Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 10/5 – 10/8

So how will you be spending this first full weekend of the Halloween month? Don’t fret, it’s October, the month of fun frights and amazing events. This weekend is full of amazing concerts, art galleries, and of course the Music Box’s 24 hour horror-movie marathon!

Let’s get on with your curated weekend!


ClickHole @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 8:00PM 21+
WHAT: ClickHole at The Hideout
SO WHAT:  The Onion’s publication Clickhole, which satirizes sites like Buzzfeed and the culture surrounding “clickbait,” will be featuring its writers at the Hideout for three hours of comedy that will include stories, tales, and PowerPoint presentations. That’s right, PowerPoint presentations.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 for this comedy show

Vic Mensa @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St., 8:30PM, 21+
WHAT: A free show from Goose Island!
SO WHAT: After technical difficulties cut hometown rapper Vic Mensa‘s surprise set short during the 312 Goose Island Block Party, Goose Island wanted to make things right with another surprise Vic Mensa set. This time he’ll be at Thalia Hall for what is sure to be an insanely good show! Don’t miss this show, especially since it’s at such a great venue and entry is free!
NOW WHAT: It’s free! RSVP here and get there early because entry is not guaranteed. Also if you’re 21+ and one of the first 100 through the door, you get yourself a free Goose Island brew and a great spot at this show!

Torres & The Dove and The Wolf @ Subterranean, 2011 W North Ave., 9:00PM, 21+
WHAT: A chance to see the amazing Mackenzie Scott
SO WHAT: Torres, the music project of Scott, is back with her third album Three Futures; continuing her evolution as a songwriter and guitar virtuoso. Her live shows in the past have been filled with incredibly beautiful performances that will leave you entranced by the ethereal atmosphere she and her music create. Torres will be joined by French songwriters The Dove and The Wolf.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $12 in advance and $15 at the door!


Log Cabin: Paintings by Susie Ghahremani (boygirlparty) & A Glimpse of Our World: New Character Works by Chris & Ainsley @ Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery, 2780 N Lincoln Ave.,7:00PM – 10:00PM All Ages
WHAT: A new artist joining Rotofugi’s prestigious gallery ranks
SO WHAT: Susie Ghahremani is a San-Diego based illustrator and artist who creates whimsical and beautifully composed pieces that will hit you right in the cute spot. There will be plenty of smaller affordable works for this exhibit, allowing for more cute art to get into more people’s hands!
The Canadian husband and wife team of Ainsley Sturko and Chris Bryan have been producing toys since 2008, often in collaboration with Japanese toymaker Amapro. Together they create adorable monsters that don’t look fierce so much as they do approachable, like you’d want to give them a big ole hug. Oh, and cats, there’s plenty of cats. For this mini-exhibit Rotofugi will have some wonderful illustrations from Ainsley and perhaps some toy surprises too!
Come by and experience this opening reception for great art, snacks, music by DJ Sean Doe, and a chance to meet the artist!
NOW WHAT: This BYOB opening reception is free! The exhibit continues through October 29. Sales for this exhibit begin at 11am on opening day, and via email to their previews list starting at 2pm (central time) that afternoon.


West Town Art Walk + Food Truck Social @ West Town, Art Walk: Friday 5:00PM – 8:00PM & Saturday Noon – 8:00PM, Food Truck Social: Friday 4:00PM – 10:00PM & Saturday 11:00AM – 10:00PM
WHAT: West Town Art Walk and the West Town Food Truck Social hook up for a second consecutive year.
SO WHAT: Art in all its forms and an abundant amount of food trucks will be taking over West Town, along the booming Chicago Avenue destination corridor. Between Milwaukee and Western avenues, the Art Walk will celebrate a variety of arts: visual, musical, performance, culinary, fashion. The West Town Food Truck Social will on Noble Street between Chicago and Chestnut with over a dozen delicious culinary experiences to try! Check out their event page for more info!
NOW WHAT: Entry is free! If you’re looking to try a bunch of food, the West Town Food Truck Social $20 Sampler Ticket will allow fest-goers to stroll around the Food Truck Social and try SIX (6) sample-sized portions from the participating food trucks.


Fall Fest @ Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St., 10:00AM – 5:00PM
WHAT: Enjoy the harvest fun in the heart of the city with Lincoln Park Zoo’s third annual Fall Fest!
SO WHAT:  This celebration of the fall season is a family-friendly event that features ticketed attractions throughout the zoo including a Ferris wheel, corn maze, hay mountain, fun slide, inflatable obstacle course, and more. Fall Fest also includes animal chats, musical entertainment, a pumpkin patch with pumpkins for sale, pumpkin carvers, and on Saturday the Spooky Zoo Spectacular! For more info check their event page!
NOW WHAT: Admission is free!


Beyond The Gate: Circuit des Yeux performing Nico’s Chelsea Girl plus Laraaji @ Bohemian National Cemetery, 5255 N Pulaski Rd., 7:00PM, All Ages
WHAT: Celebrate one of the greatest albums of all time at a cemetery
SO WHAT: This October 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of  Nico’s brooding folk masterpiece Chelsea Girl.  To celebrate the occasion, Empty Bottle has enlisted Circuit des Yeux and special guests for a live performance of the record, in its entirety, at the Bohemian National Cemetery for their fall installment of Beyond the Gate. I can’t think of a better vocalist that Haley Fohr or a better band than her special lineup of Circuit des Yeux (Bill MacKay, Rob Frye, Whitney Johnson, and Lia Kohl) to tackle this behemoth of an album. Shortly after the sunset, modern new age legend, Laraaji, will be blessing us with an opening performance.
NOW WHAT: Honestly, drop everything and go to this magnificent show. Tickets are only $20 for this all ages show!


Music Box of Horrors @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave., Saturday at noon to Sunday at noon
WHAT: 24 hours of horror movie madness!
SO WHAT: Join the coolest theater in town, the Music Box Theatre, for this year’s incarnation of the Music Box of Horrors as they swiftly descend into madness through a long list of mind-altering horror films! This year’s list includes the likes of The Craft,  Dark Waters (with Director Mariano Baino will be there in person), Hellraiser, and much more! If you are a horror fan, than this event is fantastic high water mark for you! Check out the full lineup here!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $30 ($25 Music Box Members) in advance and $35 ($30 Music Box Members) day of for this amazing 24-hour film fest!


Julian Ramirez
Julian Ramirez
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