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What to Do in Chicago This Week: March 18-24

Superheroes Are Everywhere This Week

Photo courtesy of Quiote

This week in Chicago, celebrate superheroes at a brewery and an art museum, dine al fresco (yes, really) and attend a zine fair at the Ace Hotel.

Photo courtesy of Empirical Brewery

Voyager Pop-up at Quiote
One of the buzziest restaurants in Detroit is heading to one of the buzziest restaurants in Logan Square for a one-night pop-up. On March 18, Quiote’s Ross Henke invites Jennifer Jackson of Voyager to prepare a dinner menu of eclectic offerings. A la carte dishes include salsify and scallops with brown butter and green peppercorns; hot shrimp and sea island red peas; and Caesar salad topped with sweetbreads and cotija. Details: March 18, 5 p.m.
– Matt Kirouac

Superhero Week at Empirical Brewery
Empirical is celebrating the lead-up to Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) with a week-long lineup of all things comics and superheroes. Nerd out with superhero trivia (Tuesday, 7 p.m.), Tequila Barrel Aged Gamma Ray Ginger Wheat release and a live taproom mural drawing from Northside Comics (Thursday), “Masks and Casks” costume contest (Friday) and superhero movies in the taproom (Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday). Details: March 19-24
– Jim Morris

Photo by Cortney Armitage/Courtesy of The Mowglis/Facebook

The Mowglis
Ready for a dose of Southern California sunshine? Catch The Mowglis opening for Jukebox the Ghost at the Metro. The cheerful alt-rock band is touring on their brand new EP, American Feelings. The album sees the six-piece tackling themes of isolation and communication in contemporary culture with their signature buoyant indie-pop attitude. Details: March 20, 6:30 p.m. at Metro; $25-28
– Jessica Mlinaric

Mateo Lane at Lincoln Lodge
Another former Chicago native that’s currently skyrocketing to stardom, Lane has had appearances on ​The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and Late Night With Seth Myers,​ as well as a handful of MTV shows, and most recently the Netflix original series, The Standups. Details: March 22-23, 8 p.m.; $18
– Matty Ryan

Pivot Arts Presents: Live Talk 
“Change is God” – Octavia Butler. Join me and some of my favorite local artists for an evening of short, live performances around the theme of “Transformation.” We will collectively explore gentrification and other forms of external and internal change. Details: March 21 at Uncommon Ground
– Tanuja Jagernauth

Photo courtesy of City Winery at the Riverwalk/Facebook

River Domes Return to City Winery
The River Domes are back. That’s right, those translucent igloo-like spheres are here to beckon patio season early along the Riverwalk, courtesy of City Winery. The heated domes come fully loaded with Bluetooth speakers, games and furniture befitting up to eight guests. Reservations for these quasi-al fresco oases last two and a half hours and cost $85 per person, including a $60 food and beverage minimum. Details: March 20-May 5
– Matt Kirouac

An Introduction to Performance Art—Fluxus at the Art Institute of Chicago
If performance art often befuddles you, don’t worry—you’re not alone. In a four-part lecture series (free to attend, with admission) the museum is attempting to make this art form a bit more accessible. This week centers on the celebrated Fluxus group, which included artists like Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman and Yoko Ono. Details: March 22
– Claire Voon

The Art of Alex Ross
Kids who marvel at superheroes will love this exhibit at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville. Alex Ross has illustrated some of Marvel’s most illustrious superheroes, like Spiderman, Capitan America and Iron Man. Details: $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and youth 4-17, free for children three and younger
– Samantha Lande

Courtesy of the Alex Ross/Dunn Museum

Foto Mercado at the Ace Hotel
This popular zine fair returns for its second year for what’s sure to be a killer party, complete with DJs. The focus here is on photo-centric publications, and dozens of vendors are participating, so expect to spend at least an hour here sifting through everything. Details: March 23
– Claire Voon

Red Rex
I had the honor of seeing Red Rex at Steep Theatre, and I have to say that this show is a MUST-SEE for anyone involved in theater and anyone who has ever worked. Anywhere. This play by Ike Holter perfectly captures the perils of existing within cultures that thrive on scarcity, domination, hierarchy and internalized oppression. I cannot recommend this play highly enough. Details: Through March 30 at Steep Theatre
– Tanuja Jagernauth

Red Rex/Photo by Lee Miller/Courtesy of Steep Theatre