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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: July 25th-27th, 2014

UGH, MORE beer and festivals?!

Aren’t you getting sick of it all?

NOPE.

Enjoy! (While there’s still no snow on the ground)

Here are some bikes. Now, where's the booze?

Here are some bikes. Now, where’s the booze?

BIKE TO BREW

July 26, 2014

Enjoy a summer evening bike ride winding through Chicago’s industrial and residential streets and ending at Revolution Brewery for a private party with DJs, food trucks and tasty beers. Space is limited for this 21+ ride. Your registration guarantees you access to the party with a beer ticket and a special TBD giveaway to make your bike ride awesome (think cool lights or bike bell). The pre-ride festival will feature hip bike and urban exhibitors along with delicious samples of delicious Dark Matter Coffee.

Revolution Brewing

2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60647

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.biketobrew.org/

BEER CAMP ACROSS AMERICA

July 27, 2014

This summer Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is throwing an unprecedented seven-city traveling beer festival called Beer Camp Across America, and it’s stopping in Chicago. Sierra Nevada invited every U.S. craft brewer – around 2,800 – to serve their beers at the festival location nearest them. Beer Camp Across America is a celebration for the entire craft beer community, bringing together brewers and the fans who’ve helped them thrive.

Hours:

12 – 5 p.m.

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

General Admission

$65

Designated Driver

$30

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/agegate/?returnto=http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/festival/midwest_edition/

WALGREENS CHICAGO INTL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

July 26, 2014

The waters of Lake Arlington will be anything but calm as one of the most thrilling and unique water sports returns for the third year. Dragon boating features teams of 20 people paddling in synch in a long narrow boat, adorned with a dragon head and tail, racing down a water course to be the fastest team of the day.

Attracting teams from the local community, neighboring states, and Canada, the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival Presented by PepsiCo promises a day with something for the entire family including exciting racing, the Walgreens Health and Wellness Village, live entertainment, Asian cultural performances, and vendors.

Looking to get in a boat? No experience is necessary to participate and all equipment is provided.

Hours:

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Flentie Park on Lake Arlington

2201 N. Windsor Dr.

Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Team Registration

$895

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.gwndragonboat.com/Default.asp?id=200&l=1

THEATER ON THE LAKE – THEO UBIQUE CABARET

July 23, 2014 – July 27, 2014

Jeff award-winning Theater on the Lake celebrates 62 years in 2014, showcasing our city’s rich off-Loop theater community. While renovation is underway to convert the historic Theater on the Lake building from a summer-only programming site to a year-round program and event facility, they’ll be taking the shows on the road. Come see the shows this summer at Union Park, Berger Park Cultural Center and Washington Park Refectory.

Berger Park Cultural Center

6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Chicago, IL 60660

Tickets

$10

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/theater-on-the-lake/#.U3YcWihDNSZ

WICKER PARK FEST

July 26, 2014 – July 27, 2014

Wicker Park has become host to one of the can’t miss music events of the summer! Wicker Park Fest returns for an 11th consecutive year to the Milwaukee Avenue corridor and is much more than a typical Chicago summer street fest. At the surface, it’s one of the most highly anticipated live music events of the season, with band lineups praised by critics and fans alike. At the core, it’s a reflection of the vibrant Wicker Park neighborhood…historic and hip, diverse and eclectic.

This year’s colossal street party presents three stages of continuous live music, a dedicated children’s fun area, an arts section with installation and performance acts, dozens of local vendors and restaurants, and environmentally-friendly production efforts. To top it off, the $5 suggested donation for admittance makes Wicker Park Fest once again the steal of the summer concert season.

Milwaukee Ave. and North Ave.

Chicago, IL 60612

Hours

Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Kids Fest: 12 – 6 p.m.

Gate Donation

$5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/fest

TASTE OF LINCOLN AVENUE

July 26, 2014 – July 27, 2014

One of the city’s pioneering summer street happenings, this popular fest sprawls over several city blocks in the heart of Lincoln Park. Taste of Lincoln Avenue features 250-plus vendors, food and more than 25 acts on three music stages. Every music genre is represented: from blues and country to rock and folk.

Hours

Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Kids’ Carnival: 12 – 6 p.m. each day

Lincoln Ave. and Fullerton

Chicago, IL 60614

Gate Donation

$10

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.tasteoflincolnchicago.com/

JEFF FEST ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 25, 2014 – July 27, 2014

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival features delicious food from local restaurants, live music, craft beers, a kids corner, circus workshops, magic, live art, binjo and bags in Jefferson Park!

Hours

Friday: 6 – 11 p.m.

Saturday: 12 – 11 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Jefferson Memorial Park

4822 N. Long Ave.

Chicago, IL 60630

Admission before 5 p.m.

$5

Admission after 5 p.m.

$7

Children (12 and under)

Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://jefffest.org/

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: July 18th-20th, 2014

Turns out you can run a marathon this weekend, or you can drink some craft beer.

Maybe both if you’re lucky.

 

Mmm....beer.

Mmm….beer.

CHICAGO CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

July 19, 2014 – July 20, 2014

More than 100 specialty/small batch microbrews from Chicago, the region and the nation will be showcased at this third annual event that takes place under tents. In addition to tastings, it also features music, food and beer sales.

This year’s festival will be held in conjunction with the Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival in our city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

2200 N. Sheffield

Chicago, IL 60614

Advance Tickets

$40

On-site Tickets

$45

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=255

PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 18, 2014 – July 20, 2014

Pitchfork is considered one of the most comfortable and reasonably priced weekends of music in Chicago, featuring both emerging and internationally renowned acts. It’s all about positivity and fun so both the musicians and crowd can have a great time! Vendors are also on-site, selling a variety of local goods.

