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Wednesday, January 18
The Hideout hosts its 16th Block Party this weekend at 1354 W. Wabansia Street. Doors open for the first day of this concert festival at 5pm, and features Guitarkestra (giant guitar jam session open to the public), and musical artists CAVE, The War on Drugs, Glen Hansard, and Iron & Wine. Tickets range from $40-$50 for a two-day pass.
The DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., hosts New York Times bestselling author Keith Boykin for a discussion and signing of his latest book For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home, tonight from 6pm-8pm. Admission is $5; for more information and to RSVP, call 773-947-0600 x290.
Riot Fest comes to Chicago at the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave., today at 6pm. The Offspring, Neon Trees, Pegboy, and Dead Sara will play. Tickets for tonight are sold out, but are still available for the rest of the weekend at Humboldt Park. All ages.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's sixth annual Festivale beer festival takes place tonight at Carmichael's Steakhouse Warehouse, 1052 W. Monroe St. Enjoy ore than two dozen beers, food and live music, and bid on a silent auction. A VIP reception begins at 6pm, general admission is at 7pm. Tickets are $100 for VIP, $65 for general. 21+
It's the second Friday of the month, which means galleries and studios in the Chicago Arts District (aka East Pilsen, centered on Halsted & 18th streets) are open from 6pm to 10pm tonight. Free. Details here.
The Chicago, I Love You festival continues at Lilly's, 2515 N. Lincoln Ave., with Shugga, Magicks, Moritat, Ami Saraiya and the Outcome and Gabe Lebowitz of Dastardly. Show starts at 9pm. Free, 21+.