Northlight Theatre will keep it in the family for the 2017–18 season, the company’s 43rd. The five-play slate hitting the Skokie stage is composed entirely of works from playwrights Northlight has previously produced in the past decade. The season will open in the fall with the world premiere of Bruce Graham’s Sanctions (Sept 14–Oct 22), in which Mary Beth Fisher will play an academic administrator dealing with a college athletic program returning to big-money football after NCAA violations. Northlight artistic director BJ Jones helms his company’s fifth production by Philadelphia playwright Graham since 2011, following The Outgoing Tide, Stella & Lou, White Guy on the Bus and Funnyman. The Book of Will (Nov 9–Dec 17) recounts how members of William Shakespeare’s company managed to compile and publish the First Folio in the years after the playwright’s death. Jessica Thebus directs the Midwest premiere of Gunderson’s play, which is currently enjoying its debut at Denver Center Theatre, where it was commissioned. Gunderson co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, which Northlight premiered in November. Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew (Jan 25–Mar 4) follows the last workers at one of Detroit’s last auto plants at the beginning of the Great Recession. It's the final piece in Morisseau’s “Detroit Trilogy,” following Detroit ’67 and Paradise Blue; Ron OJ Parson, who directed Detroit ’67 at Northlight in 2013 and will stage Paradise Blue at TimeLine Theatre Company t
On Monday, protesters all across the nation took to the streets to participate in a series of Not My President's Day rallies, coinciding with the national President's Day holiday. The demonstration against Donald Trump was started by a group of L.A. activists, but quickly became a network of small rallies throughout the U.S. In Chicago, the protest took place in front of Trump Tower, with an estimated 800 people in attendance according to the Chicago Tribune. Attendees brandished clever signs and shouted slogans, expressing their discontent with the actions of the current administration. It might not have been as well-attended as the Women's March, but the message of frustration and anger was just as clear. Take a look at some photos from the rally below. A post shared by Erik_Uslan (@erik_uslan) on Feb 20, 2017 at 1:40pm PST A post shared by Headintheclouds_99 (@headintheclouds_99) on Feb 21, 2017 at 5:43am PST A post shared by Sus (@loona_su) on Feb 20, 2017 at 8:01pm PST A post shared by Jenny Stadelmann (@zjstadel) on Feb 20, 2017 at 8:15pm PST A post shared by Rob Walters (@rdwalters701) on Feb 20, 2017 at 7:25pm PST A post shared by Rosie (@rosieest) on Feb 20, 2017 at 5:24pm PST A post shared by Alice sun (@marshmallison) on Feb 20, 2017 at 12:53pm PST A post shared by Berber Prince (@loud_yan) on Feb 20, 2017
Ravenswood’s Empirical Brewery is expanding into Rogers Park. The beer maker, which opened a taproom at Ravenswood and Foster Avenues in 2015, will take over the former Act One Pub space at 1328 W Morse Ave, adjacent to the Mayne Stage theater. As reported Monday by DNAinfo, Empirical will lease both the restaurant space and a neighboring storefront, where it will set up a five-barrel beer system to produce on site. Unlike the brewery’s Ravenswood location, the new space will also serve a full food menu, as Act One did until closing last year, when Mayne Stage (owned by Col. Jennifer Pritzker’s management company, Tawani Enterprises) shifted to a private event space. Empirical is one of a growing number of craft beer outfits in and around Ravenswood, including Half Acre, Begyle, Band of Bohemia and Dovetail, but the new brewpub will be a first for Rogers Park, where it should be eagerly welcomed. The new pub is expected to be up and running by late spring. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
If you have yet to receive an invitation to Hollywood’s biggest night, you can still watch the Oscars in style. The 89th annual Academy Awards take place on February 26, and plenty of venues throughout Chicago will be hosting viewing parties. It's the perfect excuse to walk the red carpet (black tie and all) or just enjoy this year’s ceremony with someone other than your cat. At the very least, you'll have plenty of strangers to argue about the merits of La La Land with. Davis Theater: Walk down the red carpet and into the newly renovated Davis Theater for an exclusive Oscar-themed event. Janet Davies of ABC7 will host this viewing party, which includes drinks from Moet & Chandon and Half Acre Beer, dishes from celebrity chefs and Oscar ballots. Proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit Common Threads. (Davis Theater, 4614 N Lincoln Ave, 6pm. $100–$150.) North Bar: Dress up or dress down at the Arts of Life Associate Board's third annual OscArts of Life fundraiser. This year's Academy Award-winning event will feature a “best dressed” movie-themed costume contest. (North Bar, 1637 W North Ave, 6–11pm. $10.) Logan Theatre: Get wrapped up in the glitz and glamour of the Oscars in the Logan Theatre Lounge. Not only will you get to watch the Academy Awards with other film buffs, you'll also play trivia, try your luck at red carpet bingo and fill out a ballot. (Logan Theatre, 2646 N Milwaukee Ave, 6pm. No cover.) Venue One: Chicago Scene magazine and the Life Creative
After such an abnormally glorious weekend (brought to you by climate change), we’ve been tricked into thinking it’s not even winter anymore. But don’t be fooled, Chicago—we’re just getting into the home stretch, and it’s going to get chilly again. But not to worry! On top of the free things to do and exciting openings in February, this week offers an awesome slate of things to do in Chicago. From an epic Game of Thrones concert to excellent new theater, you’ve got no excuse to stay cooped up in your apartment this week. 1. Dig into the classicsThe classics of ancient Greece and Rome have long influenced artists of all media, particularly painting and sculpture. The Smart Museum examines the interpretations of classicism in their latest exhibit. (Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S Greenwood Ave, Tue, Wed, Fri 10am–5pm, Thu 10am–8pm. Free.) 2. Catch a heartbreaking, semihistorical playChicago Shakespeare Theatre’s latest, The Book of Joseph, uses real letters from a Jewish family in Poland to tell their story of the Holocaust. Come prepared for chills. (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, 800 E Grand Ave, Tue–Fri 7:30pm, Wed 1pm. $38–$58.) 3. Travel back to 19th century France…without ever leaving River North, that is. The Driehaus Museum’s "L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters" examines the birth of the popular French prints at the turn of the century. (Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E Erie St, Tue–Fri 10am–5pm. $20.) 4. See the latest at SteppenwolfPlaywright Yung Jean Lee e
