Summer is still going strong as a new month rolls in! There are tons of really fun events for everyone to do this weekend.
It’s feeling a little more normal to go out since Chicago dropped the masking and vaccination proof mandates on February 28 (for better or worse) and events are rolling in. While it may seem like we’re at the tail end of things, many venues still have their mask and vaccination requirements for the foreseeable future. So if you do plan to go out this weekend, make sure you check out the venue’s policies and take initiative. Wear a mask, social distance, and get your vaccination shots and your booster even if the venue/event doesn’t require it. And if you still feel that wearing a mask is a must (like many still do), then please wear one. Protect yourself and those around you. If you still don’t feel entirely safe to go out (and quite honestly, who can blame you?) you can always stay in and support these places from home.
Now, let’s get on with your Chicago Curated Weekend!
- Support Local Venues
- Kingston Mines is open with some great lineups this weekend
- Fitzgerald’s Patio is also back in full swing
- Evanston Space‘s shop is open and you should consider donating to help the venue during these weird times. They are also having lower capacity shows at the venue!
- Head over to the Hideout’s regular shop and get yourself some great merch! Their 2020 Holiday Sale page is also still up with links to great local artists!
- Metro shop is full of fantastic concert posters from yesteryear and cool merch
- Lincoln Hall/Schubas always has great items in their shop waiting for you! Plus Schubas/Tied House is open and events are on their way back!
- Same goes for Thalia Hall’s merch store (those holiday socks? *chef’s kiss*)
- Let’s not forget Empty Bottle’s fantastic merch shop! Plus they just added some new stuff designed by some awesome people that is sure to catch your eye! Shows are going on now as well, so head over to their venue site and go to some concerts if you’re comfortable
- Art Galleries and Special Events
- Chicago Gamespace is the perfect spot to check out the hairy present and future of the gaming realm! They are currently showing 鬼鎮 (Ghosttown) Spirit Simulator!
- All Star Press is constantly putting up new prints for you to decorate your space with! This week sees the opening of The Voyeurs, a solo Show by Steve Seeley! Plus you can check out some of their prints from last year’s Vertical Gallery collab, which you can purchase here!! There is also a virtual gallery featuring all the works! You can see their previous show “Saturday Morning Fever” featuring the works of Griffin Goodman through their virtual gallery! And don’t forget to check out the virtual edition of JC Rivera’s new exhibition “Still Undefeated” !
- Galerie F has a fun stock of prints from concert posters, pop culture prints and more! They are currently moving to a new location, but you can check out their website in the meantime!
- Rotufugi is the perfect nexus of art and toys! Head over to see what new pieces of art they have in stocks and on display in their gallery space! They are currently showing Wabi Sabi New Works by Hori Miso! They’ll also be having a Dumpster Fire Customs show opening this weekend!
- Immersive Van Gogh does exactly what its name says: immerses you into Van Gogh paintings via huge projections that bring the already lively art to life!
- Immersive Frida is another immersive art experience that will take you on a trip to the beautiful world of Frida Kahlo
- “Prince: The Immersive Experience”
- WNDR Museum is an ever-evolving immersive art and technology experience designed to ignite your curiosity! See exhibits like the Light Floor, Try to Get Higher, and the Digital Gallery. Plus Keith Haring!
- Garfield Park Conservatory is open! Book a reservation to see all the beautiful gardens safely!
- Lincoln Park Conservatory is open! Book a reservation to see all the beautiful gardens safely!
- Chicago Botanic Garden is open! Book a reservation to see all the beautifully lit up gardens safely!
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, AUGUST 5th – 7th (& BEYOND)
Dancing In The Streets 2021 @ Chicago Brewing District, Hubbard Street between Paulina and Wood
WHAT: A chill and laid back festival amid some of the best breweries in Chicago!
SO WHAT: Dancing In The Streets is the brain child of On Tour Brewing Company founder and major jam band fan, Mark Legenza. The fest will feature tons of tasty craft beer and jam bands providing great live music. Breweries will include Chicago Brewing District brewers serving up some tasty beers throughout the fest! The street festival is kid and pet friendly!
NOW WHAT: There is a $10 suggested donation benefiting West Town Chamber of Commerce, Arts of Life, and Chicago Neighbors United.
