2003.11.21 (week 334)
..-Sa: Eric Idle at Vic Theatre.
Sa: "Contemporary Insanity" at Neo.
Su: Turkey Free Thanksgiving at Conrad Hilton and Towers.
We: Seal at Vic Theatre.
We: South Park NEW EPISODE on COM.
Th: Thanksgiving.
Th: State Street Thanksgiving Parade at State from Congress to Randolph.
Th: Vegetarian Thanksgiving at Chicago Diner.
Th: "Rotation" drum&bass night at Cafe Lura.

Seasonal:    ^
HOLIDAY CLASSICS. -2003.12.29 Yearly. All ages.
A Christmas Carol: 11.16-12.28 Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 200 S Columbus,
Free photo with Santa: for 94th floor visitors 11.23-12.22 Sa-Su 11a-5:30p. John Hancock Center Observatory, 312/751-3681, 875 N Michigan,
Radio City Rockettes: 11.29-12.29 Rosemont Theatre, 847/692-2220, 5400 N River Rd,
Decorated State Street Store Windows: Downtown Carson Pirie Scott, Marshall Field's.
Christmas Around The World: 11.24-1.4 Dozens of spectacular International holiday decorated trees, Museum of Science and Industry,
Zoolights: 11.28-1.4 Over a million lights, Lincoln Park Zoo,

Ongoing:    ^
Network sweeps. -2003.11.29 Yearly.
Extra special new TV programming this month on major networks.

Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus (since 1871!). -2003.11.30 All ages. $11-50 Various times.
United Center, 1901 W Madison.

Phil Lesh and Friends. -Friday All ages. $37.50 8p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

"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.
The Cat in the Hat, Gothika, The Matrix Revolutions, Elf, The Human Stain, Scary Movie 3, Beyond Borders, Sylvia, Pieces of April, Wonderland, Good Boy, Kill Bill, School of Rock, Underworld, Secondhand Lions, Lost in Translation, Desperado II, ...
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.

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,

Movies and Beer. Smoking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p (Fr-Su,Tu,Th): Bad Boys 2.
10p (Fr-Su,Tu,Th): S.W.A.T.
Brew & View, 312/618-VIEW, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Friday 2003.11.21:    ^
"Gothika" now playing.
Halle Berry, Penelope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr, Charles Dutton, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"The Cat in the Hat" now playing.
Mike Myers, Spencer Breslin, Dakota Fanning, Alec Baldwin, Kelly Preston.
Theaters Everywhere.

* Eric Idle. An evening with. -Saturday 18+ $40 8p.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

Tom Jones. -Sunday 21+ $65 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

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.

Sonic Boom. Fr/Sa 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, guest DJs.

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.

MFA (Motion for Alliance). Live D&B and Progressive Electronica. 21+ 10:30p-3a.
MFA, a live Drum and Bass band from Boulder, CO, will be hosting their official midwest CD release party. With mad representation and an intelligent light show, this is not a party to miss.
The Boulevard Cafe, 773/384-8600, 3137 W Logan. Situated on historic Logan Square.

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.

Saturday 2003.11.22:    ^
Start of Sagittarius. Astrological sign, the archer. Yearly.

Chevy-Vette Fest. Super great show for enthusiasts. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-12 9a-6p.
Over 300 cars, parts, sales, contests.
McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore. North Bldg - Hall B1.

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

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival parade (since 1992). Treats, ice carvings, Disney. Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-7p.
Festivities all day. Evening finale includes parade, activation of a million holiday lights on Michigan Avenue, and some fireworks. Frankly, fairly cold, simple and crowded.
Michigan from Oak to Wacker, 312/642-3570.

Cradle of Filth / Type O Negative. All ages. $27.50 7p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

Deathsister1334's 34th birthday nite. All ages. Free 7p-2a.
C3/ Belmont Undead Group and The Gothic Council of Chicago proudly birthday nite; free movie at 7, free parking, free food and drinks, performances by 12 Stitches and The Atomic Messiah, dark undeadstrial, DJ Aesthik from The Chamber coming from Atlanta, Georgia providing us with dark electronic beats.
Chicagoland Community Church, 773/248-4243, 836 W Aldine. One block northeast of Belmont and Clark.

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.
11.22: Department of Current Events.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Live Drumming. Saturdays 21+ $10 No smoking. 8p-3a.
Also drum circles and loaner percussions of every kind, lessons Friday 9p.
Rhythm, 312/492-6100, 1108 W Randolph. At Aberdeen, six blocks W of Halsted.

