''What's On Dec'' w/ Billy Dec, August 9-31: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests in Chicagoland!
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Big Dig Beach Volleyball Tournament, August 11th at 8am, North Ave Beach, $5-169
Details: Join Players Sports Group on August 11th for the Fourth Annual BIG DIG volleyball tournament and North Avenue Beach Party! The event will feature volleyball, cornhole and dodgeball tournaments during the day and a 1500+ person beach party in the afternoon featuring the tunes of Vanilla Ice!
Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl, August 15th at 6pm, Swedish American Museum, $25-50
Details: The Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl features selections from twenty restaurants in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Choose between the salt route, pepper route or do both with the whole enchilada!
Yo Solo, August 9th-12th at 8pm, Flat Iron Arts Building, $15
Details: Various solo artists perform spoken word pieces about or relating to the Latino culture and community.
57th Annual Ginza Holiday, August 10th-August 12th at 5:30 p.m., Midwest Buddhist Temple, $5-$10
Details: A Japanese cultural festival presented by Midwest Buddhist Temple. Flown in from Tokyo, five master craftsmen will demonstrate their generations-old skills creating unique crafts. This year a fortune teller will be a part of the event.
Real Men Drink Pink Week, August 10th-17th, Varying times, locations & prices
Details: Step up to the plate, men, and prove that drinking a nice glass of rosé isn't just for the ladies! During this weeklong campaign, restaurants around the city (including Frontera Grill, Sunda, Publican, and more) will offer $10 glasses of rosé with all of the proceeds going to fight breast cancer and help support the Bright Pink charity.
Festa Italiana, August 9th-12th at 5pm, Taylor St (between Ashland & Racine), $5
Details: Celebrate the culture and history of Chicago's historic Little Italy neighborhood. Enjoy live performances, local artisan-crafted goods and of course, LOTS of delicious food!
Northalsted Market Days, August 11th-12th at 11am, Halsted & Belmont, $8
Details: The largest 2-day street festival returns with an incredible lineup of music acts - Olivia Newton-John is the headlining act! Also enjoy what Northalsted is known for: unique food and arts & crafts! Proceeds to benefit the Northalsted Business Association.
Air & Water Show, August 18th-19th at 10am, North Ave Beach, FREE
Details: This Chicago summer staple returns for the 54th year. The biggest free military air and water show in the country is a sight to see as the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds & Golden Knights do jaw-dropping aerial stunts.
Milwaukee Irish Fest, Aug 16th-19th at 5pm, Henry W. Maier Festival Park, $5-$15
Details: North America's largest celebration of Irish music & culture! Come out and celebrate with more than 100 acts on 16 stages from folk balladeers to Celtic rockers!
Glamorama, August 10th at 8pm, Harris Theater, $50-1000
Details: Macy's annual fashion show/concert/fundraiser extravaganza is finally here and it promises to be incredible, as always. Robin Thicke will take the stage to perform with special guest Karmin. Be sure to stick around for the after party on the Harris Theater rooftop!
StreetFood Artistry, August 11th at 1pm, Zhou B. Art Center, $20-40
Details: An annual festival that celebrates the tapestry of Chicago's eclectic "street" food and art scene with a twist.
2012 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 9th-August 12th at 12 p.m., Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, $35-$499
Details: William Shatner, Stan Lee, Tom Felton, WWE Superstar CM Punk, WWE Superstar John Cena and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino are among the 500+ celebrities and industry professionals and the Comic Con expo.
Bachelor/Bachelorette Meet & Greet, August 10th at 6 pm, JW Marriot Chicago, $5
Details: Join 30 of your favorite Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants for a Meet & Greet at the JW Marriott Chicago Lobby Bar. A suggested $5 donation will go towards a selected charity!
Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby, August 9th at 10am, Wrigley Building, $5
Details: 35,000 yellow rubber ducks will hit the waters of the Chicago River and all for a great cause, to support the Special Olympics! If your duck wins, you could take home a new car or many other incredible prizes!
Rob Shanahan Book Signing, August 9th at 6pm, Shop 1021, FREE
Details: From legends Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, & Keith Richards to Dave Matthews and Chris Martin...Rob has captured them all. Come by and celebrate his book Volume 1; have him sign a copy, listen to great music from Cage and Aquarium and have a beer.
St. Zachary August Fest, August 9th-August 12th at 6 p.m., St. Zachary Church Grounds, FREE
Details: Carnival rides, entertainment, children's games, casino, cash raffles and indoor craft fair. Bring a canned good to support the Des Plaines Food Pantry.
Chris Porter, August 9th-12th at 7:30pm, Chicago Improv Comedy Club, $17
Details: A finalist on season four of 'Last Comic Standing,' Chris Porter has been making people laugh for years, now it's your turn to laugh up a storm!
Little Italy Fest-West, August 9th-12th, Centennial Park, $7 (Kids 12 & under FREE)
Details: Fabulous food, family fun, authentic Italian merchandise, & special performances by Louis Prima, Jr., James Darren, and Alfio!
Southside Polish Festival, August 10th-12th at 5pm, Toyota Park, $10
Details: Experience the best of the Polish culture at this 3 day festival! The fun includes a pierogi eating contest, polka music, carnival, Polish beer and food and much, much more!
Huey Lewis and the News, August 10th at 7pm, Ravinia, $33-75
Details: Joe Cocker joins Huey Lewis and the News for an unforgettable show at Ravinia!
Kevin Nealon, August 10th-11th at 8pm, The Laugh Factory, $30-45
Details: Kevin Nealon has had people in laughing fits for years, best known for his time as a SNL cast member and now he's coming to Chicago for four shows in two nights! Don't miss your chance to laugh up a storm!
Armenian Fest, August 10-August 12th at 7 p.m., Glenview, IL, FREE
Details: Armenian food, desserts, beer and wine, music, dancing, activities for kids and amazing raffle prizes. Hear live bands on Friday and DJs on Saturday and Sunday.
Train, August 11th-12th at 7pm, Ravinia, $33-65
Details: The catchy tunes of Train will flood the stage at Ravinia with special guest Mat Kearney and opening act Andy Grammer.
Preview Party, August 11th at 7pm, City Winery, $75
Details: Get a sneak peek at the city's newest event space and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and plenty of wine! The night will feature various performances and will benefit Urban Getaways.
Veggie Fest, August 11th-August 12th at 11 a.m., Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, FREE
Details: Vegetarians, vegans, and health-enthusiasts are welcome for a weekend of great family fun at one of the biggest vegetarian festivals in North America! You will find a huge international vegetarian food court, food demos and dozens of experts speaking on vegetarianism.
Retro on Roscoe, August 11th-August 12th at 12 p.m., Retro on Roscoe, $5
Details: Retro features Chicago's top talent and entertainment on 3 main stages. Six full blocks of artisans, vendors, and cool merchants. Entertainers include 16 Canldes, Wedding Banned Maggie Speaks, and more!
Windy City Rib Classic, August 12th at 10 a.m., Theater on the Lake, FREE
Details: Chicago's 1st authentic BBQ pit master competition- twenty teams will fire up their smokers to compete for the title of Chicago's Premier Pit Master.
Chicago 10k, August 12th at 8 a.m., Grant Park, $50-$70
Details: Join everyone from world class athletes to casual walkers at the 2012 Chicago 10k (6.2 mile) race.
Valor Games, August 13th-15th at 10am, Soldier Field, FREE to attend
Details: Come out to support disabled veterans and wounded active duty military as they participate in the Valor Games, an event to promote healthy, active lifestyles for our veterans and active duty.
Ted Nugent, August 14th at 8:30pm, House of Blues, $39.50
Details: Ted Nugent headlines the show with special guest Laura Wilde.
U.S. Navy War of 1812 Bicentennial, August 14th-19th at 12pm, Navy Pier, FREE
Details: Ships from the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy will be coming in and docked at Navy Pier for a commemoration and public viewing. There will be fireworks on Wed night with music commemorating the Navy.
Carl Weathersby Blues Band, August 15th at 8pm, Kingston Mines, $12
Details: Carl Weathersby is a electric blues vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Weathersby has worked most notably with Albert King and Billy Branch, and is now a solo artist.
Ryan Opera Center: Mozart and Strauss, August 15 at 6:30 pm, Grant Park, FREE
Details: A chance to hear rising opera stars from the Lyric Opera's renowned professional artist development program as they perform great ensemble scenes from a pair of sophisticated and touching operas.
System of a Down, August 15th at 7:30pm, Allstate Arena, $50
Details: System of a Down comes to town with special guest Deftones.
Taste of the Gold Coast, August 16th at 6pm, Sofitel Chicago, $120-250
Details: The 4th annual Taste of the Gold Coast will feature delectable bites from Carmine's, Hendrickx Belgian Bread, Le Architect, Lou Malnati's, Morton's and more! Proceeds will benefit the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled.
Elvis is Alive 5K, August 16th at 6:45pm, Grant Park, $30
Details: Put on your best Elvis costume and take part in this wildly fun 5K to honor The King. Proceeds raised will benefit Team to End AIDS.
Some Like It Hot, August 16th at 6pm, Carnivale, $40-200
Details: Enjoy live music, complimentary sangria, appetizers, desserts, and a chance to spice up your night! Also have a chance to pick up some of the latest fashions with great deals from local vendors.
Oktoberfest in August, August 17th-19th at 6pm, Schwaben Center, $5
Details: Come enjoy the 800 seat beer tent serving domestic and German beers, bratwurst, live entertainment, singers, dancers, raffle prizes and more!
ENVISION - A Party to Combat Hate, August 18 from 8pm-1am, River East Art Center, $110
Details: Join ADL's young leaders for the hottest party of the summer to celebrate diversity and support the important work of the Anti-Defamation League. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, fabulous raffle prizes and amazing entertainment!
Arlington Million, August 18th at 11:15am, Arlington Park, $16-105
Details: One of the most highly-anticipated races each year, with a jackpot worth $1million. New this year is the option to buy a ticket to the Million Party Zone, an all-inclusive package with food and drinks.
Long Grove Art Fest, August 18th-19th at 10am, Archer Parking Lot, FREE
Details: Come visit Historic Long Grove and shop amongst 100+ fine artists from across the country as they showcase and sell their original work.
Tony Bennett, August 18th at 8:30pm, Ravinia, $28-91
Details: The legendary Tony Bennett will grace the stage at Ravinia with his classic hits.
Dance for Life, August 18th at 5pm, Auditorium Theatre, $50-500
Details: Experience the best dance Chicago has to offer as six of the city's top dance companies join together for one spectacular night on stage in this year's Dance for Life. Proceeds raised will go to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Dancers' Fund and the Chicago Women's AIDS Project.
Wrigley Field Road Tour, August 19th at 8am, Wrigley Field, $100 registration, $400 fund.
Details: 100 mile bike ride is hosted by Todd Ricketts and starts and finishes from Wrigley Field. Proceeds raised will go to the World Bicycle Relief and the Chicago Cubs Charities. At the end of the race enjoy an amazing party ON the field with live music, food and drinks!
Burgers & Beer 5K, August 20th at 7pm, Montrose Harbor, $40
Details: Take part in this fun run through the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. Better yet, enjoy a cold beer and a burger when you finish the race!
2012 Wade's World Weekend, August 23rd-August 26th, The Intercontinental Hotel
Details: Hosted by Chicago native and 2-time NBA Champion, Dwayne Wade, this weekend's events benefit Wade's World Foundation and Chicago-based organizations.
Chicago Fire Foundation White Party, August 23rd at 7:30 p.m., MCA Warehouse, $50-$75
Details: The hottest party of the summer is almost here! This is a 21+ event that includes open bar, food, music, dancing and a gift bag for each guest. White attire is strongly encouraged. Proceeds benefit the Chicago fire Foundation.
Coast 2 Coast Music Industry Mixer, August 23rd at 9 p.m., Club E, $10
Details: This mixer brings producers, A&R's, artists, DJ's, publicists, managers, and more together for a night of networking. The event will feature a model contest and local artist showcase judged by celebrity judges Music Mystro and more to be announced.
Linkin Park and Incubus, August 24th at 6:30 p.m., First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre, $30-$120
Details: Honda Civic Tour presents Linkin Park and Incubus in concert
Gotye, August 24th at 7:30 p.m., Charter One Pavillion at Northerly Island, $46.85
Details: See Gotye in concert featuring Missy Higgins and Jonti
Meat Loaf, August 24th at 8 p.m., The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, $65-$75
Details: See Meat Loaf in concert in Hammond, Indiana. Show is 21 and up
Summer Set Music & Camping Festival, August 24th-August 26th, Somerset, Wisconsin, $75-$300
Details: Listen to three days of musical performances from Zeds Dead, Bassjackers, Umphrey's McGee, Nas, MSTRKRFT, Pretty Lights and more. Enjoy a VIP camping experience to make sure you catch all the action.
