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16 Of Our Favorite Events In Chicago This Weekend

By Michelle Meywes Kopeny in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 10, 2015 4:40PM

City Made Fest

Summer isn't over just yet, and if you're ready for another busy or lazy Chicago weekend, We've got you covered with our favorite upcoming events. And if you like cabaret and medium-term planning, we've thrown in a bonus event for Monday in there too.


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.


City Made Fest

STREET FEST: Andersonville highlights local businesses, brewers, performers and makers over two days with the 3rd annual City Made Fest. Local band Eleventh Dream Day headlines on Saturday. $5 suggested donation.

BBQ: Pitmasters from Kansas City to the Carolinas to Chicago compete at the Windy City BBQ Classic and festivities open up to the public during the “Grand Tour of American BBQ” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Soldier Field. Guests can sample winning pork, ribs, chicken and brisket along with libations from Lagunitas, Tito’s Vodka and Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. Check out our talk with some of last year’s competitors about what makes the best meat for barbecue. Tickets are $100 and include live entertainment, giveaways and a look behind the scenes that includes a butchering demo.

MUSIC + ART: Ten x Ten is a unique collaboration that pairs ten musicians with ten visual artists. After a year of working together, the final release concert and exhibition is at Elastic Arts tonight at 9 p.m. The Ten x Ten 2015 Collection is $40 and includes admission along with a limited edition LP, a full-color publication featuring each print and a digital download link. Single tickets to the release show are $15.

BEER: Sample more than 50 beers from 20 local breweries at the Logan Square Beer Festival at Logan Square Auditorium. Session 1 runs from 1-4 p.m. and session 2 is 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $47.50 and include drink tickets and commemorative mugs. 21+

STREET FEST: Ukrainian Village Festival celebrates the neighborhood’s heritage with Ukrainian and Polish food, beers and live performances all day Saturday and Sunday. $5 donation.


APP PARTY: Do312 celebrates the launch of their new app with a Sunday Funday featuring a Yelawolf DJ Set by Klever with Show You Suck & Lili K at Chop Shop. RSVP for free admission. 9 p.m. 21+

NERDS: Connect with other nerds looking for love at the Dating for Nerds' Nerd Fest this afternoon at Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park. Nerds at Heart celebrates its ninth anniversary with a singles bash that features trivia, giveaways and drink specials. Admission is $20 with registration. 3-6 p.m.


MUSIC: Petterino’s Celebrates the 8th Anniversary of their cabaret open mic, Monday Night Live. The restaurant’s prime location in the theater district and supper club atmosphere has attracted more than 700 singers over the years from Tony award winners to emerging artists. Admission is free, though there is a $19.95 food and beverage minimum. Reservations are recommended.