This week in Chicago, attend a Latin music festival, watch a puppet show, drink beer along Malt Row, and celebrate the return of Bad Hunter.
June 17: Conner O’Malley Presents: I Wish I Could Beat My Own Ass! at The Hideout
O’Malley is yet another comedian who originally hails from Chicago. Most known for his writing and comedic acting on Late Night With Seth Meyers, he’s also gained a huge cult following for his characters on YouTube and Vine (RIP Vine). He has appeared on Broad City and Joe Pera Talks With You, and been nominated for three Writers Guild of America Awards. This Hideout show will feature O’Malley doing stand-up, showing videos, and performing one-man improv. Details: June 17, 7 p.m.; $12
June 20: Ron Funches’s Merriment Marauder Tour at Thalia Hall
With his infectious laugh, mischievous smile, and killer material, Funches is one of the most delightful and likable comedians currently working. He was a main character on NBC’s Undateable for three seasons and has also performed stand-up on Conan, The Tonight Show, and Comedy Central. Comedian Blair Socci is the opening act, who is also a solid comic on the rise. Details: June 20, 8 p.m.; $27
June 21: Ruido Fest
Chicago’s alternative Latin music festival will be held in Union Park for the first time after previously taking place in the historically Mexican neighborhood of Pilsen. The eclectic lineup features Latin American artists performing everything from polka to rock to electronic. Headliners include experimental pop’s Helado Negro; Spanish pop stars Hombres G; and pioneering Argentine rockers Enanitos Verdes, who will be performing their album Huevos Revueltos. Details: Union Park, June 21 (2–10 p.m.) and June 22 and 23 (1:30–10 p.m.); $79.95–$249.89
June 21: “Tracking Space” at Bridgeport Art Center
Celebrate the opening of this solo show by Ruth Esserman, who envisions the cosmos in complex ink drawings. At 92, the artist is seemingly tireless—her works thrum with neat but busy lines, rendered in black, white, and red.
June 21–23: Country LakeShake Festival
You don’t see many cowboy hats in the Loop, but the Country LakeShake Festival is here to remind us that we are in the Midwest. Where else can you sing along to country superstars like Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, and Clint Black while enjoying a view of the skyline from Northerly Island? Don’t miss Friday night’s lineup of almost all women, including Miranda Lambert, Rita Wilson, and Maren Morris. Details: June 21–23, 2–10 p.m., at Huntington Bank Pavilion; $80–$649.50
June 22: Ravinia Kids Puppet Show
Head up north to Highland Park to see an old-timey puppet show from the Catskills Puppet Theater called The Villain’s Mustache. Kids will love participating from the audience with the 2.5-foot puppets that sing quite a few fun tunes throughout the show. Details: June 22, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., at Bennett Gordon Hall; $10
June 22: Everyday Edgebrook Craft Beer Tasting
So the crowd-pleasing formula is in full effect here: Load up the roster with all of Chicago’s fantastic breweries, local acts, and food trucks. Works for me! Tickets to this event will get you unlimited tastings of 40-plus beers, live music, and street food from Sausage Konig, Tamales Express, and Villa Rosa Pizza. Details: June 22, 4–8 p.m.; 6400 Kinzue Avenue, Chicago; $45 before June 20, $50 after June 20
June 22 and 23: Ravenswood on Tap
Ravenswood is home to Malt Row, a two-mile stretch where you’ll find glorious breweries like Half Acre, Spiteful, Empirical, Urban Renewal, Band of Bohemia, Dovetail, and Begyle, as well as Koval Distillery. This third annual outdoor festival will have beer and drinks from all of these places, plus Greenstar Brewing and the Northman cider bar. Check out the web page for a Spotify playlist of all the bands that will be performing so you can get psyched for the big day. Details: June 22 and 23 at Ravenswood Avenue and Berteau Avenue; $5 donation or $35 online ticket includes five drink tickets, an ax-throwing ticket, and a steel tumbler
June 23: 50 in 50
I am the production coordinator for this epic 50th anniversary celebration. In one day, Free Street Theater is doing a performance in every single ward of Chicago—that’s 50 performances in 50 wards. Watch the Free Street Theater space for details on where it will be performing in your ward. As ever, the shows will be free and family friendly. Details: June 23 at Free Street Theater
Restaurant Opening of the Week: Bad Hunter
After being closed for several months due to a fire, Bad Hunter is back! Probably my favorite restaurant on Restaurant Row these days, the vegetable-centric spot from Heisler Hospitality (which also happens to be the group behind my favorite bar, Estereo) is once again serving dinner, with lunch and brunch to return in the coming weeks. Dan Snowden remains as chef, reminding everyone of his skills with seasonal veggies via dishes like butter dumplings with charred corn, corn crema, and smoked chile peanuts; wild spring mushrooms with blueberries, delice de bourgogne, and smoky almonds; and crispy togarashi carrots with takoyaki sauce, garlic, and sorrel.