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Tuesday, September 16

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Simpsons Trivia Night @ The Atlantic

So you watched the recent Simpsons marathon? Okay, then put your new knowledge to good use at Simpsons Trivia Night, tonight at The Atlantic (5062 North Lincoln Avenue) from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. The event is produced by Project 891 Theatre; see their Website for more details.

Barback Games @ Thalia Hall

The 2014 Fernet-Branca Barback Games are tonight at 8pm at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport Ave. Watch as the city's best barbacks demonstrate their prowess in a series of physical (and possibly mental) challenges. Matt Roan and DJ Intel perform as well. Registration opens at 7pm, doors open at 8pm. Free, but RSVP required. 21+

Blah Blah Blah @ Portage Theater

Blah Blah Blah headline an all-ages show at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 7pm, with the Avantist opening. Tickets are $10.

The 606 Trail Mix @ Hideout

The Trust for Public Land presents The 606 Trail Mix: A Trail Through Chicago's Manufacturing History tonight at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., from 6:30 to 8pm. Historian and professor Jim Peters of the School of the Art Institute and the University of Illinois at Chicago will deliver a lecture on Chicago's rich manufacturing legacy. Free, 21+

Chicago Architecture Foundation Scavenger Hunt

The Chicago Architecture Foundation hosts its first-ever architectural scavenger hunt today, starting from the foundation's space at 224 S. Michigan Ave. Registration opens at noon, and the hunt begins at 1pm, taking teams throughout the Loop in search of architectural icons and curiosities. Meet back at CAF at 4pm for a lightning trivia round, awards and a reception with Goose Island beer. Registration is $25 ($20 for CAF members) and includes a t-shirt.

Randolph St. Market Festival

Today, May 24th and tomorrow, May 25th, the Randolph Street Market Festival will be occurring on 350 Block West Randolph and 1340 W. Washington Street. The festival is an urban antique market which features fashion, art, treasures, as well as food, drinks and music. General admission is $8, $10 at the gate.

Puzzled Pint

Puzzled Pint is a game night for those tired of pub trivia. On Monday night, a puzzle revealing the location is posted on PuzzledPint.com; figure it out and show up (alone or with a team) at 6pm to solve puzzles while you eat and drink. More details on Facebook. Free, 21+.

Vanishing Neighborhoods @ Cinema Borealis

Preservation Chicago, the Chicago Film Archives, and Kartemquin Films present Vanishing Neighborhoods, a program of three short films documenting demolition and change in 1960s and 1970s Chicago, at Cinema Borealis, 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., 4th floor, tonight at 7pm. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Shame That Tune @ Hideout

Shame That Tune returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight at 6:30pm. Hosted by Abraham Levitan and Brian Costello, three contestants spin a wheel of topics, Costello interviews them and Levitan composes a quick song based on their responses. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. 21+

Deck the Holodeck @ Cole's

Cinema Minema celebrates the best and worst and "blorst" of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" at Cole's Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., starting at 6pm. They'll screen episodes "11001001": "The Big Goodbye"; "Elementary, Dear Data"; "Emergence" and "Hollow Pursuits." No cover. 21+

Ditka Dash 5K Run

Git yer mouth shut, stretch out your hammies and head over to Soldier Field for the Ditka Dash 5K. Thousands of runners and walkers will receive a mustache, aviator glasses and a shirt that would make Da Coach proud (chewing gum not included). Afterwards, stick around for the post-race "Mustache Bash," which will include live music, cold beer and so many Ditkas you'd think you were in a Saturday Night Live sketch. Entry is $45, with a start time of 9am.

Lincoln Park Zoo Photo Scavenger Hunt

OffKilter Events' 2013 Lincoln Park Zoo Photo Scavenger Hunt is today from 1 to 4:30pm in, you guessed it, the Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St. Put together a team and search for things on the list to photograph, and compete for fun prizes. Advance registration is free and required.

Free the Tatas @ Foster Beach

Topless Equality holds a Free the Tatas rally at Foster Beach, 5400 N. Lake Shore Dr., from 1 to 3pm today. Email toplessequality@gmail.com for details.

Forgotten Chinatown Tour

The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce leads a historical tour of Chinatown today, leaving at noon from the corner of Archer and Wentworth avenues. Learn about historically important storefronts, architectural oddities and more. Tickets are $15 for the tour only, $27 for the tour plus lunch and tea afterward at Phoenix Restaurant, 2131 S. Archer Ave. Tickets must be purchased in advance -- no walk-ups.

Me So Far: Workaholics

Me So Far presents Workaholics at its latest singles event, tonight from 6:45 to 9:30pm in the upstairs lounge at Sushi Taiyo, 85 E. Ontario Ave. See 20 overworked single men and women -- including lineup includes two startup founders, an ICU nurse, an aspiring television producer and an organ transplant coordinator -- present a slideshow about themselves, then mingle over appetizers and a cash bar afterward. Admission is $40; bring a male friend and get a big discount on two tickets.

"Love Young People" Book Distribution Tour

On Thursday, July 25, 2013, Acts of Love will kick off its 2nd "Love Young People" Tour distributing books and bookbags to young people in need. Beginning at 6:30pm at Hamilton Park located 513 W. 72nd St. (72nd & Stewart Ave.), Acts of Love, along with local officials, volunteers from across the city, and Englewood residents will walk the streets giving out book donations. Volunteers will give away 1,000(+) books, distribute book bags filled with new books, encourage local residents to build a reading room in their homes, and ask adults in Englewood to take the Acts of Love Pledge to love young people in their homes and on their block. Volunteers should report to Hamilton Play Park at 6:30pm and bring a bookbag or tote. For more information, visit the Acts of Love site.

Mods vs. Rockers @ Cobra Lounge

Cobra Lounge, 245 N. Ashland Ave., hosts the Mods vs. Rockers vintage motorcycle and scooter rally Friday Night Punch-up tonight, featuring the Suicide Shifters and London Calling. The event is also the registration point for Saturday's show. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. Doors open at 6pm. 21+

Sailor Jerry Day @ Cobra Lounge

Sailor Jerry Rum is giving 102 complimentary tattoos to the public in honor of its namesake's birthday Stop by Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., from 5-10pm. tonight and throw a dart at the dartboard to get one of the following tattoo designs from Great Lakes Tattoo: the original Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins anchor, swallow, cherry, shark and swallow. Tattoo recipients will also get a free Sailor Jerry cocktail after their ink. 21+

Chicago Blues Festival

Blues Fest is back in Grant Park for its 30th year as one of Chicago's most popular music festivals. Watch blues legends, including Otis Clay, perform on five stages throughout four days. Event runs 11am-9:30pm. Free admission.

Maifest

Lincoln Square's Maifest takes over Lincoln and Leland avenues between Western and Eastwood today through Sunday, May 30 to June 2. Enjoy fresh German beer, soft pretzels and sausage, live music and other fun. Tonight's entertainment includes Phenix, Paloma, Euro Express, the Captain Blood Orchestra and Sound Foundry. Today's hours are noon to 11pm. Admission is free.

Chicago's 176th Birthday Party

Celebrate the city's 176th birthday today at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., from 10am to 1pm. If today happens to be your birthday, too, you'll receive a special certificate and piece of birthday cake.

Chicago's 176th Birthday Party

Celebrate the city's 176th birthday today at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., from 10am to 1pm. If today happens to be your birthday, too, you'll receive a special certificate and piece of birthday cake.

Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers Competition

Head over to the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd., tonight at 10pm for CLLAW XV, and take in some pressed-flesh competition. Tickets are just $25, which gets you in to cheer on the brash beauties of the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers, and offer your future special someone a cocktail at the three-hour open bar ($10 without the drink package). Your heart will throb as you root on the likes of Lumberjack Jill as she looks to defend her title. A portion of the CLLAW XV proceeds will benefit Girls Rock! Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering girls' creative expression, positive self-esteem and community awareness through rock music.

Me So Far: Market Fresh

Singles event Me So Far presents "Market Fresh," at which newly single people will present slideshows summarizing their lives so far, in the upstairs lounge at Sushi Taiyo, 58 E. Ontario St., from 6:15 to 9pm. Admission is $30.

Free Sailor Jerry Tattoos @ Chicago Tattooing Co.

Sailor Jerry Rum is giving away 102 anchor tattoos today at Chicago Tattooing Co., 1017 W. Belmont Ave., beginning at noon. First-come first-served, 21-and-over and only the anchor tattoo is free. Don't forget to tip your artist. Sailor Jerry will be on hand with giveaways; anyone who gets a tattoo also gets a token for a free rum drink at Trader Todd's.

No Pants Subway Ride

The Chicago edition of the annual No Pants Subway Ride hits the CTA today from noon to 3pm. Keep your eye on the Facebook page for more details; it's usually on the Red Line, but you never know. Free.

Shame That Tune @ Hideout

Abraham Levitan and Brian Costello host Shame That Tune, a live comedy game show featuring diaries, interviews and spontaneously-composed songs, at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., at 6:30pm tonight. $5 at the door. 21+

Jenga Tournament @ Bar Novo

Bar Novo, 1 W. Wacker Dr. in the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, is hosting its first-ever Jenga Challenge tonight from 5 to 7pm. Free sign-up at the door; winners will receive prizes.

Journey to the End of Night

A special "Robot Apocalypse" edition of Journey to the End of Night, an adult game of tag, happens tonight starting at 6pm in Robert's Square Park, 5200 W. Argyle Ave. Free; RSVP on Facebook.

Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl

The Zombies vs. Vampires Pub Crawl marches forth from The Standard, 1332 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 11am. Come dressed for the part or get made up on the spot. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of; wristband pickup is at Halloween Hallway, 1291 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Tomato Battle

Tomato Battle, a traveling food fight, comes to Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave. in Bridgeview, today. Registration begins at noon; a costume contest precedes the tomato fight, which starts at 4pm. Bands (TBA) will perform before and after. Tickets are $50 if you're fighting, $30 if you're just watching.

Nerds at Heart

Geek dating service Nerds at Heart meets at O'Shaughnessy's, 4557 N. Ravenswood Ave., from 4pm to 7pm (check-in begins at 3:30pm). Play games, win prizes and giveaways, and meet some new people. Admission is $30; online registration is required. 21+

Underwear Mass

Chicago Critical Mass sheds its clothes tonight for The Underwear Mass in support of positive body image and gender equality. Meet at Daley Plaza at 5pm and ride in your skivvies to a dance party at 8pm (location to be revealed at the ride) where Danny Livewire and Plus Plus will DJ. $5 donation suggested, with proceeds going to support Slutwalk Chicago this fall.

Me So Far: Nerd Alert

Me So Far, the storytelling singles event, returns tonight from 6:15 to 8:30pm with "Nerd Alert," an evening meeting eligible self-proclaimed nerds of various sorts. Tickets are $25.

Third Coast Listening Room @ Hideout

EveryBlock presents the Third Coast Audio Festival Listening Room at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., tonight. The theme is "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" and features winners from the festival's 2012 ShortDocs Challenge. Doors open at 6pm, show's at 7:30pm. Admission is $8 for students, $10 for everyone else.

#WaterWar2012 @ Wicker Park

Gapers Block, RedEye and Do312 host #WaterWar2012, an epic water balloon fight, today at noon starting at the fountain in Wicker Park. Free; bring your own water balloons. RSVP on Do312. UPDATE: Due to objections by the Wicker Park gardening club, we're moving the fight to Churchill Park, 1825 N. Damen Ave. Still at noon!

Hambingo!!!

Not your grandmothers game, Hamburger Mary's and host Velicity Metropolis have made bingo FUN. And the $5 suggested donation goes toward a good cause. Tonight at 8pm, 5400 N. Clark. Word is, arrive early.

World Naked Bike Ride

World Naked Bike Ride Chicago pushes off tonight at 6pm from a location that won't be disclosed online -- you'll have to join the email list to find out details. Keep an eye on the Facebook group, too.

CNU-Illinois Bus Rapid Transit on the Western Avenue Corridor Event @ Floyd's Pub

Join CNU-Illinois at Floyd's Pub with special guests Josh Ellis and Peter Skosey from Metropolitan Planning Council and Chris Zeimann from the Chicago Transit Authority for a discussion on Bus Rapid Transit.

The event will include a short tour of Western Avenue where our guests will point out opportunities and challenges of retrofitting a street with BRT.

RSVP and learn who else is coming via Facebook.

FREE, 5:30 pm, Floyds Pub, 1944 N Oakley Ave (1 block east of Western Blue Line station).

Me So Far - LGBTQ

Dating service Me So Far holds its second LGBTQ evening at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., second floor, from 7pm to 11pm. Meet eligible singles through slideshow presentations about who they are. Tickets are $20.

gdgt Live

Tech blog gdgt brings gdgt live back to Chicago tonight from 7pm to 10pm at the Tribune Building, 435 N. Michigan Ave. Check out the latest gadgets, apps and gear from Nokia, Speck cases, Cobra, Logitech, SugarSync, Abt Electronics, Gogo, iolo, Kngston, MentoMob, Netgear, Phiaton, Shure, T-Mobile, Western Digital and more. Free, but registration required.

Talk Like Shakespeare Day

Today is William Shakespeare's 448th birthday, and therefore Talk Like Shakespeare Day. To thine own self be true, and fear not the mockery of knaves.

Gearbox Fantastique II @ Reggie's Rock Club

Looking for an antidote to the typical boring Saturday night? How about shaking up your usual dive bar crawl with an up close and personal glimpse of a human block head? Steampunk Chicago and the Squidling Brothers Circus present Gearbox Fantastique II tonight, Saturday April 14th at 8pm at Reggie's Rock Club (2109 South State Street; 312-949-0121). The 18+ show promises to "shock and amaze" and will include glass walking, aerial flesh suspension, burlesque sword swallowing, and other wicked sideshow attractions. Tickets are $15 in advance at Reggie's Rock Club's website, $20 at the door, and $40 for VIP passes (21+ only; a VIP ticket will get you an exclusive event pin and complimentary two hour open bar from Tipton spirits).

"Redefining Convenience" @ Inland Steel Building

A daylong event hosted by the Chicago Loop Alliance, and thrown by the Congress for the New Urbanism's Illinois Chapter, "Redefining Convenience" examines and explores the Chicago as a venue for effective placemaking, as an increasing number of households are looking towards urban amenities to fulfill their daily needs.

How do we bring about positive changes amidst challenging times? How do we achieve great things by invigorating local economies and investing in incremental changes to our built environment?

This daylong workshop on the ground floor of the Inland Steel Building, 30 W. Monroe, is divided into three parts, $15/per. For more information and to register, click here.

Drinking Spelling Bee @ Ace Bar

The Ace Bar, 1505 W. Fullerton Ave., is the setting for the Drinking Spelling Bee hosted by Zach Benkowski with DJ Yoo Soo Kim. The $5 cover gets you a free drink and a chance to win "prizes and candy." 21+

Reader Anti-Valentine's Day Party

The Reader hosts its third annual Anti-Valentine's Day Party tonight at the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd., tonight at 7pm. Comedy duo Seth and Kellen emcee an evening of bad romance stories, cathartic destruction of exes' things, a performance by The Black Belles and a surprise mystery headliner, and more. Windy City Roller derby girls will deliver your valentine to another attendee for $2, benefiting Barrel of Monkeys. Tickets are $14. 21+

Drew Peterson: Untouchable Viewing Party @ Liar's Club

Chicagoist and Do312 cohost a viewing party for the Lifetime made-for-TV movie Drew Peterson: Untouchable tonight at 6:30pm at Liar's Club, 1665 W. Fullerton Ave. Free; RSVP here. 21+

Me So Far

Me So Far, the storytelling dating event, takes place tonight from 7:30pm to 11pm at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor. The theme this time around is "newly single and ready to mingle," and will feature presentations by, as you can probably guess, recently single men and women. Registration is $20.

No Pants Subway Ride Chicago

The Chicago edition of Improv Everwhere's annual No Pants Subway Ride is today from noon to 3pm. Check the Facebook page for details about the starting point, and check your pants at the turnstile.

January's Women Who Bike Brunch

Hosted by the ladies behind "Let's Go Ride A Bike", this January's bike brunch will be hosted at Nightwood in Pilsen at 11am. Ladies around Chicago are invited to meet up for brunch, to discuss bikes and the delights of urban cycling. Considering this weekend's forecast, maybe it's time you pull your bike back out from the basement and test your winter biking skills. Email Dottie (brackett at gmail) to RSVP.

Windy City Fight Night 20 @ UIC Pavillion

The Polish Prince, Andrzej Fonfara headlines Windy City Fight Night 20 at the UIC Pavillion, 525 South Racine Ave., tonight, in a ten-round bout against Minnesota native, Phil The Drill Williams. Undercard fights include local favorites Adrian Granados, Jaime Herrera, and newcomer Luis Santiago. Tickets are priced between $31 to $76. Doors open at 7pm. First Bell at 8pm.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Who doesn't love a parade? The McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 1pm on State Street, and finishes by 4pm. If you want a good view, get there by noon. Free.

Poems While You Wait @ Dose Market

Dave Landsberger, Eric Plattner, and Kathleen Rooney are once again taking part in Poems While You Wait. They will be composing poems on demand via vintage typewriter at Dose Market (River East Art Center, 435 East Illinois St), today from 10am-4pm. For $5 (or whatever you have in your pocket--lint not accepted) you can command them to write on any topic you'd like. Proceeds will go to independent publisher Rose Metal Press.

Halloween Spooktacular 2011 Day 2 : Pumpkin Carving @ Challengers Comics

Come carve a pumpkin at Challengers Comics from noon-4pm. $10, children must be accompanied by an adult. Tools, stencils, and help provided. 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R.

Halloween Spooktacular 2011 Day 1 @ Challengers Comics

Daytime (3pm-5pm): All-ages treats and fun. Costumes encouraged. Nighttime (8pm-late): Grown-up treats and drinks. Costumes required. All hosted by Jill Thompson, creator of Scary Godmother. Free, but you should totally buy a comic to support one of Chicago's best comic book stores. All takes place at 1845 N. Western Ave. 2R.

Miss Wicker Park Finals

The Miss Wicker Park beauty contest is at the Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 7pm. Hosted by comedian Justin Kaufmann, watch contestants vie for your affection, with tunes by DJ Intel and free pizza and pasta courtesy of Via Carducci. Admission is $10. 21+

Rise of the Stripping Dead

The Admiral Theater, 3940 W. Lawrence Ave., has brought back its Night of the Stripping Dead zombie burlesque -- and this year it's on four nights, Oct. 18-21. Each night will feature a slightly different lineup of performers, beginning at 9pm. There's also a zombie stripper costume contest, and several of the city's food trucks will be parked outside for nourishment. Tickets are $35, or $50 for VIP seating with a t-shirt and signed poster.

Rise of the Stripping Dead

The Admiral Theater, 3940 W. Lawrence Ave., has brought back its Night of the Stripping Dead zombie burlesque -- and this year it's on four nights, Oct. 18-21. Each night will feature a slightly different lineup of performers, beginning at 9pm. There's also a zombie stripper costume contest, and several of the city's food trucks will be parked outside for nourishment. Tickets are $35, or $50 for VIP seating with a t-shirt and signed poster.

Rise of the Stripping Dead

The Admiral Theater, 3940 W. Lawrence Ave., has brought back its Night of the Stripping Dead zombie burlesque -- and this year it's on four nights, Oct. 18-21. Each night will feature a slightly different lineup of performers, beginning at 9pm. There's also a zombie stripper costume contest, and several of the city's food trucks will be parked outside for nourishment. Tickets are $35, or $50 for VIP seating with a t-shirt and signed poster.

Rise of the Stripping Dead

The Admiral Theater, 3940 W. Lawrence Ave., has brought back its Night of the Stripping Dead zombie burlesque -- and this year it's on four nights, Oct. 18-21. Each night will feature a slightly different lineup of performers, beginning at 9pm. There's also a zombie stripper costume contest, and several of the city's food trucks will be parked outside for nourishment. Tickets are $35, or $50 for VIP seating with a t-shirt and signed poster.

