzen" exhibit at the Elmhurst Historical Museum.
    Courtesy of the Elmhurst Historical Museum

  • Comedian Maz Jobrani is set to play the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

      Comedian Maz Jobrani is set to play the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

All about autos
See the latest models and concept cars when the Chicago Auto Show revs things up for its 105th edition starting Saturday at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. $12; $6 admission for seniors ages 62 and older and for kids ages 7 to 12. chicagoautoshow.com. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, Feb. 17, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18

Chain O' Lakes Fishing Derby
Bring the family to enjoy the good old-fashioned winter fun at the 53rd Annual Chain O' Lakes Fishing Derby and Winter Festival at the Thirsty Turtle on Channel Lake, 42273 N Woodbine Ave., Antioch. Come watch the fishermen register their catch of the hour hoping to win a prize for the smallest or the largest fish. Fish judging and food will be inside the tent. There will be raffles and games for kids and adults. Weather permitting. (847) 395-6422 or mynicc.org. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10

Bird Walk
Walk the grounds and search for finches and other winter birds at the Bird Walk at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Participants should meet in the visitor's center. Free admission. (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9

Old/new houses
Need ideas on remodeling or sprucing up your home? Then don't miss The Old Home New House Home Show, which returns this weekend at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $7; $4 seniors; kids and teenagers younger than 18 admitted free. (630) 515-1160 or pheasantrun.com or kennedyproductions.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10

'Ice Age: Continental Drift'
See a screening of the 2012 family film "Ice Age: Continental Drift" at the Tivoli Theatre, 5201 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Admission to the PG-rated film is $4 per person. Proceeds will benefit Noah's Hope, a local charity that assists families with children who are battling the LINCL-Batten disease. Visit classiccinemas.com. 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9

Celebrate the Chinese New Year
Ring in the Chinese New Year at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, by joining Dragon Dancers in a procession celebrating the Year of the Snake. The event features Chinese music and activities, as well as a self-guided scavenger hunt highlighting conservatory plants signifying good fortune, Chinese traditions and this year's Zodiac symbol, the snake. (312) 746-5100 or garfield-conservatory.org. Free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9

'On the Road to Glory'
Learn about the life of NASCAR legend and Elmhurst native Fred Lorenzen, known as "Fearless Freddie," at the "On the Road to Glory: Fred Lorenzen" exhibit at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. The exhibit features photos, artifacts and car-racing footage. Exhibit runs through Sunday, May 19. Admission is free. (630) 833-1457 or elmhursthistory.org. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10

Big wheels
See big trucks crunch smaller vehicles this weekend when Monster Jam returns to the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $21-$57.50; $10 opening night. (800) 745-3000 or monsterjam.com. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10

The art of orchid-growing
Orchid lovers are invited to get ready for spring and learn more about the basic techniques of caring for and cultivating orchids at the Orchids for Beginners program at the Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center, 2010 E. Main St., St. Charles. Admission is $5. Participants can register at (630) 584-0473 or can just come to the event. 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9

Persian, like the cat
Comedian Maz Jobrani ("Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" "The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour") puts his spin on life in the U.S. as an Iranian-American at the Improv Comedy Showcase and Restaurant, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $27 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10

Classical choral
The Elgin Choral Union and Heartland Voices join with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the concert "Choral Fantasy," which features pianist Alexander Schimpf and conductor Donato Cabrera performing music of Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert. Performances are this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. (847) 931-5900 or hemmens.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10

Citadel's 'Carnage'
Citadel Theatre Company presents "God of Carnage," Yasmina Reza's deliciously bitter comedy of bad manners. Wayne Mell directs Citadel's revival of the dark comedy about a playground altercation between two boys that sparks a war between their upper-middle class, middle-aged parents who indulge in behavior so childish and nasty it would likely make their children cringe. See it at 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest. $32.50, $37.50. (847) 735-8554 or citadeltheatre.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10

AM Taxi at Subterranean
Suburban pop-punk band AM Taxi will perform Saturday at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. AM Taxi includes Adam Krier and Jason Schultejann, both former members of DuPage County band Lucky Boys Confusion. The band is making a name for itself with a driving sound and energetic stage presence. The Kickback, Chasing Mars and Dan Wade are also on the bill. $12. Go to subt.net. 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9

Music from 'Middle Earth'
The Marion Consort choral ensemble performs a blend of music from the Medieval era, featuring music from and inspired by "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of The Rings" films at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine. Free. To register, call (847) 359-7267 or visit palatinelibrary.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10

Big Band Dance
Dance all afternoon to the sounds of the big bands from the '40s and '50s at the Big Band Dance at the Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison, Franklin Park. The event features ballroom dancing, waltzing, cha-cha, rumba and more. Mixers are featured, allowing everyone a chance to dance. $10 per person. (847) 590-1947 or fpparks.org. 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10

Bill's big band
Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners band headlines an evening of big band music at FitzGerald's nightclub at 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. Admission is $5-$10. Call (708) 788-2118, or visit fitzgeraldsnighclub.com. 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10

Creole stew
Get in the mood for Mardi Gras celebrations by catching the rock and bluesy band Creole Stomp Sunday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10

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