Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 9/8 – 9/11

Another Labor Day weekend, another North Coast Music Festival in the books. That annual mashup of EDM , jam bands, and hip hop took over my weekend as Justin Freeman and I covered the musical overload for this very site.  If you haven’t read the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday reviews of the festival, I highly recommend it.

Hopefully your weekend was as entertaining as mine. If not, then let’s try to correct that this weekend with some of these curated picks.


Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins @ The Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St., 7:30PM

WHAT: The Chicago stop of Jenny Lewis’ tour revisiting Rabbit Fur Coat

SO WHAT: Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins are touring in support of the ten year anniversary of Rabbit Fur Coat, which just received a deluxe reissue on vinyl. Lewis’ first outing outside of Rilo Kiley still resonates after all these years and this 10 show tour with the Watson Twins will present it with all the vigor it deserves.

NOW WHAT: Tickets for this wonderful show range from $27.50 to $37.50.


Lakeview East Festival of the Arts @ East Lakeview

WHAT: A great art festival in East Lakeview

SO WHAT: The Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, on Broadway from Belmont to Hawthorne, showcases over 150 juried artists featuring paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more. You’ll get the chance to purchase theses original pieces and appreciate the hard work that went into them. The festival also features live demonstrations, family activities, garden oasis and live music throughout the day.

NOW WHAT: The festival is open to the public and a great way to spend the weekend. Plus the music goes until 10PM on Saturday, so don’t forget stick around.

Open House @ Bad Axe Throwing, 165 N Loomis St,

WHAT: A chance to throw an axe for fun

SO WHAT:  Bad Axe Throwing has made its way to Chicago and they are opening up their doors to let people come and see what axe throwing is all about. You will receive lessons from one of their axe throwing coaches on how to throw axes, opportunity to throw said axes and see why it lives up to the hype. While there won’t be food and beverages on hand, you’ll be welcomed to  bring in your own food & drinks.

NOW WHAT: Totally free axe throwing to get you hooked on the fun! Head over to their Facebook event page and RSVP for an axe throwing spot.


Hideout Reunion @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 2:oopm – midnight

WHAT: A celebration of The Hideout

SO WHAT: The Hideout has been providing some amazing shows to Chicago for 25 years and they are throwing a big family-friendly reunion to celebrate. A long list of bands will be performing throughout the day to give you a real sense of what the Hideout has been about for this past quarter century. Musicians and friends will include Mr. Rudy Day (REUNITES!), Robbie Fulks, White Mystery, Eleventh Dream Day, The Lawrence Peters Outfit, Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, JC Brooks Band, Kelly Hogan, Plastic Crimewave Vision Celestial Guitarkestra, Devil In A Woodpile, and Mr. Ash.

NOW WHAT: Donations of $20 will be taken at the door and with a lineup as great as this on is, that’s a steal.

DRAW! DRAW! DRAW! @ Galerie F, 2381 N Milwaukee Ave., 6:00PM – 10:00PM

WHAT: A live art event in Logan Square

SO WHAT: Galerie F, your place for posters, prints and street art in Chicago, will be hosting a panel of pre-selected artists who will be creating works in the gallery that you can take home with you. For those of you who may want to create some artwork to sell, there will be 7 first come first serve “drop-in” seats for artists who were not previously selected for the show. Artists keep 100% of their proceeds from this event and get to share their craft with the amazing patrons of Galerie F. The event will also be holding a raffle to win some awesome prizes, so just bring in unopened school supplies such as binders, paper, markers, etc. 1 unopened school supply = 1 raffle ticket. It’s set to be a great night of live at creation where you can socialize with like minded art enthusiasts.

NOW WHAT: The event is free, open to the public, and BYOB. So get yourself some art and party with the funnest art gallery in Chicago!


Renegade Craft Fair @ Wicker Park, Wicker Park,

WHAT: A craft fair focused on independent makers.

SO WHAT: Over 400+ independent crafters and makers will be at this Renegade Craft Fair celebrating DIY spirit for two amazing days celebrating 14 years of this flagship hometown fair. There DJ sets by Reckless Records and CHIRP,tons of food trucks to keep your energy up and hunger down, and an array of creative activities to get make your day as creative as it can be!

NOW WHAT: The event is free and open to the public. The fair will be on Division Street between Damen and Ashland, giving you tons of space to shop and support DIY crafters.

Julian Ramirez
Julian Ramirez