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Lollapalooza, August 3rd-5th at 11:30am, Grant Park, $98-2,000
Details: Over 120 artists will hit Grant Park for this epic 3- day music festival. Headliners include Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White & Avicii.
Gilt City's Lollapalooza "Better Than Backstage" Rooftop Pool Party, August 4th at 12pm, EnV, $100
Details: The quintessential urban summer event: a fashionably chic crowd, live musical performance with the Festival's finest, great food, cold cocktails, and a beautiful rooftop pool!
Cruise Chicago for a Cause, August 4th at 8:45pm, Shoreline Sightseeing, $60
Details: Come out and support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for a night cruise along Lake Michigan and get a front row seat for Navy Pier's firework show! Ticket price includes open bar and appetizers. All proceeds to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Do312 Celebrity Kickball Tournament, August 4th at 11:15am, Grant Park
Details: Groupon presents this year's tournament featuring special guests Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad, Tommie Sunshine, Guy Fieri, Kid Color, Kaylee DeFer of Gossip Girl, Greg Corner of Kill Hannah and many, many more.
Calvin Klein Music Lounge, August 3rd-5th from 11pm-2am, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago,
Details: Rock the Vote Nights, Sould Sounds Chicago, Re:Mix Lab Fueled By Hyundai, It's So Miami Oasis present the best music lounge in Chicago this weekend with performances from CeeLo Green to Childish Gambino!
Ballroom Boxer, August 4th at 10 pm, Subterranean, $20
Details: An up-and-coming local Chicago band plays live and the line-up includes Big Pink and another local band called Sybris.
Kidzapalooza at Lollapalooza, August 3rd at 11am, Grant Park, 10 and under admission free with ticketed adult
Details: Kidzapalooza is where kids have fun activities such as banging on drums and listening to kid friendly music at Chicago's Lollapalooza.
Mission: Pawsible, August 4th at 11am, Petsmart, FREE
Details: Animal Welfare League's largest adoption and donation drive of the year! Help fill the van with donations and empty cages with adoptable animals. Dozens of animals with be available for adoption.
Chicago COUNTRY Chef Challenge, August 2nd at 11:30am, Daley Plaza, FREE
Details: Three renowned Chicago chefs battle (Top Chef style) to become the Master of the Market. Each contestant will be allowed to buy the necessary ingredients from the Daley Plaza farmers market to cook up a meal (or meals) that will be judged by food media personalities!
Movies in the Park: Dolphin Tale, August 6th at 7pm, Chippewa Park, FREE
Details: Presented by Charter One and based on true events, this family film is about Winter, a young dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap, and Sawyer, the introverted 11-year-old boy who befriends her.
Jennifer Lopez, August 3rd at 7:30pm, United Center, $29.50-199.50 Details: Jennifer Lopez brings her sultry songs to the United Center with special guests Enrique Iglesias and Frankie J. unitedcenter.com
The Second City's Girls' Night Out, August 2nd at 7:30pm, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, $28.50-$33.50
Details: Laugh the night away with the legendary Second City- the place that brought you funny ladies like Tina Fey, Bonnie Hunt, and Amy Sedaris- as they put their hilarious spin on everything in a woman's world.
Lincolnwood Fest 2012, August 2nd-5th at 5pm, Proesel Park, FREE
Details: This four-day fair features carnival rides and attractions, summer festival food, a business expo, free concerts, a classic car show, kids activities and much more!
RomeoFest, August 2nd at 5pm, Village of Romeoville, FREE
Details: Join the village for four days of carnival rides, live music, tournaments, food, children's entertainment, and fun!
Passion Pit, August 2nd at 8pm, House of Blues, $30
Details: Join Passion Pit for the official Lollapalooza aftershow also featuring GIVERS and Kishi Bashi.
Kids These Days, August 2nd at 9pm, Schubas, $15
Details: Kids These Days hit the stage for their official Lollapalooza aftershow with special guest Overdoz.
Boyd Tinsley Premiere Party & Performance, August 2nd at 7pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, FREE
Details: Boyd Tinsley from Dave Matthews Band is celebrating the premiere of his movie, Faces in the Mirror with a preview screening and performance with special guests, Kopecky Family Band.
Summer Rockin' in the Park Series, August 3rd-4th at 6pm, MB Financial Park, FREE
Details: Come rock out at the second concert of the Summer Rockin' in the Park series! Enjoy food, drinks, and free live music!
Camping Under the Stars, August 3 at 6pm, Willow Stream Park, $45-$59
Details: Bring your tent and share an adventurous overnight camp-out with friends and neighbors. The night will have S'mores, games, enjoy the Movie Under the Stars and more!
Frank Ocean, August 3rd at 11pm, Metro Chicago, $65
Details: Head to the Metro for Frank Ocean's official Lollapalooza aftershow!
NERO, August 3rd at 9:30pm, Congress Theater, $32
Details: NERO spins an exclusive DJ set with special guests Die Antwoord and Anamanaguchi for this official Lollapalooza aftershow.
Wyclef Jean, August 3rd at 11pm, The Underground, $20
Details: Wyclef Jean performs while Big Syphe is on the turntables at what promises to be an incredible Lolla after party!