Help A Sister Out Silent Auction @ DePaul University

Wandering through Lincoln Park on Columbus Day, just wishing you had an opportunity to buy art, jewelry, gourmet food and coffee, AND support a good cause, AND not pay any sales tax? Maybe you should drop by a silent auction organized by DePaul students to raise funds to support a colleague (who's a nun -- a Sister, get it?) in her fight against breast cancer. Almost $1,000 worth of items have been donated, including photography prints, records and iTunes cards, cookbooks, and much more. 4pm-7:30pm, DePaul Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield, Room 105a (near the Kenmore entrance), free. Call (773) 220-7371 with questions, and check out the online giving portal to learn more about the fundraiser's beneficiary (and maybe even make a donation!).

Backyard Film & Music Fest

From 2-6pm today at the Wicker Park Art Center, 2215 W. North Ave., the Backyard Film and Music Fest will hold the film portion of day. The short films will feature local and international artists. The festival will also feature a performance by Judson Claiborne to a silent 1942 documentary. Afterwards the music portion of the evening will be held at the Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave., beginning at 9pm. Patrons will also have access to drinks and several food from several of Chicago's best food trucks throughout the day. Full event tickets are $20 per person, film only tickets are $10, and music only tickets are $15.

Me So Far @826CHI

Dating event Me So Far takes place tonight at 826CHI, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 8pm. Registration required.

21+ Spelling Bee @ Oak Park Library

Spell Yeah! is looking for spellers and observers over the age of 21 to participate in a 20s and 30s spelling bee at the Oak Park Library, 834 Lake St, Oak Park. Spellers interested in participating can register online at www.genre-x.com, at the Oak Park Library, or the night of. Spectators will receive one free drink while spellers will receive two. Snacks and a cash bar will be available. First place receives a trophy and a mystery prize.

Mega Pet Adoption Event @ PetSmart

Interested in adopting a pet but don't want to make the trek to Chicago Animal Care and Control's building at 2741 South Western? They're coming to you (or a location that's easier to get to) today for their 33-hour-long Mega Adoption event, which starts at 9am at PetSmart, 2665 North Elston. The event runs nonstop (yes, nonstop) until 6pm Sunday, so go get your new furry buddy. For $65, you'll get a vaccinated, microchipped, and neutered/spayed animal. Not a bad deal for a good cause.

Volunteers Needed @ Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation

CitySwarm is looking for people to take some time and volunteer for the Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation, 2227 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 6:15pm. Volunteers will spend half an hour walking dogs to nearby parks in the neighborhood, making sure the dogs get a healthy dose of exercise and love. After the walk volunteers will head to the Village Tap, 2055 W. Roscoe St., who will be providing appetizers. $5 registration fee. Must be on time to the CCRF (6:15pm) to participate. 21+.

ART WAR @ Treasure Town

This epic, experimental, two-day art/performance fest in Little Village promises to deliver -- with interactive installations, live murals, combative performance, culinary experiments, sustainable fashion, fire-spitters, a skate park, a tattoo artist & the tamale guy (to skim the surface). If you're looking for a lively, unusual time, look no further. Tonight's event starts at 8:08pm. Treasure Town is located off the Pink Line at 2106 S. Kedzie. More more information, click here and here.

Likemind Chicago @ Argo Tea

Likemind, a monthly gathering of creative people, holds its Chicago meeting this morning at Argo Tea (140 S. Dearborn) from 8am to 10am. The event is free and open to the public. See the Likemind Website for full details.

Ag47 Mentor Recruitment @ Green Eye Lounge

The Logan Square arts mentorship collective Ag47 (featured last summer in A/C) is looking for a few good women to join its ranks. The collective is hosting an information session from 7-9 pm at Green Eye Lounge (located at 2403 W. Homer, near the Western Blue Line stop). For more on Ag47 and the mentorship experience, check out their site or contact ag47collective@gmail.com.

DIY CNC Night @ Pumping Station: One

Pumping Station: One, the Chicago hackerspace, invites you to come to their space at 3354 N. Elston for an evening of discussion of computer numerical control, or CNC. If your'e working on a homebrew 3-D printer, router, laser cutter, or other computerized manufacturing tool, you're invited to come and show off your tools or your products. The meeting begins at 7pm tonight, and is free and open to the public.

Puzzle Hunt @ Marbles Lincoln Square

Chase down clues and figure out puzzles in Marbles' first annual puzzle hunt. Teams of up to five people pit their puzzle prowess against each other for a grand prize of a $100 gift certificate to any Marbles store (and glory, of course). The hunt kicks off at 10am starting at the Marbles at 4745 N Lincoln Ave. Registration is $25 per team, but that fee is waived if you solve the puzzle on the event flyer. Check out their site for more information.

Zombie March 4

Zombies will once again invade Millennium Park at 3pm today for the fourth annual Zombie March. More info on Facebook.

World Naked Bike Ride

The Chicago chapter of World Naked Bike Ride gets on their bikes for a clothing-free ride through the city tonight. To participate, join the group for info on the 6pm rendezvous point; the ride leaves at 8pm. Free in more ways than one.

Gift Circle @ Mess Hall

How a gift circle works: people meet, share some food and introduce themselves, form a circle, then go around and share what they need. All kinds of things have been asked for: bodywork, help healing a broken heart, advice on marketing a product, someone to talk to about life goals, help cleaning out files, etc.Then people go around again and offer a gift, something they would like to share with no expectation of it being accepted. Again, a wide range of things have been offered: a dreamcatcher, a vacuum sealer, shamanic healing, handquilted potholders, research help (from a librarian), help writing a simple will (from a lawyer), etc, etc. Afterward, people check in with those who responded to the gifts/needs/wishes and schedule them. (Bring your calendars!) 6:30pm to 7pm: Potluck (BYOB, dish). 7pm to 8:30pm: Gift Circle. Free & open to the public. Mess Hall is located at 6932 N. Glenwood Ave.

Scrabble Showdown @ Cole's

Cole's Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., hosts a Scrabble Showdown tonight starting at 8pm. Registration is $15, with one qualifying round, one playoff round and a final match. (It's free to watch, of course.) More info here.

Wort Workshop Series #4 @ Spoke

PUBLIC BREWERY is part art installation, part DIY brewery, and completely community oriented. Visitors are invited to bring an ingredient they have grown or purchased locally to be used as part of today's workshop demonstrating home-soda making techniques. Today's drink will be a crabapple blossom soda incorporating crabapple blossom syrup donated by the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP). A representative from CROP will also facilitate discussions about this new project taking place in Logan Square. An exhibition at the end of the month allows today's participants to taste the fruits of their labor. Today's workshop runs from 12pm - 3pm. This event is all ages and families with children are strongly encouraged to attend. All children must be chaperoned by an adult. $5 per family/group. Spoke is located at 119 North Peoria, #2D.

Gift Circle @ Mess Hall

How a gift circle works: people meet, share some food and introduce themselves. Then they form a circle. People go around and share what they need. All kinds of things have been asked for, and the need is spoken with no expectation of it being fulfilled. People in the circle respond if they feel it. Then people go around again and offer a gift, something they would like to share with no expectation of it being accepted. Again, a wide range of things have been offered. Afterward, people check in with those who responded to the gifts/needs/wishes and schedule them. (Bring your calendars!)

6:30pm to 7pm: Potluck (BYOB, dish). 7 to 8:30pm: Gift Circle. Free & open to the public. Mess Hall is located at 6932 N. Glenwood Ave.

Wort Workshop Series #3 @ Spoke

PUBLIC BREWERY is part art installation, part DIY brewery, and completely community oriented. Visitors are invited to bring an ingredient they have grown or purchased locally to be used as part of today's workshop demonstrating home-brewing techniques. Today's brew will be a Pilsen Beekeeper's Ale incorporating malted honey and three pounds of local honey from beekeeper Donna Oppolo. Oppolo will also facilitate discussions on local food production. An exhibition at the end of the month allows today's participants to taste the fruits of their labor. Today's workshop runs from 3 - 8pm. Participants must be at least 21 years old. $5 entry fee. Spoke is located at 119 North Peoria, #2D.

Harmony in Three Parts @ Hyde Park Art Center

Today from 2pm-3:30pm Harmony in Three Parts (a panel discussion) happens in conjunction with Conrad Freiburg's It Is What It Isn't, featuring physicist Heinrich Jaeger, musicologist Lawrence Zbikowski, and Conrad Freiburg. This multi-disciplinary discussion and demonstration will allow three scholars to examine how different types of knowledge inform our thinking and how each of these ways of thinking converge and diverge on the subject of harmony, movement, and language. For more information or to register please contact Sarah Pesin at culturalpartnerships@uchicago.edu or (773) 702-2768. Takes place at Hyde Park Art Center.

Wort Workshop Series #2 @ Spoke

PUBLIC BREWERY is part art installation, part DIY brewery, and completely community oriented. Visitors are invited to bring an ingredient they have grown or purchased locally to be used as part of today's workshop demonstrating home-brewing techniques. Today's brew will be a Humboldt Part Cherry Pale Ale incorporating cherries picked from a Humboldt Park resident. Local urban agriculturalists also facilitate discussions on local food production. An exhibition at the end of the month allows today's participants to taste the fruits of their labor. Today's workshop runs from 3 - 8pm. Participants must be at least 21 years old. $5 entry fee. Spoke is located at 119 North Peoria, #2D.

Haymarket Affair Reenactment

Join the Pocket Guide to Hell for a full-scale reenactment of the Haymarket Affair today on Randolph Street between Desplaines and Halsted. At 2pm, the Illinois Labor History Society dedicates a new plaque commemorating the event, then at 3pm the reenactment begins. At 4pm, head over to Zepf's Hall (now the Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph St.) for an afterparty. More info here.

You, Me, Them, Everybody Live @ Hungry Brain

You, Me, Them, Everybody brings its live show to the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Ave., tonight at 9pm. Guests include DJ and author James Van Osdol, comedian Dan Ronan, Good Evening and Trevor McSpadden. Hosted as always by Brandon Wetherbee and Esmeralda Leon. Doors open at 8pm; free. 21+

You, Me, Them, Everybody Live @ The Whistler

You, Me, Them, Everybody brings its live show to the Whistler, 2124 N. Milwaukee Ave., tonight at 9pm. Guests include Pitchfork news editor Amy Phillips, comedian Prescott Tolk, The Post Honeymoon and Jeremy Tromburg. Hosted as always by Brandon Wetherbee and Esmeralda Leon. Doors open at 8pm; free. 21+

Gift Circle @ Mess Hall

How a gift circle works: people meet, share some food and introduce themselves. Then they form a circle. People go around and share what they need. All kinds of things have been asked for: bodywork, help healing a broken heart, advice on marketing a product, someone to talk to about life goals, help cleaning out files, etc. The need is spoken with no expectation of it being fulfilled. People in the circle respond if they feel it. Then people go around again and offer a gift, something they would like to share with no expectation of it being accepted. Again, a wide range of things have been offered: a dreamcatcher, a vacuum sealer, shamanic healing, handquilted potholders, research help (from a librarian), help writing a simple will (from a lawyer), etc, etc. Afterward, people check in with those who responded to the gifts/needs/wishes and schedule them (bring your calendars!).

6:30pm to 7pm: Potluck (BYOB, dish). 7pm to 8:30pm: Gift Circle. Free & open to the public. Mess Hall is located at 6932 N. Glenwood Ave.

Mortified @ Beat Kitchen

The series known as Mortified, in which willing participants get onstage and read real diary entries, letters, poetry, and other ephemera from their youth returns to the Beat Kitchen tonight (2100 W. Belmont). With chapters in Chicago, L.A., NY, Boston, Austin, San Francisco, Berkeley, DC, Portland, and even Malmo, Sweden, the series draws people into it's so-bad-it's-good aesthetic with the punch of recognition that we all share when faced with the trials and tribulations of people who were once young and angst-ridden. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm, seating is first come, first served. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, for info or tickets visit Beat Kitchen or Mortified.

likemind Chicago @ Argo Tea

The next meeting of likemind, the monthly gathering of creative people, happens this morning from 8am to 10am at Argo Tea at 140 S Dearborn. The event is free and open to the public. For more information follow @likemindchicago on Twitter, join the likemind Chicago group on Facebook, or see likemindchicago.com.

Gift Circle @ Mess Hall

How a Gift Circle Works: people meet, share some food and introduce themselves. Then they form a circle. People go around and share what they need. All kinds of things have been asked for: bodywork, help healing a broken heart, advice on marketing a product, someone to talk to about life goals, help cleaning out files, etc. The need is spoken with no expectation of it being fulfilled. People in the circle respond if they feel it. Then people go around again and offer a gift, something they would like to share with no expectation of it being accepted. Again, a wide range of things have been offered: a dreamcatcher, a vacuum sealer, shamanic healing, handquilted potholders, research help (from a librarian), help writing a simple will (from a lawyer), etc, etc. Afterward, people check in with those who responded to the gifts/needs/wishes and schedule them. (Bring your calendars!) 6:30 to 7pm: Potluck (BYOB, dish). 7 to 8:30pm: Gift Circle. Free & open to the public. Mess Hall is located at 6932 N. Glenwood Ave.

1st Annual Whistler Spelling Bee

The Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., holds its first annual spelling bee tonight at 9pm. Forty contestants (sign up when you arrive -- first-come, first-served) will compete for supremacy, with improv sensations Seth Dodson and Kellen Alexander hosting. Free, 21+.

Lady Gaga Tribute @ Kit Kat

Lady Gaga's show at the United Center tonight may be sold out, but The Kit Kat Lounge, 3700 N. Halsted St., has the next best thing: a night-long celebration of the queen of the monsters. Diva Aurora Sexton performs as Lady Gaga throughout the evening, and the club's sound system and big screens will be showing her greatest hits. Both the food and drink menus will be half price, and three Gaga-themed cocktails will be served. No reservations required; 21+.

IKC Dog Show @ McCormick Place

Chicago hosts the 2011 International Cluster of Dog Shows, an annual event organized by the International Kennel Club. One of the largest all-breed benched dog shows in the country, the shows take over McCormick Place North Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., Saturday and today from 8am to 5pm. See more than 10,000 dogs from 167 breeds compete to be Best in Show, and explore a trade show floor full of dog products. Tickets are $18; admission is free for children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. More info and a coupon for discounted admission available here.

Me So Far @ 826CHI

Me So Far, an experimental new dating platform, has its first test run tonight at 5:30pm at 826CHI, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. A group of 12 "talkers" will create slide presentations about themselves ahead of time, and show them at the event to 65 "listeners." Afterward, everyone gets a chance to mingle and get to know each other. Register on the website to participate. Free.

IKC Dog Show @ McCormick Place

Chicago hosts the 2011 International Cluster of Dog Shows, an annual event organized by the International Kennel Club. One of the largest all-breed benched dog shows in the country, the shows take over McCormick Place North Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., today and Sunday from 8am to 5pm. See more than 10,000 dogs from 167 breeds compete to be Best in Show, and explore a trade show floor full of dog products. Tickets are $18; admission is free for children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. More info and a coupon for discounted admission available here.

Chicago Cycle Swap @ Pulaski Park Fieldhouse

Even if you're not a winter warrior, gear up to ride with this event co-sponsored by Chicago Bike Winter and the Active Transportation Alliance. Local bike shops and individual sellers will have some great deals, and presentations will cover topics like cargo bikes and custom frame building. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children, or check out this site for an admission coupon and further information. The swap runs from 10am to 6pm at 1419 W. Blackhawk.

IKC Dog Show @ McCormick Place

Chicago hosts the 2011 International Cluster of Dog Shows, an annual event organized by the International Kennel Club. One of the largest all-breed benched dog shows in the country, the shows take over McCormick Place North Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., today, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm. See more than 10,000 dogs from 167 breeds compete to be Best in Show, and explore a trade show floor full of dog products. Tickets are $18; admission is free for children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. More info and a coupon for discounted admission available here.

Indie Wed @ Ravenswood Event Center

If you're into planning yourself or others a DIY wedding, then don't miss out on the first midwest Indie Wed event at the Ravenswood Event Center today. There will be 90+ vendors from the Midwest and beyond over two floors, music and dance performances, food tastings, bride and groom lounges with free massages, mini manis, more. Swag bags for the first 75 pre-sale ticket-purchasers (1 per order), and for the first 50 couples in line. The event will take place from 10am-4pm at 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave. Tickets are $12 for a single admission and $18 for two tickets, and there will be a runway show as well (tickets $5).

No-Pants CTA Ride

It's time for the annual No Pants Subway Ride inspired by Improv Everywhere. The Chicago edition will be riding the rails from noon to 3pm today. See Facebook for more details.

The Paper Machete @ Ricochets

The Paper Machete returns to Ricochets Tavern (4644 N. Lincoln) with a stellar lineup of guests: film critic for The Onion Keith Phipps; Chicago Magazine writer Scott Smith; Time Out Chicago theater critic Caitlin Parrish (of the infamous Neil LaBute online meltdown last spring); New York sketch troupe Elephant Larry; Impress These Apes members Rob Anderson and Neil Arsenty; Green Mill slam poet Emily Rose; the cast of the Hypocrites' Pirates of Penzance; and musical guests Duck and Goose. The Paper Machete starts at 3pm, and is free. For more info visit The Paper Machete.

Lock Picking Workshop @ Pumping Station: One

Pumping Station: One, the Chicago hackerspace, hosts the monthly meeting of TOOOL (The Open Organization of Lockpickers) tonight from 7pm to 9pm. Folks interested in learning the art of lockpicking are invited to attend. The event happens at the PS:1 space at 3354 N. Elston. See the PS:1 Website for full details on this event.

Knitting Workshop @ Pumping Station: One

Pumping Station: One, the Chicago hackerspace, offers the latest in their ongoing series of knitting workshops tonight at their space at 3354 N. Elston. Tonight's class on basic knitting techniques will run from 7pm to 9pm, and will be taught by Jen Savage. More details available at the PS:1 Website.

2nd Story's New Year's Eve Party @ Morseland

Join 2nd Story tonight as they ring in the New Year at Morseland (1218 W. Morse Ave., 773-764-8900). Enjoy a complimentary drink, light buffet, live music by Mikhail Fiksel & Seeking Wonderland and four stories revolving around the New Year theme, told by Molly Each, Bobby Biedrzycki, Andrew Reilly and Megan Stielstra. A DJ will follow the performances until 2am. Doors open at 9:30pm. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online at 2ndstory.com for $35 or at the door for $40. For more information information contact Nick Ward at nicholas@serendipitytheatre.org or visit www.2ndstory.com.

Reply All

Head to the Evil Olive tonight (1551 W. Division St.) for Reply All -- put on by Merge, a small group of community-minded AIGA Chicago members, it's "like a conference after-party without the long day of conferencing." 7pm-4am.

SantaCon

The fifth annual SantaCon holiday bar crawl starts at 1pm today at the Tavern Tap Pub in the Congress Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave., and heads north from there. Get into your Santa costume, hit the ATM and go. Full route here, further discussion on Facebook.

Halloween Button Party @ Ronny's Pancho's

Busy Beaver hosts a glow-in-the-dark Halloween button party at Ronny's, 2101 N. California Ave., starting at 7pm tonight. White Mystery, Loose Dudes and Pink Torpedo perform, and all sorts of glow-in-the-dark buttons will be around. $5, all ages. UPDATE: The party has been moved to Pancho's, 2200 N. California Ave.

Night of the Living Entertainers @ Martyrs

Martyrs plays host to Night of the Living Entertainers, an evening of various forms of entertainment from video mixing to dance to music. Show starts at 8pm, and tickets are $7. Martyrs: 3855 N. Lincoln Avenue. (773) 404-9494.

Ag47 Meet & Greet @ Grace UMC

The Logan Square arts mentoring organization Ag47 (previously discussed in A/C) is recruiting girls aged 11-16. At this "make and take" event, girls will get to tackle a short creative project, while their parents are encouraged to meet the mentors and find out more about this year's program. Applications for girls who want to participate are also due by the end of the day: they're available for download on Ag47's site. The event will take place from 4-6pm at Grace United Methodist Church, 3325 W. Wrightwood. Contact Ag47 via email with any questions.

