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The best things to do in Chicago for July 2016 

July's top events include Guns N’ Roses, the Ghostbusters reboot, Drake, and more

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Guns N' Roses
After reuniting at Coachella this year, GNR welcome fans to the jungle of their Not in This Lifetime tour. Fri 7/1 (sold out) and Sun 7/3, 8 PM, Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus, 312-235-7000,, $44-$250.

Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration
The city honors the acclaimed Chicago documentary company with an outdoor screening. Tue 7/5, 6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph. Free

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Jazzin' at the Shedd
The weekly summer cocktail party offers up live jazz, full bar, fireworks, and access to multiple exhibits in the aquarium. Wed 7/6, 5 PM, Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312-939-2438,, $18.

The Roots, Donnie Trumpet
Questlove and the gang take a break from their gig as The Tonight Show's house band to play the Taste of Chicago. Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment affiliate Donnie Trumpet opens. Wed 7/6, 5:30 PM, Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, 205 E. Randolph,, $23-$50.

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Color in Motion
Trash your whitest whites (who can keep 'em clean anyway?) with packets of powdered color at this walk-run 5K benefiting the Special Olympics of Illinois. Sat 7/9, 9 AM, Montrose Beach, 4400 N. Lake Shore Drive, $50.

Chicago Challenge
Grab some friends and take part in this Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt for the chance to win cash prizes. Sat 7/9, 11:45 AM, various locations, $55.

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At 45, Rivers Cuomo doesn't look much like Buddy Holly anymore, but his band's infectious 90s power pop has aged better. Panic! At the Disco and Andrew McMahon open. Sun 7/10, 7 PM, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, I-80 & Harlem, Tinley Park, 708-614-1616, $10-$250.

Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet
Actor David Carl portrays actor Gary Busey portraying all of Hamlet's roles, with the help of homemade puppets, video, and songs. Tue 7/12-Sun 7/17, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand, 312-595-5600,, $35.

The Infiltrator
Bryan Cranston stars as Robert Mazur, a federal agent who infiltrates (get it?!) Pablo Escobar's Colombian drug cartel. Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) directed. Opens Wed 7/13.

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Bastille Day
Celebrate the French National Day with local French restaurants, raffles, wine, and live music. Thu 7/14, 5 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, 312-346-3278, Free

Cafe Society
Woody Allen's latest rom-com—his 47th film as a director—stars Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, and Kristen Stewart. Opens Fri 7/15.

You're gonna wanna call the group of ladies in this female-centric reboot of the 1984 classic. With SNL firecracker Leslie Jones in the action-comedy role she deserves. Opens Fri 7/15.

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"The Making of a Fugitive"
Work by Dennis Adams, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Bruce Nauman, Carrie Schneider, and more focused on Patty Hearst and other fugitives in pop culture, as well as the media's construction of criminality. 7/16-12/4, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 312-280-2660,

Burgers and Beer 5K
There's nothing like Shake Shack burgers and Begyle beer serving as motivation to finish a run. Vegetarian options are available as well. Mon 7/18, 7 PM, Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus, 312-235-7000,, $50.

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Alabama Shakes
See the southern rockers at what is probably one of Chicago's least rootsy venues: the Civic Opera House. Tue 7/19, 7:30 PM, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker, 312-332-2244,, $42-$72.

Star Trek Beyond
In addition to reprising his role as Scotty, Simon Pegg (The World's End, Shaun of the Dead) helped pen the screenplay for the rebooted Star Trek franchise's third installment. Beam us up! Justin Lin directed. Opens Fri 7/22.

When that hotline bling, it could only mean one thing: the Canadian rap sensation's in town. Future opens. Tue 7/26 and Wed 7/27, 7 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison, 312-455-4500,, $45-$180.

Jason Bourne
Matt Damon's furrowed brow is sure to get a rigorous workout in this, the fifth installment of the Bourne series, cowritten and directed by Paul Greengrass. Opens Fri 7/29. v

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