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Sunday 2016.08.28 ^
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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* Circus In The Parks. -2016.10.16 Yearly. All ages. $0-15 Shows at 2+5p.
Midnight Circus' world class troupe of clowns, contortionists, acrobats, etc perform just a few shows in each park.
08.27-28: Ogden Park, 6500 S Racine Ave, 3pm
09.03-04: Gately Park, 44 E 103rd St, 3pm
09.10-11: McKinley Park, 2210 W Pershing Rd, noon+3pm
09.16-18: Wicker Park, 1425 N Damen Ave, Fr 7pm Sa 2pm+5pm
09.24-25: Oriole Park, 5430 N Olcott Ave, 2pm+5pm
10.01-02: Independence Park, 3945 N Springfield Ave, 2pm+5pm
10.08-09: Hamlin Park, 3035 N Hoyne Ave, 2pm+5pm
10.14-16: Welles Park, 2333 W Sunnyside Ave, Fr 7pm Sa 2pm+5pm.
http://midnightcircus.net
http://tinyurl.com/circusintheparks
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Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sundays -2016.10.30 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. $$ Races start 7:30a.
Thousands expected. Cash prizes. May sell out. Big parties after.
http://chicagosupersprint.com
Lakefront at Foster.
http://www.caprievents.com
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Kids Triathlon (since 1991). Yearly. 7-14 $30+ Races start 9a.
Wonderful concept.
http://chicagokidstriathlon.com
Foster Beach. http://www.caprievents.com
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Bucktown Arts Fest (since 1986). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-7p.
"Great Art, Great Craft Brews"
http://bucktownartsfest.com
Senior Citizen Memorial Park, 2300 N Oakley. 2300 W Lyndale.
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Taste of Greece. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $3 12-11p.
Folk music, culture, meats and spices.
http://greektownchicago.org
Greektown, 400 S Halsted. Runs several blocks.
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International Gotopless day. Yearly. All ages. Free 1p.
Protests at beaches and parks worldwide demanding equal topfree rights for women.
http://gotopless.org
North Avenue Beach, 1601 N. Lake Shore Drive. "North of the Boat House"
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Chicago Bike Polo. Sundays All ages. Free 3-?p.
Pickup games in decommissioned tennis courts.
http://facebook.com/groups/311538882232633
Garfield Park, S Central Park Blvd at W Monroe St.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com
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Bruce Springsteen. All ages. $$$ 7:30p.
And The E Street Band, "The River" tour.
http://brucespringsteen.net
United Center, 1901 W Madison.
http://unitedcenter.com/calendar
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Burning Man. -2016.09.05 Yearly. 9p.
Many of my friends are away.
http://burningman.org
Black Rock City. Nevada.
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Garfunkel and Oates. 21+ $28-40 9p.
http://garfunkelandoates.com/
City Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph.
http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/
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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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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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Seasonal ^
Cubs home games. -2016.09.25.
Mo 08.29: Vs. Pirates.
Tu 08.30: Vs. Pirates.
We 08.31: Vs. Pirates.
Th 09.01: Vs. Giants.
http://cubs.com
Wrigley Field, 773/404-CUBS, 1060 W Addison.
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Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2016.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Mo: Loyola; Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park, Garfield Park, Willis; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North, Horner Park, more; Su: WickerPark;
http://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2016.09.17 Yearly.
Fr 08.26: Train / Andy Grammer. 7:00p.
Sa 08.27: Train / Andy Grammer. 7:00p.
Su 08.28: Seal. 7:00p.
Mo 08.29: "Something About Oscar" starring Morris Gearring: Birthday celebration of Oscar Brown Jr. 6:00p.
Tu 08.30: Dashon Burton, Bass-baritone: Songs of Struggle and Redemption. 6:00p.
Tu 08.30: Jack Gilpin / Andre Watts / David Shifrin / Ariel Quartet: An Unlikely Muse: The last inspiration of Johannes Brahms. 7:30p.
We 08.31: Dan Tepfer premiere with the Avalon String Quartet. 6:00p.
We 08.31: Jazz by pianist Dan Tepfer and saxophonist Ben Wendel. 8:00p.
Th 09.01: Ran Dank, Piano: Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody; Three mazurkas by Chopin; Sonatas by Beethoven and Liszt. 6:00p.
Th 09.01: Ms. Lauryn Hill. 7:30p.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra.
http://www.ravinia.org
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Summer Vacation. -2016.09.05 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2016.09.04 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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Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2016.09.11 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. -2016.08.31 Yearly. All ages. Free Mo-Tu,Th-Sa 7p, We 5p, Su 6:30p.
Plus beers, cocktails, dining.
Fr 8.26: Joynt Cheefs
Sa 8.27: The Mosquitos
Su 8.28: Breezy Rodio
Mo 8.29: Rio Bamba
Tu 8.30: Coyote Riot
We 8.31: Heavy Sancho.
http://facebook.com/TheDockatMontroseBeach
Montrose Beach, 200 W Montrose Harbor Dr.
http://thedockatmontrosebeach.com
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FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2016.09.03 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p.
Visible anywhere near the lake.
https://navypier.com/aon-summer-fireworks
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
http://navypier.com
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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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Festival Of The Lakes. -Sunday Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Major bands, carnival rides and games, foods, boating, etc. Surprisingly easily accessible by CTA+Metra
Fr 07.22: George Thorogood & The Destroyers. W/ Steepwater Band.
Sa 07.23: Ludacris. W/ Golden & Fitz Fonzarelli
Su 07.24: Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizarraga.
http://festival.gohammond.com
Wolf Park, 2398 S. Calumet Ave, Whiting IN.
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Ongoing ^
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). -2016.09.05 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Nice films, neighbors, popcorn. See the handy quick ref sched.
http://bedno.com/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Now playing.
Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World, Florence Foster Jenkins, Sausage Party, Nine Lives, Suicide Squad, Bad Moms, Jason Bourne, Star Trek Beyond, Absolutely Fabulous, Cafe Society, Equals, Ghostbusters, Captain Fantastic, Cell, Zero Days, The Legend of Tarzan, Independence Day: Resurgence, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, ...
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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FINAL Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
08.30: Audience Choice.
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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