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2017.02.17 (wk1022)
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RECOMMENDED:
Ongoing: Black History Month.
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
..-Mo: Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place.
Ongoing: Rhinoceros Theater Festival at Prop Theatre.
Fr: General Strike #F17 at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Louder Than A Bomb at Various locations.
Fr: Acrobatica Infiniti Circus at Uptown Underground.
Fr: Kiss Kiss Cabaret at Uptown Underground.
Fr: Blacklight Blackout at Exit.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Sa: College of Complexes at Dappers East Restaurant.
Sa: Baile Del Amor at Aragon Ballroom.
Sa: Sinbad at Chicago Theatre.
Sa: Star Wars Burlesque at Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Vaudezilla! at Stage 773.
Sa: Nocturna at Metro.
Su: Start of Pisces.
Su: Neighborhoods of the World at Navy Pier, Crystal Gardens.
Su: New cartoons on FOX.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Presidents Day.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: Chi Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
Tu: Proper Drum&Bass at Debonair Social Club.
We: George Washington's Birthday.
We-Su: Wilco at Chicago Theatre.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
We: Bittersweet at Berlin.
Th: Atomic Sketch Event at Green Eye Lounge.
Th: "Hyperception" w/ Jeanette Andrews at Cafe Brauer's Great Hall.
Th: "Unbridled" at Untitled.

Movie:    ^
Now playing.
Kedi, LEGO Batman, The Space Between Us, The Founder, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, 20th Century Women, Hidden Figures, Passengers, Star Wars Rogue One, Jackie, Bad Santa 2, Rules Don't Apply, A Street Cat Named Bob, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Officer Downe, Arrival, The Love Witch, Doctor Strange, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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Ongoing:    ^
Black History Month (since 1926). -2017.02.28 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.
http://www.blackvoices.com
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Ice Skating. -2017.02.28 Yearly.
Weather permitting: Wrigley Field; 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...
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/ice-rinks/
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Chicago Auto Show (since 1901). -2017.02.20 Yearly. All ages. $0-12+ 10a-10p.
Largest show in the U.S. of the leading killer of kids. Antiques, advanced power systems, sports stars and cheerleaders, greenwashing, million dollar super-cars and other grotesquely over-compensating monuments to mammon and sloth.
http://chicagoautoshow.com
McCormick Place, 312/791-7000, 2301 S Lake Shore Drive. Red line to Cermak, then bus east.
http://mccormickplace.com
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Rhinoceros Theater Festival (since 1989). -2017.02.25 Yearly. $15+ Various days and times.
Showcase of experimental new plays.
http://rhinofest.com
Prop Theatre, 773/267-0666, 3502 N Elston.
http://curioustheatrebranch.com
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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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Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop, metrochicago.com
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago, darkroombar.com
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop, doubledoor.com
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish, emptybottle.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln, martyrslive.com
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk, ravinia.org
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Friday 2017.02.17:    ^
General Strike #F17. 11a.
Nationwide Demonstrations, Walkouts and Boycotts To Protest the Trump Administration.
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Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
http://www.cityofchicago.org
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Louder Than A Bomb (since 2001). -2017.03.16 Yearly. All ages. $? 6p.
Young Chicago Authors present, renowned Chicago Teen Poetry Festival.
http://youngchicagoauthors.org
Various locations.
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** Acrobatica Infiniti Circus. 3rd Fridays 21+ $25-40 8p.
The Nerd Circus! Combining circus, cosplay, and genre fiction for all manner of fans. Great performers, breathtaking acts. Showcasing new works and fan favorites from silly to sensual: fire eating, trapeze, straps, juggling, hula hooping, aerial ring, comedy, acrobatics and more! Also raffle, swag, photo booth...
http://aicircus.com
Uptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway.
http://uptownunderground.net
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Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Fr/Sa 18+ $20-40 8p.
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties.
http://kisskisscabaret.com
Uptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway.
http://uptownunderground.net
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Blacklight Blackout (since 2011). 3rd Fridays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
Big freakfest in a tiny space. Lots of DJs, cheap beer, UV paints, radiation.
http://facebook.com/blacklightblackoutexit
Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North. 2nd Fl.
