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We’re reaching peak Chicago Summer here folks. Lots of goood stuff going on in the middle of the damn week.

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: Free post-work yoga session on Churchill Field Playlot by the 606. Get all stretched out and relaxed!

CULTURE: Longrunning arts/culture/variety/talk show You, Me, Them, Everybody is at The Whistler, with a stacked lineup of guests including Head Writer for Cards Against Humanity Julia Weiss and the extremely good musician V.V. Lightbody.

FILM: Catch a free screening of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities at Greater Grand Crossing Library, happening a part of the ongoing Best of Black Harvest 2018 film series!

FOOD + DRINK: Bucktown Pub’s teaming up with Founders Brewing for a Hot Dog Happy Hour, in honor of National Hot Dog Month. Free hot dogs, drink specials, and more await you.

FREE: Catch two fantastic music writers in conversation at Volumes Bookcafe: Jenn Pelly will be discussing her new new 33.3 book about legendary rock band The Raincoats with acclaimed Chicago-based journalist Jessica Hopper. 

MUSIC: Experimental Sound Studio’s Option series welcomes French sound artist Julien Bayle.

OUTSIDE: Iconic salsa musician Willie Colón plays a free show at Millennium Park, joined by the Afro-Colombian group Canalón de Timbiquí.

STAGE: Bad Girls Choir with Grace Thomas & Jessy McGarry is a real solid comedy show at the Hideout tonight. Ya gotta check it out.

STAY IN: Jon Hamm narrates a new PBS baseball documentary. A sentence that sends chills down the spine of a very specific type of person. Catch Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived tonight on WTTW.


ACTIVE: Wicker Park’s got a free yoga class brought 2 u by Lululemon. How perfectly Wicker Park!

CULTURE: Head to the Hopewell Brewing Company for a happy hour/informative gathering for the Midwest Access Coalition, a hugely important and positive force in the fight for abortion access across the Midwest.

FILM: Free screening of Get Out at Millennium Park tonight. Get there early, this one’s gonna fill up fast, and it wouldn’t be good to get turned away when they hit capacity.

FOOD + DRINK: West Loop hangspot MONEYGUN celebrates National Tequila Day in style, with a special Tacos & Tequila party featuring specials on both items.

FREE: Speaking of National Tequila Day, head to Park & Field for the Tortilla Awards, hosted by celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez, as some of Chicago’s best tortilla makers compete for tortilla glory.

MUSIC: Indie rock band The Donkeys headline a solid show at the Hideout which also features locals Thompson Springs and The Singleman Affair.

OUTSIDE: Four Movies in the Parks options for you tonight: Zootopia at La Villita Park, The Boss Baby at Mann Park, The Greatest Showman at Ward A. Montgomery Park, and Mamma Mia at Haas Park.

STAGE: There’s a free performance of the provocative new play Felons and Familias at the Theatre on the Lake tonight. 

STAY IN: Iliza Shlesinger’s new comedy special, Elder Millennial, hits Netflix today. That’s something to look at!


ACTIVE: Get a free High Intensity Interval Training workout session at Gallagher Way (the big new park in front of Wrigley Field).

CULTURE: The Empty Bottle’s Wonder & Skepticism live science discussion series’ latest installment, “Let Me Show You The World In My Eyes,” welcomes a pair of Chicago-based scientists to discuss their work in the field of data visualization.

FILM: You could go see Yogi Bear at Foster Park, Wonder Woman at Heritage Green Park, or goldang Space Jam at Kilbourn Park tonight, for free.

FOOD + DRINK: Run over to The Hideout’s weekly veggie Bingo game right after work and try to win some damn produce!

FREE: More interested in concert tickets than vegetables? Perhaps consider Savage Bingo at Headquarters in River North? They’re giving away cash, drinks, and other prizes, with a grand prize of Lollapalooza passes going to one person who wins.

MUSIC: Jazzin’ at the Shedd once again unites jazz music and fish into one chill as hell evening.

OUTSIDE: Head down to Navy Pier and catch some fireworks maybe! Make the best of your Summer, you know?

STAGE: Catch the first of three free preview performances from Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre at West Pullman Park, followed by a discussion of the performance and a reception!

STAY IN: Hulu’s new Stephen King-inspired series Castle Rock starts up today. I’ve heard mixed things, honestly!


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