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Monday 2018.05.21
Shavuot. Jewish holiday. -2018.05.21 Yearly. Two nights, sunset to sunset.
Commemorates the revelation of the Torah at Sinai. Date varies each year.
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Tuesday 2018.05.22
Sweets & Snack Expo (since 1884). National Confectioners Association. -Thursday Yearly. 9a-5p.
Candy industry or connected only.
703/790-5750 allcandyexpo.comMcCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore. Lakeside Center.
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Friday 2018.05.25
Ascension Day. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
A Christian holiday, 40 days after easter. Commemorates the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven.
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* 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.
chi.bikeDaley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.
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Saturday 2018.05.26
Belmont/Sheffield Music Festival (since 1985). -Sunday Yearly. $? 12-10p.
Continuous live acts, beloved local bands, food, beer, shopping.
chicagoevents.com/events/belmont-sheffield-music-festBelmont and Sheffield. Belmont train stop.
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* Memorial Day Parade (since 1870). Yearly. All ages. Free 12p.
150 units, a dozen bands, veterans distributing flags and poppies, some 25000 participants expected. Wreath laying ceremony at 11a. Note that Grant Park features a statue of General Logan, who first officially recognized this day.
tinyurl.com/chiparadesState Street from Lake to Van Buren.
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FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2018.09.01 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p.
Visible anywhere near the lake.
navypier.com/aon-summer-fireworksNavy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
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Sunday 2018.05.27
*** Bike The Drive (since 2002). Yearly. All ages. $35+ 5:30a-10:15a.
Ride on L.S.D., closed to cars. Tens of thousands participate. Pre-reg and ID and cash and helmet required. Vendors and parties after.
312/42-PEDAL bikethedrive.orgUpper Hutchinson Field, Columbus and Balbo. Near Buckingham Fountain.
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Monday 2018.05.28
Memorial Day. Last Monday in May Yearly.
Legal Holiday. Honors United States military personnel who died in wars. Formerly called Decoration Day, observed since the civil war. Parades, flags fly at half mast, ceremonies at veteran's graves. Major picnic and veg-e-q day.
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Tuesday 2018.05.29
Full "Flower" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 9:30a.
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* Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 6:30-9:30p.
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend.
fullmoonjam.org4960 N Simonds Dr Betwix Foster and Lawrence in grass near lake.
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Thursday 2018.05.31
* World No Tobacco Day (since 1988). Leave the pack behind. Yearly.
Sponsored by the World Health Organization.
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Friday 2018.06.01
Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2018.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Mo: Loyola; Tu: ColumbusPark, FederalPlaza, LincolnSquare; We: Andersonville, GreenCity, Lawndale, Pullman, Ravenswood; Th: Daley Plaza, Argyle, Austin, GarfieldPark, HydePark; Sa: Division&Dearborn, Edgewater, GarfieldPark, HornerPark, more; Su: Glenwood&Morse, IndependencePark, LoganSquare, WickerPark, Pilsen, PortagePark;
chicagofarmersmarkets.usVarious city locations.
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Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2018.09.07 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Nice films, neighbors, popcorn. See the handy quick ref sched.
bedno.com/movies/parksVarious Chicago parks.
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Southside Critical Mass. 1st Fridays All ages Free 5:45p UNCONFIRMED
A fun, free, group bike ride.
facebook.com/SSCritMassNichols Park Plaza, 1300 E 55th St. At Kimbark.
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Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2018.09.14 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p UNCONFIRMED
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.
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Group Skate. 1st/3rd 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.
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Saturday 2018.06.02
LaGrange Pet Parade (since 1947). Yearly. All ages. Free 9:30a-11a.
Old and light-hearted parade includes participant's animals of all sorts.
lagrangepetparade.orgE Cossitt Ave at S LaGrange Rd, LaGrange.
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Sunday 2018.06.03
Pedal To Pullman Cycling Tour. $25 8a.
Adventure Cycling Tours visits the first successful working factory city in the US and nearby art. With breaks and lunch and walking tour -5pm, ~40 miles averaging <12mph.
The Spoke & Bird, 929/263-2473, 205 E 18th St.
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Tuesday 2018.06.05
* World Environment Day. Reflect on global environmental concerns. Yearly.
Anniversary of first UN Conference on Human Environment in 1972.
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Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
06.05: Hairspray 6:30pm.
bedno.com/movies/parks?pritzJay Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown.
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Wednesday 2018.06.06
D-Day. Yearly.
Anniversary of 1944 Allied troops invasion of Normandy France.
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Friday 2018.06.08
Andersonville Midsommarfest (since 1966). Nice Swedish-ish neighborhood party. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 (donation) 11a-10p.
Dozens of vendors, ethnic food, assorted bands, pet parade, family activities come, in a great shopping area.
773/728-2995 starevents.comAndersonville, Clark from Foster to Balmorol.
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Saturday 2018.06.09
Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $25 7p UNCONFIRMED
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
tributosaurus.comMartyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
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**** World Naked Bike Ride (since 2004). 2nd Saturday in June Yearly. Gather after 6p, ride 8-11:30p.
Massive bike (+skate) event celebrating freedom from oil and the beauty of people, held globally in dozens of cities. Chicago draws thousands of riders over a dozen miles sharing our joyful visions. Bare-as-you-dare from body paint to fanciful costumes to whimsy. Just be responsible.
CYCLISTS: Check-in to be announced.
DETAILS: http://ChicagoNakedRide.org/about
Ridecasting on Chi.Bike live day-of. @ChiNakedRide and #WNBRC on Twitter.
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* Nocturna (since 1988). THE Electro/Goth gathering. Monthly. 18+ $10+ 11:30p-5a.
DJ Scary Lady Sarah spinning goth, darkwave, dark indie, deathrock, industrial, new wave, electro, ... Nicely decorated, often a special guest and giveaways. A tight but welcoming community of several hundred intriguing individuals.
facebook.com/groups/15090361526Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
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Sunday 2018.06.10
Wells Street Art Festival (since 1975). Over 250 fine artists, food, music. Yearly. $0-5 10a-10p UNCONFIRMED
See site for band schedule.
chicagoevents.com773/868-3010, Wells between North and Division.
