2010.08.06 (week 684)
Later is now.
Movie: "Middle Men" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "The Other Guys" now playing everywhere.
Ongoing: Grant Park Music Festival.
Ongoing: Chicago Summerdance at Grant Park.
Sa: Bristol Renaissance Faire.
Ongoing: Bike Chicago at Various City Locations.
Sa: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
Th: Pleasant Outdoor Concerts daily at Ravinia.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
Ongoing: Cirque Shanghai at Skyline Stage.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Hiroshima day.
Fr: Neighborhood Tour from Cultural Center.
..-Su: Lollapalooza at Grant Park.
Fr: First Friday at Museum of Contemporary Art.
Fr: Wicker Park Gallery Night at Flat Iron Arts Building.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur (Fr).
Fr: Skate Rave from Daley Plaza.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Pandemic at Exit.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Chicago Pro Beach Volleyball at North Avenue Beach.
Sa-Su: Lakeshore Arts Festival at Dawes Park.
Sa-Su: Northalsted Market Days at Boystown.
Sa: Inline skating lessons at Oak St. Beach.
Sa-Su: Retro on Roscoe.
Sa: "Art On Track" at Downtown CTA stations.
Sa: Jonas Brothers at FMWB Ampitheatre.
Sa: This is Hell! 13th Anniversary/666th Broadcast Celebration at Cary's Lounge.
Sa: Melissa Etheridge at Chicago Theatre.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: Give Peace a Dance at MKP.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Fireworks at Navy Pier (We+Sa).
Su: Great Midwest Train Show at Dupage County Fairgrounds.
Su: Chicago Bike Polo at Garfield Park.
Su: Beach Poets at Loyola Beach.
Su: Brooks and Dunn at FMWB Ampitheatre.
Su: "Salon de Vine" at Joie de Vine.
Su: Carnal at Neo.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Where The Wild Things Are on Cricket Hill.
Mo: Boom Boom Room at Green Dolphin Street.
Mo: Rehab at Debonair Social Club.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: "Carnival of Madness" at Charter One Pavilion.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
Th: Futurama NEW episodes on COM.
Th: Playtime at Kinetic Playground.
Th: "Atomic New Wave Dance Party" at Neo.
Th: Environmental Encroachment at Chopin Theater.
Th: Perseid meteorite shower peak day.

Movie:    ^
"Middle Men" now playing.
Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht, James Caan, Jacinda Barrett, Kevin Pollak, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"The Other Guys" now playing.
Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Cats & Dogs 2, Dinner for Schmucks, Get Low, Salt, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Inception, Despicable Me, Predators, Twilight Eclipse, Last Airbender, Toy Story 3, Grown Ups, A-Team, Karate Kid, MacGruber, Shrek Forever After, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Seasonal:    ^
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.

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.

Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2010.09.05 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.

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.

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.

Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily.
Aug.6 CSO/Mozart In The Martin: The Marriage Of Figaro/Ildebrando D'arcangelo
Aug.7 CSO/Fan Tutte, Matinee
Aug.7 The Bodeans/Big Head Todd and The Monsters
Aug.8 CSO/The Marriage Of Figaro, Matinee
Aug.8 The Temptations/The Four Tops
Aug.10 Pianist Jeffrey Kahane Plays Chopin & Schumann
Aug.11 Voices Of The Future Featuring Barber's Hermit Songs.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served my Metra.

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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* 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.

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.

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 2010.08.06:    ^
Hiroshima day (since 1945). Yearly.
On this day in 1945, an American bomber "Enola Gay" made the first wartime use of an atomic weapon. A single bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, destroying it completely. This day is often used for anti-nuclear protests worldwide. Watch for symbolic body outlines drawn on the ground in major cities.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Fr/Sa $20-45 4hr 10a.
08.06 Art Around Town.
08.07 Great Cemeteries of Chicago.
08.07 Pullman Historic District.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

* Lollapalooza. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $90-850 12-10p.
Over 100 bands across eight stages and three days.
Grant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

First Friday. Music, art, snax, specialty drinks, creative types and gold coasters. 1st Fridays 21+ $7-15 6-10p.
08.06: "Blow Out Spectacle" w/ Mucca Pazza.
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.

Supernatural Chicago (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fridays 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.

Skate Rave. 1st Fridays All ages. Free 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.
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.

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.
Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North. Upstairs.

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 2010.08.07:    ^
Chicago Pro Beach Volleyball (since 1992). Yearly. 10hrs 7a.
North Avenue Beach, 1800 N Lakeshore.

Lakeshore Arts Festival (since 1973). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-6p.
125 juried artists/craftspeople, cuisine, lite music.
Dawes Park, 847/491-0266. Church street at the lake.

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.

Stopping Lessons by Chicago Skate Patrol. All ages. Free 12-3p.
Certified volunteers teach stopping and other basics. Look for red shirts.
Oak Street Beach

Retro on Roscoe (since 1995). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 (donation) 12-10p.
Antique cars, handmade crafts, retro music, kids activities, plenty of food, chilli cookoff, dozens of bands at three stages.
Roscoe from Damen to Hamilton

* "Art On Track" All ages. $5-10 5-10p.
"A mobile art experience aboard an eight-car CTA train, which circles the Chicago loop for a day-long celebration of fine arts culture."
Downtown CTA stations., Adams and Wabash. Also Washington and Wells.

Jonas Brothers. All ages. $150 7p.
FMWB Ampitheatre, 708/614-1616, I-80 and Harlem Avenue, Tinley Park. South Suburban, expect heavy traffic.

This is Hell! 13th Anniversary/666th Broadcast Celebration. 21+ 7p.
With "your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host" Chuck Mertz, irregular correspondents and listeners, free posters, live music.
Cary's Lounge, 773/743-5737, 2251 West Devon.

Melissa Etheridge. $38-103 8p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

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
08.07: Dr. Stranglove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 65th Anniversary of atomic bombing of Japan - justification for it.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

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.

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 2010.08.08:    ^
Great Midwest Train Show (since 1974). Monthly. All ages. $0-7 9:30a-3p.
Countless parts in every scale and era; scenery, supplies, memorabilia, demos, 100s of vendors. Also other hobbies.
Dupage County Fairgrounds, 630/668-6636, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton. At County Farm Road.

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.

Beach Poets (since 1990). Sundays -2010.08.29 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.

Brooks and Dunn. All ages. $20-75 7:30p.
FMWB Ampitheatre, 708/614-1616, I-80 and Harlem Avenue, Tinley Park. South Suburban, expect heavy traffic.

"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.

Carnal. 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Sexy electro, short skirts, cheap booze.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton.

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

Monday 2010.08.09:    ^
"Hancock" All ages. Free 8:15p.
Movies in the Parks.
Cricket Hill, Montrose near the lake.

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 2010.08.10:    ^
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 2010.08.11:    ^
"Carnival of Madness" Shinedown, Chevelle, Sevendust. All ages. $35 5p.
Charter One Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr. Northerly Island, Museum Campus, former Meigs field.

"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 2010.08.12:    ^
Futurama NEW episodes. Thursdays All ages. Free 1hr 9p.
COM. On cable.

Playtime. Thursdays 21+ $5-10? 9p-?a.
Various undergroundelectrotechnohouse DJs and fun.
Kinetic Playground, 773-769-LIVE, 1113 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence 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.

Environmental Encroachment. 11:30p.
W/ Black Bear Combo.
Chopin Theater, 773/278-1500, 1543 W Division. Near Ashland, off Blue line Division stop.

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

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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