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Sunday 2014.10.19 ^
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.
http://nirarocketry.org
East Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355.
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* Treehouse of Horrors XXV (since 1990). Yearly. All ages. Free 7p.
Three Simpsons horror shorts. Followed by other new Fox cartoon episodes.
http://thesimpsons.com
FOX. http://fox.com
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Wednesday 2014.10.22 ^
South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays All ages. Free 9p.
http://southparkstudios.com
COM. On cable.
http://comedycentral.com
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Thursday 2014.10.23 ^
Start of Scorpio. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the scorpion.
Scorpios RULE!!!
http://www.astrology.com
http://bedno.com/holidays
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Friday 2014.10.24 ^
United Nations Day. Yearly.
Commemorates 1945 ratification of U.N. charter.
http://www.un.org
http://bedno.com/holidays
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World Origami Day. Yearly.
Dedicated to exposing the art of folding.
http://origami-usa.org/wod
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* Green Festival (since 2002). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $? 10a-6p.
See some of the most innovative and cutting-edge green technologies in over 300 exhibits; everything from eco-fashion and natural home and health products, to solar panels, organic produce, workshops, speakers and networking.
http://greenfestivals.org
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Grand Red line stop then free trolley.
http://www.navypier.com
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Saturday 2014.10.25 ^
Jamfest Cheerleading Competition. Pep+Gymnastics+Dance=Art. All ages. Free 10a-6p.
866-JAMFEST http://jamfest.com
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-5700, 525 S. Racine.
http://uicpavilion.com/pavilion/calendar
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Sunday 2014.10.26 ^
* Green Festival (since 2002). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $? 10a-6p.
See some of the most innovative and cutting-edge green technologies in over 300 exhibits; everything from eco-fashion and natural home and health products, to solar panels, organic produce, workshops, speakers and networking.
http://greenfestivals.org
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Grand Red line stop then free trolley.
http://www.navypier.com
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Monday 2014.10.27 ^
Booty Movement Coalition. 21+ $8 9p.
Mix of top local musician doing big band improv phat funk.
http://facebook.com/pages/Booty-Movement-Coalition/134087349949262
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
http://martyrslive.com
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Wednesday 2014.10.29 ^
South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays All ages. Free 9p.
http://southparkstudios.com
COM. On cable.
http://comedycentral.com
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Friday 2014.10.31 ^
* Halloween - BoooOOOoooOOOoooOOOooo! Yearly.
Perfect wedding night or birthday.
http://www.halloween.com
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Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown. Unplanned route gently winds a dozen miles or more. Thousands attend in good weather. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, show bikes, so much more. Skaters welcome.
http://massup.us/ccm
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.
http://chicagocriticalmass.org
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North Halsted Halloween Parade (since 1997). Yearly. All ages. Free 5p reg. Step off 7p UNCONFIRMED
Presented by Triangle Neighbors Association and Northalsted Area Merchants Association, this iconic annual parade is the city's most outrageous and imaginative Halloween celebrations. Thousands watch, dozens perform. Big costume prizes.
2013 Theme: "Twisted Circus"
http://chicagoevents.com
Boystown, Halsted at Belmont. Marches North to Cornelia, then back to Roscoe.
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* NOCTURNA HALLOWEEN PARTY (since 1989). Hosted by Scary Lady Sarah, Yearly. 18+ $15+ 11:45p-5a.
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"
http://facebook.com/groups/15090361526
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://metrochicago.com/shows
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Saturday 2014.11.01 ^
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.
http://christianity.about.com
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Sunday 2014.11.02 ^
All Souls Day. Yearly.
Christian holiday set aside for paying respect to the dead.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Souls'_Day
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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.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time
http://www.standardtime.com
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Tuesday 2014.11.04 ^
* Midterm Elections. Choose the lessers of many evils. after 1st Monday. Every fourth year.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_midterm_election
Polling places everywhere.
http://chicagoelections.com
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Wednesday 2014.11.05 ^
Guy Fawkes day. Yearly.
Anniversary of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot kill the English king and parliament.
http://www.worldbook.com/fun/holidays/html/fawkes.htm
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Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $20+ 7p.
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
11.05: Becomes Creedence Clearwater Revival.
http://tributosaurus.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
http://martyrslive.com
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South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays All ages. Free 9p.
http://southparkstudios.com
COM. On cable.
http://comedycentral.com
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Thursday 2014.11.06 ^
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."
http://www.menmakedinnerday.com
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Full Moon ("Beaver"). Always adds an interesting twist. 4:30p.
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/phase/phase2001cst.html
http://www.almanac.com
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Friday 2014.11.07 ^
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.
http://ChicagoSkater.org
Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.
http://road-raves.org
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FBC ride. Monthly. 21+ 8p-?a.
