2003.07.25 (week 317)
Future Memories
..-Sa: Dave Attell at Zanies North.
Ongoing: "Spy Kids 3-D" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
..-Su: Book sale and Bughouse Square Debates at Newberry Library.
Fr: O'Jays, Temptations, 4 Tops, Whispers at Arie Crown Theater.
Sa: Bristol Renaissance Faire at Renaissance Village.
Sa: Undershorts Film Festival at Congress Theatre.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: "Contemporary Insanity" at Neo.
Su: Whiplash at Spy Bar.
Tu: Chicago Outdoor Film Festival at Grant Park, Butler Field.
We: The Backyard Variety Show at Hot House.
We: "Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party at Big Wig.
Th: Roxy Music at The Tweeter Center.
Th: "Rotation" drum&bass night at Cafe Lura.

Ongoing:    ^
Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2003.08.16 Yearly. All ages. Free Fr/Sa 7:30, We 6:30p.
World-class orchestra, chorus and conductors, and an outstanding roster of local and international guest artists perform classical.
312/742-4763 (-GPMF)
Grant Park, Petrillo Music Shell, Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Train, bus or cab.

Outdoor Music Evenings. All ages.
7.25: Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Symphonie fantastique, Pavilion, $10-40, 8p.
7.26: Kraft Kids Concert: Ella Jenkins, Pavilion, $10-10, 11a.
7.26: Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach and Serkin, Pavilion, $10-40, 8p.
7.27: Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Rising Stars, Pavilion, $10-40, 7p.
7.28: Barto, Fischer, and Bohorquez, Martin Theatre, $10-40, 8p.
7.29: Joao Gilberto, Pavilion, $10-45, 8p.
7.30: Peter, Paul & Mary, Pavilion, $10-30, 8p.
7.31: Borodin Quartet, Martin Theatre, $10-40, 8p.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served my Metra. Excellent park and band shell, some food/drink service.

Outdoor Summer Concerts.
7.25: Guitars and Saxes (WNUA Series B) $60-75 (series $180-225) 9:30p.
7.25: Guitars and Saxes (WNUA Series A) $60-75 (series $180-225) 6:30p.
7.26: "Weird Al" Yankovic The Poodle Hat Tour $37 7p.
7.26: "Weird Al" Yankovic The Poodle Hat Tour $37 10p.
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.

Bike Chicago (since 1991). Three months of events to promote the health, economic and environmental benefits of bicycling. -2003.07.31 Yearly.
Participate in any of the over 150 events including Bike to Work Week (6.7-13), Bike the Drive (6.15), helmet sale and Police auction, workshops, lectures and clinics, neighborhood tours and family events, contests and stunt shows, parades and more!! Bikes temporarily allowed on certain train and bus lines at certain times. Mayor's Office of Special Events, see site or call.
Various City Locations.

* Dave Attell. -Saturday 21+ $$$ Sa early show is non-smoking. 2nd show Fr/Sa 9:45. 8p.
As seen on "Insomniac".
Zanies North, 847/549-6030, 230 Hawthorn Village Commons, Vernon Hills.

Chicago Summerdance. Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2003.08.03 Yearly. All ages. Free Th-Su.
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons Th-Sa 6-7p; Su 4-5p. Live Music and dancing Th-Sa 7:30-9:30p; Su 5-7p.
Grant Park, "Spirit of Music" Garden., 312/742-4007, Between Harrison and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

"Menopause" the musical. $47 Tu-Fr 8p, Sa 5+8p, Su 3:30.
Joyful musical parody set to 28 classic baby-boomer tunes.
Apollo Theater, 773/935-6100, 2540 N Lincoln.

Now playing.
Johnny English, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Terminator 3, Legally Blonde 2, Charlies Angles 2, Sinbad, Hulk, Dumb and Dumber 2, From Justin to Kelly, Hollywood Homicide, Bruce Almighty, Finding Nemo, The In-Laws, Matrix 2, X-Men 2, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

WAY too much GREAT dance and theater and comedy and poetry to cover.
Get yourself a Reader or NewCity magazine.
Hundreds of city locations.

