No matter how old you get, there's something very enticing about the idea of spending an entire night amid the ancient artifacts in a (mostly) empty museum. While the Field Museum regularly hosts overnight slumber parties for kids, the institution is celebrating the recent arrival of Máximo the titanosaur by letting adults get in on the late-night fun. On July 7, the museum will host its very first 21+ sleepover event, allowing guests to roll out a sleeping bag amid the taxidermy collection and explore exhibits like “Mummies” and “Antarctic Dinosaurs” without having to deal with the usual crowds. When you're not walking through the halls, you'll be able to attend talks with Field Museum scientists, learn about science through hands-on activities and play a few rounds of bocce ball. After a good night's sleep, attendees can take part in early-morning birdwatching and tai chi before the museum opens. An $80 ticket (on sale now) includes dinner, breakfast, a midnight snack and access to exhibits throughout the Field Museum during your stay. If you want to live out your Night at the Museum fantasies, you should act fast—you're probably not the only person hoping to encounter SUE's magical talking skeleton during your overnight stay. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
1. The rooftop of the Ace Hotel hosts Sunset Yoga with Bender, where participants can gaze at the skyline during a guided session led by Wade Gotwals, with music from DJ RJ Pickens. The event begins at 7:30pm and admission is $27. 2. Prolific prog-rockers Wand cap off a two-night stand at the Hideout with support from Quasi-industrial rockers Dead Rider and local guitar duo Bill MacKay and Riley Walker. The show starts at 9pm and tickets are $15. 3. See how communities throughout the city adapted to three decades of social change in the Art Institute's photography exhibition, “Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950–1980.” Access to the exhibit is included with museum admission, which is $25 for adults. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
Want to own a very large and unwieldy piece of Chicago history? According to a public notice that was posted earlier this month, the city is trying to find someone to take the Chicago Avenue Bridge off of its hands. If you can pick up the bridge from its current location and move it to a new place without damaging the historic structure, the city will let you have it free of charge. Originally built in 1914, the bascule bridge that spans the Chicago River is made up two section that can be raised to allow large boats to pass through the waterway. According to HistoricBridges.org, the Chicago Avenue Bridge was the first in the city to include a permanent concrete bridge tender house, where the person responsible for raising the bridge's two sections could operate the two electric motors that were used to raise either side of the structure. While plans for the replacement of the Chicago Avenue Bridge have yet to be officially announced, the CEO of a new riverfront development referenced a plan to widen the heavily trafficked bridge in an interview with the Sun-Times last September. The city's notice confirms that whoever decides to take the existing bridge will need to work “in coordination with the bridge replacement project schedule.” If you or someone you know wants to become the custodian of a gigantic, historic bridge, you'll need to “send a letter, along with funding means, location of bridge placement, means of moving structure and timetable for move” to the Chicago
According to Fortnite: Battle Royale developer Epic Games, more than 125 million people are playing the super-popular video game, which drops 100 players onto an expansive island where they fight to be the last person standing. The free-to-play game has become such a cultural touchstone that it's spawned celebrity players, who make a living by playing Fortnite in tournaments and live-streaming footage of their gameplay online. One of the most prominent Fortnite players is Travis “Ninja” Belvins, a 27-year-old resident of Grayslake, Illinois, who logs onto his computer every day to stream himself playing the game for his thousands of loyal fans. Over the weekend, Ninja revealed that he's signed an endorsement deal with Red Bull and will be hosting a Fortnite event in Chicago to celebrate his partnership with the ubiquitous energy drink brand. On July 21, Ninja and 199 other Fortnite players will ascend to the 99th floor of the Willis Tower to take part in the Red Bull: Rise Till Dawn tournament, where participants will play the game from the time the sun sets at 8:21pm until it rises the following morning 5:35am. The tournament will be a duos competition, with pairs of players duking it out on the digital battleground until only one team remains. The winning duo will get a $2,250 cash prize and the whole overnight tournament will be streamed on Ninja's Twitch channel. If you're hoping to enter the tournament and show off your fort-building and shotgun-blasting skills, you'r
It's been nearly two years since Chance the Rapper decided to eschew Chicago's festival circuit for a summer and host Magnificent Coloring Day, a self-organized event that found the hip-hop hero headlining the home of the White Sox, with support from Alicia Keys, John Legend and some guy named Kanye West. The success of the sold-out fest seems to have emboldened Chance's event production aspirations—he's organized a young voter registration concert and parade, a couple of charity birthday parties and continued showcasing the talents of Chicago students at his monthly Open Mike events. Last week, Chance announced that he's formed a formal event-production company, Social Function Productions, and will help organize a 50th anniversary celebration concert for Special Olympics, which were first held at Solider Field in 1968. The concert will take place at the Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island on July 21, beginning at 5pm. Much of the lineup remains a mystery, but Chance revealed that Motown legend Smokey Robinson, pop singer-songwriter Jason Mraz and alt-rockers OAR will perform. The show poster that Chance tweeted leaves room for four more unannounced headlining acts that will likely be revealed in the coming weeks. It's not too much of a stretch to assume that Chance will be involved, even if he doesn't formally headline the concert—the only tour dates currently on his summer schedule are in August. Those with tickets to Pitchfork Music Festival, which occurs duri
