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Friday 2016.10.28 ^
* 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.

** NOCTURNA HALLOWEEN PARTY (since 1989). Hosted by Scary Lady Sarah, Yearly. 18+ $15+ 11p-4a.
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.

Monday 2016.10.31 ^
* Halloween - BoooOOOoooOOOoooOOOooo! Yearly.
Perfect wedding night or birthday.

** Halloween Magic on Halsted Parade (since 1997). Yearly. All ages. Free Noon registration. Step off 4p UNCONFIRMED
Iconic annual parade is the city's most outrageous and imaginative Halloween celebrations. Thousands watch, dozens perform. Big costume prizes. Halsted closed to cars -8pm.
Boystown, Halsted at Belmont. Marches North to Cornelia, then back to Roscoe.

Tuesday 2016.11.01 ^
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.

Wednesday 2016.11.02 ^
All Souls Day. Yearly.
Christian holiday set aside for paying respect to the dead.'_Day

Thursday 2016.11.03 ^
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."

Saturday 2016.11.05 ^
Guy Fawkes day. Yearly.
Anniversary of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot kill the English king and parliament.

Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $25 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.

Sunday 2016.11.06 ^
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.

Tuesday 2016.11.08 ^
**** General Election day. Choose the good of the many. First Tuesday after 1st Monday. Every fourth year.
Polling places everywhere.

Friday 2016.11.11 ^
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 2016.11.14 ^
Full Moon (Beaver). Always adds an interesting twist. 8a.

Wednesday 2016.11.16 ^
**** ANDREW'S BIRTHDAY (since 1961). Yearly.
The prodigious brilliance behind this system and much more turns a year wiser. SCORPIOS RULE!!!

** 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.
4960 N Simonds Dr Betwix Foster and Lawrence in grass near lake.

Thursday 2016.11.17 ^
Great American Smokeout (since 1977). 3rd Thursday in November Yearly.
Promoted by the American Cancer Society. Quit smoking, at least for the day.

Friday 2016.11.18 ^
* Nocturna (since 1988). THE Electro/Goth gathering. Monthly. 18+ $10+ 11p-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.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Saturday 2016.11.19 ^
* Midnight Marauders ride. 3rd Saturdays Free Leaves after midnite. 12-?a UNCONFIRMED
"Drinking club with a biking problem" Home around dawn.
Billy Goat Tavern, 312/222-1525, 430 N Michigan. Lower Hubbard.

Sunday 2016.11.20 ^
Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2016.12.24 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa -9p 11a.
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets.
Daley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

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.
East Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355.

Thursday 2016.11.24 ^
** 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 (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.

Friday 2016.11.25 ^
* 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.

Thursday 2016.12.01 ^
* 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 2016.12.04 ^
Toys For Tots motorcycle parade (since 1978). 1st Sunday in December Yearly. All ages. Bring a toy. 9:30a UNCONFIRMED
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.

Saturday 2016.12.10 ^
Human Rights Day (since 1948). Yearly.
U.N. issued Universal Declaration of Human Rights on this day.

Monday 2016.12.12 ^
** Holiday Rampage ride. Yearly. All ages. Food+drinx from 11am, leaves after 12p UNCONFIRMED
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.

Tuesday 2016.12.13 ^
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.

Full Moon (Cold). Always adds an interesting twist. 6p.

Wednesday 2016.12.21 ^
* Winter Solstice. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Shortest day/longest night (sun 07:13-16:42), official start of winter.

Saturday 2016.12.24 ^
* 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.

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

Sunday 2016.12.25 ^
* Christmas. Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Yearly.
Gifts are exchanged. Spirit of giving encouraged.

Monday 2016.12.26 ^
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.

Saturday 2016.12.31 ^
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.

Sunday 2017.01.01 ^
New Years Day. Legal holiday. Yearly.
Observed by the making of New Year's resolutions, personal commitments to specific behavioral changes.

