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• Robby Hoffman is our Funny Human of the Week.
• We interviewed Jay and Mark Duplass. They are brothers.
Feeling trapped is not the same as actually being trapped. We hope you are not trapped.
ACTIVE: Pinot’s Palette on Milwaukee’s got a Rise + Wine Yoga/Mindful Painting/Wine Drinking class planned tonight. Lord how many absolutely CLASSIC things can be rolled into one event?
CULTURE: Embarc, an organization that works to empower high school students from underprivileged backgrounds, celebrates its 8th year with a jam-packed variety show/spectacular/blowout at Moonlight Studios.
FILM: Provocative mid-2000s arthouse flick Y Tu Mama Tambien screens at Doc Films tonight on 35mm.
FOOD + DRINK: Head to Scofflaw to have a drink and hear more about the processes that go into gin making from master distiller of Sipsmith Gin, Jared Brown!
FREE: The producers of HGTV’s House Hunters are hanging out and talking about the show with a couple of first time home buyers on some sort of panel or something!??! I’m not positive, it’s sort of unclear what’s in store here but I feel like if you’d like an entry point into getting on House Hunters this is a good start.
MUSIC: Logan Square dancehall Slippery Slope celebrates their fourth birthday with a big blowout soundtracked by DJ sets from folks like Air Credits, DJ Johnny Walker, and DJ Matt Roan, plus crazy drink specials and more!
OUTSIDE: The beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden’s Grapevines and Wines event gives you the chance to stroll around the premises while sipping on a bunch of different types of wine! Hell yes.
STAGE: High quality sketch duo Butt is based in Los Angeles now but is made up of two extremely funny people who got their start in comedy here in Chicago. They headline the Lincoln Lodge tonight. This will be great and should not be missed by anyone.
STAY IN: Did you listen to the reviews and never make it out to see Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn’s followup to Drive? Good news, it’s now on Netflix! Probably worth a watch???
ACTIVE: Are you a real Fitness Head? If so, check out the Reebock Ragnar Chicago, a 200 mile (?!?!??!) relay race that pits teams of 12 runners against each other on an overnight race from Chicago to Madison. Grab yr squad and get running.
CULTURE: The Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show comes to Merchandise Mart. It’s like a big antiques store but cleaner, or the antiques roadshow without a TV crew. Nice!
FILM: The Siskel Film Center is showing all five installments of Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day, an acclaimed German miniseries, this week. Catch Episode 1 tonight!
FOOD + DRINK: Beer Under Glass at the Garfield Park Conservatory is another classic event where you get to drink a bunch of booze surrounded by beautiful plants. These sort of things never get old.
FREE: 360 Chicago at the top of the John Hancock Building is doing 360 Sky Trivia up there for free! Go compete in a series of Chicago-themed trivia rounds for the chance to win a bunch of prizes!
MUSIC: Double bill outdoor concert at Gallagher Way in front of Wrigley Field tonight, featuring Real Estate and The Record Company. It’s nice that they’re doing stuff there, I think!
OUTSIDE: Mayfest, the unofficial kickoff to Chicago street festival season, happens this weekend. Enjoy music from cover bands, trashy fried food, and semi-cold beer and welcome the warm kiss of summertime in Chicago with open arms!
STAGE: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Star Super Star Alaska Thunderfuck, plus Karen From Finance and Drag Race Season 10 contestant Asia O’Hara appear at Roscoes tonight. High quality drag show!
STAY IN: Over fifty years ago, Zora Neale Hurston, author of the classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, wrote a Barracoon, profile of the last known survivor of the slave trade. It never saw the light of day until now, and you should probably grab a copy and just sort of spend your Friday night with this thing!
ACTIVE: Night Nation Run, Chicago’s premiere night time 5k run/EDM festival, goes down at Soldier Field tonight. Another wild combo of just absolutely popular stuff.
CULTURE: Nothing’s better than Chicago Zine Fest. Catch a massive exhibition of DIY and handmade publications from creators from around the country at the Plumbers Union Hall, plus a bunch of panels and fun activities happening throughout the day.
FILM: The Music Box has got an extremely hight quality 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey screening tonight. Ya gotta go see this, folks.
FOOD + DRINK: The Lincoln Park’s Food Truck Social has dozens of food trucks coming out to the nicest zoo in town.
FREE: The Kills play a free show at the House of Vans as a part of their celebration of women in skateboarding called Get On Board. Hell yeah.
MUSIC: God damn Shania Twain is playing the United Center. Think about how jazzed the crowd is gonna be at this thing, holy cow.
OUTSIDE: The 24th annual Bark in the Park at Soldier Field is the largest dog-friendly party in the city, and also happens to be a big old fundraiser for the Anti-Cruelty Society. Good times and a good cause, good stuff!
STAGE: Hugely popular storytelling show/adolescent deep dive Mortified is back at Lincoln Hall tonight.
STAY IN: HBO’s adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon (the two Michaels from films!) airs tonight. Get the whole gang together and have a dystopia watch party!
ACTIVE: Dash for the Dogs: a 5k slash one mile run/walk/fun run/etc. benefitting Animal House Shelter! Grab your pup and stroll around Citizens Park in Barrington for a very good cause!
CULTURE: What is more CULTURE than Skokie’s 28th annual Festival of Cultures? Nothing! It’s like Epcot but a street festival!
FILM: The Empty Bottle’s got a screening of the new punk documentary Here to be Heard: The Story of the Slits, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, William Badgley, moderated by Jessica Hopper.
FOOD + DRINK: Lincoln Park Wine Festival at Jonquil Park features a dozen wine tastings, paired with small bites, and soundtracked by live music. It’s summer time now!
FREE: The Lincoln Park Zoo has been open for 150 years. Crazy, right? Head over there for a celebration of their 150th birthday, coinciding with the opening of their new exhibition celebrating the history of our lovely free zoo.
MUSIC: Smartbar’s weekly queer dance night Queen! has a special guest DJ set from extremely good electronic artist Todd Terje! Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini, and Garrett David will also be spinning.
OUTSIDE: Lombard, IL’s LIlacia Park has hosted Lilac Time for the last few weeks and that’s all coming to a close after today. Go look at some nice flowers!
STAGE: I Find Your Lack Of Faith Disturbing, a new book by A. D. Jameson, is a probe of modern “nerd culture” and the creative constipation and prideful, uncritical consumption it celebrates. Bucket O’Blood has a book release party planned, featuring an appearance from Jameson and light refreshments to follow!
STAY IN: The 2018 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Kelly Clarkson (I mean, sure, yes definitely), air tonight. Another one to crew up for and just go absolutely mental on some snacks while you watch like Drake win awards for like, most streamed song or something.