Full Moon Bike Club. Destination varies.
http://thechainlink.org/group/fbcchicago
Gannon's Pub, 773/281-1007, 4264 N. Lincoln.
http://gannonspub.com
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Saturday 2014.11.08 ^
Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 7:30-10:15p UNCONFIRMED
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend.
http://fullmoonjam.org
4960 N Simonds Dr Betwix Foster and Lawrence in grass near lake.
http://bedno.com/fullmoons
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Tuesday 2014.11.11 ^
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.
http://www.veteransview.com
Ceremony in Soldier Field, 312/235-7000, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr. 11am.
http://explorechicago.org
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Wednesday 2014.11.12 ^
South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays All ages. Free 9p.
http://southparkstudios.com
COM. On cable.
http://comedycentral.com
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Friday 2014.11.14 ^
North Side Critical Mass. 2nd Fridays All ages. Free. Gather after 6:30p, leaves after 7p.
THE monthly north side gathering of cyclists. Winds a dozen miles-ish, ending with food+drink. Well attended. Bring friends, tunes, bells, costumes, cameras...
Latecomers use MassUp.us or text WHERE to u@massup.us to find us.
http://chicagocriticalmass.org/ns
Young Lincoln Statue, 5949 N Clark. East corner at Thorndale.
http://massup.us/nscm
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Saturday 2014.11.15 ^
Midnight Marauders ride. 3rd Saturdays 18+ Leaves after 11:30p-?a.
"Drinking club with a biking problem" Home after dawn.
http://thechainlink.org/group/midnightmarauders
Billy Goat Tavern, 312/222-1525, 430 N Michigan. Lower Hubbard.
http://billygoattavern.com
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* Nocturna (since 1988). THE Electro/Goth gathering. Monthly. 18+ $10+ 11:30p-5a UNCONFIRMED
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.
http://facebook.com/groups/15090361526
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://metrochicago.com/shows
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Sunday 2014.11.16 ^
**** ANDREW'S BIRTHDAY (since 1961). Yearly.
The prodigious brilliance behind this system and much more turns a year wiser. SCORPIOS RULE!!! Same age as Obama.
http://bedno.com/andrew
http://facebook.com/AndrewBedno
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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.
http://nirarocketry.org
East Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355.
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Thursday 2014.11.20 ^
Great American Smokeout (since 1977). 3rd Thursday in November Yearly.
Promoted by the American Cancer Society. Quit smoking, at least for the day.
877-YES-QUIT http://cancer.org
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Friday 2014.11.21 ^
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.
http://ChicagoSkater.org
Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.
http://road-raves.org
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Saturday 2014.11.22 ^
Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2014.12.24 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa -9p 11a UNCONFIRMED
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets.
http://christkindlmarket.com
Daley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
http://cityofchicago.org
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Thursday 2014.11.27 ^
** Thanksgiving. A legal holiday. 4th Thursday in November Yearly.
Day to give thanks for the blessings and bounty one has received. Volunteer somewhere.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving
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* Vegan Thanksgiving (since 1981). 4th Thursday in November Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
ONLY doing pre-order pickup/carry-out this year!
Chicago Diner, 773/935-6696, 3411 N Halsted.
http://veggiediner.com
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* State Street Thanksgiving Parade (since 1934). Very big, w/ Santa. 4th Thursday in November Yearly. All ages. Free 8-11a.
Top marching bands, 100 giant balloons, carried live on WGN, 300K attend.
http://chicagofestivals.org
State from Congress to Randolph. Downtown, come by train. Live on ABC.
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Friday 2014.11.28 ^
* 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.
http://adbusters.org/bnd
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Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown. Unplanned route gently winds a dozen miles or more. Thousands attend in good weather. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, show bikes, so much more. Skaters welcome.
http://massup.us/ccm
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.
http://chicagocriticalmass.org
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Monday 2014.12.01 ^
* AIDS awareness day. Yearly.
Internationally recognized day for increasing public awareness about AIDS. The best defense is education.
http://www.aids.org
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Day Without Art (since 1989). Commemorates Artists lost to AIDS. Yearly.
Sometimes observed by local galleries/museums.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_Without_Art
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Friday 2014.12.05 ^
Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $20+ 7p UNCONFIRMED
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
http://tributosaurus.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
http://martyrslive.com
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Saturday 2014.12.06 ^
Full Moon ("Cold"). Always adds an interesting twist. 6:30a.