Wednesday 2017.01.04 ^
Earth at Perihelion. Our orbit's nearest point to the sun. Yearly.
Fortunately by cosmic standards we're close to circular at 147.5-152.6Gm (91.7-94.8Mmi).

Tuesday 2017.01.10 ^
* 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 2017.01.16 ^
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.

Friday 2017.01.20 ^
Start of Aquarius. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the water bearer.

Sunday 2017.01.22 ^
* Snow Days Chicago Winter Festival. -Sunday 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.

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

Thursday 2017.02.02 ^
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.

Tuesday 2017.02.07 ^
Carnival. 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.

Wednesday 2017.02.08 ^
Chinese New Years (4714). Monkey. 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.

Thursday 2017.02.09 ^
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.

Friday 2017.02.10 ^
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.

Sunday 2017.02.12 ^
Bike Winter Art Show (since 1998). -2017.02.26 Yearly. 6p-12a.
Motor Row Gallery, 312/533-2140, 2345 S Michigan Ave.

Monday 2017.02.13 ^
* Midnight Marauders Pron Ride. Yearly. 21+ 7p-?a UNCONFIRMED
Drinking club with a biking problem exploits other vices dishonoring St. Valentine over several adult themed stops.
L & L Tavern, 3207 N Clark St. Famed dive bar. At Belmont.

Tuesday 2017.02.14 ^
* 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.

* 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.

Monday 2017.02.20 ^
* 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.

Tuesday 2017.02.28 ^
Hustle Up The Hancock (since 1998). Pledged 94 floor (1632 stairs, 1000 vertical feet) climb. Yearly. All ages. $30-50 6:30a UNCONFIRMED
Benefits American Lung Association. Well managed event with thousands of runners.
John Hancock Building, 312/751-3681, 875 N Michigan. Assemble in concourse area.

Saturday 2017.03.04 ^
City of Chicago's Birthday (since 1837). Yearly.
Celebrated early at Chicago History Museum.

*** Chiditarod XI! (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.

Wednesday 2017.03.08 ^
* International Women's Day (since 1908). Yearly.
Celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women and their contributions.'s_Day

IHOP Natl Pancake Day (since 2006). Yearly. All ages. Free 7a-7p UNCONFIRMED
Free short stack (Children's Miracle Network donation encouraged).

Monday 2017.03.13 ^
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.

Tuesday 2017.03.14 ^
** 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.

Wednesday 2017.03.15 ^
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.

Friday 2017.03.17 ^
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 2017.03.19 ^
** 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.

Monday 2017.03.20 ^
Great American Meatout (since 1985). Yearly.
Eat nothing with eyes today.

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.

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

Thursday 2017.03.23 ^
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 2017.03.25 ^
* 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.

Monday 2017.03.27 ^
* 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.

Saturday 2017.04.01 ^
April Fools' Day. Observed by playing brilliant practical jokes. Yearly.
Tell your boyfriend you're pregnant.

** Liar's Tour (500th annual!). Yearly. All ages. Free 7-?p UNCONFIRMED
Lie laden Lee Diamond tour where "every stop is an opportunity for outrageous misinformation" 10-15 miles of "fibbing, nonsense, tall-tales, bike riding" but no drinking nor fun.
West Town Bikes / Ciclo Urbano, 773/772-6523, 2459 W Division St.

Sunday 2017.04.02 ^
*** 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.
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-4750, 525 South Racine.

Friday 2017.04.07 ^
World Health Day. Commemorates founding of the W. H. Organization in 1948. Yearly.
Observed by reflecting on world health issues.

Saturday 2017.04.08 ^
* Flower Festival. Yearly.
Celebrates Buddha's birthday (US date. ~500BC).

Sunday 2017.04.09 ^
World Pillow Fight Day. BYOP. Yearly. All ages. Free 12-1p UNCONFIRMED
Eli Bates Fountain, 2222 N Stockton Dr.

