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What to Do This Week in Chicago: May 20–26

Photo courtesy of The Herbal Chef

This week in Chicago, eat your way through a CBD dinner, see the Hamilton cast in an exciting new light, and catch a modern riff on Othello.

May 20: CBD Dinner at Frontier 
CBD is all the rage these days, so it was only a matter of time before a local chef dove in headfirst with a multicourse CBD dinner. Said chef is Brian Jupiter, who’s cooking up a seven-course CBD affair with Christopher Sayegh, aka the Herbal Chef. Look for unique cannabis-infused dishes using ingredients like Wagyu beef, scallops, and truffles.
Matt Kirouac

May 23: “Spirit of the Waves” at Graham Foundation 
The Foundation’s magnificent Madlener House will be reimagined by local artist Nelly Agassi, who will fill its rooms with a large-scale textile installation, works on paper, sculptures, and embroideries. These respond to the building’s architecture to consider its history and preservation.
—Claire Voon

Things to Come / Photo courtesy of Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts/Facebook

May 23: Catch the Chicago Children’s Choir and Part of the Hamilton Cast Perform Together 
Head to Millennium Park to hear Chicago’s award-winning children’s choir perform a concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. More than 5,000 youth singers will grace the stage, along with special guest stars from Hamilton. It’s an event not to be missed.
—Samantha Lande

May 24: Things to Come at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 
If you love sci-fi, the Bauhaus, and experimental film, you won’t want to miss this special screening of a reworked H.G. Wells film by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Artist Jan Tichy will also present a work that itself revisits Moholy-Nagy’s own footage.
—Claire Voon

Through May 25: Othello 
Mignon McPherson Stewart directs this modern take on Othello by William Shakespeare. Yasmin Mikhaiel calls it “visceral” and “devastating,” and recently wrote that this production affirmed for her that Shakespeare is still relevant. I’m in!
—Tanuja Jagernauth

Through July 6: Watch Acrobatics at Cirque du Soleil’s Volta 
Cirque du Soleil returns with its latest production, Volta, a visually striking performance of all new acrobatics under the big top located in the south lot of Soldier Field. Be amazed by the colorful costumes and a captivating story line in true Cirque fashion.
—Samantha Lande

Photo by Brian Willette/Courtesy of Café Cancale

Restaurant Opening of the Week: Café Cancale
The culinary geniuses from One Off Hospitality Group (Avec, Blackbird, Big Star, to name a few) strike again, this time venturing into coastal French territory in Wicker Park. Café Cancale, so named for a bucolic seaside town on the western coast of France, features bright, nautical flavors by Paul Kahan and chef de cuisine AJ Walker—clams with boudin blanc, trout meunière with truffle peach olives, buttered lobster bialies with fromage blanc, for instance—along with a sterling wine list curated by Eduard Seitan, cocktails leaning heavily into Alpine spirits, and a beachy-airy motif that’s sure to trigger luxe vacation vibes.
—Matt Kirouac