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Sunday 2015.03.29 ^
Palm Sunday. A Christian holiday, Sunday a week before before Easter, 6th (last) Sunday of Lent. Yearly.
Commemorates the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem, one week before resurrection, when the people placed palm branches in his path.

Wednesday 2015.04.01 ^
April Fools' Day. Observed by playing brilliant practical jokes. Yearly.
Tell your boyfriend you're pregnant.

Synthetic. 21+ Free 10p-?a.
DJs Boy Alberto, Lolly Gagger, B-Side. 80's influenced dark dance music, industrial, new wave, synth pop, ebm, electro, techno, goth, etc.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Friday 2015.04.03 ^
Good Friday. A Christian Holiday, remembers the death of Jesus Christ. Yearly.
Observed by readings, communion, preaching on his last sentences, including "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do". Two days before Easter.

Passover. A most important Jewish festival. Yearly. Sunset to sunset.
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.

Saturday 2015.04.04 ^
Full Moon (Pink). Always adds an interesting twist. 6a.

*** ROBOTICS COMPETITION FINALS! (since 1992). Motorola Midwest Regional. Yearly. All ages. Free 9a-4:30p.
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.
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-4750, 525 South Racine.

World Pillow Fight Day. BYOP. Yearly. All ages. Free 12-1p.
Touhy Park, 7348 N Paulina St.

Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $20+ 7p UNCONFIRMED
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

FBC ride. Monthly. 21+ 8p-?a UNCONFIRMED
Full Moon Bike Club. Destination varies.
Gannon's Pub, 773/281-1007, 4264 N. Lincoln.

Sunday 2015.04.05 ^
* Easter. Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Yearly.
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.

Tuesday 2015.04.07 ^
World Health Day. Commemorates founding of the W. H. Organization in 1948. Yearly.
Observed by reflecting on world health issues.

Wednesday 2015.04.08 ^
Flower Festival. Yearly.
Celebrates Buddha's birthday (around 500BC).

Saturday 2015.04.11 ^
Illinois State University Circus (since 1929). Yearly. All ages. $1-12+ 7p UNCONFIRMED
Performs just one weekend a year. Also known as Gamma Phi circus.
Illinois State University, Redbird Arena, Bloomington.

Wednesday 2015.04.15 ^
* Personal income tax due. Yearly.
Instituted in the 16th amendment (1913). Withholding was later introduced to fund World War II.

Saturday 2015.04.18 ^
* CircEsteem Spring Circus (since 2002). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $? Sa 11a+3p, Su 3p.
"Watch in awe as the kids of the Chicago Youth Circus share their amazing talents." featuring a variety of classic acts.
Alternatives, 312/731-4242, 4730 N Sheridan. East of Red Line Lawrence or Wilson Stops.

* Nocturna (since 1988). THE Electro/Goth gathering. Monthly. 18+ $10+ 11p-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.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Wednesday 2015.04.22 ^
* Earth Day (since 1970). Yearly.
Reflect on ecological issues and commit to the conservation and reclamation of nature.

Thursday 2015.04.23 ^
Administrative Professionals Day. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Day to honor and be kind to professional administrative assistants.

* 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.

Friday 2015.04.24 ^
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.

* 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.
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.

Sunday 2015.04.26 ^
Hustle Up The Hancock (since 1998). Pledged 94 floor (1632 stairs, 1000 vertical feet) climb. Last Sunday in April Yearly. All ages. $30-50 6:30a UNCONFIRMED
Benefits American Lung Association. Well managed event with thousands of runners.
John Hancock Building, 312/751-3681, 875 N Michigan. Assemble in concourse area.

* Walk&Roll Chicago (since 1973). Walk / skate / bike to fight cancer. Yearly. All ages. 9a 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.
Soldier Field, 1410 South Museum Campus. Stadium Green just South.

Friday 2015.05.01 ^
Movies in the Parks (since 2001). Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk. UNCONFIRMED
Nice films, neighbors, concessions. Print handy PDF.
Various Chicago parks.

