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11th Annual Madhatter's Ball, June 30th at 8pm, Riverfront Theater, $75-125
Details: Join the Lookingglass Theatre for their annual gala with this year's theme of The Lookingglass Circus! Come see various circus performers and enjoy live music, DJs, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, raffle and much more!
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Summer Skylight Luncheon, June 30th at 11am, Signature Room, $75
Details: Support Advocates for Adolescent Mothers at their luncheon to help inspire and empower young parents and give them the tools & resources they need.
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Chicago's ABC Secret Millionaire Viewing Party, July 1st at 6pm, Moe's Cantina River North, $100-125
Details: Chicago will be featured on ABC's hit show, Secret Millionaire and Bin Donated is hosting a viewing party with dinner & drinks!
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"I Heart Shakey" Film Opening, June 29th ? Various Times, Hollywood Palms Cinema
Details: A family film about a widower, his precocious daughter & their devoted mutt Shakey. After moving from a small town to Chicago, they realize they can't keep Shakey in their rented home, the adventure to keep him a secret ensues. Filmed in Chicago ? see all your favorite landmarks and well known areas on the big screen!
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3rd Annual "Fight for the Cure" Fundraiser & Flip Cup Tournament, June 28th at 6pm, Theory Sports Bar & Grill, $35-45
Details: Enjoy a cocktail reception, live raffle & flip cup tournament with all proceeds going to Parkinson's Disease Research Society.
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Night Cap for Centennial Gala, June 28th at 6pm, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, $500-25,000
Details: Join The Junior League of Chicago as they celebrate their 100th anniversary.
First Listen Series Featuring TayTay Sashe, June 28th at 9pm, The Underground, FREE
Details: Head to the Underground for a set from up-and-coming artist, TayTay Sashe. VIP reception 9-11 with a live performance at 11pm.
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Wavefront Beachside Music Festival, June 30th at 5pm, Montrose Beach, $59-10,000
Details: Put on your beach gear and dig your toes in the sand. Enjoy music from Boys Noize, Eric Morillo, Mstrkrft, Duck Sauce and more!
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4th of July Fireworks & More, July 4th at 9pm, Navy Pier, FREE
Details: Head to iconic Navy Pier to celebrate Independence Day with live music during the day at the Landshark Beer Garden, free Ferris Wheel rides for all active military members and to closeout the day enjoy a spectacular extended fireworks display over the lakefront with patriotic music playing in the background.
Tropical Flower Show, July 2nd-September 23rd at 9am, Lincoln Park Conservatory, FREE
Details: Think you need to take a vacation to see tropical flowers? Think again, the Lincoln Park Conservatory is having their tropical flower show which highlights various begonias and hibiscus.
Chicago Craft Beer Festival, June 29th-July 1st at 5pm, St. Michael in Old Town, $5-50
Details: The first year of this festival offers two fests in one; the first is a taste testing over 50 beers! The second is a Chicago-meets-Europe street fest featuring food, music and art.
Gold Coast Art Fair, June 30th at 10am, Grant Park's Butler Field, FREE
Details: In its 55th year, the fair is heralded as the "Grandaddy of American Art Festivals." It is rated as one of the top twenty festivals nationally and the third oldest in Chicago.
Family Fun Festival, July 2nd-September 10th at 10am, Millennium Park, FREE
Details: Presented by Target, this festival is all about kids. Every day enjoy performances from the Old Town School of Folk Music, a reading circle and activities led by various Chicago museums and cultural organizations.
Three Six Mafia, June 28th at 11pm, Metro, $26.50
Details: See Three Six Mafia perform. Must be 18 and over. Doors open at 10pm!
Chef's Table Presented by Jenn-Air, June 28th at 6pm, Reid Murdoch Penthouse, $150
Details: A celebration of CS Magazine's July Restaurant issue that will benefit DIFFA/Chicago. Featuring food from Jared Van Camp (Nellcôte), Celeste Campise (Spiaggia), Jim Kilberg (Coco Pazzo), James O'Donnell (Michael Jordan's Steak House) & more!
Guy's Night Out, June 28th at 7pm, Urban Mischief, FREE
Details: Calling all fashion forward, mischievous and savvy lifestyle fellas! Urban Mischief, Milk Handmade and SIR Spa are treating guys to a micro beer tasting complete with mini sliders and "spa-minded" treats. First 25 guests receive goody bags.
25th Annual Oak Fest, June 28th-July 4th at 6pm, Oak Forest, IL, FREE
Details: There will be new surprises this year! The Circus is coming to town with The Zoppe Family Circus.
The Good Food Revolution, June 28th at 6pm, Growing Power's Iron Street Farm, $45-$50
Details: Celebrate Growing Power's Chicago Office's first official year of transforming Iron Street Farm from an abandoned industrial building into a bountiful urban farm. Chef Randy Zweiban and his team will prepare a series of farm-to-table courses.
ROOF Runway, June 28th at 7pm, ROOF at the Wit, FREE
Details: Come see the latest fashions from Anna Hovet, one of Refinery29's "Hottest 30 Under 30."
Jimmy Buffett, June 30th at 8pm, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, $45-160
Details: Parrotheads unite! Jimmy Buffett is coming back to Chicago!
Holiday Heroes Fundraiser, June 29th at 6pm, 131 S. Dearborn (30th Floor), $100
Details: Join more than 250 of Chicago's most "networked" business leaders, our generous sponsors, and sports celebrities - such as Desmond Clark, Fergie Jenkins & Revie Sorey. Proceeds to help bring holiday & birthday celebrations to long-term hospitalized children.
