Summer games part deux | Chicago events and things to do
Come back for more, eh? With the first round come and gone, you’ve been jonesing to get back in the game. No worries, we got your back. And while the first cut is the deepest, like The Dark Knight or "Ignition (Remix)," the sophomore attempt is where you make your mark. So if you’re still looking for your first gold or you’re looking to Phelps up your medal count, these games might be just up your alley.
Dodge, jump and bring a stack of quarters to prove your Q*bert and Donkey Kong supremacy at this bar’s retro video-game Olympics. Bring an impartial witness to make sure your score is legitmate and to make sure you get a steady stream of high-fives. Emporium, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave (773-697-7922, emporiumchicago.com). Wed 1–Sun 12; 25¢ a game.
Bocce Ball Tournament
When in Little Italy, do as the Italians might do and roll the boccino down the court to show off your ball-rolling skills. Think you're going to botch it mess up? No worries, this is an all-skill-levels event so you can play as awful as I do. Taylor St between Racine St and Ashland Ave (festaitaliana2012.com). Fri 10; $5, kids under 12 free.
Sunday Night Ping-Pong
You may not be on the Olympic level, but at least you’ll think you are after a complimentary cocktail and a chance at a free dinner and other prizes. Ada St., 1644 N Ada St (773-697-7069, adastreetchicago.com). Sundays through late September; $15.
Chicago SandCastle Open
Have what it takes to take the castle-creating crown? You and up to four friends can compete for a chance of becoming beach royalty. Don’t even think about going all Harding on that Kerrigan castle. Osterman Beach, 5800 N Sheridan Rd (chicagosandcastleopen.com). Sat 18, 10am–9pm; amateur team $25.