If partying outside the Empty Bottle with live music, beer and chili in the middle of Chicago winter sounds like a good idea, you probably already know about Music Frozen Dancing. The annual winter block party returns to the side street outside the venue for its fifth year on February 17, when Thee Oh Sees, ADULT., B Boys, DJ Taye, and C.H.E.W. perform everything from West Coast psych rock and Detroit synth rock to Brooklyn hip hop and Chicago punk. The free event will also feature Goose Island Beer and food from Bite Café, who will be serving chili from the champion of the Empty Bottle’s Annual Chili-Synth Cook Off to benefit the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless while Lumpen Radio DJs spin tropical tunes inside.
For the last three nights of 2017, Chicago rapper Noname transformed Lincoln Hall into her own personal living room, greeting fans and cracking jokes from the balcony as part of her Coming Home concert series. Each night of the sold-out event was its own unique experience, featuring different surprise guests that were introduced like family before a nearly glowing Noname took the stage every time with the charm and charisma of a Chicago homecoming queen.