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Music, movies, food & more await at Chicago-area summer festivals

Chicago Hot Dog Fest, Aug. 5-7, Chicago History Museum, Clark Street and La Salle; visit chicagohotdogfest.com

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Chicago Mayfest, May 20-22, 3100 N. Ashland; visit starevents.com

Chicago Underground Film Festival, June 1-5, Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee; visit cuff.org

Taste of Little Village — Flavors of Mexico, June 3-5, 26th and Sacramento; visit chicagoevents.com

Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale, June 3-5, 2000 W. Division; visit do-divisionstreetfest.com

America’s Cup, June 10-12, Navy Pier, 600 W. Grand; visit acws-chicago.americascup.com

Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, June 16-19, Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont; visit stage773.com

Taste of Randolph, June 17-19, 900 W. Randolph; visit tasterandolph.com

Chicago Pride Fest, June 18-19, 3200 N. Halsted; Chicago Pride Parade is June 26; visit northalsted.com

6 Corners BBQ Fest, June 18-19, 4000 N. Milwaukee; visit chicagoevents.com

Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party, June 25, UIC Pavilion Parking Lot, 1145 S. Morgan; visit worldslargestblockparty.com

Windy City Ribfest Uptown, July 1-3, 4700 N. Broadway; visit chicagoevents.com

African/Caribbean International Festival of Life, July 1-4, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph; visit cityofchicago.org

Fireworks at Navy Pier, July 2, 600 E. Grand; visit navypier.com

Chicago Irish American Heritage Festival, July 8-10, Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox; visit irish-american.org

Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 9-10, Belmont and Damen; visit chicagoevents.com

Ben Fest, July 15-17, St. Benedict Parish, 2215 W. Irving Park; visit parish.stbenedict.com/benfest-1

Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk, July 23-24, 2200 N. Sheffield; visit sheffieldgardenwalk.com

Wicker Park Fest, July 23-24, Milwaukee Ave. (between North and Paulina); visit wickerparkfest.com

Fiesta del Sol, July 28-31, 1000 W. Cermak; visit fiestadelsol.org

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival, July 29-31, (Milwaukee and Higgins); visit chicagoevents.com

Black Harvest Film Festival, Aug. 5- Sept, 1, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State; visit siskelfilmcenter.org/festivals

Wrigleyville Summerfest, Aug. 6-7, (one block North of Belmont, on Seminary at School St.); visit starevents.com

Taste of Lincoln Avenue, Aug. 6-7, 5900 N. Broadway; visit tasteoflincolnchicago.com

Retro on Roscoe, Aug. 12-14, 2248 W. Belmont; visit starevents.com

Reggae Fest Chicago, Aug.13, Addams Medill Park, 1301 W. 14th St.; headliners include Toots & the Maytals, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Hepcat and more; visit reggaefestchicago.com

Northalsted Market Days, Aug. 13-14, 3600 N. Halsted; visit northalsted.com

Chicago Festa Italiana, Aug. 18-21, Taylor at Ashland; visit starevents.com

Chicago Dancing Festival, Aug. 23-27, Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E. Randolph), Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago), Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress) and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph); visit chicagodancingfestival.com

Chicago Dancing Festival, Aug. 23-27, Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E. Randolph), Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago), Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress) and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph); visit chicagodancingfestival.com

Chicago Dancing Festival, Aug. 23-27, Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E. Randolph), Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago), Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress) and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph); visit chicagodancingfestival.com

Taste of Greektown, Aug. 27-28, 400 S. Halsted; visit tasteofgreektown.com

Bucktown Arts Fest, Aug. 27-28, 2200 N. Oakley; visit bucktownartsfest.com

Chicago Jazz Festival, Sept. 1-4, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington and Millennium Park; headliners include Orbert Davis, The Bad Plus, John Scofield and more; visit chicagojazzfestival.us

