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Eight Reasons We Love Edgewater BY: MARLA DEPEW | 2.13.2015

Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood is filled with historic buildings, delicious eateries, and outdoor fun.




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Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, October 11, to Friday, October 17
On this week’s agenda: Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Shedd, Chicago Ideas Week, Japanese ghosts at the Art Institute, and a play for the start of hockey season. Enjoy yourself, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, September 20, to Friday, September 26
On this week’s agenda: fall at the Museum of Science and Industry, an all-star hip-hop fest in Union Park, a trip to the '80s with WhirlyBall, Lifeline Theatre Company's Jane Eyre, and the hats of Dr. Seuss. Enjoy yourself, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, September 13, to Friday, September 19
On this week’s agenda: a drag show at Hydrate, Chicago's Bloody Mary Competition, the last of this year's Cubs games, the Goodman Theatre's season opener, and a visit with the Lemonheads. Enjoy yourself, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, September 6, to Friday, September 12
On this week’s agenda: the Renegade Craft Fair, Natalie Merchant, and festivals celebrating wine, wild animals, and wicked German beers. Enjoy yourself, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, August 30, to Friday, September 5
On this week’s agenda: tours on the Tall Ship Windy, vintage shopping at the Randolph Street Market, the debut of Arcade Brewery, Strawdog Theatre Company's season premiere, and Death Cab for Cutie. Enjoy yourself, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, August 23, to Friday, August 29
On this week’s agenda: Star Wars burlesque, a tour of Chicago’s jazz clubs, the music of the Arcade Fire, big art, and a classic Leonard Bernstein musical. Enjoy yourself, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, August 16, to Friday, August 22
On this week’s agenda: the Air & Water Show, Strand of Oaks at Schubas, a bus-sized art gallery, the Music Box’s Summer Music Film Festival, and Wizard World’s geek culture summit. Enjoy yourself and, as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Chicago Improv for Every Night of the Week
As the birthplace of modern improv, Chicago boasts a theater scene teeming with off-the-cuff comedy troupes. Laugh at the best of them with this weeklong itinerary of long-standing local improv shows.
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, August 9, to Friday, August 15
On this week’s agenda: the 85th Bud Billiken Parade, Kite Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden, the moody pop of Hooray for Earth, Magritte at the Art Institute, and every Greek tragedy. Ever. Enjoy yourself and, as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Ranking Chicago’s Best Neighborhood Parks
The Chicago Park District ranks as the largest municipal park manager in the nation. In this city, you can hardly cast a fishing rod or throw a basketball without hitting a patch of parkland, but we wanted to know which parks truly qualify as the best of the best. So, without daring to leave our air-conditioned office, we asked our supercomputer to dial up the best parks in Chicago based on picnicability, fishability, and other scientific criteria.
Fest Like a Pro
Festival season, also known as summer, is an exciting time—bands and fans come together to rock out in the sunshine or really, really unwelcome rain. To make it through the festivities in one piece, here’s an abbreviated guide to ending the weekend delighted, healthy, and with all your toes still intact.
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, August 2, to Friday, August 8
On this week’s agenda: Fiesta del Sol, a barbecue/craft-beer team-up, the unmistakable Lil Bub, Chicago’s next huge rock band, and a Chicago Public Schools–themed play from Theater Wit. Enjoy yourself and, as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Five Kid-Friendly Bands That Aren't Kids' Bands at Lollapalooza
Every year, music-festival juggernaut Lollapalooza caters to the parental crowd with Kidzapalooza, a stage dedicated solely to acts appropriate for children. But with no disrespect to School of Rock or the pop-punk whimsy of bands like Play Date, there are plenty of other artists at Lolla that appeal to all ages without being specifically geared toward kids. Here are five of our favorites.
Chicago Comics' Favorite Non-Marvel Superheroes
The Avengers. Captain America. X-Men. The Amazing Spider-Man. Marvel Comics has been dominating the box office with a slew of summer blockbusters in recent years, and the trend continues this Friday, August 1, with the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy.  So, in the name of anyone feeling burned out on Marvel, we asked Eric Thornton, chief executive operating officer of Chicago Comics, to pick his favorite non-Marvel superheroes.
