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  • New Kids on the Block is set to perform at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on the same bill with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees.

      New Kids on the Block is set to perform at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on the same bill with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees.
    Associated Press File Photo

  • Chris Isaak headlines the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Friday, July 19.

      Chris Isaak headlines the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Friday, July 19.

  • Jay Pharoah of "Saturday Night Live" fame will perform at Zanies in St. Charles and Rosemont.

      Jay Pharoah of "Saturday Night Live" fame will perform at Zanies in St. Charles and Rosemont.

  • Idina Menzel sings with a 55-piece orchestra at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

      Idina Menzel sings with a 55-piece orchestra at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.
    Courtesy of Robin Wong

  • Comedian Dean Edwards brings the laughs to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

      Comedian Dean Edwards brings the laughs to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

  • The group Arrival From Sweden presents "The Music of ABBA" in a concert at the Rosemont Theatre.

      The group Arrival From Sweden presents "The Music of ABBA" in a concert at the Rosemont Theatre.

  • Shorty Rossi and his dog Hercules of Animal Planet's "Pit Boss" show will greet fans at the Windy City Pet Expo in Villa Park.

      Shorty Rossi and his dog Hercules of Animal Planet's "Pit Boss" show will greet fans at the Windy City Pet Expo in Villa Park.
    Courtesy of Animal Planet

 
By Scott Morgan and Laura Stewart

Boy band bash
The girls will be screaming when New Kids on the Block headlines The Package Tour, which also features Boyz II Men and 98, at Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $29.50-$89.50. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19

Rockin' art
See a large collection of rock 'n' roll artwork, including works by Ron Campbell, animator of the Beatles' famed "Yellow Submarine" film, at the 94.7 WLS-FMRock Art Show and Sale at the Stratford Square Mall, 152 Stratford Square, Bloomingdale. Campbell, who also directed the Beatles' 1960s cartoon series on ABC, will be on hand to demonstrate his painting techniques and meet with the public. Visitors can also view works featuring artists such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and others, gold records, concert posters and more. Many pieces are available for purchase. Free. Visit rockartshow.com. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 21

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Summer fun
There are carnival rides, concerts and contests galore at Antioch's Taste of Summer Festival this weekend at the intersection of Orchard Street Extension and Skidmore Drive, Antioch. Free. (847) 395-2233 or antiochchamber.org. Noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 21

Strike up the band!
Bands from across the country will perform at the Wheaton Band Festival in Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton. Donations of used musical instruments will be accepted to benefit the Salvation Army's music programs. Free. Visit wheatonbandfestival.org. 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, and 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20

Still flying high
Pop superstar Sheryl Crow will visit Ravinia, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, this weekend. Crow has dabbled in a variety of musical genres during her successful career, from straight pop to more rootsy, soulful styles. She's now working on a country album, which is due out this fall. Reserved seats start at $90. (Lawn tickets are sold out.) Go to ravinia.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19

Every Man Should Know tour
Listen to the crooning of Harry Connick Jr. when he performs pop favorites during two shows at Symphony Center, 220 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Tickets cost $49-$109. (312) 294-3000 or cso.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 19-20

Still 'Ridin''
Rock musician Chris Isaak, famed for songs like "Wicked Game," "Gone Ridin'" and "Livin' for Your Lover," performs in concert Friday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $59-$125. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Friday, July 19

Ruling Pharoah
"Saturday Night Live" ensemble member Jay Pharoah, famed for his impersonations of celebrities, makes special appearances at these Zanies Comedy Club locations: Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, $25 plus a two menu-item purchase, (630) 584-6342. And at MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, $25 plus a two-item menu purchase, (847) 813-0484. See zanies.com. 8 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, July 19, in St. Charles, and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in Rosemont

She's 'Wicked'
Die-hard musical theater fans won't want to miss Idina Menzel ("Wicked," "Glee") performing in concert with a 55-piece orchestra at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. $75 reserved; $60 preferred bench seating; limited free admission. (630) 896-6666 or riveredgeaurora.com. 8 p.m. Friday, July 19

Comedy Dean
From "Saturday Night Live" to his involvement with workshops of the Broadway musical "Shrek," comedian Dean Edwards certainly gets around. Catch Edwards live this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road in Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. $17-$19. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, July 19; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, July 20; and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21

