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Ever Want to Work in a Record Store?

Well here’s your chance, twice! Take your significant other and live vicariously through the like of Rob Gorden (John Cusack’s High Fidelity character) and Corey (Liv Tyler’s Empire Records character) as Lincoln Hall hosts two of the greatest record store movies of all time. Picnic baskets not necessary with the great food and drink deals.

Lincoln Hall Hosts “High Fidelity / Empire Records” Double Feature – August 18


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31+ Flavors: Movies In The Park Date Night Ideas

With the summer slowly winding down who wants to spend all those wonderful evenings pumping dollars into Redbox and waiting for Netflix to show up? Get out with your significant other and enjoy whats left of summer with a great selection of movies in the park. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and picnic baskets, eh boo boo?

Movies In The Park Schedule

08/04/10 8:00 PM Daddy Day Care (PG)* Brands Park

08/04/10 8:00 PM Imagine That (PG) Merrimac Park

08/04/10 8:00 PM Matilda (PG)* Humboldt Park

08/04/10 8:00 PM The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (PG) Midway Plaisance Park

08/05/10 8:00 PM Astro Boy (PG) Seward Park

08/05/10 8:00 PM The Family That Preys (PG-13)* West Pullman Park

08/05/10 8:00 PM Where The Wild Things Are (PG) Vittum Park

08/06/10 8:00 PM Antz (PG)* Wilson (Frank J.) Park

08/06/10 8:00 PM Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself (PG-13)* Woodhull Playground Park

08/06/10 8:00 PM Close Encounters of the Third Kind (PG)* Independence Park

08/06/10 8:00 PM Where The Wild Things Are (PG) Bell Park

08/07/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG)* Jonquil Playlot Park (c/o Wrightwood Park)

08/07/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG)* Norwood Park

08/07/10 8:00 PM Where The Wild Things Are (PG) Harrison Park

08/09/10 8:00 PM Hancock (PG-13) @ Cricket Hill

08/09/10 8:00 PM Searching For Bobby Fischer (PG) Lincoln Park Cultural Center

08/09/10 8:00 PM The Long Shots (PG) Moore Park

08/10/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG)* Smith (Joseph Higgins) Park

08/10/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Park No. 551 (Fulton River Park)

08/10/10 8:00 PM Top Gun (PG) @ Chicago History Museum

08/11/10 8:00 PM Cuestion de Principios (NR) Harrison Park

08/11/10 8:00 PM Invictus (PG-13) Clarendon Park Community Center

08/11/10 8:00 PM School of Rock (PG-13)* Touhy Park

08/11/10 8:00 PM Iron Man (PG -13) Midway Plaisance Park

08/12/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG)* Lorraine Dixon Park

08/12/10 8:00 PM G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra (PG-13) Tilton Park

08/12/10 8:00 PM Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (PG-13) Clark (John) Park

08/13/10 8:00 PM Kung Fu Panda (PG)* Schreiber Playground Park

08/13/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Foster Park

08/13/10 8:00 PM The Long Shots (PG) Kells Playground Park

08/14/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG)* Harrison Park

08/14/10 8:00 PM Where The Wild Things Are (PG) Winnemac Park

08/15/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG) Churchill Field Playlot Park (c/o Holstein
Park)

08/16/10 8:00 PM Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (PG)* @ Cricket Hill

08/16/10 8:00 PM Where The Wild Things Are (PG) Pottawattomie Park

08/17/10 8:00 PM Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) South Shore Cultural Center

08/17/10 8:00 PM Twilight: New Moon (PG-13) Park No. 551 (Fulton River Park)

08/18/10 8:00 PM Clue (PG)* Indian Boundary Park & Cultural Center

08/18/10 8:00 PM Libertador Morales, El Justiciero (NR) Kosciuszko Park

08/19/10 8:00 PM Shorts (PG) Trebes Park

08/19/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Dunbar Park

08/19/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Skinner Park

08/20/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG)* Hamlin Park

08/20/10 8:00 PM Shrek 2 (PG)* Nichols Park

08/20/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Golden Gate Park

08/21/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Avalon Park

08/21/10 8:00 PM The Wiz (G)* @ DuSable Museum

08/21/10 8:00 PM To Catch A Thief (NR)* Jonquil Playlot Park (c/o Wrightwood Park)

08/22/10 8:00 PM How To Train Your Dragon (PG) Unity Playlot Park (c/o Kosciuszko Park)

08/24/10 7:45 PM Monsters Vs. Aliens (PG) Erie Park (Park No. 511)

08/24/10 7:45 PM The Wiz (G)* South Shore Cultural Center

08/25/10 7:45 PM The Goonies (PG)* River Park

08/26/10 7:45 PM Astro Boy (PG) Riis Park

08/26/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Rainbow Beach & Park

08/27/10 7:45 PM Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire (PG-13) Ridge Park

08/27/10 7:45 PM Julie & Julia (PG-13) Athletic Field Park

08/27/10 7:45 PM Planet 51 (PG) Veterans’ Memorial Park

08/27/10 7:45 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Smith (Wendell) Playlot Park

08/28/10 7:45 PM Little Big League (PG)* @ Little Cubs Stadium Humboldt Park

08/28/10 7:45 PM Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) Rutherford Sayre Park

08/30/10 7:45 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Grand Crossing Park

08/31/10 7:45 PM Fame (2009) (PG) South Shore Cultural Center

08/31/10 7:45 PM Monsters Vs. Aliens (PG) Park No. 551 (Fulton River Park)

09/01/10 7:45 PM Pretty In Pink (PG-13)* @ Chicago History Museum

09/01/10 7:45 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Robichaux Park

09/07/10 7:45 PM Seabiscuit (PG-13)* Erie Park (Park No. 511)

09/10/10 7:45 PM Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix (PG-13)* Marquette Park

09/10/10 7:45 PM The Long Shots (PG) Sumner School Park

09/10/10 7:45 PM Up (PG) Independence Park

I’m looking forward to The Wiz and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. What movies in the park are you planning on seeing?
source: Chicago Park District

Two Explosive Dates In One Night

So I’ve you been living under a rock for the past few weeks and haven’t noticed the post apocalyptic look of our downtown Chicago streets. Michael Bay and his team have been filming for Transformers 3 and tonight is the final night of shooting. They’re going out with a bang, so why not take your special lady friend down to check it out and cap the evening off with the Navy Pier fireworks display.

