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John Cho stars in the new horror thriller Searching. Remember his ABC sitcom with Karen Gillan? Man, ABC screwed up by cancelling that.

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ACTIVE: Do some yoga outside on the rooftop of the Roosevelt Collections Shops this evening.

CULTURE: The Co-Prosperity Sphere presents Flight of the Pigasus at Maria’s Packaged Goods, a reenactment of the notorious press conference held in Daley plaza on this day in 1968, where a pig was nominated for President, an act of political protest that is just as relevant fifty years later.

FILM: Head to The Nightingale for the Summer edition of their quarterly experimental film series Channels. This time they’re highlighting the work of a group of female experimental animators, like Lilli Carre, Nora Rodriquez, and Caitlin Craiggs.

FOOD + DRINK: @North has a dinner/movie night with a twist: a screening of Bugs, a new documentary about the growing trend of people eating bugs as a regular source of food, paired with a bunch of samples of edible insect snacks! Wild!

FREE: Muyassar Kurdi and Ben Lamar Gay team up for a mind-expanding performance at Comfort Station’s recurring Comfort Music series.

MUSIC: Big time weirdo rock show at the Empty Bottle tonight, featuring sets from Palm, Dehd, and The Knees.

OUTSIDE: Four movies in the parks for you to enjoy: Hidden Figures at Fosco Park, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at Portage Park, A Dog’s Purpose at Frank J. Wilson Park, and Elevator to the Gallows at Washington Park.

STAGE: Local theater collective Jackalope Theatre’s Living Newspaper Festival is back for its 9th edition, featuring 6 ten minute plays inspired by extremely current events.

STAY IN: Part two of the big time reunion show Jersey Shore Family Vacation returns to MTV tonight. The whole gang’s back!


ACTIVE: Head to Lincoln Park and take a class to learn how to stand up paddleboard before the Summer’s over!

CULTURE: The Wizard World Comic Con comes to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center this weekend, so if you’re into cosplay or hanging with comic book people, here’s a thing for you to do!

FILM: The Logan Theatre’s got a late night screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark!

FOOD + DRINK: Pilsen’s Lacuna Lofts hosts The Bites and Booze Festival featuring fancy drinks paired with bites from various Chicago-based eateries. Should be good stuff!

FREE: Movies in the Park is rip roaring tonight, with screenings of Coco in both Wildwood and Kelly Parks, Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Wrightwood Park, Hidden Figures in Garfield Park, and The Lego Batman Movie in Cornell Square Park.

MUSIC: Recently reunited indie/emo godheads Pedro the Lion play Thalia Hall with special guest H.C. McEntire. Good show!

OUTSIDE: The SummerDance outdoor dance party series comes to the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, featuring a performance from Charanga Tropical.

STAGE: Catch performances from some of the city’s funnies female-identifying standups, sketch performers, and improvisors at the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival.

STAY IN: Up and coming rapper Kyle’s new Netflix movie doubles as his acting debut and is getting some pretty good advance buzz. It’s called The After Party and it hits Netflix today.


ACTIVE: Do you like to bike, swim, and/or run? Would you like to do all three until you barf? Consider the Chicago Triathlon.

CULTURE: The first-ever Chicago Cooperative Economy Summit convenes today, featuring a series of panels about the growing opportunities in developing the cooperative ecosystem in Chicago. Interesting stuff for sure!

FILM: The Music Box has a pre-noon screening of the George Lucas nostalgiafest American Graffiti!

FOOD + DRINK: Taste Greektown at the Taste of Greektown! I can’t make it, you gotta go for me, it’s gonna rule.

FREE: The 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Fest takes over Chicago this weekend, with a big old jazz party happening in Millennium Park all day long today. Drop by, it’ll rule.

MUSIC: Culty math rock band Mock Orange plays through their classic LP Nines & Sixes at Subterranean tonight, with an opening set from Chicago-based instrumental collective Monobody.

OUTSIDE: Family friendly and actually afternoon circus show Midnight Circus comes to Garfield Park today.

STAGE: Comedy debate show Arguments and Grievances returns to @North for another evening of arbitrary debates and petty disagreements! It’s a great show.

STAY IN: Grab a copy of the tragi-comic memoir Tragedy Plus Time from the very funny standup comic Adam Cayton-Holland and spend some time taking that in, maybe in your backyard/roof/patio?



ACTIVE: It’s National Dog Day and that’s a recurring theme for several of today’s events. First off, Paws, Jogs, & Hot Dogs at the Roosevelt Collection Shops, where you can take in a wiener dog race, Chicago-style hot dogs, and more!

CULTURE: The 2018 Bucktown Arts Fest is upon us, a community-oriented art festival featuring vendors from around Chicago and beyond, plus food and live music.

FILM: In honor of the aforementioned National Dog Day, the Music Box Theatre is doing a nice screening of the balm-y animated Wes Anderson flick Isle of Dogs.

FOOD + DRINK: The Logan Square Food Truck Social rages on today, with 15+ food trucks plus music from folks like Prefuse 73, DJ Oreo, and Chancha Via Circuito.

FREE: The Owl’s experimental music Neobeat Series is back with special guests Tim Kinsella, Revenge Body, Fetter, and Nishkosheh.

MUSIC: OG party dads of indie rock Guided By Voices plays Evanston Space tonight.

OUTSIDE: The Big Evanston Block Party features performances from folks like Old 97’s, Banditos, and the Flat Five plus food, drinks, and vendors from the Evanston area!

STAGE: Stella’s Michael Ian Black does standup at Thalia Hall tonight! You love him!

STAY IN: The first episode of America to Me, the new docuseries from acclaimed filmmaker Steve James (perhaps best known for his genre-defining Hoop Dreams), premieres on Starz tonight.