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2012.10.19 (wk799)
If you're explaining, you're losing.
RECOMMENDED:
Movie: International Film Fest at multiple theaters.
Movie: "We Are Legion" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Movie: Movies in the Parks at Various Chicago parks.
Su: Ghosts Of Graceland Cemetery walking tour (Su).
Ongoing: Halloweeny funpier at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Scream Scene Haunted House Skokie (Fr/Sa).
Ongoing: Fright Fest at Great America (Fr/Sa/Su).
Ongoing: 13 Terrors at Theater on the Lake.
Ongoing: Pumpkin Farms at Many locations.
Ongoing: World's Best Costume Shop at Fantasy HQ.
Ongoing: Dream Reapers Haunted House in Melrose Park.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Ongoing: Occupy Chicago at Federal Reserve Bank.
Ongoing: 20 Neighborhoods at Woman Made Gallery.
Ongoing: Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
Fr: Night of 1000 Noogies at Park West.
Fr: Yoga Rave at Logan Square Auditorium.
Fr: Journey Unauthorized at Rosemont Theatre.
Fr: The Smashing Pumpkins at Allstate Arena.
Fr: Group Skate at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Carnivale Delirium II at Reggie's.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Bride of the Stripping Dead at Admiral Theater.
Fr: Stanton Warriors at SmartBar.
Fr: "Nexus 6" at Neo.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
..-Sa: Halloweenie Burlesque at The Nineteen Hundred & One Gallery.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Sweetest Day.
Sa: "Step Out to Fight Diabetes" at Soldier Field.
Sa: Neighborhood Tour from Cultural Center.
Sa: Kidical Mass at Welles Park Gazebo.
Sa: Spooky Zoo Spectacular at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Sa-Su: Circus In The Parks at Chase Park.
Sa: Windy City Roller Derby at UIC Pavilion.
Sa: "1964 - The Tribute" at Rosemont Theatre.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: Malort & Cheap Beer Fest at Paddy Long's.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Pron and Chicken Garden of Eden at Vision Nightclub.
Sa-Su: Rocky Horror performed live at Mayne Stage.
Sa: Skinprov at Annoyance Theatre and Bar.
Su: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
Su: Vintage Garage.
Su: New cartoons on FOX.
Su: New Order at Aragon Ballroom.
Su: Public Image Limited at House of Blues.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Chicago Innovation Awards at Harris Theater.
Mo: Presidential Debate on TV.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: Mother-in-law Day.
Tu: Start of Scorpio.
Tu-We: Justin Bieber at Allstate Arena.
Tu: The English Beat at Space.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
Tu: The Deep End at Morseland Restaurant.
We: United Nations Day.
We: World Origami Day.
We: "Make it Reflective" bike workshop at REI.
We: South Park new episode on COM.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: Heartbeats at Morseland Restaurant.
Th: Atomic Sketch Event at Green Eye Lounge.
Th: Weird Double Feature at Portage Theater.
Th-Fr: R Kelly at Arie Crown Theater.
Th: "Future Bass" at SmartBar.

Movie:    ^
Chicago International Film Festival (since 1965). $8-11+ Various times.
World-class premiers, best of the best from six continents and 30+ countries. Dozens of special guests and jurors. See website for details.
312/683-0121 http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com
Multiple Theaters.
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"We Are Legion" now playing.
Documentary about the Anonymous hacktivists collective.
http://wearelegionthedocumentary.com
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2012.10.26 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Nice films, neighbors, concessions.
Fr 10.19: Palmer 201 W. 111th St. - Forks Over Knives.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/movies
Various Chicago parks.
http://facebook.com/ChicagoParks.Movies
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Now playing.
Seven Psychopaths, Looper, Hotel Transylvania, Dredd 3D, Trouble with the Curve, Resident Evil: Retribution, Premium Rush, The Expendables 2, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Campaign, Bourne Legacy, Total Recall, The Watch, Ruby Sparks, Step Up Revolution, Dark Knight Rises, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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Seasonal:    ^
Ghosts Of Graceland Family Walking Tour. Stroll the big name graves. Sundays in October Yearly. All ages. $5-10 2hr 2p.