Union Park

1501 W. Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60610

The Lineup

Friday: Beck, Giorgio Moroder, Sun Kil Moon, Death Grips, and more

Saturday: Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Tune-Yards, and more

Sunday: Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Slowdive, Real Estate

3-day Pass

Sold Out

Single Day Tickets

$60

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://pitchforkmusicfestival.com/

TASTE OF RIVER NORTH

uly 18, 2014 – July 20, 2014

Enjoy amazing food, music, works by artisans, goods from area merchants, and much more at this family-friendly event, now in its 13th year. River North is known for its spectacular food and world-class art and design, and this festival goes above and beyond to showcase its characteristics.

Music Headliners

Friday: Secondhand Smoke (Sublime tribute)

Saturday: Sixteen Candles

Sunday: Led Zeppelin 2

Hours

Friday: 5 – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Kids Zone: 12 – 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday only

Admission

Tickets for food and beverage are $1.00 per ticket.

A. Montgomery Ward Park

630 N. Kingsbury

Chicago, IL 60610

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.tasteofrivernorth.com/

SHEFFIELD GARDEN WALK & MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 19, 2014 – July 20, 2014

The 46th Annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival is the perfect event for anyone with a green thumb. More than 80 of the Lincoln Park neighborhood’s lush residential gardens will be open for the public to explore. There are both self-guided garden tours, and guided architecture tours. The weekend also includes music, food and, for children and families, the Kids’ Corner with entertainment and activities.

New in 2014! This year’s event will be held in conjunction with 3rd annual Chicago Craft Beer Festival.

2200 N. Sheffield

Chicago, IL 60614

Hours:

12 – 10 p.m.

Donation

$7-$10

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.sheffieldgardenwalk.com/

CHINATOWN SUMMER FAIR

July 20, 2014

Enjoy the best in Asian cultural entertainment, including a Dragon and Lion Dance Procession, live music, food, Chinese arts and crafts exhibits, street vendors, a children’s play area, and more.

Hours:

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Admission

Free

Wentworth Ave. and Cermak Rd.

Chicago, IL 60616

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=116

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHICAGO HALF MARATHON

July 20, 2014

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by HumanaVitality is just what it sounds like: part marathon, part rock concert, and a whole lot of fun! This scenic, 13-mile and 5K course will guide you through some of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks in downtown and along the lakefront – all to the tune of rock bands and cheer squads rooting you on at each mile.

Hours:

6:30 a.m.

Half Marathon

$85 – $150

5K Mini Marathon

$35 – $55

Grant Park

Columbus Dr. and Monroe St.

Chicago, IL 60601

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/chicago

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL

July 20, 2014

See the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, and more July 20 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre!

Hours:

1 p.m.

Tickets

Start at $29.50

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

19100 Ridgeland Ave.

Tinley Park, IL 60477

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.livenation.com/events/349415-jul-20-2014-rockstar-energy-drink-mayhem-festival

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: July 11th-13th, 2014

If you are bored in Chicago this weekend, you clearly are sitting home alone with your cat.

Just kidding. I have a cat. And I love him (don’t judge me).

There are SO many things to do around the area.

So get out—and do them!

Like crowds? Come on in.

Like crowds? Come on in.

TASTE OF CHICAGO

July 9, 2014 – July 13, 2014

We are serious about food in Chicago. Be prepared to get your grub on at the annual Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest outdoor food festival, in Grant Park! For five days, live music, children’s activities and upwards of 3 million visitors makes this event the hottest party in the city.

Grant Park

377 E. Randolph

Chicago, IL 60602

Admission

Free

Food and Beverage Tickets

$8.50

Pure Leaf Celebrity Chef du Jour

$45

FOR MORE INFORMATION:http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago.html

Be sure to come hungry as Taste of Chicago features several thousand servings of our city’s favorites! Your taste buds will go wild sampling more than 200 different menu items from a variety of cuisines like American, Indian, Italian, French, Chinese, Irish, African and more.

ROSCOE VILLAGE BURGER FEST

July 12, 2014 – July 13, 2014

Roscoe Village Burger Fest comes back for its fifth year and is packed with food, activites, a “Kids’ Zone” and live music. Plus, you get to play judge and can vote for your favorite Chicago burger.

Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Kids’ Zone: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day

Belmont Ave. and Damen Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

Gate Donation

$8

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.roscoevillageburgerfest.com/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE N. MICHIGAN AVE. ART FESTIVAL

Friday July 11, 2014 – July 13, 2014

300 of the finest artists in country will converge upon Pioneer Court in the heart of Downtown Chicago for a three-day juried outdoor gallery style art exhibit. A wide variety of original artwork will be on display and for sale with prices set to suit all budgets. Enjoy the eclectic displays, live music and register to win the free art giveaway.

Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pioneer Court

401 N. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://artfestival.com/Festivals/Chicago_Tribune_North_Michigan_Avenue_Art_Festival_in_Chicago_IL_July.ASPX

SQUARE ROOTS

July 11, 2014 – July 13, 2014

The Lincoln Square neighborhood will host its 3rd annual craft beer and music festival July 11-13, packed with food, drinks and fun! Enjoy nightly dance parties, open jams, and plenty of family activities. The festival goes all out with multiple music stages and a vibrant mix of performers.

Friday: 5 – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.

Lincoln Ave. between Montrose & Wilson

Chicago, IL 60618

SUGGESTED DONATION $10

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.squareroots.org/

WINDY CITY SMOKEOUT

July 11, 2014 – July 13, 2014

Windy City Smokeout: BBQ & Country Music Fest presented by Bub City returns for its second year! This summer festival brings together the best of live country music, beer and BBQ to our city’s popular River North neighborhood.

Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy southern-inspired fare from Chicago’s BBQ restaurants. Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to interact with chefs and their culinary teams, and enjoy ice cold beers to wash it all down!

Rush St. & Illinois St.

Chicago, IL 60611

Friday: 3 – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.

