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The 27 best cocktail bars in Chicago

The 27 best cocktail bars in Chicago

From rooftops to speakeasies, from the West Loop to Little Village to Albany Park, there's a local Chicago cocktail bar for every occasion and taste. Staffed by some of the world's top bartenders, the best cocktail bars in Chicago mix drinks that you can enjoy before dinner at a Chicago steakhouse or when you're keeping the party going into the wee hours of the morning. Whether you're in the mood for a classic Manhattan or Negroni or you're hankering for an over-the-top tropical-inspired sipper with colorful bendy straws, the best cocktail bars in Chicago will take care of you. When you're looking for something a bit stronger than what's on offer at Chicago breweries and wine bars, make your way to the best cocktail bars in Chicago. RECOMMENDED: Discover more of the best bars in Chicago

The best drag brunches in Chicago

The best drag brunches in Chicago

The best brunch in Chicago is all about decadence: the indulgent foods, the flowing beverages, the gaggle of friends. Add in a vivacious performance or two from some of Chicago's most talented drag artists and you've got the makings of a memorable morning (or afternoon). Prepare to sit back with mimosas, some of the best breakfast in Chicago and a few friends—you don't even need to get up early to catch a show. More of a night owl? You can still see many of these talented drag royals at some of Chicago's top gay bars. Here are a few of our picks for the top drag brunches in Chicago, so grab your friends and make some much-needed brunch plans.  

The 17 best farmers markets in Chicago

The 17 best farmers markets in Chicago

We're just as excited about going to the beach as you are, but one underappreciated aspect of summer life in Chicago is the beginning of farmers market season. From Andersonville to Woodlawn, neighborhoods across the city bring in Midwestern vendors selling fresh fruits, veggies, meat and more. You'll spot locavores buying bags full of food, chefs from top Chicago restaurants shopping for produce and residents stopping by for a snack while they browse the stalls. And the markets are more than just food stalls—many have live entertainment and kid-friendly activities too! So make some plans to explore and savor the best farmers markets in Chicago this summer. RECOMMENDED: Things to do in the summer in Chicago

The 17 best architecture tours of Chicago

The 17 best architecture tours of Chicago

Even if you're a longtime local, there's something special about taking in the city's architecture on foot or from the water with the help of an expert. From glass and steel castles to ornate Art Deco buildings to street art and cultural landmarks in our neighborhoods, there's a reason these tours are among the best attractions in Chicago. Nerd out over the design, engineering and construction behind the most beautiful buildings in Chicago on guided walks, bus rides and boat tours. First-time visitors will be happy to know that these architecture tours double as sightseeing walks of the best Chicago attractions—you might even be able to snap a few Instagrams along the way. Here's a few of our favorite tours that are equally engaging for tourists and Chicago lifers.  RECOMMENDED: Check out the full guide to the best Chicago tours

All of Chicago’s outdoor movies in one calendar

All of Chicago’s outdoor movies in one calendar

Grab a buddy, some blankets and some snacks—outdoor movie season is back, baby! One of the highlights of #SummertimeChi is getting some fresh air while gathering around a big, glowing screen in the nostalgic haze of one of your favorite movies. Thanks to to robust summer movie programming from the Chicago Park District and Gallagher Way, you've got a robust selection of free movies all over the city, from the most recent blockbusters to cult classics to vintage favorites to numerous screenings of Encanto (you're welcome, parents).  For a more upscale experience, visit the Emily Hotel in Fulton Market for Rooftop Cinema Club, and make plans for dinner atop one of the city's best rooftop restaurants beforehand for ultimate lush summer vibes. And if you prefer air conditioning, you can always go see a movie in one of Chicago's best movie theaters.  Here's every Movies in the Parks, Gallagher Way and Rooftop Cinema Club screening listed in chronological order, so you can start making those plans and leveling up your movie night.  JUNE The Goonies (Wednesday, June 1 at 4:30pm at Rooftop Cinema Club) Grease: Sing-along (Wednesday, June 1 at 7:45pm at Rooftop Cinema Club) Crazy. Stupid. Love. (Wednesday, June 1 at 10:15pm at Rooftop Cinema Club) Pretty in Pink (Thursday, June 2 at 4:45pm at Rooftop Cinema Club) Chicago (Thursday, June 2 at 7:45pm at Rooftop Cinema Club) Love Jones (Thursday, June 2 at 10:30pm at Rooftop Cinema Club) Adventures in Babysitting (Friday, June 3 at 5p.m

