Andrew  Do  See
2008.07.25 (week 578)
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Movie: "Step Brothers" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Movie: "X-Files 2" now playing everywhere.
Ongoing: Bike Chicago at Various City Locations.
Ongoing: Grant Park Music Festival.
Ongoing: Summer Vacation at Chicago Public Schools.
Ongoing: Chicago Summerdance at Grant Park.
Ongoing: Cirque Du Soleil "Kooza" at United Center.
..-Su: Newberry Library Book Fair.
Ongoing: Bristol Renaissance Faire.
Ongoing: Cirque Shanghai at Skyline Stage.
Ongoing: Pleasant Outdoor Concerts daily at Ravinia.
Ongoing: Neighborhood Tour from Cultural Center.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Bill Maher at Chicago Theatre.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
..-Sa: Dark Star Orchestra at Park West.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.

Movie:    ^
"Step Brothers" now playing.
Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"The X-Files: I Want to Believe" now playing.
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Xzibit, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Batman Dark Knight, Mamma Mia!, Hellboy II, Meet Dave, Center of the Earth 3D, Hancock, WALL-E, Wanted, Love Guru, Get Smart, The Happening, The Incredible Hulk, Don't Mess with the Zohan, Kung Fu Panda, Indiana Jones 4, Chronicles of Narnia, Speed Racer, What Happens in Vegas, Iron Man, Baby Mama, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Movies and Beer. Movies, drinking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8:15p Fr-Sa,Mo-Th; 7:15p Su: The Strangers - Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler, ...
10p Fr-Sa,Mo-Th; 9p Su: Baby Mama - Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Martin, ....
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Ongoing:    ^
Bike Chicago (since 1991). Five months of events to promote the health, economic and environmental benefits of bicycling. -2008.09.30 Yearly.
Participate in any of the over 150 events. Helmet sale and Police auction, workshops and safety checks, 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.

Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2008.08.16 Yearly. All ages. Free Various We/Fr/Sa 6:30p.
World-class orchestra, chorus and conductors, and an outstanding roster of local and international guest artists perform classical.
Grant Park, Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Train, bus or cab.

Summer Vacation. -2008.09.01 Yearly.
Chicago Public Schools.

Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2008.08.24 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p.
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons first hour.
Grant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

Cirque Du Soleil "Kooza" -2008.08.03 All ages. $39-125 Various times.
Tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. Combines acrobatic performances and the art of clowning. Highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful melange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. The Innocent's journey brings him into contact with a panoply of comic characters such as the King, the Trickster, the Pickpocket, and the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog. Set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills, chills, audacity and total involvement. Explores themes of turmoil and harmony, fear, identity, recognition and power.
United Center, 1901 W Madison.

Newberry Library Book Fair (since 1985). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 12-8p.
Major literati event. Support Chicago's Newberry Library while restocking your home library. Over 100,000 books in over 50 categories at bargain prices, as well as LPs, CDs and videos are on sale during this 4-day event.
Newberry Library, 60 W Walton. Three blocks south of Clark/Division Red Line.

Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2008.08.31 Yearly. All ages. $8-16+ 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, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs.

* Cirque Shanghai. -2008.09.01 All ages. $12-30+ We-Su various time.
The best acrobats from the most acclaimed troupes direct from China thrilling audiences with a stunning combination of circus arts set in a breathtaking full-scale theatrical performance.
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.

Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily.
Jul.25: Hootie & The Blowfish.
Jul.26: CSO/Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand.
Jul.27: CSO/Conlon conducts Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio.
Jul.28: Canadian Brass.
Jul.29: Chanticleer/Shanghai Quartet.
Jul.30: CSO/An Evening of Beethoven.
Jul.31: Nicole Cabell.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served my Metra.

WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. $20-45 4hr 10a.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2008.10.30 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Lncn/Llnd/Wstrn 7a-2p 06.10-10.28.
Tu: Federal Plaza, Adams/Dearborn, 7a-3p 5.13-10.28.
Th: Daley Plaza 7a-3p 05.15-10.02.
Th: Hyde Park, 52nd&HarperCourt 7a-2p 06.05-10.30.
Sa: Austin, Madison&Central 7a-2p 07.12-10.25.
Sa: Lincoln Park, Armitage&Orchard 7a-2p 05.17-10.25.
Sa: Near North, Dearborn&Division 7a-2p 05.31-10.25.
Sa: North Center, BellPln/Damen/Lncln 7a-2p 06.14-10.18.
Su: WickerPark, WickerPark&Damen 7a-2p 06.08-10.26.
Various city locations.

Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop,
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago,
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,
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk,

Friday 2008.07.25:    ^
* Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown. Unplanned route gently winds a dozen miles or more. Thousands attend in good weather. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, show bikes, so much more. Skaters welcome.
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.

Bill Maher. 18+ $42-66+ 8p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

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.

Dark Star Orchestra. -Saturday 18+ $25+ Two nights. 8:30p.
Premier Grateful Dead homage.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

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 2008.07.26:    ^
Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sa/Su -2008.10.26 Yearly. All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p.
500 market spaces. Clean, comprehensive, entertaining, with free parking, food and restrooms.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

Wicker Park Summerfest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 11:30a-10p.
Up and coming alternative rock bands, great local eateries, eclectic arts and crafts.
1501 N Damen From Schiller to North Ave. Near Blue Line Damen stop.

Bughouse Square Debates (since 1985). Yearly. All ages. Free 12-4p.
Public heckling of outlandish soapbox oratory.
Washington Square Park, 901 N Clark.

Taste of Lincoln (since 1984). -Sunday Yearly. 12-10p.
Many vendors, many many bands, several stages, crafts, kid stuff. 40-50K expected.
Lincoln from Fullerton to Wrightwood

Stopping Lessons by Chicago Skate Patrol. Saturdays -2008.08.30 Yearly. All ages. Free 12-3p.
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

Lucky Boys Confusion. All ages. $16 6p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Venetian Night (since 1958). Yearly. 6:30-10:15p.
Parade of about 30 brightly decorated boats (8:30p) followed by fireworks (9:30p) with accompanying music on WXRT. Over 600K expected.
Lakefront from Shedd to Monroe Harbor, 312/744-3370. Reviewing at Queen's Landing (Congress).

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.
07.26: 9/11 - What Really Happened?
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Suicide Girls present Code Pink. 21+ $0-5 9p-3a.
Open casting call, Sioux Suicide hosts, prizes, lingerie contest, Pink Suicide Mystery Death Booze drink special, DJs Scary Lady Sarah, Luis Segura, Ramen, Mr. Bobby, ...
Juniors, 2058 W Cermak. SE of Blue Line Western 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.

JILT, Ikonoklast, Cybergeist. 21+ $6 10p-3a.
W/ DJs Toast, Propaganda.
Morseland, 773/764-8900, 1218 W Morse. Rogers Park, at Sheridan. Free parking.

FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2008.08.30 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.

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 2008.07.27:    ^
Beach Poets (since 1990). Sundays -2008.08.24 Yearly. All ages. Free 4-6p.
Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels hosts varied readings and music.
Loyola Beach, 7049 N Sheridan. Greenleaf at the lakefront, near Heartland stand.

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.

Weekly Coffeehouse (since 1999). Sundays All ages. Donation 8-?p.
Open mic, poets, musicians, interesting alternative community art and photos always on display. May include coffee, tea, soda, snax, raffle.
The Burkhart Underground, 773/348-8536, 1228 N Noble St. Rear Coach House.

Peter Frampton. 21+ $47+ 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

"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.

