Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 7/5 -7/8

The Fourth of July landed right smack dab in the middle of the week, so you either took it easy and got ready for work today or went all out and are leaving the “taking it easy” for the rest of the weekend. In either case, there are tons of events that will keep you busy and enjoying yourself in this incredibly hot weather. So get yourself ready for some fun!

Let’s get on with your curated weekend!


Argyle Night Market @ Sheridan & Argyle, W Argyle St & N Sheridan Rd, , 5:00pm – 9:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: The first Argyle Night Market of the 2018 season!
SO WHAT: It’s the 6th annual Argyle Night Market this summer. Delicious food, live music, cultural performances, family fun and so much more are waiting for you! Growing in popularity and attendance, the Argyle Night Market draws over 3,500 people on a weekly basis!
NOW WHAT: It’s free! Check out their event page for a full list of vendors!

Macie Stewart/Jasmine Mendoza + Katie Ernst/Mai Sugimoto @ Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, 7:00pm- 9:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Ethereal sounds in the little building in the middle of Logan Square
SO WHAT:Every Thursday, that awesome little shack in the middle of Logan square known as Comfort Station will be hosting some excellent music for you to enjoy! The evening will be filled with the sounds and movements of two duos: Macie Stewart (violin/voice) & Jamine Mendoza (movement) and Katie Ernst (bass) & Mai Sugimoto (Saxaphone)
NOW WHAT: This event is free and donations will be accepted.


DMC Block Party @ Dark Matter Coffee, 738 N Western Ave, Friday 4:00pm – 10:00pm & Saturday Noon – 10:00pm, All ages
WHAT: The annual DMC Block Party expands to two days!
SO WHAT: Stop by Dark Matter Coffee for a family friendly affair with small bites, water, and libations provided.  There will also be a huge lineup of DJs and live band performing including Dos Santos Ovef ow, Hood Internet, Strange Foliage, and many more! Check out their event page for the full details!
NOW WHAT: It’s free! Suggested donations will be donated to Hope For The Day


West Fest @ Chicago Ave. between Damen Avenue and Wood Street, Firday 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday Noon – 10:00pm
WHAT: A worthwhile music fest!
SO WHAT: Celebrate all of the best of West Town Chicago with a three day fest filled with plenty of food, vendors and some of the best local and world renowned music. West Fest will feature a DJ stage  and an Empty Bottle curated stage. The lineup includes Kevin Morby, Joey Purp, Ohmme, Anna Burch, and so many more. Check out the full lineup on their website.
A $5 donation gets you entry to this family (and pet) friendly fest! Proceeds benefit local non-profits the West Town Chamber of Commerce, Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy, and local schools.


Picnics on the Porch: Jake Xerxes Fussell & James Elkington @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, 6:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Summer evenings on the Hideout porch
SO WHAT: This summer grab a blanket, and head down to The Hideout to enjoy intimate performances right on their front porch. Their neighbors, the midwestern-focused Local Foods, will be on site selling picnic boxes with their fresh-from-the-farm ingredients. This evening will include the wonderful folk/blues tinge music of Jake Xerxes Fussell & James Elkington.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10

Humboldt Pie @ Slate Arts, 3203 W North Ave, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
WHAT: Contemporary meets classic with Slate’s newest residency – a monthly stand up comedy showcase!
SO WHAT:  Keeping with Slate’s mission, Humboldt Pie (hosted by Madeleine Russell) will bring diverse, fresh, contemporary, not to mention gut busting comedic voices to Kedzie and North Ave the first Friday of every month!
NOW WHAT: There is a $5 suggested donation fro this great BYOB comedy show!

Advance Base w/ Paul Gonzenbach & masc acting @ Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont Ave, 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Beautiful sounds for your Friday!
SO WHAT: Advance Base is the electronic solo project of Chicago singer/songwriter Owen Ashworth (formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, still one of my favorite bad names).  Ashworth builds minimalist heartbreaking tunes that orbit around his conversational, baritone vocals. It’s lo-fi goodness that will sure impress! Joining him will be two Seattle, WA acts: melancholic post-rock singer/guitarist Paul Gonzenbach  and the ambient electronic artist masc acting.
NOW WHAT: It’s free!


Chicago Michelada Fest 2018 @ 1000 West Cermak Road, Noon – 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: The first annual Chicago Michelada Festival.
SO WHAT: The Chicago Michelada Festival is a beer, food, music, and cultural celebration of all that makes Pilsen great. There will be seven different styles of the iconic mixed drink with every flavor from Pepino and Tamarindo to Mango Habanero and even a vegan option all brought to you by michelada maker Big Mich. Not a big drinker?  Big Mich has created a custom non-alcoholic version called The Miche-Nada that will give you all the flavor without the alcohol. There will also be tons of music throughout the weekend including our favorites Esso Afrojam Funkbeat closing out the Tecate Main stage on Sunday!
NOW WHAT: Check out all the details at their website!General admission is free!

DZ Fest 2018 @ DZ Records, 8548 S 85th Ct, Hickory Hills, IL, Noon – 11:00pm, All ages
WHAT: The 6th annual DZ Fest!
SO WHAT: DZ Fest is a gathering of 40 bands ripping into their instruments on two stages for two days of excellent music. The lineup is wonderfully insane as usual including the likes of Pixel Grip, Our Fathers, Bad Bad Meow, Namorado, Beach Bunny, Harvey Fox, and so many more! Check out their event page for the amazing full lineup!
NOW WHAT: All donations will go towards funding DZ Fest.


C.R.A.T.E.S (Chicago Record And Turntable Enthusiast Swap) @ Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster Street, 11:00am – 6:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: After successful R.P.M.S. over the past two years, Funk Trunk Records is trying to recreate the same vibe and bring together more record collectors and lovers in a larger environment for a one off event called C.R.A.T.E.S with the hopes of making it an annual summer party for the Chicago record community
SO WHAT: Join Funk Trunk Records and friends at Temperance Beer Company for a day of crate diggin’ and alcohol sippin’. They  will have a hand selected lineup of DJs to provide the perferct soundtrack for diggin and more hand picked vendors with choice crates for collectors of all kinds. La Cocinita Food Truck on site from 2:30pm-5:30pm to fuel you for the all day dig. Check out the full lineup at their event page.
NOW WHAT: Head out and get ready to find some awesome vinyl!


Glassjaw & Quicksand @ Concord Music Hall, 2047 N Milwaukee Ave., 6:30pm, 17+
WHAT: The long awaited return of two amazing bands
SO WHAT: Seriously this lineup is nuts. You have Quicksand, who just recently released their first album in 22 years, and Glassjaw, whose myriad of lineup changes finally resulted in a new album also last year, coming together to share their respective post-rock sounds. This is both bands’ first proper tour in support of a new LP in decades, so you know it’s not one to be missed!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $27.50 for this excellent show!

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Julian Ramirez