The best places for berry picking near Chicago

The best places for berry picking near Chicago

Few things can compete with the joy of picking your own produce—from the adventure of the outing, to the communal vibe, to the bountiful (and delicious!) end result. This summer, take a day trip from Chicago to find a farm where you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and more. While these farms are a bit further out than the suburbs, the drive will be worth it for you and the whole family, thanks to the fun, kid-friendly attractions like petting zoos, wagon rides and live music that many farms offer. Bring your berry haul home and make pies, frozen cocktails and preserves to last through winter. Keep in mind that you should check ahead with any of these spots to make sure your fruits of choice are currently in season. But otherwise? Just get picking at these farms near Chicago! RECOMMENDED: The best family weekend getaways from Chicago 

The 16 best ice cream shops in Chicago

The 16 best ice cream shops in Chicago

Summer in Chicago has arrived, and there are few better ways to beat the heat than seeking out towering scoops from the best ice cream shops in the city. Whether you're an ice cream purist or want to experiment with funky new flavors, you'll find top-notch ice cream options scattered from Edgewater to Bronzeville, near top attractions like Navy Pier and Wrigley Field or off the beaten path. From time-honored traditions like the towering, five-flavor Original Rainbow Cone and indulgent sundaes at Margie's Candies to contemporary, highly-Instagrammable treats like the gold leaf-speckled cones at Kurimu and vegan soft serve from Vaca's Creamery, there's a dream ice cream out there for everyone. Whatever you're craving, the best ice cream shops in Chicago are here to whisk you into sugary, summery bliss. RECOMMENDED: Explore more of the best restaurants in Chicago

Chicago’s best thrift stores for secondhand, vintage and resale shopping

Chicago’s best thrift stores for secondhand, vintage and resale shopping

Thrift stores are more than just treasure troves for great deals on secondhand clothes or vintage furniture finds—shopping secondhand also keeps clothes, home goods and other items out of the landfill a little while longer. Whether you're donating your own gently-used goods at the tail end of a spring cleaning session or browsing through the inventory at some of Chicago's best thrift and secondhand stores for that perfect hidden gem, be prepared to score some serious deals on items you simply can't find at most other women's clothing stores, furniture stores or even gift shops.  RECOMMENDED: Best clothing stores in Chicago  

8 unique festivals to attend on a day trip from Chicago

8 unique festivals to attend on a day trip from Chicago

Is your summer calendar already growing packed to the brim with day trips from Chicago and summer festivals? Are you looking for something a little bit different to switch up your summer adventures? We've found a way to plan even more of your summer for you and give you even more to look forward to with these weird and wonderful Midwest 'fests. Sure, you could catch Dua Lipa or Green Day amid a crowd of tens of thousands of people at Lollapalooza, but you can't see amateur circus performers, observe a precision lawnmower drill team or throw chunks of cow dung in Grant Park (as far as we know). We've tracked down a slate of Midwestern festivals that offer an alternative to the city's usual slate of summer events—and you'll likely be able to sample some intriguing food and spot interesting sights along the way. If you need a break from clutching a plastic cup on the same old streets, take a day trip from Chicago and attend one of these unique festivals. RECOMMENDED: Unique day trips from Chicago

The 42 best Chicago breweries and taprooms

The 42 best Chicago breweries and taprooms

Chicago continues to be one of the best cities in the nation for drinking amazing, locally-brewed beers, with more than 160 breweries (and counting!) in the city and surrounding suburbs. You'll find craft brews on tap at some of our favorite dive bars in Chicago, but if you want to taste the freshest suds in town, you need to head to Chicago breweries and taprooms. Among some of the best bars in Chicago, these brewery-owned facilities boast everything from bare-bones tasting rooms to cozy brewpubs that serve delicious food, plus, some picturesque beer gardens. And the breweries without in-house kitchens will usually let you bring in grub from some of the best restaurants in Chicago. Not sure where to drink your next hazy IPA, barrel-aged stout or fruited sour? Snag a glass (or sample a flight) at these Chicago breweries and taprooms. RECOMMENDED: Check out more of the best bars in Chicago

