10 things to do this weekend: September 15-18 | Chicago News

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(Photo courtesy of Pilsen Fest)

1. Riot

The multi-day music festival riot party makes its triumphant return to Chicago, featuring all your favorite punk, rock, alternative, metal and hip-hop bands and artists. Festival headliners include My Chemical Romance, Portugal the Man, Taking Back Sunday, Yungblud, Ice Cube, Jimmy Eat World and many more.

Details: Midday-22h from Friday to Sunday at Douglass Park, 1401 S Sacramanto Dr. $120 general admission/ MAP

(Photo courtesy of Riot Fest)(Photo courtesy of Riot Fest)


Find more festivals: Guide to summer festivals 2022


2. Bounce

The cradle of house music welcomes its own Chicago House Music Festival and Conference, featuring local and national DJs and live performances showcasing the diverse elements of house music. The event will partner with ReBuild Foundation, House Club Tour Chicago, Vintage House Show and more to raise awareness and appreciation for the city’s most beloved genre.

Details: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, 3-dusk Saturday, 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St. Admission free/ MAP

3. View

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is opening its first location in Chicago this fall, and to celebrate, the venue is hosting screenings of “The Lion King” (1994) and “Cats” (2019) at Lincoln Park Zoo. The event will also include movie giveaways, DJs and two pairs of tickets to see The Lion King on Broadway in Chicago.

Details: 6-11 p.m. Fridays at Lincoln Park Zoo, 2400 N Cannon Dr. $15 general admission/ MAP


4. Snack

SeptemberFest: Fall in love with Chicago arrives, partnering with the city’s best restaurants and bars for a night full of unlimited food, drink and entertainment. Guests can expect savory treats from 2d Restaurant, Adalina, Black Dog Gelato, and exclusive recipes from JP Graziano.

Details: 6:30-11 p.m. Friday at La Scuala, 43 E Ohio St. $119 general admission/ MAP


5. Health

Tequila drinkers take a trip to Big Star in Wicker Park to celebrate the Cuervo Traditional Agave Bar come to the Windy City. The two-day event will be an immersive experience with craft cocktails, sustainable products made from recycled agave, a selection of foods and live music.

Details: 3-9 p.m. Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday at Big Star, 1531 N Damen Ave. RVSP only / MAP


6. Blues

Play your jazz at 23rd Annual Englewood Jazz Festival which takes place in Hamilton Park, full of celebrations and tributes to jazz music. This year’s festival features indoor and outdoor entertainment with special performances from jazz legends and rising stars.

Details: 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Park, 513 W 72nd St. Free/ MAP


7. Sip

Middle Brow Beer & Wine in Logan Square will partner with local brewers like Solemn Oath, Lo Rez, Whiner, Duneyrr and more to launch their annual block partywith pizza from Bungalow by Middle Brow, wine and DJ sets from Whitney and Numero Group.

Details: 3 p.m. Saturday at the Middle Brow Bungalow, 2840 W Armitage Ave. Free admission / MAP


8. Party

The Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Festival heats up the local neighborhood, with attendees able to fill their tortillas with chicken, steak, chorizo, beef or other ingredients like mushrooms, seafood and duck from eight local restaurants. The festival will also feature special beer and taco pairings, two live music stages, Mexican wrestlers and more.

Details: Saturday and Sunday on Southport Ave., between Addison and Roscoe St. Suggested donation of $10/ MAP

(Photo courtesy of Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest)(Photo courtesy of Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest)


9. Celebrate

Pilsen Festival kicks off during Hispanic Heritage Month, putting Mexican art, music and, of course, food front and center. The outdoor festival will feature renowned local musical acts and artwork by artist Gabriel Villa spread throughout the event.

Details: Saturday and Sunday on 18th St and Blue Island Ave. FREE ENTRANCE / MAP


10. Scooter

The Open Boulevards Series is back and in session. This Sunday, the Bronzeville neighborhood will see a section of Drexel Boulevard closed for residents to walk, bike, scooter, socialize and enjoy many other activities.

Details: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday on Drexel Boulevard, between 43rd and 45th Streets. Free / MAP


Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before heading out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Email us.


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