Want to celebrate with Chance the Rapper after he performs a headlining set in Grant Park during Lollapalooza? If you've got $120 to spare, you can join the Chicago rapper at his official Lollapalooza afterparty at Studio Paris, which kicks off at 9pm on Saturday, August 5. Chance is hosting the party and there's a pretty good chance that some fellow Lolla performers who are in town for the festival will make an appearance—he's the top-billed artist at the fest this year, after all. The party is happening at a nightclub, so there are some pricey admission options if you're flush with cash (all of Chance's music is released for free, after all). You can get a VIP table (with 10 GA tickets, a magnum of Grey Goose, a magnum of Moet, a bucket of Budweiser beer and five Red Bulls) for $2,500, premium VIP for $3,500 and ultra premium VIP for $4,500. Tickets for the Chance the Rapper's official Lollapalooza afterparty are on sale now via the nightclub's website. If you want to rub elbows with Chicago's biggest hip-hop star, you'd better lock down your tickets ASAP. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
There's been a glut of new record store openings in Chicago over the past few years, particularly in Wicker Park and Pilsen, where shops like Shuga Records, 606 Records, Pinwheel Records and the expanded Reckless Records have become destinations for crate diggers. However, there have been a few notable recent losses as well. Last year, Uptown's Shake, Rattle and Read and Logan Square's Saki Records closed their doors for good, and now another longtime favorite spot for vinyl lovers is about to sell its last LP. In an announcement posted on its Facebook page this afternoon, the owners of West Town record store Permanent Record announced that the shop, which opened in 2006, will soon be shuttered. Owners Lance Barresi and Liz Tooley moved out to Los Angeles in 2011, opening a West Coast branch of the record store that has since expanded to encompass two additional L.A. shops. According to the post, Barresi and Tooley have decided to close the Chicago store and focus on their L.A. shops due to the fact that they "no longer have time to travel to Chicago on a regular basis." The two managers of the Chicago shop will be be moving to L.A. to take positions at other Permanent Records stores. The West Town location of Permanent Records will be open through September 17 (which happens to be Riot Fest weekend), and will continue selling, buying and trading records in the interim. The owners of the shop are "open to considering offers on the business as it exists currently," but if no
As summer winds down, it's time to soak up every last drop of sunshine and enjoy quality family time before the school year begins. Lucky for you, August is filled to the brim with kid-friendly festivals, classic Chicago events and plenty of excuses to get outside. Here's what to do with the little ones this month. 1. Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby Take the kids to the Chicago River to watch over 50,000 yellow rubber ducks splash around in the water. The annual fundraiser provides resources to Special Olympics Illinois athletes, and ducks can be "adopted" for $5 each. (The Wrigley Building, 400 N Michigan Ave, Aug 3. Free to attend, $5 per duck) 2. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Millennium Park Celebrate the 80th anniversary of this classic Disney flick with a morning movie in the park. The 1937 movie is being shown in conjunction with the Millennium Park's Family Fun Festival, which runs through Aug 24. (Millennium Park, 205 E Randolph St, Aug 24. Free) 3. Ginza Holiday Festival Nosh on traditional Japanese cuisine, check out a ukelele performance, shop artisan designers and tour a chapel at this three-day cultural festival. (Midwest Buddha Temple, 435 W Menomonee St, Aug 11–13. $5 donation, kids under 12 free) 4. Chicago Hot Dog Fest This food-filled festival will keep the kiddos entertained all day long with live music, outdoor games and, of course, hot dogs galore. Vendors like Edzo's, Byron's Hot Dogs, Dog House Grill and others will provide encased m