Under The Picasso. All ages. Free 12p.
Interesting free performances almost every week day at noon. Go to the spectacular Thompson Center nearby (100 W Randolph) for more good art.
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

Farmers Markets. Cut out the middlemen. -2003.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free 7a-2p.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Lncn/Llnd/Wstrn -10.22.
Th: Daley Plaza (daily from 10.17) -10.31 7a-3p.
Th: Edison/Norwood Park, Oshkosh&NW HW 10.24.
Th: Hyde Park, 52nd&HarperCourt -10.24.
Sa: Austin, Madison&Central -10.19.
Sa: Edgewater, Broadway&Thorndale -10.19.
Sa: Lincoln Park, Armitage&Halsted -10.26.
Sa: Near North, Dearborn&Division -10.19.
Sa: North Center, BellPln/Damen/Lncln -10.19.
Sa: North Halsted, Grace/Brdwy/Halsted -10.19.
Su: WickerPark, Schiller&Damen -10.20.
Various city locations.

Different new rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop,
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop,
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish,
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln,
Hot House, 312/362-9707, 31 East Balbo, discounted parking, near downtown train stops,

WNUR ROCKS MY WORLD! NorthWestern University Radio. All ages. Free.
Best intelligent dance music on the free airwaves, with excellent cutting edge ambient and drum&bass shows.
89.3FM, 847-866-WNUR. AIM: WNURdj.

Movies and Beer. Smoking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p (daily): Chicago - Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, ...
10p (Sa-Th): Anger Management - Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei, Luis Guzman, ...
midnt (Sa,Th): Identity - John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, ...
Brew & View, 312/618-VIEW, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Friday 2003.07.25:    ^
"Lara Croft Tomb Raider" now playing.
"The Cradle of Life" w/ Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Chris Barrie, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

* "Spy Kids 3-D" now playing.
"Game Over" w/ Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Sylvester Stallone, Ricardo Montalban, Salma Hayek, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

* Book sale and Bughouse Square Debates (since 1985). Major literati event. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p.
Over 100K volumes most under $1. Public heckling of outlandish soapbox oratory at nearby park Friday 6-8p and Saturday 1-5p.
Newberry Library, 312/943-9090, 60 W Walton.

Critical Mass. Last Fridays 5:30p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown. Now joined by some bladers.
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington.

Circle Jerks, GBH. All ages. $17.50 7:15p.
W/ The Bronx, Missing 23rd.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

* O'Jays, Temptations, 4 Tops, Whispers. $60-75 7:30p.
Arie Crown Theater, 312/791-6516, 2301 S Lake Shore. in McCormick Place.

Opeth & Porcupine Tree. All ages. $24 7:30p.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

"The Edge" comedy improv competition. Fridays All ages. $5 9p-?a.
Showcase hosted by Dave Odd, cash prizes.
Chase Cafe, 773/743-5650, 7301 N Sheridan. Rogers Park.

MainFrame. ElectroPunk Night. 2nd/4th Fridays 21+ $5 9p-2a.
"Bi-weekly club night devoted to spreading the electropunk virus throughout Chicago with a concentrated injection of local and national electro bands and DJs."
7.25: J+J+J, Far Rad, Subliminal Propaganda Institute, DJ Michael Broers.
Triple D's, 773/871-6239, 1902 W Irving Park Rd. Just east of the Irving Park, Damen, Lincoln Ave intersection.

"Real Time" w/ Bill Maher. Fridays TV-MA Free 10p.
New show, now one full hour with comedy showcase segment.
HBO. On cable.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
Greg Haus spins his signature mix of progressive, hardhouse, trance, & breakbeat along with some of his favorite classic club hits.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Old School w/ DJ Chris Gin. Fr/Sa 21+ Free Fr -2a, Sa 10p-3a.
Kitchen sink music, requests, video games, sports and movies, 26 beers, kitchen.
Cans Bar and Canteen, 773/227-2277, 1640 N Damen. 1 block North of North/Milwaukee.

Sweet & LowDown. Fridays 21+ $0-15 10p-4a.
Respond at venue website for discount.
BIG NAME weekly guest DJs join resident DJ Sativa and friends. Mostly House and Techno.
Zentra, 312/787-0400, 923 W Weed. Between North and Division by Joe's behind Crobar.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Fr/Sa All ages? $6-11 (also Su 7:30p) 11:30p.
30 plays in 60 minutes, lots of improv, very welcoming, often topical.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.

