The Other Theatre Company, a three-year-old company dedicated to stories of “othering” and oppression, has announced casting for its Chicago premiere of Threesome, by Egyptian-born playwright Yussef El Guindi. In the play, Egyptian-Americans Rashid (Demetrios Troy) and Leila (Suzan Faycurry) invite an acquaintance (Mike Tepeli) into their bedroom; what begins as an attempt to liven up their relationship soon turns fraught. Jason Gerace will direct the production, with a design team that includes Matthew Carney (lighting), Lizzie Bracken (scenic), Zach Wagner (costumes) and Sarah Espinoza (sound designer). Threesome runs April 14 to May 21 at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Millennials make up one-third of the U.S. population and 60 percent of us have some college courses under our belts, which means we’re technically smarter than our parents. That must be why such a high percentage of Generation Y is choosing to forgo a rent payment and save a few bucks by living a bit longer with mom and pops. Of course, we’re using the word “choose” loosely. Between student loans, rising rents, stagnant wages and unemployment, it’s no wonder 34.1 percent of millennials nationwide are still living at home. In the Chicago metropolitan area, the number of 18- to 34-year-olds who have yet to fly the coup is even higher. According to a recent study by apartment finder Abodo, 39.1 percent of millennials in the Chicago, Naperville and Elgin area live at home. Abodo used U.S. Census data to analyze 16 metropolitan areas that exceed the national average, and Chicagoland had the seventh highest ratio of homebound millennials. All of the regions studied had populations of 1 million or greater, meaning many of the country’s largest cities also made the list. The six metropolitan areas with higher percentages of nesting millennials are: Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Florida (44.8 percent); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California (44.5 percent); New York-Newark-Jersey City (43.8 percent); Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (41.5 percent); Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington (41 percent); and Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan (40 percent). Lack of employment and the
Lifeline Theatre, which specializes in original adaptations of classic and contemporary literature in Rogers Park, has announced plans for its 35th season. The third and final play on the docket will be a new production of a 2010 hit, company member Robert Kauzlaric’s adaptation of the fantasy tale Neverwhere, by the revered author Neil Gaiman. “Whether in comics (Sandman) or prose (American Gods), Gaiman traffics in mythologies,” I wrote in my four-star review of the original production, which takes on Gaiman’s story of an average Londoner who stumbles into London Below, a subterranean version of the city that lurks just underneath. “Neverwhere is his archetypal hero’s quest, and Lifeline’s skillful staging is remarkable in its efficiency. Kauzlaric’s adaptation is faithful in letter and spirit, but he knows where excisions must be made.” The new production will be staged by Ilesa Duncan, to run May 25 to July 18, 2018. Earlier in the season, Lifeline will tackle two world premiere adaptations: Sylvester: or the Wicked Uncle, adapted from Georgette Heyer’s 1957 comic novel by Christina Calvit and directed by Dorothy Milne (September 8–October 29); and Tolstoy’s epic Anna Karenina, adapted by Jessica Wright Buha and directed by Amanda Link (February 16–April 8). Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
The rankings are in and the Labrador retriever is once again Chicago's top dog. Each year, the American Kennel Club puts out its list of the most popular dog breeds in the country, and it should be no surprise that this smart, friendly canine is also America's top-ranked pup. The labrador retriever came in as the most popular breed nationwide for a record-breaking 26th consecutive year in 2016 and also took the top spot by city in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Seattle and Washington, D.C., among others. Rounding out Chicago's top five are the French bulldog, German shepherd, golden retriever and Rottweiler. And although the labrador retriever finished as the city's preferred pooch for a second straight year, its days as pack leader could be numbered. “The labrador retriever may hold the top spot for now, but the French bulldog is quickly rising up the ranks,” AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said in a news release. “The Frenchie holds the No. 2 spot in 2016; maybe the playful breed will be Chicago’s top dog next year.” Meanwhile, the loyal and lovable Rottweiler is taking back its good name and climbing the ranks locally and nationwide. Rottweilers were the fifth most popular breed in Chicago and eighth in the U.S., which is its highest position in nearly a decade. The top five most popular dog breeds in the U.S. last year were the Labrador retriever, German shepherd, golden retriever, bulldog and beagle. Clearly Chicago is a dog-friendly town, which might be why the city also
For years the annual Tour de Fat festival has taken up residence in Palmer Square, bringing cyclists, circus performers, musical entertainment and plenty of beer to a free one-day event. The festival, which is presented by New Belgium Brewing, is undergoing some big changes this year, moving to a new venue and securing a high-profile headlining act. Tour de Fat will return to Chicago on July 29, taking over the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Hip-hop group and Tonight Show house band the Roots are confirmed to headline the festival, which will also feature "circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians and mind-blowing provocateurs." Admission will no longer be free—you'll need to purchase a $30 ticket if you want to sip a Fat Tire and take in the entertainment. Unfortunately, the change in venue will mark the end of the Tour de Fat bike parade, which traditionally rolled through the streets of Logan Square before the festival kicked off in the afternoon. Thankfully, Northerly Island is located just off of the Lakefront Trail, so you'll still be able to pedal over if you choose to do so (here's hoping that organizers provide some bike parking). Proceeds from Chicago's Tour de Fat concert will still go toward a good cause, once again benefiting local nonprofit organization West Town Bikes. Tickets for Tour de Fat are on sale now—and, yes, crazy costumes are still encouraged. