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.
This year's ChillFest takes place on Saturday, November 15, with more than 30 local businesses offering up their spaces, no matter how untraditional, for one-of-a-kind acoustic, "living room style" concerts. Some venues, like Jerry's sandwich shop, already have stages built in. We're curious to see how others like Doggy Style Pet Shop will create make their performance spaces.
Between the hours of noon and 5 p.m. on Nov. 15, more than 100 concerts will take place. Need recommendations? Upbeat punk and grunge rockers The Dead On play the Gomez Shell station at 3 p.m. Tall Walker, a young band with a ton of talent, has a 5 p.m. set at Emporium Arcade and you have chances to catch instrumental hip hop act Deep Fayed at The Silver Room (3 and 4:30 p.m.)
The potential to catch as much local talent as possible is heightened when you consider the fact that all of these shows are free! None of the participating venues are charging a cover but, as long as you're there, you might as well do some shopping, eating or drinking - whatever the impromptu concert space calls for!