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What to Do in Chicago This Week: June 10–16

Virgil Abloh, “Dollar a Gallon,” 2018. Installation view, Virgil Abloh: “PAY PER VIEW,” March 16 – April 1, 2018. Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo/Courtesy of the artist.

This week in Chicago, check out the buzziest new art exhibition of the year, witness a hilarious live podcast, feast on ribs, and take Dad to a baseball game for Father’s Day.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Byer/Facebook

June 10: “Figures of Speech” at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 
Is this Chicago’s most-hyped exhibition of the year? It certainly feels so—buzz has been steadily building for designer Virgil Abloh’s first-ever museum survey, which will be accompanied by its own pop-up store. The show will highlight some of Abloh’s most coveted fashion collections but also feature his work in design, music, and even architecture.
—Claire Voon

June 13: Kill Tony Live Podcast at Thalia Hall
Hosted by comedians Tony Hinchcliffe and Brian Redban, ​Kill Tony​ is a weekly live show/podcast recorded at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. The show features the hosts—along with a changing panel of established comics and celebrities—acting as judges for amateur comedians as they perform one minute of material.
Details: June 13, 7 p.m.; $20
—Matty Ryan

June 13: Bubbly Creek Performance Art Assembly at DfbrL8r 
Unlike typical “bubbling creeks,” this branch of the Chicago River froths because of years of sewage dumped into it from meatpacking plants. This three-day event of live performances considers this concerning bit of neighborhood history, with works titled Cross-Contamination, DE-composition, and re.GENERATION.
—Claire Voon

June 14–16: RibFest Chicago
Is there any food more summery than ribs? This might explain the ravenous popularity of North Center’s annual RibFest, back for another weekend-long feast. Taking place by the intersection of Damen, Irving Park, and Lincoln, the fan-favorite festival boasts numerous barbecue eateries from throughout Chicago, along with multiple bands performing live music.
—Matt Kirouac

Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Courtesy of the Chicago Dogs

June 15: Why Won’t You Date Me? With Nicole Byer at Thalia Hall 
Actor-comedian Byer has been busy the past few years. She currently has a show loosely based on her life called ​Loosely Exactly Nicole ​and hosts the baking show ​Nailed It! ​on Netflix. She has also appeared on ​30 Rock, Lady Dynamite, Chelsea Lately, and The Tonight Show,​ among many others. ​Why Won’t You Date Me? i​s Byer’s podcast about dating in the modern landscape and features a wide array of guests. Details: June 15, 6 p.m.; $20–$50
—Matty Ryan

June 16: Father’s Day at the Chicago Dogs Game 
What’s better than seeing a ball game with Dad on his special day? Being able to play catch on the field and meet the team. You can do that and more if you head out to Impact Field in Rosemont to see the Chicago Dogs take on the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Dad can get a chance to shake the hand of legendary pitcher Carlos Zambrano and former Boston Red Sox manager Butch Hobson. Plus, family Sundays are always $3 bottomless soda and popcorn! Details: June 16, 11 a.m., at Impact Field; tickets start at $9
—Samantha Lande

Through June 22: La Havana Madrid 
Sandra Delgado returns to the stage with La Havana Madrid, and you will not want to miss this production by one of Chicago’s most talented playwrights and performers. Inspired by true stories, the show celebrates La Havana Madrid, a 1960s Chicago nightclub, and the Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Colombian immigrants who found refuge there. Details: Through June 22 at Teatro Vista
—Tanuja Jagernauth

Photo by Morgan Scofes/Courtesy of DineAmic Hospitality

Restaurant Opening of the Week: Bandit
DineAmic Hospitality, the crowd-pleasing group behind Bar Siena, Prime & Provisions, and Siena Tavern, strikes again, this time with a retro-inspired bar-restaurant in the West Loop. A casual newcomer along Restaurant Row, Bandit features nostalgic Americana in the form of vintage posters and artwork (plus bathrooms bedecked with Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears swag), along with a menu of contemporary comfort food. Later this season, watch for the back courtyard to open, which is sure to become an alfresco sensation in the neighborhood.
—Matt Kirouac