The Reader's Key Ingredient Cook-Off, Ferris Fest, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend | Bleader

The Reader's Key Ingredient Cook-Off, Ferris Fest, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

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Throw some gummy bears in your pocket, cue up Yello's "Oh Yeah," and head over to Ferris Fest this weekend. - SUN-TIMES MEDIA
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  • Throw some gummy bears in your pocket, cue up Yello's "Oh Yeah," and head over to Ferris Fest this weekend.

As we kick off summer—nice weather and all!—here are some of our recommendations for your weekend:

Fri 5/20:
Hosted by your's truly at Venue One (1044 W. Randolph), the Key Ingredient Cook-Off invites Chicagoans to taste and vote for more than 20 dishes created by local chefs. This year’s theme is "south of the border." 7 PM

A dish created with sea urchin at last year's Key Ingredient Cook-Off.
  • A dish created with sea urchin at last year's Key Ingredient Cook-Off.
Through 5/21: Steep Theatre (1115 W. Berwyn) takes on Samuel D. Hunter’s 2013 drama The Few. Tony Adler writes that the "play is at once soft and hard, sentimental and cool, giving and cryptic: a modest, assured, often funny look at the struggle between love and survival." The final two performances take place on Friday and Saturday. 8 PM

Fri 5/20: Rhys Chatham plays at Constellation (3111 N. Western) tonight, his first local performance in six years. Of the experimentalist's latest album, Peter Margasak writes that "scrappy fingerstyle picking bathes the listener in a droning swarm of sound loaded with overtones." Lacking his usual electric guitar accompaniment, Chatham plays alone and headlines for Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society, another experimental group. 8:30 PM

Rhys Chatham plays his first Chicago show in six years on Fri 5/20. - ROLAND OWSNITZKI
  • Roland Owsnitzki
  • Rhys Chatham plays his first Chicago show in six years on Fri 5/20.

5/20-5/22:
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ferris Fest is a weekend-long event replete with film screenings, Q&As, set tours—even an exact recreation of Ferris's room. A weekend pass costs $300, but tickets for individual events are also available.

Sat 5/21: Streetwise hosts the Cool Party, a benefit at the Chop Shop (2033 W. North), featuring live music from Dream Version and Malcolm London, an art display, and more. 8 PM

Sat 5/21: The Cubby Bear (1059 W. Addison) hosts a party that promises to wake the dead with this year’s Zombie Prom. Zombie makeup and attire are required at this ghoulish affair, and makeovers are available for $10. 8 PM

The dancing undead rule Zombie Prom on Sat 5/21. - COURTESY OF ZOMBIE PROM
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  • The dancing undead rule Zombie Prom on Sat 5/21.

Sun 5/22:
The Friends of Logan Square Book Sale at Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee) offers up a wide range of reading material priced between $1 and $5. Proceeds go to the Logan Square Library. 10 AM

Sun 5/22: The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) hosts the Stevie Nicks Brunch with food provided by the adjacent Bite Cafe and music by the "Gold Dust Woman." noon

Sun 5/22: Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon performs stand-up at City Winery (1200 W. Randolph). 8 PM

For more stuff to do this weekend—and every day—check out our Agenda page.


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