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Saturday 2018.06.16
*** Artists of the Wall Festival (since 1994). Bands, vendors, artists, neighbors. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $30+ Always sells out. 8:30a-8p.
Participants paint over 100 mural segments from Pratt to Morse (spaces sell out). Some prizes, mostly fun. One of my ABSOLUTE favorite fests! Blade/bike path, good parks and beach, good bands and acts, veggie friendly and near a Heartland branch. Judging 2pm Sunday.
artistsofthewall.comLoyola Park, 1230 W Greenleaf. Around 6900 N on the lake.
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Custer Fair (since 1972). Big happy art/music/food/fun fair. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $1 suggested donation. 10a-9p.
Evanston's largest and oldest outdoor event known for diverse and unique features. Kid friendly. "fest of chompin' stompin' and shoppin' isn't just any old street fair." - Chicago Sun Times.
847/328-2204 facebook.com/custerfairMain Street Station Shopping District in Evanston, IL, 847/328-22100, 600 Main St, Evanston. CTA Main St. Purple line and Metra Main Street Stops.
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* Pridefest (since 2003). -Sunday Yearly. 11a-10p.
Bands, vendors, pets, glitter and drag.
northalsted.com/eventsBoystown. Halsted & Waveland.
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Sunday 2018.06.17
* Fathers' Day. 3rd Sunday in June Yearly.
Honor and be kind to fathers.
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Model Rocket Launching (since 1963). 3rd Sundays All ages. Free 2-5p.
Deeply validates geekness. All skill levels. BYOL (Bring Your Own Launcher). Northern Illinois Rocketry Association hosted. Held away from population centers, only a few launches a year.
nirarocketry.orgEast Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355.
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Puerto Rican Day Parade (since 1967). Also on ABC. Yearly. All ages. Free 2:30p UNCONFIRMED
773/292-1414 tinyurl.com/chiparadesDivision from Western to Sacramento
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Tuesday 2018.06.19
Juneteenth. Yearly.
Date on which the freedom of the slaves was formally announced in Texas in 1865, more than two years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War.
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Wednesday 2018.06.20
Emancipation Day. Yearly.
Day observing the end of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln declared all slaves free on January 1st, 1863.
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Summer Vacation. -2018.09.05 Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
cps.eduChicago Public Schools.
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Thursday 2018.06.21
* Summer Solstice. Yearly. 8:30p.
Longest day/shortest night, official start of summer.
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Friday 2018.06.22
Strawberry Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p.
Strawberry foods, drinks and treats everywhere. Entertainment on two stages. 80 shops, galleries, restaurants. Well managed popular family event in a lovely town.
starevents.comHistoric Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban.
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Saturday 2018.06.23
Midsummer Eve. Yearly.
Observed in Europe, celebrates the return of summer.
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* Fountain Square Art Festival (since 1980). Lots of quality art, food and bands. -Sunday Yearly. 10a-10p.
About 300 artists, strictly juried.
chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=123Church St. and Sherman Ave, 800 W Church St, Evanston. Purple line Davis stop.
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Sunday 2018.06.24
*** Gay Pride Parade and Festival (since 1970). One of the nation's largest. Last Sunday in June Yearly. All ages. Free 12p.
Hundreds of floats, thousands of flamboyantly happy people. Special events at all area bars and restaurants, major after-parties. Wear sun screen. Typically goes S on Broadway, S on Halsted, E on Belmont, S on Broadway, E on Diversey to Cannon Drive.
773/348-8243 chicagopride.gopride.comUptown, 4400 N Broadway. At Montrose.
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Wednesday 2018.06.27
Full "Strawberry" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 11:45p.
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Saturday 2018.06.30
* Tour de Fat. Party and performance event promoting Fat Tire beer. Yearly. $?
Newer new format and location. Benefits local community.
facebook.com/TourDeFatHumboldt Park, California and Division.
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Sunday 2018.07.01
Pothole Art Bike Tour. $25 9a.
Adventure Cycling Tours uniquely Chicago urban treasure hunt touring Jim Bachor stunning and sometimes snarky mosaic works. With breaks and lunch -5pm, ~30 miles averaging <12mph.
bedno.com/fb/331647097348013Thorndale Red Line stop (CTA), 1118 W Thorndale.
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Wednesday 2018.07.04
* 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.
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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.
evanston4th.orgNorth Evanston, Central Street and Central Park Avenue, Evanston. Marches East to Ashland. Easily reached by Purple line and Metra.
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Friday 2018.07.06
Earth at Aphelion. Our orbit's farthest point from the sun. Yearly.
Fortunately by cosmic standards we're close (3.4%?) to circular at 147.5-152.6Mkm (91.7-94.8Mmi).
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Sunday 2018.07.08
FINAL WEEKEND! Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2018.09.02 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.
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Tuesday 2018.07.10
Nikola Tesla Day (since 2002). Yearly.
Honoring one of history's greatest inventors.
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Wednesday 2018.07.11
Taste Of Chicago (since 1981). Beer, meat, people, major bands. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free entry. 10a-9p.
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.
tasteofchicago.usGrant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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Saturday 2018.07.14
Southport Art&Music Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 12-10p.
Mix of fine art by day and bumpin' music at night "for a picture-perfect Chicago neighborhood street festival."
starevents.com3700 N Southport Ave At Waveland.
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Sunday 2018.07.15
Evanston's Ethnic Arts Fest (since 1986). Yearly. All ages. Free 12-7p UNCONFIRMED
"60-country flag parade, ethnic delicacies from Thai to Soul, performances from Norwegian dancing to Japanese drums attract over 20,000... Over 125 visual artists display and sell... with the sounds of blues, Irish melodies or Polish dancing on two stages... family arts area for hands on involvement and... poetry reading... a trip around the world!"
Dawes Park, 847/448-8058, Church street at the lakefront, Evanston.
