Bedno.com Andrew  Do  See
2009.10.02 (week 640)
Rule #32: Enjoy the little things.
RECOMMENDED:
Movie: "Capitalism" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "The Invention of Lying" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Movie: "Whip It" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "Zombieland" now playing everywhere.
Su: Ghosts Of Graceland Cemetery walking tour (Su).
Ongoing: Pumpkin Farms at Many locations.
Ongoing: World's Best Costume Shop at Fantasy HQ.
Ongoing: Carnival of Curiosities at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Dream Reapers Haunted House in Melrose Park.
Ongoing: Fireworks at Navy Pier (Fr/Sa).
Sa: PeekABoo at Greenhouse Theater.
Sa: Fright Fest at Great America (Fr/Sa/Su).
Ongoing: "The Fear" at Navy Pier (We-Su).
Th: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur (Fr).
Ongoing: "Cultural Memory: Transdiasporic Art Practices" at Woman Made Gallery.
Ongoing: UniverSoul Circus at Washington Park.
..-Fr: The Other Dance Festival at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse.
Ongoing: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
...

Movie:    ^
"Capitalism: A Love Story" now playing.
Michael Moore uncovers truths behind recent economic crisis.
http://capitalismalovestory.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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"The Invention of Lying" now playing.
Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Fionnula Flanagan, Rob Lowe, Tina Fey, Donna Sorbello, Stephanie March, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, John Hodgman, Nathan Corddry, Jimmi Simpson, Martin Starr, ...
http://rickygervais.com/thissideofthetruth.php
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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"Whip It" now playing.
Drew Barrymore Roller Derby film w/ Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Hayden, Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern, Alia Shawkat, ...
http://foxsearchlight.com/whipit
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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"Zombieland" now playing.
W/ Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Amber Heard, Bill Murray, Derek Graf, ...
http://zombieland.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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Now playing.
Astro Boy, Coco Before Chanel, Fame, Pandorum, Surrogates, Cloudy with Meatballs, Love Happens, The Informant!, 9, All About Steve, Extract, Gamer, Taking Woodstock, Inglourious Basterds, District 9, The Goods, Time Traveler's Wife, G.I. Joe, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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Seasonal:    ^
Ghosts Of Graceland Family Walking Tour. Stroll the big name graves. Sundays in October -2009.10.25 Yearly. All ages. $5-10 2hr 2p.
VERY qualified tour guides, lots of interesting history.
http://www.architecture.org
Graceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.
http://www.graveyards.com
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Pumpkin Farms. -2009.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.
http://chicagofun.com/home/halloween/pumpkin_farms.html
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World's Best Costume Shop. -2009.10.31 Yearly. Open 24/7 this week.
Incomparably huge and comprehensive. Some staff costumed.
Fantasy Costume Headquarters, 773/777-0222, 4065 N Milwaukee.
http://fantasycostumes.com
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Carnival of Curiosities. -2009.10.31 All ages. Mostly free. Fr 5-11p, Sa 2-10p, Su+Mo 1-6p.
"Traveling sideshow transforms Pier Park into a spectacle of mind-blowing feats and living human wonders."
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.
http://www.navypier.com
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Best haunted house in Illinois. Threepeat winner of Haunted Illinois vote. -2009.10.31 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.
http://www.dreamreapers.com
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FIREWORKS!!! Fr/Sa -2009.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free 9p.
Visible anywhere near the lake.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
http://www.navypier.com
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PeekABoo. An Ooky Spooky Halloween Revue. Fr/Sa -2009.10.31 10p.
Mr. Bones enlivens a haunting boooo-lesque show. Thrill to amazing mental feats of Dr. Percepto, chortle to hilarious antics of Frank-N-Stein and Dr. Aculas. Scintillating thrills of Naughty Natanya, Siren Jinx, Natasha Minsk, Lula Hoop Garou, and Zombies!
http://natashaminsk.com
Greenhouse Theater, 773/404-7336, 2257 N Lincoln. 0.4mi SE of Red Line Fullerton stop.
http://greenhousetheater.org
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Fright Fest (since 1991). Redecorated rides and additional Halloween attractions. Fr/Sa/Su -2009.11.01 Yearly. All ages. $$ Various hours.
Come early, use coupons, strategize your visit for best results.
