2011.09.02 (week 740)
Movie: "Apollo 18" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Sa-Su: Bristol Renaissance Faire (Sa/Su).
Ongoing: Chicago Summerdance at Grant Park.
Ongoing: Bike Chicago at Various City Locations.
Sa: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
We: Pleasant Outdoor Concerts daily at Ravinia.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
..-Mo: Cirque Shanghai at Skyline Stage.
..-Su: Chicago Jazz Festival at Grant Park.
..-Su: International Gem and Jewelry Show at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
..-Mo: Taste of Polonia at Copernicus Center.
Fr: First Friday at Museum of Contemporary Art.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur (Fr).
Fr: Advanced Group Skate at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Sound Tribe Sector Nine at Congress Theatre.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Circus Cats at Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Sa: Inline skating lessons at Oak St. Beach.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: Diplo at Congress Theatre.
Sa: Rephex Records 20th Anniversary at Empty Bottle.
Sa: Give Peace a Dance at MKP.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Fireworks at Navy Pier (We+Sa).
Sa: Skinprov at Annoyance Theatre and Bar.
Su-Mo: Labor Day Weekend Celebration at Navy Pier.
Su: Chicago Bike Polo at Garfield Park.
Su: Jerry Lewis MDA telethon on WGN.
Su: Blind Melon at Metro.
Su: Neo Anniversary party.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Su: Madonnarama at Berlin.
Mo: Labor Day.
Mo: Soul Train 40th Anniversary Concert at Millennium Park.
Mo: Movieoke at Whistler.
Mo: Boom Boom Room at Ohm.
Mo: Rehab at Debonair Social Club.
Tu: Chicago Public Schools open.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Tributosaurus at Martyrs'.
We: Magic Chicago at Stage 773.
We: Android Lust at Abbey Pub.
We: Blondie at House of Blues.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: Heartbeats at Morseland Restaurant.
Th: Star Trek debut anniversary . Animated series also.
Th: Dubstep night at SmartBar.

Movie:    ^
"Apollo 18" now playing.
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Colombiana, Our Idiot Brother, Conan the Barbarian, Spy Kids 4, Planet of the Apes Rise, The Change-Up, Attack the Block, Cowboys & Aliens, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Smurfs, Captain America, Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter 8, Horrible Bosses, Zookeeper, Larry Crowne, Transformers 3, Bad Teacher, Cars 2, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, Green Lantern, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Super 8, X-Men 5, Hangover 2, Midnight in Paris, Pirates 4, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Seasonal:    ^
FINAL WEEKEND! Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2011.09.04 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.

Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2011.09.18 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.

Bike Chicago (since 1991). Five months of events to promote the health, economic and environmental benefits of bicycling. -2011.09.30 Yearly.
Participate in any of many 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!! Mayor's Office of Special Events, see site or call.
Various City Locations.

Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sa/Su -2011.10.30 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.
.09.02: 8p Doobie Brothers
.09.03: 8p Guster/Jack's Mannequin
.09.04: 6p Pianist Eldar Nebolsin ($10 Series)
.09.04: 8p Carrie Underwood With Orchestra
.09.07: 6p Pianist Dmitry Mayboroda ($10 Series)
.09.07: 8p Juilliard String Quartet
.09.08: 8p Pianist Garrick Ohlsson.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served my Metra.

Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2011.10.31 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:    ^
* Cirque Shanghai. -2011.09.05 Yearly. 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.

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.

WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of 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 2011.09.02:    ^
International Gem and Jewelry Show. -Sunday Yearly. $7.
Well known annual with great variety and deals.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 847/692-2222, 5555 N River Road, Rosemont. Formerly the Rosemont Convention Center.

Taste of Polonia. -Monday Yearly. All ages. $0-6 12-11p.
Non-stop music on 3 stages! Kids fun, traditional foods, festival market atmosphere.
Copernicus Center, 773/777-8898, 5216 W Lawrence. at Milwaukee.

First Friday. 1st Fridays 21+ $7-15 6-10p.
DJs, music, art, haut snax, specialty drinks, creative types and gold coasters.
09.02: "Guilt" themed.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

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.

