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Sat1 Do-Division Street Fest Tilly & the Wall headlines the West Stage and Ariel Pink headlines the East at this weekend-long music fest, which shuts down Division between Damen and Leavitt. 5/31-6/2, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat-Sun noon-10 PM, 312-850-9390, do-divisionstreetfest.com, $5 suggested donation.

Sun2 Fashion in the Street Gaze awkwardly at live mannequins or do some al fresco shopping as local designers and boutiques take their clothes outdoors for a weekend of fashion shows and music in warm weather. 6/1-6/2, noon-10 PM, Dearborn and Polk, fitschicago.com, free.

Mon3 Sharon Van Etten The folky Aimee Mann sound-alike (that's good) plays for free. 6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph, 312-742-1168, cityofchicago.org, free.

Tue4 Go to a barcade You spent the summers of your youth in an arcade. Now, at places like Emporium in Wicker Park (1366 N. Milwaukee) and Headquarters in Lincoln Park (950 W. Wolfram), it's even more fun because you can get drunk at the same time.

Wed5 Collaboraction's Sketchbook Festival Over the course of 25 days (starting today), the local troupe stages 14 brand-new theater pieces, both short and full length. 6/5-6/30, times vary, Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N Milwaukee, 312-226-9633, collaboraction.org.

Thu6 Chicago Blues Festival Shemekia Copeland headlines the first night. Otis Clay, Bobby Rush, James Cotton, and others play over the course of the weekend. 6/6-6/9, Thu 6:30-9 PM in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph; Fri-Sun 11 AM-9:30 PM in Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus, chicagobluesfestival.us, free.

Fri7 Ribfest Chicago Eat food, listen to music, but mostly go watch professional eaters gorge themselves on pork products at Ribmania IV, the annual rib-eating competition. 6 PM at the Reader Stage, 4165 N. Lincoln, 847-6770-8273, ribfest-chicago.com.

Sat8 Naked Bike Ride Simultaneously protest oil dependence and underpants dependence on a 12- to 22-mile, clothing-optional bike ride. 6 PM, 1025 W. Randolph, chicagonakedride.org, free.

Sun9 Judy Blume at the Printers Row Lit Fest Author Judy Blume, a lady who was likely integral in fostering your love of reading, is presented with the 2013 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize. Superfudge really is great. 10 AM-6 PM, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4300, chicagotribune.com/entertainment/books/printersrowlitfest.

Mon10 Go see the Mississippi River Make it a long weekend and drive west till you hit water. We recommend Mississippi Palisades State Park in Savannah, Illinois, for the views and nearby biker bars. 16327 Rte. 84, Savannah, 815-273-2731, dnr.illinois.gov, free.

Tue11 West Side Story Racism and gang violence have never been quite so romantic. Or dancey! Through 6/16, 7:30 PM, Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, 312-977-1700, broadwayinchicago.com, $33-$279.

Wed12 Just for Laughs The annual comedy fest continues with TV sketch troupe the Whitest Kids U' Know at Park West and rolls through next week with performances by Seth Meyers, Maria Bamford, John Hodgman, Bob Newhart, and Bill Maher. 6/12-6/16, venues and times vary, justforlaughschicago.com.

Thu13 Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band Actor-slash-bass-player Gary Sinise and the band he named after America's most beloved big-screen double amputee perform at Ravinia. 8 PM, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook, Highland Park, 847-266-5100, ravinia.org, $55-$65, $22 lawn seating.

Fri14 Taste of Randolph Street A three-day food fest conveniently located on Chicago's favorite foodie thoroughfare. There's music, too. 6/14-6/16, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat-Sun 11 AM-10 PM, 900 W. Randolph, tasteofrandolphstreet.com, $10.

Sat15 Puerto Rican People's Parade The downtown and Humboldt Park factions of Fiestas Puertorriqueñas have joined forces for one big parade down Division. Noon, Division and Western, 773-584-6642, prpcchicago.org.

Sun16 SausageFest It's not what you're thinking. This really is a two-day celebration of forcemeat and live music in the city's most bro-tastic neighborhood, culminating in the crowning of Abe Froman's successor as Sausage King of Chicago. 6/15-6/16, noon-10 PM, Sheffield between Addison and Waveland, sausagekingchicago.com, $5.

Mon17 Golden Dragon Acrobats from China Their act is more than 2,000 years old, but these acrobats are so skilled, you'd never know it. 8 PM, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook, Highland Park, 847-266-5100, ravinia.org, $20, $5 lawn seating.

Tue18 Read a book outside It's a nice way to get some sun without draining your cell phone battery. At a loss for something to read? Hit up our website for suggestions: chicagoreader.com/literature.

Wed19 Chicago Architecture Foundation's River Cruise Everybody knows Chicago's got the best buildings. And the best way to admire them is from a boat on the river. Daily, various times, 112 E. Wacker, 312-922-8687, architecture.org, $37.85.

Thu20 Chicago Gospel Music Festival Tonight's "Battle of the Gospel Choirs" at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph) kicks off a weekend of joyful noise. 6/20-6/23, various locations, chicagogospelmusicfestival.us, free.

Fri21 Make Music Chicago The city will be alive with the sound of music of all genres and performer abilities. 8 AM-9 PM, various locations, makemusicchicago.com, 312-640-7418, free.

Sat22 Green Music Fest Wicker Park will be alive with the sounds of music and eco-consciousness. 6/22-6/23, noon-10 PM, Damen between North and Schiller, 773-384-2672, greenmusicfestchicago.com, $5 suggested donation.

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Sun23 Pride Fest This year, Pride expands to two weekends—with two parades. Because as everyone knows, humans cannot possibly outshine their pets, who march down Halsted today. 6/22-6/23, Sat 12:30 PM-10 PM, Sun noon-9 PM, Halsted and Waveland, 773-868-3010, northhalsted.com, $7.

Mon24 Carolina Chocolate Drops Settle in on the lawn for an evening of African-American roots music. 6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph, cityofchicago.org, free.

Tue25 Visit the dog beach Would you deprive your pet the chance to dump her leash and cool off in the lake—and yourself the opportunity to watch her act like a total goofball? Montrose Beach, 4400 N. Lake Shore, free.

Wed26 Summerfest Get ye to Milwaukee for the world's largest music festival. This year's lineup has 800 acts, including the Violent Femmes, Avett Brothers, Tom Petty, Fun., and the New Kids on the Block. 6/26-7/7, noon-midnight, closed 7/1, 200 N. Harbor, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 414-273-2680, summerfest.com, $17, $16 before 6/2.

Thu27 Chicago SummerDance Don't worry if you don't know the steps. There'll be instructors on hand to show you how to do those new moves. 6/27-9/15, Thu-Sat 6-9:30 PM, Sun 4-7 PM, Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan, cityofchicago.org, free.

Fri28 Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party Twenty-nine years and counting. This year features Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. 6/28-6/29, 5:30-10:30 PM, Old St. Patrick's Church, 700 W. Adams, 312-648-1021, worldslargestblockparty.com, $45, $40 in advance.

Sat29 Starving Artist Chefs and visual artists team up to produce plates that are both exquisite and tasty. The event name is a lie. No one goes home hungry. 7 PM-midnight, 217 N. Carpenter, chicagoartistscoalition.org/starvingartist, $125, $100 before 6/15.

Sun30 Pride Parade Once again, Pride month concludes with a triumphant march through Boystown. Noon-TBD, Montrose and Broadway to Diversey and Sheridan, 773-348-8243, chicagopridecalendar.org, free.


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