2013.02.08 (wk815)
Worry is a misuse of imagination.
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
Ongoing: Skating in the Sky at John Hancock.
Ongoing: Occupy Chicago at Federal Reserve Bank.
Ongoing: Black History Month.
Ongoing: Public / Private at Woman Made Gallery.
Ongoing: Rhinoceros Theater Festival at Prop Theatre.
Ongoing: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Fr: Boyscout Day.
..-Su: IGI Chicago Style Gymnastics Meet at Navy Pier - Festival Hall.
..-Su: Monster Truck Jam at Allstate Arena.
Fr: North Side Critical Mass at Young Lincoln Statue.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Lincoln Fair Burlesque Expo at Lincoln Tap Room.
Ongoing: Doctor Who Burlesque at Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Fr: Judy Collins at SPACE.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Fr: The Room at Music Box Theatre.
Sa: Sweetheart Run 5K at Heartland Cafe.
Sa: Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place.
Sa: Kidical Mass at Palmer Square.
Sa: Cupid's Undie Run at Houndstooth Saloon.
Sa: Windy City Roller Derby at UIC Pavilion.
Sa: Brian Posehn at Abbey Pub.
Sa: Burning Love at The Flat Iron.
Sa: Duets for My Valentine at Athenaeum Theatre.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Cirque De La Femme at Lincoln Tap Room.
Sa: Skinprov at Annoyance Theatre and Bar.
Su: Chinese New Years.
Su-Tu: Carnival.
Su: Great Midwest Train Show at Dupage County Fairgrounds.
Su: New cartoons on FOX.
Su: Grammy Awards at WBBM / CBS.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Su: Boom Boom Room at Green Dolphin Street.
Su: Carnal at Neo.
Mo: Thomas Edison's Birthday.
Mo: Environmental Encroachment at Martyrs'.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: Abraham Lincoln's Birthday.
Tu: Mardi Gras.
Tu: Open Gov Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Ash Wednesday.
We-Th: Lady Gaga at United Center.
We: "Binary" at Berlin.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: Terrapin Flyer at Abbey Pub.
Th: Valentine's Day.
Th: Four course Valentine's Day Dinner at The Signature Room.
Th: Anti-Valentines Day party at Logan Square Auditorium.
Th: Big Sexy Show at Park West.
Th: Singles Awareness Day pub crawl.

Movie:    ^
Now playing.
The Last Stand, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Jack Reacher, The Guilt Trip, This is 40, Hobbit, Anna Karenina, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall, The Comedy, Flight, The Man with the Iron Fists, Wreck-It Ralph, Cloud Atlas, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Seasonal:    ^
Ice Skating. -2013.02.24 Yearly.
Weather permitting: 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...

Skating in the Sky. -2013.04.08 Yearly. All ages. $5 (+$15 observatory ticket?).
Synthetic ice rink 1000' up.
John Hancock, 888-875-VIEW, 875 N Michigan.

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

Black History Month (since 1926). -2013.02.28 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.

Public / Private. -2013.02.21 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Juried show of art by women.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.

Rhinoceros Theater Festival (since 1989). -2013.02.17 Yearly. $15+ Various days and times.
Showcase of experimental new plays.
Prop Theatre, 773/267-0666, 3502 N Elston.

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

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.

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 2013.02.08:    ^
Boyscout Day (since 1910). Yearly.
Anniversary of the incorporation of the Boy Scouts of America.

IGI Chicago Style Gymnastics Meet (since 1999). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $6-10 8a-8p.
The largest women's gymnastics invitational meet in the world, judged event, levels 4-Elite, thousands of competitors.
Navy Pier - Festival Hall, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.

Monster Truck Jam. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $25-30+ 7:30+2p.
Killer trucks, jumps, motorcyclists, thrill acts, etc.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

* 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...
Latecomers use or text WHERE to to find us.
Young Lincoln Statue, 5949 N Clark. East corner at Thorndale.

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.

Doctor Who Burlesque. Fridays -2013.02.22 18+ $35 9p.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western stop.

Judy Collins. $40-85 7+9:30p.
SPACE, 847/492-8860, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston. Easy by bike, Metra, or Purple line.

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.

The Room. 18+ $12 12a.
Worst movie ever.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

Saturday 2013.02.09:    ^
Sweetheart Run 5K (since 2001). Yearly. $30+ 8a.
Benefit for Lee Evans. Gold Medal 1968 Olympics, 400 meter. Track coach. Recovering from cancer surgery.
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood.

Chicago Auto Show (since 1901). Huge and sparkly. -2013.02.18 Yearly. All ages. $0-12+ 10a-10p.
Largest show in the US. Antiques, advanced power systems, sports stars and cheerleaders, greenwashing, million dollar super-cars and other grotesquely over-compensating monuments to mammon.
McCormick Place, 312/791-7000, 2301 S Lake Shore Drive. Red line to Cermak, then bus east.

Kidical Mass. 2nd Saturdays All ages. Free 10:30a-12p.
Slow easy going fun group bike ride for families, children of all ages.
Palmer Square, 3099 W Palmer Blvd. "the bunny park" playground.

Cupid's Undie Run. $40 12p.
"Mile-ish run in your bedroom-best" raises money for The Children's Tumor Foundation. Doors noon, run 2p, party 3:30p.
Houndstooth Saloon, 773/244-1166, 3369 N Clark St.