PostSecret Live @ College of DuPage

The people behind the postcard confessionals of PostSecret appear at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage (Fawell and Park Boulevards. Glen Ellyn) tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets $10-20.

Orion Ensemble @ Nichols Hall

Orion Ensemble marks the opening of its 18th season, with Schumann's Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73, Piazzolla's tango-influenced Four Seasons of Buenos Aires for Violin, Cello and Piano (1965), and Beethoven's Trio in C Minor for Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 9, No. 3. Orion Ensemble will perform at 7:30pm at the Music Institute of Chicago's Nicholas Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston. Tickets are $26. Senior tickets are $23, student tickets are $10, and children ages 12 and under are free. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit orionensemble.org, or call (630) 628-9591.

BBC Tweed Ride

The BBC Tweed Ride gathers at O'Sullivan's Public House in Oak Park (7244 W. Madison) at noon for a last hurrah for summer. A bike ride to the Sheldon Peck Homestead for a picnic will follow. Click here for more info.
Click here to read the Tailgate entry for the event.

likemind Chicago @ Argo Tea

likemind, a regular gathering for like-minded people, happens this morning from 8 to 10am at the Argo Tea at 140 S. Dearborn. No RSVP required, although you might want to check in with the likemind Chicago Facebook group.

Dog Day on the Green @ Montrose Harbor

The second annual Dog Day on the Green happens today from 9am to 4pm at Montrose Harbor (Montrose Avenue & Simonds Drive). Plenty of events are scheduled, including agility demonstrations, a dog fashion show, obedience training, pet tricks competition, and much more. The event is free and open to the public. For full information please see the event Website.

Go Topless Day

Today is National Go Topless Day, an annual protest against skin-baring inequality. Chicago's contingent will meet at the North Avenue Beach House from noon until 6pm. Free as a jaybird.

Michael Sandler @ REI Lincoln Park

Barefoot running is apparently a thing: Michael Sandler, author of Barefoot Running: How to Run Light and Free by Getting In Touch with the Earth , speaks at REI Lincoln Park to give tips on how barefoot running can, from the press release, "help you run lighter, faster and more injury-free than you've ever imagined." Register for the event at www.rei.com/lincolnpark. REI Lincoln Park, 1466 N. Halsted St., second floor community room, 7-8pm.

Bringing Back Venetian Night Cruise

Free Spirit Cruse Lines and The Local Tourist are bringing back Venetian Night with a three-hour cruise on two light bedecked ships. Enjoy a delectable Italian buffet, premium open bar, music and an excellent view of the Navy Pier fireworks. The cruise runs from 8pm to 11pm and leaves from Burnham Harbor, Dock J. Tickets are $80.

College of Complexes Debate @ Lincoln Restaurant

The College of Complexes has been meeting almost weekly since 1951 in order to "disquiet the minds of the people." Join them this ]evening for meeting number 3,078 in their long history when David Kraft, Director of the Nuclear Energy Information Service goes toe-to-toe with Tim Bolger, college regular and free market advocate, as they debate the topic: "Should the US Invest in Nuclear Power or Can We Meet Our Future Energy Needs With Green Technology?" Held at the Lincoln Restaurant: enjoy a patty melt while enriching your mind. $3. 8pm. Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln Avenue.

likemind Chicago @ Argo Tea

likemind, a regular gathering for like-minded people, happens this morning from 8 to 10am at the Argo Tea at 140 S. Dearborn. No RSVP required, although you might want to check in with the likemind Chicago Facebook group.

The Interview Show @ Hideout

Mark Bazer once again brings The Interview Show to the Hideout tonight. Special guests include: Chef Graham Elliot Bowles, singer-songwriter Matthew Santos, author Robert K. Elder and see short films by Steve Delahoyde! $5 6:30pm. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia.

Grant Park Orchestra @ Millennium Park

Tonight the Grant Park Music Festival celebrates Chopin's 200th birthday with his beloved first Piano Concerto. Also on the program, Krzesany by Kilar (known for his Oscar-winning score for The Pianist) and Lutosławski's Concerto for Orchestra, a work inspired by rich Polish folklore. 8pm. Pritzker Pavilion. Free.

Chicago Nerds: D&D 201

The Chicago Nerds Social Club present another episode in their series of D&D instructional events. Today's event, D&D 201: How to Run an Interesting Encounter, invites people that want to work on their Dungeon Master skills to show up and run a short game with other players, under the watchful eyes of experienced DMs. You'll then get their positive feedback and constructive criticism about how to make your game-running better. D&D 201 happens this afternoon/evening from 3pm to 9pm at Chicagoland Games: The Dice Dojo (5550 N. Broadway). Full details on the event are at the Chicago Nerds Website, and you can reserve your space for this free event at Eventbrite.

Ancient Americas, Mammoths and Mastodons and more @ the Field Museum

In the 19,000 square foot permanent exhibition of the Ancient Americas, you will live the epic story of the people of these continents, from the Arctic to the tip of South America.
In the Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age Exhibition, You will have the opportunity to meet "Lyuba," the best preserved baby mammoth in the world (Thru Sept. 10, 2010) at the Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Drive) Check out the website for more information as well as a list of basic admission free days in 2010.

World Quizzing Championships

Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave., is the Chicago venue for the 2010 World Quizzing Championships, a two-hour written test covering popular and academic trivia in the areas of culture, entertainment, history, lifestyle, media, sport, science, and world topics. More information is available here. Free.

River North Sleep Around Challenge

Ever watch the Amazing Race and think you could do it -- if it weren't for the jetlag? Take part in the River North Sleep Around Challenge, and you won't even need to leave the 312 area code. The Challenge Starts at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza and ends up at Martini Park. Along the way, there are stops at 7 hotels that will provide challenges and refreshments. Lots of prizes will be offered. Tickets are $35 per individual, or $125 for team of four people .

Mortified @ Beat Kitchen

Mortified Chicago shares hilarious childhood devastation and self-deprecating memoirs tonight at Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont). The 21+ performance features "a comic excavation of adolescent writing, art and media" and starts at 9P (doors open at 8P). Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 if you wait.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Celebrate that lovely man or woman that helps you get across the street every day. You can tell the world how much you love them, too.

likemind Chicago @ Argo Tea

Today's the next meeting of likemind, a gathering of creative people. The meeting will be held at Argo Tea (140 S. Dearborn) this morning from 8am to 10am. No RSVP is required, though you might want to join the likemind Chicago Facebook group.

Chicago Movie Madness @ Chicago Theatre

Starting at noon from The Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St.), use public transportation to grab Foursquare badges at Ferris Bueller, High Fidelity, and Dark Knight filming locations for the chance to get your name on The Chicago Theatre's marquee.

At 6pm, Redeye and Metromix host a Tweetup party with food from Wow Bao.

Metromix has the rules, registration, and full details for the event.

The Interview Show @ Hideout

RedEye columnist Mark Bazer hosts another addition of The Interview Show at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight from 6:30pm to 8pm. This month, the guest are alderman and Democratic candidate for Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle, author Josh Karp, actors John Mahoney and Robert Belushi, and The Changes. Admission is $5. 21+

Forgotten Chicago Silent Auction & Book Giveaway

Forgotten Chicago celebrates the city's 173rd birthday tonight at 8pm at Cunneen's, 1424 W. Devon Ave., with a silent auction of Chicago-related books, photos and ephemera. As a bonus, the first 80 guests will receive a free book from Lake Claremont Press. More info here; RSVP on Facebook.

likemind Chicago @ Argo Tea

Today's the next meeting of likemind, a gathering of creative people. The meeting will be held at Argo Tea (140 S. Dearborn) this morning from 8am to 10am. No RSVP is required, though you might want to join the likemind Chicago Facebook group.

Blowing Kisses @ EP Theatre

Chicago-based indie film collective Rubbish launches their experimental public art project Blowing Kisses tonight at EP Theatre (1820 S. Halsted). Originally created for the 2008 Looptopia event, Blowing Kisses offers anyone who loves Chicago a chance to write or record a personal love letter to the Windy City and be featured on the Blowing Kisses website. The launch party will also feature work from local artists and designers Long Live Analog, Visual Armory, Art School Girl, Dessert for Breakfast, Mean Millies, Emmy Star Brown, Aaron Scamihorn, Joe Van Wetering, Firebelly Design and soopaqoot as well as live acoustic sets from Miles Benjamin of The Loneliest Monk, Jason Ewers & Emmy Chen of Ornery Little Darlings, Reddelicous and others. Come on out and blow your kisses from 7pm to midnight.

Merge @ evilOlive

Indie design meetup Bevel--Emboss Merge kicks off another collaborative networking (and drinking) event at evilOlive (1551 W. Division St) tonight from 8p until 3a. Described as a "free party for passionate people in the creative industry", the event's young ambassador, Mig Reyes, seeks to creates alternative spaces for Chicago's design talent to meet, collaborate and make the industry better. Designer? Copywriter? Photographer? Illustrator? Motion Artist? Filmmaker? It doesn't matter--as long as you're into drinks.

Education Policy Summit

The fiscally conservative Illinois Policy Institute is hosting this free summit-and-luncheon, "In Our Hands: Vouchers and the Future of Education in Illinois," to discuss school vouchers in the state. The Reverend Sen. James Meeks will speak after the meal. Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch? Panel Discussion begins at 9am; lunch is at noon, 190 S. LaSalle, 40th floor.

Midstates & the Choir of Ghosts @ Empty Bottle

Midstates & the Choir of Ghosts play with Camera, Plane and House of Normandie for a free show. 21+, save the $5 cover for a beer. Show starts at 9pm. You can RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Understanding Cyberattack as an Instrument of U.S. Policy

Given the nation's and much of the western world's dependence on information technology networks, the threat of cyberattacks from both hostile regimes and non-nation-states on U.S. interests has been well publicized. But less talked about, says the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, is the potential use by the U.S. of cyberattacks, both defensively and offensively. Join the council in welcoming University of Chicago Professor of American & Foreign Law Kenneth W. Dam; CEO of Hong Kong-based AEA Holdings Admiral William A. Owens; and Herbert S. Lin, chief scientist at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council of the National Academies. Cash bar opens at 5:30pm, presentation and discussion at 6; 81 E. Van Buren. Go here for prices and additional information.

Obama at One Year

Chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times David Sanger will speak at this Chicago Council on Global Affairs event, giving his take on the president's first year in office and offering insight on the year to come, an "insider's view of the Obama national security team." Sanger's best-seller The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power, now updated to reflect the past year, will be available for purchase and signing. Cash bar opens at 5:30, Presentation and Q&A begins at 6; 81 E. Van Buren. See here for prices and other details.

A Moral Compass for the New Global Economy

Jim Wallis, widely-published writer and founder of Sojourners, visits the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to speak with Eboo Patel on what the financial crisis reveals about the moral underpinnings of our economic system. The talk is at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 610 S. Michigan Ave. Registration and pre-talk reception begins at 5:30pm; the talk is at 6pm. Tickets range from $10 to $30; details here

Green Spa Night @ Greenheart Shop

Nonprofit, fair trade store Greenheart Shop (1911 W. Division) hosts a Green Spa Night tonight from 6pm to 7:30pm. Gather your girlfriends for an evening of wine, refreshments, and creativity as you learn how to turn basic kitchen ingredients into luxurious face masks, moisturizers, scrubs, and hair treatments. Tickets are $15 and RSVP is suggested (call 312-264-1625 or email info@greenheartshop.org to reserve a space).

likemind Chicago @ Argo Tea

Today's the next meeting of likemind, a gathering of creative people. The meeting will be held at Argo Tea (140 S. Dearborn) this morning from 8am to 10am. No RSVP is required, though you might want to join the likemind Chicago Facebook group.

Ugly Sweater Party @ Luxbar

Luxbar, 18 E. Bellevue Pl., holds an Ugly Sweater Party tonight from 10pm to 3am. Wear your tackiest, ugliest sweater (Christmas or otherwise) and compete for $250. Or just show up and enjoy $5 martinis and a green screen Christmas photo booth. Also, anyone who brings a gently used article of clothing for the Salvation Army will receive a $20 gift certificate valid January 1 through March 31, 2010. No cover, 21+.

Chicago Animal Care & Control Volunteer Orientation

If you love animals and are looking for a volunteer opportunity, why not go to where they need you the most--Chicago Animal Care & Control. Today's volunteer orientation session, which runs from 11am-2pm at CACC (2741 S. Western), will get you familiar with the place and how to help care for their loveable, adoptable animals that are available for new homes. Email to RSVP.

OTL Anniversary Party @ Toons Bar and Grill

OutsideTheLoopRadio.com, whose Chicago-interest audio magazine podcast and WLUW radio show is celebrating its third year on the air Friday, Nov. 20 with a live taping at Toons Bar and Grill. The event is free with some quite interesting guests stopping by.

OTL host Mike Stephen will begin the show with DJ Goldie G at 8pm for an hour-long taping with conversations featuring Chicago Reader writer and editor, Mick Dumke; representatives from The Parking Ticket Geek; GLBT podcast, Feast of Fun host Fausto Fernos; owner of Toons Bar and Grill, Danny Beck; and local culinary blogger, Andrea Newberry.

The show will air on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 at 10am at WLUW-FM (88.7), streamed at wluw.org. The event itself is free but is 21-and-up admittance with WLUW and OTL swag giveaways galore.

Super Bad Ass @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

Kick off the Select Media Fest at the Co-Prosperity Sphere with the group show that is sure not to disappoint, uh, I mean, it should be Super Bad Ass.

Featuring:
Juan Angel Chavez
Dayton Castleman
Stephen Eichorn
Aron Gent
Jeremy Tubbs
Hilary Olson
Tom Torluemke
Gunsho (James Quigley)
Berry Sander
Montgomery Perry Smith
Hui-Min Tsen (with dozens of participants)
Justin B. Williams

Friday, November 20, 2009, 7 pm to 1am
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan St.
Admission: $8 after 9pm

Chicago Animal Care & Control Volunteer Orientation

If you love animals and are looking for a volunteer opportunity, why not go to where they need you the most--Chicago Animal Care & Control. Today's volunteer orientation session, which runs from 11am-2pm at CACC (2741 S. Western), will get you familiar with the place and how to help care for the lovable, adoptable animals available for new homes. Email to RSVP.

Regroup 1: New Works by Tara Grunwald + Dance Party

Join us for an exhibition of original works by Tara Grunwald of TGDesigns. Ai Lounge (358 W. Ontario), 9pm.

Free before midnight, $10 afterward or $7 after midnight with RSVP at http://www.going.com/regrouptaragrunwald. Valet: $10 all night. Late night sushi menu.

DJs:

Liz Revision (subVariant) [IDM | Chill | Blippy Minimal Techno]
Buckfever [Electro]
DJ Rick [Glitchy Tech-step]
DJ 7 [House | Baltimore Club]

Presented by subVariant & Inkline

9pm-3am

Artist Reception: 9-12am (Free)

21+

Official Site: http://www.subvariant.com

1154 Lill Handbag Sale

Every handbag lover needs a dream--in this case, the annual 1154 Lill handbag sample sale, which will take place today at their 1511 West 38th St warehouse. Discounts from 50-80% will be had on their bags, and the event runs 8am-noon. I'll be there with bells on, so that they can hear me coming and move aside.

Daniel Burnham Scavenger Hunt

Gather up a team of four and head out on a Daniel Burnham Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by Chicago Public Radio's series Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham. The game will be comprised of three hunts taking place simultaneously in the Loop, the South Loop and Hyde Park today starting at 11am. $20/team.

Artificial Intelligence 4: Raver Rewind 2000 @ Ai Lounge

Get ready to re-live the heydey of electronic music in Chicago with Raver Rewind 2000 on Saturday September 19 at Ai Lounge. Four Chicago-based DJs who've experienced the scene firsthand back in the day will be playing records only from 1992-2000 for an authentic soundtrack.

What's not prohibited is getting into the "raver spirit" by dressing the part--phat pants, bright colors, ravey t-shirts, and bringing some PLUR and good vibes. For some of us who were there in the scene, it will be a night heavy on nostalgia, and will bring back the joy of hearing classic tracks that we remember fondly.

For the newer recruits into the contemporary electronic music scene, it will be educational to hear the tracks, trends and products of available technology that influenced the kind of music being made today.

Arrive early to nosh on Ai Restaurant's AMAZING Japanese food & killer sushi. Valet is available for $10 all night. 358 W. Ontario, Chicago, 10pm-2am. 21+

Popkan (Old school House)
Cesario Magnifique (Italo / electro / disco)
Gianna Hardt (House / techno)
Tim Kasper (Vintage techno)

Live Visuals by DREAMDAZE (www.dreamdaze.org)

Official Site: http://www.subvariant.com

Speedy J @ Smartbar

Smart Bar in association with In Your System & Electric Deluxe welcome...

SPEEDY J
JOHN JOHR
JOHNNY ARMSTRONG
DROOPY

Tickets: $10 before midnight, $15 after midnight
21 & over
Doors: 10pm / Show: 10pm

likemind Chicago @ Argo Tea

Today's the next meeting of likemind, a gathering of creative people. The meeting will be held at Argo Tea (140 S. Dearborn) this morning from 8am to 10am. No RSVP is required, though you might want to join the likemind Chicago Facebook group.

likemind Chicago @ Argo Tea

Today's the next meeting of likemind, a gathering of creative people. The meeting will be held at Argo Tea (140 S. Dearborn) this morning from 8am to 10am. No RSVP is required, though you might want to join the likemind Chicago Facebook group.

Women Employed

Women Employed holds "WE Can Do It!," a fundraiser and networking event at Midtown Kitchen + Bar, 203 N. LaSalle St., from 6pm to 8pm tonight. Join Women Employed's Advocacy Council for an evening of community, connections, change -- as well as a trivia contest. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

Bastille Day Celebration @ Alliance Française

Celebrate Bastille Day, France's independence day, with the Alliance Française de Chicago and the French-American Chamber of Commerce today from 6pm to 8pm at 54 W. Chicago Ave. Enjoy hors-d'oeuvres, sweet and savory crêpes, wine, accordion music and more. Tickets are $10 online or at the door.

Invent the Future Workshop @ Naperville Municipal Center

How should the region plan for the year 2040? This summer, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will hold dozens of free public workshops called GO TO 2040 "Invent the Future". Information you contribute at these meetings will help CMAP develop a preferred scenario that will best reflect the region's desired future. Today's workshop takes place from 6-8pm at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville, IL. Visit goto2040.org for more information and to register.

Invent the Future Workshop @ Washington Township Center

How should the region plan for the year 2040? This summer, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will hold dozens of free public workshops called GO TO 2040 "Invent the Future". Information you contribute at these meetings will help CMAP develop a preferred scenario that will best reflect the region's desired future. Today's workshop takes place from 7-9pm at the Washington Township Center, 30200 Town Center Rd., Beecher, IL. Visit goto2040.org for more information and to register.

Invent the Future Workshop @ DuPage Co. Government Center Auditorium

How should the region plan for the year 2040? This summer, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will hold dozens of free public workshops called GO TO 2040 "Invent the Future". Information you contribute at these meetings will help CMAP develop a preferred scenario that will best reflect the region's desired future. Today's workshop takes place from 7-9pm at the DuPage County Government Center Auditorium, 421 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 80187. Visit goto2040.org for more information and to register.

Exception AM Release Party: Music to Relieve Your Hangover

Hangovers are the annoying, productivity-inhibiting result of a night spent drinking quite a bit, and yet we still put up with them because it's fun to loosen up, be social, and dance. Sure, it's easy to pop some aspirin, rehydrate and muddle through the morning, but wouldn't it be cool if music could relieve a hangover?

