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Events this weekend, starting Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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Friday 2014.08.22 ^
Backlot Bash. -Sunday Yearly.
Street festival with live music, carnival rides, food and beer tents, sidewalk sales, business expo, classic cars show, silent films and more.
http://www.backlotbash.com
Downtown Skokie.
http://www.skokie.org
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"Uproar Fest" Yearly. All ages. $20-100 1p.
Rockstar Energy Drink presents Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, ...
http://rockstaruproar.com
FMWB Amphitheatre, 708/614-1616, 19100 South Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park. I-80 and Harlem Avenue, South Suburban, expect heavy traffic.
http://firstmidwestbankamphitheatre.com
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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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Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a UNCONFIRMED
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 2014.08.23 ^
Start of Virgo. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the virgin.
http://www.astrology.com
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Bucktown Arts Fest (since 1986). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-7p.
"Great Art, Great Craft Brews"
http://bucktownartsfest.com
Senior Citizen Memorial Park, 2300 N Oakley. 2300 W Lyndale.
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Taste of Greece. Folk music, culture, meats and spices. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $3 12-11p.
http://greektownchicago.org
Greektown, 100 S Halsted. Runs several blocks.
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* SlutWalk. Yearly. All ages. Free 1-4p.
"March in support of education and against intolerance. Aims to combat the myth of 'the slut' and the culture of victim blaming"
http://bedno.com/fb/1422020151371257
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.
http://cityofchicago.org
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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.
08.23: CTBA - Center for Tax and Budget Accountability - IL General Fund "social and economic justice through data-driven policy"
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 2014.08.24 ^
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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SuperSprint Triathlon (since 1983). Yearly. $$ Races start 7:30a.
Thousands expected. Cash prizes. May sell out. Big parties after.
http://chicagosupersprint.com
Lakefront at Foster.
http://www.caprievents.com
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Kids Triathlon (since 1991). Yearly. 7-14 $30+ Races start 9a.
Wonderful concept.
http://chicagokidstriathlon.com
Foster Beach. http://www.caprievents.com
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International Gotopless day. Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-3p.
Simultaneous protests at beaches and parks to demand equal topfree rights for women. Includes performances asserting it as natural and legal and honoring Women's Equality Day.
http://gotopless.org
North Avenue Beach Overpass, 1601 N. Lake Shore Drive. Walkway overpass north of Boathouse.
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Chicago Bike Polo. Sundays All ages. Free 3-?p.
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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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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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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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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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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Summer Vacation. -2015.09.02 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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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 ^
"Expendables 3" now playing.
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kelsey Grammer, Glen Powell, Antonio Banderas, ...
http://theexpendables3film.com
Theaters Everywhere.
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"The Giver" now playing.
Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, ...
https://thegiverfilm.com
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 08.15: 8p Despicable Me 2, Stanton Park (618 W Scott St)
Fr 08.15: 8p Free Birds, Norwood Park (5801 N Natoma Ave)
Fr 08.15: 8p Hotel Transylvania, Jensen Park (4650 N Lawndale Ave)
Fr 08.15: 8p Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Cornell Square Park (1809 W 50th St)
Fr 08.15: 8p The Nut Job, Roberts Square Playlot Park (5200 W Argyle St)
Sa 08.16: 8p Michael Jackson's This Is It, Unity Playlot Park (2636 N Kimball Ave)
Sa 08.16: 8p The Lego Movie, Ellis (Samuel) Park (535 E 35th St)
Sa 08.16: 8p Twenty Feet From Stardom, Washington Park (5531 S MLK Dr)
Su 08.17: 8p The Thin Man, Berger Park Cultural Center (6205 N Sheridan Rd)
Su 08.17: 8p The Wizard of Oz, Piotrowski Park (4247 W 31st St)
Mo 08.18: 8p The Lego Movie, Lake Shore Park (808 N Lake Shore Dr)
Mo 08.18: 8p The Muppet Movie, Calumet Park (9801 S Avenue G)
Tu 08.19: 6:30p Dreamgirls, Pritzker Pavilion (55 N Michigan)
Tu 08.19: 8p Fast & Furious 6, Park No. 551 (353 N DesPlaines St)
Tu 08.19: 8p The Nut Job, Paschen Park (1932 W Lunt Ave)
Tu 08.19: 9p Instructions Not Included, Blackhawk Park (2318 N Lavergne Ave)
We 08.20: 8p Car Wash, South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S South Shore Dr)
We 08.20: 8p Lego Movie, Portage Park (4100 N Long Ave)
We 08.20: 8p The Nut Job, Nichols Park (1355 E 53rd St)
We 08.20: 8p The Princess Bride, Lincoln Park (2045 N Lincoln Pk West)
Th 08.21: 815p Family Fun Film, Bell Park (3020 N Oak Park Ave)
Th 08.21: 8p Back to the Future, Arrigo Park (801 S Loomis St)
Th 08.21: 8p Stomp the Yard, Moore Park (5085 W Adams St)
Th 08.21: 8p The Goonies, Pasteur Park (5825 S Kostner Ave).
http://bedno.com/mind/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Now playing.
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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Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2014.09.13 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk. UNCONFIRMED
Nice films, neighbors, concessions. Print handy PDF.
Fr 08.15: 8p Despicable Me 2, Stanton Park (618 W Scott St)
Fr 08.15: 8p Free Birds, Norwood Park (5801 N Natoma Ave)
Fr 08.15: 8p Hotel Transylvania, Jensen Park (4650 N Lawndale Ave)
Fr 08.15: 8p Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Cornell Square Park (1809 W 50th St)
Fr 08.15: 8p The Nut Job, Roberts Square Playlot Park (5200 W Argyle St)
Sa 08.16: 8p Michael Jackson's This Is It, Unity Playlot Park (2636 N Kimball Ave)
Sa 08.16: 8p The Lego Movie, Ellis (Samuel) Park (535 E 35th St)
Sa 08.16: 8p Twenty Feet From Stardom, Washington Park (5531 S MLK Dr)
Su 08.17: 8p The Thin Man, Berger Park Cultural Center (6205 N Sheridan Rd)
Su 08.17: 8p The Wizard of Oz, Piotrowski Park (4247 W 31st St)
Mo 08.18: 8p The Lego Movie, Lake Shore Park (808 N Lake Shore Dr)
Mo 08.18: 8p The Muppet Movie, Calumet Park (9801 S Avenue G)
Tu 08.19: 6:30p Dreamgirls, Pritzker Pavilion (55 N Michigan)
Tu 08.19: 8p Fast & Furious 6, Park No. 551 (353 N DesPlaines St)
Tu 08.19: 8p The Nut Job, Paschen Park (1932 W Lunt Ave)
Tu 08.19: 9p Instructions Not Included, Blackhawk Park (2318 N Lavergne Ave)
We 08.20: 8p Car Wash, South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S South Shore Dr)
We 08.20: 8p Lego Movie, Portage Park (4100 N Long Ave)
We 08.20: 8p The Nut Job, Nichols Park (1355 E 53rd St)
We 08.20: 8p The Princess Bride, Lincoln Park (2045 N Lincoln Pk West)
Th 08.21: 815p Family Fun Film, Bell Park (3020 N Oak Park Ave)
Th 08.21: 8p Back to the Future, Arrigo Park (801 S Loomis St)
Th 08.21: 8p Stomp the Yard, Moore Park (5085 W Adams St)
Th 08.21: 8p The Goonies, Pasteur Park (5825 S Kostner Ave).
http://bedno.com/mind/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Now playing.
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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