2009.10.16 (week 642)
You're better than that.
Movie: International Film Fest at multiple theaters.
Movie: "Where the Wild Things Are" 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: Scream Scene Haunted House Skokie (Fr/Sa).
Ongoing: Fireworks at Navy Pier (Fr/Sa).
Ongoing: PeekABoo at Greenhouse Theater.
Ongoing: 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).
..-Su: UniverSoul Circus at Washington Park.
Ongoing: Joffrey Othello at Auditorium.
..-Sa: Health Club Industry Convention at McCormick Place.
..-Su: Decibelle Music and Culture Festival at Various venues.
Ongoing: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.

Movie:    ^
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.
Multiple Theaters.

"Where the Wild Things Are" now playing.
Spike Jonze w/ Max Records, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Zombieland, Capitalism, Invention of Lying, Whip It, 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, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Movies and Beer. Movies, drinking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
The Hangover: 7p+midnt Fr+Sa+Th, 5p Su, 7p Mo-We.
Anvil, The Story of Anvil: 9p Fr+Sa Mo-Th, 7p Su.
This Is Spinal Tap: 10:30p Fr+Sa Mo-Th, 9p Su.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

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.
Graceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.

Pumpkin Farms. -2009.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.

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.

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.

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.

Scream Scene Haunted House. Spooktacular! Fr/Sa -2009.10.31 Yearly. Not for ages under 10. $8 7-10p.
Over 20 unique rooms. Not for the faint of heart.
Skokie Park District, 847/674-1500 x0, 4701 Oakton, Skokie. At Water Playground.

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.

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!
Greenhouse Theater, 773/404-7336, 2257 N Lincoln. 0.4mi SE of Red Line Fullerton stop.

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.

"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.
Navy Pier, 312/595-PIER, 600 E Grand.

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.

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.
Excalibur, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn. Downtown, valet or pay.

Ongoing:    ^
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!
Washington Park, 5531 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr.

Joffrey Othello. -2009.10.25 All ages. $20-60.
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.

Health Club Industry Convention. -Saturday Yearly. Th 12:30-5:30p, Fr 11a-5:30p, Sa 10a-2p.
Over 200 leading industry suppliers, over 900 booths, over 100 seminars, fitness fashion show, discounts, ...
McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore.

Decibelle Music and Culture Festival. -Sunday Yearly.
A woman driven 501.c3 production w/ film, music, art, workshops. See site for schedule. (Formerly Estrojam?).
Various venues.

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.

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

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.

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 2009.10.16:    ^
Bosses Day. Honor and be kind to bosses. Yearly.

Body Art Expo (since 2003). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $22-45+.
"World's Largest Tattoo Expo"
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

Around The Coyote Fall Arts Festival (since 1990). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $10-50 Fr 7-11p, Sa+Sa 12-6p.
See hundreds of emerging artists.
Wicker Park, 1200 N Milwaukee. Around Ashland/Division.

Mirando Al Sur. -2009.11.12 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Art by women inspired by Latin America's diverse places, histories and cultures.
10.16: Opening Reception 6-9p.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.

Meals on Wheels Chicago Celebrity Chef Brunch (since 1989). Yearly. $100-350 6p.
Dozens of top local and national chefs prepare their specialties and personally serve them tableside to hundreds of mixing and mingling affluent and influential guests. Also silent and live auctions.
Macy's, 312/744-2120, 111 N State. 7th Floor.

Advanced Group Skate. 3rd Fridays All ages. Free 7:30p.
Intermediate through advanced bladers come join the monthly group skate. Be able to skate some near traffic and do a distance of 9-12 miles. Protective gear (especially helmet) required, also bring water. Weather permitting. Usually rolls into All Stars B&G (555 W Madison) around 9:30p.
10.16: Burnham Plan tour.
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.

"Nexus 6" 3rd Fridays 21+ $7 10p-4a.
Kinetic DJs Gremlin, Pathogen, spin club hits, old classics, new music and alternative songs from established artists in EBM, industrial, rhythmic noise and other familiar genres, plus attention paid to the request list.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

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.

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 2009.10.17:    ^
Sweetest Day. 3rd Saturday in October Yearly.
Day to honor and be kind to one's sweetheart.

Chicago Humanities Fest (since 1990). -2009.11.15 Yearly. Various times.
Hundreds of speakers on a theme of universal interest at dozens of venues. Subject for 2008: "Thinking Big" Considers the sweep and scale of human ambition.
Various downtown locations.