Seb Fontaine. 18+ $19-25 11:45p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Saturday 2003.07.26:    ^
* Bristol Renaissance Faire. Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2003.08.24 Yearly. All ages. $8.50-17.50 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 x227, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-25 4hr 10a.
7.26: Neighborhood Sampling.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

Stopping Lessons by Chicago Skate Patrol. Sa/Su -2003.08.31 Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-4p.
Certified volunteers teach stopping and other basics. Look for the banner and red t-shirts near the ramp. PERFECT for beginners to walk, drive, cab or train to, bringing skates and protective gear. Great performers practicing nearby.
Oak Street Beach

* Undershorts Film Festival (since 1998). A festive showcase of short films and performances. All ages. $15 ($12 w/ can of food) (Doors 6p) 7p-?a.
Films by: Bill Plympton, MK-12, Eric Dyer, Doug Lussenhop, Gerardo Naranjo, Princess Superstar, Allessandro Bavari, Matthew Glasson, Anne McGuire, Steven Wagner, Scott Dikkers, Rusty Nails, Eric Fensler, Money Mark, David "the Rock" Nelson, and many more!
Performances by: The Typewriter, Environmental Encroachment, Peoples Republic of Delicious Foods, The Mother Booty, OVT, Merkaba, Alibi Video, Uprise Skateshop, and more!
DJs: John Carmichael, Michael Patrick, Tobias, Margaret Noble, Johnny.
Congress Theatre, 312/836-5900, 2135 N Milwaukee. NorthWest of North and Western. Between Blue Line Western and California stops.

"Forte" Live House Music. Saturdays 21+ $5 -10p, $10 -midnt, $15 after. 8p-3a.
Well reviewed event with bands and DJs combining live music and loungy club vibe. Dress code applies.
The District, 312/421-1759, 858 West Lake.

* College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3 food/drink purchase 2.5hrs 8-11p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
7.26: FTAA Free Trade Agreement of the America's Free Trade, Foul Trade or Fair Trade? Panel of speakers: Jean Darling, Ron & Karla chew, and Gener Horcher.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Capleton w/ Cocoa Tea. 18+ $25 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Iron Chef. Fiercely competitive cooking translated from Japan. Saturdays All ages. Free. Also midnt. 9-10p.
Drinking game: sip a Saki each time Ota says "Fukui-san!"
FOOD. On cable.

"Autobahn" How fast can you go? Saturdays 21+ $5 after 10p 9:30p-5a.
Experience the driving, Trans-Euro groove as DJs Christopher Robin and Greg Haus and John Jackson spin a signature mix of progressive music and video. Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you are! An editor fave, sometimes too wild.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

* "Contemporary Insanity" Saturdays 21+ $5 10p-5a.
THE BEST Industrial/EBM nite in town.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark.

Sonic Boom. Saturdays All ages. Free 10p-2a.
Considered by many to be Chicago's BEST dance music weekly radio show. Electronic, Industrial, Techno, Big Beat, Drum & Bass, often with Danny the Wildchild.

Spundae. Saturdays 21+ $10-20 10p-5a.
Email for discount.
Acclaimed promoter, occasional big name DJs, mostly house, dress well.
Vision Nightclub, 312/266-2144, 640 N Dearborn. At Ontario, near Erie. Great venue (formerly Aura). Parking hard and valet fills.

FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2003.08.30 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p.
Visible anywhere near the lake.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.

Sunday 2003.07.27:    ^
EVIL BBQ (since 1997). Yearly. 2p-12a.
Reverend Robby's party for the Chicago goth and rivet crowd. "Evil cooked up on a charcoal grill, served hot & slathered in BBQ Sauce. Awwww Yeah! Evil so tasty, you'll swear you're in HELL! And will we have Evil Beverages? Boy Howdy! The 7th Annual Evil BBQ is not something you want to miss... w/ Evil Guest DJ's from yer favorite Evil Clubs & Bars, Evil Brats, Evil Burgers and Evil Surprises galore. Will it be evil? You bet yer sweet ass it will! Bring Booze, Bring Food, Bring a friend, or all three." Evil BBQ Inc. provide some evil meat and toppings, evil space and evil sun.
Evil Backyard, 4942 N Wolcott.

Beach Poets (since 1991). Sundays -2003.08.17 Yearly. All ages. Free 4-6p.
Varied readings and music.
Loyola Beach. Greenleaf at the lakefront, south of Heartland.

New Futurama, Banzai. Sundays All ages. Free 6p.

New Power Party (since 1996). Samnation spins Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Last Sundays 21+ Free 8p-4a.
Movie at 8p, dancing from 10p, diverse glam/sexy clique.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At Red line Belmont stop.

