Chicago restaurants light up their grills for the annual Roscoe Village Burger Festival, including Fatso’s Last Stand and Houndstooth Saloon. Taste the selections and vote for the best burger in Chicago. Arts and crafts, a children’s area and live music complete it all.
Details: 5 pm-10pm Friday; 11 am-10pm Saturday and Sunday Belmont and Damen avenues. Suggested donation of $ 10 / MENU
2. Soak up
Puerto Rican culture, music and food are on display at the 28th Fiesta Boricua. Carnival rides and games, as well as a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic are also available. Bonus: The first 500 people aged 12 to 18 to be vaccinated will receive bracelets for free rides all weekend.
Details: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday along Division Street between Western and California avenues. To free / MENU
Chicago’s favorite lovebirds make their big-screen debut in “Monty and Rose 2. The hour-long documentary about the piping plovers nesting on Montrose Beach follows a 2019 short documentary and chronicles the couple over five years.
Details: Screenings at 1 p.m. on Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Mondays at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave. $ 20 – $ 25 / MAP
Music floods Millennium Park as the Chicago in tune the series starts with gospel (friday) and jazz (saturday). The program takes the place this year of these namesake annual music festivals. Performers include The Carson Sisters and Nicole Harris (Friday), and Ari Brown and Marquis Hill (Saturday).
Details: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday (gospel music); 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday (jazz music) at Millennium Park Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. Free / MENU
Related: Find more festivals in our Guide to summer festivals 2021
A turn or two to Douglas 18 takes players through a miniature bird-themed golf course. The community-led, youth-designed course features obstacles and sculptures inspired by the 205 species of migratory birds that pass through Douglass Park each year.
Details: 9 am-5pm Saturday; 9 am-3pm Labor Day; 11 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday through October 30 at Douglass Park Miniature Golf Course, 1400 S. Sacramento Drive. $ 5 per game / MAP
6. Shake it
The North Coast Music Festival offers an eclectic array of bands, from electronics to hip-hop to rock. Performers include Kaskade and Louis the Child (Friday), Griz and Ganja White Knight (Saturday) and Zeds Dead and Rezz (Sunday).
Note: If you decide to go, you must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of attending the event.
Details: 2 p.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday at Seat Geek Stadium, 7000 S. Harlem Ave. Bridgeview. $ 88.57 plus service charge / MAP
Dozens of musicians take to two stages at the Rockwell Blues & Jazz Street Balade, including the Mike Wheeler Band, Liz Mandeville and Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames.
Details: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday along Rockwell Avenue between Irving Park Road and Berteau Avenue. To free / MENU
Lake Shore Drive will be car free from Bryn Mawr Avenue to 57th Street during the year Cycling by car Event. Travel the entire 30 mile loop or go for a shorter route. The organizers recommend starting no later than 7 a.m. Meet other runners at a post-race festival (8am to noon) and enjoy live music. (Sorry folks, the post-ride pancakes have been canceled this year due to COVID-19.) For more information, check out the Drive trip guide. Masks and social distancing protocols are required inside the festival.
Details: 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday along Lake Shore Drive, with the main festival at Butler Field in Grant Park, Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Street. $ 60 to $ 70; $ 18 for children / CARD
The The last adventure of the Jaycees of Naperville bids farewell to summer with carnival rides, live music, dance performances, food competitions and more. Headliners include 7th Heaven (Friday), Hi Infidelity (Saturday), Sixteen Candles (Sunday) and Libido Funk Circus (Monday).
Details: 5 pm-10pm Friday; 12 pm-10pm Saturday and Sunday; Noon-6 p.m. Monday in downtown Naperville along Jackson Avenue. Free / CARD
ten. Say “Sláinte! “
Ladies and gentlemen, take out your Kelly green outfits and kilts for Irish days. Bagpipes, folk groups, Irish dancers, a men’s kilt competition and an Irish dog competition are among the attractions.
Details: 10.30am-8.30pm Saturday; 10 am-7pm Sunday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday in downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove. Free / CARD
You can customize your bath time by creating your own mix of bath salts at Personalized bath salt bar. Don’t have a lot of time? No problem. According to the organizers, creating your own mix only takes 15 minutes.
Details: Sessions available from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Thursday to Monday at ReJuve Rejuvenation Suites, 520 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 227. $ 15 / CARD
Dozens of artists showcase their products, from clothing and crafts to fine arts, at the Frankfurt Autumn Festival. Live music, an outdoor café, rides and a parade (1 p.m. Sunday) are also on the menu.
Details: 10 am-6pm Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday in downtown Frankfort on Oak Street and Kansas Street. Free / CARD
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