Theres music, too. [41][42] Vogel stated in 2013 that Michfest was intended for "womyn who at birth were deemed female".

Fri24 Electric Daisy Carnival An enormous EDM festivalahem, experience-based eventthat lets you camp overnight. 6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph,, free. Thu23 Get a room at Sybaris in the middle of the day Theres something wonderfully seedy about a hotel that has afternoon ratesespecially when it also has pools and/or hot tubs in the rooms. There will be a circus and live music. Tue18 Read a book outside Its a nice way to get some sun without draining your cell phone battery. fairs and festivals for art, food, crafts, or all of them at once. Sommelier Series (paid sponsored content), 7/28: Lawyers for Social Justice Reception,,,, Various theaters,

[18] Notable artists invited to the event during this era included the Indigo Girls and Tribe 8.[19]. Daily, various times, 112 E. Wacker, 312-922-8687,, $37.85. Michfest was initially conceptualized as an event attended by women and feminist men; however, it became a women-only festival when the characteristics of outdoor camping were taken into consideration. Its way more impressive than it sounds.

6 PM at the Reader Stage, 4165 N. Lincoln, 847-6770-8273, Sat22 Green Music Fest Wicker Park will be alive with the sounds of music and eco-consciousness. Not just raw. Also uncensored. 8 PM, Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North, 312-662-4562,, $15. Go and find out. Festival gatherings offered an alternative to urban bars, coffeehouses and protest marches, which were some of the few opportunities for lesbians to meet one another in the early 1970s. Sun9 Judy Blume at the Printers Row Lit Fest Author Judy Blume, a lady who was likely integral in fostering your love of reading, is presented with the 2013 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize. Mon2 Labor Day Thats it. 6/27-9/19, Thu 4-8 PM, Argyle and Broadway. Quick. 8/7-8/11, 10 AM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand,, $5. [52] The NCLR and National LGBTQ Task Force would later withdraw their support for the boycott, as they felt it would not be "ultimately productive" in realizing its objective stating, "We have not abandoned our efforts to work for a fully inclusive Michfest. 8/17-8/18, Fri-Sat 10:30 AM, North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore, free. Thu25 Reader booze cruise Our monthly team-up with the Empty Bottle includes live local music, plenty of drinkin, and a sailboat on Lake Michigan. [2][3] The event was built, staffed, run, and attended exclusively by women, with girls, young boys and toddlers permitted. MWMF was thereafter established as "an event for lesbians". Wed21 Bristol Renaissance Fair See what those Dungeons & Dragons kids you went to high school with are up to now. Once youve reached your destination, upgrade to the waffle cone. There was an error and we couldn't process your subscription. Sun4 The World of Faeries Festival A steampunk festivalyes, a steampunk festivalfeaturing old-world music, swordplay demonstrations, and jewelry vendors. Mon19 Visit the beach And not North Avenue or Oak Streetthe beaches farther north are way less crowded and far more picturesque. Therell be instructors on hand to show you how to do those new moves. Become a memberDonate, AdvertiseFind the PaperSubscribeShop the Reader StoreContests/Giveaways/Promotions, Something summery every day, from now until Labor Day 2013. Or perhaps youre curious about that big, shiny, bean-looking thing thats in all those movies? About the Chicago Reader Reader Staff Reader Careers Freelance Information Contact Us Tue27 Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo Because watching the people is usually just as good as (if not better than) watching the animals., $5, Thu15 Chicago Symphony Orchestra The CSO performs the complete score for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. A 10th-anniversary double album was produced in 1985, and in 1986, the festival expanded to five days. 8 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison, 312-455-4500,, sold out (get creative). "[47] In a 2006 press release, Vogel stated that "we strongly assert there is nothing transphobic with choosing to spend one week with womyn who were born as, and have lived their lives as, womyn. [42], "It was womyn-only and we, as producers and organizers would have womyn come up to us and say, Theres a man on the land, and wed go over and it would be a bearded womon. Various times and locations, Mon1 Canada Day Take a moment to think of our dear neighbors to the north and some of the great contributions they have made to world culture: hockey, Leonard Cohen, the McKenzie brothers, Lush Cosmetics, Unibroue, and poutine. Our goal is a Michfest that fully welcomes Trans women. 5 PM, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600,, $11. Tue2 Jason Seed Stringtet Rush Hour Concerts will be going on all summer, but todays your only chance to catch the world premiere of Goulash Rag and Pictures of an Exhibitionist. 6/4-8/27, Tue 5:45 PM, St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron, 312-640-7418,, free. Barbara "Boo" Price became Vogel's business partner after the 1985 festival and was increasingly involved with production until the two parted ways in 1994. Fifty what? 8/2-8/18, Indiana State Fairgrounds, E. 38th and Fall Creek, Indianapolis,, $10. ], In a 2005 interview with Amy Ray, Vogel defended the intention, stating that "having a space for women, who are born women, to come together for a week, is a healthy, whole, loving space to provide for women who have that experience. Sat25 Cannibal Holocaust A midnight screening of a 1980 Italian horror film so graphic and upsetting its still banned in several countries. [39][40] This was retroactively justified by the instatement of a "womyn-born-womyn" policy, as named by Vogel. The Reader is nonprofit. 10 AM-10 PM, Palmer between Sacramento and Kedzie,, free. Please reload the page and try again. Sun7 Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival Not to be confused with the Fountain Square Art Festival, this is the largest botanical art festival on the North Shore. Otherwise, spend the day soaking up as much sun as possible before nine months of indomitable coldness forces everyone indoors. Fri19 Pitchfork Music Festival R. Kelly, Bjork, Swans, Wire, El-P, Mikal Cronin, Killer Mike, Pissed Jeans, Andy Stott, Metz . Thu29 Chicago Jazz Festival Performers at this years fest include the Charles Lloyd Quartet, Jason Moran, and Donald Harrison 8/29-9/1, multiple venues,, free. 6/12-6/16, venues and times vary, Thu8 Tug Fest Enjoy live music, food, and entertainment while residents of Port Byron, Illinois, and Le Claire, Iowa, duke it out in a tug-of-war battle that stretches across the Mississippi River. 1350 N. California, 312-742-7549, Mon24 Carolina Chocolate Drops Settle in on the lawn for an evening of African-American roots music. 7:30 PM, Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem, Bridgeview,, $20-$50. Sat27 Fiesta del Sol The midwests largest Latino festival in full swing. 7/10-7/14, 11 AM-9 PM, Grant Park, Columbus and Jackson,, free admission, $25 for concerts, $8 for 12 food and beverage tickets. Michfest accused the boycott of being "based on misrepresentations, purposeful omissions, and selective editing of prior Festival statements on this issue,"[51] with Vogel referring to the boycott as "McCarthy-era blacklist tactics". Psalm One opens.

