2010.08.27 (week 687)
Happy Friday!!!
..-Su: 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.
..-Su: Tall Ships at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Cirque Shanghai at Skyline Stage.
Ongoing: Daredevils' Hamlet at Neo-Futurarium.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Lyndon B. Johnson's Birthday.
..-Su: Backlot Bash at Downtown Skokie.
Fr: Neighborhood Tour from Cultural Center.
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur (Fr).
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Broadzilla at Exit.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: SuperSprint Triathlon at Lakefront at Foster.
Sa: Kids Triathlon at Foster Beach.
Sa: Perimeter Ride at Wicker Park Fountain.
Sa-Su: Taste of Greece at Greektown.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Fireworks at Navy Pier (We+Sa).
Sa: Belmont Burlesque Revue at The Playground.
Su: Boulevard Lakefront Tour at University of Illinois.
Su: Chicago Bike Polo at Garfield Park.
Su: Beach Poets at Loyola Beach.
Su: "Salon de Vine" at Joie de Vine.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Booty Movement Coalition at Martyrs'.
Mo: Boom Boom Room at Green Dolphin Street.
Mo: Rehab at Debonair Social Club.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Apocalyptica at House of Blues.
We: Magic Chicago at City Lit Theater.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: Tributosaurus at Martyrs'.
Th: Chicago Jazz Festival at Grant Park.
Th-Mo: J.O.E at Lakefront.
Th: Scissor Sisters at Riviera Theatre.
Th: Futurama NEW episodes on COM.
Th: Big C Jamboree at Martyrs'.
Th: Drum&Bass night at SmartBar.
Th: "Atomic New Wave Dance Party" at Neo.

Movie:    ^
Now playing.
Eat Pray Love, Scott Pilgrim, The Expendables, Middle Men, The Other Guys, 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, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Seasonal:    ^
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.27 Delfos Danza Contemp
Aug.28 Internationally Acclaimed Dance Company
Aug.29 3 Shows!
Aug.27 Poi Dog Pondering
Aug.28 Delfos Danza Contemp. (Kids Concert)
Aug.28 Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Aug.29 Andreas Klein, Piano
Aug.29 Carrie Underwood
Sep.1 An Evening With The Beach Boys
Sep.1 Alon Goldstein, Piano
Sep.2 The Knights Play Bernstein, Copland and Golijov
Sep.3 Nelly Furtado.
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; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North; Su: WickerPark;
Various city locations.

Ongoing:    ^
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Tall Ships. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $8-15 11a-8p.
Over a dozen magnificent sailing vessels on display. Public tours and cruises.
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

* 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.

Daredevils' Hamlet. -2010.09.25 $10-15 Th/Fr/Sa 8p.
"Stunts! Jack-Assery! Melancholy!"
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.

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 2010.08.27:    ^
Lyndon B. Johnson's Birthday. Yearly.
Day to remember the 36th president of the U.S., who became president on November 22nd, 1963 following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is remembered for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the War on Poverty, creating the Department of Housing and Urban Development and for passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He presided during the deepening U.S. involvement in Vietnam. He was born in Texas in 1908 and died in Texas on January 22nd, 1973.

Backlot Bash. -Sunday Yearly.
Street festival with live music, carnival rides, food and beer tents, sidewalk sales, business expo, classic cars show, Charlie Chaplin films and more.
Downtown Skokie.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Fr/Sa $20-45 4hr 10a.
08.27 Greek Town, Chinatown & Little Italy.
08.28 Little Italy.
08.28 The White City.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

** Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown. Unplanned route gently winds a dozen miles or more. Thousands attend in good weather. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, show bikes, so much more. Skaters welcome.
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train 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.

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.

Broadzilla. The Burlesque Beast. Last Fridays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
Vaudezilla presents two different sets at 10:30p+1a.
Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North.

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 2010.08.28:    ^
SuperSprint Triathlon (since 1983). Yearly. $$ Races start 7:30a.
Thousands expected. Cash prizes. May sell out. Big parties after.
Lakefront at Foster.

Kids Triathlon (since 1991). Yearly. 7-14 $30+ Races start 9a.
Wonderful concept.
Foster Beach.

* Perimeter Ride. Yearly. All ages. Free. Leaves promptly 10a.
"A slow century around the city with lots of stops for site-seeing, snacking and skinnydipping." Potentially 90+ miles over 12+ hours.
Wicker Park Fountain, 1425 N Damen.

Taste of Greece. Folk music, culture, meats and spices. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $3 12-11p.
Greektown, 100 S Halsted. Runs several blocks.

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
08.28: Teaching Freethought and Skepticism to Children.
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.

FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We 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.

Belmont Burlesque Revue. 4th Saturdays 21+ $10 12a.
The Bombshells bring their own unique blend of old school burlesque, featuring acts ranging from bawdy comedy to classy striptease to mystifying magic.
The Playground, 312/871-3793, 3209 N Halsted.

Sunday 2010.08.29:    ^
* Boulevard Lakefront Tour (since 1989). Yearly. All ages. $27-50 7:30a.
16, 32, 62 mile bike ride by historic sites.
University of Illinois, Morgan and Taylor.

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 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.

"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 2010.08.30:    ^
Booty Movement Coalition. Last Mondays 21+ $8 9p.
Mix of top local musician doing big band improv phat funk.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

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 2010.08.31:    ^
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 2010.09.01:    ^
Apocalyptica. All ages. $25+ 6p.
"Finnish cello metal band from Helsinki" w/ Dir En Grey w/ Evaline.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Magic Chicago (since 2004). 1st Wednesdays All ages. $20 7:30p.
Monthly showcase of skilled local magicians hosted by Benjamin Barnes and Robert Charles.
09.01: Francis Menotti, Ran'D Shine, Richard McClendon II.
City Lit Theater, 773/293-3682, 1020 W Bryn Mawr. located in the historic Edgewater Presbyterian Church.

"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.

* Tributosaurus. 1st Wednesdays 21+ $15+ 7p+10p.
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
09.01: Becomes The Moody Blues.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Thursday 2010.09.02:    ^
Chicago Jazz Festival (since 1979). -Sunday Yearly. 12-9:30p.
Mostly locals. Many tributes. See event website for details.
Grant Park. Pritzker Pavilion, also other locations.

J.O.E. -Monday All ages. $10-25 Th+Fr 6-10p, Sa+Su 1-10p, Mo 1-6p.
Joyous Outdoor Event by Redmoon "a Labor Day festival which will feature an eclectic and distinct mix of music and performance, along with the Chicago debut of a huge inflatable structure, a festival like no other, blending national names with local artists, the cutting edge of art with the popular forms."
Lakefront, Near Belmont at LSD.

Scissor Sisters. 18+ $34 7p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

Futurama NEW episodes. Thursdays All ages. Free 1hr 9p.
COM. On cable.

Big C Jamboree (since 1991). 1st Thursdays 21+ Free 9:30p-?a.
Longest running local Rockabilly night. Multiple bands perform 40s-50s style swing, blues, rock-n-roll, swiftly and simply to a jumpin party crowd, many in period getups.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Drum&Bass night. Monthly. 21+ Free 10p-4a.
09.02: Subfix / MIA w/ Jesse De La Pena, Danny The Wildchild, Alfonz De La Mota, DJ Riverman, Dr. Groo vs. Phix, Kode X vs. M1D1.
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.
09.02: DJ Lady D.
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.

Notes:    ^
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