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, July 26, to Friday, August 1
On this week’s agenda: the Newberry Book Fair, a winemaking class at City Winery, the first-ever Physical Festival Chicago, and honky-tonk country from yesterday and today. Enjoy yourself and, as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
The Best of Pitchfork Music Festival 2014
Compared to previous years’ rainstorms and heat waves, 2014’s Pitchfork Music Festival was all sunshine and cool breezes. The idyllic weather helped set the vibe for the 43 performances spread over the three-day event. Here are our highlights of the festival’s best moments (both musical and non-musical):
Things to Do in Chicago: Week of July 21, 2014
On this week’s agenda: Seussical at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the old-school flows of Jurassic 5, laughs with SNL’s Jay Pharoah, and festivals honoring carrots and Wicker Park (in that order). Enjoy yourself and, as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Deaf Artist Christine Sun Kim Interacts with Sound on Her Own Terms
On July 15 and 16, artist and TED Fellow Christine Sun Kim will lead two workshops for UIC’s Free Art School. Each will conclude with a public performance at the Chicago Cultural Center, during which participants will have the chance to showcase their workshopped ideas. It’s tempting to label these performances “concerts,” save for one small detail: they involve almost no sound.
Hip-Hop Artist Malik Yusef to Unveil New Poem at The Simple Good’s City of Big Dreams
The people at The Simple Good believe that enacting change in Chicago is, well, simple: art makes people feel better and helps them discover the beauty within themselves. The nonprofit organization adheres to this creed by curating public art projects and youth art programming.
Things to Do in Chicago: Week of July 14, 2014
On this week’s agenda: 20 years of Jazzin’ at the Shedd, the return of the Argyle Night Market, a Pitchfork after party next to the festival itself, the longest annual freshwater sailing race, and the Chicago Craft Beer Festival. Enjoy yourself and, as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Which Apes at Lincoln Park Zoo Are Most Likely to Take Over the Planet
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes comes out this weekend, and though the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes—itself a prequel/reboot of the original series—is more rooted in reality than the '60s and '70s films, we still wondered if a global ape revolt could actually happen. So we turned to Steve Ross, director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at Chicago’s own Lincoln Park Zoo.
Travel Tip Sheet: Devil’s Lake State Park
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Things to Do in Chicago: Week of July 7, 2014
Check out the following reasons we all put up with the Snowpocalypse: a revamped Brigadoon at the Goodman, street festivals celebrating bikes and bouzoukis, the Ed Paschke Art Center, and a neighborhood tour by the comics at Second City. And, as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
What’s the Deal with Breakwater Chicago? Yacht-Island Overlord Beau D’Arcy Explains.
Imagine a massive, domed complex that’s part yacht and part island. It sounds like the secret lair of a comic-book supervillain, but it’s actually the not-so-secret dream of a businessman named Beau D’Arcy.
Things to Do in Chicago: Week of June 30, 2014
Rockets are glaring, bombs are bursting, and America’s celebrating yet another birthday. Show the country you know how to party. This week, check out the following: fireworks at Navy Pier, ‘20s-style Hamlet in Oak Park, a house-music picnic, the latest exhibition at the Art Institute, and the indefatigable Maxwell Street Market. And, as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Chicago's Best Outdoor Concerts (That Aren't Lolla or Pitchfork)
Not Eminem. Not Beck. And not Weezer. For some people, there’s no ‘90s-era headliner with enough star power to convince them to spend three days baking in the hot Chicago sun—not to mention the hundreds of dollars dropped on tickets, drinks, and festival tees. But Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, and their rapidly growing cousin Riot Fest aren’t the only outdoor-music-makers in town. Put these less-hyped outdoor shows on your concert radar, and make the most out of the city's short-lived summer. And, as always, be sure to check Groupon for even more concerts in Chicago.
24 Hours in Matthiessen State Park
Starved Rock State Park is certainly not starved for attention. Located along the south bank of the Illinois River on State Route 178, the park hosts more than 2 million visitors annually. The same cannot be said for its close neighbor to the south, Matthiessen State Park.