Saturday 2017.04.15 ^
* Personal income tax due. Yearly.
Instituted in the 16th amendment (1913). Withholding was later introduced to fund World War II.

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.

Saturday 2017.04.22 ^
* Earth Day (since 1970). Yearly.
Reflect on ecological issues and commit to the conservation and reclamation of nature.

* Passover. A most important Jewish festival. -2017.04.30 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.

Sunday 2017.04.23 ^
* Walk&Roll Chicago (since 1973). Walk / skate / bike to fight cancer. Yearly. All ages. 8:30a UNCONFIRMED
Unique charity event for the American Cancer Society. Pledged Bike (15mi), walk (5mi), or skate (10mi). Dogs permitted. Around 5000 people will participate to raise more than $1,000,000.
Soldier Field, 1410 South Museum Campus. Stadium Green just South.

Thursday 2017.04.27 ^
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 2017.04.28 ^
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.

Friday 2017.05.05 ^
Ascension Day. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
A Christian holiday, 40 days after easter. Commemorates the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven.

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.

Sunday 2017.05.07 ^
*** 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.
Montrose Park, Montrose and Lake Shore Drive. Cricket Hill.

Monday 2017.05.08 ^
V.E. Day. Yearly.
Victory in Europe day. Commemorates Germany's surrender in World War II, 1945.

Sunday 2017.05.14 ^
**** 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.

* 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.

CircEsteem Spring Circus (since 2002). Yearly. All ages. $8-16 Sa 2+6p, Su 2p UNCONFIRMED
"Watch in awe as the kids of the Chicago Youth Circus share their amazing talents." featuring a variety of classic acts.
Alternatives, 773/732-4564, 4730 N Sheridan. East of Red Line Lawrence or Wilson Stops.

Wednesday 2017.05.17 ^
*** 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.
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

Saturday 2017.05.20 ^
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.

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

Wednesday 2017.05.24 ^
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.

Sunday 2017.05.28 ^
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.

* Memorial Day Parade (since 1870). 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.

* Resonate (since 2006). Yearly. 18+ $30+ 9p-5a UNCONFIRMED
Freakeasy / local burners presents an evening of sound, light, art, fire, more. Tons of DJs, artists, performers, etc, til near dawn.
Concord Music Hall, 773/570-4000, 2047 N Milwaukee. Near Blue Line Western stop. Body searches. No reentry.

Monday 2017.05.29 ^
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.

*** Bike The Drive (since 2002). Yearly. All ages. $35+ 5:30-10:15a UNCONFIRMED
Ride on L.S.D., closed to cars. Tens of thousands participate. Pre-reg and ID and cash and helmet required. Vendors and parties after.
Upper Hutchinson Field, Columbus and Balbo. Near Buckingham Fountain.

Wednesday 2017.05.31 ^
* World No Tobacco Day (since 1988). Leave the pack behind. Yearly.
Sponsored by the World Health Organization.

FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2017.09.02 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.

Saturday 2017.06.03 ^
* Movies in the Parks (since 2001). Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk. UNCONFIRMED
Nice films, neighbors, popcorn. See the handy quick ref sched.
Various Chicago parks.

Sunday 2017.06.04 ^
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.

Monday 2017.06.05 ^
* World Environment Day. Reflect on global environmental concerns. Yearly.
Anniversary of first UN Conference on Human Environment in 1972.

Tuesday 2017.06.06 ^
D-Day. Yearly.
Anniversary of 1944 Allied troops invasion of Normandy France.

Saturday 2017.06.10 ^
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.
Andersonville, Clark from Foster to Balmorol.

**** 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 in dozens of cities. Chicago draws thousands of riders over a dozen miles sharing our joyful visions. Bare-as-you-dare from body paint to fanciful costumes to whimsy. Just be responsible.
CYCLISTS: Check-in to be announced.
Ridecasting on live day-of. @ChiNakedRide and #WNBRC on Twitter.

