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Saturday 2021.05.15
Armed Forces Day. 3rd Saturday in May Yearly.
Day to honor the U.S. combined armed forces.
Fest at Navy Pier with recruiters and demos and USO.
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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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Police Memorial Day. Yearly.
Honor police killed while on duty.
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* FINAL Great Parker Rummage Sale. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free Sa 9a-4p, Su 10a-4p UNCONFIRMED
Winding down after NEARLY THIRTY YEARS!
fwparker.org/page/event-detail?pk=10014745Francis W. Parker School, 773/353-3000, 330 W Webster.
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CircEsteem Spring Circus (since 2002). Sa/Su -2021.05.16 Yearly. All ages. $8-16 2p UNCONFIRMED
"Watch in awe as the kids of the Chicago Youth Circus share their amazing talents." featuring a variety of classic acts.
circesteem.orgAlternatives, 773/732-4564, 4730 N Sheridan. East of Red Line Lawrence or Wilson Stops.
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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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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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Sunday 2021.05.16
Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sundays All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p UNCONFIRMED
500 market spaces. Clean, comprehensive, entertaining, with free parking, food and restrooms.
847/524-9590 wolffs.comAllstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
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Vintage Garage. 3rd Sundays $? 11a-6p UNCONFIRMED
100 vintage and antique dealers.
847/579-9079 vintagegaragechicago.com5051 N Broadway Uptown between Foster and Argyle.
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Model Rocket Launching (since 1963). 3rd Sundays All ages. Free 2-5p UNCONFIRMED
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.
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Chicago Bike Polo. Sundays All ages. Free 3-?p UNCONFIRMED
Pickup games in decommissioned tennis courts.
facebook.com/groups/311538882232633Garfield Park, S Central Park Blvd at W Monroe St.
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New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6p UNCONFIRMED
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Last Man on Earth, more.
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Monday 2021.05.17
Monday Night Ride. Mondays All ages. Free 10p UNCONFIRMED
Extraordinary long and late ride for the young and/or hearty. Leaves about 11pm, unplanned route may exceed 30miles from start point, dissipating near dawn.
facebook.com/MondayNightRideChicagoLincoln Monument, 1601 N Clark. Behind Chicago Historical Museum.
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Tuesday 2021.05.18
LakeView Mayfest (since 1996). -Sunday Yearly. 18+ $10 (donation) Fr 5-10p, Sa-Su 10a-10p UNCONFIRMED
Food, music, merchants, major bands late, pet contest. Thousands attend, basic beer tents.
773/665-4682 starevents.comLakeview, 3100 N Ashland. At Barry.
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Long Grove Chocolate Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p UNCONFIRMED
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.
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Chi Hack Night. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6-10p UNCONFIRMED
"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.
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Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p UNCONFIRMED
bedno.com/movies/parks?pritzJay Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown.
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Wednesday 2021.05.19
National Restaurant Association show (since 1920!). -Tuesday Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
The other NRA, trade only, dress code enforced.
312/853-2525 restaurant.orgMcCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore. North AND South buildings.
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Shavuot. Jewish holiday. -2021.05.21 Yearly. Two nights, sunset to sunset. UNCONFIRMED
Commemorates the revelation of the Torah at Sinai. Date varies each year.
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Bark In The Park (since 1995). 5k walkathon w/ dogs benefiting Anti-Cruelty. Yearly. All ages. $15-25 Registration from 7a. 9a-?a UNCONFIRMED
Snax, canine performers, entertainment, more. Registration fills. Thousands participate.
312/644-8338 barkinthepark.orgSoldier Field, 312/235-7000, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr. Stadium Green.
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*** Ride of Silence. 3rd Wednesday in May Yearly. All ages. Free 6:30-9p UNCONFIRMED
12+ mile route quietly passing sites of crash victims, many marked by powerful memorial Ghost Bikes. Held in hundreds of cities worldwide, raises awareness of cyclists legal right to public roadways, and shows respect for fallen comrades. Gather at Eternal Flame.
rideofsilence.org/chicagoDaley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
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Thursday 2021.05.20
Drum&Bass night. 3rd Thursdays 21+ Free 10p-4a UNCONFIRMED
W/ Delamota / Dioptrics / Pardeeboi / Riverman / UV / Skrimshaw / Questionmark ...
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
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Friday 2021.05.21
Start of Gemini. Astrological sign, the twins. Yearly.
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Group Skate. Fridays 21+ Free 7:30p UNCONFIRMED
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.
Bedno.com/skateDaley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.
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Saturday 2021.05.22
Sweets & Snack Expo (since 1884). National Confectioners Association. -Thursday Yearly. 9a-5p UNCONFIRMED
Candy industry or connected only.
703/790-5750 allcandyexpo.comMcCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore. Lakeside Center.
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Monday 2021.05.24
* International Mister Leather competition (since 1979). Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
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.
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Bands at Montrose Beach. Daily. -2021.09.01 Yearly. All ages. Free 7p UNCONFIRMED
Plus beers, cocktails, dining.
facebook.com/TheDockatMontroseBeachMontrose Beach, 200 W Montrose Harbor Dr.
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Wednesday 2021.05.26
Belmont/Sheffield Music Festival (since 1985). -Sunday Yearly. $? 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
Continuous live acts, beloved local bands, food, beer, shopping.
chicagoevents.com/events/belmont-sheffield-music-festBelmont and Sheffield. Belmont train stop.
