WCL: What's on Dec? Chicago Events July 21-27

Thanks for watching my "What's on Dec" segment every Thursday at 9am. Follow me on facebook.com/BillyDec and twitter.com/BillyDec and please give me feedback on if you go to any of these events and/or if you have any events you'd like me to share here in the future!

Green City Market Chefs' Barbecue (July 21)
Location: South End of Lincoln Park- 1750 N. Clark St.
Time: 5:30pm-8pm
$100 RSVP required
$25 for 12 & Under
$250 for VIP Tickets
$2,500 for VIP Tables (The VIP Heirloom table seats 10)
Details: Join the Green City Market for its 11th annual picnic in the park where guests can sample food from more than 80 chefs. Guests can also enjoy cocktails, wine, and beer along with their food, as well as live music. The list of chefs and restaurants participating is listed below:

676, Daren Wardynski, Kevin Atkinson, Karla Zarate; Atwood Café, Derek Simcik; Belly Shack / Urban; Belly, Bill Kim; Benny's Chophouse, Jonathan Lane; Big Bowl, Marc Bernard; Big Jones, Paul Fehribach, Mark Armantrout, Drew Swanson; Blue13 / Elate, Chris Curren, Chris Davies, Mike Noll; Branch 27, Katherine August, Cary Michael; Bristol, Chris Pandel; Butcher and Larder, Rob and Allie Levitt; Café BaBa Reeba, Tim Cottini; Capriole, Judith Schad, Sofia Solomon; Carnivale, David Dworshak; Coco Pazzo, Chris Macchia, Stephanie Mazzone; Convito Café and Market, Noe Sanchez, Nancy Brussat Barocci, Candace Barocci Warner; Custom House Tavern, Bryce Caron; David Burk's Primehouse, Rick Gresh; Dirk's Fish, Dirk Fucik, Terry Fucik, Ayla Fucik, Dee Fucik, Amir Rafizadeh; Eli's Cheesecake, Jolene Worthington, Diana Moles; Elysian Hotel, Danny Grant, Jason McLeod; Foodlife, John Chiakulas; Four Seasons, Kevin Hickey, Scott Gerken; Fox & Obel, Pamela Fitzpatrick; Franks n Dawgs, Alexander Brunacci, Joe Doren; Frontera Grill, Rick Bayless; Girl and the Goat, Stephanie Izard; Goose Island, Andrew Hroza; Green Zebra, Shawn McClain, Jon DuBois, Mary Christie; Hot Chocolate, Mindy Segal, Aric Miech; Inovasi, John des Rosiers; Kendall College, Mitch Cavanah; Leopold, Jeffrey Hedin; Lockwood, Gregory Elliott; Marion Street Cheese Market, Leonard Hollander; Mon Ami Gabbi, Justin Dumcum; Naha, Carrie Nahabedian; One Sixty Blue, Michael McDonald, Hillary Blanchard; Osteria Via Stato, David DiGregorio, Allison Gallese; Perennial Virant, Paul Virant, Scott Manley, Kenord Clarke; Prairie Grass Café / Prairie Fire, Sarah Stegner, George Bumbaris; Prasino, Todd C. Feitl; Publican / Big Star, Paul Kahan, Brian Huston, Justin Large; Rhapsody, Dean Zanella, Danial Romero; Ritz Carlton, Mark Payne, Chuck Kazmer, Eric Estrella; Sable Kitchen & Bar, Heather Terhune; Seedling, Peter Klein; Sepia, Andrew Zimmerman, Emmanuel Nony, Carlos Velasquez, Kyle McElhinney, Charles Welch, Cindy Schuman; Signature Room, Patrick Sheerin; Smoque BBQ / Ina's, Barry Sorkin and Ina Pinkney; Snookelfritz, Nancy Silver; Sola, Carol Wallack, Bob Bagley; South Water Kitchen, Roger Waysok; Café Spiaggia, Sarah Grueneberg, Erik Freeberg and Tony Mantuano; Tavernita, Ryan Poli; Terzo Piano at the Art Institute, Tony Mantuano and Meg Colleran Sahs; The Chopping Block, Shelley Young, Janet Kirker, John Peters, Nate Diss; The Gage & Henri, Dirk Flanigan, Michael Dean Reynolds; The Goddess and Grocer / Feast, Debbie Sharpe; Uncommonground - Clark St., Justin Martin; Uncommonground - Devon St., Chris Spear; Vie, Paul Virant, Nathan Sears; Wave, Kristine Subido; West Town Tavern, Susan Goss and Drew Goss; Zealous / Du Champ, Michael Taus

Website: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/167360

Jammin' at the Zoo (July 22)
Locatin: Lincoln Park Zoo
Time: 6pm
Advance: Adult $23
Child (Ages 4-12) $12
Adult Zoo Member $21
Child Zoo Member $10
Day of: Adult $28
Child (Ages 4-12) $14
Adult Zoo Member $26
Child Zoo Member $12

Details: Enjoy great music at the perfect location, Lincoln Park Zoo. There is a series of three concerts held on the zoo's south lawn with first-come lawn seating. Beer and wine is available for purchase, as well as food from the Park Place Cafe. The Lion House and the Kovler Sea Lion Pool will be open for this event as well. There will be music from Bronze Radio Return at 7:15pm and Sugar Ray will perform at 8:30pm.

Website: http://lpzoo.org/events/calendar/jammin-zoo

Immerman Angels (July 22)
Location: Columbia Yacht Club (111 N. Lake Shore Drive)
Time: 6:30pm-10:30pm
Price: $65

Details: Enjoy a night out and support a cause at the same time! This event celebrates Imerman Angels' fifth year and includes live entertainment, cuisine from well-known Chicago restaurants, and a select open bar all along the beautiful backdrop of Lake Michigan. Imerman Angels is a wonderful non-profit organization that brings support to those with cancer. The unique organization strives to connect cancer fighters and survivors with others who have experienced the same type of cancer. Tickets to this event include complimentary admission to the exclusive after-party at Underground!
Website: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/61977829

Wicker Park Fest (July 23-July 24)
Location: Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and Wood Street 1500 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
Time: 12 pm-10 pm on both July 23 & July 24
Price: $5 donation

Details: This weekend a great street festival is coming to the streets of Wicker Park! It will be the 8th annual Wicker Park Fest. Hosted by Wicker Park and Bucktown Chamber of Commerce with Big Creek Productions, this festival has a huge music lineup ready to entertain the festival's attendants all night long. Musical acts will include Wild Flag, Murder by Death, Wavves, MIMOSA, Blitzen Trapper, Flsstradamus, Digital Tape Machine and many more.

Website: http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/play/wicker_park_fest/

Celebrate Clark Street Festival (July 23-July 24)
Location: Clark Street and Morse Avenue 6900 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60626
Time: 1 pm-11 pm on both July 23 & July 24
Price: $5 donation

Details: The sixth annual Clark Street Festival hosted by the Rogers Park Business Alliance celebrates the culturally rich neighborhood of Rogers Park. There will be a variety of ethnic foods to try, world markets, and world music on two different stages to keep all entranced and having a good time. Branch out from the norm and see all that this historic neighborhood has to offer!

Website: http://www.celebrateclarkstreet.com/

Heshima Fashion Challenge (July 26)
Location: Room 1520's Aérée Loft
Time: 6:00-9 PM
Price: GA $50; VIP $120

Details: Ten up & coming Chicago fashion designers will compete in a fashion design competition to support refugee girls and young women in Nairobi, Kenya striving for independence. Heshima Kenya's Maisha Collective is an income generating project, in which these young women produce unique hand-dyed scarves. The designers must create a look centered around one of the Maisha Collective scarves two weeks prior to the event. The designs will be unveiled at the event and available for purchase during a silent auction. Billy Dec, Bianca Alexander of Conscious Living TV, Matt Lorenz of ML Design Studio, and Christina Hanson of Nordstrom, will be judging the competition. Support the cause and enjoy an evening of Grey Goose, Finch's Beer, organic appetizers from Pure Kitchen Catering, and raffle prizes courtesy of Akira, The Dana Hotel & Spa, Melissa's Shoes, and more!

Website: http://www.heshimafashionchallenge.com

Sheffield Garden Walk and Festival (July 23-July 24)
Location: Sheffield/DePaul 2200 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
Time: 12 pm-10 pm on both July 23 & July 24
Price: $7-$10 suggested donation

Details: This festival is hosted by the Sheffield Neighborhood Association and allows attendees to view nearly 100 gardens in the Sheffield area. This will be the 43rd annual celebration and contains plenty of live music, beer, and food for all. Some of the performers slated to appear are Kinetix, Mike Doughty, Soul Asylum, New Orleans Suspects, and Poi Dog Pondering.

Website: http://sheffieldgardenwalk.com/

The Chicago French Film Festival (July 22-24)
Location: The Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave)
Time: July 22 7:45 & 10:00 pm; July 23 2:30, 5:30, & 8:30 pm; July 24 2:00, 4:30, & 7 pm
Price: Individual Tickets-$10; Festival Pass-$40

Details: Experience eight recent French cinema, over the three day festival, taking place at the Music Box Theatre. Films include Romantics Anonymous, a comedy about two shy chocolate makers who are forced to reveal their feelings for one another and Point Blank, a thrilling drama about a man's mission to save his pregnant wife who has been kidnapped by a dangerous criminal. Other movies include, Love Crime, Hands Up, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, The Women on the 6th Floor, The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch, & The Hedgehog.

