Monday, January 26, 2015

License to Chill

Chill Fest transforms Wicker Park businesses into rock venues


When you take your dog to get groomed this weekend, watch out for the country blues trio.
Stepping into Jackson Junge Gallery to peep some art? You’ll have to tangle with an alt-folk six-piece first.
Dozens of Wicker Park businesses are transforming into live music venues this Saturday for Chill Fest, the new pop-up music event featuring acoustic “living room” sets taking place in unconventional locations across the neighborhood.
From camera stores and coffee shops to Emporium Arcade Bar and Antique Taco, the sounds of more than 100 acoustic acts will bounce from 30-plus "venues" throughout the neighborhood for six solid hours from noon until 6p.
Make an appointment to catch indie roots rockers The Lost Cartographers and blues enthusiasts Black Oil Brothers, or just wander the neighborhood to discover new sounds in new places.
Then it’s time for the afterparty at Subterranean featuring an industry networking party followed by a show headlined by rising Chicago singer/songwriter Jamie Lono.
Because shows in rock venues aren’t so bad either.

Chill Fest
Saturday, November 16
various locations
(773) 384-2672
Price: Free; afterparty $10 here

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