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  • The Sunny U Cultural and Education Center Performing Arts Group Dance Showcase will perform “The Broomcorn is Red — Harvest Time is Here” at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, Nov. 3.

    Best bets: Chinese dancers celebrate 'Harvest Time' at Genesee Oct 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    Local dancers exploring Chinese performing arts traditions take to the stage in The Sunny U Cultural and Education Center Performing Arts Group Dance Showcase called "The Broomcorn is Red — Harvest Time is Here" Saturday at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. The international art fair SOFA CHICAGO 2012 starts Friday at Navy Pier. Catch comedian Gilbert Gottfried and his unmistakable voice at three Zanies locations this weekend.

     
  • A tumbler performs a risky leap in "Dragons," the latest show from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus coming to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont and the United Center in Chicago.

    Best bets: Ringling Bros. circus returns with ‘Dragons’ Oct 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    In this lunar Year of the Dragon, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents a spectacular that brings together mythological lore with authentic circus feats in “Dragons,” which starts Thursday, Nov. 1, at Allstate Arena. Storytellers tell some spine-tingling tales for the seventh annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival in Waukegan Friday. See the amazing acrobatic actor Tobias Wegner in the one-man show “LEO” at ECC this weekend.

     
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Anna Lopez and Garrett Anderson encircle choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo in front of Marc Chagall’s America Windows at the Art Institute of Chicago. The stained glass artwork inspired Cerrudo to create the dance work “One Thousand Pieces.”

    Best bets: Chagall inspires Hubbard Street dance Oct 16, 2012 12:00 AM
    Alejandro Cerrudo’s “One Thousand Pieces” is the first full-length piece created for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, taking its inspiration from Marc Chagall’s “America Windows.” See it this weekend at Millennium Park’s Harris Theater. Williams Street Repertory revives its 2011 production of “The Rocky Horror Show” at Crystal Lake's Raue Center. Or catch Doug Benson's crazy comedy at Zanies in Rosemont on Sunday.

     
  • Under the Streetlamp returns to Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre.

    Best bets: Under the Streetlamp in perfect harmony Oct 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    Riding high after their recent PBS special, Under the Streetlamp triumphantly returns for two concerts of 1950s and '60s pop harmonizing this Thursday at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre in Elgin. Expect plenty of comic sketches taking aim at both political parties when The Capitol Steps perform “Take the Money and Run for President” at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora Friday.

     
  • Giordano Dance Chicago makes a touring stop at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake as part of its 50th anniversary.

    Best bets: Giordano Dance swings into CLC Sunday Oct 2, 2012 12:00 AM
    Giordano Dance Chicago celebrates its 50th anniversary this season, including a stop Sunday at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake. Don't miss former “Saturday Night Live” star Tim Meadows when he performs with Uncles Brother at the Four Star Comedy Fest in Chicago Saturday. Grammy Award winner Amy Grant performs Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

     
  • Those who dare can tour the Mausoleum of Terror and mingle with some creepy characters as part of Frightfest at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

    Best bets: Fests of frights and apples Sep 25, 2012 12:00 AM
    The ghosts and ghouls return to Six Flags Great America for Fright Fest, while Long Grove rolls out its annual Apple Fest this weekend; cabaret star Michael Feinstein brings Gershwin to the Auditorium Theatre Saturday; and New Jersey comedian Bret Ernst performs standup at Zanies in St. Charles.

     
  • The Waterleaf Food & Wine Festival will feature 100 different wines at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Best bets: 100 wines on tap at Waterleaf Food & Wine fest Sep 18, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Waterleaf Food & Wine Festival features 100 wines, beer, hors d’oeuvres and more Saturday at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Also, the Christian rock quartet Anthem Lights and singer/songwriter Becky Johnson will perform Friday at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles. For something a little eerie Saturday, try the Oakwood Cemetery Walk in Waukegan.

     
  • The 1937 Disney animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is brought to life as part of the touring arena show called Disney On Ice presents “Treasure Trove,” coming to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 13-16.

    Best bets: A Disney 'Treasure Trove' on iceSep 4, 2012 12:00 AM
    The catalog of 50 Disney animated films ranging from 1937's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to "Tangled" from 2010 are brought to life in Disney On Ice presents "Treasure Trove," which begins Thursday at the Allstate Arena. Also, country star Kenny Rogers will sing his hit songs from the 1970s and '80s in concert at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

     
  • Wrestlers will rumble in WWE's “Supershow” at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Best bets: Get ready to rumble at WWE RAW Aug 28, 2012 12:00 AM
    WWE wrestling stars like John Cena, Randy Orton and Chicago's own CM Punk will compete Monday at the WWE RAW Supershow at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Fans of the Coen Brothers' “The Big Lebowski” won't want to miss this chance to go bowling at Tivoli Bowl before catching a midnight Friday film screening at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Plus, Ravinia hosts Daryl Hall & John Oates Saturday.

     
  • The acclaimed modern dance troupe Momix performs Moses Pendleton’s “Botanica” at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

    Best bets: Dancers channel nature in 'Botanica'Aug 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    The acclaimed modern dance troupe Momix performs Moses Pendleton's "Botanica" at the Ravinia Festival, blending nature with dance. The Chicago Bandits play in the National Pro Fastpitch Championship this weekend in Rosemont. And St. Charles-based teen band The Giving Moon joins the Independent Arts and Music Festival at the House of Blues Saturday.

