Shakespeare's Best (since 2012). -2017.08.27 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Presenting a 75-minute abridged production of Romeo and Juliet. Fr 07.28: Polk Park Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, 7pm Su 07.30: Ellis Park, 3520 S Cottage Grove Ave, 4pm We 08.02: Gage Park, 2411 W 55th St, 6:30pm Th 08.03: Kelvyn Park, 4438 W Wrightwood Ave, 6:30pm. chicagoshakes.comVarious City Parks. chicagoparkdistrict.comMAPSHARE
SysAdmin Day (since 2000). Last Friday in July Yearly.
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, ... fiestadelsol.org312/666-2663, 1400 W. Cermak Rd. Pilsen. MAPSHARE
*Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making our 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. massup.us/ccmDaley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop. chicagocriticalmass.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Group Skate. 2nd/Last Fridays 21+ Free 7:30p.
Intermediate through advanced bladers come join the monthly group skate. Be able to skate some near traffic and do a distance of 10-12 miles. Helmet required, other protective gear and water recommended. Weather permitting. ChicagoSkater.orgDaley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn. MAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins Electronica/Indie Alternative dance music. 07.28: "GeekHaus: Gaytality!" cosplay variety show and fan event 10p-midnt. Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop. berlinchicago.comMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Fr/Sa 18+ $20-40 10p.
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties. Catch the up-close magic show at 7:30p. kisskisscabaret.comUptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway. uptownunderground.netMAPSHARE
Fun Bands at the Beer Garden nightly. All ages. Free.
We 07.26: Jamiah Rogers and Joanna Connor 5:15-9:30pm. Th 07.27: Pier Dance The Little Queens and Tina Go-go 7-9pm. Fr 07.28: 97nine and Mank N Sass 5:30-11:30pm. Sa 07.29: Rocks Off and Guests (W/ Soul Committee and Marvin "Maestro" Weathersby) 2-11:30pm. Su 07.30: Old Town School Of Folk Willy Dynomite and Los Vicios 2-8pm. We 08.02: Sheryl Youngblood and Nick Bell 5:15-9:30pm. Th 08.03: Pier Dance Euphony and Guest 7-9pm. Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Miller Beer Garden at the Tip. navypier.comMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2017.09.17 Yearly.
We 07.26: Stephen Stills \ Judy Collins \ Numa Edema. PAV 8:00p Th 07.27: Apollo's Fire: Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Rediscovered. MT 7:30p Fr 07.28: CSO with Christoph Eschenbach: Ray Chen plays Mendelssohn Concerto; Marisol Montalvo sings Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915; Mendelssohn "Reformation" Symphony. PAV 8:00p Sa 07.29: CSO with Christoph Eschenbach-Gala Benefit Evening: Dvorak Carnival Overture & Symphony 8; Lang Lang plays Rachmaninoff Concerto 1. PAV 7:00p Mo 07.31: Pierre-Laurent Aimard: Messiaen Catalogue d'oiseaux. MT 7:00p Tu 08.01: CSO with Gianandrea Noseda: Smetana The Moldau; Strauss Rosenkavalier; Ravel La valse; Denis Matsuev plays Rachmaninoff Paganini Rhapsody. PAV 8:00p We 08.02: Danish Quartet & Juho Pohjonen: Shostakovich Piano Quintet; Haydn & Beethoven quartets. MT 7:30p Th 08.03: RSMI Singers: Celebrating Finnish independence in song. BGH 6:00p Th 08.03: CSO with Pinchas Zukerman: plays and conducts Mozart Concerto 3 & Elgar Chansons; Tchaikovsky Symphony 4. PAV 8:00p. Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra. ravinia.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2017.09.14 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. chicagosummerdance.orgGrant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2017.08.20 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 several days a week. 312/742-7638 grantparkmusicfestival.comGrant Park, Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Train, bus or cab. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Bands at Montrose Beach. Daily. -2017.08.31 Yearly. All ages. Free 7p.
Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2017.09.03 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. renfair.com/bristolMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
*Long Grove Chocolate Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p.
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. visitlonggrove.comMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
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