Weekends. They only come like once a week and there's a lot of pressure on you to get them right. Luckily, we're here to help. As Chicago's cultural compass, we're obliged to point you in the right direction. So, stop trying to position yourself with celestial bodies - let us be your guide. Here are our weekend picks:
EXPO Chicago (9/20-9/23)
This enormous display of contemporary and modern art pieces from throughout the world will have you scratching your chin, tilting your head and asking, "What do you think it means?" in a way that will impress whoever's standing next to you. Don't miss your chance to contemplate existence in this museum-like experience with works from the world's top artists.
Bobcat Goldthwait at UP Comedy Club (9/21-9/23)
You might remember Bobcat Goldthwait from the late 80s as the funny dude on Police Academy. I grew up on Hot to Trot, I'm starved for a sequel. But recently, Goldthwait has been involved behind the scenes as a director for Jimmy Kimmel Live and was soup to nuts involved in the cult classic Windy City Heat, which is possibly the funniest movie ever made (put that in your Netflix queue and thank us later). Goldthwait brings his standup comedy to The Second City's recently opened UP Comedy Club, go if you like laughing.
World Music Festival (9/21-9/27)
There are few things as universal as music. To celebrate our planet's collective love of toe tapping and head bobbing, Chicago has invited renowned musicians from throughout the world for a week-long party with an awesome playlist. In total, there will be more than 70 performances in multiple venues throughout the city. For a detailed list of performers and locations, click here.
"Barbeque" and "ribs," for years they were a cute couple. Like, Zach Efron and Vanessa Hudgens cute. Now, apparently, they're a one-word marriage like "Brangelina," and to celebrate, Wicker Park is hosting the 5th Annual Rib-A-Que. This tasty competition between Chicago's best professional chefs and their at-home cooking contemporaries brings barbeque to tummies in holy matrimony. With hand crafted beers on site and, of course, mouthwatering baby back ribs, everyone is a winner.
Soldier Field sells out every Sunday, but if you're committed member of the "4th Phase" you can find tickets on third party sites like Chicago Bears partner StubHub.com. If you prefer your game experience with more pitchers and less sunshine, there are droves of sports bars that cater to Bears fans. The Fifty/50 is as much a "Bear down" endpoint as it is a math equation - they have, like, 50K TV's (excellent on NFL Sunday, excruciating during Mr. Belvedere marathons on FamilyNet). Timothy O' Toole's is an appropriate substitute to tailgating with late breakfast specials and Gamekeeper's is the perfect place to all-out blitz $1 tacos and Smirnoff Bloody Mary's.
For a detailed and up-to-the-minute calendar of Chicago events, click here.