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The Best Things to Do in Chicago This August, in One Giant List

...the latest of its impeccably sung, indomitably upbeat musical offerings. $55–$65. Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark. blackensembletheater.org

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...on Europe’s early response to Nazism. Matt Hawkins directs. $24–$28. Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. strawdog.org

Through 8/24 Tommy Lee Johnston’s new comedy centers on a painfully shy 30-year-old named Jack who gets a job at a retirement home. When the residents take him under their collective wing, it’s heartwarming life lessons all around. $25–$35. Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr. redtwist.org

...group. Needless to say, things do not go as planned. $20–$86. Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted. steppenwolf.org

...in the Midwest thanks to Sideshow Theatre Company. $20–$25. Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater 2433 N. Lincoln. sideshowtheatre.org

...goods somehow darkens to include murder, mayhem, and lethal cake balls. $5–$20. Prop Theater, 3502 N. Elston. thefactorytheater.com

...also see the plays divvied up into smaller chunks of time. $30–$75. Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee. the-hypocrites.com

...a paper-thin love story involving the man behind the mole. $250–$350. Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn. lookingglasstheatre.org

...for an array of women, ranging from society ladies to prostitutes. $20–$28. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. eclipsetheatre.com

...immigrants working there. Foss aims for the same heart-wrenching, stomach-turning impact. Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway. publicaccesstheatre.org

Through 8/3 Kaiser Ahmed directs the Chicago premiere of Sam Shepard’s 2000 eruption between volatile, combative siblings as they sift through the belongings of their late alcoholic father, who lived in a rundown desert home. $28–$32. Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand. theartistichome.org

...Company (see “What to Do in Chicago in April - Theatre: Comedies”). $37–$50. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. timelinetheatre.com

...s earlier Reasons to Be Pretty (produced at Profiles in 2011). $30–$40. Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway...

...debility than how it affects her complicated yet enduring marriage. $20–22. Steep Theatre Company, 1115 W. Berwyn. steeptheatre.com

...both of whom are seeking solace amid an atmosphere of destruction. $20. Christ Lutheran Church, 4541 N. Spaulding. halcyontheatre.org...

...former featherweight boxer Berry Gordy, Jr. $30–$138. Broadway in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. broadwayinchicago.com

...enthusiasts, and anyone whose heart is two sizes too small. $18–$28. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand. chicagoshakes.com

...s planners set the course for making In C an annual thing. $35–$40. Constellation, 3111 N. Western. constellation-chicago.com

St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron. rushhour.org

...of “Lips Like Sugar”? Today the band tours on a new album, Meteorites. $30. Metro, 3730 N. Clark. metrochicago.com

...any contemporary indie act. English rocker Steve Winwood opens. $51.50–$131.50. United Center, 1901 W. Madison. unitedcenter.com

8/3 at 8 The Irish rockabilly singer and multi-instrumentalist puts a sonic twist on the thoroughly aped sound of Memphis and the American South with traditional instruments such as the bodhrán and jazz-inspired flourishes. $25. Park West, 322 W. Armitage. jamusa.com

...that’s a strong enough profile to sell out theatres. $38.50. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. thechicagotheatre.com

...a sweaty post-Lolla dance party, this is the place to be. Sold out. Aragon, 1106 W Lawrence. aragon.com

...lead the youth culture charge. Sold out except for $3,600 platinum package. Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph. lollapalooza.com

...Alex Wiley, making his first big festival debut. $149 for three-day passes. Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph. northcoastfestival.com

...the air at the Pritzker’s breezy confines. $25–$59.50. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph. jamusa.com

...the South Loop at Columbia College’s Papermaker’s Garden, with objects in the gallery. 619 S. Wabash. colum.edu/ADGallery

...stars Ivan Brunetti and Onsmith and some newcomers from Columbia College’s comic art program. 618 S. Michigan. colum.edu/deps

...of free-flowing energy. Also showing: new work by Tiffany Pascal and Lynn Christine Kelly. 2156 N. Damen. arcgallery.org

...less inclined to invest in experimental electronic art, Bartlett also shows new collages and drawings. 8 S. Michigan, SUITE 620. bgfa.us

