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Tuesday, April 25
The Chicago Marathon starts at 7am and runs (heh) till roughly 11am this morning. Plan your travels accordingly.
The Chicago International Social Change Film Festival runs Oct. 5-7 at the Showplace Icon Theater, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd. Screenings begin at 10am today, with the last one at 7:15pm. See the schedule for details. Tickets range from $15 for individual screenings to $100 for 10 screenings, as well as several full-festival pass options.
The Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. in Evanston, hosts a double feature of documentaries about birth today, beginning at 1pm. The Chicago premiere of Freedom for Birth screens at 1:30pm; Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives screens at 3pm. A community discussion follows from 4:45 to 5:30. Free, but a donation of $15 for one, $25 for two or $40 for families is suggested.
The Chicago Beer Geeks and In the City TV host a Bears Bash today from 2pm to 7pm at The Garage Bar & Sandwiches, 6154 N. Milwaukee Ave. Admission is free and the first two rounds of Baderbrau are on the house; for $15, get additional pours, a commemorative wristband and raffle tickets. RSVP or get tickets here. 21+
The Greek Film Fest Chicago runs Oct. 4-8 and Oct. 10 at multiple locations. A full day's worth of films screen at the Pickwick Theatre, 5 S. Prospect Ave. in Park Ridge, starting at 2:30pm; see the festival schedule for times and locations.
Here's the Story presents unscripted, old-fashioned storytelling -- as well as a potluck -- the first Sunday of every month at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tonight's show features Vernon Mina, Robbie Q. Telfer, Carol Jungman, Chris Bower and Cody Cranch, plus five readers who sign up at the show. The potluck starts at 7:30pm, and the show starts at 8pm. Admission is $5 or free if you bring food.