"The Edge" comedy improv show. Saturdays All ages. $5-8 9p-?a.
Chase Cafe, 773/295-0395, 7301 N Sheridan. Rogers Park.

Iron Chef. Fiercely competitive cooking translated from Japan. Saturdays All ages. Free. Repeats at 1a. 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. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

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.

Sunday 2003.11.23:    ^
* Turkey Free Thanksgiving. Yearly. All ages. $26-40 (Dinner at 5p) 4-9p.
Elegant restaurant, includes children's entertainment and music. Luscious multi-course extravaganza by award winning vege chef.
312/420-8344 (-VEGI)
Conrad Hilton and Towers, 720 S Michigan. Continental Ballroom.

Rancid. All ages. $16.50 7p.
W/ Tiger Army, Roger Miret & The Disasters.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

Crown Royal Comedy Soul Festival. $40-65 7:15p.
Featuring Earth, Wind & Fire.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

Shaolin Warriors. $27-42 8p.
"In a fully-choreographed theatrical production, the Shaolin Warriors of China demonstrate the stunning movement and spectacular imagery of Kung Fu, with demonstrations of hand-to-hand and weapon combat. The monks' grace, strength and precision is astounding."
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

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 free-form thought-jazz toonage. May include Home Movies, The Oblongs, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, SeaLab 2021, Brak Show, Space Ghost, Harvey Birdman, Family Guy, and more.
TOON. On cable.

"Sedition" Sundays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
A "dark, sensual and subversive scene" w/ DJ (censored) and guests spinning EBM/Industrial/Electro.
11.23: DJs Trancid & (censored).
11.30: DJ Gremlin and DJ Urotsukiodji with DJ yzgi.
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.
Spy Bar, 312/587-8779, 646 N Franklin. Free parking in South lot.

Monday 2003.11.24:    ^
Lucky Boys Confusion & Zebrahead. All ages. $15 6:15p.
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 2003.11.25:    ^
Chic-a-Go-Go (since 1996). Tu/We All ages. Free Tu 8:30p, We 3:30p. UNCONFIRMED
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.

Superjoint Ritual. All ages. $22.50 7p.
Morbid Angel & Devil Driver.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

Jaguares. Rock en Espanol. -Wednesday 18+ $45-50 8:30p.
w/ La Internacional Sonera Santanera.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Noctronica/Nocturna (since 1988). Electro/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 2003.11.26:    ^
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.

* Seal. 18+ $38.50 8p.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

MTV DJ Diamond. 21+ $20 9p.
Celebrating Thanksgiving Eve.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

Michael McDermott. 21+ $15 9p.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

* South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays 9p.
COM. On cable.

"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.

Ladies Night with Elevate. Wednesdays 21+ Free for Ladies 10:30p-3a.
Elevate presents Ladies Night at Bar Chicago Wednesdays. DJ Vygo spins progressive dance and Chicago house.
Bar Chicago, 312/654-1120, 9 W Division. At State.

Bass By The Pound. 18+ $22 11p.
DJs Craze, Swamp, Adam F, MCs Question Mark and Qualo.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Thursday 2003.11.27:    ^
* Thanksgiving. A legal holiday. 4th Thursday in November Yearly.
Day to give thanks for the blessings and bounty one has received. Volunteer somewhere.

* State Street Thanksgiving Parade (since 1934). Very big, w/ Santa. 4th Thursday in November Yearly. All ages. Free 8:30-11a.
Top marching bands, 100 giant balloons, carried live on ABC, 300K attend. Formerly Field's Jingle Elf, originally Brach's Holiday.
State from Congress to Randolph. Downtown, come by train.

Turkey Trot (since 1978). 8km run, over 4500 expected. 4th Thursday in November Yearly. $20 +two cans of food (7:30a check-in) 9a.
Lincoln Park, 773/404-2372, 2500 N Cannon.

* Vegetarian Thanksgiving (since 1981). Practically an institution. Yearly. All ages. RESERVE NOW! 12p.
Serving a special multi-course menu all day. Also doing pickup, order before Thursday.
Chicago Diner, 773/935-6696, 3411 N Halsted.

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.

* "Rotation" drum&bass night. Thursdays 21+ $5-10 9p-2a.
Chicago's official Thursday night drum&bass session. Good Polish lounge with adequate dance room, chill couches, attached restaurant, Zywiec. DJs Danny the WildChild, Phantom 45, Radiata, MF, Regge, Lamebrane. Also catch WNUR 89.3FM 9:30-11p.
11.27: Friction (UK).
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.

Frankie Knuckles. 21+ $18 10p.
Smirnoff presents.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

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.

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.

Notes:    ^
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