Friday, June 11, 2010


 Chicago Blackhawks Parade, Old Town Art Fair, Chicago Blues Festival and a lot more in the Weekend Wrap.


See the Stanley Cup and welcome home the Blackhawks at today's ticker tape parade, stepping off at 10:30a.m. from Washington and Wacker, heading east on Washington to Michigan and north of Michigan to the reviewing stand at Michigan and Wacker at approximately 11:30.

After the Rally, head over to Millennium Park for a
Free Lunchtime Concert
See The Cool Kids (Antoine "Mikey Rocks" Reed and Evan "Chuck Inglish" Ingersoll) perform their hip-hop at the Pritzker Pavilion. Noon,  Millennium Park, 100 N. Michigan.

Clubs around the Windy City are gearing up for the World Cup with flatscreens, special promotions, drinks, contests and more.  Check out your favorites or any of the following:

LUXBAR will celebrate the World Cup with a special International World Cup Bucket, starting today and continuing throughout the competition. Their World Cup Bucket includes a bottle each of Miller Lite, representing the USA, Hacker Pschorr for the Germans, Corona from Mexico, Heineken for Burma, Bass for England, and Peroni from Italy. Bucket, $30, 18 E. Bellevue, 312 642 3400.

CARNIVALE will feature an EXOTIC RANGE OF COCKTAILS from participating countries along with televised games in their lounge. 702 W. Fulton St. 312 850 5005.

Catch the action on any of STRETCH RUN'S 240 TV's as they show several of the games simotanously. Or try for a spot in their "World Cup Room" with room for 40.  544 N. LaSalle, 312 644 4477.


Summer Sounds at Art Institute of Chicago.
Summer Sounds, kicks off its Music/Performance/Film Series tonight at 6p.m. On tap tonight is multimedia artist Cory Arcangel with "Music for Stereos" in Fullerton Hall. Following the concert, Chicago's premier gypsy-jazz band "Swing Gitan" will perform live in Griffin Court.  Both events are free. Cash bar. Friday,  6p.m. to 9p.m. 111 S. Michigan, 312 443 3600.


Old Town Art Fair.
The 61st annual Old Town Art Fair dresses up the streets of Old Town with live music, a food court, a children's corner, novelty booths, a garden walk and of course, ART. This juried art fair, considered one of the nation's best, features 260 artists with works in photography, glass, mixed media, painting, printmaking, ceramics and more. 10a.m. to 6p.m., Enter at Lincoln Avenue and Wisconsin Street, $7 donation, Saturday and Sunday.

A Concert at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
On Saturday, Matmos and So Percussion are combining forces for a one-night concert at the MCA. 220 E. Chicago Ave.  7:30p.m., Saturday, $20, 312 397 4010.

Wells Street Art Fair.
The Wells Street Art Festival offers a wide variety of fine arts, music food and children's activities. N. Wells Street, between North Avenue and Division Street, donation $7 before 5p.m. and $10 after 5p.m. 10a.m. to 10p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Printers Row Lit Fest.
This annual gathering of readers, writers and booksellers in the South Loop neighborhood features over 200 authors and 150 used-book sellers. New this year is "Lit After Dark," (6p.m. to 9p.m., Saturday) invites visitors to stay in the neighborhood and "Get Lit" with a wide range of events including live music and storytelling. South Dearborn Street, Congress to Polk, 10a.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Chicago Blues Festival.

This annual event returns this weekend to Grant Park.  Some of the top acts include Otis Taylor (6:05p.m.Friday, Petrillo); James Cotton with Matt "Gultar" Murphy (7:10p.m., Friday, Petrillo); Andre Williams (4:30p.m., Daturday, Front Porch); Chicago Blues: A Living History (7:30p.m., Saturday, Petrillo). Free event, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, noon to 11p.m. Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive.

The BP Crosstown Classic. Cubs vs. the Chicago White Sox. Wrigley Field.
Friday, 1:20 Saturday, 3:10, Sunday, 7:00.

Ribfest Chicago,
you won't go hungry. Take your choice of ribs from 15 vendors, plus other offerings including pizza and burgers. 19 bands will be on hand to keep things humming. Lincoln Ave. and Irving Park Rd.  5-10p.m. Friday, noon to 10p.m., Saturday, Sunday.

Andersonville Midsommarfest.

The 45th annal festival draws nearly 50,000 people to the Andersonville neighborhood with two days of music, dancing, kids activities, ethnic dance troops and great food and beverages. A street down Clark St. from Foster to Catalpa. $5, 11a.m. to 10p.m., Saturday and Sunday,

Fiesta Puertorriquenas.
Celebrate Puerto Rican Culture in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. The fest features crafts, food, music, dancing to salsa. 1400 N. Sacramento.

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