The 17 most romantic hotels and getaways in Chicago

The 17 most romantic hotels and getaways in Chicago

No matter what gets you in the mood, Chicago's hotels are perfect for a romantic vacation, staycation or bae-cation with your person. But which of the city's hotels are the most appropriate for a seriously loved-up time? Below are some of our top picks, based on everything from jaw-dropping skyline views and lavish room features to quality dining experiences from some of best restaurants in Chicago. Whether you're coming from out of town for a romantic getaway in Chicago or merely looking for a steamy staycation, these luxurious stays are sure to satisfy—so pack your overnight bag and prepare for a night to remember at Chicago's most romantic hotels.  RECOMMENDED: Discover secluded getaways near Chicago This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best family weekend getaways from Chicago

The best family weekend getaways from Chicago

Chicago boasts plenty of kid-friendly activities, but if you're planning a family vacation out of town, there are plenty of approachable, fun and memorable destinations close by for a weekend away. Cities, state parks, and lakes across the region are full of hiking for all ages and engaging, hands-on ways to learn about history, ecology and wildlife. Along the way, find quirky shops and hidden gems, kid-friendly restaurants with decadent desserts and recreational activities that kids of all ages will enjoy. From the wacky and weird the to active and relaxing, here are the best family weekend getaways from Chicago (all within four hours of the city).

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Chicago’s only drag festival returns to Andersonville this week

Chicago’s only drag festival returns to Andersonville this week

In the summer in Chicago, you can find festivals celebrating just about everything, including the best of the city’s food, music, craft beer and culture. So it was only a matter of time before Chicago debuted a festival showcasing one of its best cultural assets—its rich, diverse and exciting drag scene.  On June 24, the Cheetah Gym lot in Andersonville will play home to the third edition of Chicago is a Drag, the Midwest’s first drag fest. The festival is organized by A Queer Pride, the queer event collective of local performers Abhijeet, Bambi Banks-CouleĂ©, JForPay and Kitty Banks.  The original event, held in 2019, emerged out of programming for another popular Pride event in Andersonville, Backlot Bash. When asked to program the Friday of the festival, the idea for an all-drag event was born.  “There was nothing in Chicago that highlighted the drag artists of Chicago by themselves, as themselves,” Abhijeet says. The celebration coincided with a host of 50th anniversaries: the Stonewall uprising, considered the start of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement in the U.S.; the first Chicago Pride event and the 50th anniversary of Chicago’s storied drag club, the Baton Show Lounge. That first event featured a stacked lineup, with local drag scene stalwarts like Lucy Stoole, Aunty Chan and RuPaul’s Drag Race alumna DiDa Ritz serving as emcees, 50 performers and special guests (including hosts Tiffany “New York” Pollard and TS Madison), along with actress Candis Cayne and Drag Race

Chicago’s coffee scene is more creative than ever

Chicago’s coffee scene is more creative than ever

We talk a lot about new cocktail bars and breweries popping up in Chicago, but what if you're more of a coffee person? Over the past few months, Chicago’s already-thriving coffee scene has opened up a host of new and innovative coffee shops that offer more than just, say, a quality latte or killer cold brew. From authentic Vietnamese iced coffee in the West Loop to a horror geek's paradise in Logan Square to community-building in Roseland, put these new coffee shops and pop-ups in your rotation this summer.  Photograph: Lauren Reese Anticonquista CafĂ©: Cultivation to cup in Logan Square The concept: As Chicago’s first family farm-owned and operated coffee roaster, the Anticonquista CafĂ© team seeks to close the gap between coffee farmers in Central America and U.S. consumers, putting coffee production back in the hands of small working farmers. Elmer Fajardo has been working with coffee since he was seven years old, helping his father on the family coffee farm in southeastern Guatemala and learning every step of the process, from growing to harvesting to pulping. In fall 2020, alongside his wife and business partner, Lauren Reese, Fajardo began bringing coffee from his family’s farms in Guatemala and Honduras to the people at farmers markets via Anticonquista Café’s coffee bike.  “I don't just want to end our business with our family,” Fajardo says. “I really want to help campesinos in my town and for them to get better pay for their products. When people buy and support our

