2012.02.03 (week 762)
If it doesn't hurt it's not real.
Ongoing: Occupy Chicago at Federal Reserve Bank.
Ongoing: Black History Month.
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
Ongoing: Crossroads at RGB Lounge.
Ongoing: Rhinoceros Theater Festival at Prop Theatre.
Ongoing: Twenty in Their Twenties at Woman Made Gallery.
Fr: First Friday at Museum of Contemporary Art.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur (Fr).
Fr: Dubstep First Fridays at LiveWire Lounge.
..-Sa: Barry Manilow at Chicago Theatre.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Star Trek Burlesque at Gorilla Tango Theatre (Fr).
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Badfish - A Tribute To Sublime at House of Blues.
Sa: Dark Star Orchestra at Vic Theatre.
Sa: GlitterGuts Dance Punk Circus at Metro.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: Give Peace a Dance at MKP.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Post Apocalyptic Burlesque at LiveWire Lounge.
Sa: El Circo Cheapo Cabaret at Aloft Aerial Dance.
Sa: Skinprov at Annoyance Theatre and Bar.
Su: Superbowl.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Su: Madonnarama at Berlin.
Su: Shot Down In Flames at Exit.
Mo: Terrapin Nation at Martyrs'.
Mo: Movieoke at Whistler.
Mo: Rehab at Debonair Social Club.
Tu: Full Moon.
Tu: FBC ride at Gannon's Pub.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
Tu: The Deep End at Morseland Restaurant.
We: Boyscout Day.
We: Satisfaction at House of Blues.
We: Paradise Waits at Double Door.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: Heartbeats at Morseland Restaurant.
Th-..: Burlesque Tribute to The Wall at Stage 773.
Th: Dubstep night at SmartBar.

Movie:    ^
Now playing.
Adventures of Tintin, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, We Bought a Zoo, Mission Impossible 4, Sherlock Holmes 2, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Young Adult, Shame, Hugo, The Muppets, Immortals, J. Edgar, Harold & Kumar Christmas, Tower Heist, In Time, Puss in Boots, The Rum Diary, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

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

Black History Month (since 1926). -2012.02.28 Yearly.
February contains the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. This holiday recognizes the achievements and contributions of African Americans. Observed with special events and exhibits at many cultural institutions, especially the Chicago Cultural Center, H.W.Library, Dusable Museum, and South Shore Cultural Center.

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...

Crossroads. A transmedia documentary. -2012.02.10 7-11p.
"Based on the data of 35 Chicago strangers over the course of one day. Their narratives, GPS data and portraits combine to create a collaborative story that takes the form of a photobook, 40 prints, a 25 minute movie and a social sculpture."
RGB Lounge, 1420 N Milwaukee Ave.

Rhinoceros Theater Festival (since 1989). -2012.02.12 Yearly. $15+ Various days and times.
Showcase of experimental new plays.
Prop Theatre, 773/267-0666, 3502 N Elston.

Twenty in Their Twenties. -2012.02.23 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Art by women 20-29.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.

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 2012.02.03:    ^
First Friday. 1st Fridays 21+ $7-15 6-10p.
DJs, music, art, haut snax, specialty drinks, creative types and gold coasters.
02.03: "Love" 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.

Dubstep First Fridays. 1st Fridays 21+ Free 8p-2a.
DJs, open mic, photobooth,
LiveWire Lounge, 3394 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Barry Manilow. -Saturday All ages. $24-224 8p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

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.

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

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 2012.02.04:    ^
Badfish - A Tribute To Sublime. 17+ $25 8p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Dark Star Orchestra. 18+ $30+ 8p.
Premier Grateful Dead homage.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

* GlitterGuts Dance Punk Circus. 18+ $6-10 8p-2a.
"A carnival of weirdness, the best Chicago has to offer. Featuring live performances by White Mystery, Perfect Kiss, Clique Talk, Pure Magical Love, Environmental Encroachment, The Blue Ribbon Glee Club, Front 312, Eddie Riot, Mr. Bobby, ringleader Adam Black, performances by Maya Sinstress, Mx Yola And Team Clowntits! Plus Underground Dollar Store's Midnight Madness Sale, face painting, fortune telling, caricatures, comics art and vintage. Circus attire is strongly ecouraged - clowns, strongmen, bearded women, exotic animals, and high flying trapeze artists."
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

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.
02.04: Plant Chicago: Farming for the Future, A Net-Zero Vertical Farm.
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.

Post Apocalyptic Burlesque. Monthly. 21+ $? 10p-?a.
Celebrating the end of civilization with spectacular performers, machine rhythm, distortion and recklessness.
LiveWire Lounge, 3394 N. Milwaukee Ave.

El Circo Cheapo. 1st Saturdays $10-ish. 7+10p.
Outstanding local circus artists perform a casual and intimate show. Sells out. "BYO Picnic Basket"
Aloft (Aerial Dance) Loft, 2041 W Carroll #306.

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

Sunday 2012.02.05:    ^
Superbowl (since 1967). Yearly. 5-9p.
Preshow from 12:30p. Over 130 MegaViewers expected.
Brew&View, 773-929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield, largest and best projection TV in the city, beer, popcorn, etc. From 4:30p, May fill.
Joe's Sports Bar, 312/337-3486, 940 W Weed, over 100 TVs.
AND at your local pub, living room, or friend's place.

"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.

Shot Down In Flames. 21+ Free 10:30p-4a.
Fire performers light up your night with special acts from Ammunition, Michael Robert Von Hausen, Colin Breen, And Steve-O G at 12:30a and 2:00a. Nikk Skum pops out the best Dubstep/Industrial/Metal. Open dance floor, free snax, cheap drinks.
Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North.

Monday 2012.02.06:    ^
Terrapin Nation. 21+ $20+ 9p.
Grateful Dead homage.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

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

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 2012.02.07:    ^
Full Moon. "Wolf" 3p.

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

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 2012.02.08:    ^
Boyscout Day (since 1910). Yearly.
Anniversary of the incorporation of the Boy Scouts of America.

Satisfaction. 17+ $15 8p.
A Rolling Stone Experience.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Paradise Waits. Wednesdays 21+ $5 9p.
Grateful Dead homage.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

"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 2012.02.09:    ^
Burlesque Tribute to The Wall. -2012.02.12 18+ $22 Th+Fr 10p, Sa 7+10p, Su 7p.
Hot & Heavy Burlesque presents a grand full album tribute to the Pink Floyd classic.
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. near Racine.

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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