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''What's on Dec'' w/ Billy Dec July 26: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests...

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BLU 2012, July 28th at 7pm, Shedd Aquarium, $150-1100
Details: The Auxiliary Board of the Shedd Aquarium presents a summer party like no other. Enjoy a wide variety of food from over 30 vendors at this multicultural event that brings together animals and people connected by water. Proceeds from BLU will benefit the outreach and education programs at the Shedd.


The Goat Party, July 27th at 6pm, Jackson Junge Gallery, $40-50
Details: An evening that promises an abundance of art, music, neighbors, laughter and local color! Enjoy beer and wine while supporting the local artists' community with a silent auction and raffle.


Girls Night: The Musical, July 26th at 7pm, 5 West, $45-65CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO THE GOAT PARTY! Details: This touching and hilarious 'tell-it-like-it-is' musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends.CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN TICKETS TO THE GOAT PARTY!


Steve Harvey, July 28th at 8pm, Civic Opera House, $55-65
Details: Comedian, author, radio show host and soon-to-be TV talk-show host, Steve Harvey comes to town with special guest Junior.

Chicago Scene Boat Party, July 28th at 12pm, Lake Michigan, FREE
Details: Have a boat, yacht or jet ski - or know someone who does? Then you have no excuse to miss this insanely awesome party in Lake Michigan. Over 700 boats will tie up in groups and start partying, anyone is welcome to join throughout the day.

Celebrate Clark Street Festival, July 28th-July 29th at 1pm, Clark Street, $5
Details: Contagious rhythms that make you dance to rich flavors of unique treats from around the world are all a part of the seventh annual Rogers Park's Cultural Explosion!

Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival, July 28th at 8am, Lake Arlington, FREE
Details: Dragon boat racing is the fastest growing watersport in the world and this is the first annual Dragon Boat Festival!

Chefs and the City, July 27th at 6:30pm, Ritz-Carlton Chicago, $250-400 Details: 26 chefs from some of the top events in Chicago come together for an incredible night of tasting some of the best food this city has to offer. The night also includes a grand raffle, live auction and a dance party.

Big 10 10K, July 28th at 6am, Soldier Field, $25-45
Details: Relive your Big 10 college days with the inaugural Big 10 10K race! Show your school pride throughout the race day which includes an epic post-game tailgate with food, beer, music, mascots & games. target="_blank">

MakeItPlatinum with Ruckus & Rev Run, July 26th at 7pm, Venue One and The Underground, FREE
Details: Rockit Ranch Productions invites you to an exclusive private party featuring DJ sets by Rev Run, Ruckus, and Dante! The party continues at The Underground for the official after-party.

Fiesta del Sol, July 26th-29th at 5pm, Cermak & Ashland, FREE Details: This family-friendly Latino festival draws over 1 million visitors during the four day event, every year. Bringing live entertainment, local art, a variety of food, carnival rides, soccer games and much more!

DJ Cobra, July 26th at 10pm, The Underground, FREE
Details: DJ Cobra who's played with Lady Gaga, P. Diddy, John Legend, & Ludacris wraps up the Summer Music Series with what promises to be an incredible set that will have you dancing well into the night!

The Inaugural Sugar Beet Coop Benefit Gala, July 26th at 6pm, Fitzgerald's, $10-$40 Details: An evening of celebration, good food and the Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band. All proceeds support the Sugar Beet Co-op and our effort to establish a brick and mortar storefront full of locally sourced food and community programming.

Chicago Undie Dash 5k Underwear Run, July 26th at 4:30pm, DuSable Harbor Park, $35-$45
Details: Stripping down to your skivvies in front of thousands of onlookers is a childhood nightmare and not your everyday 5 k- but, for just one day, it's also a whole lot of fun.

Spread Your Wings Boat Party, July 27th at 7pm, Columbia Yacht Club, $85-100
Details: Enjoy live entertainment, specialty drinks, food and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Imerman Angels and their cancer support network.

Olympics Opening Ceremony Viewing Party, July 27th at 6 pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, FREE
Details: Join us and Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Ruth Riley of the WNBA Chicago Sky for an Opening Ceremony Viewing Party! Party starts at 6:00pm with ceremony to follow at 6:30pm.

The Influence Tour, July 27th at 5:30pm, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, $25-90
Details: Wiz Khalifa hits the stage with special guests Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar, Chiddy Bang, Schoolboy Q and Chevy Woods.

Color Me Skinny, July 26th at 6:30pm, Market, $20-$25
Details: Raise the roof-top! Skinny Socials will be introducing Market's Skinny Social Certified Menu at the Color Me Skinny Party. Summer bright attire required!

The 2nd Annual White Party, July 27th at 9pm, The Underground, $20
Details: Marco Foster, founder of Chicago Models hosts this incredible party for the 2nd year with the proceeds benefitting One Hope United.

Planet Pit World Tour, July 27th at 7:30pm, Charter One Pavilion, $35-150
Details: Pitbull hits the stage with special guest, DJ Havana Brown.

Better Than Ezra, July 27th at 6pm, Lincoln Park Zoo, $10-28
Details: Part of the Jammin' at the Zoo concert series, Better Than Ezra performs with special guest Tony Lucca.

North Shore Festival of Art, July 27th-29th at 10am, Westfield Old Orchard, FREE
Details: The fifth annual, esteemed, festival showcases the work of the country's finest artists in a variety of mediums including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculpture, paintings and more!

Skyline Soiree, July 27th at 7pm, River East Art Center, $95-105
Details: Join the American Cancer Society featuring hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, silent auction, raffle and live entertainment from Final Say: A Maggie Speaks band. All proceeds to benefit the mission of the American Cancer Society.

