2011.12.09 (week 754)
Greed is the root of all evil.
Movie: "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "Young Adult" now playing everywhere.
Ongoing: Collected Holiday Songs and Recipes.
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
Ongoing: Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Hannukatz The Musical at National Pastime Theatre.
Ongoing: A Klingon Christmas Carol at Greenhouse Theater Center.
Ongoing: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central.
Ongoing: Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Occupy Chicago at Federal Reserve Bank.
Ongoing: 21st Century Minimalism at Woman Made Gallery.
..-Sa: The String Cheese Incident at Aragon Ballroom.
..-Su: Gem and Jewelry Show in Rosemont.
Ongoing: Star Trek Burlesque at Gorilla Tango Theatre (Fr).
Fr: Naked Girls Reading at Everleigh Social Club.
Fr: North Side Critical Mass at Young Lincoln Statue.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur (Fr).
Fr: Cocktails & Clay at Hyde Park Art Center.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Lincoln Fair Burlesque Expo at Lincoln Tap Room.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Full Moon.
Sa: Human Rights Day.
Sa: Nerds at Heart Holidate at Halsted Harp.
Sa: FBC ride at Gannon's Pub.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: Alien Queen at Metro.
Sa: BrrrrrLESQUE at Martyrs'.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Skinprov at Annoyance Theatre and Bar.
Su: Rudolph Ramble 8K run.
Su: Great Midwest Train Show at Dupage County Fairgrounds.
Su: New cartoons on FOX.
Su: NEDTalks: Spreading Worthless Ideas at The Hideout.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Su: Circus Cats at Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Mo: Fiesta de Guadalupe.
Mo: Staind at House of Blues.
Mo: Rehab at Debonair Social Club.
Tu: Wilco at Riviera Theatre.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
Tu: The Deep End at Morseland Restaurant.
We: Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council Meeting at City Hall.
We: Bump and Grindcore at Beauty Bar.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: Heartbeats at Morseland Restaurant.
Th: Gapers Block Holiday Party at Black Rock.
Th: Wilco at Vic Theatre.
Th: Dubstep night at SmartBar.

Movie:    ^
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" now playing.
Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, John Hurt,
Theaters Everywhere.

"Young Adult" now playing.
Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Shame, Hugo, The Muppets, Immortals, J. Edgar, Harold & Kumar Christmas, Tower Heist, In Time, Puss in Boots, The Rum Diary, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Seasonal:    ^
Collected Holiday Songs, Recipes and Stories. -2011.12.30 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Check out this terrific comprehensive set of popular holiday songs, recipes and stories.

Ice Skating. -2012.02.26 Yearly.
Wrigley Field; Millennium Park, 312/742-5222, 55 N Michigan; Warren Park, 773/262-8656, 6601 N Western; Riis Park, 312/746-5735, 6100 W Fullerton; Daley Plaza, 312/742-7650, 337 E Randolph; more...

Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2011.12.24 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa -9p 11a.
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets.
Daley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

Hannukatz The Musical. -2011.12.31 All ages. $10-25 Fr/Sa/Su.
The story of history's first oil crisis, 2200 years in the making.
National Pastime Theatre, 773/327-7077, 4139 N Broadway. 3blks N of Red Line Sheridan stop.

* A Klingon Christmas Carol. -2011.12.31 $32 Su 2:30p, Th,Fr,Mo 7:30p.
"Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English Supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology."
Greenhouse Theater Center, 773/404-7336, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.

HOLIDAY CLASSICS. -2012.01.03 Yearly. All ages.
* A Christmas Carol: 11.18-12.31 Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 200 S Columbus,
* The Nutcracker: 12.09-27 Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress,
* Breakfast with Santa: for 94th floor visitors, certain December days/times, and "Skating in the Sky" (synthetic ice rink 1000' up) Jan-Apr. John Hancock Center Observatory, 312/751-3681, 875 N Michigan,
* Christmas Around The World: 11.17-01.08 Dozens of spectacular International holiday decorated trees, Museum of Science and Industry,
* Zoolights: 11.25-01.01 Over a million lights, certain dates/times, Lincoln Park Zoo,

Winter Pageant. -2012.01.08 Yearly. All ages. $0-20 Various times.
Family friendly long running annual celebrating the changing seasons.
Redmoon Central, 312/850-8440, 1463 W Hubbard.

Winter Wonderfest. -2012.01.08 Yearly. All ages. $10-17+ Hours vary.
Festival Hall will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring hundreds of lush decorated trees, sparkling lights, wintertime decorations and a main town square with vending. Includes ice rink, large inflatable slide/bungee games. Santa and elves listen to children's wishes in a mountain top village.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

Ongoing:    ^
** Occupy Chicago.
Local presence of burgeoning nationwide movement for economic justice for the 99%.
Federal Reserve Bank, 256 S LaSalle. At Jackson.