Website: http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/collections/the-chicago-french-film-festival/

Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band (July 23)
Location: Toyota Park 7000 S. Harlem Ave. Bridgeview, IL 60455
Time: 8 pm
Price: $29-$129

Details: Recording artist Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band are going on tour. The "Margaritaville" artists is sure to entertain as he sings of getting away and escaping to an island paradise in his fun style of music. The 2011 tour, titled "Welcome to Fin Land", will mark his 36th tour. Jimmy Buffett has been performing since 1965 and will continue to do so for years to come.

Website: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Jimmy-Buffett-tickets/artist/734667

For all those asking for free events, here they are:

The Chicago Vegan Chef Showdown (July 23)
Location: Funky Buddha Lounge- 728 W Grand Ave.
Time: 3pm-7pm
Price: Free

Details: If you're looking for the best vegan food or looking to be crowned Chicago's Best Vegan Chef, this is the place to be. Admission is free, but $1 donations are recommended for each sample. This event also helps raise money for MFA's work to prevent cruelty to farmed animals. For those interested in competing, there is a $25 entry fee per chef or team of chefs.

Nature Walk: Our Senses Outside (July 21, 28, Aug. 4 -Every Thursday)
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive Chicago, 60614
Price: Free

Details: Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and take a nature walk. Nature Walk: Our Senses Outside, if a family friendly experience that brings you closer to nature. On this walk, you will learn about different animals and how they adapt to nature to survive. This nature walk will open your senses and mind to the animal world around us.

Website: http://www.naturemuseum.org/cgi-bin/calendar.pl?view=Event&event_id=12124&datestring=20110721

Movies in the Park

Location: Parks around Chicago!
Time: Starts at dusk.
Price: Free

Details: The Chicago Park District is showing movies in parks throughout the city! All movies begin at dusk. Grab a blanket, bring the popcorn and enjoy a night under the stars watching some of our favorite movies! For movie listings, visit their website.

Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/events.results/object_id/b85d63cb-6aec-45f0-8cdb-9c38d0a57e19.cfm

Chicago Botanic Gardens Dancin' Sprouts (Wednesdays, July 20- August 31)
Location: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
Time: 5:30pm- 7:30pm
Price: Free, Parking $20

Details: Chicago Botanic Gardens Dancin' Sprouts is a summer event that supports family time. There is live music and entertainment to help set the mood. This event supports the Leave No Child Inside programs that is focused on getting youth to spend more time outside. Bring a blanket, enjoy the music and bring snacks. Picnicking is allowed on the Esplande right near the music. This is a great place to bond with loved ones over music and beautiful landscaping.


Also, hit me up on twitter.com/BillyDec or facebook.com/BillyDec and will help based on your needs!

For those asking for family events, here they are:

American Girl Event (July 23)
Location: 835 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
Time: 8:15a.m.
Price: $25 per person

Details: Sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmother bring your hair ribbons and brushes because American Girl is hosting a braids and bows event. This event will teach girls how to braid different types of braids and how to accessorize their dolls hair and their own. A Doll Hair Salon stylist will host the event, teaching the girls new hairstyles. Not only will you get to know how to braid fancy styles but you will also be going home with a goody bag. This is a great way to spend some time together and learn how to do you hair and your American Girl dolls hair.

Website: http://www.americangirl.com/stores/events_index.php?month=ALL&location=CHI&groups=0

Summer Reading Rocks: ScribbleMonster Concert North Austin Library (July 28)
Location: North Austin Branch Library

Details: ScribbleMonster Concert is a high energy rock band for the whole family. ScribbleMonster wants you and your family to have the best time possible while listening to fun music. Get ready to show your moves and get out of your seats because ScribbleMonster wouldn't have it any other way!

Website: http://www.chipublib.org/events/details/id/65602/

Spanish Wiggleworms presented by Old Town School of Folk Music (July 9- August 10)
Location: Instituto Cervantes of Chicago 31 W. Ohio St. Chicago, 60654

Details: Spanish Wiggleworms music program creates a music experience that gets children to explore the Spanish culture. This interactive music experience is for children 6 months to 4 years old and their families. Registration is required for this event because space is limited. After the Spanish Wigglworm event has finished there will be a "networking" session for parents and children can talk and meet other families in the area.

Website: http://www.arteyvidachicago.com/spanish-wiggleworms/

Family Fun Festival: Wiggleworms, Storytime, Performances (June 13- August 21)
Location: Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North- N Michigan Ave. & E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60602
Time: 10am- 3pm
Price: Free

Details: The Family Fun Festival is back once again in Millennium Park! It's for all ages and is held everyday from 10am to 3pm. There are plenty of things to keep kids and parents entertained in the hot summer days. There is a Family Fun Tent where kids can be interactive with each other, and part take in hands on activities. There is also a performance stage where Wiggleworms, a reading circle and a live band will be playing. This is a great family friendly environment where parents and children will enjoy themselves. (Every day there are different events and activities. To find out more go on the website to see what activities interest you!) The Family Fun Fesitval is sponsored by Target.

