2014.08.29 (wk896)
Labor is the only prayer that Nature answers.
Movie: Movies in the Parks at Various Chicago parks.
Sa-Su: Bristol Renaissance Faire (Sa/Su).
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.
..-Su: Chicago Jazz Festival at Grant Park.
..-Mo: Cirque Shanghai at Skyline Stage.
Ongoing: Fringe Fest at Various venues.
..-Mo: Taste of Polonia at Copernicus Center.
..-Su: North Coast Music Festival at Union Park.
Fr: Linkin Park at FMWB Amphitheatre.
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
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: Circus In The Parks.
Sa-Su: Ravenswood Remix.
Sa: Artopia Fest at Chicago Urban Art Society.
Sa: College of Complexes at Hilltop Restaurant.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Su: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
..-Mo: African Festival of the Arts at Washington Park.
Su: Chicago Bike Polo at Garfield Park.
Su: MDA "Show of Strength" at WLS.
Su: Neo Anniversary party.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Labor Day.
Mo: Movieoke at Whistler.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: Chicago Public Schools open.
Tu: Open Gov Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Magic Chicago at Stage 773.
We: Terrapin Flyer at Abbey Pub.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: "Unbridled" at Untitled.
Th-..: Garth Brooks at Allstate Arena.
Th: Big C Jamboree at Martyrs'.

Movie:    ^
Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2014.09.13 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Nice films, neighbors, concessions. Print handy PDF.
Fr 08.29: 8:30p Brave, Athletic Field Park (3546 W Addison St)
Fr 08.29: 8p Despicable Me 2, Veteran's Memorial Park (2820 E 98th St)
Fr 08.29: 8p The Lego Movie, Ping Tom Memorial Park (1700 S Wentworth Ave)
Fr 08.29: 8p The Smurfs 2, Pottawattomie Park (7340 N Rogers Ave)
Sa 08.30: 8p Cloudy With Meatballs 2, La Follette Park (1333 N Laramie Ave)
Sa 08.30: 8p Hunger Games Catching Fire, Jonquil Playlot Park (1001 W Wrightwood Ave)
Sa 08.30: 8p The Wizard of Oz, Horner Park (2741 W Montrose Ave).
Various Chicago parks.

Now playing.
Are You Here, Sin City 2, Expendables 3, The Giver, Boyhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 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:    ^
FINAL WEEKEND: 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.

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 08.29: 4 & 7p Only Men Aloud.
Fr 08.29: 7p Michael McDonald, Toto.
Sa 08.30: 4p Dan Tepfer: Goldberg Variations.
Sa 08.30: 7p Dan Tepfer, Jazz Piano.
Sa 08.30: 7:30p Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Katie Cole.
Su 08.31: 5:30p Bob Weir & RatDog, Dwight Yoakam, The Devil Makes Three.
Su 08.31: 6p Andrew von Oeyen, Piano: Chopin and Debussy.
Mo 09.01: 6p Alexandra Silocea, Piano: Beethoven's Sonata No.21; Debussy, Liszt and Ravel.
Tu 09.02: 6p Alexey Zuev, Piano: Prokofiev and more.
We 09.03: 6p Zhang Zuo, Piano: Beethoven's Sonata No.24.
Th 09.04: 6p Nicolas Altstaedt, Cello, Jose Gallardo, Piano: Sonatas by Debussy and Rachmaninoff.
Th 09.04: 8p The Moody Blues.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra.

Chicago Jazz Festival (since 1979). -Sunday Yearly. 12-9:30p.
Mostly locals. Many tributes. See event website for details.
Grant Park. Pritzker Pavilion, also other locations.

* 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.

Fringe Fest (since 2010). -2014.09.07 Yearly.
Over 200 performances of the untried and weird.
Various venues. Pilsen.

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 2014.08.29:    ^
Taste of Polonia. -Monday Yearly. All ages. $0-7 12-11p.
Non-stop music on 3 stages! Kids fun, traditional foods, festival market atmosphere.
Copernicus Center, 773/777-8898, 5216 W Lawrence. at Milwaukee.

