When: September 5-6
Where: The Hideout
Everyone’s favorite hole-in-wall dive bar figuratively explodes into the street (and parking lot around it) during this annual end-of-season party, which is also always one of the best festivals of the summer. This year, check out acts ranging from indie mainstreamers Death Cab For Cutie, psych folk-freaks The War on Drugs, and legendary funk masters The Funky Meters.
Explore the nerd-gaming underworld at Bit Bash
When: September 6
Where: Threadless West Loop HQ
Indie clothing retailer Threadless is putting on what might be the most unique new addition to this year’s festival scene, with this celebration of video game nerdery featuring 30+ under-the-radar video games that're hand-selected by local game developers, including a game about stacking hats. Things get underway at 2pm, and then REALLY underway at 7pm, when they go full-on-party with live music and Arcade Brewery beer until midnight.