To eat. Look. Do. – Mel’s Craft BBQ review, ‘Devil Wears Prada’ opens, and how to recycle and get a free beer – Chicago Tribune

Happy Thursday, Chicago.

This week has been full of milestones, commendable and otherwise. Chicago marked the 18th anniversary of the Dave Matthews Band tour bus incident with the Chicago River. And this summer marks the 30th year of Dance for Life, a fundraising event that aims to help keep Chicago’s dance community healthy and supported.

In the meantime, if you’re planning on seeing “The Devil Wears Prada,” it would be best to “gird up your loins” as Nigel says in the movie. Tribune reviewer Chris Jones writes that while the new musical at the Nederlander Theater is entertaining enough, it’s still far from a finished product.

Some places worth checking out are Mel’s Craft BBQ, which Tribune reviewer Nick Kindelsperger says is among the best barbecues in Illinois, and Temperance Beer Co., which has a new recycling program where you can receive a draft. free by bringing hard plastic. beer can holders.

Enjoy the good weather and see you next week.

— Kayla Samoy, Associate Editor

Chicago Dancers United’s annual Dance for Life event returns to the Auditorium Theater this year, raising funds to help support Chicago’s dance community. Mainstays Giordano Dance Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet headline, while Deeply Rooted Dance Theater returns to the DFL stage after a 14-year absence. Read the full story here.

Since being diagnosed with Girdle Muscular Dystrophy in March 2021, Billy Zureikat has had to make some adjustments. Unable to turn to sport, he immersed himself in cooking and savory pastry. Since last summer, Zureikat’s kitchen has become a laboratory for its artisan pizzas and sandwiches that have graced the menus of Pizza Friendly Pizza, Split-Rail, JP Graziano’s and others. Read the full story here.

“Emily the Criminal,” a tough-and-lean little crime story from Los Angeles, is a great dramatic showcase for Aubrey Plaza, writes Tribune reviewer Michael Phillips. “Emily” delves only so far into the page persona, but Plaza creates a woman defined by increasing degrees of economic stress and quivering resolve. Read the full review here.

To eat.  Look.  Do.

To eat. Look. Do.


What to eat. What to watch. What you need to live your best life…now.

With a smile, Tribune critic Nick Kindelsperger’s own daughter said the ribs at Mel’s Craft BBQ in Park Ridge tasted better than hers. Although this is Mel Thillens’ first restaurant, his passion for barbecue began decades ago. Mel’s looks primarily to Texas barbecue for inspiration, though there are a few nods to Chicago’s own scene. Read the full review here.

“Let the Little Light Shine” opens its first week-long engagement in Chicago Friday at the Gene Siskel Film Center. This is the story of how the National Academy of K-8 Teachers foiled the plans of Chicago Public Schools and city officials to convert the spacious elementary and secondary school. and high-performing composed mostly of black and minority students in a southern loop. neighborhood high school. Read the full story here.

What better reward for recycling those hard plastic beer can holders than a free raffle? Craft for Climate recruited more than 40 Chicago breweries and beer stores to collect PakTech holders and take them to four larger collection centers, including Temperance Beer Co., where beer drinkers can bring plastic carriers recyclables at the brewery and receive a free draft for matching the height of the stack of trays. Read the full story here.

Tribune reviewer Chris Jones writes that while this new show was reasonably entertaining, there’s still a lot of work to be done, including adding more wit and irreverence, providing a more legit track experience, and moving faster and smoother. Read the full review here.

The former chef and co-owner of Café Marie-Jeanne, which closed in 2020 due to the pandemic, recently returned to Chicago with a surprising new project: Uncle Bunny’s, a pop-up shack with ribs, hot dogs and beef. Italian. Read the full review here.

Adam Levin left Chicago a few years ago and moved to Florida. But her new novel returns to Chicago. “Mount Chicago” is yet another ambitious swing for literary fences, or at the very least, a joyous but mournful stab at bringing the sprawling American novel back to Chicago. Read the full story here.

Jen and John Stumbaugh were inspired by the European café model, where a café turns into a wine bar and baristas serve coffee and cocktails. They opened an all-day cafe called Evanston Pour. Read the full story here.

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