2014.08.08 (wk893)
We all need a little desperation.
Movie: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Movie: Movies in the Parks at Various Chicago parks.
Ongoing: Illinois State Fair at Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Ongoing: Grant Park Music Festival.
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).
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
Ongoing: Pleasant Outdoor Concerts daily at Ravinia.
Ongoing: Cirque Shanghai at Skyline Stage.
Fr: Happiness Happens Day.
..-Su: "Flashback Weekend" Horror/Sci-Fi Convention at Crowne Plaza O'Hare.
Fr: Katy Perry at United Center.
Fr: Motley Crue - Final Tour at FMWB Amphitheatre.
Fr: North Side Critical Mass at Young Lincoln Statue.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Fr: Glamorama at Harris Theater.
Fr: Neverland Presents at Metro.
Fr: Carnal at Neo.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa-Su: Northalsted Market Days at Boystown.
Sa: Bud Billiken Day Parade at Washington Park.
Sa: Kidical Mass - Logan at Palmer Square.
Sa-Su: Ginza Holiday Japanese Cultural Festival at Midwest Buddhist Temple.
Sa-Su: Retro on Roscoe.
Sa: College of Complexes at Hilltop Restaurant.
Sa: Chicago and Reo Speedwagon at Northerly Island Pavilion.
Sa: Chaka Khan at Chicago Theatre.
Sa: FBC ride at Gannon's Pub.
Sa: "Pre:Playa Massive" at Metro.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Bass Riot at Underground Lounge.
Su: Full Moon.
Su: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
Su: Chicago Bike Polo at Garfield Park.
Su: Goo Goo Dolls at Northerly Island Pavilion.
Su: Drake vs Lil Wayne at FMWB Amphitheatre.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Downtown Sound at Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Mo: Perseid meteorite shower peak day.
Tu: Chicago Pro Beach Volleyball at North Avenue Beach.
Tu: Open Gov Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Millennium Park Movies at Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Terrapin Flyer at Abbey Pub.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: "Unbridled" at Untitled.
Th: V.J. Day.
Th: Elvis is Alive 5K at Diversey Harbor.
Th: Miley Cyrus at United Center.

Movie:    ^
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" now playing.
Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Noel Fisher, Johnny Knoxville, Jeremy Howard, Tony Shalhoub, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2014.09.13 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Nice films, neighbors, concessions. Print handy PDF.
Fr 08.08: 7p The Blues Brothers, Jefferson Memorial Park (4822 N Long Ave)
Fr 08.08: 8p Cloudy With Meatballs 2, Harris Park (6200 S Drexel Ave)
Fr 08.08: 8p Lego Movie, Independence Park (3945 N Springfield Ave)
Fr 08.08: 8p The Goonies, Wrightwood Park (2534 N Greenview Ave)
Fr 08.08: 8p Hunger Games Catching Fire, Franklin Park (4320 W 15th St)
Su 08.10: 8p Anna Karenina (1935), Indian Boundary Park (2500 W Lunt Ave)
Su 08.10: 8p The Goonies, Eckhart Park (1330 W Chicago Ave)
Su 08.10: 8p The Goonies, Rowan Park (11546 S Avenue L)
Mo 08.11: 8p True Grit, Lincoln Park (2045 N Lincoln Pk West)
Mo 08.11: 8p Turbo, West Lawn Park (4233 W 65th St)
Tu 08.12: 6:30p American Graffiti, Pritzker Pavilion (55 N Michigan)
Tu 08.12: 8p Despicable Me 2, Chippewa Park (6748 N Sacramento Ave)
Tu 08.12: 8p The Blind Side, Ward, A. Montgomery Park (630 N Kingsbury St)
Tu 08.12: 8p The Nut Job, Lawler Park (5210 W 64th St)
We 08.13: 8:30p Latino Film Festival, Harrison Park (1824 S Wood St)
We 08.13: 8p Are We There Yet?, Ogden Park (6500 S Racine Ave)
We 08.13: 8p Claudine, South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S South Shore Dr)
Th 08.14: 8p Despicable Me 2, Hamlin Park (3035 N Hoyne Ave)
Th 08.14: 8p Roman Holiday, Wilson (John P.) Park (1122 W 34th Pl)
Th 08.14: 8p The Lego Movie, Graver Park (1518 W 102nd Pl).
Various Chicago parks.

