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Dennis Miller, The Manhattan Transfer, Buddy Guy, Lewis Black, Los Lobos, Daughtry, Jim Jeffries, Decades Rewind, 3 Doors Down, and more!
Rialto Square Theatre
102 N Chicago St., Joliet
The Rialto Square Theatre, the Jewel of Joliet, presents a wide variety of fun family shows, top concerts, comedy, theater, and other great performing arts shows.  The nearly 100-year old venue is one of the top 100 destinations in Illinois and has been listed by many media outlets as one of the ten most beautiful theaters in the country. Its live acoustics are outstanding, making for great live experiences.  The 2018 calendar is quickly filling up with an outstanding line-up of shows across all genres of music, theater, comedy and family including such acts at Dennis Miller, The Manhattan Transfer, Buddy Guy, Lewis Black, Los Lobos, Daughtry, Jim Jeffries, Decades Rewind, 3 Doors Down, and more!  Located in the heart of downtown Joliet, the Rialto Square Theatre is easy to access from all major southwest suburb highways.  Tickets for all Rialto Square Theatre shows can be purchased at .


On Golden Pond, By Ernest Thompson
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
900 Foster Avenue, Medinah
February 9 – March 3. Summer has returned again to Golden Pond, and so has Norman Thayer, a retired professor, and his wife, Ethel, who are back for a 48th year at their idyllic summer cottage.  As Norman approaches his 80th birthday, they are visited by their estranged daughter, Chelsea, and her fiancé, who go off to Europe and leave his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for. While their bond strengthens, intimations of mortality are in the air with a growing sense of urgency for Norman to make peace with his daughter. When she returns, Chelsea is married and her stepson has the relationship with her father that she always wanted. Will father and daughter be able to communicate at last? For tickets, visit or call 630.634.2100.

The Emperor’s New Clothes
Marriott Theatre
10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.
The Emperor’s New Clothes runs February 23 – May 12, 2018. Factured fairytale from the creators of Seussical! Fourteen-year-old Emperor Marcus the Third is nervous to take the throne. Deciding that he can only gain confidence by dressing in the finest attire, Marcus commands his Royal Clothesmaker to fashion him in the most royal wardrobe. Taking advantage of Marcus’ uncertainty and immaturity, a Swindler promises to make magic clothes that are “invisible to fools, liars, and anyone you should ignore,” for a large and hefty price. A special one-hour presentation for kids (and parents) of all ages. All performances followed by a Question & Answer session with the cast. Marriottt Theatre,. Box Office at 847-634-0200.

Monster Jam® 
Allstate Arena, Rosemont
The most family-friendly, action-packed motorsport in the world races into the Allstate Arena on March 2-5, 2018. Featuring the eight most intense athletes of Monster Jam, fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit. Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. For more information on a Monster Jam near you, please log onto

The Boat, RV & Sail Show
McCormick Place – South
There’s a boat or RV for every lifestyle, activity and budget, and this show allows you to compare all your options at one time, in one place. Multiple kid activities. Jan. 10 – 14th. Ticket information can be found at

Golden Dragon Acrobats from China, Ireland’s hottest new groups, The High Kings, Villalobos Brothers, Lectures and Chamber Music
Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series
Located in Wilson Hall, Batavia
Winter at Fermilab is filled with performances from across the globe.  Join us for great fun for the whole family on February 24 at 7 pm when the Golden Dragon Acrobats from China bring a colorful array of dazzling feats to Ramsey Auditorium.  On March 24 at 8pm, it’s one of Ireland’s hottest new groups, The High Kings.  Topping the charts, this group’s latest release Irish Voice’s Record of the Year and they have taken the US and Ireland by storm. On April 28,  the Villalobos Brothers use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. Their original compositions masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical and Mexican folk to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood and social justice.  Lectures and chamber music as well, all at the Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series. Tickets and more information available at  Tickets also available by phone at 630/840.2787.

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