That's the concept behind Exception AM, a free digital compilation from subVariant that aims to present a collection of electronic music to help you feel better in the morning after a night of drinking. To celebrate the release on June 20 at http:/www.fractalspin.com, the release party will be held at Ai lounge in River North as the first in a series of concept parties called "Artificial Intelligence." Liz Revision will mix the mostly-ambient and downtempo tracks from the compilation together at the beginning of the night and will then hand over the decks to local DJs Silentcorp, Andrew Kevins, Dirtybird, and Droopy to finish out the night with techno and house. The party will be free all night from 10pm-3am.

10pm-3am
Silentcorp DJs
Andrew Kevins
Dirtybird
Droopy
Liz Revision
Ai Lounge. 358 W. Ontario, Chicago IL. 21+
FREE

Fashion :: Sex :: Music @ Sonotheque

Fashion :: Sex :: Music -- hosted by GodsGirls.com [NSFW!]

And, yes, VERY sexy! It will be hosted by http://www.godsgirls.com [NSFW!], a few of whom who will be in lingerie all night (maybe even dancing?). If you're not familiar, the site is like Suicide Girls except a bit more DIY, has actual pr0nz, and it's totally hot. It's only $5 all night--a steal considering you get to listen to techno, electro, funk and disco while ogling gorgeous women.

Liz Revision (Chicago, minimal-techno / electrohaus / tech-house / dance)

Fathom (Chicago, dance)

Avi Sic (Chicago, dance)

Hilary Rawk (Chicago, disco-funk-dance)

FASHION AND MIXED MEDIA INSTALLATION BY

MBH Mafia: Creating Cross Disciplinary Art Through Collaboration

@ Sonotheque, 1444 W Chicago, Chicago IL, 9pm - 2am, $5

Invent the Future Workshop @ Carol Stream Public Library

How should the region plan for the year 2040? This summer, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will hold dozens of free public workshops called GO TO 2040 "Invent the Future". Information you contribute at these meetings will help CMAP develop a preferred scenario that will best reflect the region's desired future. Today's workshop takes place from 7-9pm at the Carol Stream Public Library, 616 Hiawatha Dr., Carol Stream, IL, 60188. Visit goto2040.org for more information and to register.

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Live @ Millennium Park

NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" airs live from Millennium Park. This is the third time that "Wait Wait" has broadcasted live from this open-air venue. Tickets are free. Tonight at 6:30pm. 201 E. Randolph St. Call (312) 948-4600 for more information.

Invent the Future Workshop @ Armitage Baptist Church

How should the region plan for the year 2040? This summer, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will hold dozens of free public workshops called GO TO 2040 "Invent the Future". Information you contribute at these meetings will help CMAP develop a preferred scenario that will best reflect the region's desired future. Today’s workshop takes place from 7-9pm at the Armitage Baptist Church, 2451 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago. Visit goto2040.org for more information and to register.

Invent the Future Workshop @ College of Lake County Southlake Campus

How should the region plan for the year 2040? This summer, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will hold dozens of free public workshops called GO TO 2040 "Invent the Future". Information you contribute at these meetings will help CMAP develop a preferred scenario that will best reflect the region's desired future. Today’s workshop takes place from 7-9pm at the College of Lake County Southlake Campus, 1120 S. Milwaukee Ave. Vernon Hills, IL. Visit goto2040.org for more information and to register.

Pecha-Kucha Night @ Martyrs'

Check out designers presenting 20 images for 20 seconds each at Pecha-Kucha Night tonight at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., at 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. 21+

Buckingham Foundation 5K Fun Run

If you're into philanthropy, running, and winning Lollapalooza tickets I've got just the activity for you. Today, participate in the Buckingham Foundation 5K Fun Run and help raise money to restore Buckingham Fountain. All racers have a chance to win two 3-day passes to Lollapalooza. Starts 9am,
Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.

Sacred Art's 4th Annual Blood Drive

Sacred Art, the local gallery that sells artwork from Chicago artists, celebrates its recent move to Lincoln Square with its 4th annual blood drive. There will be a Lifesource bloodmobile parked at the store from 10am to 4pm today, taking in walk-ins and people with appointments. Donors will get 20% off one item in the store. Call Sacred Art for full details. Sacred Art: 4619 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-2803.

likemind Chicago @ Argo Tea

likemind, a chance for creative people to get together, meets up this morning at 8:00 at Argo Tea (140 S. Dearborn). No RSVP required, although you might want to join the local likemind Facebook group.

Live scoring of "The Living Planet" by Benn Jordan @ Sonotheque

A screening of 'THE LIVING PLANET' with a live score by
BENN JORDAN

with
POLYFUSE
BENN JORDAN (DJ set)
Sonotheque, 1444 W Chicago Ave
9pm - 2am
Free

Commercial music producer Benn Jordan (recording as The Flashbulb) stumbled upon David Attenborough's 1970s-era documentary series that was "more in touch with nature than any other." Along with the BBC he and his crew geared up for the endeavor--and they would risk their lives and careers to do so. The result, "The Living Planet." Benn loved the concept and the film, but stated that, "the only thing I'm not in love with about this series is the music. A bit too minimal and synthy when perhaps a more cinematic approach is needed." Taking it upon himself to re-invision the soundtrack, Benn--along with opener and visualist Polyfuse--will re-create live the score to the the first of The Living Planet series: "The Building Of The Earth." Benn will finish out the night DJing. For a free performance, it's innovative and a definite welcome to the respective film and electronic music communities.

Zombie Pub Crawl

The Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl returns to Andersonville today. Get ghouled up and go drinking! Registration is $15 in advance, $20 at the event -- which gets you a t-shirt, a zombie makeup kit, two tickets to any pH Productions show, and keepsake mug that you will need to take to all the bars. It doesn't get you free drinks, but the mug will get you access to drink specials. Registration begins at 2pm; check the site for details. 21+

Snuggie Pub Crawl

The first-ever Snuggie Publ Crawl runs today from noon to 8pm. Grab your Snuggie and get drinking! The Apartment, Lions Head Pub, Barleycorn's, Kendall's, Kelsey's, Omalley's, Halligan's and Sterch's will be participating in the crawl, and "closing ceremonies" start at 7:30pm at Lions Head/Apartment. Each bar will have drink specials, and a portion of the proceeds benefit Karama Connection/AC Orphanage. Tickets are $22 online, $25 at the door. Register at Lion's Head or The Apartment.

likemind chi @ Argo Tea

likemind, a regular gathering of creative people, will hold its next meeting at Argo Tea (140 S. Dearborn) this morning at 8am. No RSVP is required, and all are free to attend.

"Scanning and Planning" @ The Art Institute

Susan E. Alcock, Professor of Classics and the Director for the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University will deliver a lecture entitled "Scanning and Planning: Modern Modes of Watching the Ancient World" in Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue. A champagne reception begins at 6pm and will be followed by the lecture at 6:30pm. Free. For more information, visit the U of C's Humanities Division calendar.

Illinois Vacation Giveaway

The Illinois Bureau of Tourism (IBOT) is giving away seven IL travel packages today. "Find Your Getaway Match," a mock game show, will give passerby the opportunity to unlock their perfect IL getaway and win one of seven vacation packages including accommodations, restaurant gift certificates and admission to local attractions.Getaway packages are for the following cities: Chicago (two packages), Springfield, St. Charles, Galena, Alton and Quincy.

There will also be two Chicago attraction admission giveaways via Twitter today - one at 11:30 a.m. and one at 12:30 p.m. Follow @enjoyillinois on Twitter for more details.

The event will take place at 700 N. Michigan from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

likemind Chicago @ Spa Cafe

likemind, a gathering of creative people, happens today at 8am at Spa Cafe (112 W. Monroe). No RSVP is required; just show up and be part of the group.

5th Annual Sock Monkey Madness Festival

The Sock Monkey Madness Festival returns as a unique celebration of Rockford, Illinois' past by highlighting its knitting industry and boom of the stuffed sock toy which continues as a large part of America's pop culture. 10:30am - 4pm, continues through Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults; $4 children and students. Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, IL. Call (815)-397-9112 or visit the website for more details.

likemind Chicago @ Spa Cafe

likemind, a gathering of creative people, happens today at 8am at Spa Cafe (112 W. Monroe). No RSVP is required; just show up and be part of the group.

President's Day @ Chicago History Museum

Celebrate the history of our nation's presidents through storytelling, musical and dramatic performances, and craft activities at the Chicago History Museum from 10am till 2pm. 1601 N. Clark St. Call (312) 642-4600 for more details. Free!

Get Buzzed & Win $100 @ Chicago Buzz Barbershop

To celebrate the release of their new caffeinated Butterfinger Buzz candy bar, the company is hosting a free event at Chicago Buzz barbershop on 124 S. Franklin Street, tonight from 7 to 10pm. The catch: To earn a $100 gift card, you dudes have to get a buzz cut and have the company's logo spray-painted on your new 'do. (You'll also be entered for the chance to win a trip for four to Las Vegas for two nights, a year's supply of Butterfinger candy bars and a $2,500 gift card.) Hosts promise the orange color will wash out in time for Valentine's Day.

Happy Birthday, Abe! @ Chicago History Museum

This date marks the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Take your picture with Abe, listen to musical performances and enjoy birthday cake in honor of our 16th president at the Chicago History Museum from 10am till 2pm. General admission for the celebration is a portrait of Abe himself on a penny. 1601 N. Clark St. Call (312) 642-4600 for more details.

Unlympic Spelling Bee @ Quimby's

Part of the Unlympics, a month-long series of events designed to encourage dialogue about the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid, this event allows you to relive your 4th-grade glory days as master of the spelling bee. 1854 W. North Ave, 7pm. $5, advance registration required: call 773-342-0910.

Reenactor Fest @ Westin Chicago North Shore

More than 200 vendors display military memorabilia and uniforms at a convention for historical reenactors, costumers and history buffs. Also includes musical acts, demonstrations, seminars, trivia, miniature war gaming and parties. $20. 3-7pm, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling. For more information call (630) 336-2614. Continues through February 8th.

Rock, Paper, Scissors @ Emerald Loop

Exactly what it sounds like. This event kicks off a series of rock, paper, scissors tournaments in bars throughout Chicago. Throw your hand in the ring for a chance to win $500! 6-8pm, 216 N. Wabash. Free! For more information call (312) 263-0200 or visit their website.

Loopy Yarns Stitch n' Bitch

Let's Knit Together (yeah, yeah, yeah!)
Loopy Yarns
5:30-9:00pm

All are invited to open knitting and crocheting (including expert help!) at the fantastic Loopy Yarns located at 47 West Polk Street in the South Loop. Take a breather before your rocking weekend and hang out amongst beautiful colors and amazing fellow knitters and crocheters. Call 312-583-YARN (9276) or visit Loopy Yarns for more details.

Elvis Fest @ Original Mothers

The Original Mother's, 26 W. Division St., holds its 9th annual Elvis Fest at 8pm tonight, on what would have been the King's 74th birthday. Emcee Sergio Interial hosts Elvis tribute artists, karaoke and a look-alike contest, while True Oldies DJ Dick Biondi broadcasts live from 7pm to 11pm. There's a free peanut butter and banana buffet, too. Free, but $5 suggested charitable donation. 21+

Wine Tweet-up w/ Ortho-Jewish Rapper YLove

Matilda's Wednesday $5 wine with Guest of Honor YLove

Matilda's
3101 N. Sheffield Ave.
Wednesday, January 7th, 7pm

Orthodox Jewish rapper and social media geek @ylove wants to meet you! 'You' being the Chicago Twitter scene, of course. If you're into punk and/or hip hop, we think you should come and meet him before he performs his Chicago show. Come to mingle and enjoy $5 glasses and 1/2 price bottles of wine.

Call Matilda's @ 773.883.4400 or visit Chicago Tweet-Ups for more information.

Scrabble Night @ The Coffee Studio

Andersonville's The Coffee Studio hosts its monthly Scrabble Night tonight between 6:30 and 8:30pm. Boards and dictionaries will be provided -- just show up and you'll be matched with someone of similar skill level. All levels are welcome, from beginner to certified Word Freak. Prizes will be awarded for high scores. The Coffee Studio is located at 5628 N Clark St.

"Connecting With the Creative Process" Workshop

Take an afternoon to open the window to your creative side. In this three hour workshop, from 1pm to 4pm, allows you to explore the Open Studio Project process to combine uninhibited art-making with thoughtful writing and reflection. No prior art or writing experience necessary; a variety of drawing and painting materials will be used. $65 for non-members, $55 for Open Studio Project members. The studio is located at 903 Sherman Ave. in Evanston

Holiday Magic @ Brookfield Zoo

Hop on the Elf Express train to take in the sights; enjoy ice-carving demonstrations, live holiday musical performances, and laser light shows; or peruse the animal exhibits and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa. The biggest draw? Caroling to the animals. 4pm-9pm, $11. 1st Ave and 31st St, Brookfield. For more information, call 708-688-8000 or go here.

MatzoBall

Skip the Christmas festivities and hit the MatzoBall, a Jewish Singles Party at Crobar, 1543 N. Kingsbury, tonight from 9pm to 4am. Tickets are $30 (or use the code "CROBAR" and get $5 off). 21+

Zombies on Ice @ Millenium Park

What better way to flex that rigor mortis than with ice skating? Chicago Zombie takes their undead army to Millenium Park this afternoon, and plans to the group plans to record the Most Zombies Ice Skating at Once for the Guinness Book of World Records. 2:30pm, Millennium Park (201 E Randolph St). (312) 742-1168.

Free bicycle headlight giveaway @ Chicago & Wells

Courtesy of the Law Offices of James M. Freeman, the Active Transportation Alliance (formerly known as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation) will properly equip nearly 200 bicyclists with free front headlights in an effort to raise awareness around safe and legal bicycling tonight. Head to the corner of Chicago Avenue and Wells Street tonight between 5:30pm and 7pm and you'll have a change to snag a free lamp to keep you safe!

Scrabble Night @ The Coffee Studio

Andersonville's The Coffee Studio hosts its monthly Scrabble Night tonight between 6:30 and 8:30pm. Boards and dictionaries will be provided -- just show up and you'll be matched with someone of similar skill level. All levels are welcome, from beginner to certified Word Freak. Prizes will be awarded for high scores. The Coffee Studio is located at 5628 N Clark St.

Chicago Toy & Game Fair

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair returns to Navy Pier today and Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. Explore the latest toys and games, or join a match in the Renaissance Chess Pavilion. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Chicago Toy & Game Fair

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair returns to Navy Pier Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. Explore the latest toys and games, or join a match in the Renaissance Chess Pavilion. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Video Games Live @ The Chicago Theatre

Experience video games on every level in this multimedia concert event featuring music and video clips from video games past and present, audience participation with special interactive segments, and Halo composer Michael Salvatori. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State Street . Tickets $34.50-$72.00, visit the website for special offers and more information.

Kate Boggiano Trunk Show @ Florodora

Stop by Florodora's Loop location (330 S Dearborn inside the Mondanock Building) today to check out local designer Kate Boggiano's trunk show. The Chicago native will be showcasing her line from noon until 6pm. Call 312-212-8860 or visit their website for more details.

The Science of Spooky @ Cubby Bear

Just what it sounds like this panel, consisting of three scientists from NU, Fermi Lab and UChicago (with specialties ranging from physics to neuroscience) will breakdown the science of scary phenomena. More info at IllinoisScience.org. 6:30pm. Cubby Bear; 1059 W. Addison. Free.

"What Not To Wear" Local Ep. Viewing Party

TLC's "What Not To Wear" comes to Chicago to help out Amanda Steinstein on tonight's episode, thanks to her friends Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion of Feast of Fools. They're hosting a viewing party for the episode at Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted, from 7pm to 9pm. There will also be prizes, games, gifts and giveaways, plus a hosted open bar. More info and RSVP on Facebook. 21+

Nokia Text-Off

Windy City Social and Nokia present the Nokia Text-Off 2008, an opportunity to demonstrate how fast a texter you are. Or, give your thumbs a rest and just watch the action. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door, and include drinks and apps, a raffle and more. A portion of the proceeds benefits Prevent Child Abuse America. 6pm to 9pm at the Nokia Flagship Store, 543 N. Michigan Ave.

Annual Burgoo Festival in Utica, IL

It's that time again! Columbus Day weekend means heading out into the wilds of Utica, IL and sampling some fall foliage, handicrafts, and some homemade burgoo (just like mom used to make!). Utica, and the Annual Burgoo Festival are located just down the road from the popular Starved Rock State Park, you can make a day of enjoying some simple pleasures just a couple hours west of Chicago.

Red Bull Flugtag Chicago

Red Bull brings Flugtag back to North Avenue Beach today; come watch 40 teams compete to see whose crazy contraption flies the farthest. Doors open at 11am, first launch takes place around 1pm. Free.

Stay Smooth X: Overboard!

UR Chicago presents Stay Smooth X: Overboard!, a night of '70s AM gold, '80s FM rock and contemporary smooth gems at the Columbia Yacht Club in Monroe Harbor. DJs Bald Eagle & STV SLV spin, cover band Haulin' Boats performs and special guest hosts Hollywood Steve and Hunter Stair (Loggins) from the cast of Yacht Rock emcee a screening of the entire Yacht Rock series. An open bar (well drinks and beer) and two specially crafted Tommy Bahama Rum drinks keep the party well lubricated.
Proper attire requested: captain's hats, jean shorts, short shorts, sailor shirts, knee high socks, friendship bracelets, sunglasses, beards and 'staches, feathered hair, chest hair and flip flops. Runs from 7pm to 10pm;
tickets are $40. 21+ More info here.

UIC Open House

UIC's alumni association is holding a free open house today starting at 1pm. Tour the campus, listen to talks on a variety of topics, and check out a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. More details here.

Pecha Kucha Night

It's Pecha Kucha Night at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., starting at 8pm tonight. Come watch a dozen people run through 20-image presentations, each shown for just 20 seconds each, forcing them to be very concise and quick. Presenters include Jon Langford, Sally Timms, Kurt Lauer and more. $10 at the door. 21+

Nerds at Heart: Nerdfest @ The Spot

Nerds at Heart celebrates its second anniversary with Nerdfest at The Spot, 4437 N. Broadway, tonight from 7pm to 10pm. Mingle with smart and sexy straight and/or queer nerds, play boardgames and more. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Interview Show @ The Hideout

Mark Bazer's "Interview Show" returns to the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight from 6:30pm to 8pm. Tonight's lineup includes interviews with Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland, Jon Langford of the Mekons and Waco Brothers, and John Williams, WGN Radio midday talk-show host. Hip hop artist C.O. and Langford will perform. Just $5 at the door. 21+

Wizard World

Wizard World takes over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont this Friday through Sunday. There's too much going on to list here, so check out today's schedule on the Wizard World site. Get tickets here.

Wizard World

Wizard World takes over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont this Friday through Sunday. There's too much going on to list here, so check out today's schedule on the Wizard World site. Get tickets here.

Wizard World

Wizard World takes over the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont this Friday through Sunday. There's too much going on to list here, so check out today's schedule on the Wizard World site. Get tickets here.

Mustache Fest 2008

Sponsored by the American Mustache Institute, Mustache Fest 2008 blows into Chicagoland for one night of live music and mustachioed debauchery. Doors open at 5 and the shows start at 7 pm at McBrody's and Chicago Street Pub in Joliet. For more info and a peek at their razor-guitar logo, check out the festival site here.

Not For Tourists Release Party @ Gold Star

Celebrate the release of the 2008 Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago tonight from 6pm to 9 pm at Gold Star Bar, 1755 W. Division. Free books and drinks if you print out the invitation at notfortourists.com.

Blood Drive @ Sacred Art

The Roscoe Village art gallery/store Sacred Art is holding its annual blood drive all day today. Stop by, donate blood, and check out the various pieces of art made by local artists. Sacred Art: 2040 W. Roscoe. (773) 404-8790.

Love, Chicago Launch Party @ Reggie's

Lovechicago.org celebrates the launch of its e-zine at Reggie’s Music Joint, 2109 S. State St., tonight at 9pm. Festivities include live sets by Chicago indie acts The Effigies, M.O.T.O. MagnaFUx and Bone Tosser. Lovechicago.org staff will be giving away stickers, buttons, patches and other goodies. The show is $8 and 17+. Tickets are available through Ticketweb.

