In case the rows of Minions plush dolls, stickers and Tic-Tacs popping up at your local drugstore didn't tip you off, there's a new Despicable Me sequel on its way to theaters on June 30. If you're not cringing at the thought of sitting through Despicable Me 3, you're probably the target audience for a Minions-themed promotion coming to Millennium Park this weekend. The Despicable Me 3 Tattoo Parlor will be setting up in the Chase Promenade (near Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street) from 11am–6pm on Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29. Visitors will be able to get a free temporary Minions tattoo that creates a "hologram" when viewed through a special smartphone app—the perfect conversation piece for a Memorial Day cookout. Take a look at some of the, er, interesting tattoo designs below. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
As the school year comes to a close, it's time to start planning adventure-packed days with the little ones in tow. We have just the thing to keep your schedules busy: a roundup of the very best kid-friendly events happening around Chicago this month. Ready, set, play! 1. Movies in the Parks No matter where you live, chances are there's a movie playing in a park near you this month. Grab a blanket, pack dinner and treat the kids to a movie alfresco, with options like The Secret Life of Pets, The LEGO Batman Movie and Jumanji playing all month long. (Various dates and times throughout the city. See the full lineup here.) 2. Forts The age-old tradition of building forts is amplified at this summer exhibit, which allows children to construct hideouts with unexpected building materials. Hosted at the Chicago Children's museum, Forts puts the fundamental childhood experience on display and encourages young ones to work together to create special spaces. The best part: You don't have to worry about the cleanup. (Chicago Children's Museum, 700 E Grand Ave, through Sept 17. Free with admission, $14 for children and adults) 3. Printers Row Lit Fest Widely considered the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, Printers Row Lit Fest ropes in 100-plus booksellers and more than 200 authors for panels and discussions. The two-day extravaganza also boasts a slew of kid-friendly activities, like parent and tot yoga, in Lil' Lit Park. (Dearborn Street between Congress Parkw
Your eyes aren't deceiving you: Garfield Park Conservatory is indeed hosting a special goat-filled yoga session on Saturday morning. Instructor Natalie Sord will lead the class in the goat pasture at the conservatory, where she'll be joined by nine visiting baby goats for an hour of yoga that participants won't soon forget. Unfortunately, tickets for the event were limited (to ensure everyone gets enough time with the goats, of course) and the event is already completely sold out for this weekend and next month. Keep an eye on the conservatory's event calendar for more opportunities to snag tickets to this monthly series. And if you must get your goat time in this summer, Garfield Park Conservatory will host daily goat visits from June 18 to 24, where guests can watch goats go to town on the park's weeds. According to TIME, the goat yoga craze is sweeping the nation, offering happy and stress-free sessions with plenty of furry snuggles. We can only hope this means more goat yoga is heading to Chicago soon. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
For the past 12 months, local artist Ryan Duggan has been creating a series of prints featuring a quintessential Chicago structure: the hot dog stand. The series began with a print depicting the defunct Pig Outs, which once served hot dogs, Italian beef and hamburgers in Avondale. Duggan has continued producing the prints and selling them through his website, Drug Factory Press, creating tributes to local institutions like Gene & Jude's, Byron's and Duk's as well as bygone stands such as Sam's Red Hots and Bunyon's. Tonight, the project culminates with a gallery show entitled "Hot Dog Architecture," taking place at LetherB+B (3656 W Wrightwood Ave) from 6 to 10pm. The show will display all 12 of Duggan's hot dog stand prints, and the remaining copies of each print will be available for purchase. You're probably going to get hungry looking at all of these eateries, so refreshments from Old Style and Land and Sea Dept. will also be offered (and we're guessing that hot dogs will somehow be involved). For anyone who appreciates unpretentious encased meat served out of buildings that have existed for decades, this is the kind of art you've been searching for. Take a look at some of Duggan's hot dog stand prints below. A post shared by Ryan Duggan (@drugfactorypress) on May 26, 2017 at 7:51am PDT A post shared by Ryan Duggan (@drugfactorypress) on Nov 30, 2016 at 7:44am PST A post shared by Ryan Duggan (@drugfactorypress) on
When summer rolls around, Chicagoans flock to the city's patios and rooftops for boozy drinks and a Vitamin D fix. One of our absolute favorite outdoor scenes is Sportsman's Club, where the secluded backyard patio feels like a getaway outfitted with rotating cocktails and boilermakers. To top it all off, the crew hosts an annual summer barbecue series, where they collaborate with Chicago's top restaurants. This year's lineup is stacked with notable names including Kimski, Bad Hunter, Monteverde, Entente and many more. Sportsman's Club barbecues are hosted on Sunday afternoons starting at 4pm, and tickets go for a mere $20. In return, you get a plate of food and a beer. Check out the full lineup below. May 28: Birrieria ZaragozaJune 4: El Che BarJune 11: Kimski/SchubasJune 18: The Broken ShakerJune 25: Bad HunterJuly 2: QuioteJuly 9: Split Rail TavernJuly 16: MonteverdeJuly 23: The PublicanJuly 30: Boeufhaus/ArdentAugust 6: Pub RoyaleAugust 13: EntenteAugust 20: GreenRiverAugust 27: Trash TikiSeptember 3: Café Marie-JeanneSeptember 20: RootstockSeptember 17: Mark Steuer BBQ Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Wisconsin is having a moment in Chicago right now. Milwaukee export Colectivo Coffee opened its first Chicago location last week, and now there's going to be a Wisconsin-themed bar from the team behind Deadbolt and Moneygun's Dustin Drankiewicz. The Pink Squirrel (2414 N Milwaukee Ave) takes its name from a classic concoction that's commonly served in Wisconsin cocktail lounges—a mix of Crème de Noyaux, crème de cacao and heavy cream—and is set to open later this summer. The bar will serve a menu of six to 10 boozy ice cream drinks and an extensive list of retro cocktails from the ’50s through the ’70s, including piña coladas, Brooklyn Egg Creams and Harvey Wallbangers. The Pink Squirrel will also have a walk-up window for passersby to grab milkshakes and root beer floats (of the virgin variety, obviously), making it the perfect place to stop for a refreshing beverage on a summer stroll through Logan Square. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