Windy City Pet Expo
Head to the Odeum Expo Center, 1033 N. Villa Ave., Villa Park, for the Windy City Pet Expo, featuring activities for a variety of pets -- dogs, cats, birds and reptiles. Guests can watch pet agility and obedience demonstrations, meet rescue group animals available for adoption, buy supplies and more. Shorty Rossi and his dog Hercules of Animal Planet's "Pit Boss" show will be on hand to meet with fans. Free. Visit windycitypetexpo.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20

Bristol Renaissance Faire
Travel back to 1574 for 16th-century games, rides, food, arts and crafts and more at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha. Features hundreds of costumed re-enactors. Admission is $19.95 adults; $9.50 for kids 5-12; kids 4 and younger admitted free. (847) 395-7773 or renfair.com. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21

Shiny Jaguars
Gawk at an expected 60 luxury cars Saturday competing for the Illinois Jaguar Club's Concours d' Elegance at Pheasant Run Resort and Convention Center, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. Free. (630) 584-6342 or pheasantrun.com. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20

Rockin' with Ronnie
Country music star Ronnie Dunn headlines the annual Rockin' for the Troops concert sponsored by Operation Support Our Troops at Cantigny Park and First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Includes performances by The Voices and the all-veteran Kimo Williams Band. Tickets cost $25; limited on-site parking for $10. Visit cantigny.org. Noon Saturday, July 20

Naperville Ale Fest
Sample from more than 150 craft beers, plus enjoy live music and food at the Naperville Ale Fest at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. More than 150 craft beers, food, live music. Admission is $45, $15 designated driver, $75 V.I.P. Visit napervillealefest.com or napersettlement.museum. V.I.P. sampling from noon to 1 p.m.; fest runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20

Shakespeare in the Park
Get ready for a night of laughs when the Midsummer Theater Troupe presents William Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" in Island Park, at routes 25 and 38 in Geneva. Guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs for seating, as well as picnic dinners. $5 suggested donation. Free parking at the government center on First Street. (630) 938-4530 or genevadowntown.org. 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20

'90s redux
The Under The Sun Tour featuring Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball plays the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $55-$65; lawn seats $27-$33. ravinia.org. 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20

Massachusetts metal
Shadows Fall, a Grammy-nominated heavy metal band from Springfield, Mass., delivers all the monster riffs, pounding drums and barked lyrics that a metal fan could ask for. The band will headline a Ride For Dime show at Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road in Barrington. Ride For Dime is a not-for-profit organization that raises money for music education programs and other charities in the name of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, the former guitarist in the band Pantera who was shot and killed while onstage in 2004. Other bands performing include A.D.D., Emperors and Elephants, Degrade the Signal and more. Tickets cost $25. Go to stubwire.com for tickets or visit the Ride For Dime Chicago page on Facebook. 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20

Tastes of Twain
Find out what the author of "Tom Sawyer" might have favored during his lifetime when the History Singers perform the show "Mark Twain's Music Box" Saturday at the DuPage County History Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton. Free. (630) 682-7343 or dupagemuseum.org. 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20

Super Troupers
The original members of ABBA have pledged never to reunite in concert, so the Swedish tribute band Arrival is probably the closest you can get in the show "The Music of ABBA." Relive the flashy 1970s disco costumes Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $30-$45. Show rescheduled from April 27. Original tickets will be honored. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20

'Cabaret' cabaret
Jazz singer Scott Gryder teams up with musicians Nick Sula and Phil Martin to celebrate the music of the songwriting team behind Broadway shows like "Chicago," "Cabaret" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman" in the show "LIFE IS A CABARET! The Music and Words of Kander & Ebb" Saturday at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University's Katten/Landau Studio, 425 S. Wabash Ave., 4th Floor, Chicago. $25-$35. (800) 982-2787 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20

Woodstock Folk Festival
The Woodstock Folk Festival returns with performances on the main stage by Judith Avers, Brother Sun, Emily Elbert, Donna Herula, Red Tail Ring and the Sultans of String at Woodstock Square at Van Buren and Benton streets. Tricia Alexander, of Woodstock, will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement Award. There will be hands-on activities in the children's area. Admission is by donation. $10-$15; $25 families. Visit woodstockfolkmusic.com. 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 21

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