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Friday 2015.07.31 ^
"Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" now playing.
Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, ...
http://missionimpossible.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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"Vacation" now playing.
Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, ...
http://vacationthemovie.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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SysAdmin Day (since 2000). Last Friday in July Yearly.
System Administrator Appreciation Day.
http://sysadminday.com
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* Lollapalooza. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $90-850 12-10p.
Over 100 bands across eight stages and three days.
http://lollapalooza.com
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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** Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown. Unplanned route gently winds a dozen miles or more. Thousands attend in good weather. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, show bikes, so much more. Skaters welcome.
http://massup.us/ccm
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.
http://chicagocriticalmass.org
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FBC ride. Monthly. 21+ 8p-?a.
Full Moon Bike Club. Destination varies.
http://thechainlink.org/group/fbcchicago
Gannon's Pub, 773/281-1007, 4264 N. Lincoln.
http://gannonspub.com
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Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
Greg Haus spins Electro / Progressive / Breaks / Alternative / Electronica.
07.31: Geek night with cosplay performances.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.com
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Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Fr/Sa 18+ $20-40 10p.
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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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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Full Moon (Blue). Always adds an interesting twist. 4:45a.
http://bedno.com/fullmoons
http://www.almanac.com
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Saturday 2015.08.01 ^
International Clown Week. -2015.08.06 Yearly.
Proclaimed in 1971 by Nixon. "I urge the people of the United States recognize the contributions made by clowns in their entertainment at children's hospitals, charitable institutions, for the mentally retarded, and generally helping to lift the spirits and boost the morale of our people." Observed Sunday with a ceremony at Showmen's Rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.
http://www.internationalclownweek.org
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Lakeshore Arts Festival (since 1973). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-6p.
125 juried artists/craftspeople, cuisine, lite music.
1811 Sheridan Rd., 847/491-0266.
http://.cityofevanston.org
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Edge Fest. 1st Saturday in August -Sunday Yearly. All ages. ~$5 12-10p.
Bacon and art themed, plus lots of bands.
http://starevents.com/festivals/edge-fest
Edgewater, 5900 N. Broadway. At Thorndale Ave.
http://edgewater.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.
08.01: Elevate Energy: Smarter Energy Use for All.
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Hilltop Restaurant, 2800 W Foster. At California.
http://facebook.com/HilltopChicago
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Kelly Clarkson. All ages. $20-99+ 7p.
http://kellyclarkson.com/
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://allstatearena.com/calendar
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Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. $39-75+ 8p.
http://lylelovett.com
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.
http://thechicagotheatre.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.
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 2015.08.02 ^
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.
847/524-9590 http://wolffs.com
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://allstatearena.com
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* Clown Week Celebration (since 2000). 1st Sunday in August Yearly. All ages. Free 1-3p.
(Inter)National CLOWN WEEK observance at SHOWMEN'S REST is a loving and festive remembrance of circus artists past, held in the nation's most well known final resting place for circus artists, remembered especially for its elephant statues and roustabout headstones. This event includes speakers, placing of flowers, circus arts performances, lots of fun stuff for kids including activities and entertainment and contests with prizes, snacks and drinks, and many many many clowns.
The event is for kids of all ages. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and a youthful attitude. Children's entertainers are welcome to come and share your talents after the ceremony.
http://performforthelove.com/showmensrest
Woodlawn Cemetery / Showmen's Rest, 708/442-8500, 7750 W Cermak Rd, Forest Park. Western end; East of Des Plaines Ave.
http://www.woodlawncemeteryofchicago.com
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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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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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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.
Tu 07.28: Thomas Hampson, Baritone: German lieder and American song (8p)
We 07.29: CSO/Conlon/Jorge Federico Osorio, Piano: Brahms's Concerto No.1 and Zemlinsky's The Mermaid (8p)
Th 07.30: Igudesman & Joo: "A Little Nightmare Music" (8p)
Fr 07.31: Brandi Carlile / Old Crow Medicine Show (7p)
Sa 08.01: CSO/Conlon/Maxim Vengerov, Violin: Gala Benefit Evening: Tchaikovsky Spectacular with "1812" Overture (7p)
Su 08.02: CSO/Movie night: Gladiator Live (7p)
Mo 08.03: Maxim Vengerov, Violin: Elgar, Prokofiev and more (7:30p)
Tu 08.04: Nikolai Lugansky, Piano: Schubert, Grieg and Tchaikovsky (7:30p)
We 08.05: CSO/Pablo Heras-Casado/Peter Serkin, Piano: Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony and Mozart's Concerto No.19 (7:30p)
Th 08.06: CSO/Rafael Payare/Pinchas Zukerman, Violin: Bruch's Concerto No.1 and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade (7:30p).
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra.
http://www.ravinia.org
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Shakespeare's Best. -2015.08.16 All ages. Free.
Tu 07.28: Gage Park 6:30p, 2411 W 55th St
We 07.29: Piotrowski Park 6:30p, 4247 W 31st St
Th 07.30: Hamilton Park 6:30p, 513 W 72nd St
Fr 07.31: Frank Wilson Park 6:30p, 4630 N Milwaukee Ave
Sa 08.01: Frank Wilson Park 6:30p, 4630 N Milwaukee Ave
Su 08.02: Garfield Conservatory 3p, 300 N Central Park Ave
We 08.05: Dvorak Park 6:30p, 1119 W Cullerton St
Th 08.06: Dvorak Park 6:30p, 1119 W Cullerton St.
http://chicagoshakes.com
Various City Parks.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com
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Summer Vacation. -2015.09.07 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2015.09.13 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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Bands at Montrose Beach. Daily. All ages. Free Mo-Tu,Th-Sa 7p, We 5p, Su 6:30p.
Plus beer, cocktails and dining.
Tu.28: Coyote Riot. We.29: Aqualung.
http://facebook.com/TheDockatMontroseBeach
Montrose Beach, 200 W Montrose Harbor Dr.
http://thedockatmontrosebeach.com
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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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Fiesta del Sol (since 1973). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $? 11a-10p.
The largest Latino festival in the midwest. Live entertainment, local art, variety food, carnival rides, children's area, soccer games, ...
http://fiestadelsol.org
312/666-2663, 1400 W. Cermak Rd. Pilsen.
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Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2015.09.06 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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Taste Of Chicago (since 1981). Beer, meat, people, major bands. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free entry. 10a-9p UNCONFIRMED
Newly reformatted, 40+ quality restaurants represented. Bring money and sun screen. Variety of special attractions including flume ride, kid fun, local TV stars, high diving, much more. Good bands at several stages all day.
http://tasteofchicago.us
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
http://cityofchicago.org
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Ongoing ^
Movies on the Pier. Thursdays -2015.09.10 All ages. Free 8p.
08.06: Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
https://navypier.com/movies-on-the-pier/
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand.
http://navypier.com
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Cubs home games. -2015.09.27.
Tu 07.28: 7:05p Rockies
We 07.29: 1:20p Rockies WGN
Th 08.06: 7:05p Giants.
http://cubs.com
Wrigley Field, 773/404-CUBS, 1060 W Addision.
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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). -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.
Pixels, Ant-Man, Mr. Holmes, Minions, Terminator Genisys, Ted 2, Inside Out, Jurassic World, Love & Mercy, Tomorrowland, Mad Max: Fury Road, Age of Ultron, Ride, Welcome to Me, The Age of Adaline, ...
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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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.
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.
08.04: Drumline.
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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