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Thursday, October 29

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57th St. Art Fair

The 57th St. Art Fair is Chicago's oldest juried art fair, offering art lovers the opportunity to experience glass, jewelry, photography, printmaking, ceramics and more produced by artists from all over the country. There are also hands-on activities and playgrounds to keep the kids happy and food vendors to keep everyone satisfied. Free and open to the public, the fair takes place along 57th St. from Kenwood to Kimbark. Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm. Call 773-493-FAIR or email info[at]57thstreetartfair[dot]org for more information.

Route 66 Bike Trip

Be a part of history on National Trails Day June 2! Bicyclists will traverse the entire 369 miles of Illinois' new Route 66 Trail, a route of quieter roads and trails that show off the old "Mother Road". Bicyclists will each ride one of 13 segments, simultaneously covering the entire distance of the route. Riders will converge at six different Route 66 towns, where the League of Illinois Bicyclists will hold ceremonies at noon. Early registrants for the free event get a commemorative t-shirt. Learn more and sign up today.

Prefuse 73 @ Sonotheque

Warp's Prefuse 73 (AKA Scott Herren) currently makes his homebase in Spain, but his frequent collaborations with local players like Tortoise's John Herndon often finds him coming back through Chicago. Prefuse will DJ tonight at Sonotheque, 1444 W. Chicago Ave.; Time Out Chicago's John Dugan also steps behind the decks. 9 p.m., $10.

Stoli Prom

Grab your partner (or just a date) and head to the Stoli Prom, a fabulous event for the GLBT community. Kicking off Pride Month, the dance is being held at the Hilton Towers Grand Ballroom, 720 South Michigan Ave., from 8pm to midnight tonight. The event will feature award-winning singer and gay icon Julie Brown, sharing excerpts of her new show “Smell The Glamour,” as well as the musical talents of Chicago's Sixteen Candles. Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple (which includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, prom trolley and entertainment), with proceeds benefiting Howard Brown's Broadway Youth Center.

Third annual Chi-Town Kruze

Get a car you'd like to show off? This year's Chi-Town Kruze, scheduled for Sunday June 2. Billed as Chicago's Largest Outdoor Car Show, the Kruze is two things: a parade around a three-mile loop between Roosevelt and Randolph near the lake, as well as an outdoor car show in the south parking lot of Soldier Field. Admission to the show is $5, and if you have a car you'd like to show off (pre-1987 only), it costs $20 to register. Participation for the parade portion is free to both drivers and spectators.

The Clientele, Beach House @ Subterranean

Monkee-loving Brits The Clientele get their shimmer pop on at the Subterranean tonight. With the recent God Save the Clientele, frontman Alasdair Maclean has crafted one of the prettier records of the year with summertime melodies to die for. Shoegaze couple Beach House will bathe the audience with fuzzy soundwaves second, and the Singleman Affair open. Doors at 8:30, tix are $12 advance/$14 at the door. Subterranean: 773-278-6600.

Chicago Gospel Festival @ Millennium Park

The free music season at the Pritzker Pavilion kicks off with this festival showcasing local, national, and international gospel artists. The music runs from 11 AM to 9:30 PM today. For more information, visit the website.

Chicago Forum on Zimbabwe

The Chicago Forum On Zimbabwe hosts a free public meeting On the Human Rights Situation in Zimbabwe on SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2007 from 10am – 2pm at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60602

For more information, call Jobs With Justice at 312 – 738-6161

Speakers Include:

*Nicole Lee* Executive Director, TransAfrica Forum
*Bill Lucy* President, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; Secretary-Treasurer, AFSCME
*Elizabeth Mhangami* Founder, Dignity for Women of Zimbabwe Campaign
*Arnold Tsunga* Executive Director, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights

Chicago Botanic Garden Wine Festival

The two day event at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe will feature 250 wines from more than forty exhibitors and includes cooking demos from some of Chicago's top chefs as well as wine seminars from top experts. Affordable, $25 in advance $30 at the door, admission includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, Festival Program, the Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase some of the wines. Designated driver admission is only $20 in advance and $15 day of and includes most of the regular package, excluding the tastings. The Chicago Botanic Garden is located on Lake Cook Road just east of the Edens Expressway. A portion of the proceeds benefits The Chicago Botanic Garden. For more information visit their website or call 847-382-1480.

The festival takes place Saturday June 2nd 12:00-8:00pm and Sunday June 3rd 12:00-6:00pm.

Dinosaur Jr., Lou Barlow @ The Abbey Pub

'90s fave Dinosaur Jr. take the stage at the Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace St. Lou Barlow will perform a solo set first, along with Awesome Color. Doors at 9, show at 10. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, 21+. Call 773-478-4408 or visit the Abbey's website for tickets.

 

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