Youll probably get the best view if you steal a boat. Wed26 Summerfest Get ye to Milwaukee for the worlds largest music festival. Smaller events were planned for the summer of 2019. [20][21] WWTLC intends to make the land accessible to women who want to organize events on it. Wed31 National Ice Cream Month ends Go to our restaurant search at and apply the ice cream filter. This guided tour can help. Your best option for a Karate Kid-style date in the near suburbs. Wed7 Gathering of the Juggalos Every year, you tell yourself, Maybe Ill gojust to see what its like. Make this the year, ninja. Or drive them mad? Minutes each morning till Keith remembers who he is? Wed28 Loops and Variations The outdoor music series that blends new music with electronica features performances by Glenn Kotche and Lesley Flanigan. Community service support included ASL interpretation at performances, mental and physical health care, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, camping for disabled women, as well as a tent solely for women of color. Through 6/16, 7:30 PM, Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, 312-977-1700,, $33-$279.

[36][37] Half-Way to Michfest Parties (sometimes also called Mid-Way Parties or Michfest Half-Way Parties) were subsequently held in many locations.[38]. Wed19 Chicago Architecture Foundations River Cruise Everybody knows Chicagos got the best buildings. This is part of our truth, but it is not and never has been our defining story. You may have heard that Muddy Waterss Chicago home is becoming a blues museum.

Fri17 HoZac Blackout Fest Day two of local garage label HoZacs annual music fest features Unnatural Ax, Chrome, Wizzard Sleeve, and power-pop genius Dwight Twilley. . [I]t was really clear that here we were; we had this womyn-only space and womyn were getting confused if they didnt know butch womyn or bearded womyn or black womyn, then they were IDing sisters as men.

