2007.12.07 (week 545)
Yay Stuff!
Movie: "Golden Compass" now playing everywhere.
Ongoing: FREE Collection of Holiday Songs and Recipes.
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
Ongoing: Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: The Hipmas Carol at Apollo Theater.
Ongoing: A Winter Wonderland at Cuneo.
Ongoing: Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Hunchback at Redmoon Central.
..-We: Hanukkah.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Pearl Harbor Day.
..-Su: Gem and Jewelry Show in Rosemont.
Fr: First Friday at Museum of Contemporary Art.
Fr: "Eight:18 Circus of the Spirit" at Unity Chicago.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Fr: XMas Fiestivisimo VII at Double Door.
Fr: "Bass Goes Boom" drum&bass at Lava Lounge.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Hanson at Rialto Square Theatre.

Movie:    ^
"The Golden Compass" now playing.
Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards, Ben Walker, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Enchanted, Beowulf, Mr. Magorium, Fred Claus, Lions for Lambs, Bee Movie, Martian Child, Dan in Real Life, Darjeeling Limited, Saw IV, Across The Universe, 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, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Movies and Beer. Movies, drinking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p Sa,Mo,We,Tu, 7p Su: Superbad - Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, ...
10p Sa,Mo,We,Th; 9p Su: Good Luck Chuck - Dane Cook, Jessica Alba, Dan Fogler, ...
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Seasonal:    ^
** FREE Collection of Holiday Songs, Recipes and Stories. -2007.12.25 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Check out this terrific comprehensive set of popular holiday songs, recipes and stories. Also available for POCKET ORGANIZERS!

Ice Skating. -2008.02.29 Yearly.
Millennium Park, 312/742-5222, 55 N Michigan; Warren Park, 773/262-8656, 6601 N Western; Riis Park, 312/746-5735, 6100 W Fullerton; Daley Plaza, 312/742-7650, 337 E Randolph; more...

Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2007.12.23 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa -9p 11a.
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets.
Daley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

HOLIDAY CLASSICS. -2007.12.27 Yearly. All ages.
* A Christmas Carol: 11.16-12.29 Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 200 S Columbus,
* The Nutcracker: 12.12-30 Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress, $15-90,
* Free photo with Santa: for 94th floor visitors 11.17-12.23 Sa-Su 11a-5:30p. John Hancock Center Observatory, 312/751-3681, 875 N Michigan,
* Christmas Around The World: 11.16-1.6 Dozens of spectacular International holiday decorated trees, Museum of Science and Industry,
* Zoolights: 11.24-01.01 Over a million lights, Lincoln Park Zoo,

The Hipmas Carol (since 2000). -2007.12.30 Yearly. All ages. $12-22 Various times.
Blends beat poetry, spoken word, storytelling and live music to deliver the classic story with an urban edge.
Apollo Theater, 773/935-6100, 2540 N Lincoln.

A Winter Wonderland. -2008.01.05 Yearly. All ages. $5-10/car. Closed xmas+eve. 6-10p.
Drive thru gardens lavishly decorated with holiday themed lights and music. Also Christmas' past exhibit inside.
Cuneo, 847/362-3042, 1350 N Milwaukee, Vernon Hills. Near 94+60.

* Winter Wonderfest. -2008.01.06 Yearly. All ages. $10-17 Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa 10a-10p.
Festival Hall will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring hundreds of lush decorated trees, sparkling lights, wintertime decorations and a main town square with vending. Includes ice rink, large inflatable slide/bungee games. Santa and elves listen to children's wishes in a mountain top village.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

Ongoing:    ^
Hunchback. -2008.01.20 Ages? $35 Su 4p, Th-Sa 8p.
Remount of the company's acclaimed adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel; a hypnotic, dark, monumental tale of loss and redemption featuring multiple styles of puppetry.
Redmoon Central, 312/850-8440, 1463 W Hubbard.

