August Events at City Winery Chicago

August is right around the corner- can you believe it? We sure can’t. Autumn might be approaching- but that doesn’t mean there’s not still time to get out and enjoy summer! Among the Festival After Parties, the impressive lineup of folk shows, and an evening with Country music royalty coming up next month, this August truly has something to offer everyone!

Summertime in Chicago means lots of music festivals-but the fun doesn’t stop there! We have not one, but TWO Festival after shows! Lollapalooza is August 1-3, and we’re excited to kick off the month with UK artist Kate Nash here for an Official Lolla After Show on 8/1! We’re expecting a sold out show- so get your tickets before they’re gone! We’re also excited to have contemporary soul group The Nth Power & Chicago’s own Van Ghost on 8/31 for an official North Coast Music Festival after party! We’re starting off the month with an after party, so it only seems fitting to go out with one as well!

August also brings exciting news for all the folkies in Chicago! We’ve got several great folk acts throughout August, including songster Dom Flemons on 8/3, string bands Guy Forsyth’s Hot Nut Riveters & The Appleseed Collective on 8/7, and “Folk’s Renaissance Man” John McCutcheon on 8/8. Each has their own unique take on folk music- and all worth checking out!

We’re especially excited to have country music royalty & Carter Family member Carlene Carter perform on 8/9 with special guest Jodee Lewis, who performed here earlier this year. She recently released her new album Carter Girl, which includes her own interpretations of several Carter Family songs. Don’t miss an intimate night with this very special country artist.

Be sure to check out our full August lineup below:

8/1- Kate Nash w/ Meg Meyers
8/3- Dom Flemons
8/4- The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke with Darrian Ford
8/6- Brother Joscephus and The Love Revolution & Stooges Brass Band
8/7- Guy Forsyth’s Hot Nut Riveters & The Appleseed Collective
8/8- John McCutcheon
8/9- Carlene Carter w/ Jodee Lewis
8/9 – Michelle L’amour’s Variety Show
8/10- Bruce Cockburn w/ Jenny Scheinman – SOLD OUT
8/11- Bruce Cockburn w/ Jenny Scheinman (2nd Show)
8/12- Sharon Shannon
8/13- Eric Roberson – SOLD OUT
8/14- Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and The Barefoot Movement
8/15- Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound & Peter Mulvey
8/17 & 18- An Evening with Leo Kottke
8/19- Music of John Lennon Wine Pairing
8/20- Toby Lightman & Emerson Hart
8/21- Butch Hancock and Jimmy Dale Gilmore & Fred Eaglesmith
8/22- Paul Thorn – CD Release show
8/24- Corky Siegel Chamber Blues with Sons of the Never Wrong
8/28 & 29- An Evening with Alejandro Escovedo & Joe Ely
8/31- The Nth Power & Van Ghost w/ DJ Otto

All tickets can be purchased at the City Winery Chicago Website

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Partnership with Grant Park Music Festival

Life in Chicago requires a heavy coat (literally!) of resilience and perseverance during our brutally cold winters, but by the time summer rolls around, we’re eager to spend every possible moment outside in the sun- and the opportunities to do so are endless! Nightly free concerts in the park are a crowd favorite during the summer months, attracting thousands of Chicagoans and tourists of every demographic, including us here at City Winery Chicago, and this year we’ve partnered up with Grant Park Music Festival in Millennium Park as the official Impresario Society Wine Sponsor!

As the Impresario Society Wine Sponsor, we are present at every pre-concert reception during the season on the Impresario Terrace and we pour a selection of our wines for members to enjoy before the show begins. Not only have we been able to speak with Impresario members and board members about our wines, music, and food, but we’ve become more immersed in the classical music culture as our involvement with the Festival has progressed, which is something we’re especially excited about as we continue to broaden the musical variety in our concert hall.  In fact, last week we had Time for Three perform, and this weekend, we have WFMT presents Thirsty Ear Festival.

If you haven’t checked out the Grant Park Music Festival, preserving classical music for nearly 80 years, we highly recommend doing so! Check out the 2014 season schedule here. Bring a blanket, a few snacks, a City Winery growler to-go of wine (all concerts are BYOB), and some friends and enjoy the show.

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What’s Happening in July at City Winery Chicago

July has arrived! Summer is in full swing and everyone is looking to get out and venture around Chicago! Between concerts, food, and wine events, there’s sure to be something at City Winery Chicago to attract everyone during the upcoming month!


We have some great americana/country performances this month! Country icon Ralph Stanley is coming for a night and Western-Swing-Roots band Asleep at the Wheel (who just turned 40, by the way!) is here for two performances on 7/20!

In addition to the talented country acts here in July, we’ll also see some interesting performances that are definitely worth checking out. Between the Cambodian psychadelic rock band Dengue Fever, the New Orleans brass band Dirty Bourbon River Show with the gypsy jazz Fishtank Ensemble, or WFMT’s Thirsty Ear Festival, exposing us to young composers emphasizing a contemporary spin on classical music, we’re sure to expose you to unique and satisfying sounds and performances!

July also brings in some well-known & anticipated acts all here for two nights:  The Bangles, Marc Cohn, and the legendary Rock ‘n Roll hall of famer David Crosby!

See our full July music line up below:

7/7- Time for Three
7/8- She’s Crafty- Beastie Boys Beer Pairing with Metropolitan Brewing
7/9- Yarn w/ Carolina Story
7/10- Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
7/11- Dr. Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys w/ Town Mountain
7/12- Thirsty Ear Festival
7/12- Dengue Fever
7/13- Heartless Bastards
7/15- Dirty Bourbon River Show & Fishtank Ensemble
7/17 & 7/18- Marc Cohn
7/20- Asleep At The Wheel (Two shows)
7/27 & 7/28- The Bangles
7/29-2nd Story
7/31- Jill Sobule

All tickets can be purchased at the City Winery Chicago Website

Food & Wine

Aside from the exciting musical acts passing through City Winery this month, there are several food, wine, and other drink events.

On July 15, Chalk Hill winemaker Lisa Bishop Forbes is here to host the Chalk Hill Wine Dinner, an intimate evening of delicious wines paired with three courses designed by our chef- Yum!

We don’t only do wine pairings at City Winery! As a matter of fact, we have two beer pairing events here in July! On July 12 the all-female Beastie Boys tribute group She’s Crafty is pairing up with Metropolitan Brewing, a Chicago-founded microbrewery. Sit back and enjoy some beer with the show! Toward the end of the month, on July 24, Forbidden Root brewer BJ Pichman is hosting the Forbidden Root Beer Dinner, pairing botanical beers with courses created by our chef as well. Come and thrill you palette at this unique pairing!

All of our Food & Wine events can be found in our calendar.