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Happy birthday, Reginald VelJohnson! You may know him as a cop from Family Matters or a cop from Die Hard or a cop from Girl Meets World.

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



ACTIVE: The Fleet Feet Running Club goes for a nice run and then lets you paint stuff all over some fancy new white shoes. What a weird thing!

CULTURE: Go see some Art After Work at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, a free art making/viewing session where you can create your own work, inspired by the works showcased in their collection!

FILM: The Logan Theatre’s doing a late night screening of the 1952 classic Cape Fear.

FOOD + DRINK: Chicago’s Little Italy Festa takes over Taylor Street, celebrating the rich history of the neighborhood’s Italian roots.

FREE: Chicago indie rock legends The Sea & Cake play Millennium Park with special guests Moonrise Nation.

MUSIC: The LSD Tour, featuring Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and Dwight Yoakam, comes to the Chicago Theatre tonight. What a cool lineup!

OUTSIDE: Damn, we are just absolutely in the throes of movies in the park season, huh? There are five different options for you to enjoy tonight: Field of Dreams at Mary Bartelme Park, The Fate of the Furious at West Pullman Park, Black Panther at Clarendon Park, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at Washtenaw Park, and West Side Story at Chase Park.

STAGE: The web maniacs at Clickhole are back with another live show featuring comedy, music, and more!

STAY IN: Well-reviewed new post-apocalyptic satire Severance by Ling Ma came out earlier this week. Grab a copy and read it instead of leaving your house!


ACTIVE: Get fit dancing outside, as Urban Fêtes’ Silent Party returns for another headphones dance party, this time at Ellis Park! 

CULTURE: The opening reception for The Research House for Asian Art’s new exhibition Scenes of Resistance in 1968 Chicago by K. Kofi Moyo is tonight.

FILM: The Music Box’s extremely well curated film noir festival kicks off today, with screenings of Devil in a Blue Dress and One False Move, introduced by the film’s director Carl Franklin.

FOOD + DRINK: Lagunitas is dropping by the Lincoln Park Binny’s patio for a tasting/fundraiser for the Chicago Canine Rescue, full of beer and pups!

FREE: Jefferson Park treasure American Science & Surplus is throwing a summertime science party!

MUSIC: Chicago art rock provocateurs Joan of Arc headline Sleeping Village tonight, with guests Jenny Pulse and Orphan Schlitz.

OUTSIDE: Good lord there are six movies in the parks screenings tonight. Six!! You can see any of the following: Spider-Man: Homecoming in John Clark Park, Spark: A Space Tail in Revere Park, Coco in Maggie Daley Park, Wonder in Vittum Park, and Black Panther in both Independence and Bessemer Parks.

STAGE: A Dope Comedy Show, a comedy show hosted by formerly Chicago-based standup Dave Helem, who’s back in town to bring you a high quality lineup including folks like Punkie Johnson, Ron Taylor, and Lucas Hirl.

STAY IN: Matt Groening’s new Netflix series Disenchantment is like Futurama but in fantasy wizard times instead of future robot times.


ACTIVE: The On Art Run combines a friendly 5k run with a celebration of Chicaog art and culture, followed by a rooftop party, all benefitting the Chicago Design Museum.

CULTURE: Aquashella, a celebration of fresh water and saltwater aquariums, comes to the White Eagle Convention Center, featuring vendors from around the country showing off their wares.

FILM: A trio of movies in the park await you: Black Panther in Washington Park, Roman Holiday in the Churchill Field Playlot Park, and Sing in Sauganash Park.

FOOD + DRINK: Half Acre Beer Company’s annual booze and rock party The Big North is back at their warehouse space, with tons of Half Acre brews and music from Post Animal, Dehd, and Divino Niño.

FREE: The Windy City Carnival, a massive parade and party in Midway Plaisance, goes off all day long.

MUSIC: Up-and-coming radical poet/musician Tasha headlines an intimate show at the Hungry Brain. Hell yeah.

OUTSIDE: How about a nice road trip for the Late Summer Cookout with the folks from Hot Doug’s at Virtue Cider over in Fennville, MI! Worth it!

STAGE: The National Poetry Slam Finals come to UIC Forum, I bet this will be something! 

STAY IN: Jackie Brown is now on Hulu. Have you watched it lately? Easily Tarantino’s best and one of the best crime movies ever made.



ACTIVE: Free yoga at the Wicker Park Farmer’s Market. It’s like if a canvas tote bag was an event!

CULTURE: Outdoor music/culture celebration Pilsen Fest has a ton of family-friendly entertainment planned for you.

FILM: Skate Kitchen, the new film from director of the excellent documentary The Wolfpack, screens at the Ace Hotel’s rooftop garden deck tonight. 

FOOD + DRINK: Longman & Eagle have linked up with the iconic Chicago spot Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen, with a special pop up kitchen in the L&E back kitchen. It’s Longmanny’s & Eagle Deli!

FREE: Movies in the park helps you wrap up your weekend with screenings of Wonder in Unity Playlot Park, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi in both Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens and Lake Shore Park.

MUSIC: Fundraising garage rock day party Scummer Slam takes over East Room all day long today, with sets from acts like Nikki Corvette, The Lemos, Gino & the Goons, Ethers, and more!

OUTSIDE: What’s all that awful noise screaming through the sky? It’s the Air and Water Show, of course. Terrible!

STAGE: Get your gates locked at the Marc Maron show at Thalia Hall!

STAY IN: In what is apparently the final entry into the Sharknadoverse, The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time premieres on SyFy tonight.