We are right in the heat of summer and no rain is going to stop Chicagoans from going out and having some fun! Plus it’s Father’s Day weekend and Marielle Shaw has some great ideas for this weekend!
So get ready for the 90+ degree heat and summer thunderstorms as you go out and enjoy all these amazing events!
THE WHOLE WEEKEND. JUNE 15th – 18th
The 6th Annual Chicago Women’s Funny Festival @ Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont Ave.
WHAT: Funny women all weekend long!
SO WAT: The 6th Annual Chicago Women’s Funny Festival features all genders, all forms of comedy ranging from stand-up, sketch, improv, burlesque, musical-comedy, and much much more. All of these fantastic shows celebrate Women in Comedy! The lineup is enormous and fill with some of the best talent around. You can see the full list of performers here!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15 per show! There are also a variety of passes including All-Festival Pass: $100, Thursday Pass: $37.50, Friday Pass: $47.50, Sunday Pass: $57.50, and a Sunday 3-Show Pass: $33.
THURSDAY. JUNE 15th
ACTIVATE: Playground: Rec Room of the Block @ Sullivan Center alley (enter on Monroe between State and Wabash), 5:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: Chicago Loop Alliance’s first ACTIVATE event of the year
SO WHAT: This year’s ACTIVATE series explores the theme, Off Street, inviting the public to explore the pulse of daily life that the alley embodies. Art and programming will focus on a different aspect of alley life for each event through the scope of dynamic art, music and lights. This edition of ACTIVATE explores the alley as a play space. Far more than a piece of infrastructure that serves practical functions, the alley is a gathering place—the “rec room of the block,” as architect Dan Weese says. Curators Missy Perkins and John Ibarra with Que4 Radio have created a lineup of activities and installations that evoke summertime alley fun including a breakdancing battle presented by Power Style Radio with mixmaster DJs Moz Definite and Illanoiz, emceed by Power Style Radio founder and host Kid Jungle, professional ping-pong players (body painted by Hatek) ready to challenge the audience, courtesy of SPIN Chicago, a pop-up barber shop with Rico Sepeda from Joe’s Hair Studio, and a skate jam hosted by skater and youth mentor Junebug and Bucktown’s Uprise Skateshop!
NOW WHAT: The event is free and attendees who RSVP in advance will receive a complimentary drink ticket for beer or wine at the event.
Millennium Park Summer Music Series: No BS! Brass Band / Dayme Arocena @ Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St., 6:30PM
WHAT: Another year of the fantastic Millennium Park Summer Music Series
SO WHAT: This is the second year of the re-imagining of Downtown Sound and Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series. Merging them together has created a very eclectic set of musical experiences. This year’s exciting lineup continues to take cues from both internationally known performers to local artists that are more than worthy of such an impressive spotlight. The big and lavish sounds of the No BS! Brass Band and the beautiful voice of jazz singer Dayme Arocena will provide the music at Millennium Park
NOW WHAT: All shows in this series are free and will start at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine.
Goose Island Presents YACHT with Special Guest Flamingosis @ DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave., 7:00PM
WHAT: 312 Music Show!
SO WHAT: Grab your friends and head out to DANK Haus in Lincoln Square for a special night of live music. Sip on Goose Island brews while enjoying a memorable music show with dance pop group YACHT and special guest electronic music producer/beatboxer Flamingosis.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10
Mary Timony plays Helium / Noveller @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave., 9:00PM
WHAT: Two amazing rockers in one night
SO WHAT: Mary Timony, leader of Ex Hex and member of Autoclave and Wild Flag, is an American independent singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and violist. She will be performing tracks from her band Helium this night in celebration of the band’s album reissues. She will be joined by Noveller, the experimental ambient/drone guitar project of Brooklyn musician Sarah Lipstate.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 16th – 18th
Taste of Randolph @ Randolph at Halsted, Friday 5:00PM – 10:00PM, Saturday & Sunday Noon – 10:00PM
WHAT: The iconic street festival’s 21st Anniversary
SO WHAT: The biggest and brightest names in Chicago dining, featuring over 18 restaurants exemplary for delectable menus and irresistibly unique flavors, will take to the street for this delicious event! There will also be a curated a list of bands and musicians, including the biggest names in Chicago house music, performing on two stages and a DJ stage to entertain guests on their culinary trip down Randolph. Some of the band highlights include Dawes, !!! (CHK CHK CHK), Son Little, and many more!
