It was a beautiful weekend in Chicago, and to celebrate the autumny weather, a whole bunch of folks turned out for the Hideout's annual Block Party. No Albini-on-Albini headliners this year, but it was still quite a romper, featuring British popsters Art Brut, the ever-so-fitting Bloc Party (who joked that they'd named themselves after the event), dance master Dan Deacon (just a few hours before his green skull went missing) and the Windy City's favorite son, Andrew Bird. The Frames, O'Death, the 1900s, Cass McCombs, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, and the Changes all also got their party on.
There was also a glee club (Blue Ribbon Glee Club), a marching band (Mucca Pazza), square dancers (Golden Horse Ranch Square Dance Band), and something called a Guitarkestra (helmed by Steven Krakow, aka Plastic Crimewave). Photos of all that weird shit, and even more, below.