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2013.08.23 (wk843)
Weird is a side effect of awesome.
RECOMMENDED:
Movie: "Drinking Buddies" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "The World's End" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Movie: Movies in the Parks at Various Chicago parks.
Sa: Bristol Renaissance Faire (Sa/Su).
Ongoing: Summer Vacation at Chicago Public Schools.
Ongoing: Chicago Summerdance at Grant Park.
Ongoing: Bike Chicago at Various City Locations.
Sa: Fireworks at Navy Pier (We+Sa).
Th: Pleasant Outdoor Concerts daily at Ravinia.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
Ongoing: Cirque Shanghai at Skyline Stage.
Ongoing: Circus In The Parks.
Fr: Start of Virgo.
..-Su: Backlot Bash at Downtown Skokie.
Fr: Carnival of Madness Tour at FMWB Amphitheatre.
Fr: Group Skate at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Vintage Trouble at Park West.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Doctor Who Burlesque at Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Fr: "Nexus 6" at Neo.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Newgard Neighborhood Yard Sales.
Sa-Su: Bucktown Arts Fest at Senior Citizen Memorial Park.
Sa-Su: Taste of Greece at Greektown.
Sa: Windy City Roller Derby at UIC Pavilion.
Sa: Depeche Mode at FMWB Amphitheatre.
Sa: College of Complexes at Lincoln Restaurant.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Skinprov at Annoyance Theatre and Bar.
Su: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
Su: Four Star Tour at University of Illinois.
Su: SuperSprint Triathlon at Lakefront at Foster.
Su: Kids Triathlon at Foster Beach.
Su: Beach Poets at Loyola Beach.
Su: International Gotopless day at North Avenue Beach Overpass.
Su: Chicago Bike Polo at Garfield Park.
Su: Maroon 5 at FMWB Amphitheatre.
Su: The Wiz! at Oz Park.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Su: Boom Boom Room at Green Dolphin Street.
Su: Carnal at Neo.
Mo: Women's Equality Day.
Mo: Chicago Public Schools open.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: Lyndon B. Johnson's Birthday.
Tu: Open Gov Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: HOB 20th: The Cult Electric 13 at House of Blues.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Terrapin Flyer at Abbey Pub.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: Machina at SmartBar.
Ongoing: Fringe Fest at Various venues.
Th: Chicago Pro Beach Volleyball at North Avenue Beach.
Th-Su: Chicago Jazz Festival at Grant Park.
Th: Atomic Sketch Event at Green Eye Lounge.
Th: "Unbridled" at Untitled.
Th: Dubstep night at SmartBar.

Movie:    ^
"Drinking Buddies" now playing.
Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Ti West, Jason Sudeikis, ...
http://magpictures.com/drinkingbuddies
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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"The World's End" now playing.
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike.
http://facebook.com/theworldsendmovie
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2013.10.26 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Nice films, neighbors, concessions.
Th 08.22: Ellis Park (535 E. 35th St.) Life of Pi
Th 08.22: Kelly Park (2725 W. 41st St.) Moonrise Kingdom
Th 08.22: Wicker Park (1425 N. Damen Ave.) The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Fr 08.23: Golden Gate Park (13000 S. Eberhart Ave.) Pitch Perfect
Fr 08.23: Jensen Park (4650 N. Lawndale Ave.) Despicable Me
Fr 08.23: Tilton Park (305 N. Kostner Ave.) Men in Black 3
Sa 08.24: Cotton Tail Park (44 W. 15th St.) The Prince of Egypt
Sa 08.24: Davis Square Park (4430 S. Marshfield Ave.) Escape from Planet Earth
Sa 08.24: Donovan Playground Park (3620 S. Lituanica Ave.) Little Big League
Su 08.25: Ellen Gates Starr Park (2306 W. Maypole Ave.) Megamind
Su 08.25: Oz Park (2021 N. Burling St.) The Wiz
Mo 08.26: Northerly Island Park (1521 S. Linn White Dr.) Rudy
Tu 08.27: Fulton River Park (353 N. DesPlaines St.) The Hunger Games
We 08.28: Riis Park (6100 W. Fullerton Ave.) Rise of the Guardians
We 08.28: South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S. South Shore Dr.) The Wiz
Th 08.29: Bosley Playground Park (3044 S. Bonfield St.) The Blind Side
Th 08.29: Churchill Field Playlot Park (1825 N. Damen Ave.) The Amazing Spider-Man.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/movies
Various Chicago parks.
http://facebook.com/ChicagoParks.Movies
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Now playing.
Jobs, Kick-Ass 2, Elysium, Planes, We're the Millers, The Wolverine, R.I.P.D., Red 2, Grown Ups 2, Pacific Rim, The Hot Flashes, Lone Ranger, Monsters University, World War Z, Man of Steel, This Is the End, The Internship, The Purge, After Earth, Before Midnight, Star Trek Into Darkness, Great Gatsby, Iron Man 3, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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Seasonal:    ^
Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2013.09.01 Yearly. All ages. $8-16+ Coupons online. 10a-7p.
Open just nine enchanted weekends, rain or shine. Spend all day. Hundreds of costumed performers (about a dozen stages) including Queen Elizabeth & Court, over 160 unique artisans all within a recreated 16th Century village. Mouth watering foods of all description (several dozen booths) and aroma & fine imported ales. Big, fun, joyful, semi-realistic, classic goth outing, costumes encouraged, sometimes hot.
Renaissance Village, 847/395-7773, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs.
http://renfair.com/bristol
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Summer Vacation. -2013.09.04 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2013.09.15 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p.
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons first hour.
http://cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_summerdance0.html
Grant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.
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Bike Chicago (since 1991). Five months of events to promote the health, economic and environmental benefits of bicycling. -2013.09.30 Yearly.
Participate in any of many events. Helmet sale and Police auction, workshops and safety checks, lectures and clinics, neighborhood tours and family events, contests and stunt shows, parades and more!! Mayor's Office of Special Events, see site or call.
312/744-3315 http://bikechicago.us
Various City Locations.
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FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2013.10.26 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p.
Visible anywhere near the lake.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
http://www.navypier.com
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Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily.
Fr 08.23: 7p The Nashville Songwriters $10
Fr 08.23: 8p Lyle Lovett
Sa 08.24: 7p Chicago
Su 08.25: 1p Laurie Berkner (Kraft Great Kids Concert)
Su 08.25: 6p Sondheim Reimagined on Piano $10
Su 08.25: 7p Chicago
Mo 08.26: 6p Joel Fan, Piano $10
Mo 08.26: 8p Little Match Girl Passion/Eighth Blackbird
Tu 08.27: 6p Aaron Diehl, Jazz Piano $10
Tu 08.27: 8p John Hiatt & The Combo Band/The Robert Cray Band
We 08.28: 6p Fumiaki Miura, Violin $10
We 08.28: 8p Ramsey Lewis/Natalie Cole
Th 08.29: 6p Ada Golka, Piano $10.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra.
http://www.ravinia.org
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Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2013.10.31 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://chicagofarmersmarkets.us
Various city locations.
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Ongoing:    ^
* Cirque Shanghai. -2013.09.02 Yearly. All ages. $12-30+ We-Su various time.
The best acrobats from the most acclaimed troupes direct from China thrilling audiences with a stunning combination of circus arts set in a breathtaking full-scale theatrical performance.
312/902-1500 http://cirqueshanghai.com
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.
http://www.navypier.com
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* Circus In The Parks. -2013.10.26 Yearly. All ages. $0-15.
Midnight Circus' world class troupe of clowns, contortionists, acrobats, etc perform just a few shows in each park.
Sa 08.24 2p, Su 08.25 1pm.: Ogden Park, 6500 S Racine Avenue
Sa 08.31 2p, Su 09.01 1p.: Garfield Park, 100 N Central Park Avenue
Sa 09.07 2p, Su 09.08 1p.: Douglas Park, 1401 S Sacramento Drive
Fr 09.13 7p, Sa 09.14 2+5p, Su 09.15 1+4p.: Hamlin Park, 3035 N Hoyne Avenue
Fr 09.20 7p, Sa 09.21 2+5p, Su 09.22 1+4p.: Holstein Park, 2200 N Oakley Avenue
Sa 09.28 2p+5p, Su 09.29 1+4p.: Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W 111th Street
Fr 10.04 7p, Sa 10.05 2+5p, Su 10.06 1+4p.: Independence Park, 3945 N Springfield Avenue
Sa 10.12 2p+5p, Su 10.13 1+4p.: Commercial Park, 1845 W Rice Streeet
Sa 10.19 2p+5p, Su 10.20 1+4p.: Margate Park, 4921 N Marine Drive
Fr 10.25 7p, Sa 10.26 2+5p, Su 10.27 1+4p.: Welles Park, 2333 W Sunnyside Avenue.
