It’s the final week of September! Oktoberfest parties are happening all around the city, the temps have finally cooled, and the events are as fun as ever. So let’s take advantage of this great city we live in and find something fun to do today! Whether it’s art, music, markets or a few laughs: get out there and enjoy Chicago!
Let’s get on with your curated weekend!
ALL WEEKEND LONG, SEPTEMBER 27th – 30th
EXPO CHICAGO @ Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Various times, All Ages
WHAT: EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, is back!
SO WHAT: The seventh edition of EXPO CHICAGO features art from over 3,000 artists represented by 135 international galleries, 27 countries, and 63 cities. Admission includes a dynamic roster of on-site programming, including panel discussions, site-specific installations, film and new media works, and special exhibitions by renowned institutions. You can see full details at their website!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $20 for a single day, $30 for the three-day pass. Tickets for Thursday’s Vernissage start at $125
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th
Mount Kimbie (DJ Set) / Savile / Hijo Pródigo @ smartbar, 3730 N Clark St, 10:00pm, 21+
WHAT: An evening a excellent DJs
SO WHAT: Mount Kimbie are an excellent electronic duo putting out some of the best sounds you’ll ever hear. While this isn’t a live performance, their DJ skills are sure to impress, thanks to their extensive collabs and production skills. Joining them will be Savile & Hijo Pródigo!
NOW WHAT: Entry is $15 Advance, $20 at the door or $10 at the door before midnight with valid student ID,
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th & 29th
Revolution Oktoberfest 2018 @ The Revolution Brewpub, Milwaukee Ave., between California & Fullerton, Friday 3:00pm – 10:00pm, Saturday Noon to 10:00pm
WHAT: An Oktoberfest Celebration!
SO WHAT: It’s that time of the year when Oktoberfest parties run wild and this one looks particularity special. Revolution will be releasing their yearly Oktoberfest brew with a big celebration featuring some amazing performers including Whitney, Ex Hex, King Khan and the Shrines, White Mystery, and more! You can check out the rest of the stacked lineup here!
NOW WHAT: There will be a $5 suggested donation to benefit the neighborhood school programs of Friends of Goethe School.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th
Sauced Night Market @ House of Vans, 113 N Elizabeth St, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, 21+
WHAT: A night-time market in Chicago’s coolest venue
SO WHAT: By popular demand, Sauced is back with their amazing night market at the always fun House of Vans! They’ll be taking over the skate park/music venue with 50 vendors, food trucks, and artists!
NOW WHAT: It’s free with RSVP! This event is 18+
Drinkers With Writing Problems Presents: Lit Up! @ The Kedzie Inn, 4100 N Kedzie Ave, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
WHAT: Drinks and readings!
SO WHAT: Drinkers with Writing Problems produces a show that highlights some of Chicago’s most creative drinkers… I mean writers and performers, along with some of DWWP’ers favorites. This reading series features all genres of writing from first person narrative to young adult fiction to poetry to whatever the writer decides to share with the audience. Check out their event page for a full list of readers!
NOW WHAT: Doors open at 7:00pm, so get there early and enjoy these readings!
Cards Against Humanity: Late Night Writers Room @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Cards Against Humanity is coming to the MCA!
SO WHAT: Late Night Writers Room is an irreverent night of improv comedy based on the politically incorrect party game Cards Against Humanity, and hosted by its creators. Audience members will pitch their card ideas and the best suggestions are acted out by the Cards Against Humanity writers and improvisers.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15! Come early and register to vote with State Matters, a local organization that educates Illinois residents about their state and local governments.
ANCHR Magazine Showcase: Dream Version and Seasaw w/ Uma Bloo, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Another Excellent ANCHR Magazine showcase
SO WHAT: By now you should know that ANCHR puts on some awesome shows that really give you a taste of our local music scene and beyond. This time around they’ve enlisted Seasaw, Dream Version and Uma Bloo for a fantastic night focusing on the pop spectrum!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $8!
Lala Lala (Record Release) / Dehd / Choral Reefr @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: A record release show that you shouldn’t miss!
SO WHAT: Lala Lala‘s full length album is finally here! So why not enjoy The Lamb‘s precise lyrics and infectious hooks with this show at the Bottle! Joining them will be DEHD‘s melodious garage rock jams and Choral Reefr‘s experimental pop!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $8 for this excellent show!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th
An Intimate September Evening @ DZ Records, 8548 S 85th Ct, 8:30pm – 11:30pm
WHAT: Another DZ Records style party!
SO WHAT: Join DZ Records for a night of great music as they continue their quest to put on fun shows! There will be a nice lineup of bands rocking out for your aural pleasure including Neighbors You Know, Mike Dixon, Leah Shoshanah, and Hunt Hunt Hunt Camp.
NOW WHAT: Admission is $10.
Lomelda & Stef Chura @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave, 11:00pm, 18+
WHAT: Two wonderful performers at Schubas
SO WHAT: Some lineups are just meant to be. Having performed on the same bill at the beginning of the year, Haley Reed’s gentle and utterly mesmerizing tunes as Lomelda and Stef Chura‘s endlessly powerful and unique voice are back in town for another great show!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $12 for this late night concert!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th
4th Annual Blocktoberfest @ Dusek’s, 1227 W 18th St, Noon – 10:00pm, All ages
WHAT: End the month with a block party at Dusek’s
SO WHAT: Dusek’s 4th Annual Blocktoberfest is a celebration of the restaurant’s anniversary as well as the community that surrounds it. The day is filled with food, beer, punch, games, and more. Music will be provided all day thanks to a lineup of Djs including DJ Jesse De La Pena, Darryn Jones, Yessenia G., Rae Chardonnay, Ariel Zetina, Shazam Bangles, (((SONORAMA))), and Fanita Banana!
NOW WHAT: Bring the whole family to this free event!
Girls Rock! Chicago Gear & Poster Sale! @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, Noon – 3:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Girls Rock! Chicago will be taking over brunch time at the Empty Bottle
SO WHAT: Girls Rock! Chicago will be offering some sweet deals on musical instruments, live sound audio equipment, and more! You’ll also have a chance to peruse the Bottle’s poster archives and purchase some show posters from years past at amazing discounts to benefit Girls Rock! Chicago! GR!C’s board member and DJ instructor, Sarah Frier, aka DJ Frier Tuck, will be spinning some great tunes throughout the day!
NOW WHAT: It’s free! Just bring some cash and take home some new to you equipment and posters!
Frankenstein Unearthed @ Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N Michigan Ave, 1:00pm -3:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Four Frankensteins, seriously? This special joint event celebrates four unique productions of Frankenstein to be staged by Chicago theaters during the 2018-19 season.
SO WHAT: Court Theatre with Manual Cinema, Lifeline Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre and Remy Bumppo Theatre Company will stage Frankenstein, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, in which the monster comes to life. What is Chicago’s fascination with this tale? How will the story be told by four different theater companies? Artists David Catlin and Cordelia Dewdney (Lookingglass), Drew Dir (Manual Cinema), Ian Frank and Eliza Stoughton (Remy Bumppo), and Robert Kauzlaric and Ann Sonneville (Lifeline) will answer these questions in a conversation led by Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones.
NOW WHAT: It’s a sneak peek at our Frankenstein festival. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.
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