2007.10.26 (week 539)
Hail Satan.
Movie: "Dan in Real Life" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "Darjeeling Limited" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "Saw IV" now playing everywhere.
..-Sa: Haunted Elevated Train Rides (Sa/Su/Th).
..-Sa: Scream Scene Haunted House Skokie (Fr/Sa).
..-Su: Fright Fest at Great America (Fr/Sa/Su).
Su: Ghosts Of Graceland Cemetery walking tour (Su).
..-Tu: Trails of Terror at Peterson Park (Fr/Sa/Su).
..-We: "Chicagoween" Pumpkin Plaza and Haunted Village at Daley Plaza.
..-We: "Navy Fear" at Navy Pier.
..-We: Pumpkin Farms at Many locations.
..-We: World's Best Costume Shop at Fantasy HQ.
..-We: Best haunted house in Illinois at Dream Reapers Haunted House.
..-We: Haunted Sanitarium at Theater on the Lake.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
..-Su: Rhinoceros Theater Festival at The Curious Theatre Branch.
..-Sa: "The Princess Club" at Redmoon Central.
Ongoing: "In Praise of Physical Labor" at Woman Made Gallery.
..-Su: Joffrey Ballet presents Giselle at Auditorium.
Ongoing: The Magnificents at Viaduct Theater.

Movie:    ^
"Dan in Real Life" now playing.
Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche, Dane Cook, Alison Pill, Brittany Robertson, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Darjeeling Limited" now playing.
Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan, Wallace Wolodarsky, Waris Ahluwalia, Irfan Khan, Barbet Schroeder, Camilla Rutherford, Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Natalie Portman, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Saw IV" now playing.
Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Elizabeth The Golden Age, Lars and the Real Girl, Michael Clayton, Why Did I Get Married?, Heartbreak Kid, Feast of Love, The Game Plan, The Kingdom, Good Luck Chuck, Into the Wild, Resident Evil: Extinction, Eastern Promises, Mr. Woodcock, The Brave One, 3:10 to Yuma, Shoot 'Em Up, Balls of Fury, Halloween, The Nanny Diaries, Rush Hour 3, Stardust, Becoming Jane, Sicko, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Movies and Beer. Movies, drinking, heckling, FUN! Fridays 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p Fr,Sa,Tu-We: Knocked Up - Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, ...
10:15p Fr,Sa,Tu-We: Rush Hour 3 - Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Vinnie Jones, Max von Sydow, Roman Polanski, ...
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Seasonal:    ^
Haunted Elevated Train Rides. Guided tour of spooky city history. Fr/Sa/Th -2007.10.27 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Come early for tickets, first come first serve.
Th+Fr 7p,7:25p,7:50p,8:15p.
Sa 11:40a,12:05p,12:30p,12:55p,1:20p.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-6630, 77 E Randolph.

Scream Scene Haunted House. Spooktacular! Fr/Sa -2007.10.27 Yearly. Not for ages under 10. $8 7-10p.
Over 20 unique rooms. Not for the faint of heart.
Skokie Park District, 847/674-1500 x0, 4701 Oakton, Skokie. At Water Playground.

Fright Fest (since 1991). Redecorated rides and additional Halloween attractions. Fr/Sa/Su -2007.10.28 Yearly. All ages. $$ Various hours.
Come early, use coupons, strategize your visit for best results.
Great America, 847/249-1776, 5312 Grand Ave, Gurnee.

Ghosts Of Graceland Family Walking Tour. Stroll the big name graves. Sundays Yearly. All ages. $5-10 2hr 2p.
VERY qualified tour guides, lots of interesting history.
Graceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.

Trails of Terror. 18 scenes of carnage over a half mile of park and haunted woods. -2007.10.30 Yearly. Ages 8+ $6-8 Open daily. 6:30-9p.
Wind your way through spine-tingling terror at the Chicago Park District's Trails of Terror. Themed "Urban Legends" scenes include Resurrection Mary, Bigfoot, Bloody Mary, Two-Striped Telamonia Spider, Bachelor's Grove. Not recommended for the very young.
Peterson Park, 312/742-7584, 5801 N Pulaski. Near North Park Village Nature Center.

"Chicagoween" Pumpkin Plaza and Haunted Village (since 1997). City decorated event for kids of all ages. -2007.10.31 Yearly. Mo-We 11a-3p, Th-Su 11a-8p.
Big castle set, entertainers, ghost stories, fortunes, pumpkin decorating, farmers market, much more. Midnight Circus performs daily at 11:30a, 12:30p, 2p, also Th-Su 5:30p, 7p.
Daley Plaza, 312/744-3315. Washington and Dearborn.

