2004.07.30 (week 370)
Love like you've never been hurt.
Ongoing: Outdoor Summer Concerts at Skyline Stage.
Ongoing: Cubs home games at Wrigley Field.
..-Sa: Bike Chicago at Various City Locations.
Ongoing: Summer Vacation at Chicago Public Schools.
Ongoing: Grant Park Music Festival.
Ongoing: Chicago Summerdance at Grant Park.
Ongoing: "Menopause" the musical at Apollo Theater.
Ongoing: The O' Franken Factor now web-cast only.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
..-Sa: Bughouse Square Debates at Newberry Library.
..-Su: "Flashback Weekend" Horror/Sci-Fi Convention at Holiday Inn O'Hare.
Ongoing: "The Village" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Ongoing: "Thunderbirds" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Hilary Duff at Allstate Arena.
Fr: Blue Moon Drumming at Northwestern University.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Fr: Live Drumming at Rhythm.
Fr: Presents at Morseland Cafe.

Ongoing:    ^
Outdoor Summer Concerts.
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.

Cubs home games. -2004.10.03 All ages. Various prices. Various times.
07.30-31; 08.01,10-15,23-29; 09.06-08,10-15,27-30; 10.01-03;
Wrigley Field, 773/404-CUBS, 1060 W Addision. WGN/FSNC.

Bike Chicago (since 1991). Three months of events to promote the health, economic and environmental benefits of bicycling. -2004.07.31 Yearly.
Participate in any of the over 150 events including Bike to Work Week (6.12-18), Bike the Drive (5.30), 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.

Summer Vacation. -2004.09.07 Yearly.
Chicago Public Schools.

Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2004.08.28 Yearly. All ages. Free Some Su/We/Th, Fr/Sa 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, Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Train, bus or cab.

Chicago Summerdance. Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2004.08.29 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, We-Sa 6-9:30p.
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons first hour. NEW: Electro-Dance Wednesday w/ top local DJs.
Grant Park, "Spirit of Music" Garden., 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. 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.
Catwoman, The Bourne Supremacy, I Robot, Anchorman, De-Lovely, Spider-Man 2, The Clearing, Fahrenheit 9/11, Hunting of the President, Around the World in 80 Days, Dodgeball, The Terminal, Chronicles of Riddick, Stepford Wives, Garfield, Harry Potter 3, Saved!, Shrek 2, Troy, Godsend, Kill Bill 2, Super Size Me, ...
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.

The O' Franken Factor. Mo/Tu/We/Th All ages. Free. 11a-2p UNCONFIRMED
Al & Katherine Lanpher present drug-free talk radio. Also hear Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder on "The Majority Report" daily 8-11p.
Air America Radio, NO LONGER ON WNTD 950AM due to undisclosed disputes. Available on web-cast.

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. -2004.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free 7a-2p.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Lncn/Llnd/Wstrn -10.22.
We: Vernon Hills, Westfield -10.27.
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 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,
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk,

Movies and Beer. Smoking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p (Fr-Mo,We-Th): The Day After Tomorrow - Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, ....
10p (Fr-Mo,We-Th): Kill Bill Volume 2 - Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, ...
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Friday 2004.07.30:    ^
* Bughouse Square Debates (since 1985). -Saturday Yearly. All ages. Free Fri 6-8p, Sat 1-5p.
Public heckling of outlandish soapbox oratory at nearby park.
Newberry Library, 312/943-9090, 60 W Walton. Three blocks south of Clark/Division Red Line.

"Flashback Weekend" Horror/Sci-Fi Convention. -Sunday All ages. $15-250.
Films shown 35mm outdoors in hotel parking lot, which will be converted to a mini-drive in (bring lawn-chairs, blankets, etc). Guests include: George A Romero, Joe Bob Briggs, Dee Wallace Stone, Angela Bettis, Day of the Dead cast reunion, Creature From The Black Lagoon 50th Anniversary Celebration with stars Julie Adams and the creature himself Ben Chapman, Bill Moseley and Sid Haig and Irwin Keyes from House of 1,000 Corpses, Eileen Dietz (Exorcist), Svengoolie, ...
Fri: Dealer's Room & celebrity signings 5-8p; Drive in: Intro 8:45p, Feature #1 9:20p, Trailers 10:45p, Feature #2 11:20p.
Sat: Dealer's Room & celebrity signings 11a-5:30p; Autograph session 4:30-6p, performances 6:15-8:30p; Drive in: Intro 9p, Feature #1 9:30p, Trailers 11:15p, Feature #2 11:50p.
Sun: Dealer's Room & celebrity signings 11a-5:30p; Autograph session 2-3:30p; Drive in: Shorts 8:40p, Vintage coming attractions 9p, Feature 10p.
Holiday Inn O'Hare, 425/821-1760, 5440 North River Rd, Rosemont.

"The Village" now playing.
W/ Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Howard, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Adrien Brody, Judy Greer, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Thunderbirds" now playing.
Jonathan Frakes directed, based on the camp puppet sci-fi.
Theaters Everywhere.

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.

