SEPTEMBER 2017 – Sure, we’ve passed Labor Day, and while some people believe you should no longer wear white, we’re not one to follow rules and say if you want to wear white, wear white! But one post-Labor Day rule we do follow is to get out and enjoy as much that Chicago has to offer. There’s so much happening around the city, but here are just some of our picks of what we want to check out. Won’t you join us?
Queens on Wheels
What: Strap on your roller skates and hit one session – or all six! – of this weekend-long celebration of all things diva. Whether LGBTQ, Beyonce or even a pop king, the music will be fierce, the crowd chic and the scene happening!
When: Sept. 8-10
Where: Stagg Court at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel
Tickets: $20 per session and either BYOSkates or rent a pair for $5.
Windy City Wine Festival
What: Join wine lovers as you get the chance to taste through more than 300 wines from around the world in a beautiful setting with the city and Lake Michigan as your backdrop.
When: Sept. 8-9
Where: Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park
Tickets: $40 in advance ($50 at the door) for a one-day pass that includes 20 one-ounce samples. A $60 ticket gives you flexibility to go both days.
Stars of Lyric Opera Concert
What: Grab your friends, a picnic basket and set up on the Great Lawn at Pritzker Pavilion for this live opera featuring songs from the likes of Rigoletto, Turandot, Die Walküre, The Pearl Fishers, Orphée et Eurydice and Faust.
When: Sept. 8
Where: Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park
Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute
What: This new exhibit celebrates architectural drawings and furniture, graphic, and industrial designs of the 20th and 21st centuries showcasing everyone from Burnham and Mies van der Rohe to Louis Kahn and Studio Gang.
When: Opens Sept. 12
Where: Modern Wing at the Art Institute
Tickets: Part of regular museum admission
What: At Chicago’s Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art visitors will get treated to thousands of works of art in 135 galleries featuring artists from 25 countries and 58 cities around the globe.
When: Sept. 13-17
Where: Navy Pier
Tickets: Do one day for $20 or get a four-day pass for $40
What: The last big outing for Chicago’s summer festival seasons, Riot Fest returns with some of the biggest names in rock, metal, alt-rock, punk and more. Headliners include Nine Inch Nails New Order, Vic Mensa, TV on the Radio, MIA, Queens of the Stone Age and Wu-Tang Clan.
When: Sept. 15-17
Where: Douglas Park
Tickets: Depending if you want GA or VIP, one day or a weekend pass, prices will vary.
Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival
What: At 35 years old, Reeling is the second-longest-running LGBTQ film festival in the world and will showcase a number of international features and independent films.
When: Sept. 21-28
Where: Theaters around the city
Tickets: Buy individual tickets or packs of tickets.
What: Chicago’s premier food and wine festival returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a weekend full of tastings, demonstrations and so much more. Check out the full schedule to see what special nights are being planned before – and during – the big weekend.
When: Sept. 19-24
Where: Millennium Park and various locations around the city
Tickets: See the full schedule for events and ticket availability