Chicago Is Getting a Star Wars Pop-Up Bar for May 4

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Just in time for May the Fourth, Star Wars fans in Chicago are getting their own pop-up bar inspired by the beloved sci-fi franchise. Replay Lincoln Park, a bar devoted to vintage arcade games on Chicago’s North Side, is transforming into the Wretched Hive Cantina this weekend.

Between Friday, May 4 (also known as Star Wars Day) and Sunday, May 6, the front bar at Replay Lincoln Park will be transformed into a cantina straight out of George Lucas’s dreams. The bar will be serving up specialty cocktails like the Dark and Stormy Trooper and Wretched Blue Milk along with the local Revolution Brewing’s Galaxy Series beer. There will be costumed Star Wars characters to take pictures with and a live cantina band. If that's not enough, on Thursday—the night before the official opening—Replay Lincoln Park is hosting a Star Wars-themed trivia night where cosplay is encouraged.

If you get tired of nerding out over Ren-Tinis, you can always switch things up with the bar’s 60 arcade games. But we know you’ll probably be too busy trading Solo: A Star Wars Story predictions in advance of the May 25 premiere.

Pop-up bars are all the rage right now, both in Chicago and beyond. Just a few months ago, a gastropub in the city’s Ukrainian Village transformed itself into a pop-up inspired by The Shining. Replay Lincoln Park is no stranger to pop-ups itself, either—the bar has recently hosted pop-up bars themed around TV shows like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rick and Morty, and The Simpsons. Washington, D.C., meanwhile, has an entire venue called Pop Up Bar (PUB) that opens on a temporary basis throughout the year, redesigning itself each time around pop culture touchstones like Games of Thrones or the upcoming royal wedding. What can we say? People love a themed cocktail.

New Game of Thrones Season 8 Teaser Features an Important Callback to the Very First Episode

HBO
HBO

On Sunday, January 13, HBO finally shared the air date for Game of Thrones's eighth and final season, along with a 90-second promo that featured Jon Snow and Sansa and Arya Stark walking through the Crypts of Winterfell with the voices of the late Lyanna, Catelyn, and Ned Stark heard as they passed each of their statues.

In the immediate aftermath of the new teaser, the biggest question on people's minds seemed to be the whereabouts of Bran Stark—and whether his absence from the trailer confirmed one of the long-held fan theories that Bran is in fact the Night King, or that he is the Three-Eyed Raven. But now that fans have had additional time to digest the footage, they've noticed something else: a clever callback to the series' first-ever episode from 2011.

Just after the 1:00 mark, the camera closes in on feather which quickly freezes over with ice. To the casual viewer, this may not seem like an important thing. But those who recall the show's tiniest details recognized the feather as a callback to the pilot episode of Game of Thrones, and a symbol of Jon Snow's true parentage.

As Business Insider reminds us in "Winter is Coming"—the first aired episode of Game of Thrones—Lyanna's statue was shown in very much the same way that we see it in the new teaser, with King Robert Baratheon placing a feather on it. Fast forward to the fifth season, and you may remember Sansa visiting Lyanna's crypt and picking up that same feather. Both of these scenes hinted that Lyanna was Jon's real mother—a fact that was confirmed in season seven, when it was revealed that he is indeed the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, who were secretly married in Dorne. (Though Jon doesn't know it yet.)

Ever since that revelation, we've suspected that Jon—who is believed to be the bastard son of Ned Stark—will finally learn about his parents in the final season, and the teaser seems to confirm that it will be an important storyline. Especially considering the growing romance between Jon and Daenerys Targaryen, who is Rhaegar's sister … making her Jon's aunt (unbeknownst to either of them, of course).

The final season of Game of Thrones will premiere on April 14, 2019.

Why Chris Evans Turned Down the Role of Captain America 'A Few Times'

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

In 2011, Chris Evans made his first big-screen appearance as superhero Steve Rogers/Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger. It may now seem impossible for Marvel fans to imagine any other actor in the role, but Evans once admitted that it took a lot of convincing to get him to sign on for the part.

While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2016, Evans revealed that he actually turned down the project "a few times" before finally saying yes. When asked by Kimmel why he was so reluctant to play such a popular superhero, Evans replied that, "I was scared."

In addition to admitting to "having some social anxiety with this industry," Evans explained that his main hesitation was in signing what was ostensibly a nine-picture contract. "In doing movies one at a time, if all of a sudden you decide you don't want to do it anymore, you're afforded the opportunity to take a step back and recalibrate," Evans said. "When you have a giant contract, if all of a sudden you're not responding well? Too bad, you've got to suit up again. That was scary."

Though he initially declined the role, Evans said the offer just kept coming back to him. And after talking to family and friends about it, he realized what an amazing opportunity he was being offered—and what was holding him back.

"I was saying no out of fear, really," Evans said. "You can't do anything out of fear. You can't be doing something because you're scared. It ended up kind of clicking to me in the way that whatever you're scared of, push yourself into it."

Evans's Captain America has gone on to become one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most popular characters, though it's largely rumored that Avengers: Endgame will mark his final outing as The Captain. Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, and Keke Palmer are just a few of the actors whose names are swirling as possible replacements for Evans.

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