Hilary Duff. $40 7p.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

Blue Moon Drumming. All ages. Free 7:30p.
"The WE drum TRIBE - A Community Drumming Circle For ALL. Come gather & join our highest intentions together with the intensity & concentration of a laser beam to charge the planet with the power of our collective rhythms to vibrate peace & healing on this magical Eve to broadcast these potent energies into the lens of our growing satellite, instructing the ether, programming the Planet for peaceful change & prosperity."
Northwestern University, Sheridan at Clark, Evanston. Stone Circle Fire-pit On The Landfill, South End of Campus.

Supernatural Chicago. Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fridays 21+ $25 8-9p.
BRING A GUEST FREE with each paid admission!
Hear true Chicago stories of the unexplained, brought to life through audience-involving demonstrations of telepathy, clairvoyance, mediumship and magic -- at one of Chicago's most haunted nightspots. Price includes the show plus two drinks and general admission to the club.
Excalibur, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn. Downtown, valet or pay.

Live Drumming. Fr/Sa/We 21+ $5-10 No smoking. 9p-3a.
Loaner percussions of every kind. Lessons and performances first, then immense drum circles.
Rhythm, 312/492-6100, 1108 W Randolph. At Aberdeen, six blocks W of Halsted.
MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE Presents. DJ FLX & Jeff Craven w/ Leddie Garcia. 21+ $5 10p-2a.
"Please join us for the exciting evening of incredible music, percussion, and Mojitos with DJ FLX (3 Degrees)and Jeff Craven (Large Music) playing smooth underground house alongside sensational percussionist Leddie Garcia (Poi Dog Pondering) ... [B]eautiful venue serving dinner until 11PM with a late night menu as well. Come for dinner before 10PM and get in free."
Morseland Cafe, 773/764-8900, 1218 E Morse.

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.

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 2004.07.31:    ^
BLUE Moon. Second full moon in a single month.

Chicago Pro-Am Beach Volleyball (since 1992). Saturdays -2004.08.14 Yearly. 9a-7p.
North Avenue Beach, 1800 N Lakeshore.

* Bristol Renaissance Faire. Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2004.09.05 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.
07.31: Historic Bronzeville.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

Stopping Lessons by Chicago Skate Patrol. Sa/Su -2004.08.29 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

* Venetian Night (since 1958). Parade of over 35 brightly decorated boats followed by fireworks. Yearly. 6:30-10:15p.
Boat Parade 8:30p, fireworks 9:30p. Also Grant Park Orchestra, Lima Lima flyover, Police and Fire Department marine units. Over 600K expected.
Lakefront from Shedd to Monroe Harbor, 312/744-3370. Reviewing at Queen's Landing (Congress).

Full moon & fireworks skate. All ages. Free 7p.
Blade the lakefront w/ fellow intermediate/advanced devotees, followed by beer (at the NP beer garden) and fireworks. Protective gear encouraged.
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Meet on lower level, by ferris wheel.

Arbortheater outdoor concerts. Sa/Th All ages. Free 7-9p.
Arbor Theater, Dearpath Park, Vernon Hills.

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.
07.31: "Near West Side Stories" Struggles for Community in Chicago's Maxwell Street Neighborhood w/ author Carolyn Eastwood.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Hairball. 21+ $? 9p.
Hundreds of stylists, models sporting outrageous hair designs parade the catwalk, proceeds benefit City of Hope National Medical Center cancer/HIV/AIDS research.
Vision Nightclub, 312/266-2144, 640 N Dearborn. At Ontario, near Erie.

*** "Play :: Drum and Bass Saturdays" Saturdays 21+ Free 9p-3a.
AN EDITOR FAVE! Cheap beers, kitchen, two floors, jungle/d&b guests.
07.31: General Malice, DJ Tense, Chamberweed, Regge, Noleian, 40 oz, Droopy.
Spot6, 773/388-0185, 3343 N Clark.

"The Edge" comedy improv show. Saturdays All ages. (21+ byob!) $5-8 9p-?a.
No two drink minimum, no egos, no rules, pizza, coffee, more.
Chase Cafe, 773/295-0395, 7301 N Sheridan. Rogers Park.

Iron Chef. Fiercely competitive cooking translated from Japan. Saturdays All ages. Free. 1hr. Repeats later. 9p.
Drinking game: sip a Saki each time Ota says "Fukui-san!"
FOOD. On cable.

"Pans*xual Pleasuredome" Saturdays 21+ $5 after 11p 9:30p-5a.
"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.

Old School w/ DJ Chris Gin. Sa/Su 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.

Sonic Boom. Saturdays All ages. Free 10p-4a.
Considered by many to be Chicago's BEST dance music weekly radio show. Electronic, Industrial, Techno, Big Beat, Drum & Bass, guest DJs.

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

FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2004.09.04 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.

** Nocturna (since 1988). THE Electro/Goth gathering. Monthly. 18+ $10 11p-5a.
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.

