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Best bets: Chicago Auto Show rolls into McCormick Place

The Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition on an enlarged track was a big hit with the kids at a previous edition of the Chicago Auto Show.

The Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition on an enlarged track was a big hit with the kids at a previous edition of the Chicago Auto Show.

 

Daily Herald file photo by Mark Welsh/mwelsh@daily

Photographers and automotive personnel surrounded the 2014 GSR yellow and black Volkswagen at its unveiling for the media at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The 2014 edition of the Chicago Auto Show returns to McCormick Place starting with a charity event Friday, Feb. 7.

Photographers and automotive personnel surrounded the 2014 GSR yellow and black Volkswagen at its unveiling for the media at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The 2014 edition of the Chicago Auto Show returns to McCormick Place starting with a charity event Friday, Feb. 7.

 

Daily Herald file photo by Mark Welsh/mwelsh@daily

Ryan Chiaverini of ABC-7’s “Windy City LIVE” hosts the Winter Frost Face Off Classic at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at MB Financial Park in Rosemont.

Ryan Chiaverini of ABC-7's "Windy City LIVE" hosts the Winter Frost Face Off Classic at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at MB Financial Park in Rosemont.

 
The International Motorcycle Show returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

The International Motorcycle Show returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

 

Daily Herald file photo by George LeClaire/gleclai

Trumpeter Brandon Ridenour debuts his “Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Paganini” with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra concert “Tour of Italy” in Batavia and Elgin.

Trumpeter Brandon Ridenour debuts his "Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Paganini" with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra concert "Tour of Italy" in Batavia and Elgin.

 
The "Grave Digger" is featured again in The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam coming to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

The "Grave Digger" is featured again in The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam coming to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

 
Comedian Sarah Colonna performs at Zanies locations in Rosemont and St. Charles.

Comedian Sarah Colonna performs at Zanies locations in Rosemont and St. Charles.

 
Actor Henry Winkler (“Happy Days”) appears with co-author Lin Oliver to discuss their “Here’s Hank” books at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Mill Street School in Naperville.

Actor Henry Winkler ("Happy Days") appears with co-author Lin Oliver to discuss their "Here's Hank" books at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Mill Street School in Naperville.

 

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Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band comes to the Chicago Theatre for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28.

Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band comes to the Chicago Theatre for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28.

 

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Sleek and shiny
North America's largest auto show is the Chicago Auto Show, which returns for its 106th edition this year starting this weekend at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. $12; $6 seniors and kids 7 to 12; free for kids 6 and younger. (630) 495-2282 or chicagoautoshow.com. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 16, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17

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This weekend

Easy riders
Ogle the latest models, gear and more when the Progressive International Motorcycle Show returns this weekend to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $17 one-day admission for adults; $6 one-day admission kids 6 to 11. (847) 692-2222 or motorcycleshows.com. 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9

Hockey happening
ABC-7's Ryan Chiaverini is the host for the first match of theWinter Frost Face Off Classic hockey matchup featuring select alumni from the Chicago Blackhawks at MB Financial Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Free admission, but $10 donation for postgame meet-and-greet at nearby Five Roses Pub. (847) 349-5008 or mbparkatrosemont.com or 200x85.com. 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7

Italian inspiration
Trumpeter Brandon Ridenour debuts his world premiere "Ridenour Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Paganini" with theElgin Symphony Orchestra this weekend in the "Tour of Italy" concert led by conductor Tania Miller at two locations: the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St., Batavia, and the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $25-$60. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in Batavia and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in Elgin

Big wheels
See oversize trucks in action like the Grave Digger, Madusa, El Toro Loco and more when Monster Jam returns this weekend to the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $12-$57.50; $20 parking. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com or monsterjam.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9

Colonna come 'Lately'
Suburban fans of the E! series "Chelsea Lately," "After Lately" and the Diablo Cody film "Paradise" should check out comedian Sarah Colonna this weekend at two Zanies locations: Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6342, and MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484. $25 plus a two menu-item purchase. zanies.com. 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in St. Charles and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in Rosemont

Microbrew for you
Fifteen microbreweries like Half Acre, Rogue and more contribute to this Saturday's Craft Beer Tasting event at the Sullivan Community Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills. $35 (must be 21 or older). (847) 996-6800 or vhparkdistrict.org. 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8

Plan ahead

Henry for Hank
Actor Henry Winkler ("Happy Days") appears with co-author Lin Oliver to talk about and sign their children's book "Here's Hank" aimed at kids with dyslexia at a special Anderson's Bookshop-sponsored event on Friday, Feb. 14, at Mill Street School, 1300 N. Mill St., Naperville. Admission comes with book purchases of $11.99 or $14.99. (630) 355-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14

Starr power
The Beatles may have debuted on "The Ed Sullivan Show" 50 years ago this weekend, but you can still see one of the surviving members of the Fab Four when Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band featuring Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie and Gregg Bissonette plays the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $49-$189. (800) 745-3000 or thechicagotheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28

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