Hanukkah (aka Chanukah). A Jewish holiday, lasts eight days. -2007.12.12 Yearly.
Marks the reconsecration of the temple of Jerusalem and the miracle of the lamp. Observance begins at sunset of evening before listed start date.

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 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 2007.12.07:    ^
Pearl Harbor Day (since 1941). Yearly.
Remembers Japanese suprise attack which brought the U.S. into WW II. Almost 2400 Americans were killed and 1300 injured, 18 ships and 200 aircraft destroyed.

International Gem and Jewelry Show. Well known annual, great deals. -Sunday Yearly. $7+ Fr noon-6p, Sa 10a-6p, Su 11a-5p.
Donald Stephens Convention Center, 847/692-2220, 5555 N River Road, Rosemont.

* First Friday. Music, art, snax, specialty drinks, creative types and gold coasters. 1st Fridays 21+ $7-14 6-10p.
12.07: "Holiday Star" theme "I Wish I May I Wish I Might"...
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

Chicago Tanztheatre Ensemble - Voices 2007: Chicago. -Sunday $10-15 Su 7p, Fr+Sa 8p.
"Chicago Tanztheatre Ensemble is a multi-disciplinary arts organization originally founded in 2001 as Adler Danztheatre Project. Inspired by the German Expressionist movement Tanztheater, this collaborative group creates socially conscious works by fusing elements of world literature and traditional western theatre with contemporary dance, visual art, and multimedia to tell original and compelling narratives. Voices 2007: Chicago has at its core true stories collected by Chicagoans; these pieces reflect the diversity, strength, and warmth that is the backbone of our city's culture. Created and directed by Ellyzabeth Adler, Morgan Christianson, Lindsey Marks, and Beth Czechanski."
Link's Hall, 773/281-0824, 3435 N Sheffield. At Clark and Newport. Red Line to Addison, 2 blocks south, or Brown Line to Belmont, 3 blks north, or #22 Clark bus to Newport.

"Eight:18 - A Circus of the Spirit" 1st Fridays All ages. $8-10 8p-12a.
DJs, global music, live-tronica, drum circles, yoga, artwork, massage, healing, improv, video, food, drink, much more. Alcohol and smoke free. "Spirit-expressing-with-respect is the essence of this event, w/ peace, love, understanding, tolerance, diversity, respect, and unity!"
Unity Chicago, 773/973-0007, 1925 Thome. S/W of Devon/Ridge.

Supernatural Chicago (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fridays 21+ $25 8-9p UNCONFIRMED
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.

XMas Fiestivisimo VII. 21+ $10 (half off with canned good) 9p.
Featuring Elfvis, With A Gun, Imperial Battlesnake, Antioch Secret Society, Virgil, Knife of Simpson, Jesus H Christ & Santa Zombie.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

"Bass Goes Boom" drum&bass. 21+ $10 10p-2a.
With Plastician (Rephlex), Chamberweed, Four/4.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

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.

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.

Saturday 2007.12.08:    ^
Rialto Square Theatre, 15 E. Van Buren St, Joliet.

Peter Carpenter Choreography Workshop. Saturdays $60 12:30-4:30p.
"Participants will work on choreographic issues beginning with vocabulary and syntax in the first workshop and continue on to structural concerns in the second, eschewing opinions regarding what a good dance should be in favor of pursuing relationships between consistency and inconsistency, limitations and excess, delight and offense. Sessions will be divided between group workshops, feedback sessions, and solo choreographic generation. This workshop is open to all artists who use movement as a primary ingredient in their work."
Link's Hall, 773/281-0824, 3435 N Sheffield. At Clark and Newport. Red Line to Addison, 2 blocks south, or Brown Line to Belmont, 3 blks north, or #22 Clark bus to Newport.

* SantaCon. Yearly. 21+ Free 2p-?a.
When you ponder the idea of the Jolly One, elves and chubbiness come to mind, but Billy Bob Thorton in Bad Santa also pops up. Because we need a lot of booze to assuage the demands of the holidays, promoter Santa Tom has arranged Chicago's best Christmas event. Its about getting people together, letting your guard down and laughing at yourself and having a great time. Anyone can participate as long as they dress up in Santa regalia. Travels a spontaneous route through the Loop and up to Rush and Division, spreading cheer and imbibing along the way.
Starts at Congress Hotel Bar, 312/427-3800, 520 S Michigan Ave. Congress Pkwy at Michigan Ave.

