Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 2/29 and Beyond

I'm not even going to try and predict what the weather will be like this weekend after the hectic start we had! Regardless, whether we're facing freezing temps or nearly 80-degree weather, there are markets, movies, concerts, delicious food and so much more waiting for you to experience. So let's not let this start of a new month go to waste!

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

ART GALLERIES & SPECIAL EVENTS

SPECIAL WINTER EVENTS

THIS WEEKEND

FRIDAY, MARCH 1 (& BEYOND)

Synth Fest 2024 @ Marz Community Brewing, 3630 South Iron Street, Various Times
WHAT: Good beer, great music, and an awesome flea market
SO WHAT: Share the love of electronic and synthesizer music with some like-minded folks over at Marz Community Brewing. Check out some live performances from Chicagoland's excellent electronic music scens, have a few brews, and don't miss out on the Synth Flea Market! Check out the full lineup on their website!

  • 3/1 - 8pm – Midnight at Marz Taproom
    • Oui Ennui
    • Clock Club
    • Human Flood
    • Atarimetal
  • 3/2 - 8pm – Midnigh t at at Marz Taproom
    • Suit & Tie Guy with visuals by Juggable Offense
    • AE Paterra/R Sullivan
    • Mr. 666
    • Baron Von Future
  • 3/3 - 1 – 6pm at Marz Taproom
    • Synth Flea Market
  • 3/6 - 8pm at Life On Marz
    • Margarets’ Apartment
    • Lorelei
    • Todd Mattei
  • 3/7 - 8 – 11pm at Life On Marz
    • Ken Zawacki
    • Mike Broers
  • 3/8 - 8pm – Midnight at Marz Taproom
    • Synth Loaf
    • Bobby Conn
    • Drasii
    • Hunter Husar
  • 3/9 - 8pm – Midnight at Life On Marz
    • Senders Night feat:
      • Mkyleste
      • Wolfgang Amadidas
      • Chris Kalis

NOW WHAT: It's free to attend!

FRIDAY - SUNDAY, MARCH 1-3 (& BEYOND)

Northside Restaurant Week 2024 @ Various Restaurants, Various Times
WHAT: A great way to explore cuisine and fine dining at restaurants throughout the Northside
SO WHAT: Take a break from eating at home and check out some of the great restaurants in the expanded Northside Restaurant Week! Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Andersonville, Edgewater, Northcenter, Rogers Park, and Uptown restaurants are now included in this fantastic foodie event! Enjoy cuisine from all over the world—from Argentinian, French, and Italian to southern comfort food and beyond. Restaurants will show off their wide array of dining

options with special prix-fixe menus to enjoy.
NOW WHAT: Head over to their website and check out all the [participating restaurants and their offering

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!
NOW WHAT: Join the Neo-Futurists this weekend for $20!  The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral will be continuing til February (and possibly beyond) over at their Patreon

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

Brewsology Beer Fest @ Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr, 6:00pm – 11:00pm, 21+
WHAT: A little bit of beer for your museum trip!
SO WHAT: The Brewsology Beer Fest is the boozy museum field trip. The event will be making over the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry after hours with over 60 craft breweries and cideries. Honestly, the lineup is enormous with Revolution Brewing, Pollyanna, Noon Whistle, 3 Floyds, and Half Acre barely scratching the surface! You’ll be able to access the museum with beer samplings included with admission.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $55 for GA (8pm-11pm) and $70 for Early Admission (7pm-11pm).

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 (& BEYOND)

Polar Plunge 2024 @ North Avenue Beach, 1600 N DuSable Lake Shore Dr., 8:00AM
WHAT: Jumping into really cold water…for charity
SO WHAT: This yearly event sees people jumping into the lake during an absurd time of the year. Luckily it’s for a great cause like Special Olympics Chicago and give our VERY unseasonably warm weather, it might not be as bad as previous years!
NOW WHAT: It’s free to attend and watch, so go see some people make money for a worthwhile cause by jumping into near-freezing water.

Rosemont Restaurant Week 2024 @ Various Restaurants, Various Times
WHAT: A great way to explore cuisine and fine dining at restaurants throughout Rosemont
SO WHAT: Take a break from eating at home and make the trek out to Rosemont as they celebrate foodies with their Restaurant Week! Restaurants will highlight their dining options with special prix-fixe menus to enjoy at a variety of price points and with tons of other activities and places to stay in Rosemont, you can make a little staycation out of it!
NOW WHAT: Head over to their website and check out all the participating restaurants and their offer

THE WHOLE CURATED WEEKEND & BEYOND

Chicago Irish Film Festival @ Theater on the Lake, AMC NEWCITY and the Gallery Theater/Your Place (your favorite spot to watch a movie at home), Various Times
WHAT:
A little cinematic trip to Ireland.
SO WHAT: The Chicago Irish Film Festival is back for their 25th year of splendid Irish films, spreading the love with both in-person and virtual programming. Boasting an impressive collection of feature-length films, shorts of both the live action and animated variety, and documentary films, Chicago Irish Film Festival is ready to give you a glimpse into the creativity of Irish filmmaking! Check out their full program on their website!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $165 for the all access passes, $120 for in-person all access passes, and $75 for the virtual festival passes!

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

NOW WHAT: Head out to Schubas & Lincoln Hall and enjoy this great lineup of shows!

Movies on the Big Screen and Home @ Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave, various times
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 35mm screenings of Dune: Part Two, Perfect Days, , 2024 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts, 2024 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts, and more!
NOW WHAT: Sit back and enjoy a new film at one of our favorite movie theatres in the city!

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. Their year may be over, but certainly be on the lookout for updates for next year's 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 2023

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 The Price Sisters, Brian Conway, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Ruby John, Sean "Mack" McDonald, and many more!
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 watch this fun piece

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Julian Ramirez