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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Friday, July 1

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CHS Star-Spangled Independence Day

The Chicago Historical Society is celebrating the Fourth with a parade led by the World's Tallet Uncle Sam and characters from Chicago history. There will also be indoor games and...wait for it...fiddles! The parade is free and open to the public, 10am-2pm.

Evanston Peace Parade

Looking for something to do this July 4th? American Friends Service Committee is holding a peace parade along Central St. in Evanston. Marching groups include the Northshore Peace Initiative, Evanston Neighbors for Peace and CodePink, among others. Come by just to watch the parade or, if the mood strikes you, bring along signs and banners and help support this "united call for peace." For more information, contact Dickelle Fonda at sugrcreek[at]aol[dot]com.


The University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel is home to a giant musical instrument known as a carillon. Every Sunday this summer the chapel is hosting a series of free recitals featuring University Carillonneur Wylie Crawford along with guest artists from across the United States and Europe. The concerts start at 6 pm, but come at 5:30 pm to climb the stairs of the bell tower and get a look at the giant bells of the carillon-- not to mention a breathtaking view of the downtown skyline.

That's Weird, Grandma!

Nurse your sunburn and hangover in the cool confines of the Neo-Futurarium theater tonight and laugh yourself silly at Barrel of Monkeys' That's Weird, Grandma. Written by 3-6th graders at various Chicago Public Schools, silly stories come to life through the hilarious antics of a group of performers who also teach the kids creative writing during the school year. Take it from me, you'll bust a gut laughing. The show changes each week, so head back for more every Monday night. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids (and, psst, there's a $2 off adult coupon online). The Neo-Futurarium is located at the corner of Foster Ave. and Ashland Ave. at 5153 North Ashland Ave. Call (312) 409-1954 for tickets.



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