It’s fall, but the temps are still relatively high! So why not enjoy the great weather with some fun events throughout the Chicagoland area! There are tons of markets, art galleries, and more waiting for you!
Now, let’s get on with your Chicago Curated Weekend!
- Support Local Venues
- Kingston Mines
- Evanston Space
- 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!
- Same goes for Thalia Hall’s merch store
- Let’s not forget Empty Bottle’s fantastic merch shop!
ART GALLERIES & SPECIAL EVENTS
- All Star Press is constantly putting up new prints for you to decorate your space with! Plus you can check out some of their prints from their Vertical Gallery collab, which you can purchase here!! There is also a virtual gallery featuring all the works! You can also see “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” ! Or the All Decked Out virtual show!
- Chicago Gamespace is the perfect spot to check out the hairy present and future of the gaming realm! Currently they are showing LIGHT CYCLES: 40 Years of TRON in Games & Film
- Galerie F has a fun stock of prints from concert posters, pop culture prints and more!
- Rotofugi 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! Currently they are showing Abe Froman Sausage King Screen Prints by Jeremy Fish!
- 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
- “Mold-A-Rama™: Molded for the Future” @ Museum of Science and Industry
- NOW – 11/12 Mozart Immersive: The Soul of a Genius
- Art on the Mart
- NOW – 12/31 Karen’s Diner – A pop-up dining establishment where you get an extra dose of sass with your order
- SUNDAYS till 10/29 Maxwell Street Market 9am-3pm
- SUNDAY – 10/29 Wicker Park Farmers Market Series
- NOW – 10/29 Back 2 The Video Store: A 90s Speakeasy Bar
- NOW – 10/29 Jack O’Lantern World (Lake Zurich)
- NOW – 10/30 CLUE: A Walking Mystery
- NOW – 10/15 Malibu Barbie Cafe
- NOW – 10/20 Nightmare on Clark Street
- NOW-10/8 Oktoberfest at The Northman Beer & Cider Garden
- NOW – 11/5 Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up
THIS WEEKEND ONLY
- 9/30- 10/1 Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest
- 9/30 Moon Festival Chicago
- 9/30 Teens in the Park Fest
- 9/30 AIDS Run & Walk
- 9/30 Oktoberfest: Beer n’ BBQ Festival
- 9/30 Oktoberfest at Millennium Hall
- 9/30 Oktoberfest (Highland Park)
- 10/1 The Publican’s Oktoberfest
- 9/29-10/1 St. Benedict’s Oktoberfest
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
French Market @ Gallagher Way, 3635 N Clark St , 4:00pm – 8:00pm, All Ages
WHAT: A little taste of France in Wrigleyville!
SO WHAT:French Market will be a perfect way to spend your Thursday evening with its casual, European flair and wide variety of vendors. Each day of the market will feature 20+ vendors! Whether your looking for some tasty treats, hand made goods, or just a good time in the setting summer sun, French Market is there for you! Plus there will be a kids craft corner to keep the kid’s imaginations growing. You can bring your blanket on the grass or pick a patio table to sit back and enjoy the live music each week! Check out the music schedule below!
- September 28:Bowmanville ( Gypsy Jazz )
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 & 30
West Town Art Walk @ West Town, on Chicago Avenue, Division to Hubbard, Halsted to Kedzie. , Friday 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Saturday Noon – 8:00pm, all ages
WHAT: West Town Art Walk is ready to show you the best the neighborhood has to offer
SO WHAT: Art in all its forms will be taking over West Town, all along the booming Chicago Avenue destination corridor and beyond. Participating businesses will have their doors open for the Art Walk celebrating a variety of arts: visual, musical, performance, fashion, culinary and more. Check out the full list of participating business at their website!
NOW WHAT: Entry is free!
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 1 (& BEYOND)
Chicago Exhibition Weekend 2023 @ Various Locations, Various Times
WHAT: The inaugural Chicago Exhibition Weekend!
SO WHAT: This amazing event will highlight over 50 galleries, institutions and artist-run spaces throughout our great city. There will be plenty of special exhibitions, unique programs, and extended hours throughout many of the participating galleries. You can check out the full schedule of events on the Chicago Exhibition Weekend website and reserve a limited edition map of participating venues for pickup.
NOW WHAT: It’s all free! Don’t miss this incredible new series!
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!
NOW WHAT: Join the Neo-Futurists this weekend for $15! 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
THE WHOLE CURATED WEEKEND & BEYOND
World Music Festival Chicago @ Various Locations, Various Times
WHAT: A little taste of music from around the world
SO WHAT: World Music Festival Chicago brings award-winning artists from around the world to share their amazing music for this citywide, multi-venue festival. Over 30 artists and ensembles representing 22 countries and regions of the world will be performing throughout the festival. This is their 23rd year of live, in-person performances, and they will also be celebrating 11 years of Ragamala, the largest all-night long presentation of live Indian classical music in the United States. This also marks the return of the annual Global Peace Picnic in Humboldt Park
NOW WHAT: It’s free! Head over to their website to check out this year’s schedule and RSVP for all the shows you want to see!
