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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 8:30 AM
OPRF Chamber Young Professionals go to the Conservatory!
Oak Park - River Forest (OPRF) Chamber of Commerce – Monthly meet-up for young professionals in the OPRF Chamber. We choose a different location every month. This month: field trip to the Oak Park Conservatory! We'll get a guided tour of the three different biomes created there, plus do a little mingling and networking!
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 - Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
Sidewalk Sale Downtown Downers Grove
Downtown Downers Grove – Downers Gove, IL July 19, 2017 - Join our Downtown Retailers for the SALE of the year! Whether shopping for a new outfit, couch, children’s apparel, significant other, home decorations or looking to get a head start on your Holiday Shopping, you are sure to find a great treasure at the Sidewalk Sale! Our delicious cafes and restaurants will provide you with a break from the shopping! Shopping starts at 10AM! More information can be found at www.downtowndg.org.
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 11:00 AM
Outdoor BBQ and Produce Sale
Northeastern Illinois University – To celebrate the warm weather, Student Union, Event and Conference Services and A’viands will be hosting a Grill Out and Produce Sale outside on Thursday, July 27 from 11:00a.m. to 2p.m. in the University Commons. We will be grilling your choice of hamburger, turkey burger, bratwurst, hot dog, organic veggie burger, or Halal burger. The lunch will be served with pasta salad, homemade chips, sliced watermelon, toppings, condiments, canned sodas, or bottled waters for $6.50. While you are outside, check out the Produce Sale offering a variety of fruit and vegetables for purchase at great prices. All meals and produce are for purchase by cash only. Please note the cafeteria will be closed to facilitate the outdoor grilling and produce market. Be on the lookout for the last grill out/produce sale on August 10, 2017. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 - Jul 30 @ 11:50 AM
Annual Conference and 25th Birthday Celebration
DONA International – Join doulas from all over the world as we come together to learn and grow in our work and celebrate DONA International's 25th Birthday with this year's annual conference, Cultivating Connections: It starts with us.
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 - Jul 30 @ 12:00 PM
33rd Annual Newberry Book Fair
Newberry Library – Clear your schedules--and your book shelves--for the 33rd Annual Newberry Book Fair! Occupying the entire first floor of the Newberry Library, the sale features nearly 120,000 used books in 70 categories: cookbooks and collectibles; history and biography; political science and children's literature; pulp fiction and works of staggering literary genius; &c., &c., &c.!! Admission is free, and all proceeds support the Newberry's mission to promote the humanities through public programs, exhibits, and research.
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 1:30 PM
Theatre Games: Everybody Dance!
Kohl Children's Museum – Jul 20 & 27: Everybody Dance! One person dancing is silly. Five people dancing is CHOREOGRAPHY! Let’s show off our silliest dance moves and teach them to our friends.
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 2:00 PM
Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group – Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Mon, 20 Mar 2017 at 12:00 PM
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 2:00 PM
Crafternoon!: Garden Stepping Stones
Geppetto's Toy Box – Create your own unique stepping stone for the garden! Chidlren use cement and stones, gems, and much more to create a beautiful stepping stone to go in the garden. Using their creativity, children are able to create a decoration to bring the gardent to life. A handprint in the stone makes a great keepsake to mark a child's growth! Please call the store to register: (708)445-9906. (5+, $15)
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 3:00 PM
Homebuyer Intensive Workshop
Oak Park Regional Housing Center – In our monthly intensive Homebuyer Workshop, you will learn the process of purchasing a home. We will help you assess how much you can afford, how to shop for a home, how to obtain a loan and finally close on your new home! Our homebuyers are completely prepared to purchase a home and be successful homeowners.
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 5:00 PM
ESPN 1000 Chili Challenge and Bowling Tournament
ESPN Chicago – ESPN 1000's Carmen De Falco and John "Jurko" Jurkovic are at it again... this time it's a challenge like no other... a chili challenge that is! Come on out on Thursday, 7/27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a special sampling of Carmen & Juiko's chili creation specially prepared at Max & Leo's Artisan Pizza in New City. The vote is in your hands so come on out and sample their recipe and and vote for your favorite. Then, join the guys and the ESPN Street Team from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Kings Chicago - Lincoln Park for a bowling tournament and watch the finale of the crosstown classic series. Mention "ESPN 1000" for a special bowling offer from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. plus half price select appetizers and pizza. Draft specials for all those who attend. Beat the heat and watch your favorite team on 50+ HD TV's. It's all brought to you by NEWCITY, Max & Leo's Artisan Pizza, Kings Bowl and Bud Light. Discounted parking available with validation at King's Bowling. Please drink responsibly.