StubHub, go! Find a place with a porch. Mon17 Golden Dragon Acrobats from China Their act is more than 2,000 years old, but these acrobats are so skilled, youd never know it. 6/1-6/2, noon-10 PM, Dearborn and Polk,, free. 6/20-6/23, various locations,, free. Did you know? 7:30-10:30 PM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand,, $40. This year features Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. [7] The boycott was joined by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC),[8] GLAAD,[9] the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and the National LGBTQ Task Force. Noon-TBD, Montrose and Broadway to Diversey and Sheridan, 773-348-8243,, free. This week experience it from the saddle of your bike, all the way from Cairo to Chicago. Wed10 Taste of Chicago Its that time, yall. Up to one month was spent building the festival grounds, and dismantling them at the close of the event.[25]. Sun30 Pride Parade Once again, Pride month concludes with a triumphant march through Boystown. Drink lots of canned beer and eat, like, 11 hot dogs because America. [12], In 1976, Lisa Vogel, along with sister Kristie Vogel and friend Mary Kindig,[13] founded the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival after attending an indoor festival of women's music in Boston the year before. 6/28-6/29, 5:30-10:30 PM, Old St. Patricks Church, 700 W. Adams, 312-648-1021,, $45, $40 in advance.

[10][11], The first women's music festivals in the United States were founded in the early 1970s, starting with day festivals at the Sacramento State and San Diego State University campuses, the Midwest Women's Festival in Missouri, the Boston Women's Music Festival, and the National Women's Music Festival at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. Sat29 Starving Artist Chefs and visual artists team up to produce plates that are both exquisite and tasty. "[39], Critics argued that the womyn-born womyn intention constituted discrimination against transgender people and in 1995, Camp Trans, an annual protest event held concurrently with Michfest that operated adjacent to the festival venue, was launched. Its all over. Third Thursdays, 6:30-10:30 PM, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312-922-7827,, $17, $12 in advance. Sun26 Go to the beach (because its open now) Baptize yourself in the oft-polluted waters of Lake Michigan. 6/15-6/16, noon-10 PM, Sheffield between Addison and Waveland,, $5. [26], Artists from multiple genres performed at Michfest,[27] including classical, jazz, folk, hard rock, acoustic, bluegrass and gospel. 7/25-7/28, Thu 5-10 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-11 PM, Sun 11 AM-10 PM, 1400 W. Cermak,, free. Start the weekend early with this revisionist take on the radio and TV classic, starring Johnny Depp and the guy who played the Winklevii in The Social Network. Mon5 Black Harvest Film Festival Independent feature-length and short films from African-American filmmakers. Sat8 Naked Bike Ride Simultaneously protest oil dependence and underpants dependence on a 12- to 22-mile, clothing-optional bike ride. Carter Show world tour. [16][17], In the 1990s, Michfest added a runway to the Night Stage and a mosh pit. Sat20 Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United Dwayne De Rosario and the United pay a visit. The Festival has been the crucible for nearly every critical cultural and political issue the lesbian feminist community has grappled with for four decades. [24] Women built the stages, ran the lighting and sound systems, made trash collection rounds, served as electricians, mechanics, security, medical and psychological support, cooked meals for thousands over open fire pits, provided childcare, and facilitated workshops covering various topics of interest to the attendees, who were referred to as "festies". Visit for schedule, free. Take a break from Chicago baseballits ruining your life by now. Utopia revealed. . The diehard Lake Michigan surfersthose who dont mind a backdrop of steel millscan often be found along a south-side shoreline that stretches from 57th Street into Gary, Indiana. The Reader is member supported. 5:30 PM, Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem, Bridgeview,, $62. 7/19-7/21, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph,, $50 per day, $120 three-day pass. 6 PM, 1025 W. Randolph,, free. 6/14-6/16, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat-Sun 11 AM-10 PM, 900 W. Randolph,, $10. Wed29 White Sox at Cubs Your chance to witness a Chicago team win at Wrigley Field. 5/29-5/30, 1060 W. Addison,, $29-$335. 7/27-8/4, 3215 E. 1969th, Ottawa, 815-433-0000, 16327 Rte. In February 2018, this article was updated to use the phrase arcade bar in place of the word originally used. Thu13 Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band Actor-slash-bass-player Gary Sinise and the band he named after Americas most beloved big-screen double amputee perform at Ravinia. A summer camp, Brother Sun Boys Camp, was available for boys aged 5 to 10. 8 AM-9 PM, various locations,, 312-640-7418, free. Writing from a personal perspective for The Village Voice in fall 1994, musician and Festival kitchen worker Gretchen Phillips (co-founder of the band Two Nice Girls) said: "I had never seen so many breasts before, so many bare asses, so much damn skin on such a vast terrain. Or visit a spot like Logan Squares Masa Azul and enjoy an expertly crafted tequila cocktail. 8/29-9/8, various times and locations,, various prices, Sun1 Logan Square Farmers Market The best neighborhood in the city (just ask last years Best of Chicago voters) plays host to an equally great farmers market. [57] In October 2013, filmmaker Sara St. Martin Lynne was asked to resign from the board of the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp for attending Michfest. I have always in my heart believed in the politics and the culture of separate time and space. No one goes home hungry. Fri14 Taste of Randolph Street A three-day food fest conveniently located on Chicagos favorite foodie thoroughfare. 8/30-9/1, noon-10 PM, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph,, $135, $225 for a three-day pass. [56] Members of The Butchies and Le Tigre claimed to have been "verbally attacked, endlessly harassed and physically threatened" for deciding to play at the festival. Mon15 Go surfing Its a thing. . Sat15 Puerto Rican Peoples Parade The downtown and Humboldt Park factions of Fiestas Puertorriqueas have joined forces for one big parade down Division. Wed24 National Tequila Day When life gives you National Tequila Day, make margaritas. 6/4-6/7, 10 AM-10 PM, Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, 312-427-0266,, $15, $5 under age 12, free under age six, $40 weekend pass.

