Hot on the heels of the opening of a Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Lincoln Park last December, the Ohio-based chain is already planning its next Chicago scoop shop. According to Crain's, the latest location will take up residence on the Randolph Street corridor (911 W Randolph Street, to be exact), meaning that you'll probably be tempted to grab dessert (or perhaps a second dessert) there after a meal at nearby Formento's or Leña Brava. According to Crain's report, the latest Jeni's outpost is on track to open in late 2017 which gives you plenty of time to decide which flavors you'll have in your trio. The Randolph Street scoop shop will be Jeni's fourth in Chicago, so in the meantime you can get your salty caramel ice cream fix at the chain's Wicker Park, Lakeview and Lincoln Park locations. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Chicago is a proud city, and its residents know how to spot one of their own. If you’re a real Chicagoan, you will find many of the items on the following list a familiar source of frustration. If you’re not a real Chicagoan but someday hope to be, don’t feel ashamed. There are ways to earn city status but fair warning, it won’t be easy. Consider this your introduction and please take notes. One day, you may even find yourself looking down on posers with the rest of us. 1. A real Chicagoan knows the “do not walk” sign is merely a suggestion. 2. A fake Chicagoan asks for the address when all you need is the intersection. 3. A real Chicagoan knows that LSD is short for Lake Shore Drive (not the drug). 4. A fake Chicagoan puts ketchup on their hot dogs. 5. A real Chicagoan knew about Chance the Rapper before he won a Grammy. 6. A fake Chicagoan can’t wait to attend Chi-Town Rising. 7. A real Chicagoan never uses the term “Chi-Town.” 8. A fake Chicagoan still thinks Mike Ditka is cool. 9. A real Chicagoan knows the only beer worth drinking is a craft beer; preferably one that's brewed within walking distance of where they’re drinking. 10. A fake Chicagoan has only heard rumors of Malört's potency. 11. A real Chicagoan always knows which way is east. 12. A fake Chicagoan never seems to have their bearings. 13. A real Chicagoan can name at least five players on the Cubs’ World Series team (not just Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant). 14. A fake Chicagoan thinks the party
On the heels of Thursday’s nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” protest, some of Chicago’s best chefs are now bringing soup to the immigrants’ rights fight. In March, more than 20 of the city’s finest chefs will serve up pints of “Solidarity Soup” in an effort to help immigrant and refugee communities that organizers say are being “suddenly and unjustly” targeted by Trump administration policies. “In light of recent developments, we’ve reached out to fellow chefs to show our solidarity with the immigrants who form the backbone of our restaurants and the fabric of our communities,” organizers said in a statement on the Solidarity Soup website. “We’re banding together to raise money for a number of local nonprofit organizations providing critical support to these communities now in the spotlight.” Proceeds will benefit three area nonprofits: Centro Romero, Immigrant Workers’ Project and the Southwest Organizing Project. Chefs and restaurants participating in the fundraiser will cook up a variety of delicious soups, which will be distributed on March 7. For a $50 donation, you will get two random pints of soup prepared by two different chefs. And because these cooks are among the best in Chicago, you can expect a tasty return on your investment. Interested participants can place their order for Solidarity Soup here. Donations will be accepted until midnight on March 1. When you check out, you will be asked to select one of four pick-up locations in Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, d
We had our earbuds out this week and overheard some hilarious, out-of-context quips about pizza, meteors and Barack Obama’s correspondents’ dinners. Did you overhear something crazy this week? Email us or tweet us @TimeOutChicago with #wordonthestreet, and you may find it in the next Word On The Street. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
1. Hang with the hipsters Baltimore’s Dan Deacon headlines the Empty Bottle this weekend, bringing his particular brand of upbeat “weirdtronica” back to Chicago. Come ready to bop your head and sip a PBR tallboy. (Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, Sun 9pm. $15) 2. Catch an eye-opening talk Chicago Humanities Festival invited the parents of the late Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, to speak as a part of their winter programming. What better way to celebrate Black History Month than to be educated and empowered? (DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E 56th Pl, Fri 6pm. $15-$20) 3. Take advantage of the three-day weekend It can be tough to drag yourself out to Queen!, Smart Bar’s Sunday night dance party. But that’s why three-day weekends exist! Take advantage of Presidents' Day weekend by dancing your ass off at one of Chicago’s best parties. (Smart Bar, 3730 N Clark St, Sun 9pm. $7) 4. Make it a Sunday Funday Itching for a summer street festival? Two Brothers Brewing Co. is throwing the next best thing, a Cabin Fever Party at their Warrenville headquarters. I know, it’s out in the ’burbs, but an afternoon of fresh-tapped Two Brothers beer is worth the trek. (Two Brothers Brewing Company, 30W315 Calumet Ave W in Warrenville, Sun 11am. $5) 5. Go heavy on the brown liquor Fancy yourself a good drinker? Channel your inner Ron Swanson at the River North Whiskey Festival, where you can choose more than 50 varieties of whiskey, bourbon and scotch.
