Before moving to Chicago as a college student, I'd make visits to the city with my family for years. A lot's changed from my early Chicago experiences, which often involved baby backpacks and strollers. Now that I'm in my 20s, I sympathize with my poor parents who probably would have liked to taste a craft beer on their vacation rather than chasing a soda-fueled five-year-old around. If you're looking for some entertainment for your kiddos in an atmosphere that suits your adult personalities, you might try these musical outings.
Inspired in Philadelphia eight years ago, Baby Loves Disco has found a home in Chicago at Lincoln Park concert venue and bar, Lincoln Hall. The traveling party transforms the venue into a kid-friendly club for an afternoon complete with disco balls and DJs spinning hip -- yet appropriate -- dance hits from the '70, ‘80s, and today. Relive your dancing days while you teach your toddler some cool new moves. The next event is Saturday, May 11 at noon. Tickets are $15 or $55 for the whole family. Non-walkers always get a pass on admission. Check LincolnHallChicago.com for more info and future dates.
In nearby Lakeview hosts a weekly afternoon "Concerts for Kids" series. Beat Kitchen boasts an adult-friendly, cozy, neighborhood hangout but Sunday afternoons are for the younger souls. Every Sunday afternoon the venue turns opens to all ages and (mostly) local bands play kid-friendly sets starting at noon. The best part is that -- at less than $10 per ticket for kids and parents -- these concerts will cost you less than an afternoon at the movie theater. Click here for a full list of "Concerts for Kids" or visit the Beat Kitchen's website for more info.
Finally, remember how cool the final scene of "School of Rock" was? Jack Black and his kid rockstars get up on stage and blow the lid off the joint. Well, that sort of thing actually happens here in Chicago (minus Jack Black). School of Rock teaches music lessons and performance techniques to local kid rockers. And the School's form of graduation? Getting their kids up on stage! The School of Rock frequently hosts all ages concerts throughout the city, putting tomorrow's rockstars on the stage. Venues include Chicago favorites like Schubas in Lakeview and Reggie's in the South Loop. All concerts have a theme. Whether it's a tribute sets to bands like Wilco or The Who, a focus on a specific genre or subject matter (like their upcoming "Women Who Rock" concert on May 18). Check the School of Rock's website for a list of concerts.
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