Sunday picks: Monster Jam crushes the competition at Allstate
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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. Sunday, Feb. 10
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. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10
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 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10
All about autos
See the latest models and concept cars when the Chicago Auto Show revs things up for its 105th edition 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. Sunday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 17, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18
'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. Sunday, Feb. 10
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
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. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10
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. 3 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
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 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10
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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