http://circusintheparks.com
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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 2013.08.23:    ^
Start of Virgo. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the virgin.
http://www.astrology.com
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Backlot Bash. -Sunday Yearly.
Street festival with live music, carnival rides, food and beer tents, sidewalk sales, business expo, classic cars show, silent films and more.
http://www.backlotbash.com
Downtown Skokie.
http://www.skokie.org
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Carnival of Madness Tour. All ages. $25-75 5p.
Shinedown, Skillet, In This Moment, Papa Roach, We As Human.
http://carnivalofmadness.com
FMWB Amphitheatre, 708/614-1616, 19100 South Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park. I-80 and Harlem Avenue, South Suburban, expect heavy traffic.
http://firstmidwestbankamphitheatre.com
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Group Skate. 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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Vintage Trouble. 18+ $25 8p.
W/ DJ Kasper.
http://vintagetrouble.com
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.
http://parkwestchicago.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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Doctor Who Burlesque. Fridays 18+ $35 9p.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western stop.
http://GorillaTango.com
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"Nexus 6" 4th 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://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://neofuturists.org
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Saturday 2013.08.24:    ^
Newgard Neighborhood Yard Sales. 8a-4p.
Goodies, antiques, vintage and collectibles.
http://ChicagoFunNews.com/fb/368621193267047
6500 N. Newgard Rogers Park.
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Bucktown Arts Fest (since 1986). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 11a-7p.
"Great Art, Great Craft Brews"
http://bucktownartsfest.com
Senior Citizen Memorial Park, 2300 N Oakley. 2300 W Lyndale.
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Taste of Greece. Folk music, culture, meats and spices. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $3 12-11p.
http://greektownchicago.org
Greektown, 100 S Halsted. Runs several blocks.
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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.
http://windycityrollers.com
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-5700, 525 S. Racine.
http://uicpavilion.com
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Depeche Mode. All ages. $$$ 7:30p.
http://depechemode.com
FMWB Amphitheatre, 708/614-1616, 19100 South Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park. I-80 and Harlem Avenue, South Suburban, expect heavy traffic.
http://firstmidwestbankamphitheatre.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.
08.24: OFA - Organizing for Action - Dream Act, Immigration Reform.
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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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 2013.08.25:    ^
Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sundays -2013.10.27 Yearly. All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p.
500 market spaces. Clean, comprehensive, entertaining, with free parking, food and restrooms.
847/524-9590 http://wolffs.com
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://allstatearena.com
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* Four Star Tour (since 1989). Yearly. All ages. $35-55+ 7:30a.
Join thousands of other riders exploring Chicago and near north suburbs. Sample delicious Chicago treat like pierogies, egg rolls, tacos and full menu. Four different routes range 12-62 miles, each exploring vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, lush parks and historic architecture.
http://fourstarbiketour.org
University of Illinois, Morgan and Taylor.
http://activetrans.org
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SuperSprint Triathlon (since 1983). Yearly. $$ Races start 7:30a.
Thousands expected. Cash prizes. May sell out. Big parties after.
http://chicagosupersprint.com
Lakefront at Foster.
http://www.caprievents.com
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Kids Triathlon (since 1991). Yearly. 7-14 $30+ Races start 9a.
Wonderful concept.
http://chicagokidstriathlon.com
Foster Beach. http://www.caprievents.com
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Beach Poets (since 1990). Sundays Yearly. All ages. Free 12-2p.
Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels hosts varied readings and music.
773/465-5460 http://tinyurl.com/fb-beachpoets
Loyola Beach, 7049 N Sheridan. Greenleaf at the lakefront, near Heartland stand.
http://chicagopoetry.com
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International Gotopless day. Yearly. All ages. Free 12-5p.
