Stuff To Do Around Chicago: July 19-21

Get the sunblock out, it’s going to be in the mid 90s this weekend!

And if you’re like me, your sweaty butt will be sticking to the chair in every Mexican restaurant you visit.

Fun Stuff To Do, People!

Fun Stuff To Do, People!


Chinatown Summer Fair

July 21, 2013

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

Music & Dance

Dragon and Lion Dance procession

Old and New World music acts

Folk dancing

Martial arts demonstrations



10 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Wentworth Ave. and Cermak Rd.

Chicago, IL 60616

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July 19, 2013 – July 21, 2013

BenFest is an annual north side family-friendly event that has newly expanded into three days, and highlights a large menu of great food and refreshments, beer selections, live music for adults and children, and quality family entertainment! The festival has also expanded out onto the street, and the all new market-place on Leavitt includes local vendors and merchants of art, jewelry, clothing, gifts, crafts and games. The renowned children’s area features live music and dance for various ages, games, water slide, costumed characters, inflatables, face-painting, arts and craft area, train rides and more.


Friday: 4 – 11 p.m.

Saturday: 1 – 11 p.m.

Sunday: 1 – 7 p.m.


Leavitt St. and Irving Park Rd.

Chicago, IL 60618

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Pitchfork Music Festival

July 19, 2013 – July 21, 2013

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.



Joanna Newsom


Mikal Cronin

Angel Olsen

and more


Belle & Sebastian


The Breeders play Last Splash



and more


R. Kelly


Yo La Tengo

Lil B

Toro Y Moi

and more

Union Park

1501 W. Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60610


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Comedy Explosion

July 19, 2013

See the Comedy Explosion show live July 19 the Arie Crown Theater! Featuring John Witherspoon, Damon Williams, Michael Blackson and Sheryl Underwood.


8 p.m.

Starting $25

Arie Crown Theater

2301 Lake Shore Dr.

Chicago, IL 60616

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Rock N’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon

July 21, 2013

The XSport Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon is just what it sounds like: part marathon, part rock concert, and a whole lot of fun! This scenic, 13-mile 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.

Join up to 15,000 participants at the Grant Park starting line bright and early. You’ll receive a “swag bag” full of goodies, gift cards, a race T-shirt, and free admission to the Health and Fitness Expo prior to the marathon. Fuel up on refreshments and water stations throughout the course as you cut through Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the river front, historic State Street, Greektown, Bronzeville and Lake Shore Drive. Click here for a tour of the 2013 course.

At the end of the course back in Grant Park, you’ll be welcomed to the Finish Line Festival where you’ll receive a medal, a certificate and catered food from one of Chicago’s fine restaurants. Of course, none of this would be complete without a Post Race Concert!


6:30 a.m.


Grant Park

Columbus Dr. and Monroe St.

Chicago, IL 60601

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Chicago Duo Piano Festival

July 12, 2013 – July 19, 2013

The Music Institute’s annual Chicago Duo Piano Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary at Nichols Concert Hall! The Festival includes four public performances featuring special guest Ukrainian piano duo Olga and Yuri Sherbakov in their Chicago debut, festival Founders/Directors Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem, and Music Institute piano faculty, all performing duo piano repertoire.

July 19: 7:30 p.m.


Music Institute of Chicago Nichols Concert Hall

1490 Chicago Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201

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Sheffield Garden Walk And Festival

uly 20, 2013 – July 21, 2013

The 45th Annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival is the perfect event for anyone with a green thumb. You can enjoy the outdoors while taking in the sights and smells of lovely gardens, live music and fresh food.

The Tours

Self-guided tours of more than 80 gardens

Guided Architectural Tours

The Bands

Musical performances from national and local musicians will take place. Music lineup to be announced.

For the Kids

Your kids can join in on the fun in the Kids Corner, featuring various family-friendly activities.



Festival: 12 – 10:15 p.m.

Gardens: 12 – 5:30 p.m.

Kids Corner: 12 – 5 p.m.

Webster & Sheffield

Chicago, IL 60614

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Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival

July 20, 2013 – July 21, 2013

Dawes Park turns into a global village for the annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival! Flags of more than 100 nations will be flown to honor diversity. Experience the colors, sounds and tastes of countries represented by every continent. The free festival includes live music, dance performances, arts and crafts and ethnic food.


Dawes Park

Sheridan Rd. at Church St.

Evanston, IL 60201

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Taste of River North

July 19, 2013 – July 21, 2013

Enjoy amazing food, music, works by artisans, goods from area merchants, and much more at this family-friendly event, now in its 12th 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.

The Restaurants

Come hungry! Chefs at the Taste of River North serve up unique and generous portions compared to your average street festival. This year’s participants include:

Ai Japanese

Taco Burrito King

Taco Joint


Kinzie Chophouse




Motel Bar

Moe’s Cantina

John Barleycorn

Green Door Tavern

The Music

This festival features a wide variety of music. Headliners include:

Friday: Lucky Boys Confusion

Saturday: Sixteen Candles

Sunday: The Sheepdogs

Fun for Kids

Let your children loose in the KidZone, a special designated area within the festival packed with children’s programming and activities.

Dedicated kid’s stage with family entertainment

Newly renovated playground



Bounce Houses

Arts and crafts

Face painting

Kiddie yoga

Balloon art

A. Montgomery Ward Park

Erie & Kingsbury

Chicago, IL 60610

$5 donation

$1 food & drink samples

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

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