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.
The Loop | Through August 17
Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Courtyard Theater already looks like something out of a storybook; this summer, that's doubly true. The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and friends come to life in Seussical, the onstage ode to the madcap world of Dr. Seuss. In his three-and-a-half-star review, the Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones praised this particular production for its ''assured performances and eye-popping stagecraft.'' (800 E. Grand Ave.; $18–$28; buy tickets here)
Savor the Season: Carrot Festival
Lincoln Park | Wednesday, July 23
The carrot: one of America's most ubiquitous root vegetables but also one of its most unassuming. Wednesday morning, the produce experts at Green City Market will give overdue honor to everyone's favorite orange veggie as part of their Savor the Seasons series. Pop by between 9 a.m. and noon for tastings, recipe sharing, and tips for enjoying farm-fresh flavors even when the season's over. (Intersection of Clark Street and Lincoln Avenue; free)
Old Town | Thursday, July 24, 7:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m.
Jay Pharoah rose from YouTube stardom to the hallowed studio of Saturday Night Live on the strength of his Barack Obama impression, but his versatility as a comedian extends beyond the presidential seal. He's reconfirming that during his summer vacation, hitting Zanies Comedy Club for two standup sets on Thursday night. (Although, let's be real: Barack will probably make an appearance.) (1548 N. Wells St.; $30, plus two food/drink minimum; buy tickets here)
Uptown | Friday, July 25, 7 p.m.
The old-school hip-hop torchbearers of Jurassic 5 haven't played Chicago since 2006, but their complex, eloquent flows still shed the same positive vibes as they did in the days of the boombox. On their Word of Mouth Reunion Tour, they'll hit the Riviera Theatre with fellow LA acts Dilated Peoples and Beat Junkies for a clock-turning trip into hip-hop's not-so-distant past. (4746 N. Racine Ave.; $33; buy tickets here)
Wicker Park Fest
Wicker Park | Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27
Chicago's ever-spinning wheel of street festivals lands on Wicker Park this weekend, where indie rockers of all stripes will gather to drink beer, eat food, and silently judge each other's outfits. Kidding aside, the festival features perks befitting its hip location: food vendors including Dimo's Pizza and The Savoy, music from Owls and the Reverend Horton Heat, and art installations sponsored by neighborhood galleries. (Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and Paulina Avenue; $5 suggested donation)
Image credits: Seussical photo by Michael Brosilow