...accidental death of thousands of migratory birds as they smash into the city’s skyscrapers. 217 N. Carpenter. chicagoartistscoalition.org

...everything from the “stupid to the sublime.” (Think Joseph Cornell with a sense of humor.) 2124 N. Damen. firecatprojects.org

5020 S. Cornell. hydeparkart.org

Through 8/16 Bourque, Bondgren & Bourbon. Using high-key color and collage, the painters Rob Bondgren and Loretta Bourque create highly charged portraits of gender identities, from the gay male and feminine perspectives. 327 N. Aberdeen. lindawarrenprojects.com

1542 N. Milwaukee. lvl3gallery.com

Through 8/16 Bernard Williams: The Dark Came Down. One can always expect to see formal innovations in a Williams exhibition. New work includes glossy black car bumpers clumped into impressive arrangements on the walls, like giant plastic gargoyle faces. 835 W. Washington. thomasmccormick.com

...seem to slide off the walls, crawl on the floor, and interact with sculptural objects. 1431 W. Chicago. themissionprojects.com

...these curios—all crafted by women (Lilli Carré, Laura Davis, Carol Jackson, and Diane Simpson). 2154 W. Division. moniquemeloche.com

...comeback for him. Also showing: new works by sculptor Lucy Slivinski and painter Ann Worthing. 942 W. Lake. packergallery.com

...heavy doses of humor and horror. A stolen magic bear suit drives the plot here. 1000 N. California. peanutgallerychicago.com

...into brushstrokes. Contorted poses lend a psychological dimension. Also showing: new paintings by Greg Murr. 210 W. Superior. perimetergallery.com

8/1–30 Bob Palmieri: Lies. It’s no wonder that Palmieri’s photographs depict musicians in spirited performance or candid repose, for the photographer is a musician, too. His empathetic vision extends to architectural details and urban inhabitants. 300 W. Superior. rangefindergallery.com

8/16 Summer Shorts. Sometimes a backyard is the perfect site for a summer outdoor theatre. This intimate new series showcases a curated selection of art films and literary reading performances by Chicagoans. (Rain date is 8/17). 1625 N. Richmond. summershortschicago.tumblr.com

...these prints will open your eyes and mind to artistic innovations happening across the pond. 845 W. Washington. westernexhibitions.com

...show, juried by the University of Chicago’s Monika Szewczyk, examines the power of text. 685 N. Milwaukee. womanmade.org

111 S. Michigan. artic.edu

...immense contribution to the design field. Rick Valicenti, founder of the design firm Thirst, curates. 78 E. Washington. chicagoculturalcenter.org

...typography. A historical overview of Chicago design innovations complements the new projects. Block Thirty Seven, 108 N. State. chidm.com

...Also showing: Fires Will Burn: Politically Engaged Art from the Permanent Collection (through 12/21). 935 W. Fullerton. museums.depaul.edu

...but the standout may be Haw, whose powerful portraits express everything from womanhood to mortality. 100 W. Randolph. museum.state.il.us

...crumbs and dust left over from those who came before us. Spare, haunting images predominate. 600 S. Michigan. mocp.org

...homegrown glitch art movement. Expect lots of artfully manipulated GIFs, bent circuits, and static noise. 2320 W. Chicago. uima-chicago.org

...60 now-iconic photos. Mon–Sat 9:30–4:30, Sun 12–5. $12–$14. 1601 N. Clark. chicagohistory.org

...just for one day. The colorful paintings include diverse techniques, from mosaic to textile design. 3015 W. Division. iprac.org

...a million people each year, making it one of the largest festivals in the Midwest. 1400 W. Cermak. fiestadelsol.org

Through 9/14 Learn and execute new dance steps to a live band or people-watch like crazy at this popular city-sponsored dance party. Free. Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan. cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_summerdance.html

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  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    This place seems to have finally opened! Some reviews have appeared on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/eats-and-sweets-cafe-chicago-2. Has anyone gone in to try it out?

  • Yes, we enjoyed it and have been back again (easy since is so close). I don't know that I saw chicken pot pie Feihong but they have duck & waffles sandwich. I have not yet had savory food, just breakfast & baked goods. They seem to have more non-bakery options...