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/phase/phase2001cst.html
http://www.almanac.com
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* 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"
http://elcircocheapo.com
Aloft Circus Arts, 2041 W Carroll #306.
http://aloftaerialdance.com
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Sunday 2014.12.07 ^
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.
http://www.chicagolandtft.org
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FBC ride. Monthly. 21+ 8p-?a UNCONFIRMED
Full Moon Bike Club. Destination varies.
http://thechainlink.org/group/fbcchicago
Gannon's Pub, 773/281-1007, 4264 N. Lincoln.
http://gannonspub.com
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Monday 2014.12.08 ^
Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 7:30-10:15p UNCONFIRMED
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend.
http://fullmoonjam.org
4960 N Simonds Dr Betwix Foster and Lawrence in grass near lake.
http://bedno.com/fullmoons
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Wednesday 2014.12.10 ^
Human Rights Day (since 1948). Yearly.
U.N. issued Universal Declaration of Human Rights on this day.
http://www.viscom.ohiou.edu/amnesty/UDHR.html
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Saturday 2014.12.13 ^
* 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.
http://thechainlink.org/events/2014-dreidel-rampage
Twisted Spoke, 312/666-1500, 501 N. Ogden. Near Grand/Racine.
http://twistedspoke.com
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Monday 2014.12.15 ^
Rudolph Ramble 8K run (since 2000). USATF certified. Yearly. $20+ 9a UNCONFIRMED
Includes goodies and sweathshirt. Collects 1000+ toys.
http://rudolphramble.com
773/404-2372, 2500 N Cannon.
http://caprievents.com
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Tuesday 2014.12.16 ^
* 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.
http://chabad.org/holidays
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Sunday 2014.12.21 ^
* Winter Solstice. Yearly.
Shortest day/longest night (sun 07:13-16:42), official start of winter.
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/EarthSeasons.php
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Wednesday 2014.12.24 ^
Mass. Yearly. All ages. Free. 8p-1a.
Late Christmas eve gatherings at most churches welcoming all. Northsiders try the Evanston cluster.
http://bedno.com/mind/seasonal/winter/songs
http://bedno.com/album/20031225
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Thursday 2014.12.25 ^
* Christmas. Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Yearly.
Gifts are exchanged. Spirit of giving encouraged.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas
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Friday 2014.12.26 ^
Boxing day. Yearly.
Give gifts to service providers such as postal delivery person and trash collector. Sometimes observed on first weekday following xmas.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day
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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.
http://officialkwanzaawebsite.org
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Wednesday 2014.12.31 ^
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.
http://www.theholidayspot.com/newyear
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Thursday 2015.01.01 ^
New Years Day. Legal holiday. Yearly.
Observed by the making of New Year's resolutions, personal commitments to specific behavioral changes.
http://www.smokefree.gov
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Sunday 2015.01.04 ^
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).
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/EarthSeasons.php
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Monday 2015.01.12 ^
No Pants Subway Ride. Yearly. Some time after 12p UNCONFIRMED
Improv Everywhere multi-city culture jamming collective performance art event.
http://improveverywhere.com
1210 W Arthur On the roof Deck of the parking Garage.
http://bedno.com/fb/1494037050820536
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Monday 2015.01.19 ^
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.
http://mlking.org
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Tuesday 2015.01.20 ^
Start of Aquarius. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the water bearer.
http://www.astrology.com
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Saturday 2015.01.24 ^
* B-Movie Fest (since 1983). All night. -Saturday 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.
http://www.b-fest.com
McCormick Auditorium, 847/491-2300, 1999 South Campus Drive, Evanston. Norris University Center, Northwestern University.
http://www.northwestern.edu/up/parking/
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Saturday 2015.01.31 ^
Chinese New Years (4712). Horse. 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.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year
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Monday 2015.02.02 ^
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.
http://www.groundhogsday.com
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* Chinese New Years Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 1p UNCONFIRMED
100' Dragon dances, Miss Chinatown, gifts, fireworks, etc.
http://cityofchicago.org
Chinatown, 312/255-0303, Wentworth and Cermak. Continues South to 24th Street.
http://chicagochinatown.org
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Sunday 2015.02.08 ^
* Snow Days Chicago Winter Festival. Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-8p UNCONFIRMED
Dozens of ice carving teams compete with fine art results.
312/744-3315 http://navypier.com/snowdays
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Gateway Park.
http://navypier.com
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Saturday 2015.02.14 ^
* 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 http://www.metromix.com for best dining ideas.
http://www.victoriassecret.com
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Monday 2015.02.16 ^
* 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.
http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Holidays/Presidents'_Day
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Sunday 2015.03.01 ^
* Chiditarod (since 2006). Chicago's most absurd race. 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.
http://chiditarod.org
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Monday 2015.03.02 ^
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.
http://mardigras.com
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Wednesday 2015.03.04 ^
City of Chicago's Birthday (since 1837). Yearly.
Celebrated early at Chicago History Museum.
http://cityofchicago.org
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IHOP Natl Pancake Day (since 2006). Yearly. All ages. Free UNCONFIRMED
Free short stack (Children's Miracle Network donation encouraged).
http://ihoppancakeday.com
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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.
http://mardigras.com
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Thursday 2015.03.05 ^
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.
http://mcachicago.org
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Friday 2015.03.13 ^
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.
http://ilga.gov/legislation/96/SR/PDF/09600SR0046lv.pdf
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Saturday 2015.03.14 ^
* Pi Day. Yearly.
