2009.06.05 (week 623)
Less parking. More parks.
Movie: "Land of the Lost" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "My Life in Ruins" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "The Hangover" now playing everywhere.
Sa: Fireworks at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Bike Chicago at Various City Locations.
Th: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
..-Th: "The Emotional Body" at Woman Made Gallery.
Ongoing: Cirque Shanghai at Skyline Stage.
Ongoing: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
Ongoing: Pleasant Outdoor Concerts daily at Ravinia.
Ongoing: Neighborhood Tour from Cultural Center.
Fr: World Environment Day.
..-Su: Summer smARTshow! at Flat Iron Arts Building.
Fr: First Friday at Museum of Contemporary Art.
Fr: Wicker Park Gallery Night at Flat Iron Arts Building.
Fr: DePaul Premiere Film Fest at Portage Theater.
Fr: Skate Rave from Daley Plaza.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur (Fr).

Movie:    ^
"Land of the Lost" now playing.
Anna Friel, Danny McBride, Jorma Taccone, John Boylan, Matt Lauer, Sleestack and Pakuni, and Leonard Nimoy.
Theaters Everywhere.

"My Life in Ruins" now playing.
Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, Alexis Georgoulis, Alistair McGowan, Harland Williams, Rachel Dratch, Caroline Goodall, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"The Hangover" now playing.
Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, Sasha Barrese, Jeffrey Tambor, Ken Jeong, Rachael Harris, Mike Tyson, Mike Epps, Jernard Burks, Rob Riggle, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Up, Dance Flick", Night at the Museum 2, Terminator 4", Angels & Demons, Management, Star Trek XI, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, X-Men Origins Wolverine, Earth, The Informers, The Soloist, Observe and Report, Adventureland, Monsters v Aliens, Duplicity, I Love You Man, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Movies and Beer. Movies, drinking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
7:30p Fr-Sa,Mo-Th; 5+9p Su: Adventureland - Jesse Eisenberg, Kelsey Ford, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, ...
9:30p Fr-Sa,Mo-Th; 7p Su: I Love You Man - Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Sarah Burns, Greg Levine, Jaime Pressly, Jon Favreau, Jane Curtin, ...
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Seasonal:    ^
FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2009.08.29 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.

Bike Chicago (since 1991). Five months of events to promote the health, economic and environmental benefits of bicycling. -2009.09.30 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.

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). Fresh and charming. -2009.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Lncn/Llnd/Wstrn 7a-2p 06.09-10.27.
Tu: Federal Plaza, Adams/Dearborn, 7a-3p 5.12-10.27.
Th: Daley Plaza 7a-3p 05.14-10.15.
Th: Hyde Park, 52nd&HarperCourt 7a-2p 06.04-10.29.
Sa: Austin, Madison&Central 7a-2p 07.11-10.24.
Sa: Lincoln Park, Armitage&Orchard 7a-2p 05.16-10.31.
Sa: Near North, Dearborn&Division 7a-2p 05.16-10.31.
Sa: North Cntr, BellPln/Damen/Lncln 7a-2p 06.13-10.31.
Su: WickerPark, WickerPark&Damen 7a-2p 06.07-10.25.
Various city locations.

Ongoing:    ^
"The Emotional Body" -2009.06.11 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.

* Cirque Shanghai. -2009.09.07 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.

Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sa/Su -2009.11.01 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.

Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily.
Fr: Camelot, George Hearn, Sylvia Mcnair, Ravinia Festival Orchestra
Sa: Gipsy Kings
Su: Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Buddy Miller.
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 and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. $20-45 4hr 10a.
Th: Greek Town, Chinatown & Little Italy.
Fr: Humboldt Park, Wicker Park & Ukrainian Village
Fr: Devon Avenue
Fr: Pilsen & Little Village
Th: Greek Town, Chinatown & Little Italy.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

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 2009.06.05:    ^
World Environment Day. Reflect on global environmental concerns. Yearly.
Anniversary of first UN Conference on Human Environment in 1972.

