Weekend Alert Snow Winter

You've spent the entire week holled up in your apartment, and let's face it - there's only so much Netflix you can watch in a week. It's time to brave the cold, friends - and for good reasons! Grab your parka, grab your long johns and journey out this weekend to one of these worthy weekend causes. 

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Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival (1/9-19)

Sketch Comedy Fest

It's here. It's back. The world's largest sketch comedy festival of its kind! The 13th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival features performances by over 100 groups, showcasing local, national and international sketch comedy. That's more than 800 artists performing in more than 170 shows on 4 stages. Do the math (or don't) and come check out the largest Chicago Sketch Comedy Fest yet! For an insider's guide to shows this weekend, click here.

Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival (1/10-2/1)

Bluegrass

Celebrating its 5th festival, this wintertime roots fest Fest kicking off its 17-show line up this weekend. Between Concord Music Hall, the West Loop's City Winery, and Evanston's SPACE, you're sure to catch a show lively enough to shake those wintery blues. Rusted Root and Justin Townes Earle are among the wildly talented handful to make their debut in this year's fest. Want an insider's guide to the festival? Check out our guide to the CBB Fest here.

OnEdge at the Chicago Cultural Center (1/11-2/1)

On Edge

Let us break it down for you: Free. Dance. Theater. Workshops. By definitition, for "adventurous audiences only." Mix up your weekend and head to OnEdge's first workshop  this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 12-4PM both days, called "If you don't pay attention to me, I WON'T PAY ATTENTION TO YOU (on being an actor in the attention economy)." This performatice discussion is enhanced by you, the participant, using method acting techniques to observer, reflect and enact how we build an identity in a digital age. This workshop kicks off the month-long program filled with performances, classes and workshops, so be sure to stay tuned on what's coming next. 

Pacifica Quartet (1/12)

Pacifica Quartet

They're kind of a big deal. As the University of Chicago's Resident Artist, the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Interested yet? This Sunday, this stellar quartet will blow your mind with Mozart, Shostakovich, and Brahms, all under one roof at the University of Chicago Performance Hall in the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

A Name Would Stain This Show (Ends 1/15)

Name Would Stain This Show

Coming up on its final weekend, renowned photographer Marc Hauser's latest exhibition is not to be missed. In collaboration with Eric Williams and The Silver Room, this portrait photography series highlights Chicago's most influencial figures. Hauser's classic works over a forty-five year span will also be on display, including never beforer seen vintage prints by the man who has spent a life's work photographing figures such as Michael Jordan, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Bill Gates, and so many more.