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Things to do in Chicago this weekend: ‘The Room’ screening, Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer, Windy City Soul Club, Taste of Ravenswood

Chicago Tribune logo Chicago Tribune 11/8/2019 By Adam Lukach, Chicago Tribune

Chicago is serving up a ton of different things to do this weekend, including neighborhood food and beer festivals, a midnight movie screening, soulful shows, yoga with the fishes, a beer-launch-slash-dog-adoption party and more.

Taste of Ravenswood

Ravenswood doesn’t always get its culinary due — relative to say, the West Loop or Logan Square — but there are some bodacious bites throughout the neighborhood, and this weekend’s annual Taste of Ravenswood event celebrates the area’s finest food and drink. Food vendors include Band of Bohemia, Roots Pizza, Spoken Cafe and more, while drinks come courtesy of Half Acre, Begyle, Dovetail, KOVAL and others. There will also be live music, virtual reality games from VR Redline and skee-ball. Make sure you save some room! 6:30 p.m. (cocktail hour) or 7:30-10 p.m. Friday (GA), Ravenswood Event Center, 4021 N. Ravenswood Ave., $60 GA, $85 with cocktail hour;

Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer

The massive Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer (FoBAB) hits Chicago for its 17th annual edition this weekend, bringing more than 200(!) craft breweries from throughout the country, all pouring up some of their rarest wood- and barrel-aged beers during three weekend sessions. Literally all of the pours will have been touched by wood at some point in their brewing processes. Some of those tasty barrel-aged brews will get you, though, so watch out! 6-10 p.m. Friday; 1-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Saturday, UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, $85;

Windy City Soul Club

The Windy City Soul Club — the popular weekend dance party that bid adieu to its home of 10 years at the Empty Bottle earlier this year — will celebrate its 11th anniversary by introducing its new location at Sleeping Village. The rest includes the same ol’ good tunes, three hours of “original R&B, Motown, Northern, crossover and modern soul” to move your feet. 9-11:59 p.m. Saturday, Sleeping Village, 3734 W. Belmont Ave., $5;

‘The Room’ screening

Say “hi” to Mark and don’t let Karen tear you apart at a midnight screening of “The Room” this weekend. If you’ve never seen Tommy Wiseau’s bizarre, inscrutable cult film, a midnight showing offers a pretty decent setting. Be aware, though: Music Box Theatre’s screening of “The Room” involve noisy, interactive crowds — as well as throwing plastic spoons, which you’ll understand later — so it’s not exactly a quiet night at the movies. 11:59 p.m. Friday, Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., $12;

Fantasia with Robin Thicke, Tank and The Bonfyre

While awaiting the release of her upcoming album “Sketchbook,” singer and musician Fantasia has been on a nationwide tour with fellow R&B artists Robin Thicke, Tank and The Bonfyre. You can groove along with all four artists when the tour hits Chicago this weekend — or you could just go for Fantasia. We wouldn’t blame you. 8 p.m. Saturday, 200 E. Cermak Road, $45-$95;

Yoga at Shedd Aquarium

“Om” with the fishes this weekend, as Shedd Aquarium hosts a morning yoga session before it opens to the public. Soak in some peaceful vibes from our aquatic friends. 8-10 a.m. Sunday, Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, $40;

Beer launch/dog adoption party

Midwest Coast Brewing is one of the city’s newest brewery, and it will debut its newest brew this weekend, dubbed “Old Girl.” It’s a collaboration with adoption agency One Tail at a Time, so everyone’s throwing a party/adoption event to celebrate (dogs welcome!) Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Midwest Coast Brewing Company, 2137 W. Walnut St., free;

WGCI Music Summit

This weekend’s WGCI Music Summit brings an impressive group of hip-hop professionals — Mustard, Fat Joe, G Herbo, Doja Cat and more — for a day of listening sessions, panels, discussions and more. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. King Drive, $55-$99;

Whiner Beer’s pig roast

Whiner Beer gives you a chance to warm up this weekend with an outdoor hog roast at The Plant. A flat fee gets you all you can eat and drink, and vegetarians will have special options for them. 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Whiner Beer Taproom, The Plant, 1400 W. 46th St., $25;

Jenny Slate ‘Little Weirds’ tour

Jenny Slate will do a little reading, some chatting and, surely, a bunch of laughing during her “Little Weirds” book tour. The tour, moderated by her fiance Ben Shattuck, hits Chicago this weekend. 8 p.m. Friday, The Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., $47;

Eryn Allen Kane

Born in Detroit, musician Eryn Allen Kane has contributed to and collaborated with Chicago artists a great deal during the 2010s and also carved out her own sound as an R&B/soul artist. 7-10 p.m. Friday, The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, $24-$38;


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