Monday 2008.07.28:    ^
Summer Slaughter Tour. All ages. $18-23 3p.
The Black Dahlia Murder, Kataklysm, Vader, Cryptopsy, The Faceless, Despised Icon, Aborted, Born of Osiris, Psycroptic, Whitechapel , ...
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

* "Clash" Drum&Bass. Mondays 21+ Free 10p-?a.
Various dedicated local DJs weekly.
07.28: DJ Meche (Belgium), De La Mota, M1D1, Dottcom Datum.
Tini Martini, 773/269-2900, 2169 N. Milwaukee. Logan Square.

Boom Boom Room (since 1991). Mondays 21+ 10p-4a.
Long running weekly w/ DJs Michael Serafini, Diz, Just Joey, Uncle Milty; Hosts JoJo, Sal-E, Reggie, Christopher Banks, Danielle, Dr. Cho; 4kft dance space, multiple bars and environments, late night dining, state-of-the-art sound and lights, free parking, more.
07.28: I (Heart) Boom Boom Room w/ Lego.
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.
Struggling along without writers.
COM. On cable.

Tuesday 2008.07.29:    ^
* Chicago Outdoor Film Festival (since 2000). Tuesdays -2008.08.26 Yearly. All ages. Free. Thousands attend.
Enjoy classic movies on the Grant Park lawn this summer courtesy of your fair city.
07.29: The Blues Brothers 8:44p.
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.

Good day for Brew&View. Tuesdays 18+ $5+ Now non-smoking.
8:15p The Strangers, 10p Baby Mama.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Crimson Tuesdays. Tuesdays 21+ Free 6p-2a.
Guitarist Brent Kimbrough live 6-9p, DJ Frankie Hollywood 10-close.
Crimson Lounge, 312/923-2473, 333 N. Dearborn St.

Earth, Wind & Fire. Ages? $27-47+ 8p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

Dru Hill. 17+ $35+ 9p.
Featuring Sisqo, Nokio, Jazz & Tao.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Wednesday 2008.07.30:    ^
Crimson Wednesdays. Wednesdays 21+ $? 6p-2a.
Live vocalist Petra Van Nuis 6-9p, DJ Frankie Hollywood 10p-close.
Crimson Lounge, 312/923-2473, 333 N. Dearborn St.

Rancid. All ages. $20+ 6p.
Q101 Presents w/ MxPx & Rule 22.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

"Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ $0-10 7p-2a.
07.30: "Locals 773" BRC, Future Prophet, Nameloc.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

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

ElectroWave. We/Th 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJs QBot + Kamar spin Electro, Retro, SynthPop, NewWave, more.
Uptown Lounge, 773/878-1136, 1136 W Lawrence. Near Red Line Lawrence stop.

Thursday 2008.07.31:    ^
March of Dimes "Dance for Babies" Local celebrities compete for charity. All $75 6p.
NBC5 Anchor Zoraida Sambolin, FOX Chicago Meteorologist Amy Freeze, Metromix Host Marcus Leshock, Former Participant in ABC's The Bachelor - Jen Schefft, Sun-Times Columnist Dr. Lauren Streicher and Senior Partner Jane Marcus from Heidrick & Struggles will be paired with professional instructors from Fred Astaire Dance Studios to compete in a one-night only battle to help save babies. The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Galleria Marchetti, 312/563-0495, 825 W. Erie.

Rancid. All ages. $20+ 6p.
Q101 Presents w/ H20 & The House That Gloria Vanderbilt.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

"Die Maschine" Thursdays 21+ Free 9p-2a.
DJs Noir, Easy E, Sprite, others spin agro, noise, ebm in back; Momma Kitty VJs 80-90s up front.
Spin Nightclub, 773/327-7711, 800 W Belmont.

Atomic. Thursdays 21+ $5 10p-4a.
DJs QBot + Kamar and special guest DJs spin 80s, New Wave, more.
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 Tu 10a-8p, Mo closed, We-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. $0-9, Free Th 5-8p. Su-We+Fr -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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