Wed5 Collaboractions Sketchbook Festival Over the course of 25 days (starting today), the local troupe stages 14 brand-new theater pieces, both short and full length. They were joined by local businesswoman Susan Alborell. Hm. 8 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison,, EXPENSIVE. 8 PM, Double Door, 1532 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160,, $25. Drink. You can help keep the Reader free for everyoneand get exclusive rewardswhen you become a member. Sun2 Fashion in the Street Gaze awkwardly at live mannequins or do some al fresco shopping as local designers and boutiques take their clothes outdoors for a weekend of fashion shows and music in warm weather. 8/10-8/11, Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 4S175 Naperville-Wheaton, Naperville,, free. Locations in Northbrook, Frankfort, and Downers Grove,, rates vary. 7/6-7/13,, $699, $130 single day. Sundays, 7 AM-3 PM, 800 S. Des Plaines,, free., $5, Wed14 The Intruder The classic Roger Corman social drama, screened by the fine folks at the Northwest Chicago Film Society. In subsequent years it would add an acoustic stage and an open mic stage, in addition to day stage and night stage programming. The feminist separatism of the spaces was a direct outgrowth of, and solidarity with, the activism created by black power and other racial solidarity movements. Fri9 Tall Ships Festival This boating festival, which features local vendors and live entertainment, is helmed by Chicago Match Cup, a series of over 100 races between a dozen sailing teams. Or marvel at those who have the guts to do it as a hobby. 7/26-7/28, Fri-Sat 11 AM-10 PM, Sun 11 AM-5 PM, Indianapolis and 119th, Whiting, Indiana,, free. I decided to make that weekend all about studying my body issues" and "I've always used Mich as a place to charge my batteries for the rest of the year, planning my life around being there in August and learning my lessons, both fun and hard. Sun19 Kartemquin Spring Showcase Kartemquin Films, the company that produced Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters (and a lot more), screens previews of four upcoming docs with the filmmakers on hand. Thu30 Camp out in your backyard Lock every gate, pitch a tent and rough it for a night. BYO blanket and popcorn. 11:30 AM and 1 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington,, free. Sun21 Maxwell Street Market Your chances of purchasing a car battery, a samurai sword, and an excellent tamale are unreasonably high. The event name is a lie. 7/6-9/2, 10 AM-7 PM, 12550 120th, Kenosha, Wisconsin,, $7.50-$17.95. "[45], Transbi activist Julia Serano, writing in 2007, criticized Michigan's policy as transmisogyny and pointed to a double standard: trans men were allowed at the festival, but trans women were not; in effect, this meant that trans men were treated as if they were women. Cement-paved walkways were added to ease access for women with mobility challenges and baby strollers.

