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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: October 10th-12th, 2014

Some of us will be running a marathon this weekend.

Run or Beer? Hmmm.

Run or Beer? Hmmm.

The rest of us? Yeah, beer. 

 

BEER HOPTACULAR

October 10, 2014 – October 11, 2014

One of the city’s largest beer festivals enters its fifth year, inviting beer lovers to the Aragon Ballroom for three sessions of tasting. This year’s edition of Beer Hoptacular boasts 150 beers from more than 60 brewers, a BeerHop pinewood derby race and expanded food offerings from local eateries.

Friday: 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: 1 & 6:30 p.m.

Aragon Entertainment Center

1106 W. Lawrence Ave.

Chicago, IL 60640

Tickets

$45

VIP

$85

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://aragon.com/3.0/ai1ec_event/twenty-one-pilots/?instance_id=324

A TASTE OF THEATRE FESTIVAL

October 10, 2014 – October 11, 2014

This festival is perfect for those who have a passion for the arts. For over two days, you can take specialty classes, watch evening performances, attend panel discussions and more.

Presentations: 6:30 – 10 p.m. each night

Seminar: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on October 11

Carver Military Academy

13100 S. Doty Rd.

Chicago, IL 60827

Plays

$10/night

Workshop

$75

Showcase play

$150

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

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

October 9, 2014 – October 23, 2014

Now in its 50th year, this celebrated festival offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and experiences of other cultures on the big screen and the chance to hear and maybe even meet some of the artists behind them. For two weeks, you can see films from more than 55 countries at AMC River East 21, located in Streeterville.

The anniversary celebration will kick off with an Opening Night Gala presentation at the Harris Theater, followed by a Golden Anniversary celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center.

One of the Festival’s most notable features is the vast diversity of offerings, with numerous competitive categories and several highlight programs such as Black Perspectives, Cinema of the Americas, ReelWomen, Out-Look, After Dark, and the City & State program, showcasing films made in Chicago and throughout Illinois. In 2014, the Festival will shine a spotlight on Scandinavian cinema.

Individual Tickets

Start at $7

Special Event Tickets

Start at $30

Festival Passes

Start at $100

AMC River East 21

322 E. Illinois St.

Chicago, IL 60610

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

WINDY CITY BBQ CLASSIC

October 11, 2014

This Fall Chicago will host 40+ BBQ Pit Masters in a REAL BBQ Competition! Teams from across the USA – from back-yard BBQ Kings to Memphis In May Winners – will fire up their smokers in a No Gas, No Electricity competition for the title of Grand Champion!

Every guest can watch, learn and swap BBQ stories with the Pit Masters as they prepare their meats. Attendees are STUFFED FULL OF BBQ GOODNESS – sampling and judging BBQ from another set of local and national BBQ restaurants, who are solely competing for the People’s LOVE. All you can eat BBQ, washed down with some of Chicago’s best Craft Beer (also included in the ticket price).

Set to the beautiful backdrop of Chicago’s Lakeshore and city scape at historical Soldier Field, this competition promises to give everyone who comes out an authentic experience of craft BBQ & Beer done right, right here in the Windy City!

Hours:

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tickets

Start at $49

Soldier Field

1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.

Chicago, IL 60605

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

BANK OF AMERICA CHICAGO MARATHON

October 12, 2014

Consistently voted among the world’s top five marathons in most rankings lists, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is equal parts spectacle and world-class race. If you don’t consider yourself a runner, you can still enjoy the marathon by joining spectators or more than 100 volunteer groups in all the action.

Grant Park

Columbus Drive and Monroe Street

Chicago, IL 60603

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

 

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: October 3rd-5th, 2015

Time to celebrate an age old delicacy…..CHEESE.

 

CHEESE!

CHEESE!

MAC & CHEESE FEST

October 4, 2014

Mac & Cheese Fest is a celebration of the dish! With roots dating back to the 14th century, recipes that span continents and aficionados galore, the Festival is a time to explore every variety of this beloved food. The event will feature a mind-blowing variety of macaroni and cheese entrees, appetizers and sides served with craft beers, wine and soft drinks.