3 Day Pass

Start at $75

Friday

Starts at $25

Saturday & Sunday

Starts at $30

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://windycitysmokeout.com/

SUMMER ON SOUTHPORT

July 12, 2014 – July 13, 2014

The Southport Corridor, in our city’s Lakeview neighborhood, is one of our best areas for shopping and nightlife. This annual festival showcases those features, plus local restaurants will be serving up your favorite summer food while live music provides an upbeat soundtrack.

Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

3700 N. Southport Ave.

Chicago, IL 60613

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://starevents.com/festivals/summer-southport/

TOUR DE FAT

July 12, 2014

New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat is a daylong festival in the park that celebrates the bicycle, showcases New Belgium beers and provides eclectic and engaging entertainment for all! The events kick off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets, ending in a city park. That’s when eclectic entertainment takes over from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and even vaudeville acts. This year will also include some brewing education and feature a “Bicycle Revival” to inspire festival-goers to believe in the power of two-wheeled transportation.

During each tour stop, New Belgium tries to leave as little of an environmental imprint as possible. Tour de Fat hosts green vendors, has compost and recycle stations and festival trucks that operate on biofuel sourced from recycled waste oils.

This is a free event in our city’s Logan Square neighborhood, but all proceeds from beer sales goes to local nonprofits. Over its course, Tour de Fat has raised more than $3 million for nonprofit organizations!

Palmer Square

N. Kedzie Ave. and W. Palmer Sq.

Chicago, IL 60647

Admission

Free

Beer

$5

Hours:

11 a.m

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/chicago.aspx

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: July 4th-6th, 2014

I mean, clearly we’re going to be watching fireworks, right?

 

Ooo, Perdy!

Ooo, Perdy!

Obviously.

 

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS

Watch the sky light up during a spectacular fireworks show choreographed to a patriotic score on Lake Michigan.

Arrive early and cozy up on Navy Pier’s dock.

Board an evening cruise with Odyssey Cruises, Shoreline Sightseeing Company or Spirit of Chicago off Navy Pier.

View the fireworks from 1,000ft above the city in 360 Chicago.

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.navypier.com/things2do/fireworks.html

FREEDOM FEST AT NAVY PIER’S ROOFTOP

July 4, 2014

Each and every year Chicago’s known to host some pretty stellar events for the 4th of July, but this time around JulyFourth.com is putting out all the stops as they produce a massive celebration at the quintessential event space in the Windy City – the Navy Pier Rooftop. With enough space for create a colossal gathering, the rooftop at Navy Pier is a very inviting and exclusive place to come and indulge in the weather and sights of one of the most anticipated days of the year (definitely the most talked about day of the summer).

Freedom Fest 2014 at Navy Pier’s rooftop is the absolute best place to watch the firework spectacular once the sun begins to set on the bright lights of Chicago. This Independence Day event will feature a delicious BBQ to satisfy your hunger, a full bar where you can indulge in your favorite drinks, and music by a live DJ to keep the atmosphere festive. This is an all-ages event, so bring the entire family along for the experience.

Hours:

6:30 – 11 p.m.

$30

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://julyfourth.com/event/chicago/navy-pier-rooftop/freedom-fest-2014-at-navy-piers-rooftop

WINDY CITY RIBFEST

July 4, 2014 – July 6, 2014

Summers are all about enjoying BBQ outside, and this festival does just that. Now in its sixth year, the Windy City RibFest in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood ain’t afraid to get down ‘n’ dirty when it comes to servin’ up savory ribs and other BBQ delights! Live music, beer and wine, a kids area, and more will also be featured.

Rib Vendors

Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ

Chicago BBQ Company

Famous Dave’s

Porky Chicks BBQ

Texas Thunder BBQ

Main Stage Entertainment – Headliners

Friday: Who’s Bad (Michael Jackson Tribute)

Saturday: Cowboy Mouth

Sunday: Trippin Billies

Hours

Friday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.

Gate Donation $5

Sampling Packages $40

Lawrence & Broadway

Chicago, IL 60640

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=190

TASTE OF LAKEVIEW

July 5, 2014 – July 6, 2014

Enjoy some of our city’s best music and culinary fare at Taste of Lakeview! Located at one of the most highly visible intersections in the city, this festival will feature artisans and craft vendors, food, and an array of street performers.

Hours

Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.

3200 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

Suggested Donation $5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://starevents.com/festivals/taste-of-lakeview/

CARRIE

May 29, 2014 – July 12, 2014

Bailiwick Chicago Theater presents the Chicago Premiere of Carrie. Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it…

Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, the show’s original authors have newly reworked and fully re-imagined the vision of this gripping tale, set today in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine.

Thursday – Saturday: 8 p.m.

Sunday: 6 p.m.

Previews: May 29-31

Victory Gardens Theater

2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614

Regular Run Tickets

$40

Groups of 10 or more

$30

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://bailiwickchicago.com/

AFRICAN/CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LIFE

July 3, 2014 – July 6, 2014

Enjoy spectacular music, food, arts, crafts, and more at this family-friendly event, now in its 22nd year, at Union Park in the West Loop. You can see over 70 acts, featuring the best of Reggae, Caribbean, Latin, African, Rock, Pop, R&B, Gospel and other world music entertainers!

July 3: 4 – 10 p.m.

July 4-6: 12 – 10 p.m.

Union Park

1501 W. Randolph

Chicago, IL 60607

Tickets

$15

Weekend Pass

$49

VIP

Start at $75

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://martinsinterculture.com/ifol.html

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: June 27th-29th, 2014

A dragon, a giant block party and a parade!

Yep. This weekend rules.

 

Fun Stuff To Do, People!

Fun Stuff To Do, People!

 

OLD ST. PAT’S WORLD’S LARGEST BLOCK PARTY

June 27, 2014 – June 28, 2014

Meet and mingle with new people and single Chicagoans amid live music from big-name bands and great food. Old St. Pat’s Church is the host for this party’s 29th year.

