Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 6/27 – 6/30

We're at the final weekend of June and there is still so much left to do! Concerts, festivals, Pride celebrations, art, and more are going on in Chicago for this amazing weekend. And let's not forget at the annual Rainbow PUSH Convention, titled “400 Years Later: Repairing the Damage Done, 1619-2019" which is set to feature some Presidential candidates throughout the weekend. I highly suggest you check out Aaron Cynic's preview of the convention here! Start planning your next few days off now and make them count. Let's get on with your curated weekend! THURSDAY, JUNE 27th Photo credit: Elise Tyler Night Moves & Discus @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave, 7:30pm, 18+ WHAT: The perfect soundtrack for your Thursday night SO WHAT:  Night Moves are a psych rock outfit from Minneapolis with an Americana tint to their melodies (think Tame Impala meets Fleetwood Mac). They're on tour supporting their upcoming release Can You Really Find Me, which they recorded with Jim Eno of Spoon! Highly recommend you check out their song "Strands Align”, an excellent intro in their sparkling instrumentals and singer John Pelant's unique cadence. Joining them will  be local purveyors of guitar rock jams Discus. NOW WHAT: Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door for this excellent show! The Try Guys: Legends of the Internet @ Chicago Theatre., 175 N State St, 7:30pm, All Ages WHAT: The Try Guys first nationwide tour SO WHAT: Legends of the Internet is a thrilling evening of comedy, spectacle, and friendship. Keith, Ned, Zach, and Eugene of the Try Guys will bring their iconic brand of "trying everything and anything" to life on stage! This will be the boys in all their unedited and unfiltered glory. All the hilarious viral content you love transforms into an unprecedented performance where each city will experience a completely unique, interactive show. NOW WHAT: Tickets start at $36.50 for this evening of internet goodness brought IRL. FRIDAY - SUNDAY, JUNE 28th - 30th 11th Annual Millennium Art Festival @ Michigan Avenue & Lake Street Chicago, Friday 11:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm, All Ages WHAT: Some art for your summer weekend SO WHAT: The Millennium Art Festival is a three-day art and design show bringing unique works to the heart of downtown Chicago. A huge array of artwork, including paintings, ceramics, photography, and furniture, showcases the talents of more than 110 juried artists participating in this city-centric festival. In addition to the art there will be live performances, tasty treats, and interactive art-filled experiences. You can check out a map of the festival here! NOW WHAT: Admission is free! Logan Square Arts Festival 2019 @ Logan Square Park, 3150 W Logan Blvd, Friday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday Noon - 10:00pm, All Ages WHAT: Art and music in the heart of Logan Square at the intersection of Milwaukee and Kedzie avenues and Logan Boulevard. SO WHAT: The Logan Square circle will once again be welcoming the best live music, art, crafts, comedy, kids activities, and more for the Logan Square Arts Festival! As always, the music lineup looks great with impressive acts including Title TK, Hop Along, Mykele Deville, Speedy Ortiz, Half Gringa, The Beths, Emily Blue, and so many more. You can see the full lineup of musicians and events here! There will also be plenty of after shows throughout the weekend that you can check out below: June 27 June 28 June 29 June 30 NOW WHAT: It’s free! FRIDAY, JUNE 28th The Open House @ Numero Group, 2533 S Troy St, 4:00pm - ???,  WHAT: Ned Doheney, magic, movies, music, video games, exclusive sales... *deep breath*... giveaways, dancing, brews, eats, and late night warehouse party it cap it all off SO WHAT: To commemorate their 16th year of finding the best sounds from niche genres all over the world, Numero Group will be opening up their doors to the public for a one day extravaganza. Everything kicks off at 4pm with a massive 20%-off sale across the entire Factory Outlet, including some special surprises, a chance to play their soon-to-be-released Escape From Synth City 8-bit video game, and free brews from Off Color Brewery! There will be screenings of a few Numero films starting at 5:30pm and Ned Doheny will be performing his first ever Chicago show at 8:30pm! You'll also be able to dance the night away with a drunken dance party with Numero’s very own Rob Sevier, Ken Shipley, DJ Sit Ups, St. Stephen, Makamena, and Paradise is a Frequency supplying the tunes! NOW WHAT: It's free!! The first 50 entrants will receive a special Numero commemorative tote stuffed with exclusive oddities, and goodies. WBEZ Podcast Passport @ Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N Southport, 8:30pm - 9:30pm, 13+ WHAT: Were you a big fan of the podcast Serial? This is your chance to