African Festival of the Arts, Sept. 2-5, Washington Park, 5100 S. Cottage Grove; visit aihusa.org

Festival de La Villita, Sept. 11-13, 26th and Kostner; visit cityofchicago.org

Riot Fest, Sept. 16-18, Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento; visit riotfest.org

    Music, movies, food & more await at Chicago-area summer festivals
    Summer in the city means it's time to get out there and have a whole lotta fun. So whether it's music or movies or food or arts and crafts that you crave - or all of the aforementioned and more - here's a look at some of what's on tap for the Chicago area in the coming months: MAY Long Grove Chocolate Fest, May 20-22, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove; visit visitlonggrove.com Chicago Mayfest, May 20-22, 3100 N.
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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Summery theater treats in the city

The Good Person of Setzuan, Cor Theatre at A Red Orchid, 1531 N. Wells St. Tony Kushner's translation may incline toward prissiness, but Cor's reputation rests on sweaty...

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Once in a Lifetime, Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. Kaufman and Hart's comedy lampooning the early days of Hollywood provides the perfect vehicle for Strawdog's goodbye to the loft above Broadway. Through June 11; www.Strawdog.org .

The Importance of Being Earnest, Dead Writers Theatre Collective at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. You knew the Dead Writers had to get around to this Victorian ( gay nineties? ) classic sometime, didn't you? July 1-31; www.DeadWriters.net .

Xanadu, American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. It was a favorite of ATC's late director, but Electric Light Orchestra nostalgionados and Olivia Newton-John crushies can tuck away their hankies and float along on the falsetto harmonies. June 8-July 17; www.ATCWeb.org .

...Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theater at the No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. Whether you remember this prolific songwriting duo for "I've been Lumbered" or "The Candy...

The Book of Mormon, Broadway in Chicago at the PrivateBank Shubert Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. Trey Parker and Matt Stone find a way to offend everybody in their runaway hit...

Lolita de Lares, Urban Theater Company at the Batay Urbano, 2620 W. Division St. Last produced in Chicago by Latino Chicago in 1995, Migdalia Cruz' dramatic pageant recounts the...

Death and Harry Houdini, House Theater of Chicago at the Chopin, 1543 W. Division St. We just can't get enough of Dennis Watkins defying death in the role of history's greatest magician. It runs through July 24; www.TheHouseTheatre.com .

The Plough and the Stars, Wayward Productions at Johnny O'Hagan's, 3374 N. Clark St. On the anniversary of the 1916 Irish Uprising, Sean O'Casey's diatribe on the folly of war fueled by misguided patriotism hits home all the harder. Through June 11; www.WaywardProductions.org .

Hauptmann, City Lit Theater at Edgewater Presbyterian, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Allowing the man executed for one of the twentieth century's most cruel murders the chance to tell his side launched John Logan's playwrighting career in 1986. June 7-July 10; www.CityLit.org .

The Grapes of Wrath, Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. An impoverished Great Plains family migrates to Northern California during hard times in a ramshackle car on a storefront stage barely bigger. June 16-Aug. 14; www.TheGiftTheatre.org .

The House of Bernarda Alba, Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway. Federico Garcia Lorca recounts a torrid tale of unhappy women and Oracle's intimate storefront puts their suffering right in our laps. June 4-July 23; www.PublicAccessTheatre.org .

    SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Summery theater treats in the city - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times
    Summer theater usually suggests Shakespeare-under-the-stars, song-and-dance spectacles in a barn or retro-cabaret on the patio. The city offers some of these citronella-circuit treats, but you can also find plenty of serious warm-weather thrills, too-and you don't need to wear bug repellent or sunscreen to the theater.
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Tip leads to Aurora fugitive wanted on federal drug charges

All except one of the men, Kelly C. Stephens, 45, whose last known Aurora address was in the 400 block of North Avenue, have been taken into custody. Stephens remains wanted for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance under state law.

