OUT OF THE LOOP

A frequent feature of the hottest happenings (mostly) outside of the Loop

Alex Aksakov '17

Alex Aksakov '17

Spring is in the air, Boothies, and there is no better time than now to get out and explore Chicago! So put away those winter boots and Canada Goose coats, hop in an Uber, and get familiar with these awesome events and venues that are (mostly) beyond the loop.

LIVE CONCERTS

From Iggy Pop (April 6, Chicago Theatre) to Rihanna (April 15, United Center), there’s something to satisfy every music taste and budget. Beyoncé is headlining United Center May 27-28, following her controversial Super Bowl performance. The legendary Smashing Pumpkins (April 14, Civic Opera House), Kanye’s GOOD Records music label boss, Pusha T (April 5, Vic Theatre), and British pop sensation Ellie Goulding (May 6, Allstate Arena and Lollapalooza) are on their way as well. And how could I call myself your entertainment guru if I didn’t mention everyone’s favorite “Belieber”, Justin Bieber (April 22, Allstate Arena). Since these are highly anticipated shows, you might have to purchase tickets at a premium through third-party sellers or sell your right arm, whichever you prefer.

Beyonce's The Formation World Tour at United Center, May 27-28

Beyonce's The Formation World Tour at United Center, May 27-28

DJ PERFORMANCES

The club scene is also packed with some big names. If you’re looking to chill out and lounge, St Germain at the Vic Theatre (3145 N. Sheffield Ave, April 10) might be your jam. Chicago house fans should check out Smartbar (3730 N. Clark St) where house monster line-up DJ Sneak, Felix Da Housecat, and Todd Terry will be spinning on April 9. German techno guru, Stephan Bodzin, who recently played a killer set for the famous Boiler Room internet music project, will be rocking the dancefloor at Spybar (646 N. Franklin) on April 30. And if you’re looking to tap into your inner Western Euro persona, French electro duo Digitalism will be playing live at Double Door (1572 N. Milwaukee Ave) on May 24.

SPiN Chicago, 344 N State St

SPiN Chicago, 344 N State St

KILLER NEW VENUES

We know you want to be ahead of the crowd, so hop in line at some of the fresh new spots around town. River North’s newest hot spot, SPiN Chicago (344 N. State St.), opened its doors in February and quickly became one of the trendiest social venues in Chicago. A combination of a restaurant/bar/club and ping-pong joint, SPiN Chicago joins New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco as the newest location. They hold special events (“Happenings”) several times a week with DJs, original cocktails, and some pretty lively table tennis tournaments. Definitely worth checking out.

CULTURAL EVENT

After Dark, Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, April 22

After Dark, Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, April 22

Concerts and clubs not your scene? Evening Associates, a group of young Art Institute of Chicago professionals, organize a monthly event called After Dark that is held in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute. A blend of an art gallery, classy cocktail party and DJ performance, it attracts Chicago’s young and stylish. On April 22, they’ll host guided tours of Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, live performances, and DJ sets. A must-visit for all Booth art connoisseurs.

And don’t forget to save the date for AudioBooth’s Battle of the Bands on May 20. Booth bands will be looking to defend their crown against Kellogg. Come for the frosty beverages and stay for the great music!