Best things to do this weekend in Chicago

Time Out Chicago's editors pick the top parties, concerts, cultural events and more this weekend in Chicago

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Friday

Camera Obscura + Laura Cantrell

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Lindsay Boyd and her Camera Obscura crew do their misty Glaswegian indie-pop thing, playing from their rich and lovely latest album Desire Lines. Early champions included both John Peel and Belle And Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, who produced Camera Obscura's debut album.

  1. Thalia Hall 1807 S Allport St, at 18th St
  2. Fri Jul 25
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Brew & View Chicago

  • Free

Samuel Adams (the brewery, not the founding father) provides the beer at this outdoor screening of Wedding Crashers at Montrose Harbor. Attendees will be able to prevent hangovers with food truck fare while trying their hand at several lawn games.

  1. Montrose Harbor 4400 N Lake Shore Dr, at Montrose Ave
  2. Fri Jul 25
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A Small Fire

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Emily Bridges is the type of woman who once would’ve been referred to as a tough cookie. She owns her own construction company and prides herself on being seen as a tough boss, tied to her Blackberry and almost too eager to cut loose an employee who’s having family issues in order to shore up her authority. As vividly played by Steep stalwart Melissa Riemer, Emily brings her bluntness home as well, leaving her more sensitive husband John (Robert Koon) a tad cowed and her grown daughter Jenny (Julia Siple) almost estranged.

  1. Steep Theatre 1115 W Berwyn Ave, between Broadway and Winthrop Ave
  2. Until Sat Aug 16
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Jeff Fest

  • Price band: 1/4

Grab your djembe and head to Jefferson Park, where a drum circle is just one of the many highlights of this annual community festival. Munch on grub from local food trucks, sip on a craft beer or peruse the juried art show.

  1. Jefferson Memorial Park 4822 N Long Ave, at Lawrence Ave
  2. Until Sun Jul 27
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CLLAW XIX

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers returns to Logan Square Auditorium for a night of bulging biceps and over-the-top outfits. Participants with names like Drinkerbell and Lumberjack Jill will compete in the main event, dealing with shady referees while interacting with the crowd. Proceeds benefit the Sideshow Theatre Company.

  1. Logan Square Auditorium 2539 N Kedzie Blvd, at Albany Ave
  2. Fri Jul 25
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Saturday

Wicker Park Fest

  • Price band: 1/4

The Crotch hosts this hipster-friendly fest that features three stages of Pitchfork-quality tunes on the cheap. This year's larger fest blocks off more streets for additional arts, crafts, food and family fun. On Saturday, neo-Neko Lydia Loveless belts her soulful bar tunes, Cap'n Jazz spin-off Owls blow the dust off, Mad Man theme man RJD2 drops breaks, and cool throwback Nick Waterhouse rips through '50s-ish rock. Day two bring garage rockers Jeff the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet, the Grateful Deadish lo-fi darlings Woods, and post-Promise Ring troopers Maritime. And many more, of course.

  1. Milwaukee Ave Milwaukee Ave at Higgins Rd
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Jul 27
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Newberry Library Book Fair

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Thousands of used paper Kindles will be up for sale at this popular book bonanza. Prices are low, and the selection is vast, including books signed by President Obama.

  1. Newberry Library 60 W Walton St, between Dearborn and Clark Sts
  2. Until Sun Jul 27
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Bike to Brew

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Gear up and get ready to pedal your way to one of the city's biggest bicycle parties. The group ride begins at Daley Plaza, where 1,500 riders will congregate before heading out on an 8-mile ride to Revolution Brewing's Kedzie brewery and taproom. Hungry bikers will have access to food truck fare from DönerMen and Slide Ride as well as plenty of local brews to wash it all down.

  1. Revolution Brewing Taproom 3340 N Kedzie Ave
  2. Sat Jul 26
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Diarrhea Planet

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The Nashville pop-punk group is coming to Chicago to make some noise on Belmont. Their moniker may be crude, but it's totally made up for with their explosive sound found in their 2013 LP I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.

  1. Beat Kitchen 2100 W Belmont Ave, at Hoyne Ave
  2. Sat Jul 26
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"Earthly Delights"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

As modern art continues to embrace minimalism, the MCA presents an exhibition of work from its permanent collection that explores the inherent pleasure and aesthetic beauty of art. Collecting paintings, sculptures, and installations by eight artists, "Earthly Delights" includes pieces that use decoration and design to confront social issues like gender and racial politics. The exhibit includes work by Swiss Balthus, Lynda Benglis, Carol Bove, Nick Cave, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Michaelangelo Pistoletto, Lari Pittman, and Yinka Shonibare.

  1. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave, at Mies van der Rohe Way
  2. Until Sun Nov 30
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Sunday

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company invited more than 600 Midwestern craft brewers to the Navy Pier stopover of its seven-city traveling beer festival. Selection will be the name of the game, with brewers like 3 Floyds, New Glarus and Ballast Point offering up samples of rare brews to thirsty attendees.

  1. Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, at Streeter Dr
  2. Sun Jul 27
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Taste of Lincoln Avenue

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The 31st annual fest in the heart of Lincoln Park features more than 250 vendors and almost 40 music acts. A free standalone carnival entertains the kids while the Lill Street Craft Fair brings handmade goods to Lincoln Avenue.

  1. Lincoln Ave between Fullerton and Wrightwood Aves Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton and Wrightwood Aves
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Jul 27
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John Fogerty

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Throughout his solo career, John Fogerty has had a tempestuous relationship with his old band Creedence Clearwater Revival, but we're glad he's made his peace with his back catalog—so much so that his recent album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, has Fogerty teaming up with Kid Rock, Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket and Jennifer Hudson to sing CCR and solo hits including "Bad Moon Rising" and "Proud Mary." On this tour, he'll play his greatest hits. The press release also proclaims him to be "the Father of the Flannel Shirt." Sure, okay.

  1. Chicago Theatre 175 N State St, between Randolph and Lake Sts
  2. Sun Jul 27
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Monstrous Regiment

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

From the moment Monstrous Regiment begins, with an army recruiter’s vaudevillian routine calling the brave sons of Borogravia to join against the foul Slovenian and Ankh-Morporkian invaders (complete with helpful flags, for the more dim-witted recruits) while Polly Perks (Sarah Price) cuts her hair and stuffs her trousers to become Oliver, it’s clear that Lifeline Theatre understands Terry Pratchett. The celebrated author is one of the last masters of satire, and Monstrous Regiment is one of his finest works.

  1. Lifeline Theatre 6912 N Glenwood Ave, between Farwell and Morse Aves
  2. Until Sun Aug 3
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"Better Days Ahead: New Works by Jay Ryan"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

If you've lived in Chicago long enough, you've probably encountered the work of artist Jay Ryan. Stationed in Evanston, Ryan runs the Bird Machine screenprint shop, producing posters for Midwestern artists like Andrew Bird, Low and Hum as well as festivals like Pitchfork and the Hideout Block Party. "Better Days Ahead" showcases some of his latest work, including new paintings and prints.

  1. Rotofugi 2780 N Lincoln Ave, at Diversey Ave
  2. Until Sun Aug 3
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