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Cock and Bull Sessions

Fri 8/29-Sat 8/30, 7:30 PM

Featuring performance artists Caitlin Bascom and Mikey McParlane, plus work by digital artists and interactive site-specific installations. $10
Defibrillator (map)
1136 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown


Taste of Polonia

8/29-9/1: Fri 5-11 PM, Sat-Sun noon-11 PM, Mon noon-10 PM

The Jefferson Park megafestival has four stages of music—there will be polka—and more than your fill of Polish cuisine. $7
Copernicus Center (map)
5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
Jefferson Park
phone 773-777-8898



Sat 8/30, 2-10 PM

The Chicago Urban Art Society hosts local artists, performers, food, and drink to create an art Utopia at Artopia (you get it). Highlights from the fest's third year include interactive games, more than 100 artist vendors, and performances from Redmoon Theater and Sway Dance Chicago. $10, $6 in advance
Chicago Urban Art Society (map)
600 W. Cermak Rd.
Pilsen/Little Village
phone 773-318-9407


Northwestern Wildcats Season Opener

Sat 8/30, 2:30 PM

While most of Chicago's football-happy citizens are focused on the NFL Bears, the scrappy Northwestern Wildcats open their season of pigskin today against the University of California Golden Bears. Coming off a season that imploded five games in, the Wildcats might just be a dark horse. And if you don't like football but have interest in labor rights and unionization, show your support. $12-$108
Ryan Field (map)
1501 Central


Remix Chicago


The artists of Remix Chicago take the phrase "one man's trash is another man's treasure" to heart. The festival focuses on arts and crafts made with recycled materials, featuring workshops for those interested in creating art with repurposed junk. Not recyclable today: food, drink, and tunes from Nude Beach. $5 suggested donation
Milwaukee between Fullerton and California (map)
Milwaukee between Fullerton and California
Logan Square



Sat 8/30-Sun 8/31, 11:30 AM

A screening of Bob Fosse's Oscar-winning musical, starring Liza Minnelli. $12

Music Box (map)
3733 N. Southport Ave.
phone 773-871-6604


Chicago Community Pet Coalition's Dance Party

Sat 8/30, 8 PM

A celebration in honor of the CPC, a coalition made up of local animal-rights groups ALIVE Rescue, One Tail at a Time, and New Leash on Life. $20

Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433


Dodgeball Dungeon: Megadungeon

Sat 8/30, 1 PM

A family-friendly adventure game show with elements of sketch and improv comedy. Proceeds benefit the University of Chicago Medicine's Comer Children's Hospital. $10

ComedySportz Theatre (map)
929 W. Belmont Ave.
phone 773-549-8080 or 312-559-1212
Dodgeball Dungeon: Megadungeon


Heritage BBQ

Sat 8/30, 4-8 PM

Sample barbecue from five renowned chefs, including Abraham Conlon (Fat Rice), Cary Taylor (Big Star), and Rob Levitt (the Butcher and Larder). VIP packages include specialty items prepared by the likes of Paul Kahan, Matthias Merges, and Jason Hammel. $125, $200-$300 VIP packages


Randolph Street Market

Sat-Sun 8/30-8/31, 10 AM-5 PM

This vintage market is actually home to many markets, including the Chicago Antique Market and the Indie Designer Market. There’s also food and a record fair. Nate Berkus likes it, so you probably will too. $8


Recombinant Stare: A Stare Magazine Retrospective


A retrospective of graphic art featured in Stare Magazine, as well as recent work by Stare contributors. Reception Sat 8/30, 6-9 PM.

Spudnik Press (map)
1821 W. Hubbard St., suite 308
West Town/Noble Square
phone 312-532-0304


Chicago Jazz Festival


Lollapalooza for dads. Terence Blanchard, Rufus Reid, Gary Burton, Prism, and Cecile McLorin Salvant are just a few of the big names at this year's Labor Day weekend tradition. Opening day takes place at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington).
Pritzker Pavilion (map)
Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph
Loop Chicago Jazz Festival


The Qualms

Through 8/31: Tue-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat-Sun 3 and 7:30 PM

I once wrote a profile on Bruce Norris for Chicago magazine. This was about eight years ago—after he'd pissed people off with evil-minded satires like The Pain and the Itch, but before they anointed him with a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony for Clybourne Park. The profile (which, I have to say, is very good) examines Norris's perverse charm. He's quoted at one point saying that Steppenwolf Theatre artistic director Martha Lavey "has referred to me as a 'perseverator': I enjoy things that are hectoring and terrierlike [and] refuse to drop the topic. I've driven people away from dinner tables. If I get something stuck in my ass that I refuse to let go of, it's horrible—and yet it's thrilling for me to hammer someone. . . . To have them cave. Just to scourge them of their folly." Continue reading >> $20-$86

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theater (map)
1650 N. Halsted St.
Old Town
phone 312-335-1650
The Qualms


Chicago HogFight

Sun 8/31, 3 PM

An all-you-can-eat barbecue fest that includes a cooking competition between local chefs, like Joshua Marrelli of Chop Shop and Brian Jupiter of Frontier.

Mahoney's Pub & Grille (map)
551 N. Ogden Ave.
Near West Side
phone 312-733-2121


Bristol Renaissance Faire

Through 9/1: Sat-Sun 10 AM-7 PM; also Mon 9/1

Good gentlemen, ladies fair, hie thee to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Make ye merrie with jousters, swordfighters, acrobats, and wand'ring minstrels. Sup on giant turkey legs and falafel brought hither by infidel Moors, and dally in the marketplace replete with precious wares, but woe betide he who doth not attend Good Queen Bess when she deigneth to appear. $23.95, $125 season pass
12550 120th (map)
12550 120th
Wisconsin Bristol Renaissance Faire


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