1. Take a dance lesson to the music of the Outcast Jazz Band during the first Chicago SummerDance event of the season. It’s in Grant Park and totally free. 2. Taste over 200 craft beers from all over the Midwest at the Chicago Ale Fest in Grant Park. Tickets are $49 and the event begins at 6pm. 3. The Logan Square Arts Fest takes place this weekend, with live music, art installations and family fun. It takes place at the Centennial Monument in Logan Sqaure and entry is a $5 suggested donation. For more events, check in with Time Out Chicago throughout the day.
Milwaukee Avenue is by some reports the city’s busiest street for biking, and segments of the street in several neighborhoods have been overhauled in the last half decade to provide protected bike lanes and other safety improvements for bike commuters. But the Active Transportation Alliance is calling attention this week to a still treacherous stretch traversing the busy six-way intersection at Milwaukee, Damen and North avenues in Wicker Park. A petition released by the cyclist and pedestrian advocacy group points out the lack of bike lanes and the unclear crosswalks in that chaotic intersection, where city Department of Transportation figures show there were 195 crashes resulting in injured cyclists, 56 injured pedestrians and one pedestrian fatality across the five years from 2011 to 2015. The same span saw 74 reported dooring incidents in the same area. The petition, posted Tuesday, notes that CDOT, the Wicker Park–Bucktown Special Service Area and local aldermen are currently weighing potential improvements to this stretch of Milwaukee. It asks those leaders to consider measures including “new bikeways that eliminate risk of doorings and other common crashes,” reducing speed limits to 20 mph, and additional traffic calming features like curb bump outs, bike boxes and closing off slip lanes. The ATA’s petition site doesn’t reveal how many signatures it’s received. The group is also hosting an informational event, Mobilizing for a Better Milwaukee Avenue, on Thursday, J
The initial lineup for this fall’s inaugural Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, dubbed Destinos, includes visiting companies from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Colombia, as well as works by four Chicago Latinx theater companies. Cuba’s Ludi Teatro will make its U.S. debut as part of the festival, according to the fest’s organizer Chicago Latino Theatre Alliance, which was formed in late 2016 as a partnership of the National Museum of Mexican Art, the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance. Other visitors on tap include Mexico’s Teatro Línea de Sombra, which will present its devised piece Amarillo at Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s new space the Yard, as well as Puerto Rico’s Arte Boricua, Colombia’s Vueltas Bravas Producciones, New York’s Felix Rojas and, from Los Angeles, the West Coast outpost of erstwhile Chicago company Teatro Luna. Chicago companies Aguijón Theater, Teatro Vista, UrbanTheater Company and Water People Theater will all be represented in the festival as well. In addition to Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater and the National Museum of Mexican Art will serve as partner venues for the fest, which takes place from September 29 to October 29. Additional details are expected to be announced in August. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
In an age when Chance the Rapper has become the face of Chicago's music scene, it's a little hard to believe that suburban emo rockers Fall Out Boy were briefly the most famous band to claim the city as their home. Every member of the group has since moved away, but Fall Out Boy has always maintained a connection to Chicago, celebrating album releases and tours with performances at relatively intimate venues like Lincoln Hall and Subterranean. In 2015, the band opened a pop-up merchandise shop in Logan Square for two days, attracting a long line to fans who queued up the night before the location opened its doors. Back in April, Fall Out Boy rented out screens at movie theaters throughout Chicago to show a trailer announcing the band's seventh album, MANIA, which will be released on September 15. Since then, the group has released a handful of tracks from the record, which is mostly what you'd expect from Fall Out Boy, circa 2017. Lead single "Young and Menace" is more electronic than rock, rife with EDM flourishes and chirpy, manipulated vocals while more recent track "Champion" is yet another anthemic Fall Out Boy song will be played before commercial breaks during NFL, NHL and NBA broadcasts. On September 16 Fall Out Boy will return to Chicago for an intimate concert at the House of Blues, marking the live debut of songs from the band's new record. In order to attend the show, fans will need to set up a Ticketmaster #VerifiedFan account to apply for tickets before Sunday
Ever since a Reddit thread led to the revival of Portillo's discontinued lemon cake, the Illinois-based fast food chain has been making a pretty big deal out of its latest dessert option (available for a limited time only, naturally). On Tuesday night, the sweet, citrus-infused cake got some national exposure in the form of a brief appearance in the opening of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! The cameo, which was recorded at Portillo's newest Chicago location on Taylor Street, features the restaurant's staff holding plates of cake and hot dogs. After introducing the evening's guests, they invite viewers to "come on down and get a slice right after we start the show." Why the late-night TV shout-out? We're not exactly sure, but Portillo's does have locations in seven states, so it's effective (if a bit niche) marketing. Take a look at Portillo's Jimmy Kimmel appearance below and track down your own slice of lemon cake before another Reddit user has to launch a campaign to revive it (again). Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
