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
Ready for music and food festivals to kick off in Grant Park? This year, Taste of Chicago is welcoming 67 vendors to the free festival—17 of which haven't been at the event before. You'll see grilled cheese from Cheesie's and tacos from El Patron make their way downtown this year, as well as a lineup of food trucks and pop-up restaurants. All of the vendors are offering their signature dishes as well as their "taste of" portions, priced at $3 (or less), so you can sample an array of dishes and make a list of spots to visit around the city. Taste of Chicago takes over Grant Park from July 5–9, so take a look at the full lineup of vendors below to see start planning your menu. New vendors:American GloryAztec Dave's Food TruckBen's Bar Be CueBop Bar TruckBrightwok KitchenBroken EnglishCheesie's Pub & GrubDoom Street EatsEl PatronHakka Bakka Indian Kati RollsJust SaladLawrence's Fish & ShrimpThe Little Beet TableSeoul TacoThe Cajun ConnoisseurUkai Japanese RestaurantWarm Belly Bakery More vendors:Beat KitchenBilly Goat Tavern & GrillBJ's Market & BakeryCaffe GelatoCarbon Live Fire Mexican GrillChicago's Dog HouseChurro FactoryConnie's PizzaDia De Los TamalesFarmer's FridgeFranco's RistoranteFrannie's Café IncGold Coast DogsIyanzeKasia's DeliLa Bomba RestaurantLa MexicanaLou Malnati's PizzeriaMiller's PubOak Street Beach CaféO'Briens Restaurant & BarPorkchopPunky's Pizza & PastaRicobene's on 26th StreetRobinson's No. 1 RibsStar of SiamTexas de BrazilThe Eli's Cheesecake Co.The
Ever feel totally at a loss for what to do on a first date? Hinge is here to help you out. The dating app recently conducted a nationwide study of what activities and spots lend themselves to romantic success. The study consulted 8,000 Hinge users from Chicago, New York, San Francisco, D.C., L.A. and Boston. The winners for ‘Most Likely To Lead To A Second Date in Chicago' include (drumroll please): Lincoln Park Zoo — A low-stakes daytime activity where asking, “What’s your spirit animal?” doesn’t seem weird. Happy Camper — This Old Town pizzeria with an airstream and tire swings was basically built for Instagram. And finding love, apparently. Gilt Bar — Swanky, sexy, conveniently located for a post-work meet-up; we dig it. Wrigley Field — Inviting a stranger to a four-hour baseball game is a real ballsy move, and we respect it. Barrelhouse Flat — This place oozes first date vibes. Sidle up at the bar at Barrelhouse and you’ll hear, 'So, do you have any siblings?' coming from every direction. And, on the other end, the Chicago spots least likely to lead to a second date include: Bangers and Lace, Arbella, Lone Wolf, Marquee Lounge and Rocks. Perhaps these spots give off palpable one-night stand vibes, or maybe the drinks aren’t strong enough. In any case, don’t head here if you’re looking for longterm love. Interestingly, Chicagoans and Bostonians are more likely to find success on a first date at a park whereas going to a movie or show topped every other city’s l
Even though corpse flowers bloom every 10 years, the rare occurrence is becoming a summer tradition at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The garden has hosted successful corpse flower blooms over the past two summers (as well as one failed bloom—we'll always remember you, Spike) and it's looking like not one, but two, of the stinky plants will be opening this summer. Named Java and Sumatra after two islands in the corpse flower's native country of Indonesia, these are the fourth and fifth titan arums (the plant's scientific name) to go on public display at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Visitors will be able to observe the plants while visiting the gardens, but there's no guarantee that you'll be able to see the flowers in bloom because there's no way of accurately predicting when they'll open up. "There are certain indicators that show what’s possibly going to happen, but every plant develops at their own pace," says outdoor floriculturist Tim Pollak. When the plants bloom, they'll unfurl for just 24 to 36 hours and emit a nauseating smell that's meant to attract the carrion beetles and flesh flies that pollinate the plants in the wild. It's possible that the two corpse flowers might bloom at the same time, which would be an even rarer occurrence than a single bloom. For the time being, the Chicago Botanic Garden staff is keeping a close eye on the two corpse flowers and tracking their growth. If you want to check in on Java and Sumatra, you can watch the garden's live stream belo
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