Best Bets: Latin superstar Marc Anthony headlines Allstate Arena

  • Marc Anthony brings his "Pa'lla Voy Tour" to Rosemont's Allstate Arena on Friday, Oct. 8.

    Marc Anthony brings his "Pa'lla Voy Tour" to Rosemont's Allstate Arena on Friday, Oct. 8. Associated Press, 2019

  • Anais Bueno performs in the Joffrey Ballet's stage premiere of Yoshihisa Arai's "Boléro." The work is part of a mixed repertory program called "Home: a Celebration" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

    Anais Bueno performs in the Joffrey Ballet's stage premiere of Yoshihisa Arai's "Boléro." The work is part of a mixed repertory program called "Home: a Celebration" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Courtesy of Matt de la Peña/Joffrey Ballet

  • A Michael Jordan-inspired scarecrow dunks a pumpkin at a previous Scarecrow Festival in St. Charles.

    A Michael Jordan-inspired scarecrow dunks a pumpkin at a previous Scarecrow Festival in St. Charles. John Starks | Staff Photographer, 2019

 
 
Updated 10/7/2021 11:46 AM

Latin sensation

Grammy Award-winning Latin superstar Marc Anthony brings his "Pa'lla Voy Tour" to the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $59-$189. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8

 

Make hay

Vote on your favorite displays at the 36th Scarecrow Festival, which pops up this weekend with rides, performances and more. Activities are centered at Lincoln Park along Main Street, between 4th and 5th streets, in St. Charles and other nearby locations. Free, but fees for select attractions. (630) 443-3967 or scarecrowfest.com. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10

The new interactive "The Dr. Seuss Experience" is made for selfies at Water Tower Place in Chicago through Sunday, Jan. 2.
The new interactive "The Dr. Seuss Experience" is made for selfies at Water Tower Place in Chicago through Sunday, Jan. 2. - Courtesy of Kilburn Live
Seussian fun

Step into the pages of nine different Dr. Seuss books during the new interactive "The Dr. Seuss Experience" featuring specially created environments inspired by the late, great children's author and illustrator starting this weekend at Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 100, Chicago. $29-$34; $18-$27 kids 1-13; VIP packages available. Masks required. experienceseuss.com. Various dates and times, but generally noon to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 2

Colin Mochrie appears as part of the tour of "HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis" at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake on Friday, Oct. 8.
Colin Mochrie appears as part of the tour of "HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis" at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake on Friday, Oct. 8. - Associated Press, 2013
Hypnotic comedy

Improvisational comedian Colin Mochrie ("Whose Line is it Anyway?") teams up with hypnotist Asad Mecci for "HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis." The touring show plays the College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. $30-$39; $27-$36 seniors; $15 students 12 and older. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required. (847) 543-2300 or clcillinois.edu/events. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8

Hindu epic

Chicago's own Mandala South Asian Performing Arts performs an ancient Hindu epic with "The Story of Ram: An outdoor immersive performance" at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. $25-$100. (630) 420-6010, napersettlement.org or mandalaarts.org. 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9

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Comedian Mike Cannon performs at McHenry Downtown Theater on Saturday, Oct. 9, and then at Zanies in Chicago on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 10-11.
Comedian Mike Cannon performs at McHenry Downtown Theater on Saturday, Oct. 9, and then at Zanies in Chicago on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 10-11.
New York funnyman

Catch up with comedian Mike Cannon ("Timing" on Amazon Prime, "Life Begins" on YouTube) as he performs standup at two venues: First on Saturday at the McHenry Downtown Theater, 1208 N. Green St., McHenry, (815) 271-5010, mchenrytheatergiftcard.com, $20; then on Sunday and Monday at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago, (312) 337-4027, zanies.com, $30, plus a two-drink minimum. McHenry: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9; Chicago: 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, and 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11

Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden starting Wednesday, Oct. 13.
Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden starting Wednesday, Oct. 13. - Courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden
Glowing gourds

Marvel at the creative carving that goes into Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns, which returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. $16-$18; $12-$14 kids 3-12; $25-$30 parking; $65 parking for limousines, minibuses, buses and RVs. (847) 835-6801 or chicagobotanic.org. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, Oct. 13-17 and 20-24

Chanel DaSilva's "Swing Low" is performed by the Joffrey Ballet for 10 performances as part of the repertory program "Home: a Celebration" starting Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Featured dancers include Edson Barbosa, left, Evan Boersma, Fernando Duarte, Stefan Goncalvez and Hyuma Kiyosawa.
Chanel DaSilva's "Swing Low" is performed by the Joffrey Ballet for 10 performances as part of the repertory program "Home: a Celebration" starting Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Featured dancers include Edson Barbosa, left, Evan Boersma, Fernando Duarte, Stefan Goncalvez and Hyuma Kiyosawa. - Courtesy of Todd Rosenberg Photography/Joffrey Ballet
Ballet on the move

The Joffrey Ballet makes the move to a new venue with the repertory program "Home: a Celebration." Online works created during the pandemic like Yoshihisa Arai's "Boléro" and Nicolas Blanc's "Under the Trees' Voices" receive stage premieres and share the bill with other works by Gerald Arpino and Chanel DaSilva starting Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. $35-$169. (312) 386-8905 or joffrey.org. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, and Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 15-16 and 22-23, and Thursday, Oct. 21; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-17 and 23-24

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