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2014.01.03 (wk862)
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RECOMMENDED:
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
..-Fr: Winter Vacation at Chicago Public Schools.
Ongoing: Get Fit Free week at Chicago Park District centers.
Ongoing: Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Skating in the Sky at John Hancock.
Ongoing: Chicago Contemporary Circus Fest at Athenaeum Theatre.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Fr: Improvised Shakespeare at IO Theatre.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Earth at Perihelion.
Sa: College of Complexes at Powell's Bookstore UIC.
Sa: Dread Zeppelin at Reggie's.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Nine Inch Nails Burlesque at Martyrs'.
Su: New cartoons on FOX.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Su: Boom Boom Room at Green Dolphin Street.
Su: Madonnarama at Berlin.
Mo: Epiphany.
Mo: Movieoke at Whistler.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: Open Gov Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Elvis Presley's Birthday.
We: Terrapin Flyer at Abbey Pub.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: "Unbridled" at Untitled.
We: Machina at SmartBar.
Th: Sketch Comedy Fest at Stage 773.
Th: Dubstep night at SmartBar.

Movie:    ^
Now playing.
47 Ronin, Anchorman 2, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Hunger Games 2, Delivery Man, Thor: The Dark World, Ender's Game, Free Birds, Last Vegas, Bad Grandpa, Escape Plan, Gravity, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
http://bedno.com/movies
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Seasonal:    ^
Ice Skating. -2014.02.24 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...
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com
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Winter Vacation. -2014.01.03 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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Get Fit Free week. -2014.01.12 Yearly.
Work out all week FREE at all Chicago Park District Fitness Centers! Rates as low as under $15/month.
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/free-fitness-week
Conveniently located all over Chicago., 312/742-PLAY (7529).
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Winter Wonderfest (since 2001). -2014.01.12 Yearly. All ages. $10-17+ Hours vary.
Festival Hall will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring hundreds of lush decorated trees, sparkling lights, wintertime decorations and a main town square with vending. Includes ice rink, large inflatable slide/bungee games. Santa and elves listen to children's wishes in a mountain top village.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand.
http://navypier.com
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Skating in the Sky. -2014.02.28 Yearly. All ages. $5 (+$15 observatory ticket?).
Synthetic ice rink 1000' up.
John Hancock, 888-875-VIEW, 875 N Michigan.
http://360chicago.com
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Ongoing:    ^
* Chicago Contemporary Circus Fest. -2014.01.12.
"To educate the American circus artist by bringing them to the level required for competition internationally and to elevate the perception of and promote the artistic view of circus performance in America."
312-620-CCCF http://chicagocircusfest.com
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport.
http://athenaeumtheatre.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 2014.01.03:    ^
Supernatural Chicago (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fridays 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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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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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 2014.01.04:    ^
Earth at Perihelion. Our orbit's nearest point to the sun. Yearly.
Fortunately by cosmic standards we're close to circular at 147.5-152.6Gm (91.7-94.8Mmi).
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/EarthSeasons.php
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College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? +food/drink purchase 2.5hrs 6-11p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
01.04: 4 War Resisters League Chicago Chapter - Author: "Crossing Lines and Doing Time: Nonviolent Resisters Speak out for Peace"
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Powell's Bookstore UIC, 312/243-9070, 1218 S Halsted. At Roosevelt.
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Dread Zeppelin. 17+ $15 7p.
W/ Mr. Blotto.
http://dreadzeppelin.com
Reggie's, 312/949-0120, 2105 S State St. CTA Red Line to Cermak/Chinatown stop.
http://reggieslive.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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Nine Inch Nails Burlesque. 21+ $15 10p.
W/ Live Band.
http://facebook.com/hotandheavyburlesque
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
http://martyrslive.com/calendar
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Sunday 2014.01.05:    ^
New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 7p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, more.
http://thesimpsons.com
FOX. http://www.fox.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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Madonnarama. 1st Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
All Madonna music and videos all night with DJ Riley York. Classics, rare tracks, remixes, etc.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://www.berlinchicago.com
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Monday 2014.01.06:    ^
Epiphany. Yearly.
Observes the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus, 12 days after Christmas.
http://christianity.about.com
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Movieoke. 1st Mondays 21+ $? 9p.
Read along to perform, over 200 scenes to choose from.
http://chicagomovieoke.com
Whistler, 773/227-3530, 2421 N Milwaukee.
http://whistlerchicago.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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Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
http://soreadytobang.do312.com
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.
http://evil-olive.com
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Tuesday 2014.01.07:    ^
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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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 2014.01.08:    ^
Elvis Presley's Birthday (since 1935). Yearly.
The king of Rock and Roll was born this day in Tupelo MS, and (allegedly) died on August 16th, 1977. Observed by enjoying memorabilia, his 33 films, music and impersonators.
http://www.elvispresley.com
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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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"Unbridled" Wednesdays 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.
http://facebook.com/UnbridledatUntitled
Untitled, 312/880-1511, 111 W. Kinzie.
http://untitledchicago.com
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Machina. Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-?a.
Celebrates 80s/90s industrial, new wave, goth music.
01.08: DJ Greg Haus & guests.
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 2014.01.09:    ^
Sketch Comedy Fest (since 2002). -2014.01.19 Yearly. Several shows daily.
Nations Largest, over 100 performances featuring local, national, Canadian sketch comedy troupes on four stages. "Sketch comedy is as Chicago as deep-dish pizza and the Sears Tower. Unlike its cousin improvisation, sketch comedy is scripted. Strong writing is a vital element of the art form, which usually consists of short, satirical and funny vignettes. Although elements of improvisation are often used in creating sketches, the resulting performance is scripted, rather than made up on the spot."
http://chicagosketchfest.net
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W Belmont. Near Racine.
http://stage773.com
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Dubstep night. Thursdays 21+ $5-12 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. $0-14, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-5p.
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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Notes:    ^
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2014.01.03