VERY qualified tour guides, lots of interesting history.
http://www.architecture.org
Graceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.
http://www.graveyards.com
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Halloweeny funpier. Fr/Sa -2012.10.27 Yearly. All ages. 12-9p.
Petting zoom, artist carving 500 pound pumpkin, Harry Houdini's greatest illusions, bands, DJs, rides, etc.
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.
http://navypier.com
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Scream Scene Haunted House. Spooktacular! Fr/Sa -2012.10.27 Yearly. Not for ages under 10. $8 7-10p.
Over 20 unique rooms. Not for the faint of heart.
http://screamscene.org
Skokie Park District, 847/674-1500 x0, 4701 Oakton, Skokie. At Water Playground.
http://www.skokieparkdistrict.org
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Fright Fest (since 1991). Redecorated rides and additional Halloween attractions. Fr/Sa/Su -2012.10.28 Yearly. All ages. $$ Various hours.
Come early, use coupons, strategize your visit for best results.
Great America, 847/249-1776, 5312 Grand Ave, Gurnee.
http://sixflags.com/greatAmerica
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13 Terrors. Fr/Sa/Su -2012.10.28 Yearly. 13+ $10 7-10p.
"Greeted by the ghostly crew, confronted by evil clowns and crazed costume ball guests visitors will get turned around in the mirror maze and get off balance in the spinning vortex."
Theater on the Lake, 312/742-PLAY, Fullerton at Lake Shore Drive.
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
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Pumpkin Farms. -2012.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.
http://chicagofun.com/home/halloween/pumpkin_farms.html
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World's Best Costume Shop. -2012.10.31 Yearly. Open 24/7 this week.
Incomparably huge and comprehensive. Some staff costumed.
Fantasy Costume Headquarters, 773/777-0222, 4065 N Milwaukee.
http://fantasycostumes.com
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Best haunted house in Illinois. Threepeat winner of Haunted Illinois vote. -2012.10.31 Yearly. All ages. $15-25, free parking, Su-Th -10p, Fr+Sa 7-11p.
Regularly overhauled, 14Ksqft, wheelchair access, 22 rooms, 40+ animatronics, 40+ performers, and scary SMELLS!
Dream Reapers Haunted House, 708/344-2084, 1985 N Mannheim, Melrose Park.
http://www.dreamreapers.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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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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20 Neighborhoods. -2012.10.31 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Community Art Project Group Show.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.
http://womanmade.org/calexhibits.html
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Joffrey Ballet. -2012.10.28 All ages. $31-152 Various times.
"Human Landscapes: Pretty BALLET, Forgotten Land, The Green Table."
http://joffrey.com
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.
http://auditoriumtheatre.org
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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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Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2012.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North; Su: WickerPark;
http://www.chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various 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 2012.10.19:    ^
Night of 1000 Noogies (since 2004). Yearly. $75-125 7-11p.
Second City improvisational roast of local media celebrities.
312/464-9900 x34 http://gildasclubchicago.org
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.
http://www.parkwestchicago.com
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Yoga Rave. $25 7-11p.
"a new concept in fun where the body responds only to the stimulation of music, yoga & meditation"
http://chicagofunnews.com/fb/265749140211597
Logan Square Auditorium, 773/252-6179, 2539 N Kedzie. Near Blue Line, and 90/94.
http://www.logansquareauditorium.com
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Journey Unauthorized. All ages. $13-33+ 7:30p.
"A great rendition of the 1980's Journey."
http://journeyunauthorized.com
Rosemont Theatre, 847/671-5100, 5400 N River Road, Rosemont.
http://www.rosemonttheatre.com
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The Smashing Pumpkins. All ages. $50-125 7:30p.
http://smashingpumpkins.com
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://allstatearena.com/calendar
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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 All-Stars Sports Bar (205 W Wacker) after 9:30p.
http://Bedno.com/skate
Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.
http://road-raves.org
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Carnivale Delirium II. 21+ $? 8p-2a.
"A Spectacular Evening of Steampunk and Vaudville! Environmental Encroachment at 11pm, bookended by performances by the travelling Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow" Vendors, palm readers, tarot, madness, magic, more.
http://chicagofunnews.com/fb/155920911112934
Reggie's, 312/949-0120, 2109 S State St. CTA Red Line to Cermak/Chinatown stop.
http://www.reggieslive.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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* Bride of the Stripping Dead. Yearly. 18+ $40+ 9p.
W/ Voltaire, Sin Fisted, Maya Sinstress, Scooty and JoJo, Miss Ammunition, Mark the Knife, more. Costume contest, Zombie strippers, food trucks, extreme performers.
http://strippingdead.com
Admiral Theater, 773/478-8111, 3940 W Lawrence.
http://admiralx.com
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Stanton Warriors. 21+ $5-15 10p-?a.
Freakeasy presents UK stars w/ Radiohiro, MC Zulu, Striz.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://smartbarchicago.com/calendar
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"Nexus 6" 3rd Fridays 21+ $5 10p-4a.
"Kinetic" DJs spin EBM, industrial, rhythmic noise and special requests.
http://kineticnoise.wordpress.com
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton.
http://neo-chicago.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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Halloweenie Burlesque. Fr/Sa -2012.10.20 18+ $15 11:30p.
"You will laugh, you will cry, you will be happy to sit back and enjoy celebrating our FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY ... sing, dance and swagger our way through a myriad of parodies!"
http://chicagofunnews.com/fb/145925458886152
The Nineteen Hundred & One Gallery, 847/460-8182, 1901 W Belmont. Entrance on Wolcott.
http://the1901.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 2012.10.20:    ^
Sweetest Day. 3rd Saturday in October Yearly.
Day to honor and be kind to one's sweetheart.
http://www.hallmark.com
http://bedno.com/holidays
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"Step Out to Fight Diabetes" 5K Walkathon. Yearly. All ages. Other related area walks on other days. 8:30a.
The American Diabetes Association's walk to raise funds for diabetes. Enjoy lunch, entertainment, and the Fall Festival at the finish line.
1-888-DIABETES http://stepout.diabetes.org
Soldier Field, 312/235-7000, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr.
http://www.soldierfield.net
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Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-45 4hr 10a.
Sa 10.20: Chicago's Magnificent Churches, 10a.
Sa 10.20: Hyde Park & Kenwood, 10a.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.
http://chicagoneighborhoodtours.com
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Kidical Mass. All ages. Free 10:30-11:30a.
Slow easy going fun group bike ride for families, children of all ages. "Circling around the park and then heading on a route in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood area. Adults shepherd the kids on the street, just like the real Critical Mass! Kids can bring their own wheels or ride as passengers. Join us!"
http://thechainlink.org/group/kidicalmass
Welles Park Gazebo, 2333 W Sunnyside Ave.
http://lincolnsquare.org
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Spooky Zoo Spectacular (since 1987). Good outing for kids. Yearly. 11a-3p.
Tens of thousands of costumed kids trick, treat and parade.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.
http://www.lpzoo.com
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* Circus In The Parks. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-15 Sa 2+5p; Su 1+4p.
Midnight Circus' world class troupe of clowns, contortionists, acrobats, etc perform just four exciting shows.
http://circusintheparks.com
Chase Park, 4701 N Ashland. S of Lawrence.
http://chaseparkplayground.org
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Windy City Roller Derby. Monthly. All ages. $20-40 6-9:45p.
A new breed of derby dame hellions on skates.
10.20: TBD vs. Second Wind / TBD vs. WCR All-Stars.
http://windycityrollers.com
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-5700, 525 S. Racine.
http://www.uicpavilion.com
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"1964 - The Tribute" All ages. $26-67+ 7:30p.
"Best Beatles Tribute on Earth" specialized in pre-Sgt. Pepper.
http://1964site.com
Rosemont Theatre, 847/671-5100, 5400 N River Road, Rosemont.
http://www.rosemonttheatre.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.
10.20: Nancy Wade for US Congress + Open Candidates Forum.
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.
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Malort & Cheap Beer Fest. 21+ Free 9p.
$2 beers, $3 Malort shots, games, slogan contest, experts and historian.
https://www.facebook.com/JeppsonsMalort
Paddy Long's, 773/290-6988, 1028 W. Diversey.
http://paddylongs.com
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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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Pron and Chicken Garden of Eden. 21+ $? 10p-5a.
Password "PURE"
http://facebook.com/PnCdanceparty
Vision Nightclub, 312/266-2144, 640 N Dearborn. At Ontario, near Erie.
http://www.visionnightclub.com
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Rocky Horror performed live. -2012.10.21 18+ $20 12a.
