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Monica Eng
May 27, 2022 - Things to Do

"Somewhere Over the Border" crosses frontiers

Woman in front of rain storm
Gabriela Moscoso stars as Reina in "Somewhere Over the Border." Photo: Joel Maisonet, courtesy of Teatro Vista

In a new show, playwright and actor Brian Quijada uses a North American children's story to frame a Central American immigrant story.

The show: "Somewhere Over the Border," performed by Teatro Vista at the Windy City Playhouse through June 12.

Photo flashback: Chicago beaches

People on beach
People in bathing suits at Oak Street Beach in 1929. Photo: Chicago Daily News/Chicago History Museum/Getty Images

Area beaches open today!

  • Here's a look back at our city enjoying what Lake Michigan has to offer. Happy summer, Chicago.
Monica Eng
May 27, 2022 - Things to Do

Tuning in to Chicago's 1992 indie-music scene

Band on stage
Uncle Tupelo, shown here in Minneapolis in 1994, was a staple of the Chicago rock-club scene. Photo: Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The new TV show "Shining Girls" takes place partly in Chicago's indie club scene circa 1992.

  • Kirby (played by Elisabeth Moss) watches her mom's punk shows and even has a Lounge Ax (RIP) poster on her wall.
  • It got us wondering how folks from the 1992 scene remember its highlights 30 years later and view the show.

15 ideas for thrift shopping, as told by Chicago readers

woman shopping at a thrift store
A customer at a Goodwill store in Arlington Heights. Photo: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Last week, we asked about where you like to shop for your secondhand duds.

๐Ÿ‘— Arianna V.: "I love all of the Village Discount stores. Not only do they have great prices, but you can get lost in there for at least an hour because of the mass amount of items out on the floor."

Monica Eng
May 25, 2022 - Things to Do

Check out Olive Park

Gal in a park
Earlier this week, we asked where Monica took this picture. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

We asked readers to identify the park Monica was in using these clues:

4 weekday happy hour specials in Chicago

Draft beer and oysters at Swift & Sons Tavern in Chicago
Swift & Son's Tavern. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Going out is fun, but who doesn't like a deal?

Worth noting: Happy hours weren't fully legal in Illinois until 2015.

  • In the spirit of being legally allowed to drink with a discount, here are a few specials to take advantage of during the week.
Monica Eng
May 19, 2022 - Things to Do

Wrigleyville fun without baseball

The soon-to-open AIDS Garden near Belmont and the lake. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

๐Ÿ‘‹ Hey, it's Monica. I live in Wrigleyville, where tens of thousands of fans will gather to watch the Cubs play the Diamondbacks over the next four days.

What's happening: As the devoted partner of a baseball fanatic, I know what it's like to tag along to games when I secretly would rather be exploring the neighborhood.

3 Chicago date ideas under $25

People walk and bike on a pedestrian trail
The 606 trail. Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via Getty Images

Dating can be expensive, but you don't have to spend a ton of money to have a good time.

  • Whether you are on a first date or have been together for years, here are some date ideas under $25.

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