If you love cocktails and appreciate a good challenge, West Loop hard-stuff haven Moneygun has just the thing to boozy up your summer. The idea is simple: Try all 30 of Moneygun's classic cocktails for "bragging rights, glory and a sick Polaroid photo forever emblazoned on Moneygun's walls." If you're up for the mission, you'll get a card—appropriately titled the "Dirty 30 Card"—and gather stamps for each completed cocktail. Once you finish (there's no time limit involved), a Polaroid of your mug will go on the wall. The bar wisely suggests not trying to knock out the entire challenge in one sitting, but two or three cocktails at a time seems perfectly reasonable. The menu includes classics like a strawberry margarita, sidecar, last word, French 75 and Manhattan, so by the time you're done, you can also call yourself a cocktail connoisseur. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Actor, comedian and butch icon Lea DeLaria will serve as grand marshal for Chicago’s 48th annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, organizers announced today. DeLaria is probably best known for playing “Big Boo” on Orange Is the New Black (which drops its fifth season on Netflix June 9). She became the first out gay stand-up comic to appear on a late-night talk show with her 1993 debut on The Arsenio Hall Show; she’s also performed on Broadway in the musicals On the Town (winning the Drama Desk and Theatre World awards) and The Rocky Horror Show. A native of downstate Belleville, Illinois, outside of St. Louis, DeLaria was given the Equality Illinois Freedom Award in 2015. Also an accomplished cabaret artist and jazz singer with six albums to her name, DeLaria will perform a concert at the Ravinia Festival’s Martin Theatre at 7:30pm on Pride Sunday after leading the parade. Tickets for that show are $45–$65 for reserved seats in the theater, or $20 to hear the broadcast from the lawn. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Can’t sneak away to Michigan or Wisconsin this Memorial Day Weekend? Consider yourself lucky—this weekend is a fantastic one to spend in Chicago. The city’s brimming with summer kick-off parties, new museum exhibitions, and oh, did we mention the beaches will be open? Yep. When you’re not day-drinking at the best patio bars and rooftop bars or playing Frisbee at the city’s best parks, hit up these great things to do over Memorial Day weekend in Chicago. Hit the beach! Pack a towel, some sunnies, a beach read and a picnic and head to the beach this weekend. Chicago beaches are officially open this weekend—summer has arrived! (Various beaches on the Lakefront, Fri–Mon during daytime hours. Free, see our guide for full details) Travel to Jurassic World Jurassic World: The Exhibition opens up at the Field Museum this Friday, May 26. Swing by to see the huge, animatronic dinosaurs, which are said to be the most realistic depiction of the lizard kings to date. (The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Fri–Mon 9am–5pm. Museum admission + $10–$15) Go to a giant parade downtown Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade doesn’t have the debauchery of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade—and yes, that’s a good thing. See a wreath laid at the eternal flame at Daley Plaza, then watch the cadets march through the Loop. (Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn Sts, Sat 11am. Free) See a comedy legend in the flesh The eternally hilarious Mel Brooks returns to the Chicago Theatre this weekend. Brooks will be
When it comes to getting down, Chicago can keep up. According to a new study by adult app Lazeeva, Chicago is the 25th most sex-positive city in the world. Researchers polled more than 450,000 adults ages 18 to 70 in order to rank a variety of criteria, including sexual activity, sex toy consumption, porn consumption and LGBTQ friendliness. Each category was ranked out of 10 possible points and added up to create an overall score for each city. Here's a quick look and how Chicago stacked up across the board. Sexually active: 8.7Sexually experimental: 6.2Sexually satisfied: 7.5Sex toy consumption: 9.6Porn consumption: 5.3Adult entertainment: 7.1Swingers score: 5.4Access to contraception: 6LGBT friendliness: 5.6Gender equality: 4 Paris holds down the No. 1 spot followed by Rio de Janeiro, London and Los Angeles. Cork, Ireland, caps off the list at lucky No. 100. Chicago is in good (freaky) company with an overall score of 65.4, but there's always room for improvement. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Your eyes aren't deceiving you—there's a definite connection between all of the films screening in Wicker Park this summer. While other Movies in the Parks participants will be watching The Lego Batman Movie and Star Wars: Rogue One, anyone who brings a blanket to Wicker Park will be treated to selections from the cinematic catalog of Nicolas Cage. The staff at Wormhole Coffee (the shop sponsors the Wicker Park summer film series) are responsible for this year's theme, which includes key entries in the filmography of Francis Ford Coppola's nephew. From his breakout role in the Coen brothers' 1987 film Raising Arizona to his turn as a cryptologist in National Treasure, there's plenty of Cage to go around. Take a look at Wicker Park's "Summer of Cage" film lineup and the amazing poster commissioned by Wormhole Coffee below. June 15 at 8:30pm - Moonstruck June 29 at 8:30pm - Raising Arizona July 6 at 8:30pm - National Treasure July 20 at 8:15pm - Wicker ManAugust 24 at 3pm - Gone in 60 Seconds Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Coming up with a concept for a music video featuring Chicago music scene royalty Jamila Woods and Chance the Rapper might seem like a lofty goal for a high schooler, but it's about to become a reality for one lucky student. Woods announced on Twitter yesterday that she's making a new video to accompany her tribute to