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Events this weekend, starting Friday, August 1st, 2014

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Friday 2014.08.01 ^
International Clown Week. -2014.08.06 Yearly.
Proclaimed in 1971 by Nixon. "I urge the people of the United States recognize the contributions made by clowns in their entertainment at children's hospitals, charitable institutions, for the mentally retarded, and generally helping to lift the spirits and boost the morale of our people." Observed Sunday with a ceremony at Showmen's Rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.
http://www.internationalclownweek.org
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* Lollapalooza. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $90-850 12-10p.
Over 100 bands across eight stages and three days.
http://lollapalooza.com
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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School of Rock All Stars. -Saturday All ages. $13 2 nites. 5p.
http://schoolofrock.com
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.
http://houseofblues.com
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Group Skate. 1st/3rd Fridays All ages. Free 7:30p UNCONFIRMED
Intermediate through advanced bladers come join the monthly group skate. Be able to skate some near traffic and do a distance of 10-12 miles. Protective gear (especially helmet) required, also bring water. Weather permitting. Usually rolls into All-Stars Sports Bar (205 W Wacker) after 9:30p.
http://ChicagoSkater.org
Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.
http://road-raves.org
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Supernatural Chicago (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fridays 21+ $25 7:30-9p.
Hosted by Necromancer Neil Tobin. Hear true Chicago stories of the unexplained, brought to life through audience-involving demonstrations of telepathy, clairvoyance, mediumship and magic -- at one of Chicago's most haunted nightspots. Price includes the show plus two drinks and general admission to the club.
800/979-3370 http://SupernaturalChicago.com
Excalibur, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn. Downtown, valet or pay.
http://www.excaliburchicago.com
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Improvised Shakespeare. Fridays 18+ $14 10:30p+8p UNCONFIRMED
Based on audience suggestion The Co creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style with ALL the typical elements.
http://improvisedshakespeare.com
IO Theatre, 773/880-0199, 3541 N. Clark.
http://ioimprov.com/chicago/
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Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
Greg Haus spins Electro / Progressive / Breaks / Alternative / Electronica.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.com
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Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (since 1988). Fr/Sa/Su All ages? $6-11+ Su 7p, Fr+Sa 11:30p.
30 plays in 60 minutes, lots of improv, very welcoming, sometimes topical.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.
http://neofuturists.org
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Saturday 2014.08.02 ^
Lakeshore Arts Festival (since 1973). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-6p.
125 juried artists/craftspeople, cuisine, lite music.
Dawes Park, 847/491-0266. Church street at the lake.
http://www.cityofevanston.org
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Edge Fest. 1st Saturday in August -Sunday Yearly. ~$5 12-10p.
Bacon and art themed, plus bands: Sa: School of Rock, Chicago Spirit Brigade, This Must Be the Band, Too White Crew. Su: Opal Staples and Friends, Trevor McSpadden, Hello Nuvo, 16 Candles.
http://starevents.com/events/edgefest/
Edgewater, 5900 N. Broadway. At Thorndale Ave.
http://edgewater.org/
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Wrigleyville Summerfest. -Sunday Yearly. $? 12-10p.
Kids' Zone with activities for children toddler to twelve. Face painting, inflatable obstacle course, giant slide, mini coaster, fun crafts.
http://wrigleyvillesummerfest.com
Wrigleyville, 3300 N Seminary.
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College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p UNCONFIRMED
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Hilltop Restaurant, 2800 W Foster. At California.
http://facebook.com/HilltopChicago
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"Twisted" Saturdays 21+ $0 -11p, $5 -1a, $7+ 9:30p-5a.
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you want to be!"
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://www.berlinchicago.com
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Sunday 2014.08.03 ^
Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sundays -2014.10.26 Yearly. All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p.
500 market spaces. Clean, comprehensive, entertaining, with free parking, food and restrooms.
847/524-9590 http://wolffs.com
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://allstatearena.com
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Clown Week Celebration (since 2000). 1st Sunday in August Yearly. All ages. Free 1-3p UNCONFIRMED
(Inter)National CLOWN WEEK observance at SHOWMEN'S REST is a loving and festive remembrance of circus artists past, held in the nation's most well known final resting place for circus artists, remembered especially for its elephant statues and roustabout headstones. This event includes speakers, placing of flowers, circus arts performances, lots of fun stuff for kids including activities and entertainment and contests with prizes, snacks and drinks, and many many many clowns.
The event is for kids of all ages. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and a youthful attitude. Children's entertainers are welcome to come and share your talents after the ceremony.
http://performforthelove.com/showmensrest
Woodlawn Cemetery / Showmen's Rest, 708/442-8500, 7750 W Cermak Rd, Forest Park. Western end; East of Des Plaines Ave.
http://www.woodlawncemeteryofchicago.com
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Chicago Bike Polo. Sundays All ages. Free 3-?p UNCONFIRMED
Pickup games in decommissioned tennis courts.
http://facebook.com/chicagobikepolo
Garfield Park, S Central Park Blvd at W Monroe St.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com
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New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6p UNCONFIRMED
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, more.
http://thesimpsons.com
FOX. http://www.fox.com
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"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
http://www.adultswim.com
TOON. On cable.
http://www.cartoonnetwork.com
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Seasonal ^
Bike Chicago (since 1991). Five months of events to promote the health, economic and environmental benefits of bicycling. -2014.09.30 Yearly.