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Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins Electronica/Indie Alternative dance music.
02.17: "Madame Envy's Harem of Oddities" performances at 11p.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.com
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Saturday 2017.02.18:    ^
College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p.
Structured Weekly Free Speech Forum With Quality Lecturers and Good American Food And Bar.
02.18: Illinois to Fight the Corruption and Fascism We are Now Facing - activists vs Trumpism.
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Dappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison.
http://facebook.com/Dappers-Restaurant-East-111805538856448
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Baile Del Amor. 1+ $28+ 7p.
Con Los Yonic's, Guardianes del Amor, Los Humildes, Fito Olivares.
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.
http://aragon.com
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Sinbad. $32-59+ 8p.
http://facebook.com/Sinbadbad
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.
http://thechicagotheatre.com
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Star Wars Burlesque. Saturdays 18+ $28 9p.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western stop.
http://GorillaTango.com
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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.
http://berlinchicago.com
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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.
http://Vaudezilla.com
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine.
http://stage773.com
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** Nocturna (since 1988). THE Electro/Goth gathering. Monthly. 18+ $10+ 11p-5a.
DJ Scary Lady Sarah spinning goth, darkwave, dark indie, deathrock, industrial, new wave, electro, ... Nicely decorated, often a special guest and giveaways. A tight but welcoming community of several hundred intriguing individuals.
http://facebook.com/groups/15090361526
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://metrochicago.com/shows
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Sunday 2017.02.19:    ^
Start of Pisces. Astrological sign, the fish. Yearly.
http://www.astrology.com
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Neighborhoods of the World. Sundays All ages. Free 12-4p.
Honoring Chicago's immigrant communities and rich diversity with a lively afternoon of music, dance, colorful costumes, authentic cuisine, and folk art vendors.
02.19: Celebrate Poland.
Navy Pier, Crystal Gardens, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.
http://navypier.com
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New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 7p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Son of Zorn, more.
http://thesimpsons.com
FOX. http://www.fox.com
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"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
http://www.adultswim.com
TOON. On cable.
http://www.cartoonnetwork.com
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Monday 2017.02.20:    ^
* Presidents Day. Legal holiday. 3rd Monday in February Yearly.
Observes the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Schools and government offices closed. Sales at major retail stores. Popular museum day.
http://history.com/topics/holidays/presidents-day
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Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
02.20: Dead Presidents Banger!
http://facebook.com/PnCDjs
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.
http://evil-olive.com
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Tuesday 2017.02.21:    ^
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."
http://chihacknight.org
1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor.
http://1871.com
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Chicago Underground Comedy. Tuesdays 21+ $5 Doors 9p.
"The Hippest, Hottest Stand-Up Showcase to Emerge in Years" +good menu & booze.
http://facebook.com/chicagoundergroundcomedy
Beat Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont.
http://beatkitchen.com
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Proper Drum&Bass. Tuesdays 21+ Free 9p-2a.
02.21: DJs Ted Parisot, Frique, Tim Nice, Megamike, Sincerious.
http://facebook.com/properchicagodrumandbass
Debonair Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen.
http://debonairsocialclub.com
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Wednesday 2017.02.22:    ^
George Washington's Birthday. Yearly.
Day to remember George Washington, the first president of the United States and commander in chief of the Continental army during the American Revolution. He was born in Kentucky in 1732 and died of an illness on December 14th, 1799. Washington's birthday is observed on President's Day.
http://whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/gw1.html
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Wilco. -Sunday $49-85+ 7:30p.
http://www.wilcoworld.net/
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.
http://thechicagotheatre.com
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"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!"
http://facebook.com/In-One-Ear-210844945622380
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.
http://heartlandcafe.com
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Bittersweet. Last Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJ Philly Peroxide spins goth club classics and new dark alternative music & video. $2 PBR.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.com
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Thursday 2017.02.23:    ^
Atomic Sketch Event (since 2008). Live Art. Last Thursdays 21+ Free 6-10p.
Established and emerging artists of various disciplines display, create and sell original new works at bargain prices. Drop-in artists welcome.
http://atomicsketch.com
Green Eye Lounge, 773/227-8851, 2403 W. Homer St. Near Blue Line Western.
http://greeneyelounge.com
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"Hyperception" w/ Jeanette Andrews. 12+ $25 7p.