First Friday. 1st Fridays 21+ $7-15 6-10p UNCONFIRMED
DJs, music, art, haut snax, specialty drinks, creative types and gold coasters.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

Group Skate. 1st/3rd Fridays All ages. Free 7:30p UNCONFIRMED
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.
Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.

Saturday 2015.05.02 ^
** Kids and Kites Fest (since 1999). Family event, education, expert demos. Yearly. All ages. Free. 10a-4p.
Includes build it yourself tents for kids and massive show kites in the air.
Montrose Park, Montrose and Lake Shore Drive. Cricket Hill.

* El Circo Cheapo. 1st Saturdays $10-ish. 7+10p UNCONFIRMED
Outstanding local circus artists perform a casual and intimate show. Sells out. "BYO Picnic Basket"
Aloft Circus Arts, 2041 W Carroll #306.

Sunday 2015.05.03 ^
Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 7:30-10:15p.
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend.
4960 N Simonds Dr Betwix Foster and Lawrence in grass near lake.

Full Moon (Flower). Always adds an interesting twist. 9:45p.

Tuesday 2015.05.05 ^
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.

Friday 2015.05.08 ^
V.E. Day. Yearly.
Victory in Europe day. Commemorates Germany's surrender in World War II, 1945.

Saturday 2015.05.09 ^
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;
Various city locations.

Sunday 2015.05.10 ^
*** 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.

Thursday 2015.05.14 ^
Ascension Day. Yearly.
A Christian holiday, 40 days after easter. Commemorates the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven.

Friday 2015.05.15 ^
* 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.

Saturday 2015.05.16 ^
* Great Parker Rummage Sale. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free Sa 9a-4p, Su 10a-5p.
Francis W. Parker School, 773/353-3000, 330 W Webster.

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.
Lakeview, 3100 N Ashland. At Barry.

Midnight Marauders ride. 3rd Saturdays 18+ Leaves after 11:30p-?a.
"Drinking club with a biking problem" Home after dawn.
Billy Goat Tavern, 312/222-1525, 430 N Michigan. Lower Hubbard.

Sunday 2015.05.17 ^
Model Rocket Launching (since 1963). 3rd Sundays All ages. Free 2-5p UNCONFIRMED
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.
East Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355.

* Resonate (since 2006). Yearly. 18+ $30+ 9p-5a UNCONFIRMED
Freakeasy / local burners presents an evening of sound, light, art, fire, more. Ttons of DJs, artists, performers, etc, til near dawn.
Concord Music Hall, 773/570-4000, 2047 N Milwaukee. Near Western/Armitage Blue Line.

Wednesday 2015.05.20 ^
Sweets & Snack Expo (since 1884). National Confectioners Association. -Thursday Yearly. 9a-5p UNCONFIRMED
Candy industry or connected only.
McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore. Lakeside Center.

* 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.
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

Saturday 2015.05.23 ^
* 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.
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.

Sunday 2015.05.24 ^
** Bike The Drive (since 2002). Yearly. All ages. $35+ Gathering begins at 5:30a. 5:30-10:15a.
Ride on L.S.D., closed to cars. Over 20000 participants, pre-reg and ID and cash and helmet required. Vendors and parties after.
Upper Hutchinson Field, Columbus and Balbo. Near Buckingham Fountain.

* Memorial Day Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 12p UNCONFIRMED
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.
State Street from Lake to Van Buren.

FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We 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.

Monday 2015.05.25 ^
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.

Sunday 2015.05.31 ^
* World No Tobacco Day (since 1988). Leave the pack behind. Yearly.
Sponsored by the World Health Organization.

LaGrange Pet Parade (since 1947). Yearly. All ages. Free 9:30-11a UNCONFIRMED
Old and light-hearted parade includes participant's animals of all sorts.
E Cossitt Ave at S LaGrange Rd, LaGrange.

Tuesday 2015.06.02 ^
Full Moon (Strawberry). Always adds an interesting twist. 10:15a.

Wednesday 2015.06.03 ^
Shavuot. Jewish holiday. -2015.06.05 Yearly. Sunset to sunset. UNCONFIRMED
Commemorates the revelation of the Torah at Sinai. Date varies each year.