Celebrating the world's most popular irrational number: March 14th = 3.14; Uber-geeks celebrate at 1:59:26.
http://www.piday.org
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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.
http://www.chicagostpatsparade.com
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Sunday 2015.03.15 ^
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.
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/ides1.html
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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.
http://www.chabad.org/holidays
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Tuesday 2015.03.17 ^
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.
http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick's_Day
http://www.ireland.com
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Friday 2015.03.20 ^
Great American Meatout (since 1985). Yearly.
Eat nothing with eyes today.
http://www.meatout.org
http://www.go-veggie.org
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* Vernal Equinox. Yearly.
Night and day are equal length (sun 06:02-18:11), official start of spring.
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/EarthSeasons.php
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Wednesday 2015.04.01 ^
April Fools' Day. Observed by playing brilliant practical jokes. Yearly.
Tell your boyfriend you're pregnant.
http://www.2meta.com/april-fools
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Sunday 2015.04.05 ^
*** 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.
http://ilfrc.org
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-4750, 525 South Racine.
http://www.uicpavilion.com
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World Pillow Fight Day. BYOP. Yearly. All ages. Free 2p UNCONFIRMED
http://pillowfightday.com
Millennium Monument, Michigan & Randolph.
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* CircEsteem Spring Circus (since 2002). Yearly. All ages. $11-18 Sa noon, Su 3p UNCONFIRMED
"Watch in awe as the kids of the Chicago Youth Circus share their amazing talents." featuring a variety of classic acts.
http://circesteem.org
Alternatives, 312/731-4242, 4730 N Sheridan. East of Red Line Lawrence or Wilson Stops.
http://www.alternativesyouth.org
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Tuesday 2015.04.07 ^
World Health Day. Commemorates founding of the W. H. Organization in 1948. Yearly.
Observed by reflecting on world health issues.
http://www.who.org
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Wednesday 2015.04.08 ^
Flower Festival. Yearly.
Celebrates Buddha's birthday (around 500BC).
http://buddhism.about.com
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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.
http://gammaphicircus.ilstu.edu
Illinois State University, Redbird Arena, Bloomington.
http://www.ilstu.edu/map/
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Sunday 2015.04.12 ^
** 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.
http://TritonTroupersCircus.com
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Monday 2015.04.13 ^
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.
http://christianity.about.com
http://www.smart.net/~mmontes/ec-cal.html
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Tuesday 2015.04.14 ^
Passover. A most important Jewish festival. -2015.04.22 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.
http://chabad.org/holidays/passover
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Wednesday 2015.04.15 ^
* Personal income tax due. Yearly.
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 2015.04.18 ^
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.
http://www.vatican.va
http://www.smart.net/~mmontes/ec-cal.html
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Monday 2015.04.20 ^
* 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.
http://christianity.about.com
http://www.smart.net/~mmontes/ec-cal.html
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Wednesday 2015.04.22 ^
* Earth Day (since 1970). Yearly.
Reflect on ecological issues and commit to the conservation and reclamation of nature.
http://www.earthday.net
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Thursday 2015.04.23 ^
Administrative Professionals Day. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Day to honor and be kind to professional administrative assistants.
http://www.iaap-hq.org
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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.
http://takeourdaughterstowork.org
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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.
http://www.arborday.org
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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.
http://lungchicago.org/hustle
John Hancock Building, 312/751-3681, 875 N Michigan. Assemble in concourse area.
http://www.hancock-observatory.com
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* 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.
800/227-2345 http://walkroll.org
Soldier Field, 1410 South Museum Campus. Stadium Green just South.
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Friday 2015.05.01 ^
Movies in the Parks (since 2001). Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk. UNCONFIRMED
Nice films, neighbors, concessions. Print handy PDF.
http://bedno.com/mind/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Sunday 2015.05.03 ^
** 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.
http://chicagokite.com/madakiandkim.html
Montrose Park, Montrose and Lake Shore Drive. Cricket Hill.
http://cityofchicago.org
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* Long Grove Chocolate Fest. Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p UNCONFIRMED
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.
http://www.starevents.com
Historic Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban.
http://visitlonggrove.com
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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.
http://www.vivacincodemayo.org
http://www.laraza.com
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Friday 2015.05.08 ^
V.E. Day. Yearly.
Victory in Europe day. Commemorates Germany's surrender in World War II, 1945.
http://www.dtic.mil/soldiers/may95/p50.html
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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.
THANXX FOR EVERYTHING MOM!!!