Old St. Patrick’s Church

700 W. Adams St.

Chicago, IL 60661

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.worldslargestblockparty.com/

SUMMER NIGHTS

June 20, 2014 – July 26, 2014

Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining options, beer and wine gardens, and live music, all while surrounded by wildlife and nature. Summer Nights will feature various styles of live music – from light rock to jazz to country – and fun entertainment like stilt walkers, magicians, jugglers, and costumed characters.

Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society

31st Street and First Avenue

Brookfield, IL 60513

Adults

$14.95

Children (3-11)

$9.95

Seniors (65+)

$9.95

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.czs.org/CZS/Brookfield/Events/Summer-Nights

ARLINGTON PARK CELEBRATE CHICAGO DAY

June 28, 2014

See why Chicago is “My Kind of Town” with entertainment and specials unique to our city at Arlington Park Race Course!

Hours:

1 p.m.

Arlington Park Race Course

2200 W. Euclid Ave.

Arlington Heights, IL 60006

Adults

$8

Child

$2

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.arlingtonpark.com/calendar/day/2014-06-28

CHICAGO SUMMERFEST

June 28, 2014 – June 29, 2014

Come out to one of Chicago’s premiere neighborhoods to experience all it has to offer at this year’s Chicago Summerfest! Experience the charm of Lincoln Park and the passion of a music festival that includes 20 hours of LIVE music. Festival-goers can visit local artisan booths, featuring a wide array of mixed media and jewelry. Then stop by the food court to taste the best barbecue around. Done shopping? This venue is ready for you to spend all day and night in the grass, as the adjacent park is used as a “Ravinia” style oasis. Throw down a blanket and grab a cold beer while enjoying everything this event has to offer.

Hours

Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

N. Clark St. and W. Armitage Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614

Suggested Donation

$5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://starevents.com/festivals/chicago-summerfest/

CHINATOWN DRAGON BOAT RACE

June 28, 2014

Experience the excitement as teams compete in a fast-paced race along the Chicago River on beautifully decorated dragon boats at the 14th Annual Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy. The Chinese Dragon Boat Race dates back to over 2,000 years and is a popular sport amongst Chinese and Asian communities all over the world. Started in 2000, the Chicago Dragon Boat Race is a family-fun activity enjoyed by the residents of Chinatown and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Ping Tom Memorial Park

300 W. 19th St.

Chicago, IL 60616

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagochinatown.org/dragon-boat/

ITU TRIATHLON SERIES

June 27, 2014 – June 29, 2014

Cheer on the elite athletes of the ITU World Triathlon Series as they swim, bike and run along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Grant Park

Columbus Dr. and Monroe St.

Chicago, IL 60601

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicago.triathlon.org/

MOVIES IN THE PARKS

NEWSIES: Friday June 27, 2014

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Sunday June 29, 2014

The Chicago Park District shows free outdoor movies throughout the summer for free at parks around the city! On June 27, see Newsies (PG) at Athletic Field Park.

Movies in the Parks runs May 29-August 30

Starts at Dusk

Depends On Weather

Athletic Field Park

3546 W. Addison St.

Chicago, IL 60616

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/movies/#.U6DIzfldVKU

CHICAGO PRIDE PARADE

June 29, 2014

Celebrate Chicago’s LGBT community at the annual Pride Parade, now in its 45th year! The parade will feature floats, decorated vehicles and marching groups representing organizations, groups, businesses, elected government officials and individuals. Be sure to arrive early to get a good spot!

Broadway to Halsted between Montrose & Diversey

Chicago, IL 60657

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagopridecalendar.org/Parade.html

 

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: June 20th-22nd, 2014

SO many fests.

Where will we ever find the time?!

Burlesque fest. What else?

Burlesque fest. What else?

 

Sick day? *cough*

Enjoy the weekend with some of these events:

RED BULL FLYING BACH

Friday June 20, 2014 – June 29, 2014

For the first time in the United States after three seasons of sold out performances around the world, the celebrated and distinguished dance crew The Flying Steps will bring Red Bull Flying Bach to Chicago, making its debut in an exclusive U.S. engagement for six performances only downtown at the historic Civic Opera House.

Bach and breakdance don’t go well together? The four-time breakdance world champions The Flying Steps and opera director Christoph Hagel prove the contrary with their breathtaking performance, Red Bull Flying Bach. With their interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, they shift and overcome the borders between classical and urban culture. By combining Bach’s classical masterpiece with modern electronic beats and clever choreography, the audience of each performance truly experiences a powerhouse production invoking visual amusement with delightful sound.

Friday & Saturday: 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m.

Civic Opera House

20 N. Wacker Dr.

Chicago, IL 60606

Tickets start $24

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Red-Bull-Flying-Bach-tickets/artist/1595623

SUPER FRESH HIP HOP FEST

Friday June 20, 2014

See the Super Fresh Hip Hop Fest live featuring DMX, Rakim, Method Man, Redman, DJ Jazzy Jeff, EPMD, and Mystikal June 20 at the Arie Crown Theater!

8 p.m.

Arie Crown Theater

2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL 60616

Tickets start $59

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.ariecrown.com/events/events.php

THAI FESTIVAL

June 18, 2014 – Friday June 20, 2014

Discover a glimpse of Thailand right in the heart of the city! Indulge in mouth-watering hot and spicy authentic Thai food, Thai traditional dance and classical music, exciting Muay Thai, pampering Thai traditional massage, soothing oriental fragrance of Thai orchid, refreshing Thai coconut juice and a blow-away-your mind Thai fashion show.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Federal Plaza

Adams St. and Dearborn St.

Chicago, IL 60604

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://www.facebook.com/thaifestivalchicago

WINDY CITY BURLESQUE FEST

June 18, 2014 – June 22, 2014

The Windy City Burlesque Fest is back – and bigger than ever! Four nights of shows, over 100 performers from all over the world, and tons of workshops, vendors, and after parties, and more.

Produced by Red Hot Annie of Vaudezilla, the WCBF 2014 is Chicago’s biggest annual burlesque event. Full of comedy and accented with incredible costumes, dancing, magic, circus, and aerial acts from local performers, as well as performers from Sweden, Italy, France, and Australia.

