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  • Grand Funk Railroad plays Festival Park adjacent to Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

      Grand Funk Railroad plays Festival Park adjacent to Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

  • Emma Watkins is the first woman to join The Wiggles. The newly reconfigured children's rock band plays the Rosemont Theatre in the show "The Wiggles Taking Off! Live in Concert" on Saturday, Sept. 21.

      Emma Watkins is the first woman to join The Wiggles. The newly reconfigured children's rock band plays the Rosemont Theatre in the show "The Wiggles Taking Off! Live in Concert" on Saturday, Sept. 21.

  • Stephanie Mills

      Stephanie Mills

  • Motoring at the Museum car show and Plein Air Art gathering will be Sunday at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum.

      Motoring at the Museum car show and Plein Air Art gathering will be Sunday at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum.

  • Comedian George Lopez brings his "It's Not You, It's Me Tour" to the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, Nov. 2.

      Comedian George Lopez brings his "It's Not You, It's Me Tour" to the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, Nov. 2.

 
 

Top pick

American band
Relive the big hit songs from the late 1960s and 1970s of the rock band Grand Funk Railroad ("We're an American Band," "The Loco-Motion") Saturday at Festival Park, adjacent to Grand Victoria Casino, 250 S. Grove Ave., Elgin. $15-$49. (888) 508-1900 or grandvictoriacasino.com. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

This week

Arena rock
The Eagles, the phenomenally successful rock band from the 1970s, is touring again with a Friday stop at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $49-$189. (800) 745-3000 or unitedcenter.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20

Hot potato!
See the newest cast members of the Australian kids band The Wiggles in the show "Taking Off! Live in Concert" Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $15.50-$80. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Speaking dead
The Oakwood Cemetery Walk living history event returns Saturday with the theme "Going West" at the Lilac Cottage in Bowen Park, 1911 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan. $3-$5. (847) 360-4740 or waukeganparks.org. Noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Musical martyr
Chicago Opera Theater celebrates the bicentennial of Giuseppi Verdi's birth by staging his rarely performed opera "Joan of Arc" ("Giovanna d'Arco") for four performances starting Saturday at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago. Sung in Italian with projected English translations. $35-$125. (312) 334-7777 or chicagooperatheater.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Wednesday, Sept. 25, and Friday, Sept. 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29

Finding 'Home'
Grammy Award-winner and former Broadway star Stephanie Mills ("The Wiz") sings in concert Saturday at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. $45-$60. (630) 637-7469 or northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21

Plein air autos
Feast your eyes on classic cars in the Motoring at the Museum car show, while painters take part in the Plein Air Art gathering on Sunday at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Freemont St., Arlington Heights. $10 vehicle registration. Free admission for spectators. (847) 255-1225 or ahmuseum.org. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22

Plan ahead

It's him
Comedian George Lopez brings his "It's Not You, It's Me Tour" on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $46-$66. For mature audiences only. (847) 782-2366 or geneseetheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2

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