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Classical Music in Chicago: A Fall Preview

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago's classical season kicks off in late September; by October, the notes are flying.  The variety of music is often staggering, from big symphonies in swanky concert halls to organ music in elegant cathedrals to new music in small clubs with a full bar. This fall, you can hear old favorites or expand your mind - often in the same week. It's going to be a great season.


Made In Chicago: Funeral Bonsai Wedding Bridge Two Of America's Most Traditional Styles For Debut

Funeral Bonsai Wedding

It's amazing what a change of pace and scenery can do for an artist's work. Country and folk singer/guitarist Steve Dawson is well established around Chicago (best known for working with Dolly Varden) but that didn't stop him from switching up his game and forming a new group he's calling Funeral Bonsai Wedding which celebrates its debut album release this Friday at Constellation in Roscoe Village.


Weekend Alert: September 12-14

World Music Festival

We've lost summer in name only - the weather is still gorgeous and there's plenty to do in Chicago this weekend! From a historical tour of one of the city's most eclectic neighborhoods, to some outstanding music festivals, and a Mexican food & culture extravaganza hosted by some celebrity chefs, there's a good amount with which to fill your schedule. Hop to it, okay?


11 Shows Not To Miss During Chicago's World Music Festival

World Music Festival

Every fall, the music of the world finds harmony in the World Music Festival spread across Chicago. Dozens upon dozens of concerts make up this 10-day celebration (Sept. 11 - 21) and this year the list of participating venues is longer and more varied than ever. Perhaps the most amazing thing about WMF is that it's all free. Thirty-nine concerts and events make up this year's schedule and none of them will cost you a dime. 


Remix Chicago - Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair

Remix Chicago

With the success of 2013's Remix Chicago, Chicago's Recycled Art Fair will be making its second go around this Labor Day weekend! I guess you could say it's been recycled. Okay, all dumb jokes aside, this unique arts festival is a great time for all ages!


Check out the African Festival of the Arts This Weekend!

African Festival of the Arts

Chicago is no stranger to cultural festivals, but one of the largest and best of the summer will be taking place this weekend, and it is a must see. The African Festival of the Arts is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is expecting a well over 300,000 people to visit the historic Washington Park to take on all of the festivities celebrating the African cluture.


The Chicago Jazz Festival Returns This Weekend

Chicago Jazz Festival

We're certainly not implying that jazz music ever stopped being a staple in Chicago but with two new venues opened in the last year and a half (Constellation in Roscoe Village and The Promontory in Hyde Park) and more jazz series popping up every summer, we are in the middle of a strong resurgence. The city's lifelong love affair with the genre culminates every Labor Day weekend in Millennium Park at the Chicago Jazz Festival.


A Trifecta of Perfection - Celebrate the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration This Weekend

Beer Brewing

Come to Union Station this Saturday August 23rd for the Bacon, Beer & Sports Celebration. Need I say more? Seriously, do I?

Although chances are most readers just cleared their Saturday schedules and closed out of this window, I'll go on to explain a little more about Bacon, Beer, & Sports for those of you who are still with me.


Made In Chicago: Billy Corgan Preps For Rare Solo Acoustic Show

Billy Corgan PAWS

If you think it's been a quiet year for Smashing Pumpkins frontman and suburban Chicago native Billy Corgan, think again. 


An Insider's Guide to Chicago's August Street Festivals

Market Days

With Lollapalooza out of the way, you might be thinking that all of the outdoor music fun for the month is over. Not true. In addition to the nationally recognized Chicago Jazz Festival and North Coast Music Festival, both taking place over Labor Day weekend, there is also a slew of street festivals happening throughout the city. Fill your weekends up with these fun fests.


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