Mac & Cheese Fest will feature approximately 60 Chicago chefs featuring their versions of Mac and Cheese, inspired from cultures, family traditions and their restaurant’s menu. Chefs will be asked to use any kind of pasta with any type of cheese as the primary ingredients. One lucky chef, recognized by attendees and a panel of foodies, will take home “The Golden Noodle.”

Hours:

12 – 3 p.m.

UIC Forum

725 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Chicago, IL 60608

$50 Tickets

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

ZOOVIES – “GHOSTBUSTERS” AND “THE SHINING”

Friday October 3, 2014

Ditch the drive-ins and crowded theaters. Instead, experience a wildly different twist to movie night with free Zoovies at Lincoln Park Zoo. Audiences can come to the zoo after hours and enjoy a movie on the zoo’s south lawn. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

On October 3, enjoy screenings of Ghostbusters and The Shining.

Movie starts at dusk (7 – 10:30 p.m.)

FREE but you can upgrade to this:

VIP Package

1 drink (beer, water, soda, wine), slice of pizza, box of candy and unlimited popcorn

exclusive animal house access with educational front-of-house tour and private bathrooms

Lincoln Park Zoo

Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway

Chicago, IL 60614

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/zoovies

WEST TOWN ART WALK

Friday October 3, 2014 – Saturday October 4, 2014

For a fourth consecutive year, West Town’s prominent artist community boasts its talents at this pop-up gallery / Art Walk. The free Art Walk features art in all forms within dozens of storefronts. During the Friday and Saturday event, attendees can enjoy visual art, performance art, music, culinary and fashion from Chicago artists showcased within West Town’s shops, businesses, restaurants, and bars along Chicago Avenue.

There’s also a “party central” tented location with beer and wine, a designer “lounge” area, and DJs. Other activities include: trolleys and bike rickshaws transporting guests throughout the event, an after party and performance art along the Chicago Avenue corridor.

West Town Art Walk is part of Chicago Artists Month 2014, the 19th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Friday: 5 – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

FREE

Chicago Ave. and Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60642

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

GREAT CHICAGO FIRE FESTIVAL

October 4, 2014

Redmoon, Chicago’s 24-year-old theater company known for “Spectacle Art” and free summertime community performances, partners with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the Chicago Park District (CPD) to present the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival. A new and totally free urban ritual celebrating Chicago’s grit, greatness and renewal following the devastating Great Chicago Fire of 1871, as well as showcasing the rich diversity of neighborhoods that have arisen since, the Great Chicago Fire Festival incorporates a series of citywide Summer Celebrations that culminate in a unique public River Bazaar and pyrotechnic Grand Spectacle on the main branch of the Chicago River.

FREE

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

DOUBLE TEN PARADE

October 4, 2014

Our city’s Chinatown neighborhood will celebrate Chinese Independence on October 4 with a parade. It’ll feature lion dances, Chinese patriots, marching bands, local school floats, and the 100 ft. mystical dragon!

Hours:

1 p.m.

FREE

Wentworth Ave. and 24th St.

Chicago, IL 60616

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

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: September 26th-28th, 2014

This weekend is all about the FOOD!

What is that? Give it to me!

What is that? Give it to me!

Wait, isn’t that every weekend?

 

CHICAGO GOURMET

September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014

Come celebrate! Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit, is a celebration of food and wine in Millennium Park. Guests enjoy gourmet food, wine, spirits, and beer tastings, live cooking demos, educational seminars, and more. What’s more, the popular Hamburger Hop® event kicks off the weekend, the Grand Cru offers participants exclusive tastings of some of the finest wines in the world and tasty bites from award winning chefs, and the Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event into some of the area’s best restaurants.

New for 2014 – BBQ Pavilion

This year, they’ve partnered with the Illinois Barbeque Alliance (IBBQA) to bring the first-ever BBQ Pavilion to Chicago Gourmet! Imagine a party with your friends in the city’s biggest backyard – craft beer in hand – chowing down on fare from some of the state’s most iconic BBQ spots, all the while mingling with passionate pit masters, sauce makers, expert ribbers, and more.