Taste of Lincoln Ave, July 28th-29th at 12pm, Lincoln Ave & Fullerton, FREE Details: Enjoy a variety of food and beer, 40+ music acts, a kids' carnival and so much more at the 29th Annual Taste of Lincoln Ave! Proceeds benefit the Wrightwood Neighbor Association.

Swag the Runway, July 28th at 6pm, DuSable Museum of African American History, $25-30
Details: This all youth production showcases a talent and fashion show put on through the Dreamz Youth Foundation. All proceeds benefit the foundation with their various programs.

Rascal Flatts, July 28th at 7pm, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, $24-90
Details: The southside goes country when Rascal Flatts come to town...and they're bringing some friends too! Little Big Town, Edens Edge and Eli Young Band will also perform.

Wicker Park Fest, July 28th at 12pm, Milwaukee Ave & North Ave, $5
Details: What began as a quaint neighborhood shindig nine years ago, has blossomed into The Can't Miss Music Event of the season. Once again, cutting edge local and national acts fill out a jam-packed weekend!

Mud Wars, July 28th at 9am , Northerly Island, $15-65
Details: This Mud Wars course is a true test of strength, endurance and will. It was designed by former marines and NFL pro football players. Its a complete 5k run with 9 exhilarating obstacles, and 3 massive mud pits. Proceeds will benefit Chicago House and Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Aesop Rock, July 28th at 8pm, Metro, $18
Details: Aesop Rock bring special guests Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz, Edison and Dark Time Sunshine on stage for this awesome show.

GhanaFest, July 28th at 10am, Washington Park, $10
Details: Ghanafest has become a great annual event that depicts not only Ghana's traditional thanksgiving celebrations and a cultural exposition of Ghana's diverse and rich culture.

A Night With An Inappropriate Theatre Company, July 28th at 7pm, The Underground, $40
Details: Come for a night of dancing and celebration with An Inappropriate Theatre! The Underground will be filled with continuous live performances, from live music on stage to live visual art being created in front of your eyes.

2012 Triple Crown of YoYo, July 28th at 10am, Millennium Park, FREE
Details: Interest in this age-old toy has increased Worldwide and some of the finest competitors in the country will gather in Chicago to test their skill, swap tricks, pick up the latest gear and compete for more than $5,000 in cash and prizes from national and local sponsors.

12th Annual W.A.C.O. Wingfest & Bags Tournament, July 29th at 12pm, Drink, $25-$45
Details: Woodfield Area Children's Organization presents this event where nine restaurants compete for the coveted Fan Favorite Award all surrounding a bags tournament. Half the proceeds go to the W.A.C.O. and the other half goes to the winners!

Revelation: A Tribute to Journey, July 28th at 7:30pm, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, $30-$35
Details: 80's rockers Journey have sold over 80 million albums and had six Top 10 hit songs. Now, get the full Journey concert experience with Revelation- a tribute band that sounds just like the real thing!

Bugapalooza, July 29th at 3pm, Brookfield Zoo, $0-$15
Details: With the Xtreme Bugs exhibit this summer, the zoo is going completely buggy at this event with the best Beatles tribute band- American English- performing live.

Survive!, July 29th at 6pm, Hotel Sax Chicago, $30-50
Details: This pink and white party benefits Breast Cancer Awareness and will feature a fashion show with styles from Thierry Roger Couturier, Meekis, House of Zayer and many more! The evening will also feature an auction, cocktail reception, shopping and a great opportunity for networking.

Uncorked and Unplugged, July 30th at 6pm, Rockit Bar & Grill, FREE
Details: Join English Rock Supergroup Bad Company former bassist Paul Cullen for a live performance and VIP TasteIT Experience hosted by Wine Channel TV's Jess Altieri! RSVP at

Enron Presents: The Montgomery Ward and Friends Comedy Evening, July 30th at 8:45pm, The Ace Bar, FREE
Details: It's a comedy show, dance party, and a chance for you to have a night out surrounded by people full of life and brimming with positivity and friendship. Every show so far has been a sell-out!

Sports in the City: Fantasy Football 101 for Women, July 30th at 6pm, Buffalo Wild Wings Schaumburg, FREE
Details: Empowering and entertaining, this Girls Night Out event will teach you the fundamentals of Fantasy Football. Make this the season you find out what all the hype is about and get in the game. Food and drink specials for attendees.

The Zombies, July 31st at 7:30 pm, Viper Alley, $25
Details: Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, two true stalwarts of classy English pop, have reunited after three decades under the moniker of their former outfit, The Zombies!

CWI: Chicago Women of Interest: Interview with a Madam, July 31st at 7pm, Highball Lounge, $12
Details:An intimate conversation about men, women, sex, prostitution, double standards, changing times, being a single mom, running a business, faith, Chicago history, and more.

Alabama Shakes, August 1st at 7pm, Metro, $28
Details: Head over to the Metro for the Official Lollapalooza Pre-Show with Alabama Shakes! Special guests include: First Aid Kit, Dry the River and Filligar. 18+ show.

Wine & Wildflowers Garden Party, August 1st at 5:30pm, Swan Pond at Lincoln Park Zoo, $45
Details: Dine on upscale barbecue bites, sip deliciously refreshing wine and enjoy the sounds of Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band in one of the city's most beautiful settings. Proceeds from the event benefit Lincoln Park Zoo's horticulture efforts.

Chicago Fire Jam Performance on Foster Beach for the August 1st Full Moon, August 1st at 8pm, Foster Avenue Beach, FREE
Details: Fire spinners and professional performers and pyrotechnicians all come together to perform for two hours under the full moon.

Harry Basil and Angelo Tsarouchas at the Laugh Factory, August 1st at 8pm, The Laugh Factory, $20-$30
Details: Basil and Tsarouchas are the Greek community's premiere comedians performing together for the first time!

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