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Thursday is Hillary Duff’s birthday. She was a Disney kid? Pop star? Disney pop star? Actress? Clean? Rehab? Cool? Something. She’s somebody, right? Kids had her poster or something?

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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!

  • Funny boy Tommy McNamara went to one of those haunted rooms with a bunch of well meaning weirdos and wrote about it for us. What a funny boy!
  • Priests and Priest are two different musical acts. Hillary Duff makes music!



  • Brooklyn singer/songwriter Peaer headlines a cool show at the Burlington featuring Sinai Vessel, Date Stuff, and Jodi.
  • Doc Films at the University of Chicago hosts a screening of the modern classic Oldboy on 35mm. Nice!!
  • Indie rock weirdo Alex Cameron headlines the Hideout with guest Jack Ladder.
  • Nosaj Thing and Jacques Greene coheadline the Bottom Lounge with guest Jim-E Stack.
  • Loop-based popup alleyway art party ACTIVATE is back, with a themed event called HIDEAWAY this month. Coooool.
  • Youtube video game guy or something Jackscepticeye is appearing in some form doing *something* at Thalia Hall tonight. Hit that up maybe if you know what his deal is.
  • The Rubs, Little Boy Jr., and Delmar & The Dedications play Beat Kitchen tonight.
  • An Evening with The California Honeydrops happens at Lincoln Hall and it’s almost sold out as of this writing, so get your tickies now!
  • The Westside Justice Center hosts the opening reception for a new gallery showcase, a 50 year retrospective of the Black Panther Party.
  • Old timey americana trio Glass Mountain plays a budget-priced early evening show at the Hideout.
  • Weekend long industrial music festival Cold Waves VI comes to Metro this weekend but tonight the Empty Bottle has a kickoff party featuring MC 900 FT Jesus and Gost.
  • Glass Animals and Amber Mark play the Aragon.
  • Troll 2 is one of the best bad movies ever made and they’re showing it at The Logan Theatre.


Revolution Brewing’s throwing an Oktoberfest celebration in front of their brewpub in Wicker Park. Enjoy beer, food, and musical guests like Real Estate, Sandy Alex G, and more!
  • Real strong indie rock show at the Beat Kitchen featuring Crumb, Hovvdy, Paperhaus, and Moreso.
  • Chicago-grown independent film Signature Move has its red carpet theatrical premiere at the Music Box tonight. Nice!
  • Mexico City-born, Brooklyn-based musical collective Antibalas headlines Thalia Hall, with guests the Lowdown Brass Band.
  • Night one of the industrial music festival Cold Waves VI at the Metro has sets from Stabbing Westward, Cold Cave, Drab Majesty, Acumen Nation, and more!
  • Longrunning live lit show Funny Ha-Ha’s latest show, The Witching Hour, has guests like Women & Children First co-owner Sarah Hollenbeck, “The Wilder Life” author Wendy McClure, Mac & Cheese Productions Head Cheese-It Saya Hillman, DNA Info editor and Girl Talk host Jen Sabella, and many more!
  • The beloved Chicago based punk rock marching band Mucca Pazza combines forces the Horace Mann Marching Mustangs for a big blowout party at the Steelworkers Park on the South Side.
  • SeptemberFest at Eataly was a big blowouty food and drink thing last year when I went but it was also a total mess but maybe they got it together this year??? Check it out maybe but brace yourself!!
  • Recently reunited 90s group Saint Etienne plays Park West tonight.
  • Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker) plays the Vic with opening sets from Charlotte Carin and Heathered Pearls.
  • Grieves, Dem Atlas, and Ajani Jones play Schubas.
  • Slow Dancer and Petal play The Hideout.
  • Heavy rock show at the Empty Bottle, featuring Torche, REZN, and The Evictions.
  • Bloodshot Records HQ hosts a pop up shop from local legend Jon Langford, featuring artwork, a signing, and a live performance from Jon himself.


  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Empty Bottle’s hosting a brunch benefit for the extremely good record shop Bucket O’ Blood, which suffered a major loss in product due to a flood earlier this month.
  • Catch a pre-noon screening of The Philadelphia Story at the Music Box. A classic!!
  • Day two of the Revolution Oktoberfest has music from Jeff Rosenstock, White Lung, Meat Wave, and many more.
  • Head out to the Canine Campus for a falltime dog fest party with byo-pups. It’s Dog’s Pup-kin Fest!
  • Logan Square art space Comfort Station is throwing a benefit party for themselves with music from Nobunny, Negative Scanner, Ryley Walker, and more performing outdoors in front of the Logan Square Monument!
  • The 2017 Fulton Market Harvest Fest starts today, a celebration of the food, music, and culture of this iconic West Loop neighborhood.
  • Go get jazzed on java care of a ton of local bean slingers at the South Loop Coffee Fest at L&A Healing Studio.