Admission

Festival Pass: see all 6 Mainstage Shows for $125 (limited quantity available)

Otherwise tickets start $18

Stage 773

1225 W. Belmont Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://windycityburlesquefest.com/

CHICAGO PRIDE FEST

Thursday June 21, 2014 – June 22, 2014

Get ready for a flamboyant, fun party June 21-22 in Boystown! Show your pride while enjoying an eclectic lineup of crafts, food and entertainment from some of Chicago’s finest LGBT performers.

Waveland Ave. & Halsted St.

Chicago, IL 60657

Gate Donation $8

Hours:

11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.northalsted.com/pages/chicago_pride_fest__2014/147.php

GREEN MUSIC FEST

June 21, 2014 – June 22, 2014

Celebrate living green at this Wicker Park music festival! Check out the latest eco-friendly products, sip various brews, enjoy food samples from local vendors, purchase arts and crafts, and participate in various activities.

New this year is a Bicycle Powered Music Stage, where eight stationary bikes will provide the natural energy source for the weekend lineup. Cycling teams, spinning instructors and bike enthusiasts alike are encouraged to participate in effort to promote green transportation.

Damen Ave. between North Ave. & Schiller St.

Chicago, IL 60622

Suggested Donation $5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.greenmusicfestchicago.com/

GOLD COAST ART FAIR

Saturday June 21, 2014 – June 22, 2014

Browse works with prices ranging from $25 to $25,000 by more than 350 juried artists from around the world! Now in its 57th year, this event is rated among the top 30 juried art festivals in the country. Besides viewing spectacular works of art, treat yourself to food from local vendors, enjoy the sounds of live music, watch live art demos and speed-painting, and your kids can even play too!

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Butler Field at Grant Park

Monroe and Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL 60603

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://amdurproductions.com/gold-coast-art-fair-at-grant-park/

ASK AUNT SUSAN

Through June 22!

Goodman Theatre presents the world premiere of Ask Aunt Susan, a comedy that examines anonymity, authenticity and the unwieldiness of the wild, wild web. Aunt Susan is a man in his 20s who moonlights as an online advice guru, but when it becomes the hottest spot for self-help, the phenomenon becomes much bigger than he could ever imagine.

Reimagination is what the Goodman does best: even if you’ve seen a particular play before, you’ve never seen it like the way you will at the Goodman Theatre.

Goodman Theatre

170 N. Dearborn St.

Chicago, IL 60601

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.goodmantheatre.org/Season/1314/Ask-Aunt-Susan/

CHICAGO WORLD CUP VIEWING PARTIES

World Cup fever is heating up all over Chicago, and U.S. Soccer wants you to be a part of the action! U.S. Soccer will host three 2014 FIFA World Cup viewing parties for the U.S. Men’s National Team pool play matches in Grant Park. The events are free and open to the public.

Each event will feature ESPN’s live feed of the matches displayed on giant 19′-by-33′ high-definition screens and will include live look-ins on the fans gathered in Chicago.

Each viewing party will be accompanied by a U.S. Soccer Fan Fest area, which will be open for much of the day and have a variety of activities for fans. U.S. Soccer merchandise, food and beverages will be available for purchase, as well as other limited-edition items.

Sunday June 22

The viewing parties for USA’s Group G opener against Ghana on June 16 and the U.S.-Portugal match on June 22 will take place at Arvey Field, near the Columbus Drive and Roosevelt Road intersection.

Grant Park

Columbus Dr. and Balbo Ave.

Chicago, IL 60601

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.ussoccer.com/

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: June 13th-15th, 2014

Celebrate with dad this weekend by whipping out that old Huffy bike.

 

Chicago Bike Week

Chicago Bike Week

Or try these other events:

 

CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL

June 13, 2014 – June 15, 2014

Enjoy the largest free blues festival in the world! Five stages and more than 500,000 blues fans take over Grant Park, proving our city is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.

The theme for 2014 is Blues By The Lake.

Hours

Friday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Grant Park

Columbus Dr. & Congress Pkwy.

Chicago, IL 60603

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.choosechicago.com/chicago-blues-festival/

CHICAGO BIKE WEEK

June 13, 2014 – June 20, 2014

This annual week-long event celebrates our city’s commitment to being the best big city for bicycling! Bike Week includes a variety of free events throughout the city for everyone to enjoy.

FREE Kickstart by Mountain Dew Bike Valet at the Chicago Blues Festival

June 13 – June 15

11 a.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Grant Park, Butler Field

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/bike_chicago.html?3e3ea140

SPRING AWAKENING MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 13, 2014 – June 15, 2014

Drop the beat. This dance music festival hits Chicago hard, featuring the top DJs and Producers from all over the world. From Dubstep to House music, the acts turn Soldier Field into a giant dance club!

Hours

Friday: 3 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 1 p.m.

Soldier Field

1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.

Chicago, IL 60605

$95-$300

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.springawakeningfestival.com/

TASTE OF RANDOLPH STREET

June 13, 2014 – June 15, 2014

Eat, drink, and be merry at this fest where top-rated West Loop neighborhood restaurants come together with talented artisans and eclectic vendors for a cross-cultural celebration that stretches for six blocks. Explore hand-crafted and merchant goods and enjoy live entertainment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://tasterandolph.com/

PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL

May 28, 2014 – June 14, 2014

Pivot Arts launches its second annual celebration of innovative performance events throughout Chicago’s Uptown, Edgewater and Rogers Park neighborhoods. The Pivot Arts Festival serves to bring audiences together for unique performance events. This year the festival’s focus highlights the intersection between the performing arts and science.

Over three weeks, audiences have the opportunity to attend inventive performances and events curated around science themes as diverse as acoustics, climate change and chaos theory. Programming includes: live music, theater, dance, a House music dance party, a participatory science experiment, discussions and performances for children.