Day Glow!, Life in Color Tour, August 24th at 7 p.m., The Congress Theater, $42.40
Details: The world's largest paint party is coming to Chicago this summer. Hundreds of thousands of people have witnessed this spectacular show that fuses high-energy music, art, dance, and PAINT into one mind blowing combination. This event is 17 and over.
HAIR, August 24th-August 26th at 8 p.m., The Hideout, $20
Details: The American tribal love-rock musical is coming for a five-performance production of HAIR.
Bryan Callen, August 23rd-August 25th at 7 p.m., Chicago Improv Comedy Club, $19-$22
Details: Currently playing Captain Frank Dashell in the MTV comedy series "Death Valley," Callen is known for his roles in "The Hangover" and "The Hangover II" and will be performing stand-up comedy in Chicago.
The Boulevard, August 24th-August 26th at 5 p.m., Logan Square, $5
Details: A classic Chicago event featuring two stages with Chicago's hippest bands, food, drinks, and Chicago culture.
8th Annual St. Helen School Carnival Fundraiser, August 24th-August 26th at 5 p.m., St. Helen School, FREE
Details: The family friendly festival will feature rides, Eastern European, Latin and American music, children's entertainment, food concessions, and a beer garden. All proceeds will be used to keep St. Helen's educational program affordable to all families.
16th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, August 24th-August 25th at 6 p.m., Colombia Yacht Club, $75
Details: Sailors have the opportunity to combine the joy of boating with the important task of raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The two-day event starts with a Dinner and Auction and the race begins on day two of the event. The race will be followed by a dock party, pig roast, and live entertainment!
Taste of Highland Park, August 24th at 5 p.m., Port Clinton Square, FREE
Details: The Taste features food and libations from many of Highland Park's most notable restaurants along with live musical performances from acclaimed bands throughout the weekend.
4th Annual "Recipe for a Cure", August 24th at 6 p.m., The Chopping Block, $75-$140
Details: Join the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) as they cook up a good time- with a hands-on cooking class. After you've filled up on food and drinks, browse the silent auction.
I AM Fest, August 25th at 2 p.m., House of Blues, $26.75
Details: Elbo Room presents an independent music festival. Listen to established Midwest bands including Board of Governors, The Energy Commission, The Alaya Conscious, and more including two winners of a Battle of the Bands competition. This show is open to all ages.
Morgan Page, August 25th at 9 p.m., Enclave, $25-$80
Details: Morgan Page performs at Enclave. Tickets range from general admission exclusive meet and greet with VIP ticket.
The Bash on Wabash, August 25th-August 26th at 11:30 a.m., Wabash and 13th Street, $5 suggested donation
Details: The South Loop's premier outdoor event "Sweet Corn Chicago" is a lively festival featuring local artisans, fresh roasted corn, drinks and live entertainment.
Midwest Brewer's Fest, August 25th at 1 p.m., Plainfield, IL, $10-$100
Details: A true craft beer festival where you can find over 150 unique beers. The brew masters and their staff will be on site for you to directly interact and ask questions about the brews. Funds from the event will help restore the Plainfield Riverfront Park.
4th Annual Mo'Rockin Fashion Fest, August 25th at 12 p.m., The Anthem, FREE
Details: Hosted by WGN's Lourdes Duarte, NBC's Natalie Martinez and Telemundo's Tsistiki Felix.
Last Call Sidewalk Sale & Fashion Fest, August 25th-August 26th at 11 a.m., Wicker Park and Bucktown, $0-$50
Details: Visit the final sidewalk sale of the season for Wicker Park and Bucktown. Last call to score great deals on summer fashions, accessories, home decor, gifts and kids gear.
Chicago in White, August 25th at 7 p.m., Location to be revealed on night of event, $30
Details: On this evening attendees of this "refined foodie flash mob" will meet at pre-assigned points throughout the city where the event's secret location is revealed. Guests will then converge on the location with the evening's equipment in tow: their own tables, white tablecloths, white chairs, white china, and food!
