Things to Do in Chicago: Week of June 8, 2014
The summer doldrums can strike at any moment. Make fun plans now, just to be safe. This week: the latest take on Henry V from the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Plucky Rosenthal’s farewell at Gorilla Tango Theatre, street festivals in the West Loop and Old Town, and fantasy improv at ComedySportz. And, as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
The Loop | Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave.
Through Sunday, June 15
Chisel-chinned actor Harry Judge rallies English hearts to victory at Agincourt in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s latest staging of the Bard’s most beloved history play. The Chicago Tribune promises “you will not be bored for a moment.” ($58+; buy tickets here)
The Plucky Show
Bucktown | Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Thursday, June 12, 9 p.m.
Puppets, vaudeville acts, and a whole lot of ukulele songs collide in the final edition of Plucky Rosenthal’s popular monthly variety show. For fans of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, alternative comedy, and unironic flapper dresses. ($20; buy tickets here)
Taste of Randolph Street
West Loop | Randolph St. between Racine Ave. and Peoria St.
All weekend, June 13–15
BellyQ, Wishbone, and City Winery anchor a tasty lineup of food vendors at this three-day festival showcasing the best bites from Randolph Street’s Market District. Ears can eat, too: musical acts include Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Delta Spirit, and Kaiser Chiefs. ($10 suggested donation)
Old Town Art Fair
Old Town | Lincoln Ave. at Wisconsin St.
Saturday and Sunday, June 14–15
More than 250 artists from across the country turn Old Town into an outdoor gallery during this annual art fair. After checking out a few landscapes, try the real thing: 60 neighborhood gardens will be open for walking tours during the fair. ($7 suggested donation; kids aged 12 or under free)
Lakeview | ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave.
Saturdays through June 28, noon
A monster blocks your path. Your only weapon? A trusty red dodge ball. Bean a few bad guys with your fellow adventurers during this interactive improv show inspired by Dungeons & Dragons’ funniest tropes. ($10; buy tickets here)
Henry V image by Liz Lauren. Kaiser Chiefs image courtesy of the artist. Old Town Art Fair image courtesy of Old Town Triangle Association.