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110 reasons to mark your calendar

Something summery every day, from now until Labor Day

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MAY

Thu16 Fifth House Ensemble in Austin Town Hall Park The community-based chamber music ensemble presents a narrative concert about a secretary whose work piles up as she's sucked into a consumerist nightmare on the Internet. Hm. 6:30-8 PM, 5610 W. Lake, 773-287-7658, chicagoparkdistrict.com, free.

Fri17 HoZac Blackout Fest Day two of local garage label HoZac's annual music fest features Unnatural Ax, Chrome, Wizzard Sleeve, and power-pop genius Dwight Twilley. 5/16-5/19, 8 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600, hozacrecords.com, $25, $70 four-day pass.

Sat18 The Field of Screams Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt Figure out who's been knocking off museum staffers (not really) and explore the Field Museum at the same time during a grown-ups-only scavenger hunt. 1:30 PM, Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore, 866-811-4111, watsonadventures.com, $33.

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. 5 PM, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600, kartemquin.com, $11.

Mon20 Chicago Craft Beer Week We're in the thick of Craft Beer Week (5/16-5/26) and pubs all over town are hosting beer dinners, beer tastings, trivia nights, and brewing demonstrations. Find a place with a porch. Drink. Various times and locations, chibeerweek.com.

Tue21 Play tennis in Humboldt Park Chicago's parks aren't just for blatant drug activity. Grab a racket and a sweat band and go play at one of Humboldt's three public courts. 1350 N. California, 312-742-7549, chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/humboldtpark.

Wed22 The Onion Live! Before the Onion takes its live show on the road, its performers want to test out new material on Chicago audiences. Not just "raw." Also "uncensored." 8 PM, Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North, 312-662-4562, upcomedyclub.com, $15.

Thu23 Get a room at Sybaris in the middle of the day There's something wonderfully seedy about a hotel that has afternoon rates—especially when it also has pools and/or hot tubs in the rooms. Perfect for your next afternoon orgy. Locations in Northbrook, Frankfort, and Downers Grove, sybaris.com, rates vary.

Fri24 Electric Daisy Carnival An enormous EDM festival—ahem, experience-based event—that lets you camp overnight. Or, more likely, camp through the morning. 5/24-5/26, 5 PM-4 AM, Chicagoland Speedway, 500 Speedway Blvd., Joliet, electricdaisycarnival.com/chicago, $89-$295 three-day pass.

Sat25 Cannibal Holocaust A midnight screening of a 1980 Italian horror film so graphic and upsetting it's still banned in several countries. Doesn't that sound fun? 11:59 PM, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, 773-871-6604, musicboxtheater.com, price TBA.

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Sun26 Go to the beach (because it's open now) Baptize yourself in the oft-polluted waters of Lake Michigan. Quick. Before it's cold again.

Mon27 Memorial Day! Drink lots of canned beer and eat, like, 11 hot dogs because America.

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Tue28 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are spending three nights in Chicago, part of their "50 and Counting" tour. Fifty what? Minutes each morning till Keith remembers who he is? Fifty wrinkles in Mick's jowls? Go and find out. 8 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison, unitedcenter.com, EXPENSIVE.

Wed29 White Sox at Cubs Your chance to witness a Chicago team win at Wrigley Field. 5/29-5/30, 1060 W. Addison, chicago.cubs.mlb.com, $29-$335.

Thu30 Camp out in your backyard Lock every gate, pitch a tent and "rough it" for a night. Not recommended in all Chicago neighborhoods.

Fri31 Millennium Art Festival Dozens of artists set up booths and clog the city's busy streets with their jewelry, paintings, and framed photography. Live easy listening will keep everyone calm. Or drive them mad? 5/31-6/2, Fri 11 AM-5 PM, Sat and Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Lake and Michigan, amdurproductions.com, free.

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