It’s quite the weekend for fantastic events! Pride festivals all over town, tons of concerts, and your last chance to experience the wacky and fulfilling world of genre cinema with Cinepocalypse! So don’t hide away from the next few rainy days, pull out that umbrella and go out on the town for some fun!
Let’s get on with your curated weekend!
ALL WEEKEND LONG, JUNE 20th – JUNE 23rd
Out of Space @ Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL, 6:00pm -10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Evanston SPACE presents Out of Space, a series of outdoor concerts all summer long throughout Evanston.
SO WHAT: The multiple meaning, pun titled Out of Space will be welcoming an impressive lineup of musicians to Temperance Beer Co. and Canal Shores for a summer full of the best music you could hope for! Check out our full preview here and tickets for the first weekend of shows at Temperance Beer Co. below!
June 20: Digable Planets & Kweku Collins
June 21: Toots & The Maytals and Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs
June 22: Liz Phair & Juliana Hatfield (Tickets currently available again!!)
June 23: Yo La Tengo & The Minus 5
NOW WHAT: Ticket links are above! Hurry before these amazing shows sell out!
THURSDAY, JUNE 20th
Cinepocalypse 2019 @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave, 3:30pm – 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: The final day of the Midwest’s largest gathering of genre films and the fans who love them
SO WHAT: If you have any interest in the wide world of genre film making, then this event is perfect for you. Cinepocalypse brings together an amazing slew of many guests, films, and events for the week long fest. Today is the final day of the scary, wacky, and alaways amaizng festival, so this is your last chance to experience it! You’ll be able to catch The Last to See Them 3:30pm, Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary 5:30pm and the grand finale: the 25th anniversary 35mm screening of Airheads with director Michael Lehmannin attendance!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are available here! So go out and bid farewell to this year’s Cinepocalypse!
Sauced Spring Night Market @ House of Vans, 113 N Elizabeth St., 5:00pm – 10:00pm, All Ages
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 a few dozen vendors, food trucks, and a few SAUCED-style surprises.! Muralists Brain Killer and Lisa Fray will be live painting THE WALL throughout the night!
NOW WHAT: It’s free with RSVP! This event is all ages!
Lucette & The Long Lost @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave, 9:00pm, 18+
WHAT: A great evening of interesting tunes
SO WHAT: Lucette’s particularly lovely sound is as exhilarating as it is varied. Her latest album Deluxe Hotel Room takes roots music through a journey into R&B and soul, resulting in a pop-forward sound that never loses its hold on the listener. Throughout the album interesting synths and powerful drum beats (added by her producer Sturgill Simpson) illuminate her raw and incredibly personal lyricism. From love to mental health and more, Lucette handles topics beautifully with her alluring voice. Joining her at Schubas will be local Americana/Alt-country group The Long Lost!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $12 for this great show!
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 21st – 23rd
Ruido Fest @ Union Park, 1501 W Randolph St, Friday 3:00pm -10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 1:00pm -10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Another great year of this fantastic Latin alternative music
SO WHAT: Ruido Fest is back and in a new location ready to celebrateLatin music and culture this summer! The fest has moved over to the bigger Union Park to bring together the arts and music scene in Chicago’s Latino community for three fun days with an impressive lineup of musicians from all over the Spanish-speaking world. Some of the amazing acts will include Los Tigres Del Norte, El Tri, Hombres G + Enanitos Verde, Helado Negro and many more. Check out the full lineup on their website.
NOW WHAT: Single day and three day passes are currently available!
FRIDAY, JUNE 21st & 22nd
Chi-Soul Fest @ Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, 10:00am – 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: The Chicago Soul Music Festival is an inter-generational musical conversation of Chicago soul music presented in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month.
SO WHAT: Navy Pier will be filled with some excellent soul music throughout the campus including the likes of Sam Trump, Krystal Metcalfe, Oliv Blu and many more! You’ll also be able to enjoy pop ups like Ayana Contreras’ “Energy Never Dies” with panel discussions (10:00am -10:00pm) and The Silver Room Block Party preview (1:00pm – 6:00pm). Check out the full lineup on Navy Pier’s website.
NOW WHAT: It’s free! Enjoy some soul music this weekend!
FRIDAY, JUNE 21st
Make Music Chicago @ Venues All Over Town, 10:00am – 10:00pm, All ages
WHAT: A day with tons of music happening in Chicago!
