WCL: ''What's on Dec'' w/ Billy Dec July 12-18: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests...

Billy Dec, CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions, is here this week to share his picks for events to check out on this week's edition of What's on Dec.

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Celebrity Gala - Bash for Cash, July 14th at 6pm, Cinespace Chicago, $200
Details: Join former Bear, James "Big Cat" Williams for an evening to help end hunger and homelessness. Enjoy cocktails, food and dancing along with live and silent auctions featuring unique prizes and experiences.
Website: http://www.bigcatcharities.org/BCC__Gala.php


ESPN Friday Night Fights, July 13th at 7pm, UIC Pavilion, $31-151
Details: 8 Count Productions and Warriors Boxing presents ESPN Friday Night Fight "Crossroads" with the headlining fight between former world champion Glen "The Road Warrior" Johnson and Chicagoan "The Polish Prince" Andrzej Fonfara.
Website: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/040048A9BBE95179?artistid=1474586&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=33


Pig Out For The House, July 14th at 1pm, El Cid 2, $40-45
Details: Join the Association House of Chicago for this grand backyard themed summer fundraiser. Ticket price includes all you can eat pulled pork and appetizers, margarita and sangria drink specials, a flamenco guitarist, bags tournament, raffle and much more!
Website: http://www.associationhouse.org/Pigoutparty


Chicago Match Cup, July 14th-15th at 1pm, Navy Pier, FREE
Details: Sailing is taking over Chicago once again! Watch the Quarter final race on Sat and the Semi Final and Final race on Sun for this national sailing competition, whose only U.S. stop is Chicago! Also get a chance to learn about competitive sailing and the lifestyle behind it.
Website: http://chicagocup.org/page.asp?idc=10038


Midsummer Night Fashion Show, July 13th at 7pm, Grossinger Autoplex, $20-75
Details: Join LUX MGT for its 2nd annual midsummer fashion show with this year's theme being alien fashions against a galaxy backdrop. Proceeds from the night will benefit the Human Rights' Campaign.
Website: http://hrcmidsummer.eventbrite.com/


2012 Chinatown Centennial 5K & youth Run, July 14th at 8am, Chicago Chinatown Square, $15-$35
Details: It's the year of the dragon and Chinatown is celebrating its Centennial. All finishers of the race, through the heart of Chinatown, will automatically be entered into our post race raffle drawing for 100 fabulous prizes.
Website: http://www.chinatown5k.com/run/

6th Annual Latin Jazz Festival, July 13th at 7pm, Humboldt Park Boathouse, FREE
Details: One of the only Jazz Festivals in Chicago, this one will feature Inspiracion Latina and will be headlined by Puerto Rican percussionist, Paoli Mejias.
Website: http://www.jazzinchicago.org/presents/jazzcity/6th-annual-latin-jazz-festival

Pitchfork Music Festival, July 13th-15th at 3pm, Union Park, $45
Details: The annual three-day indie music fest features performances from Vampire Weekend, Feist, Hot Chip, Godspeed You!, Black Emperor and more!
Website: http://pitchfork.com/festivals/chicago/2012/

Kane County Fair, July 18th-22nd at 3pm, Kane County Fairgrounds, $5-8
Details: Fox Valley's popular summer event features a range of grandstand entertainment such as a truck pull, bull riding, rodeo and demolition derby, plus carnival rides, live music, talent shows, a petting zoo, magic acts, 4-H activities, exhibitors, vendors and more.
Website: http://www.kanecountyfair.com/index.cfm

For The Women We Love, July 15th at 1pm, The Standard Club, $75-1,000
Details: Join Bright Pink for a high tea celebration and benefit for the ladies and gentlemen who support the organization. The event will be emceed by NBC 5's Alicia Roman and CelebTV's Kelli Zink.
Website: http://www.stayclassy.org/chicago/events/for-women-we-love-high-tea-celebration-benefitting-bright-pink/e9983

