Each week, HC compiles hot news to know in our Trends of the Week feature.
HC Chicago Hot List.
If visiting a “chandelier-filled jungle” is high on your bucket list, look no further — Beatnik (1604 W Chicago Ave.) has you covered. This plant-filled restaurant and cocktail bar is open now in West Town.It’s football season, and if you’re like us and want to relive your college glory days every weekend, check out this collective guide to Chicago’s best college football bars. Chicago, the City of Comedy, will soon have an exciting new addition. On October 20, visit New York City in your own backyard (River North, that is) with SNL: The Experience. The exhibit will pay tribute to the long-running comedy show inside the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
Watch out, Netflix and Amazon, Facebook is planning something big. Facebook announced a plan to spend $1 billion on original television shows in 2018. For those who enjoy Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” and Amazon’s “Transparent,” Facebook plans on creating new original content that rivals these hit shows on its new video platform “Watch.” While $1 billion is less than what its competitors spend on original content each year, the funds could go a long way if allocated appropriately. Earlier this year, Apple broke similar news. The company also plans to spend upwards of $1 billion on original television shows. It looks like the future is full of binge-watching.
Campaigns We Love.
Bumble is known for changing the rules of online dating, and its latest promotion is no different. On three busy intersections in New York City, a branded truck called “The Great Catch” served free catfish dishes to passersby to promote the app’s photo verification feature. This new Bumble feature uses facial recognition to authenticate users and eliminate catfishing, so people form connections with real people. Bumble’s food truck served catfish tacos, sliders, and squash salads, and all dishes were created by Chef Sam Talbot from Bravo’s Top Chef.
Quote of the Week.
Arts & Entertainment.
With Halloween fast-approaching and clown creepiness at an all-time high, it seems all too perfect that the new adaption of Steven King’s IT blew up the box office with unprecedented vigor. The nightmarish clown, who uses fear to fuel his terror, made Hollywood’s dreams come true with $123 million in its opening weekend. IT landed just shy of Beauty and the Beast in biggest openings this year, and crushed revenue numbers for movies debuting in September and R-rated films. Evidently, after Hollywood’s worst summer in the box office, it just needed IT.