Chicago Guide

3 years
ago

Putting the ‘Hot’ in ‘Hotel’

This Week’s Five: Steppenwolf heats up … robots pursue world domination through opera … a rare Scorsese short gets new life … plus, what the world-class comic artist Ivan Brunetti is doing this weekend

3 years
ago

Watch This

This Week’s Five: National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch makes its Chicago premiere … dance for $5, theatre for $10, concerts for $15 … plus, what Kartemquin Films’ founder Gordon Quinn is doing this weekend

3 years
ago

Inish to Win It

Five picks for this week: A top Irish export hits Chicago Shakes … You can’t look; you can’t look away: Body Worlds returns to the MSI … Zombies, vampires, and Rick Bayless take over C2E2 … Plus, five don’t-miss freebies

3 years
ago

A Singular Task

Don’t-miss picks for this week: Nominate someone for our 2011 singles crew … hear Chicago’s answer to Vampire Weekend … see Cleopatra in her nearly native habitat … plus, what the Music Box’s house organist is doing this weekend

3 years
ago

Abbey Roadhouse

More dramatic—and certainly more entertaining—than the Oscars: Our top five theatre picks for this week; plus, one Blue Man’s weekend plans and free Menomena at the Empty Bottle

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3 years
ago

Western Promises

Five things to do this week: A midnight gig from our best new band … really dark comedy at Theater Wit … a professional dance-off, of sorts … opera genius Peter Sellars … plus two don’t-miss film freebies

3 years
ago

Let’s Get Fiscal

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Smart money moves, courtesy of the Seldoms … the reigning Turner Prize winner muses on art … a gem of a film series flickers back to life … free theatre, free snacks … plus—genius alert—what the pianist Reginald Robinson is doing this weekend

3 years
ago

Mohr Better Blues

Our top five picks for things to do this week Big Head Todd jumps into his way-back machine … filling the mayor’s chair: a dramatic rendering … uncovering the science of sex at Schubas … the Funk It Up cast lets its hair down … and more

3 years
ago

Welcome to the Post-snowpocalypse

Our top five picks worth leaving the house for, once the snow starts to slow: two jazz greats at the Green Mill . . . setting the table for comedy at ATC . . . what Amy Dickinson would be doing this weekend, if it weren’t for that darn blizzard . . . and more

4 years
ago

Drama Without Borders

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Life-changing theatre, no exaggeration . . . Nutt hangs again at the MCA . . . screenprint it yourself at the Block . . . and more

4 years
ago

Musical Chairs

Our top five picks for things to do this week: For those whose New Year’s resolution was “Hear more live music”: James McMurtry … Allen Toussaint … Charlie Hunter … a behind-the-scenes chat with Lyric leading lady Deborah Voigt … plus, what hometown DJ Jesse De La Peña is doing this weekend

4 years
ago

Frames of Reference

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Chicago comics go highbrow… homegirl Nora Dunn improvises … Neil LaBute chews the fat … Gary Griffin does Shakespeare … a found photographer comes to light … plus, what Bloodshot Records co-owner Nan Warshaw is doing this weekend

4 years
ago

Five Picks for New Year’s

Our top five for New Year’s Eve: No plans? No problem. We’ve rounded up big nights out of all stripes, with tickets still available.

4 years
ago

Oh, the Places Yule Go!

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Get a breath of bracing air at the Arb . . . take Dad for a beer at the Hideout . . . compare Maxwell Street Torahs and tacos . . . plus, what the director of the Gene Siskel Film Center is doing this weekend