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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, January 22

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Renegade Craft Fair

Another outdoor go for the Renegade Craft Fair. Hopefully this one won't end up a mess of wet yarn and umbrellas. This year the renowned DIY craft show is located on Division St. between Damen & Hermitage in Wicker Park. Entry to the fair is free. The booths will be open from 11 am-7 pm today.

Lebowski Fest

Bowl, drive around, and have an acid flashback: The Big Lebowski hits us today through Tuesday with bowling, burlesque, and of course the film itself. See the site for locations and times.

Boulevard Lakefront Tour

Active Transportation Alliance holds its annual Boulevard Lakefront Tour today, which starts at 7:30am at the Midway Plaisance in Hyde Park, guiding 15-75 mile bike tours for people looking to see the city from a whole new viewpoint: their bike. Support wagons, rest stops, a post-ride festival sponsored by Goose Island and a t-shirt are yours with your $30 registration.

57th St. Children's Book Fair

The theme of this year's 57th St. Children's Book Fair is "Buried Treasure: Dig in and Discover Books!" The Fair is presented in conjunction with the Field Museum's Real Pirates exhibition. Featured authors include Jennifer L. Holm, author of the Babymouse series, Arthur Yorinks and Richard Egielski, two picture book authors, Andrea Beaty, Ilene Cooper, Matthew Cordell and more. Free starting at 1pm at 57th St. Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Call (773) 684-1300 for more information.

Second Annual Adobofest @ LaBagh Woods

The Filipino American Network of Chicago presents Adobofest, a friendly cooking competition that asks whose adobo reigns supreme in Chicago? A $5 donation buys you the chance to sample the contestants and vote for the winner. Taking place at the LaBagh Woods Preserve (enter at the intersection of W. Foster and N. Cicero Avenues), the contest begins at 11:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM.For more information, call (312) 519-2834 or send e-mail to

Green City Market Harvest Celebration

Journalist and rancher Bill Kurtis and his wife Donna LaPietra host a benefit celebration for the Green City Market tonight at their home. Details here.

LTH Forum Picnic @ Labagh Woods

Foodie site LTH Forum holds its annual picnic at Labagh Woods in the Cook County Forest Preserve, near Cicero and Foster. RSVP and get more details here.



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