"Navy Fear" -2007.10.31 Yearly. All ages. $5-12 Pier hours. 10.05-08, 10.12-14, 10.19-21, 10.24-31.
"Courageous families will find an abundance of frightening activities for youngsters and teens." In a series of compounds visitors see sacred sea artifacts haunted by restless souls. Also trick-or-treating, bounty maps, and entertainment Pier-wide.
Navy Pier, 312/595-PIER, 600 E Grand.

Pumpkin Farms. -2007.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.

World's Best Costume Shop. -2007.10.31 Yearly. Seasonal hours vary. Call to check. 9:30a-9p.
Incomparably huge and comprehensive. Some staff costumed.
Fantasy Costume Headquarters, 773/777-0222, 4065 N Milwaukee.

Best haunted house in Illinois. Threepeat winner of Haunted Illinois vote. -2007.10.31 Yearly. All ages. $15-25, free parking, Su-Th -10p, Fr+Sa 7-11p.
Regularly overhauled, 14Ksqft, wheelchair access, 22 rooms, 40+ animatronics, 40+ performers, and scarey SMELLS!
Dream Reapers Haunted House, 708/344-2084, 1985 N Mannheim, Melrose Park.

Haunted Sanitarium. -2007.10.31 Yearly. 13+ $10 Certain days. 7-11p.
"This haunted house takes place in what used to be a children's sanitarium. Experience the horrors in 15 different themed rooms, creepy clowns, an eerie castle and a spooky swamp to name a few."
Theater on the Lake, 312/742-PLAY, Fullerton at Lake Shore Drive.

Supernatural Chicago (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fridays 21+ $25 8-9p.
Hosted by Necromancer Neil Tobin. 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.

Ongoing:    ^
Rhinoceros Theater Festival (since 1989). -2007.10.28 Yearly. $15+ Various days and times.
Showcase of experimental new plays.
The Curious Theatre Branch, 773/267-6660, 3502 N Elston.

* "The Princess Club" -2007.10.27 Ages 14+ $20 Sa 4p, Th/Fr/Sa/Su 7:30p.
Spins classic fairy tales in an exploration of gender roles, fantasy, and beauty by an all-female ensemble. Through outrageous physicality, transforming tapestries, and a hip hop runway featuring Redmoon's version of haute couture, the princesses explore the virtues and vices of being naughty and nice.
Redmoon Central, 312/850-8440, 1463 W Hubbard.

"In Praise of Physical Labor" -2007.11.08 We-Fr noon-7p, Sa/Su noon-4p.
Artworks by women in all media.
Woman Made Gallery, 773/489-8900, 2418 W Bloomingdale.

Joffrey Ballet presents Giselle. -2007.10.28 All ages. $25-140+ Various times.
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.

The Magnificents. -2007.11.03 All ages. $10+$ Th-Sa 8p, Su 7p.
"A magical clown show; provocative, whimsical, funny and very entertaining."
Viaduct Theater, 773/296-6024, 3111 N Western. At Clybourn and Belmont.

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 (since 1980). Cut out the middlemen. -2007.10.30 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Lncn/Llnd/Wstrn 7a-2p 06.12-10.30.
Tu: Federal Plaza, Adams/Dearborn, 7a-3p 5.17-10.4.
Th: Daley Plaza 7a-3p 05.17-10.04.
Th: Hyde Park, 52nd&HarperCourt 7a-2p 07.07-10.25.
Sa: Austin, Madison&Central 7a-2p 07.07-10.27.
Sa: Edgewater, Broadway&Norwood 06.17-10.21.
Sa: Lincoln Park, Armitage&Orchard 7a-2p 05.19-10.27.
Sa: Near North, Dearborn&Division 7a-2p 06.02-10.27.
Sa: North Center, BellPln/Damen/Lncln 7a-2p 06.09-10.20.
Su: WickerPark, WickerPark&Damen 7a-2p 06.03-10.21.
Various city locations.

Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Bottom Lounge, 773/975-0505, 3206 N Wilton, Near Red/Brown Line Belmont stop,
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,

Friday 2007.10.26:    ^
Full Moon. Always adds an interesting twist.

* Critical Mass (since 1996). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:30p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown. Unplanned route slowly winds a dozen miles or so. Over a thousand attend. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, freak bikes, more. Skaters welcome.
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington.

Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 7:30-10:15p.
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend.
Foster at the Lake. Gathering slightly South in grassy area.

Gov't Mule. All ages. $26 Doors 6p. 7:30p.
With Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

George Lopez. All ages. $58+ 8p.
Rosemont Theatre, 847/671-5100, 5400 N River Road, Rosemont.

Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Fall Engagement. Fr/Sa -Saturday All ages. $25-55 8-10p.
Featuring repertoire selections and world premiere work about male/female dynamics.
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 312/334-7777, 205 E. Randolph Dr. North side of Millennium Park.

"Electrohell" 21+ $7 9p-2a.
EBM/Noise/Electro/Industrial. Bands/DJs Oxime, Maldicion, Noir, Sprite. CD/Book/Merch raffles and prizes.
Cafe Lura, 773/736-3033, 3184 N Milwaukee. Good Polish lounge with adequate dance room, chill couches, attached restaurant, Zywiec. 94 to Kimball, right, then Belmont, right, then Milwaukee, sharp left. Easy parking. Blue Line train to Belmont then brisk 10 minute walk west.

Peter, Paul and Scary (2). 21+ $6 ($20=all you can drink) 9p-?a.
"The Nightmare Before Halloween" with DJs Peter Propaganda, Goth Paul and Scary Lady Sarah spin deathrock goth industrial.
Lincoln Tap Room, 773/868-0060, 3010 N Lincoln.

Ultra Violet Halloween Ball. 21+ Free until midnt. 10p-?a.
A blacklight fashion show featuring glow-in-the-dark body painted models in an adult runway show. Prize for sexiest costume. Alcoholic whip cream body shots.
Republic, 312/731-6200, 1520 N Fremont.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 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.

The Flaming Dames in "Bump and Grindhouse" Fridays -2007.11.09 21+ 10:30p.
A multi-media burlesque review. They dance, they sing, they bite.
The Spot, 773/728-8934, 4437 N Broadway. Near Lawrence.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (since 1988). Fr/Sa All ages? $6-11 (also Su 7p) 11:30p.
30 plays in 60 minutes, lots of improv, very welcoming, often topical.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.

Rocky Horror special performances. -Saturday 18+ $10 Two shows. Doors 11p. 12a.
Large experienced cast entertains along with the movie.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

Saturday 2007.10.27:    ^
Chicago Humanities Fest (since 1990). -2007.11.11 Yearly. Various times.
Hundreds of speakers on a theme of universal interest at dozens of venues. Subject for 2007: "The Climate of Concern" - global environmental and ecological disruption.
Various downtown locations.

Bungalow and Green Home expo. All ages. Free 10a-4p.
Workshops, vendors, artisans, lenders, energy improvement grants and loans, more. Special celebrity guests.
Merchandise Mart, 800/677-MART. Downtown, MM stop on Brown/Purple line trains.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-45 4hr 10a.
10.27: Taste of the Neighborhoods.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

Spooky Zoo Spectacular (since 1987). Good outing for kids. Yearly. 12-3p.
Tens of thousands of costumed kids trick, treat and parade.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

* End The War Now! All ages. Free 1:30p.
Midwest regional of nationally coordinated demonstrations. Includes speakers, rally, and march to Federal Plaza. Thousands expected.
Union Park, 1501 W Randolph. Near Washington/Ogden intersection.

* Spooky Skate Rave (since 1999). Yearly. All ages. Free. 2p.
Intermediate and advanced bladers come out for this large group rolling tour of famous haunted local spots. Costume required, also bring a bag of candy to give out on Michigan avenue. A blast every year! Chicago Skate Patrol sanctioned, protective gear (esp. helmet) strongly requested.
Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.

Bob Dylan with Elvis Costello. -Monday All ages. $49-89+ Three shows. 7p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

Golan/Atomic Party (since 1986). "Resident Evil: Intoxication" Yearly. 21+ $65-150 8p-?a.
Chicago's "Largest and Wildest" Halloween shindig, includes open bar, un-dead music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, prizes.
Golan Productions, 312/649-1800, 1501 N Magnolia. West bank of Chicago River.

The Legendary Haunted House Music Bash. 21+ $20 8p-?a.
Featuring Farley "Jackmaster" Funk, Andre Hatchett, and over a dozen more.
Congress Theatre, 312/836-5900, 2135 N Milwaukee. NorthWest of North and Western. Between Blue Line Western and California stops.

