Andrew  Do  See
2017.04.21 (wk1031)
Don't take the first offer.
Movie: Latino Film Festival at Various locations.
Ongoing: Sox home games at Guaranteed Rate Field.
..-Fr: Chicago Cabaret Convention at Park West.
Ongoing: STD Awareness Month.
..-Su: CIMMfest at Various venues and times.
..-Su: Comic and Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place.
Fr: Acrobatica Infiniti Circus at Uptown Underground.
Fr: The New Pornographers at Metro.
Fr: Blacklight Blackout at Exit.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Sa: Earth Day.
Sa: Record Store Day at Many locations.
Sa: Walk&Roll Chicago at Soldier Field.
Sa: March For Science : Chicago at 101 E Congress Pkwy.
Sa: Paula Cole at City Winery.
Sa: College of Complexes at Dappers East Restaurant.
Sa: Windy City Roller Derby at Broadway Armory.
Sa: Of Montreal at Thalia Hall.
Sa: Sound of Silent Film Festival at Music Box Theatre.
Sa: Star Wars Burlesque at Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Vaudezilla! at Stage 773.
Su: Talk Like Shakespeare Day.
Su: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
Su: Model Rocket Launching at East Branch Forest Preserve.
Su: New cartoons on FOX.
Su: Purple Reign at Berlin.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at The Mid.
Tu: Parental Alienation Awareness Day.
Tu: Chi Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
Tu: Proper Drum&Bass at Debonair Social Club.
We: Administrative Professionals Day.
We-..: Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: Bittersweet at Berlin.
Th: Take Your Child to Work Day.
Th: Atomic Sketch Event at Green Eye Lounge.
Th: "Sugar" at Untitled.

Movie:    ^
Latino Film Festival (since 1985). Over 100 screenings. -2017.05.04 Yearly. All ages. $10+ Various times.
Various locations.

Now playing.
A Quiet Passion, The Fate of the Furious, The Student, Colossal, Ghost in the Shell, Power Rangers, Beauty and the Beast, Trainspotting 2, Kong: Skull Island, My Scientology Movie, Contemporary Color, Logan, Table 19, The Shack, Kedi, LEGO Batman, The Space Between Us, The Founder, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, 20th Century Women, Hidden Figures, Passengers, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Seasonal:    ^
Sox home games. -2017.09.25.
Fr 4.21: Indians 7:10p
Sa 4.22: Indians 6:10p
Su 4.23: Indians 1:10p
Mo 4.24: Royals 7:10p
Tu 4.25: Royals 7:10p
We 4.26: Royals 1:10p.
Guaranteed Rate Field, 312/674-1000, 333 W 35th St.

Ongoing:    ^
Chicago Cabaret Convention (since 2014). -Friday $25-100+ 2 nites.
Over a dozen performers.
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.

STD Awareness Month. -2017.04.30 Yearly.
Individuals, doctors, and community-based organizations address ways to prevent some of the nearly 20 million new sexually-transmitted diseases that occur in the U.S. annually. Frequency in ages 25-45 has doubled in the last decade.

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 2017.04.21:    ^
CIMMfest (since 2009). -Sunday Yearly.
"Chicago International Movies & Music Festival - a multi-day showcase of outstanding films, energetic concerts, visually stunning VJ/DJ sets, lively Q&A's, daring live score performances - anything showing what movies and music mean to each other."
Various venues and times., Wicker Park.

* Comic and Entertainment Expo. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $$.
Dozen of special guests.
McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore.

** Acrobatica Infiniti Circus. 3rd Fridays 21+ $25-40 8p.
The Nerd Circus! Combining circus, cosplay, and genre fiction for all manner of fans. Great performers, breathtaking acts. Showcasing new works and fan favorites from silly to sensual: fire eating, trapeze, straps, juggling, hula hooping, aerial ring, comedy, acrobatics and more! Also raffle, swag, photo booth...
Uptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway.

