Check out what’s happening this week in Chicagoland. From St. Patrick’s Day to theater and expos — these are the events you don’t want to miss!

Monday (3/14): Authors and Adventure Travelers


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Anderson’s Bookshops
123 W Jefferson Ave
Naperville, IL 60540

Time: 7:00PM- 9:00PM

Authors Jon and Pamela Voelkel traveled with their three children across Central America to over thirty Maya sites in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico, canoeing underground rivers, tracking howler monkeys in the jungle, and exploring temples, caves and catacombs as part of their research on Maya culture. These adventures made it into the first book of The Jaguar Stones trilogy, Middleworld. The book received rave reviews and was featured on the ‘Today’ show as an Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids pick.

Tickets: Free

Lunch Break Tuesday

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Tuesday (3/15): LunchBreak: Tuesday Concerts

Chicago Cultural Center
77 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60602
Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM

Jazz, Blues & Beyond Tuesday concerts feature jazz, blues, and gospel music in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Café. Check the website for upcoming Tuesday concert schedule.

Tickets: Free

Madagascar Live

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Wednesday (3/16): DreamWorks presents ‘Madagascar Live’

Rosemont Theatre
5400 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Time: 5:00PM-8:00PM

DreamWorks and Broadway Across America present ‘Madagascar Live a wild new musical adventure based on the blockbuster DreamWorks film. Featuring the lovable crack-a-lackin’ characters from the popular movie, audiences will join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins, as they escape from their home at New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’.

Tickets: $25-$63

Thursday (3/17): St. Patrick’s Day In Chicago

Time: Varies

Check out St. Patrick’s Day activities, restaurants, Irish Pubs and more. See the ‘Best Of Chicago’ St. Patrick’s Day Guides.

Shamrock & Roll

Mystic Celt
3443 North Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 529-8550

Tune in to XRT or join them this Thursday at 6PM for The 13th annual St. Patrick’s Day broadcast, live from Mystic Celt on Southport, hosted by Tom Marker and Kristin O’Kay, with music by the legendary Buddy Guy plus Chicago’s hottest new soul band, J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound.

Following the Shamrock & Roll Party, catch J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound this Friday, March 18 at Double Door.


Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

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Friday (3/18): Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

McCormick Place Lakeside Ballroom
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
Time: 10:00AM- 8:00PM

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo ??? also known as C2E2 ??? is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. From a show floor packed with hundreds of exhibitors, to panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, to screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen, C2E2 brings the best of popular culture to downtown Chicago!

Tickets: $40-$60

Chicagoland Family Pet Expo

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Weekend (3/19-3/20): Chicagoland Family Pet Expo

Arlington Park Racecourse
2200 W. Euclid Ave,
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Time: Friday, 1:00PM- 9:00PM – Saturday, 9:00AM-6:00PM

If you love pets, then Chicagoland Family Pet Expo, March 18 – 20, 2011 is the purr-fect place to be. You’ll be saying paws up to the Midwest’s largest pet expo with more than 300 vendors and exhibitors, returning in its 19th year with exciting new performances, fabulous featured events, the latest pet products and hundreds of animal rescue groups. Features include Amazing Acro-Cats, Ultimate Exotic Animal Encounter, Rock-N-Roll K9’s, Indy Disc Dog Club competition Extreme Pet Makeovers and more.

Tickets: $10 (Adults) $5 (Kids)

Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago