Best bets: Groundhog Days in Woodstock, 'Dancing with the Stars Live' in Rosemont

  • See if Woodstock Willie sees his shadow as part of Groundhog Days in downtown Woodstock.

    See if Woodstock Willie sees his shadow as part of Groundhog Days in downtown Woodstock. Daily Herald File Photo

  • See if Woodstock Willie sees his shadow as part of Groundhog Days in downtown Woodstock.

    See if Woodstock Willie sees his shadow as part of Groundhog Days in downtown Woodstock. Daily Herald File Photo

  • Comedian and actress Wanda Sykes performs standup at the Chicago Theatre on Friday, Feb. 1.

    Comedian and actress Wanda Sykes performs standup at the Chicago Theatre on Friday, Feb. 1. Associated Press, 2015

  • Swedish soprano Nina Stemme makes her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut singing the title role of the vengeful "Elektra" in Richard Strauss' 1909 Greek tragedy.

    Swedish soprano Nina Stemme makes her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut singing the title role of the vengeful "Elektra" in Richard Strauss' 1909 Greek tragedy. Courtesy of Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

  • Morton Arboretum in Lisle hosts its first Dog Admission Day of 2019 on Saturday, Feb. 2.

    Morton Arboretum in Lisle hosts its first Dog Admission Day of 2019 on Saturday, Feb. 2. Daily Herald File Photo

  • The Professional Championship Bull Riders World Tour Finale XIII is at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2.

    The Professional Championship Bull Riders World Tour Finale XIII is at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2. Courtesy of Sears Centre Arena, 2011

  • Dancers Artem Chigvintsev, left, and Witney Carson are featured in the tour of "Dancing with the Stars Live: A Night to Remember" at the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 2.

    Dancers Artem Chigvintsev, left, and Witney Carson are featured in the tour of "Dancing with the Stars Live: A Night to Remember" at the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 2. Associated Press, 2014

  • Taylor Marie Rasmussen stars as the title spider in Theatreworks USA's tour of "Charlotte's Web" at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn on Friday, Feb. 1.

    Taylor Marie Rasmussen stars as the title spider in Theatreworks USA's tour of "Charlotte's Web" at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn on Friday, Feb. 1. Courtesy of Jeremy Daniel

 
 
Posted1/30/2019 6:00 AM

Shadow play

It's time once again for Woodstock's Groundhog Days. See the acclaimed 1993 Harold Ramis film, go on a locations walking tour of where the movie was shot, or attend the morning prognostication among other events through Saturday, Feb. 9, at and around the Woodstock Opera House, 121 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Some events are free and some have fees. Call (815) 334-2620 or visit woodstockgroundhog.org for more information. Various events through 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3; also $65 dinner and auction 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Bucking bovines

Cheer on those who can stay on the longest when the Professional Championship Bull Riders World Tour Finale XIII plays out this weekend at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $38-$63 reserved; $18 general admission; $10 youth general admission. (847) 649-2222 or searscentre.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1 and 2

Standup dynamo

Get ready to laugh when Emmy Award-winning comedian Wanda Sykes performs as part of her "Oh Well Tour" tonight at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $39.50-$75. (800) 745-3000 or thechicagotheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1

Musical tributes

You can see the 1970s tribute act Abba Mania at two locations: first Friday, Feb. 1, on a shared bill with Beatles tribute band American English at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $28-$48. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com; then solo on Sunday at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $39-$59. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in Waukegan; then at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, in St. Charles

Fancy steps

See many of your favorite reality TV dancers on tour when "Dancing with the Stars Live! A Night to Remember" sways in for two shows Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $63-$575; $15-$25 parking. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2

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Tails on trails

Winter walkers and their canine friends won't want to miss this year's first Dog Admission Day Saturday at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. $5 per dog; regular admission $15; $13 seniors; $10 kids. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. 7 a.m. to dusk Saturday, Feb. 2

Operatic revenge

One of ancient Greece's oldest tragedies got the grand opera treatment in 1909 when composer Richard Strauss collaborated with librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal on "Elektra." The Lyric Opera of Chicago revives Sir David McVicar's acclaimed 2012 production for six performances starting Saturday at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $37-$279. (312) 827-5600 or lyricopera.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2; 2 p.m. Feb. 6 and 10; 7 p.m. Feb. 14, 18 and 22

Talented spider

Theatreworks USA presents its touring family stage adaptation of E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" tonight for a public performance at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. $20; $14 youth. (630) 942-4000 or atthemac.org. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1

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