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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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ACTIVE: Get your butt moving while taking in some spectacular performances in honor of our sweet king David Bowie at the Bowie Ball at Berlin Night Club.

CULTURE: The Empty Bottle’s got the opening ceremonies for a new all-local group art show in conjunction with this weekend’s Scorched Tundra mini metal fest.

FILM: The Siskel Film Center hosts a screening of the 1993 classic Fear of a Black Hat for the closing night of the Black Harvest Film Festival with director Rusty Cundieff in person!

FOOD + DRINK: Head to Kuma’s Corner’s West Loop location for a nice fundraiser for local animal shelter One Tail at a Time.

FREE: Check out the free book launch party for Frances de Pontes Peebles’ new novel, The Air You Breathe.

MUSIC: The Hideout’s got a must-see experimental gig featuring FIRE-TOOLZ, celebrating the release of their acclaimed new album Skinless X-1, plus special guests Tiger Village and Lord Mule.

OUTSIDE: Ping Tom Memorial Park has a three-screen outdoor setup, each of which will be showcasing short films from Chicago-based filmmakers.

STAGE: Story Club South Side returns to the Co-Prosperity Sphere, showcasing stories based around this month’s theme, “minor chord.”

STAY IN: Grab a copy of Cherry by Nico Walker from your local indie bookseller and just absolutely tear through it, it’s supposed to be a gripping, engaging read.


ACTIVE: Take a walk around Gold Coast and learn about the darker side of Chicago’s history, care of the folks at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum. It’s the Saints & Sinners Walking Tour!

CULTURE: The 11th Annual Lebanese Festival comes to Lombard this weekend, featuring authentic Lebanese food, beverages, live performances, and more!

FILM: The Logan Theatre’s showing The Goonies this weekend, as a way for you to mourn the impending end of Summer.

FOOD + DRINK: When you think Chicago, you think Lobster, yeah? Sure. That’s why we’re the obvious home to the American Lobster Fest, down at Navy Pier. They can just scoop em right out of Lake Michigan.

FREE: There are only a few movies in the parks screenings left, so take ‘em in while you still can. Tonight you can see Little Big League in Archer Park, as well as a bunch of local shorts at Ping Tom Memorial Park.

MUSIC: Idiosyncratic indie rock band LVL UP is BRKNG UP but not before going on one last tour, which stops through Beat Kitchen tonight. Varsity and Fran open!

OUTSIDE: North Coast Music Fest takes over Union Park this weekend, featuring an eclectic lineup of hip hop, EDM, and indie rock. Miguel headlines tonight, with appearances from DVSN, Smokepurpp, Juice Wrld, and more.

STAGE: The Chicago Fringe Festival, celebrating weird, experimental, and otherwise out there performance art, theatre, and comedy, happens in Jefferson Park all weekend long.

STAY IN: The new, controversial version of The Great British Baking Show hits Netflix today. I hope it doesn’t suck!


ACTIVE: Hit the beach for one last volleyball tournament before the end of Beach Volleyball Season.

CULTURE: The 29th annual African Festival of the Arts has a bunch of great events planned, featuring gatherings headlined by folks like Jesse and Jacqueline Jackson and this year’s featured Artist of the Year, Frank Frazier.

FILM: The Music Box has a nice pre-noon screening of Sunset Boulevard.

FOOD + DRINK: Hyde Park has a food truck fest of their own, with proceeds from all sales going to Kenwood Academy High School.

FREE: Piotrowski Park shows Moana tonight, while Ping Tom’s ongoing mini local film festival continues!

MUSIC: The Harris Theatre has a show with acclaimed Chicago-based jazz drummer Makaya McCraven. What a fancy spot for a show! Super cool.

OUTSIDE: The Midnight Circus in the Parks is actually during the afternoon but is for sure in a park. Specifically McKinley Park, today.

STAGE: Chicago-grown standup comedy party/open mic/breakfast funtime the Late Late Breakfast returns to The Hideout, its longtime home base.

STAY IN: Trust Me, by Hank Phillippi Ryan, is a new psychological thriller from the accomplished investigative journalist that looks to be a perfect tome for those looking for one last beach read.


ACTIVE: They’re doing free yoga instruction at the Wicker Park Farmers Market. Get zen and then buy some carrots!

CULTURE: Celebrate the grand opening of the new Chicago Architecture Center, which showcases what makes our city one of the best architectural havens in the country!

FILM: The Patio Theatre is doing an afternoon screening of Back To The Future for FREE.

FOOD + DRINK: Lakeview’s got a real unique street fest celebrating two rhyming treats: cider and sliders! That’s right: alcoholic apple juice plus small sandwiches!

FREE: Go see Ghost in Wicker Park or maybe Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in Tuley Park. Both valid options!

MUSIC: Indie rock veteran John Vanderslice is playing an intimate living room show tonight! Very cool!

OUTSIDE: Walk around the Wicker Park/Bucktown area and eat a bunch of pizza on the Wicker Park/Bucktown Pizza Walk!

STAGE: Did you hear Hannibal Buress announced a show at the Chicago Theatre like a week ago that’s happening tonight? Vic Mensa and Lil Rel are also on the bill. Such a cool lineup!

STAY IN: What better way to embrace the chill of fall than by curling up on the couch with the latest Lifetime original movie, He’s Watching?

ACTIVE: Do some High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) at Gallagher Way for free this morning as a way to get a sweaty start to your Labor Day.

CULTURE: Well-loved dance party Party Noire celebrates its third anniversary with an all day party at the Promontory.

FILM: The Music Box teams up with the Chicago Film Society for a screening of the 1950s cinematic love letter The Smallest Show On Earth.

FOOD + DRINK: How does a Labor Day Booze Cruise sound to you? Pretty good maybe? Check it out!

FREE: Free rock gig at the Empty Bottle tonight, featuring Accessory (who is celebrating the release of their new tape), Freak Heat Waves, Kristian North, and Fran.

MUSIC: Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull celebrates 50 years of the Tull at Ravinia. That’s a lot of flute!

OUTSIDE: How about a nice late summer baseball game, watching the White Sox play the Detroit Tigers. Tickets are cheap because the Sox aren’t good! Should be a good time, regardless.

STAGE: Lefty comedy show Monkey Wrench has a nice variety of performers lined up for you at the Hideout, featuring standup, sketch, and an interview with Arianna Salgado & Reyna Wences, co-founders of Organized Communities Against Deportations.

STAY IN: Groundhog Day is up on Netflix. Look at the snow in that movie, it will be here soon. Sorry.