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September 17, 2014

rainy Day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
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Due to a rainy day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago, Humboldt Park isn't in the best shape after the three-day festival. Much like other Chicago festivals do, Riot Fest made an agreement with the Chicago Park District to restore the park following the fest. They've now issued a statement regarding the restoration.

Riot Fest founder Michael Petryshyn said:

"Riot Fest is grateful to the City of Chicago and specifically the residents and businesses of Humboldt Park. The Park is really the star of Riot Fest, and we know it is the key reason why it makes the community one of the best in the City. And, I speak from experience, I live just steps away from the Park, and enjoy it almost daily.

Because the Park is as important to me as it is to the City, we will make certain that the Park be restored as soon as possible. Indeed, not only do we want the park restored, we want it improved. I have directed our staff to initiate meetings with the Park District on how we can partner with them to make permanent infrastructure improvements over the coming months. We want to improve the Park, because we want to make it the permanent home of Riot Fest. We don't take our commitment to the community and the park for granted.

If Riot Fest, alongside the Chicago Park District, can rehabilitate the park to the needed standards (beyond reseeding and aeration), the entirety of the 26th and surrounding wards -- it's residents and businesses -- only stand to benefit. And, that's what we want. Make no doubt about it: as a resident of Humboldt Park, I want to be the leader in making Humboldt Park Chicago's best and most modern natural resource. And, I know I can."
We're also lucky enough to call Humboldt Park home, and are looking forward to seeing the park restored. Day 1 pics and review are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pics and review are HERE and HERE. And Day 3 pics and review are HERE and HERE.

September 16, 2014

Shuga Records' in-the-works Wicker Park location
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North Lawndale-based record store Shuga Records are slated to open a Wicker Park location this fall at 1272 N. Milwaukee Ave. (near the intersection of Milwaukee & Ashland). The shop currently sees many of its online sales from the Wicker Park area, and they've been trying to move to the neighborhood for a few years now. Their Wicker Park location plans to open in October by appointment only, and should be open to the general public by the holidays. Keep an eye out.

Just after Shuga makes its soft opening, Wicker Park record institution Reckless Records plans to move into their new space at 1379 N. Milwaukee Ave. (0.2 miles apart) in November.

August 20, 2014

interior of the Congress Theater (more by Chase Turner)
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As part of a new plan of operation for the embattled Congress Theater, DNAinfo points out that one of its stipulations is an official ban on EDM for the venue. The agreement was signed by venue owner Eddie Carranza and City of Chicago local liquor commissioner Gregory Steadman in late-July. The conditions of the plan of operation (EDM ban included) apply to current and future owners, "the business address, the licensee, and to all officers, managers, partners, and direct or indirect owners of the licensed entity." The Congress lost its liquor license in May of 2013.

EDM, as defined by the City of Chicago, is "music created by a DJ or multiple DJs primarily using specialized equipment and software instead of traditional instruments." "... And an EDM performance shall be defined as a performance of Electronic Dance Music or any performance by a DJ or multiple DJs featured the playing of prerecorded music. Performers that incorporate electronic beats or prerecorded music in their acts shall be allowed, provided those performers either sing vocals or play an instrument(s) (or do both) during their performance." Alderman Joe Moreno (1st Ward) offered, "It's not the genre, it's the way the owner handles the genre." "I don't blame the genre or the artists, it's the operator who has to be able to handle the crowd. Unfortunately, the Congress has a history of not being able to manage certain types of crowds." Carranza declined to comment about the agreement.

August 18, 2014

"Our Chicago show on the next tour just got way sweeter..." - KEN mode

KEN mode in NYC in February (more by Di Lynn Ring)
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As discussed, Winnipeg's pummeling KEN mode are slated to tag Chicago on their fall North American tour for a show at Reggie's on September 8. That gig is now part of Reggie's 7th anniversary party -- it'll take place in the Rock Club, and The Atlas Moth, Burdened, Brothers Starrace, and Fleeting Suns have been added as support. Mr. Blotto, Handler, Sammy Llanas, and The Whateverly Brothers will play the Music Joint. Advance tickets ($7) will get you in both rooms, you'll receive a free anniversary t-shirt, and there will be a free buffet from 5-7PM. Party.

An updated list of KEN mode dates lie after the jump...

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April 18, 2014

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Pure Joy -- an all-ages, nonprofit, 200-capacity performance space -- is slated to open in Chicago this fall. They've got "a very large former warehouse space" which is being fully converted to meet needs. It's also a community space, with meeting and office space for other nonprofits, community groups, and arts-based after-school programming. Pure Joy is registered as a nonprofit in Illinois, and the team behind it are waiting on their 501(c)(3) paperwork to come through. With an Indiegogo campaign, they're currently raising funds to obtain a lighting rig, PA, and materials for stage construction. Their goal is $32,000 (they have $6,492 as of this post), but should it not be reached, whatever funds are raised will still go directly towards that. If it's exceeded, those additional funds will be used for venue start-up costs, like soundproofing. The campaign perks include t-shirts and show vouchers. They've also said, "Even if you can't help financially, please share our page with your networks and get the word out! We're only as strong as our community."

Check out the Pure Joy campaign, contribute financially if you're able, and spread the word!

April 2, 2014

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As discussed, Thalia Hall are getting ready to open their rehabbed second floor theater. You already know that they'll have Panda Bear on May 21, GOAT on June 13, and Camera Obscura on July 25, and their initial schedule also includes a few other shows.

Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle's Songs & Stories, Together On Stage happens on June 6, The Mavericks play on June 8, and Tab Benoit headlines on June 27. Looking forward to this fall, Lake Street Dive will be there on September 25 and Cécile McLorin Salvant plays on November 4.

Tickets for ALL Thalia Hall shows go on sale this Saturday (4/5) at 11AM CST.

March 17, 2014

(via Thalia Hall's Instagram)
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The last time we spoke about the Empty Bottle-operated Pilsen spot Thalia Hall, it was just getting ready to open its doors. Its tavern Dusek's and basement bar the Punch House have been in full swing since mid-September, and the only missing piece has been Thalia's beautiful-but-in-disrepair second floor theater. According to DNAinfo, the theater's liquor and entertainment licenses were applied for on February 13. In response to a recent "when is it opening?" inquiry on the venue's Facebook page, they've replied "Look out for some news in early summer!" Stay tuned for more information.

February 11, 2014

crowd at Logan Hardware for The Evens, 2013 (more by Zach Pollack)
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Logan Hardware moved 0.2 miles down the road this past July, and their longtime space has been vacant ever since. Well, it turns out it wasn't actually vacant, they retained the space and have been working on what will now be called Logan Arcade--a full-fledged arcade and bar. It'll house a larger collection of vintage pinball machines, video games, and etc. than ever before, but also a 20+ tap bar. Logan Arcade will be 21+, but the record store // vintage arcade museum remains an all-ages affair. Logan Arcade will be opening its doors on Monday, February 17. We won't soon forget that closing Evens show...

February 8, 2014

Concord Music Hall
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Last night during a Datsik-headlined performance, Logan Square venue Concord Music Hall's ceiling began to collapse, injuring at least four concertgoers---luckily none were seriously injured. It's not clear what caused the collapse, and those with minor injuries were taken to St. Mary's Hospital and Stroger Hospital. Cellphone footage shows debris falling from the ceiling as copious amounts of bass pump through the system. You can check it out below...

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January 16, 2014

Reckless Records' Wicker Park shop (more by Milos Markicevic)
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According to DNA Info, Reckless Records CEO Charles Taylor purchased a two-story building at 1379 North Milwaukee Avenue for $1,580,000 on December 30, 2013. The new spot, which is just two-blocks from their current location of 1532 North Milwaukee Avenue, will boast 15,000 square feet of retail space including the basement. Reckless general manager Bryan Smith reports that there is at least one-year remaining on their existing lease, so don't expect the move to be immediate. A multi-level Reckless Wicker Park sounds pretty great, no?

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