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  • Ducktails is Matt Mondale from Real Estate and is very good, you can see them with also good locals VARSITY and Dogs At Large.
  • The Music Box hosts not one but two hybrid Q&A/film screenings tonight, the first of which is showing of Columbus, a very well-received Before Sunrise type quiet romantic talky thing, featuring a chat with director Kogonada.
  • The second screening/Q&A at the Music Box is a showing of the 1987 cult favorite Walker, featuring a Q&A with director Alex Cox.
  • Chris Rock at the Chicago Theatre night two. The best!
  • Queens on Wheels, a pop up roller rink at the Chicago Athletic Association has two themed skate sessions tonight, an early party for LGBTQ+ women called Peach, and a late night Femme’s Room LGBTQ dance party! Hell yeah.
  • The Cerny Brothers and Brent Cowles play Schubas.
  • Lincoln Square’s German-American Fest returns for food, music, booze, vendors, and more!
  • Never Shout Never play a few of their classic releases today out in Palatine at Durty Nellie’s. Me Like Bees opens.
  • Go feel them deep Bowie vibes at the Oh, You Pretty Things party at Late Bar way far down Belmont. Should be a good time.
  • The Corbett vs. Dempsey art gallery celebrates the opening of their latest group show, Small Sculpture, an “exhibition of tabletop three-dimensional works” from 50+ local artists.
  • AM Taxi, Blood People, and Fetch The Burn Book play Beat Kitchen.


  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • It’s near the end of Summer which means it’s time for the Renegade Craft Fair again. This thing is always worth checking out, for sure.
  • Catch a pre-noon screening of silent film classic What Price Glory accompanied by the theatre’s house organist. What a cool nice thing!
  • Are you a big fan of Labyrinth? I haven’t seen it, myself, so this “quote along” screening happening at the Music Box this afternoon would probably not be my best introduction to the thing. If you like it, go to this, though!
  • Celebrate the 70th anniversary of India’s independence today at the World Music Festival in Millennium Park.
  • The Animation Show of Shows is a reliably great collection of short animated films from around the world. The 2017 collection returns to the Siskel Film Center this weekend, including a screening this afternoon.
  • Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Festival comes to Roscoe VIllage this weekend with booze, meat, and live music.
  • The Family Fish Fest in Humboldt Park gives folks a chance to canoe, fish, and do other water-adjacent activities!

  • Then, night stuff:
  • Blanck Mass’ new album, World Eater is an extremely intense and awesome record. You can see them play songs from that album live tonight at the Empty Bottle, with opening sets from Egyptrixx and Matt Jencik.
  • 20 years ago, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery opened in theatres and now tonight, The Music Box screens it at midnight. Hell yeah.
  • 21+ boozy gathering at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Night at the Zoo is back! Go enjoy a kid-free zoo environment.
  • Night three of Chris Rock’s residence at the Chicago Theatre.
  • Bright Eyes songman Conor Oberst plays The Vic tonight with an opening set from Phoebe Bridgers.
  • The Hideout hosts the Chicha Summit 2017, with sets from Dos Santos, Anti-Beat Orquesta, and Money Chicha.
  • DJ collective Sonorama spins at the Hideout Dance Party, which doubles as a Chicha Summit after-party tonight.
  • Comedy writer/media people Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin share a YouTube comedy channel called Just Between Us and bring their new live show, Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin Hate Everyone But You, to Lincoln Hall tonight.
  • Thalia Hall hosts a Hurricane Harvey Relief Night, with DJ sets from a slew of local superstars soundtracking a night of donation-based revelry. Bring clothes, canned goods, or cash to help support folks who lost everything.
  • Geographer and Hanna Ashbrook play Schubas.
  • The Los Angeles edition of the emo music DJ night Emo Nite is touring with a stop through Subterranean. Go scream along to Saves the Day or whatever!
  • Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s dude Richard Edwards headlines Lincoln Hall. Duncan Kissinger and Vess Rutenberg open.
  • Mastodon headlines a benefit show for suicide prevention charity Hope For The Day at the Metro. Brain Tentacles and Powermad open. Good cause!


  • South African rock group Make-Overs headline the Empty Bottle with guest Annabelle Chairlegs and Pledge Drive.
  • Incredible standup comic Eddie Pepitone headlines Lincoln Hall tonight. Dude is just the best.
  • Check out a late night screening of the b-movie classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes at the Logan Theatre.
  • Like all good things, Chris Rock’s Total Blackout Tour 2017’s four-day run at the Chicago Theatre comes to an end tonight.
  • I wonder if the Bears will be good this season? Find out starting today when they play the Falcons at Soldier Field.
  • Mike Love (not the villainous Beach Boy, this one’s a white guy with dreads who’s like Jack Johnson meets Reggie Watts doing reggae) headlines Schubas.
  • Step Sisters, Acceptor, Bosley Mongo, and The Bombats play the Downstairs space at Subteranean.
  • The 2017 Chicago 48 Hour Film Project tasks local filmmakers with the challenge of creating a 8 minute short film in just 48 hours. Check out what the participants came up with at screenings throughout the day today at the Music Box!
  • Local record shop Record Breakers relocates to Milwaukee Ave in Avondale and celebrates their grand re-opening today!
  • Go pick up some vintage treats at the Vintage Goods Indoor Market at Local Goods Chicago in Edgebrook.
  • Head to the Promontory for a damn daytime dance party from the fine folks at Slow ‘Mo. It’s a Summer Send Off party!Like beer? Tolerate running? Then consider the Bergyle Brewing Co Beer Run, a 5k course that starts and ends at Bergyle Brewing. It’s for charity, too! Nice!!!