     
  • Jamie Spencer, riding Cape Blanco, won the Arlington Million at Arlington Park in 2011.

    Best bets: The running of the MillionAug 14, 2012 12:00 AM
    The 30th running of the Arlington Million is set for Saturday, Aug. 18, at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights. Ravinia Festival and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra present Mozart's opera seria work “Idomeneo.” And the American Cancer Society's Bark for Life comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

     
  • The Taste of Arlington Heights will return to the intersection of Campbell and Vail streets in Arlington Heights.

    Best bets: Mane Event, Taste take over Arlington Heights Aug 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    It's a festival weekend in downtown Arlington Heights. First up is the Mane Event block party on Friday, then the Taste of Arlington Heights on Saturday when the final five finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent perform and the winner and Fan Favorite will be announced. And they're both free! Other options include comedian Sebastian Maniscalco at Rosemont's Zanies Comedy Club and Macy's Glamorama 2012 event in Chicago.

     
  • Tony Award-nominee Cathy Rigby (“Peter Pan”) will appear in a special Broadway in Chicago Concert season preview at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago on Monday, Aug. 6.

    Best bets: Broadway in Chicago Concert hosts Lauper, Rigby Jul 31, 2012 12:00 AM
    Catch a season preview Broadway in Chicago Concert featuring former Olympic athlete and actress Cathy Rigby ("Peter Pan") and pop star and composer Cyndi Lauper ("Kinky Boots") and more at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago. Other weekend highlights include Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias in concert at the United Center and Demi Lovato making her Ravinia debut.

     
  • Kids enjoy the teacup ride at a previous year's Lake County Fair in Grayslake.

    Best bets: County fair season in full swingJul 24, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Lake County Fair returns to Grayslake from Wednesday through Sunday, July 25-29, to satisfy your itch for cotton candy and carnival rides. For comedy, check out "The League's" Steve Rannazzisi at Zanies in Rosemont Friday and Saturday. Visit Ravinia Festival for the CSO's presentation of Holst's "The Planets."

     
  • “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour” is coproduced by Cirque du Soleil and the estate of Michael Jackson. The pop spectacular, featuring the pictured number “Black and White,” plays the United Center in Chicago on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.

    Best bets: Cirque du Soleil does 'Michael Jackson' Jul 17, 2012 12:00 AM
    Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson present "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour," which plays the United Center in Chicago on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.

     
  • Joshua Whitaker competed in bronco riding during a previous edition of the IPRA Rodeo hosted by the Wauconda Chamber of Commerce at the Golden Oaks rodeo grounds.

    Best bets: Broncos, Barry and BroadwayJul 10, 2012 12:00 AM
    Broncos will buck and lassos will fly at the annual IPRA Wauconda Rodeo this weekend. For something a little more polished, see Barry Manilow croon to the crowds Friday and Saturday nights. And if you have the kids with you, the American Girls Dinner and cruise departs Sunday night for some daughter bonding time on the high seas (or Lake Michigan).

     
  • Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd appear as The Blues Brothers and perform with The Sacred Hearts at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

    Best bets: Soak up some Blues Brothers at Ravinia Jul 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    Need your Blues Brothers fix? Dan Akroyd and Jim Belushi bring their Chicago stylings to Ravinia Festival Wednesday, July 11. But for a concert of a different sort, catch the American Idol Live! tour at the Allstate Arena Saturday, July 7. The weekend also heralds the opening of the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, Wis., and the weekend-long Anime Midwest 2012 in Lisle.

     
  • Brian Gurl appears as the late singer Elvis Presley, among others, in "Laughing With Legends" at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    Best bets: Metropolis brings '50s legends backJun 26, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Metroplis Performing Arts Centre brings back the 50s with husband and wife team Brian and Joey Gurl, as they portray celebrity icons ranging from Elvis Presley to Lucille Ball in "Laughing with Legends." The Abilities Expo in Schaumburg opens to people with disabilities. And the Mounted Memories Show in Rosemont offers vintage baseball cards and sports memorabilia.

     
  • The Paris Opera Ballet will perform “Suite en Blanc” as part of a mixed repertory program at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago from Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1.

    Best bets: Paris Opera Ballet leaps into Harris Theater Jun 19, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Paris Opera Ballet launches a North American tour in Chicago with performances of “Giselle” and more starting Tuesday, June 26, at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Fans of “The Hunger Games” won't want to miss stars like Jacqueline Emerson and Amandla Stenberg at the Fiction2Film convention this weekend in Rosemont. “RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles” returns to Chicago starting Tuesday, June 26.

     
  • “Dralion” returns to the Chicago area to combine elements of Western circus arts and Chinese-style acrobatics. The arena re-scaled show plays in Rosemont at the Allstate Arena from Wednesday, June 20, to Sunday, June 24, before moving to Chicago at the United Center.

    Best bets: Cirque du Soliel's "Dralion" flips back to the suburbsJun 12, 2012 12:00 AM
    Cirque du Soliel's "Dralion" returns to the Chicago area for runs at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont and the United Center in Chicago; and the Scottish take over Itasca's Hamilton Lakes for the annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games, complete with games, food, performances and athletic events. If art is more your style, check out the Art in Bloom fine art festival this weekend at Wheaton's Cantigny Park.

     
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