NOW WHAT: Tickets for this big event are available now! They range from $40 a day or $1oo for all three days! Taste of Randolph benefits the West Loop Community Organization, which has been advocating for the West Loop neighborhood since 1991, supporting local businesses and economic development
The Origami Unicorn @ Logan Arcade, 2410 W Fullerton Ave., 7:00PM
WHAT:The Origami Unicorn: A place where from replicant to human, all are welcome.
SO WHAT: Local artist Peter Wano and his team of local carpenters, printers and electricians will transform Logan Arcade into the Origami Unicorn, a special tribute to the dystopian visions of Philip K. Dick, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, and William Gibson’s Neuromancer. You’ll have the chance to explore the dismal techno-future while enjoying pinball, arcade games, and a fine selection of Pipeworks Brewing Co. beer, curated exclusively for this event.
NOW WHAT: Just come by an enjoy the new digs! Origami Unicorn is also a fundraiser for Hope For The Day, a non-profit that achieves proactive suicide prevention by offering outreach and mental health education through self-expression platforms. 100% of proceeds from select Pipeworks Brewing Company kegs will be donated to directly to HFTD. Additional resources generously donated by Rebuilding Exchange, Logan Square Tattoo, communitas, and Neon Shop Fishtail.
FRIDAY, JUNE 16th
Poetic Justice @ Grassroots Chicago, 515 N Halsted St., 4:00PM – 10:00PM
WHAT: The story of Poetic Justice
SO WHAT: Ali Six will be taking over the Movement Gallery with a collection of amazing works by this extremely talented street artist. Poetic Justice tells a story of the day in the life of young Richie, Ali Six’s incredibly recognizable creation.
NOW WHAT: This opening reception is free! Come by and enjoy some beverages from Revolution Brewing, Passion House Coffee Roasters, and Essentia Water
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JUNE 17th & 18th
Chicago Pride Fest @ Halsted St. & Waveland Ave. 11:00AM – 10:00PM
WHAT: The official Chicago Pride Fest
SO WHAT: No one celebrates Pride better than Northalsted! Chicago Pride Fest, held during National Pride Month, celebrates the LGBTQ+ achievements as a community in their annual two-day street festival leading up to Chicago’s world famous Pride Parade the following week. Entertainers from across the globe perform to crowds filled with PRIDE as Chicago celebrates LGBTQ+ history. See the full lineup of performers here!
NOW WHAT: There is $10 suggested donation at the gate which benefits the community and local charities, whose mission is to serve youth and families facing homelessness.
Pilsen Taco Fest @ 18th and Newberry, Noon – 10PM
SO WHAT: The Pilsen Taco Fest will occupy the corner of 18th and Newberry for 2 days of amazing food, local art and merch vendors, kids activities, Mexican beers, aguas frescas, raffles and much much more. Come and enjoy some great music, comedy, and of course TACOS! See the full lineup here!
NOW WHAT: Admission is free!
SATURDAY, JUNE 17th
Spudnik Press Pop Up @ Galerie F, 2415 N Milwaukee Ave., 11:00AM – 6:00PM
WHAT: A collaborative pop up and some grilling
SO WHAT: Members of Spudnik Press Cooperative are mounting a one-day print sale and BBQ at this Logan Square haven for print collectors. Browse and pick up a few new art prints and then head to the back patio to enjoy a beverage and grilled food! Spudnik volunteers will be cooking up hot dogs and burgers (of the meat and veggie variety) on the private patio of Bangtel.
NOW WHAT: The event is free, just bring some cash for art, burgers and brats.
SUNDAY, JUNE 18th
Mount Kimbie ‘In The Round’ with Suitman Jungle @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., 8:30PM
WHAT: Another cool in the round performance at Thalia Hall
SO WHAT: Mount Kimbie is an English electronic music duo formed by Dominic Maker and Kai Campos who blend minimal and ambient soundscapes with danceable rhythms that have caught the attention of James Blake, King Krule, and Micachu. They will be joined by rum and mashup maven Suitman Jungle.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $20 for this unique night of chill vibes