September 2015 events calendar for Chicago

Plan your September in Chicago with our events calendar of the best things to do, including concerts, theater openings and art exhibits

Photograph: Jason Little
Chicago Gourmet, September 29, 2012

Do you have a case of the summertime blues? Cheer up, because fall in Chicago is looking like it's going to be pretty exciting. Grab a beer stein and get into the festive spirit of the season at Berghoff Oktoberfest or Oktoberfest Chicago. Sample dishes made by chefs from the best Chicago restaurants while gazing at the skyline during Chicago Gourmet. If you're not tired to seeing bands outdoors, you can hang out with the punks at Riot Fest or stand around in a parking lot at the Hideout Block Party. Prepare for autumn with our September events calendar for Chicago.

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Featured events in September 2015

The Hideout Block Party & Onion A.V. Fest

Critics' pick

The annual throwndown on the dead end of Wabansia always brings a solid mix of roots music and '90s indie nostalgia. Death Cab for Cutie, the Dismemberment Plan, the Meters, Mac DeMarco and the War on Drugs top the bill in 2014. Check out the lovely synth-pop stylings of duo Sylvan Esso, too.

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Hideout Until Sat Sep 6

German-American Fest

Critics' pick

Relive the famous Ferris Bueller scene at this parade celebrating Deutschland heritage. The street party features German food, music and dancing and the Von Steuben Parade kicks off on Saturday at 2pm.

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Western and Leland Aves Friday September 11 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015 Free

Renegade Craft Fair

Critics' pick

The 12th annual fair is an opportunity for serious crafters from around the country to sell their handmade arts and wares. And for serious shoppers to buy them. Workshops, local food vendors and live music invade Division Street.

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Division St between Damen Ave and Leavitt St Saturday September 19 2015 - Sunday September 20 2015 Free

Berghoff Oktoberfest

Critics' pick

For three days Federal Plaza plays the role of Munich, Germany in Berghoff's version of the world's largest fair. Take in live music, German beer and Bavarian food. Prost!

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Federal Plaza Wednesday September 16 2015 - Friday September 18 2015 Free

World Music Festival

Globe-trot through music at this citywide fest, featuring artists from around the world. For venue and show details, check out the festival's website.

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Chicago Cultural Center Until Sun Sep 21 Free

Riot Fest

In a sprawling park on the city's west side, replete with circus attractions, Riot Fest prides itself on being punk. It's bookings are as diverse as "punk" is difficult to define. There's mall-punk, hardcore, emo, goth, metal, thrash, new-wave, rap, gray-haired indie and Weezer. The Cure, the Flaming Lips, Jane's Addiction, the Offspring, Slayer all top the bill in 2014. The bill, as per usual, reads like the CDs that were piled on the floor of your used Buick in high school. Does this mean you have to learn how to skate all over again? Couldn't hurt. On second thought, it totally could.

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Humboldt Park Friday September 11 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015

Expo Chicago

Critics' pick

Expo Chicago brings more than 100 galleries representing 17 countries to Navy Pier for a gigantic international art fair. Visitors will be able to take in a breathtaking selection of contemporary art, all in a space specially designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang.

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Navy Pier, Festival Hall 21 Sep 2014

Chicago Gourmet

Critics' pick

The annual three-day fest kicks off Friday with its Hamburger Hop throwdown. Walk in and waddle out once you've stuffed your face at cooking demos, tasting pavilions and a wine sampling.

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Millennium Park Friday September 25 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015

Oktoberfest Chicago

Greet autumn with a stein full of beer in one hand and a giant pretzel in the other. The annual festival takes place outside of the St. Alphonsus Church and features plenty of brews (including a craft beer tasting session on Friday night) as well as activities and entertainment for kids and families.

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St. Alphonsus Church Friday September 25 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015

Festivals in September 2015

Chicago Jazz Festival

In its 37th year, Jazz Fest returns to Millennium Park (and the Cultural Center) with a solid lineup of fusion, traditional bop and cosmic shizz. Confirmed performers include Muhal Richard Abrams, José James, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Henry Butler.

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Millennium Park Thursday September 3 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015 Free

Taste of Polonia

Feast on potato pancakes, kielbasa, pierogi and more at this Polish celebration during Labor Day weekend. After you've stuffed yourself, dance to some polka music, watch a cover band or play a few rounds of bingo.

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Copernicus Center Friday September 4 2015 - Monday September 7 2015

Roscoe Village Oyster Fest

Critics' pick

Oyster shuckers and beer drinkers unite at this annual Roscoe Village get-together, featuring hundreds of pounds of fresh seafood and an eclectic live music lineup.

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Roscoe Village Pub Friday September 11 2015 - Saturday September 12 2015

Windy City Wine Festival

Sample more than 300 wines from around the world at this annual sommelier extravaganza at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. Area restaurants and caterers will be serving up their signature dishes while bands provide musical accompaniment to your wine tasting journey.

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Buckingham Fountain Friday September 11 2015 - Saturday September 12 2015

Festival de la Villita

Celebrate Mexico's independence from Spain with Mexican food, music and dancing in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. Vendors and carnival rides fill the streets on all three days and on Sunday, the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade ends here.

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2600 S Kostner Ave Friday September 11 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015 Free

Riot Fest

In a sprawling park on the city's west side, replete with circus attractions, Riot Fest prides itself on being punk. It's bookings are as diverse as "punk" is difficult to define. There's mall-punk, hardcore, emo, goth, metal, thrash, new-wave, rap, gray-haired indie and sometimes Blondie. The Replacements and Elvis Costello have headlined in the past. The bill typically reads like the CDs that were piled on the floor of your used Buick in high school. Does this mean you have to learn how to skate all over again? Couldn't hurt. On second thought, it totally could. Check out our complete coverage of Riot Fest.

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Humboldt Park Friday September 11 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015

German-American Fest

Critics' pick

Grab a plastic stein and munch on a pretzel at this annual Lincoln Park celebration of Deutschland heritage. The street party features plenty of German food, music and danding as well as the Von Steuben Parade.

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Western and Leland Aves Friday September 11 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015 Free

Berghoff Oktoberfest

Critics' pick

For three days Federal Plaza plays the role of Munich, Germany for Berghoff's version of the world's largest fair. Take in live music while sampling German beer and Bavarian food, including pretzels, strudel, brats and pork stew.

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Federal Plaza Wednesday September 16 2015 - Friday September 18 2015 Free

Lakeview Taco Fest

The Lakeview Taco Fest returns for a third year, inviting area restaurants to put their own twist on the popular Mexican dish. This year, organizers are offering beer pairings for each taco creation as well as entertainment including Lucha Libre wrestling and live music.

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Southport Ave and Addison St Saturday September 19 2015 - Sunday September 20 2015

Renegade Craft Fair

Critics' pick

The annual Wicker Park fair is an opportunity for serious crafters from around the country to sell their handmade arts and wares. And for serious shoppers to buy them. Workshops, local food vendors and live music invade Division Street.

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Division St between Damen Ave and Leavitt St Saturday September 19 2015 - Sunday September 20 2015 Free
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