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Sep
2
Wed
WBDC Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference @ McCormick Place-West
Sep 2 @ 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

womens-entrepreneurial-conferenceThe EWC is the largest entrepreneurial business conference in the Midwest. The event is designed to accelerate the growth of women owned businesses through access to information, contacts and capital. For 29 years, the EWC has served to facilitate connections, innovative education and resource growth for WBDC clients and stakeholders.

Dancin’ Sprouts @ Chicago Botanic Garden
Sep 2 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

dancing-sproutsEnjoy free musical entertainment for the Garden’s youngest visitors! Two special concerts for children with sensory differences will occur on June 17 and Aug. 5. Food and beverages, including wine and beer, are available for purchase onsite through the Garden View Café. For heartier menu options, the Café and Garden Grille in the Visitor Center also are open during concert times.

Jazz Club Tour
Sep 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

jazz-club-tourExplore jazz in Chicago during the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s annual Jazz Club Tour. Start anywhere and hear music at a variety of participating clubs for one low price. The Jazz Club Tour includes trolley transportation and club admission; a great way to meet up with other jazz lovers!

Participating Venues

Andy’s
Green Mill
Jazz Showcase
Reggie’s
M Lounge
City Life
50 Yard Line
The Drake Hotel
Norman’s Bistro
The Promontory

Sep
3
Thu
Chicago Fringe Festival @ Multiple Chicago Locations
Sep 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

chicago-fringe-festivalThis annual festival is all about pushing boundaries. It brings together daring theatregoers with emerging performing artists from around the world. With multiple shows to choose from, the Chicago Fringe Festival offers something for everyone.

Chicago Jazz Festival @ Millennium Park
Sep 3 @ 12:15 pm – Sep 6 @ 12:00 pm

chicago-jazz-festivalJoin hundreds of thousands in celebrating Chicago’s rich jazz history in this free event, the first of which began as a tribute to Duke Ellington in 1974. Currently the largest, free festival of its kind in the world, the Chicago Jazz Festival regularly draws top names in the genre.

Music Headliners at Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Thursday: Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9
Friday: Billy Strayhorn Centennial Celebration w/ Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra featuring arrangements by John Hollenbeck, Steven Bernstein, Gordon Goodwin and Ed Wilkerson
Saturday: Dee Dee Bridgewater
Sunday: Muhal Richard Abrams’ Experimental Band with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Amina Claudine Myers, George Lewis, Leonard Jones, Thurman Barker, Reggie Nicholson and Wallace McMillan

Hours

Thursday: 12:15 p.m. (Chicago Cultural Center); 6:30 p.m. (Millennium Park)
Friday: 12 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m.

Modest Mouse @ Concord Music Hall
Sep 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

modest-mouseModest Mouse is an American indie rock band formed in 1992 in Issaquah, Washington. The founding members of this group included lead singer/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green, and bassist Eric Judy. Strongly influenced by groups such as Pavement, the Pixies and Talking Heads, the band rehearsed, rearranged, and recorded demos for almost two years before finally signing with small-town indie label, K Records, and releasing numerous singles.

Lenny Kravitz @ Ravinia Festival
Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

lenny-kravitzLeonard Albert “Lenny” Kravitz is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose “retro” style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often played all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and percussion himself when recording.

See Lenny Kravitz live September 3 at Ravinia! We recommend you pack a picnic and bring a blanket or outdoor chairs to enjoy the concert.

Sep
4
Fri
African Festival of the Arts @ Washington Park
Sep 4 @ 10:00 am – Sep 7 @ 10:00 pm

african-festivalExperience a four-day immersion into African culture and heritage in Chicago’s Washington Park, which becomes transformed into an authentic African village during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Over 300 vendors and artisans from Africa and the African Diaspora will present artifacts, textiles, traditional crafts and museum quality art. Enjoy the global arch of African influenced food, music, and dance traditions during an entertainment rich, family-focused celebration.

Each year, the grounds of the African Fest come alive as a simulated African village, replete with special-interests pavilions featuring African drumming; colorful and rich fabrics; hand-crafted fine arts; interactive demonstrations; health and wellness workshops; spectacular jewelry; children’s programming; author and book readings; and captivating entertainment.

Admission

Daily Children (12 and Under): $5
Daily Seniors (65 and Up): $10

Weekend Pass: $30

Chicago Cubs v Arizona Diamondbacks @ Wrigley Field
Sep 4 @ 1:20 pm – 2:20 pm

From September 4, 2015 – September 6, 2015

chicago cubsSee the Chicago Cubs play against the Arizona Diamondbacks September 4-6 at The Friendly Confines!

Hours

Friday – Sunday: 1:20 p.m.

North Coast Music Festival @ Union Park
Sep 4 @ 3:00 pm – Sep 6 @ 4:00 pm

north-coast-music-festivalSee the best in electronic, hip hop, jam band, indie rock and more at the North Coast Music Festival over Labor Day weekend in Union Park. The eclectic mix brings together music fans of all kinds of genres, celebrating their love for music.

The Headliners

Friday: Widespread Panic
Saturday: D’Angelo and The Vanguard
Sunday: The Chemical Brothers

Hours

Friday: 3 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 1 p.m.

Admission

Ages: 17+