2008.08.08 (week 580)
Don't worry, be hoopy!
Movie: "Pineapple Express" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "Traveling Pants 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.
..-Fr: King Crimson at Park West.
..-Fr: Melissa Etheridge at Chicago Theatre.
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: National Admit You're Happy Day.
Fr: World Hoop Day.
..-Su: Bicycle Film Festival at Columbia College.
..-Su: Gold Coast Art Fair.
..-Su: Ginza Holiday Japanese Cultural Festival at Midwest Buddhist Temple.
..-Su: Beatlefest at Hyatt Regency O'Hare.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.

Movie:    ^
"Pineapple Express" now playing.
Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary Cole, Danny R. McBride, Kevin Corrigan, Craig Robinson, Rosie Perez, Ed Begley Jr., Nora Dunn, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2" now playing.
America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, Rachel Nichols, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Swing Vote, The Mummy 3, Step Brothers, X-Files 2, 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.
8p Fr-Sa,Mo-Th; 7p Su: Iron Man - Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, ...
10p Fr-Sa,Mo-Th; 9p Su: The Hulk - Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte, ...
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.

King Crimson. -Friday 18+ $68+ Three nights. 7:30p.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

Melissa Etheridge. -Friday All ages. $35-100 8p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

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.
Aug.07: CSO/Conlon conducts an Evening of Brahms.
Aug.08: Los Lonely Boys/Los Lobos.
Aug.09: The BoDeans.
Aug.10: Sheryl Crow.
Aug.11: Tashi Reunited.
Aug.12: Marino Formenti.
Aug.13: The 5 Browns.
Aug.14: CSO/Mozart: Abduction from the.
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 2008.08.08:    ^
** National Admit You're Happy Day (since 1999). Rebuff popular cynicism. Yearly.
A real event pursuing proclamation, sponsored by the "Secret Society of Happy People". Smile at strangers. Generally observed all August.

* World Hoop Day. Yearly. All ages. Free.
Observing 080808, some local events. Giving hoops to the underpriviledge, and spreading hoop play. "The simple hoop has positive physical and mental health benefits, stimulates imaginations, and enables feelings of pure joy and bliss." Coincidentally this is Hula-Hoop's 50th anniversary.

Bicycle Film Festival (since 2001). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $10-27 Various times.
Sponsors include Bike Fed and West Town. Screenings Fr/Sa; big after-party Sunday at Cobra Lounge (235 N Ashland) 11a-5p w/ early parade, stunts, vendors, music, demos, booze.
Columbia College, 1104 S Wabash. 8th Floor.

Gold Coast Art Fair (since 1958). Classy stuff, huge attendance. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free? Fr noon-6p, Sa/Su 10a-6p.
Gold Coast. Area bounded by Ontario and LaSalle, Erie and Wells, and surrounding.

Ginza Holiday Japanese Cultural Festival (since 1955). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-5 Fr 5:30p-9p, Sa 11:30a-7p; Su 11:30a-6p.
Small, arts, crafts, foods, demos.
Midwest Buddhist Temple, 312/943-7801, 435 W Menomonee.

* Beatlefest (since 1977). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $30++ Fr 5p-midnt, Sa+Su 12p-12a.
Event includes super special guests, hundreds of vendors, karaoke, costume dance parties, homage band battle, unparalleled memorabilia, Lenon art, more.
Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 773/380-1404, 9300 W BrynMawr, Rosemont.

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.

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 2008.08.09:    ^
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.

Chicago Pro Beach Volleyball (since 1992). Yearly. 10hrs 7a.
North Avenue Beach, 1800 N Lakeshore.

Bud Billiken Day Parade (since 1929). On ABC&WGN, w/ mayor. 2nd Saturday in August Yearly. All ages. Free 2.5hr 10a.
Dozens of floats, marching bands and drill teams. One of the city's largest parades.
Washington Park, King Drive from 39th to 55th.

* Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. All ages. Free 11a-9p.
Bring cash for beer and sidewalk sales. Music and performance on two stages. Crown Liquor: 12:30p DJ Sean Doe; 1:15p Keefe Jackson Trio; 4p Grupo Yuba; 6p Man Travel Well; 7p The Luna Blues Machine; 8p, Serengeti. Fireman's Park: 11a Dreams Come True Blues SchoolHouse Band, IHOBF; 2p&3p Unique 6 Teen Ensemble; 5p Vaudeville Underground.
Fireman's Park, 2800 N Milwaukee. Milwaukee/Kimball/Diversey six corners.

* Northalsted Market Days (since 1982). Big crowded boystown fest. -Sunday Yearly. $? 11a-10p.
Over 400 vendors, 25 entertainers, bands at three stages, food from 55 restaurants, six city blocks, 17 entrances, 250K expected. Minimal clothing. Good blading on closed streets after closing.
Boystown, 773/868-3010, Belmont and Halsted. Runs North to Addison. Easy train access.

West Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5+ 12-10p.
Great live music and DJs, arts and crafts, vendors, pet stuff, kids fun, food and drink.
West Town, 312/850-9390, 800 N Damen. Chicago Avenue from Damen to Wood.

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

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.
08.09: Armanents, Imperialism, and War - US Pacifist Party Candidate for President.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

"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.

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.

Hair Banger's Ball. Monthly. 21+ $10 11p.
"The greatest tribute to The Decade of Decadence you have ever seen! Bring your lighter for classics by Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue and more."
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed.

Sunday 2008.08.10:    ^
Chicago Distance Classic (since 1977). Yearly. All ages. $35-50 6:30a.
CARA certified. Over 10000 participants.
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

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.

The Best Church of God. Sundays All ages. Donations. 10:30a.
"Weekly comedic service satirizing the hypocrisy, absurdity, and immorality of the Christian Right Wing. Brand new ceremony weekly complete with literal interpretations of Old and New Testaments, exciting new hymns, riveting sermons, speaking in tongues, healings, and occasional animal sacrifice as prescribed in The Bible. Wash your dirty souls in the pristine waters of Chicago's only true assembly of God and His unerring Word. Come early to get a front-row pew, your own hymnal, loaner Bible, and a hot cup of coffee from our Concessional."
Donny's Skybox, 312/337-3992, 1616 N Wells. Second City, Piper's Alley, 4th floor.

Slipknot & Disturbed. All ages. $27-52+ 2p.
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
FMWB Ampitheatre, 708/614-1616, 19100 S Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park. I-80 and Harlem Avenue. South Suburban, expect heavy traffic.

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.

Scorpions. $21-71 8p.
W/ Ratt.
Charter One Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr. Northerly Island, Museum Campus, former Meigs field.

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.

"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 2008.08.11:    ^
Boom Boom Room (since 1991). Mondays 21+ 9p-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.
08.11: DJs Roy Davis Jr and Jeff Craven; BBQ.
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 2008.08.12:    ^
* 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.
08.12: Touch of Evil 8:25p.
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.
8p Iron Man, 10p The Hulk.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Perseid meteorite shower peak day. Yearly. 12a.
Look south and up somewhere dark after midnight. Hard to see in the city. Go camping.

Wednesday 2008.08.13:    ^
"Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ $0-10 7p-2a.
08.13: "Grimey DNB" Stunna, Carbide, Woah-B.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

Ted Nugent. 21+ $35+ 9p.
W/ Alex Winston.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

"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 2008.08.14:    ^
V.J. Day (since 1945). Yearly.
Victory over Japan day. Commemorates the surrender of Japan, ending World War II in 1945.

Race Judicata. 5K Fundraiser. Yearly. All ages. $25-35 6:30p.
Benefits Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation.
Upper Hutchinson Field. Columbus & Balbo.

Sevendust. All ages. $25+ 6:30p.
W/ Non-Point, Inept .
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.

Notes:    ^
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