SO WHAT: This annual festival takes place on the summer solstice, June 21, at over 200 venues throughout the Chicagoland area. There will be performances of all musical styles by established musicians. There will also be dozens of opportunities for the public of all ages and abilities to join in the music making. For more information check out preview of this wonderful event and Make Music Chicago.
NOW WHAT: These shows are free! Head out there and discover some amazing music!
Sinkane w/ Bassel & The Supernaturals @ Chop Shop, 2033 W North Ave, 8:00pm, 18+
WHAT: Some wonderful music that will brighten the mood and get you dancing.
SO WHAT: Sinkane is the project of the genre blending Ahmed Gallab. His music takes influence from so many different music styles, culminating in sound that is utterly danceable and increasingly unique with every passing album. Check out our reviews of the last couple of times we caught him opening and headlining at Lincoln Hall! Joining Sinkane and his incredible band will be look soul stalwarts Bassel & The Supernaturals!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15 for this perfect opportunity to see just how entertaining and electrifying Sinkane and Bassel & The Supernaturals live.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JUNE 22nd & 23rd
Chicago Food Truck Festival @ South Loop Green Space, 2400 S. State St., 10:00am – 7:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Chicago Food Truck Festival is ready for its 6th annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival
SO WHAT: Join the Chicago Food Truck Festival as they gather up 45+ gourmet food trucks for two days of great food! Feast on tasting chef prepared dishes and delight your palate with a splash of Sangria or some incredible beers. There will also be plenty of great games and live music?
NOW WHAT: Get your VIP passes and sangria/beer tickets here! Tickets may be used on either day for one use only. So if you plan to attend both days you will need to buy two VIP tickets.
Chicago Pride Fest @ Boystown on Halsted Street from Addison to Grace St., 11:00am – 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: The official Chicago Pride Fest
SO WHAT: No one celebrates Pride better than Northalsted! Chicago Pride Fest, held during National Pride Month, celebrates the LGBTQ+ achievements as a community in their annual two-day street festival leading up to Chicago’s world famous Pride Parade the following week. Entertainers from across the globe perform to crowds filled with PRIDE as Chicago celebrates LGBTQ+ history. See the full lineup of performers here!
NOW WHAT: There is $10 suggested donation at the gate which benefits the community and local charities, whose mission is to serve youth and families facing homelessness.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd
Vegandale Food Drink Festival 2019 @ Butler Field in Grant Park, 400 E. Monroe St., 11:00am – 7:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Explore the wide world of Vegandale!
SO WHAT: Over 100 of the best vendors from across North America will be available for one day only, dishing up incredible vegan food, drinks and merchandise. All five of your senses will be treated on this special day with great music, stage entertainment, larger than life art installations and games that you look forward to each summer.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15! They are available now and at the door!
Alive & Well//Vendor Fair & Day Party @ The Silver Room Pop Up,1302 N Milwaukee Ave, Noon – 8:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Alive & Well is a vendor fair created to honor culture, community , and Slow Fashion. Slow Fashion is clothing made ethically that keeps quality and craftsmanship as its core ideal. Many participating vendors are resellers of high quality vintage and one of a kid pieces made to last.
SO WHAT: Join Silver Room at their Wicker Park location for a day with 20 local vendors, chair massage, tarot, individualized poems, dance performances, great food, and DJS throughout the day. DJs will include DJ ZZzosma, Sonny Daze, Daryll Mellowman, and Shon Dervis Smith.
NOW WHAT: This event is free! Go out and support this great shop and event!
SUNDAY, JUNE 23rd
Chicago Reader Pride Block Party @ Marz Community Brewing, 3630 S Iron St, 1:00pm – 9:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Chicago Reader is celebrating Chicago’s rich and diverse half century of LGBTQ+ community legacy with an all-day, all-ages block party at Marz Community Brewing!
SO WHAT: This great event will include a diverse array of artists, communities, and small businesses taking part in the party! This gathering aims to be an intergenerational, cross-community effort to honor the people working to amplify LGBTQ+ community and their stories, as well as pay homage to Chicago’s LGBTQ+ history and the icons who made it. Check out the full lineup of activities and entertainment happening at the block party here!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 for this wonderful event! Proceeds of the day’s ticket sales will be donated to Chicago organizations whose mission is to support LGBTQ communities: Brave Space Alliance, Affinity Community Services, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, ALMA Chicago, Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), The Legacy Project, Equality Illinois.