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Events this weekend, starting Friday, October 9th, 2015

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Friday 2015.10.09 ^
Andersonville Arts Weekend (since 2003). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free Fr 6p-midnt, Sa 11a-midnt, Su noon-7p.
Interesting events all over the strip.
Andersonville, 773/728-2995, 5300 N. Clark. Spanning Clark from about 5000 N to 5700 N.

UniverSoul Circus (since 1994). African-American owned, operated and staffed. -2015.10.18 Yearly. All ages. $18-40 Various times.
Ringmasta and at least a dozen acts!
Washington Park, 5531 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr.

Adorn: Contemporary Wearable Art. -2015.10.29 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.

Improvised Shakespeare. Fr/Th 18+ $14 10:30p+8p.
Based on audience suggestion The Co creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style with ALL the typical elements.
IO Theatre, 773/880-0199, 3541 N. Clark.

Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Fr/Sa 18+ $20-40 8p.
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties.
Uptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway.

"Nexus 6" 2nd Fridays 21+ $5 10p-4a.
"Kinetic" DJs spin EBM, industrial, rhythmic noise and special requests.
Debonair Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins Electronica/Indie Alternative dance music.
10.09: "The Vertical Side Show" burlesque variety 11p.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

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.

Saturday 2015.10.10 ^
North American Reptile Breeders Conference & Trade Show. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $15 10a-5p.
Open to public, high quality reptile show brings together top dealers from across the country for world-class "herps" exhibition and sale. Don't miss this, opportunity to get up-close and personal with snakes, frogs, turtles, geckos, iguanas and tortoises.
Convention Center at Tinley Park Holiday Inn Select, 708/444-1100, 18501 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park.

* VeganMania (since 2009). Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-5p.
Daylong fest showcasing unique vegan commerce, culture, community, and food! Large vending area with live entertainment, games, contests, art show, a kids area, DJs, bands, more.
Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway.

Bike Tour of Rogers Park. All ages. $10+ 11a-4p.
Lee Diamond leads 15 miles of northeast side.
Warren Park, 6601 N Western.

Double Ten Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 12:30p.
Celebrating Chinese Independence "National Day" (since 1911) with a parade of patriots, marching bands, floats, lion teams, giant Mystical Dragon, more.
Chinatown, 312/225-6198, Wentworth and Cermak. Continues from 22nd to 24th Street.

College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
10.10: The Oligarchy and the Murder of JFK.
Hilltop Restaurant, 2800 W Foster. At California.

Mucca Pazza. All ages. $23 6p.
W/ Brother Starrace, Jennifer Hall, Spaces of Disappearance, I Lost Control.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Circus in Progress. All ages. $15+ 4:30+7:30p.
Graduation showcase for the Professional Circus Training Program.
The Actors Gymnasium, 847/328-2795, 927 Noyes St, Evanston.

For Love&Rock&Roll. All ages. $25 8p-2a.
Live tribute to the women of rock.
Concord Music Hall, 773/570-4000, 2047 N Milwaukee. Near Blue Line Western stop. Body searches. No reentry.

Lewis Black. $39-75 8p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

Suicide Girls. 18+ $25+ 8p.
Blackheart Burlesque Tour, stripteases and performances poking fun at Game of Thrones, The Big Lebowski, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars.
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.

"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.

Sunday 2015.10.11 ^
Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sundays -2015.10.25 Yearly. All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p.
500 market spaces. Clean, comprehensive, entertaining, with free parking, food and restrooms.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

* Chicago Marathon (since 1977). Yearly. 7:30a.
Nationally reknowned 26.2 mile run, USATF/CARA certified, record breaking over 37K runners registered, and over 900K spectators expected! Carried live on TV.
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, more.

Ricky Martin. All ages. $20-125 7:30p.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
TOON. On cable.

Seasonal ^
* Circus In The Parks. -2015.10.18 Yearly. All ages. $0-15 Shows at 2+5p.
Midnight Circus' world class troupe of clowns, contortionists, acrobats, etc perform just a few shows in each park.
10.10+11: Smith Park, 2526 W Grand Ave
10.16-18: Welles Park, 2333 W Sunnyside Ave.

Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2015.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North; Su: WickerPark;
Various city locations.

Fright Fest (since 1991). Redecorated rides and additional Halloween attractions. Fr/Sa/Su -2015.11.01 Yearly. All ages. $$ Various hours.
Come early, use coupons, strategize your visit for best results.
Great America, 847/249-1776, 5312 Grand Ave, Gurnee.

Pumpkin Farms. -2015.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.

World's Best Costume Shop. -2015.10.31 Yearly. Open 24/7 this week.
Incomparably huge and comprehensive. Some staff costumed.
Fantasy Costume Headquarters, 773/777-0222, 4065 N Milwaukee.

Best haunted house in Illinois. Threepeat winner of Haunted Illinois vote. -2015.10.31 Yearly. All ages. $15-25, free parking, Su-Th -10p, Fr+Sa 7-11p.
Regularly overhauled, 14Ksqft, wheelchair access, 22 rooms, 40+ animatronics, 40+ performers, and scary SMELLS!
Dream Reapers Haunted House, 708/344-2084, 1985 N Mannheim, Melrose Park.

Scream Scene Haunted House. Spooktacular! Fr/Sa -2015.10.31 Yearly. Not for ages under 10. $10 7-10p.
Over 20 unique rooms. Not for the faint of heart.
Skokie Park District, 847/674-1500 x0, 4701 Oakton, Skokie. At Water Playground.

Ghosts Of Graceland Family Walking Tour. Stroll the big name graves. Sundays in October -2015.10.25 Yearly. All ages. $5-10 2hr 2p.
VERY qualified tour guides, lots of interesting history.
Graceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.

Ongoing ^
"Pan" now playing.
Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

* "Steve Jobs" now playing.
Aaron Sorkin / Walter Isaacson w/ Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"The Walk" now playing.
Robert Zemeckis w/ Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop,
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago,
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop,
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish,
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln,
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk,

Now playing.
The Martian, The Intern, American Ultra, Grandma, Hitman: Agent 47, Man from U.N.C.L.E., Fantastic Four, Ricki and the Flash, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Mission: Impossible 5, Vacation, Pixels, Ant-Man, Mr. Holmes, Minions, Terminator Genisys, Ted 2, Inside Out, Jurassic World, Love & Mercy, Tomorrowland, Mad Max: Fury Road, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

The Tempest. -2015.11.08 All ages. $30+ Various times.
"Welcome to a unique and impossible world where spirits roam, magic is real, reality is elusive and illusion abounds." Directed by Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn&) with choreography by Pilobolus and songs by Tom Wait.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 312/595-5600, 800 E Grand. Navy Pier.

WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.

 ^ © 2015 Andrew Bedno 
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