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Monday 2018.07.16
Chinatown Summer Fair (since 1980). Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-8p UNCONFIRMED
Featuring cultural entertainment, kid stuff, arts and crafts, shopping, street vendors, taste of China, more. Lion Dance at 12:30p.
Chinatown Square, 2130 S Archer. Wentworth from Cermak to 24th.
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Thursday 2018.07.19
Festival Of The Lakes. -Sunday Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Major bands, carnival rides and games, foods, boating, etc. Surprisingly easily accessible by CTA+Metra.
festival.gohammond.comWolf Park, 2398 S. Calumet Ave, Whiting IN.
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Friday 2018.07.20
Anniversary of First Moon Landing (since 1969). Yearly.
Apollo 11 was launched on July 16th, 1969, carrying astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. and Michael Collins. The spacecraft landed in the Mare Tranquillitatis at 3:17 PM CDT on July 20th. At 9:56 PM Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, issuing the now famous phrase "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Aldrin followed shortly while Collins remained in the orbiting command module.
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* Pitchfork Music Festival. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $15-35+ May sell out. 1-9p.
Dozens of bands on several stages.
pitchforkmusicfestival.comUnion Park, 1501 W Randolph.
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Friday 2018.07.27
Full "Buck" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 3:30p.
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Saturday 2018.07.28
* Pierogi Ride (since 2008). Yearly. 10a-6p UNCONFIRMED
Bike (leisurely 18mi each way) to PierogiFest in Whiting, IN.
thechainlink.org/events/ride-to-pierogi-festNorth Side of Field Museum, 312/922-9410, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr. At Roosevelt.
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Wednesday 2018.08.01
International Clown Week. -2018.08.06 Yearly.
Proclaimed in 1971 by Nixon. "I urge the people of the United States recognize the contributions made by clowns in their entertainment at children's hospitals, charitable institutions, for the mentally retarded, and generally helping to lift the spirits and boost the morale of our people." Observed Sunday with a ceremony at Showmen's Rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.
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Thursday 2018.08.02
* Lollapalooza. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $90-850 12-10p.
Over 100 bands across eight stages and three days.
lollapalooza.comGrant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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Sunday 2018.08.05
Graffiti and Gears Cycling Tour. $25 9a.
Adventure Cycling Tours art tour visiting murals, graffiti walls, street art. With breaks and lunch -5pm, 10-50 miles averaging <12mph.
bedno.com/fb/1982310072086198Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
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Monday 2018.08.06
Hiroshima day (since 1945). Yearly.
On this day in 1945, an American bomber "Enola Gay" made the first wartime use of an atomic weapon. A single bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, destroying it completely. This day is often used for anti-nuclear protests worldwide. Watch for symbolic body outlines drawn on the ground in major cities.
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Wednesday 2018.08.08
* Happiness Happens Day (since 1999). Yearly. All ages. Free.
(aka "HappyThon") Real event pursuing proclamation, sponsored by the "Secret Society of Happy People" to rebuff popular cynicism. Smile at strangers. Generally observed all August as "Happiness Happens" month.
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Friday 2018.08.10
Retro on Roscoe (since 1995). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 (donation) 12-10p.
Antique cars, handmade crafts, retro music, kids activities, plenty of food, chilli cookoff, dozens of bands at three stages.
773/665-4682 starevents.comRoscoe from Damen to Hamilton
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Saturday 2018.08.11
Bud Billiken Day Parade (since 1929). On ABC&WGN, w/ mayor. 2nd Saturday in August Yearly. All ages. Free 2.5hr 10a UNCONFIRMED
Dozens of floats, marching bands and drill teams. One of the city's largest parades.
budbillikenparade.orgWashington Park, King Drive from 39th to 55th.
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Northalsted Market Days (since 1982). Big crowded boystown fest. -Sunday Yearly. $? 11a-10p.
Over 400 vendors, 25 entertainers, bands at three stages, food from 55 restaurants, six city blocks, 17 entrances, 250K expected. Minimal clothing. Good blading on closed streets after closing.
Boystown, 773/868-3010, Belmont and Halsted. Runs North to Addison. Easy train access.
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Sunday 2018.08.12
SlutWalk. Yearly. All ages. Free 12-4p UNCONFIRMED
"March in support of education and against intolerance. Aims to combat the myth of 'the slut' and the culture of victim blaming"
bedno.com/fb/400081887058435Lake Shore Park. 808 N. Lake Shore Drive.
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Perseid meteorite shower peak day. -Thursday Yearly. 12a.
Look south and up somewhere dark after midnight. Hard to see in the city. Go camping.
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Friday 2018.08.17
* Glenwood Ave Arts Fest (since 2002). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 12-9p.
Arts, crafts, music, theatre, bands, numerous quality entertainers for kids.
glenwoodave.orgGlenwood at Morse Rogers Park.
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Saturday 2018.08.18
** Air and Water Show (since 1959). WORLD CLASS EVENT!!! -Sunday Yearly. 9a-4p.
Water show 9-11a, air show 11a-4p. Narrated on WBBM (780AM) so bring a radio, swimming, vending, megapeople, dangerous UV so use sunscreen. Arrive early, bring water, prepare for extreme crowds. Consider watching from alternate points such as Montrose, a cruise, or hi-rise. Blue Angels, Lima Lima, Navy SEALs, bi-planes, F15, F14, F18, F117, B1b, B2, C141, KC135, AH64, A10 aircraft.
chicagoairandwatershow.usPeaks at North Avenue beach, 312/744-3370. Red line to Clark/Division then walk North.
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Sunday 2018.08.19
National Aviation Day. Yearly.
Anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday in 1871.
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Saturday 2018.08.25
Taste of Greece. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $3 12-11p UNCONFIRMED
Folk music, culture, meats and spices.
greektownchicago.orgGreektown, 400 S Halsted. Runs several blocks.
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Sunday 2018.08.26
Women's Equality Day. Yearly.
Celebrates the anniversary of the 19th constitutional amendment ratified in 1920 granting women the right to vote. Formerly known as Woman Suffrage Day.
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Full "Sturgeon" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 7a.