McDonald's Chinatown Summer Fair, July 15 at 10am, Chinatown, FREE
Details: Come celebrate the Year of the Dragon in Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood! Baby contest, live entertainment, McDonald's Family Pavilion, Home Depot Children's Workshop, Petting Zoo and Pony Rides.
Website: www.chicagochinatown.org

The 32nd Annual Taste of Chicago, July 11th-15th at 11am, Grant Park, FREE
Details: Taste is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The array of food served is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Performers include Jennifer Hudson, Death Cab for Cutie, Fitz and the Tantrums and more.
Website: http://www.choosechicago.com/event/Taste-of-Chicago/18479/

2nd Annual 5K RUN! To End Homelessness, July 15th at 8am, Douglas Park, $35
Details: The event benefits A Safe Haven, an organization dedicated to transforming lives from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. The event will feature a chip-timed 5K run/walk with space for competitive and recreational runners alike. Also enjoy the Live Aid Concert To End Homelessness, featuring top regional musical acts!
Website: www.runtoendhomelessness.com

Nicki Minaj, July 16th at 7:30pm, Chicago Theatre, $59-115
Details: Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday Tour makes its Chicago stop with opening act 2 Chainz.
Website: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0700489EB9C4501D?crosssite=LN_US:1432250:57522

Windy City Burlesque Fest, July 12th-15th at 9pm, Stage 773, $30
Details: This festival honors the present, past and future of burlesque performance by presenting and producing performances and workshops for both the general public and practicing burlesque artists. Guest appearance by Burlesque legend Tiffany Carter.
Website: http://windycityburlesquefest.com/index.htm

Kelley James, July 12th at 9pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, FREE
Details: Kelley James hits the stage at Rockit with music that is a fascinating collection of acoustic guitars, hip-hop beats, thoughtful lyrics and freestyle flows. 21+ event.
Website: http://www.rockitbarandgrill.com/events/special-performance-by-kelley-james/

Barry Manilow, July 12th-July 14th at 8pm, The Chicago Theatre, $38.70-$245.89
Details: Bring back the hits of Barry Manilow as he performs live!
Website: http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/

Launch of Jay Cutler on ESPN Radio, July 12th at 7:30pm, Bevy, $125-1,250
Details: The Jay Cutler Foundation is proud to host a launch party for Jay Cutler's new radio show that will debut on ESPN Radio in the fall with co-hosts Waddle & Silvy.
Website: http://www.jaycutlersix.com/JCFoundation
Contact: Bevy: 312-300-4883; frankamunoz@msn.com

Sublime, July 12th at 6pm, Charter One Pavilion, $48-59
Details: Sublime hits the stage with Rome, Cypress Hill and Pepper.
Website: http://www.livenation.com/event/040048977DB726D2?artistid=1417095&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1

Bastille Day 5K and 8K Run, Walk & Block Party, July 12 at 7:15pm, Lincoln Park, $27-45
Details: The popular mid-summer Chicago event will be a celebration of all things French! Following the run/walk, participants will be treated to a free block party with food, refreshments and entertainment at the nearby Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Website: http://chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=100

Wines of France Picnic, July 12 at 6pm, Prairie Productions, FREE
Details: It's time to have some fun with friends and French wine! There will be light appetizers in addition to an array of French wines to choose from. Grab your straw hats and get ready for a fabulous wine party!
Website: http://wofchicagopicnic2012-es2.eventbrite.com/?srnk=1

Green City Market Chef's BBQ Fundraiser, July 12th at 5:30pm, Lincoln Park, $25-2,500
Details: Nearly 100 chefs from Chicago restaurants come together with the local farmers from the Green City Market for this highly anticipated summer event to create quite a feast.
Website: http://greencitymarket.org/calendar/event.asp?id=572

U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Event, July 12th at 5pm, Harris Theater
Details: Take in an evening of America History as Olympians are inducted into the hall of fame! Olympics include; Gail Devers (track & field), Jean Driscoll (Paralympic track & field), Gary Hall, Jr. (swimming), Lisa Fernandez (softball), Kristine Lilly (soccer), Dan O'Brien (track & field), Jenny Thompson (swimming), The 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team, Ed Temple (coach ? track & field), James Connolly (veteran ? track & field) and Sen. Ted Stevens (special contributor).

