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WHAT:: Taste of Chicago Grant Park
WHERE:: Grant Park
WHEN:: Friday September 8-Sunday September 10
WHY:: Returning to its Grant Park home near Buckingham Fountain, Taste of Chicago will once again showcase the vibrant diversity of the City of Chicago’s culinary offerings alongside world-class musical performances, drawing visitors from across the country and around the globe. Taste of Chicago Grant Park has expanded the number of festival entrances and streamlined the guest entrance process, making it easier than ever to make the most of Taste. Once again, there will be no Taste tickets; all vendors accept cash and/or credit
COST:: FREE ADMISSION Click here for more info
WHAT:: Shedd Aquarium House Party
WHERE:: Shedd Aquarium
WHEN:: Friday September 8
WHY:: What better place to experience house music than overlooking the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan? Vibe with local DJs as they spin the beats. Catch your breath as you come face-to-face with fascinating animals from across the globe. And take in stunning, ocean-themed architecture fit for King Neptune. Admission includes all aquarium exhibits and entertainment. Food and beverages are available for purchase. 21+ event
COST:: Non-Chicago resident ($39.95) | Chicago resident ($19.95) | Members $14.95 Click here for more info
WHAT:: Taste of Iceland in Chicago
WHERE:: Various Locations
WHEN:: Thursday September 7 – Saturday
WHY:: Taste of Iceland 2023, organized by Inspired by Iceland, arrives in Chicago this weekend. The three-day cultural festival celebrates the land of fire and ice with events at venues across the city that showcase the best of Icelandic culture, including food and beverage, music, literature, film, wellness, and more.
COST:: Most events are free and open to the public, event tickets are required Click here for more info
WHAT:: Alex Katz “Autumn” Opening Reception
WHERE:: GRAY Chicago
WHEN:: Friday September 8 | 5-7PM
WHY:: Alex Katz’s new series Autumn depicts the vibrant color of the changing season in eleven immersive compositions. “I started to think about the environmental landscapes [as] being really an environment that wraps around you,” Katz notes, “There is no narrative. You’re dealing with perception.” Alex Katz: Autumn will be on view at GRAY Chicago through Oct 28, 2023.
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WHAT:: Michelle Buteau Live!
WHERE:: City Winery
WHEN:: Friday September 8-Saturday September 9
WHY:: Michelle is the creator/writer/star of the upcoming Netflix series SURVIVAL OF THE THICKEST, inspired by her autobiographical book of essays of the same name. Michelle’s one-hour comedy special WELCOME TO BUTEAUPIA is streaming on Netflix and won the Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy Special.
COST:: JOIN WAITLIST Click here for more info
WHAT::Bronzeville Summer Nights
WHEN:: Friday September 8 | 5-9pm
WHY:: Support local Bronzeville businesses and enjoy last fews days of summer with music and vendor pop-ups.
COST:: Free Admission Click here for more info
WHAT::Iliza Shlesinger Hard Feelings Tour
WHERE::The Chicago Theatre
WHEN:: Friday September 8 | 7pm
WHY:: Award-winning comedian Iliza Shlesinger is hitting the road and bringing her “Hard Feelings” tour to Chicago. The self-described “elder millennial” riffs on familiar topics from a fresh perspective.
COST:: VariesClick here for more info
WHAT:: Field Museum ID Day 2023
WHERE:: Field Museum
WHEN:: Saturday September 9 | 10am-2pm
WHY:: Found a rock that looks like a dinosaur fossil? Snapped a photo of a bird you don’t recognize? Our scientists will examine your object and give you their best identification during our annual ID Day! Members of the public can bring in remnants of the natural world—including clean, dry bones, fossils, rocks, meteorites, seashells, artifacts, and photographs of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and insects—to be identified by the Field’s scientists.
COST:: Click here for more info
WHAT:: 38th Annual Printer’s Row Lit Fest
WHERE:: Printer’s Row
WHEN:: Saturday September 9-Sunday September 10
WHY:: The 38th Annual Printer’s Row Lit Fest (PRLF) is back for 2023. PRLF, the largest FREE outdoor literary showcase in the Midwest, features indoor and outdoor programming throughout the weekend. Come rain or shine!.
COST:: Click here for more info
WHAT:: Time Out Market Beer Fest
WHERE:: Time Out Market Chicago
WHEN:: Saturday September
WHY:: Beer lovers, unite! We’re gathering some of our favorite local breweries together for an epic beer fest. You’ll get to sample 8 different spots—each will be offering two brews—for a total of 16 tasting pours. The list of participating breweries includes Dovetail, Moors, Off Color, Haymarket, Lagunitas, Eris, Half Acre & Revolution! Beats by the DJ Firm, giveaways & more!
COST:: $40 + fees Click here for more info
WHAT:: World Dumpling Fest 2023
WHERE:: Logan Square Park
WHEN:: Saturday September 9 | 12-7pm
WHY:: The Chicago Cultural Alliance is excited to host our fourth World Dumpling Fest an event that celebrates diverse cultures throughout Chicago and the world with music, dance, and of course, dumplings! World Dumpling Fest is a fundraiser held to support the work of the Chicago Cultural Alliance with the mission of supporting, promoting, and advocating for over 40 centers of cultural heritage from around the Chicagoland area.
COST:: Admission to the festival is FREE! PURCHASE sampler packs to try the dumplings (5 tastings for $25 or 10 tastings for $40) Click here for more info
WHAT:: Lakeview East Festival of the Arts
WHERE:: Broadway (Belmont to Hawthorne)
WHEN:: Saturday September 9 – Sunday September 10 | 11a,-7pm
WHY:: The 18th Annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts showcases more than 150 juried artists featuring paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more. These original pieces are for sale in a wide range of price ranges. In addition to the art, the Festival has become a center of activity for the weekend with live demonstrations, entertainment stages, family activities and a garden oasis.
COST:: Donation Click here for more info
WHAT:: Adler Planetarium 2023 Celestial Bash
WHERE:: Adler Planetarium
WHEN:: Saturday September 9 | 7pm
WHY:: Join us for a night of exploration, discovery, and a whole lotta fun at this year’s Celestial Bash and help support the work that the Adler Planetarium is doing to break down the barriers that keep people out of scientific spaces. The annual Celestial Bash is the Adler’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Take a ride in the Atwood Sphere with a live, guided tour.
COST:: $1000 Click here for more info
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