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    Yes, we enjoyed it and have been back again (easy since is so close). I don't know that I saw chicken pot pie Feihong but they have duck & waffles sandwich. I have not yet had savory food, just breakfast & baked goods. They seem to have more non-bakery options than Angel Food but fewer bakery items. I read the Yelp reviews and probably pretty fair, is fine but seems a little disorganized still (they didn't have a box the right size to fit my baked good order and it wasn't a matter of running out of it. But I have noticed some changes as they've gone along so maybe they're taking feedback into consideration.

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guy with mask at health club

I keep seeing this guy wearing some sort of gas mask while working out at the new(er) LA Fitness near Ravenswood Station. Anyone know what gives? I'd ask him myself, but I'm afraid he'll get ticked off and hit me. He's kinda scarey looking to begin with.
It's really freaking me out.

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Maybe you could ask him to get a mask with a less threatening color. The default black color does make the wearer look rather Bane-y. But they sell the mask in other colors as well. Perhaps blue, green, or, dare I say, bright pink?

  • Jessi J NOH, my other car is a lotus blossom.

    I just got back from a vacation in the Colorado Rockies. We went up to almost 13k feet. It was such a ridiculous feat hiking up there. I read up on acclimation last week. Being at a higher elevation increases red blood cells, so the body gets more oxygen at...

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    I just got back from a vacation in the Colorado Rockies. We went up to almost 13k feet. It was such a ridiculous feat hiking up there. I read up on acclimation last week. Being at a higher elevation increases red blood cells, so the body gets more oxygen at a quicker pace. This is super helpful for the times when the person is not elevated or in the mask, because having more oxygen PLUS extra red blood cells gives the body a major boost when working out. I started a regime last week to take advantage of my acclimatization, and it made circuit training a breeze! I had been wondering how athletes could take advantage without getting out to the mountains...

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New Restaurants To Check Out in Chicago This Week

Two restaurant shutters of note: over the weekend, Filipino-flavored fried chicken joint Pecking Order (4416 N. Clark St., Uptown) and seafood-and-absinthe spot the Savoy (1408 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park) both closed up after impressive runs.

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Open now: For all those times you want pulled pork sandwiches on waffles during your lunch break, there’s now Porkchop Express (555 S. Dearborn St., South Loop, 312-583-9333), a to-go-friendly version of Porkchop near Printer’s Row.

Open now: Talk about a rapid expansion. Le Pain Quotidien has opened up its third location, this time in the Gold Coast (10 E. Delaware Pl., 312-380-6665), just a few months after its first foray into the Chicago market.

Friday, August 1: Wake up! Reverie (414 N. Orleans St., River North, 312-467-4141), an Asian-influenced regional American restaurant-slash-sports bar from Rodelio Aglibot (Earth+Ocean, Yum Cha), is no longer just a dream.

Pretty drinking environment alert: Celeste (111 W. Hubbard St., River North, 312-828-9000) has opened its rooftop patio known as the Garden, and...

Say farewell to Thomas Raquel, the Acadia (1639 S. Wabash Ave., South Loop, 312-360-9500) pastry chef who is off to New York to lead the dessert program at the three-Michelin-starred Le Bernardin. Taking over for him is Ji Yoon, whose résumé includes stints at the Gage, Boka, and Blackbird.

Two restaurant shutters of note: over the weekend, Filipino-flavored fried chicken joint Pecking Order (4416 N. Clark St., Uptown) and seafood-and-absinthe spot the Savoy (1408 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park) both closed up after impressive runs.

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THEATER REVIEW The Marvelous Marvelettes

Playwright: Reginald Williams. At: Black Ensemble, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; www.blackensemble.org; $55-$65. Runs through: Sept. 7

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Cars (and bikes) not stopping at stop signs in Ravenswood

I walk home from the Metra up to Foster Ave, usually on Wolcott. Seems like almost every day the cars in the area either do rolling stops, don't seem to stop at all, or take off when I'm halfway through the crosswalk. Also, bikes will blow through signs in this area as well, without even pausing - and the ones on sidewalks around blind corners have almost hit me on more than one occasion. Is there anything to be done?...