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...Stoppers tip about his location. Officers arrested him about 9 a.m. Monday on the 200 block of East 71st Street in Chicago...

    Tip leads to Aurora fugitive wanted on federal drug charges
    Life on the lam came to an abrupt end for a former Aurora man accused of distributing large amounts of heroin and other drugs into the suburbs. Eric D. Coachman, 47, formerly of the 700 block of Concord Street in Aurora, is now in federal custody, facing federal drug charges after Aurora police received an Aurora Area Crime Stoppers tip about his location.
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Free Movies Are Screening At Parks All Over Chicago This Summer

Lincoln Park, on the patio behind the Chicago History Museum (1601 N Clark St)

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Kedvale Park (4134 W. Hirsch St.)

Wicker Park (1425 N. Damen Avenue)

    Free Movies Are Screening At Parks All Over Chicago This Summer
    More than 130 different movies-including Ant-Man, The Goonies, and (unfortunately) Maze Runner-will screen for free in Chicago parks this summer, the Mayor's Office announced Tuesday. The free screenings are part of a larger citywide program: Night Out in the Parks, now in its fourth year.
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Services set for Algonquin board president, Judson professor

A wake for Hammerlund is 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Judson's Herrick Chapel, 1151 N. State St. A Scripture Service begins at 6:30 p.m.

    Services set for Algonquin board president, Judson professor
    Services for Lynn Hammerlund, president of the Algonquin Area Public Library District board and a Judson University associate professor, are Wednesday and Thursday. Hammerlund, 57, died May 19 after a long battle with cancer. She gained national fame by winning $22,500 on the popular TV game show "Jeopardy!"
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Your Chicago comedy calendar for May 23-29

...LAST SHOW] 99 Problem Presents Kool-Aid Mix at Second City’s Beat Lounge, 230 W. North Ave., 8:00 p.m. An improvised sitcom that follows the lives of characters who work...

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Adam Sandler, David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider’s Do Over Tour at The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., 8:00 p.m. A night of stand-up and comedy by the stars of Do-Over, a movie about two guys who fake their deaths and steal new identities. Netflix releases the film on May 27.

100 Proof Comedy at Comedy Sportz, 929 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m. Headliner: Dave Stinton. Featuring Shannon Nolle, Shane Torres, Adrienne Brandyburg, Erin Grotheer and Kaitlyn Grissom. Hosted by Cody Melcher.

Best Night Ever at GMan Tavern, 3730 N. Clark, 8:30 p.m. Free stand-up showcase. Tonight is hosted by Mike Bobrinskoy and features Sam Gordon, Goodrich Gevaart, Marty DeRosa and Shane Torres (NYC).

Five Star Comedy at The Four Star Lounge, 2666 N. Halsted, 8:30 p.m. Free stand-up showcase produced by David Gavri. Headliner: Danny Kallas. Featuring Rudy Ruiz, Tucker Millett, Ed Towns and Kristen Lundberg.

10x9 at Uncommon Ground, 3800 N. Clark, 7:00 p.m. Storytelling about “Mothers.” Both comic and not comic, but all real. Hosted by Tom Valenti and Lauren Huffman.

HERold at iO, 1501 N. Kingsbury, 8:00 p.m. Featuring the women of iO’s Harold teams.

Snack Attack Presents Junior Stopka and Eggrolls at The Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln, 8:00 p.m. Headliner: Junior Stopka. Hosted by Bill Gevirtz. Featuring Prateek Srivastava, Sarah Squirm, Mike Bobrinskoy and your snack for the evening: Egg Rolls.

Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 9:30 p.m. Arrive early for the best seats. Featuring Keith Evans, David Rader, Stephanie Hasz, Marty DeRosa and Ricky Gonzalez, a video sketch from Actual Murderers and surprises ChUC won’t reveal until the night is here.

Miss Spoken at Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley, 7:00 p.m. The show celebrates its two-year anniversary. Tonight’s theme is...

