This weekend’s event calendar is chock-full of reasons to get out, get busy, and enjoy the neighborhood. Whether you’re a single looking to make a connection, a penny-pincher who’s in a relationship, a vegan looking for a delicious dinner, a gourmand in search of that next underground dining fix, a mommy-to-be in need of some yogic stretching, or a parent desperate for ideas to keep “I’m so bored” comments at bay, we have you covered!
Environmental Awareness for Kids
On Friday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m., head over to Bellybum Boutique (4347 N. Lincoln Ave.) for Green Storytime with “Miss Alix,” local author and illustrator. She’ll read from the latest “green”-focused kids’ books and from her own new book, Loui Saves the Earth. Storytime is free and all are welcome to attend.
A Fancy Affair
Whose to say rainbow tights, red cowboy boots, and a bounty of bangles don’t make for a fabulous outfit” For any parents with little style mavens on their hands, check out the Fancy Nancy Soiree at Family Grounds Cafe (3652 N. Lincoln Ave.) The special summer playdate takes place on Friday, July 23, at 1 p.m. Cost is $20 per child (ages 4-6) and pre-registration is required.
Dating on a Budget
The DANK-Haus hosts “German Cinema Now” on Friday, July 23, at 7 p.m. (2nd floor Brandenburg room, 4740 N. Western Ave.). The contemporary German film Cherry Blossoms will be featured (with subtitles). Free admission + free popcorn = cheap date! On Saturday, July 24, head to The Cornservatory (4210 N. Lincoln Ave.) for a “super” date in the form of Super Happy Fun Show, a late-night improv show/hour-long “fun-jection.” Tickets are available for just $10, and it’s BYOB, so don’t forget the the vino! Call (312) 409-6435 to reserve tickets.
Looking for Love in All the Right Places
Down on your dating luck? Date and Dash might be your answer for summer love. The “Russian roulette of speed dating,” so it has been called, happens at The Book Cellar (4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.) on Saturday, July 24, at 5 p.m. Tickets are available through the Date and Dash website for $35.
Baby on the Horizon?
Bloom Yoga Studio (4663 N. Rockwell Ave.) is hosting Prenatal Partner Yoga. Designed around your belly bump, this class helps “alleviate many of the common complaints of pregnancy, such as back aches and hip pain.” So grab your partner and head over to Bloom. $70/couple
Get Your Food Fix
Delicious (3827 N. Lincoln Ave.) hosts a vegan dinner on Sunday, July 25, at 7 p.m. The coffeeshop will transform into a communal dining restaurant, boasting a three-course island-theme vegan menu (think: black-eyed peas, jerk seitan, mashed sweet potatoes, and coconuts). The meal is $18 per person. For those looking to brunch things up, two Chicago chefs, Valerie Bolon (of Top Chef Season 4) and personal chef Rachel Winpar have teamed up to create the culinary speakeasy series Brunch ‘n’ Brew. Beer and breakfast? Not a bad concept! The underground dining experience happens on Sunday, July 25 at 11 a.m. at the Ravenswood Event Center (4011 N. Ravenswood Ave.) Tickets are $65.