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Saturday, March 25
This single-day music festival returns for a third daylong musical jam today at locations around the city Open to all genres, Make Music Chicago features plenty of classical performances throughout the city. If you're a musician, there are several opportunities to participate: bring your instrument to Daley Plaza and join the Rise and Shine Orchestra, the Broadway and Opera Sing-along, or Sousapalooza. In the evening, head to St. James Cathedral for a Grand Finale featuring Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, Fifth House Ensemble, Quintet Attacca, Spektral Quartet, and singers from the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The outdoor Street Party continues into the night with a Harmonica Blowout led by Joe Filisko. The entire day is free for everyone — find some music and dance/sing/play along. Grand finale is tonight at 5pm-9pm at St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron.
Celebrate summer solstice with BBQ (they even have meatless dishes for the veggies/vegans), lemonade and birthday belly rubs for house goat Billy Ray Valentine tonight at Growing Power, 3333 S. Iron, from 5-9pm. Tickets $25-100.
The Hideout hosts a comedy showbase by local comedy collective Kill All Comedy. Doors at 5:30pm, show at 6:30pm, and admission is a measly $5. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.
Celebrate summer solstice at Christy Webber Landscaping's HQ, dubbed "Rancho Verde" (2900 W. Ferdinand Street) with Slow Food Chicago starting at 6:30pm. Bring a dish and $15 for admission, which gets you a main course, breads, drinks, entertainment and raffle prizes.
The Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., hosts Hot Stove Cool Music, a benefit concert for Cubs coach Theo Epstein's Foundation To Be Named Later. The lineup features Poi Dog Pondering plus baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper, Jimmy Chamberlin, Scott Lucas and more. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $50. 18+
San Francisco's prolific Sonny & the Sunsets bring the cosmic pop of their latest album, Antenna to the Afterworld, to the Beat Kitchen tonight at 9pm with Little Wings and Temporary Pharoahs. Tickets are $10, and the show is 17+. The Beat Kitchen is located at 2100 W. Belmont Ave.
Rising local artpop duo My Gold Mask play tonight at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, in support of their recently released album, Leave Me Midnight. Listen to their latest single, "Some Secrets." Tickets are $12. The show is 21+. Doors are at 9pm. California Wives headline and DJ Lauren Cole opens.