September 2013 Loop List: Music and (Happy) Shows
September is a month of music and shows in downtown Chicago, featuring the 15th annual World Music Festival and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the musical "Evita" and "Joan of Arc" the opera, and comedians Kevin James and Dane Cook among other exciting events.
September 12-22 | Chicago Cultural Center | Hours, locations vary | Free Admission
Presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, this city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 600,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 600 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.
September 11-13 | John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza | 11am-9pm | Free Admission
Don’t miss the largest, longest-running Oktoberfest in Chicago! The celebration starts with traditional German musical performances and featured nightly shows with some of Chicago’s favorite bands. Also consider the VIP Experience, great for group gatherings and office outings.
Until September 23! | Chicago Cultural Center | 10-7pm Mon-Thu 10-6pm Fri-Sun | Free Admission
Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister’s exploration of happiness (above) is an exhibition of such magnitude that one gallery cannot contain it. The Happy Show is currently exhibited in both the Exhibition Hall and Yates Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the Chicago Cultural Center.
September 12 | Chicago Theatre | 7:30pm, 10:00pm | $39.50-75
MSG Entertainment and Live Nation welcome comedian Kevin James to The Chicago Theatre as part of his national stand-up comedy tour, Kevin James Live. James starred in and produced the hit sitcom, The King of Queens, and has been a rising star in the comedic film world since 2005.
September 21 | Chicago Symphony Center | 7pm | $58+
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's celebration of Verdi continues with Symphony Ball featuring an all-Verdi program with Maestro Muti leading the CSO, Chorus and soprano Barbara Frittoli and bass-baritone Luca Dall'Amico in incidental music and choruses from Macbeth, Ernani, Nabucco and La forza del destino, as well as the Overture to I vespri siciliani. The evening begins with a preconcert reception for all ticket holders. Gala package patrons will enjoy postconcert cocktails, dinner and dancing to the Bill Pollack Orchestra at the Palmer House Hilton.
September 22 | Chicago Theatre | 8pm | $39.50-55
Dane Cook will perform for one night only as part of his national stand-up comedy tour, “Under Oath.” The “Under Oath” tour marks Dane’s first live tour since his highly successful “ISolated INcident” tour in 2009. Combining energetic physical comedy, clever wordplay and trenchant observations about human behavior, Cook’s unique brand of stand-up and accessible guy-next-door attitude have galvanized audiences of all ages.
September 18 - October 6 | Oriental Theatre | 2pm, 7:30pm | $27-90
This Tony Award-winning musical returns, telling the story of how Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. It features the beautiful, classic songs Don't Cry for Me Argentina, Another Suitcase in Another Hall and High Flying, Adored.
September 21-29 | Harris Theater for Music and Dance | $35+
Chicago Opera Theater's Joan of Arc is a bold portrayal of the iconic woman who sacrificed everything to fight for her beliefs and her country. Fun fact: this was chosen by COT's audiences to celebrate composer Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday. This production is sung in Italian with English supertitles.
September 2013-June 2014 | Chicago Symphony Center | $33+
See the Chicago Symphony Orchestra practically any night of the week! Their 2013/14 schedule is packed with shows, mixing classic and more contemporary works by various composers.
September 14 | Grant Park | 12pm
Celebrate Mexican culture at the annual Mexican Independence Parade in downtown Chicago.