- Curated list of Best Chicago Happenings in September
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This is about the time fall gala attendees get gussied up in their fanciest gowns, suits and cocktail attires, brunch invites and end of summer parties pop off and depending on what the weather is like many Chicagoans can be spotted out and about but alas, the in person events are far an few between due to the global pandemic that is Covid-19! Many of us are homebound for different reasons but if looking to get some fun in this month, we’ve gathered up a list of virtual and in person things to do to keep you occupied and hopefully take your mind off the constant barrage of bad to worse news. Dance parties, cooking demo, musical performance, and more things to do at this month of September 2020.
WHAT :: Godfrey Hotel Chicago Kentucky Derby Viewing Party
WHERE :: I|O at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
WHEN :: Saturday, Sept. 5
WHY:: The Godfrey Hotel Chicago’s seventh-annual Derby Day at I|O Godfrey on Saturday, Sept. 5, offering unmatched rooftop views and a plethora of outdoor TV’s; table-only reservations for up to six guests. Click here for more info and tickets.
Executive Chef Alfonso Martinez will feature a special menu inspired by Southern food and drink, and guests can also sip on a classic Mint Julep or creative cocktails inspired by the horses running the race this year – such as the Tart Collector (based on Art Collector) made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, muddled fresh blackberries, house-made lemonade, agave, and mint and Tea’s The Law (based on Tiz the Law) made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, fresh-brewed tea, house-made sour, mint syrup, and sea salt.
COST :: VARIES Click here for more info
WHAT :: Hoxton Hotel Chicago Sunday Cinema series
WHERE :: The Hoxton Chicago (200 North Green St. Chicago 60607)
WHEN :: Every Sunday from Aug 30th until September 20th| Screening starts at 7pm
WHY:: The West Loop located hotel Hoxton will present guests the best classic films to enjoy under the stars, every Sunday from Aug 30th until September 13th. There will be favorite concession treats, packaged in a box for your eating pleasure. Arrive early to grab your snacks, and the best seat in the house (or…terrace).
Sept 6th – Crossroads (2002), Tamra Davis [rescheduled due to rain]
Sept 13th – Do the Right Thing (1989), Spike Lee
Sept 20th – Crossroads (2002), Tamra Davis
COST :: COMPLIMENTARY Click here for more info
WHAT :: Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago
WHERE :: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago | 220 E. Chicago Avenue
WHEN :: February 29- September
WHY:: Nigerian-born British designer Duro Olowu is internationally recognized for his womenswear label and now Olowu has turned his cosmopolitan eye to Chicago with the curation of this one of a kind exhibit Seeing Chicago. Drawing from the city’s public and private art collections including works in the MCA’s collection, Olowu curates a show that reimagines relationships between artists and objects across time, media, and geography. Moving away from traditional exhibition formats, Olowu combines photographs, paintings, sculptures, and films in dense and textural scenes that incorporate his own work. The exhibition is guest-curated by Duro Olowu and organized for the MCA by Naomi Beckwith, Manilow Senior Curator, with Jack Schneider, Curatorial Assistant.
COST :: Gen admission $15; Seniors, Students $8 Click here for more info
WHAT :: Eataly Chicago SeptemberFest
WHERE :: VIRTUAL & IN PERSON
WHEN :: All through September 2020
WHY:: Eataly Chicago’s popular fall food event SeptemberFest is back for its fifth year in Chicago – bigger than ever, and with a twist. Get ready to celebrate the best of Eataly and Chicago with guest chef series, virtual events, and an unforgettable four-course sit-down feast! Take part in our weekly virtual SeptemberFest & guest chef series featuring lineup of local restaurants and well-known Chicago chefs by purchasing a meal kit to enjoy at home. Throughout the month of September, we’re going bigger than ever with our SeptemberFest celebrations to keep the party going all month long. See what’s on the schedule, then book your kits and make your reservations for an unforgettable feast.
COST :: VARIES Click here for more info
WHAT :: City of Chicago Back to School City Prayer
WHERE :: VIRTUAL | Facebook Live
WHEN :: Tuesday, September 8th at 9 pm CST
WHY:: Please join us on Facebook Live at our “Nightly Prayer Group Hosted by Chicago Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin” as we pray over our youth, parents and teachers in honor of the first day of school for CPS students. Prayer will be led by Apostle Matthew Stevenson (All Nations Worship Assembly), Pastor “Choco” De Jesus (Assemblies of God) and Monsignor Kenneth Velo (Big Shoulders Fund). Citywide prayer will also be available through a dial in at 312.626.6799 with ID# 912 7109 8653.
COST :: FREE Click here for more info
WHAT :: WOMANISH pop-up
WHERE :: 114 South State St.
WHEN :: Thursday September 3rd – Oct 4th
WHY:: WOMANISH, a 40,000 square foot dreamland, is more than an exhibit, it’s a movement that celebrates Womxn’s perspectives. This experience is a culturally-inclusive safe space that provokes imagination, conversation, and change around breaking single-definition stereotypes. Our multi-level immersive experience combines contemporary art, insta-worthy moments, and a thought-provoking interactive adventure to celebrate, connect and encourage all guests to discover their ISH.
