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Concerts, Outdoor Events, Activities In and Around Chicago This Week


August 24, 2018

Tasting Party

August 24, 2018 (5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)

Bites & Booze Festival features drinks paired with food, a mixology stage, a craft cocktail corner, a rooftop bar, and a dance floor on three floors of Lacuna Artist Lofts. Ticket deal $23 (VIP $33)

Naperville Wine Festival

August 24 - 25, 2018

Sample fine wines, buy restaurant food, and hear live music at Naperville Wine Festival.

Taste of Greece

August 24 - 26, 2018

Enjoy Greek restaurant food, traditional music and dance, handcrafts, and family games at Taste of Greektown at 400 S. Halsted Street. Donation.

Food Truck Fest

August 24 - 26, 2018

Logan Square Food Truck Social features 20 trucks selling food and beverages with live music on Humboldt Boulevard (from Armitage Avenue to Bloomingdale Avenue). Donation.

Skokie Festival

August 24 - 26, 2018

Skokie’s Backlot Bash has live music, a carnival, a classic car show, free classic movies at noon, a kids’ run and a 5K, a beer tent, and food vendors. Free.

Street Fair in DeKalb

August 24 - 26, 2018

Corn Fest has vendors, a carnival, a family-friendly beer garden and concert area ($5 for age 12+), a Saturday car show, and kids’ art activities weekend afternoons. Free.

Local Music Festival

August 25, 2018

I Am Fest is an independent art & music festival that focuses on local artists at the House of Blues Chicago.

Small-town Beer Festival

August 25, 2018 (5 to 8 p.m.)

Sample offerings from local craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries at Hop Stop, which also has children’s art activities, live music, and food trucks in Riverside.


August 25 - 26, 2018

The Chicago Triathlon follows a picturesque course along Lake Michigan, beginning at Monroe Harbor.

Bucktown Arts Festival

August 25 - 26, 2018

Bucktown Arts Fest is an arts celebration that showcases 200 artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and performers at N Oakley and Lyndale. Free.

Oak Park Art Festival

August 25 - 26, 2018

The Arts & Crafts Show at Oak Park Ave. & Lake St. features 125 artists in Scoville Park. Free.

Art & Food Festivals

August 25 - 26, 2018

Port Clinton Art Festival has 260 artists, a youth division, and kids’ art activities on Sat. & Sun. Free. (Taste of Highland Park nearby is Friday to Sunday.)

Glen Ellyn Art Festival

August 25 - 26, 2018

Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts features 85 juried artists, live music, a beer and wine garden, and food at Lake Ellyn Park.

Circus in the Park

August 25 - Oct. 19, 2018

Midnight Circus in the Parks is a series of daytime shows on weekends at eight parks, which is perfect for families.

Art Fair

August 26, 2018

See original works from 100 juried artists at A Walk in the Park - Summer Art Fair at North School Park in Arlington Heights. Free.

Taste of the Nation

August 29, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)

Enjoy gourmet food from 27 restaurants, fine wine, beer, cocktails, and live music at Chicago’s Taste of the Nation at Revel Fulton Market for age 21+.

Chicago Jazz Festival

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2018

The Chicago Jazz Festival is Labor Day weekend at Millennium Park. No dogs. Free.

Fringe Theater Festival

August 30 - Sept. 3, 2018

See 50 weird and wonderful shows by local theater groups at Chicago Fringe Festival in Jefferson Park. The first day usually has a free preview party.


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