Moonlight Blues Cruise. 21+ $35-40 12-2:30a.
Hosted by local international Blues & Soul stirrer Vance Kelly & The Backstreet Blues Band with special guest Nellie Travis. Price also includes snacks, cash bar, raffle prizes, stunning view of skyline from the lake, entertainment, and admission to Rosa's Lounge.
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Boarding on the Spirit of Chicago.

Sunday 2004.08.01:    ^
Chicago Distance Classic (since 1977). 5-20k CARA certified running race. Yearly. All ages. $15-30 7a.
Over 7000 participants. Benefits America Lung Association.
University of Illinois at Chicago Campus, 877/474-0449, Harrison and Halsted.

Beach Poets (since 1991). Sundays -2004.08.15 Yearly. All ages. Free 4-6p.
Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels hosts varied readings and music.
Loyola Beach. Greenleaf at the lakefront, near Heartland Beach Stand.

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.
Now: New Harvey Birdman episodes, and ATHF reruns nightly!
TOON. On cable.

Monday 2004.08.02:    ^
Indiefest Chicago. -Sunday All ages. $10 12-10p.
Film fest celebrating the "vision without compromise" spirit of independent filmmakers.
Biograph, 773/348-4123, 2433 N Lincoln.

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.

The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart. Emmy award winner. Mo/Tu/We/Th All ages, free. Reruns at midnt, 9a, 6p. 10-10:30p.
"The best fake news show ever!" Followed by "Tough Crowd" w/ Collin Quinn. An excellent hour of free thinkers.
COM. On cable.

Tuesday 2004.08.03:    ^
* Chicago Outdoor Film Festival (since 2000). Tuesdays -2004.08.24 Yearly. All ages. Free. Thousands attend.
Enjoy classic movies on the Grant Park lawn this summer courtesy of your fair city.
08.03: 8:38p Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) w/ Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier.
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.

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.
CAN-TV. Public Access channel on cable.

Styx. All ages. SOLD OUT 7:30p.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

Chick Singer Night. Monthly. 21+ $8 8p.
W/ Lindsey Spudic, Rikki McRae, Ingrid Graudins, Kari Nelson, Shana, and band.
Beat Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont.

Noctronica. Tuesdays 21+ $5-10 10p-4a.
Industrial, EBM, darkwave, electro, and noise w/ DJs (censored) and Gremlin.
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.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At the Belmont red line stop.

Wednesday 2004.08.04:    ^
Liz Phair. All ages. $29.50 5:30p.
Maybelline New York Presents Chicks With Attitude.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

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.

Women Obsession (since 1990). Ladies night for ladies. 1st/2nd/3rd Wednesdays 21+ Free 6p-12a.
W/ Go-Go Girls, drink specials, then 80s theme midnt-4a.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At Red line Belmont stop.

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.

* "dubFrequency" Drum&Bass. Wednesdays 21+ $5-10 9p-2a.
$5 Absolut, $3 Bud specials.
08.04: Dr. Groo, Sam Snee, Grafik.
Big Wig, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division. Near Blue line Division stop.

Funk the Mental. Futuristic Electronic Grooves w/ Live Video Mixing. 1st Wednesdays 21+ Free. 9p-2a.
Chris Widman (WLUWs Abstract Science) & Don Solo showcase futurefunk, jazztronica, freakstep, & triphop from around the world on Sonotheque's audiophilic sound system. $2 PBRs, $4 Cosmos!
Sonotheque, 312/226-7600, 1444 W Chicago. Just east of Ashland and west of Blue Line Chicago stop.

"In One Ear" (since 1985). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays All ages. $3 10p-?a.
"Eclectic mix of people who groove on laid-back vibes."
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.

* Tributosaurus. 1st Wednesdays 21+ $10 7p and 10p.
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
08.04: The Rolling Stones! 2 SHOWS!
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Thursday 2004.08.05:    ^
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.

American Idols Live. All ages. $35-45 7p.
Pop-Tarts presents.
United Center, 1901 W Madison.

* Acid Test. Thursdays -2004.08.26 21+ $7 ($1 off if dressed Psychedelic) 8p.
1966 themed art performance starring the wrecking crew, Kai Collins, George Dickson, Michael Flores, Jonathan Hood, Sarah McComber, Pavel Pourmal, Maty Flynn Walsh. Music by Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Dean Parks (Steely Dan), George Deering (Randy Newman).
Holiday Club, 773/348-9600, 4000 N Sheridan. Near Red line Irving Park stop.

Bondage A Go-Go. Thursdays 21+ $? 8p-4a.
Logest running f*tish night. Totally rude. Chains abound. DJs Pa5cal and StatikFire.
Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North.

** Acumen Nation. 21+ $7 9p.
W/ CellDweller, Marazene, Bleeding Charity.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

David Cassidy. 21+ $35 9p.
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.
06.26-09.12: Dan Peterman: "Plastic Economies".
06.26-09.05: "Skin Tight" extreme fashion innovations.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

PIER WALK outdoor scultpure show now on display.
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.
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. $0-7, Free Thursdays 5-8p. Tu-Su 10a-5p. Th -8p.
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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