Sunday 2017.06.11 ^
Shavuot. Jewish holiday. -2017.06.13 Yearly. Two nights, sunset to sunset. UNCONFIRMED
Commemorates the revelation of the Torah at Sinai. Date varies each year.

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.

Saturday 2017.06.17 ^
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.
Historic Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban.

Sunday 2017.06.18 ^
* Fathers' Day. 3rd Sunday in June Yearly.
Honor and be kind to fathers.

*** Artists of the Wall Festival (since 1994). Bands, vendors, artists, neighbors. Yearly. All ages. $30+ Always sells out. 8:30a-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.
2016 Theme: "Drawing on the Lake."
Loyola Park, 1230 W Greenleaf. Around 6900 N on the lake.

Custer Fair (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.
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.

Monday 2017.06.19 ^
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.

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

Tuesday 2017.06.20 ^
Emancipation Day. Yearly.
Day observing the end of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln declared all slaves free on January 1st, 1863.

* Summer Solstice. Yearly. 8:30p UNCONFIRMED
Longest day/shortest night, official start of summer.

Thursday 2017.06.22 ^
Summer Vacation. -2017.09.05 Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Chicago Public Schools.

** Windy City Burlesque Festival. -Saturday Yearly. $15-150 Various times. UNCONFIRMED
Celebrates present, honors past, showcases future, in all its multi-disciplinary expressions, through local, regional, national, and international perspectives, in workshops and performances.
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. near Racine.

Friday 2017.06.23 ^
Midsummer Eve. Yearly.
Observed in Europe, celebrates the return of summer.

* Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2017.09.11 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.

Sunday 2017.06.25 ^
* 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.

*** Gay Pride Parade and Festival (since 1970). One of the nation's 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.
Uptown, 4400 N Broadway. At Montrose.

Tuesday 2017.06.27 ^
Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p UNCONFIRMED
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown.

Tuesday 2017.07.04 ^
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.

Thursday 2017.07.06 ^
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.
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

Sunday 2017.07.09 ^
*** Tour de Fat. Parade, party, and performance event promoting bicycles. Yearly. 9a-5p UNCONFIRMED
10a- Gather, 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.

Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2017.09.03 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.

Monday 2017.07.10 ^
Nikola Tesla Day (since 2002). Yearly.
Honoring one of history's greatest inventors.

Friday 2017.07.14 ^
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.

Sunday 2017.07.16 ^
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 2017.07.17 ^
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.

Thursday 2017.07.20 ^
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.

Festival Of The Lakes. -Sunday Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Major bands, carnival rides and games, foods, boating, etc. Surprisingly easily accessible by CTA+Metra
Fr 07.22: George Thorogood & The Destroyers. W/ Steepwater Band.
Sa 07.23: Ludacris. W/ Golden & Fitz Fonzarelli
Su 07.24: Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizarraga.
Wolf Park, 2398 S. Calumet Ave, Whiting IN.

Friday 2017.07.28 ^
* Lollapalooza. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $90-850 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
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.

Sunday 2017.07.30 ^
* Pierogi Ride (since 2008). Yearly. 10a-6p UNCONFIRMED
Bike (leisurely 18mi each way) to PierogiFest in Whiting, IN.
North Side of Field Museum, 312/922-9410, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr. At Roosevelt.

Tuesday 2017.08.01 ^
International Clown Week. -2017.08.06 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.

Sunday 2017.08.06 ^
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.

Lakeshore Arts Festival (since 1973). Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-6p UNCONFIRMED
125 juried artists/craftspeople, cuisine, lite music.
1811 Sheridan Rd., 847/491-0266.

Wrigleyville Summerfest. Yearly. $? 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
Kids' Zone with activities for children toddler to twelve. Face painting, inflatable obstacle course, giant slide, mini coaster, fun crafts.
Wrigleyville, 3300 N Seminary.