$30

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://pivotarts.org/festival/

THE ART OF DR. SEUSS GALLERY GRAND OPENING

June 14, 2014 – June 15, 2014

Attend the grand-opening of The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery at Water Tower Place! You’ll enjoy an event-filled weekend of fun and festivities on Saturday and Sunday, along with the special Grand Opening event on Saturday. The gallery is the first of its kind to dedicate an entire space to The Art of Dr. Seuss.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Water Tower Place

835 N. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.drseussgallery.com/

MOTOBLOT CHICAGO

June 13, 2014 – June 15, 2014

West Loop rock ‘n’ roll hideout the Cobra Lounge leads the charge on this festival which combines a motorcycle/car show and rockabilly bands.

$10-$40

N. Ashland Ave. and W. Fulton St.

Chicago, IL 60607

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://motoblot.com/

FATHER’S DAY BBQ

June 15, 2014

Having a barbeque for your dad on Father’s Day was never easier than simply heading to Brookfield Zoo! Enjoy a complete, all-you-can-eat buffet that includes baby back ribs, chicken, a carving station, corn on the cob and other grilled vegetables, delicious homemade apple cobbler, and more. The barbecue takes place in the zoo’s Pavilions.

Hours:

12 – 2 p.m.

Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society

31st Street and First Avenue

Brookfield, IL 60513

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.czs.org/CZS/fathersday

Adults

$49.95

Children (3-11)

$35.95

Children 2 and under

Free

REAL MEN COOK

June 15, 2014

Real Men Cook is an annual Father’s Day food-tasting celebration. Men volunteer their time, money and talents to purchase food, cook, and serve the community. Real Men Cook has been held simultaneously on Father’s Day in as many as 13 cities, and thousands of guests attend to sample the food. Real Men Cook has generated over $1 million to community nonprofits.

Hours:

3 – 6 p.m.

Admission

$5 off advance ticket purchase with promo code: UNITY

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

1250 W. 119th St.

Chicago, IL 60643

Kids $10

Adults $25

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.realmencook.com/

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: June 6th-8th, 2014

So many fests, so little time!

Fun Stuff To Do, People!

Fun Stuff To Do, People!

Dig in and get yo fest on.

 

RIBFEST CHICAGO

June 6, 2014 – June 8, 2014

Join 50,000 attendees and help tackle 50,000 pounds of pork at this highly anticipated street festival, now in its 16th year! Features include a BBQ master cookoff and RibMania sanctioned eating contest, so come hungry. Ribfest is also a nationally recognized Indie music fest hosting two stages of top local and national artists. Bring the kids to the famous “Kids Square” where they can slide, climb, jump, ride, dance, and enjoy live entertainment all weekend long.

Rib Vendors & Food

Ribfest Chicago turns a “Sweet & Tangy” 16, and they have lined up 16 restaurants offering lip-smacking ribs for your first kiss of summer goodness. All rib vendors will be offering a 3-bone sampler, so come hungry!

Suggested Gate Donation $5

VIP Pass $99

Lincoln & Damen & Irving Park

Chicago, IL 60618

http://www.ribfest-chicago.com/

ADULT’S NIGHT OUT

Friday June 6, 2014

This summer, Lincoln Park Zoo invites guests who are 21 years of age or older to a new adult focused evening at the zoo. Enjoy a rare opportunity to explore the zoo after-hours! Food, beer and wine are available for purchase. Come for the peace and quiet, but stay for the fun.

Hours:

6:30 – 10 p.m.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway

Chicago, IL 60614

Tickets $15

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.lpzoo.org/

ANDERSONVILLE MIDSOMMARFEST

Friday June 6, 2014 – June 8, 2014

Enjoy three days of music by cutting-edge bands, dancing, kids’ entertainment, delicious food, and shopping for merchandise from vendors from around the region at this unique street fair. Born out of Andersonville’s Swedish heritage, this family-friendly event retains its quaint, international flavor with old-world Swedish traditions including a festive dance around the Maypole.

Hours

Friday: 5 – 10 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Suggested Donation $10

Clark St. and Foster Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://starevents.com/festivals/andersonville-midsommarfest/

CHICAGO IN-WATER BOAT SHOW

June 5, 2014 – June 8, 2014

The Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show is the ideal event to splash into summer with hundreds of boats to browse and buy at 31st Street Harbor, Chicago’s newest state-of-the-art marina. The in-water boat show returns for its third year bringing Chicagoans food, fun and a chance to get on the water.

The 2014 Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show will feature more than 125 power and sailboats for sale, dozens of vendors showcasing the latest and greatest in marine accessories and gear and attractions for all ages on land and water, including free paddlesports on Lake Michigan, a floating party barge complete with food, drink and live reggae music and on-water boater education for all levels of experience.

Event Highlights

Take a boating lesson. Powerboat and sailing lessons offer attendees the opportunity to learn everything from boating safety to advanced docking and precision control.

Jump in Lake Michigan! Cool off with on-water activities including kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) lessons and demos.

Antique and Classic Boat Display. Check out a spectacular in-water display of antique and classic boats from the Blackhawk Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society.

Bike, Boat, Drive. This year’s show offers complimentary transient boat slips for up to 4 hours, free secure bike parking and a new and improved parking and shuttle system to the show.

Hours

Thursday & Friday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Public Transportation

Adults 16 and older $10

31st Street Harbor

3155 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL 60616

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoinwaterboatshow.com/

CHICAGO WOMEN’S FUNNY FESTIVAL

June 5, 2014 – June 8, 2014

The Chicago Women’s Funny Festival returns for a third year to celebrate the best in local and national female comediennes! Performances include stand-up, sketch, improv, burlesque, musical-comedy, solo shows, one acts and well, pretty much whatever weird stuff these ladies come up with.

Stage 773

1225 W. Belmont Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagowomensfunnyfestival.com/

CLIPS BEER & FILM TOUR

Friday June 6, 2014

New Belgium Brewing presents Clips Beer & Film Tour; the beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefitting show that will stop in twenty-one cities this year. From May to November the tour will travel coast-to-coast for its fifth season.

