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It’s Pitchfork weekend! Spend the weekend in and around Union Park with performer/GIF guide Courtney Barnett!

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


Wake up.


ACTIVE: Brooklyn Boulders has a special Jock Jams themed workout for you. Get pumped up while pumping up the jams!

CULTURE: Local music and local young writers come together for an evening of collaboration and nice feelings at 826fork at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

FILM: There are four films for you to watch in various parks tonight: Despicable Me 3 in Senka Park, Coco in Arrigo Park, Sister Act in Wicker Park, and Mamma Mia in Chase Park.

FOOD + DRINK: The Green City Market Chef BBQ cookoff is a very fancy blowout featuring some of the best chefs in the city preparing food and drinks made with products available from Green City Market farmers.

FREE: Head to the Promontory for a free party featuring DJ sets from a huge number of footwork musicians, like DJ Spinn, DJ Taye, RP Boo, Traxman, and more. This will be rad.

MUSIC: Experimental jam rager tonight at Café Mustache, featuring a collaborative set between Sharkula and Mukqs, plus NYC-based duo LEYA and multimedia droners Forest Management.

OUTSIDE: Anoushka Shankar (Ravi’s daughter!) and Holli Cook play a free show at Millennium Park. This is one of the more solid music in the park offerings of the year.

STAGE: Catch a reading from author Graham Hoppe at 57th Street Books, where he’ll be discussing Dolly Parton’s singular creation, Dollywood, as dissected in his new book Gone Dollywood.

STAY IN: Under the Skin is on Netflix now. I heard it was good and weird. Cancel plans and stay in and watch Scarlett Johansson do some wild stuff to people.




ACTIVE: Show your support for the Special Olympics’ 50th Anniversary, with their Commemorative Torch Run along Lake Michigan, ending at Soldier Field.

CULTURE: Explore the beautiful Bronzeville neighborhood as a part of their Bronzeville Summer Nights program! 

FILM: Catch a midnight screening of fan favorite B-movie The Room at the Music Box. Ever wondered what it’d be like to scream at a glorified Lifetime Original Movie surrounded by a bunch of nerds? Here’s your chance!

FOOD + DRINK: The Third Annual Tacos Y Tamales Festival comes to Pilsen this weekend, in celebration of the authentic Mexican cuisine that any decent Chicagoan adores.

FREE: Movies in the Park is bringing it HARD tonight: watch Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at either Franklin or Independence Park, Lean on Me at Lindblom Park, Cars 3 at Armour Square Park, or the extremely seasonably appropriate Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween at Amundsen Park.

MUSIC: As mentioned earlier, Pitchfork Music Fest is upon us. Get there early for some extra good stuff. 

OUTSIDE: Kelvyn Park hosts Chicago’s Columbian Fest, featuring live music and dance, plus food, a vendor market, and more!

STAGE: The Chicago Theatre Marathon presents I Am An American at the Greenhouse Theatre, a showcase of 26.2 hours of new works from Chicago-based writers and performers that interrogate the various elements of American life.

STAY IN: New David Spade vehicle Father of the Year hits Netflix today. Nat Faxion is in it and they play like, two dads who are mad at each other? To be honest I couldn’t bring myself to watch the trailer. Sorry!!!!!!! 



ACTIVE: Get up nice and early for the Humana Rock ’n’ Roll Chicago 5k, which raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

CULTURE: The very cool looking Chicago Oddities & Curiosities Expo comes to the Odeum Sports & Expo Center out in Villa Park this weekend. Expect vendors showcasing weird, creepy, and otherwise unusual items for your perusal!

FILM: A coupla solid movies in the park tonight: Wonder at Bradley Park plus Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at Peterson Park AND the sunken lawn behind DuSable Museum in Washington Park!

FOOD + DRINK: Sip on some finely crafted booze at the Chicago Whiskey & Wine Festival at the Sydney Marovitz Golf Course. How fancy!

FREE: The Empty Bottle’s monthly variety show focused on multifaceted women, femme, and non-binary performers, Feminist Happy Hour, helps you kick your Saturday night off right.

MUSIC: Emo godhead Owen plays an intimate solo show at the Beat Kitchen tonight, joined by special guests, local death metal band Like Rats. A truly insane double bill here, folks.

OUTSIDE: The Art Institute of Chicago’s Block Party takes over the entire grounds, inside and out, for a day full of live art, special performances, and more! 

STAGE: We all know Helltrap Nightmare is the best thing going in Chicago comedy these days. Go enjoy a killer lineup of alt comics and noise musicians at the damn Hideout!

STAY IN: Grab a copy of the genre-busting memoir The Cost of Living, from acclaimed writer Deborah Levy and just like, think on that for a while, maybe? There’s always tomorrow to go out and do stuff.



ACTIVE: Begyle Brewing has a Sunday funday planned for you, which begins with a yoga class, open to beginners and experts alike, followed by a day of booze and other less healthy things.

CULTURE: ZINEmercado: The Logan Square Independent Zine Fest goes down at Comfort Station, showcasing 50+ zine artists from Chicago and beyond, plus live music and more!

FILM: Underseen Charles Bronson classic The Family screens at the Music Box as a part of the Return of the Front Row mini-film fest.

FOOD + DRINK: Grab brunch at the National Museum of Mexican Art, followed by a special guided tour of their expansive collection. 

FREE: Catch a mind-expanding performance of Lakshmi Ramgopal’s sound installation A Half-Light Chorus at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, as a part of an ongoing series from the Experimental Sound Studio, which showcases experimental musicians and composers in the serene fern room of the Conservatory.

MUSIC: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith plays an intimate Pitchfork aftershow at Constellation, with special guests Cool Maritime. Perfect venue for this gig, very stoked.

OUTSIDE: Two movies in the park to close out your weekend: Coco at Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Bessemer Park.

STAGE:  Dave Maher Coma Show, the shocking, hilarious one man show from Chicago-based writer/performer Dave Maher, is a meditation on his time spent in a coma, when the majority of his peer group thought he had died. Fresh off an appearance on This American Life, catch this new, free presentation of the show before he takes it over to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next month.

STAY IN: Have you watched all three parts of the initial Jurassic Park trilogy lately? If not, throw em on Netflix and treat yourself to a real scary, dinosaur-filled day of not going outside one time.