New for 2014 – Global Street Food Pavilion

Taste the world with an all-new Global Street Food Pavilion at Chicago Gourmet. Sample selections of celebrated international fare from:

Shokolad

Vermilion

Kendall College

Red Butter

Barbakoa

Kasia’s

Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods

Las Tablas

Bolat

Klas Restaurant

K-Kitchen

and many more!

Hamburger Hop®

Enjoy the juciest burger showdown in town – the Hamburger Hop®! Held at the Harris Theater Rooftop on Friday, this event features top area chefs as they do battle in a burger competition while you dine on tasty, gourmet burgers, along with beer, wine, spirits, and more. A celebrity panel of judges determines the city’s Best Burger award, while guests crown the People’s Choice.

Late Night Gourmet

The official after-party of the Hamburger Hop® will be held at world-recognized celebrity hotspot, The Underground. The event promises revelry well into the night with late-night bites, tasty libations and music from DJ Rock City. Guests with a coveted ticket will mix and mingle with hundreds of Chicago’s tastemakers and influencers, including Chicago Gourmet chefs, sommeliers, and star mixologists.

A Trotter Tribute Dinner

Chicago Gourmet presents an exclusive, newly added dinner to the 2014 event lineup: A Tribute to Charlie Trotter, presented by American Express®. On Saturday, September 27, many of the world’s finest chefs – including many of Chef Trotter’s protégés and dearest friends – will gather at the magnificent Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago for a rare, unforgettable dinner to honor the world-renowned culinary legend and his indelible impact on the hospitality industry. The dinner features exceptional wines from Terlato Wines and an elegant, 6-course seated dinner in the hotel’s stunning Grand Ballroom. This marks the first large-scale fundraising event held in Chef Trotter’s hometown and benefits Charlie Trotter’s Culinary Education Foundation.

Hours

Saturday: 12 – 6 p.m.

Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.

Hamburger Hop®: Friday 6 – 9 p.m.

Late Night Gourmet: 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

A Trotter Tribute Dinner: Saturday 7:30 p.m.

Main Event

$170

Main Event – Weekend

$275

Grand Cru

$199

Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60601

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

FEAR NO ART PRESENTS THE DINNER PARTY

**Tuesday September 23, 2014

On The Dinner Party, host Elysabeth Alfano invites three celebrities of different domains and a known chef who cooks for them and a live audience. Over food, wine, chocolate, artist performances and Twitter, the conversations flow on this very popular, interactive show. Filmed live in front of a live audience and streaming live on The Sun Times website, The Dinner Party brings unscripted conversations about the creative process and current celeb projects to more people through an interactive dialogue and feast for the senses. With this fun and entertaining platform, they touch on the artists’ projects, hot topics, music, current events and anything else that comes up! Audience members share in the food, wine and conversations by tweeting in questions, making this a truly interactive and dynamic Dinner Party. As you know, the best conversations happen over dinner.

Special Guests – September 23

Famed Talk-Show Host Jerry Springer

Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Celebrity Columnist Bill Zwecker

Renowned North Pond Chef Bruce Sherman

Hours:

7 p.m.

Tickets

$45

City Winery

1200 W. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60607

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/tickets/fear-no-art-presents-the-dinner-party-9-23.html

SHAW’S OYSTER FEST BLOCK PARTY

Friday September 26, 2014

Shaw’s Oyster Fest Block Party returns to downtown Chicago. Hosted by Chicago’s premiere oyster bar, Shaw’s Crab House, Oyster Fest brings together live music, Goose Island beers, fresh seafood and more.

This year, Oyster Fest kicks-off the 30th anniversary festivities of Shaw’s Crab House which will celebrate its 30th anniversary of the Oyster Bar in December 2014 and the dining room in April 2015.

