Things to do in Chicago July 18-24: The Mix
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by Mary Houlihan - For the Sun-Times
1d ago
Theater Watermill Theatre’s “The Lord of the Rings — A Musical Tale” celebrates the magical world of Middle-earth as Frodo embarks on his perilous journey to the dark realms of Mordor. Book and lyrics are by Shaun McKenna and Matthew Warchus, with music by Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman, Finnish folk band Värttinä and Tony Award winner Christopher Nightingale. From July 19-Sept. 1 at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, 800 E. Grand. Tickets: $41+. Visit chicagoshakes.com. Joe Giovannetti and Caitlyn Cerza in “Alice By Heart.” Collin Quinn Rice Kokandy Productions presents the Midwest prem ..read more
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Chicago's Jason Weaver looks back on his enduring childhood roles: Simba and Michael Jackson
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by Erica Thompson
1d ago
Actor and Chicago native Jason Weaver will celebrate his 45th birthday on Thursday, but he said the festivities will be relatively simple. “I’m not a club kind of guy,” said Weaver, who mentioned plans to have dinner at Mexican restaurant Diego in West Town. “I’m at a stage in my life where I just enjoy being around good people and having good food, where everyone can just have a good time.” While Weaver is keeping it low-key, moviegoers all over the country are celebrating him, so to speak, on the silver screen. In honor of its 30th anniversary, “The Lion King” has been re-released in theater ..read more
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Oliver Poilevey expands his Chicago food empire with Mariscos San Pedro, the new restaurant in Thalia Hall
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by Maggie Hennessy | For WBEZ
1d ago
Oliver Poilevey just wants to cook. The Chicago chef’s straightforward goal has gotten slightly more complicated since he rather quickly became a restaurateur with a swelling mini-restaurant empire. Said empire includes 2023 James Beard Foundation Awards Best New Restaurant finalist Obelix and longtime Bucktown bistro Le Bouchon (both of which he co-owns with brother Nicolas Poilevey), and Taqueria Chingón (which he owns with chef/partner Marcos Ascensio). Recently three became four when Oliver opened Mariscos San Pedro in Pilsen alongside chef/partners Ascensio and Antonio Incandela and pastr ..read more
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Pitchfork Music Festival 2024: Entry rules, last-minute tickets, transit and more
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by Katie Anthony
2d ago
Pitchfork Music Festival is bringing big names and music’s rising stars to Chicago's West Loop July 19-21. Black Pumas, 100 Gecs, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jamie xx, Alanis Morissette and MUNA are among the festival's most-anticipated acts. Here's what to know before you rock out. How to get there Pitchfork takes place at Union Park (1501 W. Randolph St.) in the West Loop. Public transit: The park sits right below the Ashland L stop, with Pink and Green Line service. Blue Line riders can walk about 26 minutes from the Ashland and Division L stop, or hop on the southbound CTA No. 9 bus at the Ashland a ..read more
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Best free things to do in Chicago this summer, from backyard Broadway to 'Barbie' in the park
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by Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis
2d ago
Chicago summer weather is kind and encouraging, so maybe that’s why it’s too easy to go out on an innocent walk and end up spending $50. The good news: This season offers abundant art, concerts and activities for free. Here are some great suggestions — all free or for a minimum requested donation — that reflect some of the city’s brightest cultural offerings, from music and theater to dance and books. See Shakespeare at a park near you There are multiple productions originally penned by the Bard to see for free in Chicago this summer. The accessible Shakespeare company Midsommar Flight perform ..read more
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Pitchfork Festival forecast: 10 emerging acts to show up early for
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by Selena Fragassi | For the Sun-Times
4d ago
This year’s Pitchfork Music Festival lineup has been called one of its most eclectic, mainstream and LGBTQ+-friendly in years. And while there’s tons of excitement for Black Pumas, Jamie xx, Grandmaster Flash, Carly Rae Jepsen and Alanis Morissette, you oughta know these up-and-comers, too. Here are 10 bands to get up early for, but if you do miss their sets during the Union Park fest Friday through Sunday, nearly all are participating in after-shows at venues around the city including Empty Bottle, Constellation, Subterranean, Sleeping Village and Cobra Lounge. Find the full schedule at pitch ..read more
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‘I just feel it in my soul’ — house fans revel in joy, friendship at Chosen Few picnic
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by Erica Thompson
5d ago
When asked why he has dedicated decades of his life to house music, DJ Andre Hatchett gave a simple response: “Music is my life.” And inspiring people to dance at events like the Chosen Few Picnic & House Music Festival has made his job “even better,” said Hatchett, who is 60. “There could be two people out there, and I’m happy.” Given that benchmark, Hatchett must have been in a state of euphoria at the 2024 event on Saturday, which was expected to draw about 40,000 attendees to Jackson Park. One of the many parties celebrating 40 years of the genre this year, the event kicked off at 8 a ..read more
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Downtown Chicago art: A sound installation in Millennium Park sonic designs from artists around the world
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by Mark Guarino | For WBEZ
6d ago
To most people, the sound of Chicago is the bat cracking at Wrigley Field, children splashing along the lakefront, or the L train rumbling overhead. To Giovanni Aloi and Chris Hunter, the city sounds like that and much more. On Saturday afternoon on the Great Lawn of Millennium Park, the pair will present original compositions that mesh the urban environment with the natural one — a 90-minute soundscape that will transform wildlife sounds, from cicadas to birds, into aural compositions. Sound artists (from left) Harrisson Gill, Gabi Kinlock and Bill Parod are among a group of international ..read more
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Windy City Smokeout: Country artists headline, but the pitmasters are stars, too
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by Erica Thompson
1w ago
It may only take you minutes to devour the dishes at Windy City Smokeout, but many of them were hours — or days — in the making. For example, at Evanston-based Soul & Smoke, Chef D’Andre Carter marinates his rib tips for 36 hours. Then, he smokes them over hickory wood and sprays them with his molasses-like “meat moisturizer.” Finally, he serves them with grilled pineapple and housemade jerk sauce. That is just one of the culinary gems from nearly 30 pitmasters featured this weekend at the four-day fest. Despite a cloudy morning, the Smokeout kicked off Thursday afternoon amid sunny weathe ..read more
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Things to in Chicago July 11-17: The Mix
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by Mary Houlihan - For the Sun-Times
1w ago
Music Get yourself some tasty barbecue while listening to music from a great lineup at Windy City Smokeout. Headliners include Carrie Underwood, Cody Johnson, Parker McCollum and Thomas Rhett, plus many more country artists fill out the roster. From 2-10 p.m. July 11-12 and 1-10 p.m. July 13-14 at United Center, Parking Lot C, 1901 W. Madison. Tickets: $69.95+. Visit windycitysmokeout.com. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Marin Alsop, begins its summer residency at Ravinia at 7:30 p.m. July 12 with a program featuring works by Aaron Copland, James P. Johnson, Samuel Barber an ..read more
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