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Stranger Things season 2 will be released this weekend. That’s fun and if you want to watch it all this weekend that’s your call but consider watching Heathers because Heathers is Winona’s finest work.

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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!





Living legend Lee “Scratch” Perry plays an incredibly intimate show at Beat Kitchen. What a cool thing.
  • The Music Box’s regular monthly screening of Rocky Horror gets extra freaky tonight for the Halloween Edition! Shit’s about to get real weird and interactive.
  • Double local record release show starring extremely good heavy rockers DIM and Luggage co-headlining with special guests Running. This is a good ass show.
  • Comedy horrorshow Helltrap Nightmare is back for another monstrous evening of comedy and noise music at the Hideout.
  • Hamilton Leithauser, former frontman of The Walkmen appears at The Vic tonight with opening tunes care of Courtney Marie Andrews.
  • Seattle indie rock group Pickwick plays at Schubas with local openers Sunjacket.
  • Join the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America for a celebration of the centennial of the October Revolution. Live readings and more are planned!
  • Chris Farren, front person of the popular punk band Fake Problems, plays a solo show at Subterranean’s Downstairs space. Retirement Party and Sore History are gonna be there too.
  • The Metro’s Nocturna All Hallow’s Eve Ball brings you a very gothy halloween party.
  • Nai Palm, member of the “future soul” group Hiatus Kaiyote, plays solo at Lincoln Hall.
  • Amazing Chicago’s Haunted Maze at Navy Pier sees the ol reliable Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze converted into a haunted house for one weekend only!
  • Social Music by Sadie Woods is an experimental DJ set at the Museum of Contemporary Art, with a focus on excavating the deep, subversive cultural meanings found in popular music.


  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Longrunning anarchic comedy show The Late Late Breakfast returns to the Hideout for another brunchtime party complete with free pancakes.
  • The folks at Hopewell Brewing Company have a very scary daylong Halloween party for you! It’s the HopeHELL BOOing party!
  • Head to Northerly Island Park for the Family Prairie Prowl, a guided tour/wilderness experience just outside of the Loop! Neato.
  • Lookin to get sloppy day drunk in a dumb costume? May I suggest doing so at the Halloween Day Crawl in River North?
  • The Evanston Farmers’ Market Family Fall Fest is here with a celebration of all things rustic and autumnal!
  • You can go to the PAWS Chicago Medical Center and help build shelters for feral cats to keep themselves safe and warm during the impending brutality of the Chicago winter. Do some good for these sweet creatures.
  • Future Hits’ family friendly 6th Annual Halloween Spectacular is back at Schubas.


  • The 14th annual Logan Square Halloween Parade happens tonight, giving kids of all ages a chance to show off their sick costumes.
  • Really good garage rock group The Courtneys plays Beat Kitchen. Get there early for sets from Versing and Juice Cleanse.
  • Thalia Hall’s got a double feature of Tim Burton classics: Mars Attacks! and The Nightmare Before Christmas. What a fun night!
  • Arty indie rockers Landlady headline Co-Prosperity Sphere, with guests Ian Chang and Metal Tongues.
  • Take a very season-appropriate tour of the beautiful, fascinating Graceland Cemetery.
  • Nashville-based rock band Pujol headlines the Empty Bottle, backed by sets from Reese McHenry & The Fox and The Hot Moms.
  • The Boiler Room’s recurring PBR Movie Night is back with a screening of the absolute classic Beetlejuice.
  • Beauty Bar’s weekly Emo vs. Pop Punk dance party has a very special Halloween themed party planned 4 u tonight, complete with a costume contest and prize giveaways!
  • The Empty Bottle Book Club convenes to discuss Laura Jane Grace’s acclaimed memoir Tranny.
  • The Maxwell Street Market’s a Chicago treasure, and their Day of the Dead & Halloween celebration should not be missed. Gonna be real good!
  • Visionary South African musician Johnny Clegg’s Final Journey Tour is in town tonight. Probably your last chance to see him live before he retires at the end of this tour.
  • The Logan Theatre’s screening Halloween and as we know that’s one of the best scary movies there is.
  • The National Museum of Mexican Art’s annual Dia de los Muertos celebration has family-friendly fun, full of live music, face painting, and vendors.