Summer season is technically over, but that doesn’t mean the fun events go away! There’s still plenty to do and a little rain shouldn’t scare you off. Concerts, comedy, crafts, art, and more are waiting for you this weekend so grab that umbrella and explore this fantastic city!
Let’s get on with your curated weekend
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th
Shedd After Hours: House Party @ Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Shedd After Hours is a time for adults to relax, socialize, enjoy music, dance and take in spectacular skyline views on the lakeside terraces.
SO WHAT: This fall, Shedd expands its evening offerings to three themed nights a week. If you love Jazzin’ at the Shedd, you’ll love these additional after-hours opportunities! This evening’s House Party features “Originator of House Music” Jesse Saunders!
NO WHAT: Tickets are $25, but Shedd After Hours events are FREE to Illinois residents and include all exhibits.
Liner Notes: A Musical Storytelling Series @ GMan Tavern, 3740 N Clark St, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Awesome people talking about music
SO WHAT: Liner Notes, hosted and curated by Shannon Nico Shreibak, is a monthly storytelling series where writers, musicians, and members of the arts community reflect on the albums that changed their lives—for better, or for worse. Speakers will include Show You Suck discussing Many Facez by Tracey Lee, Jessi Roti discussing Fever To Tell by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Steve Reidell discussing Music From The Motion Picture Judgement Night, and Joe Shanahan discussing Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division!
NOW WHAT: It’s free!
Vesper/Chnnll/Taught Abroad @ Emporium Arcade Bar Wicker Park, 366 N Milwaukee Ave, 8:00pm, 21+
WHAT: An excellent free show at an arcade bar!
SO WHAT: Jam out to Vesper, Chnnll and Taught Abroad while Emporium’s game light glow bright all night long! Chnnll will be celebrating and screening his new music video “Waves”, Taught Abroad will be releasing a new EP, and Vesper will be performing songs from their new album, along with big news that they will only be sharing at the show.
NOW WHAT: This show is free!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th
Mosher: Dipso Facto – Comic Book Release Party & Art Show @ Galerie F, 2415 N Milwaukee Ave, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Dip a little little bit of street art in you comic book!
SO WHAT: Don’t miss your chance to check out Mosher’s current body of work inspired by pages from his new comic, Dipso Facto. This comic book release party will feature all new paintings, drawings installations and of course the comic! This is the perfect chance for you to pick up your copy of this handcrafted graphic novella that’s equal parts silly and sincere.
NOW WHAT: Entry is free! So get to Galerie F and enjoy the amazing Mosher art!
Jokes On You @ Shuga Records, 1272 N Milwaukee Ave, 7:30pm, All Ages
WHAT: Comedy takes over the Shuga Records stage
SO WHAT: Jokes On You is a new monthly stand-up comedy showcase at Shuga Records in Wicker Park, adding a little humor to the music oasis. This lineup will include Cleveland Anderson, Caroline Twyman, Jake Wells, and Ashley Ray!
NOW WHAT: It’s free! Stop by and laugh!
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th & 9th
Renegade Craft Fair @ Wicker Park, Division Street between Damen and Ashland, 11:00am – 7:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: A craft fair focused on independent makers.
SO WHAT: Over 300+ independent crafters and makers will be at this Renegade Craft Fair celebrating DIY spirit for two amazing days celebrating 16 years of this flagship hometown fair. There will be DJ sets by Lumpen Radio and Reckless Records, tons of food trucks to keep your energy up and hunger down, and an array of creative activities to get make your day as creative as it can be!
NOW WHAT: The event is free and open to the public. The fair will be on Division Street between Damen and Ashland, giving you tons of space to shop and support DIY crafters.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th
2018 Miller Lite Chicago Bears Block Party @ Logan Square on North Milwaukee Avenue between North Spaulding Avenue and North Kedzie Avenue, Noon to 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Kick off football season at the 2018 Miller Lite Chicago Bears Block Party.
SO WHAT: What better way to get rady for football season than with Bears alumni, food, drinks, football drills, prizes and some excellent music! Atlas Genius, Ember Oceans, The Punch an Emo vs Pop Punk DJ Set, BiFunkal, ESSO, and Senn Alan Band will provide the tunes during this epic tailgate block party!
NOW WHAT: It’s free! So get out there and enjoy this cool block party
Beer & Bands for Comfort Station 2018 @ Illinois Centennial Monument, 3200 W Logan Blvd, 4:00pm – 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Enjoy free, live music in the heart of Logan Square while supporting Comfort Station!
SO WHAT: Grab a drink with friends while enjoying local musicians, artists, and independent record labels for a day-long concert at the foot of the beloved Illinois Centennial Monument! Dos Santos, Campdogzz, Phoelix, Dim will be providing the live tunes while Bric-A-Brac Records and Scottie McNiece of International Anthem will handle some DJ sets throughout the day!
NOW WHAT: Entry is free, but this is a fundraiser, so there is a $20 Advance ($25 Day of) wristband which grants you access to an ever-frothing beer garden featuring complimentary Goose Island brews and White Claw bubbles.
JC Brooks Band Plays 70s Protest Soul & Phillip-Michael Scales @ City Winery, 1200 W Randolph St, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, 21+
WHAT: Two amazing local soul artists taking over City Winery!
SO WHAT: The Red Black & Blue (Vol. 1) EP is JC Brooks’ follow-up to 2017’s The Neon Jungle and explores political and social themes surrounding being black in America in 2018. He will be performing the album and the music that inspired it along with his excellent band. Joining him will be Phillip-Michael Scales who recently released his EP, Sinner Songwriter, full of his catchy and thoughtful songwriting, blending his passion of indie rock with his passion for bluesy soul.
NOW WHAT: Tickets start at $18 for this great show!
Tuesday Bassen & The Little Friends of Printmaking @ Rotofugi, 2780 N Lincoln Ave, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: The Little Friends of Printmaking (LFOP for short) and Tuesday Bassen stop by Rotofugi for a new show!!
SO WHAT: LFOP are undeniably amazing printmakers and artists! They are returning to the midwest (after relocating from Wisconsin to Los Angeles) with new prints for this fantastic show! They’ll be joined by the fantastic Tuesday Bassen! The opening reception will also feature music by DJ Sean Doe plus complimentary snacks and soft drinks (BYOB if you want to have alcohol).
NOW WHAT: Entry is free for this amazing opening reception where both The Little Friends of Printmaking and Tuesday Bassen will be in attendance!!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th
Bit Brigade performs: Mega Man II + Castlevania @ Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont Ave, 8:00pm, 17+
WHAT: Video games and music collide
SO WHAT: Bit Brigade merges the world of live music with the speed running video game scene for one hell of a show. All the high stakes of the video game world are present as a gamer attempts to flawlessly play a speed run (finishing a game very quickly) live on stage while the band soundtracks the action with a full cover of the game music with their intense skills. This evening will feature Mega Man II and Catlevania!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15 for this cool show!
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