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Miranda Lambert with Special Guest Thomas Rett (July 28)
Location: The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN
Time: 8:00 PM?Price: $59.50-$150
Details: Country Artist, Miranda Lambert, is on tour celebrating her third album Revolution!
Snoop Dogg (July 29)
Location: House of Blues
Time: 11 PM
Details: Snoop Dogg is touring to promote his 11th studio album: Doggumentary. Chicago rap artist Ben-Sity will be opening the show at the House of Blues.
Paul McCartney (July 31st & August 1st)
Location: Wrigley Field
Time: July 31st 7:00 PM; August 1st 8:00 PM
Details: Watch Paul McCartney play live at Wrigley Field. This will mark his first time playing at a Chicago baseball stadium since 1965 when The Beatles played on a plywood stage in Comiskey Park.
Obama Victory Fund 2012 Birthday Party with the President (August 3)
Location: Aragon Theatre 1106 West Lawrence Avenue Chicago, IL 60640
Time: 4 pm
Details: President Obama is coming home to celebrate his 50th Birthday Party! He is inviting all to come out and have dinner and enjoy a concert with him at the Aragon Theatre on his special day. The proceeds raised are going towards Obama's fund for his 2012 Presidential campaign. There will be musical performances by OK Go, Herbie Hancock, and Jennifer Hudson. With such great company and musical guests, this will be an amazing birthday party!
The Bra Crawl (July 30)
Location: Mad River Bar & Grille, The Coach House, Uncle Fatty's Rum Resort, and State Restaurant & Cafe, Lincoln Park Chicago, IL 606014
Time: 6 pm-3 am
Details: This bar crawl hosted by Chicago Twenty Something in benefit for The American Cancer Society is all about aiding the fight against breast cancer. The bar crawl will be stopping at 4 Lincoln Park bars and attendants are encouraged to wear a bra on the outside of their shirt to raise awareness and support against breast cancer. Come out and grab some friends to help the fight against cancer in this fun way.
Fiesta Del Sol (July 28-July31)
Location: 1200 W Cermak Rd.
Time: July 28: 5pm - 11pm
July 29: 11am - 11pm
July 30: 11am - 11pm
July 31: 11am- 10pm
Details: Fiesta Del Sol is the largest Latino music festival in the mid west. The festival will feature painting workshops, art exhibits, graffiti art painting, puppet shows, live music, voter registration, book giveaways, and so much more! It is family friendly with no alcohol or tobacco on the premise.
Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (July 29-July 31)
Location: 2600 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Time: July 29: 4pm-11pm
July 30: 12pm-11pm
July 31: 12pm-11pm
Price: $5 Donation
Details: The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival features many independent art galleries.
Taste of Lincoln Avenue (July 30-July 31)
Location: Lincoln Avenue from Fullerton to Wrightwood Avenues 2400 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
Time: 12 pm-10 pm on July 30; 11 am-10 pm on July 31
Price: $7 suggested donation before 4 pm, $10 after
Details: This weekend is the 28th annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue. The festival will have more than 300 vendors with food, beer, art, and merchandise. There will be a wine garden to relax in as well as a kids' carnival. A new feature for 2011 will a craft fair that runs from noon to dusk On top of all of this entertainment, there is also 35 bands performing on five stages throughout the weekend. Some of the performers will be Sister Hazel, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Johnny Winter, Duke Tumatoe, Dot Dot Dot, Arra, Too White Crew, 16 Candles, Tony Tone, and Voting Spot. This event will benefit the Wrightwood Neighbors Association.
Summer on Southport (July 30-July 31)
Location: Southport and Waveland Avenues 3700 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60613
Time: 11 am-10 pm on July 30; 11 am-9 pm on July 31
Price: $5 donation
Details: This summer festival is fun for the entire family. There will be the 10th Annual Children's Festival featuring a balloon artist, face painting, a rock wall, an inflatable obstacle course, a jump house, and mini golf. There will be food from local establishments, live music, and entertainment from the Southport Performing Arts Conservatory, Hairbangers Ball, Jealous P, Ralph's World, Second City, Radio Disney, Wedding Banned, South of 80, Libido Funk Circus, Mike and Joe, Spazmatics, Maggie Speaks, Underwater People, and Curbside. Summer on Southport is sponsored by MillerCoors whose flagship brand is Miller Lite. Summer on Southport benefits the Southport Neighbors Association.
Celebrate Hyde Park July Summer Festival (July 30-July 31)
Location: 53rd Street between Harper and Kimbark Avenues 1300 E. 53rd St. Chicago, IL 60615
Time: 11 am-9 pm on July 30; 11 am-9 pm on July 31
Details: This weekend will be one of Chicago's best festivals of the year. This Hyde Park festival will feature arts and crafts, food, and a beer garden. There is also live music for entertainment as well as DJ's that will be keep attendants dancing all day long. This years headliners are WAR and Roy Ayers.
Locals Only: Lollapalooza Kickoff Party (July 28)
Location: Angels & Kings at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
Time: 9:00 PM
Details: Still without tickets for Lollapalooza? Attend the kickoff party hosted by Tito's Vodka and win a pair of three day passes to the 20th anniversary of the festival!
Andersonville Summer Sidewalk Sale (July 29-July 31)
Location: Andersonville (5000-5800 N. Clark St.)
Details: Shop the streets of the Andersonville neighborhood, where you can find a large variety of gifts, clothing, and more! Participating businesses are Akira, Alamo Shoes, Alley Cat Comics, Andersonville Galleria, Baan Home, Bikram Yoga Andersonville, Brown Elephant, Brownstone Antiques, Bucky Gear, Cassona, Chicago Dance Supply, Equinox, FOURSIDED, George Lowell, Gus Giordano Dance School, Haymaker, Landmark of Andersonville, Marguerite Gardens, Moda Boutique, Presence, Rad Vintage, Red Balloon Company, Room Service, Ruff n' Stuff, The Runner's Edge, Scout, Sifu Design Studio, Swedish American Museum, Toys Et Cetera, Turley Road, Verizon Wirelss, The White Attic, Women & Children First, & Wooden Spoon.
The Printer's Ball (July 29)
Location: 1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Time: July 29: 6pm-11pm
Details: This ball is dedicated to celebrating local literary publications such as magazines, journals, newspapers, readings, and books from hundreds of organizations. There are also videos, and performances. White Mystery will be performing rock 'n' roll music, and An Ebirac Project will be performing salsa. There will be food, a photobooth, freebies and more.
Corona Light Wide Open Tour (July 30-31)
Location: North Avenue Beach
Time: July 30: Registration-8:30 AM. Play Begins-9 AM July 31: Registration-9:00 AM. Play Begins-9:30 AM. Price: Open Division: $100/team; All other 2's: $80/team; All 4's: $130; All 6's: $160
Details: If you enjoy competitive beach volleyball the Corona Light Wide Open Tour is an event you will not want to miss! A $100,000 Cash Purse is on the line with 1st place winning $15,000! The Registration Deadline is July 29th at 3pm for Opens and 5pm for amateurs, however, walk-ups will be accepted depending on availability. The Sutton Place Hotel is offering a discounted rate of $159. Register ahead of time for a test drive or shuttle drive in a 2012 Volkswagen Passat from the Sutton Place Hotel to North Avenue Beach!
Taking Back Sunday (July 30-July 31)
Location: House of Blues 329 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 606010
Time: 6:30 pm on July 30; 5:30 pm on July 31
Details: Taking Back Sunday is coming to the House of Blues. Taking Back Sunday is known for such songs as "A Decade Under the Influence," "This Photograph is Proof (I Know You Know)," and "MakeDamnSure." The band will be performing with guests Thursday and Colour Revolt. This show is sponsored by Coca-Cola.
Bring the Movement 5K Run/Walk 2011 (July 30)
Location: Rivers Park Argyle St. & Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL 60625
Time: On-site registration starts at 7:30 am; Race starts at 9 am
Price: $25 for Adults; $15 for Children & Seniors
Details: The Chicago Dance Institute's 3rd Annual "Bring the Movement 5K" is this Saturday. The run helps to raise awareness and funding for Arts Education in Chicago. The Institute is a non-profit organization that brings art education to children through dance. Their goal is to show that the arts have a way to motivate and teach children about discipline, confidence, and expression.
Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Mint Condition, & DJ Jazzy Jeff (July 31st)
Location: Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
Time: 7:00 PM
Details: Budweiser Superfest presents Jill Scott's Summer Block Party at Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island. The R&B sensation began her career performing her own poetry and has collaborated with artists, such as, Common, Eric Benet, Will Smith, and the Roots.