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Friday 2016.07.29 ^
SysAdmin Day (since 2000). Last Friday in July Yearly.
System Administrator Appreciation Day.
http://sysadminday.com
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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, ...
http://fiestadelsol.org
312/666-2663, 1400 W. Cermak Rd. Pilsen.
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Tall Ships. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $8-15 11a-8p.
Over a dozen magnificent sailing vessels on display. Public tours and cruises.
http://www.navypier.com/tallshipschicago/
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.
http://www.navypier.com
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* Lollapalooza. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $90-850 12-10p.
Over 100 bands across eight stages and three days.
http://lollapalooza.com
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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* Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their 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.
http://massup.us/ccm
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.
http://chicagocriticalmass.org
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LCD Soundsystem. -Saturday 18+ $36+ 2 nites 11p.
http://lcdsoundsystem.com
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://metrochicago.com/shows
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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.
Fr 07.29: Vs. Mariners.
Sa 07.30: Vs. Mariners.
Su 07.31: Vs. Mariners.
Mo 08.01: Vs. Marlins.
Tu 08.02: Vs. Marlins.
We 08.03: Vs. Marlins.
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 07.29: CSO: James Cameron's Titanic in concert. Complete film shown while James Horner's score is played live. 7:00p.
Sa 07.30: CSO: James Cameron's Titanic in concert. Complete film shown while James Horner's score is played live. 7:00p.
Su 07.31: Buddy Guy / Jeff Beck. 7:00p.
Mo 08.01: Matthew Polenzani, Tenor: Songs by Liszt, Ravel, Satie, and Barber. 7:30p.
Tu 08.02: CSO: Gustavo Gimeno: Dvorak's "New World" Symphony; Daniil Trifonov: Schumann's Piano Concerto. 8:00p.
We 08.03: CSO: Jeff rey Kahane plays/conducts Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue; Bernstein's and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. 8:00p.
Th 08.04: Danielle de Niese, Soprano: Songs by Mozart, Grieg, Poulenc, and Bizet. 7:30p.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra.
http://www.ravinia.org
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Shakespeare's Best (since 2012). -2016.08.14 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Presenting a 75-minute abridged production of Twelfth Night.
Fr 07.29: Washington Park, 5531 S Russell Dr, 6:30pm
Sa 07.30: Frank J. Wilson Park, 4630 N Milwaukee Ave, 6:30pm
Su 07.31: Frank J. Wilson Park, 4630 N Milwaukee Ave, 4:00pm
We 08.03: Marquette Park, 6743 S Kedzie Ave, 6:30pm
Th 08.04: Piotrowski Park, 4247 W 31st St, 6:30pm.
http://chicagoshakes.com
Various City Parks.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com
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Summer Vacation. -2016.09.05 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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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 07.29: St Jams
Sa 07.30: The Hurtin Kind
Su 07.31: Breezy Rodio.
http://facebook.com/TheDockatMontroseBeach
Montrose Beach, 200 W Montrose Harbor Dr.
http://thedockatmontrosebeach.com
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* Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2016.08.20 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.
312/742-7638 http://grantparkmusicfestival.com
Grant Park, Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Train, bus or cab.
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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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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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Chicago Pro Beach Volleyball (since 1992). Sa/Su -2016.08.13 10hrs 7a.
773-EVP-1198 http://www.chicagovolleyball.com
North Avenue Beach, 1800 N Lakeshore.
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Millennium Park Concerts. Mo/Th -2016.08.25 Yearly. All ages. Free 6:30p.
Two extraordinary bands nightly.
Mo 08.01: Jose Gonzalez + Tall Heights
Th 08.04: Sinkane + Mark de Clive-Lowe.
http://tinyurl.com/chidts2016
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown.
http://millenniumpark.org
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Ongoing ^
"Bad Moms" now playing.
Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith, ...
http://badmomstickets.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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"Jason Bourne" now playing.
W/ Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, ...
http://jasonbournemovie.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 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.
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, TMNT: Out of the Shadows, Alice Through the Looking Glass, X-Men: Apocalypse, Maggie's Plan, The Nice Guys, Money Monster, The Lobster, Keanu, ...
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.
08.02: West Side Story.
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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