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.
After hosting Killer Mike and El-P in its Run the Jewels-inspired Stay Gold pop-up bar during Lollapalooza weekend, Emporium's next temporary concept is taking a spooky turn. On Friday, August 18, the Logan Square space adjacent to Emporium Arcade Bar will transform into the Upside Down, a pop-up bar that pays tribute to the ’80s-indebted scares of Netflix's Stranger Things. Mimicking the series' nostalgic setting, the decor of the Upside Down is designed to resemble an "end of summer ‘80s dance party," taking place amid recreations of familiar settings such as the Byers' living room and the mysterious Mirkwood forest. Art installations throughout the bar will make you feel like you're hunting down a Demogorgon with your best friends as you snap selfies in front of the Christmas-light covered alphabet wall or listen to DJs spinning period-appropriate tunes from a booth that looks like it was constructed by the Hawkins Middle School A.V. Club. The bar will be serving four cocktails and two boozy slushies with ties to Stranger Things, including a scotch and coffee liqueur concoction called "Coffee & Contemplation" and "Mouth Breather," made with gin, ancho reyes, caramelized pineapple, lime and hellfire shrub. You'll also be able to order a can of Schlitz (Chief Hopper's preferred beverage) or Goose Island's GI5-5538 red pale ale, which was originally brewed for Pitchfork Music Festival in collaboration with SURVIVE—the band behind the Stranger Things soundtrack. "We had a h
Whether you’re covered in tats or are totally ink-free, everyone loves gawking at impressive tattoo art. Chicago is stocked with supremely talented tattoo artists, specializing in everything from dog portraits to Chicago pride tats to abstract art. Pick up inspiration for your next piece of body art with these 21 Chicago artists’ Instagram accounts. It doesn’t hurt just to look, right? And while you’re at it, follow our favorite Chicago bartenders, chefs and pets on Instagram. Stephanie Brown — Butterfat Studios A post shared by Stephanie Brown (@feralcatbox) on Jun 25, 2017 at 3:10pm PDT Esther Garcia — Butterfat Studios A post shared by Esther Garcia (@butterstinker) on Feb 10, 2017 at 11:46am PST Harlan Thompson — Pioneer Tattoo A post shared by Harlan Thompson (@harlan22) on Nov 17, 2016 at 6:03am PST Ryan Flaherty — Pioneer Tattoo A post shared by Ryan Flaherty (@ryanflaherty) on May 14, 2017 at 12:54pm PDT Cassandra Knox — Deluxe Tattoo A post shared by Cassandra Knox (@cknoxtattoo) on Jun 10, 2017 at 8:15am PDT Jim Little — Deluxe Tattoo A post shared by Jim Little (@jimlittle) on Jun 22, 2017 at 9:37am PDT David Allen — Pioneer Tattoo A post shared by David Allen (@davidallen) on Aug 14, 2017 at 9:54am PDT Daniel Tipton — Family Tattoo A post shared by Daniel Tipton (@danielpatricktattooer) on Jun 12, 2017 at 11:13am PDT Eri
Still on the hunt for a pair of eclipse viewing glasses before the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21? The protective eyewear has become a hot commodity across the nation over the past few weeks, as people begin to prepare for the celestial event. Thankfully, the Adler Planetarium has a stash of the glasses and will be distributing them at locations throughout Chicago in the days leading up to the eclipse. If you want to score something to protect your eyes from the ultraviolet radiation, you'll be able to snag up to two pairs of eclipse viewing glasses from Adler Planetarium representatives at the following locations (while supplies last). Daley Plaza: Thursday, August 17 from 7am to 1pmSouth Grant Park: Thursday, August 17 from 2 to 8 pmLagunitas Brewing Company: Friday, August 18 from 12:30 to 6:30pm Can't make it any of these locations? Not to worry—the Adler Planetarium will have even more of the coveted glasses available during its Eclipse Fest on August 21, from 9:30am to 6pm. If you're going to stare at the obscured sun, make sure to use protection! Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is in the midst of its 50th anniversary celebration, so it's inviting some very special guests to mark the occasion later this fall. Over the next few months, the MCA will resurrect its In Sight Out conversation series, presented in partnership with Pitchfork, which brings musicians to the stage to talk about their work. The series will kick off on September 13 with an appearance by 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival headliner Solange Knowles, who will discuss her recent album, A Seat at the Table, with local writer Britt Julious. On October 13, California rapper Vince Staples will speak about his upbringing and rise to hip-hop fame with Pitchfork managing editor Matthew Schnipper. Finally, on November 17, Chicago's own Chance the Rapper will sit down with local writer Adrienne Samuels Gibbs for a conversation about his music, his interest in art and his philanthropic efforts. Tickets for each of the In Sight Out talks are $20 and will be available via the MCA's website. Tickets for Solange's talk go on sale August 23 at noon, tickets for Vince Staple's talk go on sale September 6 at noon and tickets for Chance's talk go on sale October 11 at noon. MCA has also announced the return of its after-hours Prime Time party on September 23, which will feature a performance by rapper and dancer Le1f and a Fashion Wars competition presented by New York's House of Diehl. The evening will also host DJ sets from Rae Chardonnay and Cqqchitfruit; dance performa
Nearly 300 guests joined Time Out Chicago aboard the Mystic Blue on Lake Michigan Tuesday night, the final installment of this summer’s Sunset Sail Happy Hour series. Breezy conditions and cool temperatures didn't stop anyone from enjoying the sights and sips, including complimentary Francis Coppola Diamond Collection wines and blue Curaçao Cooler cocktails courtesy of the Curaçao Tourist Board. Many attendees took part in a Curaçao-sponsored limbo contest on the upper deck, with the lucky (and limber) winner earning roundtrip tickets to the Caribbean island. Check out photos of last night’s fun, and we’ll see you next summer! 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.
