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Sunday picks: Fete St. Pat's with 'Flanagan's Wake' at the Met

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  • The interactive Irish funeral comedy "Flanagan's Wake" returns Sunday to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

      The interactive Irish funeral comedy "Flanagan's Wake" returns Sunday to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

  • Take a one-hour hike to learn how the sap of maple trees becomes maple syrup at the Maple Syrup Hike in Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods.

      Take a one-hour hike to learn how the sap of maple trees becomes maple syrup at the Maple Syrup Hike in Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods.

  • Disney Live! presents "Mickey's Music Festival" at the Rosemont Theatre from Friday through Sunday, March 15-17.

      Disney Live! presents "Mickey's Music Festival" at the Rosemont Theatre from Friday through Sunday, March 15-17.

  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago teams up with San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet to form the supergroup AZIMUTH at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.

      Hubbard Street Dance Chicago teams up with San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet to form the supergroup AZIMUTH at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.
    Courtesy of Margo Mortiz

  • The Vienna Boys Choir performs at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville on Sunday, March 17.

      The Vienna Boys Choir performs at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville on Sunday, March 17.

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

'Flanagan's Wake'
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, celebrates St. Patrick's Day with "Flanagan's Wake," the interactive comedy about the residents of a small Irish burg who come together to send off one of their own with stories, songs and a couple of pints. $35. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday, March 17

Sugar Bush Fair
Eat a hearty breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup and watch demonstrations of maple syrup production at the annual Sugar Bush Fair at the Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Other event highlights include puppet shows, hayrides and more. General admission is free. There is a charge for breakfast. (847) 985-2100 or parkfun.com. 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, March 17

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Pet headquarters
Head to the 21st Annual Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, for entertainment, demonstrations, presentations, and the latest products and services for pets. There also will be pets on hand to meet and touch. Peruse more than 300 exhibits of pet-related products and services including food, clothing, toys and cleaning supplies plus information about veterinary services. pet boarding, sitting and training, breed clubs and animal rescue organizations. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3-12. www.petchicago.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17

Musical Mickey
Characters from "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin" and Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story" show up in the Disney Live! show "Mickey's Music Festival" at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $15-$35; $70 limited VIP tickets. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17

Maple Syrup Hike
Take a one-hour hike and learn how the sap of sugar maple trees can become syrup at the Maple Syrup Hike in Ryerson Woods, 21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods. Participants can follow the process from sap to syrup and then taste the final product. $6; children ages 3 and under are free. Registration is required. (847) 968-3321 or lcfpd.org. Hikes run every half-hour from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17

Mucha beautiful
View beautiful and rare Art Nouveau objects by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, considered the father of Art Nouveau, at the Lake County Discovery Museum, 27277 N. Forest Preserve Road, Wauconda. The exhibition showcases 70 works of art that show the range of Mucha's work through magazine covers, decorative tins, folio plates, jewelry, currency, book illustrations and other objects. Admission is $6, $3 for students (18-25) and seniors, $2.50 ages 4-17. (847) 968-3400 or www.lcfpd.org/discovery_museum. 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17; runs through Aug. 25

When Trolleys Rode the Prairie Path
The West Chicago Historical Society hosts its When Trolleys Rode the Prairie Path program at the Wayne and Helen Fox Community Center, 306 Main St., West Chicago. Historian Steve Hyett presents a multiprojector show about the electric interurban railroad, known as the "Roarin' Elgin." The line's major stops in DuPage County were in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Villa Park, Elmhurst, West Chicago and Warrenville. Light refreshments will be served. Free. Visit krusehousemuseum.org. 1 p.m. Sunday, March 17

On their toes
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago teams up with San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet to form a supergroup in AZIMUTH. On the bill are works by King and Alejandro Cerrudo this weekend at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $25-$99. (312) 334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17

The pipes are calling
A perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's takes place during the Sunday Salon series at the Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. Brendan McKinney, an Irish and Highland piper, flute player and All Ireland Piping Champion, will perform. (312) 744-6630 or tinyurl.com/alvcn3n. 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17

Spring preview
The West suburban a cappella chorus Acappellago sings songs to welcome warmer weather in the concert "Escape to ... Blue Skies" at the Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia. $17; $15 students/seniors. (708) 484-3797 or acappellago.org. 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17

Monster magic?
Who knew that monster trucks could intermingle with magic tricks? See for yourself when Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals presents "Monsters and Magic Tour" at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $17-$38. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17

Choral kids
The Vienna Boys Choir dates back to 1498, and they're still going strong. Catch these musically gifted boys between the ages of 10 to 14 Sunday at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $50-$60. (630) 637-7469 or northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17

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