Participate in any of many events. Helmet sale and Police auction, workshops and safety checks, lectures and clinics, neighborhood tours and family events, contests and stunt shows, parades and more!! Mayor's Office of Special Events, see site or call.
312/744-3315 http://bikechicago.us
Various City Locations.
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Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2014.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North; Su: WickerPark;
http://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Summer Vacation. -2014.09.02 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2014.09.14 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p.
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons first hour.
http://chicagosummerdance.org
Grant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2014.08.16 Yearly. All ages. Free Various We/Fr/Sa 6:30p.
World-class orchestra, chorus and conductors, and an outstanding roster of local and international guest artists perform classical.
312/742-7638 http://grantparkmusicfestival.com
Grant Park, Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Train, bus or cab.
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FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2014.10.29 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p.
Visible anywhere near the lake.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
http://navypier.com
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Fiesta del Sol (since 1973). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $? 11a-10p.
The largest Latino festival in the midwest. Live entertainment, local art, variety food, carnival rides, children's area, soccer games, ...
http://fiestadelsol.org
312/666-2663, 1400 W. Cermak Rd. Pilsen.
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Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2014.08.31 Yearly. All ages. $8-16+ Coupons online. 10a-7p.
Open just nine enchanted weekends, rain or shine. Spend all day. Hundreds of costumed performers (about a dozen stages) including Queen Elizabeth & Court, over 160 unique artisans all within a recreated 16th Century village. Mouth watering foods of all description (several dozen booths) and aroma & fine imported ales. Big, fun, joyful, semi-realistic, classic goth outing, costumes encouraged, sometimes hot.
Renaissance Village, 847/395-7773, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs.
http://renfair.com/bristol
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Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2014.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North; Su: WickerPark;
http://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Summer Vacation. -2014.09.02 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2014.09.14 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p.
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons first hour.
http://chicagosummerdance.org
Grant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2014.10.29 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p.
Visible anywhere near the lake.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
http://navypier.com
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Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2014.08.31 Yearly. All ages. $8-16+ Coupons online. 10a-7p.
Open just nine enchanted weekends, rain or shine. Spend all day. Hundreds of costumed performers (about a dozen stages) including Queen Elizabeth & Court, over 160 unique artisans all within a recreated 16th Century village. Mouth watering foods of all description (several dozen booths) and aroma & fine imported ales. Big, fun, joyful, semi-realistic, classic goth outing, costumes encouraged, sometimes hot.
Renaissance Village, 847/395-7773, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs.
http://renfair.com/bristol
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Ongoing ^
"Hercules" now playing.
Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, ...
http://mightyhercules.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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"Lucy" now playing.
SciFi w/ Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked, ...
http://imdb.com/movies-coming-soon
Theaters Everywhere.
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* Cirque Shanghai. -2014.09.01 Yearly. All ages. $12-30+ We-Su various time.
The best acrobats from the most acclaimed troupes direct from China thrilling audiences with a stunning combination of circus arts set in a breathtaking full-scale theatrical performance.
312/902-1500 http://cirqueshanghai.com
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.
http://www.navypier.com
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Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop, metrochicago.com
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago, darkroombar.com
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop, doubledoor.com
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish, emptybottle.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln, martyrslive.com
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk, ravinia.org
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Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2014.09.13 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Nice films, neighbors, concessions. Print handy PDF.