Zombie Pub Crawl

Get dressed up in your best zombie costume and hit the bars of Andersonville with Chicago's first-ever Zombie Pub Crawl! The fun starts at 4pm today for pre-registration in the US Bank parking lot; the assembled zombie horde will make its way Simon's at 5pm, then on to Charlie's Ale House and finally Mary's Attic for zombie movies and more. Registration is $10 in advance, $15 day-of. Includes a sweet limited edition t-shirt. (The undead must be 21 and over to participate, obviously.)

Cloud Cult At Schubas

Cloud Cult is one of those bands that do things big and have a sound to match. Somewhere between Modest Mouse and Nuetral Milk Hotel, the band has shyed from mainstream attention with an indie approach. Known for elaborate stage shows, the band does things their own way. An early show features opener Mason Proper and a late show slates The Forms to get things started.

Wrigleyville Community Meeting

At 6:30 tonight, several Lakeview communities are meeting at the Wrigley Field Stadium Club (inside Wrigley Field) to learn about a proposed development for the block of Addison across from the stadium. Steven Schultz, who owns several of these properties, will speak about his proposal to build a 105-foot tall structure that will include: a nine-story apartment building; a ten-story, 137-room Hyatt hotel; and 100,000 square feet of retail space. The block is currently zoned for buildings no higher than 50 feet in height. The meeting, which was called by Alderman Tunney, is intended to gather community feedback. Attend if you'd like to learn more or give Schultz or Tunney your feelings on the project.

Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day Swim

The local chapter of the Polar Bear Club will meet today at North Avenue Beach (1600 N. Lake Shore Drive) at noon for their annual New Year's Day dip in Lake Michigan. Swimsuits required' no naked swims or wetsuits. For more information about the event contact leesaruns (at) aol (dot) com.

Apartment Therapy House Tour

Apartment Therapy Chicago is hosting its first-ever live house tour and party this evening starting at 7pm. Tour five Live/Work Lofts in one West Loop Building, 845 W. Fulton Market:
1. David Dilworth and Jennifer Alberti, WOM Space Gallery
2. Alex Fuller, The Post Family
3. Sam Rosen, One Design, The Post Family
4. Noor Shikari, Noor Shikari Photography
5. Brandon Fenninger, Brandon Fenninger Designs

After the tour, join everyone for an after party next door at Lumen, 839 W. Fulton Market, from 8 to 10pm. ($15 happy hour charge includes wine and beer, available to AT guests but not required.) More info here. RSVP to chicago@apartmenttherapy.com if you plan to attend.

Stitch n' Bitch @ MCA

Back by popular demand, this event invites knitters to bring their needles and yarn to knit and exchange techniques and stories. Needle workers of all levels are welcome to participate in this fresh adaptation of the traditional sewing circle. Free. 5-8 p.m. Puck’s Café at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. For more info, visit the Website.

Sadie Hawkins' Day Race & Style Ride

The now annual Sadie Hawkins' Day Race & Style Ride is back again, today. What is it? "Sadie Hawkins Day Race/Style Ride is an on-street, in-traffic, point-to-point bike adventure for couples or pairs. At registration you're given a list of places to pick things up and where to drop them off, and you get to ride around the city doing cool stuff. There are prizes for the fastest couple, fastest tandem team, fastest out of towners, best dressed, and more." Last year's inaugural event drew people from out of town, generated a ton of missed connections and suffice to say, there were a few couples that are still together to this day. 4pm, Humboldt Park Boathouse (Sacramento between Division and North) with afterparty jammin' late into the night!

Opening: Ptolemy's Geography and Renaissance Mapmakers @ Newberry Library

This exhibit of 37 original maps and texts shows how the work of the 2nd century Greek astronomer was adopted by mapmakers in the 15th and 16th centuries. Through 16 February. 60 W Walton. For more information, visit the website.

Hunnert Car Pileup

The sixth annual Hunnert Car Pileup "The Midwest's Greasiest Hot Rod Show," is today at the historic Grundy County Speedway and fairgrounds in Morris. Featuring some of the Midwest's best examples of traditional style hot rods, this is the show for the truly hardcore enthusiast. Fast cars, fast women and fast music (full band lineup here) Admission for spectators is $5. Gates open at 9am.

Opening: Mapping Chicago: The Past and the Possible @ Chicago History Museum

This exhibit of nearly 40 maps focuses on three types of Chicago maps: maps that trace past events, maps that trace people's lives, and maps that capture visions of the future. Part of Chicago's 2007 Festival of Maps, this exhibit closes 6 January. 1601 N Clark. For more information, call 312-642-4600 or visit the website.

Reconstruction Room @ Black Rock

Local composer Ethan Deppe "and friends" are scheduled to perform at this installment of the Reconstruction Room series. Free. 8pm. At Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen Ave. Call 773-348-4044 for more information.

Hell's Fairies Gay Rodeo Ride

Hell's Fairies, Chicago's GLBT scooter club, is riding to the Gay Rodeo in Crete, IL. Meet at the Dominick's parking lot at Foster & Sheridan at 9am.We'll be scooting to the Gay Rodeo in Crete, IL. They'll also stop for brunch at Cafe Luna on the way down and a late dinner on the return trip. More info here.

Free Safety Seminar @ Sheil Park

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and Ald. Vi Daley (43rd) will hold a free safety seminar for area residents at 6:30 p.m. tonight in Sheil Park, at 3505 N. Southport Ave. in the wake of a series of assaults in the Lakeview neighborhood. Police will give residents tips on protecting themselves, and free pepper spray will be offered.

Dating for Queer Nerds

Come to Guthries Tavern tonight to meet smarty, geeky GLBT singles at Dating for Nerds, where you can also engage in board games and trivia quizzes. You could even win nerdy prizes like Aqua Man pinball games, dashboard ninjas and hula girl pocket mirrors. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door and includes one drink. 7pm-10pm at 1300 W. Addison St. Call 312-351-3285 or email nerdsatheart[at]gmail[dot]com for registration and information.

Pilsen To Pilsen Fest

Pilsen To Pilsen Fest is not some sort of attempt by UIC to throw a party while they convert more land into local yuppie housing, it is in fact a look back at the area's rich history.  Events take place at Polvo, Busker, Czechoslovak Heritage Museum and includes movies, interactive media, discussion and music. From 10 am - 9pm.  All events are free.


In-Store PleasureWare Party @ Early to Bed

It's like your mom's Tupperware parties only, you know, much more exciting. Join the women of Early to Bed for an In-Store PleasureWare Party and take advantage of the chance to learn about all of their hottest toys and all the things you can do with them. The 7:30pm event is free, but reservations are required. Call 773-271-1219 to save your spot. 18+; Early to Bed is located at 5232 N. Sheridan Rd.

Dating for Nerds

Come to Guthries Tavern tonight to meet smarty, geeky singles at Dating for Nerds, where there will be Pictionary, Scrabble, Clue, Taboo and other board games to stimulate your intellect and break the ice. You may even win a Shakespeare action figure, superhero postage stamp or King Kong pencil while you're there. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door and includes one drink. 7pm-10pm at 1300 W. Addison St. Call 312-351-3285 or email nerdsatheart[at]gmail[dot]com for registration and information.

Idealist.org Job Fair

Springtime is a great time to clean out your closets, sweep up the cobwebs, and kick your stinkin' day job to the curb for a new gig. Visit the Idealist.org Job Fair, where a bevy of local non-profit organizations and career counselors will be at your disposal (click here for this year's attendees). The Fair runs from noon to 4:00 p.m. at DePaul University's Career Center at their Lincoln Park campus's Student Center.

Tim Gunn @ Borders

Project Runway's fashion authority comes to Borders Lincoln Park to discuss creating and maintaining a personal style, including how to shop, how to dress for different occasions, how to buy clothes for a man and how to be your own best designer. Free at 7:30pm, 2817 N. Clark St. Call 773-935-3909 for more information.

A Taste of Success @ Kitchen Chicago

Blue Sky Inn is hosting an open house to announce the launch of A Taste of Success, their new transitional jobs program for at-risk youths. Come to Kitchen Chicago at 4664 N. Manor to help them celebrate; complimentary coffee and freshly baked pastries will be available to all and packaged baked goods, t-shirts, aprons and other goodies will be available for purchase. Call 773-710-7346 or email info[at]blueskyinn[dot]org for more information.

Chiara String Quartet @ Hideout

The Chiara String Quartet plays the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, tonight at 10pm. The group is known for its "chamber music in any chamber" and for its innovative combination of classical and contemporary songs. $10 at the door, 21 and over.

Red Line Extension Public Hearing

Come discuss the possibility of extending the Red Line from its existing south terminal at 95th Street to a new terminal at 130th Street. The extension could streamline bus-to-rail connections for 12 CTA bus routes and four Pace routes and could also connect the line with the South Shore commuter rail line and Metra’s proposed Southeast service commuter rail. The meeting will take place tonight from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Chicago State University New Academic Library, 4th Floor Auditorium 9501 S. King Drive. For more information contact, DCP: 773-928-2500 or LVEJO: 773-762-6991 and see details about this meeting and a repeat meeting in West Pullman on the 11th.

Chicago Spire Community Meeting @ Courtyard by Marriott

The Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) will host an event for local residents to review the design plans for the Chicago Spire with the developer and the architect. Registration will begin at 5:45pm. and conclude by 7:00pm in the Ontario Room of the Courtyard by Marriott, 165 East Ontario Street. Visit the SOAR website for additional information.

This American Life on Showtime

Chicago Public Radio's program This American Life premieres tonight on television. The producers of the radio series have created a TV version of the show, which premieres on Showtime tonight. Check local listings for the time of the program.

African American Stories & Crafts @ CPL

In celebration of African American History Month, the Chicago Public Library gives children and adults the chance the make crafts and share in storytelling, picture books, fingerplays and action rhymes. For children 3-7 years. 11:30am in the Thomas Hughes Children's Library Program Room, 2nd floor in the Harold Washington Library. Call 312-747-4300 for more information.

Dating for Nerds

Hang out or hook up with other smart singles during board games and trivia quizzes and unwind with a complimentary cocktail at this month's Dating for Queer Nerds. Score geeky prizes including Nancy Drew notepads, librarian action figures and Star Wars air fresheners -- pus, enter to win tickets to the ultimate nerd fest, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 7-10pm tonight at Guthries Tavern, 1300 W. Addison. $15 advance registration online or by calling 312-351-3285; $20 door.

Dating for Queer Nerds

Meet other smart GLBT singles during board games and
trivia quizzes, get a complimentary cocktail and maybe even find nerd
love at this month's Dating for Queer Nerds. Geeky prizes include Marie Antoinette action figures, adult Mad Libs
and Flash Gordon pin ball games. Plus, enter to win tickets to the ultimate
nerd fest, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 7-10pm tonight at Guthries Tavern, 1300 W. Addison. $15 advance registration online or by calling 312-351-3285; $20 door.

Stitch and Bitch @ MCA

The first Tuesday of every month is Stitch and Bitch night at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The event is free and starts at 5:30 PM in the Cafe, located at 220 East Chicago Avenue. Visit the MCA calendar for more information.

World's largest rubber band ball @ State & Jackson

Office Max has flown Eugene, Oregon resident Steve Milton and his 4,000+ pound, 5-1/2-foot high rubber band ball to Chicago for an official ceremony today at the corner of State & Jackson at 11:00 to induct Milton into the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world's largest rubber-band ball. Why fly him to Chicago? Well, Office Max is remodeling its stores, including 11 Chicago-area locations, and... well, they just did. Okay. Go by the corner today to see the ball, or stop into your local Office Max store to purchase a 3-inch-diameter rubber band ball to get your own record-breaking ball started.

Book/DVD/Video Game Swap @ Hopleaf

SwapSimple is having its first live swap at the Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark, tonight from 7:30pm to midnight in the upstairs bar. Swap items include DVDs, video games and books with other folks; each item to swap will get you one credit to use toward something else. Any remaining items -- and any videogame systems and controllers you've got -- will be donated to Children's Memorial Hospitals. More info here. Free, 21 and over.

U.S. Passport Changes, Free Coffee @ Union Station

The Jamaica Tourist Board and the U.S. Postal Service want to make sure you're prepared this winter when you need a valid passport to travel to your favorite sandy beaches. Starting January 8, 2007, you'll need a passport to travel to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada and Mexico. Today, from 6am-10am, the Jamaica Tourist Board and the U.S. Postal Service are coming to the Great Hall in Union Station (210 S. Canal Street) to give commuters Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, inform morning commuters of the new passport regulations that go into effect January 8, 2007, and actually process their passport applications right there at the station.

At the event you can get:
-A sample of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee;
-Passport applications which can be processed on-site by the United States Postal Service*;
-An opportunity to have your passport photo taken;
-Listings of local passport application acceptance offices, a small passport card detailing the new regulations, and information on Jamaica;
-And a chance to enter to win a trip to Jamaica from the Jamaica Tourist Board

*Proof of U.S. citizenship, and a valid form of photo identification such as a driver's license must be provided as well as two checks ($97 for adults and $82 for minors under 16), one for the U.S. State Department and the other for the U.S. Postal Service for processing fee.

State Street Halloween Parade

The annual State Street Halloween Parade kicks off today at noon at the corner of State and Randolph. The parade is a chance for kids to wear their best costumes and parade down State Street. After the parade, there will be trick-or-treating, a performance by Midnight Circus and a costume contest in Daley Plaza. For full details and a registration form see the City of Chicago Website.

"You're the One That I Want" Casting Call

Try out for NBC's new talent show, "You're the One That I Want," is holding a casting call at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., today starting at 8am. Winners of the show go on to play Danny and Sandy in the Broadway production of Grease next summer. Candidates should come prepared to perform two songs: one from a selected list of "Grease" songs and one non-"Grease" song of your choice. Please visit www.NBC.com/Casting for further details, a complete list of approved "Grease" songs and a list of recommended non-"Grease" songs for the song of your choice. First come, first auditioned.

Haunted Village @ Daley Plaza

Today is the official opening day of Haunted Village at Pumpkin Plaza, the annual haunted house that is set up in Daley Plaza (corner of Washington & Dearborn). From today through October 31 there will be daily performances, storytellers, activities and crafts, and more. Opening night is tonight from 5:00 to 8:00; the Haunted Village will be open from 11:00 to 3:00 on Mondays through Wednesdays, and 11:00 to 8:00 on Thursdays through Sundays. See ths City of Chicago site for full details.

Open House at Argonne

Argonne National Laboratory will open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The Open House will include "fun and educational activities, demonstrations and facility tours for visitors of all ages." Argonne is located at 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439. More details located on their website.

Chicago Abused Women Coalition Outreach Event

Women & Children First is hosting the Chicago Abused Women Coalition in an event geared toward educating others about their important work. Through the years the program has helped thousands of women with their Greenhouse battered women's shelter, 24-hour helpline, advocacy, outreach and community education. All are welcome at 7:30pm to learn more about how your help is needed. 5233 N. Clark St. Call 773-742-1284 for more information.

Third Coast Festival Listening Room @ Steppenwolf

The Third Coast Festival presents the latest in their series of Listening Room events, where the public is invited to come and hear audio documentaries. Tonight's event: "99 Ways to Tell A Story", a series of audio programs that were created under specific requirements. The event happens tonight at 7:00 PM at Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre (1624 N. Halsted). Tickets are $6, or $4 for Chicago Public Radio members or students. Reservations are encouraged; please see the Third Coast Festival Website for full details.

Furniture Forward

Caro d'offay Gallery is holding a free show focusing on local furniture makers and their traditional and modern crafts. Furniture Forward goes on at 6-10pm on Friday, including an opening recpetion with the designers, and 1-6pm on Saturday. 2204 W. North Ave. Email info[at]furniturefowardchicago[dot]com for more information.

Furniture Forward

Caro d'offay Gallery is holding a free show focusing on local furniture makers and their traditional and modern crafts. Furniture Forward goes on at 6-10pm on Friday, including an opening recpetion with the designers, and 1-6pm on Saturday. 2204 W. North Ave. Email info[at]furniturefowardchicago[dot]com for more information.

Slaughterhouse 12

The Slaughterhouse 12 scooter rally kicks off this morning at 11am at Mr. Moto, 1901 S. Western, and makes its way up to Scooterworks, 5410 N. Damen, for a barbecue. Later, head to Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland, from 9pm on for fun, drinks and a raffle. $5 to be part of the rally; details on the website.

Bike Messenger Prom

Four Star Courier Collective is holding their second annual Bike Messenger Themed Prom. You don't have to be a bike messenger to come to the prom, but you will be treated to bike themed door prizes and the King and Queen will be named from the bicycling court. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per person and include drinks and live performances from Uncle Carl and the Bad Touches, Merle the Mule and The Logan Squares. 8:30pm-1am at the Chicago Electrical Company, 1318 W. Cermak.

Bob Saget @ Improv

Comedian Bob Saget begins a four-night series of performances at The Improv in Schaumburg this evening. I'm sure he'll be offering the wholesome family entertainment that he became known for when he was on "Full House" and "America's Funniest Home Videos". Tickets are $26, and there's a two drink minimum. The Improv: Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. (847) 240-2001.

Women & Children First Used Book Sale

Women & Children First is having its Used Book Sidewalk Sale Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6 from 10am to 6pm at 5233 N. Clark St. A portion of the proceeds wills benefit the Women's Voices Fund, the not-for-profit programming arm of Women & Children First.

Brett Favre @ Westfield North Bridge

Are you a sensitive man? Do you think you have what it takes to be "America's Most Sensitive"? I'm not talking roses and teddy bears here...I'm talking about teeth. Packers star Brett Favre teams up with Sensodyne toothpaste in the Search for America's Most Sensitive. Stop by the Westfield North Bridge Mall at 520 N. Michigan, from 10am-2pm, to participate in the Sensitivity Challenge. The search is aimed to educate people about the causes and treatments of sensitive teeth and to sign them up for the "2 Week Taste Test" - for each of the first 50,000 who sign up, $1 is donated to the Brett Favre Forward Foundation, supporting programs for disadvantaged and disabled children in Wisconsin and Mississippi. You can also audition to appear in an upcoming Sensodyne ad campaign. Fill out the form for questions.

Ted McClelland Book Signing @ Arlington Racetrack

Join GB contributor Ted McClelland at Arlington Park racetrack, where he'll be signing copies of his book Horseplayers: Life at the Track from noon to 1pm. Stick around after the reading and play the horses, with free picks from Ted. After the reading, stick around and play the horses with him and he'll give you free picks for each race -- although he says, "Whether you actually end up paying for them will be determined on the track."

Simon's Tavern Bad Mustache Party

Tonight at Simon's, 5210 N. Clark, is what's being billed as the "first annual" Simon's Tavern Bad Mustache Party. Wear your mustache proudly no matter what its condition -- or don a fake one -- and join in the fun. There are vague promises of contests and trivia, but beyond that it's an opportunity to drink among mustachioed friends. Tell Andy Slater, the doorman, you heard about it here.

Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum Grand Opening

The McCormick Tribune Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, the city's newest and smallest museum, celebrates its grand opening today from 10am to 3pm. It's located inside the bridgehouse at the southwest corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, at Michigan and Wacker. Admission is $3. Details here.

Apartment Therapy Launch Party

Apartment Therapy: Chicago is throwing a launch party at the North Avenue Design Within Reach, 1574 N. Kingsbury, from 7pm to 9pm. Come mingle with the staff and expensive designer furniture. Details here.

DEPART-ment

You know how we do. "All things handcrafted. No brand-names. No foreign assembly. No questionable ethics." That's DEPART-ment's motto and with more than a hundred vendors selling jewelry, clothing, toys and so many wonderful things you don't yet know you need, you can get with the independent crafters crew. Open Saturday, 11am-8pm, and Sunday, 9am-5pm, at Mercury Cafe, 1505 W. Chicago Ave. Call 312-560-1442 for more information.