A record collector’s paradise in Englewood

A record collector’s paradise in Englewood

When you bring all-vinyl DJs and local food vendors together, "sampling" takes on a whole new meaning. This summer, 58th and Halsted will be the best place in the city for vinyl aficionados to come together and pore through crates of records, all while eating delicious local food, dancing to music from esteemed local DJs and learning about exciting community initiatives.  Vinyl and Vittles—a new record fair and food market collective from event producer Erik Jones of Sound Voyage, DJ Mr. Jaytoo and the community organization Grow Greater Englewood—will take over the Englewood Village Plaza every third Sunday of the month June through October this year. The event will feature local record vendors sharing their wares, delicious local food, live music from a curated lineup of DJs and more fun for the whole family.  “Music is and always has been the ultimate icebreaker,” Jaytoo says. “It just seemed very elementary to base some gatherings around music.” Tanya Ward, a cultural steward with Grow Greater Englewood, says the event is part of a larger effort to create a vibe and a destination at the Plaza. “We hope to make this space live in the summer," she says. "We shouldn’t have to drive and wait in traffic to be in community." Grow Greater Englewood has been working to activate the plaza space at 58th and Halsted for years, with initiatives including the popular, music-filled Englewood Village Farmers Market and the proposed Englewood Nature Trail, a two-mile linear park connecti

Fireworks are returning to Navy Pier this weekend

Fireworks are returning to Navy Pier this weekend

The next couple of days may be grim and rainy, but we're in for a sunny and warm long holiday weekend—and with it, the return of the summer spectacle that is the Navy Pier fireworks. The popular show will make its 2022 debut on Saturday, May 28 at 10pm, and will recur Wednesdays at 9pm and Saturdays at 10pm through Labor Day. The displays feature a variety of music, including unique soundtracks for special occasions.  And lest you haven't been to Navy Pier since that work booze cruise five years ago or an ill-fated family outing to the long-gone Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. location, the Pier is offering new attractions, cultural activities and food options starting this weekend. The sprawling Beer Garden, which offers free live music in the summer under the "Live on the Lake" banner and "farm to foam" craft brews from Ottawa, IL-based Tangled Roots Brewing Company, also opens on May 28. Kicking off the summer of jams are '90s rock cover band Mike & Joe, perfect for your nostalgic buddies who warble through Eagle-Eye Cherry's "Save Tonight" at karaoke, and acclaimed New Orleans multihyphenate Shamarr Allen, who has worked with icons like Willie Nelson, Patti LaBelle and Lenny Kravitz. If relaxing with a brew, a view and some Third Eye Blind covers isn't doing it for you, Saturday will also be the opening installment of Wave Wall Wax, where top local house and dance DJs spin by the Wave Wall on Saturdays from 5 to 7pm.  Navy Pier also welcomes two new restaurants to its ever-growing

Here are some of the most exciting Night Out in the Parks events this summer

Here are some of the most exciting Night Out in the Parks events this summer

Chicago's many green spaces aren't just great for lounging, jogging or beer-league kickball. During the summer, the Chicago Park District partners with more than 120 local cultural and arts organizations to present the ever-popular Night Out in the Parks programming, which brings a host of free events to neighborhood parks every year. You may already know about some of the program's more notable events, like film screenings for Movies in the Parks or live circus performances. But did you know there's also full moon fire spinners, queer Pride house music parties, iconic country punk bands and huge honking nature puppets? Here's a look at just a few of the most exciting programs coming to your local parks this summer—all for free. For a full lineup, visit the Night Out in the Parks website. Broadway in Your Backyard!  Channel your inner theatre kid with the ensemble from Porchlight Music Theatre. This 60-minute revue features some of the best heavy-hitter songs from the history of Broadway musicals, and some fun facts along the way. Just don't try to upstage the folks on stage when doing your best Idina Menzel impression—leave "Defying Gravity" to the professionals. August 30, Gill Park, 825 N Sheridan Rd Free Street Theater: The Mild Goose Chase Since its inception in the late 1960s, Free Street Theater has worked to bring creative, current and meaningful theatre performances to all of Chicago. In this collaboration with Chi Clowns, a clown wakes up to find that a part of her

Buy this Chicago house, get a free case of Malört

Buy this Chicago house, get a free case of Malört

Depending on who you ask, it's either an enticement or a threat. Over the weekend, Twitter user @sizzlefruit shared a sign from realtor Brad Zibung promising an unusual closing gift for a condo near Diversey & Clybourn: a case of everyone's favorite/least favorite local spirit, Malört. Or as their tweet put it, "the most Chicago thing I’ve seen in a long ass time." Zibung, the founder of Chicago Residential Partners at Compass Real Estate, says the genesis of the idea was pretty simple: they wanted to have fun and make their listings stand out. Of the three homes where Zibung and his team have used the Malört signs, one has an accepted offer and one closed. On the way to the first buyer's final walkthrough, Zibung went to the liquor store to buy six bottles of Malört to deliver on what the sign had promised. Zibung laid the bottles on the island, and it turns out the buyer hadn't seen the rider on the sign, so he was a bit confused as to what the gift was doing there. "I wonder how many of [the bottles] have been consumed," Zibung says. Zibung says the Malört sign rider is not the only Chicago-centric one the team has considered. The signs have to be succinct, pithy, tongue-in-cheek and Chicago-related, all in about 10 words. Among the other sign riders Zibung and his team have considered include a free Mitch Trubisky jersey with purchase of the home (too soon?), while others have referenced Chicago cultural signposts like Old Style, Abe Froman, the Empire Carpet Guy and, of

