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Put your white away. Labor Day has come and gone and it’ll be cold any day now. Here are some things to do to keep your mind off of the impending chilled breeze that will cut through our nice city before the end of the month.

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: Enjoy a free early morning yoga class at Gallagher Way in Wrigleyville.

CULTURE: The Hideout’s longrunning local politics chat show First Tuesdays with Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke welcomes guests State Representative Christian Mitchell and activist Sameena Mustafa.

FILM: The Chicago History Museum’s got a screening of The Blues Brothers happening on their back patio area.

FOOD + DRINK: Emporium Popups’ latest concept is a collaboration with the folks at One Tail at a Time animal shelter, which rules. Celebrate the dog days of Summer at the Dog’s Days PopPUP Bar, featuring dog-friendly treats and activities, plus all the dogs you can pet/play with/look at.

FREE: Catch a free showing of the b-movie classic Samurai Cop at Nighthawk as a part of their recurring Misfit Movies series.

MUSIC: Extremely stacked indie rock gig at Subterranean’s Downstairs space, featuring NYC touring acts Baked and Bethlehem Steel, plus locals Graham Hunt, Acceptor, and Modern Cults.

OUTSIDE: Our days are numbered for Movies in the Parks as Summer winds down, so get over to Gladstone Park to watch Despicable Me 3.

STAGE: At North’s got a comedy show from the folks at Down In Front, riffing on the Shawshank Redemption, MST3K style! Nice!

STAY IN: Black Panther’s on Netflix starting today. Why watch anything else?


ACTIVE: The folks at Hot Mess Yoga give u the chance to head over to the Promontory for a stretchy yoga happy hour, which includes a free glass of wine with admission.

CULTURE: The Chicago Sinfonietta performs in Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park as a part of Chicago United, performing a diverse range of selections, capped off with a heartwarming performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

FILM: Did you catch Hereditary when it was in theaters earlier this year? If not, it’s back for a limited time at the Music Box, go get creeped out something awful

FOOD + DRINK: Veggie Bingo at the Hideout has a bunch of produce on deck for you to win! Bingo’s fun and so is winning food!

FREE: Free screening of the wild 1970s evangelical Christian exploitation film A Thief in the Night shows on a big outdoor screen by Comfort Station tonight.

MUSIC: Emo revival dudes The Hotelier play an intimate and almost sold out show at Schubas, with an opening set from locals Pool Holograph.

OUTSIDE: Here’s your last chance to post up at Gallagher Way’s outdoor park area for their free movie series programmed by our friends at the Music Box Theatre. They’re going out with a bang, too, with a screening of goddamned Top Gun.

STAGE: Writer R.O. Kwon is joined in conversation by Chicago writer Rebecca Makkai at Women & Children First, discussing her new book, The Incendiaries.

STAY IN: Debauched horror/action film series The Purge has a new TV spinoff series that premieres on USA tonight.


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