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.
10.27: An Attempt to Explain Anti-Immigration Attitudes of the American People - How the US Government Caused Illegal Immigration.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Ghostly Halloween Gala (since 2001). 21+ $50 9p-?a.
Costume party featuring DJ J-Cru and open bar.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

** Stars Halloween Bash (since 1997). Local bands appear costumed as other famous bands. Yearly. 21+ $12 Doors 8p. 9p.
The Last Vegas as Alice Cooper, Catfish Haven as The Misfits, Thunderwing w/ Mike O'Connell as The MC5, Blackbox as Local H, more.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

"Twisted" Saturdays 21+ $0 -11p, $5 -1a, $7+ 9:30p-5a.
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you want to be!"
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Hairbangers Ball Halloween Bash. Ages? $? 10p-?a.
Costume contest for trip to Mexico.
Durty Nellies, 847/358-9150, 180 N Smith St, Palatine.

* Xecutioners Ball (since 2002). Yearly. 21+ $10-45 Before 10p-5a.
Five rooms of horror and decadence at Chicago's only haunted castle. "Lethal lighting, intense fog, and a homicidal sound system" THREE costume contests with many thousand$ prizes.
Vision Nightclub, 312/266-2144, 640 N Dearborn. At Ontario, near Erie.

**** NOCTURNA HALLOWEEN PARTY (since 1989). Hosted by Scary Lady Sarah, Yearly. 18+ $10-15 11p-4:30a.
THE SINGLE BEST Halloween party in Chicago for the 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"
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Belmont Burlesque Revue. 4th Saturdays 21+ $10 12a.
The Bombshells bring their own unique blend of old school burlesque, featuring acts ranging from bawdy comedy to classy striptease to mystifying magic.
The Playground, 312/871-3793, 3209 N Halsted.

Sunday 2007.10.28:    ^
Trick or Treat Trot 5K run/walk (since 1988). Adult and kids runs. Yearly. $20-25 9a.
Popular Halloween athletic event, includes costume contest.
Montrose Harbor.

Quest Fest (since 2006). A Celebration of Puppets, Percussion & Dance. Yearly. All ages. Free 12-5p.
Featuring spectacle, costume contest, giant puppets, stilts, drum circle, much more.
Quest Theatre, 312/458-0895, 1609 W Gregory. One Block South of Bryn Mawr and Ashland.

Sevendust. All ages. $24+ 6p.
With 10 Years, Black Light Burns, Neverset.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Insane Clown Posse. All ages. $28+ 6:15p.
Congress Theatre, 312/836-5900, 2135 N Milwaukee. NorthWest of North and Western. Between Blue Line Western and California stops.

The Decemberists. -Monday 18+ $30 Two shows. 7p.
Guests Laura Veirs and Saltbreakers.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

Electronic Halloween Extravaganza. 18+ $8-10+ 8p.
Local bands impersonate major electronica acts: J+J+J as Kraftwerk, Goudron as Gary Numan, Far Rad as Giorgio Moroder & Harold Faltermeyer, Beau Wazner & Rolan Vega as Front 242, Mandate as D.A.F., and DJ Saskrotch.
Subterranean, 773/ 278-6600, 2011 W North. Corner of North and Damen in Wicker Park, at Damen blue line stop.

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 clique.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At Red line Belmont stop.

"Adult Swim" NEW EPISODES. Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinarily good block of free-form thought-jazz toonage. May include Venture Bros, Oblongs, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, SeaLab 2021, Tim and Eric's Awesome Show Great Job, Metalocalypse, Family Guy, more.
TOON. On cable.

"The End" Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
A club "Industry" night with quality local guest DJs. "Warning: we will get you drunk and try to make out with you."
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Monday 2007.10.29:    ^
Dashboard Confessional. -Tuesday All ages. $26 Two shows. 5p.
With Augustana & John Ralston.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Tales of Terror (since 1993). 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 N Lincoln. One block north of Fullerton, across from the Biograph.

Boom Boom Room (since 1991). Mondays 21+ 10p-4a.
Long running weekly w/ DJs Michael Serafini, Uncle Milty. others. 4kft dance space, multiple bars and environments, late night dining, state-of-the-art sound and lights, free parking, more.
Green Dolphin Street, 773/395-0066, 2200 N Ashland. At Webster.

The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart. Emmy award winner. Mo/Tu/We/Th All ages, Free. Reruns several times a day. 10-10:30p.
"The best fake news show ever!" Followed by the brilliant "Colbert Report" show.
COM. On cable.

