Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 1/23 – 1/26

Cold, snowy, and rainy days are ahead of us, but that shouldn’t stop you from having a great weekend. There’s so much to do in the city from concerts to markets and beyond! So get your snow boots and winter gear on and brave the weather!

Let’s get your curated weekend started!


Diane Coffee & The Curls @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, Thursday 9:00pm, Friday, 10:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Two nights of Diane Coffee
SO WHAT: Diane Coffee is the alter ego of Shaun Fleming. As Coffee, Fleming lets out all the strange but gentle psychedelia that reminds listeners of the best theatrical rock of years past. This is music you’ll need to strut into the weekend! Diane Coffee will be joined by the ever entertaining tunes of The Curls!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $15 for the Thursday show and $12 in advance ($15 day of) for the Friday show. There is also a $40 two-show pass available if you need more Coffee in your life before the end of the year.


Burlesque Revue @ Found Kitchen & Social House, 1631 Chicago Ave, Evanston IL, 8:00pm – 11:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Evanston’s Found Kitchen & Social House (1631 Chicago Ave) is hosting its quarterly cabaret show!
SO WHAT: Burlesque Revue is individually curated by Eva la Feva featuring four dances and new costumes. The performances are in a traditional cabaret-style and an emcee entertains the crowd with jokes and juggles.
NOW WHAT: Entry for the show is $20. Reserved seating is available with a dinner reservation. Please call 847.868.8945 to reserve a dinner before the show.


Chicago Restaurant Week 2020 @ Various Restaurants, Various Locations, Various Times
WHAT: The 13th annual culinary celebration!
SO WHAT: Over 430 restaurants take part in Restaurant Week (which is actually 17 days long!), letting everyone have a taste of Chicago’s restaurant scene from Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese and more! You can feast on delicious multi-course menus all across the city and suburbs including over 100 new participants for 2019. You can find all the participating restaurants on the Restaurant Week website!

NOW WHAT: These multi-course meals are $24 for brunch or lunch, and $36 and/or $48 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity).


At the Video Store
Image courtesy of Siskel Film Center

At the Video Store @ Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State St, Friday 8:00pm & Saturday 5:30pm
WHAT: A great screening of At the Video Store
SO WHAT: Take a trip down independent neighborhood video store history as it is both celebrated and eulogized in this wonderful documentary, At the Video Store. The film screens at the Gene Siskel Film Center as part of its “Stranger Than Fiction” documentary series, on Friday, Jan. 24 at 8pm and Saturday, Jan. 25 at 5:30pm. Director James Westby is scheduled to appear for audience discussions at both screenings. You can check out our full  preview here!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $12 and available here!


Customade by Chaz Bear & Company Studio: A Visual Experience and Launch Party @ House of Vans Chicago, 113 N Elizabeth St,8:00pm – 11:00pm, 18+
WHAT: A new year, a new amazing show at House of Vans
SO WHAT: House of Vans Chicago always puts on great events and this one sounds like an blast. Join Chaz Bear,the mastermind behind musical project Toyo Y Moi, as he curates an immersive art experience as part of Vans Customade. The launch party will have guests engage with artwork from the collaboration alongside an analog liquid light show by Mad Alchemy and DJ sets by Toro Y Moi and friends, including Chaz Bear and A. Ferraro.
NOW WHAT: You can RSVP for this fantastic free show here!


Randolph Street Market Pop Up @ Time Out Market, 916 W Fulton Market, 10:00am – 7:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: Randolph Street Market Chicago is on the road for this little pop up!
SO WHAT:  Randolph Street Market will host a pop-up at Time Out Market, offering a curated designer showcase packed with amazing finds perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift! Get some shopping done with a drink in your hand before heading downstairs for a tasty lunch.
NOW WHAT: It’s free! head out and get yourself or a special someone a gift!


Record Store Pop-Up Round 2 @ Beer Temple, 3173 N Elston Ave, 3:00pm – 8:00pm
WHAT: A little bit of wax with your brews!
SO WHAT: The Beer Temple and Collective Arts Brewing are partnering with Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records, Wild Prairie, and Tone Deaf Records for a fun afternoon of beer and Vinyl. Shop around while you sample their new music-inspired lager, Audio/Visual, as well as some limited beer releases.
NOW WHAT: Entry is free! Buy any record during the show and receive a gift from Collective Arts!

Windy City Soul Club @ 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. Join them at their new home of Sleeping Village as they play 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. Join them at their new home of Sleeping Village
NOW WHAT: Dress to the nines and get those dancing shoes ready, cover for the event is only $5 and is 21+


Donut Fest Chicago 2020 @ Chop Shop,2033 W North Ave, 8:00am – 2:00pm
WHAT: Mmmm… donuts.
SO WHAT: Donut Fest is back for their 6th year! The best bakeries in Chicago will gather and bring you the best crullers, rings or long-johns for you to sample. Go out and discover all the tastes associated with these delicious entries from some of the city’s best bakers and finest coffee purveyors.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $40 for the 8:00am – 10:00am VIP session and $30 for the 10:00am – Noon and Noon – 2:00pm sessions! Tickets get you samples of donuts, three coffee vouchers, and a take home goodie bag! The VIP session also includes a limited edition Donut Fest mug!

Karaoke Storytellers @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, 18+
WHAT: Storytelling plus a little bit of karaoke
SO WHAT: Karaoke Storytellers, hosted by Chicago native and master storyteller Jacoby Cochran, takes a deep look into out personal histories with music as they extend a microphone to those who have a story about a song. Each show features 7 performers telling a short story about a song followed by a karaoke performance of the song. Performers include four booked members of the Chicago community, one headliner (Susan Messing this time around!), one audience volunteer, & Franny Giroux (the show’s creator).
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door for this unique show!

Benjamin Gibbard & Tara Jane O’Neil @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St, 7:30pm,
WHAT: A solo set from the frontman of the 8x Grammy-nominated band Benjamin Gibbard
SO WHAT: Seriously, how can you not love Benjamin Gibbard? Gibbard has been making music that speaks directly to your soul for years with tons of great songs and albums with Death Cab for Cutie, including 2018’s excellent Thank You for Today, and a solid solo output. Fans of Gibbard are accustomed to huge shows like Death Cab for Cutie’s recent Red Rocks Amphitheater show and a massive set at Lollapalooza, so this more intimate setting is a welcome treat! Joining him will be the wonderful voice of Tara Jane O’Neil!
NOW WHAT: Night one and two of this stop are sold out but there as still a few left for night three! Tickets are $38 for this great show at Thalia Hall.

Buddy Guy and Special Guests @ Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S Wabash Ave, Friday & Sunday 7:30pm, Saturday 9:00pm and 9:30pm, 21+
WHAT: Experience one of the great musicians of all time performing live!
SO WHAT: Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy is back for 16 electrifying shows over the next four weekends at Buddy Guy’s Legends. He’ll be performing with 15 amazing musicians including Bobby Rush, Robert Fetzer, Kingfish, Demetria Taylor and more!
NOW  WHAT: Tickets are $55 ! Thursday, Friday and Saturday are currently sold out so don’t miss out on tickets for this last night of the month-long series!

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