Would you look at that, the forecast is predicting two(!), count ’em, TWO days of spring weather this weekend before a wintry mix and rain descend upon Chicago. We’ll take it, I suppose. In spite of all these tumultuous temps, you should go out and have some fun with these great concerts, talks, craft shows and more! Be the boss of this weather and have a great time!
Now let’s get on with your curated weekend!
THURSDAY, APRIL 12th
Get to Know Chicago! with Amy Bizzarri and Jessica Mlinaric @ City Lit Books, 2523 N Kedzie Blvd, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Discover a little more about your city
SO WHAT: Come test your Chicago knowledge with an evening of Chicago trivia with author of 111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss Amy Bizzarri and author of Secret Chicago: A Guide to the Weird Wonderful, and Obscure Jessica Mlinaric!
NOW WHAT: Bring a team or play solo at this fun and free trivia event!
Margo Price & The Blackfoot Gypsies @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St, 7:00pm, 17+
WHAT: Some excellent folk for your evening
SO WHAT: Margo Price is a darling of the “real country” crowd. She is a versatile artist with detailed, witty songs. Her 2017 release, All American Made, was deserving a mainstay on a variety of top 10 lists at the end of last year an this show will be an fantastic way to experience just how nuanced her work is. She will be joined by The Blackfoot Gypsies and their wonderful rolicking sound
SO WHAT: Tickets are $25 for GA, $40 for Balcony! The Friday show is sold out but you still have a shot for Thursday!
Mutts / The Cordial Sins / Archie Powell & The Exports @ Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave., 8:00pm, 21+
WHAT: One of those awesome free shows!
SO WHAT: Stop by Emporium to listen to some excellent local bands (one once excellent Ohio duo) under the glow of video game cabinets (and regular concert stage lights)! Mutts and their addicting blues rock that will knok you off you feet will be headlining the night alongside the shoegaze pop (didn’t expect those two genres did you?) of The Cordial Sins, and the undeniablely exciting (and slightly beer soaked) rock of Archie Powell & the Exports!
NOW WHAT: It’s free! RSVP for 20 free game tokens and rock out to these amazing bands!
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, APRIL 13th & 14th
Bridgeport’s Over! @ Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan St,7:00pm – Midnight, All Ages w/parent
WHAT: It’s done folks, Bridgeport’s Over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this special two-day spring festival at the Co-Prosperity Sphere.
SO WHAT: Bridgeport’s Over is a special two-day spring music festival that will benefit Lumpen Radio. Enjoy great music from the likes of Dogs At Large, Color Card, Cass Kwik and many more. Some of the best local artists will be on hand as well. Check out the full lineup here!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 per day or $15 for a two day pass!
FRIDAY, APRIL 13th
Lost Labs Showcase @ Lost Arts, 1001 N North Branch St, 7:30pm – 10:00pm, 21+
WHAT: A look into what Lost Arts have been doing the past three months
SO WHAT: Turns out that Lost Arts has been working intensely with 5 insanely forward-thinking creatives building 5 new companies. Fashion, software, housewares, bio plastic, and mushrooms all have a part in the endeavors and this is your chance to see how they’ve progressed through the creative accelerator known as Lost Labs. The evening will feature music from DJ Audio Jack, video art by Brown Shoes Only, bubbly water from Green Sheep, and libations from Moet-Hennessy and Goose Island. Check out their event page for a full description of the 5 amazing startups!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $5 for this Lost Labs Showcase!
¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat Global Dance Party @ Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N Lincoln Ave, 8:30pm, All Ages
WHAT: A fun night of amazing music
SO WHAT: Stop by the Old Town School of Folk’s The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall and jump into some excellent and diverse music soundscapes. Esso Afrojam Funkbeat takes elements of world music and brings them into a local preservative, adding in beautiful urban poetry and glorious group singing. This will be a very special dance party, so don’t miss out on the celebration!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $12 !
Avantist (No Trend Records Vinyl Release) / Mykele Deville / Criminal Kids @ Subterranean, 2011 W North Ave, 9:00pm, 17+
WHAT: Really good local music you need to see because it’s only $5
SO WHAT: Avantist is Chicago’s eclectic and hard-hitting 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. This will be their record release party and they will be partying/performing with the soulful and poetic Mykele Deville and the fast paced rock of Criminal Kids!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $5! GO GO GO!
SATURDAY, APRIL 14th
16th Annual CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights @ Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington Blvd, 8:00am – 6:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: CHIRP Record Fair’s Sweet 16!
SO WHAT: Spring is here, so that means the CHIRP Record Fair is here! Join CHIRP at Plumbers Hall to dig over 100 tables full of crates of vinyl records, DVDs, CDs, posters, and more. It’s a music collector’s paradise! This year you’ll get to enjoy live sets from avery r. young, James Swanberg, Graham Nelson, Bob Gerics, & Earth Program and DJ sets from Miss Alex White, Show You Suck, Screamin’ Rachel Cain, DJ Form, & Josh Brown!
NOW WHAT: You can get your advanced tickets here! $8 for general admission (10:00am) or $25 for early admission (8:00am). Go and shop to your retro desires!
Handmade Market Chicago @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, Noon – 4:00pm
WHAT: Shopping, eating, and drinking all in one place
SO WHAT: Grab some food next door at Bite Cafe, maybe a drink from the Empty Bottle Bar, and start shopping the Handmade Market Chicago! They will be bringing over 30 makers of beautiful and unique items to the Empty Bottle! Join in and see what all the sellers will have to offer. You can check out some of the sellers that will be featured over on their Facebook events page.
NOW WHAT: This event as always is free!
Chicago Wine Fest @ Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St, 7:00 – 10:00pm, 21+
WHAT: The second annual Chicago Wine Fest
SO WHAT: This Spring Edition of theChicago Wine Fest is an elevated wine tasting experience that aims to stimulate all of your senses. You’ll be able to try some great food and enjoy live musical performances, all while sampling some of the best varietals from around the world.
NOW WHAT: Tickets $60 for VIP admission! There is only one VIP session, so you better hurry!
Kool Keith / The Palmer Squares / Air Credits / SamIam the Mc @ 1st Ward at Chop Shop, 2033 W North Ave., 8:00p, 18+
WHAT: A wonderfully eclectic hip hop show
SO WHAT: The massively talented and eccentric Kool Keith, with a multitude of pseudonyms and collaborations that are far too long to list, is back in town with a huge show at Chop Shop! With over twenty albums under his belt, who knows what surreal madness we’ll get from him. He will be joined by the like of The Palmer Squares, SamIam the Mc, and Air Credits!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $17 !
SUNDAY, APRIL 15th
The Spring Revolution Craft Show @ Revolution Taproom, 3340 N Kedzie Ave, Noon – 6:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Craft goods of the beer and art variety
SO WHAT: The Revolution Craft Show will be setting up shop once again at Revolution taproom. You’ll be able to get some shopping done (never too early for Mother’s Day) with these handcrafted goods from 45+ local artists. In addition to the unique mix of crafts, there will be plenty of Revolution Brewery beer and food trucks on hand.
NOW WHAT: Entry is free, so bring a friend or two and enjoy the afternoon !