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As of 2019 the maintenance of events data here has been largely discontinued now that other systems have finally grown adequate such as FaceBook and Metromix and Reader and Timeout and Do312.

Saturday 2024.06.15
Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2024.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free. UNCONFIRMED
Mo: Loyola; Tu: ColumbusPark, FederalPlaza, LincolnSquare; We: Andersonville, GreenCity, Lawndale, Pullman, Ravenswood; Th: Daley Plaza, Argyle, Austin, GarfieldPark, HydePark; Sa: Division&Dearborn, Edgewater, GarfieldPark, HornerPark, more; Su: Glenwood&Morse, IndependencePark, LoganSquare, WickerPark, Pilsen, PortagePark;
chicagofarmersmarkets.usVarious city locations.
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Fun Bands at the Beer Garden nightly. All ages. Free UNCONFIRMED
navypier.org/explore/live-entertainment/live-musicNavy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Miller Beer Garden at the Tip.
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Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2024.09.12 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk. UNCONFIRMED
bedno.com/movies/parksVarious Chicago parks.
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Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2024.09.17 Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra.
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* Artists of the Wall Festival (since 1994). Bands, vendors, artists, neighbors. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $30+ Always sells out. 8:30a-8p UNCONFIRMED
Participants paint over 100 mural segments from Pratt to Morse (spaces sell out). Some prizes, mostly fun. One of my ABSOLUTE favorite fests! Blade/bike path, good parks and beach, good bands and acts, veggie friendly and near a Heartland branch. Judging 2pm Sunday.
artistsofthewall.comLoyola Park, 1230 W Greenleaf. Around 6900 N on the lake.
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Custer Fair (since 1972). Big happy art/music/food/fun fair. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $1 suggested donation. 10a-9p UNCONFIRMED
Evanston's largest and oldest outdoor event known for diverse and unique features. Kid friendly. "fest of chompin' stompin' and shoppin' isn't just any old street fair." - Chicago Sun Times.
847/328-2204 facebook.com/custerfairDowntown, 847/328-22100, 600 Main St, Evanston. CTA Main St. Purple line and Metra Main Street Stops.
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Gold Coast Art Fair (since 1958). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free Fr noon-, Sa+Su 10a-5p UNCONFIRMED
Classy stuff, huge attendance, top rated fest, 100s of juried artists from around the world.
amdurproductions.com/gold-coast-art-fair-at-grant-parkGrant Park, Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive, Across from AIC.
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Taste of Randolph (since 1998). Bands, finer foods, vendors, vintage vehicles. -Sunday Yearly. Ages? $6-10 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
starevents.comRandolph and Halsted
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Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2024.08.17 Yearly. All ages. Free Various We/Fr/Sa 6:30p UNCONFIRMED
World-class orchestra, chorus and conductors, and an outstanding roster of local and international guest artists perform classical several days a week.
312/742-7638 grantparkmusicfestival.comGrant Park, Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Train, bus or cab.
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Bands at Montrose Beach. Daily. -2024.09.01 Yearly. All ages. Free 7p UNCONFIRMED
Plus beers, cocktails, dining.
facebook.com/TheDockatMontroseBeachMontrose Beach, 200 W Montrose Harbor Dr.
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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.
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FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2024.08.31 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p UNCONFIRMED
Visible anywhere near the lake.
navypier.org/explore/fireworksNavy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
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Vaudezilla! Saturdays 18+ $20 10:30p UNCONFIRMED
One-of-a-kind burlesque, drag, and aerial acts ranging from classic Vegas-style showgirls to cutting-edge gender-non-conforming performance artists.
Vaudezilla.comStage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine.
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Ongoing
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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