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Chicago Weekend Events: Street Fests, Art Shows, Live Music & More (UPDATES)

06/06/2013 06:56 pm ET | Updated Aug 30, 2013
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09/21/2013 2:36 AM EDT

"Pig, Swig and Record Dig"

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Pork-fueled fun returns to Schuba's for the annual "Pig, Swig & Record Dig" Saturday.

If pig isn't your dish, the event promises $3 beers from Revolution Brewing, and a whole host of records from local shops like Reckless, Beverly Records and Dusty Groove.

Schubas and sister venue Lincoln Hall are also unloading "a shocking number of awesome screen prints" from artists including Jay Ryan, Kii Arens, Justin Santora, Delicious Design League and Spike Press.

A day-long raffle for prizes like festival passes to Tomorrow Never Knows are up for grabs as well, with all raffle proceeds benefiting Lakeview Pantry.

Pig, Swig & Record Dig is Sat., Sept. 21 at Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave, begins at noon. All Ages. Free

09/12/2013 3:43 PM EDT

Open Streets Takes The West Side

From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday, Open Streets Chicago will temporarily take over a three-mile stretch of Milwaukee Avenue between the Logan Square and Wicker Park neighborhoods (from Logan Boulevard to Ashland Avenue) and fill it with activities including but not limited to dancing, yoga, spa soaking, fencing, skating, pottery, a "colormob" and more.

The event's goal? To "create a safe public space in a car-free setting where communities can connect, families and friends can exercise and play, and businesses can engage the public."

09/12/2013 3:37 PM EDT

Beethoven Festival: LOVE 2013 Continues

This weekend will bring the conclusion of the Beethoven Festival, which HuffPost blogger and The Dinner Party creator Elysabeth Alfano described as "wonderfully infectious" in a post previewing the fest.

George Lepauw, the festival's president and founder, told Alfano the event is "our most diverse yet. This festival is all about creative collaboration -- and that is how we have chosen to express our love this year."

Specifically on tap this weekend at the Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria? Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche's world premiere of a new piece inspired by Beethoven's Fifth.

09/12/2013 3:28 PM EDT

Riot Fest Isn't The Only Show In Town This Weekend

Sure, we're as excited as anyone about the forthcoming Riot Fest -- but we're also happy to report the punk-geared Humboldt Park festival and carnival isn't the only show in town this upcoming weekend.

Kicking off Thursday is the fifteenth annual city-sponsored World Music Festival. The free fest, to be held Sept. 12-22, will be held in various locations including the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., and a number of neighborhood venues located throughout the city. The fest features musicians from a wide range of genres and parts of the world including Malians Bassekou Kouyaté and Sidi Touré, Finns Kardemimmit and many more. Read the fest's full schedule here.

Other highly-anticipated concerts this weekend in Chicago include experimental LA group No Age at Schubas (on Friday) and Empty Bottle (on Saturday). Check the Chicago Reader for more of their recommended shows this weekend.

09/07/2013 12:33 PM EDT

Get Crafty At The Renegade Craft Fair

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Over 300 indie crafters are set to take Division Street Saturday, Aug. 7, and Sunday, Aug. 8, for the Renegade Craft Fair, a wildly popular Chicago-born event that has spawned outposts in several other cities since its 2003 debut.

The marketplace (between Damen and Paulina on Division) runs from 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. both days and will feature a popup market from the Vintage Bazaar, workshops from Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago School of Shoemaking and RX Made and food and drink from Antique Taco, MANA Food Bar, Black Dog Gelato, Glazed & Infused, Intelligentsia, Goose Island and more.

09/06/2013 1:52 PM EDT

Little Village Festival Kicks Off Friday

The 24th annual Festival de La Vilita (Little Village Festival) kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 and will continue through Sunday, Sept. 8, at 11 p.m. The fest, taking place at 26th and Kostner, is free and considered to be "the Midwest's premier outdoor gala of Mexican culture," per its event announcement.

The festival will feature 100+ vendors serving authentic Mexican cuisine, plus there will be plenty of live music, carnival rides, artisans and more. It will culminate with the 26th Street Parade, one of the city's largest annual parades, starting at the 3100 block of West Albany at noon on Sunday.

In preparation, check out action from the 2011 parade:

09/06/2013 1:12 PM EDT

Get Sauced At The Windy City Wine Festival

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The Windy City Wine Festival returns for its ninth-annual edition at the Buckingham Fountain Grant Park Friday, Sept. 6 and, as you probably guessed, the stars of the show are the wines from throughout the world (300+ options) that will be on hand for tastings.

Adult wine tasting tickets run $29 in advance or $35 at the door and also include a souvenir wine glass, 12 wine tastings, a pint of a beer of your choice and admission to wine seminars, musical entertainment and other activities at the fest.

The fest runs from 4-10 p.m. on Friday and 2-8 p.m. Saturday. Go get those tix because, with fall around the corner, there aren't all too many opportunities left for outdoor boozing without a jacket here in Chicago.

09/06/2013 12:27 PM EDT

Hideout Block Party + A.V. Fest, Ahoy!

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The A.V. Club and the Hideout's annual tag-team live music effort returns Friday, Sept. 6, to (where else?) the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia.

