1. Today is the final day of the Chicago Auto Show, the largest expo of its kind in the country. It’s happening at McCormick Place from 10am to 8pm. General admission for adults is $12. 2. See sprawling hip-hop collective Brockhampton perform tonight at the House of Blues. Tickets for the 7pm show are available starting at $44. 3. Catch this week’s production of That’s Weird, Grandma, the show written by Chicago Public School students and performed by adult actors at the Neo-Futurist Theater. Tonight’s 8pm show is $15, or $5 for kids under 12. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
1. Today is the final day of Chicago Theatre Week, so it’s your last chance to score massively discounted tickets this year. Be sure to check out our guide of must-see performances. 2. If you have a three-day weekend, it’s the perfect time to go to Queen! at Smart Bar. The venue’s weekly queer dance party starts at 10pm and collects a $10 cover. 3. See synth-pop crooner and political science PhD John Maus perform at Lincoln Hall tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $18 at the door or $16 in advance. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
1. Taste an assortment of fruit-based drinks at Cider Summit Chicago at Navy Pier. Choose from two sessions starting at 11am and 4pm. Tickets are $35. 2. The Empty Bottle hosts its annual outdoor winter block party, Music Frozen Dancing, today at 1pm. Psych-rock group Thee Oh Sees headlines the free show. 3. Dance the night away at Aux Cord DJs, the monthly party where local creatives dictate the playlist for the evening. It’s happening at the Virgin Hotels Chicago at 9pm, and there’s no cover charge. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
We're still no closer to getting a Three Floyds-affiliated taproom in Chicago, but the popular Indiana brewery has big plans for its headquarters in Munster. The Times of Northwest Indiana broke the story that Three Floyds has filed plans for an expansion of its current brewery and brewpub that would more than double the size of the facility. If approved, the expansion would increase the brewery's footprint from 57,000 square feet to 136,000 square feet. Wrapping around the existing structures that make up Three Floyds' business park headquarters, the proposed expansion includes additions to the brewery's manufacturing, warehouse, retail, brewpub and office spaces. Renderings depict a striking, modern look for the new buildings, outfitted with giant windows and incorporating some of the brewery's distinctive branding. The plans also showcase a 16,706-square-foot beer garden that would allow for outdoor drinking and dining. Most of these upgrades our overdue—anyone who has visited Three Floyds on a busy weekend knows that guests can usually expect to wait for a seat in the brewpub. Considering the demand for beers like Zombie Dust and Yum Yum, it's pretty amazing that the brewery's on-site store operates out of a room that isn't much larger than the brewpub's restrooms. According to the Chicago Tribune, Three Floyds hopes to complete its expansion sometime in 2019 or 2020. Take a look at an additional rendering of the massive brewery expansion below. Illustration: Court
Victory Gardens Theater announced the lineup for its 2018–19 season this morning—a slate to open with the Chicago premiere of Paula Vogel’s highly acclaimed play Indecent and the newest entry in Ike Holter’s Chicago-set series. Indecent, which last year marked the long-overdue Broadway debut for the prolific and hugely influential Vogel, looks back on another Broadway production, giving the backstory on a Yiddish play called The God of Vengeance that was deemed morally offensive when produced in New York in 1923. Gary Griffin will stage VG’s production, running September 21–November 4. Holter’s premiere, Rightlynd, is set in the same fictional 51st Ward as his interlocking plays Exit Strategy, Sender, Prowess and The Wolf at the End of the Block, which have all debuted at various Chicago theaters over the last several years. In Rightlynd, Ald. Nina Esposito—mentioned but not seen in some of the other works—battles a redevelopment plan that would change the nature of her neighborhood; Lisa Portes directs (November 9–December 23). Cheryl Lynn Bruce will stage the Chicago premiere of Pipeline, a drama by in-demand writer Dominique Morisseau (Skeleton Crew, Detroit ’67) about a parent confronting the so-called school-to-prison pipeline (February 1–March 3). That’s followed by another Chicago premiere, Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band (April 5–May 5), a raucous take on the Khmer Rouge—with music by the band Dengue Fever—that will have its world premiere next month at Californi
1. Dan Savage’s annual amateur porn celebration, Hump! Film Festival, is on tonight at the Music Box Theatre. Tickets to the 7pm and 9:30pm shows are $25. 2. Be dazzled by illusions at Trickery Chicago, an intimate magic show in a storefront theater in Boystown. Tickets for the 8pm and 10pm shows are $15. 3. The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival continues at Greenhouse Theater Center tonight. Tickets for the 7:30pm and 10pm shows start at $15. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
