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Saturday 2015.05.23 ^
* International Mister Leather competition (since 1979). -Monday Yearly.
Huge leather market, events all day, hot parties at select clubs, tough tourists. Registration Thursday, opening Friday, Pre-judging Saturday, finals Sunday, party at House of Blues.
http://www.imrl.com
Congress Plaza Hotel, 312/427-3800, 520 S Michigan.
http://congressplazahotel.com
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* "Feminism (n.): Plural" -2015.06.25 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Art rethinking what feminism is, was, and can be.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.
http://womanmade.org/calexhibits.html
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Belmont/Sheffield Music Festival (since 1985). -Sunday Yearly. 18-34 Free? 12-10p.
Continuous live acts, beloved local bands, food, beer, shopping.
http://chicagoevents.com
Belmont and Sheffield. Belmont train stop.
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* Memorial Day Parade (since 1870). Yearly. All ages. Free 12p.
150 units, a dozen bands, veterans distributing flags and poppies, some 25000 participants expected. Wreath laying ceremony at 11a. Note that Grant Park features a statue of General Logan, who first officially recognized this day.
http://www.chicagoparades.us
State Street from Lake to Van Buren.
http://www.cityofchicago.org
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* March Against Monsanto (since 2012). Yearly. 1p.
Stupefyingly evil. Inaction is complicity. Wear red, or costumes, and bring signs, props, drums... Bees, Butterflies & Ladybugs welcome.
http://bedno.com/fb/465178803631421
Federal Plaza, 220 S Dearborn. At Adams.
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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.
05.23: Red Hollywood - Were There Communists in the Film Industry? with short clips.
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Hilltop Restaurant, 2800 W Foster. At California.
http://facebook.com/HilltopChicago
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New Kids on the Block w/ TLC & Nelly. -Sunday All ages. $? 7p.
http://nkotb.com
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://allstatearena.com/calendar
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** Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir. "Faster! Monsanto Die! Die!" All ages. 8-9:30p.
90-minute show with 20 singers and a 3 piece band, resembles a church service but with a wild brand of punk gospel fit for the staunchest secularist. Applied their signature musical activism to counteracting big corporations' role in climate disruption and mass extinction, attracting critical and popular acclaim and threats of serious jail time.
The Peoples Church of Chicago, 773/784-6633, 941 W Lawrence Ave.
http://peopleschurchchicago.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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Lord of the Raves. 21+ Free 10p-2:45a.
"The first installment in a series on the quest of a journey into total euphoria - A night of Dirty Dubstep & DNB by Lords: 10p: Dharoks, Olek Dawiskim; 11p: Manthon Phenance, James Sexton & Diego Meow Olague; 12a: Genral, Peace Patton; 1a: Elohim, Neo Nav; 2a: Dead Fire, Carlos Secor & Ryan Michael Landers; Flow artists welcome on stage. Plus enough Lasers and bass and gogo's for any King & Mistress!"
http://bedno.com/fb/749226798509692
Gallery Cabaret, 773/489-5471, 2020 N Oakley. Bucktown, near Blue line Western stop.
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Furball. 21+ $16-20+ 11:30p-?a.
Open to all bears, cubs, leather daddies, hipsters and those who love them.
http://bedno.com/fb/825537794181986
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://metrochicago.com/shows
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Midnight Marauders ride. 18+ Leaves after 11:30p-?a.
"Drinking club with a biking problem" Home after dawn.
http://thechainlink.org/group/midnightmarauders
Billy Goat Tavern, 312/222-1525, 430 N Michigan. Lower Hubbard.
http://billygoattavern.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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Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Fr/Sa 18+ $10-25 10p+12a.
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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Seasonal ^
Cubs home games. -2015.09.27.
Mo 05.25: 1:20p Nationals WGN
Tu 05.26: 6:05p Nationals
We 05.27: 7:05p Nationals
Fr 05.29: 3:05p Royals.
http://cubs.com
Wrigley Field, 773/404-CUBS, 1060 W Addision.
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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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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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LakeView Mayfest (since 1996). 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. 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 ^
"Tomorrowland" now playing.
George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Judy Greer, ...
http://movies.disney.com/tomorrowland
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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Now playing.
Mad Max: Fury Road, Age of Ultron, Ride, Welcome to Me, The Age of Adaline, Ex Machina, While We're Young, Cinderella, Chappie, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Jupiter Ascending, SpongeBob 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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