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THE Chicago Auto Show, which is the largest auto show in the nation, celebrates its 110th edition at McCormick Place through February 19. In addition to showcasing the newest and most spectacular vehicles, the historic auto show also will feature some special events, including “Women’s Day,” “Chicago Auto Show Food Drive,” “Telemundo Hispanic Heritage Day “ and “Family Day.” Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for seniors aged 62 and older, $7 for children 7-12. Admission is free for children 6 and younger when accompanied by a paying adult. Go to www.chicagoautoshow.com for more information.
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The Chicago Auto Show 2018
The Joffrey Ballet 2018
MUSIC lovers can immerse themselves in high-energy Cuban music during the February 18 performance by ¡Cubanismo!, considered to be one of Cuba’s most enduring bands as it celebrates its 20th anniversary of touring and sharing the Cuban rhythms with the international community. Their electrifying music, characterized by harmonious horns, has been described as “the very heartbeat of Cuba itself.” The legendary trumpeter Jesús Alemañy, who founded the Grammy Award-nominated group, will lead the all-star collection of musicians during the concert at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. 
August Wilson's Jitney 
ONE of legendary playwright August Wilson’s most popular plays, Jitney (presented by Congo Square Theatre), has been extended through February 18 at the Athenaeum Theatre. The Tony Award-winning and thought-provoking play takes a hard look at the trials and tribulations that were part of the everyday lives of jitney cab drivers in the Pittsburgh Hill District during the 1970s. The production is the eighth play in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, a series of 10 plays that highlight the African-American Experience throughout the 20th century. For more information, go to www.athenaeumtheatre.org.
THE Joffrey Ballet kicked off its 2018 portion of its 2017-18 season with “Modern Masters, a collection of high-level performances that includes a world premiere, a Joffrey premiere, a Chicago premiere and a returning favorite. “Modern Masters” continues through February 18 at the Auditorium Theatre, featuring choreographer Nicolas Blanc’s world premiere of Beyond the Shore, Jerome Robbins’ presentation of Glass Pieces and the company’s premiere of The Four Temperaments, choregraphed by George Balanchine. Additionally, Myles Thatcher’s Body of Your Dreams, first performed by the Joffrey in March 2017, returns as part of “Modern Masters.” For more information and tickets, go to www.joffrey.org.
Cuban Music At Its Best