An exploration of how women artists intertwine text and image to deliver message and effect change. From handwriting to video, poetic thought to political activism, this group of artists incorporate letters, numbers and symbols to give meaning to their art." Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 2150 S Canalport. womanmade.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
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." chihacknight.org1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor. 1871.comMAPSHARE
Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
Anniversary of First Moon Landing (since 1969). Yearly.
Apollo 11 was launched on July 16th, 1969, carrying astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. and Michael Collins. The spacecraft landed in the Mare Tranquillitatis at 3:17 PM CDT on July 20th. At 9:56 PM Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, issuing the now famous phrase "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Aldrin followed shortly while Collins remained in the orbiting command module. nasa.govINFOSHARE
*Pitchfork Music Festival. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $15-35+ May sell out. 1-9p.
Rock-n-Roll Chicago Races (since 2009). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $35-50 7:30a.
Over 10,000 participants. Formerly Chicago Distance Classic (since 1977) and other names. Now with rock bands and DJs. runrocknroll.com/chicagoGrant Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade. MAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
World Arts & Music Fest (since 1986). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 12-7p.
"Celebration of global diversity features art from an abundance of countries, family crafts activities, international cuisine, and live music and dance performances." Dawes Park, 847/448-8058, Church street at the lakefront, Evanston. cityofevanston.org/worldmusicMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p.
"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
*Midnight Marauders Reunion Ride. Free Leaves after midnite. 12a-?a.
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Shakespeare's Best (since 2012). -2018.08.27 Yearly. All ages. Free UNCONFIRMED
*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
SysAdmin Day (since 2000). Last Friday in July Yearly.
*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. chi.bikeDaley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop. chicagocriticalmass.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Group Skate. 2nd/4th Fridays 21+ Free 7:30p.
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
Cardboard Cup Regatta (since 1985). Yearly. Race: 9a-12p.
Fiesta del Sol (since 1973). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $? 11a-10p UNCONFIRMED
The largest Latino festival in the midwest. Live entertainment, local art, variety food, carnival rides, children's area, soccer games, ... fiestadelsol.org312/666-2663, 1400 W. Cermak Rd. Pilsen. MAPSHARE
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. 07.28: Kat de Lac. Vaudezilla.comStage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine. stage773.comMAPINFOSHARE
Proclaimed in 1971 by Nixon. "I urge the people of the United States recognize the contributions made by clowns in their entertainment at children's hospitals, charitable institutions, for the mentally retarded, and generally helping to lift the spirits and boost the morale of our people." Observed Sunday with a ceremony at Showmen's Rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. internationalclownweek.orgPHOTOSINFOSHARE
*Lollapalooza. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $90-850 12-10p.
Windy City Rubber Duck Race. Yearly. All ages. $5+ to enter. 10a UNCONFIRMED
Thousands watch over 35,000 yellow rubber ducks compete. Benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. Opens with kid fun, face painting, food, games, sports mascots. Then race launches from Columbus Drive bridge at 1pm. duckrace.com/chicagoWrigley Building, 400 N Michigan Ave. soill.orgMAPPHOTOSSHARE
Southside Critical Mass. 1st Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
On this day in 1945, an American bomber "Enola Gay" made the first wartime use of an atomic weapon. A single bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, destroying it completely. This day is often used for anti-nuclear protests worldwide. Watch for symbolic body outlines drawn on the ground in major cities. city.hiroshima.jptheenolagay.comINFOSHARE
*Happiness Happens Day (since 1999). Yearly. All ages. Free.
(aka "HappyThon") Real event pursuing proclamation, sponsored by the "Secret Society of Happy People" to rebuff popular cynicism. Smile at strangers. Generally observed all August as "Happiness Happens" month. sohp.comPHOTOSINFOSHARE
Northalsted Market Days (since 1982). Big crowded boystown fest. -Sunday Yearly. $? 11a-10p.
Over 400 vendors, 25 entertainers, bands at three stages, food from 55 restaurants, six city blocks, 17 entrances, 250K expected. Minimal clothing. Good blading on closed streets after closing. Boystown, 773/868-3010, Belmont and Halsted. Runs North to Addison. Easy train access. northalsted.comMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
SlutWalk. Yearly. All ages. Free 12-4p UNCONFIRMED
Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2018.09.17 Yearly.
Fr 07.13: Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant, 5pm Sa 07.14: CSO: Beethoven's 9th, 5pm Su 07.15: CSO: Sunday in the Park with Audra McDonald, 3pm Mo 07.16: RSMI: Timo Andres premiere, 5pm Tu 07.17: Shostakovich and The Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy, 5pm We 07.18: CSO: Gustavo Dudamel and Yuja Wang, 5pm Th 07.19: RSMI: Brahms and More, 5pm. Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra. ravinia.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2018.08.25 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. chicagosummerdance.orgGrant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade. MAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2018.08.17 Yearly. All ages. Free Various We/Fr/Sa 6:30p.
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
Bands at Montrose Beach. Daily. -2018.09.01 Yearly. All ages. Free 7p.
Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2018.09.02 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. renfair.com/bristolMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2018.09.07 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Fr 07.13 Despicable Me 3 at Gladstone Park Fr 07.13 Jumanji at Taylor Park Fr 07.13 War for the Planet of the Apes at Palmer Park Sa 07.14 Back to the Future at Horner Park Sa 07.14 Coco at Oz Park Sa 07.14 Wonder Woman at Sherwood Park Su 07.15 Footloose at Piotrowski Park Su 07.15 Grease at Jonquil Park Su 07.15 The Emoji Movie at Emmerson Park Mo 07.16 9 to 5 at Osterman Beach Mo 07.16 Cars 3 at Skinner Park Mo 07.16 Space Jam at Cotton Tail Park Tu 07.17 International Media Mixer at Pritzker Pavilion Tu 07.17 Captain Underpants at Trebes Park Tu 07.17 Jumanji at Park #578 Tu 07.17 Monsters, Inc at Beverly Park We 07.18 Home Team (Mi Mundial) at Gage Park We 07.18 Jumanji at Brainerd Park We 07.18 Jumanji at Rosenblum Park Th 07.19 Coco at Arrigo Park Th 07.19 Despicable Me 3 at Senka Park Th 07.19 Sister Act at Wicker Park. bedno.com/movies/parksVarious Chicago parks. TIMESMAPSHARE