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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

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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

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.  v

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