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Chicago Celebrates 75 Years Of Mavis Staples Next Week With Star-Studded Concert

Mavis Staples

Earlier this year we highlighted singer Mavis Staples' stunning span of contributions to Chicago's music community over the past half century. She was also the subject of a recent biography by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot. Her hometown shows seem to attract larger and larger crowds every time she plays. And, yet, none of this seems like quite enough to honor a woman who has accomplished so much in her life.

Next week, Mavis Staples finally gets her due. On

Weekend Alert: November 14-16

Chillfest

"Baby, it's cold outside," is no excuse to stay cooped up indoors. Chicago's bringing it every weekend, this one especially. Tons of free events are going on this weekend, including the always awesome 2nd Fridays on the Cultural Mile, the Annual Holiday Bazaar, Diwali Festival at the Art Institute, and the chill Chillfest. In the meantime, check out the Lincoln Park Zoo's Sleepover with the Animals and the Lively Water Whiskey Festival at The Field Museum (fortunately those don


ChillFest Brings A Cool 100 Free Concerts To Wicker Park

ChillFest 

What's the weirdest place you've ever seen a concert? A jewelry store? An arcade bar? A gas station? Do we have your attention yet?

Chicago offers many a diverse locations when it comes to our indoor and outdoor concert venues but none are quite as unique as Wicker Park/Bucktown's annual ChillFest, an all-day event that schedules dozens of local bands and songwriters to hit some makeshift and some permanent stages all through the neighborhood.


Weekend Alert: November 7-9

Macy's Great Tree

The weather may be getting colder, but hey, don't let that keep you from getting out and doing some really cool things! This weekend we have music, art, food and a Great Tree lighting. The Music Institute of Chicago has its fifth annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, the MCA hosts Holcombe Wallers "Wayfinders," Red Bull puts on its Art of Can exhibition, bellyQ hosts Ramenfest, and Marcus Samuelsson speaks at the Art Institute.

Last but not least, Ryan Seacrest and Lee DeWyze


Museum of Contemporary Photography Captures Chicago's Music Scene

Your Blues 1 

Untitled (dancer_1)/Photo credit: Michael Schmelling 

Chicago's music scene, as expansive as it is, is obviously best portrayed on the stage. However, as with any art scene, it shouldn't be limited to one medium. With the help of two equally special exhibitions, The Museum of Contemporary Photography proves that it's just as important to capture the sights of Chicago's live music as it is the sounds. 


Made In Chicago: Wilco Drummer Glenn Kotche Makes The Old Town School of Folk Music His Home This Week

Glenn Kotche Wilco

Wilco have risen above the term "popular" in their hometown of Chicago. The Grammy award-winning rock quartet has put out near-perfect albums and captivated fans with their live shows in the last 20 years of existence. Recently they announced the band's annual holiday shows and proceeded to sell all six shows out almost immediately. 


Weekend Alert: October 31-November 2

Halloween Parade

Happy Halloween Chicago! Everyone's favorite costumed holiday takes over Chicago this weekend, but don't forget to also check out the other amazing events going on all over the city. From the USA Eagles-New Zealand All Blacks rugby match to the "Made in Chicago" Movie Series kick-off, you're sure to have a full schedule.


The Best Halloweekend Concerts In Chicago This Year

Mucca Pazza

Costume parties are a blast. So are great concerts. And Halloween gives us the perfect excuse to combine the two. No plans for the spookiest night of the year yet? You'll find plenty of music, monsters and more at these shows. 


Weekend Alert: October 10-12

Chicago Marathon

Writing about these awesome events in Chicago this weekend is making me antsy. I want to get out and explore! Hopefully you all feel the same, because there's a bevy of fresh things to do Friday through Sunday, including the BeerHoptacular, PINKTOBER Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Windy City BBQ Classic and 2nd Fridays on the Chicago Cultural Mile.

And before you go saying you're gonna be tired of doing all of this - just imagine how those Bank of America Chicago


Weekend Alert: October 3-5

Great Chicago Fire Festival

Party like it's every year after 1871 this weekend, Chicago! Yes, I'm referring to the year of the Great Chicago Fire, but we'll be celebrating the city's rebirth with Redmoon's Great Chicago Fire Festival on Saturday. Featuring neighborhood bazaars and culminating in a Grand Spectacle on the Chicago River, this festival is a major highlight of this stacked weekend. We've also got Revolution's Oktoberfest Party, a Mac & Cheese Fest, Taste Talks and Laughingstock. Is your body ready?


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