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Weekend A-Jenda: August 25th – 28th

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Chicago Dancing Fesitval

Date: Tuesday, August 23 – Saturday, August 27
Time: Various
Location: Various including Navy Pier, Harris Theater and Auditorium Theatre

The 10th annual Chicago Dancing Festival will bring together leading ballet, modern and contemporary dancers from Chicago and across the country to present the largest dance festival in the nation.

For more information and tickets visit: http://www.chicagodancingfestival.com/tickets



Billy Joel

Date: Friday, August 26
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Wrigley Field

Legendary musician Billy Joel will return to Chicago to perform at Wrigley Field Friday, August 26, 2016. This performance will make him the first artist to play at the Friendly Confines for three consecutive years, and a record-setting fifth overall appearance.

Traffic Alert: Possible street closures on Sheffield, Clark and Waveland around the perimeter of the ballpark.
Use Red Line or #22 Clark and #152 Addison buses



Taste of Greektown

Date: Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28
Time: Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday from noon to 11:00 p.m.
Location: West Loop

From the website: Hellenic pride will take center stage when this acclaimed annual culinary fest on Halsted Street in Chicago’s happening West Loop returns for its 27th year. As most Chicagoans know, this strip of Halsted has been the epicenter of the city’s acclaimed Greek restaurant scene for decades. Quite simply, Taste of Greektown is a romantic weekend celebration for lovers of Mediterranean culture.

Blending Old World traditions with a 21st century freshness, the tantalizing food and spirits from neighborhood eateries will again be the main attraction. There will also be plenty of music and entertainment including Greek bands and games for both kids and families.




Date: Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27
Location: Brookfield Zoo

Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, anteaters and ales…all at Brookfield Zoo’s fifth annual ZooBrew on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, 2016. Zoo Brew is a one-of-a-kind, 21 and over*, unique beer-tasting event featuring over 80 beers.

For more information visit: https://www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Events/Upcoming-Events/ZooBrew


White Sox Play at Home (Thursday night is ZUBAZPALOOZA!)

Date: Every day, Thursday, August 25 – Sunday, August 28
Location: U.S. Cellular Field

White Sox Promo Aug 25 thru Aug 28




2016 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon

Date: Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28
Time: 4:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. daily with various festivities
Location: Chicago’s Lakefront


Columbus Drive: Roosevelt to Balbo 7:00 PM thru Sunday 8/28, 7:00 PM


Columbus Drive: Roosevelt to Balbo ALL DAY, except 7:00 AM thru 1:00 PM **
All lanes closed to traffic
** Southbound lanes ONLY will be re-opened for Bears
game traffic between 7:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
Simonds Drive: Foster Ave to Montrose 5:00 AM thru 12:00 PM
All lanes closed to traffic
Lake Shore Drive, Randolph St Exit Ramp 11:00 AM – SUN 8/28 @ 4:00 PM
Northbound exit ramp only


Lake Shore Drive: Randolph to Hollywood 5:00 AM thru 12:30 PM
Inner two lanes restricted to bicycles only (outer two lanes remain open to traffic)
Lower/Intermediate Wacker Dr: Jackson to Lake Shore 6:30 AM – 11:20 AM
All lanes closed to traffic. No traffic obstructions on Upper Wacker.
McCormick Place Busway: Entire Route 6:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Closed to motor coach access
Intermediate Columbus Dr: Randolph to Water St 6:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Northbound lanes closed
Lower Columbus Dr: Randolph to Wacker Dr 6:30 AM – 12:00 PM
All lanes closed
Intermediate Randolph: Columbus Dr. to Lakefront 5:00 AM – 12:30 PM
All lanes closed to traffic; exceptions for local traffic


Other Events

Will County Fair 08/24/2016 Peotone, IL
Worth Days Fest 08/25/2016 Worth, IL
Amboy Depot Days 08/25/2016 Amboy, IL
St. Albert The Great Parish Carnival 08/25/2016 Burbank, IL
DeKalb Corn Fest 08/26/2016 Dekalb, IL
Taste of Highland Park 08/26/2016 Highland Park, IL
Downtown Palatine Street Fest 08/26/2016 Palatine, IL
ZooBrew 08/26/2016 Brookfield, IL
Cherry Valley Festival Days 08/26/2016 Cherry Valley, IL
Sangamon River Music Festival 08/26/2016 Mahomet, IL
Urbana Sweetcorn Festival 08/26/2016 Urbana, IL
Skokie Backlot Bash 08/26/2016 Skokie, IL
DuQuoin State Fair 08/26/2016 Du Quoin, IL
Annual Olden Days Festival 08/27/2016 Dow, IL
Family Fest 08/27/2016 Medinah, IL
Port Clinton Art Festival 08/27/2016 Highland Park, IL
Bucktown Arts Festival 08/27/2016 Chicago, IL

CTA and Public Transit Weekend Alerts

Work on the CTA Red Line will begin 11 p.m. Friday and continue until 2 a.m. Monday morning. Howard-bound trains will not stop at Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse or Jarvis stations. Customers at bypassed stations will need to take a 95th-bound train to Sheridan and then transfer to a Howard-bound train. Other transit options include: #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #147 Outer Drive Express or #151 Sheridan bus routes.

Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

Weather permitting, on Saturday, August 27, one eastbound lanes on IL-390 between Meacham Road and Park Boulevard is scheduled to close at 9 p.m. All eastbound lanes between I-290 and Park Boulevard are scheduled to close at midnight and a detour will be posted directing traffic to use Rohlwing Road, Devon Avenue and Prospect Avenue to continue east on IL-390.

In addition, the ramp carrying traffic from eastbound I-290 to eastbound IL-390 is scheduled to close at midnight and a detour will be posted directing traffic to exit at Biesterfield Road in advance of the interchange. Traffic will be detoured along Rohlwing Road, Devon Avenue and Prospect Avenue before continuing onto eastbound IL-390.

The ramp and one eastbound lane are scheduled to reopen by 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 28. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 10 a.m.

Similar closures are scheduled overnight Sunday, August 29, with all lanes reopening by 5 a.m. on Monday, August 29, in advance of the morning rush hour.

Adler, Field, Shedd offer free admission on Presidents Day

(CHICAGO) Some of the city’s museums will be free-of-charge with extended hours on Presidents Day.

The Adler Planetarium, Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium will have free general admission for Illinois residents on Feb. 16, according to a statement from an Adler spokesman.

Proof of Illinois residency must be provided to get a free ticket. Residents can also get all-access passes for a discounted price, the statement said.

Hours of operation for each museum:

-Adler Planetarium at 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-Field Museum at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-Shedd Aquarium at 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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