Fun Events in Chicago: September 2-8

9/3: MCA’s Tuesdays at the Terrace

Go to the Museum of Contemporary Jazz for free live jazz concerts every Tuesday until September 24 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. A dinner buffet prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering is available each week for $25 per person, and features a changing menu of international barbeque and side dishes created using fresh, locally-grown produce from the MCA Farmer’s Market (see menu details). Tables are limited—call 312.397.4034 or email to reserve your spot. For a more casual evening, bring your own blanket or rent an MCA lawn chair ($5 each) for a relaxing evening on the garden lawn. Hamburgers, house-made sausages and a variety of freshly made salads may be purchased from our outdoor grill along with cold beverages, wine, and seasonal cocktails from the cash bar on the lower terrace. Outside food and beverages are not allowed in the sculpture garden. Stop by their outdoor Summer Studio station for a hands-on art-making experience. Read More

9/4: Sounds of History Jazz Series at DuSable Museum – A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie. Free.

Bring your blankets & chairs for the last jazzy summer on the patio of the DuSable Museum for 2013! Jazz Treats will be available for you to purchase-Food, Spirits & Cds . Click here for more information

9/4: Mariachi Festival at Millennium Park

National Museum of Mexican Art’s Mariachi Fest featuring: Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, the first all-female mariachi of the United States, accompanied by Mariachis Perla de Mexico and Real Guadalajara. Last year, the Museum packed Millennium Park with a similar event. This year, they’ll surely repeat that magic. Bring the entire family and experience Mariachi Fest! Part of the 2013 Del Corazón Festival. Read More

9/4: Il Volo concert at Chicago Theater

In May 2009, three fresh-faced teenagers appeared on the popular Italian talent show “Ti Lascio Una Canzone” and dazzled television viewers with their flawless rendition of the Neapolitan standard “O Sole Mio. The boys, who won the competition easily, decided their group needed a name. “Il Volo,” meaning “flight,” was chosen to signify the feeling that these three young tenors were about to spread their wings and fly. Read More

9/4: Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Enjoy spectacular skyline views, live music, fireworks and cocktails at the Shedd Aquarium. Then visit 32,500 animals and explore Shedd’s exhibits, including Jellies. Read More

9/4: Kobo Town Concert at Old School Town of Folk Music

Founded by Trinidadian-Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born. Kobo Town takes the intricate wordplay of classic Caribbean music and runs it through a 21st Century filter merging calypso, roots reggae, and acoustic instruments with innovative production techniques, social commentary, and indie rock attitude.Read More

9/4: Tito Rodriguez Tribute by Papo Santiago at City Winery

Papo is currently considered to be among Chicago’s top Salsa bands and performs often at the top venues in Chicago, including The Mayne Stage, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago Summer Dance, Navy Pier and very often during Live Salsa Sundays @ The Cubby Bear. Read More

9/5 (6-9:30PM): Planeta Azul & Passistas Samba at Chicago SummerDance

Come get an early start on the Brazilian Independence Day festivities as you dance the night away with Planeta Azul! I will be performing with Passistas Samba Dance group for a free samba dance lesson. Take all your new moves and put them to great use as Planeta Azul takes you on a musical tour through Brazil. If you are a hardcore sambista, a forro lover, or just a regular dancing machine, there will be plenty of moving and shaking going on. Come experience the joy, beauty, and vibrancy of Brazil with us! Read More

9/6 Death Boogie at Auditorium Theatre

Death Boogie, the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival winner of TWO Musical Theatre Matters awards for BEST New Music and Best Innovation in Musical Theatre, is a multimedia Hip Hop Poetry Musical that uses projected illustrations and live music to follow the fictional story of Victor Spartan, a blue collar worker turned revolutionist. Read More

9/6-8: Festival de la Villita (Little Village Festival)

Held in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, this 24th annual community cultural event celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule. Highlights include food, arts & crafts, music, carnival rides and kids’ entertainment.On Sunday, the festival is the end location of the 26th Street Parade, one of the largest celebrations of Hispanic culture in the U.S. Read More

9/6 Brazil’s 191st Birthday-Dance Party at Logan Square Auditorium

Celebration of Brazil’s Independence featuring live music for a dance party Carnaval style. Read More

9/7 This is Colombia – Networking and Photo Exhibit

Profesionales Colombianos en Chicago presents “My Land, My People, My Culture: This is Colombia” A photography exhibit work of Colombia By Colombians. Read More

9/7 at 2pm: Von Steuben German Day Parade

The annual Von Steuben Parade is the German American Event of the year. It is held in September, when hundreds of participants march, dance, play music or ride the many beautiful floats on Lincoln Avenue and join the festivities later at the German-American Fest.Read More

9/7: Guiness Oyster Fest

Tents housing fresh oyster and seafood as well as other culinary delights from local restaurants are but one highlight of what has grown over the years to become a truly unique post-Labor Day happening. Read More

9/7: Les Nubians at The Shrine

Grammy Nominated international recording artists Les Nubians have intrigued audiences for over a decade with their inventive and glamorous Afropean style. This distinctive sound embodies the timeless vibrations of Miriam Makeba, Ella Fitzgerald, Doudou N’diaye Rose, Fela Kuti, Edith Piaf, The Fugees, and Soul II Soul. Recognized for their colorful auras, Les Nubians’ vogue is a fusion of Funkin’ Fashion and Modern Amazon. Adoring fans pay tribute to the French/Cameroonian sister duo for their continuous flow of jazzy nuances, hard hitting drum ‘n’ bass lines, harmonious melodies, conscious proclamations and humanitarian endeavors. Read More

9/7: Marc Anthony concert

Marc Anthony has sold over 12 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most influential artists of his time and a true ambassador of Latin music and culture. His new studio project titled Marc Anthony 3.0 was released July 23, 2013. Marc is coming to Chicago with his “Vivir Mi Vida” worldwide tour this week. Read More

9/7: Villapalooza

The third annual Little Village Music Festival will be packed with live music performances including sets by world-renowned artist Hector Guerra: the New Revolution of Urban Latin Music, socially conscious Mexico City-based MC Bocafloja and local favorites Malafacha. Read More

9/7 at noon: Central American Parade

The Central American Parade celebrates Central America’s independence, including Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.On Montrose Ave. from California to Kimball.

9/8: Congo Fest at Old Town School of Folk Music

A Humanitarian concert featuring Pepe Felly Manuaku Waku, the creator of Congolese Pop Style. AfriKa Yetu, with the Congolese Musicians of North America, present a stunning range of Congolese music, from traditional sounds of the Pygme forest to the more modern soukous music, with elements of rumba, samba, meringue and Congolese Styles Afro-Jazz. Read More

9/8: Dos Santos at The Whistler

Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty, grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might. Read More

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