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Looking for something to do this evening? Have a friend coming into town who wants to see the sights? You're in luck, because Chicago is a city filled with attractions and things to do (including some that cost absolutely nothing). Seize the moment with our list of today's best concerts, shows, activities and more.

Chicago International Film Festival Summer Screenings Program

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  • Free

A free weekly series offering screenings of feature films from all around the world that your unlikely to find on Netflix. The movies shown will include international award winners spanning different genres and styles. Find the complete film schedule at the Chicago Cultural Center's website.

  1. Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater 77 E Randolph St, at Michigan Ave
  2. Wed Jun 4 - Wed Oct 1
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Let Me Down Easy

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

American Theater Company. By Anna Deavere Smith. Directed by Bonnie Metzgar. With Usman Ally. Running time: 1hr 50mins; no intermission. Theater review by Kris Vire Writer-performer Anna Deavere Smith is known for interview-based solo pieces like Fires in the Mirror, about the 1991 riot in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, about

  1. American Theater Company 1909 W Byron Ave, between Wolcott and Lincoln Aves
  2. Sat Sep 13 - Fri Oct 10
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Native Son

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Court Theatre and American Blues Theatre. By Richard Wright. Adapted by Nambi E. Kelley. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 25mins; no intermission.Theater review by Kris VireTo call this new adaptation of Richard Wright’s seminal Chicago novel a stirring accomplishment feels like an understatement. Playwright Nambi E. Kelley’s achievement is

  1. Court Theatre 5535 S Ellis Ave, between 55th and 56th Sts
  2. Thu Sep 11 - Sun Oct 19
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"Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo"

  • Price band: 1/4
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The extent of Frida Kahlo's influence in the art world, apart from her signature unibrow, is widely known. Her graphic self-portraits portray her psychological and physical self, usually accompanied by lots of blood and body parts. The MCA is honoring her memory by displaying several works inspired by Kahlo's style of rebellion and cultural reflection

  1. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave, at Mies van der Rohe Way
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Oct 5
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Bahamas

  • Price band: 1/4
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Gentle and unhurried alt.country songcraft from Feist's former bassist.

  1. Schubas 3159 N Southport Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Wed Oct 1
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La Roux

  • Price band: 2/4
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After breaking into the charts and our hearts with their synthpop stormers "In for the Kill" and "Bulletproof," London duo La Roux all but vanished for a good few years. Now La Roux is back, down one band member (it's just luminous singer Elly Jackson this time) but up one simply incredible second album, Trouble in Paradise. Grab this chance to see a

  1. Concord Music Hall 2047 N Milwaukee Ave
  2. Wed Oct 1
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Kasabian

  • Price band: 2/4
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Leicester's popular, swaggering good-time rockers—tagged as baggy revivalists with a fixation on the Mondays, Primal Scream and Oasis by many—show everyone what they're made of. Essentially, just that, but with the more epic experimental, psych-rock flavourings of new album 48:13. And plenty of chant-along opportunities.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Wed Oct 1
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Comedians You Should Know

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This weekly night of comedy, curated by a group of funny dudes, puts local stand-ups on your radar.

  1. Timothy O'Toole's 622 N Fairbanks Ct, at Ontario St
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Wed Dec 24
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"Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938"

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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When I walk through an exhibit devoted to one artist, I wonder, would that artist have enjoyed the presentation? As I ambled through the Art Institute’s somber and dark Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938, with its paintings set on charcoal walls beneath pools of yellow light, I guessed that Rembrandt would have gotten off on it, but not

  1. Art Institute of Chicago 111 S Michigan Ave, at Adams St
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Mon Oct 13
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Death Tax

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

Lookingglass Theatre Company. By Lucas Hnath. Directed by Heidi Stillman. With Deanna Dunagan, J. Nicole Brooks, Raymond Fox, Louise Lamson. Running time: 1hr 25mins; no intermission. Theater review by Kris Vire It may have been Ben Franklin or Daniel Defoe who coined the phrase about life's two certainties, the ones that constitute the title of Lucas

  1. Lookingglass Theatre 821 N Michigan Ave, at Pearson St
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Sun Oct 12
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TJ & Dave

  • Price band: 1/4
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This two-man show puts master improvisers TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi together for an hour of long-form.

  1. iO The Mission 1501 N Kingsbury St
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Wed Dec 31
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Smokefall

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Goodman Theatre. By Noah Haidle. Directed by Anne Kauffman. With Catherine Combs, Katherine Keberlein, Guy Massey, Mike Nussbaum, Eric Slater. Running time: 2hrs; one intermission.Theater review by Kris VireNoah Haidle’s sharp, sweet fable about the family ties that bind, and sometimes choke, was one of 2013’s most unexpected delights in its premiere

  1. Goodman Theatre 170 N Dearborn St, between Randolph and Lake Sts
  2. Sat Sep 20 - Sun Oct 26
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Perfume Genius

  • Price band: 1/4
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Matador signee Perfume Genius (real name Mike Hadreas) plays fractured, dark indie-pop, utilizing a piano and minimal instrumentation to convey a stark mood on his two LPs, Put Your Back N 2 It and Learning. Michael Stipe is a fan, which makes sense. Take "Nightswimming" and amp up the discord.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Wed Oct 1
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"David Bowie Is"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Awesome. The coolest. A god. That's our answer to what David Bowie Is. This feverishly awaited collection, culled by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, gathers more than 400 pretty things including costumes, photographs, videos and other rare ephemera that demonstrate the Thin White Duke's towering influence over 20th-century pop culture. We had two

  1. Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E Chicago Ave, at Mies van der Rohe Way
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Jan 4
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Avenue Q

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

Mercury Theater. Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Book by Jeff Whitty. Directed by L. Walter Stearns. With Jackson Evans, Leah Morrow, Sean Patrick Fawcett, Christine Bunuan, Adam Fane, Daniel Smeriglio, Donterrio Johnson, Thom Van Ermen, Stephanie Herman. Running time: 2hrs 10mins; one intermission. Theater review by Kris Vire Ten years

  1. Mercury Theater 3745 N Southport Ave, between Waveland Ave and Grace St
  2. Wed Apr 23 - Sun Oct 26
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