We’re just straight up in the middle of August now. Can you believe it? I keep putting all this pressure on myself to make sure I like, have enough of a Summer, you know? Use the below information to help yourself make it happen.
Every Thursday at 9 a.m we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but there’s more options since it’s more socially acceptable to have more fun on the weekend.
ACTIVE: The easygoing, family friendly slow motion mass bike ride Tour de Parks Ride Series is back, riding through Calumet, starting in Calumet Park and ending up in Steel Worker’s Park Rainbow Beach.
CULTURE: Resilient: A Celebration of Survivors is a variety show at the Playground Theatre celebrating survivors of sexual violence, all proceeds go to the Rape Victim Advocates, a Chicago-based organization that does great work.
FILM: The Music Box’s ongoing partnership with the Chicago Film Society brings u a screening of the 1993 wuxia gem Green Snake.
FOOD + DRINK: The Chicago Ice Cream Social comes to the Shore Club in Lincoln Park, featuring ice cream samples from a bunch of local creameries, plus casino games, and more suprises! Wild!
FREE: It’s time for the folks at Broadway in Chicago to do their free outdoor concert at Millennium Park, featuring performances of numbers from shows like A Bronx Tale The Musical, The Book of Mormon, Dear Evan Hansen, and more.
MUSIC: Real hot rock show at the Empty Bottle tonight, featuring music from glam monsters A Giant Dog, plus openers Absolutely Not, Hitter, and Bev Rage & The Drinks.
STAGE: Celebration of comedic powerpoints Slide Show comes to the Hideout tonight.
STAY IN: The Usual Suspects is on Hulu starting earlier this month. You should throw that a rewatch if you haven’t seen it lately.
ACTIVE: Get up early and hoof it over to Gallagher Way in front of Wrigley Field for a gratis yoga session.
CULTURE: A scientist walks into a bar, specifically the Hideout, and talks about sharks. It happens tonight!
FILM: They’re showing Coco at Millennium Park. What a good movie!
FOOD + DRINK: Binny’s in Lakeview has a beer tasting and networking event highlighting the work of Crafty Women Chicago.
FREE: Free Bingo game in the Music Box Lounge. I went last time and won a weirdo slasher movie on DVD, it was great.
MUSIC: The Smashing Pumpkins are at the United Center tonight. That’s fine!
STAGE: Women & Children First has a reading from Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl, whose new book Rad Girls Can, celebrates the accomplishments of lesser known women who are doing super cool things.
STAY IN: Olga Tokarczuk’s Man Booker International Prize winning short story collection Flights is now available in bookstores everywhere. Grab a copy, it’s supposed to be great!
ACTIVE: The National Steppers Society and the Chicago Summer Dance series team up for an evening of community and dancing in Jackson Park.
CULTURE: The Shedd Aquarium’s Jazzin at the Shedd weekly jazz/fish museum showcase is back!
FILM: Check out a screening of the cult classic documentary Future Shock on 16mm at Comfort Station.
FOOD + DRINK: The Taste of Andersonville is a multifaceted food and beverage crawl that offers you three different tracks to sample foods from some of the many restaurants the iconic northside neighborhood has to offer.
FREE: Free screening of the well-loved music doc Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows at the Chicago Culture Center.
MUSIC: Sleeping Village has music from Red Baraat and Gramps the Vamp tonight.
OUTSIDE: Wow, four different movies in the parks today to check out: Looking For A Boyfriend for My Wife at Hermosa Park, Ferdninand at Hamlin Park, Lego Batman at Taylor-Lauridsen Playlot Park, and Coco at Shedd Park.
STAGE: Very interesting talk at the National Public Housing Museum from historian Franklin Vagnone entitled House Museums in the Age of Trump.
STAY IN: Oh man I just found out the surrealist first person action flick Hardcore Henry is on Netflix now. You’ve never seen anything like it. Is it good? Not really! But still, it’s probably worth a watch!
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