Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 7/13 – 7/16

Go away rain! P4K is this weekend and the last thing we need rainfall cutting this year's amazing lineup short. If you aren't up to date on P4K's offerings this year, I highly suggest you check out our TCR Mixtape with one song for every act on the lineup and our picks of who to see perform at the fest (besides the headliners of course). And there are so many after parites going on that it hard to keep track of all of them! Remember to keep up  with the fest with our coverage this weekend here at the site, Twitter, and Instagram! P4K isn't the only celebration happening this weekend, checkout the rest of the calendar and prepare yourself for a weekend full of great events! Let's get on with your curated weekend! THURSDAY, JULY 13th Tara McPherson and Cotton Candy Machine Pop Up @ Rotofugi, 2780 N Lincoln Ave., 5:00PM - 7:00PM WHAT: Tara McPherson and Cotton Candy Machine are heading off on another Pop Up Shop Tour SO WHAT: Before heading out to Flatstock at the Pitchfork Music Festival, Tara McPherson and Cotton Candy Machine will be kicking off another road trip pop up tour with a Rotofugi! The tour will include 7 Pop Up Shops in 6 cities  and each Pop Up will be full of Tara McPherson’s art, available as limited edition giclee prints, rock posters, screen prints, lithographs, stickers, postcards, pins, buttons, puzzles and more. It’s sure to be a lot of fun and a great chance to meet the artist in person! NOW WHAT: Attending the pop up is free! Just bring some cash to pick up some beautiful art! Kevin Coval & Special Guests @ Open Books West Loop, 651 W Lake St., 6:00PM - 8:30PM WHAT: A reading with one of Chicago’s finest poets SO WHAT: Join Kevin Coval as he reads from his newest book, “A People’s History of Chicago”. Coval is a poet and community builder. He’s mentored thousands of young writers, artists, and musicians through his various ventures including as the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors, founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Coval will be joined by special guests for this great event. NOW WHAT: This reading is free and all ages are welcome! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. FRIDAY - SUNDAY, JULY 14th - 16th Chicago Open Air @ Toyota Park, 7000 Harlem Ave., 11:00AM - Midnight WHAT: Three days of rock! SO WHAT: The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together a great lineup of hard rock all stars. The three-day fest will include plenty of music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival will feature over 40 performances, including legendary rock artists Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more. NOW WHAT: Tickets start at $60 per day or $125 for three day passes! FRIDAY, JULY 14th Avantist / Cellphones / Spaceblood / Harold Green @ Township, 2200 N California Ave., 8:30PM WHAT: Come celebrate Avantist's Tour Kickoff over at Township with this jam-packed show! SO WHAT: Avantist is Chicago's eclectic, hard-hitting, and infectious band made up of the hilarious Arias family. The brotherly band brings unique sounds that transcend post rock into this manic and fun realm where rocking out is only recourse to the energetic sonic onslaught. Avantist will be joined by equally fun  Space Blood, The Cell Phones, and Harold Green who will also be hosting the night! NOW WHAT: Tickets for this great night are $10 in advance and $12 day of show! SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 15th & 16th Thai Food Festival Chicago 2017 @ Thorek Hospital’s Parking Lot, 861 W Irving Park Rd., 11:00AM - 9:00PM WHAT: Take a journey through Thailand this summer at the First Thai Food Festival in Chicago hosted by The Thai-American Restaurant Association of Illinois (T.A.R.A.) SO WHAT: Enjoy authentic Thai food from a number of Thai restaurants around the city. You’ll get a chance to try Thai street food or Thai comfort foodyoud see in Thailand! There will also be traditional dance performances, Thai boxing (also known as Muay Thai), cooking demonstrations, live music by a local Thai band and ice cold Singha beers will keep you entertained on both days. You may also shop at the gift booths for eclectic products from Thailand and enjoy a Thai massage from a long day of eating. NOW WHAT: There is a small donation asked for entry to this Thai food haven! SATURDAY, JULY 15th Navy Pier's 101st Birthday @ Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave., 11:00AM - 11:00PM WHAT: Celebrate Navy Pier’s 101st Birthday SO WHAT: Navy Pier is celebrating its 101st Birthday with a star-studded bash and full day of free cultural programming in the new Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns. The celebration will include Native American drumming and dancing by Seven Springs, a procession by Native Veterans and local community youth dancers, a vibrant performance by Larry Yazzie, African drum performance by Oyotunji, followed by an Asian drum and lion dance performance, presented in partnership with the Chinese Fine Arts Society. There will also be a live music presentation from Lakefront Swing (a centennial celebration of jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Lena Horne) which features a lineup of world-class performers, including Chicago-natives Felicia Fields and E. Faye Butler alongside Grammy Award-nominated trumpeter Victor Garcia – all of whom will be directed by international icon Fred Nelson III. NOW WHAT: This cultural celebration is completely free!
Silver Room Block Party @ Silver Room, 1506 E 53rd St., Noon - 10:00PM WHAT: A block party for all SO WHAT: This is an outdoor celebration of music, community, art, love and culture. The Silver Room Block Party rocked Hyde Park last summer with a crowd of over 15,000 and they’re ready to do it again. This will be the 14th year (the second year in Hyde Park) of this arty getting people dancing, singing, and celebrating culture. NOW WHAT: Head to this great free event! If you’d like to donate to help support this event, you can do so at their website! Tan + Loose Press Pop-Up @ Cafe Integral, 19 E Ohio St., Noon - 2:00PM WHAT: A little pop up shopping SO WHAT: Chicago artists of Tan + Loose Press, who have garnered a cult-following, will be setting up a nice pop up shop in Cafe Integral. They selling their work (ranging from prints, zines, pins and and more)which they describe as “Riso printed ephemera for the tasteless art collector.” NOW WHAT: Shop for some unique art amidst the smell of freshly made coffee and grab a few pieces to enjoy at home!
SUNDAY, JULY 16th 59th Dearborn Garden Walk @ Latin Middle School, 45 W North Blvd., Noon - 5:00PM WHAT: Stroll through a variety of private, rear gardens throughout the Near North and Gold Coast neighborhoods during the 59th annual Dearborn Garden Walk SO WHAT: This is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious garden walks right in the heart of Chicago’s Near North neighborhood. Stroll through a diverse mix of private gardens throughout the Near North and Gold Coast neighborhoods and be inspired by green spaces that have been transformed into stunning, outdoor entertainment areas. Gardening seminars and sidewalk, architectural tours are also part of the program. Proceeds from the event go back into the neighborhood for preservation and beautification efforts. NOW WHATTickets are $30 advance or $35 at the gate The Gift Theatre hosts The Season Release Bash @ Old Irving Brewery Co.,  4419 W Montrose Ave., 4:00PM - 8:00PM WHAT: Drink, dance, and release the new season. SO WHAT: The Gift Theatre hosts its fourth annual artist-friendly fundraiser, The Season Release Bash, for friends and colleagues in the theater community. Attendees of this spirited party will be the first in the world to witness the reveal of The Gift’s 2018 season and mingle with the ensemble.  this event will include live music and selections of Old Irving craft beer. NOW WHAT: Tickets start at $25 and include unlimited select Old Irving craft beer, and are available online, 773-283-7071, or at the door.
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Julian Ramirez