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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: Work out on the 606 near the Ashland entrance care of the folks at Shred415.

CULTURE: The 34th Annual Newberry Book Fair, a massive used book fair, starts today and runs through the weekend. Go grab some quality used books on the cheap!

FILM: Wonder Woman is showing in Kells Playground Park, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is playing in Scottsdale Playground Park, and Wonder is playing in Wallace Playground Park. Those are your three Movies in the Parks options. 

FOOD + DRINK: Busy Beaver Button Co.’s 2nd annual Brews & Buttons of the Past event which showcases the history of pre-probation Chicago breweries. Looks interesting, plus, free beer!

FREE: The Graham Foundation has a party in celebration of the release of Richard Rezac: Address, a new collection of works and conversations with Rezac, a sculpture artist based in Chicago. 

MUSIC: Gia Margaret, Advance Base, and Brendan Losch play a very solid looking show at the The Hideout.

OUTSIDE: Really solid show at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, featuring The Kingston All Stars featuring Sister Nancy, with special guest Funkadesi. This is music made for chilling outside in the summer.

STAGE: Head to Mary’s Attic for a live performance of “lost episodes” of The Golden Girls. Should be a real goofy time!

STAY IN: What if you stayed in and got real meditative while watching the dark, provocative film Embrace of the Serpent, now streaming on Hulu! Kick back and think about colonialism on your damn Thursday.




ACTIVE: Take a nice walking tour of the Gold Coast neighborhood, care of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum. It’s called Saints & Sinners: Chicago’s Legacy of Virtue and Vice. Looks interesting as hell tbh.

CULTURE: Family-oriented Mexican festival in Pilsen, Fiesta del Sol, goes down all this weekend. Expect music, food, and carnival rides, if you’re into that sort of thing.

FILM: The Music Box is hosting Greetings From Castle Rock: A Stephen King Festival, showcasing some of the best adaptations of Steven King’s deep bibliography. Today you can see Stand By Me, Cujo, and Creepshow. Good shit!

FOOD + DRINK: Lakeview watering hole Paddy Long’s hosts the 8th Annual Cheep Beer and Malort Festival, a semi-tongue-in-cheek celebration of shitty beer and our favorite prank liqeur. 14 different cheap beers available for drinking, plus specials on Malort shots, and more!

FREE: At movies in the parks tonight, you can see Minions at Shedd Park, Justice League at John Clark Park, The Boss Baby at Oakdale Park, and/or Coco at Gompers Park. Lots of options!

MUSIC: Catch a vibey as hell performance of local soundscapists Matchess and Ulla Straus at the beautiful, haunting International Museum of Surgical Science. I love a concert in an unusual location, you guys.

OUTSIDE: Another Summer street festival highlight is upon us: Wicker Park Fest, featuring music from acts like Against Me!, Dos Santos, and The Brokedowns, plus vendors, food, and tons of other stuff.

STAGE:Schubas’ free upstairs comedy series 100% Off Comedy brings u a free show from Haters Club, a conceptual show hosted by Danny Catlow and Kate O’Connor, who invite some of their funny friends to spend some time on stage taking down a different subject worthy of derision.

STAY IN: The new season of Orange is the New Black is on Netflix. I haven’t seen this show. Is it good or is it like Westworld where people just sort of all agreed to watch it but not really say if they’re enjoying it?


ACTIVE: Get up early and have a couple of shots and then run a 5k. What a way to live! It’s the Malort 5k!

CULTURE: Head to the Andersonville mainstay Women & Children First’s used book sale to pick up some high quality literature at a nice discount!

FILM: Chicago Filmmakers hosts a screening of a collection of short films dubbed the Afro-Futurism Short Films, showcasing work from filmmakers of color from Chicago and beyond.

FOOD + DRINK: Navy Pier’s got the Chicago Margarita Festival happening this weekend, so you know you can definitely go there and spend way too much getting all loaded on some tasty beverages.

FREE: Three movies in the parks screenings for you to choose from tonight: Wonder at Loyola Park, Despicable Me 3 at Humboldt Park, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at Dawes Park.

MUSIC: Bantu Fest 2018 at Midway Plaisance unites cultures from over 30 countries, showcasing their food, music, dance, and more. 

OUTSIDE: Arlington Park has an event called Horses and Hounds that is a fundraiser/family-oriented event that benefits local animal shelters. Looks like they’re doing corgi races, among other very ridiculous things. Hell yeah.

STAGE: Longrunning comedy debate show Arguments & Grievances is back at At North, for another evening of petty disagreements and ridiculous assertions from high quality local comics.

STAY IN: Grab a copy of Jell-o Girls, Allie Rowbottom’s wild-but-true memoir of her family’s Jell-o fortune and the subsequent Jell-o Curse that has haunted her family for generations and just like, don’t leave the house until you’re done with it. 



ACTIVE: Ever did yoga on a barge? Here’s your chance, at the Sunrise Stretch Yoga Cruise Series brought to you by the folks at First Lady Cruises.

CULTURE: Today’s the day for the parade at the 2018 Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival, plus music, food, dance, and more!

FILM: Old school movie joint the Patio Theater’s got a Sci-fi Movie Festival all day today, featuring screenings of classic underseen gems like Night of the Creeps and Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster.

FOOD + DRINK: The Lincoln Square Greek Fest happens today, partly celebrating Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church’s 90th year in Lincoln Square. 

FREE: More movies in the park, never stop going to movies in the park. ya got Wonder Woman in Churchill Field Park, Coco at Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens, and The Chorus in Dvorak Park.

MUSIC: Ace Hotel’s got a stacked lineup of DJ sets and performances from acts like Boi Jeanius, Smoko Ono, Chava, and more, all benefitting the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.

OUTSIDE: Head out to the Talking Farm out in Skokie for a farm to table dinner that brings the table to the farm, for a multi-course dinner featuring pairings with Evanston’s Sketchbook Brewing Co.

STAGE: Steppenwolf brings you a presentation of short plays featuring all-female-identifying casts talking about anything other than men. It’s Bechdel Fest 6: Revolution and it looks rad.

STAY IN: They’re roasting Bruce Willis on Comedy Central tonight. Remember when they roasted one guy on there and then he became president like five years later? I wonder if it’ll happen with this one too.