Best Bets: Shadow or not, Groundhog Days returns to Woodstock

  • Groundhog Days returns to Woodstock with a prediction set for Wednesday, Feb. 2.

    Groundhog Days returns to Woodstock with a prediction set for Wednesday, Feb. 2. Daily Herald File Photo

  • Quinn Kelsey stars as the title jester in Verdi's "Rigoletto," which has been reset to Germany's Weimar Republic in director Bartlett Sher's new production. It's screened in select cinemas as part of The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series on Saturday, Jan. 29.

    Quinn Kelsey stars as the title jester in Verdi's "Rigoletto," which has been reset to Germany's Weimar Republic in director Bartlett Sher's new production. It's screened in select cinemas as part of The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series on Saturday, Jan. 29. Courtesy of Paola Kudacki, Metropolitan Opera

  • Marvel at the skill of ski jumpers during the Norge Ski Club's 117th Annual Winter Ski Jump Tournament in Fox River Grove this weekend.

    Marvel at the skill of ski jumpers during the Norge Ski Club's 117th Annual Winter Ski Jump Tournament in Fox River Grove this weekend. Daily Herald File Photo, 2020

 
 
Updated 1/27/2022 8:36 AM

Furry forecaster

Celebrate all things tied to the filming of the classic 1993 comedy "Groundhog Day" with the return of Groundhog Days this weekend in the environs of the Woodstock Opera House, 121 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock. There are free walking tours and exhibitions, film screenings for $2, a Friday dinner dance for $10-$24, a Saturday pub crawl for $20, a Saturday bags tournament for $30-$40 (register in advance), a Wednesday breakfast for $20 and more. (815) 334-2620 or woodstockgroundhog.org. Various times from Friday, Jan. 28, to Wednesday, Feb. 2

 

International Lego Day will be celebrated at Schaumburg's Legoland Discovery Center on Saturday, Jan. 29.
International Lego Day will be celebrated at Schaumburg's Legoland Discovery Center on Saturday, Jan. 29. - Courtesy of Legoland Discovery Center
Global blocking

Spend time with a master model builder as part of International Lego Day at the Legoland Discovery Center at The Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg. $24.99-$39.99. (847) 592-9700 or legolanddiscoverycenter.com/chicago/. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28

Tribute time

The originals are no longer with us, so revel in 1960s nightclub standards with "The Rat Pack is Back" on Friday or groove along to the late Michael Jackson's pop hits in "MJ Live" on Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. "Rat Pack": $35-$150; "MJ Live": $27.50-$150. (800) 745-3000 or rosemonttheatre.com. "The Rat Pack is Back": 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28; "MJ Live": 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29

Quinn Kelsey stars as the title jester in Verdi's "Rigoletto," which has been reset to Germany's Weimar Republic in director Bartlett Sher's new production. It is screened in select cinemas as part of The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series on Saturday, Jan. 29.
Quinn Kelsey stars as the title jester in Verdi's "Rigoletto," which has been reset to Germany's Weimar Republic in director Bartlett Sher's new production. It is screened in select cinemas as part of The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series on Saturday, Jan. 29. - Courtesy of Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera
Tragic jester

Lyric Opera of Chicago Ryan Opera Center alumnus Quinn Kelsey stars in the title role of Verdi's tragedy "Rigoletto" on Saturday and Wednesday as part of The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series. Prices vary by venue, but largely $20-$26. For movie theater locations, visit metopera.org or fathomevents.com. Live simulcast: 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29; taped encores: 1 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2

Marvel at the skill of ski jumpers during the Norge Ski Club's 117th Annual Winter Ski Jump Tournament in Fox River Grove this weekend.
Marvel at the skill of ski jumpers during the Norge Ski Club's 117th Annual Winter Ski Jump Tournament in Fox River Grove this weekend. - Daily Herald File Photo, 2020
Daring liftoffs

Marvel at daring skiers as part of the 117th Norge Annual Winter Ski Jump Tournament this weekend at the Norge Ski Club, 100 Ski Hill Road, Fox River Grove. $15-$20; free for kids 12 and younger. (847) 639-9718 or norgeskiclub.org. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-30

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Reuse & upcycle

Shop for clothing, shoes and more as part of the Undisputed Vintage Market at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Free admission. (630) 809-2794 or kanecountyfair.com. Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29

Adopt-a-Husky is a part of Dog Admission Days on Sunday, Jan. 30, at Lisle's Morton Arboretum.
Adopt-a-Husky is a part of Dog Admission Days on Sunday, Jan. 30, at Lisle's Morton Arboretum. - Daily Herald File Photo
Husky highlight

There's no Husky Heroes dogsledding event this year due to construction, but the nonprofit Adopt-a-Husky will be a part of this month's Dog Admission Day on Sunday at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Timed admission: $16; $14 seniors; $11 kids; $5 per leashed dog. (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30

Comedian and Bolingbrook High School graduate Lenny Schmidt performs at Zanies in Chicago and Rosemont.
Comedian and Bolingbrook High School graduate Lenny Schmidt performs at Zanies in Chicago and Rosemont. -
Local comic returns

Comedian Lenny Schmidt, a graduate of Bolingbrook High School, returns to the Chicago area for a series of standup shows starting Wednesday at two Zanies locations: 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago, (312) 337-4027, and Parkway Bank Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484. $30, plus a two-item purchase. zanies.com. Chicago: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6; Rosemont: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, and 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5

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