Chicago Gateway Green's "Gaming for Green", July 12th at 5:30pm, Galleria Marchetti, $150
Details: Hosted by Roe Conn and Richard Roeper, this is one of Chicago's most popular poker tournament and casino nights. Enjoy food, drinks, world-class gaming and a chance to win $30,000!
Website: http://www.gatewaygreen.org/

Mix{ology} & Match With Skinny Socials, July 13th at 8pm, The Underground, $20
Details: Find out which cocktail suits you and your potential match with us. Hosted by RedEye Columnist Ernest Wilkins and the single lady behind #SoYeahDuh, Lisa Frame!
Website: http://www.theundergroundchicago.com/events/mix-and-match-with-skinny-socials/

BenFest, July 13th at 4 p.m., St. Benedict's Church, $5-$10
Details: BenFest is the longest running summer fest on the Northside of Chicago featuring the hottest music and fun for every age. The festival offers well known musical acts including Justin Roberts, Too White Crew, and The Bad Examples, great food and drinks. All proceeds benefit St. Benedict Preparatory School and Church.
Website: http://www.benfest.com/

Windy City Ribfest, July 13th-15th at 12pm, Broadway between Lawrence & Leland, $10
Details: The best local and national ribbers will mix it up with three days of classic and hot music acts at this third annual festival that's fast becoming an iconic summer event. It also features arts, crafts and other vendors.
Website: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=190

Brahms Bonanza, July 13th at 8pm, Ravinia, $10-70
Details: The famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra heads to Ravinia for a night filled with music by Brahms.
Website: http://ravinia.com/ViewDate.aspx?show=388

Des Plaines Summer Fling, July 13th-15th at 5pm and Noon, Downtown Des Plaines,
Details: A non-stop music lineup, arts & craft vendors, kids' activities (including pony rides and a petting zoo), food vendors and carnival rides. Among the many music performers are '60s/'70s pop legends the Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik and '70s pop/teen idol David Cassidy.
Website: http://chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=224

Picture Party for Superman Sam, July 13th at 3pm, Little Beans Café, $8
Details: Don your favorite superhero t-shirt or throw on a cape and take some pictures compliments of Bum Bul Bee Photography + Film at this fundraiser for Superman Sam, a 6 year old battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Website: http://bumbulbee.com/chicago-family-photographer-superman-sam/

Ride for AIDS Chicago, July 14th-15th, Evanston to Elkhorn, WI, req'd fundraising of $1,000
Details: 200 mile bike ride from Evanston to Elkhorn, WI and back to Chicago to raise money & awareness of the Test Positive Aware Network.
Website: http://rideforaids.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=999164

Beach Dash, July 14th at 3pm, Montrose Beach, $40-$60
Details: A gnarly running event held on sandy shores where Dashers get their feet wet while tackling a series of radical obstacles. As the sun sets, the stoked crowd lets loose with beer and beach tunes!
Website: http://www.beachdash.com/#/event_chicago.php

The Grand Opening, July 14th at 7pm, Blair Chic, FREE
Details: Blair Chic is a new plus-size boutique opening in Wicker Park bringing quality, trendy, fresh and funky fashion to plus size women in the city. The event includes a fashion show with a DJ, photographers and reps from Plus Fashion Week Chicago!
Website: http://www.blairchicboutique.com/

BAC Yard Music Fest, July 14th at 12pm, Beverly Arts Center, $10
Details: Annual summer outdoor music festival featuring local bands and vendors. Festival goers can enjoy a day of music, food and art!
Website: http://www.beverlyartcenter.org/_events/index.php

