Thursday, June 8, 2023
Who let the beasts out? New 'Transformers' tries but fails to energize the saga
"Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" returns the franchise to its galaxy-wide self-importance after taking a nice detour with 2018's smaller "Bumblebee." We have a new cast of animal robots and a very evil enemy in the planet-eating Unicron, but they're not used right and the movie limps from fight to fight.
Dining out: National Rose Day, Sangria Flight Weekend and Mimosas With A MissionRefreshing cocktails at suburban restaurants are on tap for National Rose Day, Sangria Flight Weekend and Mimosas With A Mission.
Kaley Cuoco, Chris Messina star in 'Based on a True Story,' a tale of a killer idea that goes awryIn the new Peacock series "Based on a True Story," debuting Thursday, Kaley Cuoco plays Ava, a woman obsessed with true crime. She consumes these dark stories all day, analyzes the cases with her friends and murder-centric podcasts help lull her to sleep at night.
Improv artist learns you don't need to be the greatest dad to be a good oneJimmy Carrane will present his one-man performance, "World's Greatest Dad(?)," in three shows June 16-17 at The Laughing Academy in Glenview.
Joe Donut filling a hole on Mount Prospect's Rand Road corridorJoe Donut is filling a hole along Mount Prospect's Rand Road corridor. The business operates at 720 E. Rand, the former home of Frankie's Fast Food, which closed after nearly two decades. Given the line of cars at its drive-through, Joe Donut could be in for a long run as well.
Now's the time to make suburban dining plans for Father's DayImpress dad by planning a special brunch, lunch or dinner outing in the suburbs for Father's Day.
Best Bets: Blippi in Rosemont, Chi-Soul Fest, Jim Breuer, Umphrey's McGee rock docFind kid-friendly fun with Blippi, dance the weekend away with Chi-Soul Fest at Navy Pier, revisit 25 years of Umphrey's McGee with the premiere of the documentary "Frame x Frame," laugh along with comedian Jim Breuer at the Genesee and more.
Hanover Park unveiling Warhol-inspired mural of notable people from villageThe village of Hanover Park is joining the celebration of the "WARHOL" exhibition that opened last week at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn in a couple ways this summer.
Festivals June 9-15: Chicago Blues Fest, Rails to Victory, Mundelein Craft Beer Fest and moreIf you haven't made it to an outdoor concert, movie in the park, cruise night or festival yet, there are a variety of options happening across the suburbs this week. The best part? Most are free to attend.
Record gift to Chicago Botanic Garden a boon for plant science, conservation, trainingA major contribution will help the Chicago Botanic Garden study and conserve sensitive plant species, aiming to increase their numbers to reintroduce them to their habitats.
Sound check: Heatwave Music Festival, Simplistic Urge reunionThe Heatwave Music Festival returns to Chicago with its focus on dance music and eye-popping art; rock band Simplistic Urge reunites for an anniversary show at Rookie's RocHaus; spend A Day in the Country with Chicago honky tonk and Americana faves and more.
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