Chicagoans can enjoy warm temperatures and clear skies over the next two days as the city wraps up for one of the last weekends of summer.
From Pitchfork and Vegandale festivals to monarch butterfly tagging and baseball games, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this Chicago vacation weekend.
Here are some things to do in town this weekend:
Snack on vegan bites at Vegandale Fest
Chicago’s Grant Park will be filled with plant-based foodies as the Vegandale Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets cost $ 10 to enter and are available online or at the entrance. Over 100 vendors will serve a range of vegan fare, from corn dogs and meatless tacos to dairy-free cakes and donuts, among other bites.
Groove at alternative music concerts at the Pitchfork Festival
The Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago this weekend, taking place through Sunday in the city’s Union Park.
The music festival will feature a variety of alternative, rock and independent music artists including Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent and Erykah Badu, among others. Day tickets are still available at $ 90.
Full range here.
Get up close to the monarch butterflies at “Flutter Into Fall”
On Sunday, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will host its Flutter Into Fall festival, which celebrates the monarch’s migration. The day will include activities such as story telling, nature walks and monarch tagging.
Watch a White Sox or Cubs game
The Chicago White Sox face the Boston Red Sox on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. at Guaranteed Rate Field and again on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.
At Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs play the second game of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday at 1:20 p.m. and again Saturday and Sunday at 1:20 p.m.
Explore the new HideSeek Museum in the Old Town
The Old Town’s new immersive museum is designed to make people “feel like a kid again” with a ball pit, body-hugging piece, and giant bean bags, among other features.
Located at 1620 N. Wells St., HideSeek is open Fridays 10 am-8pm, Saturdays 10 am-10pm, and Sundays 10 am-7pm.
Stroll through the Chicago Botanical Garden
The Chicago Botanical Garden in the suburb of Glencoe is open this weekend from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., although the Rose Terrace closes at 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, all visitors must register in advance to walk around the gardens and wear a mask indoors if they are not vaccinated against the virus. Weekend parking is free for members and costs $ 30 for non-members.
Take a food tour around Chinatown
Chicago Food Tours offers a 3-hour guided food tour through classic locations in the city’s Chinatown every Saturday and Sunday through October.
The tour includes five sit-down meals and tastings of foods like Hong Kong Dim Sum, Spicy Sichuan Egg Pies, and Sweet Milk. Tickets cost $ 80 for adults and $ 50 for children over 6.
Visit a classic Chicago museum
Chicago’s museums are returning to their normal opening hours this past weekend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced, as part of Chicago’s full reopening.
However, some museums will continue to implement COVID-19 protocols. The Shedd Aquarium still asks visitors to purchase tickets in advance, but will no longer require vaccinated guests to wear masks.
Savor a bite to eat at Chicago restaurants indoors or out
Chicago restaurants and bars are allowed to return to full capacity during phase 5, and allow fully vaccinated customers to walk around without face coverings.
However, some establishments may choose to keep COVID-19 restrictions in place until further notice.
As Chicago expected sunny skies and warm temperatures this weekend, many might be looking for places to drink and dine al fresco. The city is known for its food scene, filled with numerous patios and rooftops.
Choose Chicago has offered a list of places that currently offer outdoor dining in Chicago. Here are some highlights:
Avli Tavern: 1335 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Beatrix Fulton Market: 834 W Fulton Market
Beatnik on the river: 180 N Upper Wacker Dr.
Aba: 302 N. Green St. 3rd Floor
Ema: 74 W Illinois St.
Mesler: 1401 E. 53rd Street
The duck inn: 2701 S. Eleanor St.
Theater on the lake: 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Beatnik on the river: 180 N. Upper Wacker Dr.
BOKA: 1729 N. Halsted St.
Formento: 925 W. Randolph St.
Siena Tavern: 51 W. Kinzie St.
Offshore: 1000 E Grand Avenue
Drink: 3335 N. Halsted St.
Happy camper: 1209 N. Wells St.
Tzuco: 720 N. State St.
LuxBar: 18 E. Bellevue Pl.
Take a trip south to see Cavern Opening Weekend for the first time in over 10 years
The southern Illinois caverns reopened to the public for the first time in more than 10 years this summer, after being closed due to extreme caution, officials said.
The South Attraction has reopened as another place residents can enjoy as the state enters Phase 5 of its coronavirus reopening plan. Until October, the caves will be open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take a swing at the Maggie Daley Park mini-golf course
The 18-hole Chicago-themed miniature golf course and Maggie Daley Park’s ribbon are open daily. In summer, the ribbon changes to welcome users of scooters, rollerblades and roller skates. Weekend rentals are now available.
Choose seasonal produce at a town farmer’s market
Chicago Farmers Markets welcome residents for the 2021 season through fall. Scattered throughout the city, the markets are open at different times of the week.
Cruise down the Chicago River or Lake Michigan by boat, kayak
Admire the city’s iconic architecture as you cruise along the Chicago River on one of the many boat tours. The 90-minute tours run every hour and a half and cost $ 40 for an adult and $ 18 for a child.
Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, boat trips to Wendella require passengers to wear face coverings while on board the ship and practice social distancing.
Trying to see the city’s skyscrapers from a new perspective? Guided tours and kayak rentals take you down the Chicago River to Lake Michigan.
Enjoy the skyline while relaxing on Chicago’s lakeside beaches
Chicago’s beaches along Lake Michigan were opened to the public with lifeguards on duty over Memorial Day weekend and saw many residents come out to enjoy the water.
The city’s beaches were closed during the summer of 2020 in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.