Website: http://explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/dca_tourism/family_fun_festival.html

Cirque Shanghai Extreme (June 20- September 5, Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
Location: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL
Time: 2, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 2, 4 and 8
p.m. Friday; 2, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 12, 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday
Price:$15-32.50, $15 kids 3-12

Details: Cirque Shanghai Extreme is an exciting fun filled show that has performers doing high risk stunts and tricks. This show will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more and being amazed at what you are watching. Don't miss your chance to see Cirque Shanghai Extreme this summer.

Website: http://www.navypier.com/cirqueshanghai/

Nature Nights at the Botanic Garden (Aug 6, 20 Sept 3 & 17)
Location: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
Time: 5pm-7:30pm
Price: $20 per child Garden Plus member, $23 per child nonmember

Details: Spend a night under the stars and loved ones at Nature Nights. Nature Nights is an event for children 4 to 10 and their families to explore and understand the different plant species in the Garden. The night includes short tram rid, planting project and s'mores around a campfire. This even is held rain or shine- so please be prepared for the weather.

Website: http://www.chicagobotanic.org/naturenights/

Bonner Heritage Farm (always)
Location: 2000 N. Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048
Time: Sunrise to Sunset
Price: Free

Details: Take a moment to enjoy life without big building and cars. At Bonner Heritage Farm, you are brought back to how the world was in the 1800s. There are so many historic buildings that have been maintained throughout the years. The Bonner Heritage Farm is a great way to see our history while enjoying the beautiful landscaping that surrounds the farm.

Website: http://www.lcfpd.org/bonner_farm/

For those asking for Bachelorette Party Ideas, here they are:
VIP Bachelorette
This service helps you plan the perfect bachelorette party to suite your needs and preferences from clubbing, makeovers, dinner parties, pole dancing, cruises, male entertainment, and even psychic readings. For more info, visit http://www.vipbachelorette.com.

The Chicago Bar Project
The Chicago Bar Project is a wonderful website that presents plenty of ideas on how to celebrate your bachelorette party. This website is sponsored by the Chicago Trolley Company and suggests different party ideas such as going on one of their pre-designed bar crawls, hit up the clubs, or take it easy with some delicious food and a spa treatment. The website provides you with great ideas that can cater to whatever suits your personality best. You can find more information at http://www.chibarproject.com/Features/BacheloretteParty.htm.

The Baton
The Baton Show Lounge in River North has become a classic for bachelorette parties. The cabaret and drag revue is famous for it's excellent performances of men impersonating such famous females as Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson. The fabulous performances and delicious drinks keep this lounge busy so reservations are recommended. If you would like the performers of the Baton to entertain you, you can find more information on their website at http://www.thebatonshowlounge.com/

Mazi Dance Studio
How about take a dance class with some of your best ladies? Mazi Dance Studio in Wicker Park is happy to accommodate your girls. Pick a song, and get your groove on! For more info, visit http://mazidancefitness.com/

Party Bus
Get a party bus for all your girls to transport you to all your destinations. Indulge in a few drinks without having to worry about hailing a cab or having a designated driver. For more info, visit http://www.partybuschicago.com.

Windermere is a Wedding Planner/Bridal Consultant company that also dives into planning social events and other gatherings such as bachelorette parties. Windermere, led by Denise Bonds, works in the Chicagoland area and is sure to go through all the details of your party to make sure you get exactly what you want. Denise is also a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants If you would like to know more information, you can call (866) 403-3156 or visit her website at http://www.windermereweddingplanner.com/index.html.

Strange Beauty Show
If you are looking to pamper yourself before getting ready to hit the town, then a visit to Strange Beauty Show in the East Village/Ukrainian Village is for you. This beauty salon provides party packages for your group so you can get the most out of their hair and makeup services. Strange Beauty issues complimentary drinks for parties and gives the option to play your own iPod while you and your party are celebrating. For more information, visit their website at http://www.strangebeautyshow.com/.

Howl at the Moon
Local piano bar Howl at the Moon is more than happy to host your bachelorette party. The bar features dueling pianos, singing out your favorite songs, and great drinks. Howl at the Moon provides different packages for the bride-to-be that include such features as included cover, reserved seating, complimentary drinks, special prices, and stage time for the future bride. If you are interested, check out their website at http://www.howlatthemoon.com/locations/location-chicago/bachelorette-parties.

404 Wine Bar
404 Wine Bar is a perfect location for a bachelorette party. This intimate and cozy location has plenty of wine to go around at prices that will not break the bank. The bar is happy to help you plan your bachelorette party and customize your visit to your needs. Visit their website to find more information http://www.404winebarchicago.com/.