1. Today is the final day of the Chicago Air and Water Show, which centers around North Avenue Beach. The show runs from 10am to 5pm and is free to attend. 2. Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar is back at the United Center tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets are still available starting at $49.50. 3. Shop the popular monthly flea market Vintage Garage today in Uptown. It costs $5 to enter and is open from 10am to 5pm. This month's theme is Vintage Wedding. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
1. The Chicago Air and Water Show takes to the skies today, with the action centering around North Avenue Beach. The show runs from 10am to 5pm and is free to attend. 2. Head over to the University of Illinois at Chicago area for Festa Italiana, which features Italian-American food, music and games. The fun lasts from noon to 10pm, at Taylor Street and Ashland Avenue, and entry is a $5 suggested donation. 3. This is the final weekend to see An Octoroon at Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre. Tickets for today's 2:30 and 8pm shows are $35. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
The bar that formerly housed a Run the Jewels-themed cocktail lounge, an homage to Chicago block parties and a Fernet-focused pop-up has been transformed into the eerie town of Hawkins, Indiana. Tonight, visitors will be able to step into the Upside Down, a bar inspired by the Netflix series Stranger Things, complete with an Eggo waffle cocktail and some seriously spooky decor. Guests will enter the bar through a recreation of Mirkwood forest, where the Hawkins National Laboratory is performing secret experiments. Pull back a sheet (much like the one the telekinetic Eleven hid behind in Mike Wheeler's basement) and you'll find yourself in the Byers' living room, featuring flashing Christmas lights tacked onto the wall—you can snap a picture and try to communicate with friends who have been sucked into other dimensions. The nearby DJ booth is strewn with ’80s electronics, just like the A.V. club at Hawkins Middle School. Step up to the bar, which features the striking visage of Eleven and a bike for quick getaways, and you can order Eleven's Eggo's—a slushie made with bourbon, orange juice, maple syrup and a waffle garnish. Other highlights of the menu include the mescal-based, pudding-inspired Snack Pack cocktail and tallboys of Chief Hopper's favorite beer, Schlitz. The Upside Down opens at 7pm tonight at 2367 N Milwaukee Ave—directly next to Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square—and will remain in the space through September 23. The bar's hours are 5pm–2am Wednesday through F
1. The Northwest Side’s Edison Park Fest begins tonight, with a carnival, food and drink vendors and tribute bands all weekend long. The free event starts at 5pm at Northwest Highway and Ottawa Avenue. 2. Celebrate Italian-American music, food and culture at Festa Italiana in Little Italy. The festival starts at 5pm at Ashland Avenue and Taylor Street, and admission is a $5 suggested donation. 3. See some of Chicago’s finest standup comedians perform at the always-funny Lincoln Lodge show tonight at Subterranean. Performances start at 8pm and entry is a $10 suggested donation. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
In order to drink all the rum-soaked tiki cocktails your heart desires, you'll need a little something lining your tummy. The folks at Lost Lake get that, and after a fire closed the bar's Chinese takeout restaurant, Thank You, they're offering up a new alternative. The Land and Sea Dept. property enlisted the help of chefs Pete Coenen (Cherry Circle Room) and Fred Noinaj (Americano 2211) to create a menu that's influenced by Korean, Polynesian, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines. The new lineup is short and sweet, with dishes like grilled chicken wings ($13), pork dumplings with scallion and ginger ($12), chilled blue crab with wontons and sweet chili ($11), vegan-friendly curry udon with mushrooms and summer squash ($16) and 5 Spiced duck confit with scallion pancakes ($18). The menu will be available daily from 4pm to 1:30am starting Friday, August 18. Take a look and start figuring out what you'll pair with your next Tic-Tac-Taxi. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Psyched about the impending solar eclipse? Join the club. As Chicagoans gear up for the rare celestial experience on Monday, August 21, restaurants, hotels and local organizations are pulling out the stops with themed events and viewing parties. We rounded up the top 10 eclipse bashes for your viewing pleasure. Be sure to sneak out of the office around 1pm to get the best view of the eclipse, which peaks around 1:19pm here in Chicago. Psst: Here's where you can nab a pair of safe viewing glasses over the next couple of days. Adler Planetarium: Check out Eclipse Fest, a massive block party that's free to attend and includes general admission to the museum. The event itself will feature live entertainment, solar car races, telescope viewing, food trucks and more. Festivities begin Monday at 10:30am. Sprinkles Cupcakes: The cupcake emporium will be doling out free black velvet cupcakes to the first 50 customers in line. Monday at 9am. The J. Parker: If you have time for a very leisurely afternoon, head to this Lincoln Park rooftop for unbeatable views and a themed Lunar Brunch with sun- and moon-inspired beverages. Monday from 9am to 2pm. Daley Plaza: Adler Planetarium staff will be on hand with free solar eclipse glasses and telescopes. Monday at 11:30am. Chicago Athletic Association: Gear up for the big event with an eclipse celebration this weekend. The hotel's pop-up dive bar concept is teaming with fields Magazine on an out-of-this-world evening, complete with fic
