The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting crisper, and you know what that means: it’s time for a new season! No, not autumn—though, yes, fall will be starting this month—but a new cultural season. Here are five dates to put on your Chicago calendar:
August 31 to September 11: Part of the international Fringe Festival movement (the original, in Edinburgh, has been around since 1947), the Chicago Fringe Festival brings two weekends’ worth of plays, skits, stand-up, dance, puppet shows to Jefferson Park—most of it created specifically for the festival.
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September 9–11: Fifty years on, Star Trek is still boldly going where no one has gone before. Celebrate the big anniversary at the 50 Year Mission Tour convention in Rosemont. The big guns are coming—Shatner, plus almost all your favorites from Next Generation and DS9—but what we can’t wait for Friday night’s Star Trek Rat Pack Nightclub Act.
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September 9–25: Sardinian tenors, Bulgarian pipers, Sudanese oudists, and an all-night classical Indian concert. It’s the World Music Festival, and it’s returned to venues all over the city.
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September 16–18: Help Riot Fest and Carnival settle into its new-as-of-last-year home, Douglas Park. Expect the Flaming Lips, Ween, Morrissey, Death Cab for Cutie, Rob Zombie, Sleater Kinney, and the reunion of the Original Misfits.
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September 25 & 26: And now for something completely different: The fifth annual International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art takes over the Navy Pier, as well as 28 digital billboards around the city. Look up! You might spot Vik Muniz’s portrait collage made of portraits, or Sanford Biggers’ Cheshire smile.
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