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Pitchfork Music Festival
Friday-Sunday at Union Park; $35/day
If you don't know about the country's most consistently interesting fest (yeah, we said it), get learnin'. This year's lineup features a who's who of indie music, from Built to Spill and Yo La Tengo on Friday (doing request-driven sets, no less) to The National, The Black Lips and Lindstrom on Saturday, to Grizzly Bear and The Flaming Lips on Sunday. Add to that a ton of cool vendors and, for once, mild weather, and you've got a recipe for an amazing musical weekend. Check out Centerstage's schedule picks and plan where to eat around the park.
8 p.m. Thursday at The Spot; $10
White-faced, neo-burlesque mimes love America, too! The Oona Tramps (think goth-weird Charlie Chaplins) are raising funds for their Canadian tour by celebrating the good old U.S. of A. The evening features a short film, strip-tease by Lady Jack and Michelle L'amour and comedy by the Tramps themselves. Also included in the $10 ticket price: free drinks, free snacks and free freedom. God Bless.
The Silver Room's Sound System Block Party
noon-10 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen and Milwaukee; free
Live music, DJs, food and art highlight this indoor/outdoor fest presented by The Silver Room in Wicker Park. The party (this year's theme: "Take A Stand") features performances from some of Chicago's most diverse creatives, including BBU, The Gents, Lono Brazil and more.
Sheffield Garden Walk
noon-10:15 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Don't be fooled by the name of this one - sure, there are plenty of self-guided garden and architectural tours to be found, but the real action happens at the house parties going down all day. We're not saying you can just waltz into any building with a case of beer, but it'll feel like it. It all leads up to the throwback concerts at night, featuring Rusted Root (Saturday) and Poi Dog Pondering (Sunday).