Things to Do Around Chicago This Weekend: Aug. 16-18

Josh Feeney

Whether you have two legs or four, there are plenty of options for you this weekend in Chicago. 

Clear the Shelters

Clear the Shelters is a nationwide pet adoption event hosted by NBCUniversal TV studios that aims to get animals into the loving homes they need. More than 100,000 pets were adopted for last year's event. Shelters across the country, including many in the Chicago area, will waive or discount adoptions fees to help pets find their fur-ever homes. 

When: August 17

Where: Nationwide. Find a participating shelter near you here 

Edison Park Fest

Edison Park Fest first started in 1972 as a sidewalk sale on Northwest Highway. The annual community fundraiser draws about 20,000 people, and proceeds help free community programs and beautification projects.

When: August 16-18

Where: Edison Park

Time:  Friday 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: $5 donation

Chicago Air and Water Show

This is the largest free show of its kind in the United States, according to the city of Chicago website. The show can be seen along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street and from Ohio Street Beach. Food vendors will be stationed along the lakefront selling food like hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream.

When: August 17-18

Where: North Avenue Beach

Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Admission: Free

Sangria Festival Chicago

What’s better than sipping on some sangria in the park?

When: August 17-18 

Where: 3021 W Division St. 3015 West Division Street, Humboldt Park Chicago, IL. 60622

Time: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: $15-$95

Chicago Caribbean Carnival Parade & Festival

"A unique Caribbean experience celebrating a day of traditions, food music, culture among people."

When: August 17

Where: Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 Midway Plaisance Park Chicago, IL 60637

Time: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Admission: Free

Kilbourn Park Summer Festival

An event that aims to encourage the enhancement of the neighborhood while offering up DJ music, food, and plenty of fun activities.

When: August 17

Where: Kilbourn Park, 3501 N Kilbourn Ave. Chicago, IL. 60641

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Admission: Free

Live on the Lake!

A variety of performances and a beautiful view of the summer fireworks at night.

When: August 17 

Where: Miller Lite Beer Garden, Navy Pier 

Time: 2 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Pilsen Fest

A festival to appreciate the Latino community and cultural talents.

When: August 17-18

Where: Pilsen, 1800 S. Blue Island Ave. Chicago, IL. 60608 

Time: 12 p.m.-11 p.m.

Admission: Donation

Gelato Festival

Enjoy all you can eat gelato! Need we say more? 

When: August 17-18

Where: Taylor Street

Time: Saturday 2 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.

Admission: $25

Logan Square Stir-Up

It’s a bartender competition! Who will make the best drinks? Come and find out!

When: August 18  

Where: Logan Square Auditorium

Time: 3 p.m.

Admission: $55

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