FRIDAY 28 New alfresco: the Southern When the owners of Chaise Lounge reconcepted (and redecorated) the restaurant into the Southern, they were smart enough...
FRIDAY 28 New alfresco: the Southern When the owners of Chaise Lounge reconcepted (and redecorated) the restaurant into the Southern, they were smart enough to leave one thing untouched: the rooftop patio. Able to hold 120 people, the roof will likely be as popular and sceney as it’s been in years past. 1840 W North Ave (773-342-1840).—David Tamarkin Sex and the City 2 We haven’t fully recovered from the lashing we got for dropping what some considered a plot spoiler into our review of the first SATC, so we’re just going to point out that the first go-round was enjoyable counterprogramming and note that the sequel involves a trip to the Middle East. (Carrie dies! Kidding.) —Hank Sartin Dixie Longate atHydrate This gender-bending Southern belle Tupperware saleswoman can show you how to keep your personal lubricants and recreational pharmaceuticals air-tight fresh in her one-woman show. But this Dixie chick is no slouch: In 2008, she sold more than $200,000 in products, making her the queen of Tupperware sales in the U.S. 3458 N Halsted St (773-975-9244). $20, VIP $30.—Jason A. Heidemann
SATURDAY 29 “I Do: Chicago Ties the Knot” The Chicago History Museum traces the most loved, despised and symbolic garment, the wedding dress, from Depression-era cotton frocks to today’s insanity of corseted bodices, beads, lace and embroidery. 1601 N Clark St (312-642-4600, chicagohs.org). $14, seniors and students $12, kids free. May 22–Jan 3, 2011.—Madeline Nusser Sue’s 10th AnniversaryThe Field Museum celebrates the best preserved, most complete T. rex skeleton with three dino events: “RoboSUE: The T. rex Experience,” an exhibit of realistic, robotic dinosaurs that interact with viewers; 3-D movie Waking the T. rex: The Story of SUE; and a weekend of informal talks given by Sue Hendrickson, the explorer who discovered the T. rex during a South Dakota excavation in 1990 (May 29–31, 11am–3pm). 1400 S Lake Shore Dr (312-922-9410, fieldmuseum.org). $15, seniors and students $12, kids ages 3–11 $10. May 29–Sept 6.—Madeline Nusser Official opening of Chicago beaches Our sandy shores could look a lot like Panama City this summer if Mayor Daley’s ordinance to grant liquor licenses to more Park District concession stands passes. Could a Señor Frog’s outpost be next? —Laura BaginskiIrish Fest(May 28–31) Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest(May 29, 30)
SUNDAY 30 Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals atWrigley Field Who knows why we hate the Cards so much—it’s just fun as hell, especially on home turf. Score last-minute seats by waiting until the middle of the second inning and driving a hard bargain with desperate scalpers outside the ballpark. May 28–30 at Wrigley Field (1060 W Addison St, 800-THE-CUBS, cubs.com). $22–$315.—Laura Baginski New alfresco:Harry Caray’s Why watch a Cubs game on Navy Pier at the height of tourist season? Several reasons: the food (especially the blue cheese–topped Holy Cow potato chips), the beer selection (which includes Bell’s and Half Acre) and because not many locals will be here—so you can be a Cubs fan without competition. 700 E Grand Ave (312-527-9700).—David Tamarkin Bike the Drive Take two wheels to Lake Shore Drive, then eat a pancake breakfast ($7) in Grant Park. 5:30am–noon, Columbus and Jackson Drives (bikethedrive.org). $42.—Laura Baginski
MONDAY 31 Hum at Millennium Park Back in the Clinton era, these downstate shoegazers lived in the shadow of the Smashing Pumpkins. Now that Billy Corgan is (even more) bitter, paranoid and cuckoo, a reunited Hum can reclaim the crown of Illinois’s rock king with massive riffs, pretty choruses and more effects pedals than the local Guitar Center. Pritzker Pavilion (201 E Randolph St, 312-742-7529). 6:30pm, free.—Brent DiCrescenzo