Naperville RibFest, June 29th-July 3rd at 4pm, Knoch Park, $10-25
Details: Celebrating its 25th year, come for the ribs, stay for the carnivals and live music from ZZ Top, Steve Miller Band, Joe Walsh & more.
9th Annual Kicks for a Cure, June 30th at 8am, Grant Park, $50
Details: Join former Bear, Greg Olsen, for the world's largest charity kickball tournament while raising money for Receptions for Research -- The Greg Olsen Foundation.
World's Largest Block Party, June 29th-30th at 5:30pm, Old St. Patrick's Church, $20-100
Details: Head out to the West Loop for this incredible party with Chicago food vendors, drinks, a bartending competition with local Chicago celebs, and live music with headliners Ben Folds Five & Lifehouse.
Colbie Caillat with Gavin DeGraw, June 29th at 7pm, Ravinia Festival, $27-$95
Details: Two unforgettable performances under one roof! Relax and give your ears some love with these two artists.
22nd Annual "The Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic", July 7 from 7am-8pm, Jackson Park at 63rd and Hayes Drive, FREE
Details: Started in 1990 as a small gathering of The Chosen Few's family and friends, the picnic has grown into one of the largest and most highly anticipated dance music events in the world, attracting an estimated 30,000 attendees in 2011.
3rd Annual Cocktails for Canines, June 29th at 7pm, The Parlour, $10
Details: Fundraiser for Found Chicago with proceeds benefitting the loving, adoptable dogs of Found.
US Air Guitar Championships, June 29th at 9pm, Metro, $14
Details: If you think you have the skills to be the best Air Guitarist, get ready, because the regional competition is here. The winner will represent the midwest at the National conference taking place later this summer in Denver where Chicago's Nordic Thunder defends his U.S. title.
Chicago World Paddle Challenge, June 29th-July 2nd at 3pm, North Ave. Beach, FREE
Details: Come down to Chicago's most popular beach to watch the world's best Stand Up Paddle Racers compete in team relays and long distance races.
FitzGerald's 32nd Annual American Music Festival, June 29th-July 3rd at 4:30pm, FitzGerald's Night Club,$25-100
Details: Head to Berwyn to listen to new artists, returning favorites play one of the longest-running independent music festivals.
Romanian Heritage Festival, June 30th-July 1st at 1pm, Romanian Heritage Center, $5-8
Details: Celebrate Romanian Heritage with delicious, traditional foods, a parade of folk costumes, soccer tournament, as well as a sponsors' marketplace.
Chicago Blackhawks Blood Drive, June 30th at 10am, Westin O'Hare, FREE
Details: Come donate blood, meet Tony Esposito and take a picture with Tommy Hawk! All donors have a chance to win passes to the sold out Blackhawks Convention, a VIP Convention package or an autographed jersey.
Legends de Soul Gala, June 30th at 6pm, Arie Crown Theater, $75-3,000
Details: The N'DIGO Foundation celebrates their 17th annual gala with special performances from Aretha Franklin & The Impressions.
David Gray, June 30th at 7:30pm, House of Blues, $55
Details: Part of Jim Beam's Live Music Series, join British singer/songwriter David Gray with special guest - and a performer at Lollapalooza this year - Yuna. 21+ show.
L.A.T.E. Charity Bicycle Ride, July 1st at 1am, Buckingham Fountain, $40-45
Details: Bike through the night to benefit the Friends of the Park foundation. 25-mile bike ride will go through Chicago's neighborhood & lakefront.
103.5 KISS FM Radiothon, July 1st at 12pm, Cricket Wireless (3262 W. Belmont), Suggested donation of $10
Details: KISS FM and the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital to raise money to help support various programs that ensure the hospital maintains its mission to not turning anyone away who needs care.
Ziggy Marley, July 2nd at 9pm, Cubby Bear Lounge, $26
Details: Kick back and chill while listening to reggae from Bob Marley's oldest son, Ziggy. 21+ show.
Chicago 48-Hour Film Project Meet-n-Greet, July 2nd at 6pm, Double Door, FREE
Details: An informal way for filmmakers, team leaders, industry professionals and people looking to get involved in this year's Film Project to network & exchange info.
Taste of Oak Brook, July 3rd at 2pm, Oak Brook Polo Club, $10
Details: Sponsored by McDonald's, listen to live music while enjoying food samples from Freshii, Gibson's Steakhouse, Grotto Italian Steakhouse, Kama Indian Bistro, Kona Grill, Labriola Bakery & Café, Pinstripes, Ravioli Oli, Tuscany and McDonald's. Enjoy a fabulous fireworks show.
Kenny Loggins, July 4th at 5pm, Deerpath Community Park, $10-350
Details: Kenny Loggins is headlining this year's Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks.
20th Anniversary African Caribbean Festival of Life, July 4th-July 8th at 12pm, Washington Park, $5-$100
Details: A family festival of music, food, arts & crafts and contests. Performers include Third World, Tarrus Riley, Demi Lobo, Ken Boothe, Queen Ifrika, Mojo Herb and more!
Grant Park Music Festival: Independence Day Celebration, July 4th at 6:30pm, Jay Pritzker Pavillion, FREE
Details: A celebration of the U.S.'s 236th birthday with beloved favorites and a few surprises- by Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, Sousa, and others who have created music that distills America's spirit and renews our pride.
Chicago History Museum, July 4th at 10am, Uihlein Plaza, FREE
Details: Join the fun at the Museum's 53rd annual celebration with patriotic musical performances, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and children's costume parade led by the World's Tallest Uncle Sam.