Around (Chi) Town: July Recap

'Hood fests, pop-up lofts, alternative pageants and porn stars on parade.

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Sixteen rib vendors from around the country converged on Naperville's Knoch Park for the annual Ribfest.
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Chicago put the wraps on Taste of Chicago for another year.
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Portions of Chicago's downtown was turned into a movie set for the filming of Transformers 3.
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Rocker Tommy Lee spun beats at LaSalle Power Company over the Fourth of July weekend.
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CS Magazine and the Chicago Fashion Incubator teamed up to present the Don Julio Loft, three days of parties in a pop-up venue.
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The fashion show and Shiny Toy Guns concert closed the pop-up loft with a bang.
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Thousands came out for the 26th annual World's Largest Block Party.
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There was lots of skin on the beach for Chicago Sport and Social Club's annual Volleywood bash.
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Lumen nightclub hosted a pre-release party for Inception.
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They broke out the PBR as 10 women competed for the title of Miss Wicker Park.
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Def Jam recording artist Rick Ross hit Chicago for an exclusive meet-and-greet.
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Hundreds of pretty people auditioned for only 42 slots for Macy's Glamorama 2010.
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Trump International and NBC Chicago joined forces for an after-work soiree along the newly-landscaped Riverwalk.
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More than 18,000 music lovers packed Union Park for the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Things got steamy as thousands of sex industry professionals and the people who lust them hit Rosemont for Exxxtacy 2010.
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It was a kaleidescope of colors as the wild and wonderfully wacky came out to celebrate Brillantly Mad's 12 Year Anniversary bash, AscenDance.
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Svedka Vodka threw the R U HOT or BOT bash at Market Bar.
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Things got hot at the Lacuna Artists Lofts and Studios rooftop for the Miami Nights party.
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Steve Aoki, DJ, producer and remix master tore up Chicago's V Live.
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Mary J. Blige, Sarah McLachlan and more gals graced the stage for the Lilith concert.
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More than 550 people hit the Peninsula Hotel for the annual Chefs and the City tasting and fashion show.
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Thousands of big air enthusiasts did the Dew at the Nike 6.0 BMX Open.
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A hungry crowd hit the North Side for the 27th annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue.
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Wicker Park boutique The Silver Room hosted its eighth annual Sound System Block Party.
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Some of the hottest looks of the season were on full display at Lumen nightclub for Phases fashion show and party.
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Twenty finalists were chosen for One Man Chicago, a search for the top local dude in terms of community involvement, personality, intelligence, and fitness.
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An impressive crowd of young professionals hit the Standard Club for "A Mid-Summer Night's Dream," benefiting The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation.
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