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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: Head to Churchill Field near the 606 for a free yoga sesh courtesy of the folks at CorePower Yoga.

CULTURE: The Jeffrey Breslow Gallery in Fulton Market has reception for their new exhibition Looking East, compete with live painting from one of the featured artists, Natsuki Kubo.

FILM: Catch a big screen showing of the new bio-doc Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind at the Music Box. It’s supposed to be really good!

FOOD + DRINK: Check out Goats on the Deck, a nice summertime rooftop party at the Little Goat, featuring brews, treats, wine, and more. Summertime hangs on fancy roofs!

FREE: Solid free show at Schubas as a part of their local showcase 100% Off Bands, featuring sets from Alien Thing, Forks of Ivy, and Infinite Jess and the Slow Rip.

MUSIC: The Grant Park Music Fest players come to the South Shore Cultural Center for a free performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

OUTSIDE: Just one movie in the park selection for you tonight, but it’s a doozy: Babe at Calumet Park!

STAGE: Extremely good LA-based standup comic Ryan Singer drops by At North, with sets from local friends and his tourmate Ahamed Weinberg. This will be good and weird!

STAY IN: Grab a copy of Paul French’s City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai, a well-reviewed new true crime nonfiction book that follows the exploits of Lucky Jakc Riley and Dapper Joe Farren, kings of the Shanghai underworld in the 1930s.


ACTIVE: Take a free kickboxing class at Ping Tom Park in Chinatown. Why not?

CULTURE: Lake Shore Park has performances from a selection of modern dance troupes today as a part of their ongoing Dance in the Parks series. See some cool weird mind bending dance stuff!

FILM: Following yesterday’s Robin Williams doc screening, the Music Box has a showing of Mrs. Doubtfire, a comedy classic that you probably haven’t watched recently!

FOOD + DRINK:Start your day off right and grab some fresh treats from local and regional vendors at the Lincoln Square farmers market this morning!

FREE: Three solid Movies in the Parks options tonight, including an all-timer of a screening of Back to the Future outside the Chicago History Museum, plus Raiders of the Lost Ark at Ward A. Montgomery Park and An American Tail at Webster Park.

MUSIC: Man Evanescence is still at it, performing accompanied by a full orchestra at Ravinia tonight. YouTube violin superstar Lindsey Stirling opens.

OUTSIDE: Catch a screening of Man on Wire at Millennium Park! You might not be able to see super well if you sit back too far on the lawn but it’s always nice to get loaded at Pritzker Pavilion in the middle of the week.

STAGE: Catch a performance of the acclaimed play Ashes of Light at the newly renovated Theatre on the Lake space in Lincoln Park!

STAY IN: Post Radical, Viceland’s new series charting the history and development of various skateboarding subcultures, premieres tonight. Looks interesting!


ACTIVE: Group competition (if you’re doing it with friends)/team building goofaround (if you’re getting into it because of work stuff) the River North Challenge gives you a unique chance to participate in a sort of scavenger hunt/local business showcase, featuring treats, challenges, and giveaways along the way!

CULTURE: Weekly classy aquarium hangout Jazzin’ At The Shedd is back at the Shedd Aquarium for another evening of fish and saxophones.

FILM: Oh you KNOW I’m gonna tell you about some movies in the park: there’s the Princess Bride at Mary Bartelme Park, Broche de Oro: Beginnings at Kelvyn Park, and Wonder at West Lawn Park.

FOOD + DRINK: Folks, the Taste of Chicago starts today. What else I gotta tell you other than this???? Go eat the food!

FREE: Free guided meditation session at Wicker Park if you’re lookin to chill deeply and envision some positive shit for 45 minutes.

MUSIC: Absolutely legendary krautrock innovators Faust headlines a rare US show at the Empty Bottle tonight. Super cool stuff!

OUTSIDE: Have you gone to a Chicago Fire game before? Have you gone to one yet this Summer? Ya gotta go. There’s fireworks after the one tonight and everything!

STAGE: Longrunning local standup comedy showcase Comedians Yous Should Know welcomes comics like Adam Burke, Erica Nicole Clark, and Shannon Noll.

STAY IN: TruTV’s new anthology series Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters is a sort of Americanized Black Mirror I guess? Like it’s all messed up but also goofy and less message-forward about how modern culture is bad and stuff. Or at least it looks like it, I might be way off here. Anyways it starts tonight.


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