Fireworks and Special Effects

FILMING NOTICE July 27-28

“Transformers 3” will be filming a various downtown locations the week of July 26th with minimal impact to traffic.

The use of pyrotechnics and special effects will occur at the following locations:

July 28, 7:00am-10:00am
Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph
• Smoke & flame effects in the vicinity of the Cloud Gate sculpture

July 28, 10:00am-9:00pm
MPEA Busway
(lower level parallel to Columbus between Jackson & Balbo)
• Smoke and simulated explosions near Jackson, Van Buren & Balbo

The Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Police Department will be on site to manage public safety and supervise all use of special effects and pyrotechnics. Intermittent traffic control of adjacent street and sidewalks is to be expected.

After you watch some movie magic, run down to Navy Pier for some fireworks

2010 Navy Pier Summer Fireworks Schedule

Our spectacular fireworks displays light up your nights with color and sound all summer long! These spectacular shows are synchronized to the music of seven different soundtracks. Join us for another season of fireworks fun and entertainment at Navy Pier!

Wednesdays @ 9:30 pm through September 1st
Saturdays @ 10:15 pm through September 4th

source: Navy Pier

Romanticize Your Hump Day

As if getting through a Wednesday isn’t hard enough knowing the better half of the week is right around the corner. Why not plan a romantic evening in the park with your special lady friend and put it in the past. The Grant Park Orchestra will being filling your night romantic soothing sounds that will melt any woman’s heart. Don’t forget your picnic basket.

Grant Park Music Festival: Piano Romanticism and the Fairy’s Kiss

* Date 07.28.2010
* Time(s) Wed, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
* Location Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Franz Liszt embodied both his creative genius and flamboyant showmanship in his Piano Concerto No. 2 while Igor Stravinsky based his luminous ballet The Fairy’s Kiss on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen and several little-known pieces of Tchaikovsky.

Stravinsky The Fairy’s Kiss
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2, A major
Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien
Grant Park Orchestra; Hannu Lintu, Conductor; Markus Groh, Piano

source: Millennium Park

When spending a evening in the park what do you bring with to insure a great night?

Only Two Left!

With only two downtown sound new music Mondays left. Plan to take your special lady friend to one of them. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy time together under the city lights with some great tunes. Don’t forget your chairs and picnic baskets.

Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays – Kid Sister with Konono No.

* Date 07.19.2010
* Time(s) Mon, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
* Location Jay Pritzker Pavilion
* Note Event end time is approximate.

The popular series, Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays, co-curated by At Pluto LTD, returns to Millennium Park for a second summer, featuring an eclectic mix of music discoveries, cutting-edge indie rock, pop bands and rock veterans.

After exploding onto the national music scene with the hugely popular single “Pro Nails” featuring Kanye West, Kid Sister’s (Chicago’s own Melisa Young) star has been on the rise. With the release of her album, Ultra Violet, and her new single, “Day Dreaming”, featuring Cee-Lo, her first hometown show of the summer is without a doubt a can’t-miss. http://kidsistermusic.com

The internationally renowned Congolese street band Konono N°1 ushers in a distinctive change of pace to Downtown Sound with its powerful, ‘junkyard sonics.’ The group’s new album, Assume Crash Position, recorded in Kinshasa, DR Congo, is due out in May. http://www.myspace.com/konononr1

Please be advised that alcohol, glass bottles and metal cans will not be allowed into the Jay Pritzker Pavilion seating bowl or Great Lawn for this concert. Bags, coolers and packages will be screened.

source: Millennium Park

What do you plan to fill your Mondays with once the downtown sound new music Mondays concert series is over?

2 Ways to Get Your New Music Fix

Continue your Downtown Sound New Music Monday date night tradition, by enjoying another evening in Millennium Park with your favorite lady friend and fresh sounds to keep your ears popping.

Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays – Caribou with Budos Band

* Date 07.12.2010
* Time(s) Mon, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
* Location Jay Pritzker Pavilion
* Note Event end time is approximate.

The popular series, Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays, co-curated by At Pluto LTD, returns to Millennium Park for a second summer, featuring an eclectic mix of music discoveries, cutting-edge indie rock, pop bands and rock veterans.

Daniel Snaith, aka Caribou, has been perfecting his psychedelic, electronic sound for over ten years. With his new album, Swim, expected to drop early this summer, Caribou is working overtime doing both a full European and American tour. http://www.caribou.fm/

Coming off their ‘Anti-Spring Break’ tour in which they played only venues in the Northeast and Canada, The Budos Band will bring their funky, afro-beat sound to the warm summer nights of New Music Mondays. http://thebudos.com/

Please be advised that no glass bottles or metal cans will be allowed in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion fixed seating bowl for Downtown Sound concerts. Bags, coolers and packages will be screened.

source: Millennium Park

If you could pick any band to play the the Downtown Sound New Music Monday who would it be?