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Friday 2014.08.22 ^
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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Boulevard Festival. -Sunday Ages? ~$10+ Fr 5-10p, Sa noo-10p, Su noon-9p.
Two eclectic stages of indie rock, bluegrass, funk and live band electronic music presented by Silver Wrapper.
http://boulevardfestival.com
Logan Square, 3100 W Logan Blvd.
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Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2014.09.07 Yearly.
Fr 08.22: 6p Maggie Brown: Tribute to Oscar Brown Jr.
Fr 08.22: 7p Train, The Wallflowers.
Sa 08.23: 7p Train, The Wallflowers.
Sa 08.23: 2p Rachel Barton Pine: Bach and Before, Part I.
Sa 08.23: 8p Rachel Barton Pine: Bach and Before, Part II.
Su 08.24: 2p Rachel Barton Pine, Violin, Mike Block, Cello.
Mo 08.25: 6p Pedja Muzijevic, Piano: Chopin's 24 Preludes.
Tu 08.26: 6p Juho Pohjonen, Piano: Fantasies and Sonatas.
Tu 08.26: 7p Surf and Soul: The Beach Boys, The Temptations.
We 08.27: 6:30p Retro Futura Tour 2014: Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina.
We 08.27: 8p Anthony de Mare: Sondheim Re-imagined for Piano.
Th 08.28: 6p Ashu, Saxophone.
Th 08.28: 6:30p ZZ Top, Jeff Beck.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra.
http://www.ravinia.org
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* Wizard World Comic-Con. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $20-40 10a-6p.
Hundreds of comics and collectibles vendors, special featured guest, popular cartoonists, and famous actors.
http://wizardworld.com
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 847/268-2000, 5555 N River Road, Rosemont. Formerly the Rosemont Convention Center.
http://rosemont.com/donald_e_stephens_convention_center.php
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"Uproar Fest" Yearly. All ages. $20-100 1p.
Rockstar Energy Drink presents Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, ...
http://rockstaruproar.com
FMWB Amphitheatre, 708/614-1616, 19100 South Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park. I-80 and Harlem Avenue, South Suburban, expect heavy traffic.
http://firstmidwestbankamphitheatre.com
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Supernatural Chicago (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fridays 21+ $25 7:30-9p.
Hosted by Necromancer Neil Tobin. Hear true Chicago stories of the unexplained, brought to life through audience-involving demonstrations of telepathy, clairvoyance, mediumship and magic -- at one of Chicago's most haunted nightspots. Price includes the show plus two drinks and general admission to the club.
800/979-3370 http://SupernaturalChicago.com
Excalibur, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn. Downtown, valet or pay.
http://www.excaliburchicago.com
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Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
Greg Haus spins Electro / Progressive / Breaks / Alternative / Electronica.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.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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Bike Chicago (since 1991). Five months of events to promote the health, economic and environmental benefits of bicycling. -2014.09.30 Yearly.
Participate in any of many events. Helmet sale and Police auction, workshops and safety checks, lectures and clinics, neighborhood tours and family events, contests and stunt shows, parades and more!! Mayor's Office of Special Events, see site or call.
312/744-3315 http://bikechicago.us
Various City Locations.
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Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2014.10.31 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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Summer Vacation. -2014.08.29 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2014.09.14 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.
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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Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2014.08.31 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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FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2014.10.29 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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Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2014.10.31 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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Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2014.09.14 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.
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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FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2014.10.29 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p UNCONFIRMED
Visible anywhere near the lake.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
http://navypier.com
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Summer Vacation. -2015.08.29 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2015.08.30 Yearly. All ages. $8-16+ Coupons online. 10a-7p UNCONFIRMED
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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Ongoing ^
"Are You Here" now playing.
Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, ...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1545754
Theaters Everywhere.
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"Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" now playing.
Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert. Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Christopher Lloyd, ...
http://sincity-2.com
Theaters Everywhere.
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* Cirque Shanghai. -2014.09.01 Yearly. All ages. $12-30+ We-Su various time.
The best acrobats from the most acclaimed troupes direct from China thrilling audiences with a stunning combination of circus arts set in a breathtaking full-scale theatrical performance.
312/902-1500 http://cirqueshanghai.com
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.
http://www.navypier.com
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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). -2014.09.13 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Nice films, neighbors, concessions. Print handy PDF.
Fr 08.22: 8p Man of Steel, Golden Gate Park (13000 S Eberhart Ave)
Fr 08.22: 8p Ride Along, Meyering Playground Park (7140 S MLK Dr)
Fr 08.22: 8p The Benchwarmers, Humboldt Park (1440 N Humboldt Dr)
Sa 08.23: 8p The Lego Movie, Mayfair Park (4550 W Sunnyside Ave)
Sa 08.23: 8p The Wizard of Oz, Oz Park (2021 N Burling St)
Su 08.24: 8p The Great Gatsby (2013), Palmer Park (201 E 111th St)
Su 08.24: 8p The Help, Hamilton Park (513 W 72nd St)
Mo 08.25: 8p Indiana Jones Temple of Doom, Grant Park (337 E Randolph St)
Mo 08.25: 8p The Amazing Spider-Man, Shedd Park (3660 W 23rd St)
Mo 08.25: 8p The Great Gatsby (2013), South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S South Shore Dr)
Tu 08.26: 6:30p Wizard of Oz, Pritzker Pavilion (55 N Michigan)
Tu 08.26: 8p Star Trek: Into Darkness, Emmerson Park (1820 W Granville Ave)
Tu 08.26: 8p Hunger Games Catching Fire, Lake Shore Park (808 N Lake Shore Dr)
Tu 08.26: 8p The Lego Movie, Ward, A. Montgomery Park (630 N Kingsbury St)
We 08.27: 8p 42, Burnside Park (9400 S Greenwood Ave)
We 08.27: 8p Cloudy With Meatballs 2, White (Willye B.) Park (1610 W Howard)
We 08.27: 8p Family Fun Film, Trebes Park (2250 N Clifton Ave)
We 08.27: 8p The Wiz, South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S South Shore Dr)
Th 08.28: 8p The Goonies, Holstein Park (2200 N Oakley Ave)
Th 08.28: 8p The Lego Movie, Chicago Women's Park and Gardens (1801 S Indiana Ave)
Th 08.28: 8p The Muppet Movie, Mandrake Park (900 E Pershing Rd).
http://bedno.com/mind/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Now playing.
Expendables 3, The Giver, Boyhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy, Hercules, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Life Itself, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Story of Aaron Swartz, Venus in Fur, 22 Jump Street, The Signal, Edge of Tomorrow, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Maleficent, Fed Up, X-Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, For No Good Reason, Transcendence, Captain America: Winter Soldier, , ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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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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Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2014.09.13 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk. UNCONFIRMED
Nice films, neighbors, concessions. Print handy PDF.
Fr 08.22: 8p Man of Steel, Golden Gate Park (13000 S Eberhart Ave)
Fr 08.22: 8p Ride Along, Meyering Playground Park (7140 S MLK Dr)
Fr 08.22: 8p The Benchwarmers, Humboldt Park (1440 N Humboldt Dr)
Sa 08.23: 8p The Lego Movie, Mayfair Park (4550 W Sunnyside Ave)
Sa 08.23: 8p The Wizard of Oz, Oz Park (2021 N Burling St)
Su 08.24: 8p The Great Gatsby (2013), Palmer Park (201 E 111th St)
Su 08.24: 8p The Help, Hamilton Park (513 W 72nd St)
Mo 08.25: 8p Indiana Jones Temple of Doom, Grant Park (337 E Randolph St)
Mo 08.25: 8p The Amazing Spider-Man, Shedd Park (3660 W 23rd St)
Mo 08.25: 8p The Great Gatsby (2013), South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S South Shore Dr)
Tu 08.26: 6:30p Wizard of Oz, Pritzker Pavilion (55 N Michigan)
Tu 08.26: 8p Star Trek: Into Darkness, Emmerson Park (1820 W Granville Ave)
Tu 08.26: 8p Hunger Games Catching Fire, Lake Shore Park (808 N Lake Shore Dr)
Tu 08.26: 8p The Lego Movie, Ward, A. Montgomery Park (630 N Kingsbury St)
We 08.27: 8p 42, Burnside Park (9400 S Greenwood Ave)
We 08.27: 8p Cloudy With Meatballs 2, White (Willye B.) Park (1610 W Howard)
We 08.27: 8p Family Fun Film, Trebes Park (2250 N Clifton Ave)
We 08.27: 8p The Wiz, South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S South Shore Dr)
Th 08.28: 8p The Goonies, Holstein Park (2200 N Oakley Ave)
Th 08.28: 8p The Lego Movie, Chicago Women's Park and Gardens (1801 S Indiana Ave)
Th 08.28: 8p The Muppet Movie, Mandrake Park (900 E Pershing Rd).
http://bedno.com/mind/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Now playing.
Expendables 3, The Giver, Boyhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy, Hercules, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Life Itself, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Story of Aaron Swartz, Venus in Fur, 22 Jump Street, The Signal, Edge of Tomorrow, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Maleficent, Fed Up, X-Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, For No Good Reason, Transcendence, Captain America: Winter Soldier, , ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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* Cirque Shanghai. -2015.09.01 Yearly. All ages. $12-30+ We-Su various time. UNCONFIRMED
The best acrobats from the most acclaimed troupes direct from China thrilling audiences with a stunning combination of circus arts set in a breathtaking full-scale theatrical performance.
312/902-1500 http://cirqueshanghai.com
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.
http://www.navypier.com
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