Now playing.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Lucy, Hercules, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Life Itself, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Story of Aaron Swartz, Venus in Fur, 22 Jump Street, The Signal, Edge of Tomorrow, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Maleficent, Fed Up, X-Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, For No Good Reason, Transcendence, Captain America: Winter Soldier, , ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Seasonal:    ^
Illinois State Fair. -2014.08.17 Yearly. 7-12a.
Deep fried fun, animals on parade, sights and sounds, contests, performers, honest mid-western fun.
Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sagamon, Springfield.

Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2014.08.16 Yearly. All ages. Free Various We/Fr/Sa 6:30p.
World-class orchestra, chorus and conductors, and an outstanding roster of local and international guest artists perform classical.
Grant Park, Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Train, bus or cab.

Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2014.08.31 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.

Summer Vacation. -2014.09.02 Yearly.
Chicago Public Schools.

Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2014.09.14 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.
Grant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

Bike Chicago (since 1991). Five months of events to promote the health, economic and environmental benefits of bicycling. -2014.09.30 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.
Various City Locations.

FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2014.10.29 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.

Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2014.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Federal Plaza; We: Andersonville; Th: Daley Plaza, Hyde Park; Sa: Austin, Lincoln Park, Near North; Su: WickerPark;
Various city locations.

Ongoing:    ^
Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2014.09.07 Yearly.
Fr 08.08: 7p CSO: Lord of the Rings The Return of the King performed live while film is shown.
Su 08.10: 5p CSO: Vienna: Brahms's Violin Concerto, Blue Danube Waltz.
Mo 08.11: 7p RSMI Vocal recital: R.Strauss.
Mo 08.11: 8:30p Takacs String Quartet: Janacek and Beethoven, Part I.
Tu 08.12: 8:30p Kiri Te Kanawa, Soprano; Kevin Murphy, Piano.
We 08.13: 8:30p Takacs String Quartet: Janacek and Beethoven, Part II.
Th 08.14: 7p CSO: Mozart opera in the Martin: Don Giovanni.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra.

* Cirque Shanghai. -2014.09.01 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.
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.

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

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 2014.08.08:    ^
* Happiness Happens Day (since 1999). Yearly. All ages. Free.
(aka "HappyThon") Real event pursuing proclamation, sponsored by the "Secret Society of Happy People" to rebuff popular cynicism. Smile at strangers. Generally observed all August as "Happiness Happens" month.

"Flashback Weekend" Horror/Sci-Fi Convention. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $15-250.
Too many significant celebrities to list. Dealer's Room & signings, speakers, demos, costume contest, DVD screenings, parties, bands, etc.
Crowne Plaza O'Hare, 847/671-6350, 5440 N River Rd, Rosemont.

Katy Perry. All ages. $? 7p.
"Prismatic" Tour.
United Center, 1901 W Madison.

Motley Crue - Final Tour. All ages. $30-225 7p.
W/ Alice Cooper.
FMWB Amphitheatre, 708/614-1616, 19100 South Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park. I-80 and Harlem Avenue, South Suburban, expect heavy traffic.

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.

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.
Excalibur, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn. Downtown, valet or pay.

Glamorama. Yearly. All ages. $50-1000 8p.
Charity night of fashion and music.
Harris Theater, 312/334-7777, 205 E Randolph. Millennium Park.

Neverland Presents. 21+ $30-50 10p.
"Gravity" themed dance party.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

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

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.

Saturday 2014.08.09:    ^
Northalsted Market Days (since 1982). Big crowded boystown fest. -Sunday Yearly. $? 11a-10p.
Over 400 vendors, 25 entertainers, bands at three stages, food from 55 restaurants, six city blocks, 17 entrances, 250K expected. Minimal clothing. Good blading on closed streets after closing.
Boystown, 773/868-3010, Belmont and Halsted. Runs North to Addison. Easy train access.

