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The Lingerie Football League (LFL) debuts at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

 

The Lingerie Football League (LFL) debuts at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

 

Photo courtesy of Sears Centre and the Lingerie Football League

William Shatner

 

Country star Randy Travis will perform at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

 

Muhal Richard Abrams conducts The Arthur Hoyle Orchestra from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell as part of the 31st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.

 

The Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quintet is set to perform from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell as part of the 31st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.

 

Esperanza Spalding performs from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, as part of the 31st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival in Grant Park.

 

The David Holland Big Band is set to perform from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell as part of the 31st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.

 

Comedian Christopher Titus appears at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

 

John Cena teams up with the duo DX at WWE: Raw at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

 

Dee Alexander is set to perform from 7:10 to 8:10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell as part of the 31st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.

 

"Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic" plays the United Center in Chicago.

 

The cast of "Annoyance: NSFW (Not Suitable For Work)" appears at the Montrose Room of the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare hotel in Rosemont.

 

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Pigskin and panties

Start rolling your eyes or readying your wolf whistle: The Lingerie Football League is launching Friday with a bout between the Chicago Bliss and the Miami Caliente at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. See scantily clad and padded women play football for $8-$63. (800) 745-3000 or searscentre.com. 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4

They're a stitch

Die-hard knitters had better head to the Stitches Midwest convention if they want to see the latest stitching trends. There's an expo space, fashion shows and plenty of specialized classes (for an extra fee) at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. $8 general admission. (847) 303-4100 or visit knittinguniverse.com for more specifics. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4 and 5; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6

Jazzing it up

The 31st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival encompasses three stages and three days this weekend in Grant Park, along Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Street, Chicago. This year's festival features such acts as Dee Alexander, the Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quintet, Esperanza Spalding and more. Free admission. (312) 744-3315 or chicagojazzfestival.us. Noon to 9:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 4-6

Country crooner

Country music star Randy Travis performs songs from his latest album, "Around the Bend," plus old favorites at the Paramount Theatre, 8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $65-$48. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4

Titters for Titus

Remember comedian Christopher Titus from his late-lamented Fox TV series "Titus"? Then see Titus dish out his style of stand-up comedy in person at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $24-$27. (847) 240-2001 or improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5; 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6

Unsuitable Improv

The Annoyance Theatre's shift to a late-night Saturday spot at the Montrose Room in the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare hotel has prompted a much more quirky and out-to-offend show. See if "Annoyance: NSFW (Not Suitable For Work)" truly shocks or not at 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. $15. (800) 745-3000 or icohare.com/montrose_room. 10 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 24

Star Trekking

The Star Trek Chicago Film Expo features sci-fi memorabilia vendors, film screenings of "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," plus a practically sold-out Saturday appearance by William Shatner at the Portage Theatre, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $25-$35 (tickets are extra for the Shatner appearance). (414) 258-8668 or startrekchicago.com. Film screenings: 4 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4; 11 a.m., 3:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5

Wrestled 'RAW'

See the brawny team of DX, John Cena and so many more famed wrestlers when WWE presents: "Monday Night RAW" at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Manheim Road, Rosemont. $20-$70. (800) 745-3000. 7:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7

Nice mice on ice

Catch a bunch of your favorite cartoon characters ranging from the vintage duo of Mickey and Minnie Mouse to a more current crop of stars like Buzz Lightyear and Mulan when "Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic" skates into the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $12-$55. (800) 745-3000. 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 8-11; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13