Fame the Musical, July 14th at 7pm, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, $30
Details: The hit 80's show that inspired a generation of leg warmers and leotards is here in Chicago!
Website: http://www.realclearproductions.org/

Bastille Day, July 14th at 5pm, Daley Plaza, FREE
Details: Come celebrate French National day with food and drinks prepared in that classic French way, enjoy French music, raffle prizes and various other activities.
Website: http://bastilledaychicago.org/bienvenue.php

Stop Buy For Hope, July 14th-15th at 12pm, Jasmine Galleria - Lombard, FREE to attend
Details: Get a chance to preview 1,000 dresses on sale exclusive to Jasmine Galleria at a deep discount. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Brides Against Breast Cancer foundation. Early access (at 10am) on Sat is available for $20.
Website: http://bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/index.php/charity-wedding-gown-sales/july-14-15_jasminetrunksale/

Rock 4A Park!, July 15th at 3pm, Odeum Expo Center, $5-$12
Details: Punk & Rock Show + Skateboarding and BMX Demo and Competition. It's the final push for a brand new Villa Park Skatepark. Bands include the Bolleweevils.
Website: http://www.vpskate.com/

"Laugh Away the Pain" Comedy Show For A Cause, July 15 at 7pm, Red Kiva, $10-$100
Details: A comedy show raising money for The Heaven's Onesie Fun. A 50/50 Raffle, Prize Giveaways, drinks and comedy.
Website: http://laughawaythepain-es2.eventbrite.com/?srnk=2

Theater on the Lake: TJ & Dave, July 15 at 6:30pm, Theater on the Lake, $17.50
Details: Ike Reilly opens for TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi in a show where all they ask is that you trust everything is made up. TJ and Dave have no characters, dialogue or plot but their show leaves an audience with one of the funniest nights of their lives.
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/theater-on-the-lake-tj--dave1/

2012 Chicagoland Ride for Kids, July 15 at 7:00am, Elgin Community College, $35-$300
Details: Join hundreds of other motorcyclists for this scenic motorcycle charity ride through the Illinois countryside while raising funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation medical research and family support programs!
Website: http://bit.ly/NeiZk8

Old Fashion Picnic in the Park, July 15th at 2pm, Scoville Park, FREE
Details: Join us for an old fashioned picnic in the park celebrating Oak Park District's 100th anniversary. There will be free root beer and cupcakes to the first 1000 participants, entertainment and music, inflatables, trackless train, carnival slide, and old fashion games.
Website: http://www.visitoakpark.com/leisure_events_details.cfm?category=&event_id=19878

Cinderella, July 16th at 10:30am, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, $10-12
Details: Cinderella's story comes to life in this stage performance perfect for a younger audience!
Website: http://www.metropolisarts.com/index.php/fuseaction/show.details/showid/267/cinderella.html

Teen Program: The Art of Science and Color, July 16-20 at 10:30am, Ryan Education Center,
Details: High school students will explore the art and science of color in the museum's galleries, conservation labs, and studios and investigate the relationships between artistic and scientific practices through exciting conversations, scientific experiments, and hands-on art-making projects.
Website: http://www.artic.edu/event/teen-program-art-and-science-color?did=0

Diana Krall, July 17th at 8pm, Ravinia, $27-80
Details: Come see the soulful singing of Diana Krall with opening act Denzal Sinclaire.
Website: http://ravinia.com/ViewDate.aspx?show=433

The Third Annual 50 and Beautiful, July 18 at 6pm, The Drake Hotel, $25, $50
Details: Celebrating influential women, aged 50 and above, will be walking down the runway! Celebrate some of the most fabulous women in the city and praise a selection of talented designers that will showcase samples of their collection on the runway!
Website: http://50andbeautiful-es2.eventbrite.com/?srnk=1