Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 3/16 – 3/19

It snowed. There is still snow on the ground on this closer to St. Patrick's Day Weekend. While I;m sure many of you got your partying out last week and this snow and less than stellar temps may be driving you to stay inside and hibernate, I say risk it and go out! Have some fun with the weekend and enjoy this wonderful city that we live in. Let's get on with your curated weekend! THURSDAY - SATURDAY, MARCH 16th-18th The 13th Annual Good Food Festival & Conference @ UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Various times WHAT: An opportunity to learn about good food SO WHAT: This  annual celebration of the fast-growing Good Food movement brings together regional and national leaders in local, sustainable food, from farmers to chefs, entrepreneurs to policy maker, to discuss the movement that’s transforming the way we eat. Thursday qill feature the Good Food Financing Conference & Financing Fair, Friday will be Good Food Trade Show & Policy Conference, and Saturday will give everyone the chance to explore the Good Food Festival & Marketplace! NOW WHAT: Tickets are still available here! Entrance to the Saturday Good Food Festival & Marketplace is free with registration! THURSDAY, MARCH 16th rotofugi drink draw Drink & Draw @ Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery, 2780 N Lincoln Ave., 7:00PM - 9:00PM 21+ WHAT: BYOB drawing in a toy store/gallery SO WHAT: Mary Ruth Butterworth will be hosting a fun evening of drawing, sketching and doodling! You can participate in the creative outlet while enjoying your favorite adult beverages, BYOB. No matter what skill level you reside at, all are welcome! NOW WHAT: Grab your favorite drink of choice and enjoy it responsibly while partaking in some creativity! Whine Club @ Uncharted Books, 2620 N Milwaukee Ave., 7:00PM - 9:00PM WHAT: Reading and wine SO WHAT: Whine Club is a storytelling series featuring women, femmes, and gender non-conforming people who love writing, whining, and drinking wine. This edition of Whine Club will feature Jade Perry, Lakshmi Ramgopal, Bria Roya, and Katie Burke. There will be an open mic following the featured readers. Sign up at the event to share up to 3 minutes. NOW WHAT: Drinking is not a requirement for attendance, but you can absolutely BYOW and enjoy the show! Signal to Noise / Damien Lupo @ Revolution Brewery BrewPub, 2323 N Milwaukee Ave., 8:00PM - 10:00PM 21+ WHAT: Music above a hometown brewery SO WHAT: Revolution Brewery will be hosting an evening of locally sourced music and beer at their Logan Square brew Pub. Musicans will include Signal-to-Noise (9-9:45) and violinist Damien Lupo (8-8:45) NOW WHAT: Head upstairs at the brew pub and indulge in the sounds and drinks of Chicago ween chicago Ween @ Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W Lawrence Ave., 9:00PM 18+ WHAT: It's Ween. WEEN. C'mon 8:00PM SO WHAT: Seriously? Ween is the genre distorting band fronted by Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo) and Gene Ween (Aaron Freeman). They took a little break a few years ago but returned in all their glory last year (including a show at Riot Fest). You'll get another chance to take part in the Ween experience which can include (but certainty not limited to) soul, rock, punk, funk, country, jams, and tons of crazy talent! NOW WHAT: Tickets are 49.50 and are worth it. Go! It's Ween! FRIDAY - SUNDAY, MARCH 17th - 19th The 8th Annual Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention @ Donald E Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N River Rd, Rosemeont, IL, Friday 2:00PM to Midnight, Saturday 11:00AM to Midnight, Sunday 11:00AM to 8:00PM WHAT: Body art skills on display SO WHAT: Ever been interested in tattoos> Well this convention is bringing a huge list of special guest along with tattoo contests, seminars, and plenty of entertainment includinf contortionists, suspension artists, some cabaret, and maybe a little wrestling. NOW WHAT: Tickets are only available on site and are $20 a day or $40 for the three day pass. FRIDAY, MARCH 17th Why? and Dosh @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St., 9:00PM 17+ WHAT: Why?, the band not the question SO WHAT: Why?, fronted by Yoni Wolf, is a little difficult to pin down. Is he just indie rock? Is he alternative hip hop? Why not both? Or none. Whatever you want to call Why?'s sound is absolutely amazing and his latest album Moh Lhean is a solid addition into his catalog. Joining him will be Dosh, whose ambient sounds will be a great pairing for the evening. NOW WHAT: Tickets start at $20! If you 17+, forget your St. Patty's day plans and go see these amazing show. If your 21+, drink responsibly and get yourself some Space Juice at Thalia Hall. SATURDAY, MARCH 18th Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., 8:00PM WHAT: Early nineties revival swing music SO WHAT: Relive the 90s when we were reliving the 30 and 40s with swing music. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been going strong since their inception, performing an average of over 150 shows a year. so come out and watch as some dedicated fans and hopefully some very talented dancers cutting a rug at this fun night of music. NOW WHAT: Tickets for the dance floor are sold out (obviously), but you can still get seated tickets for $38 SUNDAY, MARCH 19th Neighborhoods of the World @ Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave., Noon WHAT: An opportunity to experience different cultures SO WHAT: Navy Pier will be celebrating the diversity of Chicago’s communities with the seven week series Neighborhoods of the World. This annual cultural tribute is presented in collaboration with community arts organizations, consulates, and museums in attempt to bring the beauty of the world into everyone's lives. Each week will feature a different culture as its theme, letting attendees enjoying lively folk music, traditional dance, cuisine, and crafts from the various ethnic Chicago communities. This weekend's cultural theme will be a celebration of  Mexico! NOW WHAT: This event is free and open to the public, so head to the Crystal Gardens and let a little part of the world into your life!
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Julian Ramirez