Ice cream may be good for the soul, but it’s not exactly magic for your waistline. During the warmer months, it can feel like every moment should be spent with a refreshing frozen treat clutched in your hand. In the name of balancing this desire with your quest for the perfect beach body, here's a lineup of our favorite frozen treats that aren’t quite as guilt-inducing. Snow Dragon Shavery: With locations in Lincoln Park, Evanston and Navy Pier, Snow Dragon serves up the kind of fine-shaved frozen magic that you used to only get from scraping the top off a fresh snowfall. Since enjoying a frozen treat was probably the last thing on your mind this past winter, Show Dragon is here to take the edge off of the summer heat with Taiwanese-style shaved snow, available in flavors such as green tea, fruit lover, key lime and mango. TrueNorth: A kale banana smoothie is a health-conscious dream come true. At Andersonville’s TrueNorth cafe, this smoothie with kale, pineapple juice, coconut water, banana, avocado and mint is also a perennial bestseller—you'll find people from all over the city in line to get a taste. Lifeway Kefir Shop: You can find several Lifeway outposts in both the city and the suburbs, blending together fresh-cut fruits with vitamin supplements and Lifeway’s “champagne of dairy” kefir frozen cultured milk. Low-fat and high in protein and probiotics, it’s hard to feel guilty for absolutely destroying your smoothie in about six seconds flat. No judgement. Yogurt
Seeing a movie on the big screen at the Music Box Theatre is already a unique experience, but its annual 70mm Film Festival makes catching a flick in its spacious theater even more special. Today, the theater announced the lineup of screenings for the 2017 edition of the fest, which takes place from June 30–July 13. For the uninitiated, 70mm refers to the size of the film used project each film. The larger format allows for bigger projections, more vibrant colors and additional details that might not be visible in digital or 35mm screenings of a movie. The Music Box is one of the only remaining theaters in the country that has the equipment required to screen 70mm films. The screening series kicks off with Stanley Kubrick's mind-bending sci-fi classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is being presented on a newly commissioned 70mm print that will join the Music Box's permanent collection. Other highlights include Steven Spielberg's 1991 Peter Pan adaptation, Hook, and a rare 70mm screening of Disney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty. If you're looking for something a bit more contemporary, the festival also includes screenings of the recent monster movie Kong: Skull Island and Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Admission to each screening is $12 (with the exception of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which will run you $14) and a festival pass is available for $75. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 26 at noon. Check out the complete schedule of extra-large 70mm Film Festival screenings
It was another beautiful spring weekend in Chicago, which is the perfect time of year to dig into a bowl of noodles and gooey, melted cheese. That's exactly what we did at the Mac & Cheese Smackdown presented by Time Out Chicago, which took place at the Bridgeport Art Center and served attendees dishes created by eight local restaurants. Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, Coco's Famous Fried Lobster, Old Town Social, New Line Tavern, R Public House, Luella's Southern Kitchen, The Pasta Bowl Wicker Park and Grand Lux Cafe were all in attendance with some delicious variations on the classic comfort food. There was also beer from Forbidden Root and plenty of space to relax outdoors on the venue's patio. Check out some photos from the day and keep an eye out for future Time Out Chicago events. Photographs: Jordan Avery Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Frank Lloyd Wright once called Oak Park's Unity Temple "my contribution to modern architecture," establishing it as one of the most notable structures he designed during his career. The home of Oak Park's Universalist congregation was completed in 1908, showcasing exposed concrete walls and striking interior design that were considered cutting edge at the time. While Wright's design was forward-thinking, many of the materials he used to complete the structure were not up to modern standards, which has made preserving the leak-prone Unity Temple (which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970) a challenge. The Unity Temple Restoration Foundation began raising funds to restore the classic building to its former glory in 2013—a campaign that has resulted in a $25 million restoration of Wright's temple. When the Unity Temple reopens for public tours in July, it will sport a long list of improvements including a strengthened (and leak proof) concrete structure and (for the first time ever) air conditioning. The restoration also focused on conservation of the building's existing features including the original art glass, skylights, pews, lighting and flooring. If you want to take an early look at the Unity Temple, the Restoration Foundation will host a free neighborhood open house on Saturday, June 17 from 2 to 5pm. If you can't make it, take a peek at some photos of the restoration below. Photograph: Daniel Crimmins, Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congrega