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SuperSprint and Kids Triathlon (since 1983). Yearly. $$ Races start 7a UNCONFIRMED
Thousands expected. Cash prizes. May sell out. Big parties after.
chicagosupersprint.comLakefront at Foster.
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Bucktown Arts Fest (since 1986). Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-7p UNCONFIRMED
"Great Art, Great Craft Brews"
bucktownartsfest.comSenior Citizen Memorial Park, 2300 N Oakley. 2300 W Lyndale.
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Burning Man. -2018.09.03 Yearly. 9p.
Webcast live online:
bedno.com/campenvyBlack Rock City NV.
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Wednesday 2018.08.29
* South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays All ages. Free 9p UNCONFIRMED
22nd season.
southparkstudios.comCOM. On cable.
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Friday 2018.08.31
North Coast Music Festival. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $50-225+.
A dozen majors acts at several stages all day for three days.
northcoastfestival.comUnion Park, 1501 W Randolph. Near Washington/Ogden intersection.
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Saturday 2018.09.01
Burning Man Main Burn. Yearly. 9p.
Webcast live online:
bedno.com/campenvyBlack Rock City NV.
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Sunday 2018.09.02
Burning Man Temple Burn. Yearly. 9p.
Webcast live online:
bedno.com/campenvyBlack Rock City NV.
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Monday 2018.09.03
Labor Day. 1st Monday in September Yearly.
Honors working people and celebrates their history and accomplishments. Essentially identical to the European May Day celebrated on May 1st. First observed in NYC on 1882.09.05 by the Knights of Labor.
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Friday 2018.09.07
German-American Fest (since 1920). -Sunday Yearly.
"Famous bands for dancing & entertainment in two huge fest tents. Delicious German food & drink"
773/728-3890 germanday.comLincoln Square, 4700 N Lincoln. Near Brown line train Western stop.
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Saturday 2018.09.08
Star Trek debut anniversary (since 1966). Animated series also (1973). Yearly.
Check out the photos of Andrew's Star Trek collection.
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* Neighborhood Yard Sale. Yearly. All ages. Free. Saturday following labor day weekend. 9a-4p UNCONFIRMED
About 16 blocks of sales. Once among the world's largest, has faded in recent years.
facebook.com/Lakewood.BalmoralAndersonville, 773/784-5277, Lakewood and Balmoral. 5200-5500 North from Magnolia to Wayne.
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Von Steuben Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 2-3p.
630/653-3018 germanday.comLincoln Avenue from Irving Park to Wilson and beyond., 312/744-3370.
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Sunday 2018.09.09
Rosh Hashanah. Jewish New Year (5779). -2018.09.11 Yearly. Sunset to sunset.
"Head of the year" in Hebrew, this day commemorates the creation of the world. It is celebrated on Tishri 1 by the Hebrew calendar, which falls in early autumn. Rosh Hashanah begins the penitential season, culminating ten days later on Yom Kippur. The synagogue service includes the blowing of the Shofar (ram's horn), and liturgy stressing the sovereignty of God. It is customary on the first day, to go to a river or pond, and there to recite tashlich, scriptural verses about repentance and forgiveness. Introspect and resolve to do better.
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Guatemalan Independence Parade. Yearly. 12p.
From Spain on September 15, 1821.
tinyurl.com/chiparadesHorner Park, Montrose and California. to Kimball.
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Monday 2018.09.10
National Grandparents Day (since 1978). Yearly. First Sunday after Labor day. UNCONFIRMED
Day to honor grandparents. Spearheaded by West Virginia's Marian McQuade as an advocacy for nursing home residents and shut-ins, officially proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter.
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Sunday 2018.09.16
Mexican Independence Day. Yearly.
Commemorates the call for independence from Spain in 1821.
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North Shore Century ride (since 1985). Yearly. All ages. $17-25 6a-7p.
Evanston Bike Club "incredibly scenic biking... tranquil tree-lined streets... refreshing lake breezes." Uses cue sheets and painted street markings. Five distance options from 25-100 miles.
evanstonbikeclub.org/nscDawes Park, 1700 Sheridan Road.
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Tuesday 2018.09.18
Yom Kippur. Jewish Day of Atonement. -2018.09.19 Yearly. Sunset to sunset.
Celebrated on Tishri 10 of the Hebrew calendar, which falls in early autumn. This Sabbath of Sabbaths is observed by fasting, confession to God of sins committed during the last year, and prayers for forgiveness. Observance begins with the evening Kol Nidre service of repentance. Strictly speaking, one has not atoned until forgiven by the wronged party. Give to charity, reflect, change, and for 24hrs do not eat, no leather, bathing, romance or frivolity.
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Wednesday 2018.09.19
Talk Like a Pirate Day. Yearly. 10a-1p.
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Friday 2018.09.21
Long Grove Apple Fest (since 1993). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p.
Cider donuts, caramel apples, apple pies, even apple popcorn and apple martinis! Bands including country, rock and roll, Dixieland, and jazz, more. Well managed popular family event in a lovely town.
starevents.comHistoric Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban.
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Saturday 2018.09.22
* Autumnal Equinox. Yearly.
Night and day are equal length (sun 05:47-17:56), official start of fall.
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World Carfree Day (since 1997). Yearly. All ages. Free 5:30p.
Promoting alternatives to car dependence and car culture.
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Sunday 2018.09.23
Start of Libra. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the balance.
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Sukkot. -2018.09.30 Yearly. Sunset to sunset.
Jewish harvest festival and time for giving thanks. Date varies each year (Tishri 15th by the Hebrew calendar).
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Ghosts Of Graceland Family Walking Tour. Stroll the big name graves. Sundays -2018.10.28 Yearly. All ages. $15+ 2hr 1:30p.
VERY qualified tour guides, lots of interesting history.
architecture.org/experience-caf/tours/detail/graceland-cemeteryGraceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.
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Monday 2018.09.24
Full "Corn" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 10p.
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Friday 2018.09.28
Native American Day. 4th Friday in September Yearly.
