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  • See elephants, tigers, motorcycling tricksters and more when the "Circus Spectacular" comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

      See elephants, tigers, motorcycling tricksters and more when the "Circus Spectacular" comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

  • Devin Buchanan and Sean Rozanski perform in Liz Imperio's "La Belleza De Cuba" for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, which continues at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.

      Devin Buchanan and Sean Rozanski perform in Liz Imperio's "La Belleza De Cuba" for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, which continues at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago.
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  • The 10th Annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza at Chicago's Soldier Field features a breakfast, a festival and a candy grab for kids.

      The 10th Annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza at Chicago's Soldier Field features a breakfast, a festival and a candy grab for kids.

  • Comedian Sarah Colonna performs at Zanies locations in Chicago, Rosemont and St. Charles.

      Comedian Sarah Colonna performs at Zanies locations in Chicago, Rosemont and St. Charles.

  • Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner Bill Cherry appears along with other finalists in "Elvis Lives" at the Rosemont Theatre Saturday, March 23.

      Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner Bill Cherry appears along with other finalists in "Elvis Lives" at the Rosemont Theatre Saturday, March 23.

  • The ensemble Five By Design joins the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the special 1940s-themed show "Club Swing" at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

      The ensemble Five By Design joins the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the special 1940s-themed show "Club Swing" at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

  • College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center presents Canadian-based ScrapArts Music and their high-energy percussion and dance show at Ramsey Auditorium in Fermilab's Wilson Hall in Batavia on Saturday, March 23.

      College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center presents Canadian-based ScrapArts Music and their high-energy percussion and dance show at Ramsey Auditorium in Fermilab's Wilson Hall in Batavia on Saturday, March 23.

 
 

Big top wows
See exotic animals and daring performers do amazing feats of strength, balance, timing and more when the "Circus Spectacular" plays this weekend at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $20-$45; $10 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22; 11 a.m., 3:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23; and 1:30 and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Inspired by Cuba
Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago continues its 50th anniversary celebrations with the premiere performance of Liz Imperio's "La Belleza De Cuba" and the return of Autumn Eckman's "G-Force" this weekend at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $15-$60. (312) 334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22-23

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Bunnies, not Bears
Give your kids (and yourself) a chance to stand on the stadium grounds of Soldier Field for the 10th Annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza Saturday. It features a morning breakfast, festival games and a candy grab for tots at 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago. Free admission, but advance registration required for the breakfast. (312) 235-7000 or soldierfield.net or chicagoparkdistrict.com. 8:30 to 10 a.m. ticketed breakfast; 9 a.m. festival admission; 10 a.m. candy grab Saturday, March 23

Colonna Lately
Sarah Colonna, a writer and round-table regular for "Chelsea Lately," performs this weekend at multiple Zanies locations: 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago, (312) 337-4027; then at 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484; and at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6342 or zanies.com. $25 plus two menu-item purchase. 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, in Chicago; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in Rosemont; and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in St. Charles

Curiouser & curiouser
Salt Creek Ballet pursues the White Rabbit and questions the Cheshire Cat when it revives its dance interpretation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" this weekend at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles, $28; $25 for kids 12 and younger. (630) 769-1199 or saltcreekballet.org. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24

Rock on Kings
Billed as the "The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event," "Elvis Lives" features some of the best impersonators of the legendary "King of Rock" Saturday at theRosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $15-$35; $70 limited VIP tickets. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23

Celebrate swing
Vocal and performing ensemble Five By Design joins again with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for a nostalgic look back at the 1940s with the show "Club Swing" this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $18-$68. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24

Pound it out
Industrial cast offs never sounded so good thanks to the Canadian percussion ensemble ScrapArts Music, which returns to the area for a Saturday performance at Ramsey Auditorium in Fermilab's Wilson Hall, Kirk Road and Pine Street, Batavia. $30; $28 seniors; $15 kids. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23

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