SEPTEMBER 2018 – Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer (it actually doesn’t transition to fall until Sept. 22) and the start of September. With so many things to do in Chicago, your weekend can start with a big ‘80s concert at Ravinia with Culture Club headlining or take you to Union Park for three days at the North Coast Music Fest. Or you can hang out at some outdoor bars and cafes, hit the beach or go for a bike ride. And let all that set the tone for the rest of your month of culture- and fun-filled adventures.
Cones of Chaos: A Vegan Ice-Cream Pop-Up Shop
What: Visit the hotel Labor Day weekend to try Cones of Chaos for vegan ice cream + treats, plus peruse a punk-rock button museum brought to you by Busy Beaver Button Co.
Where: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel at 71 E Madison
When: September 1-3 from 12-3PM
Cost: Treats start at $6
Skate Nights: Drake Skate
What: Get in your feelings and lace up a pair of roller skates at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s roller rink for Drake-themed skate sessions. Dance around the rink to the music of the GOAT and the women who’ve loved and left him.
Where: Stagg Court at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
When: September 7-8 (multiple sessions)
Cost: Tickets are $20
Chicago Architecture Center
What: The organization formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation now has a new name, new location and new aim: to further educate and entertain visitors and locals through architecture and design. The main draw to the new space: an expanded Chicago Model, a display of 4,200 miniature skyscrapers and other buildings showing a bird’s eye view of Chicago.
Where: 111 E. Wacker
When: Now open
Cost: $12 for non-members; free for members
Doors Open Dishes
What: Chicago Athletic Association hotel executive chef Christian Ragano has created a special menu item at Cindy’s in partnership with Doors Open Dishes to support Chicagoans with special needs. A portion of proceeds from every Chicken Milanese sold at lunch (made with Texas caviar, local sweet corn pudding, arugula and smoked shallot vinaigrette) go to support programs and workshops for Chicagoans with special needs.
When: All of September
North Coast Music Festival
What: This three-day festival comprising a variety of hip-hop, soul, dance and rock — and did we mention the silent disco?! — lands in Union Park, signaling one of the final festivals of the summer season. Come out for headliners including Miguel, the Revivalists, DJ Snake, Mura Masa and Jamiroquai.
Where: Union Park (1501 W. Randolph)
When: Aug. 31-Sept. 1
Cost: Starting at $70
Field Museum’s 125th Birthday Diorama at the Whistler
What: Help celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Field Museum, whose roots trace back to the 1893 World’s Fair (the same year the Chicago Athletic Association opened), with a series of talks with scientists on the history, science and uses of alcohol. A front-window diorama will showcase a variety of museum artifacts, including a piece from the World’s Fair.
Where: The Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee, Logan Square)
When: Window displays will be up from the start of September with talks happening throughout the month.
Cost: Programming is free, drinks are not
Fulton Market Harvest Fest
What: The annual foodie festival returns to the streets of Fulton Market where restaurants including Girl & The Goat, Publican, Swift & Sons, Beatrix, City Mouse, Urbanbelly, our own Cherry Circle Room and more will set up booths to sell tasty bites. Watch demos by Stephanie Izard, Sarah Grueneberg, Rick Bayless, Ming Tsai, Hugh Acheson and others. Cherry Circle Room will be serving Currywurst and Apple Cider Churros with candied apple caramel, and mulled spice marshmallow.
Where: In the streets along Fulton Market
When: Sept. 14-16
Cost: Starting at $30
What: Your final chance to rock out outside for the summer festival season, Riot Fest returns to the Southwest Side with a range of punk, ska and rock. Multiple acts perform over the three days including Beck, Blink-182, Dropkick Murphys, Interpol, Blondie, Alkaline Trio, Father John Misty, Cypress Hill, the Jesus Lizard, Elvis Costello and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Where: Douglas Park (where Ogden and Sacramento intersect)
When: Sept 14-16
Cost: 3-day passes start at $130 plus fees
Rosé Fest on the Beach and Whiskey Festival on the Beach
What: Two separate events, the rosé and whiskey festivals will take place right on the beach at North Avenue where guests can sip and taste a variety of said beverages.
Where: Shore Club (1603 N. Lake Shore Drive)
When: Rose (Sept. 15) and whiskey (Sept. 22), both from 2 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $25-$35 (rosé) and $50 (whiskey)
Between Bites 5th Anniversary
What: The food-focused live story-telling series celebrates its fifth anniversary with 10 returning speakers including Sarah Gruenberg (Monteverde), Joseph Hernandez (Chicago Tribune), Ina Pinkney (chef and columnist) and Steve Dolinsky (ABC 7’s Hungry Hound). Tickets include heavy appetizers, beer, wine and cocktails.
Where: Savage Smyth (920 N. Franklin, 4th floor and rooftop deck)
When: Sept. 24, 6 p.m.
What: Expo Chicago — and its kick-off party Vernissage — is a truly incredible gathering of contemporary and modern art from around the world. Stroll the long hallways at the east end of Navy Pier to marvel at beautiful photography, paintings, sculpture, furniture and more. And yes, you can even purchase your favorite works.
Where: Navy Pier
When: Sept. 27-30
Cost: Staring at $20
Art on theMART
What: One of the most anticipated displays of public art Chicago has ever experienced, Art on theMART will introduce the longest-running, largest digital art display in the world. Guests will get to enjoy a revolving digital light display by four artists set over 2.5 acres of theMart’s river-facing exterior wall and during this kick-off party, guests will enjoy a DJ, food trucks and a fireworks display following the initial art reveal. After this event, art will get displayed up to two hours a night, five days a week, 10 months a year for up to 30 years.
Where: theMart – along the Chicago River on Wacker Drive between Wells and Franklin streets
When: Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Need more? Check out our programming calendar for upcoming hotel happenings, including a roller dance fitness class.