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Goats, cheap Margaritas and community bonfires. Good start to the 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: Bridge Medicine Yoga at Outerspace gives you the chance for a mindful, vibey start to your week.

CULTURE: Steppenwolf’s got an installment of the special live stage readings series called Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings. This free evening of cutting-edge theatre features readings of Ada Cheng’s solo show “Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving Across Borders,” followed by a reading of “The Fixer.”

FILM: The Siskel Film Center’s doing a limited run of the latest masterful political comedy from Armando Iannucci, The Death of Stalin. Only a few showings left, including one tonight!

FOOD + DRINK: Monday means $5 Margaritas at the extremely great Kite String Cantina, home of bubbler cocktails and taquitos galore. 

FREE: 100% Off Bands, Schubas’ ongoing free, local music showcase with drink specials galore, is back with sets from locals Casual Hex, Diagonal, and Head.

MUSIC: Fauvely, Corey Flood, The Knees, and Desert Liminal make up the diverse lineup of acts playing the Empty Bottle this evening.

OUTSIDE: It’s summertime, which means goat visitors come by the Garfield Park Conservatory! Go visit with some goats while surrounded by beautiful plants!

STAGE: English standup comic and recent Funny Human of the Week James Veitch headlines Lincoln Hall. He’s super funny!

STAY IN: It’s time for the 2018 Miss USA pageant. What a world! How often do you have the chance to get drunk and live Tweet something on a Monday night??

ACTIVE: What about a nice post work run along the Lakefront? Join the folks from the Weather Mark Running Club for a quick jog before returning to the bar for hangs and drinks!

CULTURE: Monthly chat show at the Hideout The Girl Talk welcomes guest Ai-Jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. This will be super interesting and informative!!

The Girl Talk: #TimesUp With Ai-jen Poo Edition

FILM: The Logan Theatre is showing Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street so check that out if you’d like to get your Tuesday night Hot Topic on!

FOOD + DRINK: Smoque and Old Irving Brewing Co. join forces for a high quality Beer-B-Q at the Old Irving Brewery. Hell yeah.

FREE: Crown Liquors hosts a local weirdo rock gig featuring sets from Junegrass, Courtesy, and Corndog.

MUSIC: Dirty Projectors are back with a new record out soon and are playing Thalia Hall tonight. Expect some new jams here probably! Opening set from Buzzy Lee, too.

OUTSIDE: Four huge aquatic animal sculptures were recently installed outside the Shedd Aquarium, for Washed Ashore: Art To Save The Sea Goes Outdoors. It’s an immersive, mini-art walk with heavy ecological themes.

STAGE: The Moth StorySLAM returns to Lincoln Hall, with a series of stories based around a theme. This month’s theme? Hair!

STAY IN: Our very good friend Tig Notaro’s new Netflix special, Tig Notaro: Happy to Be Here, is available to stream starting today. So stoked for this one!


ACTIVE: Loosen up your wrist and get ready to square off at Emporium Logan Square’s weekly Air Hockey Tournament. Things might get heated!

CULTURE: The Chicago History Museum hosts a talk with Diane Nash, a Chicago-born civil rights activist who worked to coordinate the protests in the south during the early 1960s. She offers a super valuable and insightful perspective on today’s current political landscape.

FILM: The Music Box is showing a pristine 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey. What a chill ass time awaits you!

FOOD + DRINK: Old Irving Brewing Co. follow up yesterday’s BBQ with a damn Molecular Beer-stronomy dinner, showcasing boundary-pushing, mind-expanding preparations of treats inspired by various beers and beer byproducts!

FREE: Garfield Park Conservatory’s Stomping Grounds event is part of a citywide celebration of dance traditions from around the world. Expect performances from groups like Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s “Stone Soup Rhythms” and the Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble, among others!

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MUSIC: Chicago-based electronic composer Brett Naucke’s got a live performance in celebration of his acclaimed new album The Mansion. He’ll be joined by Natalie Chami and Whitney Johnson, two of the city’s best and most recognizable experimental musicians, as they offer up a special full band version of the album. 

OUTSIDE: Winnemac Park’s got a community bonfire around sundown. They’ll have marshmallows available for roasting and everything. What a treat.

STAGE: Bruised Orange Theatre Company’s longrunning live comedy/variety show I SAW YOU. Watch real Chicago personal ads come to life in this wild, unique show.

STAY IN: Lost Empress, the latest novel from the brilliant, provocative public defender/postmodern novelist Sergio De La Pava, was released earlier this month and you should absolutely pick up a copy and rip through it starting tonight. It’s pretty long so it might take you through the weekend to finish. Which is fine because why ever leave the house!?!?


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