In The Dark, August 3rd at 1pm, ULTA (State St), $45
Details: Be one of the first 300 people to buy the CK One Color Cosmetics and get a chance to meet hit recording artist Dev in store! Not only that, but you'll get a Lollapalooza makeover!
Mix Master Mike, August 3rd-4th at 9pm, Vertigo Sky Lounge, $30-40
Details: Beastie Boys' DJ Mix Master Mike takes up residency at the Vertigo Sky Lounge during Lollapalooza weekend for an unforgettable 2 days of partying by one of the world's most well-known DJs.
Simply Vedic's Naperville Vegetarian Food Festival, August 4th at 11am, Central Park, FREE
Details: Whether you are a longtime vegetarian or vegan or someone simply wanting to add more healthy and delicious Eat Wellfoods to your meal repertoire, or if you are just curious what it's all about, you are welcome here!
Wheaton Ale Fest, August 4th at 12pm, Memorial Park, $15-$70
Details: Sample over 125 different styles of beers from America's best craft brewers and vote for your favorite Illinois craft beer as we award the coveted Illinois All-Star Ale Award to the top vote recipient.
Swim Across America: Chicago Open Water Swim, August 4th at 6:30am, Ohio Street Beach, $50
Details: This swim includes swimmers of all ages and skill levels. Swim as an individual or as a team to honor loved ones who have been affected by cancer. All proceeds from the swim benefit the Rush University Medical Center.
McGee's Porkfest, August 4th at 12pm, McGee's, $20
Details: The granddaddy of all cookouts is brewing on the horizon. The tavern will be hosting its 8th annual Porkfest- a General Celebration of Meat! The meal includes a pig roast, pork shoulders, ribs, deep fried bacon, and more!
Festival Cubano, August 4th at 10pm, Riis Park, $5-$15
Details: This festival is now in its third year and the biggest of its kind in the U.S. Thousands gather to celebrate Cuban culture by enjoying local and international musical talent, Cuban food and more fun and games.
Wrigleyville Summerfest, August 4th-5th at 12pm, Wrigleyville, $5
Details: Wrigleyville offers food and beverages to be enjoyed, plus many local vendors showcasing their products and services and live entertainment!
Childish Gambino, August 4th at 11pm, The Vic Theatre, $50
Details: 'Community' actor, Donald Glover, hits the stage under his stage name for this Lollapalooza aftershow with special guests Chance the Rapper and Star Slinger.
Big Time Summer Tour, August 4th at 7pm, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, $20-95
Details: Big Time Rush come to Chicago for their summer tour with special guest Cody Simpson.
Demi Lovato, August 4th at 7pm, Ravinia, $27-50
Details: Demi Lovato takes the stage at Ravinia.
Edgefest, August 4th-5th at 12pm, Broadway & Thorndale, $5
Details: The theme of this year's festival in Edgewater is bacon, bacon and more bacon! Enjoy numerous food vendors, art from local artists and live music from some of the best local bands. Proceeds benefit the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce.
13th Annual (Inter)National Clown Week, August 5th at 1pm, Showmen's Rest, FREE
Details: This event is a remembrance of circus artists past, held in the nation's most well known resting place for circus artists. Includes circus arts performances, activities and entertainment for kids, prizes, and many many clowns.
Mikey O'Comedy - Comedy Cantina, August 5th at 10pm, Joe's on Weed St, $10-15
Details: Join Vince Acevedo for a night full of laughs. Also features comedians Ricky Carmona and Lucky Luciano.
Film: HIGH CHICAGO, August 6th at 8:15 pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, $6-11
Details: A commanding performance by charismatic actor Salmon, who made his reputation in three James Bond films, makes Sam never less than compelling to watch as his life comes close to spiraling out of control in the grip of his cherished dream.
Matisyahu & The Dirty Heads, August 7th at 7pm, Congress Theater, $19.99- 24.50
Details: Matisyahu, The Dirty Heads, and Moon Taxi will be in Chicago to perform live at The Congress Theater!
Rufus Wainwright, August 8th at 7:30pm, The Vic Theatre, $33-66
Details: This highly anticipated show is all about Rufus Wainwright's newest album. Special guests Adam Cohen and Krystle Warren will join him on stage.
Coldplay, August 7th-8th at 7pm, United Center, $49.50-110
Details: Coldplay comes to Chicago for two days with special guests Marina & The Diamonds and Charli XCX.
whatSUP?!: Stand-Up Paddleboarding, August 8th at 6pm, Great Lakes Board Company, $49-$59
Details: Join the revolution and grab a paddle for a night of stand-up paddle boarding and summer fun with CitySwarm! Ticket includes 1.5 hour instructor-led lesson, all necessary paddle board equipment, a post-paddle reception and more!
Pianist Jenny Q Chai, August 8th at 12:15pm, Chicago Cultural Center, FREE
Details: Having recently played her critically acclaimed New York Carnegie Hall debut, pianist Jenny Q Chai has been selected to appear on Chicago's esteemed Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series.
Harry and the Potters, August 8th at 7pm, Beat Kitchen, $10
Details: The stars of the hit YouTube video, Potter Puppet Pals, make the Chicago stop on their summer tour.