06/06/2013 06:56 pm ET Updated Aug 30, 2013

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


09/21/2013 2:36 AM EDT

"Pig, Swig and Record Dig"


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


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.



22 Can't-Miss Chicago Weekend Events 2013