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Best bets: Running of Arlington Million returns Saturday

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  • Ramon A. Dominguez, aboard Little Mike, won the Arlington Million horse race last year in Arlington Heights.

      Ramon A. Dominguez, aboard Little Mike, won the Arlington Million horse race last year in Arlington Heights.
    Associated Press

  • Cheer on the Chicago Bliss of the Legends Football League (formerly known as the Lingerie Football League) at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

      Cheer on the Chicago Bliss of the Legends Football League (formerly known as the Lingerie Football League) at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

  • Walt Willey

      Walt Willey

  • Buddy Guy

      Buddy Guy

 
 

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By a nose?
The Arlington Million was the world's first million-dollar horse race, and the tradition continues Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. $20-$250. (847) 385-7500 or arlingtonpark.com. 10 a.m. gates open Saturday, Aug. 17, with a 12:15 p.m. post time

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A 'Rite' riot
Igor Stravinsky's avant-garde ballet "The Rite of Spring" caused a riot when it debuted in Paris 100 years ago. Let's hope the reaction won't be as raucous when the Grant Park Music Festival performs the work alongside John Adams' "Harmonium" this weekend at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion, Columbus Drive and Randolph Street, Chicago. Free. (312) 742-1168 or grantparkmusicfestival.com. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17

TV tales
Comedian and impressionist Mike Toomey tells tales of how 1960s and '70s television affected his life in the show "TV & Me" this weekend at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $32. (630) 584-6342 or pheasantrun.com. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16-17

Touchdown
See which team will come out on top when the Legends Football League Playoffs (formerly known as the Lingerie Football League) take place Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $17-$87 for both games; $15 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7 p.m. Eastern Divisional Game and 9 p.m. Western Divisional Game Saturday, Aug. 17

Matrimonial mirth
GayCo, Chicago's oldest lesbian and gay sketch comedy troupe, returns to the suburbs with its hot-topic revue "Weddings of Mass Destruction" Saturday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $25. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17

Singing the blues
Blues legend and recent recipient of the Kennedy Center HonorsBuddy Guy performs on the same bill with George Thorogood & The Destroyers Saturday at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $75-$85 reserved seating; $33-$38 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17

Soapy star
Soap star Walt Willey, aka Jackson Montgomery on ABC's "All My Children," performs standup this weekend at two Zanies locations: Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6342, $25 plus a two-item menu purchase. Then at MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484, $50 VIP meet-and-greet one hour before the show. zanies.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in St. Charles; 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in Rosemont

Dark Side outside
Get a sense of what made the concerts of Pink Floyd such a sensory experience in the 1970s when "The Pink Floyd Experience" plays Saturday at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St., Aurora. $20-$60. (630) 896-6666 or riveredgeauroa.com. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17

Plan ahead

Yo! Yo! Yo!
If your tots love the Nickelodeon TV show "Yo Gabba Gabba!," then why not give them the gift of "Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show!" See the concert at Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $22-$72. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

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