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Things To Do Around Chicago: September 5th-7th, 2014

I can’t believe I just typed “September”

But…at least there’s wine.

 

Gimme those grapes.

Gimme those grapes.

 

Keep reading for more fun things to do around Chicago this weekend!

WINDY CITY WINE FESTIVAL

September 5, 2014 – September 6, 2014

This festival provides an opportunity to sample from more than 300 wines from around the world. You’ll learn about new and exciting varieties from the experts in a relaxed festival setting as well as enjoy bites from some of our city’s best restaurants and caterers and live music on the festival stage.

Hours

Friday: 4 – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 2 – 8 p.m.

Buckingham Fountain

301 S. Columbus Dr.

Chicago, IL 60605

Adult Wine Tasting Ticket – Advance

$30

Adult Wine Tasting Ticket – At Door

$38

Designated Driver Ticket

$15

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.windycitywinefestival.com/

GERMAN DAY FESTIVAL

September 5, 2014 – September 7, 2014

This annual event celebrates all things German. Traditional interactive cultural programs, music, dancing, and of course great food and beverages will be available for your enjoyment at this three day festival in our city’s Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Friday

6 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies

Saturday

2 p.m. – General Von Steuben Day Parade (start at 4000 N. Linoln Ave.)

Fun fact – this parade celebrates Baron Friedrich von Steuben, who volunteered his services to General George Washington.

Sunday

12 p.m. – German Day Festival

N. Western Ave. and N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL 60647

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://germanday.com/index.html

79TH STREET RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

September 6, 2014

Treat your family to a wonderful, culturally diverse event this summer by attending the “79th St Ren Fest.” Enjoy local acts on the main stage, a kids corner with a Ferris Wheel and petting zoo, and free lunch for seniors 55+ in a special pavilion in the Seniors Corner. Shop Local and buy jewelry and other items at very reasonable prices. Welcome to Auburn Gresham – one of Chicago’s official 77 neighborhoods and definitely one of its best kept secrets!

Hours:

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

79th St. & Racine Ave.

Chicago, IL 60620

Admission

Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/neighborhood_festivals3.html

SHOCK TOP OYSTER FEST

September 6, 2014

Fresh oysters, pints of Shock Top brew and an eclectic music lineup unofficially kick off autumn at this popular fest in the heart of the Roscoe Village neighborhood. Tents housing fresh seafood as well as other culinary delights are but one highlight of this iconic post-Labor Day happening, now in its 16th year.

Music Headliners

Main Stage @ Leavitt: Gaelic Storm

Damen Stage: 16 Candles

Hours:

11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

2000 W. Roscoe St.

Chicago, IL 60657

Gate Donation

$7

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=119

VENETIAN NIGHT

September 6, 2014

A longtime favorite festival in Chicago, Venetian Night, makes a spectacular return at Navy Pier with Broadway on Parade! Spend the day at Navy Pier before gathering lakeside on the Pier’s South Dock to watch this FREE aquatic parade of illuminated boats followed by a dazzling fireworks show.

Up to 20 participating vessels will be decorated in the theme of your favorite Broadway musicals including Wicked, The Wiz, Little Mermaid, South Pacific, Annie, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Chicago and Motown while being accompanied by music from the popular shows. Spectators will also have the chance to vote for their favorite Venetian Night boat on Navy Pier’s Facebook page.

Hours:

8:30 p.m.

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoyachtingassociation.org/events/venetian.html

UKRAINIAN VILLAGE FEST

eptember 6, 2014 – September 7, 2014

Explore our city’s historic Ukrainian Village neighborhood at this annual festival. This European style fest features live music, costumed folk dance ensembles, a beer garden offering imported and domestic beer, ethnic arts & crafts, restaurants offering traditional and continental cuisine, games and children’s activities in a special kids area.

Hours:

1 – 10 p.m.

Superior St. and Oakley Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60612

Gate Donation

$5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.ukrainianvillagefest.com/

FOUR STAR BIKE & CHOW

September 7, 2014

Experience the perfect combination of riding carefully created biking routes, sampling delicious cuisine like tacos, samosas or spring rolls and enjoying a tasty post-ride Revolution beer at the Four-Star Bike & Chow. Choose from four routes for all types of riders. They’re heading south this year to the new South Lake Shore Drive extension and beyond. Not sure about riding on streets with traffic? Participants of the 12-mile route can also sign up for Safe City Cycling and learn how to ride confidently and safely on city streets. The event supports the Active Transportation Alliance’s efforts to biking, walking and transit better and safer Chicagoland.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://4starbikeandchow.org/

CHICAGO FRINGE FESTIVAL

August 28, 2014 – September 7, 2014

This annual festival is all about pushing boundaries. It brings together daring theatregoers with emerging performing artists from around the world. With 50 shows to choose from, the Chicago Fringe Festival offers something for everyone.

All performances will be held at venues in our city’s Jefferson Park neighborhood.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagofringe.org/index.php

 

Thanks to Choose Chicago for the events! These are just some of my personal picks.

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: August 29th-31st, 2014

TASTE OF POLONIA!

That is all.

Mmm.....pierogi.

Mmm…..pierogi.

Just kidding. There’s a bunch more to do this Labor Day Weekend. But clearly, that one is my favorite.

 

CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL

August 28, 2014 – August 31, 2014

Join hundreds of thousands in celebrating Chicago’s rich jazz history in this free event, the first of which began as a tribute to Duke Ellington in 1974. Currently the largest, free festival of its kind in the world, the Chicago Jazz Festival regularly draws top names in the genre.

Headliners

Friday: five-time Grammy® Award-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard, joined by Blue Note artists saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and West African guitarist Lionel Loueke

Saturday: British-born bassist Dave Holland leads his quartet Prism, starring guitarist Kevin Eubanks

Sunday: current and former members of the Sun Ra Arkestra will join together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the visionary composer and self-proclaimed visitor from Saturn

Hours

Thursday – Sunday: 12 – 9:30 p.m.

Art Fair (Friday – Sunday): 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60601

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.choosechicago.com/chicago-jazz-festival/

NORTH COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL

August 29, 2014 – August 31, 2014

See the best in electronic, hip hop, jam band, indie rock and more at the North Coast Music Festival over Labor Day weekend in Union Park. The eclectic mix brings together music fans of all kinds of genres, celebrating their love for music.

Music Headliners

Friday: Bassnectar, Alesso

Saturday: Kid Cudi, Nicky Romero, STS9

Sunday: Dada Life, Snoop Dogg, Zeds Dead

Hours

Friday: 3 – 10 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 1 – 10 p.m.

3 Day Pass – GA

$149

3 Day Pass – VIP

$279

Single Day Ticket

$69

Union Park

1501 W. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60606

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.northcoastfestival.com/

TASTE OF POLONIA

August 29, 2014 – September 1, 2014

The 34th Taste of Polonia over Labor Day weekend in Jefferson Park packs in four stages of live music, delicious Polish food favorites, items from local merchants and more!

Authentic Food

Dine on authentic Polish food like polska kielbasa, pierogi, potato pancakes and more!

Festival Highlights

Four stages and over 30 live bands: rock, pop, jazz, dance, polka, world, and more

Kids Stage

Kids Zone

Inside Casino and full bar

Many interesting vendors

Hours

Friday: 5 – 11 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 11 p.m.

Monday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Copernicus Center

5216 W. Lawrence Ave.

Chicago, IL 60630

Adults

$7

Children under 12

Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://topchicago.org/

CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE

June 27, 2014 – September 14, 2014

Show your best moves on Chicago’s urban dance space! Enjoy two hours of live music and dancing on a 4,900 square-foot, open-air dance floor made of 100% recycled materials. Need a refresher? Each dance session is preceded by an introductory one-hour dance lesson by professional instructors.

August 29: Funkadesi (Bollywood, Bhangra, Reggae and Funk)

Bollywood Groove (Bollywood, Bhangra)

August 30: The Hoyle Brothers (Honky-Tonk Country)

May I Have This Dance (Country Two-Step)

August 31: Steve Anthony Orchestra (Ballroom)

Chicago Dance (Bolero, Tango)

Hours

Friday & Saturday: 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday: 4 – 7 p.m.

Grant Park – Spirit of Music Garden

601 S. Michigan

Chicago, IL 60605

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_summerdance.html

ODDBALL COMEDY & CURIOSITY FESTIVAL

August 31, 2014

Funny or Die presents the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival August 31 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre! Featuring Sarah Silverman, Brody Stevens, Chris Hardwick, Michael Che, Chris D’Elia, Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, and Jim Jefferies.

Hours:

5 p.m.

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

19100 Ridgeland Ave.

Tinley Park, IL 60477

Tickets

Start at $20

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.livenation.com/events/376430-aug-31-2014-oddball-comedy-fest-amy-schumer-bill-burr-sarah-silverman-and-more

 

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: August 22nd-24th, 2014

Encased meats, bacon and some bad advice.

 

Mmmm.....encased meats.

Mmmm…..encased meats.

Sounds like your typical weekend in Chicago.

 

SAUSAGEFEST CHICAGO

August 22, 2014 – August 24, 2014

Get Ready for SausageFest Chicago… Now in Old Town! An event aimed to feature the greatest sausages the city has to offer. From Polish to Kielbasa, any and all types will be represented and celebrated. This 4-year high-rising fest will be held on August 22, 23, & 24 in the heart of Old Town at St. Michael’s parish grounds… a neighborhood historically known for entertainment, high volume foot traffic, and the most popular of street festivals.

SausageFest is guaranteed to deliver a great production of the arts, games, and LIVE music in their very own block-party theater! Professional Bands and even Chicago’s King will be featured on-stage accompanying cold drinks and amazing food served all weekend long. That’s right, only SausageFest hosts the crowning of their next “Sausage King of Chicago,” a Title decided among outgoing Chicago men raising donations and awareness for charitable causes.

In a city that has made sausage its own cuisine, SausageFest is sure to be a great experience for all who celebrate the tradition in our new party-location!

Hours

Friday: 3 – 10 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 10 p.m.

W. North Ave. and N. Cleveland Ave.

Chicago, IL 60610

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.sausagekingchicago.com/

THE MAGNIFICENT MILE SHOPPING FESTIVAL

August 22, 2014 – September 1, 2014

The nation’s first shopping festival celebrates its fourth year with stylish events, fashion shows, culinary demos, concerts and more!

2014 Highlights

August 22: “A Magnificent Taste” – the summer’s premier culinary event

August 23-24: ShopFest – a weekend of pop-up shopping along North Michigan Avenue

August 23: Music on The Magnificent Mile – Southwest Airlines presents Andy Grammer live in concert at the John Hancock Plaza, plus a post-concert meet-and-greet

August 31: The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half Marathon & 5K – featuring The Magnificent Mile as the iconic course centerpiece

Priceless Perks – MasterCard cardholders are VIPs during The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

North Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.themagnificentmile.com/events/shopping-festival/

BAD ADVICE

Started January 17, 2014

pH is starting your weekend off with some Bad Advice. Four players take your suggestion and spin it into three acts full of memorable characters, madcap situations and unbelievably horrible advice. At the end of each act, one of the characters from the show will offer you their unique takes on anything and everything.

Hours

Friday: 8 p.m.

The pH Comedy Theater

1515 W. Berwyn Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

Tickets

$10

Students

$5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://whatisph.com/badadvice.php

BACON, SPORTS & BEER CELEBRATION

August 23, 2014

The Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration is an opportunity to celebrate three of the greatest things in life: bacon, sports and beer. Sample 20+ delicious bacon inspired creations from some of Chicago’s top restaurants, 20+ beer tastings from craft breweries, all while in a fun, social, and sports themed environment.

On top of enouraging everyone to wear jerseys, they are going to have multiple pop-a-shot hoops, sports trivia, and Nerf range (to name a few) as well as a DJ playing 90′s/00′s hip hop.

Hours

3 – 6 p.m.

Chicago Union Station – The Great Hall

500 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60661

Tickets

Start at $40

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://baconsportsbeer.com/http://www.choosechicago.com/event/Bacon-Sports-Beer-Celebration/24093/

CHICAGO FOOD SOCIAL

August 23, 2014 – August 24, 2014

The re-concepted version of 2011 and 2012′s popular Food Truck Social still includes a vast selection of Chicago’s most popular food trucks, but now also features a curated group of notable chef-driven local restaurant vendors and chef demonstrations with prominent guest celebrity chefs. This year Top Chef finalist and Michelin Star-awarded Carlos Gaytan, chef-owner of Mexique in West Town, among many other guest chefs, will provide live preparation demonstrations and sell selections of culinary creations all weekend long.

Communal dining, hands on culinary activities for adults and kids, and a live music stage will help set the scene. Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, a national non-profit attempting to end childhood hunger in America.

Kendall College

900 N. North Branch St.

Chicago, IL 60642

Admission

$5

Hours

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagofoodsocial.com/home/

CHICAGO DANCING FESTIVAL

August 20, 2014 – August 23, 2014

See a variety of dance performances and dance-themed events, all for free August 20-23 throughout the city! It’s your chance to see top ballet, modern, ethnic and rhythmic dance companies from Chicago and across the country.

Hours

Wednesday: 7:30 p.m. (The opening night program will be simulcast on the outdoor screen of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park)

Friday: 6 & 8 p.m.

Saturday: 7:30 p.m.

Admission

Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagodancingfestival.com/

CHICAGO FASHION FEST & NEW ORLEANS FEST

August 23, 2014 – August 24, 2014

Chicago Fashion Fest invites you to two days of non-stop fashionista action celebrating Chicago’s top designers, boutiques and latest looks. The fashion-forward street fest features a bleachered-in runway stage where bands and DJs will set the tone as models tout “What’s in” for end of summer and fall 2014. Over 20 unique fashion runway shows (15-20 minutes each) will be included over the two days, including segments like: vintage, kids, teen, back-to-school, curvaceous, bridal, ‘Do-Fashion’ (with only Division Street boutiques) and more.

The highlight of Chicago Fashion Fest will be the dazzling runway shows each night starting at 8 p.m. called Wicker Park after Dark – charity-hosted red carpet extravaganzas that attract paparazzi, VIPs and celebs. An on-site “Shopper’s Row” will also be home to up to 50 exclusive booths of local fashion designers, boutiques, and salons, as well as food and drink tents and a dedicated kids area.

Hours:

12 – 10 p.m.

1725 W. Division St.

Chicago, IL 60622

Requested Donation

$5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=301

TASTE OF GREEKTOWN

August 23, 2014 – August 24, 2014

Celebrate Greek culture at Taste of Greektown 2014! Located in our city’s Greektown neighborhood, this festival features authentic food, traditional music, interactive activities and more. You can watch Greek dance troupes and also learn a few steps in Greek dance lessons. Arts, jewelry, import items, games for the children and various services from the surrounding business community will also be available.

Hours:

12 – 11 p.m.

400 S. Halsted St.

Chicago, IL 60661

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=287

BASH ON WABASH

August 23, 2014 – August 24, 2014

This year marks the 11th Year Anniversary for the “Bash On Wabash” with the goal of bringing neighbors and businesses alike, from near and far, to a festival that showcases the beauty, creativity, history and culture of the South Loop. Located in the heart of the neighborhood on Wabash Avenue between 13th Street and 14th Place, this years’ “Bash on Wabash” promises to be an experience to remember!

This lively, colorful festival will have something to offer everyone including a wide variety of musical acts, food and beverages (including beer and wine), arts & crafts, an elaborate children’s area, vendor booths, and so much more!

Hours:

11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Wabash Ave. and 13th St.

Chicago, IL 60605

Suggested Donation

$5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://bashonwabash.org/

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: August 15th-17th, 2014

Oh, you thought all the fests were over, huh?

Think again!

 

Ooo, you fancy.

Ooo, you fancy.

 

Fest season, plus the Air and Water show in Chicago this weekend!

 

ABBIE FEST

August 15, 2014 – August 17, 2014

The 26th annual performance mashup celebrates the anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair of 1969. Three days of non-stop entertainment include more than 50 theater groups and performers at Angel Island. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Daley Plaza, where participants gather for a peaceful march to the theater’s home in Lakeview.

One Day Ticket

$10

Weekend Pass

$25

Angel Island Theatre

735 W. Sheridan Rd.

Chicago, IL 60613

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://maryarrchie.com/wordpress/history/thebrig/

TAYLOR STREET FESTA ITALIANA

August 14, 2014 – August 17, 2014

Festa Italiana celebrates the history and heritage of our city’s Little Italy neighborhood. This four-day festival welcomes everyone looking to enjoy a taste of Italy. Shop on Taylor Street, eat authentic cuisine and bring your kids for family-friendly entertainment. There will also be stages packed with lively musical acts.

Festival Highlights

Meatball eating contest

Grape stomping

Carnival rides

Hours

Thursday & Friday: 5 – 11 p.m.

Saturday: 12 – 11 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Taylor St. at Ashland Ave.

Chicago, IL 60607

Suggested Donation

$5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://starevents.com/festivals/festa-italiana/

ALBANY PARK WORLD FEST

August 16, 2014 – August 17, 2014

The eclectic Albany Park neighborhood will celebrate its melting pot diversity with food, music, carnival rides, arts & crafts, and activities for kids and families.

With more than 70 languages spoken in the community and its global mix of restaurants, food markets and retailers, the two-day fest will mirror the neighborhood’s melting pot culture. This includes nationalities hailing from Latin and Central America, the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe, to name just a few.

Hours

Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.

Lawrence & Kimball

Chicago, IL 60625

Gate Donation

$5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=298

ARLINGTON MILLION

August 16, 2014

The 32nd Running of the Arlington Million, an Illinois tradition, brings horses, owners, trainers, jockeys and fans all together for one day of racing and merriment. Million Day at Arlington International is the must attend event of the summer. Experience the biggest day of racing in Illinois with exclusive ticketed packages, big ways to win, and a celebration of the best racehorses in the country.

Hours:

12:30 p.m.

Adults

$22

Child

$2

Ticket Packages

Start at $53.66

Arlington Park Race Course

2200 W. Euclid Ave.

Arlington Heights, IL 60006

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.arlingtonpark.com/calendar/day/2014-08-16

CHICAGO HIP HOP DAY FESTIVAL

August 16, 2014 – August 17, 2014

The Annual Chicago Hip Hop Day Festival is a free festival that pays tribute to the four elements of Hip Hop and Chicago’s contribution to Hip Hop as a whole. The fest is dedicated to the four elements of Hip Hop displaying B-Boy & B-Girl exhibits, Emcee Battles, Turntablism and Graffiti artists. The weekend will be packed with Live entertainment, workshops, and vendors.

Hours:

11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

345 N. Loomis St.

Chicago, IL 60607

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagohiphopday.com/

THE GREAT AMERICAN LOBSTER FEST

August 16, 2014 – August 17, 2014

The Great American Lobster Fest will be the FIRST outdoor lobster fest of its kind to be presented in Chicago. Patrons will flock for the freshest LIVE lobster in the city (flown in day-of from Boston, courtesy of the New England Seafood Co.) and stay for live music and dream team band lineup on 2 stages during the 2 day spectacle. This inaugural event will take place at the East End Plaza of Chicago’s very own Navy Pier! Attractions will be abundant.

Party goers of all ages and interest levels can expect: An amazing display of fresh seafood (accompanying other premier food vendors), a 20-25 performance band lineup, end of pier viewing party for the Chicago Air & Water Show overhead, and Navy Pier firework display on Saturday night. With all of these elements combining, The Great American Lobster Fest is destined to become a truly unique, one-of-a-kind experience Chicago has been waiting for.

Hours

10 a.m. – Midnight

General Admission

Starts at $10

General Admission with lobster pre order

Starts at $25

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.americanlobsterfest.com/

CHICAGO AIR & WATER SHOW

ugust 16, 2014 – August 17, 2014

Any trip to Chicago in August must include the 56th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach! Two million people makes this can’t-miss spectacle the largest show of its kind in the country. Best of all, admission to the event is free!

Performers – Military Teams

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights

U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs

U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor

Marine MV-22 Osprey (*NEW)

Hours:

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission

Free

North Avenue Beach

Lakefront at North Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_air_and_watershow.html

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: August 8th-10th, 2014

Someone please tell me how there’s already a parade celebrating back to school in Chicago?!

NO! It can't be that time already.

NO! It can’t be that time already.

 

This all too short season is quickly leaving us, just like that summer fling you’re having.

So get busy and get out there and do something fun this weekend!

 

ADULT’S NIGHT OUT

August 8, 2014

This summer, Lincoln Park Zoo invites guests who are 21 years of age or older to a new adult focused evening at the zoo. Enjoy a rare opportunity to explore the zoo after-hours! Food, beer and wine are available for purchase. Come for the peace and quiet, but stay for the fun.

Hours:

6:30 – 10 p.m.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway

Chicago, IL 60614

Tickets $15

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar

GINZA FESTIVAL

August 8, 2014 – August 10, 2014

Shop for unique items by master artisans, including pieces typically available only through private shops or the best department stores in Japan, and watch Waza craftsmen at work! Enjoy ongoing stage performances of taiko drumming, dancing, and music and demonstrations of Aikido, Judo, and Kendo. See exhibits of bonsai, ikebana (flower arranging), kaminingyo (paper dolls), calligraphy, brush painting, silk flowers, and Japanese arts and crafts, many of which are for sale. Sample traditional Japanese cuisine including the famous open pit, charcoal grilled chicken teriyaki dinner, udon (Japanese cold noodles), sushi, edamame and grilled corn on the cob. The 59th Annual Ginza Festival takes place in our city’s Old Town neighborhood.

Midwest Buddhist Temple

435 W. Menomonee St.

Chicago, IL 60614

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.ginzachicago.com/

MOVIES IN THE PARKS – THE LEGO MOVIE

August 8, 2014

The Chicago Park District shows free outdoor movies throughout the summer for free at parks around the city! On July 11, see The Lego Movie (PG) at Independence Park.

Movies in the Parks runs May 29-August 30.

Begins at dusk, weather permitting

Independence Park

3945 N. Springfield Ave.

Chicago, IL 60618

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/movies/

2ND FRIDAYS ON THE CHICAGO CULTURAL MILE

Started May 9, 2014

Enjoy free and sharply discounted entertainment, dining and activities on the second Friday of every month along the Chicago Cultural Mile! The Chicago Cultural Mile is Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River south to Roosevelt Road, extending eastward to the Museum Campus.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://culturemile.com/fridays/#_

RETRO ON ROSCOE

August 9, 2014 – August 10, 2014

Enjoy top Chicago talent and entertainment on three main stages, six full blocks of artisans, antique vendors, and cool merchants, tasty treats from Roscoe Village neighborhood restaurants, and summertime samplings of regional favorites along this tree-lined street. This two-day festival brings back great memories while providing excellent entertainment for the entire family. Be sure to check out the Antique and Classic Car & Motorcycle show, featuring over 50 vehicles throughout the weekend.

Hours:

12 – 10 p.m.

Suggested Donation $10

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://starevents.com/festivals/retro-on-roscoe/

NORTHALSTED MARKET DAYS®

August 9, 2014 – August 10, 2014

For 48 hours, the neighborhood of Boystown becomes filled with food, art, music and fun. The 33rd annual Northalsted Market Days® is the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest with more than 40 musical performances and 400 food and art vendors that showcase the talent and diversity of Chicago’s LGBT hotspot, Boystown.

It spans six blocks, loaded with prime shopping outlets and people-watching to rival the flair of Mardi Gras. Technically, the fair takes a break at 10 p.m., but that hasn’t stopped bars from staying open all night and allowing some 100,000 party-goers to keep it rocking!

Hours:

11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

N. Halsted St. and Belmont Ave.

3500 N. Halsted St.

Chicago, IL 60657

Gate Donation $8

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.northalsted.com/pages/northalsted_market_days__2014/152.php

CHICAGO HOT DOG FEST

August 9, 2014 – August 10, 2014

The Chicago History Museum expands its annual Hot Dog Fest this August into a two day event celebrating Chicago’s favorite food: the hot dog. The event, sponsored by Ball Park® Brand, will feature Ball Park Beef Franks, craft beer, music, and entertainment for the festival of franks.

Hot Dog Fest takes place in the park north of the Chicago History Museum, at the intersection of Clark St. and LaSalle St.

While the classic Chicago-style Hot Dog, made with 100 percent beef Ball Park franks, will be the star of the festival, unique specialty franks will be served as well. Vendors such as Connie’s Pizza, SiFu Chino Latino, Greek Delight and more will be serving up their spin on a hot dog.

Hours

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Chicago History Museum

1601 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60614

FREE Admission

Food Ticket Packages $18

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagohotdogfest.com/

BUD BILLIKEN PARADE

August 9, 2014

The Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic is the oldest and largest African American parade in the United States! The focus of the parade is getting kids ready for school and takes place in Bronzeville.

Hours: 10 a.m.

35th & S. Martin Luther King Dr.

Chicago, IL 60653

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.budbillikenparade.org/

AVENUE Q

April 23, 2014 – October 26, 2014

Mercury Theater Chicago presents Chicago’s home-grown version of the hilarious Broadway musical Avenue Q. Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book in 2004, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart. The production will be led by Jeff Award winners L. Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Musical Direction), and Kevin Bellie (Choreography) and features custom made puppets by Russ Walko.

A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, Avenue Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life.

Hours

Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 p.m.

Friday: 8 p.m.

Saturday: 2 & 8 p.m.

The Mercury Theater

3745 N. Southport Ave.

Chicago, IL 60613

Tickets Start at $20

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://mercurytheaterchicago.com/onstage.html

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: August 1st-3rd, 2014

So…Lolla may be sold out but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have a blast around Chicago this weekend!

 

SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT!

 

 LOLLA

August 1, 2014 – August 3, 2014

Look up the word “lollapalooza” and you’ll find this definition: an extraordinary thing; an outstanding example. You won’t find any other music festival with a more fitting moniker than Lollapalooza, Chicago’s grandest stage for music legends from across the globe. Each year in August, some of the top names in alternative, hip hop, punk and pop join more than 100 bands and musicians in Grant Park to bring you one loud, heart-stopping 3-day event.

The Lineup

Friday: Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Zedd, and more

Saturday: Outkast, Calvin Harris, Foster the People, Krewella, and more

Sunday: Kings of Leon, Skrillex, The Avett Brothers, Sebastian Ingrosso, and more

Grant Park

Columbus Dr. & Congress Pkwy.

Chicago, IL 60603

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.lollapalooza.com/

ACTIVATE

August 1, 2014

A new series from Chicago Loop Alliance, ACTIVATE is part spectacle, part happy hour hangout. Combining the talents of Chicago’s most creative minds, the events will feature art, live music and more in unique urban settings. No two alleys will be the same, so stay tuned for all the details.

August 1 – Chicago Theatre Alley

This event is presented in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Guests are encouraged to arrive early for a special program presented by high school students enrolled in SAIC’s Early College Program as they showcase a culmination of their summer fashion projects in a runway show.

Following the fashion show and throughout the evening, guests will have the opportunity to take to the runway in their own favorite outfits – casual, formal or expressive.

ACTIVATE will feature visual and performance art, including traditional painting, abstract photography and sculpture as well as kinetic dance, found object installations and material cultures.

Participating artists include dance group Synapse Arts, as well as individual artists

Hours

5 – 10 p.m.

Bar opens at 6 p.m.

FREE

Beer/wine $5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://loopchicago.com/cla/projects-and-programs/activate

BLACK HARVEST FILM FESTIVAL

August 1, 2014 – August 28, 2014

The Black Harvest Film Festival is our city’s largest and longest-running Black film festival and the Gene Siskel Film Center’s most vibrant annual showcase featuring provocative films that tell stories, spark lively discussions, and address issues relating to the experiences from the African diaspora. A number of films are made by Chicago directors and feature post-show Q&As.

Fun fact: Black Harvest Film Festival celebrates its 20th year in 2014!

Gene Siskel Film Center

164 N. State St.

Chicago, IL 60601

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/

HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS

August 1, 2014 – August 15, 2014

Shanna’s Mom returns from a sold out summer 2013 run with a brand new sketch comedy revue, inspired by the things that make us smile, scream, and well, make our loins burn. Hold On To Your Butts features a variety of original scenes and songs, showcasing the ensemble’s silly and smart style.

Why must girls always look perfect in photos? Is everything on the Internet true? Why is being single so damn hard? Why are we turned on by that classic 1993 movie about dinosaurs? All these questions and more are answered in this jam packed revue.

Hours

Fridays: 8 p.m.

Stage 773

1225 W. Belmont Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

$10

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.stage773.com/Show?id=251

FIESTA DEL SOL

July 31, 2014 – August 3, 2014

It’s the largest Latino festival in the Midwest! Enjoy a huge lineup of entertainment and music, savor a variety of food including authentic Mexican favorites, browse works and engage with artists in the Arts & Culture Pavilion, and bring kids to the Children’s Area for face painting, books and educational games, and other fun activities at this great family event, now in its 42nd year in Pilsen.

Thursday: 5 – 10 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

1400 W. Cermak Rd.

Chicago, IL 60608

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://fiestadelsol.org/

CHICAGO BEARS MEIJER FAMILY FEST

August 2, 2014

See your 2014 Chicago Bears at Soldier Field for the first time this season at Chicago Bears Meijer Family Fest presented by Chase. Families can enjoy interactive games, live music, and a spectacular post practice fireworks display. Bring your friends and entire family!

Outdoor activities: 3 p.m.

Gates open: 5 p.m.

Bears Practice: 6:45 p.m.

Soldier Field

1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.

Chicago, IL 60605

Tickets start $8

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagobears.com/events/family-fest.html

WRIGLEYVILLE SUMMERFEST

August 2, 2014 – August 3, 2014

Enjoy live music, a Kids Zone with interactive games, family-friendly activities, food that Chicagoans know and love, and beverages at this 11th annual out-of-the-park festival in Wrigleyville!

Hours

Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.

Suggested Donation $5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://starevents.com/festivals/wrigleyville-summerfest/

THE BIGGEST LOSER RUNWALK CHICAGO

August 3, 2014

The Biggest Loser RunWalk Chicago is a race for all fitness levels – from the avid runner to the beginner walker. Participate in a day of inspiration with former contestants of The Biggest Loser for a 5K or a Half Marathon.

Don’t forget to bring the kids for a one mile fun run where each child receives a medal and t-shirt!

The Biggest Loser RunWalk races are meant to inspire, motivate and challenge you to push yourself to a happier, healthier life. See you at the finish line!

Hours

Half Marathon: 7:30 a.m.

5K: 8 a.m.

Kids Fun Run: 11:30 a.m.

Soldier Field

1410 Museum Campus Dr.

Chicago, IL 60605

Tickets start $25

Kids Fun Run $15

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.biggestloserrunwalk.com/Chicago_IL-Half-Marathon-5K-2014

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: July 25th-27th, 2014

UGH, MORE beer and festivals?!

Aren’t you getting sick of it all?

NOPE.

Enjoy! (While there’s still no snow on the ground)

Here are some bikes. Now, where's the booze?

Here are some bikes. Now, where’s the booze?

BIKE TO BREW

July 26, 2014

Enjoy a summer evening bike ride winding through Chicago’s industrial and residential streets and ending at Revolution Brewery for a private party with DJs, food trucks and tasty beers. Space is limited for this 21+ ride. Your registration guarantees you access to the party with a beer ticket and a special TBD giveaway to make your bike ride awesome (think cool lights or bike bell). The pre-ride festival will feature hip bike and urban exhibitors along with delicious samples of delicious Dark Matter Coffee.

Revolution Brewing

2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60647

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.biketobrew.org/

BEER CAMP ACROSS AMERICA

July 27, 2014

This summer Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is throwing an unprecedented seven-city traveling beer festival called Beer Camp Across America, and it’s stopping in Chicago. Sierra Nevada invited every U.S. craft brewer – around 2,800 – to serve their beers at the festival location nearest them. Beer Camp Across America is a celebration for the entire craft beer community, bringing together brewers and the fans who’ve helped them thrive.

Hours:

12 – 5 p.m.

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

General Admission

$65

Designated Driver

$30

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/agegate/?returnto=http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/festival/midwest_edition/

WALGREENS CHICAGO INTL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

July 26, 2014

The waters of Lake Arlington will be anything but calm as one of the most thrilling and unique water sports returns for the third year. Dragon boating features teams of 20 people paddling in synch in a long narrow boat, adorned with a dragon head and tail, racing down a water course to be the fastest team of the day.

Attracting teams from the local community, neighboring states, and Canada, the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival Presented by PepsiCo promises a day with something for the entire family including exciting racing, the Walgreens Health and Wellness Village, live entertainment, Asian cultural performances, and vendors.

Looking to get in a boat? No experience is necessary to participate and all equipment is provided.

Hours:

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Flentie Park on Lake Arlington

2201 N. Windsor Dr.

Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Team Registration

$895

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.gwndragonboat.com/Default.asp?id=200&l=1

THEATER ON THE LAKE – THEO UBIQUE CABARET

July 23, 2014 – July 27, 2014

Jeff award-winning Theater on the Lake celebrates 62 years in 2014, showcasing our city’s rich off-Loop theater community. While renovation is underway to convert the historic Theater on the Lake building from a summer-only programming site to a year-round program and event facility, they’ll be taking the shows on the road. Come see the shows this summer at Union Park, Berger Park Cultural Center and Washington Park Refectory.

Berger Park Cultural Center

6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Chicago, IL 60660

Tickets

$10

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/theater-on-the-lake/#.U3YcWihDNSZ

WICKER PARK FEST

July 26, 2014 – July 27, 2014

Wicker Park has become host to one of the can’t miss music events of the summer! Wicker Park Fest returns for an 11th consecutive year to the Milwaukee Avenue corridor and is much more than a typical Chicago summer street fest. At the surface, it’s one of the most highly anticipated live music events of the season, with band lineups praised by critics and fans alike. At the core, it’s a reflection of the vibrant Wicker Park neighborhood…historic and hip, diverse and eclectic.

This year’s colossal street party presents three stages of continuous live music, a dedicated children’s fun area, an arts section with installation and performance acts, dozens of local vendors and restaurants, and environmentally-friendly production efforts. To top it off, the $5 suggested donation for admittance makes Wicker Park Fest once again the steal of the summer concert season.

Milwaukee Ave. and North Ave.

Chicago, IL 60612

Hours

Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Kids Fest: 12 – 6 p.m.

Gate Donation

$5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/fest

TASTE OF LINCOLN AVENUE

July 26, 2014 – July 27, 2014

One of the city’s pioneering summer street happenings, this popular fest sprawls over several city blocks in the heart of Lincoln Park. Taste of Lincoln Avenue features 250-plus vendors, food and more than 25 acts on three music stages. Every music genre is represented: from blues and country to rock and folk.

Hours

Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Kids’ Carnival: 12 – 6 p.m. each day

Lincoln Ave. and Fullerton

Chicago, IL 60614

Gate Donation

$10

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.tasteoflincolnchicago.com/

JEFF FEST ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 25, 2014 – July 27, 2014

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival features delicious food from local restaurants, live music, craft beers, a kids corner, circus workshops, magic, live art, binjo and bags in Jefferson Park!

Hours

Friday: 6 – 11 p.m.

Saturday: 12 – 11 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Jefferson Memorial Park

4822 N. Long Ave.

Chicago, IL 60630

Admission before 5 p.m.

$5

Admission after 5 p.m.

$7

Children (12 and under)

Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://jefffest.org/

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: July 18th-20th, 2014

Turns out you can run a marathon this weekend, or you can drink some craft beer.

Maybe both if you’re lucky.

 

Mmm....beer.

Mmm….beer.

CHICAGO CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

July 19, 2014 – July 20, 2014

More than 100 specialty/small batch microbrews from Chicago, the region and the nation will be showcased at this third annual event that takes place under tents. In addition to tastings, it also features music, food and beer sales.

This year’s festival will be held in conjunction with the Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival in our city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

2200 N. Sheffield

Chicago, IL 60614

Advance Tickets

$40

On-site Tickets

$45

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=255

PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 18, 2014 – July 20, 2014

Pitchfork is considered one of the most comfortable and reasonably priced weekends of music in Chicago, featuring both emerging and internationally renowned acts. It’s all about positivity and fun so both the musicians and crowd can have a great time! Vendors are also on-site, selling a variety of local goods.

Union Park

1501 W. Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60610

The Lineup

Friday: Beck, Giorgio Moroder, Sun Kil Moon, Death Grips, and more

Saturday: Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Tune-Yards, and more

Sunday: Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Slowdive, Real Estate

3-day Pass

Sold Out

Single Day Tickets

$60

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://pitchforkmusicfestival.com/

TASTE OF RIVER NORTH

uly 18, 2014 – July 20, 2014

Enjoy amazing food, music, works by artisans, goods from area merchants, and much more at this family-friendly event, now in its 13th year. River North is known for its spectacular food and world-class art and design, and this festival goes above and beyond to showcase its characteristics.

Music Headliners

Friday: Secondhand Smoke (Sublime tribute)

Saturday: Sixteen Candles

Sunday: Led Zeppelin 2

Hours

Friday: 5 – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Kids Zone: 12 – 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday only

Admission

Tickets for food and beverage are $1.00 per ticket.

A. Montgomery Ward Park

630 N. Kingsbury

Chicago, IL 60610

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.tasteofrivernorth.com/

SHEFFIELD GARDEN WALK & MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 19, 2014 – July 20, 2014

The 46th Annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival is the perfect event for anyone with a green thumb. More than 80 of the Lincoln Park neighborhood’s lush residential gardens will be open for the public to explore. There are both self-guided garden tours, and guided architecture tours. The weekend also includes music, food and, for children and families, the Kids’ Corner with entertainment and activities.

New in 2014! This year’s event will be held in conjunction with 3rd annual Chicago Craft Beer Festival.

2200 N. Sheffield

Chicago, IL 60614

Hours:

12 – 10 p.m.

Donation

$7-$10

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.sheffieldgardenwalk.com/

CHINATOWN SUMMER FAIR

July 20, 2014

Enjoy the best in Asian cultural entertainment, including a Dragon and Lion Dance Procession, live music, food, Chinese arts and crafts exhibits, street vendors, a children’s play area, and more.

Hours:

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Admission

Free

Wentworth Ave. and Cermak Rd.

Chicago, IL 60616

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=116

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHICAGO HALF MARATHON

July 20, 2014

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by HumanaVitality is just what it sounds like: part marathon, part rock concert, and a whole lot of fun! This scenic, 13-mile and 5K course will guide you through some of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks in downtown and along the lakefront – all to the tune of rock bands and cheer squads rooting you on at each mile.

Hours:

6:30 a.m.

Half Marathon

$85 – $150

5K Mini Marathon

$35 – $55

Grant Park

Columbus Dr. and Monroe St.

Chicago, IL 60601

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/chicago

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL

July 20, 2014

See the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, and more July 20 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre!

Hours:

1 p.m.

Tickets

Start at $29.50

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

19100 Ridgeland Ave.

Tinley Park, IL 60477

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.livenation.com/events/349415-jul-20-2014-rockstar-energy-drink-mayhem-festival

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: July 11th-13th, 2014

If you are bored in Chicago this weekend, you clearly are sitting home alone with your cat.

Just kidding. I have a cat. And I love him (don’t judge me).

There are SO many things to do around the area.

So get out—and do them!

Like crowds? Come on in.

Like crowds? Come on in.

TASTE OF CHICAGO

July 9, 2014 – July 13, 2014

We are serious about food in Chicago. Be prepared to get your grub on at the annual Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest outdoor food festival, in Grant Park! For five days, live music, children’s activities and upwards of 3 million visitors makes this event the hottest party in the city.

Grant Park

377 E. Randolph

Chicago, IL 60602

Admission

Free

Food and Beverage Tickets

$8.50

Pure Leaf Celebrity Chef du Jour

$45

FOR MORE INFORMATION:http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago.html

Be sure to come hungry as Taste of Chicago features several thousand servings of our city’s favorites! Your taste buds will go wild sampling more than 200 different menu items from a variety of cuisines like American, Indian, Italian, French, Chinese, Irish, African and more.

ROSCOE VILLAGE BURGER FEST

July 12, 2014 – July 13, 2014

Roscoe Village Burger Fest comes back for its fifth year and is packed with food, activites, a “Kids’ Zone” and live music. Plus, you get to play judge and can vote for your favorite Chicago burger.

Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Kids’ Zone: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day

Belmont Ave. and Damen Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

Gate Donation

$8

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.roscoevillageburgerfest.com/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE N. MICHIGAN AVE. ART FESTIVAL

Friday July 11, 2014 – July 13, 2014

300 of the finest artists in country will converge upon Pioneer Court in the heart of Downtown Chicago for a three-day juried outdoor gallery style art exhibit. A wide variety of original artwork will be on display and for sale with prices set to suit all budgets. Enjoy the eclectic displays, live music and register to win the free art giveaway.

Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pioneer Court

401 N. Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://artfestival.com/Festivals/Chicago_Tribune_North_Michigan_Avenue_Art_Festival_in_Chicago_IL_July.ASPX

SQUARE ROOTS

July 11, 2014 – July 13, 2014

The Lincoln Square neighborhood will host its 3rd annual craft beer and music festival July 11-13, packed with food, drinks and fun! Enjoy nightly dance parties, open jams, and plenty of family activities. The festival goes all out with multiple music stages and a vibrant mix of performers.

Friday: 5 – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.

