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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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Wednesday, July 17

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BFF Block Party

The Bicycle Film Festival closes out with a block party on Emerald Street next to The Skylark, 2149 S. Halsted St., from 1pm to early evening. Activities include a BMX Flatland Jam, bike polo lessons, a mechanic build-off, sprint and skid competitions, and fixed gear and BMX trick competitions. Free. More info here.

Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition @ Chicago Botanical Garden

Mr. Miyagi will be proud of you for attending the 33rd annual Mid-America Bonsai Exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe today from 9am-5pm. You can buy them, look at them, take a workshop (registration required), or take a walk around the Botanical Garden (which is amazing, by the way). Admission is free; parking is $20 per car.

Windy City Rib Fest @ Union Park

Music and ribs are on the bill for the first annual Windy City RIb Fest at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. Admission $7. Event runs noon-10pm.

Stacked Rack Sample Sale @ Beta Boutique

Beta Boutique's long awaited annual Stacked Racks Sample Sale continues today Sunday August 16 at 651 W Diversey Parkway. The feeding frenzy runs from 12 pm. until 5 pm and features Ella Moss, Free People, Lara Miller, L.A.M.B. and other designers. All items are 40-90% off their original retail prices and nothing will be marked higher than $150. Visit Beta Boutique's website for more information and a full list of featured designers.

Eli's Cheesecake 1st Annual Jazz Festival

Nothing goes better with cheesecake (apparently) than live jazz. Eli's is putting on a family-friendly jazz festival at Eli's Cheesecake World (6701 West Forest Preserve Dr., Chicago) from 3-6pm today. Performers include The Will Miller Quintet and The Matt Carroll Trio with Vocalist Elana Schulman. FREE admission, parking and cheesecake samples.

The Fest for Beatles Fans

The annual Fest for Beatles Fans concludes today at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare (9300 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont). Among the events planned for this year's Fest: a sneak preview of the Beatles Rock Band; a battle of the Beatles bands; a marketplace and auction for various Beatles memorabilia; and an attempt on Sunday to assemble the largest ukulele ensemble on stage! See the Fest Website for a complete schedule.

Chicago Air and Water Show

Planes and boats on parade! Watch the spectacle from North Avenue Beach. The Chicago Air and Water Show happens today. Free, runs from 10am to 4pm

Jennifer 8. Lee Booksigning/Lecture @ St. Therese

NYT writer and food journalist Jennifer 8. Lee will be in town today, talking about her new book The Fortune Cookie Chronicles at St. Therese School, 247 W. 23rd St from 1-3pm. Lecture is free but reservations are required; email or call (312) 949-1000.



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