Illinois’s 2018 primary election takes place on March 20, and there’s a lot at stake on the ballot. The primary will decide November’s Democratic and Republican nominees for statewide offices including governor and attorney general. It will also set the candidates for all 18 of Illinois’s congressmen in the U.S. House. State House and Senate races are also on the ballot, as are Cook County elected positions. And voters in Chicago and Cook County also have a couple of important non-partisan ballot questions to answer. We won’t tell you how we think you should vote, but if you need a how-to on voting, we’re here for you. How do I register to vote? The Illinois legislature unanimously passed an automatic voter registration bill in 2017 that will sign you up or update your registration when you go to the DMV or other state agencies, unless you opt out. But that plan has yet to be fully implemented, so for now you need to register proactively. If you’re a U.S. citizen age 18 or older (or if you’re 17 but will be 18 by November 6), you can register to vote in the primary election in one of several ways. Register online through March 4: If you already have an Illinois driver’s license or state ID, you can register at the State Board of Elections Online Voter Application portal. You can also use this tool to check your current registration and see if you need to make an update. Register by mail: If you don’t have an Illinois license or ID, you can print a registration form here a
Have you noticed your Instagram feed looking a little, um, rainbow today? You can thank AURA AURA for that—the Detroit-based energy portrait practice set up shop in the Ace Hotel’s gallery space today and will stick around through Friday, February 16. We stopped by to learn about the buzzy event (and maybe to get a snapshot of our current energy, too). Creative Eileen Lee uses the Aura Cam 6000 to capture your energy in that exact moment. You sit down in front of the camera and put your hands on metal plates that sense your vibrations; those vibrations are translated into light. “Our hands and feet are a full map of our body,” Lee explains. The camera captures different kinds of energy in different colors, and the finished product is a wild-looking rainbow selfie. Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Your $37 reading comes with, of course, a Polaroid-style snapshot of your aura, an informational card for aura literacy, and an explainer from Lee herself on what, exactly, is going on here. If that’s not enough for you, AURA AURA has an extensive energy color guide online. AURA AURA has also ventured to Pittsburgh for a similar pop-up event. Lee told us she’s noticed patterns in aura photos from city to city. For example, Detroiters exude red energies, while she found a lot of white energies in Pittsburgh. She’s not prepared to draw any conclusions on that front quite yet, though. Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Apparently, aura readings are in high demand in Chicago—the two-day pop-
If you were craving a new reason to brag about Chicago’s outstanding dining scene, you’ll be pleased to know that the James Beard Foundation’s got your back. Today, the organization that awards culinary excellence announced the 2018 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists, and Chicago spots are all over the list. Over 20,000 restaurants, programs and individuals were nominated, and as a city, Chicago snagged up these 28 nods overall: Best New Restaurant HaiSous Mi Tocaya Antojería Outstanding Baker Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread Outstanding Bar Program Lost Lake Outstanding Chef Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia Carrie Nahabedian, Naha Outstanding Pastry Chef Jennifer Jones Enyart, Dos Urban Cantina Meg Galus, Boka Outstanding Restaurant North Pond Outstanding Restaurateur Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, Boka Restaurant Group Outstanding Service Boka Sepia Outstanding Wine Program The Boarding House Outstanding Wine, Spirits or Beer Professional Charles Joly, Crafthouse Chicago Rising Star Chef of the Year Sarah Rinkavage, Marisol Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH) Andrew Brochu, Roister Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice Diana Dávila, Mi Tocaya Antojería Paul Fehribach, Big Jones Brian Fisher, Entente Jason Hammel, Lula Café Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, Parachute Ryan McCaskey, Acadia David Posey and Anna Posey, Elske Iliana Regan, Elizabeth Noah Sandoval, Oriole Zoe Schor, Split-Rail Lee Wolen, Boka The 2018 James Beard Foundation Awards Gala is tak
Last year, Navy Pier welcomed spring with an art installation in Polk Bros Park comprising 15 glowing, musical seesaws that quickly became a destination for selfies and Instagram stories. Beginning on Friday, the park will host a colorful new installation that should prove to be just as popular with photographers in search of unique backdrops. Prismatica is made up of 25 six-foot-tall prisms that are illuminated by a projector mounted in their bases, creating shifting colors through the use of reflective dichroic film that covers each of the prisms' panels. As the prisms slowly rotate, viewers will be able to hear a calming soundtrack of bells as they're bathed in the chromatic glow. Montreal-based Quartier des Spectacles (the same team responsible for last year's seesaw installation) and Toronto-based RAW Design teamed up to create Prismatica, which has been displayed in cities such as Ottawa, Montreal and Washington D.C. The interactive art experience will open in Polk Bros Park with a ceremony on Friday, February 16 at 5:30pm, where organizers will light up the installation for the first time and serve free hot chocolate. Guests will be able to view the installation during Navy Pier's regular operating hours through April 15. Take a look at some video footage and photos of the giant prisms in action. Photograph: Cindy Boyce Photograph: Cindy Boyce Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.