By Lauren Kezon

The flush of flannel that showed up at Wrigley Field just a couple of weeks ago was a healthy dash of 90’s nostalgia, of course; but it was also the impending reminder of what we all know, but are having trouble saying out loud…Let’s face it. It’s September, and winter is coming.

After a swell of great shows from Brian Wilson at Pitchfork, Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field, and one hell of a Lolla, it’s time to hang up the festival gear. The sweet sounds of summer radiating from amphitheaters and city parks will soon silence, as we retreat to cozier interiors.

There will still be hundreds of shows this summer, so take a gander at some venues’ online calendars, or sign up for their mailing list. Below are a few show recommendations as well as some other fun musically inclined activities you can give a try to bide your time through the snowy months.

“Music in Motion” Film Series
featuring “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”
Thursday, September 29 at The Music Box (3733 N. Southport)

This film about Wilco documents the band while they working on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. It is shot in black-and-white by director Sam Jones, who also took the iconic photograph of Chicago’s Marina City that was used on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s album cover. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart also captures Wilco’s performance at XRT’s Free Fourth of July Concert at Taste of Chicago that year, with brief cameos by XRT’s own Lin Brehmer and Frank E. Lee.
Attendees must be 21+. Ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

A Whole Slew of Awesome XRT Shows
What? You thought we’d leave you hanging all winter? Never! We have an awesome winter line up at venues all around the city. Check out a couple, or all of them!

93XRT presents Dinosaur Jr. at the Metro
Saturday, October 8

93XRT Big Beat welcomes Jagwar Ma and Klangstof
Thursday, November 3 at Bottom Lounge

93XRT and Oak Park Food Pantry present Jason Isbell and Robbie Fulks (Acoustic Performance)
Friday, November 18

93XRT Local Natives the Metro
Monday, September 26

93XRT Big Holiday Concert
Date and band announcement TBD

This one is a no brainer. While this year’s artist hasn’t been announced just yet, but past performers include Band of Horses, Alabama Shakes, Death Cab for Cutie, Florence + the Machine, Head and the Heart, Dawes, and Elvis Costello. Stay tuned for the big announcement!

Elvis Costello and the Imposters
Saturday, October 29 at the Chicago Theatre

Speaking of…Elvis Costello and the Imposters are stopping at the Chicago Theatre on their “Detour”. Tickets are still available, but get them sooner rather than later. The Beacon already had to add a second date…just saying.

Cheers Live on Stage
September 20 – October 23 at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

This one may be a stretch, but I know you’re singing the theme song in your head right now. Revisit the place where everybody knows your name! Yes, it’s real, but it’s only here for a month. This nostalgic stage performance captures the first of the eleven seasons, giving modern audiences the chance to experience live for the first time since its original taping. Not a bad way to spend a chilly afternoon.

Teach Yourself the Ukulele
Ukulele Underground

Want to learn a new instrument? Maybe you just want to brush up on some existing skills. Whatever your reason, check out Ukulele Underground. It’s a great resource for beginners to more advanced players. No matter what, a simple strum on a uke is sure to temporarily clear up any winter blues you may find hanging around you.

Cupid Has a Heart On
Every Saturday at 8 PM at Studio 773 (1225 W. Belmont)

Cupid Has a Heart On is one of the longest running sketch musical performances in Chicago. Each show features a rotating set-list from Cupid’s 17 years of comedic material. The cast is wickedly talented, and their hilarious, irrelevant show can strike a familiar chord in just about anyone.


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