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Mid September! What??? Unreal, frankly. Looks to be a beautiful late Summer week ahead of us. Here are some nice ideas for things to do to maximize what remains of your Summer.

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: Gallagher Way’s got a nice way to get your week started off right: a High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) session early in the morning. Get AMPED!

CULTURE: There’s a cool multimedia show at The Davis Theatre called Songs About Buildings and Moods, a showcase of music commissioned by Access Contemporary Music. Expect a slew of original pieces performed live, accompanied by videos of the buildings that inspired the pieces!

FILM: Cult classic documentary American Movie screens for free at Atomix Coffee Shop this evening.

FOOD + DRINK: Revolution Brewing’s got a nice benefit for the Haymarket Opera Company called Arias and Ale, featuring all you can drink beers and a reasonable amount of snacks (that will be mostly all you can eat, as long as you’re not a wiener about it).

FREE: The Shedd Aquarium’s adults-only after hours event Shedd After Hours is free (with reservations) for all Illinois residents. That’s you, probably! Get after it.

MUSIC: Longrunning DIY weirdos Gang Gang Dance play the Empty Bottle, with special guests Deakin (from Animal Collective) and justindemus.

OUTSIDE: There are just a handful of movies in the parks scheduled before the end of the season, so you better get to either the South Shore Cultural Center or Skinner Park for screenings of Black Panther!

STAGE: The best improv team in Chicago, Sand, is working out some new approaches at the artist-friendly comedy venue The Crowd Theatre. Good stuff!

STAY IN: HBO’s new documentary about modern romance, Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age, premieres tonight. Word is that it’s kind of a bummer!

 

ACTIVE: Meet at the Bucktown Pub with a handful of friends for a nice team challenge run!

CULTURE: The Hideout’s recurring live science talk event A Scientist Walks into a Bar is back, with a presentation all about big old fishes from the Amazon River!

FILM: Catch a late night screening of the underseen noir classic Ride the Pink Horse at the Logan Theatre.

FOOD + DRINK: Grab a drink and play a few rounds of loteria at GMan’s BYOBeans event, a Drag Loteria, which is sort of like Bingo! Should be a good time!

FREE: Speaking of bingo, there’s another game happening in the Lakeview area: Music Box Bingo, which is free to play! Nice!

MUSIC: Indie godfather/prolific folk troublemaker Mark Kozelek headlines Thalia Hall tonight. Always worth catching a Koz show.

OUTSIDE: The Lincoln Park Ghost Walk gives you a nice new perspective on the notorious Northside neighborhood. See where ghosts live in Lincoln Park!

STAGE: The Empty Bottle’s got a post-work comedy/variety show from the Feminist Happy Hour crew, featuring performances from folks like Mary Kate Beck, Elise Fernandez, Olivia Love, and more.

STAY IN: Scottish comic Daniel Sloss has two new specials dropping today on Netflix. Dude goes dark, I hear!

ACTIVE: Get ready for the Chicago Half Marathon Run for Fun! That’s a lot of running!

CULTURE: The Andersonville Arts Week kicks off today with an expanded farmers market, plus pop up performances, film screenings, and more!

FILM: Extremely chill Logan Square backyard film screening/campfire Bedsheet Cinema’s got a late summer showing of El Topo. This is why you live in Chicago.

FOOD + DRINK: The Hideout’s veggie bingo series rages on, giving you the chance to win massive amounts of produce!

FREE: The Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park hosts Baroque in the Park, featuring selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and Water Music, and more!

MUSIC: Experimental music showcase Resonance Series at the Hideout has a solo performance from Horse Lords’ Andrew Bernstein, plus a special set from the Timeghost/John Bender Duo.

OUTSIDE: Movies in the Parks screenings of Space Jam in Davis Square Park and Justice League in Altgeld Park help you chase that summer feeling for a few more days.

STAGE: Hugely talented Chicago-based magician and mentalist Mark Toland’s new show Mark Toland: Mind Reader happens at the Greenhouse Theatre tonight.

STAY IN: Campy, self-referential anthology series American Horror Story’s latest installation, Apocalypse, premieres tonight, acting as a crossover event between the first and third seasons of the show.

Come back Thursday for our Best Weekend Bets, published every week at noon. Subscribe to our Best Weekend Bets and get them at 9 a.m.

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