Great America, 847/249-1776, 5312 Grand Ave, Gurnee.
http://sixflags.com/greatAmerica
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"The Fear" -2009.11.01 Yearly. Teens+ $5-12 We-Su 6-11p.
New evil pirate ship theme, with a cargo of the most feared creatures. Also trick-or-treating, bounty maps, and entertainment Pier-wide.
http://www.thefearhauntedhouse.com
Navy Pier, 312/595-PIER, 600 E Grand.
http://www.navypier.com
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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.
http://tinyurl.com/underthepicasso
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
http://www.cityofchicago.org
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Supernatural Chicago (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fr/Sa 21+ $25 7:30-9p.
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.
800/979-3370 http://www.SupernaturalChicago.com
Excalibur, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn. Downtown, valet or pay.
http://www.excaliburchicago.com
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Ongoing:    ^
"Cultural Memory: Transdiasporic Art Practices" -2009.10.10 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.
http://www.womanmade.org
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UniverSoul Circus (since 1994). African-American owned, operated and staffed. -2009.10.18 Yearly. All ages. $18-40 Various times.
Ringmasta and at least a dozen acts!
http://www.universoulcircus.com
Washington Park, 5531 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
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The Other Dance Festival (since 2002). Fr/Th Yearly. $12-35.
Over a dozen small Chicago dance companies showcase their works.
800/838-3006 http://chicagomovingcompany.org/otherfest.html
Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, 312/742-7785, 3035 N Hoyne. Barry at Damen.
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
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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.
847/524-9590 http://www.wolffs.com
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://www.allstatearena.com
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WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.
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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.
http://www.chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop, metrochicago.com
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago, darkroombar.com
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop, doubledoor.com
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish, emptybottle.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln, martyrslive.com
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk, ravinia.org
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Friday 2009.10.02:    ^
Sukkot. -2009.10.10 Yearly.
Jewish harvest festival and time for giving thanks. Date varies each year (Tishri 15th by the Hebrew calendar). Observance begins at sunset of evening before listed start date.
http://judaism.about.com
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Andersonville Arts Weekend. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free Fr 6p-midnt, Sa 10-midnt, Su 10a-7p.
Interesting events all over the strip.
Andersonville, 773/728-2995, 5300 N. Clark. Spanning Clark from about 5000 N to 5700 N.
http://andersonville.org/artsweekend
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Long Grove Apple Fest (since 1993). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p.
Cider donuts, caramel apples, apple pies, even apple popcorn and apple martinis! Bands including country, rock and roll, Dixieland, and jazz, more. Well managed popular family event in a lovely town.
http://www.starevents.com
Historic Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban.
http://www.longgroveonline.com
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* GOTHtoberfest (since 2005). -Saturday 18+ $35-70 TWO Nights! 6p-?a.
Fr: Genitorturers, Aesthetic Perfection, Northborne, V1rtual D3scent, Cyanide Regime, mindFlux Funeral.
Sa: Icon of Coil, FGFC820, Cruciform Injection, The Azoic, i:scintilla, syndika:zero, The Gothsicles, Prognosis.
Vendors: CrisisWear Darby's Dungeon Industrial Shirts Robotic Kitty WTII Records, ...
http://www.demonsanddarlings.com
The Abbey, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.
http://www.abbeypub.com
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First Friday. Music, art, snax, specialty drinks, creative types and gold coasters. 1st Fridays 21+ $7-15 6-10p.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.
http://www.mcachicago.org
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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.
708/415-6370 http://www.wpbfirstfriday.com
Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N Milwaukee. At North Ave, Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.
http://www.theflatironproject.com
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"Short Guys with Glasses" "A Comedy Spectacle!" All ages. $15 7-9p.
"Chicago's zaniest magicians, Tomas Medina and John Sturk, present their acclaimed magic/comedy/freak/action revue for a special fabled performance. You'll laugh, you'll be amazed, bring a helmet so you don't make a mess when we blow your mind."
http://johnsturk.com
Magic Incorporated, 773/334-2855, 5082 N. Lincoln Ave.
http://magicinc.net
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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 12 miles. Sprinkled w/ Chicago Skate Patrol members. Helmet required. Weather permitting. Different themed tour each month.