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Four-day Lollapalooza passes went on sale at 10am this morning, inciting the kind of mad dash that's usually reserved for Black Friday bargains and free slices of pizza. We've only heard rumors of Lollapalooza's 2017 lineup, but that didn't stop thousands of people from joining the virtual queue to purchase a wristband. Our Twitter feed was clogged with hopeful, celebrating and forlorn ticket-buyers, so we gathered some of our favorite reactions to the annual scramble for Lolla passes. RECOMMENDED: Check out photos and coverage from Lollapalooza "May the odds be ever in your favor" To all those trying to buy @lollapalooza tickets today pic.twitter.com/jC6Z9bbmfP — Melanie (@melaniemaemae) March 21, 2017 Some found the anticipation to be unbearable Staring at my screen waiting for @lollapalooza tickets like pic.twitter.com/zmhYbbSTMI — Miguel Reyes (@miggy_mig) March 21, 2017 Waiting for @lollapalooza tickets like pic.twitter.com/pAkS5vbM8D — Clare Marie (@ClareSandack) March 21, 2017 Plenty of people were using multiple screens @lollapalooza I'm ready. pic.twitter.com/PHKSEW4H8d — Camryn Wood (@camstille) March 21, 2017 when you're at school but @lollapalooza tickets come out in 30 minutes pic.twitter.com/bajAF18rYd — nathan (@NathanMcFadden7) March 21, 2017 Once tickets went on sale, the stress didn't stop When @lollapalooza tickets have gone live 13 minutes ago but youre still stu
Local musician and DePaul alum Joe Keery has been staying busy since his breakout role as douchey heartthrob Steve Harrington in Netflix’s ’80s-indebted sci-fi series Stranger Things. The well-coiffed young actor has continued performing with his psych-rock band Post Animal, poked fun at his resemblance to Parks & Recreation actor Ben Schwartz and has (presumably) reunited with the Hawkins, Indiana gang in the forthcoming second season of Stranger Things. Keery exudes an effortless sense of ’80s cool, so it should come as no surprise that pizza chain Domino’s enlisted the actor to recreate the the climactic chase scene from John Hughes’s suburban-Chicago-set film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In the clip, which promotes Domino’s Tracker technology, Keery throws on a retro jacket and runs through the same locations used in the movie. Along the way, he encounters actor Alan Ruck (who played the hockey jersey-clad Cameron) before arriving home just in time to meet the delivery man. Sure, it's ultimately a slick ad for a pizza chain, but it’s nice to see one of our favorite Chicago movies recreated so faithfully with the help of some genuinely local talent. Take a look at the full clip below and remember: Life moves pretty fast, so you should stop and have a slice of Chicago's best pizza once in a while. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
March 20 is the first day of spring, which means Chicago Water Taxi couldn't have picked a better day to kick off its 2017 season. Starting today, the popular yellow boats will begin operating at several docks along the main branch of the Chicago River. To start the season, Chicago Water Taxi will make regular stops at its Michigan Avenue, Riverwalk Clark Street, LaSalle and Ogilvie/Union docks. Expanded service to North Avenue, Chinatown and Chicago Avenue will begin later this spring. A one-way ticket on the Chicago Water Taxi is $5, which means it's a relatively cheap option to get from the Riverwalk to the West Loop, or vice versa. And if you're a tourist looking for a quick trip along the river or just like commuting to work in style, you can pick up an all-day, 10-ride or 31-day pass. Ticket options, schedules and dock locations are available at Chicago Water Taxi's website. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Metra just finished up its first round of railcar improvements this month, but the commuter train service isn't wasting any time before kicking off the next phase of its multimillion dollar rehabilitation program. On Friday, Metra announced it would begin upgrading 302 railcars manufactured between 2002 and 2008 with a boatload of new passenger amenities. Each renovation will cost about $700,000 per railcar and includes the instillation of electrical outlets, new bathrooms and seats, better air conditioning systems, and necessary hardware components for the positive train control safety system. Newly rehabbed cars will also feature four new LED signs displaying station announcements and touch-sensitive outer doors that respond to contact with passengers or objects. According to Metra, workers will renovate approximately 35 railcars each year between now and 2020. After that, an expanded railcar facility will be able to rehab about 60 cars a year. “We are extremely proud of this program and the workers who have made it such a huge success,” Metra CEO Don Orseno said in a news release. “Not only does it produce like-new railcars thanks to our highly skilled workers, but we keep jobs and investment right here in the Chicago area." During the previous round of the program, 176 railcars manufactured by Amerail between 1995 and 1998 received similar upgrades. That phase of the project cost $115 million. Phase two will cost approximately $211 million and focus on 9- to 15-year-o
Months after announcing that it would be opening a brick-and-mortar store in Chicago, Amazon Books is set to launch its new Lakeview location on Tuesday. The 6,000-square-foot store, located at 3441 N Southport Ave, is only the fifth Amazon Books in the country and the first in the Midwest. Described as a "physical extension of Amazon.com," Amazon Books is designed to combine the benefits of online and offline shopping. Deborah Bass, a spokeswoman for the company, said the store will give customers another way to discover Amazon books and devices. "The books in our store are selected based on Amazon.com customer ratings, pre-orders, sales, popularity on Goodreads and our curators’ assessments," she said. "And because we know customers like to test-drive Amazon’s devices, products across our Kindle, Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablet lines are available to explore." To integrate the online and offline experiences, books will be placed face-out and include a review and rating card from Amazon.com customers. Bass added that most of the books sold at the brick-and-mortar stores have received a rating of four or more stars. In addition to devices and books, the Lakeview store will also be just the second Amazon Books with a coffee shop. Portland-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters will supply the Chicago location. Amazon Books will make its Chicago debut at 8am on Tuesday. It will be open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 9pm and Sunday from 9am to 6pm. Of course, if you prefer to