It’s Thursday and time for Playtime picks the best and most unique in entertainment and events in and around Chicago. Playtime is heard each and every Thursday on French and Friends from 5-7pm on AM1590 WGCO in Chicago. Playtime is part of “Playtime with Sid and Bill, heard every Sunday from 1-3pm on WGCO, Chicago’s only and most irreverent radio show for the Arts and entertainment! This week. bacon and beer, more beer. Music, and beer, Halloween a sing along at the bean, Beer! a meat market and the end of the world postponed.
- This Saturday, the bacon and Beer classic kicks off in Daley plaza from 1-6pm, 12 noon if you are on the VIP list. General Admission Tickets start at $55 for unlimited food and beer, plus a commemorative glass. VIP tickets start at $69, but that gets you in an hour early with an exclusive VIP line 50 brewers, including some of Chicago’s best, like Some of Chicago’s best beers: Metropolitan, Baderbrau, and Half Acre, and truly some of Chicago’s finest restaurants, like:
Ms. Tittle’s cupcakes
Flo, an interesting Mexican and American fusion place at 1434 west Chicago. Recommending their Sloppy Flo $10, made with Ground beef stewed in a red chili BBQ sauce on a toasted kaiser bun with red onion and pickled jalapenos, or the Guacamole BLT $9, made with Guacamole, thick cut bacon, tomato and romaine on toasted baguette. Personal favorite, their short rib tacos
Also Evanston and Wilmette’s own Bangers and lace, with their Duck BLT, made with duck sausage, tomato bacon chutney, arugula and a garlic aioli on chabatta roll. or Kielbasa and pork belly with beer braised Brussels sprouts, fried egg, potatoes and a mustard vinaigrette.
The public house. 400 north state, public housechicago.com for their brunch, gluten friendly, main menu and late night menu. Excellent burgers and sandwiches, ask about house cocktails, such as their Bad Apple- made with citron, apple liquor, lemon, guava, raspberry.
For information and tickets: baconandbeerclassic.com/chicago-bacon-and-beer-classic-2017-tickets/
- The bacon and beer fest too pricey? Something for the whole family? How about free???? Join St. Benedict’s parish and neighbors Friday through Sunday, as they celebrate their German roots with the 52nd Annual St. Benedict OktoberFest. Held in the courtyard at 2215 west Irving. This is all ages, but you must be 21 to consume alcohol. Live music, Friday 6pm the Bratwurst brothers. Free still too steep? Volunteer for the event! And of course, it is for a great cause!
details and info at stbenedictoktoberfest.com
3. For two nights only, October 6, 7 at The Chicago Theatre Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short. The show, a retrospective about their lives in show business, includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations
- Shout out to bassist for The Imperial Blue Dogs Nick Georhke, who will be playing this Friday at the Basket Brigade Band Benefit 2017, their annual band benefit also performing with The Imperial Blue Dogs: Chasing Alice, U.F.C Raffles and auction items. Friday at 6 PM – 11:59 PM The Chicago Loop Sports Bar and Grill7 W Streamwood Blvd, Streamwood. 100% of the proceeds goes to building Thanksgiving food baskets for needy families!
- And from Diana Dalnes, Sunday, OCT1st, 730pm at the Millennium Park Bean
“This Is Halloween” To start off a kick on the first day of October we shall be singing “This Is Halloween” from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”! Show your Halloween Spirit!!!!!
- Running Saturday through Thursday October 5th, at the Steep Theatre 1115 West Berwyn, Chicago The Invisible Hand, a play written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar and directed by Audrey Francis tells the story of an American banker taken hostage by an isolated militant group in Pakistan. When his ransom goes unpaid, his only hope is to trade on his expertise in international finance to earn his way to freedom. This tense geo-political thriller asks, just how free is the free market?
The Steep has won critical acclaim for outstanding works, brilliant acting whose previous plays, include HINTER, about a brutal murder and Earthquakes in London Earthquakes in London about the end of the world!