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 5:00 PM
Berwyn's Taste of Cermak Road
Why Berwyn? – Pick up a pass Berwyn's Taste of Cermak Road presented by Mayor Robert J. Lovero. Stroll the boulevard to sample an eclectic mix of small plates and sweets on Berwyn's "Main Street." Tickets are ONLY $15 and include a large array of food samples and an after-party with live music from Caliente Old School starting at 7:00PM at Wagners Lounge. Ticket holders receive one entry into a drawing for an Apple iPad. If you pre-purchase your tickets online, you can pick them up along with event map starting at 4:30PM until 7:30PM at BMO Harris Bank at 6655 Cermak Road. Tickets are available for same-day purchase at this location as well. Participating venues and their samples include: ?? Vesecky's Bakery will serve kolacky and an assortment of pastries ?? La Michoacana Premium Berwyn will serve a single scoop of ice cream ?? ?? Pulqueria Chicago will serve $4 House Sangria and samples of Patatas Bravas and Chicken Kabobs ?? ?? Guadalajara Grill & Bar will serve chips and salsa. Drink specials include $3 Coors Light bottles and $5 Original Margaritas ?? Pierre's Bakery will serve chocolate covered strawberries ?? Old Fashioned Candies will serve serving frozen banana bites, popcorn and assorted chocolates ?? Las Quecas will serve quesadillas ?? ?? Home Run Inn Pizza will serve cheese and sausage pizza ?? ?? La Lupita Restaurant will serve flautas ?? ?? La Quinta de los Reyes will serve ribtip tacos in their speciality salsa verde ?? Anthonys Pizza Place will serve an assortment of pizza slices ?? Waldo Cooney's Pizza will serve pizza slices ?? Jimmy John's will serve sandwich bites ?? Masa Uno, INC Tortilleria will serve pico de gallo and chips and mini flautas ?? Wagners Lounge Thank you to our sponsors! ?? Presenting Sponsor Mayor Robert J. Lovero ?? Program Sponsors World's Largest Laundromat, BMO Harris Bank and Alderman Rafael Avila. ?? Small Business Sponsors Scott Lennon Berwyn's 1st Ward Alderman, Jill Willey State Farm Agency, Anthony's Pizza Place and Waldo Cooney's Pizza. This event is brought to you by the Cermak Road Special Events Commission of the Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC).
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 5:00 PM
Break The Mold Pop Up Night
Art Institute Teens – FREE for all ages! Come for an evening of youth-led activities and social experiences in the galleries. Spark your imagination, challenge your assumptions, and indulge your senses as you collaboratively interpret works of art with artists, friends, and strangers. http://www.artic.edu/event/break-mold-pop-night-1
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 5:00 PM
Yappy Hour
Alive Rescue – Looking for your chance to meet these two cuties? Come and join ALIVE Rescue tomorrow for Yappy Hour with Cookie and Pajamas aka PJ. Cookie is a 8 month old Tibetan Terrier. This little girl is great with dogs and is even in a play group at the Little Barn. To learn more about her visit http://www.aliverescue.org/adoption/available-animals/#!mg_ld=8705 Pajamas is a 4 month old pitbull mix with quite possibly the softest fur ever. He loves to cuddle with his humans and to play with his canine friends. To learn more about PJ visit http://www.aliverescue.org/adoption/available-animals/#!mg_ld=8833
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 5:30 PM
42nd Birthday Bash!
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence – What? ICHV's 42nd Birthday Bash! What is included? Food and Drinks Raffle that includes sports memorabilia, tickets to events, restaurant gift certificates and more Where? Old Crow River North 149 W. Kinzie Chicago, Illinois When? Thursday, July 27th 5:30pm to 8:30pm Cost? $42 in advance $50 at the door Host Committee (in formation): Matt Caine, Deborah Crockett, Brian Cross, Colleen Daley, Susan Danzig, Brit Galvin, Nancy Garfien, Amanda Glascott, John Gruber, Dave Horwich, Robert Klaus, John Kohlhepp, Carolyn and Les Kruse, Becky Levin, Nicole Levitz, Carolyn Lewis, Hon. William Marovitz, Dion McGill, Molly McKillip, Hanna Moosa, Brandon Nemec, Rob Nash, Erin O'Brien, Novia Pagone, Claire Reed, Paula Riggins, Jodi Rosen, Colleen Smith, Danielle Stipe, Hon. Larry Suffredin, Denyse and Dave Stoneback, Mark Walsh
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 5:30 PM
360 Hoppy Hour Presented by Revolution Brewing
360 CHICAGO – Local brews. Amazing views. Join 360 CHICAGO and Revolution Brewing every Thursday for 360 Hoppy Hour on the 94th floor observation deck at the John Hancock Center. $5 drink specials Live DJ from Mode Events Games and trivia Admission for locals (606 zip code): $10 Tickets must be purchased on site.
