Axios Chicago Weekender

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September 07, 2023

Hey, Thursday! Maxwell here.

  • Here are a few of the fun happenings around town this weekend.

Today's newsletter is 886 words โ€” a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Enter a world of literature

A photo showing seven people outside, looking at books on bookshelves under a tent.

People shop for books at the Printers Row Lit Fest. Photo: John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Find your next favorite read at the 38th annual Printers Row Lit Fest, featuring booksellers, authors, readers, publishers and literary enthusiasts.

Why it matters: It's the largest free outdoor literary festival in the Midwest.

  • The event brings more than 100,000 visitors and offers products from over 100 booksellers.

Details: The festival is held at Printers Row and runs from 10amโ€“6pm Saturday and Sunday. Here's the schedule.

Monica's picks: I wish I could clone myself and see all 70+ amazing sessions on six stages. But if I have to choose, here are the five events I'd make sure to attend:

More things to do this weekend

๐Ÿˆ Northwestern home opener: After dropping their first game to Rutgers, the Wildcats host the UTEP Miners at Ryan Field. Kickoff is at 2:30pm Saturday. Tickets start at $25.

๐Ÿด Taste of Chicago: Chow down on some of the city's signature dishes from dozens of booths and trucks at Grant Park. Music lovers can sing at a karaoke stage and see performances by headliners Doug E. Fresh, KRS-One, Slick Rick, Whitney, Kaina and Rae Chardonnay. The festival runs from 11amโ€“9pm Fridayโ€“Sunday.

  • Details: Here's the list of food vendors, menu items and a map. Plus, check out Monica's roundup of four cool things you can't miss at this year's fest.
  • Cost: Entrance is free, but food costs vary by vendor.
  • For a different kind of food fest, check out World Dumpling Fest in Logan Square at noon Saturday, presenting musical performances and dozens of dumpling varieties from around the world.

๐Ÿพ PAWS Chicago 5K: Walk or run in Chicago's largest dog-friendly charity event 7:30am Saturday at Montrose Harbor-Grove 16. The proceeds go toward the Midwest's largest no-kill animal shelter, PAWS Chicago. Register.

๐ŸŒฝ Richardson Corn Maze opens: Walk along a 9- to 10-mile trail through 28 acres of corn in this "Jurassic Park"-themed maze at Richardson Farm in Spring Grove. You can spend anywhere from 1o minutes to two hours in the maze, which opens for the season Sunday at noon. Tickets start at $24 for guests 13+.

๐Ÿป Bears home opener: Justin Fields and the Bears will open their season against the post-Aaron Rodgers Packers at Soldier Field 3:25pm Sunday. Tickets start at $225.

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2. โ–ถ๏ธ Streaming guide

A photo showing a scene from "The Changeling." A man wearing a beanie and a long coat is sitting with a woman who is pregnant on an empty subway. His hand is on her leg and he's staring at her while she's looking down.

LaKeith Stanfield and Clark Backo in "The Changeling." Photo: Apple

Watch Apple's new horrific drama series, uncover the troubling secrets kept by the Boy Scouts of America or see what drama a group of real estate agents in Southern California are up to.

  • Here's what's new on streaming this weekend.

๐Ÿงœ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ Attention Ariel fans: "The Little Mermaid (2023)" starring Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy is now available on Disney+.

My pick of the week

"The Changeling," available tomorrow on Apple TV+

What's happening: Academy Award nominee LaKeith Stanfield is the star and executive producer of this new eight-part horror series described by Apple as a "fairytale for grown-ups."

The intrigue: This series is based on Victor LaValle's bestselling novel of the same name and LaValle himself is the show's narrator.

Quick take: LaKeith Stanfield and the horror genre go together like hand and glove because he masters the "fish out of water" trope. If you're familiar with some of his previous credits, like "Atlanta," "Sorry To Bother You" and "Get Out," then you're used to seeing Stanfield in some peculiar circumstances and "The Changeling" might top them all.

Don't miss these

"Scouts Honor: The Secret Files of the Boy Scouts of America," available now on Netflix

  • What's happening: This documentary doesn't hold back. Using archival footage and exclusive interviews with whistleblowers, survivors and former employees of the Boy Scouts, it addresses the cover-up of child sexual abuse.
  • Go deeper: Judge upholds Boy Scouts sex abuse settlement

"Sitting in Bars With Cake," available now on Prime Video

  • The intrigue: Yara Shahidi ("grown-ish") and Odessa A'zion ("Fam") star in this film based on real events from the memoirs of Audrey Shulman.
  • What's happening: The film depicts Shulman's practice of "cakebarring" โ€” bringing cakes to bars to meet men.

More to watch

"Top Boy" on Netflix

  • We find out who becomes the Top Boy of Summerhouse in the third and final season of this crime drama. In this season, โ€‹โ€‹Sully and Dushane endure new problems as their empire is threatened by forces from outside and within. Available now.

"Dreaming Whilst Black" on Paramount+

  • This BBC sitcom starring Adjani Salmon ("Doctor Who") won a BAFTA Award for emerging talent in fiction in 2022. Available tomorrow.
  • Of note: A Showtime subscription is required to stream "Dreaming Whilst Black" on either platform.

๐Ÿ˜ž Maxwell is not ready to say goodbye to summer.

๐ŸŽค Monica, in an act of flagrant self-promotion, hopes you will come to her Chicago food quiz presentations at Taste of Chicago's karaoke stage at 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Thanks to our editor Ashley May and copy editor Egan Millard.