Start the weekend one day early, but pace yourself—bars and restaurants all over the city are celebrating Craft Beer Week for the next ten days. Festivities vary from a rooftop soiree at Little Goat, a Pipeworks tap takeover at Emporium, and a special three-course menu paired with a trio of Three Floyds brews at Owen & Engine.
The season's farmers' markets pick up steam today, starting this morning with the opening of the market at Daley Plaza.
The HoZac Blackout fest returns to the Empty Bottle tonight for an annual punk, garage, and rock 'n' roll party. Luca Cimarusti writes, "In its fourth post-hiatus year, it's looking as sharp as ever, with big-name headliners the Boys and the Dictators NYC plus some excellent opening acts. As usual, the party starts with a Thursday-night art show, which features work by artists from around the world (Hein Coetzee, Brian Shanley, Rubin) and one of the weekend's most solid music lineups. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, and featuring members of Times New Viking and Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, noise-pop duo Counter Intuits headline (after playing an in-store at Permanent Records at 4 PM), and the two opening acts are among Chicago's greatest weirdos—the Flipper-worshipping Nones and the art-rocking Toupee."
For more on these events and others, check out the Reader's daily Agenda page.