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
If you’ve spent enough time drinking in Chicago, you’re well aware that some of our city’s watering holes could really use a makeover. And that’s why God gave us Bar Rescue. Eater Chicago reports that the only palatable Spike TV show has once again has its sights set on our fair city. Bar Rescue kicks off its new season on July 2 with a hole-in-the-wall Portage Park spot called Casual Tap, which is apparently owned by a busy firefighter named Steve. Check out the teaser here. As long as the inimitable hospitality expert Jon Taffer is in town, we have a few suggestions for Chicago bars that are desperately in need of a rescue. Burton Place: If you’ve ever blacked out in Old Town, chances are you ended your night at Burton Place. The dirty dive is open till 4am six nights a week (5am on Saturday), offering a refuge for inebriated River Northers and Old Towners. And while we’d preserve all the authentic dive bar elements present here (darts, jukebox, grand circular bar), we wouldn’t mind a serious upgrade in service, cocktails and food. Chuckie’s: This place’s clubby décor would fit right in in River North but sticks out like a sore thumb in unpretentious Rogers Park. The staff manages to be both sullen and inept, and potential customers seem to take the hint—in a neighborhood that’s not overflowing with bars, Chuckie’s is so rarely busy that locals joke that it’s really a front for money laundering. (That is a joke, right?) Irish Eyes: This sticky-floored Lincoln Park dive
When the Riot Fest lineup was released a few months ago, we were impressed by the wide array of punk rock, hip-hop, metal and indie rock acts that will be taking over Douglas Park September 15–17. But if you were only interested in a handful of acts playing at the festival, it was difficult to justify shelling out for a three-day pass—thankfully, the daily Riot Fest lineups have arrived. RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Riot Fest When organizers released daily lineups for Riot Fest, they also announced the addition of heavy metal outfit Danzig, featuring frontman Glenn Danzig who reunited with the original lineup of horror punks the Misfits at last year's festival. Saturday is looking like the ideal day for fans of pop punk, with sets from Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory and the Lawrence Arms. By the same token, Sunday will be a hot ticket for indie rock aficionados, featuring full-album performances from Dinosaur Jr. (playing You’re Living All Over Me) and Built to Spill (playing Keep It Like a Secret)—plus, it's also the day to catch perennial fest favorites Andrew W.K. and GWAR. Single and two-day tickets to Riot Fest will go on sale via the festival's website on Friday, June 23 at 10am. Take a look at the full day-by-day lineup below and start planning your weekend in Douglas Park. Friday, September 15Nine Inch Nails, New Order, A Day To Remember, Dirty Heads, Vic Mensa, Ministry, Death From Above, Action Bronson, X, Mayday Parade, The Cribs, Liars, Buzzcocks, T
The Eaux Claires music festival took place on a pastoral plot of farmland in northern Wisconsin, but with two of Chicago's most famous acts headlining, the event felt connected to the home of Chance the Rapper and Wilco. Founded in 2015 by the National guitarist Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon in Vernon's hometown of Eau Claire, the two-day fest often seemed more like a gathering of musician friends than a conventional corporate-sponsored weekend bash. Filled with impromptu jam sessions, interactive art installations and a bit of inclement weather, Eaux Claires was characterized by a genuine spontaneity befitting of its homegrown roots and off-the-beaten-path locale. Marquee sets from Chance and Wilco were highlights of the weekend, but it was the thoughtfully curated touches that made Eaux Claires feel special. A small cabin tucked away in a forest adjacent to the site served as a stage, hosting small (but usually very well-attended) performances throughout the weekend from the likes of Wilco side project the Autumn Defense and reunited vocal trio Mountain Man. Native American drum group Midnite Express performed around the grounds during both days of the festival, with dancers leading chains of attendees in a circular procession. Collaborations (both unexpected and planned) abounded, with Paul Simon playing songs from his catalog backed by the string ensemble yMusic, Jenny Lewis dropping in to sing John Prine songs with Bon Iver and Vernon joining Chance
1. Enjoy happy hour at Jazzin’ At The Shedd, the Shedd Aquarium’s weekly after-hours summer series. It starts at 5pm and tickets cost $20. 2. Go to the experimental queer punk concert series, Glitter Creeps, at the Empty Bottle tonight at 9pm. It’s just $5. 3. German artist Bettina Pousttchi’s large-scale photo installation explores the architecture of the Arts Club of Chicago. It’s free, and open from 11am to 6pm. For more events, check in with Time Out Chicago throughout the day.