Whether you’re riding high from Cubs sensational 10-2 win against the Dodgers or feeling that strange twinge after the very antagonistic debate last night, you’re surely looking for something to do this weekend. Luckily this weekend is jam packed with an array of amazing events, so many that they couldn’t all fit into the curated weekend. Check out our sidebar calendar for even more events to fill up your days!
Now lets get on with the curated weekend!
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20th – 21st
Rhett Miller & Joe Purdy @ Old Town School of Music, 4544 N Lincoln Ave., 8:00PM
WHAT: An evening of amazing songwriters
SO WHAT: Rhett Miller has made a name for himself as an awe inspiring singer songwriter after leading the rocking Old 97’s for nine full length albums. He has released six solo albums of beautiful songs and will be bringing his impressive stage presence to Chicago. Miller will be joined by prolific folk singer songwriter Joe Purdy, whose versatile work has been featured in plenty of TV shows as movies.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $35 for the general public and $32 for members. Spots are still available for both nights of this wonderful pairing.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20th
Streetopia @ Quimby’s, 1854 W North Ave., 7:00PM
WHAT: A discussion with the editor of Streetopia
SO WHAT: Quimby’s will be holding a free event with Streetopia’s editor Erick Lyle to discuss the cultural issues happening in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco. You can ask all of your questions about how white suburban transplants can avoid gentrification, or even challenge the power of art against the forces of economic redevelopment.
NOW WHAT: Check out Sherry Zhong’s full review of Streetopia here and then head to this free event at the coolest book/comic shop in the city.
Ghostface Killah/oddCouple/Special Guest @ Metro, 3730 N Clark St., 9:00PM
WHAT: A rap legend grace the Metro stage
SO WHAT: The Wu-Tang Clan member and illustrious solo artist Ghostface Killah will be coming to Chicago with over two decades of classic tracks behind him. Coming off last year’s Sour Soul and Twelve Reasons to Die II, Ghostface Killah is still at the tp of his game and sure to but on an energetic show. Joining him will be producer oddCouple, who has worked with Jamila Woods, Noname, and Chance the Rapper .
NOW WHAT: Tickets for the show are $27, so get ready for night of the best hip hop you can imagine.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21st
Elloo Art Exhibition Opening Party @ Monument Gallery/Grassroots Chicago, 515 N Halsted St, 5:00PM
WHAT: A gallery of works by Chicago artist Elloo
SO WHAT: The Monument Gallery at Grassroots Chicago will be hosting and exhibition from Chicago’s own Elloo! Elloo’s interesting and unique aesthetic is dominated by a combination of lovable hairy monsters, donuts, and the occasional beer and coffe thrown in. There will be celebration for the newest artist in their pop up gallery with an opening party where Lagunitas Brewing Co will be in providing free libations to the Chicago art lovers who attend.
NOW WHAT: This event is free and a perfect way to celebrate a fantastic Chicago artist!
Boogie Nights: A Marziversary Party @ Maria’s 960 W 31st St., 5:00PM
WHAT: Marz Community Brewing Co’s second anniversary celebration.
SO WHAT: This special night will feature the release of a new Marz fall brew called Boogie Nights, an 8% dark wheat ale similar to an American Stout with a lighter roast profile, lots of hops, and rooibos tea. A limited number of bottles will go on sale at 4PM in the bottle shop of Maria’s. At 5:00pm there will be a tapping of a randallized Boogie Nights through hops and Rooibos tea and then at 7:00pm the Black Light Boogie Nights party begins. DJ Sol Son will be taking over the music while you try some special rooibos tea cocktails and treats provided by Kimski. There will also be some vintage video games to play, complements of Logan Arcade. Exclusive Marz swag will be available for purchase throughout the night. Tours to our new brewery will also take place from 5-9pm. Chicago Brew Bus will provide the transportation. Check out the full list of brews that will be available over at their Facebook page.
NOW WHAT: This event is free, folk, so go celebrate with some tasty brewmakers!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22nd
Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade @ Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St., 2:00PM – 8:00PM
WHAT: A festival and parade for Halloween
SO WHAT: Millennium Park kicks off the Halloween happenings with the 2nd Annual Halloween Gathering. Hosted by the Chicago Cultural Mile, this is a full calendar of dance, yoga, crafts, music, costumes and more, with multiple stages and an evening parade from 6:00pm 8:00pm along Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St. to finish things off.
NOW WHAT: It’s free to attend, so you can trot out your Halloween finest for early viewing.
20X2 Chicago: “What do you want?” @ Quenchers, 2401 N Western Ave., 5:30PM
WHAT: One question with 20 well thought out two-minute answers
SO WHAT: 20×2 is a mainstay of afterhours programming at SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX, and Chicago is its first official offshoot. The live event asks 20 people the same question and are given two minutes each to answer it in any way they choose. The last Chicago show featured the question “Why did you stop?” The results take any form, from spoken word to music to film, and are usually as varied as the emotions and reactions they evoke. This edition’s question is “What do you want?” The show will be hosted by Andrew Huff and will feature an amazing lineup of speakers. You can see the full list of speakers here.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 online or at the door. Don’t miss this insightful event.
Highlander on 35mm featuring an Introduction by Nick Offerman @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave., 11:00PM
WHAT: “The greatest film about becoming a man that I’ve ever seen” – Nick Offerman
SO WHAT: It’s the epic film that tackles immortality, stars Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery star, and strongly states that in the end, there can be only one! Highlander will have a special 30th Anniversary presentation in 35mm with an introduction by the incomparable man’s man Nick Offerman in person! Honestly, any part of this description should be enough to entice you, but all of them in one night?! It’s madness and you must go!
NOW WHAT: Prepare for a battle of the ages as tickets are only $11!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23rd
Zine Mercado @ Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave., Noon – 6:00PM
WHAT: All the zine you could want!
SO WHAT: Logan Square Independent Zine Fest is an all inclusive group with all types of zine makers trying to share ideas, backgrounds, aesthetics, aspirations, and dreams in order to engage in dialogue through our self-made publications. The event aims to bring fanzine makers together to showcase their work and interact with other artists, enthusiasts and the public in general. You can check out the full lineup of zine makers over at the event’s Facebook page
NOW WHAT: Admission is free, so head to the Comfort Station and indulge in the zine scene