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Princess Nokia plays House of Vans this weekend. She’s the future of emo. She’s not, but she should be.

Also, tell all your friends to subscribe to the Chicago mailing list. We gave away tickets to Chicago mailing list subscribers.



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

We announced Bentzen Ball 2018! Tig Notaro! Phoebe Robinson! Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher! Amanda Seales! Michelle Buteau! Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness! Come to D.C. in October.



ACTIVE: Run/walk/jog etc. at Strides For Peace, a race against gun violence, raising money for to assist community organizations in working towards eliminating gun violence in Chicago.

CULTURE: The Chicago Design Museum’s got a free discussion featuring Tim Lacy, whose new book is a deep dive on the work of Mortimer J. Adler. High minded stuff in a very cool space.

FILM: The Chicago Underground Film Festival continues tonight, with two programs of short films, as well as a screening of Craigslist Allstars and a double feature of Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America and Wild Gunman. All at the Logan Theatre!

FOOD + DRINK: Enjoy some fine culinary treats at the Center on Halsted’s Taste of Diversity dinner, featuring bites prepared by members of their Silver Fork culinary arts program, as well as partner restaurants from throughout the city.

FREE: Outdoor Loop alleyway art party ACTIVATE is back again for another one of their monthly popup events, this one taking over the Chicago Riverwalk. Expect live music and dance, art installations, cocktails, and more. 

MUSIC: Brian McNight is at City Winery. Incredibly cool. No way you can pass something like this up!

OUTSIDE: The first of three Adults Night Out 2018 events at the Lincoln Park Zoo happens tonight! No kids allowed at this boozy, informational after-hours affair. Love the zoo!

STAGE: Comedian/podcaster/Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan brings his Here We Go Tour thru Thalia Hall tonight. 

STAY IN: Grab a copy of the recently released short story collection Florida By Lauren Groff from your favorite local bookseller and just like don’t leave the house until you finish it!



ACTIVE: Do a big old bike ride for the American Lung Association, it’s the Fight For Air Ride from Crystal Lake, IL to Lake Geneva, WI.

CULTURE: Is it already the Second Friday of the month? Feels like it was just yesterday that it was Second Fridays in Pilsen, but no! It’s today! Go look at some galleries and enjoy complementary refreshments throughout this lovely neighborhood.

FILM: The Logan Theatre’s got a late night screening of Fargo happening. One of the best movies ever!

FOOD + DRINK: Oh lordy Ribfest is upon us. One of the biggest/best/most crowded street fests all year happening up in North Center.

FREE: Excellent record store-based standup comedy show/fundraiser Funny Grabs Back returns to Pinwheel Records in Pilsen, raising money (via raffle tickets, entry is free) for ArtReach Chicago.

MUSIC: House of Vans has an incredible lineup of musicians tonight, featuring our GIF person Princess Nokia and special guests JPEGMAFIA and Glitter Moneyyy. Free with RSVP but show up early, it’s gonna get crowded as hell.

OUTSIDE: The Chicago Park District’s ongoing series of Nights Out in the Parks comes to Union Park tonight. Free, family-friendly activities take over the park throughout the early evening.

STAGE:  The Second City has once again teamed up with the folks at NBC/Universal to celebrate some of the most exciting up-and-coming comedians at the Break Out Comedy Festival, featuring a diverse bill of standup, sketch, and improv performers.

STAY IN: The series finale of the massively popular Wachowski creation Sense8 hits Netflix today. People love this show. I haven’t seen it yet, but have very much meant to check it out!


ACTIVE: The World Naked Bike Ride returns for it’s 15th iteration, giving spectators and cyclists alike an unforgettable, fleshy experience.

CULTURE: The Bodega Boys are at the Chicago Theatre and somehow this show is not sold out. Go to this!!! They’re insanely funny.

FILM: The 16th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival is currently running at Facets Cinematheque, and tonight is the centerpiece of the entire fest: a collection of Multicultural Shorts, featuring films from the US and Brazil, followed by a Q&A and reception. 

FOOD + DRINK: Drink some suds at the Lombard Ale Fest out in Lombard. It’s right off the Lombard Metra stop so you’ll be able to really cut loose out in the burbs and then just ride the rails back home. 

FREE: East Room’s Rock’n’Roll Market presented by Red Bull, Goose Island, and a bunch of other tastemakers from around town, has music from folks like The Detroit Cobras and Platinum Boys, soundtracking your perusal of wares from over 50 DIY/crafty vendors.

MUSIC: The Chicago Blues Fest takes over Millennium Park all weekend, with performances from folks like Willie Clayton, Eddie Cotton, Jr., and a Tribute to Little Walter with Billy Branch, Corky Siegel, Rick Estrin, and more.

OUTSIDE: Andersonville’s Midsommarfest is another highlight of street fest season. Go find out why! You don’t get up to Andersonville enough, I bet.

STAGE: Check out a live broadcast of Live From Here with Chris Thile (fka A Prairie Home Companion) at Ravinia! Is there a more suburban/NPR type event than this? No!

STAY IN: An expanded version of the influential true crime series The Staircase comes to Netflix this weekend. I’m gonna binge this thing so hard.


ACTIVE: The Fit Expo, presented by Bodybuilding.com and sponsored by Subway, comes to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center this weekend. It’s an insane mixture of vendors, fitness competitions, and interactive exhibits! Where else are you gonna see a Tae Bo workshop in action??

CULTURE: The Printers Row Lit Fest, now in its 34th year, is billed as the Midwest’s largest literary festival, filling the Loop-adjacent Printer’s Row neighborhood with displays from independent publishing houses, booksellers, and writers from a variety of backgrounds.

FILM: Catch a screening of Trnka Shorts Program II: 1949-53 at the Siskel Film Center, showcasing the influential work of animator Czech Jiri Trnka, whose mid-century, family-friendly remains as compelling and delightful as ever.

FOOD + DRINK: Extremely good showcase of the Chicago food truck scene, The Pilsen Food Truck Social, comes to 18th street again with food from 15+ trucks from the Chicago area, live music, and more!

FREE: Check out what the ever-thriving local music scene has to offer at the latest iteration of the Empty Bottle’s Summer Label Fair, featuring a bunch of cool local labels like Eye Vibe Records, Moniker, and Sooper Records showing off their latest and greatest.

MUSIC: The uh, Nickelodeon Slime Fest happens at the Huntington Bank Pavilion out on Northerly Island this weekend. Musical guests like Zedd, Liam Payne, Flo Rida, and Jojo Siwa soundtrack a slimey hangout featuring appearances from various current and past Nickelodeon stars and various family friendly activities. This is a weird one!

OUTSIDE: Have a nice bougie Sunday by taking in some Fine Art at the Old Town Art Fair. Pick up a weird shaped mug or some chunky gemstone jewelry or something!

STAGE: Hubbard Street Dance’s wraps up their 40th season with a performance of a new work entitled Decadance/Chicago. Close out your weekend with some highbrow stuff! 

STAY IN:  The Tonys are on tonight, so that’s what everyone will be livetweeting all evening. Get on board or feel weirdly disconnected from yr feed! Or just do something else and don’t look at your phone! A lot of options here, my friends.