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12 Of Our Favorite Events In Chicago This Week

By Michelle Meywes Kopeny in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 8, 2015 3:30PM

Post-Labor Day social calendar looking a little sparse? We've got you covered with our favorite events coming up in the city this week.


MUSIC: The Sounds of the South Loop concert series at Second Presbyterian Church features cellist Ian Maskin as he connects music from Bach to BB King. Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $10-$15.


INDIE ROCK: The always bizarre Kevin Barnes and his psychedelic pop band, of Montreal, play Lincoln Hall at 7 p.m. Their latest album, Aureate Gloom, came out earlier this year. Surface to Air Missive opens. Tickets are $25.

COFFEE + MUSIC: Estás invitado to Café Bustelo’s Pop-Up Café at 1152 W. Taylor Street where they’ll be serving up cafecito along with live music all weekend. Catch Chris Medina on Saturday at 2 p.m. and The O’My’s on Sunday at 2 p.m. Free.

FOOD + BENEFIT: Cooking Up a Cure raises funds for scleroderma patients while serving up cuisine and drinks from Chicago’s favorite chefs, breweries, distilleries and wineries. Tickets are $125 ($185 for VIP). 6:30 p.m.


MUSIC FEST: No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Faith No More and The Prodigy are among the headliners at this year’s Riot Fest in Douglas Park. The three-day music festival combines punk rock with a carnival atmosphere, complete with a ferris wheel and sideshows. Watch for our previews and coverage here on Chicagoist. Three-day passes start at $189.98 and single-day tickets are available for $74.98.

OTHER MUSIC FEST: The Chicago World Music Festival literally takes over the city for the next 12 days with events at venues all over. This year features an Ethiopian New Year Celebration and a celebration of Indian Classical Music along with dozens of other award-winning artists. Check the festival website for full schedule. Free.

Floriane de Lassée photograph. Image courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago.

ART: French photographer Floriane de Lassée’s exhibition How Much Can You Carry? opens at Catherine Edelman Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Her first solo show in the U.S. features images of people in Ethiopia, Japan and other countries carrying heavy loads atop their heads and comes with stories of what matters most to people. The exhibition runs through the end of October.

OYSTERS: Shaw’s Crab House hosts their 27th Annual Oyster Fest from 3-10 p.m. with more than 12 varietals of oysters on the half shell. There will be oyster shucking, a champagne pairing event and live music from indie group St. Lucia among others. Tickets are $30.

MORE OYSTERS: The oyster celebration continues in Roscoe Village with their 17th Annual Oyster Fest. Shock Top Belgian White sponsors the fest that runs Friday evening and all day Saturday and will feature music from the likes of Buckwheat Zydeco. Suggested donation is $7.

WINE: The Windy City Wine Festival takes over Buckingham Fountain Friday and Saturday. There will be wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and live music to accompany tastings. Tickets are $35 and designated drivers can get in for $15.

STREET FEST + PARADE: Celebrate Mexican Independence in Little Village with Festival de la Villita. The three day event has live music, carnival rides and culminates with the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade on Sunday at noon. Free.

FOOD + DRINK: German food, beer and entertainment fill the streets of Lincoln Square for German-American Fest all weekend. Catch the Von Steuben Parade on Saturday at 2 p.m. Free.