15 things to do in Chicago this weekend


CHICAGO — The air and water spectacle will take over the lakefront this weekend — but Chicago has plenty of other events planned for the neighborhoods as well.

Here are 15 things you can do in town this weekend:

10am-2pm Saturday-Sunday

North Avenue Beach and along Lake Fullerton to Oak Street

The Chicago Air and Water Show is back after two years of canceled and changed shows. It is the largest free show of its kind in the United States.

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Navy Blue Angel jets fly overhead during the Chicago Air and Water Show media day at the Gary Jet Center on August 18, 2022.

Doors open at 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday through Sunday

Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.

Chicago’s only Latin alternative music festival is back this weekend. Buy tickets from $105 online.

5pm-10pm Friday, 12pm-10pm Saturday-Sunday

Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park Road and Berteau Avenue

The smell of barbecue will fill the streets of Lincoln, Damen and Irving Park Road during this three-day festival with more than 20 food vendors and 60,000 attendees. Entrance to the 22nd festival is free.

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Attendees enjoy food at Ribfest 2018 at North Center.

8am-4pm Friday

Atlas Stationers, 227 W. Lake St.

Chicago’s biggest sidewalk sale returns with dozens of vendors and thousands of merchandise. It was originally a way for Atlas Stationers to dump merchandise in preparation for Halloween and Christmas.

5-9 p.m. Friday

Midwest Coast Brewing, 2137 W. Walnut St.

Midwest Coast Brewing hosts a dog-friendly market with live music, beer, and shopping. There are also vendors that specialize in pet items.

6-9 p.m. Friday

Participating Edgewater Restaurants

More than 20 bands will play at Edgewater restaurants from Friday through August in a new format for the annual event. Click here to see the full list of participating restaurants and groups.

Credit: Courtesy of Edgewater Chamber of Commerce
Bands on Broadway returns for its second year starting August 5.

10:00 p.m. Friday – 2:00 a.m. Saturday

The Headland, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave.

Urban Fêtes returns this weekend with its Silent Party series. Bring a valid ID, put on wireless headphones and dance the night away. Buy tickets from $10 online.

6-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

Steps from the Morse Red Line “L” stop at 6900-7000 N. Glenwood Ave. and 1300-1500 W. Morse Ave.

Rogers Park’s biggest summer festival returns this weekend with live music, an art fair, arts activities for kids, local food and more.

Donations are suggested at the door: $10 for individuals and $20 for families. Profits are invested in the North Central community to support local schools, non-profit organizations, economic development and greening efforts.

Noon-5 p.m. Saturday

Outside Dill Pickle Food Co-Op, 2746 N. Milwaukee Ave.

There will be food, produce from local vendors, giveaways, a raffle, DJ Chi tunes, a wall installation and a “kids corner” promoting Dill Pickle’s Co+op Explorer program. This family festival returns after a five-year hiatus.

5-8 p.m. Saturday

Starts across from St. Agatha’s Catholic Church, 3147 W. Douglas Blvd.

Boxing Out Negativity will host a community exhibit and then a 9-mile bike ride around North Lawndale to promote love, positivity and peace on the West Side.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Friday to Saturday

Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.

Dancers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to the SummerDance series. There will be lessons from professionals, open dancing and live music.

1 p.m. Saturday

The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St. in Hyde Park, and Millennium Park Welcome Center, 201 E. Randolph St.

These free, local-led walking tours offer a deep dive into Chicago’s neighborhoods. Tours last two to four hours and are conducted in more than a dozen languages.

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday

Sunnyside Factories, 4800 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Bring your pest and disease free plants and trade them with others. Plant accessories, creative crafts and gifts are welcome.

11am-6pm Sunday

State Street between Monroe and Lake

Shop at local businesses, take part in dance and fitness classes, catch music and dance performances and more while strolling State Street this weekend. The Summer Street Festival takes place every other Sunday until September 4th.

Credit: Chicago Loop Alliance
Children participate in “State Sundays” activities.

4-7 p.m. Sunday

8110 S. Luella Ave.

Pull up a chair and listen to the music of the Chicago Horns this weekend as part of the South Side Jazz Coalition’s Sunday Backyard Jazz summer series. Tickets are $10.

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