Honors the indigenous people of the Americas.
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Pumpkin Farms. -2018.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.
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Saturday 2018.09.29
Bike to the Pyramids Tour. $25 8a.
Adventure Cycling Tours bikes to Wadsworth for a private tour of The Gold Pyramid House. With breaks and lunch -5pm, ~100 miles.
bedno.com/fb/752811711594939Kwanusila Totem Pole, 3510 N Recreation Dr.
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Monday 2018.10.08
Canadian Thanksgiving. 2nd Monday in October Yearly.
This holiday has had a variety of dates back to the late 1500's, and was set to its current date in 1957 by the Canadian government. Though it evolved independently, it's observance is now very similar to the U.S. Thanksgiving.
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Chicago Fire Anniversary. Yearly.
Anniversary of the great fire in 1871 which destroyed 1/3 of the city. Observed as part of Fire Prevention Week.
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* Indigenous Peoples' Day. 2nd Monday in October Yearly.
Legal holiday. Formerly celebrated Columbus' landing at San Salvador in 1492.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_Peoples_DayParade (since 1953) at 12:30p. On Columbus from Balbo to Monroe.
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Wednesday 2018.10.10
Double Ten Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 12p UNCONFIRMED
Celebrating Chinese Independence "National Day" (since 1911) with a parade of patriots, marching bands, floats, lion teams, giant Mystical Dragon, more.
tinyurl.com/chiparadesChinatown, 312/225-6198, Wentworth and Cermak. Continues from 22nd to 24th Street.
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Friday 2018.10.12
Farmer's Day. Yearly.
Created in 1915 to stimulate interest in agriculture.
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Sunday 2018.10.14
** Perimeter Ride (since 2001). Yearly. 8:30a-12a UNCONFIRMED
Bicycle circumnavigation of the city's boundary with lots of stops for sites and snax. >82 miles over 15+ hours.
Follow live at http://Chi.Bike
bedno.com/fb/350803082033820Buckingham Fountain, 451 S Lake Shore Drive.
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Tuesday 2018.10.16
Bosses Day. Honor and be kind to bosses. Yearly.
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Saturday 2018.10.20
Sweetest Day. 3rd Saturday in October Yearly.
Day to honor and be kind to one's sweetheart.
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Sunday 2018.10.21
* Arts in the Dark Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 6-8p UNCONFIRMED
Chicago creative communities assemble for a powerful procession capturing their spirits. Large spectacle, legions of lanterns, costumes, music, dance, moving platforms, more.
bedno.com/fb/1438325472917051On Columbus Parading north from Balbo to Monroe.
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Monday 2018.10.22
* Treehouse of Horrors XXVIII (since 1990). Yearly. All ages. Free 7p UNCONFIRMED
Three Simpsons horror shorts. Followed by other new Fox cartoon episodes.
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Tuesday 2018.10.23
Start of Scorpio. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the scorpion.
Scorpios RULE!!!
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Wednesday 2018.10.24
United Nations Day. Yearly.
Commemorates 1945 ratification of U.N. charter.
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World Origami Day. Yearly.
Dedicated to exposing the art of folding.
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Full "Harvest" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 11:45a.
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Saturday 2018.10.27
** NOCTURNA HALLOWEEN PARTY (since 1989). Hosted by Scary Lady Sarah, Yearly. 18+ $15+ 11p-4a UNCONFIRMED
THE Halloween party for goth/industrial/ethereal community. Includes costume contest with prizes, CD giveaways, frightening film features, treats and more. "For people who live everyday like it's Halloween"
facebook.com/groups/15090361526Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
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Wednesday 2018.10.31
* Halloween - BoooOOOoooOOOoooOOOooo! Yearly.
Perfect wedding night or birthday.
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* Halloween Magic on Halsted Parade (since 1997). Yearly. All ages. Free 5pm registration. Step off 7:30p UNCONFIRMED
Iconic annual parade is the city's most outrageous and imaginative Halloween celebrations. Thousands watch, dozens perform. Big costume prizes. Halsted closed to cars -8pm.
chicagoevents.comBoystown, Halsted at Belmont. Marches North to Cornelia, then back to Roscoe.
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Thursday 2018.11.01
All Saints Day. Yearly.
Christian holiday honors all known and unknown saints, observed with a feast. Observed as "Day of the Dead" (El Dia de los Muertos) in Mexico.
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National Men Make Dinner Day. 1st Thursday in November Yearly.
"One guaranteed meal cooked by the man of the house one day of the year."
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* World Vegan Day (since 1944). Yearly.
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Friday 2018.11.02
All Souls Day. Yearly.
Christian holiday set aside for paying respect to the dead.
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Sunday 2018.11.04
Daylight Saving Time ends. Set clocks back to 1a. 1st Sunday in November Yearly. 2a.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) denotes the period of the year when clocks are set ahead one hour. Settings clocks ahead in the summer (spring ahead), and back in the winter (fall back) allows the clock hour to better match the cycle of daylight and night. This provides more daylight time during waking hours. DST was originally suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. It began to be commonly observed during World War I. DST was formally adopted through the Uniform Time Act of 1966, then changed by a few weeks in 2007. Daylight Savings Time starts on the second Sunday in March.
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Monday 2018.11.05
Guy Fawkes day. Yearly.
Anniversary of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot kill the English king and parliament.
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Sunday 2018.11.11
Veterans Day. Legal holiday in the U.S. Yearly.
Anniversary of the signing of the armistice which ended World War I in 1918. This day is also known as Armistice Day in Europe and Remembrance Day in Canada. Many offices closed Monday.
Celebration and ceremonies at Soldier Field from 11am.
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Thursday 2018.11.15
Great American Smokeout (since 1977). 3rd Thursday in November Yearly.
Promoted by the American Cancer Society. Quit smoking, at least for the day.
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Friday 2018.11.16
**** ANDREW'S BIRTHDAY (since 1961). Yearly.
The prodigious brilliance behind this system and much more turns a year wiser. SCORPIOS RULE!!!
