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Thursday 2016.07.28 ^
* Lollapalooza. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $90-850 12-10p.
Over 100 bands across eight stages and three days.
http://lollapalooza.com
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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Friday 2016.07.29 ^
* 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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Saturday 2016.07.30 ^
* Pierogi Ride (since 2008). Yearly. 10a-6p.
Bike (leisurely 18mi each way) to PierogiFest in Whiting, IN.
http://thechainlink.org/events/8th-ride-to-pierogi-fest
Buckingham Fountain, 451 S Lake Shore Drive. E of Red Line Jackson stop.
http://pierogifest.net
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Monday 2016.08.01 ^
International Clown Week. -2016.08.06 Yearly.
Proclaimed in 1971 by Nixon. "I urge the people of the United States recognize the contributions made by clowns in their entertainment at children's hospitals, charitable institutions, for the mentally retarded, and generally helping to lift the spirits and boost the morale of our people." Observed Sunday with a ceremony at Showmen's Rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.
http://www.internationalclownweek.org
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Lakeshore Arts Festival (since 1973). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-6p UNCONFIRMED
125 juried artists/craftspeople, cuisine, lite music.
1811 Sheridan Rd., 847/491-0266.
http://.cityofevanston.org
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Wednesday 2016.08.03 ^
Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $20 7p.
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
08.03: Becomes Supertramp.
http://tributosaurus.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
http://martyrslive.com
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Friday 2016.08.05 ^
Group Skate. 1st/3rd Fridays 21+ Free 7:30p.
Intermediate through advanced bladers come join the monthly group skate. Be able to skate some near traffic and do a distance of 10-12 miles. Helmet required, other protective gear and water recommended. Weather permitting.
http://ChicagoSkater.org
Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.
http://road-raves.org
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Saturday 2016.08.06 ^
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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Wrigleyville Summerfest. -Sunday Yearly. $? 12-10p.
Kids' Zone with activities for children toddler to twelve. Face painting, inflatable obstacle course, giant slide, mini coaster, fun crafts.
http://wrigleyvillesummerfest.com
Wrigleyville, 3300 N Seminary.
http://starevents.com
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Sunday 2016.08.07 ^
* 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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Monday 2016.08.08 ^
* 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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Friday 2016.08.12 ^
Retro on Roscoe (since 1995). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 (donation) 12-10p.
Antique cars, handmade crafts, retro music, kids activities, plenty of food, chilli cookoff, dozens of bands at three stages.
773/665-4682 http://starevents.com
Roscoe from Damen to Hamilton
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Perseid meteorite shower peak day. -Thursday Yearly. 12a.
Look south and up somewhere dark after midnight. Hard to see in the city. Go camping.
http://earthsky.org/tonight
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Saturday 2016.08.13 ^
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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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.
http://northalsted.com
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El Circo Cheapo. 2nd 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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** L.A.T.E. Ride (since 1988). Long After Twilight Ends. Yearly. $30-35 11:30p-?a.
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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Seasonal ^
Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2016.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Mo: Loyola; Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park, Garfield Park, Willis; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North, Horner Park, more; Su: WickerPark;
http://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Summer Vacation. -2016.09.05 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2016.09.11 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p.
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons first hour.
http://chicagosummerdance.org
Grant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2016.09.03 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p.
Visible anywhere near the lake.
https://navypier.com/aon-summer-fireworks
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
http://navypier.com
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Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2016.09.04 Yearly. All ages. $8-16+ Coupons online. 10a-7p.
Open just nine enchanted weekends, rain or shine. Spend all day. Hundreds of costumed performers (about a dozen stages) including Queen Elizabeth & Court, over 160 unique artisans all within a recreated 16th Century village. Mouth watering foods of all description (several dozen booths) and aroma & fine imported ales. Big, fun, joyful, semi-realistic, classic goth outing, costumes encouraged, sometimes hot.
Renaissance Village, 847/395-7773, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs.
http://renfair.com/bristol
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Ongoing ^
* Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2016.09.05 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Nice films, neighbors, popcorn. See the handy quick ref sched.
http://bedno.com/movies/parks
Various Chicago parks.
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Now playing.
Cafe Society, Equals, Ghostbusters, Captain Fantastic, Cell, Zero Days, The Legend of Tarzan, Independence Day: Resurgence, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, TMNT: Out of the Shadows, Alice Through the Looking Glass, X-Men: Apocalypse, Maggie's Plan, The Nice Guys, Money Monster, The Lobster, Keanu, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
07.26: Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration.
http://bedno.com/movies/parks?pritz
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown.
http://millenniumpark.org
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