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Chicago’s Priceless Things To Do This Week: September 1st-7th

September 1, 2014 6:00 AM

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This week’s Priceless Things To Do will have you hitting the beach, eating some of Chicago’s finest pizza and laughing until you cry. There’s only 52 weeks in a year, make sure this one is priceless!

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Spend Labor Day On The Beach

Date: Monday, September 1

Take advantage of Labor Day by giving beach season its final good-bye. Oak Street Beach in the Gold Coast and Streeterville neighborhoods closes up shop on September 2nd, so this is your last chance to soak in some sun at one of the Windy City’s most picturesque waterfronts. Lay down and catch a tan or get some exercise on one of the many available volleyball nets, which host both amateur and professional tournaments all summer long. Make sure to check out the beach’s 260 foot long, 9 foot tall mural promoting beach health and water quality, located across from the beach underpass. Oak Street offers limited street parking and CTA buses also offer transportation directly to the beach. Admission is free and no alcohol or smoking is permitted on the beach.

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Have A (Ladies) Night Out

Date: Thursday, September 4

The City Tap & Grill, located at 7320 W. Irving Park Road in Norridge, is the kind of friendly neighborhood bar you usually see on television. This bar has a friendly staff and reasonable prices to go along with over 25 varieties of beer and HDTVs lining the walls. The bar’s Girl’s Night Out on Thursdays offers flatbreads, margaritas, mojitos and martinis all for just $5 each. If those deals aren’t enough then also consider glasses of house wine for $3 and 1/2 off all bottles of wine. The City Tap & Grill is open from 2:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. on Thursdays and Girls Night Out begins at 6:00 p.m.

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Photo Credit: Jeff Pearl


Grab A Slice At Art Of Pizza

Date: Friday, September 5

Art of Pizza on N. Ashland Ave is the perfect spot to celebrate this cheesiest of holidays, National Cheese Pizza Day! This pizzeria was voted the #1 deep dish in the city by the Chicago Tribune and offers six different kinds of pies. Each pie is available in three different varieties: thin crust, pan and stuffed. Pies comes in four different sizes from 12″ up to 18.” A plain mozzarella cheese pie ranges from $10.75 for a small to $21.00 for an extra large. Come in this Friday and you can also get an $8 shrimp dinner or a $5 baked mostaccioli dinner as part of their daily specials. Art of Pizza opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 10:30 p.m. on weekdays.

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Laugh With Chicago’s Own Deon Cole

Date: Saturday, September 6

The Chicago Theatre is hosting B1E’s, The Chicago Comedy Experience this Saturday. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and tickets cost between $43 and $89. The experience is hosted by Chicago’s very own Deon Cole, who has worked as a prominent writer for several late night talk shows and received two Primetime Emmy nominations for his comedy. Other featured comedians include DeRay Davis, Capone, DJ Sean Mac, MTV2 Guy Code’s Lil Duval and Leslie Jones from Saturday Night Live. Tickets are still available for main floor, mezzanine and balcony level seating.

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Photo Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ACM


Get Blown Away By Carrie Underwood

Date: Sunday, September 7

Six-time Grammy Award winning artist Carrie Underwood is coming to the Ravina Pavilion this Sunday. The former American Idol winner has had an incredible 22 different songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since her first album debuted in 2005. Her most recent album, Blown Away, sold over 267,000 copies in its first week and produced the highly acclaimed singles “Good Girl” and “Blown Away.” Look for Underwood to also perform older hits like “Before He Cheats” and “All-American Girl.” The concert starts at 8:00 p.m. and tickets start at $23 for lawn seating.

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Matt Weiss is an Associate Producer for CBS Local’s Best Of and Travel sections. Follow him on twitter.
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