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I walk home from the Metra up to Foster Ave, usually on Wolcott. Seems like almost every day the cars in the area either do rolling stops, don't seem to stop at all, or take off when I'm halfway through the crosswalk. Also, bikes will blow through signs in this area as well, without even pausing - and the ones on sidewalks around blind corners have almost hit me on more than one occasion. Is there anything to be done? It doesn't seem like there is any police presence in the area, so it goes unnoticed. I don't like having to worry when I'm following the laws and being a safe pedestrian, that I'll be hit by a car or bike.

  • The new pedestrian "refuge" islands on Lawrence, complete with clear signage, are mainly ignored as well. Another great sting location if they want to hit a main road...

  • BerkeleyGirl Winnemac Park

    Brian, if only there were a camera filming the northern crosswalk across Dearborn at Randolph, between McD's and Petterino's. It's insane!!! Honestly, in all my years, I've never seen anything like it. People of all ages/races/genders walking against red lights like they're not even there. Considering that I strongly believe that there are far more reckless drivers than pedestrians, I want to yell at them: You're not helping!!!

    This thread is making me very frustrated that I can't make the CAPS meeting this Wednesday at Ravenswood Covenant Church.

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The Last Pit Stop BBQ

Has anyone been yet? What were your experiences? Yelp seemed sort of mixed, would love to know if others have been there. I expected that they would have some bumps (everyone does when they first open), but that they should smooth out in time. I would love to see another restaurant in the neighborhood last!

  • My wife got the ribs which were fantastic and the coleslaw and sweet potato fries were great too. My brisket and mac and cheese much less so. We'd go back for the ribs though!

  • RoseRed 13 years in Chicago, 2 years in Lincoln Square

    I went a couple of days after they opened and hope they will improve with time. The boyfriend and I got the pulled pork sandwiches. The pork was clumpy and extremely dry and the sauce tasted like it was out of a bottle. I had the baked beans and they absolutely came from a can. The boyfriend got the sweet potato fries and they were soggy.
    The service was slow and confused.
    We'll be giving it a few months and will try it again before completely giving up!

Jul 23

Updated 3 days ago

How's the new Mediterranean restaurant on Wolcott/Montrose?

Looks like it's grand opening was yesterday...no reviews yet.

  • So things that exist: sucuk trash kabob. Pity the poor advertising firm that has to make THAT sound appealing. :-)

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Yeah, I feel like maybe they should spell it "sujuk" instead, which is closer to how the manager pronounced it (it's also how it's spelled on Wikipedia). If your eyesight isn't good, it looks almost looks like Jennifer ordered "suck trash kabob".

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Op-Ed: Shootings, stabbing, carjacking erase aura of Lakeview tranquility, many crimes go unaddressed and unreported

...a.m. Sunday morning while sitting in the driver’s seat of a car near Montrose and Malden in Uptown, where violence and gangs are not uncommon. Lamb was pronounced dead at Advocate...

A passing 19th District officer discovered Lamb in his car at Montrose and Paulina, just blocks from the Mayor’s heavily guarded residence on Hermitage. Lamb’s brother and a woman were in the car at the time. The woman was treated and released after suffering minor injuries.

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A 25-year old Hispanic man was shot and wounded on Sheffield near Belmont early on the morning of June 30. In addition, two women were shot in Lincoln Park near Montrose Harbor on the evening of Sunday, June 29. A teen was also shot shortly after on the 4500 block of N. Broadway.

A 25-year old Hispanic man was shot and wounded on Sheffield near Belmont early on the morning of June 30. In addition, two women were shot in Lincoln Park near Montrose Harbor on the evening of Sunday, June 29. A teen was also shot shortly after on the 4500 block of N. Broadway.

Police now warn that the Addison and Clark intersection and surrounding area requires extreme vigilance during late night and early morning hours due to the prevalence of many predators.

...wagon and threw her to the pavement as she idled at a stop sign at Waveland and Janssen 8:55 p.m. Friday night. The vehicle with Connecticut license plates was last seen...

A man was accosted by five black men near Addison and Lakewood and robbed of his iPhone around 2 a.m. Sunday morning. The offenders fled the...