The Menu

A variety of East and West Coast Oysters

Shaw’s signature crab bites, sushi rolls, fried oysters, and lobster rolls

BBQ bites from Bub City

Oyster Slurp Off

A high-energy Oyster Slurp Off will take place at Oyster Fest as last year’s finalists go head-to-head with this year’s contestants to see who will prevail as the slurping champion and take home the $1,000 prize.

Live Music

Brett Dennen (headliner)

Odessa

Andrew Diehl & The Nightmen

Hours

3 – 10 p.m.

Oyster Slurping Championship: 8 p.m.

General Admission

$25

VIP

$75

560 W. Grand St.

Chicago, IL 60654

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

OKTOBERFEST CHICAGO

September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014

Wildly popular annual Bavarian celebration in West Lakeview welcomes fall with plenty of food, music, arts & crafts, and activities for families and children. The event’s KinderFest (Saturday and Sunday) features games and other activities for your young kids and family.

Southport Main Stage – Headliners

Friday: This Must Be the Band

Saturday: 16 Candles

Parking Lot Stage – Headliners

Friday: Wedding Banned

Saturday: Trippin Billies

Sunday: Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle

Craft Beer Night – Friday & Saturday

Enjoy 20 tastings from craft breweries around the country. The Craft Beer Tasting sessions will be held in an intimate German beer hall within St. Alphonsus church. The event is limited to 600/night and attendees will get to try 20 of over 40 samples of unique beers! Each participant will receive a delicious pretzel necklace to accompany you on your journey of beer sampling!

Hours

Friday: 5 – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Craft Beer Night: 6 – 9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)

KinderFest: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

St. Alphonsus Church

1429 W. Wellington Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

Admission

$5

Craft Beer Night

$40

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=222

HYDE PARK JAZZ FESTIVAL

September 27, 2014 – September 28, 2014

This annual neighborhood Jazz festival returns, showcasing 30 musical acts on 14 stages across Hyde Park. This free event features critically acclaimed local, national and international talent in both indoor and outdoor settings. Besides great music, this festival also includes an outdoor dance floor, artisan vendors, and for the second year, a community-wide oral histories project where festival goers can share their experiences with jazz.

Hours

Saturday: 1 p.m. – midnight

Sunday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Suggested Donation

$5

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

QUINCY STREET DISTILLERY TOURS

September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014

This tour includes a visit into the bonded area of the distillery where they produce and bottle their spirits. Bottles are also available for purchase.

Hours

Friday: 3, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: 1, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 11:30 p.m.

Quincy Street Distillery

39 E. Quincy St.

Riverside, IL 60546

Tickets

$10

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.quincystreetdistillery.com/tours/

CHICAGO BEARS V GREEN BAY PACKERS

September 28, 2014

Watch the Chicago Bears play the Green Bay Packers live at Soldier Field!

Hours:

12 p.m.

Chicago Bears

Soldier Field

Chicago, IL 60605

Tickets

Start at $106

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagobears.com/tickets-and-stadium/single-game-tickets.html

FIESTA FAMILIAR

September 27, 2014

Hoy hosts Fiesta Familiar – the largest Hispanic family event of its kind in the Midwest. Fiesta Familiar brings the very best family entertainment and interactive pavilions with hands-on activities at Lincoln Park Zoo. Enjoy projects in the fields of art, health, gardening, science and music for the whole family.

Hours:

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission

Free

Lincoln Park Zoo

Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway

Chicago, IL 60614

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/fiesta-familiar

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: September 19th-21st, 2014

Did someone say TACO FEST?

Taco me, baby!

Taco me, baby!

(Door Slams)

See you guys with a taco shoved in my mouth!

SAM ADAMS LAKEVIEW TACO FEST

eptember 20, 2014 – September 21, 2014

The glorious taco will be celebrated, along with fall brews, at this crowd-pleasing Southport Corridor happening in Lakeview. Also features beer and taco pairings, music, lucha libre (aka Mexican wrestlers), a kids’ activity area and arts/crafts. Visitors will be able to text vote for Chicago’s “Best Taco.”

Hours:

12 – 10 p.m.