North Coast Music Festival. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $50-225+ Fr 3-10p, Sa+Su 1-10p.
Union Park, 1501 W Randolph. Near Washington/Ogden intersection.

Linkin Park. All ages. $40-330 3p.
Thirty Seconds To Mars, AFI.
FMWB Amphitheatre, 708/614-1616, 19100 South Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park. I-80 and Harlem Avenue, South Suburban, expect heavy traffic.

Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown. Unplanned route gently winds a dozen miles or more. Thousands attend in good weather. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, show bikes, so much more. Skaters welcome.
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.

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.

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.

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 2014.08.30:    ^
* Circus In The Parks. -2014.10.17 Yearly. All ages. $0-15.
Midnight Circus' world class troupe of clowns, contortionists, acrobats, etc perform just a few shows in each park.
08.30: Grand Crossing Park - Sa 4p, Su 4p.

Ravenswood Remix. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. ~$5 12-10p.
"A refreshing remix of indie, intuitive, folk and craft art made from RECYCLED and found materials." Also food trucks, kids activities, and bands.
773/433-8048, 4100 N Ravenswood.

Artopia Fest. All ages. $6 2-10p.
Chicago's Largest Indoor Music & Art Festival!
Chicago Urban Art Society, 773/951-8101, 600 W Cermak Rd.

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.
08.30: How the KKK Grew to Have 5 Million Members - author Dale Laakman of "For the Kingdom and the Power: The Big Money Swindle That Spread Hate Across America"
Hilltop Restaurant, 2800 W Foster. At California.

"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.

Sunday 2014.08.31:    ^
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.

African Festival of the Arts (since 1990). -Monday Yearly. All ages. $20-30 10a-10p UNCONFIRMED
"Spectacular celebration of arts and culture from across the African Diaspora."
Washington Park, 773/955-2787, 5100 S Cottage Grove.

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.

MDA "Show of Strength" Yearly. 8p.
Evolved from the former Jerry Lewis MDA telethon (since 1966), now just a few packed hours of pre-produced entertainment.
WLS, ABC Channel 7.

* Neo Anniversary party (since 1979). Yearly. 21+ $10? 10p-4a.
(33rd!) Legendary annual bash. Dress for photos. Probably spinning dark-wave and 80s. DJs Jeff Moyer, Qbot, Kamar.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. No free parking.

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

Monday 2014.09.01:    ^
Labor Day. 1st Monday in September Yearly.
Honors working people and celebrates their history and accomplishments. Essentially identical to the European May Day celebrated on May 1st. First observed in NYC on 1882.09.05 by the Knights of Labor.

Movieoke. 1st Mondays 21+ $? 9p.
Read along to perform, over 200 scenes to choose from.
Whistler, 773/227-3530, 2421 N Milwaukee.

Stewart / Colbert. Mo/Tu/We/Th Reruns several times a day. 10-11p.
Brilliant awards winning "news" shows.
COM. On cable.

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 2014.09.02:    ^
Chicago Public Schools open. Yearly. 8a.

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 2014.09.03:    ^
Magic Chicago (since 2004). 1st Wednesdays All ages. $25 7:30p.
Monthly showcase of skilled local magicians. Lobby bar, nearby chow.
09.03: From Las Vegas: Jeff Mcbride - Show and Lecture.
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine.

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 2014.09.04:    ^
Garth Brooks. -2014.09.14 All ages. $66 Various times.
With Trisha Yearwood.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

Big C Jamboree (since 1991). 1st Thursdays 21+ Free 9:30p-?a.
Longest running local Rockabilly night. Multiple bands perform 40s-50s style swing, blues, rock-n-roll, swiftly and simply to a jumpin party crowd, many in period getups.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

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:    ^
ALWAYS call before going to a listed event.
ALWAYS call before going to a listed event.

My mom the attorney would want me to remind you that no Bedno accepts any liability whatsoever for your use of any information presented here, as-is, at your own risk, ad infinitum, etc etc.