FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
concerts The Fiery Furnaces
Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung is the purported headliner of Millennium Park’s Great Performers of Illinois lineup, but we’re more jazzed about this brother-sister indie-rock act of Oak Park natives. The duo is in town for a rash of shows at local venues (July 9 at the Hideout; July 10 at FitGerald’s), but you can’t beat free.
GO: July 11 at 4:45. Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph. millenniumpark.org
farrago Tour de Fat
New Belgium beer flows fast and cheap at this traveling tent revival dedicated to spreading the gospel of bikes. (A brief history: New Belgium founder Jeff Lebesch found his beer muse while cycling through the Belgian countryside some 20 years ago.) Now the brewery sponsors this multicity tour that convinces one local at each stop to trade in his or her car for a custom-built bike.
GO: July 11 from 9 to 4. Palmer Square, Palmer and Kedzie. newbelgium.com/tour-de-fat
Attention, children of the 1970s: Our beloved storyteller of yesteryear meets some of our favorite latter-day lyricists—Will Oldham, Jon Langford, Bobby Bares Sr. and Jr., among others—in this ode to the late great Chicago poet Shel Silverstein. If you only make it to Millennium Park once this summer, this is your show.
GO: July 13 at 6:30. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph. millenniumpark.org
farrago Vintage Base Ball Game
Seriously, they spelled it that way in the old days. Lovers of America’s pastime can see how the game was played in the 1850s (no spitting, no sliding, no cursing—and no juicing, we presume) when the Chicago Salmon vintage team mounts an exhibition game.
GO: July 12 at 1. Berens Park, 493 Oaklawn Ave, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org
PHOTOGRAPH: Liz Lauren