Summer smARTshow! (since 2008). -Sunday 6-10p.
100 artists, art, music, fun. Explore floors of art displayed in intimate settings of dozens of resident artists' studios and living spaces. Also selection exhibiting in common areas.
Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N Milwaukee. At North Ave, Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

First Friday. Music, art, snax, specialty drinks, creative types and gold coasters. 1st Fridays 21+ $7-15 6-10p.
06.05: "Vacation" theme.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

Wicker Park Gallery Night. 1st Fridays All ages. $5-ish 6-10p.
Evening of Culture w/ open art studios, dining, music and more in WP/Bucktown. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife community.
Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N Milwaukee. At North Ave, Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

DePaul Premiere Film Fest (since 2006). All ages $10+ 7:30-9:30p.
School of Cinema and Interactive Media shows 12 exemplary student-produced films crossing a range of genres from narrative to documentary.
Portage Theater, 773/736-4050, 4050 N. Milwaukee.

Skate Rave. Bladers Take Downtown. 1st Fridays 7:30p.
Intermediate through advanced bladers come join the BIGGEST group skate. Be able to skate some near traffic and do a distance of 9-12 miles. Sprinkled w/ Chicago Skate Patrol members. Protective gear (esp. helmet) now required. Weather permitting. Different themed tour each month. Should end at Presidential Towers All Star Sports Bar around 9:30p-ish.
06.05: Route 66/Motor Row Road Rave.
Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn.

Improvised Shakespeare. Fridays 18+ $14 8p.
Based on audience suggestion The Co creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style with ALL the typical elements.
IO Theatre, 773/880-0199, 3541 N. Clark.

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.

"Bass Goes Boom" Monthly. 21+ $10+ 10p-2a.
Dubstep monthly by Four/4, Timid, BBP, ...
06.05: 16bit (UK), Cringer, Timid, Kam Fraklin.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
Greg Haus spins Electro / Progressive / Breaks / Alternative / Electronica.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Pandemic. 1st Fridays 21+ 10p-4a.
Outbreak of new industrial dancefloor infection with DJ Pathogen inoculating monthly.
06.05: 1st 25 dressed as mad scientist get special mix CD.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton. Little parking.

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 2009.06.06:    ^
D-Day. Yearly.
Anniversary of 1944 Allied troops invasion of Normandy France.

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. -Sunday Yearly.
39 miles over 2 days.
Circuitous route through city.

* Chalk Fest (since 2005). All ages. Free 9:30a-3p.
Sponsored squares uniquely filled by kids, adults, artists.
Oz Park, 312/742-7898, 2021 N Burling.

57th Street Art Fair (since 1949). -Sunday Yearly. Sa 11a-6p, Su 10a-5p.
Midwest's oldest juried fair. Gentle and genuine. Some very fine works, many ethnic.
57th from Kenwood to Woodlawn.

Millennium Park Art Festival. -Sunday All Free 10a-5p.
Steps from Chicago's famous "Bean" showcases work of over 150 juried artists. Open, public, enjoy exceptional art, live music, great food, and fun activities for the kids.
Outdoor Near Michigan Ave and Millennium Park, Lake Avenue and Stetson Street.

Printers Row Book Fair (since 1985). Five tented blocks of literati. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free. 10a-6p.
Midwest's largest outdoor book festival. New, used and antiquarian goods from 170 vendors. Continuous signings by major authors. See site for details.
Dearborn from Congress to Polk.

El Circo Cheapo Cabaret. 1st Saturdays $10 plus donation minus how many pull-ups you can do. 10p and 7p.
Hosting gaggle of local circus artists in a casual, fun, and free for some show. Interested artists from all over come share the stage, get easy applause and promotional video. May sell out.
Aloft (Aerial Dance) Loft, 2041 W Carroll.

"1964 The Tribute" All ages. $23-38+ 7:30p.
Top Beatles re-creation.
Rosemont Theatre, 847/671-5100, 5400 N River Road, Rosemont.

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.
06.06: Closet Organizers, Dog-Walkers, and Wedding Planners - Acquiring Competitive Skills.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

An evening with Jay Leno. $35-300+ 8:30p.
Star Plaza Theatre, 219/791-1234, 8001 Delaware Place, Merrilville IN. I-65 and U.S. 30.