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Saturday 2018.11.17
Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2018.12.24 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa -9p 11a.
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets.
christkindlmarket.comDaley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
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Thursday 2018.11.22
** Thanksgiving. A legal holiday. 4th Thursday in November Yearly.
Day to give thanks for the blessings and bounty one has received. Volunteer somewhere.
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* State Street Thanksgiving Parade (since 1934). Very big, w/ Santa. 4th Thursday in November Yearly. All ages. Free 8a-11a UNCONFIRMED
Top marching bands, 100 giant balloons, carried live on WGN, 300K attend.
chicagofestivals.orgState from Congress to Randolph. Downtown, come by train.
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Full "Beaver" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 11:30p.
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Friday 2018.11.23
* Buy Nothing Day (since 1992). International celebration of consumer awareness and simple living. Yearly. Day after Thanksgiving.
Very real global day of protest against the corporate brainwashing which leads to the un-sustainable Western hyper-consumerist culture. Includes anti-commercials and events at the world's largest malls. Intentionally occurs on the biggest shopping day of the year. See the website for more info.
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Saturday 2018.12.01
* AIDS awareness day. Yearly.
Internationally recognized day for increasing public awareness about AIDS. The best defense is education.
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Day Without Art (since 1989). Commemorates Artists lost to AIDS. Yearly.
Sometimes observed by local galleries/museums.
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Sunday 2018.12.02
* Hanukkah (aka Chanukah). A Jewish holiday, lasts eight days. -2018.12.10 Yearly. Sunset to sunset.
Marks the reconsecration of the temple of Jerusalem and the miracle of the lamp.
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* Toys For Tots motorcycle parade (since 1978). 1st Sunday in December Yearly. All ages. Bring a toy. 9:30a.
World's largest, drawing over 20000 participants! Many biker Santas. Assembly begins hours earlier.
Dan Ryan Woods, 83rd and Western. Travels all the way North to Foster.
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Monday 2018.12.10
Human Rights Day (since 1948). Yearly.
U.N. issued Universal Declaration of Human Rights on this day.
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Friday 2018.12.21
* Winter Solstice. Yearly.
Shortest day/longest night (sun 07:13-16:42), official start of winter.
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Saturday 2018.12.22
Full "Cold" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 11:45a.
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Monday 2018.12.24
Mass. Yearly. All ages. Free. 8p-1a.
Late Christmas eve gatherings at most churches welcoming all. Northsiders try the Evanston cluster.
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Tuesday 2018.12.25
* Christmas. Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Yearly.
Gifts are exchanged. Spirit of giving encouraged.
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Wednesday 2018.12.26
Boxing day. Yearly.
Give gifts to service providers such as postal delivery person and trash collector. Sometimes observed on first weekday following xmas.
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Kwanza. Yearly.
An African American holiday, originally observing the fruit harvest, now with broader themes of family, reverence, commemoration, recommitment and celebration.
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Monday 2018.12.31
New Years Eve. Yearly.
Last day of the year. Typically observed with a countdown to midnight, at which time one kisses the nearest person. Celebrate with confetti and champagne.
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Tuesday 2019.01.01
New Years Day. Legal holiday. Yearly.
Observed by the making of New Year's resolutions, personal commitments to specific behavioral changes.
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Wednesday 2019.01.02
Earth at Perihelion. Our orbit's nearest point to the sun. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Fortunately by cosmic standards we're close to circular at 147.5-152.6Gm (91.7-94.8Mmi).
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Monday 2019.01.07
* No Pants Subway Ride (since 2010?). Yearly. 12-3:30p UNCONFIRMED
Improv Everywhere multi-city culture jamming collective performance art event.
improveverywhere.com1210 W Arthur Ave
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Sunday 2019.01.20
Start of Aquarius. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the water bearer.
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Full "Wolf" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 11:15p.
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Monday 2019.01.21
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior day. Legal Holiday. 3rd Monday in January Yearly.
Day to honor the memory, ideals and goals of the famed civil rights leader. Born 1929.01.15 in Atlanta GA, he promoted non-violent tactics and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Died for our sins on 1968.04.04 in Memphis Tennessee.
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Saturday 2019.01.26
B-Movie Fest (since 1983). All night. Yearly. All ages. $10-20 ALWAYS SELLS OUT 24hrs Fr 6p through Sa 6p UNCONFIRMED
Playing at least 20 B-Movies. Napping, food (even pizza delivery), drink (non-alc), and re-entrance allowed. "Like a big slumber party on the Satellite of Love". Modern comfortable theater, vending machines, 16 and 35mm prints.
b-fest.comMcCormick Auditorium, 847/491-2300, 1999 South Campus Drive, Evanston. Norris University Center, Northwestern University.
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Saturday 2019.02.02
Groundhogs Day (since 1888). Yearly.
According to Punxsutawney PA folklore, the groundhog (woodchuck) emerges from hibernation on this day. If sunny and the groundhog sees his shadow, legend holds that there will be six more weeks of winter. A cloudy day signals an early spring. Observed at the Brookfield Zoo Children's area.
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Monday 2019.02.11
Carnival. -Tuesday Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Three days of festivities culminating on Mardi Gras. Christian in origin, it is the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (Mardi Gras) preceding Ash Wednesday.
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Wednesday 2019.02.13
Mardi Gras. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
French for Fat Tuesday. Christian in origin it is the last day of the period of Carnival preceding Ash Wednesday. The name has come to represent the entire carnival period. Celebrated on a large scale in New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, and Nice. Observed with Cajun music, costumes, parades and dancing and beads.
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Thursday 2019.02.14
Ash Wednesday. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Christian in origin, this is the first day of Lent and the seventh Wednesday preceding Easter Sunday. The name originates from the ritual of placing ashes on worshipers' foreheads, symbolizing death and sorrow for sin. Lent is a 40 day period of penitence, prayer and fasting. Over time, fasting has been de-emphasized (though certain abstentions such as drinking and red meats are commonly observed), and the importance of prayer and works of charity has grown. Lent was first observed in the 4th century.
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* Valentine's Day. Yearly.