GRIGORI 3, URN, Nimbus. An evening of dark sounds... 21+ $6 9p-?a.
Heresy Chicago presents- JOIN US! Hard hitting Goth/Industial favorites return to Chicago! GRIGORI 3, URN and Nimbus plus special guest DJs Carrie Monster and Ian Nothing +Nocturna favorites.
Underground Lounge, 773/327-2739, 952 W Newport. East of Clark, south of Red Line Addison stop.

Guitar Center Spin Off 2003. 18+ $22.50 9p.
Featuring GANG STARR with Dan the Automater, Hosted by (Run) DMC.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Weekly Coffeehouse (since 1999). Sundays All ages. $5 Donation. (doors 7p) 9p-1a.
Open mic, poets, musicians, interesting alternative community art and photos always on display. Includes coffee, tea, soda, snax, raffle.
The Burkhart Underground, 773/348-8536, 2845 N Halsted.

"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinarily good block of toonage, includes free form thought jazz like animated Ken Nordine. May include Home Movies, The Oblongs, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, SeaLab 2021, Brak Show, Space Ghost, Harvey Birdman and more.
Now w/ FAMILY GUY and FUTURAMA Su-Th, the most outrageous prime-time cartoons ever made!
TOON. On cable.

"Sedition" Sundays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
A "dark, sensual and subversive scene" w/ DJ (censored) and guests spinning EBM/Industrial/Electro.
Joy-Blue, 773/477-3330, 1401 W Irving Park. Several blocks West of Red Line Sheridan stop (24hr), or East of Brown Line Irving Park stop.

* Whiplash. Sundays 21+ $7-9 (up to $15 if not in costume) 10p-3a.
Scary Lady Sarah produced. DJ Chilli Winters spinning hard & dark alternative dance. Dress code: Fetish, latex, leather, pvc, drag, ultra glam, uber goth, fantasy character, period costume. Special performances last Sunday of each month. Serious scene, rave reviews, not for the meek.
7.27: Obedience School; animal training themed.
Spy Bar, 312/587-8779, 646 N Franklin. Free parking in South lot.

Monday 2003.07.28:    ^
Adema with Powerman 5000. All ages. $15 6p.
W/ Spineshank, Fingertight.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Tales of terror. Mondays 18+ $4 7:30p.
Various readings by local Chicago horror authors, open mike, and different entertainment weekly.
The Red Lion Pub, 773/348-2695, 2446 North Lincoln Avenue. On Lincoln one block north of Fullerton. Across from the Biograph.

Reactv8. Mondays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJ Boa spins synthpop, hardwave, retro, & more... DJ Kamar from 88.7FM joins him 2nd/4th Mondays. Caters to people who enjoy conversation, good drinks, and NO "boom boom thump thump" music. With good lights and vids, and Mr. Hate dispensing poison.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Tuesday 2003.07.29:    ^
Chic-a-Go-Go (since 1996). Tu/We All ages. Free Tu 8:30p, We 3:30p.
RESPOND AT to get on the show!
Miss Mia (of Kim) and puppet Ratso host a fun loving local show where bands and performers lip-sync for an entertainingly diverse dancing audience. Now in 8th year!
CAN-TV. Public Access channel on cable.

Static X. All ages. $15 6p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Weekly group skate in the burbs. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6p.
Join us for a group skate! Skaters can do as many or few laps as they please. Since this trail is only 2.8 miles, you'll be able to find, and catch up with skaters no matter what time you get there.
Deer Grove Forest Preserve, Dundee Road west of Hicks, Palatine. RT 53 to Dundee, turn left on Dundee. Pass Hicks, entrance is on the right side of street, just past Hicks.

Mariah Carey. "Charmbracelet" tour. All ages. $35-75 7:30p.
United Center, 1901 W Madison.

Allman Brothers Band. -Wednesday $? 7:30p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

* Chicago Outdoor Film Festival (since 2000). Enjoy seven classic movies on the Grant Park lawn this summer courtesy of your fair city. Tuesdays -2003.08.26 Yearly. All ages. Free. Thousands attend. 8:30p.
7.29: On the Town (1949): Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, Betty Garrett. Music by Leonard Bernstein. 8:40p.
Grant Park, Butler Field, 312/744-3315, 331 E Randolph. Red Line train to Monroe; Green, Orange or Brown Line to Madison/Wabash or Adams/Wabash.

