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. Tap into your inner rock god at the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art's "David Bowie is" exhibition. Sample dishes from the city's top chefs while gazing at the skyline at 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.
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The origional four members of the L.A punk band X will be coming together at the city Winery for four nights, as they do a rendition of one of their classic albums for each night. John Doe and the group will start with Los Angeles on September 2, Wild Gift on the 3rd, followed by Under the Big Black Sun. Finally, X will play their final album More Fun in the New World on Friday September 5th.Read more
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.Read more
Step into the Threadless HQ, grab a joystick and enjoy more than 30 new indie video games at this first annual interactive arts festival. Delve into the 10-player madness of Killer Queen or strap on an Oculus Rift and experience the elephant trunk-enabled destruction of Dumpy. Arcade Brewery and Dark Matter Coffee provide refreshments, with a portion of proceeds benefitting local charity Chicago Loot Drop.Read more
Since winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005, this 29-year-old Oklahoma native has become one of the biggest names in country music, thanks largely to rowdy tough-chick anthems such as “Before He Cheats." Expect to hear plenty from Underwood's recent No. 1 smash, "Blown Away".Read more
An annual benefit for Peirce Elementary School in Andersonville, Kegs for Kids takes over Hopleaf, putting more than 60 beers on tap for attendees to sample. When you're not drinking a brew, you can munch on food provided by local restaurants or bid on items in a massive silent auction.Read more