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Friday 2016.07.01 ^
American Music Festival (since 1981). -Saturday Yearly. Ages? $30+ We+Th 5p, Fr+Sa 11a-?p UNCONFIRMED
See website for massive schedule of great acts.
Fitzgerald's, 708/788-6670, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. 6blks from Forest Park Blue Line stop at Oak Park Ave.
http://www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com
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* Lisle Eyes to the Skies Balloonfest (since 1981). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $8 11a-11p UNCONFIRMED
Major hot air ballooning event, includes nationally known bands, food, carnival, fireworks, etc, weather permitting.
http://eyestotheskies.org
Lisle Community Park, 630/575-9798, Hwy. 53 and Short Street. Near I-88 and I-355.
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Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $20 7p UNCONFIRMED
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
http://tributosaurus.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
http://martyrslive.com
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* Group Skate. 1st/3rd Fridays 21+ 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. Helmet required, other protective gear and water recommended. Weather permitting.
http://ChicagoSkater.org
Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.
http://road-raves.org
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Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a UNCONFIRMED
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins Electronica/Indie Alternative dance music.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.com
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#DATEME: An OKCupid Experiment. Fridays 18+ $31 8+11p.
Hilarious journey through the world of online dating made up of actual dialogue from interactions on OKCupid.com.
UP Comedy Club, 312/662-4562, 230 W. North Ave.
http://upcomedyclub.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 2016.07.02 ^
Naperville Rib Fest. -2016.07.05 Yearly. All ages. $0-10 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
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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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
Dappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison.
http://facebook.com/Dappers-Restaurant-East-111805538856448
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Improvised Shakespeare. Saturdays 18+ $16+ 10:30+8p.
Based on audience suggestion The Co creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style with ALL the typical elements.
http://improvisedshakespeare.com
Del Close Theater, 312/929-2401, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
http://ioimprov.com/chicago/
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Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Saturdays 18+ $20-40 8p UNCONFIRMED
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties.
http://kisskisscabaret.com
Uptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway.
http://uptownunderground.net
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Star Wars Burlesque. Saturdays 18+ $28 9p.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western stop.
http://GorillaTango.com
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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://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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Vaudezilla! Saturdays 18+ $20 10:30p UNCONFIRMED
One-of-a-kind burlesque, drag, and aerial acts ranging from classic Vegas-style showgirls to cutting-edge gender-non-conforming performance artists.
http://Vaudezilla.com
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine.
http://stage773.com
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Sunday 2016.07.03 ^
Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sundays -2016.10.30 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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International Festival of Life (since 1993). Yearly. All ages. 1-10p UNCONFIRMED
"Dedicated to celebrating the humanity of all people. The event allows cultural, educational and spiritual exchange through innovative programming and a marketplace format that highlights the global spectrum of entertainment, food, fine arts, crafts, small business and corporate communities." Reggae, Rock, Caribbean, Latin, African, Pop, R&B, Gospel, House and World Music bands.
http://FestivalOfLife.biz
Union Park, 1501 W Randolph. Near Washington/Ogden intersection.
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Chicago Bike Polo. Sundays All ages. Free 3-?p.
Pickup games in decommissioned tennis courts.
http://facebook.com/groups/311538882232633
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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"Nickel & Dimed" Sundays 21+ Free 7p-2a.
$1 beers and free pizza w/ DJs.
Beauty Bar, 312/226-8828, 1444 W Chicago Ave.
http://thebeautybar.com/home-chicago
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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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Madonnarama. 1st Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
All Madonna music and videos all night with DJ Riley York. Classics, rare tracks, remixes, etc.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://www.berlinchicago.com
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Seasonal ^
Cubs home games. -2016.09.25.
Mo 07.04: Vs. Reds.
Tu 07.05: Vs. Reds.
We 07.06: Vs. Reds.
http://cubs.com
Wrigley Field, 773/404-CUBS, 1060 W Addison.
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Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2016.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Mo: Loyola; Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park, Garfield Park, Willis; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North, Horner Park, more; Su: WickerPark;
http://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2016.09.17 Yearly.
Fr 06.24: Bob Dylan / Mavis Staples. 7:30p.
Sa 06.25: Gavin DeGraw / The Fray. 6:30p.
Su 06.26: Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration featuring Warren Haynes. 7:30p.
Mo 06.27: Juilliard Quartet and new cellist Astrid Schween: Schubert's Quintet. 7:30p.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra.
http://www.ravinia.org
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Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2016.09.11 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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Bands at Montrose Beach. Daily. -2016.08.31 Yearly. All ages. Free Mo-Tu,Th-Sa 7p, We 5p, Su 6:30p.
Plus beers, cocktails, dining.
Fr 06.24: Without U2
Sa 06.25: St. Jams
Su 06.26: Breezy Rodio
Mo 06.27: Rio Bamba
Tu 06.28: Coyote Riot
We 06.29: Kreyol Roots
Th 06.30: Heavy Sancho.
http://facebook.com/TheDockatMontroseBeach
Montrose Beach, 200 W Montrose Harbor Dr.
http://thedockatmontrosebeach.com
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* Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2016.08.20 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 -2016.09.03 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p.
Visible anywhere near the lake.
https://navypier.com/aon-summer-fireworks
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
http://navypier.com
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Millennium Park Concerts. Mo/Th -2016.08.25 Yearly. All ages. Free 6:30p.
Two extraordinary bands nightly.
Mo 06.27: Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra + Ecos del Pacifico
Th 06.30: TBD + Lower Dens.
http://tinyurl.com/chidts2016
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown.
http://millenniumpark.org
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LakeView Mayfest (since 1996). -Sunday Yearly. 18+ $10 (donation) Fr 5-10p, Sa-Su 10a-10p UNCONFIRMED
Food, music, merchants, major bands late, pet contest. Thousands attend, basic beer tents.
773/665-4682 http://starevents.com
Lakeview, 3100 N Ashland. At Barry.
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* Long Grove Chocolate Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p UNCONFIRMED
Freshly made chocolate dipped everythings; fruits, popcorn, donuts, martinis, etc. Chef demos, specialty shops, two entertainment stages. Well managed popular family event in a lovely town.
Historic Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban.
http://visitlonggrove.com
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Ongoing ^
"Independence Day: Resurgence" now playing.
Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Jessie T. Usher, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, William Fichtner, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, Patrick St. Esprit, Vivica A. Fox, ...
http://foxmovies.com/movies/independence-day-resurgence
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 in the Parks (since 2001). -2016.09.05 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Nice films, neighbors, popcorn. See the handy quick ref sched.
http://bedno.com/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Now playing.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, TMNT: Out of the Shadows, Alice Through the Looking Glass, X-Men: Apocalypse, Maggie's Plan, The Nice Guys, Money Monster, The Lobster, Keanu, Mother's Day, Elvis & Nixon, A Hologram for the King, Barbershop 4, Colonia, Criminal, Rio I Love You, Batman v Superman, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Brothers Grimsby, Creative Control, Hardcore Henry, Hello, My Name Is Doris, Knight of Cups, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2, ...
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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code/switch + code/mix. -2016.07.28 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
http://bedno.com/fb/5750538293386717
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.
http://womanmade.org
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Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
06.28: Soul Food.
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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