Friday, August 12, 2011

Play Locally: Comic Con, Kidical Mass, Full Moon Fire Jam, MCA Fam Friendly Art, Pints for Pups and More...

ChiIL Mama, Du-Jay and Sagezilla can't wait to check out Comic Con tomorrow.

Wizard World-Pioneers of Pop Culture
bring us Comic Con 2011 all weekend.   Sure, they got started Thursday, but the real party's happenin' this Saturday and Sunday.   Up to TWO kids 10 and under are free with every paying adult!!   They'll entice Chi-Town out to the convention center in Rosemont with:

a celebration of graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. 

The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premiers, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests. 

Wizard World, Inc. also produces Wizard World Digital, an online publication covering new and upcoming products and talents in the pop culture world, is distributed on a weekly basis to online and iPad users worldwide.

The Best in Pop Culture Reaching Fans of All Ages!
Celebrities, Movies, TV, Comics, Animation, Video Gaming, Toys, Games, Original Art, Collectibles, Horror, Wrestling, Anime, Manga, Contests & More!

Follow them on Facebook HERE for all the intergalactic, cross species, multicultural, mythical, anime, details.

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con now has 515 Artists & Writers in Artist Alley! This is the largest Artist Alley in the history of any Comic Con EVER!! Nobody puts the “Comic” in Comic Con like Wizard World!! This is historical in size! Enjoy!

We're particularly stoked to:
  • Meet Pam Grier & child stars from the original Willy Wonka movie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars, Anthony Michael Hall, costumed characters and more. 
  • 12:00-12:45PM
    Having starred in hit shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Dexter" and "No Ordinary Family," Benz talks to fans about her extensive career, ups and downs in the industry and her thoughts on the new generation of sci-fi and fantasy on television. (Room A)
  • 1:00-1:45PM
    The five child stars from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory reunite 40 years after the release of the classic 1971 film. Panelists include Peter Ostrum (“Charlie Bucket”), Paris Themmen (“Mike Tee Vee”), Julie Dawn Cole (“Veruca Salt”), Denise Nickerson (“Violet Beauregard”) and Michael Boellner (“Augustus Gloop”). (Room A)
    After rising to stardom as one of our favorite “geeks” in ‘90s teen classics such as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science, or as County Commissioner Johnny Smith in the Steven King series “The Dead Zone, ” don’t miss your chance to talk to Anthony Michael Hall as he makes his Wizard World Comic Con debut. (Room B)
  • Create our own Zombeans!!

Calling all mad scientists! Let’s see your monster-making skills with Fear & Sunshine’s current contest – Create Your Own ZomBean!

Calling all mad scientists! Let’s see your monster-making skills with Fear & Sunshine’s current contest – Create Your Own ZomBean. To play along, print up one of the ZomBean creation sheets by clicking here.  Use the sheet to draw and color your very own brain-eating bean. Once you’ve got your ZomBean made, you can scan or photograph it and submit it here or email the picture to .

And what’s the prize for this ZomBean making contest? If you win, you’ll get not only a Jumbo ZomBean plushie, but you’ll also get a ZomBean based on your design featured in one of the upcoming expansions to the ZomBeans app for Android!

We’re also going to be running a second version of the contest for Wizard World Chicago! Same rules, same prizes. And since I won’t have a chance to really promote the Chicago one, everybody that submitted their ZomBean for the Kenosha Harbor Market contest will have a SECOND CHANCE TO WIN! The Chicago contest will run from 8/8/11 to 8/15/11 and the winner will be contacted 8/16/11 and annouced on all them Ratatat/Fear & Sunshine sites. Let’s see them beans!!!

Join tens of thousands of fans as they converge at the Donald E. Stephen Convention Center (Rosemont) at Chicago Comic Con Wizard World Convention to celebrate the best in pop culture. Chicago Comic Con brings it all - Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Graphic Novels, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, Anime, Manga & More! Chicago Comic Con is brought to you by the group who produces the most widely attended Comic Con tour! 

If you bring your littles out Sunday, there's a costume contest just for them.
Bring kids 10 and under for this special event with fun prizes just for families and the youngsters. (Room B)

Kidical Mass Bike Parade-Here's another fun, outdoor, eco-friendly option, if the thunder storms hold off.   

Kidical Mass Ride-- a fun, free bike parade for kids of all ages!

The Logan Square Kidical Mass begins gathering at 10:30am at the Palmer Square bunny park (3100 W. Palmer) and pedals off at 11am. Costumes, funny hats, music and all forms of merriment are encouraged.   Click HERE for more details.


Multilingual Fun

Looking for something fun to do Sunday morning?
Join us from 10-11:30am for Around the World with Multilingual Kids - a new quarterly event featuring cultural games and language lessons for kids 1-8 years old. At this event, kids will make crepes with our French teacher, play traditional games with our Korean teacher and learn new words and songs with our Spanish teacher. Also look forward to Bollywood dance lessons by Bollywood Groove at 11am.  This event is free, but advanced registration is required. Please email Carolina and include your child's name and age. (Parental/caregiver presence required.)
Adult classes in over a dozen language start next week, and classes for kids 1 year and up start the week of Labor Day.  Click here for schedules!