Friday 2015.06.05 ^
* World Environment Day. Reflect on global environmental concerns. Yearly.
Anniversary of first UN Conference on Human Environment in 1972.

Saturday 2015.06.06 ^
D-Day. Yearly.
Anniversary of 1944 Allied troops invasion of Normandy France.

Sunday 2015.06.07 ^
Belmont/Sheffield Music Festival (since 1985). Yearly. 18-34 Free? 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
Continuous live acts, beloved local bands, food, beer, shopping.
Belmont and Sheffield. Belmont train stop.

Friday 2015.06.12 ^
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.
Andersonville, Clark from Foster to Balmorol.

Saturday 2015.06.13 ^
**** World Naked Bike Ride (since 2004). 2nd Saturday in June Yearly. Gather after 6p, ride 8-11:30p UNCONFIRMED
Massive bike (+skate) event celebrating freedom from oil and the beauty of people. Held globally with dozens of cities participating. Bare-as-you-dare outfits range from body paint to fanciful costumes to undies. Chicago's past rides drew hundreds of cyclists cover a dozen miles of high visibility city areas. The atmosphere is extremely joyful and transcendently fun, while important and earnest. The naked truth is bicycles are THE path to a strong America.
CYCLISTS: Check-in to be announced.
FANS: Suggested viewing points+times and the ride's progress live will be on and on ride day. Also on Twitter as @ChiNakedRide and #WNBRC

Sunday 2015.06.14 ^
Wells Street Art Festival (since 1975). Over 250 fine artists, food, music. Yearly. $0-5 10a-10p UNCONFIRMED
See site for band schedule.
773/868-3010, Wells between North and Division.

Puerto Rican Day Parade (since 1967). Also on ABC. Yearly. All ages. Free 2:30p UNCONFIRMED
Division from Western to Sacramento

Tuesday 2015.06.16 ^
Summer Vacation. Yearly.
Chicago Public Schools.

Friday 2015.06.19 ^
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.

Saturday 2015.06.20 ^
Body Art Expo (since 2003). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $22-45+.
"World's Largest Tattoo Expo"
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

Emancipation Day. Yearly.
Day observing the end of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln declared all slaves free on January 1st, 1863.

** Artists of the Wall Festival (since 1994). Bands, vendors, artists, neighbors. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $30+ Always sells out. 9a-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.
2014 Theme: "Dreaming It Real"
Loyola Park, 1230 W Greenleaf. Around 6900 N on the lake.

Custer's Last Stand Festival of the Arts (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.
Main Street Station Shopping District in Evanston, IL, 847/328-22100, 600 Main St, Evanston. CTA Main St. Purple line and Metra Main Street Stops.

Sunday 2015.06.21 ^
* Fathers' Day. 3rd Sunday in June Yearly.
Honor and be kind to fathers.

* Summer Solstice. Yearly. 5a.
Longest day/shortest night, official start of summer.

Tuesday 2015.06.23 ^
Midsummer Eve. Yearly.
Observed in Europe, celebrates the return of summer.

Friday 2015.06.26 ^
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.
Historic Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban.

Saturday 2015.06.27 ^
* Fountain Square Art Festival (since 1980). Lots of quality art, food and bands. -Sunday Yearly. 10a-10p.
About 300 artists, strictly juried.
Church St. and Sherman Ave, 800 W Church St, Evanston. Purple line Davis stop.

Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2015.09.14 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.
Grant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

** L.A.T.E. Ride (since 1988). Long After Twilight Ends. Yearly. $30-35 11:30p-6a.
Very nice and dark 10-25 miles, 10k people, bands, breakfast, more. Friends of the Parks sponsored.
Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park.

Sunday 2015.06.28 ^
Chicago Summerfest (since 1975). Yearly. $5 Su -9p Sa 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
"A day spent in one of the world's most beautiful lakeshore parks with first-class music as entertainment ... top-name national rock, folk and blues musical acts". Also features top restaurants and beer.
Lincoln Park, 2045 North Lincoln Park W.

* Gay Pride Parade and Festival (since 1970). One of the nations 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.
Goes S on Broadway, S on Halsted, E on Belmont, S on Broadway, E on Diversey to Cannon Drive.
Uptown, 4400 N Broadway. At Montrose.