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 5:30 PM
Evanston Book Groups Reunion!
Literature for All of Us – Attention Literature for All of Us alumni in the Evanston area! Come join us for a night of food, giveaways, and discussion! Please RSVP to Sam (see info below) so we know can get enough food for everyone. Child care will be provided! If you need child care, please email Sam at sam@literatureforallofus.org or call 847-869-7323.
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 5:30 PM
Chicago area alumni event
Franklin College Alumni Association – Gather with alumni, FC mathematics faculty and students and friends of the college.
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:00 PM
Performance: Isabelle Olivier—Music for Gauguin
The Art Institute of Chicago – Pritzker Garden $10 members $20 nonmembers* Commissioned for "Gauguin: Artist As Alchemist," French harpist and composer Isabelle Olivier presents a concert of original compositions with Chicago musicians Julie Koidin, flute, and Ernie Adams, drums/percussion, and guitarist Raphael Olivier. Actor Sylvain Espagnol reads from the writings of Paul Gauguin, and the artists and critics who knew him. TICKETS—http://bit.ly/2rLnXxC About the Artist: Jazz artist Isabelle Olivier has been a professional musician for more than 20 years, performing and recording with many greats such as Beñat Achiary, Michel Bénita, Thomas Beuf, David Binney, Marc Buronfosse, Tommy Crane, Tam de Villiers, Catherine Delaunay, Jacques Dor, Peter Erskine, Alexandra Grimal, Brigitte Jacquot, David Linx, Didier Lockwood, Fabrice Moreau, Louis Moutin, Eivind Opsvick, Monica Passos, Joe Quitzke, Johan Renard, Olivier Sens, Sébastien Texier, David Venitucci, Norma Winstone, and many others in more than 20 countries. She has recorded six albums of her own compositions in France and in Germany, and a DVD. She composed music for theater, film scores, exhibitions, poetry, dance and puppet shows. She has been nominated for the French Victory of Jazz for “Year Revelation” and received an “Outstanding Musicianship“ award from the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Isabelle teaches master classes all over the world: in France, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Germany, England, Canada, Bulgaria, Mauritania, Senegal, and Spain. She is a member of Paros Jazz Academy in Greece for the second time. *Museum admission is free for Illinois residents every Thursday, 5:00–8:00—including during this event. Image: Isabelle Olivier. Photo by Ursula K. http://www.artic.edu/event/isabelle-olivier
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:00 PM
15th Annual Run for Gus
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago – Join the race to beat pediatric brain tumors! Young Associates Board is proud to present the 15th Annual Run for Gus, a run/walk event supporting pediatric brain tumor research and treatment at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Run for Gus includes a 5K run, 1 mile walk and a 400 meter kid's run. Each year, dedicated participants, donors and volunteers raise more than $100,000 in support of children afflicted with brain tumors. Registration opens in the coming weeks! Stay tuned for more information. Questions? Contact jromano@luriechildrens.org.
 
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    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:00 PM
The Anatomy of a Fatality
Japanese Culture Center - ?????? – The International Museum of Surgical Science is pleased to partner with the Japanese Culture Center of Chicago to bring you "The Anatomy of a Fatality." This event will feature a lecture and demonstration from Mugai Ryu Chicago, practitioners of a traditional form of Japanese swordsmanship dating back to the 1600's. "It is important to realize the consequences of a cut to any part of the human body." The lecture will discuss samurai combative theory in relation to human anatomy and targets on the body both armored and unarmored. Samurai history and culture will also be touched upon, as well as a demonstration of traditional Japanese Swordsmanship. After the lecture a short seminar will allow guests to learn the basics of cutting so they may gain a better understanding of "The Anatomy of a Fatality," Samurai style. The event will end with a tasting from Mesh & Bone of Shochu, a special vodka-like spirit distilled from barley. Shochu is special liquor similar to sake, and is created in Japan. The type of swordsmanship that will be demonstrated and discussed at this event is Mugai Ryu Iai Hyodo. Mugai Ryu is a traditional, feudal-era style of swordsmanship founded by Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi in the year 1675. The style aims at teaching practical, combative sword techniques with an emphasis on Zen and the attainment of enlightenment through swordsmanship. A Mugai Ryu swordsman attacks vulnerable or exposed parts of the body with precise cuts and thrusts to incapacitate its target with minimal force and no wasted effort. *Doors will open at 5:30pm for this event *Please arrive no later than 6:00pm *Tickets for this event are non-refundable *Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event and a valid ID will be needed to enter