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Radiohead plays Chicago this weekend so Thom Yorke is guiding our Best Weekend Bets. He’s friends with Space Ghost.

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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: Grab the whole fam and head to Harrison Park for Mom, Pop, & Tart Boot Camp, an intense workout tailored to folks of all ages/experience levels.

CULTURE: The Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago have a gallery talk entitled Food and Diet in Ancient Egypt, featuring a PhD candidate in the Egyptian Archaeology department at the college discussing what people in Ancient Egypt ate!

FILM: The Logan Theatre’s got a late night screening of the screwball classic His Girl Friday.

FOOD + DRINK: Sample some of the best treats the North Side has to offer at the inaugural edition of the 2018 Argyle Night Market.

FREE: The Grant Park Music Festival’s got another evening of orchestral tunes for the whole family, bringing the party to Washington Square Park tonight.

MUSIC: Extremely chill experimental music duo double bill at Comfort Station in Logan Square, featuring the collaborative groups Macie Stewart/Jasmine Mendoza and Katie Ernst/Mai Sugimoto. Should be cool as hell.

OUTSIDE: Four solid movies in the parks options tonight: Wonder Woman at Portage and Dunbar Park, Ghost at Wicker Park, and Hidden Figures at Fuller Park.

STAGE: Gman’s got a live lit/comedy/variety show called The Arts & Culture Club, this week’s edition is called The Gossip Show, so expect some real hot nugs of goss to come out!

STAY IN: Man I’ve never watched a single episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee but a new batch of episodes hits Netflix today, including one with Zach Galifianakis and honestly that might convince me to watch it. I bet Jerry does not get his whole deal!



ACTIVE: The latest edition of the Southside Critical Mass group bike ride meets up at Nichols Park Plaza and rides together to the House Music Summerdance in the Loop. Incredibly solid Chicago afternoon for you right here.

CULTURE: Big old anime/fantasy/etc. convention Anime Midwest comes to Rosemont this weekend if that’s your sort of thing. Get dressed up and head to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare for some nice fun.

FILM: You know I’m gonna tell you about movies in the park: you got Love Songs at Holstein Park, The Sandlot at Dunham Park, and The Lion King at Mayfair Park. Nice nice nice nice.
FOOD + DRINK: Barrington, IL’s charity fundraiser/wine tasting/outside party Uncork Barrington celebrates 14 years as a thing tonight. Go congratulate them.

FREE: The folks from the Mariachi Arts and Culture Academy come to Bogan Park for a free celebration of traditional Mariachi music.

MUSIC: Local indie pop auteur Advance Base headlines a free show at the Hungry Brain featuring guests Paul Gonzenbach and Masc Acting. 

OUTSIDE: The Hideout’s weekly Picnics on the Porch series has a real good one for you today: Paradise of Bachelors recording artists Jake Xerxes Fussell and James Elkington play while you snack on treats provided by Local Foods.

STAGE: Extremely good standup comic Josh Gondelman is at Zanies all this weekend. Go see him! You’ll have a nice time.

STAY IN: What if instead of enjoying the weather/the company of others, you stayed in and devoured The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars: A Neuropsychologist’s Odyssey Through Consciousness by Paul Broks, an insightful reexamination of the entirety of human consciousness as we understand it.



ACTIVE: Take a walking tour of the newly redeveloped Bloomingdale Trail and learn about the history of this iconic part of the Chicago landscape this morning.

CULTURE: Comics reading series Zine Not Dead is back for its ninth installment, featuring readings from local comic artists like Mike Centeno, Alex Nall, and Cathy Hannah at Vam Studios.

FILM: A trio of real good lookin movies in the parks stuff tonight for you: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at Oz Park, War for the Planet of the Apes at Kennicott Park, and a collection of classic Looney Toons cartoons at Indian Boundary Park.

FOOD + DRINK: Enjoy a unique evening of tai chi, tacos, and tea in Harold Washington Park.

FREE: The Chicago Philharmonic plays a free concert at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown.

MUSIC: The Chosen Few DJs Picnic is a highlight of the Chicago Summer Festival Season, taking over Jackson Park their 28th annual celebration of the Chicago-born House music art form. 

OUTSIDE:  Head to Green Briar Park for an evening with the Chicago astronomy community, where you can learn about urban astronomy.

STAGE: Science outreach collective Science Riot brings an event called Comedy for Science to the Field Museum, giving you the chance to see some of the brightest minds in the STEM community cutting loose with funny stories onstage.

STAY IN: HBO has a new comedy special from Bill Maher on tonight. It was gonna be called Triggered but now it’s just called Live from Oklahoma. Upon hearing that Bill Maher had a comedy special potentially called “Triggered” coming out, there were two kinds of people who were excited: people who see the title and are like “hell yeah, badass” and people that are like “hell yeah, what an idiot.” Which one are you?



ACTIVE: What three words conjure a more vivid, specific image than Bob Marley Yoga? Go see it for yourself at Morgan Park Sports Center.

CULTURE: If you haven’t made it up to the Bristol Renaissance Faire, you should absolutely do so. It’s going thru the end of the summer starting this week, so you’ve got plenty of time. Go today, though. 

FILM: Catch a screening of the 1940 Michael Curtiz film The Sea Hawk at the Music Box, showing as a part of their ongoing tribute to Curtiz’s trailblazing work.

FOOD + DRINK: Speaking of the Music Box, they’re also doing a one-time-only brunch buffet benefitting Project Adoptable. It’s Brunch & Dogs and YES there will be dogs there. 

FREE: Schubas’ ongoing free local music series 100% Off Bands brings you a triple decker rap/R&B gig featuring Ash Wednesday, Shi La Rosa, and DXTR Spits. 

MUSIC: Join the folks from the Maypole Folk Festival for an afternoon square dance at the Empty Bottle soundtracked by Jenny & The Hog Drovers. Escape the heat and dance in a square for a little while!

OUTSIDE: The extremely good non profit organization working to eradicate domestic abuse, Between Friends, is throwing a yard sale at Comfort Station. Bring stuff to donate/pick up some solid used goods priced to move, all for a great cause!

STAGE:  Before/during/after your perusal of the yard sale, please check out the interactive theatre/performance art installation (no) Kissing Booth, from VivianWard at Comfort Station this afternoon. Should be a wild experience!

STAY IN: HBO’s latest psychologically traumatic limited series, Sharp Objects, starts tonight. Ya gotta watch it, everyone else is going to!