* "Step Out to Fight Diabetes" 5K Walkathon. Yearly. All ages. Other related area walks on other days. 8:30a.
The American Diabetes Association's walk to raise funds for diabetes. Enjoy lunch, entertainment, and the Fall Festival at the finish line.
Soldier Field, 312/235-7000, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr.

Costumed Pooch Parade. All ages. 10a-12:30p.
Dress up your pooch in a Halloween costume and come down for some fun! Meet area dog lovers and enjoy an afternoon of fun and prizes. Led by Patch, the Pirate Dog of Navy Pier. Prizes, US99 Lisa Dent judges.
Navy Pier, 312/595-PIER, 600 E Grand. Gateway Park in front.

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

** Dethklok. All ages. $35 6:30p.
W/ Mastodon, High On Fire.
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.

Windy City Roller Derby. Monthly. All ages. $20-40 7-9:45p.
A new breed of derby dame hellions on skates.
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-5700, 525 S. Racine.

BB King. $60-90 8p.
Paramount Theatre, 630/896-6666, 23 E Galena Blvd, Aurora.

Gallagher. $30 8p.
Star Plaza Theatre, 219/791-1234, 8001 Delaware Place, Merrilville IN. I-65 and U.S. 30.

Keller Williams. 18+ $23+ 8p.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

* Magical Exploding Boy. Sa/Su $10 Four shows only. 8p.
"Darkly comical and completely wordless this one person show reaches beyond the limits of language to turn the conventions of Mime and Clown on their heads. From a child with mind control powers, to an amoeba struggling for life, to a man cast helplessly adrift in outer space, this unique new show transforms space to present an original story. physical comedy that transcends the need for written word with a refreshingly offbeat and existential voice of its own."
Charnel House, 773/871-9046, 3421 W Fullerton.

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.
10.17: Bring Back World War II.
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.

Sunday 2009.10.18:    ^
Alaska Day. Yearly.
Commemorates the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States in 1867.

Wilco. -Monday SOLD OUT.
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-5700, 525 S. Racine.

* 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."
Lakeshore Theater, 773/472-3492, 3175 N Broadway.

Bucktown Apple Pie Contest (since 2005). Yearly. All ages. Free 2-5p.
Fun-filled afternoon of music, games, prizes and 200+ homemade apple pies.
Holstein Park, 2200 N Oakley. 2 bks S of Fullerton, 1 bk E of Western.

Model Rocket Launching (since 1963). 3rd Sundays All ages. Free 2-5p.
Deeply validates geekness. All skill levels. BYOL (Bring Your Own Launcher). Northern Illinois Rocketry Association hosted. Held away from population centers, only a few launches a year.
East Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355.

Boys Like Girls. All ages. $25+ 5:30p.
With Cobra Starship, The Maine, A Rocket to the Moon, Versa Emerge.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

* Treehouse of Horrors XX! (since 1990). Yearly. All ages. Free 7p.
Three Simpsons horror shorts. Followed by other new Fox cartoon episodes.

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

Monday 2009.10.19:    ^
Satyricon. 21+ $17+ 8p.
Extreme metal w/ Chtonic, Withering Soul, Rosenguard.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

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.
10.19: DJ Honey Dijon (NYC).
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 awards winning "news" shows.
COM. On cable.

Tuesday 2009.10.20:    ^
Good day for Brew&View. Tuesdays 18+ $5+.
Drinking, movies, heckling, FUN!
Hangover 7p, Story of Anvil 9p, Spinal Tap: 10:30p.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Jet and Kill Hannah. All ages. $26 6:30p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

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 2009.10.21:    ^
"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 2009.10.22:    ^
* International Model and Hobby Show (since 1985). -Sunday Yearly. $3-8+ 10a-5p.
Largest such show in the U.S. with over 400 exhibitors. Includes tons of R.C., trains, planes, boats, rockets and educational toys. Many thousands attend.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 847/692-2222, 5555 N River Road, Rosemont. Formerly the Rosemont Convention Center.

Circus Cats. -Sunday All ages. $12 Th 7p, Sa noon+2p, Su 12p.
Samantha Martin's amazing performing Acro-Cats ride skateboards, roll barrels, ring bells, walk high wire, play in a band and more!
Viaduct Theater, 773/296-6024, 3111 N Western.

Kittie. 21+ $15 9p.
W/ Soil, Arkaea, Straight Line Stitch.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

"Atomic New Wave Dance Party" Thursdays 21+ $5 10p-4a.
DJs QBot, Kamar, special guests spin 80s, New Wave, more.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

Big Bass. Thursdays 21+ $0-15 10p-4a.
JungleFly Drum-N-Bass Weekly.
10.22: DJs Distance, Jeff Pietro, DJGC, Tranzformer.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

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. $0-12, 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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