Taste of Voices Exchange

Voices Exchanges is a program helping Chicagoland residents find the "social, political, cultural and economic information they need to become active participants in the civic life of their community and country." They do this by offering a online database through which speakers, performers, academics, religious leaders and others can connect and interact. Today the group is holding a "taste" of what they can provide with speakers and performers giving 5-10 minute presentations to potential host groups. The "taste" takes place at the Oak Park Main Library Veteran's Room, 834 Lake Street. 2-4:30pm with the presentations starting at 2:30pm. Call 708-386-1371 for information and to rsvp.

DEPART-ment

You know how we do. "All things handcrafted. No brand-names. No foreign assembly. No questionable ethics." That's DEPART-ment's motto and with more than a hundred vendors selling jewelry, clothing, toys and so many wonderful things you don't yet know you need, you can get with the independent crafters crew. Open Saturday, 11am-8pm, and Sunday, 9am-5pm, at Mercury Cafe, 1505 W. Chicago Ave. Call 312-560-1442 for more information.

Mother's Day Yoga

If your mother loves yoga or if you're trying to introduce her to it, this may make a nice gift for her this Mother's Day. Led by Dee Davis, the class will use gentle stretches and both single and partner poses in this Mother's Day Yoga session. Open to ages 12 and up and appropriate for beginning and continuing students. 1-3pm at Bloom Yoga Studio, 4663 N. Rockwell. Preregistration required -- $60 for two if registered by May 10, $70 for two thereafter. Call 773-463-9642 for more information.

I.D. Meet & Greet

The Lakeview modern home store I.D. is holding a meet and greet with a couple of their artists. Peter and Marilyn Frank of F2 will be on hand as will collections of glass vessels, lighting and sculptures. 7-9pm at 3337. N. Halsted. Call 773-755-4343 for more information.

CTA Public Meeting: Circle Line

The CTA is holding a series of public meetings to gather input on the proposed Circle Line. According to their news release, "The meetings are part of the Alternatives Analysis study — the first step in pursuing federal funding for major transit projects. The Alternatives Analysis study is designed to examine all the transit options available and determine a locally preferred alternative." Tonight's meeting will be from 6pm to 8pm at Lincoln Park High School, 2001 N. Orchard St., in Room 103. More information here.

CTA Public Meeting: Circle Line

The CTA is holding a series of public meetings to gather input on the proposed Circle Line. According to their news release, "The meetings are part of the Alternatives Analysis study — the first step in pursuing federal funding for major transit projects. The Alternatives Analysis study is designed to examine all the transit options available and determine a locally preferred alternative." Tonight's meeting will be from 6pm to 8pm at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 1852 W. 19th St., in the West Wing Auditorium. More information here.

Easter Brunch on the Lake

Looking for something different to do on Easter? How about brunch on an Oddyssey Cruise boat. Board at 11am, leave at noon and enjoy a couple of hours on the water. More here.

The Apprentice: Auditions Today

If you think you're the next one who Trump'll just love to say "You're Hired!" to, then head down to the NBC building to audition for The Apprentice, season 5 this morning. Bring your completed application (downloadable from the audition site) and arrive no earlier than 6am. Only those with wristbands will be seen (they start the distribution at 9am). The NBC building is located at 454 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago.

Collaborative Bike Clinic @ West Town Bikes

Learn all about fixin' bicycles at this workshop from 11am-5pm. The event is free.

West Town Bikes is at 2418 W. North Ave. Visit their site at www.westtownbikes.org.

BIG PLANS @ Messhall

Bert Stabler's advanced art class at B.E.S.T. High School present BIG PLANS, projects addressing the public housing crisis in Chicago. Opening reception from noon to 4pm at Messhall, 6932 N. Glenwood Ave. It's free, but it's a potluck, so please bring food and beverages to share.

Greek Chicago Special Interest Tour

Have you ever wanted to know more about Chicago's Greek history? Join curious others in the Greek Chicago Special Interest Tour with guides Harold and Faye Peponis. The tour looks at the lives of early Greek immigrants and includes visits to St. Basil's Greek Orthodox Chuch and Jane Addams Hull House. The $50 ticket price - $45 for students and seniors - includes lunch at Pegasus. Tours depart from the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, at 10am. Call 312-742-1190 to make reservations.

Glass Slipper Donation Day

Chicago's Glass Slipper Project, which provides formal dresses and accessories to Chicago high school students who can't afford to buy prom attire, is making their yearly collection between 10 AM and 4 PM on Saturday, March 18 at Dame Couture (4316 N. Elston). Bring your "formal" donations to Dame and they will take them to an official dropoff location!

Starbucks Coffee Break

I'm notorious for not knowing where the nearest Starbucks is - I never got into drinking the stuff - but if you're the kind of person who can't start their day without that little green and white cup, well, today it all comes up roses. Between 10am-12pm, Starbucks is hosting their first ever Coffee Break during which baristas will pour complimentary 12-oz cups of coffee. Today only at a Starbucks near you.

Special Interest Tour: Threads of Ireland

Departing from the Chicago Cultural Center at 77 E. Randolph, author Tom O'Gorman leads a tour of the city's Irish immigration history. Stops along the way include Holy Name Cathedral, Holy Family Church and a drive through the historically Irish Bridgeport neighborhood. Tour prices are $50 for adults and $45 for seniors, children 8-18 and students. Register online or call 312-742-1190 for more information.

Smoking Popes/Bayside record release party

The Smoking Popes are putting out their first album in forever, and you can listen to it tonight at 9pm at aliveOne, 2683 N. Halsted, along with one by Bayside. Then, if you're so inclined, you can buy either one at midnight for just $10. And you could win tickets to their upcoming shows! Free (the listening party, not the CD), 21 and over.

Pistil Slumber Party

PISTIL Magazine will host its 1st slumber party on Saturday, February 4th at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia). For most of us, it has been a good 15 to 20 years since our last full evening of Truth or Dare, Spin the Bottle and crank phone calls. Have Mom drop you off at 9 p.m. and make sure to tell her youre sleeping over because you can guarantee a late night, complete with games, snacks, booze, a dance party with DJ Sprinkler Valve and more! Bring your friends, make-out buddies, TP and slippers, and make sure to leave your post-graduate maturity at the door. Pajamas are definitely acceptable attire.

A $5 cover will be collected at the door. Proceeds from the evening will benefit PISTIL, a magazine that celebrates the creativity, ingenuity and relevance of modern culture, aiming to inspire readers with a diverse coverage of news, issue, fashion, events, arts, music and sexuality.

Underground Gamers League of Chicago

The Underground Gamers League of Chicago are having their weekly LAN party this afternoon, 4-7pm. What happens at these parties, you ask? Starcraft, Counter Strike, and, "for those who can handle it" the simultaneous PC version of RISK. Can you handle it? If you think you can, don't forget that there's Geek Talk, Social Networking, and Samurai Dodge Ball to follow at 7pm. Still think you can handle it? Head to the Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club at 2501 W. Irving Park Rd. (Alas, I am not making this up.)

Open: New Designs for Public Space

Opening today at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, "Open: New Designs for Public Space" features over 300 architectural renderings, photographs and models illustrating how public space has changed in the city. The exhibition also features contemporary public space designs from all over the world to represent current trends in urban planning. Runs through May 7. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is located at 224 S. Michigan Ave. Call 312-922-3432 for more information.

Hardcore Herstories

Mess Hall's Hardcore Histories series continues with Hardcore Herstories -- a celebration of women in Hardcore. From 7-10pm, celebrate women with punk attitude, including Bikini Kill, Velocity Girl, Shonen Knife and many more. Mess Hall is located at 6932 N. Glenwood Ave. Call 773-465-4033 for more information.

Be a Big Brother (or a Big Sister)

January is National Mentoring Month, and is a great time to finally explore volunteer opportunities in Chicago. Check out a recruitment event for Big Brothers/Big Sisters along with many other local non-profits tonight at the Chicago Cultural Center from 5-8pm. The Cultural Center is located at 78 E. Washington.

Stitch 'n' Bitch @ MCA

Need a place to meet up with other knitters? Join everyone at the Museum of Contemporary Art for their monthly Stitch 'n' Bitch, an informal gathering of friendly knitters in Puck's cafe. Free, 5:30-8pm. Call 312-280-2660 for more information. The MCA is located at 220 E. Chicago Ave.

Veggie Bike & Recycle

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and EarthSave Chicago team up to highlight the city's blue bag recycling program with a bike ride and vegan lunch. The discussion starts with a nine-mile bike ride, departing from Daley Plaza at 11:30am, including a tour through the Chicago Sorting Center and lunch at Lao Sze Chuan for a Szechwan vegan lunch at 2pm. At 3pm, the event will conclude with a return to Daley Plaza. For information and registration, email register[at]earthsavechicago[dot]com.

Bicycle Commuting Brown Bag

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is holding a brown bag lunchtime roundtable discussion on bicycle commuting to work. The discussion goes from 12-1pm in the 13N conference room of the Bank of America building, 231 S. LaSalle St. Bring your own lunch and remember that you must present some form of ID to building security. Call 312-427-3325x221 for more information.

Dorkbot

Chicago Dorkbot meets tonight from 8pm to 10pm at Deadtech, 3321 W. Fullerton Ave. [map]
Alexander Stewart and Peter Miller will be presenting in tandem on the subject, "The Film Projector and Photocopier as Film-Making Machines."

Sound Opinions on Chicago Public Radio

Sound Opinions, the music discussion program that has played for years on XRT, moves to Chicago Public Radio tonight. Tune in at 7:00 PM to hear the beginning of a new chapter in this long-running show hosted by local music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot.

Fetish Fair and Marketplace

Do you have a fetish? Sure we all do. Now you have your own place to buy the tools of the trade at The 4th Annual Leather SINS Midwest Holiday Fetish Fair & Marketplace. The event is Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the "Purple Hotel" in Lincolnwood (corner of Touhy and Lincoln). Last Years Event drew close to 600 kinky folks from all over the Midwest. Goody Bags with free samples of WET will be given to the first 500 attendees.

York Radio Club

The Elmhurst-based York Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting tonight at 8pm at the Elmhurst Fire Department Training Facility, 910 N. Addison Ave., two blocks south of Grand Avenue and one block west of York Road. This month's meeting will feature a presentation on SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network) and its involvement in emergency communications following Hurricane Katrina. The event is free; check www.yorkradioclub.com for more information.

Robot Contest @ MSI

ChiBots will be holding its fall Autonomous Robots Competition from noon to 3pm today at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Events include Advanced Line Following, Mini Sumo, and Robot Talent Show. Get more information at the ChiBots website, or watch this video.

Dorkbot

Dorkbot is a monthly-ish "meeting for people interested in doing strange things with electricity." Tonight the local chapter meets for an intro course on the Drupal content management system, and a preview of the upcoming Chibots autonomous robot competitions. It's free, and it's dorktastic! 8pm to 10pm at Deadtech, 3321 W. Fullerton Ave.

"Famous Chicago" Pumpkins @ Phyllis' Musical Inn

Millennium Park is hosting the best of this display today, but you can also catch all of Craig Perry's hand-carved pumpkins at Phyllis' Musical Inn, 1800 W. Division St. There will be nearly 60 carved pumpkins, all featuring the faces of famous Chicagoans. Everyone -- from Harry Caray to John Dillinger to Bill (Billy Goat) Siannis -- will be there. The pumpkins will be available for viewing through the end of the night. Go to Perry's website for examples from last year's show, "A to Z: Fifty Musical Pumpkins." It's pretty cool.

"Famous Chicago" Pumpkins @ Phyllis' Musical Inn

Millennium Park is hosting the best of this display today and Monday, but you can also catch all of Craig Perry's hand-carved pumpkins at Phyllis' Musical Inn, 1800 W. Division St. There will be nearly 60 carved pumpkins, all featuring the faces of famous Chicagoans. Everyone -- from Harry Caray to John Dillinger to Bill (Billy Goat) Siannis -- will be there. The pumpkins will be available for viewing through Monday night. Go to Perry's website for examples from last year's show, "A to Z: Fifty Musical Pumpkins." It's pretty cool.

"Famous Chicago" Pumpkins @ Phyllis' Musical Inn

Millennium Park is hosting the best of this display on Sunday and Monday, but starting today you can catch all of Craig Perry's hand-carved pumpkins at Phyllis' Musical Inn, 1800 W. Division St. There will be nearly 60 carved pumpkins, all featuring the faces of famous Chicagoans. Everyone -- from Harry Caray to John Dillinger to Bill (Billy Goat) Siannis -- will be there. The pumpkins will be available for viewing through Monday night. Go to Perry's website for examples from last year's show, "A to Z: Fifty Musical Pumpkins." It's pretty cool.

This American Life 3 hour marathon

The Chicago public radio program This American Life presents a three-hour marathon this afternoon from noon to 3:00 PM, in honor of Chicago Public Radio's current pledge drive. Check out the CPR Website for full details.

Love Your Body Day Open Mic

Once again, it's Love Your Body Day, and to celebrate, Chicago NOW is sponsoring another great Open Mic night at Filter Cafe in Wicker Park. Come out, share your voice and celebrate real women! Make a fabulous shirt at the t-shirt making station -- show everyone how much you love your body! Talk with documentary filmmaker, Rachel Rozycki, who will be there to interview women for her new documentary about women and their bodies! Most important, tell your story. No RSVP necessary, but please arrive a bit early if youd like to speak. Filter Cafe is located at 1585 N. Milwaukee Ave. (near intersection of Damen/North/Milwaukee). The event runs from 7:30 to 9:30pm. Send questions via e-mail to cnowedfund{at}yahoo.com.

Herbal Spa Night

Enjoy a mini-facial, manicure, chair massage, and more in the lovely warmth and beauty of the Garfield Park Conservatory from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. on October 20. Our estheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians will be here to pamper and soothe your mind and body. The services run from $5 to 15.

Stitch n' Bitch @ Early to Bed

Early to Bed, everyone's favorite women-owned adult shop at 5232 N. Sheridan Rd., features its recurring Stitch n' Bitch night. From 6-9pm, you can bring your knitting, crocheting, embroidery or any other kind of stitch-work and bitch away amongst like minds. You can even bring some tasty snacks and drinks to share. Free and open to the public; call 773-271-1219 for more information.

Hunnert Car Pileup

As Good Charlotte famously put it, "Girls don't like boys, girls like cars and money." Well, maybe it's not so famous and, as a girl, I can say that it's not entirely true, but if you do like cars, whether you're a boy or a girl, you should check out the 2005 Hunnert Car Pileup show at the Grundy County Speedway. It's a traditional hot rod show, featuring 50's style hot rods and rock-a-billy bands and all that stuff. Admission is $5 and the show starts at 9am. The Grundy County Speedway is located at 8890 N. Rt. 47, in Morris.

Diva Dating @ T's

Dykediva[dot]com presents Diva Dating, a night of speed dating just for the laides at T's Bar, 5025 N. Clark St. The dating range is divided into two groups -- early/mid-thirties and up from 8-9pm and twenties and early thirties 9:30-10:30pm -- but participants are welcome to join whichever group in which they feel most comfortable. Admission to the night of lesbian dating is $10, 21+ only.

Betty Dodson @ Early to Bed

Self-love aficionado and author of Sex for One and Orgasms for Two, Betty Dodson makes a stop today at Early to Bed. Preview her new film, "Orgasmic Women: 13 Selfloving Divas," participate in a question and answer session and get your copies of her books signed. The event is free and open to adults 18+, 7-9pm. Early to Bed is located at 5232 N. Sheridan Rd. Call 773-271-1219 for more information.

Working Bikes Fundraiser for Tanzania

Tonight, from 5-8pm, you can listen to some jazz, enjoy the outdoor setting at Cafe Society and learn about Working Bike Cooperative Volunteer Danny Danger's Tanzanian efforts to help train Africans to build cargo bikes. Furthermore, the meeting will focus on how the bicycles help in developing countries. The fundraiser is free -- just buy some food or drink and enjoy Volunteer Stephan's whip cream desserts. Cafe Society is located at 1801 S. Indiana. Email workingbikes[at]yahoo[dot]com for more information.

Andersonville Bike Pub Tour

The Andersonville Draught Beer Preservation Society -- a cause whose time has definitely come -- is offering a bicycle tour of four neighborhood pubs. Starting at 8pm, the tour will meet at Carola's Hansa Clipper, 4659 N. Lincoln, and go through The Edgewater Lounge, Leadway Bar and Gallery, and Fireside Restaurant and Lounge. For more information, email avillebikebrew[at]yahoo[dot]com.

Burning Chocolate and Spunn

Missed the last full moon celebration? In a week you'll get a chance to celebrate again, but in the meantime, tonight you can get all the music, dance, drums and fire spinning of a full moon celebration inside a chocolate factory. No, it's not an R. Kelly joke. Burning Chocolate is a community gathering in an old chocolate factory at 4710 W. Augusta, 10pm until stopping time. $15 gets in you, 21+ only. This night is hosted by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Oh yeah...you read that one right.

Full Buck Moon and Fire Dancing

No, really. "This month, on July 21st the Full Buck Moon, named after the Buck Deer who's [sic] antlers push out from their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur, will rise in all it's [sic] flaming goodness." On the night of full moon, join the crowd at Foster beach for a night of dancing, singing and drumming in celebration of the full moon. Not just any kind of dancing, either. This kind of dancing is with fire, so if you plan on spinning said fire, meet your fellow spinners at 7:30pm for a review of this dangerous pasttime. Brought to you by the lively people of Spunn. Email liz[at]spunn[dot]org for more information.

Diva Dating @ T's

Dykediva[dot]com presents Diva Dating, a night of speed dating just for the laides at T's Bar, 5025 N. Clark St. The dating range is divided into two groups -- early/mid-thirties and up from 8-9pm and twenties and early thirties 9:30-10:30pm -- but participants are welcome to join whichever group in which they feel most comfortable. Admission to the night of lesbian dating is $10, 21+ only.

Chicago Smart Business Hour and Green Drinks

Two events, one night, one location:

Chicago Smart Business Hour, a forum for networking and brainstorming, centers their panel discussion on "Climate Change: Business Responds." The hour exists as an opportunity for business professionals to meet like-minded colleagues and stay aprised of local and national sustainability development topics. The panel lasts from 5-6:30pm, with a $6 admission fee.

Chicago Green Drinks meets from 6:30-9pm to discuss their panel topic, "Wheels on Fire: Bike Issues in Chicago." Those interested in sustainability and environmental issues are encouraged to attend, network and learn what others are doing in regards to these issues. Admission is $4, $2 for students (admission fee for the Chicago SBH covers this admission fee).

Both events will take place at Jefferson Tap & Grill, 325 N. Jefferson. Call 312-670-7812 for more information.

Adult Pinewood Derby

The first annual Adult Pinewood Derby runs today from 6:30pm to 11:30pm at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood (just south of Montrose). Sixty cars designed by local and national artists -- including Jeff Tweedy, Mark Mothersbaugh and Tony Millionaire -- ralley against each other to the sounds of the world's only true girl group, The Grounded, concept glam rockers Chariot and DJ Helen Wheels. A $20 open bar benefits the P.L.A.Y. program at Causes Child Abuse Treatment Center.

Celebrate the Mix Tape @ Quimby's

Tonight at 8pm "We Will Rock You" at Quimby's Bookstore's Mix Tape Event. This is Chicago's first ever celebration of the mixtape! Audience members are expected to bring a mix CD or tape to swap with someone at the reading. Featuring readings and music by: Joe Meno (Punk Planet contributing editor and author of "Hairstyles of the Damned" which you might remember from our book club discussion), Sean Carswell (Razorcake editor and author of "Barney's Crew"), Mickey Hess (THE2NDHAND contributor and author of "Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory"), Anne Elizabeth Moore (Punk Planet associate editor and author of "Hey Kidz Buy This Book"), Liz Mason (editor of Caboose zine who will present material from The Bad Lyrics Project), plus music from PAL! Don't forget to bring your mix tape or CD to trade! Quimby's is located at 1854 West North Avenue, Chicago. 773/342-0910

Third Coast Festival Radio Potluck

The Third Coast International Audio Festival is gearing up to present a Radio Potluck at Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre. Come savor the meal of audio documentaries, consisting of appetizers (short artistic works), side dishes (distinctive medium-length features) and entrees (longer selections of different styles and flavors). Then cap it off with a real dessert. The show lasts from 7-9pm and costs $4-$6. Advance tickets are recommended; you can call 312-948-4682 or email info[at]thirdcoastfestival[dot]org to get them. The Garage Theatre at Steppenwolf is located at 1650 N. Halsted Ave.

