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Weezer plays Riot Fest this weekend. Weezer went from somewhat cool Pavement for people that like pop to forefathers of second wave, problematic emo to Yahoo! spokesmen to friends with Muppets to joke and back to somewhat cool Pavement. Learning institution Harvard is involved too. Good for them.

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THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTWe write stuff. Here’s some of that stuff from the last week that may be applicable to your preferences!



ACTIVE: Run 5 kilometers to raise funds for a very good cause: the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. It’s the Race Judicata in Lincoln Park!

CULTURE: The Chicago Turkish Festival starts tonight in Daley Plaza.

FILM: The Logan Theatre’s doing a late night screening of The Big Lebowski!

FOOD + DRINK: Check out a nice family-friendly ice cream social at the Green City Market at Gallagher Way, where you can make an apple pie à la mode featuring pie from the Hoosier Mama Pie folks.

FREE: Longrunning alleyway art party Activate returns to another Loop alley for a wild party entitled Materialists of (Evo)lution.

MUSIC: The Empty Bottle’s three day micro festival Trouble in Paradise features a showcase of artists from two of the best indie labels going: Paradise of Bachelors and Chicago’s own Trouble in Mind. Night one features performances from FACS, Negative Scanner, Ethers, and James Elkington.

OUTSIDE: Two late additions to the Movies in the Parks schedule: Lean On Me at Linblom Park and Wonder Woman at Augusta Park.

STAGE: The Hideout’s got the first ever Humanities Fair event, a “quarterly science fair for the soul,” featuring presentations from Erika Price, Julia Weiss, Claire Stone, and Ira S. Murfin.

STAY IN: Pick up a copy of the just-released memoir On the Other Side of Freedom from well-loved activist and writer DeRay McKesson.


ACTIVE: Yoga Tree up in Andersonville are doing a nice yoga event featuring live music to set the vibe, happening as a part of Andersonville Arts Week!

CULTURE: Co-Prosperity Sphere’s got a very solid looking fundraiser called Beers & Barks, raising money via donations and raffle tickets to help fund the first ever dog park on the Southwest Side.

FILM: The Music Box’s 70mm Film Festival begins tonight. You can see both West Side Story and The Thing on an absolutely HUGE screen. What an insane double feature!

FOOD + DRINK: The Fulton Market Harvest Fest begins today, featuring food, drinks, and live music from Chicago-based chefs, breweries, and bands, respectively.

FREE: Keep Summer going as long as possible with another night out at a movie screening in the park: see Spaceballs in Revere Park, Trolls in Lincoln Park, and Justice League in Commercial Club Playground Park.

MUSIC: Riot Fest 2018 is upon us! Today you can see acts like the aforementioned Weezer, Digable Planets, Speedy Ortiz, The Front Bottoms, and many more.

OUTSIDE: Evanston’s high quality distillery Few Spirits’ monthly alleyway gathering returns, with snacks from a variety of food trucks, plus music from The Healthy Portion, and, of course, tastes of Few’s latest and greatest spirits.

STAGE: Globe trotting standup comic Russell Peters brings his latest hour, Deported, to the Chicago Theatre.

STAY IN: Bojack Horseman is back today. Embrace the bad feels and worse puns!


ACTIVE: Do some yoga in a damn skyscraper this morning, care of 360 Sky Yoga in the Hancock Building.

CULTURE: The 19th annual Englewood Jazz Festival comes to the Hamilton Park & Cultural Center, for a day full of live performances from folks like Denise Thimes, the Charles Heath Group, and Ernest Dawkins Coltrane Project.

FILM: High quality suburban drive-in McHenry Outdoor Theatre has a throwback double feature of The Sandlot and Field of Dreams planned for you tonight.

FOOD + DRINK: Little Goat’s kicking off fall beer season with a Goat-toberfest party on their rooftop, featuring drinks from local beermakers and plenty of v fancy snacks.

FREE: Head to Pilsen for their Mexican Independence Day Parade on 18th Street.

MUSIC: The Empty Bottle’s Trouble in Paradise fest closes out tonight with the strongest bill of live music I’ve seen in ages: you get to see Omni, Nap Eyes, Nathan Bowles & Jake Xerxes Fussell, Itasca, David Nance, AND Amps For Christ. Insane. So many great (and wildly underrated) bands here.

OUTSIDE: The Midnight Circus in the Park, which, as we’ve established in the past, is during the day and not at midnight, but indeed in the park, comes to Holstein Park this weekend.

STAGE: Extremely good British standup Gina Yashere plays Lincoln Hall tonight. She’s great! You’ll love her.

STAY IN: American Vandal season 2 ALSO drops this weekend on Netflix. Huge weekend for deceptively brainy comedy on the ol’ streaming site!


ACTIVE: You can do some yoga at The Logan Square Farmers Market thanks to your friends at the Tula Yoga Studio.

CULTURE: Take a look at fine art from artists from Chicago and beyond at the newly minted Printer’s Row Art Fest.

FILM: Some more high quality offerings from the Music Box’s 70mm Film Festival, including another screening of West Side Story, plus the trailblazing epic Lawrence of Arabia.

FOOD + DRINK: Lakeview Taco Fest is perhaps the city’s most incongruous street fest but it’s best to probably not think about it too much and just go and enjoy the tacos.

FREE: Grab a blanket and head to Steelworkers Park for a screening of Coco!

MUSIC: Chicago Overground: Live on Worldwide FM, Co-Prosperity Sphere’s live radio session event curated by local experimental jazz label International Anthem and Lumpen Radio, features performances from folks like AACM Great Black Music Ensemble, Sam Trump & Radius, and Akenya.

OUTSIDE: The Ravenswood Art Walk gives you the chance to explore the massive community of creatives on the city’s Northwest side.

STAGE: DocFest 2018 at Strawdog Theatre Company features a series of new works performed for the first time ever, showcasing documentary theater works, with a special focus on the exploration of mental health.

STAY IN: Showtime’s new documentary series Warriors of Liberty City, which follows a youth football team founded by 2 Live Crew’s Uncle Luke, premieres tonight. Looks charming and heartwarming as hell.