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Posts from July 2015

Cozy Up to Chicago's Best S'mores Desserts

Friday, July 24, 2015 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

'Tis the season for camping and fireside noshing, but since actual campfires can be hard to come by in city limits, restaurants are bringing the Americana pastime to you. Nothing captures edible outdoor nostalgia quite like a good s'more, something handily available at a number of restaurants in Chicago. And you don't even need to worry about bug spray!

Weekend Alert: July 24-26

Thursday, July 23, 2015 12:00 AM by Julian Zeng

Beach Volleyball

So. You've found yourself in Chicago in July. You may be wondering what there is to do this weekend. Well wonder no more, because your Weekend Alert is here! Look at this list below and you'll soon figure out why Chicago is the best place to be during the summer. Or really, any time of year. Gosh you're lucky to be in town *wipes away single tear*.

About Face Youth Ensemble

The sparkly hoopla of the 2015 Pride Parade is history, but for the young artists of About Face Theatre, the celebration continues with a new docudrama delving into the history of LGBTQIA Chicagoans. Whether or not you identify as L, B, G, T, I, Q or A  (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual and Allies of all the above), "15 Breaths" promises to be a compelling exploration of a vibrant, important Chicago community. Opening today, July 23, "15 Breaths" will run through August 6, including four free performances in collaboration with Chicago's Night Out in the Parks program.

Chicago Bridgehouse

In 1862, Chicagoan Juliette Kinzie noted that the land near what would become the DuSable Bridge (commonly known as the Michigan Avenue Bridge) was “a low wet prairie, scarcely affording good walking in the driest summer weather, while at other seasons it was absolutely impassable.” In our own time, thousands of people pass over the bridge on this site without knowing its fascinating history or about the technology that makes the bridge such a wonder.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

When the Goodman Theatre extended director Steve Scott's goofy/profound production of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" through August 2, they gave new life to playwright Christopher Durang's Tony-winning, highly hilarious tale of siblings mired in a Chekhovian crisis and their flamboyantly clairvoyant housekeeper.

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