1. Chicagoan Andrew Bird plays at Ravinia tonight, following his most recent album, Are You Serious. The show starts at 7:30pm, and lawn tickets are still available for $39 and up. 2. Sample the best downtown eats at Taste of River North at Ward Park. The fest is open from 11am to 8pm today, and entry is a $5 suggested donation. 3. Tickets are still available to see Cirque du Soliel’s latest show, Luiza, in a tent outside United Center tonight. There are 1:30pm and 5pm showings, with tickets starting at $61. For more events, check in with Time Out Chicago throughout the day.
1. Lincoln Park’s annual Sheffield Garden Walk + Music Festival is this weekend at Webster Street and Sheffield Avenue from noon to 10pm. Tickets are $7 before 3pm, $10 after 3pm, and $25 for main stage concerts. 2. The Art of Rap tour, which features ‘90s rappers including DMX, members of the Wu-Tang Clan and KRS-One, is coming to Chicago Theatre tonight. Tickets are still available starting at $104. 3. See an exhibition of work by local muralist Don’t Fret at Johalla Projects in the West Loop. It’s open from noon to 5pm and entry is free. For more events, check in with Time Out Chicago throughout the day.
We're still not sure what it's supposed to look like, but one of Chicago's most iconic pieces of public art, the Picasso, is about to turn 50 years old. To celebrate the occasion, the city is holding an event that will recreate the statue's unveiling in 1967. The 50-foot-tall statue was commissioned by Daley Center architec Richard Bennett in 1963—when Picasso accepted the commission, he turned down a $100,000 payment, providing the statue as a gift to the city. The city's celebration, called Everyone's Picasso, will honor that gift at its home in Daley Plaza, where a shroud (provided by artist Edra Soto) will be draped over the Picasso for its grand re-unveiling. Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Mark Kelly will oversee the ceremony, which will include a performance by the Chicago Children’s Choir and the After School Matters Orchestra. Teenage YouMedia program participants will be interviewing attendees while in character as legendary Chicago historian Studs Terkel. The event will kick off at noon on August 8 in Daley Plaza and admission is free. The ceremony is part of Chicago's Year of Public Art program, which puts the spotlight on public art installations throughout the city. Check out full details of the Picasso event below and keep on trying to figure out what exactly the statue is trying to depict. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
We're guessing the folks at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams don't take much time off—especially in the summer months—and now we have proof. The boutique ice cream company, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, has a fourth Chicago location in the works in Old Town (1419 N Wells St), which is slated to open later this summer. In the meantime, frosty fans can head to Jeni's three other scoop shops throughout the city—Southport, Wicker Park and Armitage—to try a new flavor that boasts strong ties to Chicago. Founder Jeni Britton Bauer teamed up with Chicago-based Right Bee Cider, helmed by Katie Morgan and Charlie Davis, to craft Hard Cider Sorbet. The new flavor is "bright, refreshing, and has that little extra something from the fermented, fizzy apples from Chicago’s Right Bee Cider." Britton Bauer will be hosting an ice cream social at Kaiser Tiger on Wednesday, July 26 from 7 to 10pm to celebrate the new addition to her lineup. Guests will also be able to order Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean and Salty Caramel, flavors that should pair perfectly with the new sorbet. All scoops are $5 and pours of cider will be offered for $5–$7. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
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.
