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Folks, it’s hot. Why the hell is it so hot? It’s too hot. Distract yourself by going out and doing stuff!

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: Universal Sole’s 8 year old Burgers & Beer 5k goes down tonight at Soldier Field. Start your week off with a run and then burgers and beers.

CULTURE: Uncharted Book’s live lit showcase No Assholes Reading Series returns tonight. Featured readers include dee mcelhattan, Keisa Reynolds, and Jennifer Karmin.

FILM: The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival is winding down as we speak, catch a screening of the wild mockumentary The Civil Hoax: Civil War Deniers, accompanied by a series of high quality shorts.

FOOD + DRINK: Head just North of the Loop for River North Restaurant Week all this week. Expect a variety of specials and prix fixe menus from some of the best eateries River North has to offer.

FREE: House of Vans has a free drum clinic, featuring Frank Zummo of Sum41, brought to you by SJC Drums. Great news for all our pop punk drummer readers!

MUSIC: Free show at the Empty Bottle tonight, with sets from Sports Boyfriend, Birthh (in from Italy!), Mia Joy, and Kahiem Rivera.

OUTSIDE: Indie rock type bands Bahamas and Bad Bad Hats play the latest edition of Millennium Park’s outdoor music series!

STAGE: Roasty standup comedy show Afterthoughts at the Laugh Factory features a bunch of stand up comics performing and then other comics giving them (often mean-spirited) feedback on their performance.

STAY IN: Better Call Saul is (finally) back! Who’s having people over? I’ll bring the Slippin’ Jimmy Dogs.


ACTIVE: Kick off yer Tuesday morning by doing some yoga on the grass in front of Wrigley Field. 

CULTURE: The Democratic Socialists of America’s Anti-Racism Working Group meets at U.E. Hall in the West Loop. Learn how to be a part of the solution!

FILM: Movie heckling comedy show Down in Front returns to At North with a screening of the original Blade film. It’s the movie’s 20th birthday, what better way to celebrate than by giving it a big old goof!

FOOD + DRINK: Pro barista team-based challenge Crush the Rush at Caffe Umbria pits some of the best baristas in Chicago against each other to see who’s the best at their sort of things!

FREE: Four movies in the park tonight: The Post in Ward A. Montgomery Park, Selena in Cragin Park, Wonder Woman in Augusta Park, and Despicable Me in West Lawn Park.

MUSIC: Sleeping Village’s $1 Beer Night local music showcase brings u sets from Peach Fuzz, The Curls, and Strawberry Jacuzzi, plus, of course, $1 beers!

OUTSIDE: The Sox play the Yankees today. Go Sox!

STAGE: Extremely online comedy podcast E1 comes to The Hideout for a live taping, featuring special guest Felix Biederman from Chapo Trap House!

STAY IN: ABC’s new reality show Castaways merges the best (best?) parts of Survivor and Lost into one unique reality competition/documentary series.


ACTIVE: The Chicago Park District’s SummerDance in the Parks series returns, popping up in Portage Park tonight. Take a dance class for free and then use those skills to dance right afterwards!

CULTURE: Collective Threads at the Arts and Public Life Arts Incubator features a talk from their current artist in residence Victoria Martinez, on site to discuss her research about the African presence in Mexico, and how it has influenced her work.

FILM: The Music Box Lounge has a free drinking game/screening of Clueless. Hell yeah!

FOOD + DRINK: The Hideout’s Veggie Bingo is back, with another batch of great prizes, including a bunch of damn produce!

FREE: Wolf Parade, Tores, and Lala Lala play an extremely good looking show at the House of Vans tonight. It’s free but RSVP and show up early, my dog!

MUSIC: Reggae legends Toots and the Maytals play Thalia Hall tonight. Are you kidding me? Ya gotta get to this.

OUTSIDE: A trio of movies in the parks showing tonight, including Coco at Simons Park, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at Sherman Park, and Southern Winds at Loyola Park.

STAGE: New York comic Tim Dillon headlines Zanies tonight. 

STAY IN: Underseen Soderbergh classic Out of Sight hit Netflix recently. Have you seen it? Watch it tonight!


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