Friday is Garfield creator Jim Davis’ birthday. Garfield is about an obese cat and the man that’s not well equipped to care for animals. Related, Garfield Minus Garfield is excellent.

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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!



  • Supremely good rock band The Coathangers play Beat Kitchen with Residuels and No Men.
  • King Kendrick at the United Center with Travis Scott and D.R.A.M., is frankly an incredible bill. The available tickets are pretty god damned expensive so uh idk figure it out I guess.
  • Spoken word series 20×2 swings by the Virgin Hotel in the Loop, with a crop of high quality guests sharing two minute stories based around a theme.
  • Slippery Slope’s celebrating Christmas in July with a very cool holiday party where they’re collecting donations for an extremely worthy cause.
  • Sports’ “Can’t Stop Chillin” tour comes through Schubas with opening acts Yeek and Deanna Devore.
  • The 33rd Annual Newberry Book Fair takes over the Newberry Library. Go get some books, dude.
  • Classic Charlie Chaplin film The Great Dictator screens tonight at the Logan Theatre.
  • Neurosis and Amenra play a heavy as hell double bill at the Empty Bottle.
  • Thalia Hall’s got the Wet Hot American Summer Campout happens tonight, with screenings of the original film, as well as a few eps of the Netflix series, too!
  • Berwyn’s Taste of Cermak Road happens tonight, if you’re looking for an excuse to take in the bountiful Chicagoland suburbs scene.
  • The King of Mars, Flora, and Holler play Subterranean.
  • Fiesta del Sol 2017, a fundraising event organized by the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council celebrates the best of the incredible Pilsen neighborhood community all weekend long.


  • Fed Up Fest is a celebration of radical queer, trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex people within the punk scene in Chicago and beyond. It starts tonight and runs all weekend, and there are some incredible bands on deck to perform.
  • Visionary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky latest work, Endless Poetry, screens at the Siskel Film Center starting tonight. Dude is a genius and you gotta appreciate new works from geniuses while they’re still around.
  • Roger Waters’ semi-residence at the United Center has received rave reviews and this is your last chance to see him on this current tour here in Chicago. Get out there.
  • Some dude from The Black Crowes is in The Magpie Salute and they’re headlining The Metro tonight and tomorrow. Check that out if that’s your thing.
  • Picnics on the Porch at the Hideout is back at it! The Lowest Pair plays music while you eat snacks and enjoy summer.
  • Head out to Whiting, IN for their annual Pierogi Festival, a more low key iteration of the traditional Chicago summer street festival, celebrating the traditional Polish dumpling and other fun things.
  • The Lowdown Brass Band featuring Ricky B. celebrates the release of their new single tonight at the Hideout.
  • Songwritermen Bob Schneider and Travi Linville play Lincoln Hall tonight.
  • The live version of Lifetime series Bring It! comes through the Chicago Theatre tonight. You better also bring it, probably.
  • The Bergamot and The Long Lost do their respective things at Schubas.
  • Dead Feathers, Bionic Cavemen, and Tijuana Hercules do a big ole rock show at the Empty Bottle.


  • Then, night stuff:
  • Omni is one of the best rock bands going and you have the chance to see them live at the Hideout tonight, with extremely good openers The Funs and Lala Lala.
  • Wicker Park Fest is def top tier as far as local street fests go. Today you can catch sets from folks like Guided By Voices, Ovlov, Piebald, Jeff The Brotherhood, and more. High quality lineup here, folks.
  • Night two of The Magpie Salute (which is some sort of Black Crowes side deal) happens tonight at the Metro.
  • Pop-punk granddads Piebald roll thru Subterranean tonight, with an opening set from Pet Symmetry.
  • Oh lord, CLLAW XXVII Summer Smackdown comes to the Logan Square Auditorium tonight, for all you fans of arm wrestling/general ridiculousness.
  • House of Vans has an incredibly good double bill happening tonight, featuring emo granddads Cap’n Jazz and nth wave emo masters Hop Along.
  • Brew & View at the Vic’s showing the cult classic Creepshow if you’re lookin to get scared tonight.
  • The Hideout Dance Party’s got tunes from beloved from DJs Glider & Roland Potions.
  • The Low Dough Summer Show featuring El Famous, Deadships, When We Was Kids, and Capital Vices comes to Lincoln Hall tonight. Cheap tickets and a bunch of bands, you can’t go wrong.
  • Check out Moonrise Nation, who are celebrating the release of their new album tonight, with special guest Emily Blue, tonight at Schubas.
  • Rock bands Absolutely Not, Negative Scanner, and Montrose Man play the Empty Bottle.
  • High quality rock show at the Beat Kitchen, featuring Jeff The Brotherhood and Ovlov. Good stuff here.
  • Lyle Lovett and His Large Band roll thru Chicago for a very special show at the Chicago Theatre.