Big news for those still following the city's prolonged red light camera debacle: Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has agreed that Chicago will fork over a $38.75 million settlement in the 2015 class-action lawsuit alleging that the city didn't give proper notice to some drivers who received violations between 2010 and 2015, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. Prior to 2015, the city of Chicago wasn't sending out a legally required second notice of violation for red light camera tickets, though the city did change the city ordinance in 2015 to negate the need for a second notice before determination of guilt. The settlement seems to be an admission that, even though the city retroactively changed the rules, individuals who did not receive a second red light ticket notice were wronged. It's a sizable deal that could result in partial cash refunds for more than 1.2 million drivers. The Tribune reports that those who are eligible for a refund will be notified by mail in the coming months. According to the Sun-Times, the city “also has agreed not to use any of the 1.5 million tickets issued over a five-year period in suspending driver’s license or booting vehicles.” The city—and taxpayers—got a break on a settlement that could have totaled $200 million, according to the Sun-Times, but the plaintiffs’ attorney said they wanted to avoid dragging out the epic court battle. If you think you might be eligible for a partial cash refund (half of what you paid out), k
Montego Glover, a Tony Award nominee for her role in Broadway’s Memphis, will take over the role of Angelica Schuyler in the Chicago cast of Hamilton starting in early September, producers announced today. Tony winner Karen Olivo, who has played Angelica since the Chicago cast of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical began performances last September, will end her run on August 6. RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Hamilton Chicago Glover is the recipient of two Drama Desk Awards, for Memphis and for the Off Broadway production of Marco Ramirez’s The Royale at Lincoln Center Theater. She has also appeared on Broadway as Fantine in Les Misérables and as Celie in The Color Purple, and had a recurring role on the NBC series Smash. Also in Hamilton news, Daniel Breaker, who has played Aaron Burr in the Chicago cast since taking over from Wayne Brady in April, will shift to the same role in the Broadway production starting August 29. He’ll be replaced in Chicago by Gregory Treco, currently a standby for Burr in the Broadway company. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Last night, 14 of Chicago's best burgers competed for our hearts (and stomachs) at Battle of the Burger, but only one restaurant could walk away with the winning title. Hundreds of burger fanatics showed up to Daley Plaza to sample the competition, enjoy sips from Guinness Blonde Lager, spice things up at the Cholula Hot Sauce Flavor Station and dance off those calories as Go Go Gadjet hit the stage. Attendees voted for their favorite patties throughout the night, and we carefully tallied the votes as the second session came to a close. And the winner of Battle of the Burger 2017 is—drumroll, please—Blue Door Kitchen & Garden! The Gold Coast restaurant, helmed by chef Art Smith, competed with their BDK Burger, a double-patty creation topped with melty cheddar, tangy pickles and a swath of garlic aioli. The whole thing is cushioned by a perfectly toasted brioche bun. It's the kind of burger that practically melts in your mouth, and the combination of textures and flavors is superb. We raise a glass to you, Blue Door! Of course, the best thing about Battle of the Burger is that it introduces Chicagoans to some truly fantastic patties around town. Think of our list of 14 finalists as the ultimate checklist of the city's very best burgers. While you're deciding which burgers to try first, take a look at photos from Battle of the Burger last night. Jaclyn Rivas Jaclyn Rivas Jordan Avery Jordan Avery Jaclyn Rivas Jaclyn Rivas Jorda
While we may scoff at the astronomical rents in cities like New York and San Francisco, the sad truth of the matter is that the prices of Chicago rentals aren't getting any cheaper. A new study from apartment search engine RentHop has narrowed down some of the least affordable neighborhoods in the city, using data from a household income study conducted by Rob Parel & Associates as well as RentHop's own rental listing data. The study looks at 69 neighborhoods in Chicago and compares the median household income in the area with the median rental price of two-bedroom apartments listed on RentHop. Affordability is calculated by using the 40x Rule, which posits that an individual should ideally pay no more than 30% of their income on rent. According to the RentHop study, South Side neighborhood Armour Square (which encompasses Chinatown and the area surrounding Guaranteed Rate Field) is the least affordable neighborhood in Chicago—the median rental price of a two-bedroom apartment in the neighborhood is $1,995, whil the median household income in the area is only $23,590. East Garfield Park, New City and Oakland were also deemed unaffordable, with considerable disparities between household income and rental prices. The methodology of the study means that wealthy neighborhoods (where median incomes are higher) are generally deemed more affordable, with Beverly and Forest Glen topping RentHop's list. Less than a third of Chicago's neighborhoods are deemed affordable, according
Most single folks have a love-hate relationship with dating apps. When it comes to finding love (or something like that) in Chicago, it can often feel like Tinder, Grindr, OkCupid and Bumble are the only lifelines to meeting someone. And as nice as it is to know that there’s someone interested in you within 600 feet of your apartment, many Chicagoans wish it were easier to take dating offline. OkCupid attempted to spark IRL love connections with their Polaroid tent at Pitchfork last weekend, and now, they’re sharing the inside scoop on the best date spots in Chicago. OkCupid users voted, and these are the Chicago winners of the first-ever OkCupid Daters’ Choice Awards: Dime Saver Destinations - 90 Miles Cuban Cafe Nerdy Pickup Spots - Emporium Arcade Bar No-bro Sports Bars - Small Bar Instagram Filtered Bars - 3 Arts Club Best Bathrooms for Sex - Slippery Slope Spots That Get the Sex Started - Violet Hour Classic Local Spots - Green Door Tavern Well-Hidden Haunts - Three Dots and a Dash Boozy Date Spots - The Map Room Ass-Kicking Locales - Whirlyball Open-Air Options - Big Star Intellectual Attractions - The Second City In the case of bathroom sex, we're pretty sure "best" means "most frequented, whether you like it or not." Check out the complete results in 10 major cities across the U.S. on OkCupid’s blog. And while you’re at it, check out our picks for best first date ideas in Chicago. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.