It’s already August in Chicago (how did that happen so fast?). While this summer is far different from what we are accustomed to, there are still cool happenings going on throughout the city and burbs to remind us why the Windy City is the best place to be during the warm weather months.
Rogers Park: Not being able to gather at festivals this summer is a bummer. But what if the festival came to us? That’s the idea behind this year’s Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest. The mobile edition of the popular Rogers Park annual event kicks off its 19th year on Saturday, August 15th. A mobile stage on two trucks will feature video displays of local artwork. Also, the musical stylings of Urban Rhythm Band and Joyce Renee Walker band will perform lives sets on the mobile stage as it makes its way throughout Rogers Park. The fest will get rolling on the 15th at 12 pm and 4 pm, and on the 16th at the same times. The best part? It’s free for all! Find more info here.
Wicker Park: You don’t need to schlep all the way out to a drive-in to catch a flick outdoors thanks to the Rooftop Movie Nights playing at Whiskey Business every Tuesday at 5:30 pm and 8:45 pm. Located at 1367 North Milwaukee Avenue, Whiskey Business offers a night under the stars watching great films with complimentary popcorn and tasty drinks for $10 per person. On August 11th, they will show Rocky, and the following week on the 18th, you can catch Super Troopers. Check out their website to find the list of movies and how to make reservations. Find more info here.
Loop: The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts audio broadcasts every Tuesday at 5:30 pm as part of their free Tuesdays on the Terrace summer jazz series. While we can’t enjoy the music live at the Anne and Jack Kern terrace Garden as we have in previous years, we can still pop open a bottle of wine and listen to amazing performances via their Facebook Live page from the comfort of our home or anywhere else. This Tuesday, August 11th, catch The Katie Ernst Trio. Find more info here.
West Town: The virtual edition of this year’s Chicago Brewing District’s Dancing in the Streets fest kicks off August 5th and runs through the 12th with special deals from West Town merchants. Viewers can check out streaming live sets from Mark & Dave Play Dead, Rock & Rye, and Paradise Waits on Friday, August 7th, beginning at 7 pm. You can also purchase a mix pack of brews from On Tour Brewing Company, Goose Island, and Forbidden Root, among others, by visiting the On Tour Brewing Company website. While you won’t be dancing in the streets for this year’s fest, you can cut the rug, enjoy some delicious beers, and listen to some great jam bands from home. Find more info here.
Roscoe Village: Live music is hard to come by these days, but Constellation, located at 3111 North Western Avenue, brings back in-person performances this month with plenty of shows in a socially distanced setting. On Friday, August 7th, experience the adventurous sounds of cellist Helen Money live at 8:30 pm for $15. The following week finds the saxophone trio of Twin Talk on the 14th and the first full band performance in half a decade of Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly on the 15th. Performances will be limited to 50 people, seating will be six feet apart to accommodate for social distancing, and masks must be worn at all times. All performances will be livestreamed for a donation. Find more info here.
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