#Chicago blog

The ultimate Chicago events, restaurants, bars and nightlife blog

A colorful array of music fans and costumes were on hand for day one of North Coast Music Festival 2014, Friday, August 29.

A colorful array of music fans and costumes were on hand for day one of North Coast Music Festival 2014, Friday, August 29. Photograph: Matthew Sperzel

North Coast Music Festival Friday photos

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Aug 30, 2014 at 11:37am

The weather gods must dig bass. Despite forecasts and unlike last year, when torrential rain fell on Union Park on the first day of North Coast, the air was muggy but sweet for headliners Bassnectar and Alesso. That brought out the glow sticks, hula hoops, tie dye and Adventure Time characters. See if you can spot them all in our shots from Union Park.

Read full post


Jay Cutler looks skeptical.

Jay Cutler looks skeptical. Jamie DiVecchio Ramsay

Soldier Field to serve "DaBurger Sliders" at Bears games

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:17am

Aramark, the food and beverage provider for 11 NFL teams, unveiled new signature items for each of its clients this week. Aramark's "tribute to [Chicago] heritage, hometown culinary scene" is DaBurger Slider, a pepper-jack pork burger with chorizo cream, chipotle barbecue pulled pork, Havarti cheese, thick-cut bacon and crispy potato sticks. Question this concoction's relevancy to Chicago's culinary scene at your will, but you have to admit that tiny little sliders feels wrong for the Bears fan. This thing should be the size of Ditka's face.

Read full post


Photo: Frank Ockenfels/AMC; Photo imaging: Jamie DiVecchio Ramsay

Dave Chappelle to host Common's hip-hop festival with Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul and more

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:14am

Common has put together quite the impressive hip-hop showcase, Aahh! Fest, a late entry into the summer festival season but one of the best. Naturally, the local legend headlines, bringing heavy cuts from his No I.D. assisted album Nobody's Smiling. Lupe Fiasco and Lil Herb represent both ends of the Chicago hip-hop spectrum—the conscious political side and the stark drill of the younger generation. New York represents to, with old school icons De La Soul and MC Lyte. Not to be overlooked is the elusive Jay Electronica. Oh, and Dave freaking Chappelle emcees the thing.

Read full post


  1. Union Park 1501 W Randolph St, between Ogden Ave and Justine St
  2. Sun Sep 21
Buy tickets
Onlookers welcome the Jackie Robinson West Little League team back to the city with a parade on August 27, 2014.

Onlookers welcome the Jackie Robinson West Little League team back to the city with a parade on August 27, 2014. Photograph: Max Herman

Jackie Robinson West Little League parade and rally photos

Posted by Zach Long on Aug 27, 2014 at 2:34pm

Friends, family and supporters (including Mayor Emanuel and Governor Quinn) gathered in Jackie Robinson Park on the South Side today to welcome the Jackie Robinson West Little League squad back to the city. Joined by head coach Darold Butler, the Little League World Series U.S. champions took the field at their home field, while onlookers cheered them on. After the celebration, the team boarded a trolly which drove them to Millennium Park, where Chance the Rapper introduced them to the assembled crowd.

Read full post


A rendering of the Field Museum's Cyrus Tang Hall of China

A rendering of the Field Museum's Cyrus Tang Hall of China Photograph courtesy of Tang Foundations

The Field Museum announces a new permanent exhibition

Posted by Zach Long on Aug 27, 2014 at 12:45pm

Yesterday, the Field Museum revealed that a new permanent exhibition of Chinese artifacts is currently under construction. When it opens next June, the Cyrus Tang Hall of China will showcase more than 350 pieces from the museum's collection, including textiles, bronzes, ceramics and sculptures. The exhibit will explore the history of China, tracing a path from the country's ancient beginnings to its modern status as a leader in trade, technology and innovation. The new exhibit will replace the museum's previous display of Chinese artifacts, which was closed in 2013.

Read full post


Volunteer docent Stuart Hall poses with Shake Shack's art installation

Volunteer docent Stuart Hall poses with Shake Shack's art installation

Shake Shack installs interactive public art at Ohio Street site

Posted by Zach Long on Aug 27, 2014 at 10:45am

Shake Shack will soon be opening its first Midwest location at the corner of Ohio St and Rush St in River North, offering up burgers and hot dogs in addition to the New York chain's signature milkshakes. The location's storefront is currently boarded up while work continues inside, but the plywood barrier has been decorated with six interactive murals created by St. Louis artist Noah MacMillan (who is also responsible for the "Float" mural on the Century Building).