Tuesday 2015.06.30 ^
Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown.

Wednesday 2015.07.01 ^
Full Moon (Buck). Always adds an interesting twist. 10:15p.

Saturday 2015.07.04 ^
Earth at Aphelion. Our orbit's farthest point from the sun. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Fortunately by cosmic standards we're close (3.4%?) to circular at 147.5-152.6Mkm (91.7-94.8Mmi).

* 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.

* 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.
North Evanston, Central Street and Central Park Avenue, Evanston. Marches East to Ashland. Easily reached by Purple line and Metra.

Sunday 2015.07.05 ^
FINAL WEEKEND: 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.

Taste of Lakeview. Yearly. All ages. $5 (donation) 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
Street performers, bands, food, artisans and craft vendors, sponsored by Budweiser. Formerly Rock Around the Block (since 1994).
Lincoln/Belmont/Ashland, 773/665-4682.

Wednesday 2015.07.08 ^
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.
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

Friday 2015.07.10 ^
Nikola Tesla Day (since 2002). Yearly.
Honoring one of history's greatest inventors.

Bastille Day 5K run/walk (since 1987). Yearly. $20+ 7:30p UNCONFIRMED
Benefits Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Known for it's after-party. USATF certified, over 7.5k people expected.
Lincoln Park, Cannon at Fullerton.

Saturday 2015.07.11 ^
** Tour de Fat. Parade, party, and performance event promoting bicycles. Yearly. 9a-5p.
10a- Registration, 11a Bike Parade, noon- hunker down, tap the kegs and let the revivalation begin. Includes bands, play, goofy bikes, contests, car banishment ceremonies, etc. Costume and decorated bikes encouraged. Sponsored by Fat Tire beer, benefits local community.
Palmer Square, 2200 N Kedzie Blvd. W from California or S from Logan Sq Blue Line stops.

Thursday 2015.07.16 ^
Festival Of The Lakes. -Sunday Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Major bands, carnival rides and games, foods, boating, etc. Surprisingly easily accessible by CTA+Metra.
Wolf Park, 2398 S. Calumet Ave, Whiting IN.

Sunday 2015.07.19 ^
Chinatown Summer Fair (since 1980). Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-8p.
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.

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.

Monday 2015.07.20 ^
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.

Saturday 2015.07.25 ^
* Pierogi Ride (since 2008). Yearly. 9:30a-6p.
Bike (leisurely 18mi each way) to PierogiFest in Whiting, IN.
Buckingham Fountain, 451 S Lake Shore Drive. E of Red Line Jackson stop.

Friday 2015.07.31 ^
* Lollapalooza. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $90-850 12-10p.
Over 100 bands across eight stages and three days.
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

Full Moon (Blue). Always adds an interesting twist. 4:45a.

Saturday 2015.08.01 ^
* World Hoop Day. 1st Saturday in August Yearly. All ages. Free UNCONFIRMED
Promoting the perfect plaything.

Sunday 2015.08.02 ^
Lakeshore Arts Festival (since 1973). Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-6p UNCONFIRMED
125 juried artists/craftspeople, cuisine, lite music.
Dawes Park, 847/491-0266. Church street at the lake.

* Clown Week Celebration (since 2000). 1st Sunday in August Yearly. All ages. Free 1-3p UNCONFIRMED
(Inter)National CLOWN WEEK observance at SHOWMEN'S REST is a loving and festive remembrance of circus artists past, held in the nation's most well known final resting place for circus artists, remembered especially for its elephant statues and roustabout headstones. This event includes speakers, placing of flowers, circus arts performances, lots of fun stuff for kids including activities and entertainment and contests with prizes, snacks and drinks, and many many many clowns.
The event is for kids of all ages. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and a youthful attitude. Children's entertainers are welcome to come and share your talents after the ceremony.
Woodlawn Cemetery / Showmen's Rest, 708/442-8500, 7750 W Cermak Rd, Forest Park. Western end; East of Des Plaines Ave.

Thursday 2015.08.06 ^
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.

Saturday 2015.08.08 ^
* 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.