Ready for an afternoon of desserts and pampering? You'll get to chow down on cookies, ice cream and more confections, plus get a psychic reading or chair massage and more at Time Out Chicago's second annual Treat Yo' Self. Sample some of the city's most popular treats, from warm cookie hot fudge sundaes to almond cake soaked in espresso syrup. Satisfy your sweet tooth and squeeze in some pampering all in one spot. Need more convincing? Check out what went down at last year's Treat Yo' Self. Choose from three sessions (11:30am–1:30pm, 2–4pm or 4:30–6:30pm) on Sunday, March 5 at Artifact Events. What's a better way to cap off the weekend? Get your tickets here. Treats will be provided by: Bake Chicago Cookie Spin Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Julius Meinl Coffee Bar & Patisserie Katherine Anne Confections Osteria Langhe and more Your ticket gets you: A dessert tasting from all participating restaurants One complimentary beer provided by DryHop Brewers or Corridor Brewery & Provisions One complimentary signature cocktail provided by KOVAL Distillery Chair massages from LISA App Psychic readings from Chicago's Spiritual Boutique Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Stacy Keach will play Ernest Hemingway at the Goodman Theatre this spring, in the world premiere of Pamplona, a new play by Jim McGrath about the novelist’s struggles in the last years of his life. Goodman artistic director Robert Falls will direct. Pamplona, running from May 19 to June 18 in the Owen Theatre, will mark Keach’s second turn playing Hemingway; he won a Golden Globe Award in 1989 for the TV movie Hemingway. The new play represents Keach’s return to the Goodman a decade after playing the title role in Falls’s ostentatious, acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s King Lear. It also marks a reunion of sorts for Keach and McGrath, who worked on Keach’s Mike Hammer TV movies in the ’90s. Pamplona takes the place of the previously announced Lady in Denmark, Dael Orlandersmith’s solo play to be directed by Chay Yew, which will be rescheduled. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
When discussing the intersection of culture and art, American poet Aberjhani said it best: “The American identity has never been a singular one, and the voices of poets invariably sing, in addition to their own, the voices of those around them.” The new web series Brown Girls tells the story of two twentysomething women of color navigating their sexuality on Chicago’s South Side. The show not only brings to life the Chicago roots of its creators but gives a voice to women and queer communities of color everywhere. This month, Brown Girls premiered on the digital media platform OpenTV. It was written by Fatimah Asghar and directed and produced by Chicago native Sam Bailey, who is also the creative force behind another Chicago-set web series, You're So Talented. Bailey says her main goal for Brown Girls is to develop a world that audiences will find familiar. “We shot everything in Pilsen because a lot of our crew and cast live in that neighborhood, plus it’s already a culturally rich location in Chicago,” says Bailey, adding that everyone is invested and connected to the stories being told onscreen. That personal touch extends to the relationship between the show’s two main characters, Leila (Nabila Hossain) and Patricia (Sonia Denis). The characters are inspired by the real-world friendship between Asghar and Chicago musician Jamila Woods, who also composed much of the music for the series. The entire seven-part series (each episode running between 7 and 14 minutes) was r
Steppenwolf Theatre Company will premiere yet another new play by Tracy Letts in the 2017–18 season, and this one will move direct to Broadway. Megaproducer Scott Rudin announced today that Letts’s The Minutes, a new comedy centered on a contentious town council meeting that unearths hidden truths about the small burg’s history, will begin performances on Broadway on February 6, 2018, directly following its Steppenwolf debut running from November 9 to December 31. Steppenwolf artistic director Anna D. Shapiro will helm the production; it will mark the playwright and director’s first Broadway collaboration since 2007’s August: Osage County, for which they both earned Tony Awards. This will mark the third season in a row at Steppenwolf to include a new play from Letts, following last spring’s Mary Page Marlowe and the upcoming Linda Vista. Before Marlowe, Letts’s last new play at Steppenwolf had been 2008’s Superior Donuts. The announcement from Rudin’s New York–based press agents did not specify a theater for the Broadway transfer. Nor was any casting announced, though the design team was confirmed to include David Zinn (scenic), Ann Roth (costumes), and Brian MacDevitt (lighting). The remainder of Steppenwolf’s 2017–18 season is yet to be announced. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Immigrants, their allies and businesses across Chicago are taking part in a day of action on Thursday to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Dozens of restaurants, retailers and other businesses in the city are participating in the “Day Without Immigrants” protest by closing their doors, contributing a portion of the day’s proceeds to immigrant rights groups or excusing absences for employees taking part in the nationwide boycott. The day of protest is taking place in major cities across the U.S., including Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C. Organizers say the goal of the action is to highlight the central role immigrants play in the economy and the American way of life, as well as to voice their opposition to the president’s anti-immigrant agenda. That agenda includes increasing deportation of undocumented immigrants, banning people entering the country from seven Muslim-majority countries and building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. In Chicago, immigrant rights advocates will hold a Strike Back Against Deportations rally in Union Park Thursday afternoon. That demonstration comes after Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested nearly 700 people in nationwide raids last week, including 48 Chicagoans. Among those Chicago businesses closed for the Day Without Immigrants action are four restaurants owned by celebrity chef Rick Bayless. “For three decades, we’ve been a place that has welcomed, respected and promoted our