10.02: May end at All Stars Bar and Grille 555 W Madison (near Metra/CTA).
http://www.road-raves.org
Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn.
http://ChicagoSkater.org
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Lily Tomlin. $45-65 8p.
http://lilytomlin.com
Paramount Theatre, 630/896-6666, 23 E Galena Blvd, Aurora.
http://paramountaurora.com
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Robin Williams. -Saturday $220-440+ 8p.
http://robinwilliams.com
Rosemont Theatre, 847/671-5100, 5400 N River Road, Rosemont.
http://www.rosemonttheatre.com
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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.
http://improvisedshakespeare.com
IO Theatre, 773/880-0199, 3541 N. Clark.
http://chicago.ioimprov.com/io/shows/14
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Information Underload. Fridays -2009.10.09 18+ $6-12 9p.
Explores new millennium web2 technological advancements' impotence.
http://secondcity.com
Second City, 312/337-3992, 1616 N Wells. Donny's Skybox, 4th floor, Piper's Alley.
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Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
Greg Haus spins Electro / Progressive / Breaks / Alternative / Electronica.
http://www.myspace.com/berlinnightclub
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://www.berlinchicago.com
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Pandemic. 1st Fridays 21+ 10p-4a.
Outbreak of new industrial dancefloor infection with DJ Pathogen inoculating monthly.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton. Little parking.
http://neo-chicago.com
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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.
http://www.neofuturists.org
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Saturday 2009.10.03:    ^
AIDS Run/Walk 5K (since 1990). Yearly. Register -8:30a. 10a.
Midwest's largest such pledged event, many thousands expected.
312/922-2322 http://www.aidschicago.org
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-45 4hr 10a.
10.03: The Great Chicago Fire.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.
http://chicagoneighborhoodtours.com
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* El Circo Cheapo Cabaret. 1st Saturdays $10-ish. 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.
http://elcircocheapo.com
Aloft (Aerial Dance) Loft, 2041 W Carroll #306.
http://aloftaerialdance.com
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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.
10.03: How World Peace Depends Upon Achieving an Inner Peace.
312/326-2120 http://www.collegeofcomplexes.org
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.
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KMFDM. 17+ $17-25+ 9p.
"Celebrating 25 years of the ultra heavy beat and conceptual continuity" w/ Angelspit.
http://kmfdm.com
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.
http://www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/chicago
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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.
http://www.givepeaceadance.com
MKP, 1900 W Fulton.
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"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.
http://www.berlinchicago.com
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Sunday 2009.10.04:    ^
The Best Church of God. Sundays -2009.11.08 All ages. $10 tithe. 1p.
"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."
http://bestchurchofgod.org
Lakeshore Theater, 773/472-3492, 3175 N Broadway.
http://lakeshoretheater.com
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* Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 6:30-10:15p.
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend.
http://spunn.org
4960 N Simonds Dr Betwix Foster and Lawrence in grass near lake.
http://tinyurl.com/fmfjspot
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Comic Book Karaoke. 21+ 8p-2a.
"Comic-inspired karaoke? Yes please! Come as your favorite hero or villian and let's get weird!" Brainstorm Comics fundraiser, raffle, prizes, Green Lantern shots.
Blue Frog Bar & Grill, 312/943-8900, 676 N. LaSalle. LaSalle & Huron.
http://centerstagechicago.com/bars/blue-frog.html
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"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
http://www.adultswim.com
TOON. On cable.
http://www.cartoonnetwork.com
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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.
http://www.berlinchicago.com
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Full "Harvest" Moon. 1:15a.
Sun 06:51-18:27, Moon 18:18-07:20.
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/MoonPhase.html
http://www.almanac.com
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Monday 2009.10.05:    ^
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.
http://www.boomboomroomchicago.com
Green Dolphin Street, 773/395-0066, 2200 N Ashland. At Webster.
http://www.jazzitup.com
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Stewart / Colbert. Mo/Tu/We/Th Reruns several times a day. 10-11p.
Brilliant awards winning "news" shows.
COM. On cable.
http://www.comedycentral.com
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Tuesday 2009.10.06:    ^
"The Lubricatour" 17+ $19-28 8p.
W/ RevCo, Ringmaster Jim Rose, more.
http://myspace.com/revoltingcocks
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.
http://www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/chicago
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Chicago Underground Comedy. Tuesdays 21+ $5 Doors 9p.