The Chicago Cubs headed out on a West Coast road trip following Thursday afternoon’s win at Wrigley against the San Francisco Giants, and they traveled in style. Since the team is playing its last three games of May at San Diego, manager Joe Maddon’s latest travel theme smells like Sex Panther. The team broke out their finest Ron Burgundy–style suits for an Anchorman tribute. Here's a look at the outrageous outfits the Cubs sported for the trip. Stay classy. pic.twitter.com/TE4FC2kSiZ — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 26, 2017 Don't act like you're not impressed. A post shared by cubs (@cubs) on May 25, 2017 at 3:20pm PDT No touching of the hair or face. pic.twitter.com/EQ7BOpkENG — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 25, 2017 WHAMMY! pic.twitter.com/sI76tXhBF0 — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 25, 2017 We’re kind of a big deal. pic.twitter.com/E3Lmf8FBMc — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 25, 2017 We look good, we look very good! A post shared by Anthony Rizzo (@arizz_44) on May 25, 2017 at 4:04pm PDT Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Slap on some sunblock and grab your umbrellas—it’s beach season, Chicago! Well, okay, it’s technically beach season, though the weather might not agree with Chicago Park District's scheduling. Chicago’s beautiful lakefront beaches officially open for the season today. Lifeguards are on duty at all Chicago beaches from 11am to 7pm Monday through Friday, from today until Labor Day. But just because it’s legal to swim in Lake Michigan this weekend doesn’t mean you should. CBS Chicago reported the lake is still “dangerously cold” to swim in, at only about 55 degrees. So yeah, this is more “grab a book and sit in the sand fully clothed” kind of beach weather, rather than actual beach weather. But hey, Summertime Chi is a state of mind, and Memorial Day weekend kicks off the best time of year. Beaches, street fests, fireworks and jorts are in our immediate future. If you're sticking around the city for Memorial Day weekend and don't want to brave the beaches quite yet, check out our suggestions for the best things to do over Memorial Day weekend in Chicago. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Look, we're not above geeking out over secret menu items—and neither are you. Caviar delivery service recently teamed up with a handful of Chicago's top restaurants to offer exclusive secret menu items to their customers. The goods include everything from loaded smashed potatoes (a stoner's dream come true) to a vegetarian burrito. Here's a quick look at the off-menu items Caviar is now toting for delivery, but keep an eye out for more secret options here. Monster Smash from Honey Butter Fried Chicken: HBFC's Schmaltz smashed potatoes are topped with fried chicken, kimchi, crunchies, spicy honey mayo and scallions. Meatball sub from RPM Italian: Served on thick-cut garlic bread, this stacked meatball sub comes with a side of giardiniera. Potato & poblano burrito from Antique Taco: This vegetarian burrito is stuffed with potatoes, tres queso and poblano peppers and topped with morita salsa, crema, arugula and onion. Korean glazed pork belly from Revolution Brewing: Indulge with this elevated banh mi, which is loaded with pickled veggies, scallions, cilantro and pork aioli. Plus add your choice of fries, garlic-cream cheese mashed potatoes or blue potato salad. Creole shrimp boy or truffle mac and cheese from Luella's Southern Kitchen: The Creole shrimp boy features barbecued shrimp on French bread, while the mac boasts five cheeses, mornay sauce and white truffle oil. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Living in a city with two-and-a-half million other people can be undeniably disgusting. While we’re a city of gorgeous public parks and stunning architecture, we’re also sweaty, public transit-riding, beer-drinkers with little concern for the spread of germs. No shade—we wouldn’t trade our city lives for anything! But when we take half a step back and consider our everyday habits, we realize how many of them are pretty nasty. These 17 habits Chicagoans are guilty of really take the cake. Biking to work and then just… sitting at work all day. Yes, your co-workers notice your smell. Holding onto CTA poles and then just going about our days. C’mon, hand sanitizer, anybody? Devouring everything in sight at the Taste of Chicago and using your clothes as a napkin. We’ve only got so many hands! Being in the same vicinity as sweaty, drunk teenagers at music festivals. Wasted Lolla teens are just a fact of life. Cramming a week’s worth of garbage into one can. Wrestling in that last bag before garbage day ain’t pretty. Eating deep dish pizza. The fact that our city’s signature dish puts you in a food coma after three bites speaks volumes. Just leaving dirty snow on the sidewalks instead of shoveling it. Snow in the city gets real gross, real quick. Using porta-potties all summer long. Between street fests to music fests to beach days, there’s no escaping porta-potties. Wearing the same jacket every day of winter without washing it. We somehow manage to forget that our winter