Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Things to do this Spring/Summer...

Yup, it's about that time of the year and with that said, we're doing our annual post on some of the free things to do around the neighborhood. As always, we're going to do the best we can to update our Google calendar on the right side of the site.

Everyones favorite dance party, Summer Dance Chicago will kick-off this year at the taste of Chicago but then move to its typical stomping ground at 601 S. Michigan (across from the Hilton). It happens every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at this spot starting on Thursday, July 19th. If you haven't been, we highly recommend it.

And don't forget about the free concerts at Millennium Park:

Downtown Sound, Mondays, 6:30 PM
5/28: Kelly Hogan, Scott Lucas & the Married Men
6/4: Jonathan Richman, Joel Paterson & the Modern Sounds
6/11: The Eternals, Wild Belle
6/18: Cloud Cult, Judson Claiborne
6/25: Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, Chico Trujillo
7/2: Joan of Arc, Daniel Knox
7/9: The Sadies, James Vincent McMorrow
7/16: Charles Bradley & his Extraordinaires, Abigail Washburn
7/23: Ana Tijoux, Sidi Touré
7/30: SMOD, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

Loops and Variations, Thursdays, 6:30 PM
6/7: Chris Clark, Jan Jelinek & Andrew Pekler, Casino Versus Japan
6/14: Deerhoof and Ensemble Dal Niente
6/28: Eighth Blackbird
7/5: A Winged Victory for the Sullen and ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble)
7/12: Third Coast Percussion
Sun 8/26: John Luther Adams's Inuksuit, at 5:30 PM

Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz, Thursdays, 6:30 PM
7/19: Blowing in From Chicago, with Edward Wilkerson Jr. and Ari Brown
7/26: Erwin Helfer: A Life in Boogie and Blues
8/2: Roots of Routes: Makaya McCraven's Global Unit
8/16: By a Little Light: Matt Ulery's Loom with special guests
8/23: Frank Rosaly's ¡Todos de Pie! (Everyone Stand Up!)
8/30: Exquisitely for Ella: A Songbook Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, with Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra (opening night of the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival)

We've got Monday, June 25th circled on our calendars:


Josh said...

If you haven't seen Kelly Hogan, you should.

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grape said...

They do a really good job of putting interesting lineups out there. The lunchtime series is usually pretty great too.

Anonymous said...


Whio even listens to this stuff anyway? Lollapalooza obvi is the best party in the city, i cant wait for that one

Anonymous said...

Josh, kind of wierd your bragging about a woman indie singer on a blog isnt it?

Anonymous said...

Forgot about donnas live jazz. I do love that place so much. Great sandwiches that have great ingredients and are very large. It is a summer event when you ear outside and enjoy our beautiful hood. A hidden gem with great music and food.

Josh said...

She's just somebody I've followed for years and she happens to be the first act up. She's on Bloodshot with a bunch of other great musicians (Waco Brothers, Alejandro Escovedo) and if you like indie country stuff, especially for free, you should go see her. Is that weird?

Anonymous said...

JOSH yes that is weird... go away

MarkChicago said...

Josh, thx for the tip, ignore the toxic Anons. It's getting out of control.

grape said...

Josh - No it's not weird to recommend a band you like. DeRogotis called her new album a classic, I can't wait to hear it.

Culinary Kate said...

Donna's Cafe is amazing! I love it so much. It is my favorite place in the entire midwest