[28][29] Notable performers included Margie Adam, BETTY, Bitch, Tracy Chapman, Lea DeLaria, Melissa Ferrick, Mary Gauthier, Indigo Girls, Marga Gomez, Valerie June, Holly Near, Carole Pope, Vicki Randle, Jane Siberry, Jill Sobule, Cheryl Wheeler, Dar Williams, Cris Williamson, and Sarah Bettens (Sam Bettens). This really is a two-day celebration of forcemeat and live music in the citys most bro-tastic neighborhood, culminating in the crowning of Abe Fromans successor as Sausage King of Chicago. 11:59 PM, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, 773-871-6604,, price TBA. In 1991, trans woman Nancy Jean Burkholder was asked to leave the festival. 10 AM-midnight (through 9/2), 3650 W. Devon, Lincolnwood, 847-679-9434 8/3-8/30, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600,, $7-$11. and performance by New Odyssey. [6] The practical effect was that trans women were excluded from the festival, which became the subject of increasing criticism. LGBT advocacy group Equality Michigan boycotted the event in 2014. "[18], Male children age four and under were allowed within the festival. Time to grab a giant turkey leg and stuff your face. 10 AM-5 PM, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe,, $4-$6. 7:30 PM, Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee, 773-736-4050, northwestchicago Fri7 Ribfest Chicago Eat food, listen to music, but mostly go watch professional eaters gorge themselves on pork products at Ribmania IV, the annual rib-eating competition. Before the Onion takes its live show on the road, its performers want to test out new material on Chicago audiences. Tue13 Chicago Underground Comedy Witness the best comedy show in town, where Chicago expats like Kumail Nanjiani and Cameron Esposito cut their teeth. Now you can hear from two women in his family who lived there. 7/6-7/7, 10 AM-5 PM, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook, Glencoe, 847-835-5440,, free. At a loss for something to read? Sun23 Pride Fest This year, Pride expands to two weekendswith two parades.

To label that as transphobic is, to me, as misplaced as saying the women-of-color tent is racist, or to say that a transsexual-only space, a gathering of folks of women who are born men is misogynist. . Doesnt that sound fun? 7 AM-6 PM, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon,, free. Sun14 Bastille Day Storm Place de Daley in the name of libert, galit, fraternit. She accused Michigan's policy of being inherently sexist against women and going against the very idea of a women's music festival, rebutted various statements put forth by Michfest in support of their policy, and described the preventing of pre-op trans women as phallocentric. Masa Azul, 2901 W. Diversey, 773-687-0300, 8/23-8/25, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-9 PM, Logan and Sacramento,, $5 suggested donation. Hey, wait a sec.

[4][5][2], From 1991, the festival excluded trans women, claiming a "womyn-born womyn" policy,[6] which drew increasing criticism. Sun18 Chicago Air and Water Show The cool thing about the Air and Water Show is that you can catch the high-flying acrobatics from basically anywhere in the city, so haul a lawn chair onto the roof of your apartment building and crack a cold one. [10], In 2017, a nonprofit organization, known as the We Want the Land Coalition, entered into a contract to purchase the land from former festival producer, Lisa Vogel. The festival was picketed by Camp Trans starting in the 1990's for its exclusionary policy. This year with Robert Plant, Robin Thicke, Jill Scott, and food trucks! Whoops! 8/2-8/4, Grant Park, Columbus and Jackson,, sold out (whatever). Michfest celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015. "[50], In 2014, LGBT advocacy group Equality Michigan boycotted Michfest.

Tue11 West Side Story Racism and gang violence have never been quite so romantic. 5/24-5/26, 5 PM-4 AM, Chicagoland Speedway, 500 Speedway Blvd., Joliet,, $89-$295 three-day pass. 8 PM, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook, Highland Park, 847-266-5100,, $55-$65, $22 lawn seating. Sat6 Fountain Square Art Festival At more than 225 artists, this is the largest art show on the North Shore. Because as everyone knows, humans cannot possibly outshine their pets, who march down Halsted today. Tue16 Novelty Golf & Games A pair of 18-hole miniature golf courses, batting cages, a game room, and ice cream. Now you wont feel like a nerd when you say, Its hotter than Mordor out here! 7:30 PM, Green Bay and Lake Cook, Highland Park, 847-266-5100,, $25. Thu6 Chicago Blues Festival Shemekia Copeland headlines the first night. 6/22-6/23, Sat 12:30 PM-10 PM, Sun noon-9 PM, Halsted and Waveland, 773-868-3010,, $7. Tue25 Visit the dog beach Would you deprive your pet the chance to dump her leash and cool off in the lakeand yourself the opportunity to watch her act like a total goofball? Mon3 Sharon Van Etten The folky Aimee Mann sound-alike (thats good) plays for free. 6/5-6/30, times vary, Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N Milwaukee, 312-226-9633,
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