Presented by Awkward Pause Theatre.
http://awkwardpausetheatre.com
Mayne Stage, 773/381-4554, 1328 W Morse.
http://maynestage.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 2012.10.21:    ^
Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sundays -2012.10.28 Yearly. All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p.
500 market spaces. Clean, comprehensive, entertaining, with free parking, food and restrooms.
847/524-9590 http://www.wolffs.com
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://www.allstatearena.com
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Vintage Garage. 3rd Sundays 9a-4p.
100 vintage and antique dealers.
847/579-9079 http://vintagegaragechicago.com
5051 N. Broadway Uptown between Foster and Argyle (note: redline stop is closed).
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New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6:30p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Cleveland, American Dad, more.
http://www.thesimpsons.com
FOX. http://www.fox.com
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New Order. 18+ Sold Out 7:30p.
http://neworderonline.com
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.
http://www.aragon.com
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Public Image Limited. 17+ $40 9p.
http://pilofficial.com
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.
http://houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/chicago
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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 2012.10.22:    ^
Chicago Innovation Awards (since 2002). Yearly. 5p.
http://chicagoinnovationawards.com
Harris Theater, 312/334-7777, 205 E Randolph. Millennium Park.
http://www.harristheaterchicago.org
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* Presidential Debate. All ages. Free 8-9:30p.
From Lynn University in Boca Raton FL, Bob Schieffer hosts President Barack Obama vs. a pathological liar in magic underpants. Focus on foreign policy.
http://barackobama.com
TV. #MittLies.
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Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
http://facebook.com/PnCdanceparty
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.
http://evil-olive.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 2012.10.23:    ^
Mother-in-law Day. Honor and be kind to mothers-in-law. Yearly.
http://www.motherinlawstories.com/
http://bedno.com/holidays
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Start of Scorpio. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the scorpion.
MY SIGN! Scorpios RULE!!!
http://www.astrology.com
http://bedno.com/holidays
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Justin Bieber. -Wednesday All ages. $49-101+ 7p.
http://justinbiebermusic.com
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://allstatearena.com/calendar
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The English Beat. $38-68 8p.
http://thebeatuk.com
Space, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston.
http://evanstonspace.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 2012.10.24:    ^
United Nations Day. Yearly.
Commemorates 1945 ratification of U.N. charter.
http://www.un.org
http://bedno.com/holidays
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World Origami Day. Yearly.
Dedicated to exposing the art of folding.
http://origami-usa.org/wod
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"Make it Reflective" bike workshop. All ages. 5-9p.
"Make both you and your bike the most obvious moving vehicle on the road. Bring what you want modified (bikes, clothing, bags, outerwear, helmets, etc.)" Light refreshments and free fleece balaclavas included. Bring clothes, accessories, bike to decorate.
http://chicagofunnews.com/fb/287370638031513
REI, 1466 N Halsted.
http://rei.com
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South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays -2012.10.31 All ages. Free 9p.
http://southparkstudios.com
COM. On cable.
http://comedycentral.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 2012.10.25:    ^
Atomic Sketch Event. Live Art. Last Thursdays 21+ Free 6-10p.
Established and emerging artists of various disciplines display, create and sell original new works at bargain prices. Drop-in artists welcome. Ambience by "CHIRP" DJs.
http://atomicsketch.com
Green Eye Lounge, 773/227-8851, 2403 W. Homer St. Near Blue Line Western.
http://greeneyelounge.com
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Weird Double Feature. $5 7:30p-12a.
Xtro / Trick or Treat, quality prints.
http://chicagofunnews.com/fb/418002208261290
Portage Theater, 773/736-4050, 4050 N. Milwaukee.
http://portagetheater.org
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R Kelly. -Friday $50-130 7:30p.
"Single Ladies Tour"
http://r-kelly.com
Arie Crown Theater, 312/791-6516, 2301 S Lake Shore. in McCormick Place.
http://www.ariecrown.com
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"Future Bass" Thursdays 21+ $10 10p-4a.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://smartbarchicago.com/calendar
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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, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan.
http://artinstituteofchicago.org
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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. $0-12, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-6p.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.
http://chicagochildrensmuseum.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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2012.10.19