2010.06.11 (week 676)
Bicycles make the world go around.
Movie: "The A-Team" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Movie: "The Karate Kid" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Ongoing: Summer Vacation at Chicago Public Schools.
Ongoing: Bike Chicago at Various City Locations.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
..-Su: Old Town Art Fair at Old Town Historic District.
..-Su: Chicago Blues Festival at Grant Park.
Ongoing: Hephaestus: A Circus Tale at The Goodman.
Ongoing: Beyond Audubon at Woman Made Gallery.
Ongoing: Fuerza Bruta: Look Up at Auditorium.
Ongoing: Cirque Shanghai at Skyline Stage.
Ongoing: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Pleasant Outdoor Concerts daily at Ravinia.
Fr: King Kamehameha Day.
Fr: Fine Arts Building Open Studios.
Fr: North Side Critical Mass at Young Lincoln Statue.
Fr: Die Warzau at Bottom Lounge.
Fr: The Psychedelic Furs at Metro.
Fr: Cocktails & Clay at Hyde Park Art Center.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Serve-a-thon.
Sa-Su: "Metronome Celebration"
..-Su: Printers Row Book Fair at Dearborn from Congress to Polk.
..-Su: Wells Street Art Festival.
Sa: Neighborhood Tour from Cultural Center.
Sa: Kidical Mass at Palmer Square.
Sa-Su: Andersonville Midsommarfest.
Sa: Concrete Blonde at Vic Theatre.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: World Naked Bike Ride.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Fireworks at Navy Pier (We+Sa).
Su: Jewish Fest at St. Paul Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve.
Su: Chicago Bike Polo at Garfield Park.
Su: "Salon de Vine" at Joie de Vine.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Flag Day.
Mo: Boom Boom Room at Green Dolphin Street.
Mo: Rehab at Debonair Social Club.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Grant Park Music Festival.
We: Ellen DeGeneres "Somewhat Special" at Chicago Theatre.
We: Lucha VaVoom at Park West.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
Th: Chicago Summerdance at Grant Park.
Th: Cedric the Entertainer's Urban Circus" at Chicago Theatre.
Th: "The City that Works" at Martyrs'.
Th: Childrens Hospital at Park West.
Th: Dubstep night at SmartBar.
Th: "Atomic New Wave Dance Party" at Neo.

Movie:    ^
"The A-Team" now playing.
Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Biel, Sharlto Copley, Quinton Jackson, Patrick Wilson, Dirk Benedict, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"The Karate Kid" now playing.
Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
MacGruber, Shrek Forever After, Sex and the City 2, Babies, Iron Man 2, The Losers, Kick Ass, Repo Men, Alice in Wonderland, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Movies and Beer. Movies, drinking, heckling, FUN! -Tuesday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
Hot Tub Time Machine, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle Su-Tu.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Seasonal:    ^
Summer Vacation. -2010.08.03 Yearly.
Chicago Public Schools.

Bike Chicago (since 1991). Five months of events to promote the health, economic and environmental benefits of bicycling. -2010.09.30 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.

Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2010.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North; Su: WickerPark;
Various city locations.

Ongoing:    ^
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Old Town Art Fair (Since 1950). Jewelry, paintings, sculpture, food, bohemians. 2nd Saturday in June -Sunday Yearly. $0-6 10a-6p.
Old Town Historic District, 312/337-1938, N Lincoln Ave At W Wisconsin St.

Chicago Blues Festival (since 1984). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-9:30p.
Over 750K expected. See site for detailed schedule.
Grant Park, 312/744-3370. Red line Madison stop.

Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale. -2010.06.20 7:30p.
Features world-class gymnastic/athletic performers.
The Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 170 N Dearborn.

Beyond Audubon. -2010.07.01 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Breadth of works inspired by birds.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.

Fuerza Bruta: Look Up. -2010.07.25 All ages. $75+ Various times.
"A non-stop collision of dynamic music, visceral emotion, and kinetic aerial imagery. Featuring mind-blowing visual effects that must be seen to be believed."
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.

* Cirque Shanghai. -2010.09.06 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 -2010.10.31 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.

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.

Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily.
Jun.10+11 Concert Dance, Inc.
Jun.12 Steve Martin w/ The Steep Canyon Rangers
Jun.12 Milkshake (Kids Concert)
Jun.13 Sheryl Crow/Colbie Caillat
Jun.17 Backstreet Boys
Jun.17 Jazz Showcase
Jun.18 Dave Brubeck Quartet, Nancy Wilson, Ramsey Lewis Trio.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served my Metra.

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 2010.06.11:    ^
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.

Fine Arts Building Open Studios. 2nd Fridays All ages. Free 5-9p.
Tour ten floors of the landmark building, exploring living artists in their creative environment. Includes refreshments, music, exhibits of drawing, photography, architecture, dance, graphic design, theater, installation art, yoga, sculpture, etc...
Fine Arts Building, 312/566-9800, 410 S. Michigan Ave.

* North Side Critical Mass. 2nd Fridays All ages. Free. Gather after 6:30p, leaves before 7p.
THE monthly north side gathering of cyclists. Winds a dozen miles-ish, ending with food+drink. Well attended. Bring friends, tunes, bells, costumes, cameras...
Young Lincoln Statue, 5959 N Clark. At Ridge and Thorndale.

* Die Warzau. 17+ $20 8p-2a.
W/ I:Scintilla, Cruciform Injection, The Dead Room.
Bottom Lounge, 312/666-6775, 1375 W Lake.

The Psychedelic Furs. 18+ $30+ 8p.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Cocktails & Clay. 2nd Fridays 18+ $15 suggested donation. 8p-12a.
Late night clay-making, dance-partying, gallery-hopping good time. 45 minute studio sessions, live DJ, drink specials.
Hyde Park Art Center, 773/324-5520, 5020 S Cornell Ave.

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.

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 2010.06.12:    ^
Serve-a-thon (since 1994). 2nd Saturday in June Yearly.
Chicago's largest day of community service. Volunteers spend the day painting, planting and making a difference at dozens of schools and agencies.

"Metronome Celebration" -Sunday All ages. $5.
Two dozen bands.
Milwaukee at Armitage

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.

Wells Street Art Festival (since 1975). Over 250 fine artists, food, music. -Sunday Yearly. $0-5 10a-10p.
See site for band schedule.
773/868-3010, Wells between North and Division.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-45 4hr 10a.
Fr 06.04 Greek Town, Chinatown & Little Italy.
Sa 06.05 Pilsen & Little Village.
Sa 06.05 Wicker Park & Ukrainian Village.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

* Kidical Mass. 2nd Saturdays All ages. Free 10:30a-1p.
Slow easy going fun group bike ride for families, children of all ages.
Palmer Square, 3099 W Palmer Blvd. "the bunny park" playground.

Andersonville Midsommarfest (since 1966). Nice Swedish-ish neighborhood party. 2nd Saturday in June -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 (donation) 11a-10p.
Dozens of vendors, ethnic food, assorted bands, pet parade, family activities come, in a great shopping area.
Andersonville, Clark from Foster to Balmorol.

Concrete Blonde. 18+ $30+ 7:30p.
"Celebrating 20 years of Bloodletting"
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

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.
alues and history
06.12: The Electric Automobile We Almost Had.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

**** World Naked Bike Ride (since 2004). Yearly. Gather after 6p, ride at 9p.
Massive bike (+skate) event celebrating freedom from oil and the beauty of people. Held globally with dozens of cities participating. Bare-as-you-dare with outfits ranging from body paint to fanciful costumes to undies. Chicago's past rides saw many hundreds of cyclists cover a dozen miles of high visibility city areas. The atmosphere is extremely joyful and transcendently fun.
In solidarity with BP protests Worldwide, the World Naked Bike Ride Chicago will be shaming local stations this Saturday night. The naked truth is bicycles are THE path to a beautiful future.
SPECTATORS: We'll pass Clark/LaSalle BP around 10pm, and Ashland/Fullerton/Clybourn BP around 11pm.
Arrive early without car near those points and PEACEFULLY show the world's furious outrage over oil's constant heinous ecological crimes!
KEEP CLEAR when ride passes! Wave and cheer and applaud and photograph from the sides and joy will be multiplied!
RIDERS: check-in at The "O", 1025 W Randolph. Person powered wheels requirement strictly enforced.
AFTERPARTY at National Pastime Theatre 4139 N. Broadway.

"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 -2010.08.28 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.

Sunday 2010.06.13:    ^
Jewish Fest (since 1980). Yearly. All ages. $? Even numbered years. 11a-6p.
Dozens of performers on four stages. Also book fair, vendors, artisans, kosher food, etc. Many thousands attend.
St. Paul Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve, Dempster St. at Lehigh, Morton Grove.

Chicago Bike Polo. Sundays All ages. Free 2:30-?p.
Pickup games in decommissioned tennis courts.
Garfield Park, S Central Park Blvd at W Monroe St.

"Salon de Vine" Sundays 21+ Free 8+9:30p.
Girlie-Q presents "Premier Queer Burlesque and Variety Performances" in "Chicago's Most intimate". Fine wines and handcrafted cocktails.
Joie de Vine, 773/989-6846, 1744 W. Balmoral.

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

Monday 2010.06.14:    ^
Flag Day. Yearly.
Commemorates 1777 adoption by Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes.

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.

Rehab. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-2a.
"America's Best Party" according to frisky young Wickers.
Debonair Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen.

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

Tuesday 2010.06.15:    ^
Good day for Brew&View. Tuesdays 18+ $5+.
Hot Tub Time Machine, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

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 2010.06.16:    ^
Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2010.08.21 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.

Ellen DeGeneres "Somewhat Special" 18+ $58-123 7:30p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

Lucha VaVoom. 21+ $25-50 7p and 10p.
"Just For Laughs Chicago Festival"
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

"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 2010.06.17:    ^
Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2010.08.29 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.

Cedric the Entertainer's Urban Circus" 18+ $50-70 8p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

"The City that Works" 21+ $10 9p.
W/ Schadenfreude, The Jordan Years, guests.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Childrens Hospital. 21+ $25 9:30p.
Rob Corddry and others from Adult Swim's upcoming series.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

Dubstep night. Thursdays -2010.07.01 21+ Free 10p-4a.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

"Atomic New Wave Dance Party" Thursdays 21+ $5 10p-4a.
DJs QBot, Kamar, special guests spin 80s, New Wave, more.
06.17: "Electro Break 2 - 2 on 2 breakdance battle"
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton.

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. $0-18 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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