Gate Donation

$5

3500 N. Southport Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=291

WABASH ARTS CORRIDOR CRAWL

September 19, 2014

The Wabash Arts Corridor Crawl, part of Expo Art Week, is free and open to the public. Expect to find open galleries, live music on multiple stages, street experiences and discounts from local businesses in the South Loop. The WAC Crawl unleashes the collective power of the Wabash Arts Corridor’s creative assets, engaging all of its educational and cultural institutions to bring synergy to local residents, businesses, students and the public. Click here for a map of the WAC Crawl locations and a full schedule of performances.

Hours:

9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

S. Wabash Ave. and E. Harrison St.

Chicago, IL 60605

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://wabashartscorridor.org/crawl/

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL CHICAGO

September 11, 2014 – September 21, 2014

Hear traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures by acclaimed musicians from around the world during the 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago. The 11-day, 20-venue festival features 62 artists and groups representing 33 countries from around the world.

This year’s striking lineup includes a four night concert series at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, an all-night celebration of Indian classical music at the Chicago Cultural Center, the best brass band out of the Balkans – Boban I Marko Marković Orkestar, and former Official Harpist for the Prince of Wales, Catrin Finch along with Senegalese griot, Seckou Keita.

FREE

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

APPLE FEST

September 20, 2014

Welcome in Fall with Apple Fest! Apple Fest is a long standing tradition in the Lincoln Square community, bringing people together to celebrate the goodness of Fall. Local businesses from around the neighborhood offer goods, services, and apple inspired food along the 4700 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Hours:

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

4700 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL 60625

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.lincolnsquare.org/pages/AppleFest/

ANDERSONVILLE CITY MADE FEST

September 20, 2014 – September 21, 2014

The Andersonville Development Corporation (ADC) presents the 2nd Annual Andersonville City Made Fest, the only all-local street festival that highlights Chicago-made products in the historic Andersonville neighborhood. Featuring a revolving line-up of local brews on tap, one stage of live music, and dozens of vendors, Andersonville City Made Fest invites participants to celebrate our city’s exceptional artisan community and the breweries that are making some of the nation’s best beers right in our own backyards.

Hours:

12 – 9 p.m.

Suggested Donation

$5

5000 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60640

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.andersonville.org/events/andersonville-city-made-fest/

FOOD NETWORK IN CONCERT

eptember 20, 2014

Food Network Magazine will create the first-ever Food Network in Concert event at Ravinia, a jam-packed day of live music and spectacular food featuring some of today’s best music and culinary talent. This first-of-its-kind event brings the “rock stars” of the food and music worlds together, with multiple music stages, lively cooking demos, wine and food tastings, talent meet-and-greet opportunities, and much more, creating an unforgettable food and entertainment experience at Ravinia.

The Lineup

John Mayer

Anne Burrell

Alex Guarnaschelli

Jose Garces

Jeff Mauro

Marc Murphy

Geoffrey Zakarian

Ravinia Festival

200 Ravinia Park Rd

Highland Park, IL 60035

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

AAHH! FEST BY COMMON

AHH! FEST is a day-long music festival showcasing all that is great in Chicago.

Main Stage

Common

Lupe Fiasco

De La Soul

MC Lyte

Jay Electronica

Lil Herb

Plus a very special surprise guest!

Hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle

Community Showcase

Curated by Rhymefest and in partnership with Donda’s House Inc., this line-up of young talent represents the best of neighborhoods and organizations citywide. Special performance by Diggy Simmons.

Main Stage GA

$60

Main Stage Reserved

$125

Community Showcase

$20

Union Park

1501 W. Randolph St.

Chicago, IL 60606

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

 

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Stuff To Do Around Chicago: September 12th-14th, 2014

Pretty soon, it’s going to start cooling down around Chicago.

So why not start adding some extra padding around your waistline with some grub and, of course….BEER.

Beer Me.

Beer Me.

WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL CHICAGO

September 11, 2014 – September 21, 2014

Hear traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures by acclaimed musicians from around the world during the 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago. The 11-day, 20-venue festival features 62 artists and groups representing 33 countries from around the world.

