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Happy birthday, John C. McGinley! You know him as the mean guy from Scrubs but he was actually the only smart guy surrounded by weak young people.

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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: Lakefront runs & lagers is a perfect Summer fitness type activity, where you can go for a 5k run along the waterfront, and be rewarded afterwards with half off brews in the game room of the Chicago Athletic Association.

CULTURE: Learn about the very haunted history of Lincoln Park care of the folks at the Chicago Hauntings Tours, as you walk around the neighborhood, scoping out the most eerie sights to behold.

FILM: Catch a rare 16mm screening of the hugely important documentary film Nanook of the North at Doc Films at the University of Chicago.

FOOD + DRINK: Evanston’s Sketchbook brewing company takes over La Principal, giving away a free Sketchbook pint glass to anyone who grabs a pint of their newly-tapped La Principal Amarillo Pale Ale. What a deal.

FREE: Free cool as hell rock gig at the Owl tonight, featuring Glyders, ST 37, and Spiral Galaxy.

MUSIC: Lollapalooza starts tonight and goes all thru this weekend. This is the last time you’ll hear about it from me.

OUTSIDE: Four movies in the parks options tonight: Coco in both Archer and Marquette Parks, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in Austin Town Hall Park, and Wonder Woman in Margate Park.

STAGE: The Catcade, a really nice cat rescue that lets you hang out with a bunch of cats is doing a comedy show tonight, where you can play with cats (quietly, respectfully) while watching a bunch of standup comedy!

STAY IN: Stripes is on Netflix now, you should watch that, it’s great!



ACTIVE: You’ve been meaning to learn how to stand up paddleboard, right? Here’s your chance, at the Lincoln Park Boat Club, giving you the chance to float on the calm waters of the Lincoln Park Lagoon.

CULTURE: Catch a multimedia showcase of the work of Australian animators Soda_Jerk at the Museum of Contemporary Art, incorporating the art of sampling into filmmaking in innovative and provocative ways.

FILM: The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival takes over The Foxhole for the next several days, showcasing truly independent films from around the world. 

FOOD + DRINK: The Inner-City Muslim Action Network’s Fresh Beats & Eats Farmer’s Market returns to the Chicago Lawn neighborhood with local vendors offering up a bunch of produce, while local artists and entertainers bring u family friendly entertainment.

FREE: Coco is showing in Green Briar Park, Justice League is showing in Nat King Cole Park, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is showing in Dvorak Park. Free movies in parks all over the city. It’s nice!

MUSIC: Local indie rockers Clearance celebrate the release of their new album at the Hideout tonight, with the help of special guests Deeper and Bunny. Solid bill! 

OUTSIDE: Kath Bloom plays the latest edition of The Hideout’s Picnics on the Porch outdoor music series. Eat some snacks and enjoy music from a living legend!

STAGE: Longrunning comedy/found footage show VHS is back at @North for another showcase of standup comics goofing on bizzaro videotapes unearthed from thrift shop purgatory. 

STAY IN: Kristen Bell/Kelsey Grammer co-headliner Like Father comes to Netflix today. What a weird pairing! What is this movie gonna be like????


ACTIVE: Do yoga on the beach at North Avenue’s Beach Yoga care of the folks at Players Sport & Social Group.

CULTURE: Coral, a hybrid comedy/rock show benefitting the Chicago Women’s Health Center comes to DIY spot Club Soda tonight. Solid lineup, featuring music from folks like Gia Margaret, Fauvely, and Black Sandwich, plus standup from comics like Grace Thomas and Sonal Aggarwal.

FILM: Opening night festivities for the The 2018 Black Harvest Film Festival go off at the Siskel Film Center. Catch a program of short films, followed by an awards show and a reception!

FOOD + DRINK: Wheaton Brew Fest, a craft beer festival in Wheaton, IL now in it’s 8th year happens today, with food, drinks, and entertainment from some of Wheaton’s best.

FREE: FLOODfest at the Chicago Athletic Association has sets from Japanese Breakfast and Just Loud, plus a DJ set from St. Vincent. What a deal!

MUSIC: High quality rock band Campdogzz headlines a rare non-jazz show at the Hungry Brain, with special guests Wet Mouth.

OUTSIDE: Dog Days at Catigny Park is a fun event for dog parents and their pups (and dog fans in general) with vendors, on-site adoptions, and a few performances from Skydogz, the high flying frisbee catching dogs.

STAGE: Extremely funny standup comic + writer Max Silvestri headlines Zanies this weekend. Go see Max, he’s great.

STAY IN: Oxygen goes deep on the Golden State Killer in the new two hour true crime special called Golden State Killer: Main Suspect. Why leave the house where there’s true crime docs to watch!?!?



ACTIVE: Do some free yoga at the Wicker Park Farmers Market and then pick up some produce while you’re there! What a healthy way to start your Sunday.

CULTURE: The Made in Chicago Market comes to the Chicago Plumbers Hall in the West Loop, showcasing some of the best handmade goods from artisans from the Chicagoland area.

FILM: Horror movie convention Flashback Weekend wraps things up today at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, if you’re into that sort of thing.

FOOD + DRINK: St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral is home base for the 4th annual Ukrainian Festival. Expect authentic Ukrainian food, beer, and entertainment!

FREE: Movies in the park tonight include Boss Baby at Chippewa Park, Sing! At Jonquil Playlot Park, and Black Panther at both Hamilton Park and the Douglas Park Cultural & Community Center.

MUSIC: The Empty Bottle hosts a very nice looking midday Cajun Dance Party, with special musical guests The Mid-City Aces.

OUTSIDE: Edgewater’s Edge Fest celebrates their fifth year as a street festival, featuring all the classic Chicago street fest trappings: cover bands, street food, and slightly too expensive beer!

STAGE: Singularly great standup comic Andy Kindler’s got a pair of performances tonight at @North, fresh off of his titanic 2018 State of the Industry speech at Just For Laughs Montreal. No punches will be pulled here, folks!

STAY IN: Grab a copy of the acclaimed new novel by R.O. Kwon, The Incendiaries, from your favorite indie book store and hole up until you’re finished with this intense, emotionally complex piece of work.