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Happy 13th birthday to Chicago Underground Comedy! You make Chicago better!

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 folks from CorePower Yoga Bucktown have a free evening of yoga planned for you at the Damen access point of the 606! What a nice deal!

CULTURE: Happy Gallery has a group performance featuring multimedia visual artists, poets, and writers like Molly Soda, Brielle Brilliant, and XOH.

FILM: It’s Movies in the Park season, folks! Catch a screening of Rear Window at Belmont Harbor around 8:30 tonight. Hell yeah.

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FOOD + DRINK: Some folks from the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise show will filming at high quality burger and beer bar The Bad Apple this evening. Go and eat some food and maybe be on TV!

FREE: Dirty Bingo at Hopsmith is a free to play Bingo night, featuring adult prizes and solid drink specials.

MUSIC: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is joined by Grammy Award winning singer Gregory Porter tonight for a collaborative performance of a series of Nat King Cole songs.

OUTSIDE: One upside of the White Sox not being very good is that tickets to their games are pretty cheap + plentiful. Take advantage of the bounty and enjoy the Guaranteed Rate Field vibes all night long.

STAGE: The web maniacs at ClickHole are back with another live variety show at the Hideout. These shows are always very good.

STAY IN: Portlandia: Season 8 hit Netflix recently, why not binge some quirky sketch comedy tonight?

ACTIVE: Richard Clark Playlot Park in Avondale has a complementary Tabata training session, giving newbies and experienced Tabata-ers alike a taste of this high intensity workout routine.

CULTURE: The Hideout’s collaboration with the Field Museum, A Scientist Walks Into A Bar, is back with a discussion entitled Antarctic Dinosaurs: Fossil Hunting at the End of the World, which sounds fairly freaking cool.

FILM: They’re showing the modern action classic Mad Max: Fury Road at Millennium Park tonight, incredible.

FOOD + DRINK: The Share Your Soles Foundation’s charity event Brews n Shoes gives you the chance to drink all you can drink Revolution Brews, benefitting the Chicago-based, internationally minded charitable organization. 

FREE: Entry to the always good and hugely underrated Chicago History Museum is free for Illinois residents today. Ya gotta take advantage of this stuff, folks!

MUSIC: Detroit-based singer songwriter Stef Chura headlines a stacked show at the spiffy new Northwest side venue Sleeping Village, joined by locals Richard Album and Bunny.

OUTSIDE: Second Tuesdays at the Chicago Riverwalk has a special “under the sea” theme this month, in honor of the Shedd Aquarium. The highlight of this art walk type deal is the Arts in the Dark Lantern Procession, featuring artisans showing off their sea life-themed, handmade paper lanterns.

STAGE: Reliably great local alt comedy institution Chicago Underground Comedy celebrates its 13th anniversary with a big old blowout comedy show and party. 

STAY IN: ABC’s new true crime docuseries The Last Defense premieres tonight, promising a hard-hitting look at the myriad flaws of the American criminal justice system.


ACTIVE: Lincoln Park seafood joint and oyster bar Oyster Bah is doing a yoga/dinner pairing featuring an hour of free yoga, followed by a meal where everything on the menu is 20% off! Solid!

CULTURE: The Grant Park Music Festival, a more high minded, classical version of the city’s many outdoor music series, begins tonight, featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus performing works like Sean Shepherd’s Magya and Franz Haydn’s Symphony No. 99.

FILM: Two solid options for Movies in the Park tonight: Justice League at Kedvale Park, and Space Jam at Kilbourn Park. 

FOOD + DRINK: Explore a bunch of Lincoln Park shops, bars, and restaurants along Clark and Diversey at the Cravings on Clark restaurant crawl, featuring small bites both sweet and savory at joints like Dunlays on Clark, Molly’s Cupcakes, and HopCat.

FREE: Head to Wicker Park for a free decompression session in the form of a 45 minute guided meditation, care of the folks at Zen Yoga Garage.

MUSIC: Longrunning indie rock ensemble Broken Social Scene headlines the Vic tonight. Nice nice nice nice nice.

OUTSIDE: Navy Pier’s got fireworks tonight. You love fireworks!

STAGE: Empowering local storytelling show Feminist Happy Hour celebrates its 2nd anniversary with a big party at the Empty Bottle. 

STAY IN: Gordon Ramsay’s insanely titled new series Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back premieres tonight on Fox. It’s like Kitchen Nightmares or whatever but on a shorter timeline, so it’ll probably be less effective, in general. 

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