ChiTown Movies @ Pilsen Neighborhood, 2343 S. Throop St, Various Times, All Ages
WHAT: An old school experience for the modern age
SO WHAT: Take a trip back in time and head out to a drive-in movie with ChiTown Movies. Ever since the pandemic started and shut down traditional movie screening, a few pop up drive-ins have arrived and ChiTown Movies has persevered, offering up modern movies in this retro setting. Check out their lineup below for showings this weekend and in the future!
- 8/4 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – 8:30pm
- 8/5 The Sandlot – 8:30pm
- 8/5 Us – 11:00pm
- 8/6 Encanto – 8:30pm
- 8/6 Halloween (2018) – 11:00pm
- 8/6 Spider-Man: No Way Home– 8:30pm
- 8/9 Grease – 8:30
- 8/10 Ferris Bueller’s Day off
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $33 per car for these movies, so bring the family for a safe movie watching experience
The Neo-Futurists’ The Infinite Wrench @ The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N Ashland, Friday and Saturday 10:30pm, Sunday 7:00pm, 16+
WHAT: Quick plays live and online!
SO WHAT: The Neo-Futurists are back! Their Infinite Wrench is an ongoing, ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes for a live audience. Now it’s actually a live audience that will be enjoying the performance in person! With plenty of COVID precautions in place, you’ll be able to enjoy the funny, disgusting, profound, terrifying, irreverent, and downright entertaining show with friends! Plan ahead as vaccination cards will be checked and booster will be required to be fully vaccinated.
NOW WHAT: Join the Neo-Futurists this weekend for $10! Head over to their website to see all they have planned now that in-person audiences are a thing again! If you’re still a little anxious about going out, The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral will be continuing til February (and possibly beyond) over at their Patreon
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6th
Summer Fireworks @ Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, 10:00pm – 10:10pm
WHAT: Enjoy the spectacle of fireworks all summer long
SO WHAT: Take a trip to Navy Pier and check out their dazzling display of fireworks!. Each show features dramatic and popular music soundtracks with some special occasion soundtracks sprinkled throughout the season.
NOW WHAT: It’s free! Just make your way to Navy Pier, find a spot, and enjoy the show !
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th
Sundays on State @ State Street from Lake to Monroe, 11:00am – 8:00pm
WHAT: State Street becomes an open street full of surprises!
SO WHAT: Neighbors from every Chicago community and beyond are invited to Sundays on State, an interactive block party that will let you safely enjoy art, culture, active recreation, retail, bars, restaurants, and local attractions! Experience everyone’s neighborhood, the Loop, like never before!
NOW WHAT: This fantastic way to spend your Sundays this summer is FREE!
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 & 7th
Northalsted Market Days @ Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison
WHAT: 1/2 mile long summer festival!
SO WHAT: Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Northalsted Market Days will feature its traditionally vast array of unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink. Each day will be filled with a huge list of musicians including Anastacia, Ginger Minj, Matteo Lane, and many more! You can check out the full lineup over at the Northalsted Market Days website.
NOW WHAT: There is a $15 suggested donation, which helps keep the neighborhood safe, beautiful, and fun. Donations make Market Days possible, support local non-profits, and fund community projects like the Chicago Pride Crosswalks.
LatiNxt Music Festival @ Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Saturday 2:00pm-11:30pm, Sunday 2:00pm-8:00pm
WHAT: The fifth annual celebration of modern Latin music and arts
SO WHAT: This two-day festival will feature a variety of cutting-edge music from the Latin American community. Additionally there will be artisan vendors selling their unique wares. The LatiNxt Festival is curated by Future Rootz, a collective of Latinx musicians, artists, taste-makers, and cultural innovators. Check out the full lineup at their website!
NOW WHAT: It’s Free!
THE WHOLE SELF-DISTANCING WEEKEND & BEYOND
Windy City Smokeout @ United Center, 1901 W Madison St, Various Times
WHAT: BBQ, beer, and all the country music you could wish for!
SO WHAT: Your favorite country music festival is back at the United Center parking lot for four(!) full days of summer fun! In addition to all the great BBQ from the world’s best pitmasters and beers from fantastic breweries that Windy City Smokeout provides, you’ll get the chance to check out headliners like Willie Nelson & Family, Turnpike Troubadours, Tim McGraw, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Kip Moot, and more!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are available now but selling out fast! Thursday and Saturday are sold out so get your Friday and Sunday Tickets ASAP! 4 day tickets are still available!
Out of Space @ Canal Shores, 1030 Central St, Evanston, 5:00pm, all ages
WHAT: Evanston Space’s incredible series of outdoor concerts, Out of Space, is back!
