If you're looking to kick summer in the gut with one of the season's best neighborhood festivals or mimic the exaggerated on-stage hip thrusts of Mick Jagger, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The city has a block party in West Town, a 3-D concert and identical twins sharing the stage for a weekend of standup. Only in Chicago. Show out, it's time to make weekend plans.
Do-Division is undoubtedly one of Chicago's best street festivals, a meaningful tribute in its own right. With an entertainment lineup curated by the Empty Bottle and Subterranean, a sidewalk sale featuring the area's in boutiques and designer pop-up shops, this will be 10 block's worth of West Town flavor. Don't forget jean shorts/beer money.
Turkey's been inhabited since the Paleolithic era, so they've worked out all the beats on coffee, baklava and handmade jewelry. Chicago Turkish Festival, which runs from 10AM - 9PM tomorrow and Saturday, is a celebration of Turkish culture. Expect two full days of gourmet food, music and whirling dervishes in Pioneer Court.
Mick Jagger's still wearing skin tight leather pants and throwing on-stage bicycle kicks. That's a show unnerving/awesome enough to shell out $300 for a ticket. The Rolling Stone's current tour, titled 50 and Counting, plays tomorrow night and June 3 at the United Center (8PM start). Their 23 song set list plays like a sing-a-long record of greatest hits. Expect a "Get Off of My Cloud" opener, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" encore and, at some point, for your mom to spaz hard in the aisle to a spirited rendition of "Jumpin' Jack Flash".
If you watch as much TV as I do, you come across the Sklar Brothers regularly while channel surfing. These guys are like the Starbucks of deep cable, they're everywhere you turn. The identical twins bring their standup act to Chicago with a weekend-long performance schedule at UP Comedy Club.
Well, it was inevitable. The 3-D phenomenon has transcended the movie theater and now it's taking over the concert hall. This summer, the band Primus is pioneering a George Lucas-inspired 3-D concert experience. We're just happy Katy Perry or Justin Bieber didn't beat Les Claypool to the punch. This one night only event is a trippy capstone to a wild weekend. Good luck waking up Monday morning.
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