5 things to do today: Monday, September 23
City Lights at Night Tour Unlike vampires, Chicago doesn't suck at night. In fact, from certain vantage points, it looks pretty damn good. On the City Lights at Night tour, you'll pedal to various hotspots, including Millennium Park, the Museum Campus and Buckingham Fountain, with its world-famous light show. Ticket price includes bike, helmet and guide. Reservations are recommended. Bobby's Bike Hike, River East Docks at Ogden Slip. 7pm. $35, students/seniors (65+) $30, kids under 4 $10.
ART & DESIGN
"Amanda Gentry: Expanding" The Chicago-based artist focused on functional clayware before turning to non-functional pieces, such as the minimal modular relief sculptures exhibited here. Her first major solo show, "Expanding" features pillows as a metaphor for the mental and physical weight of the human experience. Hyde Park Art Center. 9am–8pm.
Brent Weinbach Unpredictable, quasi-absurdist stand-up Brent Weinbach, a winner of the Andy Kaufman Award, makes a one-night stop at the Beat Kitchen in support of his latest album, *Mostly Live*. The show is opened by Mike Lebovitz of Comedians You Should Know. Beat Kitchen. 9pm. $10.
"Jellies." Are you ready for these jellies? Inside brightly colored, bulbous display cases, groups of jellies bewitch with pulsating rhythms and odd assortments of appendages. Learn about the truly strange creatures and why recent spells of overpopulation, stemming from climate change, are harming the oceans. The popular show was recently extended through 2013. Shedd Aquarium. 9am–5pm. $34.95, kids $25.95.
Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys have managed to find the sweet spot between American arena rock and classic British melodicism. It took some exploring to find the middle ground between the Kinks and Queens of the Stone Age, but Alex Turner and co. have done it over its last few records. By its first bites, the new one, AM, seems to have a saltier, heavier taste, like 2009's Humbug. But Turner, one of the best young lyricists of today, is too deft with a turn of phrase to stick to riffs and chants. There's always a knee-weakening ballad and string of baroque vocabulary up his sleeve. Riviera Theatre. 7:30pm.