1. Celebrate Chicago’s 28 sister cities at Unifest on the River, an international food and drink series on the Riverwalk. Unifest is free and runs from 4:30 to 8:30pm. 2. Taste all of the best bites and sips in Chicago at the annual Green City Market Chef BBQ tonight in Lincoln Park. The event runs from 5:30 to 8pm, and tickets are $125. 3. Get your dance on at Logan Square’s popular queer dance party Slo Mo at The Whistler tonight. Entry is free, and the party begins at 9pm. For more events, check in with Time Out Chicago throughout the day.
Chicago's biggest summer music festival is quickly approaching, but not everyone is looking forward to four jam-packed days of music in the middle of Grant Park. For anyone who doesn't like crowds, loud music or 10 consecutive hours on their feet, Lollapalooza isn't exactly a utopian summer destination. Thankfully, there's plenty to do in Chicago during Lolla weekend, even if you're not bouncing between sets at the festival. We've come up with 15 ways for you to amuse yourself (and take advantage of the mass exodus to the Loop) while everyone else is at Lollapalooza. RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Lollapalooza 1. Go see a movie in an air-conditioned theater. You'll be way more comfortable than all those people baking in the heat. The Music Box is showing Christopher Nolan's latest film, Dunkirk, and it's release weekend for The Dark Tower and Detroit at Chicago's best movie theaters. 2. Attend a festival devoted to beer. Sure, there's beer in Grant Park, but if you're in the mood for local brews, you should knock back a few cold ones at the Welles Park Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, August 5 from 1 to 4pm. 3. Have a picnic on the Hideout's porch. Lobster corn dogs probably won't be on the menu, but you can enjoy dinner and a show from Kelly Hogan and Scott Ligon during the Hideout's Picnics on the Porch series on Friday, August 4 beginning at 6pm. 4. Hit the beach. The days of sand and sun in Chicago are dwindling. While everyone is dancing to Migos in Grant Park, yo
Harley McKabe is a Chicago-based writer/director whose proof-of-concept short film The Other Guy will screen at Reggies Music Joint this Friday, July 21 as part of a concert featuring punk acts The C-Sides, StereoViolet, Butchered and the New Sex and Drugs, who wrote an original song for the film. McKabe is a transwoman who based this raunchy, Kevin Smith-influenced comedy on her own pre-trans life; the plot concerns Sean (David Weiner), a green-haired punk, cajoling his wallflower roommate, Harry (Adam J. Rebora), into attending a party referred to as a “shirtless shindig.” At less than four minutes, this funny, no-budget DIY effort establishes McKabe as a talent to watch. How did you get involved in filmmaking? I actually have a background in print journalism. I worked as a staffer for a small newspaper in Alaska. But I’d always done film on the side, even if it was just writing scripts. Ever since I was a kid I was always interested in film. Whenever there were school projects and there was an opportunity, I’d go with making a film. The Other Guy script was under consideration by two producers and a director at one point and I was just going to stay on as a writer. But as I learned more about the actual [filmmaking] process, I decided that I wanted to get into directing myself. The film is a traditional comedy in a lot of ways because it’s about two characters with contrasting personalities. Were they based on people you know? That is a very interesting question. A pers
The days of bars having a single, consistent identity are a thing of the past—Chicago is all about the pop-ups, whether it's a spot serving Run the Jewels-inspired beer or a Field Museum-themed hotel bar. This weekend, Publican Quality Meats is getting in on the fun, working with Chicago artist (and one-time Time Out Chicago cover illustrator) Don't Fret and his creative partner Kate Brankin to recast the Fulton Market butcher shop as the Light Times Club: A Conceptual Watering Hole. Mimicking the trappings and offerings of a classic Chicago corner bar, the Light Times Club will set up shop in a custom outdoor bar in PQM’s backyard, serving Malört, cheap beer and Kielbasa-style sausages on Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23. The festivities start on Friday, July 21 with a ticketed event from 5:30 to 9pm—$10 gets you access to the bar and "a hefty pour of Old Style." The bar will also be up and running from noon to 6pm on Saturday and noon–5pm on Sunday, with a la carte sausages available for $10 each as well as $2 shots of Malört to wash them down. Don't Fret and Brankin first brought the Light Times Club to life at PQM in 2015—since then, the Fulton Market area has changed rapidly, welcoming Google and host of new restaurants and bars to the burgeoning street. You can expect to see some new art from Don't Fret on display at the event (some of which will be available for purchase) as well as packages of PQM sausages sporting custom Don't Fret-designed labels. If you
More than 280 guests joined Time Out Chicago aboard the Mystic Blue for a midsummer cruise Tuesday night, the second installment of the Sunset Sail Happy Hour series. It was a beautiful night to be on the lake, with clear skies, warm temps and (as always) stunning skyline views. Guests on the two-hour cruise enjoyed complimentary Francis Coppola Diamond Collection wines and blue Curaçao Cooler cocktails courtesy of the Curaçao Tourist Board, which also awarded a trip to the Caribbean island to the lucky (and coordinated) winner of an onboard hula hoop contest. There’s one more Sunset Sail before summer’s end; after you check out last night’s photos below, you’ll want to get your tickets for August 15 now. All photographs by Jordan Avery Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
1. The top 14 burgers in Chicago will compete for the title at Time Out Chicago’s Battle of the Burger. Two sessions—one at 5:30pm and another at 8:30pm—will be hosted in Daley Plaza. 2. Enjoy a breezy happy hour on the museum campus at Jazzin’ At The Shedd, the aquarium’s weekly after-hours event. It begins at 5pm and costs $20. 3. Gawk at rock and roll memorabilia at Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones at Navy Pier. It’s open from 1 to 9pm and costs $32 per adult. The exhibit leaves Chicago at the end of the month. For more events, check in with Time Out Chicago throughout the day.