Clips offers a venue where guests can try New Belgium’s more esoteric beer offerings, while watching short films created by New Belgium fans. Up to 18 beer varieties will be on tap, including some of the more hard-to-come-by beers from the Lips of Faith series, as well as brewery classics.

New Belgium beers will be available in 3-ounce samples or a 12-ounce pour. Served up by local beneficiary volunteers, there’s plenty of fun to be had alongside a host of traveling tricks and contests. Food from local vendors will also be available.

Hours:

7:30 p.m.

FREE

Eckhart Park

1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Chicago, IL 60653

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.newbelgium.com/lpa.aspx?ReturnUrl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.newbelgium.com%2fEvents%2fclips-beer-and-film.aspx

PRINTERS ROW LIT FEST

Saturday June 7, 2014 – June 8, 2014

Join 125,000 booklovers in our city’s historic Printers Row neighborhood to browse new, used and antiquarian books from over 200 booksellers from across the country. You’ll also enjoy 100-plus free programs on seven stages, author book signings, Lit After Dark, and more at the Midwest’s largest literary event! Bring children to Lil’ Lit Park where families can enjoy storytelling, costumed characters, performances, sing-alongs, and special activities coordinated by educational and cultural groups.

Hours

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Dearborn St. and Polk St.

Chicago, IL 60605

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/books/printersrowlitfest/

BELMONT-SHEFFIELD MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 7, 2014 – June 8, 2014

Boasting some of the best regional tribute bands, this fest is where you can explore arts, crafts and fashion while enjoying a variety of food and drink. It celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2014!

Music Lineup – Saturday

MiLow & 2nd Generation Pilots

Stache

The Personnel

Wedding Banned

Sixteen Candles

Music Lineup – Sunday

School of Rock Chicago

One Night Band

Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press

Kashmir

Trippin Billies

Hours:

12 – 10 p.m.

N. Sheffield Ave. and Belmont Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

Gate Donation $5

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=140

 

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: May 30th-June 1st, 2014

A festival celebrating the TACO?

I’m in.

 

Fun Stuff To Do, People!

Fun Stuff To Do, People!

 

DO-DIVISION STREET FEST & SIDEWALK SALE

Friday May 30, 2014 – Sunday June 1, 2014

Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale returns for an eighth consecutive year. Shopping is merely one diversion at the signature West Town music festival booked by Empty Bottle and Subterranean. With three days of non-stop live music on two stages, the $5 suggested donation for admittance is one of the steals of the summer concert season.

In addition to the bands and shops, Do-Division boasts all the remaining elements of a great Chicago street fest: local restaurants, artisans, and family fun, as well as a dedicated “Do-Fashion” area. Spanning 10 city blocks on Division from Ashland to Leavitt, the 2014 edition is set to give the 75,000 anticipated attendees a taste of what makes West Division Street one of the hottest neighborhood corridors in Chicago.

$5 suggested donation

Division St. from Damen to Leavitt

Chicago, IL 60622

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://do-divisionstreetfest.com/fest/

FESTIVAL DEL TACO

May 30, 2014 – June 1, 2014

Our city’s Little Village neighborhood will celebrate the stuffed tortilla in all its glory at this inaugural community event. Think of Festival del Taco as a supersize block party with all the great ingredients of a gala community fest including music, arts & crafts and, of course, tasty tacos and other cuisine from local restaurants.

Food Vendors

La Mexicana: specializes in pork carnitas (tortas, tamales, tacos)

Juanita’s Mexican Foods: pambazos (chicken, pork, steak), gorditas (chicken, pork, steak), cheese enchiladas

Margarita Portillo-Taqueria la Ciudad: tacos (beef), gorditas (chicken), tortas (beef), enchiladas (chicken)

Good Shepherd Catholic Church parishioners: tacos (beef, chicken, pork)

ADMISSION FREE

2600 N. Kostner Ave.

Chicago, IL 60639

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=303

MAIFEST

May 29, 2014 – June 1, 2014

Say auf wiedersehen to winter und hallo to spring at Maifest Chicago. Fest visitors will enjoy a lively weekend full of German bands, dancers, and authentic German cuisine. Over four days, six bands will play traditional polkas, crowd-pleasing sing-a-longs, and classic hits. Sunday enjoy a full ethnic program of German dance groups, choirs, brass bands, and the Jesse White Tumblers.

The 14th annual festival takes place in the heart of Chicago’s German community: Lincoln Square. Entrance to Maifest is free and the street is full of neighbors and new friends enjoying the start of Chicago’s summer festival season.

Hours

Thursday: 5 – 9:30 p.m.

Friday: 5 – 11 p.m. (Official Keg Tapping at 8 p.m.)

Saturday: 12 – 11 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 10 p.m.

FREE

Lincoln & Leland Ave.

Chicago, IL 60625

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.mayfestchicago.com/

MILLENNIUM ART FESTIVAL

May 30, 2014 – June 1, 2014

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, this annual art festival offers original works from more than 130 acclaimed artists! It’ll feature artwork of every medium, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, paintings, drawings, photography, wood and furniture. Besides the fabulous works of art, you’ll also enjoy live music and festival fare from neighborhood restaurants!

Hours

Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lake St. & Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60601

Admission FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://amdurproductions.com/millennium-art-festival/

CHICAGO VEGGIE PRIDE PARADE

May 31, 2014

The goal of the parade is “Celebrating Vegetarian & Vegan Lifestyles!” Featuring guest speakers, a costume contest, and tons of fun, the Chicago Veggie Pride Parade (CVPP) will be a wonderful all-encompassing event to raise awareness in the general public about the benefits of a plant-based diet as well as support local vegans and vegetarians. Join in the walk, socialize, learn, and of course celebrate the Veg lifestyle at the 3rd annual Chicago Veggie Pride Parade!

