1. Tickets are still available to Mamby on the Beach, a two-day music festival at Oakwood Beach. Tonight’s headliners include MGMT and Local Natives. 2. Head to Ravenswood On Tap to taste delicious local brews from Dovetail Brewery, Half Acre Beer Company and more. The block party goes from 1 to 9pm and entry is a $5 suggested donation. 3. Show your pride for the diverse queer, lesbian, bi and trans community at Chicago Dyke March at Piotrowski Park in Little Village. It’s free. For more events, check in with Time Out Chicago throughout the day.
Last week, while the theater found itself unexpectedly in the national news thanks to outrage over the Public Theater’s Trumpesque Julius Caesar in New York, a different but equally unusual theatrical conversation was bubbling up in Chicago. The immediate catalyst was the Chicago Sun-Times review of Antoinette Nwandu’s new play Pass Over at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. In Nwandu’s play, which carries intentional parallels to Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, the characters Moses and Kitch are young black men trapped on a limbo-like street corner, dreaming of passing over into a freer life where they don’t have to be afraid of falling victim to violence. They’re visited by two characters played by the same white actor: one an obsequious yet subtly menacing gent in an ice-cream suit, the other a more openly cruel and authoritarian cop “whose patrol,” I wrote in my review of the show, “seems timed to shut down Moses and Kitch’s most hopeful moments.” My counterpart at the Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss, took objection to the policeman character in her review, writing that “Nwandu’s simplistic, wholly generic characterization of a racist white cop (clearly meant to indict all white cops) is wrong-headed and self-defeating.” Weiss also engaged in some whataboutism regarding black-on-black violence: “To be sure, no one can argue with the fact that this city (and many others throughout the country) has a problem with the use of deadly police force against African-Americans. But, for all the ma
Summer is in full swing this weekend with a slew of can't-miss festivals and events including Pride Parade, Logan Square Arts Festival, Mamby on the Beach and Country LakeShake Festival. Thankfully, the rain has cleared to reveal a damn near perfect forecast for imbibing outside all weekend long. Today's temps max out in the mid-80s and dip down into the 70s this evening, offering ideal weather for happy hour on a rooftop or patio. On Saturday, we're looking at a high of 73 and a low of 57. Depending on when you head to Logan Square for live music, craft cocktails and art at the Logan Square Arts Festival, you might need a jacket (scoff now, but you'll thank us later). Come Sunday, the day of Chicago Pride Parade, expect a high of 70 and a low of 55 with possible evening thunderstorms. In other words, catch the parade, grab brunch near the route and head inside to drink the rest of the day away to avoid getting caught in bad weather. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Following in the footsteps of the famous holiday train, the CTA is celebrating the Chicago Pride Parade by unveiling four rainbow-wrapped train cars this weekend. The colorful train will be running on the Red Line, transporting revelers to and from the city's biggest LGBTQ event of the season. As usual, the CTA is increasing the number of trains running on the Red, Brown and Purple lines this weekend in order to get more Pride Parade attendees where they need to be. You'll have to get pretty lucky if you're hoping to take a ride on the Pride train—it's only four cars long, which means it will likely be jammed full of people all weekend long. Keep an eye out for the rainbow train (emblazoned with the slogan "Ride with Pride!") this weekend, and take a look at some photos of the CTA's latest creation below. Photograph: Courtesy CTA Photograph: Courtesy CTA .@CTA is showing its #Pride this weekend! Four 'L' cars in rainbow colors will run on the Red Line to celebrate #Pride2017 #ChicagoisOne pic.twitter.com/UvDiiprrnd — Mayor Rahm Emanuel (@ChicagosMayor) June 23, 2017 Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
The Chicago 48th Annual Pride Parade is just two days away—are you ready? As Chicagoans queue up their ultimate Pride playlists and brace themselves for an onslaught of rainbows, we’re also asking ourselves those boring logistical questions: Wait, where am I going to watch the parade? How am I going to meet up with my friends? Where should I post up to party? Fear not—we’re here to help with the definitive guide to this weekend's festivities. When is the Chicago 48th Annual Pride Parade? Sunday, June 25. It steps off at noon from Broadway and Montrose. Wait, I thought the Pride Parade was in Boystown. It’s a parade, so it travels. (Here’s another example of a popular Chicago parade.) The Pride Parade starts in Uptown, travels south on Broadway, then continues south on Halsted through Boystown. From there, it travels east on Belmont, reconnects with Broadway and goes south, then east on Diversey. It ends at Sheridan and Diversey in Lincoln Park. Here’s a map. 2017 Chicago Pride Parade Route Courtesy: ChicagoPrideCalendar.org That said, the parade will probably reach Halsted and Addison around 1pm. Plan your brunches accordingly. Can we drink at the Pride Parade? In short, no. There’s a $1,000 fine for public alcohol consumption and plenty of police officers on duty to issue tickets. Of course, there are plenty of Boystown bars to pop into for a drink, though they’ll certainly be madhouses on Pride. If that’s not your scene, try one of these bars near (bu
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.