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Chicago lines up for a lineup of unique festivals from spring to fall

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Writer/Director David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models) kicks off the Chicago Critics Film Festival this weekend (May 9-15) with his new comedy They Came Together starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. Scott Tobias of The Dissolve moderates a a Q&A after the 7 p.m. screening at Music Box Theatre on 3733 N. Southport Avenue. For a full festival lineup, visit

The S.I.T.E. (Surprising Intersections of Theatre in Evanston) Festival will transform a vacant building, a craft brewery and a golf course into theater spaces from May 23 through June 8 for performances of Far Away, American Dead and Thou Proud Dream presented by Northwestern University’s Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, the City of Evanston, the Temperance Beer Company and the Evanston Wilmette Community Golf Course. Single tickets and festival passes are available at

Under The Gun Theater and Zanies Comedy Club present the 9th annual Snubfest Comedy Festival (June 9-12) to showcase comic performers who have been rejected from a festival or stage in the past year. Shows take place at Zanies Chicago on 1548 N. Wells Street. For details, visit

From the Chicago Cultural Center on 78 E. Washington Street to Ellis Park at 37th and Cottage Grove, the 29th Chicago Gospel Music Festival (June 27-29) returns with free entertainment presented by the Black McDonald’s Operators Association and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. For more information and festival updates, visit

As part of the Great Chicago Fire Festival, Redmoon will perform at free Community Engagement Summer Celebrations held in Albany Park, Austin, Avondale, Bronzeville, Englewood, Humboldt Park, Little Village, North Lawndale, Old Town, Pilsen, Roseland, South Chicago, South Shore, Uptown and Woodlawn from June through September. To learn more, visit


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