Parade Route

Meet at Columbus Dr. and Balbo Ave.

North to Monroe St.

West to Michigan Ave.

South to Roosevelt Rd.

East to Columbus Dr.

North to Balbo Ave.

FREE

Grant Park

Columbus Dr. and Balbo Ave.

Chicago, IL 60601

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicago.veggiepride.com/

 **WEEKEND SPORTS**

CHICAGO SKY V CONNECTICUT SUN

friday May 30, 2014

See Chicago’s exciting WNBA team play against Connecticut at Allstate Arena!

Allstate Arena

6920 N Mannheim

Rosemont, IL 60018

Tickets start $15

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.wnba.com/sky/index_main.html

Hours:

7:30 p.m.

CHICAGO FIRE V LOS ANGELES GALAXY

Sunday June 1, 2014

See the Chicago Fire live at home against the Los Angeles Galaxy in this Major League Soccer match!

Hours:

3 p.m.

Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Toyota Park

Bridgeview, IL 60455

Tickets Start $20

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicago-fire.com/schedule

CHICAGO WHITE SOX V SAN DIEGO PADRES

May 30, 2014 – June 1, 2014

See the White Sox play the Padres at The Cell!

Hours

Friday: 7:10 p.m.

Saturday: 1:10 p.m.

Sunday: 1:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

U.S. Cellular Field

Chicago, IL 60616

Tickets start $5/$7

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=cws#y=2014&m=3&calendar=DEFAULT

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: May 23-25th, 2014

A quiche, some beer and a parade.

What? You wanted more?

 Fun Stuff To Do, People!

Fun Stuff To Do, People!

CRAFT BEER WEEK

May 15, 2014 – May 25, 2014

The 5th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week invites you to explore our city via great beer venues! This year’s theme is “Chicago: A City of Neighborhoods.” The goal of Chicago Craft Beer Week is as always, to entice patrons to explore the depth and breadth of local craft beer and honor those who enrich our community of beer lovers. It’s expected that more than 300 venues will participate this year, offering special $4 tastings of rare beers and other special events throughout the week. Festivities will begin with the “Beer Under Glass” event at Garfield Park Conservatory and end with the closing outdoor block party in the West Loop.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chibeerweek.com/

5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE

May 1, 2014 – June 8, 2014

The year is 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is meeting for their annual quiche breakfast. However, this year there is an unexpected agenda item – the dropping of atom bombs on their fair city. This normally idyllic gathering is upended when the Society’s matriarchs must confront some startling revelations made by the Sisterhood while meeting the fallout from the Red Menace head on.

Fun fact: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche went on to play a sold-out engagement at the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival, winning a “Best Overall Production” award, followed by a successful off-Broadway run at New York’s SoHo Playhouse.

Hours

Thursday: 7:30 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 8 p.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m.

The Chopin Theatre

1543 W. Division

Chicago, IL 60622

Tickets start $15

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.5lesbianseatingaquiche.com/

ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH ART WALK

May 1, 2014 – May 31, 2014

Participating businesses on Broadway from Wilson Avenue to Argyle Street in our city’s Uptown neighborhood will display traditional, folk and modern art that captures the Asian-Pacific American experience and adds a vibrant cultural element to our community.

Broadway and Argyle St.

Chicago, IL 60640

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/neighborhood_festivals4.html

THIRD RAIL MUSIC FESTIVAL

May 24, 2014 – May 25, 2014

Third Rail Music Festival is one of Chicago’s newest outdoor electric dance music festivals Third Rail Music Festival is unique in that it is a music festival that will focus on underground EDM talent from some of the top local and national electronic dance music artists from sub genres in the EDM industry. Third Rail 2014 will feature a main stage, tents, art installations coupled with tens of thousands of party people. What more can you ask for!

Hours:

11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Chicago Tribune Festival Lot

560 W. Grand Ave.

Chicago, IL 60654

$39-$131

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.thirdrailmusicfestival.com/

CHICAGO MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

May 24, 2014

Gather with thousands of people to honor veterans and active duty military at Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade. The parade steps off at State and Lake Streets and travels south to Van Buren. Please note the Wreath Laying Ceremony takes place at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets).

Hours

Wreath Laying Ceremony: 11 a.m.

Parade: 12 p.m.

FREE

State St. and Lake St.

Chicago, IL 60602

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/memorial_day_parade.html

MB FINANCIAL BANK BIKE THE DRIVE

May 25, 2014

Join 20,000 of your bicycling friends on Chicago’s celebrated Lake Shore Drive for MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive, one of the most popular bike rides in the nation and the one day that the iconic lakefront roadway is closed to auto traffic. Enjoy sunrise views of the Chicago skyline with the sounds of birds, bike chains and the waves of Lake Michigan as you bike along Lake Shore Drive with no cars in sight. Bike as little or as long as you like during nearly five hour long event. People of all ages and cycling abilities are encouraged to come out and enjoy the ride. Early registrants receive an event T-shirt. Be sure to take advantage of three rest stops along the way and the post-ride festival with food and live music! The event benefits Active Transportation Alliance’s work to improve biking, walking and transit.

Hours:

5:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive

Chicago, IL 60602

$15-$100

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.bikethedrive.org/

**WEEKEND SPORTS**

CHICAGO WHITE SOX V NEW YORK YANKEES

May 22, 2014 – May 25, 2014

Thursday: 7:10 p.m.

Friday: 7:10 p.m.

Saturday: 1:10 p.m.

Sunday: 1:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox

U.S. Cellular Field

Chicago, IL 60616

Tickets start $5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=cws#y=2014&m=3&calendar=DEFAULT

CHICAGO SKY V ATLANTA DREAM

May 24, 2014

See Chicago’s exciting WNBA team play against Atlanta at Allstate Arena!

Hours:

7 p.m.

Allstate Arena

6920 N Mannheim

Rosemont, IL 60018

Tickets start $15

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.wnba.com/sky/index_main.html

 

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