Best bets: Chicago Slaughter hosts season opener

 
 
Updated 2/21/2011 2:49 PM
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  • The Chicago Slaughter play the Omaha Beef for the season opener on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    The Chicago Slaughter play the Omaha Beef for the season opener on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

  • The Chicago Slaughter play the Omaha Beef for the season opener on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    The Chicago Slaughter play the Omaha Beef for the season opener on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

  • "Lord of the Dance" returns to the Rosemont Theatre for two performances on Saturday, Feb. 26.

    "Lord of the Dance" returns to the Rosemont Theatre for two performances on Saturday, Feb. 26.

  • The Mark Morris Dance Group is set to perform the Chicago premiere of "Petrichor" at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

    The Mark Morris Dance Group is set to perform the Chicago premiere of "Petrichor" at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Courtesy of Brian Snyder

  • "Lord of the Dance" returns to the Rosemont Theatre for two performances on Saturday, Feb. 26.

    "Lord of the Dance" returns to the Rosemont Theatre for two performances on Saturday, Feb. 26.

  • The Chicagoland Kids Expo comes to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center over the weekend.

    The Chicagoland Kids Expo comes to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center over the weekend.

  • The Canton Spirituals return for the 27th edition of the College of Lake County Annual Salute to Gospel at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

    The Canton Spirituals return for the 27th edition of the College of Lake County Annual Salute to Gospel at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

Get your football fix

The Chicago Slaughter hosts the Omaha Beef for its Indoor Football League home opener at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. Tickets cost $8-$34. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com.

Fairway swag

Get a look at what's going to be stylish this year along the links when the 28th annual Chicago Golf Show returns this weekend to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. The show runs from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26; and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. Admission is $5-$10; $4 kids ages 12-15; kids ages 12 and younger admitted free. (847) 692-2222 or chicagogolfshow.com.

Modern Morris

The Mark Morris Dance Group presents three Chicago premieres ("The Muir," "Petrichor" and "Socrates") when it comes to Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. Tickets cost $45-$95. (312) 334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org.

Dogs on display

More than 150 breeds of dogs will dance, jump and heel on command during the 2011 International (IKC) Cluster of Dog Shows from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27, at the McCormick Place North Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Tickets cost $18; kids ages 12 and younger admitted free. (773) 237-5100 or ikcdogshow.com.

Celebrating kids

A mobile petting zoo, a fire safety training area, and appearances by sports team mascots and roving magicians are just a few of the attractions in the 2011 Chicagoland Kids Expo at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. The expo runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. $10; $5 kids ages 3-12. (847) 303-4100 or chicagokidsexpo.com.

Celtic clogs

The internationally famed Celtic dance spectacular "Lord of the Dance" returns for two shows at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Tickets cost $24.50-$59.50. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com.

Raise and praise

College of Lake County's 27th Annual Salute to Gospel returns at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, to the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. On the bill are appearances by The Canton Spirituals, Pastor DeAndre Patterson and other voices raised in heavenly song. Tickets cost $17-$19. (800) 982-2787 or geneseetheatre.com.

Mad about plaid

They're a little bit comedy, rock 'n' roll and all Celtic. Laugh and tap your feet to the talents of the Tartan Terrors band at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Tickets cost $32-$38. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org.

Broadway lady

Chicago-area native Liz Callaway is a Broadway veteran ("Baby," "Cats," "Miss Saigon") and an Emmy Award winner. Hear Callaway belt out show tunes in a cozy cabaret setting at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $45; $55 stage tables. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.