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


August 3, 2018


Aug. 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.

Tropical Rock Party

Aug. 2 - 5, 2018

Event promises entertainment, music, food, and drink with a tropical theme at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg.

Music in Lincoln Square

Aug. 2 - 30, 2018

(Thursdays 6:30 p.m.)

Hear a wide variety of music at the Summer Concert Series in Giddings Plaza if weather permits. Free.

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival

Aug. 3 - 5, 2018

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival offers live music, art, food, craft beer, wine, and a kids’ corner in Jefferson Park at 4822 N. Long Avenue. No pets. Donation.

Horror Convention

Aug. 3 - 5, 2018

Flashback Weekend offers celebrity guests, vendors, and evening events at Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare.

Film Festival

Aug. 3 - 9, 2018

Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival (BWiFF) screens dozens of bold and innovative films with new and exciting story elements at The Foxhole Chicago.

Jazz on the Lake

Aug. 3 - 24, 2018 (6:30 p.m.)

Hear “top Chicago jazz artists” play for 90 minutes at Water Colors on Fridays at Polk Bros Park. Free.

Interactive Melodrama

Aug. 3 - 26, 2018

All 30 members of the audience get to walk around the actors during Southern Gothic, a retro drama about four Southern couples that takes place in a 1962 house inside Windy City Playhouse. Tickets $80 to


Dogs at the Park

Aug. 4, 2018

Dog Days offers a pet play area, high-flying disc-catching dogs, agility demonstrations, and vendors at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Free except parking.

Corn Festival

Aug. 4, 2018

A ticket to Corn Fest gets you a hamburger, brat, or hot dog; pop, watermelon, and all the fresh-picked corn you can eat. Also see the arts & craft fair and bazaar at Community Church in Rolling Meadows.

Edgewater Festival

Aug. 4 - 5, 2018

Edge Fest offers North Side cuisine, local bands, and art on North Broadway (from Thorndale to Ardmore). Donation.

Glenview Art Festival

Aug. 4 - 5, 2018

Art at the Glen features 185 artists, live music, food, and kids’ activities in Glenview. Free.

Fairy Festival

Aug. 4 - 5, 2018

The World of Fairies Festival welcomes you with or without costume for dance, music, games, shopping, and tea parties at Vasa Park in South Elgin.

Watch Football Practice

Aug. 4 - 11, 2018 (begins July 21)

Register online to visit Chicago Bears Training Camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Free.

Black Film Festival

Aug. 4 - 30, 2018

Black Harvest Film Festival celebrates the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience with dozens of films at Gene Siskel Film Center.

Renaissance Fair

Aug. 4 - Sept. 3, 2018 (weekends)

Watch knights joust, shop an artisan market, mingle with costumed minstrels, play games, and attend shows at Bristol Renaissance Faire in 16th century England (also known as Kenosha, WI).


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