Around (Chi)Town: 2009 Recap

From concerts to festivals to openings and fashion shows, Chicago offered it all in 2009.

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August: Hundreds of thousands of people packed Grant Park for Lollapalooza for the bands, ...
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January: The year kicked off with a bang as it always does -- New Year's Eve celebrations around the city welcoming the new year.
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February: Chicagoans donned their finest to celebrate the Oscars, midwest style.
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March: Sunda debuts, arguably the hottest new restaurant of 2009.
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March: Hundreds of people came out for a Shiny Toy Guns secret show at Gallery 1028.
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March: Today's Chicago Women releases its list of the hottest Chicago singles.
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April: Hundreds of Chicagoans donned blue blankets for the first annual Snuggie Pub Crawl.
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April: How's this for a reality show? The Admiral Theatre hosts the "So You Think You Can Strip?" contest. And what did we learn? Apparently, they can.
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April: Yes there is such a thing as a free lunch, as hundreds found out when Chef Art Smith served one up along Michigan Avenue.
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May: Chicago celebrates Cinco de Mayo.
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May: Wannabe playmates came out the woodwork for Playboy's Chicago casting call.
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June: Summer festival season! Thousands converge for live music and eats at Do-Division.
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June: Kanye West comes home for a series of charity events. Check out the red carpet.
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June: TheWit Hotel debuts, and turns out to be the hottest see and be seen spot of the summer.
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June: Chicago's Lupe Fiasco rocks the Chicago Theatre.
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June: Chicago shows its Pride.
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June: There were plenty of hot bods and hot tunes at the annual Volleywood celebration at North Avenue Beach.
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July: Pitchfork 2009 rocks the West Loop.
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July: The Piano and Rocket Men rock Wrigley.
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July: There was lots to see and do at Wicker Park Fest.
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July: Chef Graham Elliot Bowles was in rare form in 2009.
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July: 2009 was the year of the zombie, such as this night when they took over Chicago's streets.
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August: Market Days again proved to be one of the city's most popular summer festivals.
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August: In lieu of real professional football, Chicago warmed up to the Bliss, who compete in the Lingerie Football League
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August: Real Chicago Housewives? The society set was buzzing over over who could represent the city in a reality show similar to the popular Bravo series.
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August: Hundreds of thousands of people packed Grant Park for Lollapalooza for the bands, ...
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... and the dope parties, such as Playboy's Rock Star Brunch.
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August: All eyes were on the skies for the Chicago Air & Water Show.
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August: Chicagoans bobbed and weaved through City Chase.
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August: Fashion scenesters hit the Chicago Theatre for Glamorama.
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August: When the pro volleyball tour hit Chicago, Playboy's Team Gorgeous received more than a fair share of the attention.
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September: Oprah and friends took over the Magnificent Mile.
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September: Jay Z pimped big at the House of Blues.
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September: Jay Cutler got his party on at a Michigan Avenue Magazine launch party.
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September: Common and the Roots blessed The Shrine
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September: Lucha VaVoom brought Mexican wrestling and burlesque to the Congress Theatre.
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September: The young professional set supported a greener Chicago at the Green Tie Ball.
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October: The Chicago International Film Festival unveiled a new poster, a return to their sexy iconic posters of the past.
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October: Pamela Anderson rolled through Chicago -- well, Hammond, Ind., to showcase her fashion line.
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October: And speaking of model types, there were plenty in the house at the opening of Michigan Avenue's Victoria's Secret store.
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October: Fashion Focus hit Chicago, opening with the Macy's show and closing with Gen Art's Fresh Faces show.
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October: Ghosts, ghouls and sexy vixens helped close out the month's Halloween festivities.
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November: Fashion heavyweight Michael Kors came to town to help launch his new store in the 900 shops.
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November: An "Entourage" star and "Hills" hottie popped bottles at Enclave nightclub.
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November: The Most Interesting Show in the World hit Park West.
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November: We channeled the '70s to help celebrate the launch of the photography book "Light: On the South Side."
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December: Victoria's Secret unveiled its Official Guide to Chicago Sexy.
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December: The Elysian Hotel debuted in the Gold Coast.
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