Ade Williams

Chicago is famous for its summer music festivals and neighborhood events, but just because the weather is turning colder doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do for music lovers looking for a change from the run-of-the-mill concert. We’ve rounded up a few of our picks for Day of the Dead concert happenings and out-of-the-ordinary musical events of the season.


Boneshaker at Redmoon Theater (11/1)

Boneshaker Redmoon Theater

Redmoon Theater presents “Boneshaker,” a interactive event featuring a wild array of site-specific contraptions, costumes, and talents of Chicago’s award-winning theater company. Tickets include food, drink, fire performance, DJs, live music from Mucca Pazza (Chicago’s only 30-piece punk marching band), and things you have to see to believe (1000 hot dogs?). Costumes encouraged. Buy tickets here.

Summer in Pain Festival at The Hideout (11/1-2)

This two-day mini-festival and benefit for anti-violence organization Ceasefire features an array of Chicago talent, including psychedelic rockers Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, hip-shaking synth-pop group Chandeliers, and outsider space/punk/gospel collective ONO. Full details and ticket information available here.

Umbrella Music Festival (11/6-8, 11/9-10)

November 6-8 at Chicago Cultural Center, November 9-10 at Constellation Chicago

The 8th annual improvized and experimental jazz festival features some of the most innovative jazz musicians from all over the globe. Don’t miss the opening night program, “European Jazz Meets Chicago,” featuring trumpet player Axel Dörner, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and percussionist Michael Zerang. A complete listing of event can be found here.

Chicago's Sinfonietta Dia de los Muertos (11/9 & 11)

November 9 at Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville and 11 at Symphony Center, Chicago

The Chicago Sinfonietta's annual Day of the Dead musical celebration will include a collaboration of theatrical spectacle with Redmoon Theater, emotive expressions will range from the dark and grief stricken to a joyous and celebratory second half. Featuring Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov with guest artists Adé Williams and Elizabeth Gordon. The journey of of Día de los Muertos includes a delicately curated flight of wines. For those who can't make the Monday night performance November 11th at Symphony Center, there will be a Saturday night showing at Wentz Concert Hall, at North Central College, Naperville on the 9th. More information can be found here.

ChillFest (11/16)


100 musical artists across a variety of genres will perform acoustic sets in a variety of boutiques, restaurants, and other neighborhood hotspots. The afternoon event will cummulate with a special show at Subterranean starting at 6PM. Complete list of bands, venues, and details here.

Written by Jamie Judwig, Rock Editor,
Top Photo courtesy of Chicago Sinfonietta