Things to Do in Chicago: Week of June 23, 2014
The summer solstice just ended, and Pride is on the horizon. It’s going to be a busy week. In addition to the parade, check out the following: break dancing and Bach courtesy of Red Bull, a Hitchcock-inspired show at the Annoyance Theatre, Sandra Oh in Death and the Maiden, and a good old-fashioned drive-in movie. And, as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Five Tips for the Beginner Rock Climber
Midwesterners who dream of scaling mountains are largely out of luck. Prairies and plains are the region’s predominant geological features, and neither makes for the best rock climbing. But there’s one glaring exception to all that flatness: Wisconsin’s Devil’s Lake State Park, where rocky outcroppings and quartzite cliffs rise hundreds of feet above the glassy waters of Devil’s Lake.
Bike Maintenance Tips from Chicago’s Heritage Bicycles
“I’m not the leading edge of making bicycles,” said Heritage Bicycles owner Mike Salvatore, crossing his arms and shaking his head. “We’re trying to just reproduce what people did in the States, and Chicago specifically, for a really long time. They just created bikes that worked.”
How Do I Lube a Bike Chain?
This article is part of a series featuring bike designer Mike Salvatore and mechanic Ben Fietz of Chicago’s Heritage Bicycles. Consider using these tips during Bike to Work Week, and check Groupon to discover cycling deals in your city.
How Do I Change a Bike Tire?
This article is part of a series featuring bike designer Mike Salvatore and mechanic Ben Fietz of Chicago’s Heritage Bicycles. Consider using these tips during Bike to Work Week, and check Groupon to discover cycling deals in your city.
How Do I Choose a Bike Frame?
This article is part of a series featuring bike designer Mike Salvatore and mechanic Ben Fietz of Chicago’s Heritage Bicycles. Consider using these tips during Bike to Work Week, and check Groupon to discover cycling deals in your city.
Things to Do in Chicago: Week of June 15, 2014
The longest day of the year is on Saturday. How will you spend it? This week: a play based on the works of Terry Pratchett, World Cup viewing parties in Grant Park, and festivals celebrating green living, Thai culture, and the joys of making music. And, as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago.
Travel Tip Sheet: Wisconsin's Road America
Some sounds will forever be associated with racecars: the low rumble of an engine, the squeal of tires on asphalt, the gobble of a wild turkey. That last one may seem out of place, but it’s par for the course at Road America, a 4.05-mile, 14-turn race track set amid 640 acres of Wisconsin’s scenic Kettle Moraine.
Five Beach Volleyball Tips from Olympic Gold Medalist Sean Rooney
An Olympic medal gets you in a lot of doors, as Sean Rooney learned in 2008. After his indoor volleyball team took first place in the Beijing Games, Sean got to meet basketball superstar (and fellow Olympic athlete) Dwyane Wade and shake hands with former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who gently teased him for being a Cubs fan. But instead of gluing the medal to every shirt he owned, Sean handed it off to his dad as thanks for all his support. “He was pretty proud of it,” Sean remembers. “He might have worn it as a necktie at work for a while.”
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.
Things to Do in Chicago: Week of June 1, 2014
It’s the first day of the rest of your summer. Make sure your calendar stays full. This week: a concert by Vampire Weekend, an immersive take on Shakespeare at Redmoon, festivals celebrating barbecue and books, and the 50th anniversary of Dr. Strangelove.
Goodman Theatre’s “Ask Aunt Susan” Loves (and Lampoons) the Internet
In Seth Bockley’s biting new satire Ask Aunt Susan, a young man becomes embroiled in a seemingly harmless act of anonymous role-play. Stepping into the shoes of a cheery Internet advice columnist named Susan, he forges connections with lonely and hopeless people across the country. With each click, read, and response, the lure of being Susan grows ever stronger.
Crystal Waters's Five Essentials to Throwing a Great Dance Party
Since Crystal Waters’s ubiquitous single “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” became a nightclub staple in the early '90s, the legendary house singer has danced beneath disco balls the world over. These days, Waters collaborates on house and EDM singles with renowned DJs like Chris Cox and Armand Pena; she’s even compiling remixes for a release celebrating the 20th anniversary of her hit “100% Pure Love.”
