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  • Elton John performs at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday, Nov. 30.

      Elton John performs at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday, Nov. 30.
    Associated Press

  • The Wonderland Express returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe from Friday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Jan. 5.

      The Wonderland Express returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe from Friday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Jan. 5.

  • Comedian Taylor Williamson of "America's Got Talent" appears at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

      Comedian Taylor Williamson of "America's Got Talent" appears at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.
    Courtesy of NBC

  • State Street Dance Studio stages "The Nutcracker."

      State Street Dance Studio stages "The Nutcracker."

  • "A John Waters Christmas" plays City Winery in Chicago at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

      "A John Waters Christmas" plays City Winery in Chicago at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

  • Michael Bolton headlines the Arcada in St. Charles Sunday.

      Michael Bolton headlines the Arcada in St. Charles Sunday.
    Associated Press

 
 

Top pick

Piano man
See why composer/pop star Elton John has awards from Grammy, Oscar and Tony when he performs Saturday at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $29-$149. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30

This weekend

Choo-choo!
The Wonderland Express miniature train and Chicago-area landmark display is back for the holiday season at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. $12; $10 seniors and kids ages 3-12. (847) 835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Friday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Jan. 5

He's got talent
Taylor Williamson wowed the judges on NBC's "America's Got Talent" and came in second. See him live this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $22 plus a two menu-item purchase. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30; and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1

Nutcracker kickoff
State Street Dance Studio performs its 10th annual production of "The Nutcracker" in a new venue this weekend at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St., Batavia. $25-$40. (630) 937-8930 or statestreetdancestudio.com. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1

Philippine relief
ARIA Vocal Group, Jovie Calma, Cherry Pineda, Bless Castro Peterson and more are involved in a Philippines Disaster Relief Concert this Saturday at the 40tude Bistro & Bar, 1318 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. $10; 20 percent of restaurant sales will be donated. youcaring.com/40tudePhilippinesDisasterRelief2013. 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30

A cultish Christmas
Die-hard fans of the film director behind such cult classics as "Pink Flamingos" and "Hairspray" won't want to miss "A John Waters Christmas" this Sunday at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $65-$85. (312) 733-9463 or citywinery.com. 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1

Power ballad pal
Ladies, start your swooning. Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Michael Bolton is set to perform Sunday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $69-$125. (630) 962-7000 or oshows.com. 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1

Plan ahead

Replica blue suede
The world's top impersonators of the late Elvis Presley return in the touring concert revue "Elvis Lives" on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $39.50-$59.50. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25

Balancing act
Thrill to the wonders of the human body's ability to stretch, contort and balance when The Peking Acrobats perform on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $35; $25 kids ages 12 and younger. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16

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