Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 1/19 and Beyond

This year’s been off to a great start with plenty of events rolling in! So let’s keep that going with another great weekend of fun markets, concerts, movies, and more!

While it feels like the pandemic is behind us, you still need to be mindful when you go out this weekend and beyond. The winter season has seen a lot of colds, flu, RSV, and of course bouts of COVID. It’s better to be safe and wear a mask when you go out to big events. And if you’re still a little hesitant to go out, there are many events and things to do from home. So whether you’re staying in or going out, keep safe and stay healthy!

Now, let’s get on with your Chicago Curated Weekend!


Writing Without Words: Artist Talk with Michiko Itatani @ Zoom, 6:00pm,
WHAT: A virtual artist talk with Chicago-based painter Michiko Itatani
SO WHAT: Michiko Itatani has spent decades crafting a unique and alluring visual language. “In her lecture Writing Without Words, Itatani connects the history and influences of her practice and pedagogy, which have layered over time into a rich lexicon of personal codes.” You can check out our review of her Celestial Stages exhibit here.
NOW WHAT: The event is free! Register here for access to this incredible talk


Future and Friends : One Big Party Tour @ United Center, 1901 W Madison St, 7:00pm
WHAT: The top hip-hop acts all in one place!
SO WHAT: Future has been at the top of the rap game for years and this gigantic show is a proof of that. Touring with a who’s who of the rap game, Future will be taking over the United Center for one hell of a party! Kodak Black to Ocean x KungFu to EST Gee and so many more will be making your Friday night an absolute party!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are still available for this monstrous concert !


Chicago Restaurant Week 2023 @ Various Restaurants, Various Times
WHAT: The 16th annual culinary celebration!
SO WHAT: Over 300 restaurants will 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. You can find all the participating restaurants on the Restaurant Week website!
NOW WHAT: These multi-course meals are $25 for brunch or lunch, and $42 and/or $59 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax, gratuity, and delivery fees).

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

Suki Waterhouse & Blondshell “Coolest Place in the World Tour” @ Metro, Saturday, January 21 , 7:30pm
WHAT: Great music at one of the coolest Chicago venues
SO WHAT: Spend your Saturday night at the Metro being serenaded by the likes of Suki Waterhouse and Blondshell. Both artists will be bringing their A game as they dish out some of their best track of their 2022 releases, Waterhouse’s I Can’t Let Go and Milkteeth and Blondshell’s excellent “Veronica Mars“.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are currently sold out


Brick Fest Live @ Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr, Tinley Park, IL, 9:00am – 4:00pm, All-ages
WHAT: All the Legos you could ever want!
SO WHAT: It’s a Lego and brick building lovers dream as Brick fest Live makes it;s way to town! Enjoy the awesome site of life sized brick models, interactive stage shows, assist in building a Guinness World Record Setting mosaic and shop the vendors with hard to find Lego Merchandise! Its a fantastic event for kids and adults of all ages
NOW WHAT: Tickets start at $25 and children 2 and under are free!


Tomorrow Never Knows Festival @ Lincoln Hall / Schubas / Sleeping Village / Golden Dagger, Various Locations, Various Times
 Tomorrow Never Knows unites Lincoln Hall, Schubas, Sleeping Village, and Golden Dagger for a fantastic festival
SO WHAT: TNK curates the best of rising musicians (with a focus on local acts) across five days and venues, deliver one of the early year fests!

NOW WHAT: Click the links above for tickets to all the available shows and enjoy one of the better music weekends of the year!

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
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 Broker, The Rules of the Game, Skinamarink, Assault on Precinct 13, The Big Lie, a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show 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.  Here is a taste of what’s coming up!
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

Julian Ramirez
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