The Foghorn Stringband to perform at City Winery Chicago November 1 (4pm)

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The Foghorn Stringband is the shining gold standard for American stringband music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over a decade of touring under their belts, and two entirely new generations of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.

The Foghorn Stringband play the old way, the way you’d have heard stringbands play on Southern radio stations back in the 1930s. Performing live, these multi- instrumentalists gather around a single microphone in the middle of the stage, expertly balancing their sound on the fly, and creating the rarest of music: songs that are at once wildly virtuosic and intimately hand-crafted. Foghorn plays American roots music of the finest order.

“The Foghorn Stringband stands at the top of today’s vibrant old-time music revival and a fine example of what an unending revival it is. Each album finds them deeper into the tradition, more familiar with the rich resources of roots music, and more focused, but still propelled by that undercurrent of punk energy.” —Art Menius, WMMT.

The Foghorn Stringband are set to perform on the City Winery stage on November 1 for a 4pm matinee show. For a taste of the band’s old-time Americana music check out this video.

Tickets for the November 1 show at City Winery can be purchased here.

Halloween Shows at City Winery Chicago


City Winery Chicago announces a trio of Halloween shows fitting for the Halloween season. Edgar Winter, whose Top 40 hit “Frankenstein” is a staple of any Halloween party, plays a full band show on October 20. The weekend prior to Halloween, Amy Lowe and KingKatz play a Halloween-themed kids’ matinee on October 24. And on Halloween proper, The Meters’ Leo Nocentelli and P-Funk’s Bernie Worrell play a funky show as The Meters Experience.


The Edgar Winter Band will be playing on  Tuesday, October 20. Iconic Texas rock, jazz, blues and pop multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter (“Free Ride,” “Frankenstein”) is renowned for his own scintillating shows and his riveting collaborations with the likes of Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band. Winter invented the keyboard body strap which allows him the freedom to move around the stage during his high-energy performances.

The Kids’ Concert Series – Stomp Your Feet to the Jammin’ Beat “Halloween Harvest” is happening on Saturday, October 24. Environmental awareness, neighborhood diversity and the ability of everyone to make his or her own music are just a few of the themes covered in this lively entertaining program of songs and stories for children and all ages. Selections from Parents Choice Award-winning CD’s I Like Gum and Brighter Than Fireflies encourage the audience to clap their hands, stomp their feet and sing along to the jammin beats with Amy Lowe and guitar & drum duo KingKatz (Dave Katzman and Mike Rodbard).

The Meters Experience Halloween Extravaganza is occuring on  Saturday, October 31 at 9pm (aka Halloween night!) In the ’60s and ’70s, founding fathers of funk, The Meters, created a unique sound blending funk, blues and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe. After world tours with The Rolling Stones, the original Meters have been on since hiatus since 2006, but Leo Nocentelli, guitarist and founding member of the original Meters, carries the musical sound on with The Meters Experience, performing such classic hits as “Cissy Strut,” “Fire on the Bayou,” “Hey Pocky A-Way” and “Look-Ka Py Py.” He’s joined by keyboardist and composer Bernie Worrell, founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

For tickets to any events occurring at City Winery Chicago click here.



Wines of Portugal Tasting at City Winery Chicago


On Wednesday, October 14, Wines of Portugal will be showcasing the best of their country’s wine producers at City Winery Chicago. It will be a grand tasting of more than 200 Portuguese wines. Guests will experience the extensive range of Portugal’s wines, from the dry reds of Bairrada to the delicious whites from Vinho Verde, from historied cuvees of the Setúbal-Palmela and Lisbon regions to the progressive offerings from the Douro.

The following producers will be participating:

Caves Campelo

Wine With Spirit

Symington Family Estates, Vinhos

Sogrape Vinhos

Quinta Santa Eufemia

Quinta da Foz

Sociedade Agrícola Quinta do Covão

Sociedade Agrícola Boas Quintas

Ramos Pinto

Douro Family Estates

Quinta do Pôpa

Quinta do Crasto

Quinta de Lemos

Quinta Monte D’Oiro

QUINTA DE CHOCAPALHA, Casa Agrícola das Mimosas

João Portugal Ramos Wines

Quinta do Passadouro

Wine and Soul

Herdade do Sobroso

Quinta da Alorna

José Maria da Fonseca Vinhos

Herdade dos Grous


Dona Maria- Julio Bastos

Cortes de Cima

DFJ Vinhos

Cartuxa – Fundação Eugénio de Almeida

Casa Santos Lima – Companhia das Vinhas

Casa Agricola Alexandre Relvas

Adega Cooperativa de Redondo, C.R.L

Julia Kemper Wines

Luís Pato

Be sure to pick up your tickets for Wines of Portugal here!