Tickets are now on sale for the Museum of Ice Cream Chicago

Tickets are now on sale for the Museum of Ice Cream Chicago

It may still be a little too cold to swim in Lake Michigan, but starting this week, you can buy tickets to dive into a swimming pool of rainbow sprinkles, and that's something. Tickets are now on sale for the popular interactive exhibit/Instagram portrait repository the Museum of Ice Cream, which will officially open its doors at the former Chicago Tribune building (435 N Michigan Ave) on July 16. If you manage to scoop a ticket to opening weekend (July 16–18), your ticket comes with a special gift bag. Otherwise, tickets for the exhibit cost $36 for weekday general admission or $44 on weekends, and special Halloween and Christmas celebrations are in the works.  The Chicago iteration of this bright, colorful social media favorite, which offers fun facts about the sweet history of our favorite frozen treats amidst the interactive exhibits, includes a few locally-minded twists, like a celebration of jelly beans—not only in celebration of The Bean, but also because Chicago has a longstanding association with jelly beans thanks to the Jelly Belly manufacturing facility in North Chicago. (We told you there would be fun facts!) Other installations include a dessert-themed indoor carnival with a mirror maze and cookie carousel, and a pink cloud-laced balloon room, complete with a game where you can throw virtual cherries at your buds.  And since it wouldn't be a Museum of Ice Cream without the signature treat, the exhibit offers five free-flow dessert stations, with a local twist of

An immersive ‘Stranger Things’ pop-up store is coming to Chicago

An immersive ‘Stranger Things’ pop-up store is coming to Chicago

If you're too full of anticipation to wait another week and a half for the premiere of Stranger Things Season 4 on May 27, there's a way you can get your nostalgia fix locally. Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of Hawkins and the parallel dimensions beyond at Stranger Things Store, a new Netflix-created pop-up experience coming to suburban Oakbrook Center starting Friday, May 20. The Stranger Things Store will feature show merch that fans won't be able to find anywhere else (except maybe eBay, several months down the road), including '80s-inspired Stranger Things breakfast cereal, collectible action figures (such as a Demogorgon with interchangeable heads), place-specific merchandise from the Palace Arcade and Hawkins High School and, of course, the 'Elegorgon,' a vinyl figure from iam8bit, Netflix and Ecuadorian artist Chogrin that imagines what a half-Eleven, half-Demogorgon would look like. There will even be a station where you can customize your Hawkins High apparel.  In addition to the merch, the shop will feature interactive exhibits where fans can step into their favorite show for an afternoon to pose with the gaping, toothy maw of a Demogorgon in the Upside Down, visit with Scoops Ahoy employees, stage photos in the Hawkins Middle Snowball Dance and in the Byers family home, shop at the Starcourt Mall, play games at the Palace Arcade and avoid the Rift in the lab.  Stranger Things Store is open May 20 through June 26, Mondays through Saturdays from 10am to 8

Spreading the word at the inaugural American Writers Festival

Spreading the word at the inaugural American Writers Festival

This weekend, you can catch some of the biggest names in literature, comedy and TV writing in-person and virtually in Chicago—and all for free.  On Sunday, May 15, the American Writers Museum celebrates its inaugural American Writers Festival, featuring discussion panels, conversations, book signings and other activities celebrating the breadth and diversity of American writing.  American Writers Museum President Carey Cranston says the festival was born out of a desire to celebrate the museum’s fifth anniversary in Chicago, surviving and weathering two years of the COVID-19 pandemic by having a day where they packed the house with writers of all kinds. And it’s not just a packed house, but a packed itinerary, featuring more than 75 contemporary authors, artists and playwrights across four stages. In addition to the in-person component, guests can also catch a few special presentations virtually, including a conversation between Maxine Hong Kingston and Viet Thanh Nguyen and an interview with screenwriter and The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin on his stage adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird. “When you go to a book festival, it’s kind of this giant booster shot of inspiration as a reader,” says local author Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers), who is participating in two events at the festival. “You get into a reading habit, then you kind of fall out of it. Going to a festival like this, first of all, you’re going to find a ton of amazing books, and this enthusiasm of being