Advanced Group Skate. 1st/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 10-12 miles. Protective gear (especially helmet) required, also bring water. Weather permitting. Usually rolls into a bar around 9:30p.
Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn.

Improvised Shakespeare. Fridays 18+ $14 10:30p+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.

Sound Tribe Sector Nine. 17+ $30 10p-2a.
W/ Big Gigantic, Up Until Now.
Congress Theatre, 773/276-1235, 2135 N Milwaukee.

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/Su All ages? $6-11+ Su 7p, Fr+Sa 11:30p.
30 plays in 60 minutes, lots of improv, very welcoming, sometimes topical.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.

Saturday 2011.09.03:    ^
Circus Cats. All ages. $18 1:30p+11:30a.
Samantha Martin's amazing performing Acro-Cats ride skateboards, roll barrels, ring bells, walk high wire, play in a band and more!
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western stop.

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

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.
09.03: CAPR - Committee Against Political Represession.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Diplo. 17+ $25+ 9p-3a.
W/ Zeds Dead, SebastiAn, Lance Herbstrong.
Congress Theatre, 773/276-1235, 2135 N Milwaukee.

Rephex Records 20th Anniversary. 21+ $15 9p.
Braindance with Bogdan Raczynski, Wisp, ...
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western.

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 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.

Skinprov. Saturdays 18+ $7 12a.
All male clothing reduced comedy.
Annoyance Theatre and Bar, 773/561-4665, 4830 N. Broadway.

Sunday 2011.09.04:    ^
Labor Day Weekend Celebration. -Monday Yearly. All ages. Mostly free. Fr/Sa -midnt, Su/Mo -10p. 10a.
Close of summer fest includes extra entertainment, extra bands at beer stage, and extra fireworks show Sunday at 9:30p.
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.

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.

Jerry Lewis MDA telethon (since 1966). Yearly. 6p-12a.
Absolutely stuffed with major comedy and music stars. Web-simul-cast. Formerly 21.5hrs, now more fast-paced format.

Blind Melon. 18+ $17+ 7p.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

* Neo Anniversary party (since 1979). Yearly. 21+ $10? 8p-4a.
Legendary annual bash. Dress for photos. Probably spinning dark-wave and 80s. DJs DJs Jeff Moyer, Qbot, Kamar.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. No free parking.

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

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.

Monday 2011.09.05:    ^
Labor Day. 1st Monday in September Yearly.
Honors working people and celebrates their history and accomplishments. Essentially identical to the European May Day celebrated on May 1st. First observed in NYC on 1882.09.05 by the Knights of Labor.

* Soul Train 40th Anniversary Concert. All ages. Free? 6:30p.
Chicago's own Don Cornelius hosts, with Chicago-born R&B legends including The Emotions, The Chi-Lites, Gene Chandler and Jerry "The Iceman" Butler.
Millennium Park, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Movieoke. 1st Mondays 21+ $? 9p.
Read along to perform, over 200 scenes to choose from.
Whistler, 773/227-3530, 2421 N Milwaukee.

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.
Ohm, 773/278-5138, 1958 W North. Wicker Park.

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.

Tuesday 2011.09.06:    ^
Chicago Public Schools open. Yearly. 8a.

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 2011.09.07:    ^
* Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $20+ 7p.
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
09.07: Becomes Elton John.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Magic Chicago (since 2004). 1st Wednesdays All ages. $20 7:30p.
Monthly showcase of skilled local magicians. Lobby bar, nearby chow, easy parking.
09.07: NEW LOCATION! W/ Eugene Burger, Ross Johnson, Danny Orleans, David Kovac, Tomas Medina.
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. near Racine.

* Android Lust. 21+ $12 8:30p.
"A searing blend of venomous aggression, moody electronics, and alien eroticism."
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.

Blondie. 17+ $40+ 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!"
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.

Heartbeats. Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-?a.
Lokua presents electronic, hip hop, downtempo DJs and performers.
Morseland Restaurant, 773/764-8900, 1218 W Morse. Rogers Park, at Sheridan. Free parking.

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

Thursday 2011.09.08:    ^
Star Trek debut anniversary (since 1966). Animated series also (1973). Yearly.
Check out the photos of Andrew's Star Trek collection.

Dubstep night. Thursdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
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. $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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