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Saturday 2015.05.16 ^
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 http://starevents.com
Lakeview, 3100 N Ashland. At Barry.
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Sunday 2015.05.17 ^
* Great Parker Rummage Sale. Yearly. All ages. Free Sa 9a-4p, Su 10a-5p UNCONFIRMED
Francis W. Parker School, 773/353-3000, 330 W Webster.
http://fwparker.org
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* 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.
http://resonatechicago.net
Concord Music Hall, 773/570-4000, 2047 N Milwaukee. Near Western/Armitage Blue Line.
http://concordmusichall.com
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Wednesday 2015.05.20 ^
Sweets & Snack Expo (since 1884). National Confectioners Association. -Thursday Yearly. 9a-5p UNCONFIRMED
Candy industry or connected only.
703/790-5750 http://allcandyexpo.com
McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore. Lakeside Center.
http://mccormickplace.com
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* Ride of Silence. 3rd Wednesday in May Yearly. All ages. Free 6:30-9p UNCONFIRMED
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.
http://rideofsilence.org/chicago
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
http://cityofchicago.org
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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.
312/902-1500 http://cirqueshanghai.com
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.
http://www.navypier.com
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Sunday 2015.05.24 ^
* 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.
http://www.chicagoparades.us
State Street from Lake to Van Buren.
http://www.cityofchicago.org
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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.
http://navypier.com
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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.
http://dmoz.org/Society/Holidays/Memorial_Day
http://usmemorialday.org
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** Bike The Drive (since 2002). Yearly. All ages. $35+ Gathering begins at 5:30a. 5:30-10:15a UNCONFIRMED
Ride on L.S.D., closed to cars. Over 20000 participants, pre-reg and ID and cash and helmet required. Vendors and parties after.
312/42-PEDAL http://bikethedrive.org
Upper Hutchinson Field, Columbus and Balbo. Near Buckingham Fountain.
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Friday 2015.05.29 ^
Ascension Day. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
A Christian holiday, 40 days after easter. Commemorates the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven.
http://christianity.about.com
http://www.smart.net/~mmontes/ec-cal.html
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Sunday 2015.05.31 ^
* World No Tobacco Day (since 1988). Leave the pack behind. Yearly.
Sponsored by the World Health Organization.
http://who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2014
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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.
http://www.lgpetparade.org
E Cossitt Ave at S LaGrange Rd, LaGrange.
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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.
http://chabad.org/holidays/Shavuot
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Friday 2015.06.05 ^
* World Environment Day. Reflect on global environmental concerns. Yearly.
Anniversary of first UN Conference on Human Environment in 1972.
http://www.un.org/events
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Saturday 2015.06.06 ^
D-Day. Yearly.
Anniversary of 1944 Allied troops invasion of Normandy France.
http://gofrance.about.com/travel/gofrance/msubdday.htm
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Andersonville Midsommarfest (since 1966). Nice Swedish-ish neighborhood party. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 (donation) 11a-10p UNCONFIRMED
Dozens of vendors, ethnic food, assorted bands, pet parade, family activities come, in a great shopping area.
773/728-2995 http://www.starevents.com
Andersonville, Clark from Foster to Balmorol.
http://andersonville.org
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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.
http://chicagoevents.com
Belmont and Sheffield. Belmont train stop.
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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.
READ THE RULEZ: http://ChicagoNakedRide.org/about
FANS: Suggested viewing points+times and the ride's progress live will be on MassUp.us and ChicagoNakedRide.org on ride day. Also on Twitter as @ChiNakedRide and #WNBRC
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Sunday 2015.06.14 ^
** Artists of the Wall Festival (since 1994). Bands, vendors, artists, neighbors. Yearly. All ages. $30+ Always sells out. 9a-8p UNCONFIRMED
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"
http://tinyurl.com/aowreg2013
Loyola Park, 1230 W Greenleaf. Around 6900 N on the lake.
http://rogerspark.com
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Wells Street Art Festival (since 1975). Over 250 fine artists, food, music. Yearly. $0-5 10a-10p UNCONFIRMED
See site for band schedule.
http://www.chicagoevents.com
773/868-3010, Wells between North and Division.
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Puerto Rican Day Parade (since 1967). Also on ABC. Yearly. All ages. Free 2:30p UNCONFIRMED
773/292-1414 http://chicagoparades.us
Division from Western to Sacramento
http://cityofchicago.org
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Tuesday 2015.06.16 ^
Summer Vacation. Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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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.
http://www.juneteenth.com
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Saturday 2015.06.20 ^
Body Art Expo (since 2003). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $22-45+.
"World's Largest Tattoo Expo"
http://bodyartexpo.com
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.
http://www.navypier.com
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Emancipation Day. Yearly.
