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* Independence Day. Yearly.
Legal holiday. The Declaration of Independence from Great Britain was passed by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on this day in 1776. Typically observed with picnics and evening fireworks.
http://www.holidays.net/independence
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* Beacon of Freedom parade (since 1922). Yearly. All ages. Free 2p.
Evanston has an extraordinary Independence Day parade, rated among the nation's best. Over 100 floats many representing alternative interests. Come early, bring sunscreen.
http://www.evanston4th.org
North Evanston, Central Street and Central Park Avenue, Evanston. Marches East to Ashland. Easily reached by Purple line and Metra.
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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.
07.04: There is No Such Thing as On-Line Privacy: When You Log On, So Do They.
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://berlinchicago.com
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Seasonal ^
Cubs home games. -2015.09.27.
Fr 07.03: 1:20p Marlins
Sa 07.04: 6:15p Marlins FOX
Su 07.05: Marlins
Mo 07.06: 7:05p Cardinals WGN
Tu 07.07: 7:05p Cardinals
We 07.08: 7:05p Cardinals.
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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Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2015.09.20 Yearly.
Fr 07.03: Miriam Fried, Midori and Friends: Brahms and Schubert (8p)
Su 07.05: Yundi, Piano: Beethoven's "Appassionata" Sonata (2p)
Su 07.05: The Knights / Dawn Upshaw, Soprano: Folk songs and dances (7p)
Mo 07.06: Brian Wilson / Rodriguez (7:30p)
Tu 07.07: Jeffrey Kahane, Piano: Bach's "Goldberg" Variations (8p)
We 07.08: CSO/One Score, One Chicago: Bobby McFerrin conducts Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with soprano Nicole Cabell and vocalist Brian Stokes Mitchell (8p)
Th 07.09: Vladimir Feltsman, Piano: All-Schumann evening (8p).
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra.
http://www.ravinia.org
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Summer Vacation. -2015.09.07 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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Naperville Rib Fest. -2015.07.05 Yearly. All ages. $0-10 12-10p.
Big fest with over a dozen barbeque vendors (Ribbers) and other treats and merchandise. Also carnival rides, and diverse kids entertainment including dog acts, tumblers, magic and more. "To promote Americanism, enrich community life through leisure activities ... promote a strong family unit and support prevention of child abuse and domestic violence in all forms."
http://ribfest.net
Knoch Park, Martin Ave at S West St, Naperville.
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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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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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Downtown Sound. Mo/Th -2015.07.23 All ages. Free 6:30p.
Two extraordinary bands nightly.
Th 07.02: Antibalas + Sonny Knight and The Lakers
Mo 07.06: King Sunny Ade + Mathew Tembo
Th 07.09: Judah & the Lion.
http://tinyurl.com/chidts2015
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown.
http://millenniumpark.org
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Ongoing ^
"Terminator Genisys" now playing.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, Brett Azar, ...
http://terminatormovie.com
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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Movies and Beer. -Thursday 18+ $5+.
San Andreas: Fr 10:15p, Su 5:30+10:15p, Mo-Th 7p.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Su 3+7p, Mo-Th 9p.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.
http://brewview.com
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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.
Ted 2, Inside Out, Jurassic World, Love & Mercy, Tomorrowland, Mad Max: Fury Road, Age of Ultron, Ride, Welcome to Me, The Age of Adaline, Ex Machina, While We're Young, ...
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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Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
07.07: Big Night.
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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