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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!



  • OG ska legends The Skatalites with opening sets from  Chicago Jamaican Jazz Ensemble, Charley Organaire, and DJ Chuck Wren.
  • Sportsman’s Club’s got a special series of outdoor comedy shows care of the fine folks at Parlour Car that continues on tonight.
  • The World Music Festival continues throughout Chicago, including today at the Hideout where Trio Da Kali and Rami Gabriel perform.
  • The Logan Theatre’s got a late night screening of the recently unearthed 80’s trashfest Miami Connection.
  • SassyBlack from space soul duo TheeSatisfaction headlines the Empty Bottle, with support from Tasha and KC Ortiz.
  • Mathy instrumental rockers El Ten Eleven headline SPACE in Evanston, with openers Sego.
  • The touchy-feely chat show The Therapy Sessions returns to the Hungry Brain for another evening of deep conversations, with guests like Jess McIntosh, Michi Trota, and Konstantin Jace.
  • Mighty Oaks and Tyler Sjostrom are at Schubas.
  • The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard is some sort of weird hybrid poker/storytelling show?? IDK a bunch of local comics are gonna dick around onstage at the Gman telling weird stories I guess. We’ll see!
  • Penny & Sparrow play Lincoln Hall with guests Lowland Hum.
  • It’s 90’s Night at EZ Inn on Western! Get your nostalgia on.



  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Day one of the Hideout Block Party doubles as the 60th anniversary of Sputnik, the first satellite ever launched into orbit, back in 1957. Eleventh Dream Day, 75 Dollar Bill, Condo Fucks (Yo La Tengo’s garage rock cover band), and more are on deck to play this very chill and good celebration.
  • Chicago VeganMania 2017 is here! Vendors, speakers, cooking demos, and more vegan-friendly activities come to the Broadway Armory Park.
  • Reggie’s has the very self-explanatory Pancakes & Booze Art Show, featuring pancakes, booze, and art.
  • Block party/art crawl The Edgewater Arts Festival returns for its 5th year of crafty fun.
  • Classic political drama Mr. Smith Goes To Washington screens at the Music Box this morning.
  • The Peanut Gallery on California has an afternoon rock show starring Glyders, Loud Sun, and Head planned for you.

  • Then, night stuff:
  • Seun Kuti & The Egypt 80 lead a Felabration at the Concord Music Hall, a party in honor of the ongoing legacy of the brilliant Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.
  • Legendary comic Margaret Cho brings her Fresh off the Bloat tour through the Chicago Theatre tonight.
  • The Empty Bottle hosts a benefit show to support undocumented people on the Gulf Coast effected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, with performances from Rich Jones, Ariel Zetina, Half Gringa, and DJ JS Alvarez.
  • Dead Rider, Bloodiest, and Bill MacKay play a showcase of some of the city’s most masterful genre-spanning weirdos at Beat Kitchen.
  • Day two of the 312 Block Party features Animal Collective, Joey Purp, DJ Prince Paul, and more!
  • Adam Carolla, who is undoubtedly the world’s biggest Adam Carolla, brings his “Not Taco Bell Material” show to Park West.
  • British trio Gogo Penguin and Neon Indian associates Mattson 2 play Lincoln Hall.
  • Youtube cover dudes Boyce Avenue headline The Vic alongside Madilyn Bailey and Megan Davies.
  • Chicago-based fusion bros Poi Dog Pondering play Thalia Hall.
  • They’ve been showing Rocky Horror monthly at the Music Box for 30 years now. Can you believe that? Wild stuff.
  • The Wooks, Growler, and Big Sadie play a rootsy Schubas.
  • Night two of two of The Afghan Whigs + Har Mar Superstar at the Metro.
  • Lady-driven comedy/variety show The Gogo Show at the Lincoln Loft returns with a season premiere party tonight.
  • Dollar Signs, Otto Mann, and Nora Marks share a bill at the Downstairs part of Subterranean tonight.


  • Day two of the Hideout Block Party is also the 20th anniversary party for Steve Albini’s legendary Electrical Audio recording studio. EA alumni like Screaming Females, Man or Astroman?, Shannon Wright, and more will be performing.
  • Animal Collective and Black Dice have a massive underplay planned for you at the Empty Bottle as a part of the venue’s ongoing 25th anniversary celebration. It’s sold out but I hear they’re gonna have a handful of tickies at the door.
  • Hugely underrated vegan spot Kitchen 17 hosts a Chicago vs. New York Vegan Pizza Shootout, go in, pick up a slice of each, and vote!
  • Americana folks Shook Twins and Brook Annibale play Schubas.
  • The Logan Theatre is doing a late night screening of the all-time great midnight movie Pink Flamingos.
  • Overstuffed show at the Chop Shop in Wicker Park featuring Lifted Bells, Giants Chair, Ex Acrobat, Wet Tropics, and Brandon L. Butler.
  • Very good standup collective Hoo Ha Comedy has a party show planned for producer Megan Stalter, with sets from some of the finest comics in the city!
  • Solo string-driven folk project The Huntress and Holder of Hands are touring in celebration of the release of their new album Avalon, stopping by Beat Kitchen with special guests EDT.
  • Get introduced to the process of canning at the Introduction to Canning at the Experimental Station. Can yer own food, brah!
  • Emporium Wicker Park hosts a Sunday Football Luau, which augments your weekly NFL consumption with comedy, snacks, videogames, and more surprises!