For the last four years, The Numero Group has operated out of a 100 year old former bottling factory in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. The Success Bottling Company building is home to our flagship office, Factory Outlet retail store, the Underground Soul Archive vault, and warehouses around a quarter of a million records. To commemorate our 16th year doing what several have referred to as “God’s work,” we’re opening our doors to the public for a one day extravaganza.
The all-evening event begins at 4PM with a massive 20%-off sale across the entire Factory Outlet, with the unveiling of our gently-used/vintage dead stock section. We’ll also have special silk screen editions, and several out-of-print titles for the Numero completist.
The first 50 entrants will receive a special Numero commemorative tote stuffed with exclusive oddities, and goodies.
Early birds can also be the first to play our soon-to-be-released Escape From Synth City 8-bit video game in a special Numtendo room or watch close-up magic with Justin Purcell. Drink free beer from our friends at Off-Color Brewery.
From 530-830PM we’ll be screening a series of Numero films, including Al Jarnow’s Celestial Navigations, The Chicago Party, the Downriver Revival mini doc, episodes of Laraaji’s “Celestrana” cable access show, and other bits from Numero’s filmic universe.
At 8:30PM we’ll bring private yacht poster boy Ned Doheny to the stage for his first ever Chicago performance. Come sing along to hits from his nearly 50-year catalog, including “Get It Up For Love,” “Prove My Love,” “Labor of Love,” and hopefully a few songs that aren’t about love at all. Get your picture taken with The Master or have your original albums signed.
Finally, from 11pm-??? we’ll be hosting a drunken dance party with Numero’s very own Rob Sevier, Ken Shipley, DJ Sit Ups, St. Stephen, Makamena, and our friends Paradise is a Frequency.
And here’s the kicker: It’s free.
Please note that an RSVP does not guarantee entry, space is limited and we encourage you to arrive early.
Parking will be tricky. We recommend biking/taking public transport/ride-sharing if possible! Here is a map of where there is free parking near us, and which public transport options will get you near by!