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Events this weekend, starting Friday, July 10th, 2015

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Friday 2015.07.10 ^
Godzilla Fest (since 1994). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-30.
Largest regular gathering of Godzilla and Japanese monster fans in the world (over 1000 attend). A family-oriented convention catering to the "kaiju" genre. Features fan presentations, sessions by actors and crew from the Godzilla series, contests and gaming, new and classic movies, large dealers room, more.
http://g-fan.com
Crowne Plaza O'Hare, 847/671-6350, 5440 N River Rd, Rosemont.
http://www.chi-ohare.holiday-inn.com
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Nikola Tesla Day (since 2002). Yearly.
Honoring one of history's greatest inventors.
http://teslasociety.com/tesladay.htm
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla
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Radiance / Wellness. -2015.08.20 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
"Radiance" show focuses on contemporary approaches and investigations into light in the broadest sense. "Aesthetics of Wellness" looks at impacts on health and quality of life, with workshops.
07.10: Opening reception 6-8p.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.
http://womanmade.org
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Bastille Day 5K run/walk (since 1987). Yearly. $20+ 7:30p UNCONFIRMED
Benefits Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Known for it's after-party. USATF certified, over 7.5k people expected.
773/777-3261 http://www.chicagoevents.com
Lincoln Park, Cannon at Fullerton.
http://www.chicagoaa.com
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US Air Guitar Semifinals. 18+ $16+ 9p.
http://usairguitar.com
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://metrochicago.com/shows
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Saturday 2015.07.11 ^
Ride for AIDS (since 2004). -Sunday Yearly.
Two-day 200-mile bicycling event raises money for TPAN and Community Partners. Leaves early Saturday to Wisconsin, returns late Sunday to a party in Evanston.
http://rideforaids.kintera.org
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** Tour de Fat. Parade, party, and performance event promoting bicycles. Yearly. 9a-5p.
10a- Registration, 11a Bike Parade, noon- hunker down, tap the kegs and let the revivalation begin. Includes bands, play, goofy bikes, contests, car banishment ceremonies, etc. Costume and decorated bikes encouraged. Sponsored by Fat Tire beer, benefits local community.
http://facebook.com/TourDeFat
Palmer Square, 2200 N Kedzie Blvd. W from California or S from Logan Sq Blue Line stops.
http://www.westtownbikes.org
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Magnificent Mile Art Festival (since 1992). -Sunday Yearly. 10a-6p UNCONFIRMED
A very nice little downtown sale by juried exhibitors.
http://www.artfestival.com
Tribune Tower courtyard, 954/472-3755, 435 N Michigan.
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Kidical Mass - Logan. 2nd Saturdays All ages. Free 10:30a-12p UNCONFIRMED
Slow easy going fun group bike ride for families, children of all ages.
http://massup.us/kid
Palmer Square, 3099 W Palmer Blvd. "the bunny park" playground.
http://facebook.com/ChicagoKidicalMass
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Free Slurpees. Yearly. 11a-7p UNCONFIRMED
7.11oz size. Also a dance video contest.
http://7-eleven.com/SlurpeeHome
Participating 7-11 stores.
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Irish American Heritage Festival (since 1985). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-10 12-11p UNCONFIRMED
3 stages, food, vendors, bands, celtettes, Guinness and Harp on tap, bagpipes, crafts, Mashed Potato Eating Contest, Irish Idol kids competition. Bands include Gaelic Storm, Solas, The Tossers, Seven Nations, Makem and Spain Brothers, The Young Dubliners, ...
http://irishfestchicago.com
Irish American Heritage Center, 773/282-7035, 4642 N Knox.
http://www.irishamhc.com
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Square Roots Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-10 Fr 5-10p, Sa noon-10p, Su 12-8p UNCONFIRMED
(supplants the 14 year old Folk and Roots Festival)
Two outdoor stages and two indoor with over 60 acts. Unique vendors, local food, and over 30 craft beers.
http://squareroots.org
Lincoln Square, 4700 N Lincoln. Near Brown line train Western stop.
http://lincolnsquare.org
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St. Andrew's Greek Festival (since 1962). -Sunday Yearly. $5 donation. Sa 3p-, Su 12-10:30p.
Ethnic food, kid's games, rides, silent auction, raffle, folk dancing and live music.
http://www.standreworthodox.org
St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church, 773/334-4515, 5649 N Sheridan. At end of LSD.
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Taste of Lakeview. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 (donation) 12-10p.
Street performers, bands, food, artisans and craft vendors, sponsored by Budweiser. Formerly Rock Around the Block (since 1994).
http://starevents.com
Lincoln/Belmont/Ashland, 773/665-4682.
http://lakeviewchamber.com
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V103 Summer Block Party. All ages. $25-175 6p.