Tuesday 2007.10.30:    ^
Good day for Brew&View. Tuesdays 18+ $5+ Now non-smoking.
Drinking, movies, heckling, FUN!
8p Knocked Up, 10:15p Rush Hour 3.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

12 Girls Band. All ages. $25-55+ 7:30p.
From Shanghai, a world-wide pop phenomenon.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

Costume Party and Open Skate. All ages. $10 includes skate rental. 7:30-9p.
"The Chicago Outfit" (a new roller derby league) hosts, Halloween party and open skate, also raffle, costume contest, bake sale, spankings, more.
Fleetwood Roller Rink, 708/458-0300, 7321 W Archer Ave, Summit. At Harlem.

* Devils Nite - A Date With Debauchery. 21+ $25+ Doors 8p-?a.
Mistress of ceremonies GiGi DeLuxe, DJs Darus and Maldicion, horror rock-n-roll by The Gravestones, and extreme burlesque by the Sinstress Sideshow. Also body mod expo, dungeon play, costume contest, more. Dress to impress required.
Kinetic Playground, 773-769-LIVE, 1113 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.

Wednesday 2007.10.31:    ^
* Halloween - BoooOOOOooooOOOOooooOOOOOoooo! Yearly.
Perfect goth wedding night. Also a cool birthday ;).

North Halsted Halloween Parade (since 1997). Yearly. All ages. Free 7p.
Presented by Triangle Neighbors Association and Northalsted Area Merchants Association, this iconic annual parade is the city's most outrageous and imaginative Halloween celebrations. Thousands watch, dozens perform.
2007: Dragon theme, with fire breathers. Register at 5:30 to participate.
Boystown, Halsted at Belmont. Marches North to Cornelia, then back to Roscoe.

* "Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ Free 7p-2a.
10.31: DJs Amaning (UK), Blueprint.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

Magic Chicago (since 2004). All ages. $20 7:30p.
Monthly showcase of skilled local magicians.
10.31: Neil Tobin and Mr. Ash.
City Lit Theater, 773/293-3682, 1020 W Bryn Mawr. located in the historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church.

Cealed Kasket and vlad the impaler. 21+ $10 9p.
Like "an eternity in a blood fart" - Theatrical performance, comedy and tragedy - "Over-the-top mock-metal played with enough death-rock affectation to make Marilyn Manson look like the master of subtlety."
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

** Monster Mash Party. 18+ $10-15 Doors 8p. 9p-?a.
With Happy The Human Pincusion, Eve's Parlor Burlesque, Miss Maya Sinstree, Tomas The Geek Magician, The Janes Go-Go Troupe, and more extreme performers. All monster music all night. Zombie Costume Contest.
Reggie's Live, 312/949-0120, 2109 S State St.

South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays All ages. Free 9p.
Followed by new Sarah Silverman. Also catch new Drawn Together episodes Thursdays.
COM. On cable.

"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $2 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.

Thursday 2007.11.01:    ^
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.

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."

* World Vegan Day (since 1944). Yearly.

Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus (since 1871!). Yearly. All ages. $11-50 Various times.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

Comedians of Comedy. All ages. $30 7:30p.
Featuring Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, Eugene Mirman, Doug Benson, John Mulaney.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

Kelly Clarkson. All ages. $42+ 7:30p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

Big C Jamboree (since 1991). 1st Thursdays 21+ Free 9:30p-?a.
Longest running local Rockabilly night. Multiple bands perform 40s-50s style swing, blues, rock-n-roll, swiftly and simply to a jumpin party crowd, many in period getups.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Planet Earth (since 1994). 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. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

Attractions:    ^
Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free. Mo-Th 8a-7p, Fr 8a-6p, Sa 9a-6p, Su 10a-6p.
With various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-6630, 77 E Randolph.

Various good modern art shows. All ages. $0-10, 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.
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. $12 Mo/Tu/We/Fr 10:30a-5p, Th 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. $0-8, Free 1st Mons. Su/Mo/Tu/We/Fr 10a-5p. Th/Sa 10a-8p.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.

Natural History done right. All ages. $6-12. Last entry 4p, closed xmas. 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) 9a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day. All ages. $6-11 +parking/movies, Sometimes free. Mo-Sa 9:30a-4p, Su 11a-4p.
Exhibits include clock (possibly the best historical collection in existence), trains, toys, flight, genetics, chemistry, coal, petroleum, human body slices, cyberspace, farming, the U-505, TONS of space flight tech, and much more.
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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