Thursday, January 29, 2015

This Weekend

  • Super Sub: John Oliver at Chicago Theatre

    John Oliver takes a break from filling Jon Stewart’s chair to crack jokes on an easy target: American politics.

    Side shows: In addition to The Daily Show, Oliver’s daily wisdom can be found on news podcast The Bugle.

    Fri 8p. Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Loop (312-462-6300). $49 and up here.

    Nearby: Phoenix Lounge; Backstage Bistro; State & Lake Chicago Tavern

  • Bearing Down: OctoBearfest Revolution at Public House

    Watch the Bears take on the Giants amidst a booze fountain as you pair gourmet brats with Revolution craft brews.

    Winner take all: In addition to the game, root for yourself in the raffle to win a VIP tour of the brewery.

    Tonight 6:30p. Public House, 400 N. State St., River North (312-265-1240). $25 here.

    Nearby: Untitled; Paris Club; Siena Tavern

  • Big Picture: Chicago International Film Festival

    From modern comedies to classic Fellini flicks, travel the world through 100+ films from more than 50 countries.

    Open up: Catch new Joaquin Phoenix film The Immigrant at tonight’s opening night gala and cocktail reception here.

    Tonight thru Oct 24. AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., River East (312-322-3456). $5-20 per film; festival pass $95-240 here.

    Nearby: Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge; Chicago Burger Company; Lizzie McNeil’s

  • Easy Rider: Chicago Marathon Watch Party at Park Grill

    Instead of sweating your way through the streets, cheer on the runners via large monitors as you dine al fresco over the park.

    Early riser: Eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, parmesan breakfast potatoes, and chilaquiles make this worth getting up for.

    Sun 8a-noon. Park Grill at Millennium Park, 11 N. Michigan Ave., Loop (312-521-7275). $18 here.

    Nearby: III Forks; Rudy’s Bar & Grille; Titled Kilt

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