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The Illinois Centennial Monument, which sits at the heart of Logan Square, was built in 1918 to honor the 100th anniversary of Illinois’ statehood. Its nobility was cheapened by the nearby presence of a garish, brightly-colored billboard for the movie Aloha, which was released to savage reviews and poor box office performance in 2015. LoganSquareAlohaBillboard.tumblr.com was created to document whether or not the poster for Aloha remained on that billboard. It stood for over a year. It came down on May 6, 2016. We miss it. So here are some Aloha GIFs!

Also, tell all your friends to subscribe to the Chicago mailing list. We gave away tickets to Chicago mailing list subscribers. Black Friday is this weekend. That’s a gift purchasing day.



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






  • It’s the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade and it’s happening Thanksgiving morning on State Street. Wowee zowee.
  • Artango Bar & Steakhouse in Lincoln Square hosts a Thanksgiving prix fixe dinner with live Latin jazz and a customized holiday dinner.
  • The Chosen Few DJ’s host The Giving, a Thanksgiving night party at The Promontory.
  • Very fancy eatery RPM Steak has a Thanksgiving feast of their own planned. Expect elevated takes on classic turkey day dishes.
  • Tonight’s your final chance to see the acclaimed French film BPM at the Music Box.
  • Renaissance Bronzeville hosts a Thanksgiving night party with music from The Boolumaster and John Styles.
  • Park Grill in Millennium Park has a Thanksgiving Menu planned with specials on wine and seasonal treats.
  • Catch a special Thanksgiving night set from the Original Chicago Blues All Stars at Motor Row Brewing.
  • The Native in Logan Square’s having a Friendsgiving Potluck Party for anyone looking for a nice way to spend their evening.
  • Close out your Thanksgiving with a late night screening of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
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  • Zoolights! Zoolights is here! It’s the best.
  • Very good Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lahey headlines Subterranean with equally very good openers Dude York and Varsity.
  • They’re showing Beetlejuice in 35mm at the Music Box at midnight tonight. Hell of a good thing, here.
  • Red Red Meat plus Califone plays the second night of their residence at the Empty Bottle, this time with an opening set from Joan of Arc.
  • Prog metal supergroup A Perfect Circle is at the UIC Pavilion with guests The Beta Machine.
  • Check out the release party for Old Irving Brewing Co.’s holiday milk stout Krampus Cookies, available in a standard and imperial version! Seasonal beers bay bee!
  • Check out Nomo and Moritat at Schubas.
  • Begyle Brewing’s celebrating the release of their 500th batch of beer, a barrel-aged Barlyeywine. Go hang out!
  • Psychobilly all-stars Tiger Army plays an intimate show at the Beat Kitchen with The Blind Staggers.
  • Night one of the String Cheese Incident’s two-night residency at the Chicago Theatre begins tonight.
  • Breathing Room Space hosts Black Market Chicago, a Black Friday vendor fair highlighting the work of black Chicago-based vendors and creators.
  • English rock band Maximo Park headline Lincoln Hall with support from Active Bird Community.
  • Honky tonk Chicagoans the Gin Palace Jesters play the Hideout alongside country rockers Lonesome Still.Stand in the wind!

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  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • The Music Box’s well-loved singalong series of screenings of The Sound of Music begin this weekend. Go holler along with Julie Andrews!
  • Comedian/writer/ex-Chicagoan Daniel Kibblesmith appears at Challengers Comics to read from and sign his new holiday picture book Santa’s Husband.
  • The holiday craft vendor market season is fully upon us, folks. Head to StudioUs for a Holiday market to make your Small Business Saturday a real nice one.
  • The Niles Holly Jolly Market, a holiday market up in Niles, kicks off today, with a tree lighting celebration and more!
  • Volumes Bookcafe’s got a small business Saturday celebration with instore musical performances and special giveaways!
  • Pilsen’s La Catrina Cafe spends Small Business Saturday celebrating the deep cultural roots of Pilsen, with handmade goods and artisanal crafts from vendors around the neighborhood.
  • Cover your eyes for a mid-day nap!


  • Then, night stuff:
  • Power pop godfathers Squeeze play the Vic tonight with guest opener Wesley Stace (FKA John Wesley Harding).
  • It’s a perfect time to shake your groove maker and bust a dance or two at the Windy City Soul Club!
  • Hometown hero Saba headlines House of Blues tonight.
  • Dancing On Outer Space at Elastic Arts has a real diverse evening of dancing and DJ sets planned for you tonight!
  • Throwback 90s type feelings-rockers Beach Slang headline Cobra Lounge, with guests Dave Hause & The Mermaid and See Through Dresses.
  • Jangle pop heel/shithead poet Morrissey headlines the Riviera tonight (assuming he shows up!).
  • The well-loved silent trap party returns to Reggies for another night of headphones-based dancing!
  • Night two of the String Cheese Incident’s takeover of The Chicago Theatre is upon us.
  • Chai Tulani, NDPNDNT, Brittney Carter, and Solo Sam play a stacked bill tonight at Schubas.
  • Throw back to the days of 1980s ska for the Skanksgiving 80’s ska revival featuring Heavy Manners and the Invaders. Get yr skank on.
  • Arty collective Mourning [A] BLKstar headlines The Hideout with the great local pairing of ONO and Blacker Face.
  • Tiger Army plays Metro (a slightly less intimate gig than the one they’re playing earlier this week at Beat Kitchen but it’s also $35 cheaper). Direct Hit! and Airstream Futures open.
  • Smile and bite your lower lip at Zoolights!

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  • Smino, Ravyn Lenae, Monte Booker, Bari, and Jay2 are all playing an extremely good show at Lincoln Hall for Red Bull’s 30 days in Chicago thing.
  • OG Chicago punks Silver Abuse headline a rowdy lookin show at the Empty Bottle, with opening sets from Dust Bunnies and SLOPERS.
  • The Boiler Room’s PBR movie night is back with a screening of the pseudo-holday film Gremlins!
  • The Whistler’s Sunday night jazz series The Patron Saint of Jazz brings you an evening with Matt Ulery’s Pollinator.
  • WTF Night at The Recyclery’s got an open shop with their WTF (women, trans, femme) mechanics from the Women Bike Chicago collective sharing skills and offering help with bike maintenance! Get your whip tuned up for winter riding!
  • Local folk rock dude Foster celebrates the release of his new album at Schubas, joined by friends Jeff Brown & The New Black.
  • The Promontory’s got their 9th annual World Aids Day Fashion Show, raising money for an extremely good cause.
  • Dua Lipa’s Self-Titled Tour rolls through the Aragon Ballroom tonight.
  • Emporium Arcade Bar’s got damn Stranger Things Trivia! Binge up before heading over and destroying the competition in a battle of Netflix wits.
  • Something I Can’t Remember and Anatomy play Beat Kitchen.
  • What’s a better way to close out your Thanksgiving weekend than with a screening of Ghostbusters at the Logan Theatre?
  • More ZooLights. I love ZooLights. This is me at ZooLights:

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