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Events this weekend, starting Friday, July 25th, 2014

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Friday 2014.07.25 ^
SysAdmin Day (since 2000). Last Friday in July Yearly.
System Administrator Appreciation Day.
http://sysadminday.com
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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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Aerosmith. All ages. $20-200 7:30p.
http://aerosmith.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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Jurassic 5. All ages. $36+ 7:30p.
Word of Mouth Reunion Tour w/ Dilated Peoples and Beat Junkies.
http://jurassic5.com
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.
http://aragon.com
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Panic! At The Disco. All ages. $15-130 7:30p.
The Gospel Tour w/ Walk the Moon and Magic Man.
http://panicatthedisco.com/
Northerly Island Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr.
http://charteronepavilion.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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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 2014.07.26 ^
Pierogi Ride (since 2008). Yearly. 9:30a-6p.
Bike (leisurely 18mi each way) to PierogiFest in Whiting, IN.
http://www.thechainlink.org/events/7th-ride-to-pierogifest-whiting-in
Buckingham Fountain, 451 S Lake Shore Drive. E of Red Line Jackson stop.
http://pierogifest.net
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Wicker Park Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 12-10p.
Up and coming alternative rock bands, great local eateries, eclectic arts and crafts.
http://wickerparkfest.com
1501 N Damen From Schiller to North Ave. Near Blue Line Damen stop.
http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com
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Bughouse Square Debates (since 1985). Yearly. All ages. Free 1-4p.
Public heckling of outlandish soapbox oratory.
3312/255-3700 http://newberry.org
Washington Square Park, 901 N Clark.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com
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Bike to Brew. 21+ 5p-2a.
ActiveTrans summer evening bike ride winding through industrial and residential streets and ending at Revolution Brewery for a private party with DJs, food trucks and tasty beers.
http://biketobrew.org
TBA. http://thechainlink.org/events/bike-to-brew
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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.
07.26: "Ghetto Tour" - Ron Carter, Publisher of Chicago Street Journal.
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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Noctronica. 21+ $7 10p-3a.
All Electro EBM, industrial, synthpop night.
http://bedno.com/fb/692218397537534
Bottom Lounge, 312/666-6775, 1375 W Lake.
http://bottomlounge.com
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Sunday 2014.07.27 ^
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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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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New Fox cartoons and Cosmos. Sundays All ages. Free 6p UNCONFIRMED
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, more.
Followed by the new Cosmos series.
http://thesimpsons.com
FOX. http://www.fox.com
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John Fogerty. All ages. $40-100 7:30p.
http://johnfogerty.com/
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.
http://thechicagotheatre.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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Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2014.08.16 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 -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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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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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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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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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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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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Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2014.09.13 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Nice films, neighbors, concessions. Print handy PDF.
Fr 07.18: 8:30p Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Ken-Well Park (2945 N Kenosha Ave)
Fr 07.18: 8:30p Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Fosco Park (1312 S Racine Ave)
Fr 07.18: 8:30p The Smurfs 2, Brooks Park (7100 N Harlem Ave)
Fr 07.18: 8p The Smurfs 2, Brooks Park (7100 N Harlem Ave)
Sa 07.19: 8:30p 42, Washington Park (5531 S MLK Dr)
Sa 07.19: 8:30p Captain Phillips, Loyola Park (1230 W Greenleaf Ave)
Sa 07.19: 8:30p Captain Phillips, Ward, A. Montgomery Park (630 N Kingsbury St)
Sa 07.19: 8:30p Despicable Me 2, Ellis (Samuel) Park (535 E 35th St)
Su 07.20: 8:30p Ghostbusters, Jonquil Playlot Park (1001 W Wrightwood Ave)
Su 07.20: 8:30p The Book Thief, Humboldt Park (1440 N Humboldt Dr)
Su 07.20: 8:30p Hunger Games Catching Fire, Tuley Park (501 E 90th Pl)
Mo 07.21: 8:30p Buck and the Preacher, Calumet Park (9801 S Avenue G)
Mo 07.21: 8:30p Sixteen Candles, Park No. 551 (353 N DesPlaines St)
Mo 07.21: 8:30p The Little Rascals, Sheridan Park (910 S Aberdeen St)
Tu 07.22: 6:30p Field of Dreams, Pritzker Pavilion (55 N Michigan)
Tu 07.22: 8:30p Cloudy with Meatballs 2, Hoyne Playground Park (3417 S Hamiltion Ave)
Tu 07.22: 8:30p Ghostbusters, Smith Park (2526 W Grand Ave)
Tu 07.22: 8:30p Ride Along, Amundsen Park (6200 W Bloomingdale)
We 07.23: 8:30p Latino Film Festival, Kilbourn Park (3501 N Kilbourn Ave)
We 07.23: 8:30p Ride Along, Sumner Park (4320 W 5th Ave)
We 07.23: 8:30p The Little Rascals, Mann Park (3035 E 130st St)
We 07.23: 9p Family Fun Film, Pottawattomie Park (7340 N Rogers Ave)
Th 07.24: 8:30p Despicable Me 2, Fuller Park (331 W 45th St)
Th 07.24: 8:30p Turbo, Rainey Park (4350 W 79th St)
Th 07.24: 8p Star Trek: Into Darkness, Bartelme, Mary Park (115 S Sangamon St).