Pioneering a new form of interactive sensory magic.
http://lpzoo.org/hyperception-illusions-senses-jeanette-andrews
Cafe Brauer's Great Hall, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon. Lincoln Park Zoo.
http://www.lpzoo.com
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"Unbridled" Thursdays 21+ Free 9p-2a.
DJs, vaudevillians, burlesque and extreme acts. "New Year. New Show. Still Freaky."
http://facebook.com/UnbridledatUntitled
Untitled, 312/880-1511, 111 W. Kinzie.
http://untitledchicago.com
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Attractions:    ^
Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free. Mo-Th 8a-7p, Fr 8a-6p, Sa 9a-6p, Su 10a-6p.
With various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-6630, 78 E Washington. SE of State/Lake train stops.
http://chicagoculturalcenter.org
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Various good modern art shows. All ages. $0-12, Free Tu 10a-8p, Mo closed, We-Su 10a-5p.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.
http://mcachicago.org
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LIKE A DOWNTOWN AMUSEMENT PARK. All ages. Mostly free.
With Giant Ferris Wheel, IMAX theatre, historic carousel, a*mazing Chicago ride, classic spinning swing ride, new mini-golf course, major VR games, food court, quality restaurants and bars, stained glass window museum, enclosed garden, wonderful specialty shops, children's museum, water taxis, several cruise lines and the Shakespeare Theatre.
Summer: 10a-10p Su-Th, 10a-midnt Fr-Sa; Fall: Mo-Th 10a-9p, Fr+Sa 10a-11p, Su 10a-7p; Winter: 10a-8p Mo-Th, 10a-10p Fr-Sa, 10a-7p Su.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.
http://www.navypier.com
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See how the universe works. All ages. $10-18+ Mo-Fr 9:30a-4:30p (-10p 1st Fridays), Sa/Su 9a-4:30p, closed xmas, open -6p 12.26-1.5.
Much high tech exhibitry.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-7827 (STAR), 1300 S Lake Shore.
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org
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Masterpieces. All ages. $0-18 Mo/Tu/We/Fr 10:30a-5p, Th 10:30a-8p, Sa/Su 10a-5p, closed xgiving+xmas.
And other interesting permanent and visiting exhibits.
Art Institute, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan.
http://artinstituteofchicago.org
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World class gardens. Easy to get to. All ages. $8.75 parking. 8a-sunset, closed xmas.
385 acres, 23 gardens, 9 islands, prarie simulation, oriental features, miniature railway, produce, shows, restaurant, more...
Chicago Botanic Gardens, 847/835-5440, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.
http://www.chicago-botanic.org
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Quality exhibits and activities for young minds. All ages. $0-14, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-5p.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.
http://chicagochildrensmuseum.org
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Natural History done right. All ages. $6-12. Last entry 4p, closed xmas. 9a-5p.
"Sue" permanent dinosaur exhibit, insects, anthropology, world culture, geology, ecology, much more.
Field Museum, 312/922-9410, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive.
http://www.fmnh.org
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Exhibits covering 4000 years of surgical history. Not for the squeamish. All ages. $3-6, Free Tuesdays. Tu-Sa 10a-4p. Closed 12.24-25, 12.31-1.1.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 312/642-6502, 1524 N Lake Shore.
http://www.imss.org
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World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free (Building hours vary) 9a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.
http://www.lpzoo.com
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Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day. All ages. $6-11 +parking/movies, Sometimes free. Mo-Sa 9:30a-4p, Su 11a-4p.
Exhibits include clock (possibly the best historical collection in existence), trains, toys, flight, genetics, chemistry, coal, petroleum, human body slices, cyberspace, farming, the U-505, TONS of space flight tech, and much more.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore.
http://www.msichicago.org
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Truly stunning world class aquarium. $11-18, some deal days. Sa/Su 9a-6p, Mo-Fr 9a-5p (-6p in summer), some later days.
Rear outside deck has the city's best skyline view. Now with web cams.
Shedd Aquarium, 312/939-2438, 1200 S Lake Shore.
http://SheddAquarium.org
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