21st Century Minimalism. -2011.12.22 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
"Bare Essentials" Ingrid Fassbender juried.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.

The String Cheese Incident. -Saturday All ages. $40+ Three nights. 8p.
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.

International Gem and Jewelry Show. Well known annual, great deals. -Sunday Yearly. Ages 8+ $8+ Fr noon-6p, Sa 10a-6p, Su 11a-5p.
Donald Stephens Convention Center, 847/692-2220, 5555 N River Road, Rosemont.

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

Star Trek Burlesque. Fridays 21+ $20 9:30p.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western stop.

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 2011.12.09:    ^
Naked Girls Reading (since 2009). 18+ $20+ 7p.
Letters to Santa and holiday classics.
Everleigh Social Club, 939 W. Randolph St.

* North Side Critical Mass. 2nd Fridays All ages. Free. Gather after 6:30p, leaves after 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.

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.

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 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.

Lincoln Fair Burlesque Expo. Monthly. 21+ Free 11+9p.
"Fabulous Vaudezilla Vixens, our trademark swag bags, and more fun than the law should allow!"
Lincoln Tap Room, 773/868-0060, 3010 N Lincoln.

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 2011.12.10:    ^
Full Moon. "Cold" 8:30a.

Human Rights Day (since 1948). Yearly.
U.N. issued Universal Declaration of Human Rights on this day.

Nerds at Heart Holidate. 21+ $30 4-7p.
Party for unattached smarties. Includes board games, trivia, a cocktail and giveaways.
Halsted Harp, 773/348-3665, 2138 N. Halsted St.

* FBC ride. Monthly. 21+ 8p-?a.
Full Moon Bike Club. Destination varies.
Gannon's Pub, 773/281-1007, 4264 N. Lincoln.

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.
12.10: "The Public Check on Congress" - A Non-Partisan Proposal for a Constitutional Amendment to Align the Actions of Congress with America's National Interests.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Alien Queen. 18+ $20-30 9p.
Scooty & JoJo unleash their outrageous spectacle. Audacious parody of Hollywood's most terrifying sci-fi franchise, complete with enormous alien puppets, multi-talented genderbending cast, laser light show, covering the legendary songs of Queen.
W/ Battlestar Fantastica and DJ Boywonder.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

BrrrrrLESQUE. 21+ $15-30 9:30p.
17 beautiful ecdysiasts tease the season.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

"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.

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

Sunday 2011.12.11:    ^
Rudolph Ramble 8K run (since 2000). USATF certified. Yearly. $20+ 9a.
Includes goodies and sweathshirt. Collects 1000+ toys.
773/404-2372, 2500 N Cannon.

Great Midwest Train Show (since 1974). 2nd Sundays 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.

New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6:30p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Cleveland, American Dad.

NEDTalks: Spreading Worthless Ideas. 21+ $5 8p.
Parodying TED talks, "There's nothing Silicon Valley can do that Chicago can't do lazier."
The Hideout, 773/227-4433, 1354 W Wabansia. 1 block east of Elston.

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

Circus Cats. All ages. $18 1+11p.
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.

Monday 2011.12.12:    ^
Fiesta de Guadalupe. Yearly.
Commemorates appearance of virgin Mary to an Indian boy in 1531.

Staind. 17+ $45 8p.
W/ Aranda and Man Made Machine.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

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 2011.12.13:    ^
Wilco. Ages? $? 8p.
W/ Eleventh Dream Day.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4746 N Racine.

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.

The Deep End. Tuesdays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
"Explores the deeper side of dance music."
Morseland Restaurant, 773/764-8900, 1218 W Morse. Rogers Park, at Sheridan. Free parking.

Wednesday 2011.12.14:    ^
* Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council Meeting. (MBAC). All ages. Free 3-4:45p.
Meeting of groups effecting Chicago bicycle legislation, safety and planning.
City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 1103.

Bump and Grindcore. 21+ $3 9p-2a.
A tribute to local hero R. Kelly with bands, DJs, burlesque, dramatic readings, more.
With GlitterGuts photobooth.
Beauty Bar, 12/226-8828, 1444 W Chicago Ave.

"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.

Thursday 2011.12.15:    ^
Gapers Block Holiday Party. 21+ Free 7-10p.
"A holiday party that doesn't suck! We'll be in the back room, warming ourselves around the fire, with complementary cocktails!"
Black Rock, 773/348-4044, 3614 N. Damen.

Wilco. 18+ Sold out. 8p.
W/ Jon Langford and Skull Orchard.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

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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