Read full post


Brad Armacost, Ira Amyx, Dan Waller, Shane Kenyon and Kevin Theis in The Seafarer at Seanachaí Theatre Company

Brad Armacost, Ira Amyx, Dan Waller, Shane Kenyon and Kevin Theis in The Seafarer at Seanachaí Theatre Company Photograph: Joe Mazza

Seanachaí to become Irish Theatre of Chicago

Posted by Kris Vire on Aug 26, 2014 at 2:09pm

Seanachaí Theatre Company, the modest Equity theater that's focused on Irish stories and themes, is marking its 20th year by clearing up any lingering confusion over that mission. Henceforth, the company will be known as Irish Theatre of Chicago. "While our name is changing, our mission remains the same, and Seanachaí (gaelic for ‘storyteller’) is still at the heart of what we do," said co-artistic directors Michael Grant and Ira Amyx in a statement announcing the change, along with a slate of two productions for Irish Theatre Company's 2014–15 season.

Read full post


Le Dress is le closing

Posted by Laura Baginski on Aug 26, 2014 at 10:43am

The Ukrainian Village store Le Dress, which specialized in dresses (duh), is closing its doors on Sept 28 after six years in business. And just like they did when the store flooded last year, the owners are making lemonade out of lemons by holding an "au revoir" sale, with items in the store marked down up to 75 percent.

Read full post


Comic, movie and video game lovers dress up as their favorite characters for Wizard World Chicago Comic Con on August 23, 2014.

Comic, movie and video game lovers dress up as their favorite characters for Wizard World Chicago Comic Con on August 23, 2014. Photograph: Joshua Mellin

Photos of Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014

Posted by Jessica Johnson on Aug 25, 2014 at 3:28pm

Spider-Man, Batman, Catwoman—these are the characters you expect to see at an event like Wizard World Chicago Comic Con at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. As you can see from our photos, there were plenty of those, but also some inspired choices, such as Daft Punk, the Ghostbusters plus the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, Pimpbot 5000 from Conan O'Brien and...a Transformers pimp? Check out our photos of the crazy costumes to inspire some ideas for Halloween.

Read full post


City announces Jackie Robinson West parade and rally

Posted by Laura Baginski on Aug 25, 2014 at 3:16pm

Since when do grown people follow a Little League team as if they were in majors? When a team as extraordinary as Jackie Robinson West comes around, which is a rare thing, indeed. The mayor's office today announced that a parade and rally will be held on Wednesday to celebrate the team's U.S. Championship in the Little League World Series.

Read full post


Bryan Bosque and Echaka Agba in The Deer at the Ruckus

Bryan Bosque and Echaka Agba in The Deer at the Ruckus Photograph: Jeffrey Bivens

The Ruckus Theater announces 2015 season, new leadership

Posted by Kris Vire on Aug 25, 2014 at 2:45pm

The Ruckus Theater has announced a pair of productions for the company's sixth season in 2015, along with new artistic and executive directors. First up in the new season is the Midwest premiere of Matt Lyle's comedy Barbecue Apocalypse (Feb 15–Mar 15). In the summer, Allison Shoemaker will helm Dan Caffrey's Matawan, which the pair developed as part of Red Tape Theatre's Fresh Eyes series. Dates and venue for Matawan, which centers on a spate of shark attacks that took place along the Jersey Shore in 1916, remain to be determined.

Read full post


iO Theater

iO Theater Photograph: Anthony Soave

5 things you should know about the new iO

Posted by Jessica Johnson on Aug 25, 2014 at 1:10pm

The red carpet is being rolled out this Friday for the grand opening of iO's new location at 1501 N Kingsbury Street. While the stars will be out this weekend to celebrate the comedy landmark's expansive new space, we snuck a peek during the current soft opening to see what's notable at the new address. 1) It's not as easy to find…

Read full post


Punks, headbangers and rockers unite for the Riot Fest Chicago 2013 music festival on September 15, 2013.

Punks, headbangers and rockers unite for the Riot Fest Chicago 2013 music festival on September 15, 2013. Photograph: Max Herman

Riot Fest expands to massive footprint in Humboldt Park

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Aug 21, 2014 at 4:01pm

Today, the organizers of Riot Fest released a map of its 2014 festival grounds. One thing immediately jumps out: It's much, much bigger. And it features mini-golf, a haunted house, a vintage arcade and a wine bar. Oh, and two Ferris wheels. How much bigger is that space? 162 acres (minus the watery bits, of course) versus the 38 acres of old. To put that in perspective, Lollapalooza takes up 115 acres in Grant Park.