Fr 07.25: 8:30p 42, Avalon Park (1215 E 83rd St)
Fr 07.25: 8:30p Drumline, Altgeld Park (515 S Washtenaw Ave)
Fr 07.25: 8:30p Hunger Games Catching Fire, Galewood Park (5729 W Bloomingdale)
Fr 07.25: 8:30p The Perfect Game, Athletic Field Park (3546 W Addison St)
Sa 07.26: 8:30p Despicable Me 2, Paschen Park (1932 W Lunt Ave)
Sa 07.26: 8:30p Roll Bounce, Kennicott Park (4434 S Lake Park Ave)
Sa 07.26: 8:30p The Amazing Spider-Man, Hoard Playground Park (7201 S Dobson Ave)
Su 07.27: 8:30p Life of Pi, Marquette Park (6743 S Kedzie Ave)
Su 07.27: 8:30p The Help, Austin Town Hall Park (5610 W Lake St)
Mo 07.28: 8:30p Rebel Without a Cause, 63rd Street Beach (6401 S Stony Island Ave)
Mo 07.28: 8:30p Bachelor and Bobby Soxer, Lincoln Park (2045 N Lincoln Pk West)
Mo 07.28: 8p The Nut Job, Russell Square Park (3045 E 83rd St)
Tu 07.29: 6:30p This is Spinal Tap, Pritzker Pavilion (55 N Michigan)
Tu 07.29: 8:30p Gravity, Ward, A. Montgomery Park (630 N Kingsbury St)
Tu 07.29: 8:30p The Croods, Daniel Webster Park (1401 S Indiana Ave)
We 07.30: 8:30p Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Brands Park (3259 N Elston Ave)
We 07.30: 8:30p The Goonies, Union Park (1501 W Randolph St)
We 07.30: 8p ET, Portage Park (4100 N Long Ave)
We 07.30: 8p Family Fun Film, Touhy Park (7348 N Paulina St)
We 07.30: 8p Superman, Owens Park (8800 S Clyde Ave)
We 07.30: 8p Wizard of Oz, Gladstone Park (5421 N Menard Ave)
We 07.30: 9p Latino Film Festival, Hermosa Park (2240 N Kilbourn Ave)
Th 07.31: 8:30p 42, Metcalfe Park (4134 S State St)
Th 07.31: 8:30p Despicable Me 2, Davis Square Park (4430 S Marshfield Ave)
Th 07.31: 8:30p Star Trek: Into Darkness, Margate Park Fieldhouse (4921 N Marine Drive).
http://bedno.com/mind/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Now playing.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Life Itself, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Story of Aaron Swartz, Venus in Fur, 22 Jump Street, The Signal, Edge of Tomorrow, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Maleficent, Fed Up, X-Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, For No Good Reason, Transcendence, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, RoboCop, Her, Lego Movie, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.
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* Cirque Shanghai. -2014.09.01 Yearly. All ages. $12-30+ We-Su various time.
The best acrobats from the most acclaimed troupes direct from China thrilling audiences with a stunning combination of circus arts set in a breathtaking full-scale theatrical performance.
312/902-1500 http://cirqueshanghai.com
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.
http://www.navypier.com
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Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2014.09.13 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk. UNCONFIRMED
Nice films, neighbors, concessions. Print handy PDF.
Fr 07.25: 8:30p 42, Avalon Park (1215 E 83rd St)
Fr 07.25: 8:30p Drumline, Altgeld Park (515 S Washtenaw Ave)
Fr 07.25: 8:30p Hunger Games Catching Fire, Galewood Park (5729 W Bloomingdale)
Fr 07.25: 8:30p The Perfect Game, Athletic Field Park (3546 W Addison St)
Sa 07.26: 8:30p Despicable Me 2, Paschen Park (1932 W Lunt Ave)
Sa 07.26: 8:30p Roll Bounce, Kennicott Park (4434 S Lake Park Ave)
Sa 07.26: 8:30p The Amazing Spider-Man, Hoard Playground Park (7201 S Dobson Ave)
Su 07.27: 8:30p Life of Pi, Marquette Park (6743 S Kedzie Ave)
Su 07.27: 8:30p The Help, Austin Town Hall Park (5610 W Lake St)
Mo 07.28: 8:30p Rebel Without a Cause, 63rd Street Beach (6401 S Stony Island Ave)
Mo 07.28: 8:30p Bachelor and Bobby Soxer, Lincoln Park (2045 N Lincoln Pk West)
Mo 07.28: 8p The Nut Job, Russell Square Park (3045 E 83rd St)
Tu 07.29: 6:30p This is Spinal Tap, Pritzker Pavilion (55 N Michigan)
Tu 07.29: 8:30p Gravity, Ward, A. Montgomery Park (630 N Kingsbury St)
Tu 07.29: 8:30p The Croods, Daniel Webster Park (1401 S Indiana Ave)
We 07.30: 8:30p Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Brands Park (3259 N Elston Ave)
We 07.30: 8:30p The Goonies, Union Park (1501 W Randolph St)
We 07.30: 8p ET, Portage Park (4100 N Long Ave)
We 07.30: 8p Family Fun Film, Touhy Park (7348 N Paulina St)
We 07.30: 8p Superman, Owens Park (8800 S Clyde Ave)
We 07.30: 8p Wizard of Oz, Gladstone Park (5421 N Menard Ave)
We 07.30: 9p Latino Film Festival, Hermosa Park (2240 N Kilbourn Ave)
Th 07.31: 8:30p 42, Metcalfe Park (4134 S State St)
Th 07.31: 8:30p Despicable Me 2, Davis Square Park (4430 S Marshfield Ave)
Th 07.31: 8:30p Star Trek: Into Darkness, Margate Park Fieldhouse (4921 N Marine Drive).
http://bedno.com/mind/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Now playing.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Life Itself, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Story of Aaron Swartz, Venus in Fur, 22 Jump Street, The Signal, Edge of Tomorrow, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Maleficent, Fed Up, X-Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, For No Good Reason, Transcendence, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, RoboCop, Her, Lego Movie, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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