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Summer Entertainment: Concerts, Outdoor Events, Activities In and Around Chicago This Week


Greek Festival

July 27 - 29, 2018

Lincoln Square Greek Fest features Greek food, music, dancing, and family activities at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Donation.

Beer & Cider Festival

July 28, 2018 (4 pm, early 3 pm)

A ticket to South Loop Beer & Cider Fest includes beer and hard cider samples, with live music and food for sale at Chicago Women’s Park & Garden.

Sustainable Food Festival

July 28, 2018

Closed Loop Forum & Fest features food trucks, DJs and live bands, yoga, and workshops about growing food in environmentally friendly ways at The Plant. Donation.

African Festival

July 28, 2018

Dance to live African music, shop from diverse vendors, visit the children’s village, and eat food from 30 countries at Bantu Fest at Midway Plaisance Park near U.C. Free.

Green Home Tour

July 28 - 29, 2018

See 13 sustainably built and energy-saving homes on the self-guided GreenBuilt Home Tour.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

July 28 - 29, 2018

Hear 20 music acts on two stages, see juried art, shop vendors, visit SausageFest, taste wine, and take the kids to an afternoon carnival on Altgeld Street with games, pony rides and petting zoo at Taste of Lincoln Avenue from Fullerton to Wrightwood. Donation. Whiskey tasting deal $23. Wine-tasting deal $18.

Glencoe Art Festival

July 28 - 29, 2018

Glencoe Festival of Art offers fine works from 110 artists, live music, kids’ activities, and food vendors in downtown Glencoe. Free.

Puerto Rican Festival & Parade

July 28 - 29, 2018

Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival has live music, Caribbean cuisine, and arts & crafts at RiverEdge Park, plus a parade Sunday at noon in downtown Aurora.

Summer Jams Festival

July 30 - Aug. 5, 2018

Summer Jams Festival features 17 artists performing: variety shows with sketch and improv, music, flamenco, solo performances, youth theater, and spoken word poetry at Greenhouse Theater Center.

Monday Movies on the Lake

July 30 - Aug. 20, 2018 (Mondays 7 p.m.)

Watch 10 different movies “that are sure to get you singing, clapping, and dancing along” during Water Flicks at Polk Bros Park. Free. July 30 - Viva Las Vegas (PG).

Movies in Millennium Park

July 31 - Aug. 21, 2018

Get a seat or sit on the lawn to see films on a 40-foot screen at Millennium Park Summer Film Series on Tuesdays plus July 9. Free. July 31 - Wall-E (G) & Crash (R).

Classical Music Festival

August 1 - 18, 2018

Grant Park Music Festival is an outdoor classical music series at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The rear seats are free, or bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

Dance Outdoors

August 1 - 25, 2018

Dance to live bands and DJs at Chicago SummerDance in city parks, including a one-hour lesson and then a two-hour dance. See schedule. Free.

Chicago Attractions

August 1 - 31, 2018

These discount prices include all taxes and fees. Aquarium + SkyDeck + Field Museum + more

CityPass gets you into 5 attractions for $107. Chicago History Museum

Ticket deal $14. Segway Tour of Downtown Chicago (2 hours) Ticket deal $49.

Music on the Lake

August 1 - Sept. 3, 2018

Hear live music at Live on the Lake in the beer garden at Navy Pier. Free for all ages. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Movies in the Parks

August 1 - Sept. 14, 2018

Watch 250 Movies in the Parks, beginning at dusk. Dates may change depending on the weather. Free.

Ravinia Music Festival

August 1 - Sept. 16, 2018

See nationally known performers at Ravinia Festival, billed as America’s oldest outdoor music festival at Ravinia Park in Highland Park.

Jazz at the Aquarium

August 1 - Oct. 10, 2018 (Wednesdays 5 p.m.)

Hear musicians and vocalists, see views from the terrace, buy cocktails & food, and visit the aquarium at Jazzin’ at the Shedd at Shedd Aquarium.

Short Film Winners

August 2, 2018

See the winning films from Chicago 48 Hour Film Project, which locals made in only two d

ays, at Music Box Theatre.


August 2 - 5, 2018

Lollapalooza is a four-day music festival with more than 100 popular alternative rock, punk rock, heavy metal, and hip hop bands; comedy and dance; and craft booths in Grant Park.


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