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  • Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran is set to appear at the Chicago Jazz Festival on Saturday, Aug. 31.

      Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran is set to appear at the Chicago Jazz Festival on Saturday, Aug. 31.

  • Afrojack is set to perform at the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago.

      Afrojack is set to perform at the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago.
    Jeff Knox | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago comedian John Roy is set to perform at Zanies in Rosemont.

      Chicago comedian John Roy is set to perform at Zanies in Rosemont.

  • A Ford and Mustang car show is set for the Volo Auto Museum.

      A Ford and Mustang car show is set for the Volo Auto Museum.

  • Eddie Griffin and Friends perform at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago.

      Eddie Griffin and Friends perform at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago.

  • Rick Nielsen and Cheap Trick will perform at Ravinia on Sunday, Sept. 1.

      Rick Nielsen and Cheap Trick will perform at Ravinia on Sunday, Sept. 1.
    Courtesy of The Washington Post

 
 

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All that jazz
The 35th Chicago Jazz Festival features acts like Jason Moran, The Julie Wood Trio, The Robert Glasper Trio and more at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. Free. (312) 742-4763 or cityofchicago.org. 2 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1

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This weekend

Open-air rock
Get your groove on outdoors at the North Coast Music Festival this weekend when acts like Passion Pit, Afrojack, Lotus and more play Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $150-$225 weekend pass; $55 single-day ticket. (312) 432-1995 or northcoastfestival.com. Starts at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1

So long, summer
Cram in as much summer fun as you can at Naperville's Last Fling, which features a carnival, a family fun land, food, and concerts by Jerrod Niemann (Friday), Goo Goo Dolls (Saturday) and Collective Soul (Sunday) all in downtown Naperville. Meet "Jessie" star Peyton List from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Labor Day parade at 10 a.m. Monday starts from the corner of Mill Street and 5th Avenue and winds through downtown Naperville. Free admission, though there are charges for carnival rides and main stage entertainment. (630) 961-4143 or lastfling.org. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2

Talent standards
Suburban Chicago's Got Talent winner Gabriela Francesca performs American song standards at a special Grand Crab Buffet Dinner at Shaw's Crab House, 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg. $56 per person (includes dinner and show, but beverages, tax and gratuity not included). (847) 517-2722 or gabrielafrancesca.com or shawscrabhouse.com. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30

Chicago boy
Chicago native and comedian Jon Roy has played plenty of TV gigs ranging from "Conan" to "The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson." Catch Roy live at Zanies at MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. (847) 813-0484 or zanies.com. 8 and 10:30 Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30-31

Vroom room
Gaze upon many models of American-made cars at a special Mustang and Ford Car Show Saturday at the Volo Auto Museum, 27582 W. Volo Village Road, Volo. $15.95; $13.95 seniors; $8.95 kids. (815) 385-3644 or volocars.com. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31

Urban comedy
Comedian Eddie Griffin & Friends (actually Kym Whiley, G-Thang and Bruh Man) all take to the stage to share their funny wares Saturday at the Arie Crown Theater at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. $55-$65. (800) 745-3000 or ariecrown.com. 8 p.m. Saturday Aug. 31

Rockford rock
The celebrated rock group Cheap Trick traces its roots back to Rockford. So give them a home state welcome Sunday at the Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $60-$70 reserved; $27-$32 lawn seating. (847) 266-5100 or ravinia.org. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31

Plan Ahead

Symphonic Cirque
"Cirque Musica" is a spectacular show featuring international circus performers, pop/Broadway star Debbie Gibson and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. This show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $28-$83; $15 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27

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