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* Memorial Day Parade (since 1870). Yearly. All ages. Free 12p UNCONFIRMED
150 units, a dozen bands, veterans distributing flags and poppies, some 25000 participants expected. Wreath laying ceremony at 11a. Note that Grant Park features a statue of General Logan, who first officially recognized this day.
tinyurl.com/chiparadesState Street from Lake to Van Buren.
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FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2021.09.01 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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Thursday 2021.05.27
*** Bike The Drive (since 2002). Yearly. All ages. $35+ 5:30a-10:15a UNCONFIRMED
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.
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Atomic Sketch Event (since 2008). Live Art. Last Thursdays 21+ Free 6-10p UNCONFIRMED
Established and emerging artists of various disciplines display, create and sell original new works at bargain prices. Drop-in artists welcome.
facebook.com/atomicsketchGreen Eye Lounge, 773/227-8851, 2403 W. Homer St. Near Blue Line Western.
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Bittersweet. Monthly. 21+ Free 10p-4a UNCONFIRMED
DJs Philly Peroxide and Scary Lady Sarah spins goth club classics and new dark alternative music & video.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
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Friday 2021.05.28
Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making our 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.
Bedno.com/bikeDaley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.
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Sunday 2021.05.30
Ascension Day. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
A Christian holiday, 40 days after easter. Commemorates the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven.
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Monday 2021.05.31
Memorial Day. Last Monday in May Yearly.
Legal Holiday. Honors United States military personnel who died in wars. Formerly called Decoration Day, observed since the civil war. Parades, flags fly at half mast, ceremonies at veteran's graves. Major picnic and veg-e-q day.
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* World No Tobacco Day (since 1988). Leave the pack behind. Yearly.
Sponsored by the World Health Organization.
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Tuesday 2021.06.01
Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2021.10.31 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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Maifest. -Sunday Yearly. 18+ $10 (donation) Th 5-9:30p, Fr 5-11p, Sa noon-11p, Su noon-10p. UNCONFIRMED
German food, music, merchants, major bands, thousands attend.
mayfestchicago.comLincoln Square, 4700 N Lincoln. Near Western and Leland, brown line stop.
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Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2021.09.12 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk. UNCONFIRMED
bedno.com/movies/parksVarious Chicago parks.
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Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2021.09.17 Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra.
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"Do Division" fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 Fr 5pm, Sa+Su 12-10p UNCONFIRMED
Local street faire, sidewalk sale, live music (by Empty Bottle), kid stuff, diverse chow, beer, chess, etc.
312/850-9390 do-divisionstreetfest.com1851 W Division Ashland to Damen.
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* Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 6:30-9:30p UNCONFIRMED
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend.
Estimated 2021 schedule:
2021.04.27 Tuesday
2021.05.26 Wednesday
2021.06.24 Thursday
2021.07.22 Thursday **
2021.08.22 Sunday
2021.09.20 Monday
2021.10.20 Wednesday.
fullmoonjam.org4960 N Simonds Dr Betwix Foster and Lawrence in grass near lake.
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Wednesday 2021.06.02
LaGrange Pet Parade (since 1947). Yearly. All ages. Free 9:30a-11a UNCONFIRMED
Old and light-hearted parade includes participant's animals of all sorts.
lagrangepetparade.orgE Cossitt Ave at S LaGrange Rd, LaGrange.
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57th Street Art Fair (since 1949). -Sunday Yearly. Sa 11a-6p, Su 10a-5p UNCONFIRMED
Midwest's oldest juried fair. Gentle and genuine. Some very fine works, many ethnic.
773/493-3247 57thstreetartfair.org57th from Kenwood to Woodlawn.
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Movieoke (since 2008). 1st Wednesdays Occasionally. 21+ $? 9p UNCONFIRMED
Read along to perform, over 200 scenes to choose from.
twitter.com/ChicagoMovieokeWhistler, 773/227-3530, 2421 N Milwaukee.
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Friday 2021.06.04
Southside Critical Mass. 1st Fridays All ages Free 5:45p UNCONFIRMED
A fun, free, group bike ride.
facebook.com/SSCritMassNichols Park Plaza, 1300 E 55th St. At Kimbark.
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Saturday 2021.06.05
* World Environment Day. Reflect on global environmental concerns. Yearly.
Anniversary of first UN Conference on Human Environment in 1972.
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Sunday 2021.06.06
D-Day. Yearly.
Anniversary of 1944 Allied troops invasion of Normandy France.
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Monday 2021.06.07
Tributosaurus. Monthly. 21+ $25 7p UNCONFIRMED
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
tributosaurus.comMartyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
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Tuesday 2021.06.08
Andersonville Midsommarfest (since 1966). Nice Swedish-ish neighborhood party. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 (donation) 11a-10p UNCONFIRMED
Dozens of vendors, ethnic food, assorted bands, pet parade, family activities come, in a great shopping area.
773/728-2995 starevents.comAndersonville, Clark from Foster to Balmorol.
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Wednesday 2021.06.09
Wells Street Art Festival (since 1975). Over 250 fine artists, food, music. -Sunday Yearly. $0-5 10a-10p UNCONFIRMED
See site for band schedule.
chicagoevents.com773/868-3010, Wells between North and Division.
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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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