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58 Things to Do in Chicago in December

Chicago Elite Classic Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune Dec. 1 Rock Bitchin Bajas Lake View After an extended stint working on collaborative albums (one with Joshua Abrams’s Natural Information Society and another with indie legend Bonnie “Prince” Billy), this local electronic outfit returned to their own act in November with Bajas Fresh. The seven-song album, their … Read more

69 Things to Do in Chicago in November

Faith Wilding’s Tree of Life Photo: Courtesy of artist and Western Exhibitions Nov. 1–19 Theater School of Rock Loop Can a struggling-musician-turned-substitute-teacher transform a group of nerdy overachievers into a bona fide rock band? Andrew Lloyd Webber amps up the power ballads in this take on the 2003 Jack Black film. Details:Broadway in Chicago at … Read more

61 Things to Do in Chicago in October

Fleet Foxes Photo: Shawn Brackbill Oct. 1 New Music Crowd Out Loop The Pulitzer-winning composer David Lang, known for his particular brand of minimalism, also has a maximalist side, at least with regard to ensemble size. His 2014 work Crowd Out calls for 1,000 singers. Here, volunteers from all 50 of the city’s wards, recruited … Read more

66 Things to Do in Chicago in September

United Flight 232 Photo: Michael Brosilow Sept. 1 Rock Kevin Morby Lincoln Park This Texas-born singer has never made straight country music, but there’s always been a twang to his sound. Last year’s Singing Saw—his third release, named for and featuring the distinctly rural musical instrument—was a work of evocative songwriting, rooted in the tradition … Read more