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This is the final week of Summer, like, solstice-ly speaking. You better pack in the outside activities while you still can!

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: Gather at Thalia Hall for a taping of the Deadspin podcast Bear Monday before a watch party of the Monday Night Football game featuring the bears squaring off against the Seahawks.

CULTURE: Check out the Shedd Aquarium’s weekly free, adults-only partytime event Shedd After Hours.

FILM: The Music Box Theatre’s 70mm Film Festival brings u screenings of West Side Story and Year of the Dragon.

FOOD + DRINK: Take in an Author Talk with cookbook author Jessie Sheehan at the Read It & Eat food-themed book shop.

FREE: Mike Krol headlines a free show at the Empty Bottle with special guests Radio Shaq and Tony Anderson.

MUSIC: Extremely good and popular Chicago-based DJ Ariel Zetina (and some friends) will be DJing all night at Punch House in Pilsen.

OUTSIDE: Celebrate Peace Day in Daley Plaza with one minute of silence for peace, followed by a World Peace Flag Ceremony.

STAGE: Extremely good improv group Sand continues their residency at The Crowd Theatre tonight. Sand is great!

STAY IN: The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che, the two most likable men in showbiz, airs tonight. Everyone will be tweeting about it, so why not watch along with them, I guess?


ACTIVE: Nice Sweatworking event happing at Gallagher Way this evening, featuring a workout plus a discussion about maximizing the efficiency with which you work out!

CULTURE: Longrunning live lit/debate show Write Club returns to the Hideout for another evening of bareknuckle literary throwdowns.

FILM: The 1980s David Byrne vehicle and experimental classic True Stories screens at the Siskel Film Center.

FOOD + DRINK: Enjoy ¡Buen Provecho!, the Taste of Pilsen 2018, offering up a restaurant tour featuring samples of treats from over 35 Pilsen-based restaurants.

FREE: Free comedy showcase in the House of Blues’ Foundation Room. It’s the Comedy Cocktail!

MUSIC: Cool lookin garage rock show at the Empty Bottle, featuring Jacuzzi Boys, Thelma & The Sleaze, and Son of a Gun. Good stuff!

OUTSIDE: Nice free community-oriented campfire party at Dvorak Park gives you the chance to get to know your neighbors while roasting marshmallows and enjoying a nice late Summer evening!

STAGE: Live storytelling institution The Moth hosts another installment of their monthly StorySLAM live podcast recording!

STAY IN: Viceland’s got the premiere of The Hunt for the Trump Tapes With Tom Arnold, the title of which is fairly self-explanatory. Watch Roseanne’s ex-husband try to find the pee tape!


ACTIVE: Brainerd Park’s got a Family Fun Night featuring free entertainment plus low-stakes games of basketball, volleyball, and more.

CULTURE: The Shedd Aquarium’s Jazzin’ At The Shedd jazz party is back again! Saxophones and water creatures galore.

FILM: Comfort Station in Logan Square has been screening weirdo vintage religious panic flicks lately and it’s great. Tonight they’ve got a screening of Image of the Beast, the third in a series of influential movies with fundamental apocalyptic themes.

FOOD + DRINK: This is your last chance for the season to make it over to the Hideout for their weekly Veggie Bingo night. Play bingo, win produce, it’ll be great!

FREE: Pooky, Troy Anderson, and Engine Summer play a free rock show at Emporium Wicker Park. RSVP and get 10 free tokens when you get there, which is a good deal.

MUSIC: Real solid indie rock double bill at Lincoln Hall tonight, you can see both Natalie Prass and Stella Donnelly! They’re both really good.

OUTSIDE: The final Music Box-curated screening at Gallagher Way outside of Wrigley Field is tonight. They’re showing Back to the Future!

STAGE: Monthly comedy/variety show Just Us Gals is back at Sleeping Village,featuring sets from comics like Deanna Ortiz, Aaron Branch, Brittany Meyer, and Joe McMahon, plus musical guests Glitter Moneyyy. Solid!

STAY IN: New sitcom season approaching: NBC’s new Amy Poehler-produced series I Feel Bad looks like it could be good! It premieres tonight!


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