Hot on the heels of the opening of a Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Lincoln Park last December, the Ohio-based chain is already planning its next Chicago scoop shop. According to Crain's, the latest location will take up residence on the Randolph Street corridor (911 W Randolph Street, to be exact), meaning that you'll probably be tempted to grab dessert (or perhaps a second dessert) there after a meal at nearby Formento's or Leña Brava. According to Crain's report, the latest Jeni's outpost is on track to open in late 2017 which gives you plenty of time to decide which flavors you'll have in your trio. The Randolph Street scoop shop will be Jeni's fourth in Chicago, so in the meantime you can get your salty caramel ice cream fix at the chain's Wicker Park, Lakeview and Lincoln Park locations. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Chicago is a proud city, and its residents know how to spot one of their own. If you’re a real Chicagoan, you will find many of the items on the following list a familiar source of frustration. If you’re not a real Chicagoan but someday hope to be, don’t feel ashamed. There are ways to earn city status but fair warning, it won’t be easy. Consider this your introduction and please take notes. One day, you may even find yourself looking down on posers with the rest of us. 1. A real Chicagoan knows the “do not walk” sign is merely a suggestion. 2. A fake Chicagoan asks for the address when all you need is the intersection. 3. A real Chicagoan knows that LSD is short for Lake Shore Drive (not the drug). 4. A fake Chicagoan puts ketchup on their hot dogs. 5. A real Chicagoan knew about Chance the Rapper before he won a Grammy. 6. A fake Chicagoan can’t wait to attend Chi-Town Rising. 7. A real Chicagoan never uses the term “Chi-Town.” 8. A fake Chicagoan still thinks Mike Ditka is cool. 9. A real Chicagoan knows the only beer worth drinking is a craft beer; preferably one that's brewed within walking distance of where they’re drinking. 10. A fake Chicagoan has only heard rumors of Malört's potency. 11. A real Chicagoan always knows which way is east. 12. A fake Chicagoan never seems to have their bearings. 13. A real Chicagoan can name at least five players on the Cubs’ World Series team (not just Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant). 14. A fake Chicagoan thinks the party
On the heels of Thursday’s nationwide “Day Without Immigrants” protest, some of Chicago’s best chefs are now bringing soup to the immigrants’ rights fight. In March, more than 20 of the city’s finest chefs will serve up pints of “Solidarity Soup” in an effort to help immigrant and refugee communities that organizers say are being “suddenly and unjustly” targeted by Trump administration policies. “In light of recent developments, we’ve reached out to fellow chefs to show our solidarity with the immigrants who form the backbone of our restaurants and the fabric of our communities,” organizers said in a statement on the Solidarity Soup website. “We’re banding together to raise money for a number of local nonprofit organizations providing critical support to these communities now in the spotlight.” Proceeds will benefit three area nonprofits: Centro Romero, Immigrant Workers’ Project and the Southwest Organizing Project. Chefs and restaurants participating in the fundraiser will cook up a variety of delicious soups, which will be distributed on March 7. For a $50 donation, you will get two random pints of soup prepared by two different chefs. And because these cooks are among the best in Chicago, you can expect a tasty return on your investment. Interested participants can place their order for Solidarity Soup here. Donations will be accepted until midnight on March 1. When you check out, you will be asked to select one of four pick-up locations in Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, d
We had our earbuds out this week and overheard some hilarious, out-of-context quips about pizza, meteors and Barack Obama’s correspondents’ dinners. Did you overhear something crazy this week? Email us or tweet us @TimeOutChicago with #wordonthestreet, and you may find it in the next Word On The Street. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
1. Hang with the hipsters Baltimore’s Dan Deacon headlines the Empty Bottle this weekend, bringing his particular brand of upbeat “weirdtronica” back to Chicago. Come ready to bop your head and sip a PBR tallboy. (Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, Sun 9pm. $15) 2. Catch an eye-opening talk Chicago Humanities Festival invited the parents of the late Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, to speak as a part of their winter programming. What better way to celebrate Black History Month than to be educated and empowered? (DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E 56th Pl, Fri 6pm. $15-$20) 3. Take advantage of the three-day weekend It can be tough to drag yourself out to Queen!, Smart Bar’s Sunday night dance party. But that’s why three-day weekends exist! Take advantage of Presidents' Day weekend by dancing your ass off at one of Chicago’s best parties. (Smart Bar, 3730 N Clark St, Sun 9pm. $7) 4. Make it a Sunday Funday Itching for a summer street festival? Two Brothers Brewing Co. is throwing the next best thing, a Cabin Fever Party at their Warrenville headquarters. I know, it’s out in the ’burbs, but an afternoon of fresh-tapped Two Brothers beer is worth the trek. (Two Brothers Brewing Company, 30W315 Calumet Ave W in Warrenville, Sun 11am. $5) 5. Go heavy on the brown liquor Fancy yourself a good drinker? Channel your inner Ron Swanson at the River North Whiskey Festival, where you can choose more than 50 varieties of whiskey, bourbon and scotch.