[LAST SHOW] Best of Both at The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, 8:00 p.m. “Dances will be created on-the-spot based on song suggestions from the audience and, as a juxtaposition, written/verbal performances will be interspersed.”

Supply & Demand at The Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway, 8:00 p.m. A show highlighting Chicago’s stand-up stars, the famous and the famous-to-be. You never know who’ll drop by. Get tickets early. Price goes up as show gets closer. Tonight features Jeff Arcuri and more to be announced.

Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O'Toole's, 622 N. Fairbanks, 9:00 p.m. Danny Kallas hosts Nicole Calasich, Paul Farahvar, Kyle Scanlan, Kristen Toomey and Kevin McCaffrey.

I Shit You Not at Township, 2200 N. California, 8:00 p.m. Some of Chicago’s best comedians let loose with embarrassing stories. Tonight: Tim Barnes, Pat Tomasulo, Lainie Lenertz, Kristin Fenchak, Ryan Miera and more. Hosted by Michael Sanchez and Seth Davis.

Blue Line Laughs at Independence Tap, 3932 W. Irving Park Rd., 8:00 p.m. Headliner: Mike Maxwell. Feauturing Matthew Schwartzwalder, Alydar Skyy, Henry Gibson, Prateek Srivastava, John Barry and Merrit Landsteiner.

The Kates at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln, 7:00 p.m. Featuring Jennifer Ostermeier, Sarah Irving, Mary Lorenz, Eunice Jarrett, Elizabeth O...

Simmer Brown Comedy Show at Bughouse Theater, 1910 W. Irving Park Rd., 7:00 p.m. Reception at 7:00 p.m. for prepaid ticket holders only...

Yeah Buddy Awesome Time at Brainstorm, 1579 N. Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Free stand-up showcase (donations accepted). Featuring T Murph, Joe Fernandez, Dan Sheehan, Sonia Denis, Tyler Snodgrass, Max Friedman, Mike Knish and Gary Zajackowski. Hosted by Jason Melton.

Felonious Munk at WIP Theater, 6670 N. Northwest Highway, 10:00 p.m. Felonious Munk is a regular on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and is a creator with Dave Helem of The Blipster Life, a show launched (and continuing) in Chicago and now traveling the country.

Indianavision at Under The Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, 9:00 p.m. Indiana imports innovative improv from Indy city to Windy City. One...

    Your Chicago comedy calendar for May 23-29
    Visitors this week include Adam Sandler, David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider (together on the Do-Over Tour), Shane Torres, Los Improviachis, Makeshift Up and Chicagoan Drew Michael, who returns to record his third album. We've also got our own British comedy invasion: on Thursday night, The Maydays and Katy Schutte perform with Susan Messing...
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Koschman ‘cover-up’ now part of police ‘code of silence’ lawsuit

...he was punched in the face by Daley’s nephew during a drunken argument on Division Street at Dearborn. The case remained an unsolved homicide until the Chicago Sun-Times asked to review the...

    Koschman 'cover-up' now part of police 'code of silence' lawsuit
    The botched investigation of a homicide involving a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley has become part of a federal whistleblower lawsuit filed by two Chicago police officers who claim a "code of silence" permeates the Chicago Police Department.
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How A Cabrini-Green School Went From 'Out Of Control' To Feeling Like Home

After decades of being known for gang violence and tragedies, Jenner, 1119 N. Cleveland Ave., is finally turning around thanks to a young Harvard-educated principal with fresh ideas and a changing neighborhood. Attendance is up, more students are on track and violence is down.

    How A Cabrini-Green School Went From 'Out Of Control' To Feeling Like Home
    NEAR NORTH SIDE - When 13-year-old Ashanti Haywood reflects on her early years at Jenner Elementary, one memory sticks out. She distinctly remembers an after-school program that turned ugly when a couple of gang members busted into the school and hit one of the school's longtime teachers.
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