Clean Air Counts Happy Hour

Join your fellow bicycle commuters, from 5:30-8:30pm, for a happy hour of cold drinks and half priced appetizers at Goose Island Brew Pub. Clean Air Counts, Undo It, New American Dream and Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail will come together to offer raffle prizes and giveaways and promote the biking lifestyle as an effective solution to poor air quality. Hosted by the LEED Council Demonstration Corridor, the event is open to the public. Goose Island is located at 1800 N. Clybourn.

Diva Dating

Dykediva presents Diva Dating, a night of lesbian speed dating at T's Bar on Clark. The dating range is divided into two groups, with mid-thirties and up dating from 8-9pm and those in their twenties and early thirties dating from 9:30-10:30pm. (Ranges are approximations and participants should feel free to join whichever group in which they feel most comfortable.) Admission is $10 with $1 "courage shots." Singles are encouraged to join in the fun and couples are welcome to lend their support in the dating game. T's Bar is located at 5025 N. Clark St.

Marilyn Monroe Birthday Bash

The Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club is throwing Marilyn Monroe a birthday celebration done right: with half-price martinis and Marilyn impersonators galore. Male and female, of course. From 5:30pm-2am, get a little taste of the glamor and watch prizes be handed to the most impressive M's. 3700 N. Halsted St. Call 773-525-1111 for more information.

PURPLEFUNK Festival

Just how big of a Prince fan are you? Are you ready for two days of Prince convention? Well, ready or not, here it comes: The PURPLEFUNK Festival hits the Crown Plaza Hotel O'Hare, 5440 N. River Rd. in Rosemont, this Saturday and Sunday.

"2 Dayz of Wild Fashion show, Games & Prizes, including a Limo Ride givaway, Big Screen concert and music videos, Christopher Traci Solo Piano Performance, NPD DJ Juan "Tor're" De La Sanz Spinning ur favorite Prince Jams, Late Night Dancing, Special Prince Drinks The Purple Revolution Prince Tribute Band! Memorabillia Show (Buy Sell Trade) A special appearance and performance by former member of NPG (now gone solo), KIP BLACKSHIRE, also look for special performances by BET Celebrity Comedians and more!!!"

Tickets range from $15 for Sunday only to $35 for both days. More information is available here, or by emailing purplefunkfestyahoocom.

PURPLEFUNK Festival

Just how big of a Prince fan are you? Are you ready for two days of Prince convention? Well, ready or not, here it comes: The PURPLEFUNK Festival hits the Crown Plaza Hotel O'Hare, 5440 N. River Rd. in Rosemont, this Saturday and Sunday.

"2 Dayz of Wild Fashion show, Games & Prizes, including a Limo Ride givaway, Big Screen concert and music videos, Christopher Traci Solo Piano Performance, NPD DJ Juan "Tor're" De La Sanz Spinning ur favorite Prince Jams, Late Night Dancing, Special Prince Drinks The Purple Revolution Prince Tribute Band! Memorabillia Show (Buy Sell Trade) A special appearance and performance by former member of NPG (now gone solo), KIP BLACKSHIRE, also look for special performances by BET Celebrity Comedians and more!!!"

Tickets range from $15 for Sunday only to $35 for both days. More information is available here, or by emailing purplefunkfestyahoocom.

Chinese dinosaurs @ Field Museum

The Field Museum opens a temporary exhibit today, Dinosaur Dynasty: Discoveries from China. Among the animals on display will be Mamenchisaurus (the longest-necked animal that ever lived) and Caudipteryx (a feathered dinosaur). Plus, you'll be able to touch a real dinosaur leg bone! Can't pass that up! The exhibit runs through April 23 of next year. See the Field Museum Website for full details on the exhibit and ticket information. The Field Museum: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. (312) 922-9410.

Early to Bed: Stitch n' Bitch

If you've ever wanted to do your crafty thing amongst like-minded people in a cool and relaxed atmosphere, this is your chance. Early to Bed, at 5232 N. Sheridan Rd., offers the return of Stitch n' Bitch, an evening of stitching, knitting, and other crafty things. The evening is free and participants are welcome to bring snacks to share. 6pm. Call 773-271-1219 for more information.

Lucha Va Voom Cinco de Mayo Spectacular

What do you get when you combine Mexican wrestling and burlesque? Lucha VaVoom! How could you resist? The troupe invades the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee, for a Cinco de Mayo blowout show that's sure to entertain more than the mariachi band at your local taqueria. Tickets are $40 ringside, $20 general, available through TicketWeb. Check the site for details.

Speed Dating with The Cupid Players

The Cupid Players, a non-profit theater comedy dedicated to the art of musical sketch comedy, stops by T's for an evening of speed dating. If you're between the ages of 25-39, you're welcome participate in an evening of three-minute dates with thirty singles, with The Cupid Players performing their "trademark savvy, salacious songs about relationships." Registration is limited to 30 men and 30 women and costs $30 -- call 773-539-4596 to save your spot. The dating fun begins at 6pm. T's is located at 5025 N. Clark St.

Chicago Social Forum

The Chicago Social Forum, a "network of local social-movement organizations, peace and justice groups, NGOs, representatives of civil society, activists and interested individuals," is meeting today from 9am-6pm at Jones High School, 660 S. State St. If you're interested in learning more about their cause or volunteering with the group, stop by. You can also contact Lilliana De Santiago at lilydesantiago[at]yahoo.com.

Labor Trail Virtual Tour

Mess Hall and the creators of "The Labor Trail: Chicago's History of Working-Class Life and Struggle" are giving a virtual tour of the history and neighborhoods of Chicago's working people. The award-winning map helps to showcase the areas where "generations of dramatic struggles and working-class life" have given the city the rich history that it has today. Feel free to bring snacks and beverages to share at the free tour, 8-10pm. Mess Hall is located at 6932 N. Glenwood Ave. Call 773-412-2501 for more information.

World Intellectual Property Day: Copynight

Did you know that today is World Intellectual Property Day? So don't go try to make silent Velcro or anything. Seriously, though, the Chicago Chapter is meeting tonight at Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St, 6pm, to meet people who care as much about intellectual property laws as they do. Bring the copyrights back to the people! The intellectuals control the means of production! Email info[at]copynight.org for more information.

Arlington Heights Bike Swap

The Arlington Heights Bicycle Association is sponsoring this year's Bike Swap, offering hundreds of bikes and related items to buy and sell. The Swap is free and open the public -- anyone who needs to sell or buy used bikes and things is welcome to attend. Visit Pioneer Park, 500 S. Fernandez, Arlington Heights to join in the fun. Check here for hours of operation and terms of sale; email swap[at]cyclearlington.com for further information.

Arlington Heights Bike Swap

The Arlington Heights Bicycle Association is sponsoring this year's Bike Swap, offering hundreds of bikes and related items to buy and sell. The Swap is free and open the public -- anyone who needs to sell or buy used bikes and things is welcome to attend. Visit Pioneer Park, 500 S. Fernandez, Arlington Heights to join in the fun. Check here for hours of operation and terms of sale; email swap[at]cyclearlington.com for further information.

Shelley Young @ Scents and Sensibility

Shelly Young from The Chopping Block will appear at Scents and Sensibility for a meet and greet and wine tasting. Scents and Sensibility, a Jane Austen inspired boutique, is located at 4654 N. Rockwell; call 773-267-3838 for more information.

Freddy's Fiddles and Things

Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Fred Spector joins the Newberry Library's Wednesday Club for "Freddy's Fiddles and Things: Treasures from the Fred Spector Collection." Spector will share a lifetime of collecting violins and violin-related antiques, including such oddities as a mute that once belonged to Mozart. Tickets for the 5:30pm event are $12 and include refreshments. The Newberry Library is at 60 W. Walton St. Call 312-255-3510 to register or do it here.

Pub Quiz for MS @ Globe Pub

The Globe Pub features a pub quiz tonight and every Tuesday night at 8pm. Teams of up to five people compete for prizes and the glory of being the best nerds in the room. Entry fee is $5 per person, and is donated to the Greater Illinois chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Plus: $3 Sierra Nevada drafts! The Globe Pub (formerly Lyon's Den) is at 1934 W. Irving Park Rd.

Lefkow Memorial

The Edgewater/Andersonville community will meet tonight on the 5200 block of North Lakewood Ave. at 7pm to pay silent tribute to the murder victims of the Lefkow family and in support of the survivors. Bring your own candle. More information available from Nancy Meyerson of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce at 773-784-5277.

Last day to save money on Old Town School classes!

The next session of classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music starts up next week on Monday, February 28. If you're mulling over the possibility of making time in your busy schedule for music, voice, theater or dance lessons (a full schedule of classes can be found at the Old Town School Website), don't delay! If you register for a class by today, you'll save $15 off the regular class price. This is YOUR chance to become the folk-rock musician that you always knew you could be! The Old Town School of Folk Music: 4544 N. Lincoln. (773) 728-6000.

Get Fired

Looking to score your fifteen minutes of fame? The Apprentice is holding an open casting call for its fourth season, today at NBC Tower, 454 N. Columbus Drive. Interviews begin at 9am, but wristbands are handed out at 8am, so be sure to get there nice and early because only those with wristbands are guaranteed an interview.

Red Line Lake El stop temporary closure

Attention Red Line riders! Starting tonight, the Lake stop will be closed on weeknights (9:00 PM to 5:00 AM) and all day on the weekends. The closure will be in effect until late summer, due to construction being done on the station. See the CTA site for details.

Chicago Auto Show @ McCormick Place

The 2005 Chicago Auto Show opens to the public today, and runs through Sunday, February 20. The nation's largest auto show includes numerous auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, antique and collector cars, and some sneak previews of various auto makers' upcoming models. The show happens at McCormick Place; see the auto show Website for complete details.

INXS Rock Star Auditions

INXS is looking for a new sensation...and a new singer since the untimely death of Michael Hutchence. If you're looking to score your fifteen minutes of fame, head down to Schubas Tavern and the Harmony Grill at 3159 N. Southport to audition for the CBS reality show promising to deliver just that. The auditions are free and last from 8am to 4pm.

Clown Around Town

Today is the last day of Clown Around Town, a new program from The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, which celebrates the circus arts with acrobatic workshops, clown performances, and a circus museum exhibit.

Highlights of today's events include: Navy Pier's free Circus Extravaganza, "Subversive Clowning: The Politics Of Laughter," a workshop led by 500 Clown's Adrian Danzig at the Chicago Cultural Center, and a performance by Kapoot at the Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph St).

Clown Around Town

Clown Around Town, a new program from The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, celebrates the circus arts all weekend long with acrobatic workshops, clown performances, and a circus museum exhibit.

Highlights of today's events include: Pippi Goes to the Circus from 11 am-2 pm at the Swedish American Museum Center (5211 N. Clark Street), The Actors Gymnasium Presents A Circus Workshop from Noon-2 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph Street), and Navy Pier's circus extravaganza from Noon-5 pm.

Clown Around Town

Clown Around Town, a new program from The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, celebrates the circus arts all weekend long with acrobatic workshops, clown performances, and a circus museum exhibit.

Today's events include "Vito's Circus on a Shoestring," a free circus workshop at the Indian Boundary Cultural Center (2500 W Lunt Ave) from 1:30-3 pm, and The Actors Gymasium presents: Daredevils and Dolls from 12:15-1 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E Randolph St).


Clown Around Town

Clown Around Town, a new program from The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, celebrates the circus arts all weekend long with acrobatic workshops, clown performances, and a circus museum exhibit.

Today's events include a circus exhibition all day at the Museum of Science and Industry, "Silliness 101" at the Chicago Children's Museum, and an Astro Beat Circus Dance Party from 7-9 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Midnight Yoga

Tonight from 10:30 p.m. till Midnight join Bloom Yoga Studio for an invigorating Friday night candlelit yoga class accompanied by live music by Jesse Hozeny. Groove to the beats as you explore the connection between movement, music, and breath. Afterwards hang out in their cozy reception area for some wine and good conversation. Gather with like-minded individuals who are looking to do something fun, unique, and healthy to start their weekend. Call (773) 463-YOGA or email kerry{at}bloomyogastudio{dot}com to register because space is limited. $20. Bloom Yoga is located at 4663 N. Rockwell, Chicago.

Penny Rides on CTA

The CTA has announced that it will once again offer "Penny Rides" this New Year's Eve, and has extended hours on some trains and buses. It's quite the community gift, given the CTA's notoriously bad financial situation. Catch a ride on the CTA for just $.01 from 8 p.m. Friday night until 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

Florasonic Sound Installation

"Next 3 Miles" Florasonic Sound Installation will be available for listening and viewing at the Lincoln Park Conservatory today from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m., for free. "Florasonic, a series of sound installations, is an effort to have artists respond -- through sound -- to the evocative environment of the Fern Room. The current florasonic project is 'Next 3 Miles,' by composer Amnon Wolman. Using sounds recorded throughout the city, Wolman celebrates the multi-faceted cultural landscape of Chicago. The result is an imaginary "sound walk" that takes us through the city and through the composer's imagination." Presented by Experimental Sound. The conservatory is located at 2391 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago.

Christmas Eve Radio Specials

If you're streaming radio, stuck in traffic, or just listening at home, today's a great day to listen to Chicago Public Radio's Christmas specials. This morning at 9 a.m. tune in for "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2004". It's "one live, 90-minute stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England presenting the legendary A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service (Biblical readings and music) as performed by the 30-voice King's College Choir. Hosted by Michael Barone." Then, this afternoon, there's the "Downtown Messiah" at 1 p.m. "Handel's holiday treasure gets a contemporary spin in this hip, genre-stretching version of The Messiah. Rita Houston hosts this two-hour special and features folk, jazz, rock, gospel, blues, bluegrass, a cappella, and other interpretations of Handel's ageless classic. The 2004 edition gathers the best performances from the past six years, including Dar Williams, Marshall Crenshaw, Terre Roche, trumpeter Randy Brecker, and new performances and arrangements from Jane Siberry, David Johansen, and other soloists. The performers share the stage with a chamber orchestra and chorus, along with narrators (and long-time New York City radio veterans) Meg Griffin and Vin Scelsa." Check out other special holiday programing on Chicago Public Radio online.

Naked Poetry Anti-Slam

Just in time for winter, a "Naked Poetry Anti-Slam" takes place tonight at 3829 N. Broadway (2 blocks South of Irving Park Road). The performance gets started at 8 p.m. followed by 11 p.m. dance party. This is what the organizers had to say: "The Naked Poetry Anti-Slamexerts a non-sexual, non-competitive maxim, encouraging authors toread as long as they'd like while audience patience is garnered by thefurthered honesty of the naked body. The Naked Poetry Anti-Slam showcases these beings, driven to the heights of vernacular from the simplest delights of the body as a blank canvas. Participate with Chicago's most fascinating performers, effecting our collective unconscious in rhapsody, in a redefined anatomy of being." There is a $10 donation requested. Poets and Musical Performers include: Ozkr Dragonflies DuSoliel, Barrie Cole, Aurora Danai, Ellie Maybe, Just Joking Jerry, Christine Phillips, Bob La Bla, Phaelan Levelle, Shawnecee Nation, I Like Action!, DJ Kenny Dread. For more information please contact Teri Vrakas by emailing teri@muralivegot.com or call (773) 292-0292. No cameras / No gropers / No drunken pukers, please!

Midwest Furfest

So you're a furry. We're not judging you. Hell, we spend most of our time in the online world -- who are we to judge?

Midwest Furfest is the place to be for people of your persuation. Taking place at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Shaumberg November 19-21, it'll be a veritable orgy of costumed fun. Registration is $40, which includes access to the various events and the exhibit floor. More info on the site.

Rachael Ray @ Piece

Watch Rachael Ray film an episode of Food Network's "Inside Dish with Rachael Ray" at Piece, 1927 W. North Ave. She'll be talking with Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen. (Shouldn't they be in Rockford, then?) Watching is free but dinner and drinks are not, and you gotta buy something if you wanna stick around.

Graceland Halloween Tour

Graceland Cemetery is one of the city's most beautiful; it's dotted with mausoleums by Louis Henri Sullivan and Laredo Taft for such luminaries as Daniel Burnham, the Palmers and Marshall Field. The Chicago Architecture Foundation conducts its last walking tour of the year today at 2pm, starting from the entrance at Clark and Irving Park. Since it's Halloween, reader Mike Hanline and friends will be dressing like zombies for the cemetery tour, then heading to McGee's Halloween Pub Crawl. If you care to join them, email michaelhanline at yahoo.com.

Nosferatu, More @ Culture of Fear

Tonight at the Open End Gallery, 2000 W. Fulton, Scary Bodega Productions and Tense Forms present a screening of the 1922 silent vampire classic Nosferatu with a new plunderphonic score comprised of audio sampled from more than a dozen other Dracula films by Chicago composer Chris Fuller.
The event will also feature:
The Lovecraft Syndrome, a short film by David Schmidt
Animation by Kate Raney
An exhibit of art and photography from the Tense Forms collective.
Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:30pm sharp. $7 donation. Check here and here for more info.

Registration closes for South Side Blues Class

The University of Chicago's Graham School of General Studies has begun a collaboration with the DuSable Museum of African-American History, part of which involves co-sponsoring adult education courses open to all who want to register. The class below "South Side Blues and Jazz" meets Oct. 30 thru Nov. 6 (10:30 a.m.--12:45 p.m.) and is a true bargain at $30. Registration closes on Oct. 22, so if youre interested, act soon. The class is taught by David Ramey. According to the class listing: "The South Side of Chicago is world famous as home to some of the most innovative jazz and blues music in history. Join us for a discussion of this legacy that will bring together academics and musicians for a unique perspective on Sweet Home Chicago. Prospective guests will include the legendary Honey Boy Edwards, the last of the great Delta bluesmen." For more information, contact Bart Schultz at 773-702-8821.

Registration closes for Black Protest Music Class

The University of Chicago's Graham School of General Studies has begun a collaboration with the DuSable Museum of African-American History, part of which involves co-sponsoring adult education courses open to all who want to register. The class below "Black Protest Music since 1965: Soul, Funk, and Hip-Hop" meets Oct. 2 thru Oct. 23 (10:30 a.m.12:45 p.m) and is a bargin at $40. Registration closes on Sept. 24th, so if youre interested, act quickly. The course is taught by Leniece Davis. According to the course listing: "This course explores African-American music of dissent and struggle, examining how the social, economic, and political events of recent decades produced the protest music styles of soul, funk, and hip-hop. We will seek to understand the role of the musical artist, the poet, and the performer in society, as well as the connection between art and politics. The course aims to cultivate ways of thinking about music as an integral dimension of human behavior and of liberal arts scholarship while focusing on the genres of soul, funk, and hip-hop and while explaining what makes this music so powerful." For more information, contact Bart Schultz at 773-702-8821.

Renegade Craft Fair

This year's Renegade Craft Fair takes place over two days, Saturday and Sunday, in Wicker Park (rain or shine) from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Featuring over 100 crafty types from all over the country this year, the fair will provide handmade wares for anyone and everyone from the hip to the chic. Check out a full list of vendors, including links to their sites, a vendor map, and directions at the Renegade Craft Fair website. Wicker Park is located at 1435 N. Damen, near the Damen blue line El stop.

