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The Young Dubliners

The Young Dubliners

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Updated: July 12, 2012 11:49AM


The Young Dubliners (pictured), the Mickey Finns, Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones, and Dublin City Ramblers are a few of the entertainers on tap during the 27th Annual Irish Heritage Fest July 13-15 at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4646 Knox. New to the event is a whiskey, beer and wine-tasting tent; a men in kilts contest; Irish Wolf Hound dogs and an Irish soda bread contest. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight July 13; noon to midnight July 14; noon to 11 p.m. July 15. Admission is $15; kids under age 12 get in free. Visit


Barry Manilow performs shows rescheduled from February at 8 p.m. July 13-14 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $24.99-$224.99. Tickets purchased for the Feb. 3 show will be honored July 13; tickets for the Feb. 4 show will be honored July 14. Call (800) 653-8000;


An old-school R&B explosion hits town when Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Patti LaBelle, the O’Jays; and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds light up the stage at 6 p.m. July 14 at Charter One Pavilion, 1300 S. Lynn White. Contemporary R&B artist Tank joins them on the bill. Tickets are $55.75-$150.75. Call (800) 745-3000;


Tribute band Zappa Plays Zappa, fronted by Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil, headlines at 7 p.m. July 15 at Star Plaza, I-65 & U.S. 30, Merrillville, Ind. Tickets are $35-$50. Call (800) 745-3000;


Charles Bradley’s riveting vocals earned him the moniker “The Screaming Eagle of Soul.” Catch his performance during the Downtown Sound concert at 6:30 p.m. July 16 at the Jay Prtizker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph. Abigail Washburn opens. Admission is free. Visit


Uptown’s Fourth Windy City RibFest opens at 5 p.m. July 13 at Lawrence and Broadway. Live performances include Blah, Blah, Blah, 5:30 p.m. July 13; Secret Colours, 3:30 p.m. July 14; and Your Villain, My Hero, 5 p.m. July 15. Kid activities, arts and crafts and a rib contest are on the agenda. Festival hours are 5-10 p.m. July 13; noon to 10 p.m. July 14; noon to 9 p.m. July 15. Admission is $6. Enjoy a more exclusive experience at the venues Rib Village where VIP treatment includes all-you-can-eat barbecue, beer, water and special seating. Admission to the village is $60. Visit


“American Idol” winners Fantasia Barrino and Ruben Studdard share the bill at 7:30 p.m. July 14 at Country Club Hills Theater, 4133 W. 183rd, Country Club Hills. Tickets are $15-$80. Call (800) 745-3000;


The 33rd Annual Chinatown Summer Fair kicks off at 10 a.m. July 15 at Wentworth and Cermak. Entertainment includes a performance by Cirque Shanghai; lion dance procession, parade, arts and crafts, martial arts demos and Asian dance. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Visit


The Cooking Channel’s Second Anniversary Beach Party from 5 to 9 p.m. July 14 at Oak Street Beach, 1001 N. Lake Shore. The network, spotlighting its Summer Eats Pop-Up Tour, will offer free food and drink samples. Cooking Channel personalities G. Garvin and Baron Ambrosia will be on hand. There will also be live entertainment. Visit


The Les Turner ALS Foundation and the Chicago Cubs host the 18th Annual Lou Gehrig Day at Wrigley Field July 14 kicking off with a pre-party at 12:30 p.m. at the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield, featuring a live acoustic performance by Dan Navarro of Lowen Navarro, followed by the 3:05 game at Wrigley, 1066 W. Addison, between the Cubs and Diamondbacks. Tickets, $100; $75, for ages 10 or younger. Call (847) 679-3311;


The 16th annual Chicago SummerDance series kicks off with special performances at the Taste of Chicago through July 15. Regular dance programming (including free, one-hour lessons before each session starts), officially begin at 6 p.m. July 19 in the Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan. Hours: 6-9:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; 4-7 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 16. Admission is free. Visit,


Bright Pink’s Fifth Annual For the Women We Love High Tea, honoring women who’s lives have been touched by breast and ovarian cancer, is from 1 to 4 p.m. July 15 at the Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court. Tickets are $75; two for $140. Visit


Under the Streetlamp, the contemporary yet retro pop quartet of impeccably dressed young men, performs at 8 p.m. July 14 at Star Plaza, I-65 & U.S. 30, Merrillville, Ind. Tickets are $39-$49. Call (800) 745-3000;

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