Chicago Best Weekend Bets

It’s Lollapalooza weekend. You know if this is for you. Lorde headlines Thursday. Lorde is good. She’s this generation’s Fiona Apple. That’s a compliment. Every generation needs talented women prodigies that don’t love award shows.

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THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTWe write stuff. Here’s some of that stuff from the last week that may be applicable to your preferences!

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THURSDAY

  • Oh daddy, it’s Lolla weekend once again. Can you even believe it? Not me. I can’t. Things happen starting today. You can see our GIFlady Lorde, plus Whiz Khalifa, Migos, Spoon, Kaytanada, Kweku Collins, and a about hundred more just today alone.
  • Okay so Lollapalooza weekend means a ton of Lollapalooza aftershows. Too many to talk about, frankly. So we’re gonna stick to the ones that actually have tickets still available, as of this writing. One such show for example is Tegan and Sara live at Park West with special guests Frenship.
  • Each month, the comedy maniacs at ClickHole take over the Hideout for an evening of live stuff that will blow yer damn mind. This is the day of this month that that’s going to happen!
  • Alternatively spelled bands Skott and Flor play a Lollapapost show at Schubas.
  • VERY limited tickets available at the door for PUP and Deeper’s post-Lolla gig at the Empty Bottle.
  • Migos appear at Prysm Night Club following Lollapalooza. Note that it says appear and not necessarily like, perform. We’ll see i guess.
  • Pop over to the Concord Music Hall for afterLolla sets from Little Dragon and Xavier Omar.
  • The Pretty Reckless and Slothrust play an afterparty at Bottom Lounge.
  • Celebration of independent, grassroots filmmaking, The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival comes to the Music Box starting tonight, with a collection of short films preceding a screening of the Illinois premiere of Semptember Morning.
  • Berlin Night Club’s 8th Annual Lollapalooza Side Show happens tonight. Expect a Little Dragon DJ set and many more surprises.
  • Head to Reggies for a very rock-oriented aftershow from Cloud Nothings and Oozing Wound.
  • King Shelter, The Evening Attraction, Beach Tiger, and Max and The Mild Ones play Beat Kitchen tonight.
  • Up late but not in the mood for live music? Maybe you go see Stripes at The Logan Theatre? Could be fun.

FRIDAY

  • Lollapalooza day two has headlining sets from The Killers, Blink 182, Run The Jewels, Ryan Adams, and a bunch more.
  • Hell yeah high quality weirdo rap show at the Chop Shop’s 1st Ward event space, featuring Kool Keith, ShowYouSuck, The Palmer Squares, PMorris, and more!
  • The Hideout’s Picnics on the Porch series returns for jams care of Hideout regulars Kelly Hogan and Scott Ligon with snackies from Local Foods.
  • Legendary film composer Hans Zimmer brings his orchestra to the Allstate Arena for a big old show full of symphonic movie music. Sure!
  • San Fermin and Ron Gallo play a Lolla aftershow at the Empty Bottle with very few tickets available at the door. Get over there now if you wanna go, I’d suggest.
  • High quality comedy show VHS XXIII brings an all-new batch of vintage VHS tapes to ridicule and talented local comedians to laugh at.
  • Live, yes that Live, play Park West tonight for a special post-Lolla gathering. The Shelters join them.
  • The Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival’s second day at the Music Box brings you a collection of short films capped off by a showing of Monkey.
  • Local songwriter Ryan Joseph Anderson celebrates the release of his new album tonight at the Hideout with guests Fishpool Lane and Jeremy Miller.
  • Foster The People DJ a party at arcade bar Headquarters in River North. Neato!!!!!
  • DIY type emo-leaning show happening at the Downstairs space at Subterranean tonight featuring What Gives, CityCop, Alleys, Distants, and Mush.
  • Head to the Freehand in River North for a very nice nail art happy hour, where you can get complementary nail art just in time for the weekend.
  • Constellation’s got a heavy duty jazz show tonight, featuring Charles Gayle backed by a trio of local legends: Nick Mazzarella, Joshua Abrams, and Mike Reed. Should be cool.

SATURDAY

  • Then, night stuff:
  • Alvvays’ debut album is nearly perfect and they’ve got another one coming out soon, and I bet they’ll play a bunch of songs from both of them at the Empty Bottle tonight, where they’re headlining a Lollapalooza aftershow, with guests Pavementmen in Clearance.
  • The No Nation gallery space on Milwaukee has ZINE NOT DEAD VI, a new comics reading event featuring readings from cartoonist and writers from across the city and beyond.
  • The garage rock revival (finally) comes to the Hard Rock Cafe with a double bill of wild party boys the Black Lips and The Ponys. Super weird!
  • Day three of the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival at the Music Box has a screening of I Am Still Here, among others.
  • The Hideout’s got the release party for Cameron Traxxx’s The Healing Hand tape, featuring special appearances from Seablaze, Sophagus, and Starfoxxx!
  • Following the release show, Cameron Traxxx is also DJing the Hideout Dance Party! Full evening takeover! Damn!
  • Overstuffed show at the Downstairs space at Subterranean, starring Floral Couches, Infinite Me, Gleemer, Kareem Campbell, and Natures.
  • Songmen Barns Courtney and Luke Henry play a Lolla post-show at Schubas.
  • Mellowpoppers Milky Chance do a post-Lolla show of their own at the beautiful and historic House of Blues.
  • Signals Midwest, Pacemaker, and Throw Shade play a well rounded rock show at Township! Good stuff!
  • 21 Savage is hosting a party at Shay Nightclub tonight. 21 21 21 21 21

SUNDAY

  • Lollapalooza is over after today, unfortunately. Thankfully they’re closing it out with a buttload of quality stuff, including performances from Arcade Fire, Big Sean, The Shins, Lil Yachty, Noname, Sampha, and more.
  • Extremely talented standup comics and power couple Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero bring their Endless Honeymoon coheadlining tour to Park West. Good stuff.
  • Is there a more affable rapper going than Lil Yachty? The answer is no and you will agree after you catch him at Studio Paris Nightclub.
  • The very good DIY market Made in Chicago is back again, with tons of vendors and free admission. Get over to the Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall and score big.
  • The Empty Bottle’s got a daylong fundraiser for the Clinic Vest Project Fundraiser, which provides free clinic escort vests to folks that volunteer to escort patients to facilities like Planned Parenthood. Good cause, right here.
  • Warbly Jets, Brendan & The Black Jackets, and Engine Summer play a free show at Schubas.
  • The jokemakers in Character Assassination at the Laugh Factory return to give the business to another crop of made up folks— the massive ensemble cast of Game of Thrones!
  • Heavy duty metal band Inter Arma headlines the Empty Bottle with support from Pyrrhon and Mellow Harsher.
  • The Logan Theatre’s got a late-night screening of the Marx brothers classic A Night at the Opera, if you’re up for it.
  • The Windy City Motorsports Festival comes to Soldier Field today, it’s a large-scale vintage car show with live music and family-friendly activities.
  • Blue Whiskey Independent Film Fest continues today with a special celebration of the work of Rory Uphold, who will receive the 2017 Independent Filmmaker Achievement Award tonight, followed by a screening of the Polish doc Two Worlds.