''What's on Dec'' w/ Billy Dec July 19-25: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests...
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Pop-Tarts Crazy Good Summer Concert, July 19th at 7pm, Charter One Pavilion, FREE
Details: Austin Mahone, Boys Like Girls, and Carly Rae Jepson perform!
Rock of Ages, July 19th at 7:30pm, Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, $81.45
Details: Five-time Tony Award nominated musical is back in Chicago this summer due to popular demand!
La Soirée, July 18th-Aug 5th at 7:30pm, Riverfront Theater, $39-75
Details: A cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety combine to make this adult-only show truly a unique experience.
The Talent Show, July 20th at 11pm, The Underground, $20
Details: A night of this city's top talent in one of the coolest settings, The Underground! Billy Dec is giving his platform to up-and-coming acts to perform their talents in front a very influential crowd.
AS Roma v. Zaglebie Lubin, July 22nd at 2pm, Wrigley Field, $25-110
Details: For the first time since 1984, soccer returns to Wrigley in a first-time match-up between these two European club teams.
A Night Dedicated to Charity, July 20th at 7pm, Excalibur Nightclub, $20-50
Details: Join one of the founders of House Music, Mickey "Mixin" Oliver, for a street dedication ceremony and a night about giving back to charity. The Mickey Oliver Foundation for the Performing Arts is hosting this night full of great music, celebs, raffle prizes and more to help raise $50,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure & the Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy.
MercyFest!, July 20th at 11:30 a.m., Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, FREE
Details: Help celebrate Mercy's 125th anniversary and come out to the block party, sponsored by Target, featuring kid-friendly activities including games, food, drinks, live entertainment, prizes, pony rides, food and fun for all ages.
How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular!, July 25th-29th at 7pm, United Center, $26.50-71.50
Details: Based upon the popular Dreamworks movie, this live show immerses audiences into a magical and mythical world of fire-breathing dragons and Vikings.
Square Roots Festival, July 20-22 at 4400 - 4560 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, $10 adults / $5 seniors/kids
Details: The Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce & The Old Town School of Folk Music present the first ever craft beer and music experience in Chicago's Lincoln Square. In addition to great craft beer, they are bringing more than 35 music, dance, and family acts.
PrettyCity.com Launch, July 19th at 5:30pm, Flirty Girl Fitness, $20
Details: An event in partnership with Independent Retail Month and Yelp encouraging women to pamper locally and shop some of the best beauty and wellness deals in the area. Enter code 'pamper' to receive 25% off ticket price.
PAWS Chicago's 10th Annual Beach Party, July 19th at 6pm, Castaways, $150
Details: Lisa Dent from US 99.5 hosts this pooch-friendly beach party which features an open bar, beachy dinner buffet, live and silent auctions and live music by Spoken Four! All proceeds benefit PAWS Chicago Animal Shelter.
Access Chicago Festival, July 19th at 10:30am, Navy Pier, FREE
Details: The event is presented by the Office of the Mayor in Chicago for people with disabilities to promote the independence of the special needs community. The expo provides more than 100 vendors, recreation activities for all ages, free health screenings, and performers of the arts!
Batman Trilogy, July 19th-July 20th at 6pm, Hollywood Boulevard Cinema, $20
Details: See the Batman Trilogy all at once with The Dark Knight Rises at 12am!
Set Sail for the Big Yacht Race, July 19th at 6pm, Social 25, $20
Details: Join the Lincoln Park Young Professionals for a yacht race pre-party with food and drinks provided by local vendors and the chance to win various raffle prizes!
New Voices/New Vistas, July 21st at 7pm, Harris Theatre, $15-175
Details: Regina Taylor Hosts the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Muntu Dance Theatre Concert & Gala, choreographed by Emmy-Nominated Jeffrey Page. Muntu Dance Theatre has performed for First Lady Michelle Obama & is the oldest running company in the US that presents African & African-American Dance.
The Denim Lounge Sidewalk Sale, July 19th-22nd at 5pm, The Denim Lounge Roscoe Village, FREE admission
Details: Come out to the first day of the sidewalk sale in Roscoe Village and get 20% off everything in store. Friday the sale starts at the Oak St. location as well.
5th Annual Blackhawks Convention, July 20th-22nd at 3pm, Hilton Chicago, $135-199
Details: Come out to the Hilton Chicago to see your favorite players - and Coach Q - talk at various Q-and-A seminars, get an opportunity to get autographs & pics with players, and buy tons of memorabilia.
Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal Tour, July 20th-21st at 8pm, United Center, $60-188
Details: One of Cirque du Soleil's most highly anticipated shows hits Chicago for two nights of spectacular acrobatics, dancing, and so much more in tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Taste of River North, July 20th-22nd at 5pm, Ward Park, $5-8 donation
Details: Taste the best River North has to offer and enjoy live music on the riverfront.
Serb Fest 2012, July 20th-July 22nd at 5 p.m., Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, FREE
Details: Experience Serbian culture at its best at this three day fest full of fun, food, movies, art and dancing.
Mike Golden & Friends, July 20th at 7pm, House of Blues, $10-13
Details: Mike Golden & Friends perform with special guests Colin Tyler, The Lifeline and Joseph Renardo.
Marty Casey Silver Elements Collection Trunk Show, JULY 20th at 7 P.M., 115 Bourbon Street , $5-$20
Details: A unique event combining fashion & music! Come out and see one of Chicago's favorite modern rock bands, Lovehammers will be performing at a special fan appreciation concert
A Shore Thing, July 21st at 10:30 am, Navy Pier, FREE
Details: Michigan Avenue Magazine & Chicago Yacht Club invite you to enjoy Chicago's lakefront in celebration of the 104th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac! Pre-order your picnic basket today if you'd like a lunch, blanket, and champagne to truly enjoy the event properly!
