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What to Do in Chicago This Week: June 3–9

Detail of Liz Magor, “Pet Co.,” 2018. Courtesy of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

This week in Chicago, marvel at artsy acetate, laugh along with everyone’s favorite Queer Eye star, and enjoy a backyard barbecue at Sportsman’s Club. Plus: more beer festivals, theater for all ages, and foie gras toast is back!

June 5: Signature Lecture With Walé Oyéjidé at Driehaus Museum 
This historic mansion currently has a fantastic exhibition on Yinka Shonibare, CBE, a Nigeria-born artist who integrates Dutch wax fabrics in his installations. These textiles have a complicated history tied to colonialism; Oyéjidé, whose work considers African aesthetics, European Renaissance art, and high fashion, will elucidate these narratives in both Shonibare’s and his own practice.
—Claire Voon

June 6: Exhibition Tour of “Blowout” at the Renaissance Society 
There’s a lot to unpack in Liz Magor’s solo exhibition of tchotchkes packaged in acetate, from candy wrappers to stuffed animals to, yes, rat skins. This free walk-through will help you get a better sense of the Canadian artist’s work, which she describes as “a collection of tiny intense narratives.”
—Claire Voon

Photo courtesy of Chicago Theatre/Facebook

June 8: Jonathan Van Ness: Road to Beijing at the Chicago Theatre
The funniest cast member of Netflix’s ​Queer Eye​ (and let’s be honest, everyone’s favorite), Van Ness is embarking on a world tour with a one-night stop in Chicago. This is, admittedly, his first foray into the world of stand-up, but any fan of the show is sure to enjoy a delightful and whimsical evening thanks to his infectious energy. Details: June 8, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; $93–$258
—Matty Ryan

June 8: Roselle Beer Fest at Pollyanna Roselare 
Pollyanna knows that when it comes to beer fests, it’s best to double-fist it. Thankfully, it has two locations, so one week after the Lemont throw-down it will be back at it in Roselle. It’s food trucks, it’s live tunes (Woogie Rocks!, Jimmy Nick, Alt 101), and it’s $10 to get in. The difference here is Roselare’s large beer garden, which should be in prime form for this celebration of the sun. Details: June 8, noon–11 p.m.; $10
—Jim Morris

Photo courtesy of Pollyanna Brewing Company

Through June 9: The Children 
Mother’s Day and Earth Day collide in this family drama that asks us all: In the face of a global climate crisis, what are we actually doing to stop it? I can’t wait to see the personal and political come head-to-head in a seaside cottage in the east of England. Details: Through June 9 at Steppenwolf Theatre
—Tanuja Jagernauth

Ongoing: Backyard Barbecue at Sportsman’s Club 
One of my favorite summer pastimes is the weekly backyard barbecue at Sportsman’s Club. In general, the patio is lovely and idyllic, so when you add a lineup of chefs from across the city cooking and serving food on leisurely Sunday afternoons, it only gets better. This season, the bar has booked some impressive talent, including Pacific Standard Time on June 9, with many more to follow. Details: Every Sunday starting at 4 p.m.; $20 for a plate of food and beverage pairing, first come, first served
—Matt Kirouac

Ongoing: Princess & the Pea at Beverly Arts Center 
This beloved story is brought to the stage for all to enjoy, especially those ages 2–11. Can they pass the princess test? You’ll have to wait and find out. Kids will love the 12-foot bed! Details: Through August 9 at Beverly Arts Center; $14
—Samantha Lande

A scene from The Children. / Photo courtesy of Steppenwolf Theatre

Restaurant Opening of the Week: Bunny Bakery and Workshop
The world’s most adorable foie gras toast is back! That’s right, chef Iliana Regan’s beloved but short-lived Bunny the Microbakery has been reborn as a daytime café inside her Kitsune restaurant space, featuring many of the items that first catapulted the bakery into Instagram fame. That includes brioche toast adorned with foie gras molded into adorable shapes like owls (it’s literally listed on the menu as “cute foie gras”), along with whiskey-glazed doughnuts; caneles; sourdough loaves; and lunch-y specials like ramen, spaetzle, and pasta carbonara.
—Matt Kirouac