It's lights out in the city, for the Year of the Eclipse is upon us. In August, Chicagoans will witness one of the rarest natural phenomena: a solar eclipse. Technically the city will experience 90 percent of a total solar eclipse, and that’s still pretty amazing. The last time Chicago was this close to the path of totality (sciencespeak for “total blackout”) was in 1925, and you can bet your vanishing stars that people are getting excited this time around. “You can prepare for it, you can study it, you can see photographs or movies, but when you’re actually in the eclipse, it’s kind of an eerie, primal feeling,” says Larry Ciupik, director of the Adler Planetarium’s Doane Observatory. “It’s a feeling of awe, but it also looks like a black hole in the sky. So I could see how people could be afraid of that.” Aside from feeling a little strange or having a bird land on your head (animals have been known to act squirrelly during eclipses), Ciupik says there’s nothing to fear. On the contrary, a solar eclipse is so rare that even witnessing 90 percent of one is cause for celebration; cue the Adler Planetarium. Three viewing parties are planned for the eclipse, which begins at 11:54am on August 21. Adler invites visitors to its main viewing party at the museum, where guests can participate in eclipse-related activities, chat with astronomers and snag a free pair of solar-eclipse–viewing glasses. About 10,000 people are expected to attend, with the museum hosting viewing parties
Thousands of Pokémon Go players were tracking down digital monsters in Chicago this weekend, attending the very first official Pokémon Go Fest in Grant Park on Saturday. Tickets for the one-day event sold out quickly and attendees were promised the chance to interact with fans of the game, earn exclusive rewards and capture rare monsters throughout the day. There was only one problem when the gates opened and hordes of players entered the park: The game didn't work. Anyone who was swept up in the Pokémon Go craze when the mobile app was launched last July knows that the interface has never responded favorably to exceedingly large numbers of users. The game's first few weeks were plagued with technical issues as millions of players across the globe logged on, but usership eventually reached manageable levels as the fad faded. With an estimated attendance of 15,000–20,000 people, all logged onto the Pokémon Go app, the cell networks around Grant Park immediately buckled under the pressure (again, not exactly a surprise if you've experienced the absence of service in Grant Park during Lollapalooza). Fans began lining up for the festival at 6am on Saturday morning, and the lines to enter the park were literally miles long, wrapping around the block and spilling over into the area around Buckingham Fountain. Even the few people who were able to log in were greeted with a game-crashing bug, according to a report from TechCrunch. As attendees filtered into the park, unable to cat
Frank Lloyd Wright fans take note: Another of the famed architect's Chicago-area homes is back on the market. The F.B. Henderson House—a 5,500-square-foot, six-bedroom, four-bath home in west suburban Elmhurst—is listed for $1.1 million. Built in 1901, it's the only FLW design in Elmhurst. Check out photos below, and if you're ready to make an offer, see the full listing here. All photographs: L.W. Reedy Real Estate Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Last week, Chicagoans were tricked into putting ketchup on their hot dogs when Heinz pranked the city with its limited-edition “Dog Sauce.” To make up for this atrocity, the good folks at Chicago-based Gulden's mustard are defending our honor with freebies at hot dog stands around the city. Consider it a war of the condiments. Now through Thursday, you can visit the following locations to nab a free hot dog courtesy of Gulden's. Monday: The Wieners Circle (2622 N Clark St), 11am–2pm Tuesday: Chicago Dog House (816 W Fullerton Ave), 11am–2pm Wednesday: America's Dog at Navy Pier (700 E Grand Ave), 4–7pm Thursday: Chubby Wieners (4652 N Western Ave), 4–7pm And if you were one of the sorry souls who slathered the red stuff all over your dog, know that you're in our thoughts. Our ultimate guide to Chicago-style hot dogs should get you back on track. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
1. Afro-pop artists Amadou and Mariam are playing a free show at Pritzker Pavilion tonight as part of the 2017 Millennium Park Summer Music Series. The performance starts at 6:30pm. 2. See video artist Steve McQueen’s latest installation, Steve McQueen: End Credits, at the Art Institute. The exhibit is included in museum admission, and the museum is open from 10:30am to 5pm. 3. See a Los Milagros/The Miracles, a free, traveling production from Free Street Theater. Tonight’s production is at Riis Park at 6:30pm. For more events, check in with Time Out Chicago throughout the day.
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.