Best bets: Six Flags opens & Walker Stalker Convention returns to Rosemont

 
 
Posted4/16/2019 6:00 AM
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  • Roller coaster fans can enjoy Batman The Ride once again when Six Flags Great America in Gurnee opens for the 2019 season Friday, April 19.

    Roller coaster fans can enjoy Batman The Ride once again when Six Flags Great America in Gurnee opens for the 2019 season Friday, April 19. Daily Herald File Photo

  • The Ricochet will be thrilling fans once again when Six Flags Great America in Gurnee opens for the 2019 season Friday, April 19.

    The Ricochet will be thrilling fans once again when Six Flags Great America in Gurnee opens for the 2019 season Friday, April 19. Daily Herald File Photo

  • Michael Cudlitz, aka Abraham Ford on the AMC TV series "The Walking Dead," is expected to be at the Walker Stalker Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    Michael Cudlitz, aka Abraham Ford on the AMC TV series "The Walking Dead," is expected to be at the Walker Stalker Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Associated Press, 2014

  • Actor Dylan McDermott ("The Practice," "Stalker") is scheduled to appear at the Heroes and Villains Fanfest in Rosemont.

    Actor Dylan McDermott ("The Practice," "Stalker") is scheduled to appear at the Heroes and Villains Fanfest in Rosemont. Associated Press, 2018

  • Comedian Iliza Shlesinger brings her "Elder Millennial Tour" to the Chicago Theatre on Friday, April 19.

    Comedian Iliza Shlesinger brings her "Elder Millennial Tour" to the Chicago Theatre on Friday, April 19. Courtesy of Brad Barket/PictureGroup/Comedy Central

  • Wishbone Ash shares a concert bill with Dinosaur Exhibit at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Friday, April 19.

    Wishbone Ash shares a concert bill with Dinosaur Exhibit at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Friday, April 19.

  • Grammy-winning recording artist Victor Wooten returns to ECC with a new band Saturday, Oct. 13.

    Grammy-winning recording artist Victor Wooten returns to ECC with a new band Saturday, Oct. 13.

  • The Elmhurst Park District hosts a "Doggie Eggstravaganza" following a family egg hunt at Wilder Park in Elmhurst Saturday, April 20.

    The Elmhurst Park District hosts a "Doggie Eggstravaganza" following a family egg hunt at Wilder Park in Elmhurst Saturday, April 20. Daily Herald File Photo

  • The Elmhurst Park District hosts a "Doggie Eggstravaganza" following a family egg hunt at Wilder Park in Elmhurst Saturday, April 20.

    The Elmhurst Park District hosts a "Doggie Eggstravaganza" following a family egg hunt at Wilder Park in Elmhurst Saturday, April 20. Daily Herald File Photo

Opening shrieks

Get your fill of thrill rides during Opening Weekend at Six Flags Great America. Weekend operations begin Friday at 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee. $52.99-$77.99 single-day pass; $26 parking. (847) 249-1776 or sixflags.com/greatamerica. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 19; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Open daily starting Wednesday, May 15. Hurricane Harbor opens Saturday, May 25.

Zombie zone

See celebrities like Dylan McDermott ("American Horror Story"), Michael Cudlitz ("The Walking Dead") and more as part of the joint Walker Stalker Convention and Heroes and Villains Fanfest this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. $79 two-day weekend pass; $50 one-day admission (Friday is sold out). (847) 692-2220 or walkerstalkercon.com/chicago or heroesfanfest.com/chicago. Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, and 8 a.m. to close Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21

Generational grown-up

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger ("Instant Family," "Last Comic Standing") performs her "Elder Millennial Tour" at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $171.50-$182.50. (800) 745-3000 or thechicagotheatre.com. 8 p.m. Friday, April 19

'Blowin' Free'

The 1970s British rock band Wishbone Ash shares a concert bill with the band Dinosaur Exhibit at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $39-$69. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com. 8 p.m. Friday, April 19

Castle backdrop

There are sure to be many great photo opportunities with an impressive castellated backdrop from either the "VIP Easter egg hunt & Extravaganza" or the more basic "Afternoon Egg Hunt" on Saturday at the Bettendorf Castle, 418 Concord Ave., Fox River Grove. VIP tickets: $48.60 for kids 2-11; $38.09 for attendees older than 12. Afternoon admission: $32.84 for kids 2-11; $20 for attendees older than 12. (847) 639-8280 or bettendorfcastle.com. 10 a.m. VIP admission; 2 p.m. added afternoon hunt Saturday, April 20

All kinds of rad

The SIC Fest features an indoor car show, a concert and a skate/BMX expo at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $20. (847) 303-4100 or e.sparxo.com/SICFest2019. 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Ace bass

The Victor Wooten Band shines a light on the bassist from Béla Fleck and The Flecktones. See the Grammy Award-winner in concert as part of "The Wooten Woods Experience" tour at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $35-$48 (add dinner for $29). (847) 622-0300 or elgin.edu/arts. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20

Costumed canines

A Doggie Eggstravaganza promises pets on parade in spring-inspired outfits at Wilder Park, 225 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Free. (630) 993-8900 or epd.org. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20 (follows the 10 a.m. egg hunt for kids)

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