For all other wine events be sure to check out our website.

2015 October Events at City Winery Chicago

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Fall has arrived and so have a whole new line up of events happening here at our winery in the West Loop! From indie and folk to R&B and soul it’s all happening right here.

 Starting off the month are the multitalented couple, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall who are bringing their “In the Mood” tour to Chicago with some jazz that is sure to please and will be promoting Alpert’s new album, “Come Fly With Me” on 10/1.

 Five piece band, Carbon Leaf, performs two shows on October 14 & 15 (October 15 meet and greet tickets available). Known for their alt-country, Celtic, and Indie rock sound this is a unique show you won’t want to miss.

 On 10/12 and 10/13 we have back-to-back nights with 4-time Grammy Award winner, Aaron Neville that will feature his best in soul and R&B.

 Did you know we offer more than just music on our stage? We are so excited for stand up comedian, Janeane Garofalo to perform for us on 10/23. She’ll be performing two shows – 7:30pm & 10:30pm.

 We close out the month with The Meters Experience Halloween Extravaganza featuring Leo Nocentelli (of the Meters) and Bernie Worrell (of P-Funk) with special guest Jamal Batiste. In the ’60s and ’70s, founding fathers of funk, The Meters, created a unique sound blending funk, blues and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe. After world tours with The Rolling Stones, the original Meters have been on since hiatus since 2006, but Leo Nocentelli, guitarist and founding member of the original Meters, carries the musical sound on with The Meters Experience, performing such classic hits as “Cissy Strut,” “Fire on the Bayou,” “Hey Pocky A-Way” and “Look-Ka Py Py.” He’s joined by keyboardist and composer Bernie Worrell, founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 With so many exciting things happening at City Winery this October, make sure to make it down to the West Loop so you don’t miss out!

For tickets to any of these shows follow this link: October Calendar 

10/1 -Herb Alpert & Lani Hall
10/2 – Robbie Fulks with guest Luke Winslow-King
10/4 -Noon- Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago presents Songs @ City Winery Featuring Pianist Matthew Gemmill
10/4 -Melissa Ferrick with special guest Edie Carey
10/5 & 6 – Jackie Greene with special guest Derik Hultquist. Meet and Greet tickets available
10/7-10/9 – A Very Special SOLO Evening With Joan Armatrading with special guest Kristina Train
10/10 – Bob Mould with special guest Jason Narducy
10/12 & 13 -An Evening With Aaron Neville
10/14 & 15 – Carbon Leaf with special guests The Accidentals. Meet & Greet available 10/15
10/16 – Chris Smither with special guest John Sieger
10/18 – 5 & 8pm – Black Violin
10/19 – Emerson Hart (of Tonic) & Meiko with special guest Zeke Duhon
10/20 – Edgar Winter Band
10/21 – Shawn Mullins with special guest Chuck Cannon
10/23 -Janeane Garofolo- 7:30PM & 10:30pm shows
10/24 – Noon – City Winey Kids Concert Series with Amy Lowe and KingKatz: Halloween Harvest- Costumes Welcome
10/24 – Kat Edmonson with special guest Milton
10/26 – Al Di Meola – 7pm show. VIP Meet and Greet Package available.
10/28 – Emily King
10/29 – MIPSO with special guest 10 String Symphony
10/30 – Tank (7:30 & 10:30pm)
10/31 – The Meters Experience Presents the Icons of Funk featuring Leo Nocentelli of The Meters) and Bernie Worrell (of P-FUNK)

WCIU City Winery Chicago Crush Segment

We were so happy to have Aly Bockler from WCIU You & Me This Morning visit us during our second crush on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, when we received 10 tons of Pinot Noir grapes! In their video they capture how grapes turn into wine!  If you’re interested in volunteering for a crush and learning more about the wine process, please email: or call 312.733.WINE (9463).

City Winery Chicago Second Crush of 2015

Chicago Second Crush 2015

Workers loading up grapes to be destemmed.

Last Tuesday, September 8, was the second crush of the season for us here at City Winery Chicago. If you’re wondering what a crush is, it is the beginning of the process to creating your favorite wine! The 10 tons of grapes we received were Pinot Noir and they came straight from California on a truck around 6 a.m. and we got to unload them and put them through the “destemmer” machine which does exactly what you would think: it separates the grapes themselves from the stems.

After the grapes go through the destemmer they are passed on a conveyer belt where employees extract leaves, twigs, rocks, (sometimes even snails!) from the grapes. It may seem like a simple job, but it requires more people than you think. There can be anywhere from four to eight people working on this station just to be sure that all that is left and going into your future glass of wine is grapes.