Full Moon Fire Jam-August 14th, 7:45-10:15pm
The Full Moon is coming!

It's time to dust off your fire spinning gear and drums!!
Come out to enjoy one of the FINEST ways to spend your Chicago evening!

Arrive around 7:45pm to watch the sunset.  The Jam will start around this time also. 
Jam ends by 10:15pm and everyone must be out of the park by 11:00pm

: leave no trace : family friendly/no alcohol etc. : rain or shine : photography = no flash


Full Moon Jams are a community event:  Fire Spinners from Chicago and
beyond gather together, with the passion filled music from local
drummers to share with you their combined passions.  The result:  an
evening of beautiful flames, dances, music and laughter.

Jam happen rain or shine... but please know that these events, despite
their size, are informal in many ways.  No one fire spinner or drummer
is required to come and share gifts at the jam.  Thus.. sometimes
there are less drummers and sometimes their are less fire spinners.
This is just how it is.

If you are a fire spinner and are not on the Chicago Fire Tribe email
group ... please email and introduce
yourself, so we can add you to the list of fellow fire friends here in

-The Jams are a LEAVE NO TRACE event... this means... pack it in, pack
it out.  Please clean up after yourselves and if you see and litter,
please help and clean it up.

The Location of the Jam
This is the actual address of the field where the jam is held:

5050 N. Simonds Dr Chicago, IL 60640
west side of Simonds Dr

please note::: The jam is NOT at Foster Ave Beach.. it is South of
the beach, on the west side of the path.

<> and plug in the address.

Foster Ave and the Lake front.. . *not the beach!*
Lake Shore Drive to Foster Ave, turn right and go east (towards the
Lake) on Foster Ave.
When the street curves around to the right, follow it. The jam is 1/4
a mile down the path on the west side of the street.

Red Line to Argyle or Berwyn
Walk to Foster Ave - if at Argyle stop, go North; if at Berwyn stop,
go South to Foster.
Then walk east on Foster till you hit the Lake front and follow the
path as it curves around to the right (south)
We are 1/2 a mile down the path.


Mark your calenders for upcoming Full Moon Jams! Here is the list of
upcoming dates.  Note that the jams cannot happen on Fridays or
Saturdays, and some of the dates below have been moved to reflect this

 August         14th         Sunday                7:45 pm
September   12th         Monday                7:00 pm
October       11th         Tuesday                6:15 pm

More info:


August at MCA Chicago 

Join us on Tuesdays for MCA Summer Studios

Every Tuesday through August 30, free
11 am-2 pm on the plaza during the Farmers' Market and
5-8 pm in the sculpture garden during Tuesdays on the Terrace

Create amid the sights and sounds of the MCA Farmers' Market and Tuesdays on the Terrace, while drawing inspiration from artwork in the exhibitions Mark Bradford and Pandora's Box: Joseph Cornell Unlocks the MCA Collection. For adults and children alike. 

MCA Summer Studios are every Tuesday through July 26, and have a different theme and project each week.

August 16: Inside the Box
Explore how your choice of materials can alter the environment of a space. 

August 30: Images Collide 
Overlap familiar pictures to create new images.

For more information, visit our Summer Studios page.

Save the Date:

Pints for Pups Fundraiser-Saturday, August 20th, 3-5pm at Dunlays on the Square.  This is the first fundraiser for the Logan Square Dog Park and its shaping up to be a fun event.

Tickets Must be Purchased in Advance, by August 15th and may be purchased for a $40 donation. 
Please visit for more information or to purchase tickets!

ALSO!  If you stop by Dunlays any time next week and order the "Dog" themed beer flight of Lagunitas Brews, Dunlays will contribute $3 toward the park for every flight sold!  Be sure to tell all of your friends to make Dunlays their favorite watering hole this week.

Some reasons to consider attending:
  • You love dogs and want to give them a place to play in our community!
  • The event will feature Unlimited Beer, Wine and Sangria
  • Dogs are well come and will receive free treats from Fido to Go - the "GorMutt" food truck - on the patio.
  • A chance to win one of the great prizes donated by our generous event sponsors, including (but not limited to):
Bosch Corporation
Chicago White Sox
Cafe Bolero
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Polar Pups
It's All About Me Pet Care
Play - Logan Square
Frog Temple Pilates
Logan Pets Grooming
Ciao Napoli Pizzeria
Don Bono Artwork
Michigan Wines and Cheeses
And More!

FarmFest at Lincoln Park Zoo
Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 5:00 PM
Fall Event 2011

Join Lincoln Park Zoo's Auxiliary Board for their newest event-FarmFest! Reminiscent of Chicago's street festivals and block parties, FarmFest gives a whole new meaning to "party animals." 

What makes this fest so special? Held at the only barnyard in Chicago, FarmFest guests are invited to hoedown at Lincoln Park Zoo's Farm-in-the-Zoo Presented by John Deere with live music from Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band and The Bon Mots, while enjoying, raffles with rowdy prizes, and of course, the tasty eats and treats found at any Chicago festival. 

All proceeds from FarmFest help feed the animals and keep Lincoln Park Zoo free and open to all, 365 days a year.    Check out FarmFest on Facebook for more info and updates.

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