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: James@CityWinery.com 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