Chicago Best Weekend Bets

Queen Latifah is our weekend guide because Girls Trip comes out this weekend. Have a girls weekend and go see Girls Trip!

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THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTWe write stuff. Here’s some of that stuff from the last week that may be applicable to your preferences!

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THURSDAY

  • Talented indie folk songwriter Julie Byrne headlines Schubas, with opening sets from Johanna Warren and J Fernandez.
  • Wicker Park is screening the modern midnight movie classic, Nicolas Cage’s Wicker Man!
  • ZZ Brunuel is a one-night-only tribute to the early work of ZZ Top, featuring members of Iron & WIne, Calexico, Tortoise, Cave, and more. Only at the Hideout, baby!
  • Incredible country rock band Drive By Truckers play the free music in the park series today at Millennium Park. Honeysuckle opens.
  • Avant rock legend Lydia Lunch brings her band RETROVIRUS through Chicago, playing at Chop Shop’s 1st Ward, with special guests No Men and End Result.
  • The Logan Arcade Video Show showcases a collection of vintage skateboarding films, with a steady rotation of clips showing across four screens, plus free pinball!
  • Check out Portage Park’s Movies in the Park screening of Finding Dory with a special Glow In The Dark theme!
  • Kevin and Hell, Spissy, Peach Fuzz, and Woongi all play a free show at the Owl with free damn beer if you show up early enough.
  • The Marquis Hill Quartet appears at Constellation tonight, if you’re into high quality, Chicago-based jazz.
  • The Adler Planetarium’s supremely fun adults-only nighttime event Adler After Dark returns again, with the non-Smash Mouth theme of “All Star”!
  • Planning For Burial, My Empty Phantom, and Trevor de Brauw play a rock show at the Empty Bottle.
  • The Logan Theatre’s doing a late night screening of Caddyshack, which is cool.
  • High quality rock show at the Beat Kitchen, with coheadlining sets from Bellows and Big Ups, with openers Yeesh and Spencer Radcliffe.

FRIDAY

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Local psych/indie/garage/etc. label Trouble in Mind has a nice showcase of some of their up-and-coming acts tonight at the Empty Bottle, featuring The Hecks, Mountain Movers, and Matchess.
  • All star acoustic guitar duo Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker play the The Hideout’s Picnics on the Porch this evening. What a nice way to start your weekend!
  • Tim and Eric’s 10th Anniversary Awesome Tour begins its days-long takeover of The Vic tonight. Act quick, tickets won’t be around long here.
  • Flying Lotus is a fabulous musician, that’s for sure. But how is he as a filmmaker? Find out at the Chicago premiere of Kuso, his feature length debut, at the Davis Theatre.
  • Football, Etc., Mountains for Couds, Warren Franklin & the Founding Fathers, and Granddad all play the Downstairs Space at Subterranean this evening.
  • Double headliner show at Schubas tonight featuring Fraternal Twin and Stolen Jars, with guests Joey Nebulous and Shya.
  • Tonight’s the first of two nights of All Tomorrow’s Impeachments, a benefit for the ACLU and SPLC at Bottom Lounge, featuring sets from rock bands like Poster Children, Tar, Dianogah, and more!
  • Cafe Racer, Deeper, Bat Zuppel, and Spissy play a free rock show at Cole’s tonight.
  • Day one of the Taste of River North features tons of food, plus a slew of 90’s themed cover bands, if that’s your sort of deal.
  • The 9th annual Firefly Ball at the Art Institute of Chicago happens again to raise funds for Off the Street Club’s Camp Matthieu and the Save Our Summer program, which offers a safe haven for the most vulnerable Chicago kids who face spikes in violence throughout their communities each Summer.
  • Don’t Kid Yourself at Volumes Bookcafe is a standup comedy/storytelling show featuring a slew of local comics sharing embarrassing or otherwise revealing tales.

SATURDAY

  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Check out a Tour de Fat preparty at the Empty Bottle, presented by West Town Bikes, featuring games, giveaways, and booze!
  • The Music Box shows a filmic version of a live stage production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? presented by National Theatre Live in the UK.
  • Taste of River North day two means more snacks, more vendors, and more sets from cover bands, baby!!!!!
  • The Chicago installation of the Adventure Hunt sends you around the city on a thrilling and challenging treasure hunt using clues to find buried treasure!
  • Erykah Badu Rooftop Yoga is exactly what it sounds like and will be awesome
  • Trophy Room hosts the 2017 Chicago Tequila Fest all day today and if that doesn’t speak to you, I don’t know what to tell you.

  • Then, night stuff:
  • Members of Songs: Ohia and the author of the new biography, Jason Molina: Riding With the Ghost, Erin Osmon, come together at the Hideout to celebrate the life of one of the most talented songwriters ever.
  • The Art of Rap Tour comes through The Chicago Theatre, featuring appearances from DMX, Rakim, KRS-One, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and more.
  • The ESS Summer Gala takes over the entirety of the Constellation/Links Hall space, featuring immersive music and dance performances, headlined by Tortoise.
  • The Soul Summit Dance Party is free tonight at the Logan Square Auditorium! Nice!
  • Lincoln Hall’s got Localpalooza, the 2nd annual benefit for a local ALS Research foundation! Folks like The Ivorys, Rich Jones, Bad Bad Meow, and more will be playing!
  • Blue Water Highway Band and Dan Tedesco play Schubas this evening.
  • The Empty Bottle’s got a heavy rockin concert featuring REZN, Biblical, and Marmora.
  • Very popular band that I have no idea what they sound like Lake Street Dive is headlining three shows at Thalia Hall and inexplicably tonight’s is the only one that isn’t totally sold out but that’ll probably change soon so get on it.
  • Check out a late night screening of Goodfellas at the Logan Theatre. Are you talking to me? (Just kidding)
  • The very cool and charming Arts of Life Band plays an early evening show at the Hideout tonight with Lil Tits.
  • The Hideout Dance Party’s anchored by Clark Street Jams, which will feature a mixture of weird obscurities and classic favorites.
  • Local arts resource center CHI PRC celebrates their 4th anniversary with zine readings, zine making, and karaoke, plus snacks and more fun!
  • Mine Collapse, The Gorge, Cantharone, and Snow Burial play Downstairs at Subterranean.
  • Night two of All Tomorrow’s Impeachments at Bottom Lounge has music fromPoster Children, Bear Claw, Tar, and more!

SUNDAY