Test your mettle at Seinfeld Trivia Night or stuff your face at the Chicago Hot Dog Festival. There’s plenty to do this weekend, and here’s what we recommend:
Fri 8/11: The DuSable Museum of African American History (740 E. 56th) celebrates renowned and versatile artist Margaret Burroughs for her immense contributions to the youth art movement in Chicago. Night at the DuSable is organized by teens, for teens, and showcases plenty of poetry and fashion. 5-11 PM, $2, first 25 people free
Fri 8/11: These stand-ups are going to let it all hang out. Emotionally. The You Are Beautiful sticker project teams up with Chicago comedians for Strip Joker, an evening of laughter, body positivity, and a whole lot of nudity at Uptown Underground (4707 N. Broadway). Featuring performances by Shannon Noll, Maya May, and Adam Gilbert. 8 PM, $20
Fri 8/11-Sun 8/13: The Chicago Hot Dog Fest celebrates this town’s enduring love for relish-covered, mustard-drenched encased meet. Located at the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark), the festival features bites from local vendors and a Prince tribute performance by Robert Cornelius & Friends. Fri-Sat 11 AM-9 PM, Sun 11 AM-8 PM, $5 suggested donation
Fri favorite teddy bear, Ron Funches, graces the stage at Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport). Funches’s giggly laughter (sometimes due to his own silliness) and general goofiness make for a smile-filled stand-up show. 7:30 PM, $26
Sat 8/12: A.J. Hudson’s Public House (3801 N. Ashland) hosts AlphaBeer, a journey through craft brews from A to Z—like, actually a beer from every letter of the alphabet. 3-6 PM, $50, $250 for a table
Sat 8/12: Chance the Rapper adds “grand marshal” to his resumé at the Bud Billiken Parade (King Dr. and Oakwood), themed “Honoring Hometown Heroes.” The day features local bands, drill teams, marching units, and floats. 10 AM
Sat 8/12: Femininity is always complex, sometimes obscene, and often reduced to something all-too simple. The 18 artists of Sucias ( is Spanish for “dirty”) aim to demolish these stereotypes and norms, celebrating the , hilarity, and intricacy of womanhood. Curated by Chloë and located at Hoofprint (2433 S. Oakley). 7-11 PM
Sun 8/12: Test your knowledge at Seinfeld Trivia Night at the Dive (12 S. Michigan). Prizes include a round of drinks and (more importantly) a car-battery-sized block of cheese, so make sure to study up. Hosted by Lindsay Nass and Reader alum Kevin Warwick. 5-10 PM
Sun 8/13: Chicago came into being as an industrial city, a national hub for the transport of hard goods like steel and concrete. The new anthology Rust Belt Chicago, a Belt Publishing venture, explores the dichotomy existing today in the city between its working-class roots and its cosmopolitan, gentrifying present. Essays, poems, and articles, edited by Martha Bayne, will be shared at Hideout’s (1354 W. Wabansia) release party.
For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.