Day to exchange messages of love with the object of one's romantic interest. Typically observed through the gifting of roses, heart shaped boxes of chocolates, and luxury dinners. The day gets its name from the Christian saint Valentine.
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Saturday 2019.02.16
Chinese New Years (4716). Dog. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Also New Years for some other lunar calendar cultures (traditional Japan, Korea, Vietnam). Observed with 14 days of joyous festivities and niceness. Date varies each year. Second new moon after winter solstice.
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Monday 2019.02.18
* Presidents Day. Legal holiday. 3rd Monday in February Yearly.
Observes the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Schools and government offices closed. Sales at major retail stores. Popular museum day.
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Monday 2019.02.25
Hustle Up The Hancock (since 1998). Pledged 94 floor (1632 stairs, 1000 vertical feet) climb. Yearly. All ages. $30-50 6:30a UNCONFIRMED
Benefits American Lung Association. Well managed event with thousands of runners.
lungchicago.org/hustleJohn Hancock Building, 312/751-3681, 875 N Michigan. Assemble in concourse area.
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* Chinese New Years Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 1p UNCONFIRMED
100' Dragon dances, Miss Chinatown, gifts, fireworks, etc.
cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/neighborhood_parades.htmlChinatown, 312/255-0303, Wentworth and Cermak. Continues South to 24th Street.
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Wednesday 2019.02.27
IHOP Natl Pancake Day (since 2006). Yearly. All ages. Free 7a-7p UNCONFIRMED
Free short stack (Children's Miracle Network donation encouraged).
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Thursday 2019.02.28
Purim. Jewish holiday commemorating queen Esther's intervention to save the Jews of Persia. Yearly. Sunset to sunset. UNCONFIRMED
The story of her actions in the 5th century BC is retold on this day.
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Saturday 2019.03.02
*** Chiditarod XII (since 2006). Chicago's most absurd race. 1st Saturday in March Yearly. 21+ $5+ 10a-5p UNCONFIRMED
Four person teams pull shopping cart and musher by checkpoints gathering donated food en-route. Points for volume and creativity.
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Monday 2019.03.04
City of Chicago's Birthday (since 1837). Yearly.
Celebrated early at Chicago History Museum.
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Friday 2019.03.08
* International Women's Day (since 1908). Yearly.
Celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women and their contributions.
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Wednesday 2019.03.13
Pluto Day. Yearly.
Illinois officially RE-DECLARED PLUTO A PLANET today in 2009, and furthermore declares March 13th henceforth as Pluto Day here! Honors that it's discoverer (on this date in 1930) Clyde Tombaugh was born in Streator. Senate Resolution LRB09604130KXB14171r.
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Thursday 2019.03.14
** Pi Day. Yearly.
Celebrating the world's most popular irrational number: March 14th = 3.14; Uber-geeks celebrate at 1:59:26
Once a century moments today when maximum possible digits are reached at 3.14.15 9:26:54 am+pm.
Free rides on Navy Pier's Centennial Wheel.
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Friday 2019.03.15
Ides of March. Yearly.
Simple Roman Nomenclature for the fifteen of March (or middle of other months, not necessarily the 15th), made foreboding in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, referring to the soothsayer's warning to the emperor of his impending murder at the hands of his closest associates.
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Sunday 2019.03.17
Saint Patrick's Day. Patron saint of Ireland, 389-461 AD, born in Britain. Yearly.
Observed by wearing green, beer, highlights Irish culture, songs, etc. PARTIES AT EVERY BAR.
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* Saint Patrick's Day parade (since 1955). Carried on ABC and WGN. Yearly. 2hrs 12p UNCONFIRMED
Around 100 bands/floats/balloons, thousands of marchers. Preceded by Mass at Old St. Pats at 9:30 with Irish music and dancing, river dyed green 10:30a, Trinity Dancers and Irish Pipe Band at Buckingham Fountain (11a).
Downtown, 312/942-9188, Columbus, from Balbo to Monroe. Take any train.
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Wednesday 2019.03.20
Great American Meatout (since 1985). Yearly.
Eat nothing with eyes today.
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* Vernal Equinox. Yearly.
Night and day are equal length (sun 06:02-18:11), official start of spring. Sun rises due east and sets due west.
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Sunday 2019.03.24
** Triton Troupers Circus (since 1972). FINAL TWO SHOWS! Yearly. All ages. 2hr $6 Sa 1p* and 7p UNCONFIRMED
Annual local circus with true spirit and extraordinarily skilled performers in all classic specialties; acrobats, trapeze, juggling, wire, clowns, feats of strength, much more. No animal acts. Come early (doors open 1hr before show) for tickets and pre-show. Popcorn, drinks, candy available. Wheelchair accessible. Saturday matinee interpreted for hearing impaired, and pancake breakfast with the cast 8a-noon.
Triton College, 2001 5th Ave, River Grove. Robert M. Collins Center Gymnasium, East side of street, just North of North Avenue (64), just West of 1st Avenue (171). Near Maywood Park. From 294 take Irving Park (19) exit East to Des Plaines River Rd South (right) 2.3 miles to 5th. From 290 take exit 20 to 1st Ave North.
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Monday 2019.03.25
Palm Sunday. A Christian holiday, Sunday a week before before Easter, 6th (last) Sunday of Lent. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Commemorates the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem, one week before resurrection, when the people placed palm branches in his path.
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Saturday 2019.03.30
* Good Friday. A Christian Holiday, remembers the death of Jesus Christ. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Observed by readings, communion, preaching on his last sentences, including "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do". Two days before Easter.
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* Passover. A most important Jewish festival. -Friday Yearly. Sunset to sunset. UNCONFIRMED
Commemorates the freeing of Israel from Egyptian slavery in the 13th century BC. Observed for one week with no leavened breads (Matzo) and no work on the first and last days. Celebrated the first two days with Seder festal meals. The symbols are explained and the Exodus story is retold through readings of the Haggadah. Date varies widely each year. See the 1956 masterpiece "Ten Commandments" starring Charleton Heston.