Go full beer nerd Chicago Craft Beer Week is in full swing, with tasting events and talkbacks popping up around the city through Thursday. Microbreweries all over Chicagoland are hosting events, which include an intro to craft beer lesson, a roundtable discussion about the beer business, and a New England style IPA tasting event. Check out our guide to the best events here. (Various locations and times, Mon–Thu. See website for full schedule) Have a fancy night on the town Catch the final concert of the 2016-17 MusicNOW series at the Harris Theatre. The program explores contemporary classical music, including works from Djuro Zivkovic and Elizabeth Ogonek. (Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph St, Mon 7pm. $27) Take in an arena pop show Tickets are still available to see Canada’s king of slow jams, the Weeknd, at the Allstate Arena. The R&B artist is one of the hottest pop stars right now; well worth the trek out to the ’burbs. (Allstate Arena, 6920 N Mannheim Rd in Rosemont, Tue 7:30pm. $61–$524) See the original rom-com on stage She Loves Me served as the source material for 1940’s The Shop Around The Corner and, more recently, 1998’s You’ve Got Mail. The themes are familiar, but this production’s overwhelming charm make it easy to fall in love with the story all over again. (Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Wed 1pm, Wed–Fri 8pm. $50–$60) Vogue it out Party with drag performers, live music and DJ sets at Fabitat, one of the most consistently fun alt-queer parties in Ch
On Saturday, the Chicago Riverwalk celebrated the kickoff of its latest season with an entire day of boat tours, live music and parades. The evening ended with a one-minute fireworks display that sent sparks flying from the Clark and LaSalle Street bridges. Called "Pyrotechnic Waterfall," the show lived up to its name, creating two cascades of sparks (worthy of an ’80s hair metal music video) that descended into the Chicago River accompanied by some old fashioned aerial fireworks. It only lasted for about 60 seconds, so if you weren't anywhere near the explosive display, check out some videos of the impressive riverfront spectacle. A post shared by Patricia Nicandro (@pnic1013) on May 21, 2017 at 6:59pm PDT A post shared by Kara (@kba312) on May 20, 2017 at 6:23pm PDT Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
If you're thinking about getting hitched in Chicago, you might want to start stocking up on ramen packets now. The average Chicago wedding rings up at $60,035, according to a new study from the Knot. The study, which polled a total of 13,000 brides and grooms who wed in 2016, found that the national average clocked in at $35,329. If you're doing the math, that makes a Chicago wedding almost twice as expensive as the national average. Overall, our fair city is the fourth most expensive place to get married in the U.S., topped only by New Jersey ($62,606), New York–Long Island ($67,831) and New York–Manhattan ($78,464). Those price tags include everything from venue to photographer to wedding cake—and all the party favors in between. If you're looking to relocate before you say "I do," consider the most affordable places to tie the knot: Arkansas ($19,522), Utah ($20,337) and Montana ($20,794). Hey, with the average engagement lasting 15 months, you've got time to reconsider this whole wedding thing. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Crinkle-cut fries, ShackBurgers and frozen treats are heading west to Fulton Market as lovable New York import Shake Shack opens its fourth location in the Chicago area. Joining spots in River North, the Loop and Old Orchard, the new location will open at 185 North Morgan Street on Wednesday, May 24 at 11am. Playing up the neighborhood's past as the city's manufacturing epicenter, expect Shake Shack's Fulton Market space to have industrial touches throughout. The side of the building will also feature a mural by artist Don't Fret, who pulled inspiration from Carl Sandburg's poem Chicago for the piece. And, of course, all the menu classics you've come to love will be part of the deal too—from burgers and fried chicken sandwiches to concretes and adult beverages. Shake Shack joins a flurry of new Fulton Market openings including Kuma's Corner (also opening Wednesday), Do-Rite Donuts and Beatrix, giving the area a healthy influx of casual eats. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
A coffee shop with a roastery, a brewery, sandwiches and a sprawling patio? We're moving in. For the uninitiated, Colectivo Coffee is a popular Milwaukee-based coffee spot that's putting down roots in Chicago with a Lincoln Park location (2530 N Clark) opening today. You can sample Colectivo's coffee on-site, alongside espresso-based favorites, or take a bag of beans to go ($15–$18 per pound). For sustenance, there's an array of hand-made baked goods—including cinnamon rolls, ham and cheese croissants and muffins— and heartier dishes like baked oatmeal and a falafel burger. And when happy hour rolls around, head back for the coffee house's three taps, which offer a variety of house beers developed by the employees. To top it all off, expect this place to be open later than most other coffee shops (perfect for patio lounging with a beer)—until 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11pm Saturday. Thank you, Wisconsin, for the coffee emporium of our dreams. And cheese curds, of course. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
It's finally time to emerge from the pile of blankets we've called home all winter long and start exploring our outdoor fitness options. While we've already made our list of brewery yoga sessions and are booking up our Sunday mornings, it's also nice to get some yoga in with a little cardio and a great view of the city. This summer, the Chicago Athletic Association is doing a series of sunrise yoga classes on the Cindy's patio, along with multiple lakefront 5Ks and strength classes in Grant Park. Plus, all the classes are free. Space is limited to 15 for yoga due to the space at Cindy's, so sign up (on CAA's event page) fast. Check out the full schedule below: Saturday, May 20 at 6am: Lakefront 5K run (meets in the first floor lobby of CAA at 5:45) Saturday June 3 at 7am: Summer strength in Grant Park Saturday, June 17 at 6am: Sunrise rooftop yoga at Cindy's Saturday, July 1 at 6am: Lakefront 5K run (meets in the first floor lobby of CAA at 5:45) Saturday, July 15 at 7am: Summer strength in Grant Park Saturday, July 29 at 6am: Sunrise rooftop yoga at Cindy's Saturday, August 12 at 6am: Lakefront 5K run (meets in the first floor lobby of CAA at 5:45) Saturday, August 26 at 7am: Summer strength in Grant Park Saturday, September 9 at 6am: Sunrise rooftop yoga at Cindy's Saturday, September 23 at 6am: Lakefront 5K run (meets in the first floor lobby of CAA at 5:45) Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.