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Thursday 2015.07.30 ^
Atomic Sketch Event (since 2008). Live Art. Last Thursdays 21+ Free 6-10p.
Established and emerging artists of various disciplines display, create and sell original new works at bargain prices. Drop-in artists welcome.
http://atomicsketch.com
Green Eye Lounge, 773/227-8851, 2403 W. Homer St. Near Blue Line Western.
http://greeneyelounge.com
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** Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 7:30-10:15p.
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend.
http://fullmoonjam.org
4960 N Simonds Dr Betwix Foster and Lawrence in grass near lake.
http://bedno.com/fullmoons
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"Unbridled" Thursdays 21+ $10 8p-2a.
"Unleash your inhibitions at Unbridled - a fun, funky, freaky evening of titillating variety." DJs with vaudevillian, burlesque and extreme acts throughout the bar.
http://facebook.com/UnbridledatUntitled
Untitled, 312/880-1511, 111 W. Kinzie.
http://untitledchicago.com
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Australian Pink Floyd. All ages. $25-200+ 8p.
W/ Led Zeppelin 2. World-class tribute acts.
http://australianpinkfloydshow.com
Northerly Island Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr.
http://charteronepavilion.com
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Improvised Shakespeare. Fr/Th 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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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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