...on Addison. A man was robbed of his iPhone at the high-crime intersection of Halsted and Roscoe 3:20 a.m. Sunday morning by a black man wearing a red jacket that...

...a red jacket that has leather patches. Also, a bartender was attacked and robbed near Clark St. and Newport by three black males who took his wallet containing credit cards and identification. The robbers...

...13 to 15 robberies had occurred over the past few weeks in the robbery-plagued 900 block of W. Belmont Ave. The continuation of robberies in this area are unaddressed by city agencies that might formulate...

A passing unmarked CPD unit arrested one robber but four other offenders escaped after the thieves accosted a man in front of the now shuttered Tabou Tabou store, 854 W. Belmont, 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

A man was pepper-sprayed, beaten, and robbed of his white iPhone 5s by two black females and one black male with sagging black jeans on the 3300 block of N. Broadway 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The robbers were last seen fleeing southbound on Broadway toward Belmont.

A man was pepper-sprayed, beaten, and robbed of his white iPhone 5s by two black females and one black male with sagging black jeans on the 3300 block of N. Broadway 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The robbers were last seen fleeing southbound on Broadway toward Belmont.

A Lakeview woman reported being tackled from behind and robbed by a black male near Diversey and Sheffield 3:40 a.m. Saturday morning and robbed of her brown Swiss Army bag that...

Jul 19

Updated 4 days ago

Great cook and good with kids needs room to rent

Looking to rent a room near my job in Ravenswood (or on L/bus lines to get me there). It is a small entrepreneurial company who helps nonprofits with digital marketing, so money is still tight and can only afford to pay up to $450. I'm quiet, easy going and happy to contribute in other ways:

* Am a great cook--healthy and tasty meals usually--but can also make the "comfort foods" we all love too.

* Some child care--as the eldest...

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Looking to rent a room near my job in Ravenswood (or on L/bus lines to get me there). It is a small entrepreneurial company who helps nonprofits with digital marketing, so money is still tight and can only afford to pay up to $450. I'm quiet, easy going and happy to contribute in other ways:

* Am a great cook--healthy and tasty meals usually--but can also make the "comfort foods" we all love too.

* Some child care--as the eldest of 7, helped raise my younger siblings, plus recently I've taken care of my friends' kids when they've gone out for the evening & when they've gone to Europe for 2 weeks. Can provide references

* Have 20+ years in sales & marketing, so if you need some help with marketing your business--or just need someone to type your manuscript--happy to help.

* Some personal care assistance--worked in a hospital many years ago plus experience working with family members who have challenges (my 25 year old niece was born with a neural tube disorder and my aunt had ALS)--so could provide some assistance to you.

I'm a nonsmoker and I don't drink (food allergy). My cat is quiet and shy--and we are looking to move by August 1st. Look forward to meeting you!

  • Feihong EveryBlock developer, Lincoln Square dweller

    Catherine, you still haven't turned on the personal message function. To turn it on, you need to go to the top right dropdown with your username on it, and select "Manage your account settings", then "Email", and finally check the box that reads "Allow logged-in EveryBlock users to email you via your public profile page".

  • Catherine Dennis Artistic and Professional--with a Cat

    Feihong,

    Thank you for alerting me! I thought I had enabled that but obviously hadn't. Appreciate all that you do to keep us functioning! :-)

    All the best,

    Cassie

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Parking Wanted Close to Hermitage/Winnamac

Hi All,

Just purchased a condo last month near Hermitage and Winnamac...and would love to find parking for rent near by. Please let me know if you know of anything. Thanks!

  • RavensMaven 5000 Ravenswood Neighbors

    I have a garage space available in the first alley west of the Metra tracks and north of Wiinemac, pegidy50@msn.com

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Keyshop Supplies

Hey neighbors,

Anybody know anyone interested in keymaking supplies? A friend is going out of business and has a two cutting machines, a lot of blanks ,display, etc...

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Updated 5 days ago

no parking on damen/wilson

Anyone know why the east side of damen in the n 4500 block has no parking signs during the day? I see no activity there.

  • No department listed. Just one of those white signs with red and black lettering.

  • Could it be tree trimming operations? We just got post cards notifying us of tree trimming in our neighborhood from ComEd.

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