The Little Big Top heads out on its longest tour of the Chicago Parks District to-date, bringing acrobats, tightrope walkers, aerialists, jugglers and more to parks throughout the city. The Midnight Circus touches down in a new park each weekend, staging intimate performances that allow audiences to get up-close to the onstage action. As usual, proceeds are used to fund improvements in Chicago parks.
Founded in 1981 and organized by Chicago Filmmakers, Reeling is the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the U.S.—this year's edition will take place at the Davis Theatre, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema and the Chicago Filmmakers HQ. The program is filled with movies that feature LGBTQ talent (both in front of and behind the camera), including Rupert Everett's The Happy Prince, the Chicago premiere of Mapplethorpe starring Matt Smith as the controversial BDSM photographer and the documentary Studio 54, which explores the story behind the popular ‘70s nightclub.
Step inside one of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's famous Infinity Mirror Rooms at this new pop-up exhibition, which features installations that blend art and science. Other attractions include a “zero-gravity ball pit” that uses helium balloons and fans to simulate a weightless version of the childhood attraction, a three-story-tall kinetic sculpture and “edible experiences” designed by Toronto's Future Food Studio that transfor flavors into vapor. According to a press release, the exhibit will remain on display for a “limited, but undetermined, amount of time,” so you might want to book tickets sooner rather than later. UPDATE: wndr museum was originally scheduled to open on August 17, but the opening has been pushed back to September 21 due to an "unexpected construction issue." Previously-purchased tickets will be honored.
The Music Box Theatre isn't just one of our favorite places to see a movie in Chicago, it's also one of the only theaters left in the world with the equipment needed to project 70mm film. For two weeks, the Music Box will be screening movies on the enlarged, hyper-detailed format, including classic flicks like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Lawrence of Arabia (presented on a brand new 70mm print). The rest of the lineup features Jim Henson's puppet fantasy The Dark Crystal, New York City musical West Side Story, John Carpenter's sci-fi horror movie The Thing and Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Kids become the captain of their own ship (figuratively speaking, of course) at this exhibit, which includes a two-level boat complete with a bunk and kitchen plus an interactive bait shop. Little explorers will be able to explore the ship, drop a fishing line, try on life vests, secure a rig and so much more.
A harrowing story of unthinkable family tragedy that veers into the realm of the supernatural
A cooler-than-thou band of criminals pull a smoothly executed grand heist in flawless costumes
This sequel caters to its target audience with endless riffing on comic-book lore
A Jewish ‘Carol,’ this secret lesbian romance starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz has fine tension but little heat
Summer arrives early in the frenetic, emotionally hollow first chapter of Marvel’s epic cross-franchise concoction
Amy Schumer gets knocked out and awakens with the kind of brain disorder that only happens in rom-coms
It’s “play or die” in this obvious bit of horror nonsense that, barring truthfulness, could have been a lot more daring
Lucrecia Martel’s slow-burn comedy is unlike anything you’ll see this year
Belatedly, the quarter-chomping arcade game makes its way to the big screen, but with better-than-expected results
American Pie gets an update—and potentially even an upgrade—with this hilarious, parents’-eye view of teenage sexuality