No Plans This Weekend? Here's a List of Things to Do Around Chicago

As summer officially begins, that means plenty of things to do in and around Chicago. No plans yet? We've got you covered. 

From pie eating contests to craft brews to live music and more, we have what you need to get the best out of your first summer weekend - for both adults and kids. 

Rolling Stones “No Filter” Tour

They’re doing it again and this time better than ever. The Rolling Stones are having one of their two Chicago “No Filter” concerts this weekend.

When: June 21

Where: Soldier Field

Admission: Price vary per ticket


Little ones need their own celebration too! Bring your kids and clap and play along with the Old Town School of Folk Music's "celebrated early childhood music program." The 45-minute performances were designed for babies up to preschoolers.

When: June 21

Where: Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park

Hours: 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Admission: Free

Make Music Chicago

If you play an instrument this is your time to show what you got. Join other “citizen musicians” and celebrate this global day of music. This is an open event for all ages, experience levels and styles.

When: June 21

Where:  Over 75 locations throughout Chicago

Hours: All day

Admission: Free

Chi-Soul Fest

This is an "inter-generational musical conversation" fest in honor of Black Music Appreciation month.

When: June 21-22

Where: Beer Garden at Navy Pier

Hours: Friday 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Wave Wall Wax

Come and enjoy live DJ sets as part of Navy Pier’s free live DJ series, Wave Wall Wax. This year women will be representing the female power as 50% of the DJs are women.

When: June 22

Where: Wave Wall Performance Platform

Hours: 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: Free

AON Summer Fireworks

Bring the family and enjoy free fireworks and music while looking at Lake Michigan. AON fireworks take place every Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day.

When: June 22

Where:  Navy Pier

Hours: 10:15 p.m.-10:25 p.m.

Admission: Free

World’s Largest Block party     

The lineup includes Hello Weekend, 7th Heaven and 16 Candles. There will also be a bags tournament beginning at 6 p.m. each day.

When: June 22-23

Where: Old St. Pat’s Church campus in Chicago’s West Loop

Hours: 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on Saturday

Admission: General admission $10 and $55 for VIP passes

Live on the Lake

Join Live on the Lake and enjoy the “International Pier Sounds” music series with live music from bands and DJs including DJ Papa G, Gizzae, Indika and many more.

When: June 23

Where: Miller Lite Beer Garden

Hours: 2 p.m.-8 p.m.

Admission: Free

Country Lake Shake    

The lineup includes Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and more.

When: June 21-23

Where: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Hours: 2 p.m.-11 p.m. daily

Admission: $80-$649.50

Pride Fest   

Enjoy live performances from artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Betty Who, Pabllo Vittar, Ultra Nate and others. Celebrate 50 years since Stonewall and the birth of the Pride movement.

When:  June 22-23

Where: Boystown, Chicago, IL

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

Admission: $10 suggested donation

Ravenswood on Tap   

Ravenswood on Tap returns for its third year. The outdoor festival will feature beer and spirits from local breweries, KOVAL Distillery cocktails, food trucks, live music and more.

When: June 22-23

Where: Ravenswood and Berteau avenues

Hours: Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: $5 donation

Ruido Fest       

Ruido Fest is Chicago's only three-day Latin music festival. This year's headliners include Enanitos Verdes, Los Tigres del Norte, Malafacha, Los Gold Fires, and many more.

When: June 21-23

Where: Union Park

Hours: Friday 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: $79.99-$279.99 Purchase here

Chicago Jerk Festival  

If you’re in the mood for jerk food, seafood, live music and just having fun in general, this will be the place to be.

When: June 23

Where: Washington Park

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: $25-$75

Saturday Night Standup Comedy at Laugh Factory Chicago      

Laugh Factory Chicago promises to have the "greatest lineup of stand up comedians in Chicago." Have a good laugh with Scott Duff, Kellye Howard, Calvin Evans and others.

When: June 22

Where: 3175 N. Broadway, Chicago

Hours: 7:15 p.m.

Admission: $17-$27, and free admission if RSVP with eventbrite (these are standby tickets)

Vegandale Food Drink Festival  

Enjoy the best vegan food from vendors such as Southern Fried Vegan, Mini Drops Ice Cream, Can’t Believe it's Not Meat, Smashbowl, and many more.

When: June 22

Where: Grant Park, Butler Field

Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Admission: $15

Kids Slime Workshop

No clean-up necessary. Kids will be able to use their creativity and make slime in all the colors.

When: June 22

Where: Local Color Art Studio 2151 West 79th Street

Hours: 11 a.m.

Admission: $12

Strawberry Fest

Everything strawberry! There will be a carnival, pie eating contests, food and a whole lot of straberries.

When: June 21-23

Where: 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL

Hours: Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: $5 per day, $10 for 3 day pass (Kids 12 and under get in free)

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