"Fat Tuesdays" Tuesdays 18+ (21+2drink) $5 9p-2a.
RSVP on web-site for free admission.
Old school house/rave DJs from transparent, partytildawn, dusttrax, etc.
7.29: Lady D, Adonis Childs, Billy O.
Logan Square Auditorium, 773/252-6179, 2539 N Kedzie. Near Wrightwood and Milwaukee.

"Subside" Drum&Bass. Tuesdays 21+ 10p-2a.
Excellent venue. Pool. Cheap drinks.
7.29: DJs future prophet, radiata, basic.
Joy-Blue, 773/477-3330, 1401 W Irving Park. Several blocks West of Red Line Sheridan stop (24hr), or East of Brown Line Irving Park stop.

Nocturna (since 1988). Goth w/ Scary Lady Sarah, THE weekly gathering of darker souls. Tuesdays 21+ $5-10 10p-4a.
Nicely decorated, often a special guest and giveaways. A tight but welcoming community of several hundred intriguing individuals. Some weeks 18+ held upstairs at Metro.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Testosterone Tuesday. Hard dance music, ultra buff male strippers. Tuesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJ Ralph Rosario.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At the Belmont red line stop.

Wednesday 2003.07.30:    ^
Tall Ships. -Monday Yearly. All ages. $8-15 11a-8p.
Over a dozen magnificent sailing vessels on display. Public tours and cruises. Now also includes DuSable, Monroe, and Chicago river docks.
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

Weekly group skate in the burbs. Wednesdays All ages. Free. 1st lap at 5p, 2nd at 6p.
Join us for a group skate on the newly paved Busse Woods trail... it's awesome now!
Busse Woods, Schaumburg. First entrance just east of RT 53 on Higgins.

Group Skate. Wednesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
"The granddaddy of Chicago group skates". Through the parks, down famous streets, back to Melvin B's for beers. 7-11 miles, some street skating, full gear and blinkers strongly recommended, intermediate and up, be prompt. Canceled if wet.
Londo Mondo, 888/828-7630, 1100 N Dearborn.

Enterprise. Newest Star Trek series. Wednesdays All ages. Free 7p.
Starring Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, Linda Park, Connor Trinneer. Sometimes great, sometimes lame. It's said that some ST is playing somewhere on Earth at any given time. Catch Voyager reruns nightly at 5a.

* The Backyard Variety Show. A showcase of Vaudevillesque talent. Last Wednesdays 21+ (or w/ parent) $5-10 8p.
May include acrobats, torch singers, fire eaters, stilt walkers, ventriloquists, fakirs, dog acts, and other amazing and unusual acts. Hosted by Douglas Grew of Midnight Circus. Cabaret / Gallery atmosphere.
Hot House, 312/362-9707, 31 East Balbo. Discounted parking available. Near downtown stops on all train lines.

* "Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ $5-10 9p-2a.
Great tunes, adequate lights, sounds and space, often packed.
7.30: DJ Hive. Also Ry-N and Lamebrane.
Big Wig, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division. Near Blue line Division stop.

F L I R T. Eclectic blend of electronica presented by all fem DJs. Wednesdays 21+ Free 9:30p-2a.
The Joint and Noble Productions team up to present something different for Chicago's night life lovers. All girl dj collective brings warmth and love back to the electronic music community. Hosted weekly in cozy and groovy confines, these beat loving sisters work hard to offer a unique blend of quality and lushness ranging in the genres of house, garage, liquid funk, and electro. Premium Vodka apple and dirty martinis only $5.
The Lava Lounge, 773/772-3355, 859 N Damen.

"In One Ear" (since 1985). Open Mic. Wednesdays All ages. $2 10p-?a.
"eclectic mix of people" who groove on "laid-back" vibes, folk music and poetry readings.
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.

Thursday 2003.07.31:    ^
Weekly group skate in the burbs. Thursdays All ages. Free. 1st lap at 5p, 2nd at 6p.
Join us for a group skate on the newly paved Busse Woods trail... it's awesome now!
Busse Woods, Schaumburg. Enter on the south side of Higgins, first entrance just east of Rt 53.

* Roxy Music. All ages. $10-75 7:30p.
An editor old school fave. Still gives me chills.
The Tweeter Center, 847/318-5555, I-80 and Harlem Avenue, Tinley Park. South Suburban, formerly New World, expect heavy traffic.

"Hard Candy" Chris Gin residency. Thursdays 21+ $5-7 8p-2a.
Email names to for guestlisting.
Hours of execellent hard beats, club classics and general insanity with weekly special guests. $3.50 Coronas.
Big Wig, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division. Near Blue line Division stop.