Simultaneous protests at beaches and parks to demand equal topfree rights for women. Includes performances asserting it as natural and legal and honoring Women's Equality Day.
http://gotopless.org
North Avenue Beach Overpass, 1601 N. Lake Shore Drive. Walkway north of Boathouse.
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Chicago Bike Polo. Sundays All ages. Free 3-?p.
Pickup games in decommissioned tennis courts.
http://chicagobikepolo.com
Garfield Park, S Central Park Blvd at W Monroe St.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com
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Maroon 5. All ages. $46-144 7p.
http://maroon5.com
FMWB Amphitheatre, 708/614-1616, 19100 South Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park. I-80 and Harlem Avenue, South Suburban, expect heavy traffic.
http://firstmidwestbankamphitheatre.com
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The Wiz! All ages. Free 7:30p.
http://facebook.com/ChicagoParks.Movies
Oz Park, 601 W Webster. Lincoln+Larabee.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.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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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.
http://facebook.com/BoomBoomRoomChicago
Green Dolphin Street, 773/395-0066, 2200 N Ashland. At Webster.
http://facebook.com/thegreendolphinstreet
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Carnal. 2nd/Last Sundays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Sexy electro, short skirts, cheap booze.
08.25: Cosplay edition - "An exciting costume party for anime fans" with costume contest.
http://tinyurl.com/stereokillerfb
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton.
http://neo-chicago.com
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Monday 2013.08.26:    ^
Women's Equality Day. Yearly.
Celebrates the anniversary of the 19th constitutional amendment ratified in 1920 granting women the right to vote. Formerly known as Woman Suffrage Day.
http://www.women.com
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Chicago Public Schools open. Yearly. 8a.
http://www.cps.edu
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Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
08.26: Electric Kool-Aid Acid Banger.
http://soreadytobang.do312.com
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.
http://evil-olive.com
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Tuesday 2013.08.27:    ^
Lyndon B. Johnson's Birthday. Yearly.
Day to remember the 36th president of the U.S., who became president on November 22nd, 1963 following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is remembered for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the War on Poverty, creating the Department of Housing and Urban Development and for passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He presided during the deepening U.S. involvement in Vietnam. He was born in Texas in 1908 and died in Texas on January 22nd, 1973.
http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu
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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."
http://opengovhacknight.eventbrite.com
1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor.
http://1871.com
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HOB 20th: The Cult Electric 13. 17+ $35 8p.
http://thecult.us
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.
http://houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/chicago
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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://beatkitchen.com
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Wednesday 2013.08.28:    ^
Terrapin Flyer. Wednesdays 21+ $7 9p.
Grateful Dead homage.
http://terrapinflyer.net
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.
http://abbeypub.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/groups/5016477382
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.
http://heartlandcafe.com
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Machina. Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-?a.
Celebrates 80s/90s industrial, new wave, goth music.
08.28: DJs Chris Gin, Marc Buxton.
http://facebook.com/smartbarchicago/events
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://smartbarchicago.com/calendar
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Thursday 2013.08.29:    ^
Fringe Fest (since 2010). -2013.09.08 Yearly.
Over 200 performances of the untried and weird.
http://chicagofringe.org
Various venues. Pilsen.
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Chicago Pro Beach Volleyball (since 1992). Monthly. 10hrs 7a.
773-EVP-1198 http://www.chicagovolleyball.com
North Avenue Beach, 1800 N Lakeshore.
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Chicago Jazz Festival (since 1979). -Sunday Yearly. 12-9:30p.
Mostly locals. Many tributes. See event website for details.
312/427-1676 http://www.chicagojazzfestival.us
Grant Park. Pritzker Pavilion, also other locations.
http://www.jazzinstituteofchicago.org
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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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"Unbridled" Thursdays 21+ $10 10p-2a.
"Unleash your inhibitions at Unbridled - a fun, funky, freaky evening of titillating variety." DJs with vaudevillian, burlesque and extreme acts throughout the bar.
https://www.facebook.com/UnbridledatUntitled
Untitled, 312/880-1511, 111 W. Kinzie.
http://untitledchicago.com
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Dubstep night. Thursdays 21+ $8-10 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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2013.08.23