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Monday 2019.04.01
April Fools' Day. Observed by playing brilliant practical jokes. Yearly.
Tell your boyfriend you're pregnant.
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* Easter. Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
A Christian holiday, celebrated with egg decorating and hunts, brunch, fancy dresses and church attendance. Roots in passover and the pagan spring festival of the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre. Great home art opportunity. Date varies each year and for Eastern sects.
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Sunday 2019.04.07
World Health Day. Commemorates founding of the W. H. Organization in 1948. Yearly.
Observed by reflecting on world health issues.
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*** ROBOTICS COMPETITION FINALS! (since 1992). Motorola Midwest Regional. Yearly. All ages. Free 9a-4:30p UNCONFIRMED
Over 30 corporate sponsored college engineering teams compete at a VERY high level. Contest is an academic sporting challenge changed each year, usually having a cooperative twist. Presented by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a non-profit organization. Matches 9:30a-noon, 1-3p.
ilfrc.orgUIC Pavilion, 312/413-4750, 525 South Racine.
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World Pillow Fight Day. BYOP. Yearly. All ages. Free 2-3p UNCONFIRMED
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Monday 2019.04.08
* Flower Festival. Yearly.
Celebrates Buddha's birthday (US date. ~500BC).
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Wednesday 2019.04.17
* Personal income tax due. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Instituted in the 16th amendment (1913). Withholding was later introduced to fund World War II.
Fed: http://www.irs.ustreas.gov
State: http://www.revenue.state.il.us
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Saturday 2019.04.20
Gamma Phi Circus (since 1929). Yearly. All ages. $1-12+ Fr 7p, Sa 1+7p UNCONFIRMED
Performs just three shows a year.
gammaphicircus.illinoisstate.edu/events/showsIllinois State University, Redbird Arena, Bloomington.
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Sunday 2019.04.21
* Walk&Roll Chicago (since 1973). Walk / skate / bike to fight cancer. Yearly. All ages. 8:30a UNCONFIRMED
Unique charity event for the American Cancer Society. Pledged Bike (15mi), walk (5mi), or skate (10mi). Dogs permitted. Around 5000 people will participate to raise more than $1,000,000.
312/279-7266 walkrollchicago.orgSoldier Field, 1410 South Museum Campus. Stadium Green just South.
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Monday 2019.04.22
* Earth Day (since 1970). Yearly.
Reflect on ecological issues and commit to the conservation and reclamation of nature.
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Thursday 2019.04.25
Administrative Professionals Day. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Day to honor and be kind to professional administrative assistants.
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* Take Your Child to Work Day (since 1993). 4th Thursday in April Yearly.
Parent's opportunity to educate their children on the nature of employment.
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Friday 2019.04.26
Arbor Day. Last Friday in April Yearly.
A special day set aside for the planting of trees. First proposed in Nebraska in 1872, later became a legal holiday there. Different date by state.
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Sunday 2019.05.05
Cinco De Mayo. Spanish for May 5th. Celebrated loudly. Yearly.
Not an independence day. Commemorates a major victory by the outnumbered and underarmed Mexican army, against the occupying French, on this day in 1862.
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*** Kids and Kites Fest (since 1999). Family event, education, expert demos. Yearly. All ages. Free. 10a-4p UNCONFIRMED
Includes build it yourself tents for kids and massive show kites in the air.
chicagokite.com/madakiandkim.htmlMontrose Park, Montrose and Lake Shore Drive. Cricket Hill.
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Wednesday 2019.05.08
V.E. Day. Yearly.
Victory in Europe day. Commemorates Germany's surrender in World War II, 1945.
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Sunday 2019.05.12
**** Mothers' Day. Respect and be kind to mothers, especially your own. 2nd Sunday in May Yearly.
Created in 1914 by a proclamation from President Woodrow Wilson.
THANXX FOR EVERYTHING MOM!!!
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CircEsteem Spring Circus (since 2002). Sa/Su -2019.05.19 Yearly. All ages. $8-16 2p UNCONFIRMED
"Watch in awe as the kids of the Chicago Youth Circus share their amazing talents." featuring a variety of classic acts.
circesteem.orgAlternatives, 773/732-4564, 4730 N Sheridan. East of Red Line Lawrence or Wilson Stops.
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Wednesday 2019.05.15
*** Ride of Silence. 3rd Wednesday in May Yearly. All ages. Free 6:30-9p.
12+ mile route quietly passing sites of crash victims, many marked by powerful memorial Ghost Bikes. Held in hundreds of cities worldwide, raises awareness of cyclists legal right to public roadways, and shows respect for fallen comrades. Gather at Eternal Flame.
rideofsilence.org/chicagoDaley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
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Sunday 2019.05.19
* FINAL Great Parker Rummage Sale. Yearly. All ages. Free Sa 9a-4p, Su 10a-4p UNCONFIRMED
Winding down after NEARLY THIRTY YEARS!
fwparker.org/page/event-detail?pk=10014745Francis W. Parker School, 773/353-3000, 330 W Webster.
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Ongoing
Now playing.
Life of the Party, Tully, Avengers: Infinity War, Love & Bananas, I Feel Pretty, Genesis, Rampage, Birthmarked, The China Hustle, Ready Player One, Maineland, Ramen Heads, Tomb Raider, The Leisure Seeker, Leaning Into the Wind, Red Sparrow, Annihilation, Survivors Guide to Prison, Young Karl Marx, Black Panther, Padman, Peter Rabbit, Winchester, Lady Bird, Three Billboards, Call Me by Your Name, Downsizing, Father Figures, Jumanji, The Greatest Showman, The Post, Last Jedi, Permanent, The Disaster Artist, The Shape of Water, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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LakeView Mayfest (since 1996). -Sunday Yearly. 18+ $10 (donation) Fr 5-10p, Sa-Su 10a-10p UNCONFIRMED
Food, music, merchants, major bands late, pet contest. Thousands attend, basic beer tents.
773/665-4682 starevents.comLakeview, 3100 N Ashland. At Barry.
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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.
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