Chicago Guide

3 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

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4 years
ago

S’Wonderful Life

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Kurt Elling, The Bad Plus, and Willie Pickens save (Christmastime) jazz. . . . Sing your own heart out at the Music Box. . . . Plus, what the Waco Brothers’ Jon Langford is doing this weekend

4 years
ago

Woolf Bait

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Tracy Letts and Amy Morton sink their fangs into Albee . . . John Waters puts the kitsch back in Christmas . . . the Best New Artist grammy nom Esperanza Spalding splits a swinging bill with Regina Carter . . . 24 hours of sleep-deprived hilarity, courtesy of The Second City . . . plus, a freebie with free beer

4 years
ago

Mister Roger’s Neighborhood

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Peter Sagal takes a seat on the Interview Show couch (finally) . . . seasons greetings, Halloween-style . . . Sun Records’ Sonny Burgess, times two . . . plus, what the Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn is doing this weekend

4 years
ago

Weekend Staples

Our top five picks for things to do this week: We give thanks for Mavis Staples, Frankie Knuckles, and our favorite new Chicago band, Gold Motel … plus, a feeding frenzy at the Brookfield … Patti Smith, National Book Award winner … and what Broadway bigwig Gary Griffin is doing this weekend

4 years
ago

Larger Than Life

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Anna Nicole at the opera . . . The Frames at 20 . . . literature’s A-list sister act at DuSable . . . plus, Deb Sokolow’s weekend plans

4 years
ago

Mmm. Drama.

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Urban Theater Company has dinner on the brain . . . the other Homer hits A Red Orchid . . . Breakbone dances about architecture . . . plus, what Scrooge will be doing this weekend when he doesn’t have a Labradoodle on his lap

4 years
ago

Oh, the Humanities!

Our top five picks for things to do this week: French New Wave comes alive . . . The 1900s play a free in-store gig . . . an emerging artist boggles the mind . . . plus, our pick for music to ward off winter and more

4 years
ago

Pan-demonium

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Peter + pirates = Lookingglass . . . the waking dead stroll Berwyn . . . Cousteau chats at the Field . . . plus, Martin Mull, Karl Wirsum, and weekend plans from the MSI’s new live-in roomie

4 years
ago

Take a Shine to It

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Conan’s other sidekick moves on . . . everything that glitters at the Field . . . free rock ’n’ roll from one-half of Local H . . . the local author Adam Levin’s weekend-ish plans . . . and more

4 years
ago

Chekhov vs. Chekhov

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Theatre’s most depressive Russian, times two . . . Lebowski, the musical . . . Schwimmer’s Trust on film . . . free Toni Morrison . . . and what Sound Opinions’ Jim DeRogatis is doing this weekend