Dave’s Five Real Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Chicago (September 13-15, 2019)

Summer’s not over until we say it’s over!  Check out all the great things to do this weekend.  Enjoy – you deserve it!

Chicago Museums After Dark

1. Chicago Museums After Dark

  • When:   Now thru the end of September, 2019 – times vary.
  • Where:  Various location throughout Chicago.  Check the link below for details.

Why this is fun:  Want to stay up late with Shedd Aquarium’s otters? Or explore the Museum Of Science & Industry’s U-505 submarine after dark? Do that and more this month at Chicago’s coolest museums when they keep their doors open late.

Bummed that most of Chicago’s greatest museums close so early? Don’t be! We’ve rounded up the museums that stay open late for night owls searching for some culture after getting out of their 9 to 5. Click the link below for all the details.

For more details, visit the website

Riot Fest

2. Riot Fest

  • When:  Starting September 13-15, 2019 – daily 6am–11pm.
  • Where:  Douglas Park, 2800 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago IL 60612.

Why this is fun:  It’s the social event of the season for anyone with a denim jacket covered in patches hanging in their closet. Riot Fest brings a lineup of rock, hip-hop and punk acts to Douglas Park for a three-day carnival of music (there’s even a Ferris wheel), where attendees can eat corn dogs and enjoy some of the final gasps of warm summer weather. This year, Blink-182, Slayer, Bikini Kill, the Raconteurs and Rise Against headline the festival, joined by acts like the Flaming Lips, Jawbreaker, Ween, Patti Smith and the Wu-Tang Clan. It also happens to be Riot Fest’s 15th anniversary, so maybe there will be cake?

For more details, visit the website.

Tycho Poolside

3. Tycho Poolside

  • When:  September 15, 2019 – doors open at 7 pm.
  • Where:  Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago IL 60640.

Why this is fun:  After creating four albums worth of down-tempo compositions built from vintage synthesizer tones, undulating bass lines and resolute rhythms, Tycho mastermind Scott Hansen had something a little different in mind for his latest release. The group’s new record Weather is its first to feature vocals, courtesy of Hannah Cottrell (a.k.a. Saint Sinner), who wraps gentle harmonies around floating guitar lines and twinkling synths. It’s a logical evolution that adds a bit more variety to Tycho’s sonic palette—and it’s not as if they’ll be leaving instrumental selections off the setlist entirely. Los Angeles electro-pop duo Poolside (who claim to have originated the “daytime disco” sound) open the show.

For more details, visit the website.

Chicago Barbecue and Bourbon Festival

4. Chicago Barbecue and Bourbon Festival

  • When:  September 14-15, 2019 – Noon to 10 pm.
  • Where:  3400 N Damen Ave, Chicago IL 60618.

Why this is fun:   Enjoy a selection of smoked meats and bourbon at this Roscoe Village street festival, where local vendors like Lexington Betty Smokehouse, Big Joe’s Backyard BBQ and I-94 Ribs serve chicken, pork, salmon, brisket and other delicious delicacies. Buy a tasting ticket and you’ll gain access to bourbon from distilleries such as Devils River, Heaven’s Door and Rossville Union. Plus, you’ll find activities for the family and music from local tribute acts like 16 Candles and Trippin Billies.

For more details, visit the website.

Dessert Fest at the Zoo

5. Dessert Fest at the Zoo

  • When:  September 14, 2019 – 630 to 1100 pm.
  • Where:  Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60614.

Why this is fun:  Head to the Lincoln Park Zoo for an evening of dessert tastings from Stan’s Donuts, Roeser’s Bakery, Café Vienna, Somethin’ Sweet Donuts and other sweet Chicago businesses. Plus, you’ll be able to walk around and look at the animals, take part in interactive games, dance to DJed tunes and enjoy cash bars stocked with wine, beer and champagne.

For more details, visit the website.

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