Updated: Sep 16, 2019
For me, September always seems to bring a case of the Autumn Blues with it. There’s just something about putting away all the shine and joy of summer that seems depressing. Well, I think this year, I may have found a way to beat it.
I’m going to lay out some of the top events going on in Chicago this week. If you plan on sliding to any of these, please comment below! I’d love to talk more about them with you.
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Imagine The Moon Date: Sun. Sept. 15, 2019 - TBD Time: 9a-4a Location: 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, 60605 Cost: $24-$35 Even before humanity could understand the effect the moon had on the tides and gravity, we regarded it with mysticism and wonder. It was this same passion that would inspire our greatest minds to devise a way to conquer space and land on the moon (so they say). Imagine The Moon, The Adler Planetarium’s newest exhibit, is a family-friendly, multisensory experience that explores new theories of the moon’s origin and relationship with you.
EXPO Chicago Date: Fri, Sept. 19, 2019 - Sun, Sept. 22, 2019 Time: Varies Location: 600 E. Grand Chicago, 606011 Cost: $30-$50 Chicago is a city that lives and breathes creativity. I mean, have you seen our skyline? With so much natural wonder around, it’s easy to see why Chicago’s art scene is so robust. There aren’t many fairs that are as expansive and respected as EXPO Chicago, bringing 135 exhibitors and aligning with the Chicago Architectural Biennal to bring a festival full of creativity, culture, and history to our city. If art speaks to you, slide and check it out.
312 Block Party Date: Fri, Sept. 20, 2019 - Sat, Sept 21, 2019 Time: 5p-10p Location: 1800 W. Fulton Street, Chicago, 60612 Cost: $10 (Donation goes to local charities) This just might be the last block party of 2019 before cold weather comes knocking. For that reason alone, it’s a no brainer. Slide, duh. Still not convinced? Picture this: A block party outside of the Goose Island brewery with a huge array of food trucks and the musical stylings of Jenny Lewis, Lola Kirke, Dogs At Large, Tatiana Hazel, and more. Oh, and did I mention $3 beers?
YAS!Fest Date: Sat, Sept. 21, 2019 Time: 11a-6p Location: 201 E. Randolph Street, Chicago IL, 60602 Cost: Free The youth are the future and our future is looking bright! Don’t take my word for it though. Slide to Millenium Park this Saturday for the Youth Arts Showcase, Chicago’s largest celebration of young artists and youth organizations. There will be a graffiti wall, community workshops, and all sorts of activities for youth and adults alike. As if that wasn’t enough, live music from local acts, with Jamal Smallz DJing and Tink headlining. There’s only one answer on whether to slide or not--YAS!
Magic With Michael Jackson* Date: Mon, Sept. 16th, 2019 Time: 7:30p-11p Location: 5050 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640 Cost: $20-$50 Did you know that Chicago is the birthplace of tableside magic? At the Chicago Magic Lounge, you can see house magicians that will show you things that will blow your mind from the comfort of your seat. They serve food and alcohol, so the venue is 21 and up (16+ with a guardian accompanying them). *Also, full disclosure, this Michael Jackson is a saxophonist player and probably not the famous late singer that you’re thinking of. You should still slide, though.
The Pancakes And Booze Art Show Date: Sat, Sept. 21, 2019 Time: 8p-2a Location: 2105 S. State Street, Chicago, IL, 60616 Cost: $10-$15 What do you get when you mix all-you-can-eat pancakes, live music, body painting, and copious amounts of alcohol? I have no idea. Someone please slide to Reggie’s during this event and let me know. As weird as it all sounds together, The Pancakes and Booze Art Show is the perfect place to go to cut loose, eat breakfast at night, and let your artistic side slide out. If you’re an artist or vendor, their submissions are still open--hurry, be a part of the experience!
Museum Day Date: Sat, Sept. 21, 2019 Time: All-day Location: Nationwide Cost: Free This year will mark the 15th annual celebration of Museum Day, a day in which museums across the nation open their doors to the public for free. While there are many museums across the city that have free/discounted days for Illinois residents already, the list of museums participating is HUGE and open to anybody, as long as you sign up for a museum day ticket at smithsonianmag.com. I won’t even try to name all of the 25+ museums in Chicagoland participating. Just know that even if you attempted to visit each museum on the list, you wouldn’t make it halfway through. Or would you? Only one way to find out, gotta slide.
Chicago Japanese Matsuri Date: Fri, Sept. 20, 2019 - Sun, Sept. 22, 2019 Time: Varies Location: 1457 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL, 60642 Cost: Free In a city as large and diverse as Chicago, there’s always something going on for everybody. The summer festival, hosted at NewCity Plaza, is a celebration of the rich heritage of the Japanese people and their cultural traditions. From delicious Japanese delicacies to various martial arts exhibitions, the festival will even have cosplay competitions. So, if you love Japanese culture, or if you’re just curious about broadening your worldview, sliding to the Japanese summer festival is a great place to start.
Reeling 2019 Date: Thu, Sept. 19, 2019- Sun, Sept. 22, 2019 Time: Varies Location: 2828 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL, 60657 Cost: $13-$130 Reeling 2019 is The 37th Chicago LGBQT+ International Film Festival. From now until they close, the festival prides itself on showcasing films that demonstrate the diversity of the work being produced. The Film Festival has become a cultural magnet for Chicago, connecting people from different walks of life and all over the Midwest. Whether you slide because of the promise of interesting and diverse movies or because of the inclusive and understanding atmosphere of the audience, one thing is for certain. No one will feel out of place or left out at Reeling 2019.
The World Music Festival Date: Sun, Sept. 15, 2019- Sept. 29, 2019 Time: Varies Location: Varies Cost: Free In the twenty-one years since it began, one festival has brought out more than 650 artists from 80 different countries to bless our beautiful city with the music of their motherlands. Whether it’s Canadian folk music or the rhythmic movements of Ethiopian folk dance, you can be sure to find it at the 21st annual World Music Festival. With so many artists from so many different places, it can be difficult to choose what to listen to. Thankfully, the city of Chicago has all of the acts, their dates, and the venues you will be able to find them listed on their website. With all this information at your fingertips, what’s your excuse not to slide?