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/ chirp kicks off the holidays at renegade

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Bridgeport Art Center
1200 W. 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609

Ring in the festive spirit as Renegade returns home for the holidays!  Renegade is a celebration of DIY spirit and each Fair gathers new and seasoned independent Makers for two days of merriment. Stay in from the cold with a warm weekend of DIY workshops, delicious food + drink, shopping handmade, and festive sounds from CHIRP!

The fair runs from 11am to 6pm at 1200 West 35th Street. For more information, visit

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chirp spins at remix chicago holiday fair

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Broadway Armory
5917 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL

Remix Chicago is Chicago’s first festival featuring art that’s drawn from outside the margins: a refreshing remix of indie, intuitive, folk and craft art made from recycled and found materials. The annual holiday fair features workshops and education for people of all ages. With the work of 50 eclectic artists, food from forward-thinking restaurants, refreshing beverages, and music provided by CHIRP, the fair promises holiday fun for everyone.

The Fair runs from 11am to 4pm at 5917 North Broadway. For more information, visit

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Saturday Audio Exchange
1021 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-4434

Classic Album Sundays is an immersive album listening experience that builds the community of music lovers and CHIRP is proud to co-sponsor the series in Chicago. We’re finishing the year with some serious soul as Classic Album Sundays features one of its most requested albums D’Angelo's Voodoo.

Recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York City the album featured a loose groove base style which was a departure from D’Angelo’s first album Brown Sugar.  Blues, gospel, funk, R&B, soul, hip-hop, classic rock and jazz are all drawn on to make an album which stands out as one of the finest albums of the noughties.

The album will be spun in its entirety on vinyl powered by a hi-fi sound system at Saturday Audio Exchange, located at 1021 W Belmont Avenue. The event starts at 6 pm and refreshments will be available. More information, including a pre-album playlist, event recaps, and partner information, can be found at or the Classic Album Sundays Facebook page.

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First Time: First Issue

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3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL


CHIRP Radio’s Live Lit and Music series, The First Time, is unlike any storytelling show in Chicago.  It pairs our readers' personal stories about a First Time experience with a song performance. 

This unique structure allows the story to resonate with audience members as they experience the accompanying song covered by our house band, The First Time Four band.  The band, has played with musicians including Robbie Fulks, Ian Hunter, Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor and more, and takes special care to perform unexpected song arrangements of said covers.  It is hard to tell what the audience enjoys more each story or each song. 

The show is a benefit for CHIRP and is hosted by The Moth champion Jenn Sodini.

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Chirp music book club at Transistor - Simon Reynolds’ Retromania

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5224 N. Clark
Chicago, IL

CHIRP's music book club returns to Transistor Thursday, January 12th for a discussion of Simon Reynolds' Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past

One of The Telegraph's Best Music Books 2011

We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion tours, expanded reissues of classic albums and outtake-crammed box sets, remakes and sequels, tribute albums and mash-ups . . . But what happens when we run out of past? Are we heading toward a sort of culturalecological catastrophe where the archival stream of pop history has been exhausted?

Simon Reynolds, one of the finest music writers of his generation, argues that we have indeed reached a tipping point, and that although earlier eras had their own obsessions with antiquity—the Renaissance with its admiration for Roman and Greek classicism, the Gothic movement's invocations of medievalism—never has there been a society so obsessed with the cultural artifacts of its own immediate past. Retromania is the first book to examine the retro industry and ask the question: Is this retromania a death knell for any originality and distinctiveness of our own?

We'll meet at 8:30pm for record-spinning and lively discussion. For more information, visit

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CHIRP Night at the Whistler with Jacob Horn Trio and Wyys

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2421 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-3530


Every fourth Wednesday of the month is CHIRP Night at the Whistler — an evening where you can enjoy the music of CHIRP-curated local artists, the Whistler’s take on classic cocktails, and the good feeling of supporting independent radio.

This January, we're excited to welcome Chicago's own Jacob Horn Trio and Wyys to the Whistler stage. As usual, there is no cover for this 21 and over event, and it all kicks off around 8:30pm.

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