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

We previewed Chicago’s best B-Movie festical: Music Box Theatre’s Cinepocalypse.



ACTIVE: Think you can bike fast? Prove it at Estelle’s Cafe n Lounge tonight, where whoever rides a stationary bike wins a pair o tickets to New Belgium’s upcoming bike and beer party Tour De Fat!

CULTURE: The Adler Planetarium’s Adler After Dark Solstice Bash is upon us, an adults-only party giving you unfettered access to the planetarium’s various exhibits and shows. Welcome Summer by getting drunk and looking at space pictures!

FILM: We already wrote up a big old thing about the Music Box Theatre’s Cinepocalypse film festival so you can read about that here and then just go because it looks rad.

FOOD + DRINK: Head up to Evanston for their Downtown Sip & Stroll event, where you can SIP on wine and STROLL thru downtown Evanston, looking at the various wares from their many local businesses!

FREE: Rock bands The Aces and The New Respects play Millennium Park tonight. Ya gotta enjoy these things if/when the weather permits.

MUSIC: Power pop hitmakers The New Pornographers play Thalia Hall with special guest Brett Newski tonight. 

OUTSIDE: Hit one of several Chicago parks for the Make Music Chicago events going on throughout the city!

STAGE: Much like fellow 20th century icon Ian MacKaye, Bill Clinton lived in DC for a long time and is a vegan guy who now travels around the country appearing in front of rapturous audiences. See Bill at the Auditorium Theatre. I don’t know what Ian is up to tonight.

STAY IN: Season two of the extremely good Comedy Central series Detroiters premieres tonight. It’s a good show, folks.



ACTIVE: The Heart & Sole Running Club meets at Lo Rez Brewing for a benefit for the American Diabetes Association.

CULTURE: Check out an interactive program entitled Hip Hop and Society Community Social at Hamilton Park tonight, examining the massive influence hip hop has had on popular culture over the last several decades.

FILM: Four solid Movies in the Parks options for you tonight: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at both La Villita Park and Tuley Park, The Boss Baby at Franklin Park, and Beauty and the Beast at Hermitage Park!

FOOD + DRINK: The Seeds of Hope Gala at the Garfield Park Conservatory is a relatively reasonably priced benefit for an extremely good cause in a beautiful setting.

FREE: Got a story/song/poem/etc to share and feel like talking into a microphone in a public park about it? The Wicker Park Advisory Council has just the thing for you. It’s the Wicker MIC Series!

MUSIC: The 4th annual Ruido Fest is upon us, a high-quality music fest focused on youth-oriented Latin music, featuring some of the best Spanish speaking performers you’ll see. Catch sets from folks like Los Angeles Azules, Plastilina Mosh, and Kinky, among others.

OUTSIDE: Take in a nice parks district-sanctioned Community Bonfire at Rainey Park. They’ll be roasting marshmallows and everything.

STAGE:  Lincoln Park waterfront theatre space Theatre on the Lake has a performance of Blood at the Root tonight, an provocative, critically acclaimed new play from Dominique Morisseau.

STAY IN: A previously unseen season of Great British Baking Show (at least here in the states) premieres on PBS tonight. Just in time, too, the absolute horrifying nature of existence was starting to weigh heavy and this is just the balm I need!



ACTIVE: Head to Soldier Field and run a few miles at their Chicago Bears 5k, raising funds for Bears Care, a charity with the mission of supporting Chicago neighborhoods that have been significantly impacted by gun violence.

CULTURE: Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown hosts the 18th Annual Dragon Boat for Literacy, which will be an wild sight to behold.

FILM: A handful of options if you’re looking to go to a park tonight and watch a movie for free while drinking surreptitious booze, including: West Side Story at Osterman Beach, Dirty Dancing in Touhy Park, and The Emoji Movie at Grand Crossing Park.

FOOD + DRINK: The 2018 Chicago Summer Whiskey Tasting Festival takes over the Flat Iron Building in Wicker Park today. Sip on some fancy whiskey on a hot June afternoon.

FREE: They’re throwing a dang block party on the 606! So many community-oriented surprises await you, kicked off by a pancake breakfast!

MUSIC: Roger Daltrey, one of the main guys from The Who, is coming to Ravinia to perform the classic album Tommy by The Who with help from the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. 

OUTSIDE: Pet Care Plus is throwing a Pup Pool Party with all proceeds going to the very good pet nonprofit One Tail at a Time. Grab yer dog if you’ve got one and have them splash around in a damn pool.

STAGE: Moonlight Tales and Tunes at Homan Square Park showcases performances of African folktales and short stories, presented by the Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble.

STAY IN: Grab a copy of the Chicago-set novel The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, following an ensemble of characters across the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s onto our current psychologically traumatizing landscape.



ACTIVE: The Chicago 10k goes down at Grant Park. It’s a 10k in Chicago. Specifically Grant Park.

CULTURE: Pride Parade today! Head to Lakeview to revel in the festivities. 

FILM: Cinepocalypse at the Music Box brings you a screening of Juice, an early 90’s hip hop cinema classic, followed by a Q&A with the film’s writer + director Ernest R. Dickerson.

FOOD + DRINK: The Chicago Food Truck Fest comes to the South Loop, promising 45+ wheeled sustenance dispensaries plus live music and other surprises.

FREE: The extremely nice and good Logan Square Arts Festival has been running all weekend and goes out with a bang today, featuring performances from musical guests like !!!, Flint Eastwood, the Chicago Afrobeat Project, and more, plus art installations, live literary readings, vendors, and more!

MUSIC: A Day In The Country, The Hideout’s reliably great celebration of all things good about country music returns, featuring sets from folks like the Lawrence Peters Outfit, Cactus Blossoms, and more, plus drink specials, BBQ, and homemade pie!

OUTSIDE: Tour the historic, sustainable gardens of Wicker Park as a part of the ongoing partnership between the Wicker Park Garden Club and the Chicago Park District.

STAGE: Stories: Our American Journey, presented by the Diamond Jubilee National Task Force for Arts and Culture, is a big old theatrical blowout, a stylish showcase of the myriad talents of Chicago’s Ismaili Muslim community.

STAY IN: Netflix has a new cooking show where – get this – the people doing the cooking are stoned. They’re high on weed, that sweet herb that countless people are still in jail for possessing. Anyways it’s called Cooking on High and the world is a toilet.