Bondage A Go-Go. Thursdays 21+ $? 8p-4a.
Hostesses Janelle, Donna, Veronica, DJ Pascal and guests. Bring or buy toys for adult play.
Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North.

The B-52's w/ National Trust. 21+ $46 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

* "Rotation" drum&bass night. Thursdays 21+ $5-10 9p-2a.
"Futureroots & Rotation Kru present Chicago's official Thursday night session.". With resident DJs: MF, Regge, Lamebrane, Radiata, Abel. Good Polish lounge with adequate dance room, chill couches, and attached restaurant. RedBull/Vodka, Zywiec beer deals.
7.31: DJ Lee!
Cafe Lura, 773/736-3033, 3184 N Milwaukee. Just south of Belmont, easy parking or Blue Line train to Belmont then brisk 10 minute walk west.

Planet Earth (since 1979). Thursdays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Join DJ Dave Roberts for music, makeup, memories and videos. A long running Goth-lite night of new wave club classics.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark.

Attractions:    ^
Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free Mo-We 10a-7p, Th 10a-9p, Fr 10a-6p, Sa 10a-5p, Su 11a-5p.
With various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Also: good music daily at 12:15p, open late Thursdays.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/346-3278 (FINE-ART), 78 E Washington.

Various good modern art shows. $0-8 Free Tuesdays. We-Su 10a-5p, Tu 10a-8p, closed Mo, xgiving, xmas, nyd.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

PIER WALK outdoor sculpture spectacular now open.
With Giant Ferris Wheel, IMAX theatre, historic carousel, a*mazing Chicago ride, classic spinning swing ride, new mini-golf course, major VR games, food court, quality restaurants and bars, stained glass window museum, enclosed garden, wonderful specialty shops, children's museum, water taxis, several cruise lines and the Shakespeare Theatre.
Summer: 10a-10p Su-Th, 10a-midnt Fr-Sa; Fall: Mo-Th 10a-9p, Fr+Sa 10a-11p, Su 10a-7p; Winter: 10a-8p Mo-Th, 10a-10p Fr-Sa, 10a-7p Su.
6.5-8.28: "Family Fun Night" Thursdays.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

See how the universe works. All ages. $10-18+ Mo-Fr 9:30a-4:30p (-10p 1st Fridays), Sa/Su 9a-4:30p, closed xmas, open -6p 12.26-1.5.
Much high tech exhibitry.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-7827 (STAR), 1300 S Lake Shore.

Masterpieces. All ages. $6-10, Free Tuesdays. Mo/We/Th/Fr 10:30a-4:30p, Tu 10:30a-8p, Sa/Su 10a-5p, closed xgiving+xmas.
And other interesting permanent and visiting exhibits.
Art Institute of Chicago, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan.

World class gardens. Easy to get to. All ages. $8.75 parking. 8a-sunset, closed xmas.
385 acres, 23 gardens, 9 islands, prarie simulation, oriental features, miniature railway, produce, shows, restaurant, more...
Chicago Botanic Gardens, 847/835-5440, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.

Quality exhibits and activities for young minds. All ages. $6-7, Free Thursdays 5-8p. Tu-Su 10a-5p.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.

Natural History done right. All ages. $5-10, Free Mo/Tu 1.1-2.28+9.23-12.23. Last entry 4p, closed xmas+ny. 9a-5p.
"Sue" permanent dinosaur exhibit, insects, anthropology, world culture, geology, ecology, much more.
Field Museum, 312/922-9410, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive.

Exhibits covering 4000 years of surgical history. Not for the squeamish. All ages. $3-6, Free Tuesdays. Tu-Sa 10a-4p. Closed 12.24-25, 12.31-1.1.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 312/642-6502, 1524 N Lake Shore.

World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free (Building hours vary) 8a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day. All ages. $4-9 +parking/movies, Sometimes free. Mo-Sa 9:30a-4p, Su 11a-4p.
New TIME exhibit, possibly the best collection in existence of clocks through history. Also new Train, Genetics, Cyberspace, AIDS and toy exhibits.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore.

Truly stunning world class aquarium. $11-18, some deal days. Sa/Su 9a-6p, Mo-Fr 9a-5p (-6p in summer), some later days.
Rear outside deck has the city's best skyline view. Now with web cams.
Shedd Aquarium, 312/939-2438, 1200 S Lake Shore.

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