Huge leather market, events all day, hot parties at select clubs, tough tourists. Registration Thursday, opening Friday, Pre-judging Saturday, finals Sunday, party at House of Blues. imrl.comCongress Plaza Hotel, 312/427-3800, 520 S Michigan. congressplazahotel.comMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
***Bike The Drive (since 2002). Yearly. All ages. $35+ 5:30a-10:15a.
Ride on L.S.D., closed to cars. Tens of thousands participate. Pre-reg and ID and cash and helmet required. Vendors and parties after. 312/42-PEDAL bikethedrive.orgUpper Hutchinson Field, Columbus and Balbo. Near Buckingham Fountain. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sundays All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p.
"Volunteers create web apps with open data to improve transparency, efficiency, and decision-making for governments and our democracy." chihacknight.org1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor. 1871.comMAPSHARE
*Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 6:30-9:30p.
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend. fullmoonjam.org4960 N Simonds Dr Betwix Foster and Lawrence in grass near lake. bedno.com/firejamMAPPHOTOSINFOSHARE
Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2018.09.17 Yearly.
Fr 06.01: Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Ozomatli, 4pm Sa 06.02: Diana Ross, 5pm Su 06.03: Loverboy and Survivor, 4pm Th 06.07: Concert Dance Inc, 5pm Th 06.07: Stephen Marley and Matisyahu, 5pm Fr 06.08: Vladimir Feltsman, 5pm Fr 06.08: Concert Dance Inc, 5pm Sa 06.09: Bridges: An International Jazz and Classical Fusion Composition, 3pm Sa 06.09: Live from Here with Chris Thile, 4:45pm Su 06.10: Anita Baker, 5pm Tu 06.12: John Fogerty and ZZ Top, 4pm We 06.13: Flying Karamazov Brothers, 5pm. Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra. ravinia.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Intermediate through advanced bladers come join the monthly group skate. Be able to skate some near traffic and do a distance of 10-12 miles. Helmet required, other protective gear and water recommended. Weather permitting. ChicagoSkater.orgDaley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn. MAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
David Byrne. -Sunday $65-85+ 3 nites, all sold out? 8p.
"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. berlinchicago.comMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Saturdays 18+ $27-47 10p.
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties. Catch the up-close magic show at 7:30p. kisskisscabaret.comUptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway. uptownunderground.netMAPSHARE
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Pedal To Pullman Cycling Tour. $25 8a.
Adventure Cycling Tours visits the first successful working factory city in the US and nearby art. With breaks and lunch and walking tour -5pm, ~40 miles averaging <12mph. The Spoke & Bird, 929/263-2473, 205 E 18th St. spokeandbird.comMAPSHARE
Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Council Meeting. (MBAC). All ages. Free 3-4:30p.
Representatives from various gov't orgs present to invited representatives from local cycling interests about legislation, safety and planning for about 90 minutes once about every 90 days. City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 1103. chicagocompletestreets.orgMAPSHARE
Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2018.08.20 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. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Serve-a-thon (since 1994). 2nd Saturday in June Yearly.
Chicago's largest day of community service. Volunteers spend the day painting, planting and making a difference at dozens of schools and agencies. chicagocares.orgINFOSHARE
Old Town Art Fair (Since 1950). Jewelry, paintings, sculpture, food, bohemians. 2nd Saturday in June -Sunday Yearly. $0-6 10a-6p.
****World Naked Bike Ride (since 2004). 2nd Saturday in June Yearly. Gather after 6p, ride 8-11:30p.
Massive bike (+skate) event celebrating freedom from oil and the beauty of people, held globally in dozens of cities. Chicago draws thousands of riders over a dozen miles sharing our joyful visions. Bare-as-you-dare from body paint to fanciful costumes to whimsy. Just be responsible. CYCLISTS: Check-in to be announced. Ridecasting on Chi.Bike live day-of. @ChiNakedRide and #WNBRC on Twitter. ChicagoNakedRide.comPHOTOSINFOSHARE
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. stage773.comMAPINFOSHARE
National Children's Day. 2nd Sunday in June Yearly.
Day to honor and be kind to children. Proclaimed by President Clinton in 1997 "As we observe National Children's Day this year, let us recommit ourselves to creating a society where parents can raise healthy, happy children; where every newborn is cherished, where every child is encouraged to succeed, and where all our young people are free to pursue their dreams." nationalchildrensday.usbedno.com/holidaysINFOSHARE
Printers Row Lit Fest (since 1985). Five tented blocks of literati. Yearly. All ages. Free. 10a-6p UNCONFIRMED
*Jewish Fest (since 1980). Yearly. All ages. $? Even numbered years. 11a-6p.
Dozens of performers on four stages. Also book fair, vendors, artisans, kosher food, etc. Many thousands attend. 847/933-3000 jewishfestival.orgSt. Paul Woods, Cook County Forest Preserve, Dempster St. at Lehigh, Morton Grove. fpdcc.comMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6p UNCONFIRMED
***Artists of the Wall Festival (since 1994). Bands, vendors, artists, neighbors. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $30+ Always sells out. 8:30a-8p.
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. rogerspark.comMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Custer Fair (since 1972). Big happy art/music/food/fun fair. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $1 suggested donation. 10a-9p.
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/custerfairMain Street Station Shopping District in Evanston, IL, 847/328-22100, 600 Main St, Evanston. CTA Main St. Purple line and Metra Main Street Stops. cityofevanston.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Gold Coast Art Fair (since 1958). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free Fr noon-, Sa+Su 10a-5p.
Model Rocket Launching (since 1963). 3rd Sundays 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. nirarocketry.orgEast Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Puerto Rican Day Parade (since 1967). Also on ABC. Yearly. All ages. Free 2:30p UNCONFIRMED
Date on which the freedom of the slaves was formally announced in Texas in 1865, more than two years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War. juneteenth.comINFOSHARE
Strawberry Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p.
Strawberry foods, drinks and treats everywhere. Entertainment on two stages. 80 shops, galleries, restaurants. Well managed popular family event in a lovely town. starevents.comHistoric Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban. visitlonggrove.comMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Long Grove Chocolate Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p.
Freshly made chocolate dipped everythings; fruits, popcorn, donuts, martinis, etc. Chef demos, specialty shops, two entertainment stages. Well managed popular family event in a lovely town. Historic Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban. visitlonggrove.comMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE