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


August 17, 2018

Scrapbook Expo

August 17 - 18, 2018

Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

Art on Glenwood Ave.

August 17 - 19, 2018

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (GAAF) is a Friday night Cobblestone Jam plus a weekend artists’ market with 3 stages of music in Rogers Park. Free.

Art, Food, and Music Festival

August 17 - 19, 2018

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival features restaurant food, live music, and an art festival, all beginning Friday evening. Free.

Edison Park Festival

August 17 - 19, 2018

Edison Park Fest offers food, beer, live music, a kids’ area, and a family stage at 6730 N. Olmsted Avenue. Donation.

Noir Film Festival

August 17 - 23, 2018

Noir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at the Music Box Theatre.

West Indian Carnival

August 18, 2018

Windy City Carnival promises an all-day event with music and vendors plus “a traditional parade of bands” and outrageous costumes at noon at Midway Plaisance (59th Street & Woodlawn Avenue).

Oak Park Beer Tasting

August 18, 2018

Oak Park Micro Brew Review features tastings of 200 craft beers from 80 Midwest microbreweries and local restaurant food at 100 N Marion St. in Oak Park.

Air and Water Show

August 18 - 19, 2018

The Chicago Air & Water Show features daredevil pilots, parachute teams, and jets flying in formation, plus an air/sea rescue demonstration. See it from the waterfront near North Avenue Beach. Free.

Sangria Festival

August 18 - 19, 2018 (noon to 10 p.m.)

Sangria Festival Chicago promises multiple flavors of sangria (wine with fruit), food vendors, live music, and flamenco dancers in Humboldt Park for age 21+. Bring a chair and a blanket, but no food or pets.

Holistic Expo

August 18 - 19, 2018

Body Mind Spirit Expo has 110 exhibitors and 50 presentations about alternative health and psychic powers at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

Japanese Children’s Festival

August 18 - 19, 2018

Brunch & Bar Tasting

August 19, 2018

BrunchCon includes tastes from 30 vendors, a bottomless Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar, lawn games, and DJ dancing at Windy City Fieldhouse for age 21+.

South Shore Summer Festival

August 19, 2018 (3 to 8 p.m.)

South Shore Summer Festival is a family-friendly event with music and dance, plus food, wine, and beer for sale at South Shore Cultural Center. Free.

Tasting Event

August 23, 2018 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)

Taste “signature grill recipes” from a dozen restaurants paired with summer cocktails during Chefs on the Grill outside the Park Grill.

Fake Wedding

August 23, 2018 (7 p.m.)

Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Chicago at Zhou B Art Center.

Women’s Comedy

August 23 - 26, 2018

See 400 women perform stand-up, sketch, improv, burlesque, and musical comedy shows at Chicago Women’s Funny Festival at Stage 773.

Comic Book Convention

August 23 - 26, 2018

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is about comic books, science fiction, fantasy, film, horror, animation, anime, manga, and card games, at the convention center in Rosemont.


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