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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: Valley Forge Park has a free evening yoga session planned for you.

CULTURE: Check out a performance from the Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble at Paschen Park’s Moonlight Tales and Tunes event.

FILM: The Davis Theatre is doing a free screening of Running Man, brought to you by the folks at Cutwater Spirits.

FOOD + DRINK: FEW Friday is an alleyway party with food, drinks, and music out in front of Evanston’s high quality FEW Distillery. Good stuff!

FREE: A whole ton of solid Movies in the Park options for you to sneak booze into tonight: Wonder Woman in Portage Park, Annie in Chase Park, Mrs. Doubtfire in Nichols Park, Rogue One at Normandy Playground Park, and The Boss Baby in Ping Tom Memorial Park. Something for everyone!

MUSIC: I absolutely love Haley Heynderickx’s album, I Need To Start A Garden and I think you should go see her play live at Martyrs’ tonight.

OUTSIDE: Railroad Days 2018 in West Chicago’s Pioneer Park kicks off tonight. Go see some trains, ride some carnival rides, and see some damn cover bands.

STAGE: Long-running standup comedy showcase Tuxedo Cat Comedy celebrates it’s fifth birthday at its new home, Beauty Bar Chicago, with a stellar lineup of local comics like Kellye Howard, Marty DeRosa, Grace Thomas, and more!

STAY IN: Celebrate 50 years of small cars on the History Channel’s new Hot Wheels: 50th Anniversary Special. Not sure what to expect here but hey, maybe don’t go anywhere and instead watch some shit about toy cars on TV.




ACTIVE: The Taste of Chicago is happening right now. Let’s not talk too much about it though, you know? There’s other stuff to do. One cool thing they are doing at the Taste is this SummerDance session, featuring the Queens of House Music, soundtracking an hourlong dance class!

CULTURE: Celebrate Bastille Day with the Committee of French Speaking Societies and the Consulate General of France at Lycee Francais in Ravenswood! They’ll have live music, a waiter’s race, pentanque games, and more! 

FILM: Couple movies in the park happening tonight, such as Marshall at Leo Roscoe Boler Park, War for the Planet of the Apes at Palmer Park, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at Taylor Park.

FOOD + DRINK: Horner Brew Fest is a fundraiser/beer drinking celebration with proceeds going towards supporting the sustainability efforts of the Horner Park Advisory Council. They’re promising over 40 kinds of beer, plus food trucks and music! Go spend your money on this good cause and get drunk in a park!

FREE: Free Taiko drumming performance from Tsukasa Taiko Drumming at Churchill Field. This will be rad!

MUSIC: Lincoln Square’s annual folk/Americana-leaning street fest Square Roots is back with another family friendly weekend of music from folks like The Jayhawks, Pokey LaFarge, and Matthew Sweet.

OUTSIDE: Hit Park No. 572 on the Bloomingdale Trail (aka the 606 for u newbs) for an evening of stargazing with the Chicago Astronomer. It’s For The Love of Stars, a monthly celestial celebration at the west end of the 606! 

STAGE: Uncharted Books’ ongoing storytelling series Loose Chicks gives local writers, performers, and regular folks the chance to tell embarrassing, intimate tales that might otherwise go untold! 

STAY IN: Netflix’s new blockbuster type flick How It Ends hits the digital shelves today. Looks like a suitably action packed, intense post-apocalyptic thriller. Consider watching that tonight/some other time this weekend!



ACTIVE: The Midwest Pole Dancing Championships and Convention comes to the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. This will be a one-of-a-kind experience, you might learn a thing or two here!

CULTURE: The DuSable Museum’s Arts & Crafts Festival showcases the work of artisans both local and not! 

FILM: Every year during the Summer on Southport street fest the Music Box screens 3 hours worth of classic Looney Toons cartoons on 35mm for FREE. Today is that time that it happens this year. I’m so excited.

FOOD + DRINK: The Windy City Smokeout features 20+ pitmasters squaring off in a BBQ battle, soundtracked by a bunch of live country music for you to listen to while you wait for the meat to finish cooking.

FREE: We’re really at peak movies in the parks these days folks, you got four options tonight: Coco in both Chopin and Oz Parks, Wonder Woman in Sherwood Park, and Back to the Future in Horner Park.

MUSIC: High quality rock gig at Subterranean’s downstairs space: Mover Shaker, Juper Styles, Rebecca Ryskalczyk (of Brooklyn’s Bethlehem Steel), and She/Her.

OUTSIDE:  As mentioned above, the Southport Art Festival is this weekend. Check out some fine art and folk art in this ever-developing corner of Lakeview!

STAGE: Well-loved storytelling show Mortified! celebrates everyone’s awkward phase at Lincoln Hall tonight. Move fast because tickets will sell out in advance!

STAY IN: Grab a copy of the very recently released new novel A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen, founder of literary magazine n+1. This looks like an incredibly compelling piece of work.



ACTIVE: Head to the North Park Village Nature Center Park for a Theatrical Hike, featuring pop up performances of classic tales for the whole family. What a unique little thing to do on a Sunday afternoon!

CULTURE: The Chinatown Summer Fair celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, so you know this thing is gonna be a blowout.

FILM: The Logan Theatre’s doing a late night screening of the sci-fi family classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which is a nice way to close out your weekend. 

FOOD + DRINK: The Big Greek Food Festival of Niles is exactly that: a big Greek food festival in Niles, IL at the Holy Taxiarhai & St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church. Go eat some gyros and rice pudding for me!

FREE: Wind down your Sunday night with a nice movie in the park: perhaps Footloose at Piotrowski Park? The Emoji Movie at Emmerson Park? Grease at Jonquil? Your call!

MUSIC: Local experimental percussion ensemble Third Coast Percussion performs an intimate outdoor concert at Gallagher Way outside Wrigley Field. Word is they’ll be performing a mixture of songs from composers like Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, Philip Glass, and John Cage.

OUTSIDE: The Bucktown Garden Walk gives you the chance to access some of the most beautiful gardens in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area, while enjoying family-friendly entertainment and an afternoon block party on Winchester Ave.

STAGE:  Aerial Dance Chicago’s new feature-length performance Blackbird showcases their signature aerial ballet form. I’ve heard great things about their work, this is definitely worth checking out!

STAY IN: Since being announced earlier this week, a handful of ghoulish political figureheads have been scrambling to get out ahead of their appearance on Sasha Baron-Cohen’s new undercover interview/prank series Who Is America and it’s been a blast to watch. Word is this show is gonna be explosive and super enjoyable.