This year’s striking lineup includes a four night concert series at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, an all-night celebration of Indian classical music at the Chicago Cultural Center, the best brass band out of the Balkans – Boban I Marko Marković Orkestar, and former Official Harpist for the Prince of Wales, Catrin Finch along with Senegalese griot, Seckou Keita.

FREE

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

RIOT FEST

September 12, 2014 – September 14, 2014

In 2005, Riot Fest booked a multi-venue weekend of punk and rock in Chicago with bands such as Dead Kennedys, The Misfits, and The Bouncing Souls kicking things off. Since then, they have been working hard every year to bring you the best fest they can. In 2012, they realized the amount of things they wanted to bring to you could no longer be contained inside a few venues, and decided to expand to the sunny and spacious Humboldt Park in Chicago. They added carnival rides, Lucha Libre, and much more. 2014 will mark their 10th year, and they think it will be their best fest ever! They’re fans first, and their goal has always been simply to throw some unforgettable shows.

The Cure

Jane’s Addiction

The National

Rise Against

Weezer

The Flaming Lips

Social Distortion

Slayer

The Offspring

Wu-Tang Clan

Humboldt Park

1400 N. Sacramento

Chicago, IL 60622

3 Day Admission

$189.98

3 Day Admission VIP

$289.98

3 Day Carnival Pass – All You Can Ride

$49.98

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://chicago.riotfest.org/?sort=day

THE BERGHOFF OKTOBERFEST

September 10, 2014 – September 12, 2014

Save yourself a trek to Germany and let Chicago bring you the best of Bavaria at the annual Berghoff Oktoberfest! Modeled after the world’s largest festival in Munich, the Windy City version provides all the essentials – live music, food and, of course, beer – packed into the Federal Plaza at the heart of our city’s Loop.

Federal Plaza

Adams St. and Dearborn St.

Chicago, IL 60603

FREE

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

FESTIVAL DE LA VILLITA (LITTLE VILLAGE FESTIVAL)

September 12, 2014 – September 14, 2014

Held in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, this 25th annual community cultural event celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule. Highlights include food, music, carnival rides and kids’ entertainment.

26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade

On Sunday, the festival is the end location of the 26th Street Parade, one of the largest celebrations of Hispanic culture in the U.S.

Friday: 6 – 11 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 2 – 11 p.m. (parade starts at 12 p.m. on Saturday)

26th St. and Kostner Ave.

Chicago, IL 60623

FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=131

CHICAGO BEER FESTIVAL

September 13, 2014

The Chicago Beer Festival returns, featuring dozens of domestic and international breweries to please your taste buds! You can enjoy samples of fall seasonal beers in one of two time sessions.

Hours:

1 – 4 p.m. & 6 – 9 p.m.

Chicago Union Station

500 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60661

Tickets

$40

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

CRUSH IN OLD TOWN

September 13, 2014 – September 14, 2014

Wine and craft beer tasting tents, music, juried art, kids’ activities and the cuisine of neighborhood restaurants (including special mac ‘n cheese dishes) are among the highlights of this post-Labor Day street bash in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood.

Hours

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

North Ave. and Wells St.

Chicago, IL 60610

Gate Donation

$7

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=122

LAKEVIEW EAST FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

September 13, 2014 – September 14, 2014

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is proud to host and produce the 10th Annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. The 10th anniversary weekend takes place Lakeview, a dynamic and diversified neighborhood community rich in culture, history and the arts. The 2014 Lakeview East Festival of the Arts showcases more than 150-juried artists featuring world-class original paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more.

Hours

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (live music, food and drink tents until 10 p.m.)

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Anniversary kick off party: Friday 6:30 – 10 p.m.

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

26TH STREET MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE

September 14, 2014

One of the most colorful parade in Chicago, the 26th Street Mexican Independence Parade celebrates Mexican Independence with floats, mariachi bands and dancing in the streets in Little Village.

Hours:

12 p.m.

W. 26th St. and S. Albany Ave.

Chicago, IL 60608

FREE

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

 

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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

 

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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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