* 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.

Tuesday 2017.08.08 ^
* 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.

Saturday 2017.08.12 ^
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.

Retro on Roscoe (since 1995). -Sunday 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

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

Sunday 2017.08.13 ^
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.

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

Saturday 2017.08.19 ^
National Aviation Day. Yearly.
Anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday in 1871.

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

Sunday 2017.08.20 ^
** 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.
Peaks at North Avenue beach, 312/744-3370. Red line to Clark/Division then walk North.

* SlutWalk. Yearly. All ages. Free 12-4p UNCONFIRMED
"March in support of education and against intolerance. Aims to combat the myth of 'the slut' and the culture of victim blaming"
The Bean, Millennium Park. 35 N Michigan.

Saturday 2017.08.26 ^
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.

Taste of Greece. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $3 12-11p UNCONFIRMED
Folk music, culture, meats and spices.
Greektown, 400 S Halsted. Runs several blocks.

Sunday 2017.08.27 ^
Bucktown Arts Fest (since 1986). Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-7p UNCONFIRMED
"Great Art, Great Craft Brews"
Senior Citizen Memorial Park, 2300 N Oakley. 2300 W Lyndale.

Monday 2017.08.28 ^
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.

Burning Man. -2017.09.05 Yearly. 9p UNCONFIRMED
Many of my friends are away. Camp Envy can watch online.
Black Rock City. Nevada.

Saturday 2017.09.02 ^
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.

Monday 2017.09.04 ^
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.

Friday 2017.09.08 ^
Star Trek debut anniversary (since 1966). Animated series also (1973). Yearly.
Check out the photos of Andrew's Star Trek collection.

Saturday 2017.09.09 ^
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"
Lincoln Square, 4700 N Lincoln. Near Brown line train Western stop.

Sunday 2017.09.10 ^
** 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, Lakewood and Balmoral. 5200-5500 North from Magnolia to Wayne.

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

Monday 2017.09.11 ^
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.

Saturday 2017.09.16 ^
Mexican Independence Day. Yearly.
Commemorates the call for independence from Spain in 1821.

Monday 2017.09.18 ^
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 2017.09.19 ^
Talk Like a Pirate Day. Yearly. 10a-1p.

Friday 2017.09.22 ^
* Autumnal Equinox. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Night and day are equal length (sun 05:47-17:56), official start of fall.

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

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

Saturday 2017.09.23 ^
Start of Libra. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the balance.

Long Grove Apple Fest (since 1993). -Sunday 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.
Historic Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban.

Sunday 2017.10.01 ^
** Perimeter Ride (since 2002). Yearly. 8:30-12a UNCONFIRMED
A slow circumnavigation of the city's boundary with lots of stops for site-seeing and snacking. ~82 miles over 15+ hours. Follow on
Buckingham Fountain, 451 S Lake Shore Drive.

Monday 2017.10.02 ^
* Rosh Hashanah. Jewish New Year (5777). -2017.10.04 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.

Saturday 2017.10.07 ^
* World Hoop Day. 1st Saturday in October Yearly. All ages. Free UNCONFIRMED
Promoting the health and spiritual benefits of the perfect plaything.

Sunday 2017.10.08 ^
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.

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

Monday 2017.10.09 ^
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.

* Indigenous Peoples' Day. 2nd Monday in October Yearly.
Legal holiday. Formerly celebrated Columbus' landing at San Salvador in 1492.
Parade (since 1953) at 12:30p. On Columbus from Balbo to Monroe.

Wednesday 2017.10.11 ^
* Yom Kippur. Jewish Day of Atonement. -2017.10.12 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.

Thursday 2017.10.12 ^
Farmer's Day. Yearly.
Created in 1915 to stimulate interest in agriculture.

Monday 2017.10.16 ^
Bosses Day. Honor and be kind to bosses. Yearly.

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