5 free things to do this weekend | Jan 11-13
Chicago Park District Fitness Centers and Classes: Free Admission
Make good on the ubiquitous New Year's resolution to get in shape. Gratis admission includes access to citywide pools, strength-training equipment, treadmills, recumbent bicycles and yoga, Pilates, kickboxing and more. Times and locations vary, visit chicagoparkdistrict.com for more information.
Locations citywide, (312)-742-7529. Fri/Sat/Sun; free.
“Claire Ashley: frizzflopsqueezepop”
Some of Oak Park–based artist Ashley's playful, vibrant works, made out of painted tarpaulins, hang on the wall, others sit on the floor, and a few are even wearable.
78 E Washington St. (312)-744-6630. Fri 5:30 pm–7:30 pm, Sat 9 am–6 pm, Sun 10 am–6 pm; free.
Happy New Year! Yes, we're almost two weeks into 2013. Japanese tradition is to celebrate on Jan 11. Get a load of the taiko drumming and demonstrations in karate and aikido. Pay attention to the ceremonial rice pounding called Mochi-Tsuki. Once finished, you'll be eating these good-luck cakes.
Japanese-American Service Committee, 4427 N Clark St. (773)-275-0097. Sat 8am– 2pm; free.
Chandeliers at Saki
Chandeliers' electronic stew technically falls under the catchall of "dance music," and the group’s members have clearly done their research, immersing themselves not just in the genre but also the gear. The local crew's latest is Founding Fathers, a tranced-out affair we thoroughly enjoy.
Saki, 3716 W Fullerton Ave. (773)-486-3997. Sat 4pm; free.
Live Band Karaoke
Instead of getting lit to banish stage fright, allow Liquid Courage to help. But the band doesn't offer the lyrics on a screen—might be a good idea to learn the words first.
McGee’s Tavern, 950 W Webster Ave. (773)-549-8200. Sun 9pm; free.