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  • Renowned opera tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform Dec. 13 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Andrea Bocelli to perform in RosemontMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Famed tenor Andrea Bocelli will make only six stops on his North American tour this year, and Rosemont will be one of them. Bocelli will perform at the Allstate Arena at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, April 7.

  • Gurnee native Amanda Majeski plays a scheming would-be empress in Lyric Opera of Chicago's “La Clemenza di Tito.”

    Gurnee native hits high note as international opera starMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Gurnee native Amanda Majeski was rejected when when auditioned for a musical program at Carmel High Schoolin Mundelein. But now, the Northwestern University grad stars in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Mozart's “La Clemenza di Tito” through March 23. ”It's all so bizarre,” she said. “I grew up watching the Bulls play, watching the Bears and stuff. My parents loved athletics.”

  • An electrical fire at Millennium Park’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago has forced the cancellation of all shows through March 6. Included is the LINES Ballet’s “Constellations,” which theater officials are attempting to reschedule.

    Harris Theater halts shows due to electrical fireFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago has cancelled all performances through Thursday, March 6, in light of an electrical fire on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

  • See elephants, tigers, motorcycling tricksters and more when the Circus Spectacular comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Best bets: Circus Spectacular wows at Sears CentreFeb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Carden Entertainment brings its 51st Circus Spectacular with exotic animals, graceful aerialists, skilled acrobats and more to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. See many groomed breeds of dogs, agility tests and new canine products at the International Kennel Club of Chicago 2014 International Cluster of Dog Shows this weekend at McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 120 craft beers by 60 different breweries can be tasted at the Naperville Winter Ale Fest Saturday at Frontier Park.

  • The Midtown Men, featuring Michael Longoria, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer of the original Broadway company of “Jersey Boys,” perform two shows at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, Feb. 14.

    Best bets: Swoon to sounds of The Midtown MenFeb 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Midtown Men, featuring members from the original Broadway cast of "Jersey Boys," will serenade the audience at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, Feb. 14. Or take your Valentine to see "Romeo and Juliet" this weekend at select movie theaters. Fans of Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters won't want to miss her singing romantic song standards at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan Friday.

  • The Professional Championship Bullriders World Tour Finale VIII comes to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

    Best bets: Bullriders test their mettle at Sears Centre Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    See daring men and women brave bucking bulls at the Professional Championship Bullriders World Tour Finale VIII, which also features country star Tracy Lawrence, this weekend at Hoffman Estates' Sears Centre. Bundle up for ice-sculpting displays, snowman contests, ice skating and more at an Inaugural Winter Carnival Friday in Hawthorn Woods. Help out in the creation of “Broadway's Next H!T Musical” with this interactive and improvised musical comedy show Saturday at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre.

  • The 2014 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series will make a stop at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 11-12.

    Best bets: Bull riders tough it out at Allstate Jan 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    See which competitors can hold on the longest when the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series returns this weekend at Rosemont's Allstate Arena. Sitcom star Harry Anderson shows off his magic and standup comedy skills this weekend at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. Celebrate the recent 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first chart-topping hit with the tribute band American English this weekend at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

  • Gabriel von Eisenstein (Bo Skovhus) is befuddled by a masked Hungarian countess (actually Juliane Banse as his wife, Rosalinde) as sisters Ida (Julie Anne Miller) and Adele (Daniela Fally) look on at Prince Orlofsky’s party in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Die Fledermaus.”

    Lyric’s ‘Die Fledermaus’ bubbles with comic delight Dec 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    It’s been seven seasons since the Lyric Opera of Chicago last presented “Die Fledermaus” (aka “The Bat”), the ever-popular 1874 Viennese comic operetta by Johann Strass Jr. Thanks to a lot of clever importation practices, this production will likely plaster a smile on your face. Much of what makes this comic chestnut so tasty is a slew of native German-speaking singers (many making their Lyric debut) who enliven the proceedings with a breezy air of continental authenticity.

