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Report On Story Slam Championships, Parkour Jam, WingFest, Old-Time String Band

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HuffPost Chicago brings you another installment in our Assignment Desk series, and another chance to report on cool events happening around town.

Our last dispatch yielded a handful of terrific pieces. We heard about horror stories from the Chicago dating scene, looked in on a brooding and powerful exhibit at the Smart Museum, took a boozy pub crawl with the Chicago History Museum and even got a peek at a Valentine's party for pets.

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Windy City Story Slam All-City Championship 2010

The storytelling group has reached the finals of its Chicago championship. The tournament will culminate this weekend in a night of stories, a little friendly competition, and great music from White Mystery. Finalists are Alex Bonner, Fernando Hernandez, Nicolette Kittinger, Maggie Ritchie, and Alexis Thomas; special guests include 2009 National Book Award finalist Bonnie Jo Campbell, John Patrick Hemingway, John Schultz, and Ben Evans.

What: Windy City Story Slam All-City Championship 2010
When: Friday, Feb. 26th at 8pm
Where: The Double Door
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Chicago Parkour Stego Jam

Parkour is the art of navigating any and all environments with just your body. The result is truly spectacular to watch. Chicago parkour artists get together on Sundays for what they call a "Stego Jam," which as far as we can tell is just a bunch of people getting together and doing parkour. Let us know. Photographers especially desired.

What: Chicago Parkour Stego Jam
When: Sunday, Feb. 28th at 3pm
Where: E. Jackson Dr near S. Michigan Ave (map), Chicago


Patrons and Chicago celebrities judge the best wings in the city. Do we really have to sell this one any harder? Okay, fine: there will also be a wing-eating contest.

What: WingFest
When: Sunday, Feb. 28th at 1pm
Where: Bailey Auditorium
1340 W. Washington St, Chicago

Carolina Chocolate Drops

These guys are no ordinary old-time string band. They'll bust out the jugs, kazoos, saws and bones (yes, bones) to put together a rollicking, foot-stomping, can't-help-but-dancing good time. They're touring to promote their new album, "Genuine Negro Jig" (no word if Harry Reid collaborated).

What: Carolina Chocolate Drops
When: Sunday, Feb. 28th at 8pm
Where: Schuba's Tavern
3159 N. Southport Ave, Chicago