Plus the best things to do this weekend
Time In Couchbound No. #10 | Tue 25 August, 2020 
Drive-in theaters are back in style
With movie theaters closed for the foreseeable future, film aficionados have had to make do with streaming their favorites from the couch. That’s about to change, thanks to a makeshift drive-in theater screening flicks outside of SeatGeek Stadium, the home of the Chicago Red Stars in the southwest suburb of Bridgeview. The Chicago Drive-In Theater will show movies seven days a week on a 70-foot screen, with room for up to 300 cars in one of the stadium’s parking lots. Read more  and start stocking up on Junior Mints and popcorn.
This week’s top stories
Mayor Lightfoot is reopening the Lakefront Trail on June 22.
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Chicago bars and breweries can open outdoor seating beginning tomorrow.
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The Chicago Riverwalk is open again, with dedicated hours for recreation and dining.
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All outdoor summer festivals through Labor Day have been canceled.
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Chef Curtis Duffy will open Ever on July 28—and reservations are now live.
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Weekend planner
Is anyone else having a hard time navigating this space between lockdown and reopening? We’re glad it’s not just us. To help ease the struggle, we rounded up four things that you can absolutely do this weekend—from going on a scenic drive and having a drink on a patio to booking a concert in your backyard. Of course, we’re not judging if you decide to stay in and binge Netflix instead.
Book a concert in your backyard
Evanston music venue SPACE is packing up the concert experience and bringing it to your home—complete with amps, artists and pizza.
Hit the road for a scenic drive
Get out of the house from the safety of your car on one of these nine surprisingly awesome drives—all located within city limits.
Plan an old-school picnic
Pack a blanket and don’t forget the food! These eight peaceful picnic spots offer a break from reality with a side of nature.
Check out a rooftop or patio
We’ve got a running list of Chicago restaurants that have reopened their outdoor space—just be sure to call ahead!
Order an Italian feast during Eataly's Virtual Junefest
Enjoy an at-home party kit featuring arancini, housemade mozzarella and fresh pasta while tuning in to Eataly's Instagram Live on June 27.
Heroes of the week
Being verbally dissed by the staff of the Wieners Circle is a rite of passage in Chicago. When the Lincoln Park hot dog stand closed to dine-in guests back in March, the women behind the counter lost not only their customer base but also their audience. Since May, staff and owners have worked together to reconnect with their loyal followers, and last week they rolled out FaceTime ordering , so that when you dial 773-BITCHES, you'll be connected with a member of the staff to take your order and dish out some hilarious insults in the process.
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