Lit Fest on the Lake, August 25th at 12 p.m., 63rd Street & Hayes Avenue, FREE
Details: The 1st Annual Lit Fest is presented by Da Book Joint- a Chicagoland bookseller- and includes book readings and signings by authors as well as a children's area to engage and encourage literacy.
ChicagoTEN Alumni Challenge, August 25th at 11 a.m., River North, $15-$20
Details: Join Big Ten alumni and fans for a bar crawl through the best River North bars to kick off college football season. The goal of the challenge is to raise $50,000+ for Chicago Public Schools.
Taste of Greece, August 25th-26th at 12pm, Greektown, FREE admission
Details: Taste the best of Greece and enjoy Greek dancing, music, wine tasting and more!
Carnival of Madness Tour, August 26th at 5 p.m., Toyota Park, $38-$43
Details: The annual touring rock extravaganza makes its roaring return with rock titans Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm, New Meidcine and Cavo.
Zoo Brew at Brookfield Zoo, August 26th at 4 p.m., Brookfield Zoo, $25-$45
Details: Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, aardvarks and ales all at the first annual Zoo Brew! The event is a one-of-a-kind, 21 and over, beer-tasting event featuring over 40 beers. Enjoy live music and bid on silent auction items.
Duran Duran, August 29th at 5 p.m., Ravinia Festival, $38-$85
Details: See Duran Duran at the beloved Ravinia Festival venue.
Girl Talk with Zion I, DJ Intel, August 31st at 9:30 p.m., The Congress Theater, $29.50
Details: Girl Talk and Zion I perform for a North Coast Music Festival after show.
Style Down the Aisle, August 29th at 6pm, Conrad Hilton, $15
Details: Style Down the Aisle, a lifestyle show highlighting trends in fashion, home and entertaining for the bridal market. Host Ryan Beshel will MC guests through interactive vignettes of fashion, food and cocktails capturing the essence of design simplified for everyday life.
Chicago Jazz Festival, August 30th-September 2nd, Millenium Park, FREE
Details: Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance. Artists include Roy Haynes, Ken Vandermark, Jeff Newell, Dianne Reeves and more.
Jon Lovitz, August 30th-September 2nd at 8 p.m., Chicago Improv Comedy Club,
Details: For the past 20 years, Lovitz has been one of the best known comedians in the world. See him perform stand up comedy in Chicago!
Chicon 7, The 70th World Science Fiction Convention, August 30th at 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency Chicago, $75-$215
Details: Also known as "Worldcon," it's the premier gathering of authors, artists, fans, dealers, and more in the world science fiction community.
Daryl Hall and John Oates, September 1st at 7:30 p.m., Ravinia, $27-$80
Details: Hall and Oates perform at Ravinia. Find lawn or pavillion seating.
Tallest Tailgate 2012, September 5th at 6 p.m., Mid America Club, $45-$55
Details: Chicagoans are invited to enjoy a unique charity event to support Rainbows For All Children, the international nonprofit that helps children and teens grieve and grow after loss.
North Coast Music Festival 2012, August 31st at 4 p.m., Union Park, $50-$350
Details: This three day music festival includes artists like Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, Umphrey's McGee, Atmosphere, Steve Aoki and more!
Naperville Last Fling, August 31st-September 2nd at 8 p.m., Last Fling, $0-$20
Details: Music fest with bands such as Ides of March. Proceeds from the event are given to nonprofit organizations in the community of Naperville.
The Fray and Kelly Clarkson, September 1st at 7 p.m., First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, $22.50-$143.50
Details: See The Fray and Kelly Clarkson featuring Carolina Liar in concert.
312 Urban Block Party, September 1st at 5:30 p.m., Walnut St. (Between Wood & Wolcott), FREE
Details: Join 312 for an original Chicago block party as they send off Summer- Goose Island style. Celebrate with craft beer, live music featuring St. Vincent, Kelly Hogan and Maps and Atlases, as well as a pig roast and food trucks.
Howl Chicago's Labor Day Luau, September 2nd-September 3rd at 7 p.m., Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano Bar, $10
Details: Celebrate Labor Day with specials all night!