SO WHAT: The multiple meaning title Out of Space will be welcoming an impressive lineup of musicians to Temperance Beer Co. and Canal Shores! This is Canal Shores’ weekend to shine so check out the amazing lineup below and enjoy some excellent shows!
- August 4: Jenny Lewis & Trampled By Turtles – $45 (GA) | $145 (VIP)
- August 5: Elvis Costello The Imposters w/ Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets + Nicole Atkins – $49.50 (GA) | $189.50 (VIP) SOLD OUT
- August 6: Lucinda Williams & Waxahatchee w/ Liam Kazar -$49.50 (GA) | $149.50 (VIP)
- August 7: Buddy Guy w/ Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd & The Monsters – $45 (GA) | $160 (VIP)
NOW WHAT: Tickets are available at the links above or at their website!
Weekend Shows @ Lincoln Hall & Schubas, 2424 N Lincoln Ave & 3159 N Southport Ave, various times, 18+
WHAT: A full weekend of amazing shows at Schubas!
SO WHAT: Lincoln Hall and Schubas are some of our favorite venues in the city and they always have something great going on. Check out what’s going this weekend at these great venues!
- August 4 – Schubas Open Mic Hosted by Naomi Spungen Adrienne Stout @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave – Doors 7:30pm – FREE – 21+
- August 4 – Carver Commodore / The Weekend Run Club / Blue Car@ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave – Doors 7:30pm – $13 – 18+
- August 4 – The 502s Funny You Should Mention It Tour / Happy Landing @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave – Doors 8:00pm – $20 – 21+
- August 5 – Zorila EP Release / Young Xav / Capital Soirée / The Mild West @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave – Doors 8:00pm – $15 – 18+
- August 5 – Neighbor / Sicard Hollow @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave – Doors 9:00pm – $15 – 21+
- August 6 – Yellow Ostrich / Bathtub Cig / Ester @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave – Doors 8:30pm – $5 – 18+
- August 7 – Pig Swig Record Dig @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave – Doors Noon – FREE – All Ages
- August 7 – Meltt / Baby Jesus Paper Boy@ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave – Doors 7:00pm – $13 – All Ages
NOW WHAT: Head out to Schubas & Lincoln Hall and enjoy this great lineup of shows! Please note: proof of vaccination is required for entry to all shows at Lincoln Hall and Schubas in Chicago. Click here for more information on this policy.
Back on the Big Screen and Virtual Cinema @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave and at your home, any time you want to watch a movie
WHAT: A great way to support a great local theater
SO WHAT: The Music Box Theatre is really to fill that art house need in you with some excellent movies including with Lost Highway(!), Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Fire of Love (Thursday only), Resurrection, Fresh Hell and more! But if you want to watch some first-run movies at home, you can still watch great movies and support them online! They are currently screening films via their The Music Box Direct series! There are also tons of select titles available on their new platform!
NOW WHAT: Digital tickets are $12, in person screenings vary, so sit back and enjoy!
New Talks and Video Archives @ Various Locations & Chicago Humanities Festival YouTube channel, your favorite browser or YouTube app, any time you want some inspiration, All Ages
WHAT: Interesting conversations with interesting people!
SO WHAT: Chicago Humanities Festival always brings some of the best ideas to the surface with entertaining programming that captures your imagination. Be on the lookout for updates to the upcoming season as their website is constantly updated with new talks.
NOW WHAT: Head over to take a look at their past events here! You should also sign up for their email list to get updates on upcoming talks in 2022.
Masque of the Red Coronavirus! @ Black Button Eyes Productions, Any time on your computer or mobile device. For 18+.
WHAT: Written by Black Button Eyes Productions producing artistic director Ed Rutherford, this short satirical piece is available online free as a combined script-and-video experience.
SO WHAT: In addition to reading the play, you will see various Chicago artists act out portions of the script on video, recorded remotely. The event includes puppets, burlesque, original music, fire dancing and more in a brief, darkly comedic confection.
With the Red Coronavirus running rampant across the countryside and a vaccine still months away, what’s a Prince to do? Lock himself in a secure bunker in an undisclosed location along with a cohort of his top donors, of course. To prevent him and his rich supporters from becoming bored, the Prince has also brought a few artists into the bunker to entertain the crowd. But as the hour grows later and the night grows weirder, it’s clear that something else has also invaded the party.
NOW WHAT: Settle down for an evening of magical weirdness. Click here and begin reading and watching the videos.