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Updated: July 22, 2011 12:01PM

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The 2011 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (MAAF): The Arts Festival takes place along Milwaukee Avenue, between Kimball and California in Logan Square from July 29 through 31, from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It features 30-plus curated pop-up galleries, 250-plus artists, multiple stages of live music, arts, family activities, a trolley and more. Some of Chicago’s hottest food trucks and restaurants will be at the fest. $10 buys three days of access to the festival, plus discounts and freebies from local merchants including the food and beverage vendors at the show and more. Presale wristbands available at the Logan Square Farmers Market on Sundays. More info and details at

The Bughouse Square Debates: The Debates will commemorate the 125th Anniversary of Haymarket, with Labor Set as Main Debate, and there is a new “Open Mic” soapbox this year. The Bughouse Square Debates are free and will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. July 30, in Washington Square Park, across from the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., right off Michigan Ave. The event also features live entertainment from Environmental Encroachment: The Magic Circus Band, known for its interactive shows filled with unique costumes and visual elements. The debates coincide with the annual Newberry Book Fair, which runs July 28 through July 31 inside the library. For complete info about the debates, go to

Beach Palooza: Beach Palooza is hitting Montrose Beach on July 30 where fun-loving runners will hit the shores to tackle ten beach-themed obstacles along a five kilometer, sandy course. Participants will bounce through a sea of beach balls, dart over sizzling coals, plunge through arctic waters and overcome seven additional obstacles. It’s a day in the sand combining live music, food and drink, for both participants and spectators. The first wave of racers takes off at 11 a.m., groups leave every half hour until the last group at 1 p.m. An awards ceremony at 2 p.m. More info at

Our Origins: The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago is proud to present the group exhibition Our Origins, which considers the human inclination to trace our beginnings beyond recorded history and explores our limited capacity to draw conclusive answers about the meaning of life from such efforts. The contemporary artists in this exhibition use photography, video, drawing and sculpture to reflect on natural history from a distinctly human point of view. The Gallery is at 600 S. Michigan Ave. 312-663-5554.

Sleep Under the Skyscrapers: Sleep among Lincoln Park Zoo’s amazing animals. The evening begins with dinner, followed by opportunities to explore and learn about the night life of the zoo’s residents. 6 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. July 29 and 30. For families with children age 5 through 12. $70/$60. Registration required. 312-742-2056.

Lincoln Park Zoo: 2001 N. Clark St. 312-742-2246 or

Metra’s $7 Weekend Pass: Weekend passes are good for unlimited rides on both Saturday and Sunday for all stations. Weekend parking is available at all stations. Note: Boat taxi’s are available from Union Station to Navy Pier and/or the museum campus and other points along the river or lakefront. Reasonable pricing and fun.

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