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Thursday 2019.01.17
Benjamin Franklin's Birthday. (1706.01.17-1790.04.17). Yearly.
Day to remember the great early American scientist, thinker and statesman. Franklin is remembered for his Poor Richard's Almanac, the discovery of the electrical nature of lightning leading to the invention of the lightning rod, and for his political activities in pre and post-revolutionary America. Born in Boston MA, one of thirteen children of a puritan family, died in Philadelphia. Because Franklin recommended thrift, some schools start a Thrift Week on his birthday.
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Ice Skating. -2019.02.27 Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Weather permitting: Wrigley Field, 773-388-8260; Millennium Park, 312/742-5222, 55 N Michigan; Warren Park, 773/262-8656, 6601 N Western; Riis Park, 312/746-5735, 6100 W Fullerton; Daley Plaza, 312/742-7650, 337 E Randolph; more...
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Sketch Comedy Fest (since 2002). -2019.01.21 Yearly. Several shows daily. UNCONFIRMED
Nation's Largest, over 100 performances featuring local, national, Canadian sketch comedy troupes on four stages. "Sketch comedy is as Chicago as deep-dish pizza and the Sears Tower. Unlike its cousin improvisation, sketch comedy is scripted. Strong writing is a vital element of the art form, which usually consists of short, satirical and funny vignettes. Although elements of improvisation are often used in creating sketches, the resulting performance is scripted, rather than made up on the spot."
chicagosketchfest.comStage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W Belmont. Near Racine.
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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 2019.01.18
Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 9p-4a UNCONFIRMED
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
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Blacklight Blackout (since 2011). 3rd Fridays 21+ Free 10p-2a UNCONFIRMED
Big freakfest in a tiny space. Lots of DJs, cheap beer, UV paints, radiation.
facebook.com/blacklightblackoutexitExit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North. 2nd Fl.
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Saturday 2019.01.19
College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p UNCONFIRMED
Structured Weekly Free Speech Forum With Quality Lecturers and Good American Food And Bar.
312/326-2120 collegeofcomplexes.orgDappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison.
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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 2019.01.20
Start of Aquarius. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the water bearer.
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Polar Bear Plunge (since 2001). Yearly. 11a-2p UNCONFIRMED
Supports various charities.
lakeviewpolarbearclub.comOak Street Beach, 1000 N Lake Shore Dr.
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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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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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Full "Wolf" Moon. Always adds an interesting twist. 11:15p.
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Monday 2019.01.21
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior day. Legal Holiday. 3rd Monday in January Yearly.
Day to honor the memory, ideals and goals of the famed civil rights leader. Born 1929.01.15 in Atlanta GA, he promoted non-violent tactics and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Died for our sins on 1968.04.04 in Memphis Tennessee.
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Tuesday 2019.01.22
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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Wednesday 2019.01.23
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Friday 2019.01.25
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.
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Saturday 2019.01.26
B-Movie Fest (since 1983). All night. Yearly. All ages. $10-20 ALWAYS SELLS OUT 24hrs Fr 6p through Sa 6p UNCONFIRMED
Playing at least 20 B-Movies. Napping, food (even pizza delivery), drink (non-alc), and re-entrance allowed. "Like a big slumber party on the Satellite of Love". Modern comfortable theater, vending machines, 16 and 35mm prints.
b-fest.comMcCormick Auditorium, 847/491-2300, 1999 South Campus Drive, Evanston. Norris University Center, Northwestern University.
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Sunday 2019.01.27
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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Monday 2019.01.28
Grammy Awards (since 1959). Yearly. All ages. Free 7-10:15p UNCONFIRMED
Dozens of contemporary music stars perform.
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Wednesday 2019.01.30
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Birthday (1882-1945). Yearly.
The 32nd president of the United States was born in New York to a wealthy family, and died in office. He held office for an unprecedented four terms, leading America through the great depression and World War II.
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Thursday 2019.01.31
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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Black History Month (since 1926). -2019.02.28 Yearly.
February contains the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. This holiday recognizes the achievements and contributions of African Americans. Observed with special events and exhibits at many cultural institutions, especially the Chicago Cultural Center, H.W.Library, Dusable Museum, and South Shore Cultural Center.
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Friday 2019.02.01
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 2019.02.02
Candlemas. Yearly.
Commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Observed in northern Europe much like groundhog day. In some areas it marks the beginning of spring planting. This day is used for the consecration of church candles for the year.
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Groundhogs Day (since 1888). Yearly.
According to Punxsutawney PA folklore, the groundhog (woodchuck) emerges from hibernation on this day. If sunny and the groundhog sees his shadow, legend holds that there will be six more weeks of winter. A cloudy day signals an early spring. Observed at the Brookfield Zoo Children's area.
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Sunday 2019.02.03
Madonnarama. 1st Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
All Madonna music and videos all night with DJ Riley York. Classics, rare tracks, remixes, etc.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
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Monday 2019.02.04
Superbowl (since 1967). Yearly. 5-9p UNCONFIRMED
Preshow from 12:30p. Over 130 MegaViewers expected.
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Wednesday 2019.02.06
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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Thursday 2019.02.07
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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Monday 2019.02.11
Carnival. -Tuesday Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
Three days of festivities culminating on Mardi Gras. Christian in origin, it is the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (Mardi Gras) preceding Ash Wednesday.
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Wednesday 2019.02.13
Mardi Gras. Yearly. UNCONFIRMED
French for Fat Tuesday. Christian in origin it is the last day of the period of Carnival preceding Ash Wednesday. The name has come to represent the entire carnival period. Celebrated on a large scale in New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, and Nice. Observed with Cajun music, costumes, parades and dancing and beads.
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South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays All ages. Free 9p UNCONFIRMED
22nd season.
southparkstudios.comCOM. On cable.
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Ongoing
Now playing.
The Happy Prince, Heavy Trip, A Star Is Born, Venom, Little Women, Night School, Fahrenheit 11/9, Colette, House with Clock in Walls, Hal, The Predator, The Happytime Murders, The Wife, Juliet Naked, Alpha, Christopher Robin, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Teen Titans Go!, Generation Wealth, Shock and Awe, Skyscraper, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Sorry to Bother You, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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Rhinoceros Theater Festival (since 1989). -2019.02.25 Yearly. $15+ Various days and times. UNCONFIRMED
Showcase of experimental new plays.
rhinofest.comProp Theatre, 773/267-0666, 3502 N Elston.
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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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