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Chicago Air & Water Show (August 20- 21)
Location: North Avenue Beach, Chicago
Time: 11am-4pm on August 20 & 21
Details: This is why Chicago is such an amazing city, events like the Chicago Air & Water show that are free to the public and a Chicago Summer staple. There will be several performers on each day, so make sure you are there early to see your favorites perform daredevil air and water stunts.
Air & Water Show Yacht Party (August 21)
Location: Slip 36 C - Burnham Harbor
Details: Watch the air & water show during this 5 hour yacht party, what a great view! All proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.
Storytown (August 20)
Location: Improv Olympic's Del Close Theatre
Details: From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown at Improv Olympic is here to take you on an interactive, fully improvised family fun adventure! Suggestions are taken from the audience for story lines, so put your creative thinking cap on and come and join in the fun! For ages 3-10 & their families
Katy Perry Concert (August 21)
Location: Allstate Arena
Time: 7:30 pm
Details: Watch Katy Perry perform her wildly popular hits "I Kiss A Girl," "E.T.," "California Girls" and more. This is a makeup date from her cancelled July show.
Taste of the Gold Coast (August 23)
Location: Rush & Division
Details: The third annual benefit includes dishes prepared by the head chefs of 13 Gold Coast favorites - and live music by Nan Mason with Terry Higgins and Lynne Jordan and the Shivers. Participating restaurants: Il Mulino, Cape Cod Room, Saloon Steakhouse, Carmine's, RA Sushi, Devon Seafood Grill, The Whiskey Bar & Grill, Chicago Q, Go Roma, Pane Caldo, Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine and The Drawing Room.
Adler After Dark (every 3rd Thursday of the Month)
Location: Adler Planetarium 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
Price: $9 - $12
Details: Guests can come and enjoy food and cocktails while viewing Chicago's great skyline and some spectacular views of space at the same time. Thursdays with Adler After Dark is the only time the public is allowed to look through the Doane Observatory telescope. The Telescope is the largest telescope in the Midwest and provides an excellent view of Jupiter's great red spot and Saturn's rings. DJ ShAde will be on the tables ? this event is 21+.
Location: Adler Planetarium 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
Time: Summer Hours, 9:30am-6pm
Details: Planet Explorers is the most immersive, hands-on exhibition ever created for families at Adler. Kids have the chance to become space explorers and embark on an adventure through the Universe to the mysterious Planet X. The young space explorers get to climb, crawl, control, fly, land, discover and excavate their way through the exhibition. For ages 3-8.
Chicago Dancing Festival (August 22-August 27)
Location: Harris Theatre for Music & Dance
Details: Chicago Dancing Festival was founded by internationally renowned choreographer and Chicago native Lar Lubovitch and the amazing Chicago dancer, Jay Franke. Lubovitch and Franke founded this organization to heighten awareness of dance in Chicago, increase accessibility to the art form and provide aspiration for local artists.
Society for Urban Nature's Helios Bash (August 19th)
Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum- 2430 N Cannon Drive
Price: $75 ($85 at the door)
Details: The Helios Bash is the Society for Urban Nature's (SUN) largest fundraiser, with all proceeds going to the Nature Museum's Teenagers Exploring & Explaining Nature & Science (TEENS) program. With TEENS, high school students are given the opportunity to learn about environmental issues through hands-on experience. This event is an eco-friendly one, vendors were selected for their creative and vibrant commitment to environmental responsibility. Calihan Catering will feature local, sustainable, and delicious cuisine while Pollen will provide eco-friendly decor. A ticket gives you access to an open bar with wine, Goose Island Green Line beer, and vodka, then enjoy tunes by Toast & Jam DJs. All guests will have the opportunity to tour the urban gateway to nature and science, interact with live animals, pose for pictures in the special photo booth, and raffles for great prizes.
Ke$ha Concert (August 24)
Location: Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
Details: Ke$ha, a pop & rock artist is coming to Chicago, along with LMFAO and Spank Rock ? bound to be a great, really high energy show!
Dance for Life (August 20)
Location: Auditorium Theatre - 50 E. Congress Parkway
Time: 4:45 pm gala reception, 7:30 pm performance
Price: $175-$500, $50-$75 for performance only
Details: Dance For Life is a benefit gala created to raise money for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Dance For Life Fund. Look out for performances from Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, River North Chicago Dance Company, Ron De Jesus Dance, as well as two new World Premiers. This event will be hosted by Entertainment Critic and Reporter Dean Richards of WGN.
What If?An International Art Show (August 20)
Location: River North Park 320 W. Illinois St
Details: The What If Art Show will feature art from all over the world, artists from all over the country were asked to create pieces (anything from their depiction of a moment in history to their favorite pop culture icon) and deliver it as if it were coming from a different universe. There will be free appetizers and cocktails as well. The show is sponsored by River North Park, Waterton Residential, and threadless.
Blink 182 & My Chemical Romance Concert (August 20)
Location: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Details: Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance are headlining the Honda Civic Tour again and are coming to Chicago this week, both bands have been around for years and have incredible, timeless hits!
Hitz Boxing Fight Night
Date: Friday, August 19, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM, doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Details: Get ready for an evening of non-stop excitement and first class Vegas-style boxing coming to The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, located just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, on Friday, August 19. Hosted by Hitz Boxing, the anticipated main event bout, headlined by Chicago's former WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz and Philadelphia's Henry "Hank" Lundy, will be televised on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights and is sure to impress in the Midwest's premiere entertainment destination.
Link for more info: www.hitzboxing.com/ TICKETS AVAILABLE AT TICKETMASTER AND AT: www.thevenue-chicago.com