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  • "Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure" plays the Rosemont Theatre from Friday through Monday, March 14-17.

      "Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure" plays the Rosemont Theatre from Friday through Monday, March 14-17.
    Courtesy of Feld Entertainment

  • Mark Hall and Casting Crowns play the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Friday, March 14.

      Mark Hall and Casting Crowns play the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Friday, March 14.
    Associated Press File Photo

  • Comedian Bert Kreischer performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg on Friday and Saturday, March 14-15.

      Comedian Bert Kreischer performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg on Friday and Saturday, March 14-15.

  • The Chicago Flower & Garden Show returns to Navy Pier in Chicago.

      The Chicago Flower & Garden Show returns to Navy Pier in Chicago.

  • Marc Cohn performs a rescheduled concert at the Elgin Community College Arts Center on Saturday, March 15.

      Marc Cohn performs a rescheduled concert at the Elgin Community College Arts Center on Saturday, March 15.
    Courtesy of Myriam Santos Kayda

  • Soprano Lisa Vroman is the featured soloist in the "Broadway Spectacular" concert performed by the DuPage Symphony Orchestra at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.

      Soprano Lisa Vroman is the featured soloist in the "Broadway Spectacular" concert performed by the DuPage Symphony Orchestra at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville.

  • "The Wizard of Oz," now commemorating its 75th anniversary, will be screened at the Paramount Theatre on Monday, March 31.

      "The Wizard of Oz," now commemorating its 75th anniversary, will be screened at the Paramount Theatre on Monday, March 31.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO/WARNER BROS.

 
 

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Junior stars
If your kids love animated cable shows like "Sophia the First" and "Jake and the Neverland Pirates," then see the characters onstage in "Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure" this weekend at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $15-$75. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 14; 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15; 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16; and 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 17

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This weekend

Christian rockers
Casting Crowns teams up with Laura Story and the band For King and Country for an evening of contemporary Christian music at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $32-$62; $20 parking. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 7 p.m. Friday, March 14

Comedy challenger
Comedian Bert Kreischer is famed for being pushed to try all kinds of dangerous stunts and dares on the Travel Channel show "Bert The Conqueror." See Kreischer performing safer feats of humor this weekend at the 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, March 14, and 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, March 15

Green-up time
Start dreaming of spring blossoms and greenery Saturday at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, which returns for a two-week run at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. $17 weekday tickets; $19 weekend tickets; $5 kids ages 4-12. (312) 595-7437 or chicagoflower.com. Saturday, March 15, through Sunday, March 23: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday

Play time
The Chicago Fun Family Palooza promises loads of games, activities, products and displays for kids of all ages this weekend at the Pheasant Run Resort Mega Center and Ballroom, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $8 general admission; $15 activity wristband (extra for select activities). (630) 584-6342 or pheasantrun.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16

Cohn returns
Marc Cohn, the singer behind such hits as "Walking in Memphis," "Silver Thunderbird" and "True Companion," performs a rescheduled concert from this past fall on Saturday at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $36. (847) 622-0300 or tickets.elgin.edu. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15

Classical Broadway
Soprano Lisa Vroman ("The Phantom of the Opera") teams up with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra for a "Broadway Spectacular" concert this weekend at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $30-$35; $26-$31 seniors; $12-$17 students. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16

Plan ahead

Over the rainbow
See the classic MGM film "The Wizard of Oz," now commemorating its 75th anniversary, as it was originally intended to be seen on the big screen on Monday, March 31, at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $1. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 7 p.m. Monday, March 31

Wheat begone
Those with celiac disease or other food sensitivities should check out the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo on Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $15-$20 one-day pass; $25-$35 weekend pass. (847) 303-4100 or gfafexpo.com. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13

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