By Gwendolyn Purdom
December 4, 2013
THE GREAT BULL RUN
Hawthorne Race Course JULY 12
Think less “going for a jog with D. Rose” and more “sprinting for your life with 24 live 1,200-pound bovines-that-couldgore- you-at-any-moment at your heels.” Sounds fun, huh?
WRIGLEY FIELD TURNS 100
EVENTS THROUGHOUT 2014 The Friendly Confines’ ivy-walled charm has been making up for less-than-stellar baseball for 100 years. The Cubbies kick off a year-long celebration at their annual convention Jan. 17–19.
THE LAST SHIP
Bank of America Theatre JUNE 10–JULY 13
You’ll probably be counting down every breath you take until singer-songwriter Sting’s fi rst foray into musical theater debuts here before a Broadway run next fall.
Westin Chicago River North MARCH 27–30
This year’s self-proclaimed convention for all things geeky has a lineup that includes Celtic musician Marc Gunn and Dresden Files author Jim Butcher, plus plenty of sci-fi , fantasy and other general nerd-dom.
THE FEST FOR BEATLES FANS
Hyatt Regency AUG. 15–17
Nearly 50 years after John, Paul, George and Ringo invaded Chicago for the fi rst time on Sept. 5, 1964, at the Chicago Amphitheatre, local Beatles fans can honor the Fab Four at The Fest.
ROCKY HORROR CONVENTION
Congress Plaza Hotel and the Music Box Theatre JUNE 19–22
Fans of the 1975 cult classic will be in good company at the traditional singalong and other activities that’ll toucha-toucha-toucha-touch your funny bone.
‘DAVID BOWIE IS…’
Museum of Contemporary Art SEPT. 2014 –JAN. 2015
Selected as the U.S. stop on an already acclaimed world tour, MCA is about to get Ziggy Stardust-ed with objects related to the glam rock icon and his infl uence, from album covers to original costumes.
TWO DAYS OF BACONFEST
UIC Forum APRIL 25–26
Find yourself in serious hog heaven when this popular food fest loosens its belt and expands to two days of bacon-centric bliss.
INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON UNION WORLD TRIATHLON SERIES
Along the lakeshore JUNE 27–29
Some of the world’s most elite triathletes will duke it out along the shores of Lake Michigan with a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run that fi nishes at Buckingham Fountain.
FORBES REINVENTING AMERICA SUMMIT
J.W. Marriott MARCH 26-28
Bust out the businesswear: The industryminded magazine will bring together 300 top execs, offi cials and entrepreneurs to talk “heartland innovation and civic transformation.”
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