Video Machete Attic Sale and Open House

Today, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Video Machete will open its doors for a sale and open house. Video Machete is a community organization that relies on public support to serve over 400 youth annually, local and nation-wide educators, artists, media makers, minorities and underserved Chicago communities. Drop by Saturday to tour their workshop facilities and meet the staff. Learn about their numerous programs and projects and get involved in your community. Theyll be accepting innovative ideas, artist and educator resumes, and volunteer applications. If youre an artist, an administrator, an advocate or a community member, they hope to see you there.

On sale will be: tons of computer hardware, 4-foot poster printer, video editing and design loaded iMACs, furniture, etc. all incredibly priced. They are also accepting donations and providing tax donation receipts for larger item sales. It all goes to support their media arts programming and Video Machetes 10-year anniversary celebration this fall!

Video Machete is located at 1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue, # 2F, Chicago, IL. (Division stop off the Blue Line)

Cubs community meeting

The Cubs, along with the City and the four Wrigleyville-area aldermen, host a midseason "Wrigley Field Advisory Meeting" to review issues affecting Wrigleyville residents, including the "Neighborhood Protection Plan" promises made by the Cubs as part of their deal for more night games. The meeting is open to the community, so if you have praise or complaints for the Cubs' efforts at being a good neighbor, now's the time to bring it. 7pm at the LeMoyne School, 851 W. Waveland.

Chicago Bar Wars

Tonight, at Vision Nightclub, 630 N. Dearborn, teams from 26 of the city's bars and nightclubs will compete in the most difficult event of their lives: Chicago Bar Wars 2004. They will compete in five events: Bouncer boxing, jello wrestling, sumo wrestling, flair bartending (think Cocktail) and the Hottest Bartender Pageant. And you can watch it all for just $20! Tickets are available here or at the door. May the best bar win!

Cacophony Society First Meeting

What: Chicago Cacophony Society Reform Lodge #176
Where: Paddy Mac's, 4157 N Pulaski (at Berteau)
When: 7:30pm

Plenty of parking. Pulaski bus stops out front; it's a short two blocks from the Irving Park blue line stop.

(What's a cacophony society? Read here.)

70th anniversary of John Dillinger's death

On July 22, 1934, John Dillinger was gunned down outside the Biograph Theatre by federal agents. That is, he was confronted by agents in front of the theater and then made his way to a nearby alley, where he met his end. To commemorate this bit of Chicago history, the Red Lion Pub (2446 N. Lincoln, across the street from the Biograph) is hosting a "Dillinger Day" event. Dillinger-related movies will be screened, and shortly after 10:00 PM, a bagpipe procession will retrace Dillinger's final steps. The show starts at 8:00 PM, and admission is free ("half price for ladies in red").

Andersonville Walking Tour

The Chicago Architecture Foundation sponsors a wealth of walking, boat, and bus tours in neighborhoods throughout the year. One of them is the Andersonville walking tour, set for today, July 17 (the next one is in October). Part of a series that features the Edgewater and Lakewood-Balmoral neighborhoods, you can learn about Andersonvilles growth from early Swedish farms of the 1840s to a thriving present-day neighborhood. There has always been vital activity on Clark Street, originally as a Native American path and now as a bustling commercial district. The architecture is both classical and modern, and is surrounded by Victorian, prairie, and classical residential and institutional buildings. The tour takes place at 10:30 a.m., and lasts 2 hours. Tickets are $10. Check the website for more information.

Build Your Own Radio

The York Radio Club will demonstrate electronic kit-building techniques at the Elmhurst Fire Station #1, 404 North York St. in Elmhurst. The event starts at 8pm. York Radio Club members will build a simple electronic kit and informally discuss component identification and soldering techniques. Club members will also bring in other "home-brew" projects. The club will also offer Amateur Radio exams at 7pm. Free. Call 630/833-7371 or email w9pcs@arrl.net for more info.

City sticker deadline today!

Do you have a city sticker for your car yet? No? Then you better get one today, because (a) you'll have to pay a $40 late fee after today, and (b) you'll get a $120 ticket if the cops catch you without one. Check out the City Clerk's Website for information on how to get a sticker.

The Ultimate Coffee Break

You like free stuff, right? Well, today's your lucky day. Show up at Equity Plaza (2 N. Riverside Plaza) between 11am and 2pm for free samples of Starbucks beverages, sandwiches, brownies and Eli's cheesecake. There will also be some non-edible freebies, including copies of the RedEye, skincare products, yoga demonstrations and chair massages. All accompanied by free music by WLIT-FM -- yippee!

iTunes Day

DJ Chris Walsh spins on iPods and from iTunes at the W Hotel City Center, 172 W. Adams, 6-9pm tonight in the lounge. It's free, everyone gets a free iTunes CD, and you can register to win an iPod or iMac. Woohoo! Call 312/332-1200 for more info.

Fireworks!

If you like explosions (and you know you do), head to the lakefront for the city's Independance Eve Fireworks Display on July 3. The show gets going at 9:30 p.m. down in Grant Park where there will be a fireworks display "promised to delight crowds" set to music. This year one of the featured pieces is John Williams' "Imperial March" from a little-known movie called "Star Wars."

Svengoolie 25th anniversary

If the name Svengoolie doesn't ring a bell, then you're missing out on a wonderful little slice of Chicago history. Rich Koz has been playing the horror film show host for 25 years now (taking over the Svengoolie name from Jerry G. Bishop, who originated the character in the early 1970s). Tonight on Svengoolie's current home, WCIU-26, Svengoolie will look back at the last 25 years with plenty of clips and treats for fans. And of course there'll be a horror movie to watch: the creepy classic The Screaming Skull. Svengoolie celebrates tonight from 9:00 to 11:00, and fans of classic horror movies (and movie show hosts) should definitely check it out.

Public Square's Cafe Society at MCA

Get together with Public Square's Cafe Society participants from all over the Chicagoland area for a free tour of Lee Bontecou's exhibit, "A Retrospective," refreshments, and discussion tonight from 5:308 p.m. at the MCA, located at 220 E. Chicago Ave. Please RSVP to Public Square by either calling (312) 993.0682 or sending an email to events@thepublicsquare.org. Everyone is welcome at this event co-sponsored by TEN by TEN magazine.

Help the Hypocrites @ the Hungry Brain

Come out and help support local theater by...drinking! Tonight from 9 p.m.- midnight, you can drink all the beer and wine you like for $10 at The Hungry Brain, and help out local theater group The Hippocrites who've lost half their state funding this year. This bunch brought you the Jeff Recommended "Balm in Gilead" and "Camille/La Traviata" this year, the least you can do is go drink with them! The Hungry Brain is located at 2319 W. Belmont Ave.

Pixies Concert Video @ aliveOne

If you missed out on tickets to the November Pixies show (it's sold out), here's a chance to still see them in concert...sort of. aliveOne, N. Halsted, will be playing a concert video of the band at around 9pm tonight. Free, assuming you're having a drink; 21 and over. For more info, call the bar at 773/315-6398.

Teen Chicago exhibit opens

The Chicago Historical Society presents Teen Chicago, a three-year project to study how teenagers affect Chicago's history. Today a Teen Chicago exhibit opens at the CHS building at Clark and North. There will be gallery tours, performances, films, lectures, and a special performance by the CHS Teen Council. What more does the Chicago teenager need? The exhibit will be open to the public from 10:00 to 4:00 today. See the CHS Website for directions.

St. Patrick's Day

Today is St. Pat's, which means every Irish pub in the city -- and a lot of the non-Irish bars, too -- will be teeming with celebratory folks drinking green beer and whiskey, sporting lots of green and orange and generally making fools of themselves despite it being Wednesday. Do with this information what you like.

South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade

Considered the largest community St. Patrick's Day parade outside of Dublin, the 26th Anuual South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade begins today at Noon. The parade route stretches up Western Avenue from 103rd to 114th Streets, but get there early as up to 300,000 spectators are expected to turn out for this annual event. Visit the official website for more information.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

It's time for Chicago's favorite 'liquid holiday' as the 49th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off today at Noon on Columbus Drive, between Balbo and Jackson. However, the festivities really begin at 10:30am at Michigan and Wabash as officials from the St. Patrick's Parade Committee commence with the city's wacky tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green. Check out the official Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade website for full event details.

"Last Comic Standing" Auditions

Here's your opportunity to show America how funny you are: NBC's "Last Comic Standing" reality/contest show will hold open auditions this morning at Zanies Comedy Club, 1548 N. Wells, at 10am. For more information, call Zanies at 312/337-4027.

Ethnic Voices: News from Chicago Neighborhoods

Tonight at the UofC's Gleacher Center, there will be a panel discussion about ethnic and immigrant media networks. A gathering of representatives from various media will be in attendance, including: Voice of Polonia host George Migala; La Raza editor in chief Elbio Rodriguez Barilari; India Tribune managing editor Lakshmana Rao; and Islam Online foreign correspondent Dina Rashed. The discussion will run from 6:00 to 8:00. Gleacher Center: 450 N. Cityfront Plaza. Admission is $35 and includes light hors d'oeuvres. Call (800) 997-9689 for more info and reservations.

Bingo Night @ California Clipper

On the first and fourth Monday of every month, the California Clipper, 1002 N. California at Augusta, hosts a bingo night with complementary pizza and prizes. It's free, but you gotta to be over 21. Call 773/384-2547 for more info.

Macintosh's 20th anniversary

Today's the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the Apple Macintosh. How to celebrate it? Take a trip down to the North Michigan Avenue Apple Store! They're not planning any special events to mark the occasion, but hey... 20th anniversary. Apple Store: 679 N. Michigan. (312) 981-4104.

UofC Lecture: Chicago as city and garden

This evening at 5:30 PM, University of Chicago hosts a discussion of the state of Chicago as a leader in urban design. Scheduled guests include the head of the Congress for the New Urbanism, John Norquist. CNU is an organization devoted to urban sprawl, and is one of the co-hosts of the discussion. The lecture is at UofC's Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza. More information: see the UofC Website, or call (773) 702-1682.

Harlem Globetrotters

The legendary Harlem Globetrotters roll into town with their comedic sports "game," ready to entertain -- and win, of course. Sure it's cheesy, but it's a lot of fun and tickets are only $12. At the United Center, 1901 W. Madison, 1pm. Tickets are available through TicketMaster here.

Harlem Globetrotters

The legendary Harlem Globetrotters roll into town with their comdic sports "game," ready to entertain -- and win, of course. Sure it's cheesy, but it's a lot of fun and tickets are only $12. At the United Center, 1901 W. Madison, at 7pm. Tickets are available through TicketMaster here.

Final day of Seahorse Symphony @ Shedd

If you haven't seen the seahorse exhibit at Shedd Aquarium, you'd better check it out today, because they're closing it down after 5 1/2 years. Originally scheduled to be an 18-month show, the Seahorse Symphony exhibit has been one of the aquarium's most popular displays, bringing in 10 million visitors over the years. If you haven't seen the seahorses yet, do yourself a favor and check it out; the aquarium's open today from 9 to 6. Shedd Aquarium: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive. (312) 939-2435.

SPEC Chicago organizational meeting

There's a Self-Publishers Event Council of Chicago organizational meeting tonight at 8pm at Brent Ritzel's place, 908 N. Oakley #2 (2 blocks north of Chicago Ave., 1 block east of Western Ave.).

"Last meeting we covered upcoming events, venues and co-sponsors for events. This meeting we'll focus more on protests, actions, art attacks, flash mobs, guerrilla theatre, pranks...and promotions, promotions, promotions (i.e. getting as much attention for what we're up to as possible). Also, we'll discuss putting on benefits in order to raise more operational funds. Also, we'll be compiling a SPEC Chicago mission statement, and other content for the website (www.selfpublishers.org), so scribble your ideas down for this (plus ideas on protest, actions, etc.) and bring them with."

The meeting is, of course, free, but please RSVP to Brent at SPECchicago@yahoo.com or 773/269-2918.

Pub Quiz @ Gunther Murphy's

Gunther Murphy's on Belmont hosts a biweekly pub quiz, put together by volunteer hosts. Teams of up to 5 pay $20 to play; cash prizes dependent on the size of the pot. Starts around 9:00p.

Santa train starts rolling

If you're going to be in town the day after Thanksgiving, keep an eye on the El trains that pass by in the Loop; you might see this year's holiday train, which is a regular train decorated with holiday imagery and garlands, and also features an open-air flatcar with Santa and his reindeer waving to amazed onlookers. The train runs through Sunday, December 21st, on various train lines; check the CTA site for times and locations.

CHICAGOPEX

The Chicago Philatelic Society holds the 117th(!) annual CHICAGOPEX philatelic convention and bourse November 21-23 at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest, 3400 West Euclid Ave. in Arlington Heights. The British Caribbean Philatelic Society, the United Postal Stationery Society and the United States Stamp Society will hold their annual conventions concurrently. If you're into stamps, this is the Big Show. More information here.

Bridge Mag AAA Role-Playing Game

Bridge Magazine has organized a public tournament of its Advanced Artists & Alternos Role-Playing Game System, which premiered in the game-theory themed Bridge 7/8.

(From the site:) In this satire of hipster culture, players create artists and alternative-lifestyle characters who battle it out against the commodifying forces of commercial culture against the backdrop of the North Side, a neighborhood that curiously resembles Chicago's Wicker Park. The first-ever gaming module for the AAA system, Escape From Banality: The Battle For the North Side pits players against such menacing creatures as 'Eggerites,' 'Friends Zombies' and the ever-fearsome'Iraglasilisk,' monsters brought on by a mysterious 'Cloud of Banality' that threatens the artistic integrity of their hipster haven. Who will win? Join in the fight and maybe it'll be you!

Admission to the Bridge AAA Role-Playing Tournament is $5, capping of a Bridge subscription drive scheduled for Nov. 17-20th (to volunteer to help with the drive, please contact the Bridge office). Pre-rolled character sheets will be handed out to all participants, who will then be organized into groups of 3-6. A Bridge-trained game master will direct game play. Players whose characters survive play will be awarded prizes including a velvet dice bag with dice and a cloak-broach. A caricature artist will also be available on site to, for a small fee, draw caricatures of players as their role-playing characters.

Doors open at 7pm, game runs from 8pm to midnight at the Open End Gallery/Ideotech, 2000 W. Fulton St. More info here.

Beer Academy

Goose Island brewery on Clybourn turns into Beer Academy on November 19th at 6:30 pm. Learn from the Brewmaster, brush up on the ins and outs of brewing, and taste a dozen different beers while you're at it. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. To RSVP or for more information, call 312-915-0071.

Blogger Meetup

The monthly Weblogger Meetup is tonight at 7pm at the Black Rock, 3614 N. Damen Ave. Free, other than what you spend on drinks. Come meet your fellow bloggers!

Pontiac Flea Market

The Pontiac Flea Market is taking place at the Pontiac Cafe (1531 N. Damen) from 10-4.

National Feral Cat Day

In honor of National Feral Cat Day, members of the ChicagoLand Stray Cat Coalition will be taking 100 area feral cats to the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago to receive free spay/neuter services and free Rabies and Distemper vacinations. Eartipping and termination of pregnancies will also be done for free. In addition, FIV/FeLV testing, Microchipping and an application of Revolution will be done at cost if requested. Contact 847-289-4557 or ChgoLandStrays@aol.com for more information on how to get involved.

Sand Mandala

The Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago celebrates its 75th anniversary with the creation and destruction of a Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala by Geshe Gendun Gyatso, a Chicago-based Tibetan monk. You can watch him work from 8am-4pm at 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Free.

Blog Meetup Day

Calling all Chicago Bloggers. It's the third Wednesday of the month which means it must be International Blog Meetup Day! Come meet some of your fellow bloggers this month at Southport Lanes located at 3325 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60657 starting at 7pm. Let us know you're coming via RSVP at Meetup.com. Hope to see you there.

Bar Garage Sale

Stuff from several local bars will be on sale this coming weekend at a bar garage sale. Expect to find chairs, computers and cables, neon signs, bar stools, props, tables, glassware, lighting, bric-a-brac, and sound equipment. Located in the alley behind Get Me High Lounge, the sale is on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, at 11am. 1758 N. Honore.

20th Annual Illinois Storytelling Festival

The 20th Annual Illinois Storytelling Festival is taking place this weekend in Spring Grove, IL. Storytellers from around the country will be gathering to perform under five big top tents including the Family Tent, Adult's Tent, Children's Tent and Traditions Tent. Ghost stories will be told Saturday night, and a Liar's Contest and open mic will be taking place on the Swapping Grounds. See the schedule for full details. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids under 15.

20th Annual Illinois Storytelling Festival

The 20th Annual Illinois Storytelling Festival is taking place this weekend in Spring Grove, IL. Storytellers from around the country will be gathering to perform under five big top tents including the Family Tent, Adult's Tent, Children's Tent and Traditions Tent. Ghost stories will be told Saturday night, and a Liar's Contest and open mic will be taking place on the Swapping Grounds. See the schedule for full details. Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids under 15.

Bachelor/Bachelorette Casting Call

So, you think you're hot enough of a catch to be on ABC's The Bachelor or The Bachelorette reality shows? Well, here's your opportunity to prove it: Jamie Blyth and Tina "Fabulous," recent contestants on the shows, will be at Marshall Field's State Street store (111 N. State) interviewing potentials from 12-2pm. Stop by and fill out an application -- we're not sure what they'll be asking, but one prerequisite is clear: you must be single.

There's no charge to audition, and there's no guarantee you'll be interviewed, but what the hell, right? You only live once, might as well spend part of the time on TV. Call 888/300-1732 for more information.

First Annual Young Designer's Market

There will be a huge sale taking place in the backyard of 1010 N. Damen from 10 am to 5 pm today. Instead of your average crap sale, there will be works from many local artists, designers, and stylemakers. And, there will be plenty of art supplies, costumes, CDs, DVDs, and vintage clothing to make you inspired enough to go out and create your own art.
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Chicago Air and Water Show.

Time to plug up your ears again:
the 45th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show starts today and runs through tomorrow at North Avenue Beach (Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street). On both days, there's a water show at 9 AM, and an air show from 11 to 4 PM.

Tall Ships Parade

Tall Ships Chicago brings more than 20 wind-powered sailing vessels to Navy Pier, DuSable Harbor and the Chicago River today. The boats will be boardable Friday through Sunday (Boarding passes are $8.), but Thursday's the day they show off, and it's free. Parade is from 10am to 12:30pm.

Amistad at Navy Pier

A replica of the schooner Amistad, the slave ship taken over by its captives and made famous by the movie of the same name, will be docked at Navy Pier this until August 13. Explore the ship and learn about the history of the slave trade and the rebellion on the Amistad's decks. A free mock trial and legal symposium take place Wednesday, July 30, from 5 to 9 at the Chicago Children's Museum on the Pier. Sponsored by the DuSable Museum of African-American History.

Ship's open hours are: Monday through Friday from 2:00-4:15pm, weekends from 10:00am to 5:15pm. $8 for adults, $5 for children; call 773-947-0600, ext. 232, for more information.

Dave Attell in Vernon Hills

Fans of comedian Dave Attell's "Insomniac" show on Comedy Central will be pleased to hear he's performing at Zanies in Vernon Hills July 24-26. He's on at 8pm Thursday, 8 and 9:45 on Friday and 7:30 and 9:45 on Saturday. $25 and a two drink minimum. More info here.
(Wonder what late-night nuttiness he'll find out in Vernon Hills...)

Bastille Day

It's Bastille Day, the French equivalent of the Fourth of July! Go eat/drink something French.

"Independence Eve" Fireworks

The official Chicago fireworks display, bigger than all the rest. Make your way to Grant Park, Navy Pier or some points along the Lake/ Michigan Ave. and claim your spot. If you're in Grant Park, your viewing will be accompanied by the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra's rendition of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Concert starts at 7:30pm, the first shot is at 9:30. Free.

Wicker Park Garden Walk

Feeling footloose and fancy free? Well then go for a garden walk. The Wicker Park Garden Club present a garden walk on Sunday, June 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit some of Wicker Park's finest gardens. Tickets are $5 per person and sold in the park. Ticket price includes booklet with map! For more information, visit their website.
 

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