  • Jason Derulo is on the bill for the 2013 Jingle Bash at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Best bets: Pop goes the Jingle Bash at Allstate Dec 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Jonas Brothers, Jason Derulo, Armin Van Buuren, Pitbull, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Avicii and Emblem3 are just some of the bands on the bill for the 2013 Jingle Bash Saturday at Rosemont's Allstate Arena. The X-Treme Fighting Organization (XFO) 49 Mixed Martial Arts brings a series of fighting bouts to the Sears Centre. Or, for the kids, Yo Gabba Gabba! rings in the season with a very awesome show at Rosemont Theatre.

  • The recipients of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors, from left, Billy Joel, Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock, Shirley MacLaine, and Carlos Santana, give their applause Sunday during the Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

    Joel, MacLaine, Santana receive Kennedy Center honors Dec 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    The “Piano Man” who became one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with such hits as “Just the Way You Are,” “Uptown Girl” and “Allentown” was awarded the nation’s highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts. Billy Joel joins Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children — and they have never stopped.

  • Quinn Kelsey, right, plays Germont with Joseph Calleja as his son Alfredo, during the second act of the dress rehearsal of Lyric's production of “La Traviata” in Chicago. The opera runs through Dec. 20.

    Hawaiian baritone making his mark at Chicago's Lyric OperaNov 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    There are baritones who sing opera, and then there are “Verdi baritones.” Quinn Kelsey has no doubts about which camp he is in. “I'm definitely a Verdi baritone,” Kelsey said. Fitting into that category requires a voice of a certain size and power, he said. His talents are currently on display at Chicago's Lyric Opera, where he is appearing as Giorgio Germont in a new production of “La Traviata.”

  • Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri brings his own stage play

    Best bets: Chazz Palminteri plays the Arcada Nov 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    Chazz Palminteri hits the Arcada with his autobiographical one-man Broadway show "A Bronx Tale" Sunday. The Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah holds the solemn Kristallnacht 75 to mark the 75th anniversary of the violence against the Jewish people of Germany and Austria.

  • South African tenor Johan Botha will not finish the run of Lyric Opera of Chicago's revival of Verdi's “Otello.”

    Injured tenor bows out of Lyric's 'Otello' Oct 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    A previous back injury has prompted South African tenor to pull out of the remaining two performances of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Verdi's "Otello." American tenor Clifton Forbis will replace him for the performances set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 2.

  • “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” a Fab Four show that has toured all over the world, returns to the Chicago area for two performances at the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 26.

    Best bets: Beatles tribute 'Rain' comes to Rosemont Oct 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    "Rain," a tribute to the Beatles library of music, returns to Rosemont after a stint on Broadway. Alpacas make an appearance at a show all their own at the Lake County Fairgrounds this weekend. And Chazz Palminteri brings his one-man "Bronx Tale" to St. Charles' Arcada Theatre Sunday.

  • Soloists with Elgin Opera team up with the New Millennium Orchestra and the Elgin Choral Union for the concert “Elgin Opera Goes Hollywood!” in 2011 at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

    Elgin Opera ceases operationsOct 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Citing “financial constraints and prior obligations beyond its control,” the nonprofit Elgin Opera Wednesday announced its closing, effective immediately.

  • R&B singer-songwriter Robin Thicke is one of the headliners for the V103 25th Anniversary concert at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday, Oct. 5.

    Best bets: Groove with Robin Thicke, Chaka Khan at V103 concert Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    R&B music stars Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Robin Thicke and Bell Biv Devoe will be on hand for the V103 25th Anniversary celebration concert Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. More than 75 craft beers from more than 20 microbreweries can be sampled Friday at the 2nd Annual International Craft Beer Tasting at the Itasca Holiday Inn.

  • Italian maestro to perform inside lockup Sep 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Italian-born maestro Riccardo Muti is once again taking his act to a captive audience — this time to a lockup for girls and young women outside Chicago. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s music director will accompany world-class opera singers on the piano Sunday at the Illinois Youth Center Warrenville.

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

    Best bets: Get funky with Grand Funk Railroad Sep 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Relive the big hit songs from the late 1960s and 1970s of the rock band Grand Funk Railroad Saturday at Festival Park, adjacent to Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. 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. Feast your eyes on classic cars in the Motoring at the Museum car show at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum in Arlington Heights.

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