Windy City Roller Derby. Monthly. All ages. $20-40 6-9:45p.
A new breed of derby dame hellions on skates.
02.09: Home Season - Bout 1.
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-5700, 525 S. Racine.

Brian Posehn. 21+ $20-120 7p.
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.

Burning Love (since 2008). 21+ ~$20 8p.
"Metal bands INDIAN & YOB play live, DJ Travas, drink specials, motorcycle photo booth, etc."
The Flat Iron, 773/365-9000, 1565 Milwaukee Ave. North/Damen.

Duets for My Valentine (since 1998). Yearly. 18+ $27+ 8p.
Presenting the city's hottest concert, social, and street dance styles in a fun, romantic setting. Comfortable, venue, drinks and entertainment.
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport.

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.
02.09: Report on Studay: Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

"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.

Cirque De La Femme. 2nd Saturdays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
"SideShow/GrindShow" extreme performers and DJs.
Lincoln Tap Room, 773/868-0060, 3010 N Lincoln.

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

Sunday 2013.02.10:    ^
Chinese New Years (4711). Snake. Yearly.
Also New Years for some other lunar calendar cultures (traditional Japan, Korea, Vietnam). Observed with 14 days of joyous festivities and niceness. Date varies each year. Second new moon after winter solstice.

Carnival. -Tuesday Yearly.
Three days of festivities culminating on Mardi Gras. Christian in origin, it is the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (Mardi Gras) preceding Ash Wednesday.

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, more.

Grammy Awards (since 1959). Yearly. All ages. Free 7-10:15p.
Dozens of contemporary music stars perform.

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

Boom Boom Room. Sundays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
Long running (1991) weekly. Big dance space, multiple bars and environments, late night dining, state-of-the-art sound and lights.
Green Dolphin Street, 773/395-0066, 2200 N Ashland. At Webster.

Carnal. 2nd/Last Sundays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Sexy electro, short skirts, cheap booze.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton.

Monday 2013.02.11:    ^
Thomas Edison's Birthday. Yearly.
Remembers the extremely successful inventor and entrepreneur born in Milan Ohio in 1847, died in West Orange NJ in 1931. He is credited with 1093 patents including the phonograph and light bulb. Visit the Menlo Park reconstruction in PA.

Environmental Encroachment. 18+ $5 8p.
W/ BS Brass Band.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.

Tuesday 2013.02.12:    ^
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday. Yearly.
16th president of the United states, born in Kentucky in 1809. Known for living in Illinois. Presided during the Civil War. Lincoln was assasinated in the Ford Theater in Washington by John Wilkes Booth just five days after the end of the war. Observed later this month on President's Day.

Mardi Gras. Yearly.
French for Fat Tuesday. Christian in origin it is the last day of the period of Carnival preceding Ash Wednesday. The name has come to represent the entire carnival period. Celebrated on a large scale in New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, and Nice. Observed with Cayjun music, costumes, parades and dancing and beads.

Open Gov Hack Night. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6-10p.
"Volunteers create web apps with open data to improve transparency, efficiency, and decision-making for governments and our democracy."
1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor.

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 2013.02.13:    ^
Ash Wednesday. Yearly.
Christian in origin, this is the first day of Lent and the seventh Wednesday preceding Easter Sunday. The name originates from the ritual of placing ashes on worshippers foreheads, symbolizing death and sorrow for sin. Lent is a 40 day period of penetence, prayer and fasting. Over time, fasting has been de-emphasized (though certain abstentions such as drinking and red meats are commonly observed), and the importance of prayer and works of charity has grown. Lent was first observed in the 4th century.

Lady Gaga. -Thursday Sold out. 7:30p.
Born This Way Ball.
United Center, 1901 W Madison.

"Binary" 2nd Wednesdays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
DJs Mutilato, Saint, Pete Augusta and sexy people.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont 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.

Terrapin Flyer. 21+ $7 12a.
Grateful Dead homage.
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.

Thursday 2013.02.14:    ^
* Valentine's Day. Yearly.
Day to exchange messages of love with the object of one's romantic interest. Typically observed through the gifting of roses, heart shaped boxes of chocolates, and luxury dinners. The day gets its name from the Christian saint Valentine. See for best dining ideas.

Four course Valentine's Day Dinner. Yearly. All ages. $95+ 5-10p.
Four course Valentine's Day special menu directed by executive chef Michael Pivoney. Includes Champagne, Heart shaped chocolate mousse cake for two, breath-taking view, and live jazz. Reservations almost all booked.
The Signature Room, 312/787-9596, 875 N Michigan. Top of the Hancock.

Anti-Valentines Day party (since 2009). Yearly. 21+ $14 7p.
Chicago Reader "Twisted Tales of Dating in the Windy City" w/ performances by 2nd Story and The Black Belles, hosted by Seth & Kellen. Pleasure Chest gift bags and roller derby girls.
Logan Square Auditorium, 773/252-6179, 2539 N Kedzie. Near Blue Line, and 90/94.

Big Sexy Show. 18+ $35 7p.
Michelle L'amour presents.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

Singles Awareness Day pub crawl. 21+ $5+ 9p.
"Cranky Cupid Roams the Strip. Free Pizza and Fun Activities at Each Location"
Mother's Too, Original Mother's, The Hangge-Uppe, She-nannigans, Bootleggers, The Lodge Tavern.

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, 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. $0-12, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-6p.
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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