- And in a continuing effort to help Dan French find things to do that don’t require travel or parking, Sep 30-oct1, from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm It’s the Argyle and Andersonville Global Food Tour…Toast like a Viking in a haunted speakeasy? An Asian market and mural walk on Argyle Street, French-Vietnamese Street food, tour Charlie Chaplin’s Essanay Studios, Taste your way through a Middle Eastern spice bazaar. $55 per person Book online at http://www.chicagofoodways.com
- From our friends at RadiO.D. congratulations as they celebrate their 100th show, and being voted the number 2 music radio DJ in the 2017 Chicago Reader poll this Friday with live performances featuring Evil Engine! in an exclusive event 6-9 pm, 2643 West Chicago Ave,Chicago!
EXTRAS IN CHI-TOWN’S MUSIC SCENE
Friday at Underground Lounge, 56 West Illinois St. it’s “Sasha’s crazy birthday party time extravaganza” w Battalion Of Saints/ The Nobodys/ The Cryptics plus locals Law Of Keanu/ Landspeeder/ Shots Fired Shots Fired
10/1: @ Brauerhouse: Screaming Females also w/ Street Eaters/ Rad Payoff Brauerhouse, 1000 Rohlwing Rd, Lombard
Sat & Sun, Sep 30th & Oct 1st @ Bottom Lounge, Riot Fest presents 2 Nights w/ Between The Buried And Me (Colors 10th Anniversary Tour). Also with The Contortionist/ Polyphia/ Toothgrinder Both shows are All Ages / & Both shows r @ Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St, Chgo
Sep 29th thru Oct 1st: @ The Metro. Cracknation Records presents “Cold Waves Vi”. 3 day fest of industrial music. The headliners by day are: Fri: Stabbing Westward link Sat: Front 242 link Sun: KMFDM All shows are 18+ / Metro, 3730 N Clark St, Chgo
9/30: @ Reggies Rock Club, Empire Productions presents Agnostic Front(35th Anniversary Tour)/ Spare Change/ Crime Spree/ Decline 17+ / Reggies, 2105 S State St, Chgo
- Fulton Market Harvest Fest brings together Chicago’s restaurants, fantastic craft beer, live music and cooking demonstrations to celebrate the city’s rich culinary history. Curated by Chefs Stephanie Izard and Paul Kahan, Fulton Market Harvest Fest unites the city’s top culinary talent with notable chefs from around the country for three days of pop-up dinners, food and beverage classes, cooking demonstrations and a neighborhood street fest. Proceeds from Fulton Market Harvest Fest benefit the food-focused charity, Pilot Light. Entrance on Fulton Market & Halsted St.
Saturday, September 30th 11am to 10pm, Sunday, October 1st 11am to 8pm
Something for the kids as well, with storytelling, music classes from The Old Town School of Folk Music, DIY snacks, a coloring station, pumpkin decorating and yoga with Barefeet Power Yoga.
Details, and a rundown of restaurants and some great music, including 2:45pm-4:00pm Golden Horse Ranch Band, rockabilly and roots country. The O’My’s Saturday at 7:15
Get the full itinerary at fultonmarketharvestfest.com/
- And finally, the end of the world has been rescheduled for sometime in October. The predictors of doom point to a math error and apologize for any inconvenience. The end of the world is an all ages event. We will let you know when the great tribulation has been rescheduled…
And that is Playtime Picks. This week on Playtime with Sid and Bill, featuring Kerri Kendall, Comedian Thomas Bottoms. Search Inc and Visibility Arts, a local effort supporting adults with developmental disabilities, a new segment taking an Arts approach to those with chronic pain and Fibromyalgia, The Art of Recovery with Stacy Ihlenfeld, RadiO.D., hot off their 100th episode celebration for the best in live metal and punk music. Sid gets a job and a date and Kerri toasts her friend, the late Hugh Hefner.