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What to Do in Chicago This Week: March 11-17

Photo courtesy of Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

This week in Chicago, eat your way through Rosemont, attend an interactive theater workshop and raise a soda stout to St. Patrick’s Day. Here’s what to do this week in Chicago.

Vince Staples
L.A. emcee Vince Staples presents the second leg of his “Smile, You’re on Camera” tour. Staples delivers rapid-fire rhymes with ease, sharing stories of his life growing up in Long Beach. Arrive early to witness the raw energy of Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA. Details: March 12, 8:30 p.m. at Riviera Theatre; $35-135
– Jessica Mlinaric

Metal Giveaway Night & Fundraiser at Kuma’s Corner 
The original Kuma’s is hosting a fundraiser to help pay hospital bills for a fellow Kuma’s cook. Expect special and rare beers from 3 Floyds along with raffles, prizes to upcoming metal shows, local libations from Half Acre, Dark Matter and more. Details: March 12, 6-11 p.m.
– Jim Morris

Rosemont Restaurant Week
Similar to Chicago Restaurant Week, which recently wrapped up, suburban Rosemont is getting in on the action with a prix fixe-filled celebration all its own. Love it or hate it, Rosemont has amassed quite a restaurant scene, and its Restaurant Week should help incentivize diners who may be skipping through town on the way to O’Hare. From March 10-16, restaurants will offer three-course lunch and dinner menus at budget-friendly prices. Participating restaurants include Adobe Gilas, Carmine’s, Five Roses Pub, Morton’s, Park Tavern, Liberty Tavern and Murray Bros Caddy Shack. Details: March 10-16
– Matt Kirouac

Eat Some Pie
With 3/14 being pie day, why not head to one of our favorite, most kid-friendly options to celebrate? We adore Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits for their inventive flavors, and it’s best to order yours now for Pi Day. We’re drooling over mint chip, banana cream and blueberry lemon. Details: March 14
– Samantha Lande

Maria Bamford/Photo courtesy of The Den Theatre/Facebook

STILL/HERE Workshop
Chicago is a world-class city with a turbulent past and an uncertain future. As gentrification pushes black and brown communities out, Free Street Theater asks: “What is still here? What is our collective vision for the future? How do our communities survive, thrive and resist?” Join Free Street Theater for an interactive workshop built to gather the stories and testimonies of Chicagoans around these questions. Disclaimer: I am the co-assistant director/stage manager for this show. Details: March 14 at Free Street Theater
– Tanuja Jagernauth

Gary Clark Jr.
Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will shred on the Chicago Theater stage. His newly released album, This Land, transitions from his blues-based style into rock, reggae and R&B territory. The LP’s lead single “This Land” takes on bigotry with the fire of Jimi Hendrix incarnate. Details: March 15, 8 p.m. at the Chicago Theatre; $198.50-268.50
– Jessica Mlinaric

Gary Clark Jr./Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Records

Maria Bamford at The Den Theatre
Bamford is a longtime veteran comic that’s not only a cult-like favorite amongst audiences, but also a cult-like favorite amongst her fellow comedians. Throughout her career, she’s amassed several critically acclaimed specials and albums—appearances on television, movies and documentaries, and also starred in the Netflix original series ​Lady Dynamite,​ which is based on her life. Details: March 14-17, times and prices vary
– Matty Ryan

Dave Attell at The Improv
The term “comic’s comic” gets used frequently to describe a comedian who fellow comedians enjoy, and there’s no better living embodiment of this than Dave Attell. A 30-year seasoned veteran and tried-and-true “road dog,” Attell is a true master of his craft, delivering biting (and usually filthy) material about his life on the road, dating and the current social landscape. Don’t be surprised to find yourself quoting his jokes for months afterward. Details: March 15-17, showtimes and prices vary
– Matty Ryan

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St. Patrick’s Saturday Musical Matinee at Blue Island Beer Company
Live music is a constant at this hidden gem on historic Western Avenue. Hang out with the family at this brewery event that will have live Irish music from Jim Cloonan and an Irish dance session from local dance company Weber Irish Dance, in addition to a tapping of its Jerk Store Cream Soda Stout. Details: March 16, 1-4 p.m.
– Jim Morris

Nibble/Memory Forest Opening Reception at Ignition Project Space
Check out what’s cooking this spring at this Humboldt Park gallery: five artists are offering a preview of projects they’re developing, and artist Eden Unluata-Foley is working on a solo installation. Unluata-Foley’s Memory Forest sounds especially intriguing, combining augmented reality with found objects like discarded clothing and sheets to consider human recollection. Details: March 16
– Claire Voon

Artifacts
Don’t miss this site-specific opportunity to enjoy micro theater by one of the most exciting playwrights in Chicago, Erin Austen. The Livingroom Playmakers have put together a show they call “part audio tour, part live theatre and is a one-of-a-kind, site-inspired event that will lead you deep into a labyrinthine urban artifacts store.” I’m so there! Details: Through March 17 at Salvage One
– Tanuja Jagernauth