COST :: Adults $35 Click here for more info
WHAT :: Night at the (Lincoln Park) Zoo
WHERE :: ONLINE
WHEN :: Saturday September 12 6:30–11 p.m.
WHY:: Enjoy beer and wine while taking in views of the flora and fauna across the zoo at this adults-only, after-hours experience. Take a break from your usual routine and do something different: spend a Night at the Zoo with your friends—without kids or crowds!
COST :: Varies Click here for more info
WHAT :: 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival
WHERE :: VIRTUAL
WHEN :: September 18-27
WHY:: The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago is a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater. The group will present the virtual edition of the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival with 43 features and 38 shorts.
COST :: Tickets for films are $15 for general public and $13 for ILCC members, students and seniors; Festival passes good for 10 films: $100 for general public and $80 for ILCC members, students and seniors. Click here for more info
WHAT :: September Screenings at Gene Siskel Film Center
WHERE :: VIRTUAL
WHEN :: September 2020
WHY:: Chicago’s very own Gene Siskel Film Center is bringing you the latest art house films right in the comfort of your home with a robust lineup for September. Presenting new and noteworthy independent and international cinema alongside virtual Q&As with filmmakers, cast, and crew, as well as film critics and other community leaders. Some of the highlights for the month include the premiere of House of Cardin, Mikva!Democracy is a Verb, Mr. SOUL!John Lewis: Good Trouble,
COST :: $12 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS | $6 MEMBERS Click here for more info
WHAT :: Virtual Craft Brews at the Zoo
WHERE :: VIRTUAL
WHEN :: Friday September 18 & Saturday September 19 4pm CST
WHY:: Savor a selection of craft beers at this sixth annual beer tasting hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo and Lou Dog Events! During this one-of-a-kind virtual experience, you will join fellow beer-lovers to celebrate the joy of craft beer. Virtual tickets include a 6-pack of local brews curated by Lincoln Park Zoo, a T-shirt, online videos explaining the beer, and access to two virtual experiences featuring local experts!
COST :: $49 Click here for more info
WHAT :: Reverberation: A Celebration of Enduring Voices
WHERE :: VIRTUAL
WHEN :: Saturday, September 26, 2020, 8-9pm CST
WHY:: Join in the celebration of Chicago Children’s Choir’s chic new virtual Gala, Reverberation, which replaces its annual Red Jacket Optional gala that typically raises over $1million. Reverberation will applaud resilience, inspire action and permeate joy through new performances and stories. This unique hybrid event pairs a complimentary virtual concert program by the Chicago Children’s Choir, with sophisticated pre- and post-event hospitality offerings available. The one-hour Reverberation concert program will feature Chicago Children’s Choir performing a lively selection of inspirational works ranging from U2’s One to Just a Dream, written by 11-year-old Choir member Jamion Cotten with Choir alum W. Mitchell Owens. Augmenting the program will be appearances from special guests. Pre-Show gatherings will feature engagement with Chicago Children’s Choir singers virtually or via curbside performances, while an After-Party featuring DJ Matt Roan keeps the party going! Creative hospitality options, provided by Boka Catering and Kehoe Designs invite guests to replicate the ‘gala experience’ at home with options ranging from an in-home Chef-crafted dinner for ten to DIY meal and cocktail kits.
COST :: Sponsorship levels Varies Click here for more info
WHAT :: Hannibal Burress Lets See How This Goes Drive-In Music + Comedy Tour
WHERE :: Lakeshore Drive-In @ The Adler Planetarium Lot | 1362 South Linn White Dr. 60605
WHEN :: Sunday September 27| EARLY SHOW: 4:00PM DOORS | 5:00PM SHOW
LATE SHOW: 7:30PM DOORS | 8:30PM SHOW
WHY:: Chicago comedian, writer and actor Hannibal Buress will be bringing his unique blend of irreverent humor and satirical musings on the road in a socially distanced music & comedy tour this September, specifically created for drive-in theaters. Along with special guest Open Mike Eagle.
COST :: Pricing is based on how many passengers are attending in your vehicle; Prices vary between $35-$55 / per person Click here for more info
WHAT :: Boombox Cartel & Nitti Gritti
WHERE :: Lakeshore Drive-In | 1362 South Linn White Dr. 60605
WHEN :: Friday September 18 7-10:30 PM
WHY:: Lakeshore Drive-In & Back2Bassics Presents Los Angeles duo Boombox Cartel headlining a musical night that will also feature special guests Nitti Gritti, Flosstradamus and Desiigner.
COST :: $27-$242 Click here for more info
WHAT :: Subject:Paint & Sip at Offshore Rooftop
WHERE :: Offshore Rooftop & Bar | 1000 East Grand Avenue 60611
WHEN :: Wednesday September 30
WHY:: Calling all first-time painters and experienced artists! To celebrate the Art Institute of Chicago’s Monet and Chicago exhibit opening, Offshore & Pinot’s Palette are coming together to bring you a Monet inspired sunset skyline painting party.
COST :: $62 | Ticket price includes: paint supplies, canvas, aprons, & 2 glasses of house red, white, or rose wine. Additional drinks available for purchase. Click here for more info
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