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Events this weekend, starting Friday, September 5th, 2014

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Friday 2014.09.05 ^
German-American Fest (since 1920). -Sunday Yearly. Fr 6-10p, Sa 2-10p, Su 12-10p.
"Famous bands for dancing & entertainment in two huge fest tents. Delicious German food & drink"
773/728-3890 http://www.germanday.com
Lincoln Square, 4700 N Lincoln. Near Brown line train Western stop.
http://www.lincolnsquare.org
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Hideout Block Party (since 1997). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Sells out. 5-10p.
Bands, beer, kid-friendly arts and crafts, no pets. Some proceeds to local charities.
The Hideout, 773/227-4433, 1354 W Wabansia. 2 blocks north of North, 1 block east of Elston.
http://hideoutchicago.com
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* Wicker Park Happy Happy Fun Ride! 1st Fridays All ages. Free 7p.
http://ChicagoCriticalMass.org/wickerpark
Wicker Park Fountain, 773-33-MASS-8, 1425 N Damen Ave.
http://massup.us
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Group Skate. 1st/3rd Fridays All ages. Free 7:30p.
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.
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 2014.09.06 ^
** Colossal Neighborhood Yard Sale fest. Yearly. All ages. Free Saturday following labor day weekend. 9a-4p UNCONFIRMED
About 16 blocks of sales; among the world's largest. Come early. Sunday rain date.
http://facebook.com/Lakewood.Balmoral
Andersonville, 773/784-5277, Bryn Mawr at Lakewood. 5200-5500 North on Magnolia, Lakewood and Wayne.
http://edgewater.org
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Renegade Craft Fair (since 2003). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-7p.
"Chicago's biggest and best indie-craft event ... 300 of today's brightest makers of handmade goods, live entertainment, hands-on crafting workshops ... Food, beverages and libations...'.
http://renegadecraft.com
Wicker Park area, 1600 W Division.
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Von Steuben Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 2-3p.
630/653-3018 http://www.germanday.com
Lincoln Avenue from Irving Park to Wilson and beyond., 312/744-3370.
http://chicagoparades.us
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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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* El Circo Cheapo. 1st Saturdays $10-ish. 7+10p UNCONFIRMED
Outstanding local circus artists perform a casual and intimate show. Sells out. "BYO Picnic Basket"
http://elcircocheapo.com
Aloft Circus Arts, 2041 W Carroll #306.
http://aloftaerialdance.com
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Official Internet Cat Video Festival After-Party. All ages. Free 12-?a.
http://walkerart.org/internet-cat-video-festival
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://metrochicago.com/shows
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Sunday 2014.09.07 ^
National Grandparents Day (since 1978). Yearly. First Sunday after Labor day.
Day to honor grandparents. Spearheaded by West Virginia's Marian McQuade as an advocacy for nursing home residents and shut-ins, officially proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter.
http://www.grandparents-day.com
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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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* Four Star Tour (since 1989). Yearly. All ages. $35-55+ 7:30a.
Join thousands of other riders exploring Chicago and near north suburbs. Sample delicious Chicago treat like pierogies, egg rolls, tacos and full menu. Four different routes range 12-62 miles, each exploring vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, lush parks and historic architecture.
http://fourstarbiketour.org
University of Illinois, Morgan and Taylor.
http://activetrans.org
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Central American Parade. Yearly. 12p.
Celebrates independence, includes Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
http://chicagoparades.us
Horner Park, Montrose and California. to Kimball.
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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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"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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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 UNCONFIRMED
Visible anywhere near the lake.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
http://navypier.com
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FINAL WEEKEND: Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2015.08.30 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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FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2014.10.29 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p UNCONFIRMED
Visible anywhere near the lake.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
http://navypier.com
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Summer Vacation. Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2015.09.14 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p UNCONFIRMED
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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FINAL WEEKEND: Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2015.08.30 Yearly. All ages. $8-16+ Coupons online. 10a-7p UNCONFIRMED
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 ^
* 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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Fringe Fest (since 2010). -2014.09.07 Yearly.
Over 200 performances of the untried and weird.
http://chicagofringe.org
Various venues. Pilsen.
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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 08.29: 8:30p Brave, Athletic Field Park (3546 W Addison St)
Fr 08.29: 8p Despicable Me 2, Veteran's Memorial Park (2820 E 98th St)
Fr 08.29: 8p The Lego Movie, Ping Tom Memorial Park (1700 S Wentworth Ave)
Fr 08.29: 8p The Smurfs 2, Pottawattomie Park (7340 N Rogers Ave)
Sa 08.30: 8p Cloudy With Meatballs 2, La Follette Park (1333 N Laramie Ave)
Sa 08.30: 8p Hunger Games Catching Fire, Jonquil Playlot Park (1001 W Wrightwood Ave)
Sa 08.30: 8p The Wizard of Oz, Horner Park (2741 W Montrose Ave).
http://bedno.com/mind/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Now playing.
Are You Here, Sin City 2, Expendables 3, The Giver, Boyhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy, Hercules, 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, , ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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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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African Festival of the Arts (since 1990). -Monday Yearly. All ages. $20-30 10a-10p UNCONFIRMED
"Spectacular celebration of arts and culture from across the African Diaspora."
http://AfricanFestivalChicago.com
Washington Park, 773/955-2787, 5100 S Cottage Grove.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com
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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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Now playing.
Are You Here, Sin City 2, Expendables 3, The Giver, Boyhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy, Hercules, 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, , ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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* Cirque Shanghai. -2015.09.01 Yearly. All ages. $12-30+ We-Su various time. UNCONFIRMED
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). -2015.09.13 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk. UNCONFIRMED
Nice films, neighbors, concessions. Print handy PDF.
Fr 08.29: 8:30p Brave, Athletic Field Park (3546 W Addison St)
Fr 08.29: 8p Despicable Me 2, Veteran's Memorial Park (2820 E 98th St)
Fr 08.29: 8p The Lego Movie, Ping Tom Memorial Park (1700 S Wentworth Ave)
Fr 08.29: 8p The Smurfs 2, Pottawattomie Park (7340 N Rogers Ave)
Sa 08.30: 8p Cloudy With Meatballs 2, La Follette Park (1333 N Laramie Ave)
Sa 08.30: 8p Hunger Games Catching Fire, Jonquil Playlot Park (1001 W Wrightwood Ave)
Sa 08.30: 8p The Wizard of Oz, Horner Park (2741 W Montrose Ave).
http://bedno.com/mind/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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