Roscoe Village Burger Fest, July 21st-22nd at 11am, Belmont & Damen, $6 suggested donation
Details: Come enjoy burgers of all varieties - veggie, turkey, BBQ, traditional ground beef and SO much more at the third annual Roscoe Village Burger Fest!
Summer on Southport, July 21st-22nd at 11am, Southport & Waveland, $5 suggested donation
Details: Three stages with live entertainment, food, artisans, activities for everyone. Proceeds benefit the Southport Neighbors Association.
Lil Jon, July 21st at 10pm, The Mid, $15
Details: Lil Jon is hitting the DJ booth this weekend and bringing special guests Nathan Scott & Gus Karas with him!
Windy City Pet Expo, July 21st at 10am, Odeum Expo Center, FREE
Details: Shop for your pet, learn about pet things, play with pets or adopt a new pet at one of the 135 exhibitor booths!
Akira Social, July 21st at 1pm, Akira's Bucktown locations, FREE
Details: Come out and celebrate Akira's 10 year anniversary with a stylish party featuring 15+ restaurant and beverage booths, live music and entertainers, appearances from various animals and a chance to win dazzling jewelry from Diamond Nexus. Oh, and don't forget to shop at all 3 of Akira's Bucktown locations throughout the event!
Actors Gymnasium Summer Circus Intensive Show, July 21st at 4:30pm, The Actor's Gymnasium, $12.50
Details: This innovative performance showcases students from The Actors Gymnasium Summer Circus. The program is a six-week workshop for adults dedicated to the development of high-level physical performance and circus skills.
Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival, July 21st-July 22nd at 12pm, Lincoln Park, $7-$10
Details: The 44th annual event in Lincoln Park festival is the largest all-volunteer organized festival in the Chicago area. The festival includes more than 80 gardens, guided architectural tours, live music and entertainment, activities for kids, food and drinks, and more!
The Bourne Family: Welcome to our Home, July 21st at 8pm, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, $25-$35
Details: Bringing the joy of music, love, and whimsy, The Bourne Family, comprised of eight children and their mother, combines unique harmonies, singing a melody of songs in musical tribute to other famous musical families throughout history.
Let Loose on Lincoln, July 21st at 2pm, Elm St. in Winnetka, FREE
Details: The Winnetka Park District is proud to present this first ever street-festival that includes a classic car show featuring vintage and classic cars, plenty of food, live music, and a beer and wine garden.
This Must Be The Fundraiser, July 21st at 7pm, LaSalle Power Co., $60
Details: Urban Initiatives hosts this benefit concert featuring a performance by This Must Be The Band. All proceeds will benefit the various programs for Urban Initiatives.
Stephen Leonard, July 21st at 9pm, Rockit Burger Bar, $5-8
Details: Head upstairs at Burger Bar to see an acoustic show by Stephen Leonard with special guests, Fatally Cool.
XSport Fitness Rock 'n' Roll ½ Marathon, July 22nd at 6:30am, Grant Park, $45-150
Details: One of the coolest runs in Chicago; this half marathon features live music every mile along the 13.1 mile course. The best part is the post-race festival & concert at the finish line, this year's headliner is Cobra Starship!
Seal, July 22nd at 7:30pm, Ravinia, $33-80
Details: Seal brings his sultry songs to Ravinia with special guest Macy Gray.
The Prime Experience with Earl Bennett, July 22nd at 7pm, III Forks, $200-250
Details: Enjoy a three course dinner in the company of Chicago Bear Earl Bennett and some of his teammates with proceeds benefitting Legends for Literacy.
Pamper Me Fabulous, July 22nd at 11a.m., River East Art Center, $42
Details: This event is produced by women...made for women. Spend a day with the girls and the things you love including workouts, workshops, shopping, beauty, spa, health, and wellness bests, with free flowing bubbly, desserts, a gift bag and uplifting energy.
Music, Art & Vintage in the Street, July 22nd at 12 p.m., Depot District, FREE
Details: Join us for music, art, and vintage- an extravaganza celebrating the arts and enthusiasm for all things vintage. The uber-local event will showcase the talents of Berwyn's creative community both on stage and in the outdoor market.
Tyrone Keys signing at SPORTS CITY, July 22nd at 1 p.m., Sports City Memorabilia in Skokie, $20-$25
Details: Sports City is proud to announce a rare public autograph session with 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX Champion, Member of the "Shuffling Crew", Super Bowl Shuffle, Mississippi State University Hall of Fame Inductee. All proceeds will go to Tyrone's foundation.
Suburban Chicago's Got Talent Top 10, July 22nd at 7 p.m., Metropolis Performing Arts Center, $15
Details: All the top talent from the area has auditioned, and now we bring you the best! Follow these awesome performers as they work their way toward a final performance at The Taste of Arlington Heights!
Colin Kane Live!, July 23rd-28th at 7:30pm, Laugh Factory Chicago, $15-25
Details: Stand up show by Colin Kane, hailed as the next really big comedian by fellow comedian, Dennis Miller.
Spark & Hustle, July 24th at 8:15am, DoubleTree Oak Brook, $77-174
Details: Tory Johnson is bringing Spark & Hustle to the Chicago area! Expect a high-energy, jam-packed day filled with ideas to build your business and boost your bottom line!
Celebrate Chi-COW-go, July 24th at 10am, Lincoln Park Zoo, FREE
Details: In honor of Chicago's 175th birthday, Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting a cow-themed party kicking off with the unveiling of a revitalized, colorful cow statue from the 1999 'Cows on Parade' exhibit.
The Mickey Hart Band, July 25th at 7pm, House of Blues, $30-35
Details: Former Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, hits the stage with his newest music venture, The Mickey Hart Band.