You might want to make some room in your freezer. Fancy-pants gelato brand Talenti will be doling out 15,000 free pints in Millennium Park on Tuesday, June 27 as part of the Summer Film Series. You can grab your free pint between noon and 9pm, though we'd recommend showing up early if you hope to get your hands on the Italian ice cream, which typically retails for $5–$6. Talenti will be passing out new flavors—like Cinnamon Peach Biscuit and Vanilla Chia—alongside classic fan favorites such as Double Dark Chocolate. Bonus points: Julie and Julia, which chronicles the intertwined stories of Julia Child and food blogger Julie Powell, will be playing on the park's 40-foot-wide LED screen that night. Please believe that you'll want something sweet to munch on during the food-filled flick. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
If a summer filled with music festivals and blockbuster movies hasn’t satisfied your pop culture cravings, the annual Wizard World Chicago Comic Con should do the trick. The four-day event returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont from August 24 to 27, and it's bringing along a host of actors who have brought your favorite franchises to life. RECOMMENDED: Check out cosplay photos from Wizard World Chicago Comic Con At the top of this year’s lineup of guests is former Doctor Who star David Tennant, who portrayed the Time Lord between 2005 and 2010 before moving on to appear in bingeworthy series like Jessica Jones and Broadchurch. He'll be joined by Doctor Who cast mates Alex Kingston and John Barrowman. Ahead of the premiere of the second season of Stranger Things in October, series stars Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin (a.k.a. Dustin and Lucas) will be in attendance, though you probably won’t be able to pry any spoilers out of them. Marvel fans will be able to meet Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, better known as Captain America: Civil War superhero couple Scarlet Witch and Vision. Elizabeth Henstridge from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will also be at the show. Other highlights of the lineup include KISS frontman Gene Simmons, High Fidelity star (and Chicago native) John Cusack, Rocky Horror Picture Show star Barry Bostwick and Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd. Wizard World Chicago Comic Con will also feature programming that allows fan
While Chicago offers more than a few ways to relax (pristine beaches and outdoor bars), living in any big city can be stressful. From taking the CTA every day to “dibs” to the sheer number of summer festivals, there are tons of little triggers that make Chicagoans inexplicably anxious. These are just 26 of them. When all your friends start getting married and moving to Ravenswood. And on that note... When your friends buy an actual free-standing home and you wonder where you went wrong. A literal house. Leaving your apartment during Lollapalooza weekend. Like, at all. When you're always one year and one neighborhood behind the "cool neighborhood" that all your friends live in. Good thing I just signed a two-year lease in Wicker Park. Getting in an UberPool with sweaty teens going to Spring Awakening. No, I won't buy you beer. When you secretly love ketchup. Don't you dare tell a soul. When you end up at a cash-only bar with no ATM. Extra points if you've already ordered the drinks. Spending the entire month of October waiting for the temperature to drop. Will it ever be warm again? When the timer on your CTA bus app randomly jumps up five minutes. K, guess I'm sprinting for the bus now. Cool. The moment you realize you're old enough to be a parent to Lollapalooza's target demographic. This is fine. Everything is fine. When your co-worker invites you to his improv show. Literally anything could happen. The split-second after you tap your (potentially valueless) Ven
1. See New Orleans folk rock band Hurray for the Riff Raff perform in Pritzker Pavilion as part of the Millennium Park Summer Concert Series tonight at 6:30pm. The show is free. 2. In observance of Pride Month, the Neo-Futurists are performing 30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes all weekend long. See the performance at the Neo-Futurarium tonight at 7:30pm for $25. 3. Check out Takashi Murakami’s stunning exhibition, “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum is open from 9am to 5pm, and entry is a $15 suggested donation. For more events, check in with Time Out Chicago throughout the day.
Banish summer boredom with a handful of family-friendly activities and events to keep you and the little ones entertained throughout the month of July. 1. Newberry Library Book FairLooking for a new summer read? Everyone in the family will find something at this annual book fair with more than 120,000 used tomes in 70 categories—including children's lit—many of which are priced at $3 or under. All proceeds benefit the library. (60 W Walton St, July 27–30. Free) 2. Movies in the ParksFor a family movie night your kids won't soon forget, pack the popcorn and head to a number of city parks throughout the month of July. These are just a few of our favorites:The Secret Life of Pets (Sunday, July 2, Independence Park)The Jungle Book (Monday, July 10, Mary Bartelme Park)Finding Dory (Thursday, July 13 , Gill Park)Kung Fu Panda 3 (Sunday, July 23, Emmerson Park)The LEGO Batman Movie (Friday, July 28, Veteran's Memorial Park) 3. Roscoe Village Burger FestBefore filling up on patties and live music, let the kids run off some energy at the fun-filled Kids' Zone with arts and crafts, a petting zoo, face painting, basketball, rock climbing, yoga and a 35-food slide. (Belmont and Damen Aves, July 8 & 9. $8 suggested donation) 4. BenFestThis family-friendly street fest has plenty for the kiddos: a waterslide, basketball, giant tic tac toe, skee ball, football, baseball, a ring toss and so much more. Kids wristbands are $15 daily or $30 for the entire weekend. Plus, kids ages 4–1