Day observing the end of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln declared all slaves free on January 1st, 1863.
http://www.nara.gov/exhall/featured-document/eman/emanproc.html
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Strawberry Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p UNCONFIRMED
Strawberry foods, drinks and treats everywhere. Entertainment on two stages. 80 shops, galleries, restaurants. Well managed popular family event in a lovely town.
http://www.starevents.com
Historic Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban.
http://visitlonggrove.com
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Sunday 2015.06.21 ^
* Fathers' Day. 3rd Sunday in June Yearly.
Honor and be kind to fathers.
http://www.fathers.com
http://bedno.com/holidays
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* Summer Solstice. Yearly. 5a UNCONFIRMED
Longest day/shortest night, official start of summer.
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/EarthSeasons.php
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Custer's Last Stand Festival of the Arts (since 1972). Big happy art/music/food/fun fair. Yearly. All ages. $1 suggested donation. 10a-9p UNCONFIRMED
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 http://www.custerfair.com
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.
http://www.cityofevanston.org
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** L.A.T.E. Ride (since 1988). Long After Twilight Ends. Yearly. $30-35 11:30p-6a UNCONFIRMED
Very nice and dark 10-25 miles, 10k people, bands, breakfast, more. Friends of the Parks sponsored.
773-918-RIDE http://lateride.org
Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park.
http://fotp.org
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Tuesday 2015.06.23 ^
Midsummer Eve. Yearly.
Observed in Europe, celebrates the return of summer.
http://www.nas.com/jpcolbertart/seasons/midsummer.html
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Saturday 2015.06.27 ^
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.
http://chicagosummerdance.org
Grant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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Sunday 2015.06.28 ^
* Fountain Square Art Festival (since 1980). Lots of quality art, food and bands. Yearly. 10a-10p UNCONFIRMED
About 300 artists, strictly juried.
Church St. and Sherman Ave, 800 W Church St, Evanston. Purple line Davis stop.
http://www.cityofevanston.org
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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.
773/665-4682 http://starevents.com
Lincoln Park, 2045 North Lincoln Park W.
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* Gay Pride Parade and Festival (since 1970). One of the nations largest. Last Sunday in June Yearly. All ages. Free 12p UNCONFIRMED
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.
773/348-8243 http://chicagopride.gopride.com
Uptown, 4400 N Broadway. At Montrose.
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Tuesday 2015.06.30 ^
Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
http://tinyurl.com/chimpm2014
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown.
http://millenniumpark.org
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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).
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/EarthSeasons.php
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* 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.
http://www.holidays.net/independence
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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.
http://www.evanston4th.org
North Evanston, Central Street and Central Park Avenue, Evanston. Marches East to Ashland. Easily reached by Purple line and Metra.
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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.
http://renfair.com/bristol
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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).
http://starevents.com
Lincoln/Belmont/Ashland, 773/665-4682.
http://lakeviewchamber.com
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Thursday 2015.07.09 ^
Taste Of Chicago (since 1981). Beer, meat, people, major bands. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free entry. 10a-9p UNCONFIRMED
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.
http://tasteofchicago.us
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
http://cityofchicago.org
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Friday 2015.07.10 ^
Nikola Tesla Day (since 2002). Yearly.
Honoring one of history's greatest inventors.
http://teslasociety.com/tesladay.htm
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla
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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.
773/777-3261 http://www.chicagoevents.com
Lincoln Park, Cannon at Fullerton.
http://www.chicagoaa.com
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Sunday 2015.07.12 ^
** Tour de Fat. Parade, party, and performance event promoting bicycles. Yearly. 9a-5p UNCONFIRMED
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.
http://facebook.com/TourDeFat
Palmer Square, 2200 N Kedzie Blvd. W from California or S from Logan Sq Blue Line stops.
http://www.westtownbikes.org
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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.
http://festival.gohammond.com
Wolf Park, 2398 S. Calumet Ave, Whiting IN.
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Sunday 2015.07.19 ^
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.
http://www.cityofevanston.org/
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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.
http://www.nasa.gov
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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.
http://www.chicagochinatown.org
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Sunday 2015.07.26 ^
* Pierogi Ride (since 2008). Yearly. 9:30a-6p UNCONFIRMED
Bike (leisurely 18mi each way) to PierogiFest in Whiting, IN.
http://www.thechainlink.org/events/7th-ride-to-pierogifest-whiting-in
Buckingham Fountain, 451 S Lake Shore Drive. E of Red Line Jackson stop.
http://pierogifest.net
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Saturday 2015.08.01 ^
* World Hoop Day. 1st Saturday in August Yearly. All ages. Free UNCONFIRMED
Promoting the perfect plaything.
http://worldhoopday.com
http://bedno.com/hooping
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* Lollapalooza. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $90-850 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
Over 100 bands across eight stages and three days.
http://lollapalooza.com
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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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.
http://www.cityofevanston.org
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* 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.
http://performforthelove.com/showmensrest
Woodlawn Cemetery / Showmen's Rest, 708/442-8500, 7750 W Cermak Rd, Forest Park. Western end; East of Des Plaines Ave.
http://www.woodlawncemeteryofchicago.com
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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.
http://www.city.hiroshima.jp
http://www.theenolagay.com
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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.
http://sohp.com
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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.
http://budbillikenparade.com
Washington Park, King Drive from 39th to 55th.
http://www.chicagoparades.us
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Sunday 2015.08.09 ^
Northalsted Market Days (since 1982). Big crowded boystown fest. Yearly. $? 11a-10p UNCONFIRMED
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.
http://northalsted.com
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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.