Chicago may soon be following in the footsteps of Baltimore, where several Confederate monuments were removed earlier this week in the wake of violent protests centered around a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia. The monument in question is a 2,000-year-old Roman column that was given to Chicago by fascist dictator Benito Mussolini in 1933 to commemorate Italian pilot Italo Balbo's transatlantic flight to the city. Chicago also honored the pilot by naming a street after him, Balbo Drive, which runs through Grant Park. Before Balbo flew to Chicago, he helped bring Mussolini's fascist regime to power in Italy in 1922. Mussolini would go on to ally himself with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during World War II, and was guilty of war crimes that included the use of chemical weapons. According to the Sun-Times, 36th Ward Alderman Gilbert Villegas and 14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke are pushing to petition the Chicago Park District to remove the Balbo Column and rename Balbo Drive after "a late Chicago mayor who never was honored by having a building or street dedicated to his memory." This movement comes on the heels of a tweet by John Greenfield of Streetsblog Chicago, who suggested replacing the monument with a tribute to St. Frances Cabrini or Enrico Fermi. Let's replace Chicago's Balbo/Mussolini monument to Fascism with a tribute to St. Frances Cabrini or Enrico Fermi. https://t.co/oXxfVdFLyB … pic.twitter.com/LjNOpbWqz0 — Streetsblog Chicago (@streetsb
Over the past several years, rideshare apps have transformed the way we explore Chicago. Thanks to Uber and Lyft, we can easily get to neighborhoods like Pilsen, Edgewater and Hyde Park without sitting on the CTA for an hour. When you spend enough time sitting in the backseat of cars, you run into these same 17 drivers over and over again. 1. The driver who’s totally addicted to their GPS and ignores your (better) directions. C’mon. You should know the city's major intersections. 2. The driver who really, really, really wants you to use their AUX cord. Yep, I know I can hook my Spotify up. Thanks. 3. The driver who keeps offering you candy. Wet butterscotch, anybody? 4. The driver who’s trying to get their rap/producing career off the ground. Yeah, I’ll totally visit your Soundcloud. 5. The driver who’s having a party, complete with neon lights and EDM. Uh, it’s 3pm? 6. The driver who wants to put you on his podcast. C’mon dude, just let me sit in silence. 7. The driver who’s listening to a very niche podcast. We honestly admire the lack of concern for what the passenger wants to listen to. 8. The driver who tries to charge you to use their AUX cord. Not cool, guy! 9. The driver who tries to get you to talk politics. They’re always listening to talk radio, too. 10. The driver who immediately breaks down how much money they make per hour driving Uber/Lyft. Ah, the proselytizers. 11. The driver who has no idea what “Right here is good!” means. That’s rideshare code f
Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival will open its 35th slate next month with Hello Again, the new film adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s stage musical. Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s 1897 play La Ronde, Hello Again follows a daisy chain of love affairs through 10 vignettes, with a pansexual cast of characters played by the likes of Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, Rumer Willis and Cheyenne Jackson. The film is directed by Northwestern alum Tom Gustafson (Were the World Mine), and will screen at the Music Box Theatre on September 21. The remainder of Reeling’s weeklong program will screen at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema, with highlights including premieres of two Chicago-made features packed with local actors: Wendell Etherly’s Market Value, a lesbian courtroom custody drama, features supporting turns by Janet Ulrich Brooks, John Hoogenakker and Brian Shaw; Tadeo Garcia’s En Algun Lugar follows a young gay Latino couple (played by Nelson Rodriguez and Andrew Saenz) whose future is threatened by one man’s undocumented status. The festival will also feature a screening of the locally-made web series Brown Girls, currently being developed for HBO. Other features include After Louie, with Alan Cumming as an AIDS activist suffering from survivor’s guilt; The Pass, a steamy drama about London footballers starring Looking’s Russell Tovey; and closing-night feature Saturday Church, an exuberant first feature from writer-director Damon Cardasis
1. See Joshua Nelson, who sings gospel music with Hebrew lyrics, perform at the Pritzker Pavilion tonight. The free show begins at 6:30pm. 2. The Chicago Music Improv Festival kicks off at iO Theatre tonight and runs through Sunday. The first show kicks off at 8pm, and festival tickets range from $10 to $14. 3. Hit up Slo ‘Mo at the Whistler to dance to slow jams from Frank Ocean, Janet Jackson, Prince and more. The party starts at 9pm and is always free. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.