June brought the theoretical begin of summer time, with some weirdly cool solstice climate, but the pit-drenching temps of actual summer time have arrived, too. Meaning it’s finally time for perhaps probably the most enjoyable, and positively most sweaty, time in Chicago: three or so months of road festivals, music festivals and patio consuming, and you can now get to all of it by way of scooters that may infuriate your neighbors for some cause.
The aforementioned festivals, festivals and patio events hit exhausting in July, so listed here are our picks for the perfect things happening every week this month in Logan and nearby areas. Get out there and luxuriate in!
Monday, July 1: Canada Day @ Lost Lake, 5 p.m.
A number of days before you wearily have fun America in 2019, take the opportunity to honor a country whose chief can type a coherent sentence. The drinks, food and even the very individuals of Canada (in the type of visitor Canadian bartenders and Canadian chef William Serre) will get things all maple-leafy for you at Lost Lake (3154 W. Diversey Ave.). Cocktails will function Canadian manufacturers like Lot 40 rye whiskey, and you may snack on poutine and a delicious-sounding maple-braised pork belly.
Enjoying off the current rage for “I’m shifting to Canada jokes,” the occasion will increase funds for Organized Communities Towards Deportations, to assist those getting into at our other border who are in precise want of asylum. Oops, that obtained heavy—however it provides me a chance for probably the most Canadian of activities: an apology. Sorry.
Wednesday, July 3: Cheesie’s Truck: @ Sleeping Village (Avondale), 5 p.m–9 p.m.
Lubricate your BBQ-swallowing tubes the day before the 4th with some wholesome servings of molten cheese—identical to George Washington did earlier than crossing the Delaware (I’m pretty positive). Cheesie’s Truck involves Sleeping Village’s (3734 W. Belmont Ave.) patio to sling tater tots and fancy grilled cheeses. Try out The Frenchie, to honor our Gallic allies within the Revolutionary Conflict. This sandwich comes full of American cheese, mozzarella, thick-cut bacon and more. From the parents behind The Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Sleeping Village provides 56 drafts of beer and cider to scrub down all the greasy goodness.
Thursday, Independence Day: July 4 Rocks @ Moe’s Tavern, eight:30 p.m.
You’re going to barbecue. You’re going to day drink. You’re going to worry about work duties while smiling and pretending to take heed to your neighbor speak about baseball or one thing. However after all the requisite July 4 actions, go take a look at slightly, loud rock show at Moe’s (2937 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Because the beloved, in-no-way-Simpsons-related dive says, “it’s good to know that we will still keep on rockin’ within the semi-free world.”
Friday, July 5: New Wave Dance Celebration @ Beat Kitchen (Roscoe Village), 7 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
The ’80s did a number of things flawed, however in New Wave music, the decade did a variety of things right. Make your approach over to Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont Ave.) in Roscoe Village (just a brief bus journey) to bop so arduous individuals will assume you’re nonetheless indignant about Ronald Reagan getting elected president (and AREN’T you??). Full-band tributes to The Remedy, The Smiths, and Echo & The Bunnymen shall be current.
Make your approach over to Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont Ave.) in Roscoe Village (only a brief bus journey) to bop so exhausting individuals will assume you’re still indignant about Ronald Reagan getting elected president (and AREN’T you??). Photograph: David J. Hanus
Sunday, July 7: Sunday Morning Coming Down @ Sleeping Village (Avondale), 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Stumble via a hard-earned, American hangover—or just wrestle by means of the world weariness brought on by *indicates every thing happening*—with soothing nation music and breakfast meals. The Sunday Morning Coming Down band promises sluggish, lazy tunes that may make Kris Kristofferson proud. So discover your cleanest dirty shirt, wash your face and comb your hair, and stumble down the street to Sleeping Village (3734 W. Belmont Ave.).
Wednesday, July 10: Do Not Submit @ Webster Wine Bar, 7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Everyone’s received a minimum of one good story in ’em. So come on right down to Webster’s (2601 N. Milwaukee Ave.) to share what occurred at that terrible hostel in Paris or how your dad humiliated you at your bat mitzvah and even, like, a great memory or one thing—no matter you like! And even in case you’re too shy to share, A) Webster’s has loads of superb purple and white (and rosé) liquid braveness and, B) You possibly can all the time just take heed to other individuals’s tales. Signal-up starts at 7 p.m., storytelling at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday , July 11: Metropolis Late Night time @ Metropolis Lit Books, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
We’re all still mourning the loss (to Logan Square) of Uncharted Books, together with its wonderful occasions lineup, however City Lit (2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.) remains! The City Late Night time occasion mixes the sensibilities of a late-night speak show with these of a book-store studying collection, with just a little “Twilight Zone” thrown in to weird issues up a bit. This version tackles fame.
