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The best things to do in Chicago for August 2016

August's top events include Bud Billiken Parade, Wizard World Comic Con, the McDonald's biopic The Founder, and more

Chicago Hot Dog Festival - JAMES WARDEN
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  • Chicago Hot Dog Festival

Chicago Hot Dog Fest
A celebration of the Chicago dog and Vienna Beef featuring bites from local vendors along with live music from JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound. 8/5-8/7: Fri-Sat 11 AM-9 PM, Sun 11 AM-8 PM, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark, 312-642-4600, Free

"Photo Show"
Vince DeSantiago curates a Chicago-themed photography show. 8/5-8/14, Galerie F, 2381 N. Milwaukee, 773-819-9200,

The Founder
In this biopic of Ray Kroc, Michael Keaton stars as the late Oak Park-born businessman who turned McDonald's into the fast-food giant we know today. Opens Fri 8/5.

Dr. Martin Luther King leading an antiwar demonstration on State Street, 1967. - AP
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  • Dr. Martin Luther King leading an antiwar demonstration on State Street, 1967.

Martin Luther King 1,000 Mile March
A re-creation of a portion of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic 1966 march to Marquette Park against housing segregation, during which King and his followers faced thousands of violent protesters. Sat 8/6, Marquette Park, 6734 S. Kedzie, 312-747-6469,, $25.

Talk about supergroups! Neko Case, K.D. Lang, and Laura Veirs perform songs from their new collaborative album. Sat 8/7, 7:30 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State,, $29.50-$60.

Chicago Comedy Nerd Festival
A celebration of all things dorky and funny including Improvised Star Trek, the Geek Show, and more. 8/11-8/14, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252,, $13, $40-$60 for day pass, $100 for all-festival pass.

Ginza Holiday - GEORGE NAGATA
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Ginza Holiday
Commemorate Japanese culture with traditional food and drink, taiko drumming, Japanese folk dancing, and more. 8/12-8/14: Fri 5:30-9 PM, Sat 11:30 AM-9 PM, Sun 11:30 AM-5 PM, Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee, 312-943-7801,, $7.

Florence Foster Jenkins
Meryl Streep goes for another little gold man in this biopic about a New York socialite who chases after her operatic dreams. Opens Fri 8/12.

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  • Bud Billiken Parade

Bud Billiken Parade
The nation's oldest and largest African-American parade puts Chicago youth front and center, along with bands, drill teams, marching units, and floats. A picnic follows. Sat 8/13, King and Oakwood,

MCA Talk: Michelle Grabner and Angel Otero
The artists step away from the canvas to discuss their painting techniques. Sat 8/13, 3 PM, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 312-280-2660, Free

Wizard World Comic Con
Nerd out to the max with four days of sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, cosplay, comic books, card games, and celebrity appearances. Among those in attendance: Bruce Campbell, Rosario Dawson, and Fox Mulder himself, David Duchovny. 8/18-8/21: Thu 3-8 PM, Fri noon-7 PM, Sat 10 AM-7 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River, Rosemont, 847-694-2220,, $40-$60 for day pass, $105 for weekend pass.

War Dogs
Miles Teller and Jonah Hill play David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, two real men who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. Opens Fri 8/19.

Diana Yohe of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at Chicago Dancing Festival 2015 - TODD ROSENBERG
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  • Diana Yohe of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at Chicago Dancing Festival 2015

Chicago Dancing Festival
The city's best dance companies perform at venues across the city. Tue 8/23-Sat 8/27, various times, various locations, Free

Arcade, Video Game and Game Room Expo
Catch Pac-Man fever at this inaugural convention featuring game tournaments, panels held by creators and record holders, and vendors featuring new titles. Thu 8/25-Sat 8/27, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Rosemont, 5440 N. River, Rosemont,, $30-$60.ā€‚ v

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