5 things to do today: Sunday, June 23
Chicago Craft Beer Festival Foamy, flat macrobrewed suds in a plastic cup not exactly your idea of a hot time? Unleash your inner sophisticate at this Old Town fest, which serves up more than 100 local, regional and national microbrews in the shadow of beautiful St. Michael's Church. 1633 N Cleveland Ave. 11am–9pm. $30 advance; $40 on-site.
GAY & LESBIAN
Brunch Gone Wild We have to hand it to mini, it has got one of the better brunch buffets on Halsted. Nothing wrong with bottomless glasses of Champagne to celebrate the Sabbath! minibar. 11am–3pm. $20.
"A Sight Unlike Any Other: The Civil War and the Colored Soldier" Marking the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, the DuSable hosts a pair of battle reenactments. Not just rad historical sights to behold, these pieces of military theater serve to show that African Americans certainly were anything but passive observers in what's often seen as a white man's war. The afternoon also includes Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln impersonators, a Civil War costume booth and horse rides for kids. DuSable Museum of African American History. Noon–5pm. Free.
OPERA & CLASSICAL
Four Seasons Recomposed In one of the more progressive classical bills you'll hear at Ravinia this season, violinst Daniel Hope digs into Max Richter's avant-garde updates of the Four Seasons, "Recomposed." Tito Muñoz conducts the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. Also on tap: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Arvo Pärt's Fretres. You can never go wrong with a little Pärt. Ravinia Pavilion. 7pm. Lawn $10, reserved $25–$65.
Death and Harry Houdini The latest remount of House’s inaugural show makes an ideal refresher course on the elements that excited the theater’s early audiences: high energy and lack of artifice in a loose, buzzy blend of traditional storytelling, music and spectacle. Nathan Allen’s script could delve deeper into Houdini’s psyche; instead, he lands on the single metaphor of the man’s obsession with defying death and holds on tight. Dennis Watkins, a top-notch magician, re-creates a number of illusions both classic and unique, as in the astonishing Water Torture Cell escape. The combination of Allen’s and Watkins’s skills, direction and misdirection makes for a thrilling ride. Chopin Theatre. 8pm. $40.