Thursday, July 11: Women of Logan Pop-Up Networking @ Ampersand, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
A pair of feminine business house owners in Logan Square—Kelly Marie Thompson of Fleur (2651 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and Mary Nisi of Ampersand co-work (3317 W. Fullerton Ave.)—just lately launched an occasion collection to showcase women-owned Logan businesses. The collection, beginning with this event, additionally goals to assist these businesswomen network and study from each other. Thursday’s event will work so much like a craft show, with ladies distributors sharing their wares.
Thompson and Nisi purpose to “create a group of ‘badass’ ladies” with the collection, they stated in a Block Membership article concerning the challenge. Test it out, and for those who’d wish to take part, e-mail Thompson at [email protected] or Nisi at [email protected] And if you want to attend the free occasion and help local artists, RSVP.
Wednesday July 10: Moon Landing/Cosmos @ Comfort Station, 8:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
This month marks 50 years since humanity obtained so sick of each other that three of us simply packed up and went to the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin bounced round on that massive wheel of cheese in the sky while Michael Collins orbited, weighing whether or not or not he needed to convey these two show-offs back house with him. The 50th anniversary of that Apollo 11 mission arrives July 20, to be precise, but Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.) has some early enjoyable for all you eager lunatics: The venue’s movie collection will air 16mm NASA films from the moon-landing era out of Craig Baldwin’s private assortment. Famed area nut (the popular term is cosmologist) Carl Sagan may even make an look, in a half-episode of the beloved pop-sci collection “Cosmos.” Screening happens, climate allowing, on the Consolation Station garden.
Friday, July 19: Scary Story Time @ Bucket O’ Blood (Avondale), 9 p.m.–MIDNIGHT (ooOOOoohhh!!).
They scared the crap proper out of you in center faculty, in all probability (or earlier, or later, I don’t understand how previous you’re): The “Scary Stories to Inform within the Dark” ebook collection, with its creepy retellings of folks tales and concrete legends, also produced a number of the most banned books of all time. The violent stories and the ghoulish black and white and pink illustrations received the titles on lame church women’ shit lists but in addition made the books beloved amongst pre-goth little readers. A documentary concerning the collection, “Scary Stories,” involves DVD July 16, and Bucket o’ Blood Books and Data (3182 N. Elston Ave.) is internet hosting a free screening, complete with dim lights, campfire refreshments and a “cross the flashlight story hour.” Don’t stroll residence alone.
Friday, July 19: Ninth Anniversary @ Cafe Mustache, 7 a.m.–2 a.m.
For just one yr shy of a decade, Cafe Mustache (92313 N. Milwaukee Ave.) has glad your need for a late-morning latte (I’ve seen when clientele begins stumbling in Sunday “mornings”), tempted you with the scrumptious aroma of vegan chili and helped you make the transition from working-day caffeine to happy-hour Previous Fashion. Have fun 9 years of success in the incredibly robust business of small cafe ownership by dropping some change on espresso, eats or alcohol—or all three directly, in case you can deal with it.
Frank Nielsen acting at Cafe Mustache. Photograph: Gabriel Skvor
Saturday, July 20: Silent Get together ’90s Version @ The Native, 10 p.m.–1 a.m.
At The Native’s (2417 N. Milwaukee Ave.) Silent Events, you get the enjoyable of a DJ dance social gathering without the inescapable noise. Just lease a set of headphones, and you may decide from among three reside DJs competing in your favor. Simply pop off the headphones if and whenever you’d truly like to speak to your folks. Even higher: This one’s all concerning the indisputably biggest period in fashionable music history. Native’s vinyl spinners will deal with you to Bill Clinton-era various, hip-hop and prime 40.
Saturday, July 20: Pitchfork Aftershow @ Sleeping Village (Avondale), 10 p.m.–1 a.m.
The Pitchfork Music Pageant arrives this weekend, and just perhaps you might have the power to spend all day within the scorching sun at Union Park, then hit some aftershows. Or perhaps you’d quite skip the pageant itself and just keep near residence with some Logan-area follow-ups. The first one in the neighborhood occurs July 20 at Sleeping Village (3734 W. Belmont Ave.), that includes Amen Dunes, the solo/aspect undertaking of singer-songwriter Damon McMahon. In case you can’t make that one, take a look at Khruangbin the subsequent night time at the similar venue. The Texas trio with eclectic influences and musical pursuits will host a DJ set.
