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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.

Made In Chicago: Dee Alexander Pays Tribute To Her Mother With New Album

Dee Alexander

Many musicians attribute their taste in music to their parents. Few pay tribute to them in as literal and beautiful methods as acclaimed Chicago singer Dee Alexander. Seasoned in blues, gospel and soul music, Alexander's true niche is jazz music and her newest album Songs My Mother Loves highlights the biggest influences in her career including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and, of course, her own mother who introduced her to all the greats. 

Attend This Lollaplooza Aftershow And Support Special Olympics

Nelarusky Lollapalooza after show

Lollapalooza is one of Chicago's biggest parties, but the fun doesn't stop every night after Grant Park shuts down. The annual slew of official after-parties are almost as anticipated as the festival's lineup itself. One of these after show's annual benefits extend far beyond the people in attendance though. 

9 Tips For Surviving Lollapalooza Weekend


Every year Lollapalooza grows bigger and bigger. Now one of the most popular music festivals in the country, this annual three-day blowout in Chicago's Grant Park attracts people from all over the world, many of them first timers. 

Whether it's knowing how to navigate Grant Park, where to get grub or what to wear, we've been around the Lolla block a few times and have some advice for you newcomers. You never know, these tips might even help a few festival

10 Acts To See At Pitchfork Music Festival This Weekend That Aren't One Of The Headliners

St. Vincent

We have to hand it to Pitchfork Music Festival this year. The headliners the fest pulled in for its 2014 edition (happening July 17-19) are not only impressive but also impressively diverse. Revered singer songwriter Beck kicks things off Friday night, recently reunited indie rock gods Neutral Milk Hotel headline on Saturday and Grammy-nominated Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar will close out the festival on Sunday. These headlining acts alone are worth the cost of your ticket

Surabhi Introduces You To Indian and Flamenco Dancing Tonight

Garfield Park Conservatory

It's easy to find live outdoor jazz and rock throughout Chicago during the summer but if you're looking for something more culturally diverse, the Chicago Park District's Night Out In The Parks series presents "Surabhi: A Melting Pot of Music" at the beautiful Garfield Conservatory's Bluestone Terrace Outdoor Park tonight. 

Get Your Fill Of World Class Country Music & BBQ At Windy City Smokeout This Weekend

Windy City Smokeout

Truth be told, Windy City Smokeout has concocted the perfect recipe for a weekend of country fun in an urban setting. 

Some of the country's best barbecuers bring pounds upon pounds of smokey, saucy goodness to the scenic lot located off Grand Avenue along the Chicago River while nearly a dozen of America's finest country musicians take the stage this Friday through Sunday (July 11-13). 

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

Taste of Lincoln Ave

Summer is halfway through and if you haven't started experiencing the fun of Chicago's different neighborhoods yet, it's time to start. What better a way to sample Chicago's different cultures, food, art and music than to get them all in one place? 

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