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.
Washington Park, King Drive from 39th to 55th.

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.

Sunday 2015.08.09 ^
Retro on Roscoe (since 1995). Yearly. All ages. $5 (donation) 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
Antique cars, handmade crafts, retro music, kids activities, plenty of food, chilli cookoff, dozens of bands at three stages.
Roscoe from Damen to Hamilton

Tuesday 2015.08.11 ^
Perseid meteorite shower peak day. -Monday Yearly. 12a.
Look south and up somewhere dark after midnight. Hard to see in the city. Go camping.

Friday 2015.08.14 ^
Elvis is Alive 5K (since 1997). Yearly. All ages. $20 to run. 6:45p UNCONFIRMED
Over 2000 people expected, some impersonators, Fluffer-Nutter sandwiches, good post-parties.
Diversey Harbor, 2430 N. Cannon Drive.

Saturday 2015.08.15 ^
** 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.
Peaks at North Avenue beach, 312/744-3370. Red line to Clark/Division then walk North.

* Glenwood Ave Arts Fest (since 2002). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 12-9p.
Arts, crafts, music, theatre, bands, numerous quality entertainers for kids.
Glenwood at Morse Rogers Park.

Wednesday 2015.08.19 ^
National Aviation Day. Yearly.
Anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday in 1871.

Sunday 2015.08.23 ^
Taste of Greece. Folk music, culture, meats and spices. Yearly. All ages. $3 12-11p UNCONFIRMED
Greektown, 100 S Halsted. Runs several blocks.

* SlutWalk. Yearly. All ages. Free 1-4p UNCONFIRMED
"March in support of education and against intolerance. Aims to combat the myth of 'the slut' and the culture of victim blaming"
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.

Monday 2015.08.24 ^
SuperSprint Triathlon (since 1983). Yearly. $$ Races start 7:30a UNCONFIRMED
Thousands expected. Cash prizes. May sell out. Big parties after.
Lakefront at Foster.

Kids Triathlon (since 1991). Yearly. 7-14 $30+ Races start 9a UNCONFIRMED
Wonderful concept.
Foster Beach.

Wednesday 2015.08.26 ^
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.

Friday 2015.08.28 ^
North Coast Music Festival. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $50-225+ Fr 3-10p, Sa+Su 1-10p UNCONFIRMED
Union Park, 1501 W Randolph. Near Washington/Ogden intersection.

Saturday 2015.08.29 ^
Bucktown Arts Fest (since 1986). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-7p.
"Great Art, Great Craft Brews"
Senior Citizen Memorial Park, 2300 N Oakley. 2300 W Lyndale.

Full Moon (Sturgeon). Always adds an interesting twist. 12:30p.

Sunday 2015.09.06 ^
Von Steuben Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 2-3p UNCONFIRMED
Lincoln Avenue from Irving Park to Wilson and beyond., 312/744-3370.

Venetian Night (since 1958). Yearly. 6:30-10:15p UNCONFIRMED
Parade of about 30 brightly decorated boats (8:30p) followed by fireworks (9:30p).
Lakefront from Shedd to Monroe Harbor, 312/744-3370. Reviewing at Queen's Landing (Congress).

Monday 2015.09.07 ^
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.

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.

Tuesday 2015.09.08 ^
Star Trek debut anniversary (since 1966). Animated series also (1973). Yearly.
Check out the photos of Andrew's Star Trek collection.

Friday 2015.09.11 ^
German-American Fest (since 1920). -Sunday Yearly. Fr 6-10p, Sa 2-10p, Su 12-10p.
"Famous bands for dancing & entertainment in two huge fest tents. Delicious German food & drink"
Lincoln Square, 4700 N Lincoln. Near Brown line train Western stop.

Saturday 2015.09.12 ^
* Colossal Neighborhood Yard Sale fest. Yearly. All ages. Free Saturday following labor day weekend. 9a-4p UNCONFIRMED
About 16 blocks of sales; among the world's largest. Come early. Sunday rain date.
Andersonville, 773/784-5277, Bryn Mawr at Lakewood. 5200-5500 North on Magnolia, Lakewood and Wayne.

