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🗓️ Fashion, films, and Father’s Day

By Sidney Madden | @sidney_madden_

Hiya, friends, 

We’re big karaoke fans at City Cast, especially host Jacoby Cochran who emcees Karaoke Storytellers. Ahead of the singing–storytelling event Sunday at Schubas in Lakeview, we want to know YOUR fav karaoke songs. Fill out this form, and we’ll share next week! 

Wondering some of our go-to songs?

🎶 Jacoby: “A Song for Mama” by Boyz II Men
🎺 Simone: “All That Jazz” from the musical “Chicago” 
🤠 Carrie: “Jolene” by Dolly Parton
💖 Sidney: “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston’s version

P.S. We’ll be off Monday in honor of Juneteenth. Back in your inbox Tuesday!

📰 Newsfeed

Signing bonus enough for lifeguards? The Park District is upping its signing offer to $600 in an effort to fill the 91% vacant seasonal lifeguard positions at the city’s pools and beaches. Outdoor pools were supposed to open next week but will now open July 5. [Block Club; ABC7]

CPS explores police alternatives. With cops in schools cut by a third in the past two years, some schools are turning to deans, security guards, and mental health programs instead. [WBEZ, Sun-Times]

Have a Beyoncé fund? The “Renaissance” album is out next month, and the Tribune’s Britt Julious has been saving for years to see Queen Bey.

This week’s must-read.

🗓️ Weekend Plans


Music Box 70 mm Film Fest starts in Lakeview. Watch restorations of “Airport” and “Spartacus” as well as a 13-minute Chicago travelog from ‘83. ($14)

Immersive Monet opens in Old Town. See the iconic 19th century impressionist works at the Lighthouse ArtSpace. (Varies)


World Refugee Day in Rogers Park. Celebrate the event’s 20th anniversary in Chicago with a soccer tournament, multicultural performances, and a picnic at Pottawattomie Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Free)

PIQNIQ fest in Tinley Park. Catch Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Bastille, and others at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre at noon. ($20+)

Fashion shows online, in Roseland. Stream the floral–themed show by Southside Blooms and Columbia College students at 11 a.m. See drag, DJs, and more at the Queer Radical Fair in Palmer Park from 2–7 p.m. (Free)


Father’s Day brewery package in Logan Square. Treat the dad figure in your life to a couple of beers at Pilot Project Brewing from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. ($39)

Bridgerton Experience ends in Washington Park. Pretend you’re on the hit Netflix show at the Queen’s Ball in 19th century London at XS Tennis. ($45) 

All Weekend

Pride Fest in Northalsted. See artists like Dorian Electra and CupcakKe, and catch the pet parade on Halsted Street from Addison to Grace 🌈 🐾 (Free)

Taste of Randolph, Pullman. Try foods from 16 restaurants at the West Loop fest through Sunday. Chow down on ribs, gourmet sammies, and more at Pullman Park while getting a dance lesson Saturday. (Free)

Summer Smash fest in North Lawndale. See Post Malone, Playboy Carti, and others at Lyrical Lemonade’s hip-hop fest in Douglass Park. ($17.75+)

Juneteenth celebrations citywide. Go to a block party in Hyde Park, a parade in Pilsen, a “Black Panther” concert downtown, and more. (Varies)


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⏪ This Week on the Pod

TODAY: Calling For Safer Roads, More Trees. Plus, Iconic Lions’ Spa Day.
THU: Our Love Letter to Harold’s Chicken Shack: A Chi Institution
WED: Pro Soccer Instead of Housing? Sounds Like Another Broken Promise
TUE: What is the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District?
MON: Jacoby vs. Carrie in Chi Trivia

Catch Jacoby today on WBEZ’s “Nerdette” and “Reset” and WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”. He’ll moderate a congressional public safety forum Monday.

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