Best of Chicago 2009 

Best Nonmusical Entertainment

The Reader's Choice: Happy Village

The spacious, recently renovated beer garden may be what's turned this East Village rumpus room into a hot spot, but it's the Ping-Pong that really seems to keep them coming back. The two professional-size tables play host to leagues in the back room every Sunday and Tuesday from about 7 to 11 PM. Twelve teams of three compete, the odd person serving as a substitute. The season runs about two-and-a-half months and culminates in a championship tournament. Sign up is at the bar, and a season's play is $45 per team. On other nights the tables are open to anyone, and play is free—just trade your ID at the bar for a paddle.  1059 N. Wolcott, 773-486-1512. —James H. Ewert Jr.

Best Nonmusical Entertainment: Happy Village

&Our readers' choice: Pecha Kucha night at Martyrs'

Creative types get six minutes and 40 seconds and up to 20 slides to make a presentation.  Next "volume" Tue 6/2, 8-11 PM, 3855 N. Lincoln, 773-404-9494, pecha-kucha.org/cities/chicago, $10, 21+.

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