Sunday 2015.09.13 ^
* Rosh Hashanah. Jewish New Year (5776). 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.

Monday 2015.09.14 ^
* Bike Smut (since 2007). Yearly. 18+ $5-10+ 8p-2a UNCONFIRMED
"Unique art experience that combines the spectrum of human sexuality with a love and lust for bicycle."
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 773/837-0145, 3219 S Morgan.

Wednesday 2015.09.16 ^
Mexican Independence Day. Yearly.
Commemorates the call for independence from Spain in 1821.

Saturday 2015.09.19 ^
Talk Like a Pirate Day. Yearly. 10a-1p.

Sunday 2015.09.20 ^
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.
Dawes Park, 1700 Sheridan Road.

Tuesday 2015.09.22 ^
Sukkot. Yearly. Sunset to sunset.
Jewish harvest festival and time for giving thanks. Date varies each year (Tishri 15th by the Hebrew calendar). Observance begins at sunset of evening before listed start date.

* Yom Kippur. Jewish Day of Atonement. 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.

** World Carfree Day (since 1997). Yearly. All ages. Free 5:30p.
Promoting alternatives to car dependence and car culture.
Compete to win big prizes:

Wednesday 2015.09.23 ^
* Autumnal Equinox. Yearly.
Night and day are equal length (sun 05:47-17:56), official start of fall.

Start of Libra. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the balance.

Friday 2015.09.25 ^
Native American Day. 4th Friday in September Yearly.
Honors the indigenous people of the Americas.

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.
Historic Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban.

Sunday 2015.09.27 ^
Full Moon (Corn). Always adds an interesting twist. 8:45p.

Friday 2015.10.02 ^
Pumpkin Farms. -2015.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.

International Model and Hobby Show (since 1985). -Sunday Yearly. $3-8+ 10a-5p UNCONFIRMED
Largest such show in the U.S. with over 400 exhibitors. Includes tons of R.C., trains, planes, boats, rockets and educational toys. Many thousands attend.
Schaumburg Convention Ctr, 847/303-4100, 1551 N Thoreau Dr, Schaumburg.

Sunday 2015.10.04 ^
Ghosts Of Graceland Family Walking Tour. Stroll the big name graves. Sundays in October -2015.10.25 Yearly. All ages. $5-10 2hr 2p UNCONFIRMED
VERY qualified tour guides, lots of interesting history.
Graceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.

Thursday 2015.10.08 ^
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.

Saturday 2015.10.10 ^
Double Ten Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 12:30p UNCONFIRMED
Celebrating Chinese Independence "National Day" (since 1911) with a parade of patriots, marching bands, floats, lion teams, giant Mystical Dragon, more.
Chinatown, 312/225-6198, Wentworth and Cermak. Continues from 22nd to 24th Street.

Monday 2015.10.12 ^
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.

* Columbus Day. 2nd Monday in October Yearly.
Legal holiday, Celebrates Christopher's landing at San Salvador in 1492. Also called "Discovery Day". Also observed to some extent as an Italian pride day.
Parade (since 1953) on Columbus from Balbo to Monroe, 312/828-0010, 12:30p.

Farmer's Day. Yearly.
Created in 1915 to stimulate interest in agriculture.

Friday 2015.10.16 ^
Bosses Day. Honor and be kind to bosses. Yearly.

Saturday 2015.10.17 ^
Sweetest Day. 3rd Saturday in October Yearly.
Day to honor and be kind to one's sweetheart.

Monday 2015.10.19 ^
* Treehouse of Horrors XXV (since 1990). Yearly. All ages. Free 7p UNCONFIRMED
Three Simpsons horror shorts. Followed by other new Fox cartoon episodes.

Friday 2015.10.23 ^
Start of Scorpio. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the scorpion.
Scorpios RULE!!!

Saturday 2015.10.24 ^
United Nations Day. Yearly.
Commemorates 1945 ratification of U.N. charter.

World Origami Day. Yearly.
Dedicated to exposing the art of folding.

Tuesday 2015.10.27 ^
Full Moon (Harvest). Always adds an interesting twist. 6p.

