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Weekend Quickies (July 25-27, 2008)

by Matt B on July 24th, 2008

' At the Newberry Library's 24th annual Book Fair, you can browse through more than 100,000 books in 60 categories, most of which cost $2 or less. (July 24-27)

luau party' In honor of Jimmy Buffet's concerts at Toyota Park (July 24, 26), Lizzy McNeill's Irish Pub is holding a Luau on the Chicago River. This Hawaiian-themed barbecue will be held outside the bar and includes live music, games, beer samples, and a cruise raffle. Food and drink sales benefit the Special Olympics and Misericordia. (July 25-27)

' You can compete in a Neil Diamond look-alike contest at the Neil Diamond Extravaganza, hosted by Mahoney's Pub & Grille, for a chance to win concert tickets. Camp out with other fans all night long, then wake up to brunch before heading to the concert at the United Center. (July 25)

' In honor of the American Cheese Society's 25th Anniversary Conference, Pastoral will be hosting John Loomis from Zingerman's Creamery of Ann Arbor, Michigan. (July 25)

wicker park' The fifth annual Wicker Park Fest features live indie music, local cuisine, and more than 70 arts and crafts vendors. (July 26-27)

' Covering six blocks, the 25th annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue features more than 40 music acts on five stages, a wine garden, and plenty of food, beer, and arts and crafts. (July 26-27)

' More than 30 illuminated and decorated boats will participate in the 51st annual Venetian Night, which attracts more than half a million spectators every year. Watch along the lakefront anywhere between Roosevelt Road and Monroe Drive. (Get there early.) (July 26)

disabled' The Disability Pride Parade celebrates the strength of people with disabilities and their families. It begins at Plymouth Court and Van Buren Street and ends at Daley Plaza. Post-parade festivities include speakers, performers, and live music. (July 26)

' Sample more than 1200 cheeses at the Festival of Cheese in the Hilton Chicago. The event includes a marketplace with food, wines, and beers to complement the tasting. (July 26)

' Professional cyclists compete in the inaugural Chicago Criterium. This race consists of several laps on a closed circuit loop that is approximately 1.1 miles (1.8 km) in length. Spectators can watch on jumbotrons in the park or from several route locations including the start/finish line at Buckingham Fountain. (course map PDF) (July 27)

Photo credit: Konrad Mostert (c/o SXC), sierraromeo (c/o Flickr), clambert (c/o SXC)

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