The Faint’s Todd Fink Wants to Learn About Your Brain
The Faint create some of the most danceable music around, yet they’ve always been pegged as “dark.” Maybe it has something to do with their album titles: Danse Macabre, Wet From Birth, and, most recently, Doom Abuse, their first full-length in six years. But frontman Todd Fink suggests that all the darkness could just be the band’s version of a mind game. After all, this is a guy who’s deeply interested in how the human brain works. Telekinesis and freaky lab tests were just a couple of topics that came up when we chatted with Fink ahead of his band’s upcoming show at the Metro on May 23.
Of Montreal Looks Backward to Take a Step Forward
For last month’s Record Store Day, Of Montreal reissued Satanic Panic in the Attic to commemorate the seminal album’s 10th anniversary. Though Satanic Panic introduced the band’s electro-pop sound to the world and earned them thousands of new fans, it was merely a stepping stone in frontman Kevin Barnes’s development as a songwriter.
On Tour, England’s Blood Red Shoes Are Never Boring
Onstage, Blood Red Shoes’ Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell embody the cool swagger of their Brit-rock forebears. If they seem a little gloomy, it’s just a side effect of their creative method: Ansell has said that they often have to write from a “negative perspective” to make their teeth-gnashing rock. Yet beneath that chilly veneer lies a playfulness that’s worth getting to know.
HAIM’s “If I Could Change Your Mind” and Other Dances to Learn This Weekend
HAIM have spent the last year showing the world just how cool they are. It’s a campaign that might seem desperate or deliberate, if it didn’t feel totally effortless on the sisters’ part. But they’ve outdone even themselves with these latest moves:
Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Twin Forks Picks His Favorite Soundtrack Songs
Back in 2004, Chris Carrabba already had a sizable following as the frontman of emo stalwarts Dashboard Confessional. But writing “Vindicated” for the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack took his fan base to a whole new level. Ten years later, Spidey and Carrabba have both moved on: the former has a freshly rebooted film series, while the latter has a new band in Twin Forks. In celebration of the alt-folk outfit’s tour, we asked Carrabba to create a playlist of his favorite songs on movie soundtracks.
The Get Up Kids' Matt Pryor Made Us a Playlist of His Favorite Podcast Guests
A prolific songwriter best known as the frontman for mid-90s emo outfit The Get Up Kids, Matt Pryor is himself an indie vet—and his revealing, often hilarious podcast Nothing To Write Home About delves into the hardcore, punk, and pop-rock acts that form the genre’s backbone. When we asked Pryor to curate a playlist of his favorite music from the podcast’s guests, he jumped at the chance. He’s currently touring the country with several of the acts that appear on his playlist, and if his comments are any indication, he genuinely loves their music.
Trout Fishing in America Gives New Meaning to the All-Ages Show
It’s hard to describe the sound that Keith Grimwood is yowling into my ear over the phone. Warbling and raspy, it sounds like a brontosaurus trying to yodel. He’d probably take that as the highest compliment, because it’s the same guttural noise he belted out on Trout Fishing in America’s 1991 hit song, “When I Was a Dinosaur.”
Jessica Lea Mayfield Is Inspired by Almost Everything But Music
Ohio native Jessica Lea Mayfield comes from a musically rich state. Devo. Dave Grohl. Chrissie Hynde. Kim Deal. Dean Martin. Maynard James Keenan and Trent Reznor. The list goes on. So when we asked her which Ohio musicians she’s most into, her answer surprised us.
Reunited, Failure Still Dabbles in Space Rock and Sci-Fi
Failure is the Deadwood of rock bands, having frustratingly ended just as they were approaching the peak of their powers. The band’s third and final album, 1996’s Fantastic Planet, is by far their best, melding the serrated drone of grunge with the checked-out tunefulness of space rock, despite not quite fitting into either of those genres.
The Remount of "Hit the Wall" Revisits the Stonewall Riots Onstage
“Happy Ishtar,” said Eric Hoff as he sat down to talk about his production of Hit the Wall, now back in Chicago for a third electrifying run. “The festival of fertility and sex.”
What Do Gord Downie, Neko Case, and Steve Albini Have In Common? A Band Called The Sadies.
Halfway into my call with Travis Good of The Sadies, the phone started acting kind of funny. “You’re breaking up, man,” he said. “Right now there’s so much vibrato on your voice. It’s got serious tremolo. You talk like Joan Baez sings, man.”
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