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It’s Pride so Chicago’s very own (though the show was shot in Burbank) gay (not in real life) funny person Max will be our Best Weekend Bets guide. Have a Happy Endings weekend!

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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!








  • The Logan Square Arts Festival kicks off tonight with music from Bongripper, Oshwa, Natural Information Society and more.
  • I feel like the collaboration between Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga was concocted in some sort of music industry laboratory to be perfectly tailored for performances during the Thanksgiving Day Parade. There is literally no other context in which these two together make sense, except MAYBE at Ravinia, where Gaga’s Monsters and Bennett’s fan base (“Pensioneers”? “The Recently Dead”?) will collide in a burst of glitter and Werther’s Originals wrappers.
  • Tonight’s the final show at the Lincoln Lodge comedy showcase in Wicker Park before they go on Summer hiatus, and boy did they book a quality lineup: Tommy McNamara, Derek Smith, Alex Kumin, Lem Slaughter, the Puterbaugh Sisters, and more await you!
  • Thalia Hall hosts an entire weekend of Soul music themed events called Soul Togetherness. Tonight a bunch of DJs from around the world will be on deck to spin some of their favorite rare tracks just for YOU.
  • They’re showing Monty Python and the Holy Grail at the Logan Theatre tonight, get on it, nerds.
  • The Late Late Breakfast open mic/bunch party usually happens on Saturday afternoons, but at this, the 4th edition of Breakfast for Dinner, they’re doing their show on FRIDAY NIGHT! How exciting!
  • Greek music, food, and drinks fill the streets at the Gold Coast Greek Fest all weekend long.
  • Long-running cutie pie husband and wife indie pop duo Mates of State headline Lincoln Hall tonight.
  • Movies in the Parks continues tonight with a screening of The Princess Bride at Mayfair Park near the Montrose Blue Line stop.
  • I try to be steadfast in my insistence that nostalgia is a blight that will consume us all, but then Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional announce a tour together with a date in Chicago and I’m SO into it. Nobody’s perfect.
  • Christopher Owens was in Girls (the band not the TV show), and now he releases music under his own name. He plays Schubas tonight.
  • Comfort Station is hosting a series of screenings celebrating contemporary video art! Sounds cool!
  • Take in some Peruvian Folk music and dancing at the Old Town School of Folk Music, unless you’re already doing that somewhere else.
  • Cool ass punk rock from Coliseum and United Nations (featuring Geoff Rickly of Thursday) goes down at Subt tonight.
  • Monthly standup/sketch comedy hybrid Freak Happening returns to saki with Pee-Wee’s Punk House, a DIY reimagining of our favorite grey suited dude’s warped world.
  • The glorified cover band staffed by sentient wax figurines known as the Beach Boys play with Kool & The Gang at Montrose Beach tonight.
  • NO KIDZ ALOUD at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Adults Night Out, which features food and drink vendors plus DJs sprinkled around the park for all yer after hours canoodling needs.



  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Elston Avenue Sausage and Music Fest is one of two celebrations of music, booze, and tubular meat. This first one is near the Abbey Pub and features music from Heartless Bastards, Craig Finn from The Hold Steady, and more!
  • Hot Doug’s Dog Dayz of Summer is the other one of two celebrations of music, booze, and tubular meat. This second one is at the Goose Island Barrel Warehouse and features music from Bobby Bare Jr., Freakwater, Archie Powell and the Exports and more!
  • Break records and pet puppers at Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl at Soldier Field with Animal Planet and PAWS. They’re trying to break the record for largest gathering of shelter pets, I hope they do it! Also, Eugene Mirman is hosting this whole thing, which is just ridiculous.
  • Before tomorrow’s massive Pride Parade, there’s another, more outwardly politically oriented queer friendly procession happening: the Chicago Dyke March, a “celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience” happens in Humboldt Park today at 1:30pm and looks to be a thoughtful and positive celebration.
  • Hyde Park Records on 53rd Street features an all-vinyl instore series, with DJ sets from Mr.Jaytoo, Kwest_On, Tone B Nimble, and Brian Reaves.
  • Local beer cafe Beermiscuous celebrates its first birthday all day long today with free food and apparel with your purchase! Cooool!
  • The fine folks behind Chicago Zine Fest are throwing a fundraising ice cream social at Comfort Station right around noon, which should be a nice time!
  • Artist Danny Volk’s Youtube channel features a webseries where he goes to artists’ studios and shoots the breeze while they apply make up to his face. He’s going to be at the MCA today to talk about this series (and more, I bet! He’s probably got other stuff going on, too).
  • The Public Hotel is hosting a free screening of Look At What The Light Did Now, a documentary about indie superstar Feist.
  • The Mighty Con Comic Show comes to Wheaton, IL this weekend, if you live in or near Wheaton, IL and are into comic books. If this is for you, you’re probably already aware of it and are probably very excited and I hope you have a nice time!
  • Day two of the Logan Square Art Fest features music from ON AN ON, Sam Prekop, Bomba con Buya, and a special surprise mystery guest! Who will it be?
  • Today and tomorrow The Hideout is hosting a Renegade Craft Fair popup shop from 11am-6pm! Go get a nice plate or a tote bag with a turtle screen printed on it!