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.
12.08: The Use and Abuse of the Bible, True/False Beliefs, and Hot to Use the Bible Profitabilit.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

* "Dynamite" Drum&Bass party. 2nd Saturdays 21+ $7 9p-3a.
Excellent DJs, sometimes packed. Celebrating 10yr anniversary through December.
12.08: DJ Commix (UK), w/ Pipeline and Carbide.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

"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.

Belmont Burlesque Revue. 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 2007.12.09:    ^
Rudolph Ramble 8K run (since 2000). USATF certified. Yearly. $20+ 9a.
Includes goodies and sweathshirt. Collects over 1000 toys.
2500 N Cannon, 773/878-3838.

Great Midwest Train Show (since 1974). 2nd Sundays All ages. $0-7 9:30a-3p.
Featuring thousands of trains (engines and rolling stock) in every size and scale and from every era, scenery, supplies, books, videos, souvenirs, memorabilia, more, over 550 vendor tables in five huge buildings. Demo layouts including Lego and interactive. Now also with R/C cars, boats and planes, rockets, model cars, comics, trading cards, slot cars, dolls, diecast, action figures, toys, etc.
Dupage County Fairgrounds, 630/668-6636, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton. County Farm and Manchester Roads.

Baby Loves Disco. All ages. $12 12-3p.
Night-clubbing made child-proof, for toddlers, pre-schoolers and parents. With DJ Bald Eagle.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop. Now non smoking.

Fox cartoons new episodes. Sundays All ages. Free 7p.
May include Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad!

Dave Koz and Friends. All ages. $45-65 7:30p.
A Smooth Jazz Christmas.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

"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."
12.09: Desperate House DJs Bloom, Swank, James Lauer.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Monday 2007.12.10:    ^
Human Rights Day (since 1948). Yearly.
U.N. issued Universal Declaration of Human Rights on this day.

LinkUp Residency Artists recital. All ages. Free 6p.
Links Hall annually supports six local-based dance and performance artists/companies for an intensive six-month period, followed by presentation. Performances range from solo to group work, contemporary dance to experimental performance, and include collaborations in movement, text, and music.
12.10: Dan Mohr, Kairol Rosenthal, Seth Bockley.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-6630, 77 E Randolph. Dance Studio.

Q101 Twisted 14. -Wednesday All ages. $18+ 6:30p.
Mo: The Starting Line, The Almost, The Secret Handshake.
Tu: Atreyu, Coheed and Cambria, Drowning Pool.
We: Silverchair, Silversun Pickups and Strata.
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 2007.12.11:    ^
* "Style Wars" 18+ $7-10 8:30p.
House of Diehl's featuring The Cool Kids. Designers and stylists battle it out on stage using tape, scissors, staples and recycled materials while being judged by local fashion designers. Well reviewed cross coastal phenomenon.
Subterranean, 773/ 278-6600, 2011 W North. Corner of North and Damen in Wicker Park, at Damen blue line stop.

Wednesday 2007.12.12:    ^
Fiesta de Guadalupe. Yearly.
Commemorates appearance of virgin Mary to an Indian boy in 1531.

* "Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ $0-10 7p-2a.
12.12: Local showcase DJs Oracle, Rue, DJ GC, Nameloc.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

"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 2007.12.13:    ^
The Tattoo Factory Holiday Party. Free with non-perishable donation. 8p-2a.
Live music, cocktails and free food.
Tattoo Factory, 773/989-4077, 4441 N Broadway.

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. $0-12, Free Thursdays 5-8p. Mo-We,Fr 10:30a-5p, Th 10:30a-8p, Sa-Su 10a-5p.
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.

Notes:    ^
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