Reeling, The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival @ Music Box Theatre (opening night only) – 3733 N Southport Ave; Chicago Filmmakers – 1326 W Hollywood Ave; & Landmark Theater 2828 N Clark St, various times
WHAT: This LGBTQ+-focused festival returns in both in-person theater screening and online!
SO WHAT: Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival is the second longest-running film festival of its kind, showcasing the best LGBTQ+ films and videos each year. The festival always delivers a great range of films from award-winning international feature films to social documentaries to experimental shorts. Since things are a little better now, there will be both in person screenings and events in addition to the streaming options from the last couple of years. Head over to their website for more info!
NOW WHAT: See info on all the ticket options and passes here. Individual tickets for the Landmark Theater and Chicago Filmmakers screenings are $12 and a Full In Person pass is $130! Tickets for the Opening Night at Music Box Theatre are $15 for the film, $40 for the film and pre-party. Single film streaming tickets are $10 and an all-access streaming pass is $100. Virtual film screenings premiere September 29 through 10/8.
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 and Lincoln Hall!
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
- September 28 – LHST Comedy Presents: Schubas Open Mic HOSTED BY SUZ BALLOUT, Sharron Palm, and Sam Selby @ Schubas
- September 28 – Johnny Orlando @ Lincoln Hall
- September 28 –100% OFF PRESENTS: Midamerican Elevator + Jane Hobson + Medical Miracle @ Schubas
- September 29 – Casey @ Lincoln Hall
- September 29 – Tom The Mail Man Presents: The 710S Tour + Titus @ Schubas
- September 29 – Meet Me Upstairs Presents: DJ Soup Time @ Schubas
- September 16 – Happy Landing + Illinois Joy @ Schubas SOLD OUT
- September 30 – Miya Folick The Roach Tour + Babebee @ Lincoln Hall
- September 30 – The Red Pears + Mexican Slum Rats + 60 Juno @ Lincoln Hall
- OCtober 1 – Hannah Jadagu + Miloe @ Schubas
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!
- 9/28 Guardians of the Galaxy 3 – 7pm
- 9/29 Hocus Pocus – 7pm
- 9/29 Grease – 9pm
- 9/29 Us – 11:15pm
- 9/30 Super Mario Brothers – 7pm
- 9/30 Shrek – 9pm
- 9/30 Scream 6 – 11pm
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $33 per car for these movies, so bring the family for a safe movie watching experience
Movies on the Big Screen and Home @ 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 ready to fill that art house need in you with some excellent movies including Stop Making Sense, Flora and Son, River’s Edge + Heavy Metal Parking Lot, Gowld, The Phantom of the Monastery, CB4 midnight screenings and more! But if you want to watch some first-run movies at home, you can still watch great movies online! The theater’s sister company, Music Box Films, offers a wide range of films available to stream any time via The Music Box Direct series! There are also tons of select titles available on their new platform!
NOW WHAT: Digital subscription is $4.99 a month, $49.99 a year, in person screenings vary, so sit back and enjoy!
Chicago Humanities: 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 current season as their website is constantly updated with new talks. Here is a taste of what’s coming up!
- 10/5 Keegan-Michael Key and his wife Elle Key
- 10/7 Around the World in 80 Trees with Jonathan Drori
- 10/14 Oliver Jeffers
- 10/14 Bob and Erin Odenkirk in Conversation with Peter Sagal
- 10/19 Rachel Maddow in Conversation with Kathleen Belew
- 10/21 Improving the American Experiment
- 10/21 Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk
- 10/30 Chef Eric Ripert and Christopher Kimball
- 11/1 An Evening with Thurston Moore
- 11/4 Henry Winkler
- 11/5 David Brooks in Conversation with Jonathan Capehart
- 12/5 Montgomery and the Blacknificent 7
University of Chicago Folk Festival @ Your favorite spot in your home, All Ages
WHAT:A fantastic folk festival
SO WHAT: University of Chicago Folk Festival might have come and gone but their digital presence is still around, making sure the wonderful music reaches as many people as possible! You can check out the past few years of performances on their Facebook page and their YouTube channel any time you want! This past year’s performers included Balfa Toujours, Donka & Nikolay Kolev, Juan Rivera, Henry Barnes & Conner Vlietstra, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Jerron Paxton; Tim Britton, John Williams and Katie Grennan!
NOW WHAT: Head over to their Facebook page and their YouTube channel and enjoy the show! We highly encourage you to donate to help support this fantastic folk festival!
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 a great watch!