http://bedno.com/mind/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Now playing.
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, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, RoboCop, Her, Lego Movie, ...
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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* 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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Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2014.09.13 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk. UNCONFIRMED
Nice films, neighbors, concessions. Print handy PDF.
Fr 07.18: 8:30p Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Ken-Well Park (2945 N Kenosha Ave)
Fr 07.18: 8:30p Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Fosco Park (1312 S Racine Ave)
Fr 07.18: 8:30p The Smurfs 2, Brooks Park (7100 N Harlem Ave)
Fr 07.18: 8p The Smurfs 2, Brooks Park (7100 N Harlem Ave)
Sa 07.19: 8:30p 42, Washington Park (5531 S MLK Dr)
Sa 07.19: 8:30p Captain Phillips, Loyola Park (1230 W Greenleaf Ave)
Sa 07.19: 8:30p Captain Phillips, Ward, A. Montgomery Park (630 N Kingsbury St)
Sa 07.19: 8:30p Despicable Me 2, Ellis (Samuel) Park (535 E 35th St)
Su 07.20: 8:30p Ghostbusters, Jonquil Playlot Park (1001 W Wrightwood Ave)
Su 07.20: 8:30p The Book Thief, Humboldt Park (1440 N Humboldt Dr)
Su 07.20: 8:30p Hunger Games Catching Fire, Tuley Park (501 E 90th Pl)
Mo 07.21: 8:30p Buck and the Preacher, Calumet Park (9801 S Avenue G)
Mo 07.21: 8:30p Sixteen Candles, Park No. 551 (353 N DesPlaines St)
Mo 07.21: 8:30p The Little Rascals, Sheridan Park (910 S Aberdeen St)
Tu 07.22: 6:30p Field of Dreams, Pritzker Pavilion (55 N Michigan)
Tu 07.22: 8:30p Cloudy with Meatballs 2, Hoyne Playground Park (3417 S Hamiltion Ave)
Tu 07.22: 8:30p Ghostbusters, Smith Park (2526 W Grand Ave)
Tu 07.22: 8:30p Ride Along, Amundsen Park (6200 W Bloomingdale)
We 07.23: 8:30p Latino Film Festival, Kilbourn Park (3501 N Kilbourn Ave)
We 07.23: 8:30p Ride Along, Sumner Park (4320 W 5th Ave)
We 07.23: 8:30p The Little Rascals, Mann Park (3035 E 130st St)
We 07.23: 9p Family Fun Film, Pottawattomie Park (7340 N Rogers Ave)
Th 07.24: 8:30p Despicable Me 2, Fuller Park (331 W 45th St)
Th 07.24: 8:30p Turbo, Rainey Park (4350 W 79th St)
Th 07.24: 8p Star Trek: Into Darkness, Bartelme, Mary Park (115 S Sangamon St).
http://bedno.com/mind/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Now playing.
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, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, RoboCop, Her, Lego Movie, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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