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Events Calendar for the week of 5/01 to 5/07

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UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
5/1/2016
Baconfest is a fun-filled, walk-around tasting event featuring the most creative bacon dishes from the best chefs in Chicago. On the festival floor, the hottest chefs from the finest local restaurants prepare and serve small plates starring bacon. The best mixologists and brewers quench thirst with refreshing bacon-based and ... Read More

The PrivateBank Theatre
18 W. Monroe
Chicago, IL 60603
312-977-1700

Theater & Performing Arts
5/1/2016
A playwright who needs someone to back his next show. A mobster who needs some way to please his showgirl girlfriend. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship - or a brand new musical comedy! Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the ... Read More

Chicago Cubs
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL 60613

Sports & Recreation
5/1/2016
See the Chicago Cubs play against the Atlanta Braves April 29 - May 1 at Wrigley Field!

1800 W. Cermak Rd.
Chicago, IL 60608

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
5/1/2016
The Cinco de Mayo Parade is held to remember the victory the Mexican forces had over the invading French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Photo credit: Azadeh Khastoo; Adam Alexander Photography  

Hours:
  • 12 p.m.
Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago, IL

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
5/1/2016
Celebrate James Beard and Chicago's vibrant culinary scene with a week of exclusive restaurant menus and dishes inspired by James Beard's American Classic recipes. Nearly 100 top Chicago restaurants will honor the man known as the "Dean of American cookery" through their food. Join them during the second annual ... Read More

The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Theater & Performing Arts
5/1/2016
See magician Michael Carbonaro live May 1 at The Chicago Theatre!

Hours:
  • 7:30 p.m.
The Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plz.
Chicago, IL 60654

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
5/1/2016
The first annual One of a Kind Spring Show at The Mart will provide shoppers with a full three days of fun and creative activities. In addition to 300 talented artists selling their work, the show will feature fashion shows, gourmet demonstrations, live performances by musicians from the Old ... Read More

House of Blues
329 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Music & Comedy
5/1/2016
See the Sound of Dalmatia Tour live featuring Neno Belan & Fiumens, Zorica Kondza, Maja Blagdan, Ivo Amulic, and Meri Cationic & Tedi Spalato May 1 at the House of Blues!

Hours:
  • 8 p.m.
1400 S. Museum Campus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
5/1/2016
Thousands of uniformed Chicago Police officers will honor their fellow officers who were killed in the line of duty through the years.

Hours:
  • 8 a.m.
Music Institute of Chicago Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201

Music & Comedy
5/1/2016
From long traditions of storytelling, Rembrandt Chamber Players offers three tales of timeless import from across centuries and cultures to pack along on our own summer vacations: a quintessential example of Dvořák's creative reconfiguring of Bohemian folk lore and song; the story of a merry prankster from the 19th ... Read More

Hours:
  • 7:30 p.m.
18th St. CTA Pink Line 'L' Station
18th St. and Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60608
312-922-3432

Tours & Attractions
5/1/2016
Discover Pilsen, a neighborhood that continues to welcome immigrants, adding to the mosaic that enriches urban life. Walk a vibrant community whose architecture and art reflect the dreams of all who come to Chicago. Trace European and Mexican influences through a wide range of commercial, residential, religious and cultural ... Read More

Hours:
  • 10 a.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Theater & Performing Arts
5/1/2016
Award-winning choreographer Kyle Abraham returns to the MCA with a powerful program that explores questions about race and social progress. Abraham pairs his choreography with an evocative set design by contemporary visual artist Glenn Ligon. The suite of three dances moves from the singular, contemporary classical composer Nico Muhly, ... Read More

UP Comedy Club
230 W. N. Ave., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60614
312-662-4562

Music & Comedy
5/1/2016
Thirty-eight "Undateable" profiles were placed on the world's most popular online dating site to see who would interact with them. The results were tracked with a shockingly hilarious outcome. #DateMe = months of research of REAL people talking to FAKE characters. A scientific experiment about the online search for ... Read More

Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
773-327-5252

Theater & Performing Arts
5/1/2016
ARLA Productions presents the Midwest premiere of Alan Lester Brooks’ gripping post-World War II drama A Splintered Soul. Set in San Francisco in 1947, a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors arrive from Poland, aided by the American Jewish community. Haunted by the death of their loved ones, they are ... Read More

The Den Theatre
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Theater & Performing Arts
5/1/2016
Adding Machine: A Musical tells the story of Mr. Zero, a modern-day everyman. He hates his wife, he hates his job, he hates his lot in life. After a lifetime spent adding figures for the same company, he comes to work one day only to find he's been replaced by ... Read More

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2016
Opening this May, this special exhibit will showcase the amazing world of amphibians - featuring 40 species of salamanders, frogs and rarely-seen caecilians - highlighting their amazing diversity, unique adaptations and the serious challenges they face. Within Amphibians, guests will immerse themselves in the changing lives of salamanders, sirens, ... Read More

Annoyance Theatre & Bar
851 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Music & Comedy
5/1/2016
For over 25 years, The Annoyance Theatre has created some of Chicago's finest comedy. Home of the longest running musical Co-ed Prison Sluts, The Annoyance uses improvisation to create new and original plays, musicals, sketch-comedy and more in a vibrant, uncensored atmosphere.

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2016
Join Bank of America for its Museums on Us program. Revel in the Great Masters, explore deep-sea habitats and the wonders of science - all you need is a photo ID and your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card and the adventure begins. Participating Museums Adler Planetarium Art ... Read More

Blue Man Group
3133 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657

Theater & Performing Arts
5/1/2016
Experience a multi-sensory show that fuses theatrical spectacle and original music with comedy, art, vaudeville and science! The thrilling show is loved by all ages and its open run has just been kicked up another notch with new material, playing off technology with tablet computers of their own, "GiPads." ... Read More

Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2016
This 7,000-square-foot exhibit, developed and created by MSI, will feature a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, Roman Coliseum, and more, constructed by LEGO® Certified ... Read More

National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2016
Maria Gaspar (b.1980 Chicago) explores the NMMA Permanent Collection in dialogue with ephemera from her own personal surroundings. By reproducing, manipulating and preserving artifactual materials from history to promotional mementos and images, Gaspar attempts to reimagine new and complex realities for a contemporary cultural identity. The installation serves as ... Read More

Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60605

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2016
This group exhibition seeks to convey the variety of ways in which decades of political unrest and social upheaval have impacted the Iranian people through a mix of documentary photography, portraiture and fine art photography. Moving through urban and rural locales, the exhibition will offer a rare opportunity to ... Read More

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
5/1/2016
A Chicago native, Carlos Rolón, also known as Dzine, is recognized for his elaborately crafted paintings, ornate sculptures and custom works. This solo exhibition will feature his signature works that address his own biography by melding memory and the imaginary with carefully crafted, hybrid works. This exhibit is located ... Read More

Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Theater & Performing Arts
5/1/2016
"Darkly hilarious provocateur" (The Village Voice) Thomas Bradshaw presents an outrageous comedy of political culture clashes - just in time for election year. In a ferocious comedy of political "bash" and cultural "clash," Carlyle Meyers is an ambitious politician facing one potentially major barrier in his burgeoning career: He ... Read More

Chicago's First Lady Cruises
112 E. Wacker Dr. on Chicago's Riverwalk
Chicago, IL 60601
312-922-3432

Tours & Attractions
5/1/2016
Experience the “top tour in Chicago and one of the top ten tours in the U.S.” according to TripAdvisor users. The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise is a must for out-of-towners. CAF-certified volunteer tour guides — called docents — interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. You’ll ... Read More

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