5 things to do today: Tuesday, June 18
Lakefront Neighborhoods Tour This bike tour makes lots of best-of lists and with good reason: It showcases some of Chicago's hidden (at least to tourists) gems: the charming, tree-lined streets of the North Side, Gold Coast mansions, the Playboy Mansion, Oprah's digs, the Old Town Historic District and more (including, of course, the lakefront). See Chicago as the locals see it. Bobby's Bike Hike, River East Docks at Ogden Slip. 9am, 1pm. $35, students/seniors (65+), kids under 12 $20, kids under 4 $10.
Nathan Rabin The former head writer of the A.V. Club delved into two very specific music fan cultures for his latest memoir, You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me: Juggalos and Phishheads (fans of Phish). Spoiler alert: While exploring these oft-maligned communities, Rabin learns things about himself. Anderson's Bookshop. 7pm.
Giraffage Like pop radio heard through a thick fog or a neighbor's wall, the chopped and diced tracks of Giraffage spread a schmear of relaxing synthesizer over warped vocals, trap beats, slow R&B grooves. "Undress U" could pass for Keith Sweat, if not for a singer being slowed down into a druggy syrup. The downtempo evening is a perfect cool down coming off Spring Awakening weekend. Schubas. 9pm. $20, advance $15.
Leon Russell + Chastity Brown Time and again, Leon Russell has proved himself an invaluable force in the history of rock & roll, having played sessions with the best of 'em (Clapton, Dylan, Harrison) and delivered a fine collabo album with Sir Elton John in 2010. Get to the core of the white-haired giant’s genius. City Winery. 8pm. $55–$75.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Muti Conducts Mozart and Beethoven A reprise from last weeks Muti Conducts Beethoven bills with Rudolf Buchbinder on the bench for Ludwig's 4th Piano Concerto and a pair of Wagner excerts. Mozart's 41st symph, Jupiter, is the bonus cut tonight, opening with a burst of brass and drum bombast. Symphony Center. 7:30pm. $45–$105.