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The Devil is in the details.
Ongoing:    ^
* Occupy Chicago.
Local presence of burgeoning nationwide movement for economic justice for the 99%.
http://OccupyChi.org
Federal Reserve Bank, 256 S LaSalle. At Jackson.
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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.
http://www.blackvoices.com
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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...
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
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Joffrey Ballet "Winter Fire" -2012.02.26 All ages. $25-150+ 7:30p.
http://joffrey.com
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.
http://auditoriumtheatre.org
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Louder Than A Bomb (since 2001). -2012.03.10 Yearly. All ages. $? 6p.
Young Chicago Authors and Columbia College Chicago present, reknowed Chicago Teen Poetry Festival.
773/486-4331 http://www.youngchicagoauthors.org
Various locations.
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Lost and Found: A Recycled Circus. -2012.03.11 All ages. $10-15 Fr 7:30p, Sa 4:30+7:30p, Su 3p.
A collaborative work by an amazing team explores second-hand treasures. Cast-off junk and characters are saved and given thrilling new life. Features aerial acrobatics, live music, and magical, found-object invention.
The Actors Gymnasium, 773/764-2896, 927 Noyes St, Evanston.
http://actorsgymnasium.com
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The People's Barnum. -2012.03.18 All ages. Donate Su 2p, Fr+Sa 8p.
Quest Theatre Ensemble presents the Tony award winning musical set in the center ring, telling the true story of Phineas Taylor Barnum and the acts that made him famous.
http://questensemble.org
The Blue Theater, 312/458-0895, 1609 W Gregory. Andersonville.
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Venus & Jupiter visible. -2012.03.24 All ages. Free.
Above where sun sets.
http://adlerplanetarium.org/investigate
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WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.
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Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop, metrochicago.com
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago, darkroombar.com
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop, doubledoor.com
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish, emptybottle.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln, martyrslive.com
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk, ravinia.org
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Friday 2012.02.24:    ^
Bike Winter Art Show (since 1998). -2012.03.09 Yearly.
Always wonderful.
02.24: Opening night party.
http://chicagocriticalmass.org/artshow
Gala Gallery, 1000 N Milwaukee.
http://facebook.com/GalaGalleryChicago
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International Kennel Club Dog Show (since 1862). Thousands of dogs, hundreds of vendors. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $3-20 8a-5p.
773/237-5100 http://www.ikcdogshow.com
McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore. North building.
http://www.mccormickplace.com
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* 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.
http://chicagocriticalmass.org
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Korn. All ages. #49-100 6:30p.
"Path of Totality Tour" w/ Kill The Noise.
http://korn.com
Congress Theatre, 773/276-1235, 2135 N Milwaukee.
http://congresschicago.com
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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.
800/979-3370 http://SupernaturalChicago.com
Excalibur, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn. Downtown, valet or pay.
http://www.excaliburchicago.com
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Steve Aoki / Datsik. 17+ $32+ 8p.
Electro house.
http://steveaoki.com
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.
http://www.aragon.com
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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.
http://improvisedshakespeare.com
IO Theatre, 773/880-0199, 3541 N. Clark.
http://ioimprov.com/chicago/
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Star Trek Burlesque. Fridays 21+ $20 9p.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western stop.
http://www.GorillaTango.com
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Broadzilla. The Burlesque Beast. Last Fridays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
Vaudezilla presents two different sets at 10:30p+1a.
http://vaudezilla.com/broadzilla.htm
Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North.
http://www.exitchicago.com
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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.
http://www.berlinchicago.com
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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.
http://www.neofuturists.org
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Saturday 2012.02.25:    ^
Peter Frampton. $40-80+ 8p.
http://peterframpton.com
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.
http://www.thechicagotheatre.com
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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.
02.25: It's Time to Redistribute the Wealth and Reclaim Our Unalienable Rights p2p4USA.
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.
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"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.
http://www.berlinchicago.com
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Noctronica. 18+ $7 10p-3a.
All Electro EBM, industrial, aggrotech, noise, synthpop w/ Scary Lady Sarah.
http://ChicagoFunNews.com/fb/291704260885756
Lucky Number Grill, 773/235-7761, 1931 N Milwaukee. 2nd Floor.
http://luckynumbergrill.com
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Skinprov. Saturdays 18+ $7 12a.
All male clothing reduced comedy.