1. Scottish twee-pop act Belle and Sebastian play the Chicago Theatre tonight, with Tennessee singer-songwriter Julien Baker opening. Tickets are available starting at $53, and the show starts at 7:30pm. 2. Hawaiian superstar Bruno Mars opens a three-night stint at the United Center tonight at 8pm. Tickets for this evening's show are available starting at $144. 3. Catch a solid lineup of Chicago-based standup comedians at Comedians You Should Know tonight at 9:30pm. It’s at Timothy O’Toole’s in River North, and tickets are $5. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
Neo-Nazis looking to buy flowers will have to take their business somewhere other than Flowers For Dreams. The Chicago-based florist and delivery service has introduced a very simple litmus test for its online customers: a pop-up questionnaire. Upon going to flowersfordreams.com, one is immediately met with one simple question: Click “Yes, I can’t believe we’re still having this conversation” and you’ll be welcomed into the website. Click “No, I’m ignorant and complicit in hate,” and you’ll be prompted to click a “Goodbye” button, which links to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website. The message is clear: If you’re complicit in the white nationalist agenda demonstrated in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend, Flowers For Dreams wants nothing to do with you. (Nor does Time Out Chicago.) The condemnation of Nazism is not a radical act, but apparently, in 2017, it’s something that still needs to be done on a day-to-day basis. We’re relieved to see one of our favorite businesses in the city take this simple stand against white supremacy. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Last week, Riot Fest revealed its schedule, but now organizers have revealed where you can see even more music after Douglas Park closes each night. The festival's late night shows will take place at Concord Music Hall, Bottom Lounge, Cobra Lounge, House of Vans and Smart Bar—sadly, 2017 will mark the first year that post-fest concerts skip the Double Door, due to the eviction of the Wicker Park venue. RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Riot Fest Highlights of this year's Riot Fest aftershow lineup include an all-star indie rock double bill of Dinosaur Jr. and Built to Spill at Bottom Lounge on Saturday, Sept 16 and an extremely intimate Taking Back Sunday set at Cobra Lounge on Sunday, Sept 17. Vague mentions of “special guests” are scattered throughout the current lineup, so you can start guessing which Riot Fest acts might show up unannounced (our fingers are crossed for a surprise Jawbreaker set at some point during the weekend). Tickets for all Riot Fest aftershows go on sale Friday, August 18 at 10am via the respective venues. You can take a look at the complete lineup of post-festival concerts below: Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
We might look back at this as the summer of free gelato in Chicago, thanks to monthly giveaways from Talenti. The gelato purveyor has handed out 35,000 free pints of the Italian dessert over the past two months, and today it will make one final stop in Millennium Park to distribute another 20,000 pints—gratis, as usual. Once again, the giveaway coincides with the Summer Film Series, which will screen Hidden Figures this evening at 6:30pm. You'll be able to grab a free pint of Talenti gelato between noon and 9pm in Millennium Park today. If today's giveaway mirrors the previous two promotions, Talenti will stagger the distribution throughout the day, so you'll need a little luck on your side if you want to score a pint of new flavors like Cinnamon Peach Biscuit and Vanilla Chai. Still, the prospect of free dessert is probably worth a quick jaunt to the park—if you come away empty handed, pretty much every drug store in the city sells this stuff for $5–$6. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.