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2018 WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON CHICAGO

Location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

Address: 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018

Dates: August 23, 2018 –

August 26, 2018

Tom Welling (“Smallville,” “Lucifer”), Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”), six stars of the cast of “Outlander” (Sam Heughan, Catriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton) and Guardians of the Galaxy standout Pom Klementieff are among the hundreds of celebrities and industry professionals at the inaugural 2018 Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, part of North America’s largest pop-culture touring expo, August 23-26 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Tens of thousands of fans will be on hand to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, comics, cosplay, video gaming, television, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Comic Con Chicago will also feature non-stop live entertainment throughout extended evening hours, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings, anime, kids zone and more.

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LOGAN SQUARE FOOD TRUCK SOCIAL“

Location: Logan Square

Address: Humboldt Blvd between Armitage & 606 Trail, Chicago, IL 60654

Dates: August 24, 2018 –

August 26, 2018

Food Truck Social returns to Logan Square August 24 – 26 for the third consecutive season. This year’s event promises more of the same delicious mobile eats paired with cold beer and edgy tunes. In fact, the live music offerings at Logan Square Food Truck Social presents the biggest assortment of music as any of the Food Truck Social-branded events – with two dedicated stages (a main stage and a DJ stage) programmed by legendary Empty Bottle Presents. A $20 Sampler Ticket will allow fest-goers to stroll around and try sample-sized portions from any participating food truck. All food and beverages will also be available for regular individual cash purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Illinois Food Truck Owners Association and La Casa Norte / Northwest Food Partners Network.

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AMAZING ARACHNIDS“

Location: Brookfield Zoo/

Chicago Zoological Society

Address: 8400 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513

Dates: May 26, 2018 –

September 3, 2018

This summer, discover the marvels of eight-legged critters at Brookfield Zoo’s new temporary exhibit-Amazing Arachnid-that will explore human-arachnid cultural connections. Guests will have the opportunity to get up close to 100 live arachnids displayed in three themed areas that highlight their unique characteristics and importance in several genres, including medical research, music, literature, film, conservation, folklore, and mythology. Special Zoo Chats and hands-on interactives and opportunities for guests of all ages such as weaving a spider web, will enhance the experience.

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American Writers Museum

Location: American Writers Museum

Address: 180 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60601

Dates: 

October 27, 2017 – September 30, 2018

Capturing Stories: Photographs of Writers is a collection of American writer portraits by award-winning photojournalist Art Shay.

For more than 50 years, Shay’s photographs recorded the bombast and energy of postwar America, finding unique angles on the moments and personalities for magazines such as Life, Time, Ebony and Sports Illustrated. But Shay started out as a reporter and he shot with a writer’s eye; his images are stories just waiting to be told. It’s not surprising that he captured the literary world with such unusual sensitivity and insight, from the clarity in the eyes of Gwendolyn Brooks and the weary look of an aging Ernest Hemingway, to Allen Ginsberg teaching a rapt crowd in Grant Park during the 1968 Democratic Convention. A world-class street photographer, Shay wandered countless miles throughout the 1950s exploring Chicago with author and close friend Nelson Algren. On October 29, 2017, Shay will join Gordon Parks, Henri Cartier-Bresson and William Klein as winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lucie Foundation.”

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“MAGIC & MYSTERY “

Location: The Den Theatre

Address: 1331 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Dates: Recurring weekly on Friday

“Experience a miraculous world of magic, mind reading, and hypnosis from world class ‘Astonishment Artist’ Mat LaVore.

Is it possible to change someone’s memories? Read minds? Predict the future? Magic & Mystery showcases 90-minutes of the most spellbinding and revolutionary magic and hypnosis ever performed on stage.

Witness LaVore swallow needles, hypnotize people to forget their own names, and even predict the future in this amazing showcase of mystery arts that is guaranteed to leave even the most discerning audiences astonished.”

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GLORY,

the world’s premier stand-up combat league returns to Sears Centre Arena on Friday, Sept. 14. Come watch two of Chicagoland favorites Richard Abraham and Malik Watson-Smith! For more information about GLORY, visit glorykickboxing.com