learn about the inner workings of a hit podcast. SO WHAT: Join WBEZ Chicago for a Podcast Passport event with the makers of Serial. Launched in 2014 by the creators of This American Life, Serial quickly became the most-downloaded podcast in the world. It has won every major award for broadcasting including duPont-Columbia, Scripps Howard, Edward R. Murrow, and the first-ever Peabody awarded to a podcast. At this event, Serial creators Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder will give the audience a behind-the-scenes look at how they put together the show. They’ll explain the challenges of reporting each season—first, the case of Adnan Syed; next, Bowe Bergdahl and the war in Afghanistan, and most recently, a year inside a felony courthouse in Cleveland. They’ll talk about the surprises, shocks, and personal ups and downs of creating a new form of audio storytelling. NOW WHAT: Tickets are BOGO—or two for one—for this event. Tickets start at $17. VIP tickets include a Meet and Greet with Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder directly after the show! Recommended for 13+. SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JUNE 29th & 30th 2nd Annual Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo @ Seatgeek Stadium, 7000 Harlem Ave, Bridgeview, 10:00am - 6:00pm, All Ages WHAT: The intersection of tasty pleasure and indescribable pain SO WHAT: Come to Seatgeek Stadium for this two-day fiery foods festival to get the ultimate endorphin rush. The weekend promises to be like no other. There will be free hot sauce tastings from around the world, The Stage of DOOM, Guinness Book of Records Reaper Eating Contest, wrestling, craft beers, specialty cocktails & tons more! Check out everything going on at this devilish tasty event! NOW WHAT: Tickets are available now! General admission is $7! The Beer & BBQ Platter ticket includes 4 Craft Beer Tokens, BBQ Lunch Box, Bottle of High River Sauces & Limited Edition Expo Poster for $40! The VIP pass includes access to the VIP area, complimentary cocktails & spirit tastings, craft beers, taco Buffet, free Bottle of High River Sauces, Limited Edition Expo Poster, FREE Issue of Revolver Magazine, & VIP Gift bag stuffed with sponsorship goodies for $75 The Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash @ Douglas Park, 1401 S Sacramento Dr, Noon - 9:45pm, All Ages WHAT: Pretty much every hip hop act you need to see SO WHAT: The Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash is coming to Douglas Park with some of the most cutting edge and celebrated hip hop artists around. Seriously, look at this lineup! Nearly every slice of the hip hop genre is represented, so don't miss out on this incredible festival! Headliners Playboi Carti, Lil Yachty, Juice WRLD, and Kodak Black are top-notch and the undercard features the likes of Smokepurpp, Cam'ron, The Cool Kids, Carnage, Amine, Curren$y and so many more! NOW WHAT: Tickets are $149.95 for this two-day festival! Get out there and experience some great music! SATURDAY, JUNE 29th Navy Pier Pride @ Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Noon - 10:25, All Ages WHAT: Celebrate Pride weekend at the pier! SO WHAT: Join Navy Pier for a big Pride celebration featuring a full day of live music and artistic performances! Programing highlights include Story Time with Drag Queens, Chicago Gay Men’s Choir performance, Wave Wall Wax with DJ All The Way Kay, and so much more. Check out the full schedule here! NOW WHAT: This event is free! Pride in the Park Chicago 2019 @ Grant Park – Butler Field, 377 E Monroe St, 1:00pm - 10:00pm, 15+ WHAT: The first Pride in the Park event! SO WHAT: Pride in the Park will bring together music, performers, art, food, amazing views of the city, and fireworks for you to enjoy over the last weekend of Pride month! The lineup includes Iggy Azalea, Steve Aoki, Tamar Braxton-Herbert, Taylor Dayne, Todrick Hall, Kathy Sledge, Shea Couleé, Gia Woods, Alexis Michelle, CoCo Montrese, KCOrtiz, Miss DJ Meg! They'll also have food from DineAmic Group’s Bar NOW WHAT: Tickets start at $55 for this Pride event!  Pride in the Park will also be giving back to the community. Charity Partners are The Center on Halsted and additional contributions will be made to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago by volunteers from Stonewall Sports Chicago, who will be donating their time working at the festival. Right Round Record Market @ The Native, 2417 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2:00pm - 7:00pm, 21+ WHAT: A day full of records and tunes SO WHAT: Some excellent local record stores and labels will be setting up booths on The Native’s patio to add some great music to your collection. The likes of Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records, Eye Vybe Records, Laurie’s Planet of Sound, Midwest Action, Record Breakers , Worry Reccords, and What’s For Breakfast? Records will be on