Lincoln Ave. between Montrose & Wilson

Chicago, IL 60618

SUGGESTED DONATION $10

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.squareroots.org/

WINDY CITY SMOKEOUT

July 11, 2014 – July 13, 2014

Windy City Smokeout: BBQ & Country Music Fest presented by Bub City returns for its second year! This summer festival brings together the best of live country music, beer and BBQ to our city’s popular River North neighborhood.

Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy southern-inspired fare from Chicago’s BBQ restaurants. Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to interact with chefs and their culinary teams, and enjoy ice cold beers to wash it all down!

Rush St. & Illinois St.

Chicago, IL 60611

Friday: 3 – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.

3 Day Pass

Start at $75

Friday

Starts at $25

Saturday & Sunday

Starts at $30

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://windycitysmokeout.com/

SUMMER ON SOUTHPORT

July 12, 2014 – July 13, 2014

The Southport Corridor, in our city’s Lakeview neighborhood, is one of our best areas for shopping and nightlife. This annual festival showcases those features, plus local restaurants will be serving up your favorite summer food while live music provides an upbeat soundtrack.

Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

3700 N. Southport Ave.

Chicago, IL 60613

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://starevents.com/festivals/summer-southport/

TOUR DE FAT

July 12, 2014

New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat is a daylong festival in the park that celebrates the bicycle, showcases New Belgium beers and provides eclectic and engaging entertainment for all! The events kick off with a costumed bicycle parade that winds through city streets, ending in a city park. That’s when eclectic entertainment takes over from musical acts to yo-yo performers, bike contests and even vaudeville acts. This year will also include some brewing education and feature a “Bicycle Revival” to inspire festival-goers to believe in the power of two-wheeled transportation.

During each tour stop, New Belgium tries to leave as little of an environmental imprint as possible. Tour de Fat hosts green vendors, has compost and recycle stations and festival trucks that operate on biofuel sourced from recycled waste oils.

This is a free event in our city’s Logan Square neighborhood, but all proceeds from beer sales goes to local nonprofits. Over its course, Tour de Fat has raised more than $3 million for nonprofit organizations!

Palmer Square

N. Kedzie Ave. and W. Palmer Sq.

Chicago, IL 60647

Admission

Free

Beer

$5

Hours:

11 a.m

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/chicago.aspx

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: July 4th-6th, 2014

I mean, clearly we’re going to be watching fireworks, right?

 

Ooo, Perdy!

Ooo, Perdy!

Obviously.

 

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS

Watch the sky light up during a spectacular fireworks show choreographed to a patriotic score on Lake Michigan.

Arrive early and cozy up on Navy Pier’s dock.

Board an evening cruise with Odyssey Cruises, Shoreline Sightseeing Company or Spirit of Chicago off Navy Pier.

View the fireworks from 1,000ft above the city in 360 Chicago.

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.navypier.com/things2do/fireworks.html

FREEDOM FEST AT NAVY PIER’S ROOFTOP

July 4, 2014

Each and every year Chicago’s known to host some pretty stellar events for the 4th of July, but this time around JulyFourth.com is putting out all the stops as they produce a massive celebration at the quintessential event space in the Windy City – the Navy Pier Rooftop. With enough space for create a colossal gathering, the rooftop at Navy Pier is a very inviting and exclusive place to come and indulge in the weather and sights of one of the most anticipated days of the year (definitely the most talked about day of the summer).

Freedom Fest 2014 at Navy Pier’s rooftop is the absolute best place to watch the firework spectacular once the sun begins to set on the bright lights of Chicago. This Independence Day event will feature a delicious BBQ to satisfy your hunger, a full bar where you can indulge in your favorite drinks, and music by a live DJ to keep the atmosphere festive. This is an all-ages event, so bring the entire family along for the experience.

Hours:

6:30 – 11 p.m.

$30

Navy Pier

600 E. Grand Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://julyfourth.com/event/chicago/navy-pier-rooftop/freedom-fest-2014-at-navy-piers-rooftop

WINDY CITY RIBFEST

July 4, 2014 – July 6, 2014

Summers are all about enjoying BBQ outside, and this festival does just that. Now in its sixth year, the Windy City RibFest in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood ain’t afraid to get down ‘n’ dirty when it comes to servin’ up savory ribs and other BBQ delights! Live music, beer and wine, a kids area, and more will also be featured.

Rib Vendors

Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ

Chicago BBQ Company

Famous Dave’s

Porky Chicks BBQ

Texas Thunder BBQ

Main Stage Entertainment – Headliners

Friday: Who’s Bad (Michael Jackson Tribute)

Saturday: Cowboy Mouth

Sunday: Trippin Billies

Hours

Friday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.

Gate Donation $5

Sampling Packages $40

Lawrence & Broadway

Chicago, IL 60640

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=190

TASTE OF LAKEVIEW

July 5, 2014 – July 6, 2014

Enjoy some of our city’s best music and culinary fare at Taste of Lakeview! Located at one of the most highly visible intersections in the city, this festival will feature artisans and craft vendors, food, and an array of street performers.

Hours

Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 9 p.m.

3200 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

Suggested Donation $5

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://starevents.com/festivals/taste-of-lakeview/

CARRIE

May 29, 2014 – July 12, 2014

Bailiwick Chicago Theater presents the Chicago Premiere of Carrie. Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it…

Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, the show’s original authors have newly reworked and fully re-imagined the vision of this gripping tale, set today in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine.

Thursday – Saturday: 8 p.m.

Sunday: 6 p.m.

Previews: May 29-31

Victory Gardens Theater

2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614

Regular Run Tickets

$40

Groups of 10 or more

$30

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://bailiwickchicago.com/

AFRICAN/CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LIFE

July 3, 2014 – July 6, 2014

Enjoy spectacular music, food, arts, crafts, and more at this family-friendly event, now in its 22nd year, at Union Park in the West Loop. You can see over 70 acts, featuring the best of Reggae, Caribbean, Latin, African, Rock, Pop, R&B, Gospel and other world music entertainers!

July 3: 4 – 10 p.m.

July 4-6: 12 – 10 p.m.

Union Park

1501 W. Randolph

Chicago, IL 60607

Tickets

$15

Weekend Pass

$49

VIP

Start at $75

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://martinsinterculture.com/ifol.html

 

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