But open them at your own risk.
A journey into the heart of Illinois’s bureaucratic darkness: the state capital
With youth sports leagues and summer jobs programs, Englewood community groups will try to keep kids occupied and out of harm’s way.
110 summery things to do, every day from now until Labor Day 2013
Summer Guide: camp in the hills, ride the Bluegrass Parkway, and Shakespeare in the park
Summer Guide: 110 things to do this summer
Whether you like your summer weekends loud with a side of light beer or a little more eclectic, the options for fairs and festivals that suit your mood are plentiful. Admission fees listed for most neiighborhood festivals are suggested donations for charity or community projects. May International Mr. Leather Chicago’s homegrown leather-man competition packs the […]
So you’ve always wanted to kayak, swim, jet-ski, surf, or sail. Chicago water sports are for the aquatically adept as well as those who wouldn’t know a paddle from a poodle—plenty of options let you sit back, sip a cocktail, and let someone else do all the work. Canoeing and Kayaking Chicago River Canoe and […]
From Lake Shore Drive to the North Shore, from earliest morning to the middle of the night, from clothed to fully naked—in the summer, Chicago bike enthusiasts take their pick of roads, rides, and races. Bike the Drive The city closes Lake Shore Drive to cars and opens it to bikes for this annual event […]
Hey all you cocktail-loving, pizza-eating, cruise-taking canines: Here are five events to which you’re more than welcome to bring your well-behaved human. Sip & Give dog-friendly cocktail party A dog-friendly cocktail party/fund-raiser to benefit Found, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of dogs and cats that would otherwise be euthanized. […]
Little City Book Fair Billed as the largest used book sale in the midwest, this annual sale also offers CDs, DVDs, comic books, and collectibles. Proceeds benefit the Little City Foundation, which supports children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. 8/19-8/21: Fri 5-10 PM, Sat 10 AM-9 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM, Harper […]
Mud pits, banana costumes, ice cream flavor identification . . . these are some of the summer’s more idiosyncratic competitive events. Most require advance registration, with prices—listed per person unless otherwise noted—increasing as race dates approach. Urban Assault Ride In teams of two, cycling scavenger hunters head to a dozen-odd checkpoints, stopping for activities like […]
This year there are more farmers’ markets to choose from than ever, from Green City Market and the large city-sponsored one in Federal Plaza to markets in so-called food deserts like Pullman and Lawndale. Our annual guide follows. MONDAY Loyola 3:30-6 PM, 6/6-10/17, 6542 N. Sheridan TUESDAY City Farm Market Stand 3-6:30 PM Tue-Fri, 7/12-9/30, […]
Hundreds of the city’s restaurants and bars set up outdoor dining catering to customers starved for summer. We’ve selected 25 notable spots, including some newcomers; for complete alfresco listings search under “features” at chicagoreader.com/chicago/RestaurantFinder/Page. 90 Miles Cuban Cafe | Wicker Park/Bucktown | $ The second outpost of Alberto and Christine Gonzalez’s 90 Miles Cuban Cafe […]
“Babes. Bikinis. Bands. Boats. Beer. We think we’ve got it covered!” That’s the loaded promise that greets visitors to Blarney Island’s website. Each of the B-words pops up next to an empty square, which is promptly filled in with a large, exaggerated check mark as calypso music blares. Naturally, the checklist sits next to a […]