Chicago Best Weekend Bets

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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

  • Variety show The Gumbo, presented by up-and-coming comedy collective The MLK’s of Comedy, brings standup, music, dance, and more to the Laugh Factory. This thing looks rad.
  • Local indie rock institution Hemmingbirds is calling it a day, but only after one final show at Lincoln Hall, with guests Mutts, Archie Powell & The Exports, and Jesse W. Johnson.
  • Today’s the final day of the Music Box’s celebration of all things Indy, catch a screening of the first three Indiana Jones flicks
  • Progressive jazz and experimental jams takes over The Hideout, featuring Jaimie Branch, the Josh Berman Trio, and Bucket Brigade.
  • The Empty Bottle hosts Post Animal, Lucille Furs, and Jude Shuma.
  • Punch House has a Prince Tribute DJ night happening down in Pilsen.
  • At one point Billy Crystal was considered a valuable and charming presence as the leading man in a romantic comedy. The ‘90s were weird and you can go see for yourself at a screening of When Harry Met Sally at the Logan Theatre.
  • The Promontory hosts Brian Fresco, Smoke Ono, and Kay Karma for some pre-NYE partying.
  • Liquor and Latkes at Young Chicago Authors is a live variety show and inter-religious celebration of Hanukkah!
  • Winter has Come to the Fountainhead, and they’re celebrating by tapping three rare Game of Thrones-themed brews from Ommegang.
  • The Therapy Sessions is a nice show at the Hungry Brain all about feelings. Each week, artists from across different disciplines join host Seth Vanek to discuss their work through the lens of a different theme. This week’s theme is disappointment and features guests Ryan Joseph Anderson and Peter Margasak.
  • Booze Box in the West Loop celebrates all thing Sade for one night only at a very chilled out DJ night. 

 

FRIDAY

 

SATURDAY

  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Get up early for one last 5k for 2016, it’s the Chi-Town Rise & Shine 5k. Wow! Ok!
  • Catch an afternoon screening of underrated Scorsese flick Bringing Out The Dead at the mighty Music Box Theatre.
  • Or show up even earlier in the day for a pre-noon showing of Gold Diggers of 1933, a pre-code musical Hollywood romp.
  • Millennium Park hosts a fun afternoon celebration of NYE all around the world, with a family-friendly “countdown” at the bedtime-accomodating time of 6pm.
  • The Logan’s showing Elf, for those looking to preserve those holiday feelings for a few more days.
  • The Green Mill’s weekly “live magazine” event The Paper Machete kisses 2016 goodbye with one last show.
  • The Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers a special Salute to Vienna for their final concert of the year, featuring hugely talented ballet and ballroom dancers from around the world!

SUNDAY

  • The Empty Bottle’s Everyone’s Hungover party is the stuff of legends at this point, with DJ sets from local icons from open til close, helping you start 2017 with a boozy bang.
  • New Year, New Queen is the name of the game tonight at Smartbar, with DJ sets from Chez Damier, Michael Serafini, and Garret David.
  • Maybe go see The King of Comedy, a wildly demented and terrifying Scorsese movie at the Music Box today, to help set an unsettling tone to what will surely be a weird year.
  •  Head to Sidetrack for a onesie day party and get afternoon drunk in some footie pajamas!
  • Catch Die Hard at the Logan tonight at 11pm if you’re into living dangerously.
  • Character Assassination, Chicago’s #1 collective of roasters of abstract concepts and fictional characters welcomes 2017 with a look back at the terrible year of 2016.
  • Nurse your hangover with a nice brunch and some unamplified tunes at Schubas weekly Acoustic Brunch, featuring Matt Brown and Vidar Skrede.
  • If you show up to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba before 3pm in your pajamas, you’ll get a gift card good for the full value of the brunch you just ate to spend the next time you come by. Unreal.
  • For those of you not hungover (or looking to run off your hangover), there’s the New Year’s Day 5k in Lincoln Park. You are a different kind of person than me!
  • The Neo-Futurarium in Andersonville pays tribute to the 28 years of work their collective has pushed out, nearly 10,000 plays in total before taking on a new approach in 2017.
  • Dance to Taking Back Sunday or whoever at Beauty Bar, which hosts their weekly Emo vs. Pop Punk night with a special guest DJ set from local legends Lucky Boys Confusion.