Read full post


The Dance of Death at Writers Theatre

The Dance of Death at Writers Theatre Photograph: Michael Brosilow

Jeff Awards 2014: Equity Wing nominations

Posted by Kris Vire on Aug 21, 2014 at 12:01pm

The Joseph Jefferson Awards committee announced the nominations for its 2014 Equity Wing honors. Or, rather, Jane Lynch—the popular TV actor, who won an Emmy Saturday night in her role as host of NBC's Hollywood Game Night and got her start in Chicago's theater and comedy scenes in the early ’90s—announced the nominations on-camera for a tape-delayed YouTube video. Goodman Theatre and Drury Lane cleaned up with more than 20 nods each.

Read full post


Divvy announces expansion plans for spring 2015

Posted by Zach Long on Aug 21, 2014 at 10:17am

The Chicago Department of Transportation has announced that the planned expansion of Divvy will take place next spring, bringing the bike share system to 475 stations and 4,750 bikes. The 175 new stations will be distributed to underserved areas on the North, South and West Sides of Chicago, giving the city the most bike share stations and largest service area in North America (Montreal, the next largest, operates 450 stations).

Read full post


 Rising British star John Newman made his Chicago debut for the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival 2014 at Lincoln Hall, January 18, 2014.

Rising British star John Newman made his Chicago debut for the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival 2014 at Lincoln Hall, January 18, 2014. Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

Tomorrow Never Knows 2015 early bird passes go on sale

Posted by Zach Long on Aug 20, 2014 at 3:38pm

The winter months usually serve as a respite from the busy summer music festival season, but that hasn't stopped the folks at Lincoln Hall and Schubas from organizing the Tomorrow Never Knows festival in January for the past 11 years. Taking place at multiple venues across the city, the festival makes a point of showcasing rising acts in intimate settings, including artists like Jessie Ware and Sharon Van Etten who now draw much larger crowds. The 2015 edition will take place January 14–18

Read full post


An e.a.t. spots stand at Madison St and  Wacker Dr

An e.a.t. spots stand at Madison St and Wacker Dr Photograph: Alan Shortall

Vacant newsstands in the Loop are being converted into food kiosks

Posted by Zach Long on Aug 20, 2014 at 12:51pm

The continued decline of print has left several downtown newsstands vacant for the past several years, but a local business is bringing new life to these shuttered structures. The first of four planned e.a.t. spots opened in a repurposed newsstand at 368 West Madison Street on Monday, offering a menu filled with healthy, local foods, including a selection of wraps designed by former Frontera Grill chef Shaw Lash. The bright yellow kiosks are open Monday through Friday from 7am to 6:30pm.

Read full post


James Foley

James Foley Photograph: Jessica Scranton

Remembering the sacrifice and bravery of James Foley

Posted by Rod O'Connor on Aug 20, 2014 at 8:13am

When I interviewed journalist James Foley three years ago, I sensed a struggle inside him. This was just a few months after his 44-day captivity in Libya during that country’s rebel uprising, and he was truly thankful he had made it out alive. He was easy to talk to. I recall him laughing often. He seemed to appreciate the fact that he had dodged a bullet. But two things tore him up: One was the fact that Anton Hammerl wasn’t so lucky.

Read full post


Halsted St pylon

Halsted St pylon Photograph: Jason A. Heidemann

Three Illinois schools make list of top 50 LGBT-friendly colleges and universities

Posted by Kris Vire on Aug 18, 2014 at 1:56pm

On Friday, nonprofit group Campus Pride released its sixth annual list of the nation's top 50 LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. Three Illinois schools made the unranked list: The University of Chicago, University of Illinois–Chicago and Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. It may be surprising not to see more Chicago-area schools make this list—Roosevelt University, for one, has a strong reputation for gay inclusiveness and advocacy as part of its social justice–oriented mission.

Read full post


Krewella hits the stage in Grant Park to play a sold-out Lollapalooza Music Festival 2014.

Krewella hits the stage in Grant Park to play a sold-out Lollapalooza Music Festival 2014. Photographer: cousindaniel.com

The City of Chicago defines what "EDM" means

Posted by Brent DiCrescenzo on Aug 18, 2014 at 12:18pm

Late last week, as reported by DNAinfo Chicago, the City of Chicago local liquor commissioner Gregory Steadman and Congress Theater owner Eddie Carranza signed a six-page plan of operation that will allow the concert hall to obtain a liquor license and reopen. Now, there's one funny condition in that lengthy, freshly inked document. The Congress "shall not allow any EDM shows/events at the premises." Which means the City of Chicago had to define what the hell "EDM" means.

Read full post



Send tips to:

Laura Baginski, Editor (@TimeOutChicago)

laura.baginski@timeout.com

Follow us

Time Out Chicago on Facebook   Time Out Chicago on Twitter   Time Out Chicago on Instagram   Time Out Chicago on Pinterest   Time Out Chicago on Google Plus   Time Out Chicago on Foursquare   Time Out Chicago on Spotify