Annoyance Theatre and Bar, 773/561-4665, 4830 N. Broadway.
http://annoyanceproductions.com
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Sunday 2012.02.26:    ^
Hustle Up The Hancock (since 1998). Pledged 94 floor (1632 stairs, 1000 vertical feet) climb. Last Sunday in February Yearly. All ages. $30-50 6:30a.
Benefits American Lung Association. Well managed event with thousands of runners.
http://www.lungchicago.org/
John Hancock Building, 312/751-3681, 875 N Michigan. Assemble in concourse area.
http://www.hancock-observatory.com
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Neighborhoods of the World. Sundays -2012.04.15 All ages. Free 12-5p.
Honoring Chicago's immigrant communities and rich diversity with this first-ever performance series. Lively afternoon of music, dance, colorful costumes, authentic cuisine, and local vendors selling folk arts.
02.26: Amazing India.
Navy Pier, Crystal Gardens, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.
http://www.navypier.com
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Academy Awards (since 1929). Yearly. All ages. Free. 7p.
E! usually runs an eight hour pre-show. Various viewing parties around town.
http://www.oscar.com
ABC. http://www.abc.com
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Carnal. Monthly. 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Sexy electro, short skirts, cheap booze.
http://tinyurl.com/stereokillerfb
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton.
http://neo-chicago.com
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"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
http://www.adultswim.com
TOON. On cable.
http://www.cartoonnetwork.com
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Monday 2012.02.27:    ^
The Crystal Method. 21+ $10+ 9p-4a.
http://thecrystalmethod.com
The Mid, 312/265-3990, 306 North Halsted.
http://themidchicago.com
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Rehab. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-2a.
"America's Best Party" according to frisky young Wickers.
http://facebook.com/rehabdanceparty
Debonair Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen.
http://debonairsocialclub.com
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Stewart / Colbert. Mo/Tu/We/Th Reruns several times a day. 10-11p.
Brilliant awards winning "news" shows.
COM. On cable.
http://comedycentral.com
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Tuesday 2012.02.28:    ^
IHOP Natl Pancake Day (since 2006). Yearly. All ages. Free.
Free short stack (Miracle Network donation encouraged).
http://ihoppancakeday.com
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Chicago Underground Comedy. Tuesdays 21+ $5 Doors 9p.
"The Hippest, Hottest Stand-Up Showcase to Emerge in Years" +good menu & booze.
http://www.chicagoundergroundcomedy.com
Beat Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont.
http://www.beatkitchen.com
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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.
http://www.1218morse.com
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Wednesday 2012.02.29:    ^
Leap Day. (y%4==0&&y0!=0).
http://leapyearday.com
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Live Band Karaoke. Last Wednesdays 21+ $5 9p.
http://livebandkaraoke.com
Quenchers, 773/276-9730, 2401 N Western. At Fullerton.
http://quenchers.com
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Paradise Waits. Wednesdays 21+ $5 9p.
Grateful Dead homage.
http://facebook.com/paradisewaits
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.
http://www.doubledoor.com
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"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!"
http://facebook.com/group.php?gid=5016477382
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.
http://www.heartlandcafe.com
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Heartbeats. Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-?a.
Lokua presents electronic, hip hop, downtempo DJs and performers.
http://momentsound.com
Morseland Restaurant, 773/764-8900, 1218 W Morse. Rogers Park, at Sheridan. Free parking.
http://www.1218morse.com
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Thursday 2012.03.01:    ^
* National Women's History Month (since 1987). THANXX! -2012.03.31 Yearly.
2012: "Women's Education - Women's Empowerment"
http://www.nwhp.org
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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.
http://www.bigcjam.com/
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
http://martyrslive.com
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"Future Bass" Thursdays 21+ $5+ 10p-4a.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://smartbarchicago.com
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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.
http://chicagoculturalcenter.org
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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.
http://www.mcachicago.org
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LIKE A DOWNTOWN AMUSEMENT PARK. All ages. Mostly free.
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.
http://www.navypier.com
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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.
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org
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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.
http://www.artic.edu/aic
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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.
http://www.chicago-botanic.org
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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.
http://www.chichildrensmuseum.org
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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.
http://www.fmnh.org
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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.
http://www.imss.org
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World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free (Building hours vary) 9a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.
http://www.lpzoo.com
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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.
http://www.msichicago.org
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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.
http://SheddAquarium.org
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Notes:    ^
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