February in Chicago? Still cold. Real cold. You're gonna need a little extra kick to get out the door.
That's why we've teamed up with Mtn DEW to help Kickstart Your Night. Gear up for an epic time with Mtn DEW Kickstart Limeade or Black Cherry, then rally your crew following our inside scoop on Chicago's hottest nights.
'Cause this party's gonna last all night. And then some.
Dead Can Dance: Dead Meadow at Double Door
Freak out — hard — to one of the top psychedelic acts of our generation. Magic mushrooms not required.
Cool down: After the show, discover one of Wicker Park’s best-kept secrets at the venue’s new speakeasy-style basement lounge.
Sat 9p. Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park. (773-489-3160). $12-$22 here.
Nearby: High Noon Saloon; Subterranean; Trenchermen
Life’s a Carnival: Brazilian Carnaval at Mayne Stage
Sexy Brazilian dancers, Carnaval costumes, and local Brazilian supergroup Swing Brasiliero combine to form the hottest Carnaval party this side of Sugarloaf Mountain.
Pre game: Get in the mood by sipping Caipirinhas while watching the action live from Rio on a 22-foot TV screen.
Sat 9p. Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., Rogers Park. (773-381-4551). $15 here.
Nearby: Heartland Café; Red Line Tap; The Glenwood
White Out: Middle Earth Slopestyle & Halfpipe Competition at Boyne Mountain
At least all this snow is good for one thing. Road trip to the Midwest’s top ski resort to show your stuff in this Olympics-style snowboarding competition.
Ski lift: Skiers will also face off against boarders in the Skier/Boarder X Competition.
Sat-Sun. Boyne Highlands, 600 Boyne Highlands Dr, Harbor Springs, MI (231-526-3000). $25 per event plus lift ticket; signup here.
Funny People: pHrenzy pHucked at pH Comedy Theater
Anything goes at this late-night improv extravaganza, hosted by oddball characters led by The Mattress King.
Say what? You decide who stays and who goes, as the audience votes out the least funny characters until a winner is crowned.
Sat midnight. pH Comedy Theater, 1515 W. Berwyn Ave., Andersonville (773-961-8214). Pay what you can at the door.
Nearby: Hamburger Mary’s; Hopleaf; Edgewater Lounge
Finger Lickin’ Good: Born to Bang at Lincoln Hall
Local EDM smut peddlers Porn & Chicken emerge from the underground to uncork a wildly hedonistic rager with some of the top names in Chicago dance music.
Face off: Before catching twin terrors Milk N Cookies behind the decks, see local club impresarios Zebo and PHNM throw down in an epic (and sweaty) battle.
Sat 10p. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park. (773-525-2501). $10 here.
Nearby: Lincoln Station; Tonic Room; Derby
photo courtesy darkroomdemons.com
Not OK With Cupid: St. Valentine’s Day Massacree at The Hideout
Local burlesque group Burlesco! performs to the dark and spooky barroom blues of local band Grit & the Double Knit at Chicago’s favorite dive bar.
Warning shots: What Valentine’s Day would be complete without knife and whip tricks, flaming bowling balls, and unicycles?
Fri 10p. The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia St., Elston Industrial Corridor. (773-227-4433). $10 here.
Nearby: Exit; Hollywood Grill; Ada St
photo courtesy Joni Kat Anderson
Eye Opener: Saturday Riff After Afters at Riff Music Lounge
Why? Because it’s 7a and you’re not tired yet. Dustin Sheridan, Bucky Fargo, and Peru provide beats at this party after the afterparty.
Dancing ghosts: Recently opened below a famed studio that once recorded albums from Justin Timberlake and R. Kelly, enjoy studio level sound in a crazy club environment.
Sat Feb 8 7a. Riff Music Lounge, 2239 S. Michigan Ave., South Loop. No cover. (312-965-4488).
Nearby: Reggie’s Rock Club; Skylark; Tommy Gun’s Garage
Dark Drops: Datsik at Concord Music Hall
No one drops darker dubstep than Datsik, ready to sully the shiny new stage at Concord Music Hall with his deliciously dirty hip-hop influenced beats.
Summer sampler: See how Datsik greeted the crowd at last summer’s North Coast Music Festival here.
Fri Feb 7 8p-2a. Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square. (773-570-4000). $26.50 here.
Nearby: EightySix; Congress Theater; Silom 12
It may be cold outside, but the “no tell house girls” warm things up by pressing their painted bodies against a large canvas in a “live art” burlesque performance. With hula hoops.
Inside track: RSVP for a free cocktail reception at the club (refashioned as a vintage noir flophouse) from 10-11p here.
Wed 10p. Debonair Social Club, 1575 N. Milwaukee Ave., Bucktown. (773-227-7990).
Nearby: Francesca’s Forno; High Noon Saloon; Subterranean
Game On: Emporium Olympics at Emporium Arcade Bar
Yeah, the Winter Olympics are starting. But you’ve got your own tourney in mind, like seeing who will dominate a boozy no-holds-barred showdown of vintage arcade games from Mortal Kombat to NBA Jam.
Open up: Toast to the bar's Opening Ceremonies Feb 6 with rare craft brews and all the whiskey you can handle.
Thu 5p. Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park. (773-697-7922). $10; signup here.
Nearby: Bar Bar Black Sheep; The Savoy; Antique Taco