110 reasons to mark your calendar 

Something summery every day, from now until Labor Day

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Thu1 Argyle Night Market The new "spin-off" night market—Logan Square got a Wednesday-night one, too—perhaps offers the opportunity to buy a bushel of kale without having to dodge a weekend stroller brigade or the gaggle of puppies that absolutely must be petted. 6/27-9/19, Thu 4-8 PM, Argyle and Broadway.

Fri2 Lollapalooza The Cure, Mumford & Sons, Nine Inch Nails, the Postal Service, the National, Queens of the Stone Age, and Kendrick Lamar: just a sliver of another outrageous and overblown lineup. 8/2-8/4, Grant Park, Columbus and Jackson, lollapalooza.com, sold out (whatever).

Sat3 Wrigleyville Summerfest The historic north-side neighborhood is transformed into one gigantic outdoor drinking party. Hey, wait a sec. . . 8/3-8/4, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun 11 AM-9 PM, wrigleyvillesummerfest.com, $5 suggested donation.

Sun4 The World of Faeries Festival A steampunk festival—yes, a steampunk festival—featuring old-world music, swordplay demonstrations, and jewelry vendors. 8/3-8/4, 10 AM, Vasa Park, 35W217 on Route 31, South Elgin, $11.

Mon5 Black Harvest Film Festival Independent feature-length and short films from African-American filmmakers. 8/3-8/30, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org, $7-$11.

Tue6 Michigan Womyn's Music Festival A music festival by women, featuring women, for women. Literally. No men allowed. 8/7-8/12, Hart, Michigan, michfest.com, sliding pay scale.

Wed7 Gathering of the Juggalos Every year, you tell yourself, "Maybe I'll go—just to see what it's like." Make this the year, ninja. 8/7-8/11, IL-1 and Lamb Road, Cave-in-Rock, juggalogathering.com, $100-$400

Thu8 Tug Fest Enjoy live music, food, and entertainment while residents of Port Byron, Illinois, and Le Claire, Iowa, duke it out in a tug-of-war battle that stretches across the Mississippi River. 8/8-8/10, downtown Port Byron, tugfest.com, $5, $8 weekend pass.

Fri9 Tall Ships Festival This boating festival, which features local vendors and live entertainment, is helmed by Chicago Match Cup, a series of over 100 races between a dozen sailing teams. 8/7-8/11, 10 AM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, chicagocup.org, $5

Sat10 Retro on Roscoe An antique auto show is at the center of this nostalgia-driven street fest. 8/10-8/11, Sat-Sun noon-10 PM, 2000-2300 W. Roscoe, starevents.com, $10 donation.

Sun11 Veggie Fest A food fest that promotes clean, healthy eating, featuring local vendors and cooking demos. 8/10-8/11, Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 4S175 Naperville-Wheaton, Naperville, veggiefestchicago.com, free.

Mon12 Illinois State Fair The state fair is in full swing. Today's activites incude a mule show (!) and performance by New Odyssey. 8/8-8/18, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon, Springfield, agr.state.il.us/isf, $7.

Tue13 Chicago Underground Comedy Witness the best comedy show in town, where Chicago expats like Kumail Nanjiani and Cameron Esposito cut their teeth. 7:30 PM, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, chicagounderground comedy.com, $5

Wed14 The Intruder The classic Roger Corman social drama, screened by the fine folks at the Northwest Chicago Film Society. 7:30 PM, Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee, northwestchicago filmsociety.org, $5

Thu15 Chicago Symphony Orchestra The CSO performs the complete score for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Now you won't feel like a nerd when you say, "It's hotter than Mordor out here!" 7:30 PM, Green Bay and Lake Cook, Highland Park, 847-266-5100, ravinia.org, $25

Fri16 Indiana State Fair Still jonesin' for funnel cake after the Illinois State Fair? Indiana's is just a short drive away, and it has the reputation of being one of the best around. 8/2-8/18, Indiana State Fairgrounds, E. 38th and Fall Creek, Indianapolis, in.gov/statefair, $10.

Sat17 The Mad Science Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt Search for clues among the MSI's various artifacts. 10:30 AM, Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore, $19.50-$24.50.

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Sun18 Chicago Air and Water Show The cool thing about the Air and Water Show is that you can catch the high-flying acrobatics from basically anywhere in the city, so haul a lawn chair onto the roof of your apartment building and crack a cold one. 8/17-8/18, Fri-Sat 10:30 AM, North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore, free.

Mon19 Visit the beach And not North Avenue or Oak Street—the beaches farther north are way less crowded and far more picturesque.

Tue20 Millennium Park Greeter Tours Family in town? Or perhaps you're curious about that big, shiny, bean-looking thing that's in all those movies? This guided tour can help. 11:30 AM and 1 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, chicagogreeter.com, free.

Wed21 Bristol Renaissance Fair See what those Dungeons & Dragons kids you went to high school with are up to now. 7/6-9/2, 10 AM-7 PM, 12550 120th, Kenosha, Wisconsin, renfair.com/bristol, $7.50-$17.95.

Thu22 Model Railroad Garden Eighteen model trains run on intricately placed tracks throughout botanic gardens. It's way more impressive than it sounds. 10 AM-5 PM, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, chicagobotanic.org, $4-$6.

Fri23 The Boulevard Logan Square's most famous tree-lined street plays host to this music and arts festival. 8/23-8/25, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-9 PM, Logan and Sacramento, starevents.com, $5 suggested donation.

Sat24 Naperville Wine Festival Return to Naperville to enjoy food and entertainment while sampling wine from around the globe. 8/24-8/25, 2-8 PM, CityGate Centre, 2135 City Gate, Naperville, napervillewinefestival.com, $29-$35

Sun25 Get brunch Preferably outside. Check our restaurant listings to find the best spot. chicagoreader.com/food

Mon26 The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival Chicago's busiest avenue gets even busier as shoppers enjoy exclusive sales and fashion shows. 8/23-9/2, various times, Michigan between Grand and Walton, free

Tue27 Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo Because watching the people is usually just as good as (if not better than) watching the animals. 7 AM-6 PM, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon, lpzoo.org, free.

Wed28 Loops and Variations The outdoor music series that blends new music with electronica features performances by Glenn Kotche and Lesley Flanigan. 6:30 PM, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph, chicagofestivals.net/loops-and-variations, free.

Thu29 Chicago Jazz Festival Performers at this year's fest include the Charles Lloyd Quartet, Jason Moran, and Donald Harrison 8/29-9/1, multiple venues, chicagojazzfestival.us, free.

  • North Coast
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Fri30 North Coast Music Festival The highlight of this year's fest is the reunited Wu-Tang Clan performing the seminal Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in its entirety. 8/30-9/1, noon-10 PM, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, northcoastfestival.com, $135, $225 for a three-day pass.

Sat31 Chicago Fringe Festival It doesn't get more off-Loop than this theater festival, which specializes in experimental and independent performances. 8/29-9/8, various times and locations, chicagofringe.org, various prices


Sun1 Logan Square Farmers Market The best neighborhood in the city (just ask last year's Best of Chicago voters) plays host to an equally great farmers' market. This is your last chance to visit before summer's end. 10 AM-3 PM, Logan Boulevard between Milwaukee and Whipple, logansquarefarmersmarket.org, free

Mon2 Labor Day That's it. It's all over. We suggest you throw a BBQ, or find someone who is. Otherwise, spend the day soaking up as much sun as possible before nine months of indomitable coldness forces everyone indoors.


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