Bud Billiken Day Parade (since 1929). On ABC&WGN, w/ mayor. 2nd Saturday in August Yearly. All ages. Free 2.5hr 10a.
Dozens of floats, marching bands and drill teams. One of the city's largest parades.
Washington Park, King Drive from 39th to 55th.

Kidical Mass - Logan. 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.

Ginza Holiday Japanese Cultural Festival (since 1955). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-5 Fr 5:30-9p, Sa 11:30a-9:30p, Su 11:30a-6p
Small, arts, crafts, foods, demos.
Midwest Buddhist Temple, 312/943-7801, 435 W Menomonee.

Retro on Roscoe (since 1995). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 (donation) 12-10p.
Antique cars, handmade crafts, retro music, kids activities, plenty of food, chilli cookoff, dozens of bands at three stages.
Roscoe from Damen to Hamilton

College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
08.09: George Orwell and Totalitarianism.
Hilltop Restaurant, 2800 W Foster. At California.

Chicago and Reo Speedwagon. All ages. $30-150 7:30p.
Northerly Island Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr.

Chaka Khan. $60-180+ 8p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

FBC ride. Monthly. 21+ 8p-?a.
Full Moon Bike Club. Destination varies.
Gannon's Pub, 773/281-1007, 4264 N. Lincoln.

"Pre:Playa Massive" (since 2009). 18+ $25+ 9p-5a.
The Freakeasy presents two performance stages, ARTyard gallery, slew of amazing burner community art installs, a dozen+ DJs, etc.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

"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.

Bass Riot. 2nd/4th Saturdays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
Bi-Weekly Jungle/DnB event w/ Michael Fabiano, Doctorgroo, RenanDNB, Mega Mike, Midway, Gru-V.
Underground Lounge, 773/327-2739, 952 W Newport. East of Clark, south of Red Line Addison stop.

Sunday 2014.08.10:    ^
Full Moon ("Sturgeon"). Always adds an interesting twist. 12p.

Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sundays -2014.10.26 Yearly. All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p.
500 market spaces. Clean, comprehensive, entertaining, with free parking, food and restrooms.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

Chicago Bike Polo. Sundays All ages. Free 3-?p.
Pickup games in decommissioned tennis courts.
Garfield Park, S Central Park Blvd at W Monroe St.

Goo Goo Dolls. All ages. $35-210 6:45p.
W/ Daughtry, Plain White T's.
Northerly Island Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr.

Drake vs Lil Wayne. All ages. $30-280 7p.
FMWB Amphitheatre, 708/614-1616, 19100 South Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park. I-80 and Harlem Avenue, South Suburban, expect heavy traffic.

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

Monday 2014.08.11:    ^
Downtown Sound. Mondays All ages. Free 6:30p.
Two extraordinary bands most Monday nights.
08.11: Russian Circles + Colin Stetson.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown.

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.

Perseid meteorite shower peak day. Yearly. 12a.
Look south and up somewhere dark after midnight. Hard to see in the city. Go camping.

Tuesday 2014.08.12:    ^
Chicago Pro Beach Volleyball (since 1992). Monthly. 10hrs 7a.
North Avenue Beach, 1800 N Lakeshore.

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.

Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
08.12: American Graffiti
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown.

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 2014.08.13:    ^
Terrapin Flyer. 1st/2nd/3rd Wednesdays 21+ $7 9p.
Grateful Dead homage.
Abbey Pub, 773/478-4408, 3420 W Grace. At Elston.

"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.

"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.
Untitled, 312/880-1511, 111 W. Kinzie.

Thursday 2014.08.14:    ^
V.J. Day (since 1945). Yearly.
Victory over Japan day. Commemorates the surrender of Japan, ending World War II in 1945.

Elvis is Alive 5K (since 1997). Yearly. All ages. $20 to run. 6:45p.
Over 2000 people expected, some impersonators, Fluffer-Nutter sandwiches, good post-parties.
Diversey Harbor, 2430 N. Cannon Drive.

Miley Cyrus. All ages. $40-340 7p.
"Bangerz" tour.
United Center, 1901 W Madison.

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. $0-14, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-5p.
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.

Notes:    ^
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