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It’s Keegan-Michael Key’s birthday this weekend. Key did not win an Academy Award. That’s OK. Most people do not win Academy Awards. Being part of a group that features an Academy Award winner does not lessen your achievements. It’s important to be happy for the happiness of others.

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 preferences

  • • SXSW is over. We asked the only SXSW question that matters: Was it worth it?



ACTIVE: Get your climbing skills on point before the Summertime at the First Ascent Uptown’s New Member Hangout. Grab a new membership and chill w/ur new rock wall friendz.

CULTURE: Think u know Martin? Prove it tonight at REFUGE Live!’s Martin Trivia Night, followed by a 90’s themed dance party.

FILM: In celebration of the premiere of the new, terrible looking nerdtown bukakke sesh Ready Player One, the Music Box is showing a series of older, better Spielberg Sci-Fi flicks, including War of the Worlds, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

FOOD + DRINK: NoMI Kitchen in the Park Hyatt Chicago in the Loop hosts a dinner as a part of their Masters of Food & Wine series, this edition showcasing Pioneering Female Winemakers from around the world.

FREE: The Old Chicago Inn Bed and Breakfast hosts a lecture entitled Chicago History 101: The Speakeasy Series, happening in their exclusive Room 13 Speakeasy.

MUSIC: Australian singer/songwriter Stella Donnelly is going to be extremely popular very soon so get over to the Empty Bottle tonight to see her live before she’s packing out venues five times the size next year. Fauvely and Girl Valley open.

OUTSIDE: Pretend it’s not high 30s/low 40s like it has been for the last two months and head to the Chicago Botanic Gardens for their Orchids After Hours program, where you can enjoy foods, beverages, and beautiful foliage in a nice enclosed space.

STAGE: Shrimp Boys are at the forefront of alt sketch comedy in Chicago, and you’ve got the chance to catch them at iO before they inevitably blow up in the next year or two.

STAY IN: Season 2 of The Standups hit Netflix earlier this week and you now have a bunch of content from some of the best comics in the game, including Aparna Nancherla, Gina Yashere, and Kyle Kinane.



ACTIVE: Acro Yoga at the Chicago Oneness Center is a nice yoga program that you can participate in to push out those last vestiges of winter doldroms.

CULTURE: LeVar Burton appears at Fourth Presbyterian Church as a part of WBEZ’s Podcast Passport series. You love LeVar! He’s an immensely likable personality from your childhood!

FILM: The Chicago European Union Film Festival rages on at the Siskel Film Center with films from Sweden, Greece, the UK, France, and more premiering tonight. Tons of good shit, here.

FOOD + DRINK: The Good Food Expo 2018 comes to UIC Forum, showcasing the efforts of chefs, farmers, and food fans from Chicago and beyond, hoping to better our severely twisted food system.

FREE: It’s Family Day at the Chicago Center for the Arts & Technology, so enjoy workshops, live performances, tours of the facilities, and more!

MUSIC: Help support one of the best music nonprofits in town, Girls Rock!, at the Hideout’s Girls Rock! Chicago Storytelling Night, with live stories told from folks from folks like Elizabeth Gomez, J.H. Palmer, Lily Be, and Rebecca Valeriano-Flores.

OUTSIDE: Meet at Dvorak Park for a wide-ranging tour of the many architectural wonders Pilsen has in store for you. It’s good to get to know your city, you know?

STAGE: Alt comedy legend Janeane Garofalo plays Thalia Hall tonight. She’s great and has been great for a couple decades now and continues to be great.

STAY IN: Roxanne Roxanne hits Netflix today, early buzz is pretty solid for this biopic of influential, golden-age-era rapper Roxanne Shante.


ACTIVE: Dance for 8 hours straight and burn some damn calories in the process (while getting progressively drunker) at Beauty Bar’s 8 Year Anniversary dance party, spanning musical eras from the 50s up til today. Expect a ton of debauchery here, tbh.

CULTURE: The Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center hosts an Abolition of Slavery Celebration with Betsayda Machado and Bomba con Buya, a party thrown in honor of the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Puerto Rico.

FILM: Wildly underappreciated screening room Facets hosts a free showing of French-Algerian film Until The Birds Return, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Karim Moussaoui.

FOOD + DRINK: Fulton Street Collective’s got a Speakeasy Poetry & Storytime popup event happening, with a chunk of the proceeds going to Autism Speaks in Chicago. Good cause, good food, etc. etc. etc.

FREE: Logan Square Vintage Vinyl hosts a free to enter but not free to take stuff, ya gotta pay for it, friend. They got records from across the decades, tons o good shit.

MUSIC: High quality show at the Hideout, featuring local indie rock auteur Advance Base, O’Death’s Greg Jamie, and Chicago vet Scott Tuma. Heavy duty stuff!

OUTSIDE: It’s Earth Hour time, so maybe shut ya lights off and head to Northerly Island, for some outdoorsy activities to honor this small but important gesture of conservation and awareness.

STAGE: Chicago’s best roller derby team the Windy City Rollers are putting up their best and brightest for their travel team, which has their first home match of the season at the UIC Pavilion.

STAY IN: Stay in and read a book instead of breaking out into the night, maybe consider picking up Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala, author of the acclaimed work Beasts of No Nation, from a local bookseller?


ACTIVE: North Branch Yoga hosts Bunny Yoga, a benefit for Red Door Animal Shelter, gives you the chance to get real stretchy around some nice buns.

CULTURE: Ever wanted to learn about the ancient art of tarot? Here’s you chance, at DonerMen on Belmont! Mystical!

FILM: Robert Altman picture California Split screens at the Music Box as a part of their ongoing staff-selected Sunday matinee programming series.

FOOD + DRINK: Headquarters Beercade hosts an 8-Bit Brunch, soundtracked by classic video game soundtracks, like The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario. They’ve got special surprises and giveaways in store, should be good if you’re into this sort of thing!

FREE: May Chapel at Rosehill Cemetery hosts a pair of live sets programmed by Elastic Arts, featuring a solo set from bassist Brandon Lopez, and a duo set from the Dorji/Damon duo. Should be a one-of-a-kind thing!

MUSIC: U-God from Wu-Tang is riding a wave of relevance with the recent release of his new memoir RAW: My Journey into the Wu-Tang, and is popping by the Beat Kitchen for a solo set. Openers Mood Swangz, DJ Handz Solo, and Sherm N Demand will join him.

OUTSIDE: It’s the weekend immediately following St. Patrick’s Day which means it’s time for the 8k Shamrock Shuffle, one of the first and most popular races of the running outside for fun and competition season here in Chicago.

STAGE: Monthly drag party DragCab at 1959 Kitchen & Bar is back with a celebration of all things 90’s. Trivia, live performances, and DJ sets all night long await u.

STAY IN: New FX kidnapping/rich people drama Trust premieres tonight and will properly fill the recently formed American Crime Story shaped hole in your heart.