Saturday 2015.10.31 ^
* Halloween - BoooOOOoooOOOoooOOOooo! Yearly.
Perfect wedding night or birthday.

North Halsted Halloween Parade (since 1997). Yearly. All ages. Free 5p reg. Step off 7p UNCONFIRMED
Iconic annual parade is the city's most outrageous and imaginative Halloween celebrations. Thousands watch, dozens perform. Big costume prizes.
2014 Theme: "Freakshow"
Boystown, Halsted at Belmont. Marches North to Cornelia, then back to Roscoe.

* NOCTURNA HALLOWEEN PARTY (since 1989). Hosted by Scary Lady Sarah, Yearly. 18+ $15+ 11:45p-5a 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"
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Sunday 2015.11.01 ^
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.

* World Vegan Day (since 1944). Yearly.

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.

Monday 2015.11.02 ^
All Souls Day. Yearly.
Christian holiday set aside for paying respect to the dead.'_Day

Thursday 2015.11.05 ^
Guy Fawkes day. Yearly.
Anniversary of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot kill the English king and parliament.

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."

Wednesday 2015.11.11 ^
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.
Ceremony in Soldier Field, 312/235-7000, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr. 11am.

Monday 2015.11.16 ^
**** ANDREW'S BIRTHDAY (since 1961). Yearly.
The prodigious brilliance behind this system and much more turns a year wiser. SCORPIOS RULE!!!

Thursday 2015.11.19 ^
Great American Smokeout (since 1977). 3rd Thursday in November Yearly.
Promoted by the American Cancer Society. Quit smoking, at least for the day.

Saturday 2015.11.21 ^
Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2015.12.24 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa -9p 11a UNCONFIRMED
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets.
Daley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

Wednesday 2015.11.25 ^
Full Moon (Beaver). Always adds an interesting twist. 4:45p.

Thursday 2015.11.26 ^
** Thanksgiving. A legal holiday. 4th Thursday in November Yearly.
Day to give thanks for the blessings and bounty one has received. Volunteer somewhere.

* Vegan Thanksgiving (since 1981). 4th Thursday in November Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Dine-in ($50, reserve well in advance) or carry-out (order days early).
Chicago Diner, 773/935-6696, 3411 N Halsted.

* State Street Thanksgiving Parade (since 1934). Very big, w/ Santa. 4th Thursday in November Yearly. All ages. Free 8-11a UNCONFIRMED
Top marching bands, 100 giant balloons, carried live on WGN, 300K attend.
State from Congress to Randolph. Downtown, come by train. Live on ABC.

Saturday 2015.11.28 ^
* Buy Nothing Day (since 1992). International celebration of consumer awareness and simple living. Yearly. Day after Thanksgiving. UNCONFIRMED
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.

Tuesday 2015.12.01 ^
* AIDS awareness day. Yearly.
Internationally recognized day for increasing public awareness about AIDS. The best defense is education.

Day Without Art (since 1989). Commemorates Artists lost to AIDS. Yearly.
Sometimes observed by local galleries/museums.

Sunday 2015.12.06 ^
* Hanukkah (aka Chanukah). A Jewish holiday, lasts eight days. Yearly. Sunset to sunset.
Marks the reconsecration of the temple of Jerusalem and the miracle of the lamp.

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.

Thursday 2015.12.10 ^
Human Rights Day (since 1948). Yearly.
U.N. issued Universal Declaration of Human Rights on this day.

Saturday 2015.12.12 ^
** Holiday Rampage ride. Yearly. All ages. Food+drinx from 11am, leaves after 12p.
Jolly horde of mischievous Dreidels, Santas and Elves and kin visit liquor stores and bustling retail areas spreading bike winter love.
Twisted Spoke, 312/666-1500, 501 N. Ogden. Near Grand/Racine.

Monday 2015.12.14 ^
Rudolph Ramble 8K run (since 2000). USATF certified. Yearly. $20+ 9a UNCONFIRMED
Includes goodies and sweathshirt. Collects 1000+ toys.
773/404-2372, 2500 N Cannon.

Tuesday 2015.12.22 ^
* Winter Solstice. Yearly.
Shortest day/longest night (sun 07:13-16:42), official start of winter.