Once the grapes pass through this step, they then roll off the conveyer belt and into a giant tub that will soon be put on a forklift which will then be poured into a tank where the grapes will ferment. They will remain in these tanks for about 7-10 days and then they will be well on their way to being put into your glass! Check out our winemaker, Robert Kowal (@cwvinewhisperer), using his masterful forklift skills to get the destemmed grapes into the fermenting tanks: Robert Kowal, City Winery Chicago winemaker

City Winery Chicago fermenting tank

City Winery Chicago fermenting tank

The next round of grapes will arrive from California! We will getting some Chardonnay and Syrah grapes from the Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino regions.

So, next time you have a glass of wine you will know a little more about just how many people it took to make it!

If you’re interested in taking a tour of our winery, please click here.

And check out our upcoming wine events if you’re interested in sharpening your palate!

2015 September Events at City Winery Chicago


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We are opening  September with the return of six time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, the legendary Dr. John. Dr. John and the Nite Trippers will be bringing a little bit of New Orleans’ to our stage on 9/9 & 9/11.

On 9/16 we are changing up the scenery with a music photography exhibition of two great photographers, Henry Diltz and Pattie Boyd, who will pair their amazing stories and iconic images of music history together for an unforgettable presentation of their tour Behind the Lens. The Behind the Lens tour is a live presentation of  the artists themselves as they share their stories with each photograph, including Pattie Boyd’s intimate and revealing photographs of George Harrison and the Beatles and Eric Clapton among others. Morrison Hotel Gallery will also create a gallery exhibition and sale to travel with each show, sharing these extraordinary images with audiences nationwide!

Lizz Wright will be show casing her new album of soulful jazz Freedom and Surrender  for two shows on 9/25 at 7:30pm and 10pm.  The nine-piece ensemble Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will bring their high energy to our stage on 9/27. The music of Cab Calloway, Rattle them Bones, will be sure to get the crowd going as they shake to this timeless classic.

We will end September with some jazz fusion/rock type funk sounds from Bilal for two back-to-back shows on 9/29 and 9/30. Bilal is always looking for a way to bring a wide range of diverse musicality, and we cannot wait to hear what he has in store for us.

You’re not going to want to miss out on these events going on at City Winery this September!

For tickets to any of these shows follow this link: September Calendar

9/1- Burgundy Wine Dinner with Peter Wasserman
9/2- Helping Phriendly Orchestra. Music & Beer pairing
9/3- Doyle Bramhall II
9/6 & 9/8- Justin Hayward with special guest Mike Dawes- 9/6 & 9/8. VIP Merchandise Package available.
9/7- Bubbly Q Starring Junior Brown, Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, Robert Rolfe Feddersen
9/8- Justin Hayward with special guest Mike Dawes. VIP Merchandise package available.
9/9 & 9/11- Dr. John & the Nite Trippers
9/10- David Hidalgo & Marc Ribot Duo
9/13- Ann Hampton Callaway
9/14- The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano featuring Kickstarter Co-founder, Charles Adler
9/15- Josh Rouse
9/16- Behind the Lens with Photographers Henry Diltz and Pattie Boyd. Meet and Greet tickets available.
9/17- Dana Fuchs
9/19- Marcia Ball
9/20- Collabortive Arts Institute of Chicago presents Songs 12 pm
9/20 – Holly Williams with special guest Lilly Hiatt 8pm
9/21- World Music Festival -Lula Pena & Paolo Angeli
9/22- World Music Festibal -The Patricia Ibáñez and Abel Harana Company presents Memoria Antigua
9/23 & 9/24- Lucinda Williams
9/25- Lizz Wright – 7:30 & 10pm shows
9/27- Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
9/28 – Grazyna Auguscik Group
9/29 & 9/30- Bilal



The Steel Wheels

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We are kicking off August with R&B singer and Detroit native Dwele, who will be bringing his Motown visions to our stage with back-to-back performances on 8/1.

The Legacy Continues with Nathan Stanley who is re-releasing his old hits and performing them with The Clinch Mountain Boys featuring his idol and grandfather, Dr. Ralph Stanley. Nathan Stanley is no stranger to the music industry and with his grandfather by his side you’re not going to want to miss these graceful country harmonies when they perform on 8/2.

Amel Larrieux brings her urban vocals to our stage for back-to-back performances on 8/8, and 8/9! On 8/12 Bryan Sutton, best known for his incredible talent on an acoustic guitar, will immerse City Winery with his rich heritage of western North Carolina music as he performs with The Barefoot Movement.

Returning to our stage on 8/14 are The Steel Wheels, bringing their brand of Americana music to our stage. Their 2010 album Red Wing spent 13 weeks on the American Music Association’s top 40 chart.

