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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!




  • Experimental music auteur Fire-Toolz celebrates the release of her latest album at the Empty Bottle tonight alongside Gel Set, Mukqs, and A+E.
  • Head downtown for an exclusive, private preview of the Christkindlmarket at Twas the Night Before Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza! Worth it? Maybe!
  • Grateful Dead founding member Phil Lesh and his Terrapin Family Band play the Riviera.
  • Check out a screening of the damn Dark Crystal at the Logan Theatre. This movie always creeped me out.
  • Rapper Hoodie Allen has an all-time not good name but that isn’t stopping him from headlining the Vic tonight!
  • The Art Institute of Chicago features a performance from Chicago-based poet Fatimah Asghar, performing “in response” to a piece from the Art Institute’s collection.
  • Catch Laik, Randy Mantooth, Mawrcrest, and Pauk Kalil at the Beat Kitchen.
  • Lincoln Hall hosts a jam band type show (which is rare at that place!) featuring Aqueous and The North 41.
  • My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel plays Schubas with guests Steelism.
  • The Whistler’s monthly slow jams night, Slo ‘Mo, is back, with a special tribute event celebrating the work of Chicago-born performer Minnie Riperton.



  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • The Fall Record Label Fair at the Empty Bottle is a collection of vendors from around Chicago’s underground rock scene, slinging tapes, vinyl, and various other merch nuggets.
  • Malcom X College hosts the Harlem Fine Arts Show tour, stopping through all weekend long, showcasing artisans and performers from around the country.
  • The Music Box is showing a 70mm print of Vertigo, so if you care about movies at all that is probably something worth considering! Holy cow!
  • The Chicago Art Book Fair comes to the Chicago Athletic Association, showcasing the best and brightest in small press arts publishing.
  • Berwyn’s got a Craft & Vintage Market, featuring a slew of popup shops from craft vendors offering up nice gifty type things!
  • The 48th Ward International Unity Day at the Broadway Armory Park is a celebration of the immensely diverse 48th Ward up in Edgewater. Traditional musics, dances, and artwork from various cultures from around the world will be on display!


  • Extremely good standup comedy showcase Monkey Wrench hosts a special showcase headlined by masterful ex-Chicagoan James Fritz, with guest sets from local a slew of high quality local acts and all proceeds going to support the Second City’s waitstaff’s unionizing efforts. This is a can’t-miss thing, here!
  • The Travelin’ McCourys Chicago Jam showcases “the best string bands in the region” at Park West tonight.
  • Elastic Arts hosts a benefit for Black + Pink Chicago, a progressive LGBTQ network working towards the abolition of the prison industrial complex. Music, readings, raffles, and more. Good stuff!
  • The Empty Bottle’s afternoon Honky Tonk has local country masters The Lawrence Peters Outfit headlining, with openers Barbara Clifford & The Shakin’ Tailfeathers.
  • Classic R&B revivalist Son Little plays Lincoln Hall with support from Jade Bird.
  • Map Room is a great, great bar and they’re celebrating 25 years in business tonight! It’s gonna be out of control, one would imagine.
  • Pale Waves and the Candescents play Beat Kitchen.
  • Live lit/storytelling/music show Fictlicious is back with another variety-filled night at the Hideout.
  • Felte Records showcases some of their hottest acts, including Ritual Howls, Odonis Odonis, and New Canyons, tonight at the Empty Bottle.
  • They’ve got a late night screening of Office Space at the Logan Theatre to close out your Sunday night.