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Friday, April 28
Wizard World's Chicago Comic Con runs Aug. 9-11 at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. The show features appearances by such fan favorites as Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Sean Young, James Hong, Amber Benson, Scott Bakula and William Shatner -- plus a bustling trade show floor, booths for all your favorite comic imprints, collectibles and more. Single day tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door; four day passes are $75 in advance, $85 at the door. The show is open from noon to 8pm today.
Mildblend Supply Co., 1342 N. Milwaukee Ave., the store that was the target of a "flash mob" robbery during Wicker Park Fest last month, is bouncing back with a party tonight from 7 to 9pm to celebrate the launch of an in-store pop-up shop for Nudie Jeans. The Kickback and DJ Jesse De La Pena perform. Sponsored by Tiger Beer. Free.
The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., hosts a CSA Potluck tonight starting at 5:30pm. Bring a dish to share, and meet representatives from nine farms -- Mike and Clare's, Mint Creek, Heritage Prairie, Peasants' Plot, Radical Roots, Harvest Moon, Breslin Farm, Three Plaid Farmers, Earth First, Nisse Farm and Vidonevich Farm -- who will be on hand with samples of locally raised meat and produce. Free, 21+.
Join Girl and the Goat, 809 W. Randolph St., tonight as they support local farm, Seedling Fruit, who lost most of their apple production due to crazy weather, with a fruit inspired dinner. Tickets are $195 with all food and drink included. All proceeds benefit Seedling Fruit Farm. To purchase tickets, call 312-602-2588.
The Illinois Science Council hosts a discussion of the Perseid meteor shower tonight from 7 to 8:30pm at the Levy Community Center at 300 Dodge Ave. in Evanston. Northwestern astronomer Dr. Laura Trouille and James Holstein of the Field Museum's department of geology will lead a discussion of the annual phenomenon, meteorites and other astronomical points of interest. There will also be viewing parties this weekend at Evanston beaches. Free; RSVP and details here.