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Weekend Plans: Karaoke, composting, and a clothing swap

By Sidney Madden | @sidney_madden_

Hey, hey, friends! 

Want to know one thing I’ve learned about you all? You’re a bunch of doers, going to all sorts of events around the city in your neighborhood and others. 

As always, we have plenty of ideas for how to spend your weekend, but if you’re looking to try something new, go to Karaoke Storytellers.

Local performers tell stories and break into songs that’ll make you laugh and think all in a couple hours at Schubas in Lakeview Sunday at 7 p.m. 

Plus, our own Jacoby Cochran is emcee for the night. Musician Bianca Shaw is headlining. And City Cast will be giving out merch to a few lucky winners. 

P.S. My City Cast colleagues will be penning next week’s newsletters while I’m on vacay 🏝️Talk soon!


▪️ The city’s police watchdog agency ended its investigation into the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo and turned in the findings to Superintendent David Brown, who has 60 days to respond. [Block Club Chicago]

▪️ U.S. Rep. Chuy Garcia is endorsing Rev. Jesse Jackson’s son, Jonathan, also a Rainbow Push Coalition spokesperson, in the crowded race for Illinois’ 1st Congressional District. [Politico Illinois]

▪️ Former Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike is leading Sinai Chicago, the city’s largest private safety-net hospital system. [WTTW]

▪️The Great Chicago Flood happened 30 years ago this week. Check out this graphic history of how the Loop went under water — without any rain. [Chicago magazine]

▪️Calling all the foodies: Check out the Chicago Tribune’s Readers’ Choice Food awards.

▪️This week’s must-read



+ Xochitl-Quetzal Danza Azteca in Lincoln Park. See the dance troupe at the family-friendly performance at the Nature Museum at 11 a.m.


+ Community Compost Collection in Garfield Park, Back of the Yards. Drop off food waste to be composted at Garfield Park Conservatory from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or The Plant from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

+ Sound of Silent Film Fest in Lakeview. Watch “The Reel,” “Gut Feelings,” and more silent films at the Music Box Theatre Saturday starting at 7:15 p.m.

+ Puff & Poetry in South Shore. Celebrate National Poetry Month at this 420-friendly spoken word showcase at Mary Jane Cafe at 7:30 p.m.

+Full moon bike egg hunt in Lincoln Square. Search for bright eggs at Winnemac Park at 8 p.m., and then cycle to Spiteful Brewing Tap Room. 


+“Soul Food Series” in Humboldt Park. See the opening of an art installation celebrating Southern Black roots at The Honeycomb Network from 4–6 p.m.

All Weekend

+ Vintage pop-ups in Avondale, Logan Square. Head to a clothing swap at Books4Cause Friday from 5–8 p.m., or shop handmade goods at The Sunday Standard Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

+Go-Karts on Ice on Near West Side. Face off against fellow go-karters on the ice and in a costume contest at Fifth Third Arena through Sunday. 

Celebrating this spring’s many holy days? We had some ideas!

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CTA riders remain worried about crime following the New York subway shootings, grocery prices are up, and this Bronzeville bakery has to be on your radar. The Marshall Project’s Ghazala Irshad and Chicago Tribune’s Stephanie Casanova join us to look back at the week’s news. (new)

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