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Tuesday, April 25
The Air & Water Show runs today and Sunday from 10am to 3pm, centered on North Avenue Beach. The Blue Angels are back this year, along with a wide variety of professional and amateur aerial teams. Free.
The Great American Lobster Fest runs today and Sunday in the Grand Ballroom on Navy Pier. Enjoy fresh seafood, drinks, carnival games and live music, including headliners Local H. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; you can also preorder your live lobster for $35. The festival is open from 10am to 1am today.
Inkling, 2917-1/2 N. Broadway, welcomes Lost Girls Vintage today from noon to 6pm. They'll be popping up in front of the shop with Winnie, their vintage RV turned mobile pop-up shop, filled with artfully curated vintage wares.
Chicago Festa Italiana runs Aug. 14-17 on Taylor Street between Ashland and Racine. Enjoy music on three stages, sample (mostly) Italian foods from Little Italy restaurants and vendors, and enjoy the neighborhood festival atmosphere. You can also take a trolley tour of historic Little Italy from noon to 5pm. The fest is open from noon to 11pm today. $5 suggested donation.
The Albany Park neighborhood represents a very diverse area in the city, so what better event to host than World Fest at its doorstep! The entertainment starts Saturday at 12:30pm with Tsukasa Taiko (Asian drumming) and continues with many other acts through the evening Saturday and Sunday.
Elbo Room presents the 6th annual I Am Fest tonight at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., featuring Driven Under, Trainwreck Symphony, Avon Dale, Phil Jacobson, Pirates!!!, Rayisdude and Oby. Tickets are $18. Doors open at 2, show's at 2:30pm. All ages.
The seventh annual Oak Park Micro Brew and Food Review is today from 3 to 7pm on Marion Street between Lake and Pleasant in downtown Oak Park. For $45 per person, sample more than 150 beers from over 70 brewers while enjoying great food and live music on two stages. There's also a "ReplicAle" competition featuring 33 takes on the same beer style -- this year it's American Red Ale -- but tickets for that are sold out. 21+
You're Being Ridiculous, the sassy, funny and fun storytelling show created by Jeremy Owens, is back tonight in Andersonville. With three shows this month, there's sure to be a date that matches your calendar. Come out tonight to hear stories on the theme "Fear" from David Allen, Randall Colburn, Kelly Duff, Kestutis Nakas, Jeremy Owens, Allison Shoemaker, and Steven Strafford. Stories start at 7:30pm at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets are $15 online or at the door.
Circus and theater converge with Aloft's production, Dinner of Our Discontent at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Street. Directed and conceptualized by Aloft artistic director Shayna Swanson, "Dinner" follows five estranged sisters as they return to the home they grew up in after their parents' sudden deaths. Aloft is a Chicago-based physical performance company dedicated to telling original stories through world-class circus arts. Show runs August 14-24, show times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm. Tickets are $25 and available at Brown Paper Tickets. For more information visit Aloft Circus Arts or Chopin Theatre.
Helmet play the entirety of their album Betty at Reggies, 2105 S. State St., tonight in honor of the album's 20th anniversary. The band'll also do a set of more recent stuff. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Doors open at 8:30pm. 17+