Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, Ling Ma, a Cubs Convention, and more ways to stay busy this month
Thom Yorke, Cendrillon, Danc(e)volve, and more picks selected by our culture critics
This month’s best art, music, theater, dance, festivals, and more, as picked by Chicago‘s critics.
The Chicago Duck Derby, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the Fly Honey Show, and more
Giordano Dance Photo: Gorman Cook May 31–June 3 Festival Maifest Lincoln Square Chicago’s summer street fests are best enjoyed early in the season, before they become inescapable, and festival fatigue sets in. This German celebration toasts the arrival of summer with cold beer, dancing, and more lederhosen-clad septuagenarians than you can imagine. Details:Lincoln and Leland. … Read more
Beer Under Glass in the Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago’s finest food trucks at Lincoln Park Zoo, Macbeth at Chicago Shakes, and more.
Apr. 2 New Music Savior Loop For its new-music series MusicNow, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra produces the world premiere of composer Amy Beth Kirsten’s chamber opera Savior with her vocal-theater ensemble Howl and CSO musicians. Details:Harris Theater. 7 p.m. $15–$28. cso.org Apr. 2–June 7 Dance Stomping Grounds Various neighborhoods This annual fest, celebrating international forms … Read more
Mar. 1–Apr. 7 Theater Time Is on Our Side Lake View History, some say, is written by the victors. Not so in this R. Eric Thomas comedy about a pair of Philadelphia podcasters who reinterpret local lore through a queer lens. Their endeavor gets thrown for a loop when one of them finds a family … Read more
Feb. 1 Pop Cashmere Cat Uptown This Norwegian producer and DJ counts Malia Obama among his fans (many spotted the former first daughter at his 2016 Lollapalooza set). Born Magnus Høiberg, he made his name spinning breakbeat-heavy mixes on the mid-aughts underground circuit. Since then, he’s collaborated with the likes of Ariana Grande and Selena … Read more
Jan. 1 Recreation New Year’s Day 5K Lincoln Park Consider this rain-or-shine jaunt through Lincoln Park a down payment on your lofty New Year’s resolutions. The breakfast buffet at the finish line should take the edge off. Details:Lincoln Park at La Salle and Stockton. 11 a.m. $40–$50. eventbrite.com Jan. 5–Feb. 25 Theater Traitor Old Town … Read more