1. Dig into some of the best downtown restaurants at Taste of River North in Ward Park. It begins tonight at 5pm, and admission is a $5 suggested donation. 2. The Hideout’s summer series, Picnics on the Porch, includes outdoor performances and picnic boxes available for purchase from Local Foods. It starts tonight at 6pm, and entry is $10. 3. Stand-up group The Lincoln Lodge hosts their always funny weekly show at Subterranean tonight. Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 8pm. For more events, check in with Time Out Chicago throughout the day.
What’s more globally loved than dumplings? From wonton to ravioli to pierogi, just about every culture has a version of the dough-wrapped pillows. That’s why the Chicago Cultural Alliance is hosting World Dumpling Fest in Millennium Park this fall. The daylong fest will take place on October 7, from 11am to 5pm at the Millennium Park Chase South Promenade, and tickets are on sale now. In addition to delicious bites from Chicago restaurants, the fest will feature live music from the Lion Dragons, Kreyòl Roots, and the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center Afro-Caribbean Jazz Collective. World Dumpling Fest is the kick-off event for Inherit Chicago, a new month-long series that will take place throughout October. Though Chicago is home to a variety of immigrant communities from all over the world, it's also a very segregated city. That's what led the Chicago Cultural Alliance to create the intercultural series. Each Inherit Chicago event will pair two Chicago cultural centers for a fall celebration. Nearly every ethnic museum is participating: the Filipino American Historical Society of Chicago, the Haitian American Museum of Chicago, the National Hellenic Museum and the Arab American Action Network—just to name a few. Stay tuned for the full Inherit Chicago lineup, which will be unveiled on August 14. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Now that you've caught up with your friends in Westeros after the season premiere of Game of Thrones on Sunday night, it's time to represent your favorite house at Game of Thrones night at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox (unfortunately, the team won't be going by the Wight Sox for the evening) will be facing off against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but we have a feeling that the majority of the fans in attendance will be recasting the game as a battle between the heroic Starks and the dastardly Lannisters. While tickets to the game are still available, 1,500 lucky fans were able to purchase a special event ticket package that included a limited-edition bobblehead of Southpaw sitting on the Iron Throne. Those packages are already sold out, but if you absolutely need this piece of geeky Sox merch for your collection, a few people are already trying to flip their bobbleheads on eBay for upwards of $80. Even if you didn't manage to score a bobblehead, you can still admire the brand synergy at work here. Plus, attendees at the game tomorrow night (who are encouraged to arrive in Game of Thrones costumes) will have the chance to sit atop a replica of the Iron Throne. Winter is coming, so enjoy the days of summer baseball while you still have the chance. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
For transplants and locals alike, maintaining citizenship as a Chicagoan means forever forgoing ketchup on your hot dog. It's a small price to pay to live in the greatest city for having it all, but what if you could have your ketchup and eat it too? Just in time for National Hot Dog Day on Wednesday, July 19, Heinz is giving Chicagoans that luxury with a new recipe: Chicago Dog Sauce. The condiment is crafted with red ripe tomatoes and a "special blend of spices and flavorings" that are intended to complement Chicago-style dogs—mustard and all. How is this sauce different from ketchup? Why is it still red? And what makes it socially acceptable? We're not into spoilers; you'll have to watch the video below to find out. Chicago Dog Sauce is available for a limited time for $5 at chicagodogsauce.com. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.