The Spotlight

Out of the Office:: August Event Picks

Ryan Sias

What We’re Doing in August

Ah, summertime in Chicago! It’s hard to believe that August is already here. It’s one of our favorite months of the year, and it always brings memories of beach days, warm nights, beautiful sunsets, and the peaceful drone of cicadas. While the pandemic is not completely over, things do look much better for live events than they did a year ago. With additional precautions and a bit of uncertainty about the future of this virus, we’re able to carefully make a transition back to normalcy. We’re all hoping that this August will feel more normal than the last.

One thing is for certain though, it will be over before we know it. We’re hoping that you’ll be able to take some time away from the grind and soak it in. Here are some of the things we’re looking forward to in hopes to make the month of August a memorable one!


Bumping Mics with Jeffrey Ross and Dave Attell

Genesee Theatre

Friday, August 6, 2021

Dave Attell has always been one of my favorite comedians, and I’m really looking forward to seeing him live! Jeff Ross and Dave have a great rapport together, so it should be a great show!

Rise Against with Descendents and The Menzingers

Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Saturday, August 28, 2021

It’s been way too long since I’ve gone to a show, and this might be my first of the year. For me, Rise Against is always a nostalgia bomb of the early 2000’s, however I’m most excited for Descendents and The Menzingers!


Sunday’s on State

Sunday, August 8, 2021 

State Street from Lake to Madison

I’ve missed the previous Sundays on State this summer but I’m not going to miss one more! The Chicago Loop Alliance know’s how to throw a party and if their Elevate series is any indication of what to expect, their Sundays on State series will be a fun way to spend a sunny Sunday Afternoon.

Goodman Theatre Presents - Zulema 

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Dvorak Park in Pilsen

I’m a sucker for music in the park, theatre in the park, hell, I’m a sucker for parks. An afternoon on a blanket with my family, ice cold Rosas for the grownups, paletas for the kids, and then add Goodman Theatre and Sones de México Ensemble’s performance of Zulema, I’m in heaven.


Movies in the Park - Creature from the Black Lagoon

Friday, August 18, 2021

Holstein Park

With October right around the corner, I’m excited to get a head start on the Halloween season by checking out the outdoor screening of the original “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Catch it on August (Friday the) 13th in Holstein Park, hosted by the Chicago Park District as part of their Movies in the Park summer series. 

Cool Heat

Friday, August 27, 2021

The Burlington

Now that shows are happening again, I can’t help but plug my friend’s band, Cool Heat, who will be performing at the Burlington in Logan Square on Friday, August 27th. To make the evening a hair more fun, yours truly will be filling in on the bass.

Drop us a line and tell us about some Chicago shows and events you’re looking forward to!