Air Guitar Championships. 18+ $15 9p.
US, Chicago Regional.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Give Peace a Dance. 1st Saturdays 18+ $10 9p-1a.
Multiple spaces of fun, in and out, drums, fire, spinning, healers, music and dance until late. No alcohol.
MKP, 1900 W Fulton.

"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.

Sunday 2009.06.07:    ^
* Pre WNBR-C6 donation drop-by and pot-luck social. All ages. Free 1-5p.
Pot-luck, donation drop-off, music, chat, etc. Welcoming motivated people to help make this year even more amazing. Bring ready-to-eat fruits, veggies, nuts, breads, other delights to share if you can. Followed by rides to Foster. BYOB from Rothschild across street.
RIDE DONATIONS NEEDED: * Cans of any bubbly beverages, dozens. * Protein/carb bars/snax. Waters. * Greenbacks. Other.
Castle Bikenstein, 1551 W Chicago Ave. Enter from alley just south of Chicago, just east of Ashland. Find door to stairs up to deck, bring bikes up.

Full "Strawberry" Moon. 1:15p.
Sun 05:16-20:24, Moon 20:50-04:46.

* Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 8:30-10:15p.
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend.
4950 N Simonds Dr Betwix Foster and Lawrence in grass near lake.

"Adult Swim" NEW EPISODES. Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
TOON. On cable.

Madonnarama. 1st Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
All Madonna music and videos all night with DJ Riley York. Classics, rare tracks, remixes, etc.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Monday 2009.06.08:    ^
Old School Hip-Hop Karaoke. Mondays 21+ $5 6p-12a.
Great times; nothing past 1999.
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed.

* The Crystal Method. 17+ $24-54 Doors 7:30p, show 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Boom Boom Room (since 1991). Mondays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Long running weekly w/ smart local DJs. 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.

Stewart / Colbert. Mo/Tu/We/Th Reruns several times a day. 10-11p.
Brilliant Emmy award winning "news" shows.
COM. On cable.

Tuesday 2009.06.09:    ^
Good day for Brew&View. Tuesdays 18+ $5+.
Drinking, movies, heckling, FUN!
7:30p Adventureland, 9:30p I Love You Man.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Digital Photography Seminar with Haastyle. All ages. Free 7p.
Chicago-based photographer and graphic artist Nick Haas offers an inside look at his process from photographing the urban landscape to collaging photos together, showing pieces depicting Chicago cityscape, and piece of an upcoming film. Great opportunity to see a successful artist discuss the specifics of his process.
Apple Store, 679 Michigan Ave.

Chicago Healing Circle (since 1994). Open-ended exploration of energy healing technique and philosophy. Tuesdays All ages. $5 7:30-9:30p.
People coming together weekly to give and receive healing, practicing different systems which support one to rebalance the mind, body & spirit, including Reiki, Quantum Touch(R), Young Living Theraputic Grade Essential Oils, Magnified Healing(R), Jesus Healing System, and Full Spectrum Healing. This is the original Healing Circle that began at Grant Hospital, moved to Ann Sather's, then to Healing Earth Resources. Open to all persons of Light and Love & is non denominational.
JHP Community Center, 773/293-3621, 5110 N Western Avenue.

Chicago Underground Comedy. Tuesdays 21+ $5 Doors 9p.
"The Hippest, Hottest Stand-Up Showcase to Emerge in Years" +good menu & booze.
Beat Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont.

Wednesday 2009.06.10:    ^
Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2009.08.14 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.

"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.

Thursday 2009.06.11:    ^
King Kamehameha Day. Yearly.
Commemorates the victories of Kamehameha I (1758-1819) of Hawaii. He and his descendants united and ruled the Hawaiian Islands until their annexation by the United States in 1898.

Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2009.08.23 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.

* "Atomic New Wave Dance Party" Thursdays 21+ $5 10p-4a.
DJs QBot + Kamar and special guest DJs spin 80s, New Wave, more.
06.11: New wave prom, with GlitterGuts.
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, 78 E Washington. SE of State/Lake train stops.

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. $0-10, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-5p.
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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