Loopers and downtown workers will have a handful of new lunch options come Wednesday, June 20, when food hall Wells St. Market opens at 205 W Wacker Drive. The 10,500-square-foot space will house nine food vendors, including stalls from Chicago chefs Jimmy Bannos Jr., Takashi Yagihashi, Shin Thompson and Jeff Mauro. Diners can choose from pierogi, sushi, tacos, sandwiches, ramen, doughnuts and more. Chicago-based florist Flowers for Dreams will also operate a stall within the market, peddling two rotating bundles of blooms. The space's full-service bar is helmed by all-star bartender Dustin Drankiewicz (Moneygun), offering creative takes on classic cocktails, oysters and shareable bites. For comparison's sake, Wells St. Market is less than half the size of nearby Revival Food Hall, which boasts 24,000 square feet of space. Still, the new addition to the Loop has room for 250 diners and will eventually open its accordion-style windows, which should lend an airy feel to the room. Debuting Wednesday, Wells St. Market is open weekdays from 11am to 8pm and closed on weekends. Morning commuters will be able to visit the Firecakes Donuts' walk-up window from 6:30 to 11am Monday through Friday; the interior counter will maintain the hall's regular hours. Check out more information on the food hall's vendors and some photos of the new lunch destination below. Piggie Smalls: Jimmy Bannos Jr. (The Purple Pig) peddles Greek eats from his childhood; think a Chicago-style gyro, Greek fri
1. Jazz vocalist José James headlines the first Millennium Park Summer Music Series concert of the season, paying tribute to the music of ’70s crooner Bill Withers. The evening begins with a performance from veteran Chicago musician Kahil El'Zabar at 6:30pm, and admission is free. 2. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert screens in Polk Bros Park tonight at 7pm as part of Navy Pier's Water Flicks Summer Film Series. It's free to attend, and you can bring blankets and snacks. 3. In addition to a gigantic new titanosaur skeleton in its lobby, the Field Museum is also welcoming a fresh exhibit called “Antarctic Dinosaurs,” which displays newly discovered fossils of dinosaurs that roamed Antarctica 200 million years ago. Access to the exhibit is included with a Discovery Pass, which is $32 for adults. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
1. Get covered in clouds of pastel cornmeal powder during the Color Run, a 5K race that begins south of Solider Field and sends participants on a vibrant journey up the Lakefront Trail. The run kicks off at 8am and participants can register for as little as $29.99. 2. Erstwhile Led Zepellin frontman Robert Plant headlines an evening at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion, exploring Celtic melodies, 12-bar blues and folk music with the help of his band, the Sensational Space Shifters. Tickets are $30–$100. 3. The streets of Boystown host Chicago Pride Fest, which celebrates LGBTQ life, culture and community with performances from Mýa and ubiquitous local cover band Sixteen Candles. A $10 donation gets you in on the fun. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
1. A $10 donation gets you access to a variety of delicious food available for purchase and headlining sets from R&B crooner Allen Stone and psychedelic soul outfit Chicano Batman at Taste of Randolph. The street fest runs from noon to 10pm. 2. Sip a drink among lions, tigers and bears during Craft Brews at the Zoo, where more than 120 craft beers will be available to taste throughout the Lincoln Park Zoo. The event begins at 6pm, and tickets start at $49. 3. Head to one of our favorite patios in the city for the Parson's Neighborhood Block Party, where DJs and live music accompany the restaurant's usual array of fried chicken, frozen slushies and cold beer. The party runs from 2 to 8pm. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
For the past 10 years, Saint Sabina Church in Auburn Gresham has marked the end of Chicago Public Schools' school year with a Peach March and Rally, inviting residents to join together in solidarity to speak out against violence. The event is the first in a series of marches that Saint Sabina holds on Friday evenings during the summer, which is statistically the most violent season in Chicago. Tonight, Saint Sabina Church will host its first gathering of the summer, joining forces with the March For Our Lives movement and several prominent Chicagoans to bring attention to gun violence throughout the city. Read on for additional information about the march and rally, including how you can get involved. Where will the Peace March and Rally take place? The event will begin in front of Saint Sabina Church (1210 W 78th Place) in Auburn Gresham at 7pm, where speakers will address the crowd and read the names of all the youth killed in Chicago since the end of the previous school year before a procession heads down Racine Avenue. How do I get to the Peace March and Rally? Take the Red Line to 79th Street and then hop on the 79 bus going west and get off at 79th and Throop. You'll find Saint Sabina Church just one block north. Who will be at the Peace March and Rally? Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor and activist Emma González will be in attendance, kicking off March For Our Lives' Road to Change tour in Chicago. Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson, Will.i.am an