This is a majorly packed weekend. You have Lit & Luz Festival going on all weekend, we’re in the middle of the Chicago Film Fest , and so much more! Keep on eye on this page as the events will likely be updated as more and more sneak in. And don’t forget to check out the rest of the calendar for even more suggestions on how to spend your time in Chicago.
Let’s get on with you curated weekend!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19th
SqueezIt 1st Ever Can Release @ Corridor Brewery & Provisions, 3446 N Southport Ave., Noon – 11:45PM
WHAT: A very special beer release
SO WHAT: Corridor Brewery & Provisions is, for the 1st time ever, doing an official canning of their beer SqueezeIt! SqueezeIt is an original Double Dry Hopped Double IPA with Mosaic and Citra hops. This will be the only place to get these beers!
NOW WHAT: They will have 100 of these 4-packs of the sixteen ounce cans, so get there early and join in on the fun! Check out their event page for more info!
Chicago for Puerto Rico Benefit feat. Ravyn Lenae/The O’My’s/Rich Jones/BoatHouse @ 1st Ward at Chop Shop, 2033 W North Ave., 6:00PM, 18+
WHAT: Fantastic local music for a worthy cause
SO WHAT: The lineup for this Puerto Rico benefit is down right insane. You have Ravyn Lenae dishing out R&B excellence with her immaculate voice, The O’My’s mix of soul and rock working together in beautiful harmony, Rich Jones pulling out straight up jams, and BoatHouse keeping the vibes going strong. And Let’s not forget it’s a very cool venue like 1st Ward at Chop Shop. Basically don’t miss this show.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $20 for this top tier lineup
Snoochie Boochies Can Release @ Forbidden Root, 1746 W Chicago Ave., 6:00PM, 21+
WHAT: Beer and a Kevin Smith/Jason Mewes reference? Cool beans!
SO WHAT: Your favorite DIPA is back! Snoochie Boochies is an 8% heavy hitter with intense orange aromas that is loaded with Citra and Mosaic hops. Snoochie will be tapped at 6pm when cans go on sale, so you’ll be able to try it on draft too! Don’t miss this one.
NOW WHAT: You’ll only be able to purchase one of these delicious brews in order for Forbidden Root to meet demand and be as fair as possible. Limited quantities will be available in the Chicago market. Check with your favorite craft beer store.
Dr. Martens Presents: Twin Peaks DJ Set @ Dr. Martens, 1133 N State St., 6:00PM, All ages
WHAT: A nice little DJ set by none other than the boys of Twin Peaks
SO WHAT: Seriously? It’s a free DJ set by Twin Peaks at a Dr. Martens store. Good music, drinks, and did I mention good music. Just go!
NOW WHAT: This all ages event is free! You can RSVP here. Space is limited, admittance based upon capacity. RSVP does not guarantee entry. Also if you’re 21+, there will be drinks!
BYOB Drink N’ Draw @ Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery, 2780 N Lincoln Ave.,7:00PM – 9:00PM
WHAT: BYOB drawing in a toy store/gallery
SO WHAT: Blake Jones 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!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20th
20×2: How Does It Work? @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 6:00PM, 21+
WHAT: 20×2 Chicago is an event where 20 people from all different walks of creative life — writers, musicians, filmmakers, web geeks and other bon vivants — are asked the same question and given two minutes each to answer in whichever way they choose.
SO WHAT: The results may take any form, from spoken word to music to film, and can be as varied as the emotions and reactions they evoke. This edition’s question is “How Does It Work?” The show is hosted by Andrew Huff, former editor and publisher of Gapers Block, and you can see the impressive list of speakers at the 20×2 website.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 in advance online or at the door, and the show is 21+
Harold Green Presents: The Miseducation of FFTL @ The Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park Ave., 7:00PM, All ages
WHAT: An evening of amazing local talent at the Promontory!
SO WHAT: Harold Green and his FFTL (Flowers for the Living) Collective are back for another great show. This dynamic will feature the best that Chicago has to offer including Lili K, Prince Jericho, and many more doing something a little special. They will be re-imagining the entire Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album in their inimitable FFTL style!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $20 for GA and $30 for table seats for this interesting and eclectic night. Prices go up $10 at the door.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st
Animaniacs Live @ Arcada Theatre, 105 E Main St, 3:00PM & & 7:30PM
WHAT: An afternoon and evening show with the voice behind the Animaniacs!
