NetwerQ hots an evening of drinking and dancing, featuring Palz and Garcia, Ace Alvarez, Antonio Fernandez, and Jason Justiano perform. $35
A sketch revue that explores the pitfalls of "dating, work, marriage, and life in Chicago." $10-$15
Performers use each week's news headlines to create a satirical sketch show. $8-13
Alexi Kaye Campbell's play, staged in conjunction with Pride Month, tells two stories that track the progress of the gay rights movement: one set in 1958 and one set 50 years later. $15-$30
A spoof of live-action role playing inspired by the work of Quentin Tarantino. $10-$12
A food festival featuring local food trucks and cooking demonstrations from prominent local chefs.
Navy Pier, that lively commercial forgery of the urban experience, makes the perfect stage for this Cirque du Soleil knockoff, which is produced by an unrelated Beverly Hills-based company. Shanghai is a much cheaper ticket than the real deal, and a cheaper production too. The set twinkles with Vegas glitz, speaker towers pipe canned music, and the acrobatics—stunning and skillful as they are—are choreographed to awe with displays of overt strength, instead of making the impossible seem effortless. The show has no soul, for the most part, but it's still fun. Like the Pier itself, you'll either savor its easy thrills in blissful ignorance, or pretend to be too jaded while you enjoy them all the same. —Keith Griffith $15.50-$29.50
A happy hour for dog owners with dog-related boutiques, vendors, shelters, and other businesses.