9 things to get excited about this summer in Chicago

9 things to get excited about this summer in Chicago

It's not just the rising temperatures and the long-awaited return of the sun: Summertime Chi is almost upon us, and with it, all the excitement of new restaurants, events and festivals. We already shared a bunch of the things we're most looking forward to in 2022, but if that wasn't enough to get you hyped, here are a few more reasons that summer in Chicago is truly second to none.  Photograph: Shutterstock New music festivals are making their debuts Chicago's packed summer music festival lineup kicks off Memorial Day weekend with the inaugural Sueños Music Festival, a two-day Grant Park bash featuring a stacked roster of Latin artists, including Puerto Rican rapper Ozuna, "Prince of Reggaeton" J. Balvin and Grammy-winning reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel. In August, Bridgeview will host to the new Sacred Rose Music Festival, a "choose-your-own-adventure" multi-genre weekend with three curated stages showcasing indie, bluegrass, jam bands, funk and soul, with headliners Phil Lesh and Friends, The War on Drugs, Khruangbin and Black Pumas.  ...and longtime favorites are back and better than ever After a COVID-induced hiatus, some of Chicago's favorite fests are making their triumphant returns. Celebrate Chicago's exuberant Pride Weekend at Pride in the Park in Grant Park with headliners the Chainsmokers and Alesso, drag icons like Shea Coulée and Monet X Change, and Rebecca Black (who we promise actually has some bangers other than "Friday"). After going virtual last year, the le

Free movies return to Wrigleyville’s Gallagher Way this week

Free movies return to Wrigleyville’s Gallagher Way this week

When the Cubs are away, the area outside Wrigley Field is still buzzing with summer activities. The weather is finally, finally sunny and warm after weeks of rainy, gray drudgery—and with the return of higher temperatures this week comes the return of free activities at Wrigleyville's Gallagher Way. Starting May 11, you can catch free outdoor movies every other Wednesday evening at Gallagher Way in partnership with Lakeview's vaunted Music Box Theatre. This year, they're going for a music theme, with everything from kid-friendly musicals to star-studded biopics to nostalgia faves. Whether you're a former theater kid with a soft spot for campy movie musicals, a parent whose kids won't stop singing "We Don't Talk About Bruno" or an elder millennial nostalgic for the golden age of cinema (the release of the 2001 film Josie and the Pussycats, the very peak of film as a medium), there's something in the lineup for you. Admission is free (VIP seats are available for $30), and while there's concessions on-site, you're welcome to bring your own refreshments or go for a takeaway picnic from Smoke Daddy, Big Star, Shake Shack or one of the countless other Wrigleyville restaurants nearby. Gates open at 6pm, with showtimes at 7:30pm.  Check out the movie schedule below: May 11: Bill and Ted's Excellent AdventureMay 25: RocketmanJune 8: Mamma Mia!June 22: Josie and the PussycatsJuly 6: Dirty DancingJuly 20: School of RockJuly 27: Pitch PerfectAugust 3: GreaseAugust 17: EncantoAugust 31: A

Food trucks are returning to Daley Plaza this month

Food trucks are returning to Daley Plaza this month

After two years of working from home, returning to the grind of commuting to the Loop—fighting delays and long coffee lines and pigeons and existential dread—is an adjustment, to say the least. But the weather's warming up, which means more opportunities to eat lunch outside and feel the sun on your face. And the downtown crowd will have a few more options for an impromptu Loop picnic as the Chicago Food Truck Festival returns to Daley Plaza on Fridays starting May 20. The weekly fest runs through October from 11am to 3pm and will feature a variety of eateries on wheels for your sampling. The city has yet to release the lineup, but you can keep an eye out for the announcement on the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages in the coming weeks. Recent participants have included A Sweet Girl cupcakes, decadent sandwich purveyors The Fat Shallot, local icons Harold's Chicken, Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp and German-Turkish street food slingers DönerMen.  Below are the Friday dates for the 2022 Chicago Food Truck Fest: May 20, 27 June 3, 10, 17, 24 July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August 5, 12, 19, 26 September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 October 7