hand for this great afternoon. Head out and look through what they have in store for you! NOW WHAT: Entry is free, just have some cash to get some of these great store and label’s wares! Chicago Philharmonic’s Side by Side @ Ping Tom Memorial Park, 1700 S Wentworth Ave, 3:00pm - 7:00pm, All Ages WHAT: The Chicago Philharmonic's fifth summer of their popular community concerts, Side by Side! SO WHAT: In Chicago Philharmonic's Side by Side series, student and community musicians rehearse and perform alongside our world-class musicians in free concerts throughout Chicago's beautiful parks. This summer, the orchestra will perform works representing different cultural communities in Chicago, including pieces by by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez (representing Chicago’s Mexican community), African-American composer William Grant Still (representing Chicago’s African American community), Polish composer Frédéric Chopin (representing Chicago’s Polish community), Italian composer Pietro Mascagni (representing Chicago’s Italian community), and a traditional Chinese piece Dance of the Golden Snake (representing Chicago’s Chinese community). Rehearsals take place from 3:00pm-5:00pm and the concert officially starts at 6:00pm. For this afternoon and evening at Ping Tom Memorial Park, Chicago Philharmonic will feature conductor Kellen Gray NOW WHAT: The series is free to attend! Bring the kids and family to discover the beauty of classical collaboration! Brandi Carlile @ Huntington Bank Pavilion, 1300 S Linn White Dr, 7:30pm, All Ages WHAT: An evening of beautiful Americana SO WHAT: Brandi Carlile, whose distinct and graceful voice has been gracing folk and Americana fans for over a decade, will be stopping by Huntington Bank Pavilion in support of her latest album By the Way, I Forgive You. The album continues Carlile’s strong storytelling ability that is underlined but her raw talent. Her live shows are the best you’ll ever encounter, connecting with audiences in ways few artists will ever achieve.  Check out our review of the last time she was in town at the Chicago Theatre. NOW WHAT: Tickets are available online! SUNDAY, JUNE 30th Vinyl Village Record Fair @ Sleeping Village, 3734 W Belmont Ave, 11:00am - 4:00pm, 21+ WHAT: Peruse some cool record collections SO WHAT: Looking for some weird oddity on your wish lists or want to discover some new favorites! Head to Sleeping Village’s record fair and take a gander at what the following vendors have , Blake Karlson (Animated Music), David Baker, Paul Nixon (Paul’s Boutique), Tony Kingman (Tony K Records), Aadam Jacobs (Rob & Aadam’s Records and Music Stuff), Terry Nelson, Grant Crusor (South Rhodes Records), and Feeltrip Records/No Requests! NOW WHAT: It free to enter! Chicago's 50th Annual Pride Parade @ Montrose Avenue and Broadway, Noon - 3:00pm, All Ages WHAT: A four-mile-long parade route celebrating LGBTQ community with the theme of "Stonewall 50: "MILLIONS of MOMENTS of PRIDE." 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the uprising, outside New York’s landmark Stonewall Inn, which sparked the Gay Rights Movement. SO WHAT: If you haven't been to a Pride Parade in Chicago, I highly suggest it. It's a dizzying display joyful LGBTQ+ expression at its most lavish and proud heights. The parade travels for four miles where everyone gets the freedom to feel secure with their sexual and gender identities. It's fun, frantic, and downright enjoyable experience. More than anything it continues to fight the oppression of the LGBTQ+ community in the best possible way: through unabashed acceptance. The parade starts at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. NOW WHAT: Head to any part of the parade route before noon and get ready for a fun time. Then hang out and celebrate all day. Chicago Mariachi Festival @ Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, 4:00pm - 8:30pm, All Ages WHAT: The 5th Annual Chicago Mariachi Festival, the largest mariachi event in the U.S. SO WHAT: Mariachi Heritage Foundation, the National Museum of Mexican Art and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events come together to present an evening of mariachi music. The tradition that mariachi holds goes back at least to the 18th century and has evolved into the powerful and influential musical style it is today. Aida Cuevas, Mariachi Herencia de México, Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlan, and Mariachi Aztlán of the University of Texas-Río Grande Valley will be delivering some beautiful mariachi sounds. NOW WHAT: The Chicago Mariachi Festival is free and open to the public. Free seating on the Great Lawn and in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Seating Bowl is available on a first come first serve basis. You can purchase VIP seats by making a $50 donation to Mariachi Heritage Foundation.
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Julian Ramirez