773/665-4682 http://www.starevents.com
Roscoe from Damen to Hamilton
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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.
http://earthsky.org/tonight
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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.
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Saturday 2015.08.15 ^
* Glenwood Ave Arts Fest (since 2002). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 12-9p UNCONFIRMED
Arts, crafts, music, theatre, bands, numerous quality entertainers for kids.
http://glenwoodave.org
Glenwood at Morse Rogers Park.
http://rogerspark.com
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Sunday 2015.08.16 ^
** Air and Water Show (since 1959). WORLD CLASS EVENT!!! Yearly. 9a-4p UNCONFIRMED
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.
http://chicagoairandwatershow.us
Peaks at North Avenue beach, 312/744-3370. Red line to Clark/Division then walk North.
http://explorechicago.org
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Wednesday 2015.08.19 ^
National Aviation Day. Yearly.
Anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday in 1871.
http://www.orvillewright.com
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Sunday 2015.08.23 ^
Bucktown Arts Fest (since 1986). Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-7p UNCONFIRMED
"Great Art, Great Craft Brews"
http://bucktownartsfest.com
Senior Citizen Memorial Park, 2300 N Oakley. 2300 W Lyndale.
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Taste of Greece. Folk music, culture, meats and spices. Yearly. All ages. $3 12-11p UNCONFIRMED
http://greektownchicago.org
Greektown, 100 S Halsted. Runs several blocks.
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* 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"
http://bedno.com/fb/1422020151371257
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.
http://cityofchicago.org
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Monday 2015.08.24 ^
SuperSprint Triathlon (since 1983). Yearly. $$ Races start 7:30a UNCONFIRMED
Thousands expected. Cash prizes. May sell out. Big parties after.
http://chicagosupersprint.com
Lakefront at Foster.
http://www.caprievents.com
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Kids Triathlon (since 1991). Yearly. 7-14 $30+ Races start 9a UNCONFIRMED
Wonderful concept.
http://chicagokidstriathlon.com
Foster Beach. http://www.caprievents.com
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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.
http://www.women.com
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Saturday 2015.08.29 ^
North Coast Music Festival. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $50-225+ Fr 3-10p, Sa+Su 1-10p UNCONFIRMED
http://northcoastfestival.com
Union Park, 1501 W Randolph. Near Washington/Ogden intersection.
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Saturday 2015.09.05 ^
German-American Fest (since 1920). -Sunday Yearly. Fr 6-10p, Sa 2-10p, Su 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
"Famous bands for dancing & entertainment in two huge fest tents. Delicious German food & drink"
773/728-3890 http://www.germanday.com
Lincoln Square, 4700 N Lincoln. Near Brown line train Western stop.
http://www.lincolnsquare.org
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Sunday 2015.09.06 ^
* 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.
http://facebook.com/Lakewood.Balmoral
Andersonville, 773/784-5277, Bryn Mawr at Lakewood. 5200-5500 North on Magnolia, Lakewood and Wayne.
http://edgewater.org
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Von Steuben Parade. Yearly. All ages. Free 2-3p UNCONFIRMED
630/653-3018 http://www.germanday.com
Lincoln Avenue from Irving Park to Wilson and beyond., 312/744-3370.
http://chicagoparades.us
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Venetian Night (since 1958). Yearly. 6:30-10:15p UNCONFIRMED
Parade of about 30 brightly decorated boats (8:30p) followed by fireworks (9:30p).
http://chicagoyachtclub.org
Lakefront from Shedd to Monroe Harbor, 312/744-3370. Reviewing at Queen's Landing (Congress).
http://www.cityofchicago.org
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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.
http://www.dol.gov/
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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.
http://www.grandparents-day.com
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* Four Star Tour (since 1989). Yearly. All ages. $35-55+ 7:30a UNCONFIRMED
Join thousands of other riders exploring Chicago and near north suburbs. Sample delicious Chicago treat like pierogies, egg rolls, tacos and full menu. Four different routes range 12-62 miles, each exploring vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, lush parks and historic architecture.
http://fourstarbiketour.org
University of Illinois, Morgan and Taylor.
http://activetrans.org
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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.
http://bedno.com/album/20020428
http://www.startrek.com
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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."
http://bikesmut.com
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 773/837-0145, 3219 S Morgan.
http://coprosperity.org
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Wednesday 2015.09.16 ^
Mexican Independence Day. Yearly.
