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Sunday picks: All aboard the Railroad Show

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  • Authentic railroad schedules are some of the items highlighted at the 32nd Annual Chicagoland Railroad and Collectibles Show at Harper College in Palatine.

    Authentic railroad schedules are some of the items highlighted at the 32nd Annual Chicagoland Railroad and Collectibles Show at Harper College in Palatine.
    Courtesy of Joe Mazanek

By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Railroad and Collectibles Show
Calling all railroad fans: More than 250 tables of real railroad artifacts including china, timetables, lanterns, locks and more will be featured at the 32nd Annual Chicagoland Railroad and Collectibles Show in Building M of Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. $5. Visit or email 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Gluten be gone
Folks who can't eat certain foods might not want to miss out on the latest products available at the Gluten and Allergy Free Expo this weekend at Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $20; $5 admission for kids ages 3 to 12. (847) 303-4100. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Arbor Day in advance
Learn how to be greener in terms of your impact on the environment at the EcoFest Sunday at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. $12; $11 seniors; $9 kids ages 2-17. (630) 968-0074 or 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21

A self-made man
The Grayslake Heritage Center is one of 11 venues in the nation to host the "Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America" traveling exhibition. Guests can see high-quality reproductions of items from Abraham Lincoln's childhood to his years in the White House. Items include everything from Lincoln's surveying instruments to the gloves he wore at Ford's Theater on the night he was assassinated. Free, but donations are welcome. The heritage center is at 164 Hawley St., Grayslake. (847) 543-1745 or Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Brewery tours
Get a good look at the Two Brothers brewing process with a free brewery tour on Sunday afternoon. The tour lasts 45 minutes and includes three free samples at the conclusion. Afterward, try out the new pale ale Sidekick for $5 per pint or the anniversary beer, Monarch, for $5 per pint. Sidekick is now also available in cans. No reservations required for tours. Two Brothers Tap House is located at 30W315 Calumet Ave., Warrenville. (630) 393-2337 or 1 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Traveling Music concert
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra presents its Traveling Music family concert featuring classical and miscellaneous selections at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $8-$16. (847) 888-4000 or Kids' activities at 2 p.m., concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 21

'Alice in Wonderland'
Salt Creek Ballet takes a magical trip down a rabbit hole into the world of Wonderland with "Alice in Wonderland" at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. The multimedia dance performance is for all ages. $26-32. (847) 673-6300 or 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Porchlight's 'Pal Joey'
Adrian Aguilar stars as the womanizing entertainer Joey Evans in Porchlight Music Theatre's revival of the Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart musical "Pal Joey," inspired by John O'Hara's short stories. Susie McMonagle stars as socialite Vera and Laura Savage plays good girl Linda in the production helmed by Porchlight artistic director Michael Weber with music direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Lincolnshire's Brenda Didier. See it at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. The show opens Tuesday, April 23. $30, $39. (773) 327-5252 or or Previews at 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Party people
Clockwise Theatre presents the world premiere of artistic director/playwright Madelyn Sergel's "The Party in the Kitchen," set in the place where party guests invariably congregate. Andrea Dymond directs the play, set in September 2001 and centered on three couples -- a high-powered tycoon and his wife, a newly pregnant couple just starting out and a happily married, middle-class duo -- whose lives are affected by events unfolding halfway around the world as well as close to home. See it at 221 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $20. (800) 838-3006 or 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Doo Wop on in
The Doo Wop Project, featuring former "Jersey Boys" stars Jarrod Spector and Dom Scaglione, takes the stage at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. (630) 962-7000 or 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21

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