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Jazz, Riot Fest and Monster Jam


This weekend there’s the Englewood Jazz Festival, Riot Fest, the Mexican Independence Day Parade, and monster trucks in Rosemont with all kinds of arts and entertainment.

On Tribune critic Hannah Edgar’s list The best jazz events of autumnThe lineup includes saxophonists Isaiah Collier and The Chosen Few, vibraphonist Joel Ross, trumpeters Marques Carroll and Sean Jones, and guitarist Jeff Parker of the New Horizons Ensemble Delmark Allstars.

Sept. 15-16, Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St.; free, for more information: englewoodjazzfest.org

The old “Sunday! Sunday!” Monster truck commercials would say: They’ll sell you the whole seat, but you just take advantage. Monster Jam comes to Allstate Arena this weekend with Pit Party fan experiences ahead of Saturday and Sunday events. Grave Digger, El Toro Loco, Megalodon, ThunderROARus and more among freestyle, skill and racing competitions.

Sept. 15-17, Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Manheim Road, Rosemont; tickets start at $20 www.monsterjam.com

This year’s parade coincides with the actual date of Mexican Independence Day. The parade’s theme, “Tu Mexico, Tu Chicago,” will focus on Mexican identity and culture. The parade, which will feature bright floats, mariachi bands and folkloric dancing, will start from the Little Village Arch at 26th Street and Albany Avenue and go down 26th Street to Kostner Boulevard.

The parade begins at noon Sept. 16 at Little Village, 3100 W 26th St.; free, for more information: chicagoevents.com

This event celebrates Ravenswood’s creativity and community with open studios and galleries, pop-up performances, and an outdoor art market featuring more than 60 local creators. There will also be activities for children, music stages, food trucks and a beer garden.

September 16-17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor on Ravenswood Boulevard from Lawrence to Irving Park Road; free, for more information: ravenswoodchicago.org

Annual Chicago owned and operated music festival is back at Douglass Park with headliners like Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and The Cure.

September 15-17, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., in Douglass Park, enter at the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Sacramento Drive; tickets start at $104.98 riotfest.org

Fans march through Douglass Park during the first day of Riot Fest in Chicago on September 16, 2021.

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago presents the first Chicago Latin Dance Festival. Spanning four days, the event highlights Ibero-American dance and includes Puerto Rican bomba and plena, Brazilian samba, flamenco, Belize punta, Haitian traditional, Chilean cueca, indigenous dances of the Quechua, Purepecha and Zapotec nations, tango and contemporary dance.

At various venues on September 17, September 23, September 30 and October 12; Admission is free but reservations are encouraged, for more information: latinoculturecenter.org

Kick off the fall season with this new beer festival for adults. If beer isn’t your thing, there will also be non-alcoholic options to enjoy alongside wine, cocktails, seltzers, and food like pretzels and sausages. Musical performers include German polka band Die Musikmeisters and a DJ playing party tunes.

Sept. 16, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.; tickets $25-$35 (ages 21+) eventbrite.com

The West Coast comedian spent his early years in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. His voice-over work has appeared in films and television (“Trolls,” “BoJack Horseman”), and his stand-up tour brings him to the Den Theater in Wicker Park.

Sept. 15-16, Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Avenue; Tickets starting at $34 (two-drink minimum) by calling 773-697-3830 and thedentheatre.com

There is a riverside display two new predictions The return of videos from Yiyun Kang and Charles Atlas in the fall will be released this weekend and will be played every night until mid-November.

7:30 p.m. nightly through Nov. 15, best viewed from the Riverwalk on Wacker Drive between Wells Street and Franklin Street; more information at artonthemart.com


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