"The Hippest, Hottest Stand-Up Showcase to Emerge in Years" +good menu & booze.
http://www.chicagoundergroundcomedy.com
Beat Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont.
http://www.beatkitchen.com
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Wednesday 2009.10.07:    ^
* Riot Fest. -Sunday $$.
Two dozens GREAT rock bands across Metro, Congress, more.
http://www.riotfest.org
Multiple venues.
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All That Remains. All ages. $20 5:30p.
W/ Lacuna Coil, Maylene, The Sons of Disaster.
http://allthatremainsonline.com
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.
http://www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/chicago
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Ian Anderson. All ages. $69 7:30p.
Plays acoustic Jethro Tull.
http://iananderson.com
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.
http://www.victheatre.com
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Magic Chicago (since 2004). 1st Wednesdays All ages. $20 7:30p.
Monthly showcase of skilled local magicians hosted by Benjamin Barnes and Robert Charles.
10.07: An Evening with Psychic Entertainer Ross Johnson, opening act: comedian Mike Ostrowski.
773/984-3817 http://magicchicagoshow.com
City Lit Theater, 773/293-3682, 1020 W Bryn Mawr. located in the historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church.
http://www.citylit.org
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Kylie Minogue. All ages. $75 8p.
800/745-3000 http://kylie.com
Congress Theatre, 773/276-1235, 2135 N Milwaukee.
http://congresschicago.com
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South Park NEW EPISODE. All ages. Free 9p.
COM. On cable.
http://www.comedycentral.com
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Calculon. 21+ Free 10p-2a.
Shakedown drum&bass party #7.
http://shakedowndnb.com
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.
http://lavachicago.com
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Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $15+ 7p and 10p.
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
10.07: Becomes Doobie Brothers.
http://tributosaurus.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
http://martyrslive.com
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"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"Eclectic mix of people who groove on laid-back vibes."
http://www.myspace.com/inoneear
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.
http://www.heartlandcafe.com
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Thursday 2009.10.08:    ^
Chicago Fire Anniversary. Yearly.
Anniversary of the great fire in 1871 which destroyed 1/3 of the city. Observed as part of Fire Prevention Week.
http://www.chicagohs.org/fire
http://bedno.com/holidays
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Chicago International Film Festival (since 1965). $8-11+ Various times.
World-class premiers, best of the best from six continents and 30+ countries. Dozens of special guests and jurors. See website for details.
312/683-0121 http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com
Multiple Theaters.
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The Decemberists. All ages. $20 7p.
W/ Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames.
http://decemberists.com
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.
http://www.rivieratheatre.com
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Maxwell. All ages. $20-150 7:30p.
http://www.musze.com
United Center, 1901 W Madison.
http://www.unitedcenter.com
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Kathy Griffin. -Sunday Ages? $49-69+ 8p.
http://kathygriffin.com
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.
http://www.thechicagotheatre.com
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"Atomic New Wave Dance Party" Thursdays 21+ $5 10p-4a.
DJs QBot, Kamar, special guests spin 80s, New Wave, more.
http://atomicnewwave.com
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.
http://neo-chicago.com
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Big Bass. Thursdays 21+ $0-15 10p-4a.
JungleFly Drum-N-Bass Weekly.
10.08: DJs 12th Planet, Boogymon, Dottcom, Kabz.
http://bigbassthursdays.com
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://www.smartbarchicago.com
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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.
http://chicagoculturalcenter.org
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Various good modern art shows. All ages. $0-12, Free Tu 10a-8p, Mo closed, We-Su 10a-5p.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.
http://www.mcachicago.org
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LIKE A DOWNTOWN AMUSEMENT PARK. All ages. Mostly free.
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.
http://www.navypier.com
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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.
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org
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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.
http://www.artic.edu/aic
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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.
http://www.chicago-botanic.org
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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.
http://www.chichildrensmuseum.org
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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.
http://www.fmnh.org
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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.
http://www.imss.org
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World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free (Building hours vary) 9a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.
http://www.lpzoo.com
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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.
http://www.msichicago.org
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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.
http://SheddAquarium.org
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Notes:    ^
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ALWAYS call before going to a listed event.
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2009.10.02