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"Erró: American Comics"
Inspired by the pop art of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Icelandic artist Erró became fascinated with the imagery found in comic books. "Erró: American...
NFL Draft Town
Even if you can't get inside the NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre, fans will still be able celebrate their favorite teams at Draft Town in Grant Park....
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Upcoming Chicago festivals
NFL Draft Town
Even if you can't get inside the NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre, fans will still be able celebrate their favorite teams at Draft Town in Grant Park. This free event will feature flag football competitions, a skydive simulator, a Super Bowl memorabilia museum and a bar serving up adult beverages. All 32 NFL teams will have houses where fans can gather and purchase exclusive merchandise.
Cinco De Mayo Festival
Yes, it takes place on the Uno, Dos and Tres of Mayo, but no Cinco celebration is more authentic than the fete in Little Village. The kiddies can ride live ponies and carnival attractions, and there's food, arts, crafts and music in this massive celebration of Mexican culture in the Midwest.
Chicago Zine Fest
Don't you miss the feeling of Kinkos ink on your fingertips? Chicago Zine Fest is an annual celebration of DIY publications, which kicks off with a series of panels at Access Living. On Saturday, 200+ zinesters show off their homemade soul at Plumber's Union Hall. Kids, this is what blogging used to look like.
American Beer Classic
Enjoy the best of American beer and sample brews from the more than 30 participating breweries, including local standbys and national favorites, at this Solider Field beer festival. After sipping the 200 plus beers, you can be the judge for the event's best drink by downloading an app and voting for the MVB (Most Valuable Brew).
Chicago Critics Film Festival
In its third year, this festival, created by the Chicago Film Critics Association, features undistributed gems and fest favorites. Notable screenings include the dark Irish drama Clavary, Jenny Slate's raunchy comedy Obvious Child and the Mike Myers-directed doc Supermensch. See the festival's website for indiviudal screening information.
Chicago Underground Film Festival
Watch independent and experimental films from local and international filmmakers during this weeklong film fest at the Logan Theatre. After the credits roll, join nightly afterparties and live concerts. See the festival's website for a full schedule.
Concerts in Chicago
#DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment
The writers of this show posted 38 fake profiles on OKCupid and built this interactive comedy out of their actual dialogue and interactions. It's the perfect...
Whirled News Tonight
This weekly winner deserves its prime-time slot. Scenes are based on articles that audience members clip from the dailies and post to the wall.
The Armando Diaz Experiment
For more 10 years and counting this, Chicago's longest-running comedy show, has been making bellies ache with laughter. It's a simple concept: one performer...
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