Thursday 2015.12.24 ^
Mass. Yearly. All ages. Free. 8p-1a.
Late Christmas eve gatherings at most churches welcoming all. Northsiders try the Evanston cluster.

Friday 2015.12.25 ^
* Christmas. Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Yearly.
Gifts are exchanged. Spirit of giving encouraged.

Full Moon (Cold). Always adds an interesting twist. 5:15a.

Saturday 2015.12.26 ^
Boxing day. Yearly.
Give gifts to service providers such as postal delivery person and trash collector. Sometimes observed on first weekday following xmas.

Kwanza. Yearly.
An African American holiday, originally observing the fruit harvest, now with broader themes of family, reverence, commemoration, recommitment and celebration.

Thursday 2015.12.31 ^
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.

Friday 2016.01.01 ^
New Years Day. Legal holiday. Yearly.
Observed by the making of New Year's resolutions, personal commitments to specific behavioral changes.

Monday 2016.01.04 ^
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).

Monday 2016.01.11 ^
No Pants Subway Ride. Yearly. Some time after 12p UNCONFIRMED
Improv Everywhere multi-city culture jamming collective performance art event.
1210 W Arthur On the roof Deck of the parking Garage.

Monday 2016.01.18 ^
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.

Wednesday 2016.01.20 ^
Start of Aquarius. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the water bearer.

Saturday 2016.01.23 ^
* 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.
McCormick Auditorium, 847/491-2300, 1999 South Campus Drive, Evanston. Norris University Center, Northwestern University.

Full Moon (Wolf). Always adds an interesting twist. 7:45p.

Tuesday 2016.02.02 ^
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.

Sunday 2016.02.07 ^
* Snow Days Chicago Winter Festival. Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-8p UNCONFIRMED
Dozens of ice carving teams compete with fine art results.
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Gateway Park.

Sunday 2016.02.14 ^
* 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. See for best dining ideas.

Monday 2016.02.15 ^
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.

* 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.'_Day

Wednesday 2016.02.17 ^
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.

Thursday 2016.02.18 ^
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 worshippers foreheads, symbolizing death and sorrow for sin. Lent is a 40 day period of penetence, 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.

Friday 2016.02.19 ^
Chinese New Years (4713). Goat. 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.

Monday 2016.02.22 ^
Full Moon (Snow). Always adds an interesting twist. 12:15p.

* Chinese New Years Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 1p UNCONFIRMED
100' Dragon dances, Miss Chinatown, gifts, fireworks, etc.
Chinatown, 312/255-0303, Wentworth and Cermak. Continues South to 24th Street.

Thursday 2016.03.03 ^
IHOP Natl Pancake Day (since 2006). Yearly. All ages. Free UNCONFIRMED
Free short stack (Children's Miracle Network donation encouraged).

Friday 2016.03.04 ^
City of Chicago's Birthday (since 1837). Yearly.
Celebrated early at Chicago History Museum.

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.

Saturday 2016.03.05 ^
*** Chiditarod X! (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.

Tuesday 2016.03.08 ^
* International Women's Day (since 1908). Yearly.
Celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women and their contributions.'s_Day

Monday 2016.03.14 ^
** 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.

* 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.

Tuesday 2016.03.15 ^
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.

Thursday 2016.03.17 ^
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.'s_Day

Sunday 2016.03.20 ^
Great American Meatout (since 1985). Yearly.
Eat nothing with eyes today.

* Vernal Equinox. Yearly.
Night and day are equal length (sun 06:02-18:11), official start of spring.

Wednesday 2016.03.23 ^
Full Moon (Worm). Always adds an interesting twist. 6a.

Ongoing ^
Now playing.
Cinderella, Chappie, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Jupiter Ascending, SpongeBob 2, Mortdecai, Paddington, Spare Parts, Still Alice, Big Eyes, Into the Woods, Selma, Unbroken, Night at the Museum 3, The Hobbit 3, Remote Area Medical, The Imitation Game, Dumb and Dumber To, Interstellar, The Theory of Everything, Goodbye to Language 3D, The Great Invisible, Fury, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

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