Chicago's lakeside expressway, “LSD,” taken from her record HEAVN (which was one of our favorite Chicago albums of 2016). Instead of coming up with a treatment for the video herself, she's asking Chicago Public Schools students to submit ideas for the new clip. According to Woods' announcement on Twitter, “the winning treatment will become a full production shoot with Jamila and Chance,” directed by VAM Studio co-founder Vincent Martell and Brown Girls creator Sam Bailey. The student who comes up with the treatment will be given the opportunity to shadow the director and production crew during the shoot—plus, they'll get to meet the stars of the video. If you know any budding directors who attend CPS high schools, let them know that they need to submit their music video treatments in a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 2. We're looking forward to seeing what some of Chicago's brightest young minds come up with. Looking for a CPS high school student to write the treatment for the LSD music video featuring me & @chancetherapper! Submissions due 6/2 🌊 pic.twitter.com/0Fl4vSRPye— jamila woods (@duhmilo) May 23, 2017 Want more? Sign up here to stay in the k
The Chicago Park District has revealed this summer’s lineup for Theater on the Lake, which annually features remounts of recent Off-Loop productions—this year leading off with one of Time Out’s top ten plays of 2016, the Hypocrites’ undersung You on the Moors Now. For the fourth summer in a row, Theater on the Lake’s programming won’t take place at the actual Theater on the Lake at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. Work has finally begun there on the renovation project that was originally announced in 2013. Instead, the summer’s four remounted plays will take up residence at the Berger Park Cultural Center. Here’s the lineup: June 28–July 9: You on the Moors Now—The Hypocrites July 12–23: dirty butterfly—The Blind Owl and Halcyon Theatre July 26–Aug 6: Romeo y Julieta—Aguijón Theatre Aug 9–20: Peerless—First Floor Theater Tickets for all four productions are $10 and go on sale June 1 online or by phone at 312-742-7994. There will also be a free, work-in-progress reading on August 28 of Theater on the Lake’s first commissioned play, Felons and Familias by Sandra Delgado, at a location to be determined. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
West Loopers have another reason to get up in the morning: Do-Rite Donuts' newest location at 181 N Morgan Street is officially open for business. Situated steps away from the Morgan Street Station, the shop is open from 6:30am to 7pm Monday through Friday (doors open at 7am Saturday and Sunday). The menu boasts all-day breakfast favorites like an avocado sandwich with scrambled eggs and cheddar on a brioche bun, a variety of fried chicken delicacies and, of course, loads and loads of doughnuts. The West Loop depot will also carry vegan and gluten-free pastries. The 2,000-square-foot space allows for a bit more breathing room compared to Do-Rite's two other locations in Streeterville and the Loop. The shop also offers a smattering of tables, just in case you can't wait another minute to dig into that buttermilk old fashioned. And like its counterparts, West Loop allows customers to place advance pickup orders through chownow.com. Do-Rite joins Shake Shack (also open today) and the forthcoming expansion of Beatrix, which is slated to open next week. Just when you thought the West Loop couldn't possibly handle another restaurant, it gives you three new openings. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
If you've ever caught yourself reminiscing about college toga parties (or perhaps how much you used to be able to drink sans hangover), we have just the thing. On June 2, Eataly is hosting their very own toga party in the middle of the second floor marketplace with Roman street food (think arancini, pizza alla pala) and bars stocked with Roman wines. It might not be exactly like the parties you attended in college (this one feels a bit more, um, upscale), but the event promises to be fun and boozy all the same. You can even dress up if you'd like, though it's not required. Eataly will also be outfitting the space with a harpist and other ancient Roman decorations. Tickets are available now for $65 per person, a fair price to pay for a trip down memory lane. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Chicago is down two network TV series, with NBC confirming that it won’t renew Chicago Justice for a second season. That follows the cancellation earlier this month of another local production, Fox’s APB, which came and went quietly after premiering in February. No new Chicago-based series were announced at last week’s network upfront presentations; an untitled Fox drama pilot that was partly shot here wasn’t picked up. That leaves the city with four confirmed ongoing network series filming here for the new season: the three remaining Dick Wolf series on NBC (Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med) and Fox’s Empire. Fox also gave a second-season renewal to The Exorcist, which filmed its first season in Chicago, but it’s not clear yet whether the Geena Davis–led show will continue production here; some reports have suggested a new direction for its next chapter. The NBC shows are expected to begin filming their new seasons here in July. There are at least three cable and streaming shows in active production in the city right now. Showtime’s The Chi, from Chicago native and Master of None standout Lena Waithe, began filming last month, as did the second season of Joe Swanberg’s Netflix anthology Easy. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, a science fiction anthology series for Amazon based on Dick’s short stories, is also currently filming around town. Shameless, the Showtime series that’s set in Chicago but only partially shot in the city, has yet to begin production on its e