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Weekend Plans: Olympic celebrations, plant swaps, and Netflix docs

By Sidney Madden | @sidney_madden_

Happy weekend, friends! 

We’ve still got your weekly roundup of events around the city, but if you’re looking to stay in and binge a few Chicago-related documentaries on Netflix, we got you. 

It feels like Ye, aka Kanye West, is everywhere right now. Part one of “jeen-yuhs,” a film about his rise to fame, dropped Wednesday. 

Downfall: The Case Against Boeing” investigates the Chicago company after the two fatal 737 Max crashes. 

Need a palate cleanser between Ye and Boeing? Rewatch “South Side” on HBO for the upteenth time. 

P.S. We’ll be back in your inboxes and podcast feeds Tuesday! 

  • A man was charged with allegedly stalking Mayor Lori Lightfoot. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White endorsed City Clerk Anna Valencia in the crowded race for his seat. [WTTW]
  • It feels like new developments are coming into neighborhoods a lot these days. Learn about community benefits agreements with City Bureau Tuesday, and sign up to get a resource zine!
  • Maybe don’t flush your toilet — it could contribute to overwhelming water treatment facilities while Chi deals with this weather. [Chicago Public Square]
  • In Bulls news: Zach LaVine is set to return to the court after the All-Star Game, Alex Caruso could be back training in a week, and Tristan Thompson is the newest addition to the roster. [Forbes]
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TODAY: The Salt Shed concert ticket sales
See Jorja Smith, the Fleet Foxes, and more at the old Morton Salt factory, now a concert venue, in Goose Island this summer. Get tickets at 10 a.m.

SATURDAY: Plant swap in Back of the Yards 
Trade your clippings, propagations, and more for some new plant babies at The Plant Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Browse the indoor winter market!

THIS WEEKEND: Lincoln Square Winter Brew fest
Bundle up and sample beverages from local breweries at the outdoor fest along Lincoln Avenue between Eastwood and Wilson Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

THIS WEEKEND: Olympic celebrations in Humboldt Park, Wicker Park
Compete in flip cup, beer pong, and more at The Graff Saturday afternoon. Catch the real Winter Games at the Olympic pop-up at Fatpour Tap Works.

THIS WEEK: Andersonville Restaurant Week
Starting today, dine at one of the 17 participating North Side restaurants

THIS MONTH: “Gem of the Ocean” downtown
The first part of playwright August Wilson’s 10-part American Century cycle documenting Black life is back at the Goodman Theatre until Feb. 27.


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