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BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life at the Museum of Science and Industry
Examine the inner workings of the human body at BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, for the first time in the U.S. Through Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ process of Plastination, the human body can be both preserved and displayed. This exhibit explores more than 200 plastinates in every stage of life. It has three special features: an examination of conception and pre-natal development, a display about sight that looks at the vision challenges of Claude Monet and Edgar Degas, and a study of geographic regions where the oldest living people reside. Follow the body from pre-natal to old age this Friday through Sunday. Tickets range from $27 for adults to $18 for children, while members pay $6, and those prices also include general admission into the museum.
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street & Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
“Broadway Bound” at Drury Lane
The third installment in Neil Simon’s Eugene trilogy, “Broadway Bound” is immersed in the world of 1940s while still calling up those permanent truths just as moving today. Aspiring writers and bothers Eugene and Stan Jerome transform a backdrop of familial tension into a radio sketch comedy show, turning conflict into success and mirroring Simon’s own actions in this semi-autobiographical tale. Although it delves into deeper issues, the play maintains its humor throughout, resulting in an evening of laughter despite its more serious undertakings. The play runs this Friday through Sunday. Tickets range from $35 to $46.
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181-4614
Friday, July 8: 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 9: 5:00 pm & 8:30 pm
Sunday, July 10: 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm
Deep Space Adventure at Adler Planetarium
It’s opening weekend of Deep Space Adventure at Adler Planetarium. The adventure explores space through interactive multimedia, 360-degree projections and a three-room exhibit filled with simulations. In addition, opening weekend includes a presentation and book signing by Dr. Joel Primack and Nancy Abrams, authors of The New Universe and the Human Future; a visit to the Doane Observatory complete with a chance to participate in daytime solar observing; and photos with the Adler Alien which will be featured on the planetarium’s Facebook page. Opening weekend also includes a talkback with Nick Sagan, screenwriter of the planetarium’s new show, The Searcher, as well as a meet and greet with the film’s production team and an opportunity to review the movie. The exhibit runs Friday through Sunday, and tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students.
1300 South Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
Friday, July 8: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 9 & Sunday July 10: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Hannibal Buress at Zanies Comedy Night Club
Chicago native Hannibal Buress returns to Zanies Comedy Night Club for a weekend of standup. Buress currently writes for “30 Rock,” and his former credits include “Saturday Night Live.” He has been on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” and will also appear in an upcoming documentary, “The Awkward Kings of Comedy.” Whether or not he’s truly awkward, Buress is undoubtedly one of comedy’s kings. Enjoy his routine this Friday through Sunday. Admission is $25, plus a two item food or beverage minimum.
Zanies Comedy Night Club
1548 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
Friday, July 8: 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm
Saturday, July 9: 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm, & 11:15 pm
Sunday, July 10: 8:30 pm
“Improvised Shakespeare” at the iO Theater
See the works of William Shakespeare as they’ve never before been performed. The Improvised Shakespeare Company puts on fully improvised Elizabethan plays at the drop of the hat or an audience suggestion in the form of a title for a yet to be written play. Each performance is an original production, and the company has been named Chicago’s best Improv group by both the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Examiner. Laugh and brush up on Shakespearean prose this Friday. Tickets are $16.
Del Close Theater
3541 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Friday, July 7: 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Warhol at Work: Portrait Snapshots, 1973-1986 at the Smart Museum of Art
Get a glimpse of Andy Warhol’s private world in Warhol at Work: Portrait Snapshots, 1973-1986 at the Smart Museum of Art. The exhibit features Polaroids Warhol took of his friends and celebrities. Many of these shots formed the basis of Warhol’s work, as he transformed them into his idiosyncratic silk-screens and -prints. One highlight includes the juxtaposition of Witch, a 1981 screen-print, and a Polaroid of Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch of the West in that MGM classic, The Wizard of Oz (1939). The museum is displaying over 60 photos of the 152 in their collection, many of which have never before been presented to the public. The exhibit is open Friday through Sunday, and admission is free.
Smart Museum of Art
5550 S Greenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
Friday, July 8: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Listen to local live music as DJs and bands play simultaneously on two stages at West Fest. The band line up includes Local H, Those Darlins and Purple Apple, while the list of DJs includes Zebo, Justin Reed, and Striz. The festival also features booths selling local products—art, food, drinks, and more. Kids will enjoy the activities and entertainment at Kid Fest, from pony rides and mini golf to face painting and cookie decorating. Pets, too, will be entertained by dog activities and pet products at Pet Fest. The festival is Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, although there is a $5 suggested donation.
Chicago & Damen Avenues
800 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
Saturday, July 9 & Sunday July 10: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm