Recent Posts in venues
February 11, 2014
crowd at Logan Hardware for The Evens, 2013 (more by Zach Pollack)
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
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...
January 16, 2014
Reckless Records' Wicker Park shop (more by Milos Markicevic)
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?
November 15, 2013
The Thermals @ Ultra Lounge for a BVC-presented show in Aug. (more by Jeff Ryan)
Logan Square rock and metal bar // venue Ultra Lounge will be closing its doors after tonight, according to Chicagoist. The owner apparently decided not to renew his license so that he can focus on a bar he opened in the suburbs. Tonight's show is The Dead On with The Ladies and Gentlemen and Black Cat Heart Attack.
We had a lot of fun throwing a trio of unofficial Lollapalooza aftershows at the venue this year----with headliners Weedeater, The Thermals, and Russian Circles----and will miss the space. Hopefully someone takes over the spot with a new bar // venue.
August 27, 2013
Earlier this summer, Empty Bottle owner Bruce Finkelman closed a deal on Pilsen's historic Thalia Hall, a four-story giant located near the 18th Street Pink Line stop. Thalia, opened by John Dusek in 1892, originally served as a public house. So far, Finkelman and co. have split the large space into two distinct parts: a tavern called Dusek's and a separate basement bar dubbed the Punch House. Thalia's theatre will eventually host live music, and new businesses will be moving into its retail spaces. Modern Cooperative, a vintage furniture shop, and Belli's, a health food store // juice bar, are the first two confirmed shops. Punch House and Dusek's are slated to open their doors on September 17.
Stay tuned for more information.
August 16, 2013
Logan Square bar/venue The Burlington will be celebrating their 6th anniversary with a big party next Saturday (8/24). The stacked music lineup for their anniversary event includes Bloodiest, Pink Avalanche, Tight Phantomz, Lasers and Fast and Shit, Mannequin Men, and many more. In addition to live music, the party boasts special guest DJ sets, giveaways, delicious food from the Honky Tonk BBQ Food Truck, and some free drinks throughout the day. Doors open at 1PM for the all-day event and music begins at 2PM.
The full music lineup for The Burlington's 6th and some song streams are below...
August 14, 2013
Danzig @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Danzig's 25th anniversary tour was slated to roll into Chicago for a show at The Congress Theater on August 16. That show has now been canceled, due to "ongoing renovations" at the venue, and he's been added to Friday (9/13) of the incredibly awesome Riot Fest Chicago. Tickets for the Congress show will be refunded at point of purchase and Riot Fest passes are still available.
All known Danzig dates are listed below...
August 9, 2013
The Empty Bottle have announced that they'll be throwing a Friendly Family Block Party on September 1. The music lineup includes Yakuza, Rabble Rabble, Circles, Pet Lions, and more, all of which feature an Empty Bottle staff member. In addition to live music, the party boasts a face painter, dunk tank(!), games, delicious treats by Chef Dave Cooper (Bite Cafe), and drinks from Revolution Brewing. Gates open at noon and music begins at 1PM. The block party will be located just outside the venue's front door on Cortez St. (between Western Ave. and the alley) and there is a $5 suggested donation.
The full block party music lineup and some song streams are below...
July 27, 2013
Art adorning the walls of Swerp Mansion (more by Zach Pollack)
Chicago DIY staple Swerp Mansion, which is also home to Swerp Records, will no longer be having shows due to recent issues with the police. Though we unfortunately don't have coverage of many Swerp shows, I've personally seen a handful of great ones there, including Hop Along in 2012 and Greys in April. Unlike many other DIY spots, Swerp was always a dry venue/all-ages. It's definitely a bummer.
The third-annual Gnarfest was set to take place at Swerp Mansion on August 3. Gnarfest IS still happening, but the search for a new location is ongoing. Check out a brief Facebook post from Swerp booking expert Dave Collis:
As some of you may or may not know, Swerp Mansion is no longer having shows due to recent cop problems. Don't worry, for Gnarfest is DEFINITELY still happening. Jeremy and I have been working out leads/discussions with various venues to solidify a new location. If you would like to help out, purchasing a wristband at http://gnarfestchi.storenvy.com/ will help secure funds for the bands/venue.You heard the guy, grab a Gnarfest wristband! Stay tuned for more information.
thanks for the support and everything!
July 25, 2013
Concord Music Hall -- Stage
Local independent promotors Riot Fest, React Presents, and Silver Wrapper have joined forces for a new venture -- Concord Music Hall. The Concord, located at 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Bucktown-Logan Square area, has a capacity of 1,600-persons and is poised to compete with the nearby Congress Theater (a venue which all three companies have thrown many shows at). It'll open next Thursday (8/1) with a performance by Adam Ant; tickets are on sale now.
They've also got an initial schedule of events going, with rock, electronic, and hip-hop offerings. AlunaGeorge (live), Passion Pit (DJs), and Capital Cities (DJs) will play the venue on August 30, There will be Riot Fest afterparties, Jimmy Cliff on September 20, Jason Isbell on October 26, and more. Ticketing information is forthcoming, as is The Concord's website (as you can see from the photo above). You might never have to go to The Congress again; doesn't that sound great!?!
UPDATE: Their website is now live, and tickets for all shows are on sale now. Gogol Bordello's August 17 performance at Congress Theater has also been moved to The Concord.
Stay tuned for more information on the Concord.