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What to Do in Chicago This Week: June 24–30

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It’s all about Pride in Chicago, with the 50th anniversary of the city’s Pride Parade joined by a Pride-themed play, a Pride concert in Grant Park, and more! Additionally, events this week include a floral art show, Dax Shepard’s live podcast tour, and a fresh beer fest.

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June 27: Homebrew Collab Show at District Brew Yards 
They’re breaking in the Fourth Wall of tap handles at this self-serve taproom in West Town. Each host brewery—Burnt City, Around the Bend, and Bold Dog—has a wall of tap handles, and the Fourth Wall is reserved for unique specialty brews, collaborations, and cider. This official launch for the tap wall will feature collaborations from area home-brew clubs. Swing by for HOPS Cream Ale, Square Kegs Brut IPA, and CHAOS Scottish Light Ale. Details: June 27, 5 p.m., at District Brew Yards
—Jim Morris

June 28: “Full Bloom” at Eskell 
Yes, the weather has been dreary, but you can still enjoy spring blooms indoors at Laura Collins’s solo show: Gently daubed flowers, painted on a grand scale, will be on view at this always carefully curated home goods store. Bonus: Logan Square cool kids Young American will be stirring up cocktails.
—Claire Voon

June 28: Armchair Expert at the Chicago Theatre 
Actor Dax Shepard is taking his podcast on a live tour across the country, with a one-night stop at the Chicago Theatre. Shepard has starred in dozens of movies and TV shows, most recently Chips ​and ​Parenthood,​ but many still remember him as the star of MTV’s ​Punk’d ​with Ashton Kutcher. The podcast features interviews with celebrities from various industries (actors, comedians, chefs, etc.) and aims to dive into “the messiness of being human.” Details: June 28, 8 p.m.
—Matty Ryan

June 28 and 29: Logan Square Arts Festival 
Chicago takes its street festivals seriously, and even neighborhood fests often book beloved and buzzworthy musical acts over cover bands. In addition to its food and arts vendors, the Logan Square Arts Festival’s musical lineup never disappoints. Catch synth-y indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, Philly folk rockers Hop Along, and local noise punks No Men. Details: Illinois Centennial Monument, June 28 (5–10 p.m.) and June 29 and 30 (noon–10 p.m.); $5 donation
—Jessica Mlinaric

Rolando Serrano of Desire in a Tinier House. / Photo courtesy of Pride Films and Plays

Through June 29: Desire in a Tinier House 
Don’t miss this world premiere from a brilliant playwright with roots in Brazil—Ryan Oliveira is a  dramaturge to watch. His plays are visually powerful, his language is poetic and moving, and his work gets right to the painful heart of being human every time. Desire in a Tinier House asks the question: How can love be sustained despite the external forces that act against it? I am so there. Details: Through June 29 at Pride Films and Plays
—Tanuja Jagernauth

June 29: Navy Pier Pride Fest 
Head to Navy Pier for a full day of performances and activities celebrating Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community. Kids will love doing Pride-themed crafts (noon–2 p.m.), listening to drag queen story time (1–2 p.m.), and taking in performances by the Lakeside marching band and the gay men’s chorus. Details: Saturday, June 29; free
—Samantha Lande

June 29: The Hop Review’s Ultra Fresh IV 2019 
With the insane amount of craft breweries in the Chicagoland area (and frankly everywhere), brewers must strive to deliver the best possible product. Freshness is a key component of a beer’s quality, considering many IPAs and other styles lose flavor characteristics after just a few months. This fest features beers from a plethora of Chicago breweries, all packaged within a week of the event to showcase optimal freshness. ICNC Make City, the large multibuilding business incubator on the Near West Side, will be saturated with fresh brews from Hop Butcher, Marz, Middle Brow, Maplewood, Roaring Table, and many more. Details: June 29, 5–9 p.m., at ICNC Make City; $45
—Jim Morris

Iggy Azalea is a headliner at Chicago’s inaugural Pride in the Park. / Photo courtesy of Iggy Azalea/Facebook

June 29: Pride in the Park 
Kick off your LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations a day before the city’s parade with this one-day festival in Grant Park. The inaugural event commemorates Chicago’s 50th anniversary of celebrating Pride and features performances by rapper Iggy Azalea and DJ Steve Aoki, plus RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants, including Shea Coulee and Coco Montrese. A portion of ticket sales benefit local organizations Center on Halsted, Stonewall Sports, and Lurie Children’s Hospital. Details: June 29, 1-10 p.m., at Grant Park; $55–$125
—Jessica Mlinaric

June 30: “Sensitive Circuits, Listening Ground” at Experimental Sound Studio 
If you like attending art events but being in a social setting makes you a bit anxious, this silent walk is just the ticket. Join Roman Susan Gallery on this journey around Edgewater to take in the neighborhood’s soundscape, followed by a discussion of the experience. Details: June 30
—Claire Voon

June 30: Chicago Pride Parade 
Culminate the month of Pride with the 50th annual Boystown parade, with 100 floats, lots of colorful costumes, music, and a great time to be had by all. Grab a spot early, because the route gets crowded, and more than one million people are expected to come out and celebrate! The parade is free to attend and starts at Montrose and Broadway in Uptown, winding through the north side of the city before ending near Diversey and Sheridan. Details: June 30, noon
—Samantha Lande

Restaurant Opening of the Week: Fulton Galley 
Have you reached food hall fatigue yet? Me neither! It helps that the latest entry to Chicago’s increasingly crowded market is as unique as Fulton Galley, a West Loop venture from Galley Group that takes a distinct approach to this whole food hall thing by setting up five vendors and operating as more of a restaurant incubator for chefs looking to launch new concepts. The 10,000-square-foot space has a 30-seat bar along with vendors like Taco Mucho from Ron Aleman, Thai-inspired Pink Salt, Steingold’s Deli, Italianette, and Fairview, which draws influence from Latin-style rotisserie cooking.
—Matt Kirouac