SO WHAT: Re-live the days of sitting down in front of the TV watching your favorite cartoon The Animaniacs as original cast member Rob Paulsen sings live on stage in Animaniacs Live! This musical revue stars Paulson (who voiced Yakko and Pinky from Pinky & the Brain) and Emmy winning composer Randy Rogel, who wrote and created many of those memorable songs you still can’t remove from your brain!
NOW WHAT: Tickets start at $25.00 for adults and $20 for kids for this fantastic show!
Daymaker / Le Tour / Wavy ID @ Record Breakers, 2935 N Milwaukee Ave., 4:00PM – 6:30PM, All Ages
WHAT: Live music in a record store!
SO WHAT: Record Breakers, the old school shop that used to sit atop of Reggie’s Rock Club, has a new place and will be having their 2nd in-store showcase with a trio of amazing Chicago bands. Take a nice late afternoon trip with Daymaker, Le Tour and Wavy ID will take the stage with a little bit of punk, psych, and R&B for you!
NOW WHAT: It’s free! just head out there and enjoy the local tunes!
Funhouse : Art Oddities @ All Star Press, 2775 N Milwaukee Ave., 6:00PM – 10:00PM, All Ages
WHAT: All Star Press partners with El Jimador Tequila for an interactive & visual experience that celebrates the surreal, the creepy, the weird and everything in between in a group exhibition titled Funhouse : Art Oddities
SO WHAT: Funhouse:Art Oddities is a mix of an art event and an art performance as the night will showcase limited edition prints, pins, and other merchandise by artists from all over the world. You will have the opportunity to participate with interactive stations during the opening event which will encourage you and fellow guests to contribute to an immersive experience! There will be live painting by Lefty Out There, an interactive Funhouse installation experience by Blake Jones, puppet performance by Lanky Yankee Puppet Co., custom button station by Busy Beaver Button Co., tunes by Record Breakers., and much more!
NOW WHAT: This is event is completely free! Don’t miss out on this fantastic evening. Check out their event page for more details on their participating artists.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21st & 22nd
MCA Hearts Chicago @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave., Saturday 10:00AM – 11:00PM & Sunday 10:00AM – 5:00PM, All ages
WHAT: A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the MCA’s founding
SO WHAT: The MCA will be throwing a big party celebrating our city and the role contemporary museums play in fostering creative connections and communities with a weekend-long event. Chicago artists from a range of disciplines will pay homage to the past, celebrate the present, and pave the way for the future. The event launches the museum’s new community space, the Commons, and is also marked by a museum-wide landmark exhibition—organized collaboratively by three of the museum’s visual arts curators—that highlights the museum’s permanent collection of art from 1945 to today. For the full lineup of events, artists, and musicians (including a rare performance from Lupe Fiasco!) check out their event page!.
NOW WHAT: This event is free! Tickets are required for Saturday’s performance, they will be available on October 18th at Noon.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22nd
HQ’s 5th Anniversary Fall Festival @ Headquarters, 213 W Institute Pl., 2:00PM – 8:00PM, All ages
WHAT: 5 years of not falling for the trap of growing up
SO WHAT: Headquarter is celebrating their 5th anniversary with an outdoor fall carnival & arcade! They will be teaming up with Goose Island to serve up some of the best and rarest brews including 2016, 2015, and 2014 editions of Bourbon County Stout! There will be tons of events including a Dog Halloween Costume Contest! (2:00-3:15 PM), a pumpkin carving contest (3:30-4:30 PM), outdoor arcade, carnival games, giveaways, Bruges Brothers Food Truck and music from DJ Brock Manke (2:00-5:00 PM) and PHNM (5:00-8:00 PM)!
NOW WHAT: This is a free all ages event, so feel free to bring the kids, pups, and any one willing to have a great time!
Julien Baker/Half Waif/Petal @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St, 6:30PM, All ages
WHAT: Pristine songwriting at a wonderful venue
SO WHAT: Julien Baker’s debut album Sprained Ankle was an intimate and utterly majestic piece of music that deserved all the accolades it got. Since that release, Baker has joined Matador Records, who will be releasing her next album Turn Out The Light. Baker is well on the rise and this is the perfect time to see her perform. She will be joined by Half Waif and Petal.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $20 for this unmissable evening.