The New Pornographers. 18+ $38+ 9p.
WXRT welcomes w/ Waxahatchee.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Blacklight Blackout (since 2011). 3rd Fridays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
Big freakfest in a tiny space. Lots of DJs, cheap beer, UV paints, radiation.
Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North. 2nd Fl.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins Electronica/Indie Alternative dance music.
04.21: C2E2 afterparty with cosplay runway contest.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Saturday 2017.04.22:    ^
* Earth Day (since 1970). Yearly.
Reflect on ecological issues and commit to the conservation and reclamation of nature.

Record Store Day (since 2007). Yearly.
Many locations.

* Walk&Roll Chicago (since 1973). Walk / skate / bike to fight cancer. Yearly. All ages. 8:30a.
Unique charity event for the American Cancer Society. Pledged Bike (15mi), walk (5mi), or skate (10mi). Dogs permitted. Around 5000 people will participate to raise more than $1,000,000.
Soldier Field, 1410 South Museum Campus. Stadium Green just South.

*** March For Science : Chicago. All ages. Free 10a-3p.
Gather for rally, march from 11am, expo after noon. Nationwide event, defending America from the dark ages of an anti-science administration.
101 E Congress Pkwy, Congress Plaza Gardens, at Michigan.

Paula Cole. 21+ $30-42+ Doors 6p.
City Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph.

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.
04.22: Special Earth Day Debate - Dennis Nelson vs. Tim Bolger offer conflicting solutions to climate change.
Dappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison.

Windy City Roller Derby. Monthly. All ages. $15 7-9:30p.
A new breed of derby dame hellions on skates.
4.22: Travel Team Home Opener.
5.20: Travel Team Bout.
6.17: Travel Team Bout.
Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway.

Of Montreal. 17+ $25+ 7:30p.
Thalia Hall, 312/526-3851, 1807 S. Allport St.

Sound of Silent Film Festival (since 2006). All ages. $8-20 7:30p.
Modern silent films with newly composed musical scores performed live.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

Star Wars Burlesque. Saturdays 18+ $28 9p.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western 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.

Vaudezilla! Saturdays 18+ $20 10:30p.
One-of-a-kind burlesque, drag, and aerial acts ranging from classic Vegas-style showgirls to cutting-edge gender-non-conforming performance artists.
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine.

Sunday 2017.04.23:    ^
Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Yearly. All ages. Free.
Actually proclaimed, also observes the bard's birthday.

Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sundays -2017.10.29 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.

Model Rocket Launching (since 1963). Monthly. All ages. Free 2-5p.
Deeply validates geekness. All skill levels. BYOL (Bring Your Own Launcher). Northern Illinois Rocketry Association hosted. Held away from population centers, only a few launches a year.
East Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355.

New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6:30p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Son of Zorn, more.

Purple Reign. 21+ Free 10p-4a.
Tribute to Prince (following the Revolution concert at Metro).
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

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

Monday 2017.04.24:    ^
* Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
04.24: Bill Nye Banger.
The Mid, 312/265-3990, 306 North Halsted.

Tuesday 2017.04.25:    ^
Parental Alienation Awareness Day. Yearly.
Interfering with visitation is a crime.

Chi 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.

Proper Drum&Bass. Tuesdays 21+ Free 9p-2a.
04.25: DJs Chrissy Tee + Solokill.
Debonair Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen.

Wednesday 2017.04.26:    ^
Administrative Professionals Day. Yearly.
Day to honor and be kind to professional administrative assistants.

Joffrey Ballet. -2017.05.07 21+ $65-85+ 7:30p.
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.

"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.

Bittersweet. Last Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJ Philly Peroxide spins goth club classics and new dark alternative music & video. $2 PBR.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Thursday 2017.04.27:    ^
* Take Your Child to Work Day (since 1993). 4th Thursday in April Yearly.
Parent's opportunity to educate their children on the nature of employment.

Atomic Sketch Event (since 2008). 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.
Green Eye Lounge, 773/227-8851, 2403 W. Homer St. Near Blue Line Western.

* "Sugar" Thursdays 21+ Free 8p-2a.
Michelle L'Amour's weekly nite of vaudevillians, burlesque and extreme acts.
Untitled, 312/880-1511, 111 W. Kinzie.

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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