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Black Wednesday and Black Friday parties and concerts

The days before and after Thanksgiving bring a feast of parties, concerts and events to Chicago

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The days surrounding Thanksgiving are prime party time; people are back in the city for the holidays and looking for an excuse to spend a night on the town. Not every music venue and dance club is open on Black Wednesday and Black Friday (November 22 and November 24, respectively), but the ones that are usually have lines out the door. If you're looking for a place to take a break from eating turkey, sip cocktails and reconnect with old friends, check out our guide to Black Wednesday and Friday parties and events. 

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Black Wednesday

Derrick Carter + DJ Heather

House music luminary and Smart Bar resident Derrick Carter has been producing and spinning dance music in Chicago since the early ‘90s. He'll take a break from his busy European tour schedule to spin a Black Wednesday soundtrack, with support from DJ Heather.

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Until Wed Nov 22

Frontier

Ensure a good night's sleep on Black Wednesday with Frontier's Whiskey & Wine Fest, where guests can sip more than 50 whiskey and wine brands while munching on small bites. The party goes from 8 to 10pm and tickets are $30. 

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River West/West Town
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The Bassment

The River North speakeasy is making it all too easy to be hungover on Turkey Day. On Black Wednesday, the Bassment will offer 50 percent off bottle service, select cocktails and shots, glasses of bubbly and glasses of wine and beer. 

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River North

Jamila Woods + Jean Deaux + Tasha

Chicago poet and singer-songwriter Jamila Woods headlines Metro's BLK Wednesday concert, performing soulful, socially conscientious anthems from her acclaimed debut, HEAVN. Local R&B singers Jean Deaux and Tasha are also on the bill, with support from DJs Chanté and Rae Chardonnay.

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Until Wed Nov 22
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Red Red Meat

Before he founded Califone, singer-songwriter Tim Rutili channeled his love of blues and folk music at the head of Red Red Meat. The band's propulsive, distortion-ridden arrangements yielded a contract with vaunted indie label Sub Pop at the height of the grunge era, but records like Bunny Gets Paid and Jimmywine Majestic never really achieved anything more than cult status. In the group's hometown of Chicago, Red Red Meat became something of an institution at the Empty Bottle where it headlined a New Year's Eve show (the burlap poster for the gig still hangs behind the bar) and later reunited in 2009. To mark the venue's 25th anniversary, Rutli is getting the original lineup of the group back together (joined by two members of Califone) for a trip down memory lane, with support from Tim Kinsella's eclectic Joan of Arc project (November 24) and local guitarist Ryley Walker (November 22).

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Until Fri Nov 24
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The Owl

Take your pick of Black Wednesday specials at this Logan Square mainstay: Either show up early for half-off cocktails and beer from 6 to 8pm or dance the night away with $5 Hopewell First Lager cans until 4am. 

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Logan Square

The Underground

Avoid awkward relatives and spend the night before Thanksgiving at this River North club, where you can throw back cocktails while enjoying sets from DJs Jesse Marco and Alex Rosen. 

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River North
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White Mystery + Vietrahm + Guerilla

Red-haired brother-sister garage rock duo White Mystery headline this Black Wednesday benefit show, which will donate proceeds to the La Casa de Todos orphanage in Juncos, Puerto Rico. Local rockers Vietrahm and psych act Guerilla support.

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Until Wed Nov 22

Rockit Bar & Grill

Saddle up at this River North bar on Black Wednesday for a live rock cover band, $4 signature cocktails and a menu of late-night eats to hold you over until supper. Doors open at 5pm and there's no cover. 

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River North
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Easy Bar

Head to Wicker Park for Black Wednesday deals and steals: Guests can cash in on half-off happy hour from 5 to 7pm. Hockey fans will want to stick around until 6:30pm, when the bar airs the Blackhawks game on all of its TVs. All-night specials include $6 signature cocktails, $4 select craft cans and free pool. 

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Wicker Park

Black Friday

99 Cent Black Friday Party

Here's a Black Friday bargain that might be too good to pass up: a party at Navy Pier that's selling a limited number of tickets for just 99 cents. Once those are sold out, admission is still a reasonable $9.99 to $29.99—not bad for an event that features cocktails, three DJs and more than 3,000 people ready to party late into the post-Thanksgiving evening.

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Until Sat Nov 25

Elevate: Black Friday Edition

Want to dance the night away for free on Black Friday? House of Blues' Elevate dance party in the Foundation Room serves up beats form DJ Legacy all night long. If you're spending all your cash on those deals, your wallet won't mind that admission to this event won't cost you a dime.

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Until Fri Nov 24
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Kesha Happy Hour

What better way to cap off your Black Friday than with a happy hour with an all-Kesha soundtrack? From 7 to 9pm, Beauty Bar will be spinning "TiK ToK," "Crazy Kids" and other songs by the recently reinvented pop star. There'll be $10 Old Style pitchers served with two shots of Malört, $3 Old Style drafts and (as usual) $15 martinis and manicures. With any luck, you'll wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy.

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Until Fri Nov 24

Louis the Child + Joey Purp + Win and Woo + Party Pupils

Local EDM duo Louis the Child headline a Friendsgiving bash on Black Friday, inviting some familiar local faces to a musical feast at the Aragon Ballroom. Show up early to catch sets from production duos Party Pupils and Win and Woo, then stick around for some rapid-fire rhymes from Chicago rapper Joey Purps. Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett provide the main course, which should be stacked high with catchy, electronic hooks. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food to the show to donate to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

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Until Fri Nov 24
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WhirlyBall Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Release Party

Even if you're not planning on standing in line to buy your own bottle, you can still drink some of Goose Island's coveted Bourbon County Stout at WhirlyBall on Black Friday. Attendees will be able to purchase samples of all six of the 2017 varieties, as well as some vintage Bourbon County Stout selections dating back to 2009. Once you've had a drink, you can play the Goose Island brewers in a game of WhirlyBall and win some prizes. Proceeds from the event will support the Movember Foundation—guys, make sure you're sporting your finest mustache.

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Until Fri Nov 24

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