Helping us bring a final close to our summer on 8/30 we have Ricky Nelson Remembered Starring his twin sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. This musically talented family adds a unique twist to music and entertainment by combining the two for a show that appeals to multiple generations.

You’re not going to want to end your summer any other way than with music and wine, so by your tickets now and join us this August!

For tickets to any of these shows follow this link: August Calendar.

8/1- DWELE 7:30PM AND 10:30PM
8/13 – MACEO PARKER 7 & 10pm shows
8/21- NORM MACDONALD 7:30 & 10pm shows
8/23,24, & 25- KT TUNSTALL
8/26 & 27- LEO KOTTKE (part of the State of the Union series)


Ricky Nelson Remembered starring Matthew & Gunnar Nelson


The Americana Music Association, Newport Folk Presents®, and City Winery are pleased to announce the Summer lineup for the State of the Union series

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The Americana Music Association, Newport Folk Presents®, and City Winery are pleased to announce the Summer lineup for the State of the Union series.

State of the Union: A Celebration of American Roots Music, taking place at the esteemed City Winery venues in Chicago, Napa, Nashville and New York City, will highlight artists whose musicianship and excellence set the standard for live performance.

Leo Kottke 8/26 and 8/27
Lucinda Williams 9/23 and 9/24 [Both are SOLD OUT – Waitlist available]

Richie Furay 8/19
Gregory Alan Isakov 8/20

Iris Dement 7/12
Steep Canyon Rangers 8/26
Peter Rowan & Ramblin’ Jack Elliott 9/3

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Blake Mills 7/31
John Hiatt 8/15 and 8/16
John Hammond & G. Love 9/28


About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including the Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. For more information, please visit

About the Newport Folk Festival
Newport Folk Festival was founded in 1959 by famed festival producer George Wein and folk icon Pete Seeger. The Festival is renowned for introducing a number of legendary artists to the world. Since 1959, Newport Folk has been serving true musical omnivores, fans who crave innovation but appreciate tradition. The 56 year tradition continues to this day, as Newport has won Pollstar’s Music Festival of the Year for the last two years. The Newport Folk Festival is a production of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., a 501 (C) (3) non-profit corporation, whose mission includes educating young people about folk and jazz music, and to present the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island in perpetuity. To learn more, visit

About City Winery
City Winery, founded in 2008 by Michael Dorf, has four locations in New York, Chicago, Nashville, and Napa. The brand is a growing haven of fully functioning urban wineries that present world-class musical performances in an intimate listening room environment. Young and emerging local artists join internationaltouring stars to play the City Winery stage for 320+ showa per year. With a modest capacity of 300 seats in the house, City Winery has created a compelling mix for their sophisticated clientele of active cultural patrons, bringing the wine country experience to the heart of large cities.

This incomparable musical experience is enhanced through state of the art sound systems from Meyer Sound®. Among stainless steel fermenting tanks, French oak barrels and the aroma of fermenting grapes, cultural connoisseurs who are passionate about music, wine and culinary arts can savor top-notch artists in an urban setting with a wine country vibe. For a full schedule of City Winery’s four city programming, please visit

City Winery Chicago’s Summer 2015 Vinofile Party Recap

City Winery kicked off June with yet another VinoFile Party. Although weather ended up keeping us indoors, we nevertheless celebrated the evening with style, using the lobby, winery, Barrel Room and the restaurant for an exclusive VinoFile bash. For our second VinoFile party of the year, we wanted to celebrate the arrival of our new VinoFile tiers – Silver and Gold. While all of our VinoFiles are aware of the perks of their membership, several members decided to up their membership to one of the new packages for one very good reason – WINE CLUB! Both Silver and Gold tiers introduce a first for City Winery Chicago – a chance for people to subscribe to our wines and take home bottles – including favorites that they’ve had here at City Winery, plus options that are exclusive to the wine club. Winemaker Robert Kowal was on hand to talk about his selections for the inaugural offering, plus what’s in store for the next chapter coming at the end of fall! Chef Andres Barrera and Pastry Chef Angelica Rangel were also on hand to charm the crowd (and receive credit for their own tasty offerings to the party)!
our lovely pasty chef Angelica Rangel

our lovely pasty chef Angelica Rangel

If you’re worried that you missed out, fear not – memberships are retroactive, so guests wanting to sign up for our new VinoFile tiers can still receive their Wine Club offerings. And those bummed about not being at this party can take heart – another will be coming in the fall and winter! If you’re curious about joining the VinoFile program – or interesting in upgrading to the wine club selections available in Silver or Gold – just click here for details!
We hope to see you at the next party – you bring a guest, and we’ll bring the wine!