I can’t believe I just typed “September”
But…at least there’s wine.
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.
Friday: 4 – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 2 – 8 p.m.
301 S. Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
Adult Wine Tasting Ticket – Advance
Adult Wine Tasting Ticket – At Door
Designated Driver Ticket
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.
6 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
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.
12 p.m. – German Day Festival
N. Western Ave. and N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
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!
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
79th St. & Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60620
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.
Main Stage @ Leavitt: Gaelic Storm
Damen Stage: 16 Candles
11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
2000 W. Roscoe St.
Chicago, IL 60657
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=119
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.
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
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.
1 – 10 p.m.
Superior St. and Oakley Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
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.