Commemorates the call for independence from Spain in 1821.
http://www.mexico.com
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Saturday 2015.09.19 ^
Talk Like a Pirate Day. Yearly. 10a-1p.
http://talklikeapirate.com
http://bedno.com/drizzle/pirate/webapp.htm
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Monday 2015.09.21 ^
North Shore Century ride (since 1985). Yearly. All ages. $17-25 6a-7p UNCONFIRMED
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.
http://evanstonbikeclub.org/nsc
Dawes Park, 1700 Sheridan Road.
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Tuesday 2015.09.22 ^
** World Carfree Day (since 1997). Yearly. All ages. Free 5:30p.
Promoting alternatives to car dependence and car culture.
http://worldcarfree.net/wcfd
Compete to win big prizes:
http://drivelesslivemore.com
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Wednesday 2015.09.23 ^
* Autumnal Equinox. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Night and day are equal length (sun 05:47-17:56), official start of fall.
http://tinyurl.com/usnoseasons
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Start of Libra. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the balance.
http://www.astrology.com
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Thursday 2015.09.24 ^
* Rosh Hashanah. Jewish New Year (5775). -2015.09.26 Yearly. Sunset to sunset. UNCONFIRMED
"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.
http://chabad.org/holidays
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Friday 2015.09.25 ^
Native American Day. 4th Friday in September Yearly.
Honors the indigenous people of the Americas.
http://www.nativeamericanday.com
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Sunday 2015.09.27 ^
Long Grove Apple Fest (since 1993). Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p UNCONFIRMED
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.
http://www.starevents.com
Historic Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban.
http://visitlonggrove.com
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Friday 2015.10.02 ^
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.
877/TO-HOBBY http://www.ihobbyexpo.com
Schaumburg Convention Ctr, 847/303-4100, 1551 N Thoreau Dr, Schaumburg.
http://schaumburgconventioncenter.com
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Saturday 2015.10.03 ^
* Yom Kippur. Jewish Day of Atonement. Yearly. Sunset to sunset. UNCONFIRMED
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.
http://chabad.org/holidays
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Sunday 2015.10.04 ^
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.
http://cityofchicago.org
Chinatown, 312/225-6198, Wentworth and Cermak. Continues from 22nd to 24th Street.
http://www.chicagochinatown.org
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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.
http://www.chicagohs.org/fire
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Sukkot. -2015.10.15 Yearly. Sunset to sunset. UNCONFIRMED
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.
http://chabad.org/holidays
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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.
http://www.canada.com
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* 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.
http://www.cityofchicago.org
http://dir.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Holidays_and_Observances/Columbus_Day
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Farmer's Day. Yearly.
Created in 1915 to stimulate interest in agriculture.
http://www.usda.gov
http://bedno.com/holidays
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Friday 2015.10.16 ^
Bosses Day. Honor and be kind to bosses. Yearly.
http://www.hallmark.com
http://bedno.com/holidays
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Saturday 2015.10.17 ^
Sweetest Day. 3rd Saturday in October Yearly.
Day to honor and be kind to one's sweetheart.
http://www.hallmark.com
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Seasonal ^
Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2014.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North; Su: WickerPark;
http://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Pumpkin Farms. -2014.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.
http://chicagofun.com/home/halloween/pumpkin_farms.html
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Ghosts Of Graceland Family Walking Tour. Stroll the big name graves. Sundays in October -2014.10.26 Yearly. All ages. $5-10 2hr 2p.
VERY qualified tour guides, lots of interesting history.
http://architecture.org
Graceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.
http://graveyards.com
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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;
http://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Pumpkin Farms. -2015.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.
http://chicagofun.com/home/halloween/pumpkin_farms.html
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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.
http://architecture.org
Graceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.
http://graveyards.com
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Ongoing ^
Now playing.
St. Vincent, Left Behind, The Hero of Color City, The Zero Theorem, Pump, The Maze Runner, Are You Here, Sin City 2, Expendables 3, The Giver, Boyhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy, Hercules, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Life Itself, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Story of Aaron Swartz, Venus in Fur, 22 Jump Street, The Signal, Edge of Tomorrow, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2014.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North; Su: WickerPark;
http://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Now playing.
St. Vincent, Left Behind, The Hero of Color City, The Zero Theorem, Pump, The Maze Runner, Are You Here, Sin City 2, Expendables 3, The Giver, Boyhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy, Hercules, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Life Itself, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Story of Aaron Swartz, Venus in Fur, 22 Jump Street, The Signal, Edge of Tomorrow, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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