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- It’s September. Have Your Best September.
- The next entry in our Gender Bender of the Week series is Christeene.
- The next entry in our Dream Jukebox series is V.V. Lightbody.
- Carmen Lagala is our Funny Human of the Week.
ACTIVE: The folks at Joriki have a yoga/meditative mental health event that features an hour long Vinyasa class, featuring live music, and more!
CULTURE: The Public Newsroom community conversation series meets at Build Coffee for a discussion entitled Reframing Conversations on Racism, featuring Executive Director of the Chicago United for Equity outreach program, Niketa Brar.
FILM: The Workers Center for Racial Justice hosts a free screening of the documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution at the Jackson Park Fieldhouse.
FOOD + DRINK: Hit the high seas of Lake Michigan while sipping on Half Acre beer and eating BBQ treats from Blackwood BBQ. It’s the Wendella Beer & BBQ Cruise!
FREE: GMan Tavern hosts another edition of their music/storytelling series Liner Notes, featuring readings from folks like Showyousuck, Jessi Roti, and longtime Metro/Smart Bar owner Joe Shanahan.
MUSIC: 50 Cent makes his Ravinia Debut tonight. What a strange combination of artist + venue!
OUTSIDE: Chicago Hauntings Tours has a very spooky tour of Lincoln Park planned for you, where you can take in various (allegedly) haunted sites around the popular northside neighborhood.
STAGE: Longrunning interview show The Interview Show is throwing a mini two-day festival at the Hideout, starting tonight. Guests include Renato Mariotti, Erling Wu-Bower, Sam Trump, and more!
STAY IN: Season two of Sarah Silverman’s current events themed Hulu show I Love You America premieres today. You love her!
ACTIVE: Meet up at Ping Tom Memorial Park for a Social Evening Paddle, a nice kayaking meetup, where you can cruise the waters of Chicago on a rented kayak.
CULTURE: The Laugh Factory has a highbrow Battle of the Letters, featuring various literacy organizations like Chicago Youth Shakespeare and Open Books, squaring off in a tournament of old school, formal letter writing!
FILM: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Waynes World 2 by taking in a sweet midnight screening at the Music Box tonight!
FOOD + DRINK: The Windy City Wine Festival gives you the chance to sample over 300 wines from around the world in the area of Grant Park immediately surrounding Buckingham Fountain. What a nice spot!
FREE: Free jazz music in at the Courtyard Shops at the Hyde Park Shopping Center.
MUSIC: The World Music Festival kicks off a monthlong celebration with an all night long program of Indian Classical Music entitled Ragamala, featuring performances of various subgenres of Indian Classical at the Chicago Cultural Center.
OUTSIDE: Check out a free performance from the Stars of the Lyric Opera at Millennium Park! This is one of the last music in the park type events for the Summer, so it’d be a good idea to get down there!
STAGE: Author Maeve Higgins discusses her new memoir Maeve In America with Chicago-based comedian Alex Kumin at Women & Children First bookstore.
STAY IN: The second season of the hit Marvel show Iron Fist hits Netflix today. Watch that and maybe season one beforehand, if you haven’t seen that one yet.
ACTIVE: The Chicago Athletic Association’s Skate Night gives you a chance to get all in your feelings care of everyone’s favorite sad millionaire Drake. It’s a Drake themed rollerskating session, where else can you do that?
CULTURE: Check out the September edition of the Renegade Craft Fair on Division for a bunch of real nice handmade goods from vendors from Chicago and beyond!
FILM: The excellent McHenry Outdoor Theatre’s got a killer double feature this weekend: Top Gun and Caddyshack. Best drive-in in the Chicagoland area, hands down.
FOOD + DRINK: Donut Fest at the Lincoln Park Zoo has a bunch of round cakes for you to enjoy, plus booze, coffee, and more!
FREE: Man is there a weirder way to spend one of the last few warm Summer weekends than at a Revolutionary War Reenactment? I don’t think so! Get thee to Wheaton!
MUSIC: Support a supremely good cause at Beer & Bands for Comfort Station in Logan Square, a fundraiser to help programming stay excellent at this neighborhood treasure. Featuring tunes from folks like Dos Santos, Phoelix, and Campdogzz, plus a bunch of beer, this is gonna be a rad one.
OUTSIDE: The Northern Illinois Airshow is like the Air & Water Show but with less water and in Waukeegan. Go watch some big screaming death machines if that’s your thing!
STAGE: Alcohol-fueled storytelling show The Blackout Diaries is back at Under The Gun Theater tonight featuring more true tales of regrettably boozy adventures from comedians, writers, and civilians!
STAY IN: Grab a copy of Lake Success, the latest novel from acclaimed writer Gary Shteyngart, and don’t leave the house until it’s finished!
ACTIVE: The Brookfield ZooRunRun is a 5k race contained entirely within the sprawling bounds of the Brookfield Zoo. What a way to see the zoo!
CULTURE: The iconic 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade kicks off at noon today. This is a must-see!
FILM: The Music Box welcomes the return of the Cat Video Film Festival, featuring two screenings of an expertly curated selection of viral cat videos. Hell yes.
FOOD + DRINK: The Chicago German-American Oktoberfest takes over Lincoln Square all this weekend. Grab some bier and throw on your lederhosen and all that jazz!
FREE: The Museum of Science and Industry is free to all Illinois Residents. That’s probably you!
MUSIC: Damn: Counting Crows and Live are coheadlining a show at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. Wild stuff!
OUTSIDE: Head to the Ukrainian Village for the Ukrainian Village Festival, celebrating this historic neighborhood’s roots.
STAGE: Two breakout true crime series defense attorneys, David Rudolf from The Staircase and Jerry Buting from Making A Murderer, are hitting the road together for a live show that looks that these two hugely popular series. They go in-depth on both cases, discussing things that were omitted from their respective Netflix shows, and provide updates on the cases now that the cameras aren’t around!
STAY IN: Showtime’s new Michel Gondry-helmed, Jim Carrey-starring series Kidding looks like it’s at LEAST worth watching the pilot, which premieres tonight. I hope it’s good!