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The best things to do in Chicago for June 2016

June's top events include Ferris Bueller's Day Off in Millennium Park, Bob Dylan, the Pride Parade, and more


Avondale Restaurant Crawl
A foodie desert no more, Avondale is one of the hottest hoods for good eating. This neighborhood crawl kicks off in Brands Park, then moves on to 12 area restaurants including Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Parachute, and Square Bar. Wed 6/1, 6-9 PM, Brands Park, 3259 N. Elston, 773-478-2414,, $30, $25 in advance.

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Saved by the Max
Nineties nostalgia reaches its apotheosis with this Saved by the Bell pop-up dinner featuring a Bayside-themed menu (macaroni and Screech, anyone?), daily costume contests, memorabilia giveaways, and even a Zach Attack cover band. 6/1-8/31: Mon-Fri 5 PM-2 AM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-2 AM, 1941 W. North,


Good Night Out launch party
Good Night Out, a U.K.-based organization working to end harassment in nightclubs and venues, gets going in Chicago with this party featuring a raffle, a photo booth, and live music from Blizzard Babies, Hi Ho, and Split Feet. Fri 6/3, 8 PM, Township, 2200-2202 N. California, 773-384-1865,


Grindhouse Film Festival
Get your fix of cinematic sex and violence with this presentation of films from the 70s and 80s, including The Mystery of Chess Boxing (1979), Shaolin vs Wu Tang (1981), a collection of grindhouse trailers, and more. Fri 6/3-Sun 6/5, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, 773-871-6604,, $9-$12.


Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Spinal Tap meets Justin Bieber in the Lonely Island's faux documentary of pop singer Conner4Real (Andy Samberg), who leaves his boy band, the Style Boyz, behind in search of a solo career. Opens Fri 6/3.

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"The Propeller Group"
The first U.S. exhibition of the Vietnam-based artist collective includes the ambitious: AK-47 vs. M16, The Film, a comment on the history of the two guns in pop culture that's cobbled together from movies, promotional videos, documentaries, news reportage, and YouTube clips. 6/4-11/13, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 312-280-2660,

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"America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s"
Behold 50 works by major American artists—including Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Grant Wood—who were creating pieces considering America's identity during and after the Great Depression. 6/5-9/18, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan, 312-443-3600,

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Blonde Redhead, Ryley Walker
Local guitar phenom Walker opens for the veteran alt-rockers who are, ironically, neither blond nor redheaded. This performance is the first of this year's Millennium Park Summer Music Series, which offers free outdoor concerts all season long. Mon 6/6, 6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph, 312-742-1168, Free.


Copa America Centenario
The U.S. Soccer men's national team takes on Costa Rica in a group stage match as part of the centennial celebration of the Copa America tournament. Tue 6/7, 7 PM, Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus, 312-235-7000,, $65-$600.

Chicago Nightlife Awards
Celebrate Chicago's best dance parties, clubs, drag performers, and more at this award ceremony and concert featuring ProbCause, the Walters, Sleep on It, and My Gold Mask. Tue 6/7, 7:30 PM, Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee, 773-570-4000,, free with RSVP.

Frannk Lloyd Wright in 1979 - SUN-TIMES PRINT COLLECTION
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  • Frannk Lloyd Wright in 1979

"Frank Lloyd Wright Edifies"
The Arts Club of Chicago returns to its original location to reopen one of its earliest exhibitions for one night only: Japanese prints from Frank Lloyd Wright's collection. Fri 6/10, 7-8 PM, Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan, 312-787-3997,

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Colin Jost
The Saturday Night Live Weekend Update co-host steps out from behind the news desk. 6/15-6/18: Wed-Thu 8:30 PM, Fri 8:30 and 10:30 PM, Sat 7 and 9 PM, Zanies, 1548 N. Wells,, $25 plus two-drink minimum.

Katie Rich and Holly Laurent - COURTESY THE ARTISTS
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  • Katie Rich and Holly Laurent

Funny Women Festival
In its fifth year, the female-centric fest features more than 400 performers, including Joan & Ro, the Real Housewives of Improv, and Kristen Toomey. Thu 6/16-Sun 6/18, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252,

Brew to Be Wild
Guzzle samples of more than 75 different brews while exploring Lincoln Park Zoo after hours. Fri 6/17-Sat 6/18: 6-11 PM, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon, 312-742-2000,, $49, $20 for designated drivers.

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Chicago Zombie March
Don your best Dawn of the Dead costume and join the horde taking over downtown during this annual lumber, er, march. Sat 6/18, 3:30-6 PM, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph, 312-742-1169,

Paul Simon
Still crazy after all these years, the distinguished songwriter performs under North Shore skies. Sat 6/18, 8 PM, Ravinia, 200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park,, sold out.

Flight of the Conchords - MATT GRACE
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Flight of the Conchords
After a hiatus of three years, the New Zealand comedy folk duo stop in Chicago on their highly anticipated reunion tour. Sun 6/19, 7 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph, 312-742-1168,, $25-$55.


Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The Millennium Park Summer Film Series kicks off with a Chicago crowd-pleaser: a 30th anniversary screening of John Hughes's classic about the suburbs' most notorious, most lovable truant teen. Tue 6/21, 6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph. Free.

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Chicago Cubs vs. Saint Louis Cardinals
The Cubbies face off against their feathered rivals to the southwest in a three-game series at the recently renovated Friendly Confines. 6/20-6/22: Mon-Tue 7:05 PM, Wed 1:20 PM, Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison, 312-645-9511,, $36-$109.


Bob Dylan & His Band, Mavis Staples
The last time Dylan played Ravinia, he was billed as Robert Dylan and was just about to cause a stir by going electric—it was 1964. He couldn't ask for a better opening act in gospel-soul queen Mavis Staples. Fri 6/24, 7:30 PM, Ravinia, 200 Ravinia Park, Highland Park,, sold out.


Free State of Jones
Forget Marvel's Civil War—this Matthew McConaughey vehicle takes a look at the real deal in an inspired-by-history tale of a rebellion against the Confederacy, hopefully with a few rebellious alright, alright, alrights included. Opens Fri 6/24.


Independence Day: Resurgence
Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman have unfinished business with some extraterrestrials in this follow-up to the 1996 blockbuster. Opens Fri 6/24.


Chicago Pride Parade
Slip into your rainbow-colored everything for the year's most festive procession. Sun 6/26, noon, Montrose and Broadway, v

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