We’re in the penultimate month of the year! November brings tons of great concerts, markets, beer releases and food, so don’t let them pass you by! Indulge (responsibly) in all these great events and find out why Chicago is so fun!
Let’s get on with your curated weekend!
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7th
Ya Filthy Animal Release Party @ Emporium Arcade Bar, 2367 N Milwaukee Ave, 6:00pm -10:00pm, 21+
HAT: A brew tribute to Kevin McAllister’s battle with The Wet Bandits
SO WHAT: Emporium Arcade Bar and Hopewell Brewing Company have come together to brew up a tasty holiday treat! “Ya Filthy Animal ” is a 6.7% holiday sour ale with mulled wine spices, plums and black currants. It’s an interesting riff on the classic mulled red wine cocktail!
NOW WHAT: Entry is free, so head out and enjoy this uniquely Chicago themed brew! Bring cash to buy some brews and remember: keep the change
Danny Brown @ Metro, 3730 N Clark St, 9:00pm, 18+
WHAT: One of the best hip-hop artists commanding the Metro Stage
SO WHAT: The fact that there are still tickets available for this show is astounding! Danny Brown’s unique cadence and flow are tailor-made for a live show. His latest album U Know What I’m Sayin? continues his brand of incredible lyricism and beats that are downright jams. Check out our review of his House of Vans show last year for a taste of what to expect!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $30 for this excellent night at the Metro!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8th
Taste of Ravenswood @ Ravenswood Event Center, 4021 North Ravenswood Avenue, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: An evening of live entertainment and handcrafted bites and sips in the gorgeous Ravenswood Event Center!
SO WHAT: Along with being home to Malt Row, Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood boasts a vibrant community of culinary dynamos and decorated restaurants. For the 5th “Taste of Ravenswood” these chefs, brewers, bakers, and distillers have conjured up a menu of one-night-only dishes that showcase the diversity of Ravenswood’s culinary scene. Guests will also enjoy live musical performances, plus games from Redline VR and The SKEE League: Chicago!
NOW WHAT: Tickets start at $60 for 7:30pm entry, $85 for 6:30pm entry which includes a cocktail hour, and $800 for a VIP table reservation for 10 guests.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9th
Handmade Market Chicago @ Empty Bottle,1035 N Western Ave, Noon – 4:00pm
WHAT: Shopping, eating, and drinking all in one place
SO WHAT: Grab some food next door at Bite Cafe, maybe a drink from the Empty Bottle Bar, and start shopping the Handmade Market Chicago! They will be bringing over 30 makers of beautiful and unique items to the Empty Bottle! Join in and see what all the sellers will have to offer. You can check out some of the sellers that will be featured over on their Facebook events page.
NOW WHAT: This event as always is free!
Bloodshot Records’ Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots Release Party @ Workshop 4200, 4200 W Diversey Ave, Chicago IL, 4:00pm -10:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Bloodshot Records 25th anniversary blowout!
SO WHAT: Head out and celebrate the release of Bloodshot’s new compilation album Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots with a fantastic party in the beautiful atrium at Workshop 4200, the home of Smashed Plastic Record Press, where the album was pressed! This fantastic event will include live performances by local favorites from ROOKIE, Wild Earp & The Free For Alls, Big Sadie, David Quinn, and The Dyes! You’ll also have a chance to check out some Limited edition 25th anniversary merch and records (and giveaways), enjoy drinks from Revolution Brewing, Letherbee, FEW Spirits, and Dark Matter Coffee, and try special Bloodshot 25th anniversary sausages by the legendary Hot Doug’s!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $12!!!! Donations benefit Hermosa Neighborhood Association. All those who donate receive free entry to the party.
Windy City Soul Club – 11 Year Anniversary Party @ Sleeping Village, 3734 W Belmont Ave, 9:00pm, 21+
WHAT: The best soul dance party in Chicago
SO WHAT: Windy City Soul Club has been throwing down amazing tunes for Chicagoans to dance their nights away for quite a while and have never disappointed. Armed with turntables and a never ending stream on warm vinyl, WCSC DJs dig through every type of Soul you could imagine. Northern Soul, Motown-style gems, regional hits, the best dancing tunes, and classics that will have you singing along at the top of your lungs.
NOW WHAT: Dress to the nines and get those dancing shoes ready, cover for the event is only $5 and is 21+
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10th
Featherproof & Friends Pop-Up Book Fair @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave,Noon – 4:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Books, books, and more books
SO WHAT: A nice gathering of Chicago’s most interesting independent publishers will be coming out for this pop-up shop at the Bottle! You’ll be able to make a day of it as you start off with some brunch at Bite Cafe, some drinks from The Empty Bottle, and them peruse the great books from Featherproof, Rose Metal Press, Meekling Press, Chin Music Press, Drag City, 7Vientos, MAKE Magazine, and Tortoise Books!
NOW WHAT: Entry is free!
Bin Chickens Vinyl Fair @ Emporium Arcade Bar Wicker Park, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Noon – 5:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Bin Chicken will bring some great Chicago record dealers together in one space for a top-shelf vinyl hunt!
SO WHAT: Record dealers from the greater Chicagoland area will converge at the legendary Emporium Arcade Bar Wicker Park with their curated crates making all your hifi dreams come true! Live DJs will be mixing all event long while record connoisseurs and vinyl enthusiasts crate dig! The bar will be open, the good vibes will be flowing and the turntables will be spinning some sweet jams!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $8 and every ticket includes 10 complimentary tokens for the awesome Emporium arcade games!
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