Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 1/30 – 2/2

Get ready for the weekend and discover some great events going on in Chicago! Whether you’ll be celebrating the Lunar New Year during the Argyle Street Lunar New Year parade on Saturday or with the Chinatown Parade on Sunday, there”s tons going on this weekend.

Let’s get on with your curated weekend!


Chicago Restaurant Week 2020 @ Various Restaurants, 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).

Calexico and Iron & Wine / Madison Cunningham @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St, 7:00pm
WHAT: An iconic collaboration making their way to Thalia Hall
SO WHAT: Calexico and Iron & Wine first collaborated with In the Reins, the 2005 EP that introduced both acts to even wider audiences. For years they’ve contemplated coming together again for another release and we’re lucky enough to live in a timeline where that has happened! Years to Burn sees the two iconic projects delving into what they do best: creating awe-inspiring songs.  Joining them will be the beautiful voice of Madison Cunningham!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $28 for this great show! A few tickets have been released so get on it!


Poppy @ The Vic, 3145 N Sheffield Ave, 7:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: A strange trip into the world of Poppy!
SO WHAT: It’s a little difficult to get a grasp on Poppy, but trying is absolutely worth it. She’s an avant-garde pop/performance artist that is wrapped up in a puzzling array of disciplines including fashion, comic book writing, AI, and more. She’ll be stopping by the Vic to share some songs off her latest album I DISAGREE which sees her expanding her sound beyond genres by blending elements of electronic-infused pop, indie, industrial, shoegaze, downtuned metal, and more. Poppy’s incredible soundscapes and even more impressive performances are mind bending, catchy, and an experiential treat that are destined to make for an insane live show!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are only $23! This a must see show this weekend so don’t miss out!

Emily Blue / Family of Geniuses / Avantist @ Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont Ave, 8:00pm, 17+
WHAT: Nice refreshing night of eclectic tunes
SO WHAT: Want a diverse taste of what the local bands have to offer? Then this show is for you! The night will be filled with unique sounds from the likes of Emily Blue and her infectious and vivid pop sound that is a delight to experience, the pristine pop tunes of Family Of Geniuses, and Avantist‘s manic and transcendent post rock sound that demand you jam out with all your might
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $12 for this fun night!


Jumpsuits for Charity: A Music Frozen Dancing Artshow @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave, Noon-4:00pm, 21+
WHAT: Jumpsuits For Charity is back
SO WHAT: Start you Saturday at Empty Bottle and be one of the first to witness the awesome collections of jumpsuits painted by Ray Borchers (Aitis Band), HeatherGabel (HIDE), Joe Schorgl (The Sueves), and Izzy True, all thanks to Music Friendly Art. in addition to the great jumpsuits, the artist will be DJing throughout the afternoon as you enjoy some tasty brews from Goose Island!
NOW WHAT: Entry is free! The jumpsuits will be on display throughout the month at Empty Bottle until they are raffled off to their forever homes (with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Chicago Coalition for the Homeless). You can enter the raffle during this event or take your chances at Music Frozen Dancing on February 22 from 1PM ’til 8PM. You should also stick around for the Bushfire Benefit featuring CB Radio Gorgeous, PEEL, and Heaven’s Tripod startin8 at 8:00pm! Ticket are $8

Your Highness Art Bazaar @ C.C.’s Art Garage Gallery, 2727 South Mary Street, 6:00pm 10:00pm, 18+
WHAT: 25 artists, 15 local businesses and over 150 guests will be celebrating the new year with the launch of a new art-focused pop up!
SO WHAT: Join Kushyland and Crystal Cosmos Art as they host this wonderful market in the huge warehouse space of C.C.’s Art Garage, located in the heart of Bridgeport. You’ll get a chance to mingle with locals artists & shop local businesses while you enjoy an open bar, live music, live art & interactive coloring pages
NOW WHAT: Entry is free! 18+ only. 21+ to drink.


SQÜRL—Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan with Films by Man Ray @ Rubloff Auditorium at the Art Institute, 111 South Michigan Avenue, 7:30pm, All Ages
WHAT: A night at the Art Institute that will surely stick with you
SO WHAT: Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and multi-instrumentalist Carter Logan perform together as SQÜRL, a self-described “enthusiastically marginal rock band from New York City.” Their music is everything you would hope from the pair: odd and loud, yet strangely alluring. For this program SQÜRL will utilize loops, analogue synthesizers, and effected guitars to perform a live/semi-improvised ambient score for four silent films by Dada and Surrealist artist Man Ray.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $20 for this fantastic musical opportunity!

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Julian Ramirez