Today was not your average Monday. For the first time since 1918, a solar eclipse crossed the entire United States from west to east. While it was a bit cloudy out, those with eclipse glasses (the Adler Planetarium distributed thousands of 'em) could still see the moon covering up a large portion of the sun. In the Loop, the sun-gazing action centered around Daley Plaza; another major hot spot was the Adler Planetarium, which hosted a huge block party to celebrate this celestial happening. Check out our favorite Instagrams of this historic event in Chicago. A post shared by Kelsey Eliason (@calypsohoneybear) on Aug 21, 2017 at 12:50pm PDT A post shared by Qin Li💋🐶🐱🍴🍭🍰🍷✈️👠👛💍 (@qin_nnnnn) on Aug 21, 2017 at 11:54am PDT A post shared by Katie Stack (@stackattack742) on Aug 21, 2017 at 12:53pm PDT A post shared by Sarita (@saritasongbird) on Aug 21, 2017 at 11:58am PDT A post shared by Caramagno + Associates (@caramagnocpa) on Aug 21, 2017 at 11:48am PDT A post shared by Chicago Bears (@chicagobears) on Aug 21, 2017 at 12:47pm PDT A post shared by ClarktheCub (@clarkthecub) on Aug 21, 2017 at 11:41am PDT A post shared by Gina (@gennatay) on Aug 21, 2017 at 12:35pm PDT A post shared by JenaTraversa (@jena_traversa) on Aug 21, 2017 at 12:27pm PDT A post shared by UChicago Admissions (@uchicagoadmissions) on
Performance art troupe the Blue Man Group is marking its 20th anniversary at Chicago's Briar Street Theatre this year, where thousands of fans have enjoyed the show's singular blend of body paint and percussive beats. Back in July, Cirque du Soleil purchased the Blue Man Group franchise, including productions in New York, Boston and Berlin, and announced that it will begin expanding the show to new cities, which means more blue body paint. The rapid expansion of the brand might explain the group's latest open casting call, which will take place at the Briar Street Theatre on Wednesday, September 6 from 10am to 4pm. While performers will ultimately be auditioning to become a Blue Man, the casting call is open to women, too. If you're hoping to cover yourself in blue paint and amaze cheering audiences with your wordless skills, you'll first need to adhere to a few basic criteria for Blue Man Group performers. On the physical end of the spectrum, the company is looking for individuals with an “athletic build” and height between 5'10" and 6'2". It should go without saying, but anyone auditioning should have some drumming skills (or, at the very least, a good sense of rhythm) and acting chops, preferably with some experience in theater and improvisation. Finally, even if you're auditioning in Chicago, you should be prepared to relocate and join a Blue Man Group production in a new city. If you meet the criteria and are ready to paint yourself blue for a living, here's hoping yo
Pardon the brag, but Time Out Chicago knows how to throw a good party. Over the weekend, we teamed with our friends at Goose Island to host an epic brunch inside the brewery’s very Instagrammable Barrel Warehouse. It was one of the first events in the rarely seen space. This was far from your average brunch: We sipped Sofie-Mosas made with Goose’s impeccable Belgian-style ale and noshed on bites from Goat Group Catering, including pork belly home fries, sweet onion crepes and crumpets. Take a peek at our photos below (but maybe don’t do so on an empty stomach). Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Photograph: Jordan Avery Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
As summer begins to wind down, free concerts and street festival are about to go into hibernation (only to reappear in the spring). Thankfully, the next few weeks are filled with the kind of events that we miss when the weather gets cold, including a gratis West Loop bash later this week. On Friday, August 25, striped shoemaker Adidas is throwing a party at Revel Fulton Market (1215 W Fulton Market), bringing together some of the finest representatives of Chicago's thriving hip-hop scene. Topping the lineup is R&B crooner (and Kendrick Lamar collaborator) BJ the Chicago Kid, whose recent The Lost Files: Cuffing Season mixtape features tracks he recovered from an old hard drive. Also on the bill: Local rappers Joey Purp and Kami performing as Leather Corduroys and rising SaveMoney crew MC Towkio. To score a ticket, you'll need to visit the Adidas website and watch a short video. Once you've provided an email address, you'll be sent a unique QR code which will serve as your ticket for the concert. The party is 18+, doors open at 6pm and admission is first come, first served, so you may need to show up early to secure your spot. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
1. Solar eclipse viewing parties are happening all over the city today, from the Adler Planetarium to Daley Plaza to 360 Chicago. The eclipse peaks at 1:19pm over Chicago. 2. Take in the work of French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin at the Art Institute’s exhibition, Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist. The museum is open from 10:30am to 5pm. 3. Get up close and personal with dinosaurs at Jurassic World: The Exhibition at the Field Museum. The museum is open from 9am to 5pm, and admission to the exhibit is $10–$15 on top of museum admission. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
While the upcoming solar eclipse will dominate Chicago's attention on Monday, there was another good reason to gaze at the sky this weekend as the Chicago Air and Water Show zoomed across the lakefront. On Saturday, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Army Golden Knights were among the airborne performers that dazzled crowds of onlookers gathered on the beach. The show continues on Sunday afternoon, but if you want a peek at the high-flying action, take a look at our photos from the first day of the Chicago Air and Water Show. RECOMMENDED: Our guide to the Chicago Air and Water Show Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Photograph: Max Herman Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
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.