Fleetwood Mac photo via Flickr user Rockin'Rita. All other photos by Liz Peterson.
If you're a child of the 80s or 90s, you probably grew up hearing "Dreams," "Go Your Own Way," and "Rhiannon" in regular rotation on your local rock station, if not emanating from the tape player in your mom's car. Fleetwood Mac dropped its two most popular albums—the self-titled "white album" and Rumours—in 1975 and 1977, respectively, and they've remained beloved since.What's less clear is at what point in the last ten years Fleetwood Mac became the most favoritest band of every urban twenty- and thirtysomething in existence. It may have had something to do with that Glee episode, or that season of American Horror Story, the reemergence of witchcraft in popular culture, or the collective desire of young urban Millennials to completely dissociate from contemporary society, which sucks, and redirect their attention to collecting crystals, eating magic dust, studying tarot, and pretending that we were all so goth for the entirety of our teen years. (Hide the photos where you were wearing Abercrombie!) Or it may just be that sometimes we get sick of listening to trap music about abusing cough syrup and want to explore our softer side.
No, we're not imagining it—Fleetwood Mac is really, really popular again. "Dreams" even reappeared on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart at #14 earlier this year (thanks to a meme).And now, a bar in Chicago is paying homage to the band with a lacy, black magicky, candlelit pop-up called, appropriately, RHIANNON, hosted at event space The Rookery.
Naturally, there's a tarot card reader, cuz "Black Magic Woman," y'know. There are also a lot of candles, a lot of lace, and from the looks of the photos from opening weekend, a lot of women who are very excited to strut in their finest top hats and black kimonos.Amy Teri, owner/partner of The Rookery, says, “The first concert I ever saw was Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, and I’ve been a huge fan ever since." Who isn't, girl?
Naturally, there have to be some things worth Instagramming—this is a pop-up in 2018, after all—so there's a drink called the "Crystal Visions" made with Champagne, edible glitter, and color-changing rock sugar that looks like a bong for a My Little Pony (in a good way, we think).
Other cocktails include the Landslide (tequila, pineapple-infused rum, coconut rum cream, and chocolate); the Seven Wonders (pisco, blueberry jam, "color-changing butterfly flower chai"); the Black Magic Woman (activated charcoal, gin, and lychee liquor); the Songbird (rosé, Chareau, lime, soda); the Go Your Own Way (a "sour and salty tequila-based cocktail"—uh, probably a margarita); and the Gold Dust Woman (bourbon, honey, and ginger liqueur, with a gold candy rim).
Rosé? Activated charcoal? Color-changing stuff?
"This is a pop-up celebrating the magic of women,” Teri says. Totally… and also the magic of stuff that women love to buy and share photos of on social media.A note in the press materials for the pop-up acknowledges that "Neither this party, nor any view or opinion expressed in it, nor the context in which the party takes place is approved or endorsed by, or is in any way associated with, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, or anyone else connected with the making of the Fleetwood Mac or their music." Think of it as an unauthorized biography that gets you drunk.
Anyways, for all the hateration that's easy to throw, Fleetwood Mac is A Very Good Band and these drinks sound like even if they taste like craft supplies, they'd be fun to drink while mouthing along to "Little Lies" and staring at a decorative palmistry hand.If you don't live in Chicago, you can always down a few bottles of red wine, hit YouTube, and cry your way through a few live versions of "Silver Springs." Saved you the cost of a plane ticket! (This has probably been a popular activity since the advent of YouTube.)
RHIANNON is open every Thursday through Sunday until June 17.