Jill Scott, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Ledisi, Avery Sunshine.
http://v103.com/
Northerly Island Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr.
http://charteronepavilion.com
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311. 17+ $50-200 8p.
http://311.com/
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.
http://aragon.com
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El Circo Cheapo. $10-ish. 7+10p.
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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Sunday 2015.07.12 ^
Chicago Pro Beach Volleyball (since 1992). Monthly. 10hrs 7a.
773-EVP-1198 http://www.chicagovolleyball.com
North Avenue Beach, 1800 N Lakeshore.
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West Fest. Yearly. All ages. $5+ 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
Great live music and DJs, arts and crafts, vendors, pet stuff, kids fun, food and drink.
http://westfestchicago.com
West Town, 312/850-9390, 800 N Damen. Chicago Avenue from Damen to Wood.
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Sunday Skate Session. Sundays All ages. Free 3:30p UNCONFIRMED
Cones, Tricks, Skaters, Good Times, all skill levels welcome.
http://ChicagoSkater.org
Belmont Harbor, 3200 N. Lake Front Trail. Tip of South lobe.
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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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Seasonal ^
Cubs home games. -2015.09.27.
Fr 07.03: 1:20p Marlins
Sa 07.04: 6:15p Marlins FOX
Su 07.05: Marlins
Mo 07.06: 7:05p Cardinals WGN
Tu 07.07: 7:05p Cardinals
We 07.08: 7:05p Cardinals.
http://cubs.com
Wrigley Field, 773/404-CUBS, 1060 W Addision.
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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;
http://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2015.09.20 Yearly.
Fr 07.03: Miriam Fried, Midori and Friends: Brahms and Schubert (8p)
Su 07.05: Yundi, Piano: Beethoven's "Appassionata" Sonata (2p)
Su 07.05: The Knights / Dawn Upshaw, Soprano: Folk songs and dances (7p)
Mo 07.06: Brian Wilson / Rodriguez (7:30p)
Tu 07.07: Jeffrey Kahane, Piano: Bach's "Goldberg" Variations (8p)
We 07.08: CSO/One Score, One Chicago: Bobby McFerrin conducts Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with soprano Nicole Cabell and vocalist Brian Stokes Mitchell (8p)
Th 07.09: Vladimir Feltsman, Piano: All-Schumann evening (8p).
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra.
http://www.ravinia.org
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Summer Vacation. -2015.09.07 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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Naperville Rib Fest. -2015.07.05 Yearly. All ages. $0-10 12-10p.
Big fest with over a dozen barbeque vendors (Ribbers) and other treats and merchandise. Also carnival rides, and diverse kids entertainment including dog acts, tumblers, magic and more. "To promote Americanism, enrich community life through leisure activities ... promote a strong family unit and support prevention of child abuse and domestic violence in all forms."
http://ribfest.net
Knoch Park, Martin Ave at S West St, Naperville.
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Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2015.09.13 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). -2015.08.16 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 -2015.09.05 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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Downtown Sound. Mo/Th -2015.07.23 All ages. Free 6:30p.
Two extraordinary bands nightly.
Th 07.02: Antibalas + Sonny Knight and The Lakers
Mo 07.06: King Sunny Ade + Mathew Tembo
Th 07.09: Judah & the Lion.
http://tinyurl.com/chidts2015
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown.
http://millenniumpark.org
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Bands at Montrose Beach. Daily. All ages. Free Mo-Tu,Th-Sa 7p, We 5p, Su 6:30p UNCONFIRMED
Plus beer, cocktails and dining.
http://facebook.com/TheDockatMontroseBeach
Montrose Beach, 200 W Montrose Harbor Dr.
http://thedockatmontrosebeach.com
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Ongoing ^
"Terminator Genisys" now playing.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Brett Azar, ...
http://terminatormovie.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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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 and Beer. -Thursday 18+ $5+.
San Andreas: Fr 10:15p, Su 5:30+10:15p, Mo-Th 7p.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Su 3+7p, Mo-Th 9p.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.
http://brewview.com
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Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2015.09.03 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Nice films, neighbors, concessions. See the handy quick ref sched.
http://bedno.com/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Now playing.
Ted 2, Inside Out, Jurassic World, Love & Mercy, Tomorrowland, Mad Max: Fury Road, Age of Ultron, Ride, Welcome to Me, The Age of Adaline, Ex Machina, While We're Young, ...
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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Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
07.07: Big Night.
http://bedno.com/movies/parks?pritz
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown.
http://millenniumpark.org
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