Sunday, July 21: Alcoholics Synonymous reads “The Rum Diary” @ Paladar, 9 p.m.–11 p.m.
Delivered to you by the parents at Bucket o’ Blood (3182 N. Elston Ave.), the punkish e-book club Alcoholics Synonymous comes to Logan’s Paladar (2252 N. Western Ave.) to discuss Hunter S. Thompson’s “The Rum Diary.” A near-perfect pairing with the rum-centric Cuban restaurant Paladar, “The Rum Diary” explores a wild, rum-fueled love triangle in Puerto Rico. Paladar gives “genuine Cuban delicacies” based mostly on household recipes and “earns excessive marks for its in depth rum choice and cocktail listing,” in accordance with Chicago Eater.
Sunday, July 21: Play/Paws with The Age of Bronze and Donna Diane @ Native, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
The Native’s (2417 N. Milwaukee Ave.) weekly summer time patio collection treats you to stripped-down versions of local acts’ tunes, all to profit local animal shelters. This Sunday, Saves the Day bassist Rodrigo Palma headlines, together with his solo challenge The Age of Bronze. And ensure you take a look at the spectacular wail of Donna Diane, lead singer for local, heavy-hitting two-piece Djunah.
Friday, July 26-Sunday, July 28: Wicker Park Fest @ Milwaukee Avenue (Wicker Park).
Logan Sq. partisan that I’m, I’ll admit that our neighbor down the Blue Line, Wicker Park, has some issues to supply, one among them being the huge Wicker Park Fest. The fest touts its title as “Chicago’s Greatest Road Pageant of the Summer time,” granted by the Tribune, which is saying one thing in a city full of virtually too many summer time road fests. For me, this yr’s value it just for the Screaming Females set Friday at 9 p.m., a band equal elements shreddy, screamy and groovy. Different massive names embrace Wavves and Homicide by Dying. New this yr, you’ll be able to be a part of a silent social gathering, with reside DJs beaming tunes to your headphones, and a stay printing demo and give-away from Transit Tees (1371 N. Milwaukee Ave.). There’s additionally an Arts Space and a Youngsters Fest, along with all of the meals and purchasing options you’ve come to anticipate from a road truthful.
Wednesday, July 31:Lollapalooza Aftershow GothBoiClique @ Logan Square Auditorium, 6 p.m.–10 p.m.
You’ve barely caught your breath from Pitchfork (or from going to at least one Pitchfork aftershow), and it’s already time for Lollapalooza (or one Lollapalooza aftershow)! This one brings the emo/hip-hop hybrid of GothBoiClique to the Logan Sq. Auditorium (2539 N. Kedzie Blvd.) I’m not making up that style, btw. Right here’s Skullcandy on the group: “They’re the intersection of retro emo … and ’90s Memphis-goth-rap-revivalism.” You need to be capable of spot those influences fairly simply, too. “Samples aren’t restricted to soul loops; in this world, you’ll find chops of The Postal Service, The Microphones or American Football,” Skullcandy writes. You’ll be able to take a look at extra Lolla aftershows on the Logan Auditorium, as well as Sleeping Village, Aug. 1 and a couple of.
Wednesday, July 31: Harry Potter Recreation Night time @ Volumes Bookcafe (Wicker Park), 7 p.m.–9 p.m.
One other factor Wicker Park has going for it? Volumes Bookcafe (1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.), and the gem of a bookstore/cafe/occasion area has one thing special for all you Potterheads for the bespectacled wizard’s birthday. Come play Potter-themed trivia and video games for prizes, including Hogwarts-appropriate swag, present playing cards and books from Volumes. Signal-up is old style: Ship an owl. Simply kidding, but will probably be a paper sign-up sheet you can be a part of by stopping by the store or calling at (773) 697-8066. Teams of 4 to 6 can participate.
Wednesday, July 31: Fan Movies Earlier than YouTube @ Comfort Station, eight p.m.–10 p.m.
Able to see some awkward Spider-Man costumes and some equally awkward (if no more so) appearing? In fact you’re! These fan-made superhero and sci-fi films from the pre-internet days pair infectious enthusiasm with endearingly clunky special effects. Take pleasure in titles you’re positive to adore, like “The Unimaginable Hulk vs. the Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Factor” (1982) and “The Two Docs and the Anti-Matter Menace” (1984). Screenings happen on the Consolation Station (2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.) lawn, climate allowing.
Featured photograph: Steve Weishampel