This year's lineup for the Hideout Block Party/A.V. Fest, a benefit for Rock For Kids, features Neko Case, Mavis Staples, Superchunk, Trampled by Turtles, The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo), Young the Giant and more.

Case, who lived in Chicago for a time, and Staples, a lifelong Chicagoan, waxed poetic about the venue as they interviewed each other in the "artist on artist" feature of this week's Reader:

"You really feel like you're in a place where their history is being made while you're actually there," Case told Staples. "You don't feel like you're missing out. Someday people will look back and it'll be the thing where you get to say, 'I was there for that!'"

Tickets are still available, as of this writing.

08/30/2013 5:18 PM EDT

Remix Chicago Arrives In Logan Square

The Remix Chicago festival, previously held in Ravenswood, is back this year with a new location in the heart of the city's Logan Square neighborhood but it's still the same focus: celebrating all things remixed, reused or recycled Saturday and Sunday (noon-10 p.m.) on Milwaukee Avenue between Fullerton and California.

Among this year's musical lineup are Archie Powell & The Exports, Makeshift Prodigy, AM Taxi, Sami Grisafe, Superfriends and more.

Profits from the event's $5 suggested donation benefit Friends of Goethe School and will go toward building a sustainable modern playground at the school.

08/30/2013 5:12 PM EDT

Hope You're Hungry For Pierogi And Kielbasa

It's Taste of Polonia time this weekend! Beginning Friday and continuing through Monday, the Copernicus Center in Jefferson Park, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., will be the place to go for delicious Polish delicacies including potato pancakes, pierogi and of course some kielbasa. Beyond tasting the grub, cooking classes will allow Taste goers to learn how to DIY at home. Music will include traditional Polish plus more modern offerings.

Admission costs $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (65 and older) and children 12 and younger are free.

The market starts at noon and runs until dark, with Saturday after hours extended until 10 p.m. Sunday, a pet parade will begin around noon.

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For a prediction of the hippest food, entertainment and shopping to come, check out the new Bellwether market going on through Sunday at the Hideout.

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Another top street fest this weekend is Andersonville's Midsommarfest, stationed on Clark Street between Foster and Catalpa. As musician Stephen Leonard, who will be playing the OUT Rock stage at the LGBT-friendly 48th annual fest, told ChicagoPride.com: \"Midsommarfest is unlike any other Chicago festival. It is for everyone and I'm very drawn to how diverse and inclusive it is as well as how supportive it is and has been to local artists and businesses.\"

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Also, the treats are fantastic and often reflective of the neighborhood's Swedish roots, including the summertime variation on Glögg, the mulled wine popular most popular served warm in the cold months, but weirdly refreshing when frozen. As one Twitter user puts it: \"Glögg slushies. That is all.\" According to the Wisch List column, Simon's Tavern has been serving them up for the past few years at the festival.

The fest runs through Sunday.

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This year's Ribfest Chicago kicks off Friday night with RIBMANIA, which the fest describes as \"an 8-minute test of man and woman vs baby-back ribs.\" Brett “The Ravenous Rabbi” Bernstein, who won the amateur rib-eating contest Thursday at Black Rock Pub and Kitchen, will face off against nine \"professional\" rib-eaters beginning at 6 p.m. on the Chicago Reader stage at Lincoln and Berteau.

Among the pros? No. 1 ranked competitive eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut. RIBMANIA marks Chestnut's Chicago competitive eating debut, according to the Tribune.

Ribfest offers more than tons of food, though. The band lineup is also impressive, including Bobby Bare Jr., We Were Promised Jetpacks, California Wives and Mucca Pazza, among others.

WATCH Mucca Pazza play \"Bring Your Marching Band to Work Day\" last year in Chicago:

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Chicago Blues Festival!

The 2013 festivities kick of Thursday and run through June 9th where some of the brightest stars in blues will be hitting Millennium Park and Grant Park downtown, including bluesman Bobby Rush and the \"Soul Queen of New Orleans\" Irma Thomas.

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Yes, it's that time of year again for the Printers Row Lit Fest, the Midwest's largest outdoor literary gathering. The festivities begin Saturday at 10 a.m. and admission is free. Among the highlights of this year' fest are readings from Judy Blume, Irvine Welsh, Nathan Rabin, Julia Sweeney, Thomas Dyja, Lauren Weisberger, Tavi Gevinson and many, many, many more.

(And did we mention there will be A LOT of reading material to peruse? This is any Chicago book lover's biggest weekend of the year.)

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Beginning Friday at DANK Haus, the leftover goodies from last weekend's Maifest will be up for grabs at bargain prices that still benefit the center's language and cultural programmings, Center Square Journal reports. The available grub includes:

5lb Schmeisser’s Brats – only $20 –

5lb Schmeisser’s pre sliced Leberkäse $35 – all in frozen, vacuum sealed bags

1 gallon Woeber’s Dusseldorf Mustard $6

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The second annual (and FREE) Veggie Pride will feature a parade, costume contest and resources pertaining to the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle beginning Saturday at Columbus Drive and Balbo Avenue.

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Per Do-Division's Facebook page:

The show will go on rain or shine! If the storms do come at least there are a ton of great options on Division to wait it out!

Of course, the rain might also give you a chance to try out a little something you might be able to pick up.

Disappears headline the East Stage Friday night. Read more about the Do-Division music lineup.

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