To eat. Watch. To do. – Riot Fest guide, Kim’s Uncle Pizza review

It’s Thursday, Chicago.

Did you feel it? That whisper of autumn, before another period of oppressive heat arrives to end summer.

If you’re looking for something to sip while enjoying the fake fall weather, we’ve got wine recommendations from local experts at Rootstock and Esmé. Or check out a new popcorn beer collaboration between Revolution Brewing and Garrett Popcorn.

There’s plenty of theater news this week, with looks at “Dreamgirls,” “Wicked,” “The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington,” and “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Plus, we’ve got the must-see bands and all the entry details for Riot Fest this weekend, and another series of arts and entertainment guides in the fall, looking at what’s to come for books, museums, and classical music.

See you next week.

— Kayla Samoy, Deputy Editor-in-Chief

The folks behind Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream and Marz Brewing in the Bridgeport neighborhood have brought their acclaimed pizzas north to the Westmont suburb, where Kim’s Uncle Pizza delighted Tribune food critic Louisa Chu.

“The revival of a small suburban pizzeria goes beyond reclaiming the craft of tavern pizza; it’s a holistic destination experience,” Chu said. Read her full review here.


“See How They Run” simultaneously pokes fun at the murder mystery form and pays tribute to it, writes Tribune reviewer Nina Metz. If only it were really funny! Read her full review here.


If you’re just not sure which book to read next, Christopher Borrelli’s guide to new releases this fall has something that will interest everyone. His selections range from Alan Rickman’s posthumous memoir “Madly, Deeply” to Baek Sehee’s “I Want to Die But I Want to Eat Tteokbokki”. Read his full list here.

To eat. Watch. To do.

To eat. Watch. To do.


What to eat. What to watch. What you need to live your best life… now.

Revolution Brewing and Garrett Popcorn have come together to create CaramelCrisp, a brown ale made with Garrett’s legendary caramel corn. Josh Noel writes that the new beer is “surprisingly dry and nuanced”. Read the full story here.


Riot Fest is back this weekend, with big headliners like The Original Misfits and Yellowcard among the bands that will be playing one of their full-length albums. Get ready to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Walk Among Us” or rock out to “Ocean Avenue”. Read the full guide here.


If you’re looking to get cozy with a nice glass of wine this fall, Anna Lee Iijima spoke to a few Chicago sommeliers to get their recommendations, from heavier whites to voluptuous and warm reds. Read the full story here.


This 90-minute play imagines sick Martha Washington having a fever dream, similar to Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.” Tribune reviewer Chris Jones writes that the show “roars in the most assured way”. Read his full review here.


Looks like we can’t get enough of murder mysteries and Agatha Christie this week (no complaints here). In this Drury Lane Theater production, Larry Yando stars as Hercule Poirot, making him a run-of-the-mill figure. Read the full review here.


Vancouver is a place full of outdoor adventures, pristine local produce and delicious seafood, writes Amber Gibson. She has recommendations for where to go and what to do in the city, such as visiting Published on Main, a globally inspired and hyper-local restaurant with ingredients. Read the full story here.


The new season means new exhibits and events in Chicago’s museums. Writer Hannah Edgar has selected some standout options, including Nick Cave’s exhibit at DuSable with his brother Jack and “The Changing Face of Science” at the Field Museum, which honors Lynika Strozier, a black neurodivergent field scientist. Read their full list here.

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