12 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend: July 16-17

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Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers: When: Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17; Where: Wrigley Field; Hours: 1:10 p.m.; Admission: Varies; Why go: Watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Texas Rangers to celebrate the nice warm weekend.
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St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School BenFest: When: Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17; Where: 2215 W. Irving Park Road; Hours: Friday: 4-10 p.m., Saturday: 1-10 p.m., Sunday: 1-7 p.m.; Admission: $5 donation and kids under 5 are free; Why go: Fun for the whole family should be this festival's mantra. From inflatable bouncy houses, to water slides and games, your children are sure to enjoy this weekend of fun.
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Forest Park Music Fest: When: Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17; Where: Madison Street between Des Plaines and Circles Avenues in downtown Forest Park; Hours: Friday: 5-11 p.m., Saturday: Noon-11 p.m., Sunday: Noon-10 p.m.; Admission: $5; Why go: This music fest features two stages with Chicago band favorites performing throughout the weekend. Two beer gardens, carnival games, arts and crafts as well food from neighborhood vendors and more will make the music scene even better.
Pitchfork Music Festival: When: Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17; Where: Union Park, Chicago; Hours: Friday: 3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: Noon; Admission: $65 for general admission and $165 for 3-day pass; Why go: This internationally recognized festival showcases over 40 bands throughout the 3-day fest. Fifty local vendors provide more than just entertainment at this fest, with good food and specialty fairs.
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Windy City Smokeout: When: Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17; Where: 560 W. Grand Ave., Chicago; Hours: Friday: gates open at 2 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: gates open at noon.; Admission: Starts at $30; Why go: Everything you could want at an event the Windy City Smokeout has:. live music, domestic and craft beers, seafood, burgers, barbecue and more provide a variety of delicious options for guests.
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The Big Greek Food Fest of Niles: When: Friday, July 15-Sunday, July 17; Where: 7373 Caldwell Avenue, Niles; Hours: Friday: 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday-Sunday: 3 p.m.-midnight; Admission: $2, senior citizens: $1 and children under 12 are free. Admission is free for adults before 5 p.m.; Why go: Celebrate Greek heritage with live Greek music, Greek folk dancers, Greek novelties and don’t forget the delicious cuisine.
Naperville Ale Fest: When: Saturday, July 16; Where: Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St, Naperville; Hours: 1-5 p.m.; Admission: $50; Why go: Ale Fest highlights more than 80 American craft breweries and more than 200 craft beers from across the country. Live music and food from Naperville’s favorite restaurants will also be showcased at the fest.
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Northbrook Fine Arts Festival: When: Saturday, July 16-Sunday, July 17; Where: Village Green Park, Northbrook; Hours: Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: This juried art festival showcases 70 artists from across the country. Guests can expect to not only view beautiful art, but hear live music, eat delicious food and have fun for the kids.
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Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival: When: Saturday, July 16-Sunday, July 17; Where: Peasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St, St. Charles; Hours: Saturday: 1-11p.m., Sunday: 1-10 p.m.; Admission: $5 per person and $10 per family donation requested; Why go: Experience music and dance acts from around the world as well as popular local bands on two stages. The festival encourages guests to enjoy themselves through dance and music with the eclectic line-up of artists. Food from local restaurants, beer and wine are available throughout the festival. Children can enjoy themselves as well with an Art Lot and kid’s activities.
Ethnic Arts Festival: When: Saturday, July 16-Sunday, July 17; Where: Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street in Evanston; Hours: Noon- 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: The 31st annual festival features art from a variety of countries as well as international cuisine, dance and spoken word performances. Families can enjoy craft activities that represent various ethnic backgrounds.
El Gran Festival Colombiano: When: Saturday, July 16-Sunday, July 17; Where: Jefferson Park, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave; Hours: Noon-10:30 p.m.; Admission: $10, kids under 12 free with adult admission; Why go: This two-day festival celebrates Colombian culture, history and independence. Live music, entertainment, arts and crafts as well as delicious cuisine will be offered. Children will have a play area filled with wall climbing, games, clowns and other activities.
Chinatown Summer Fair: When: Sunday, July 17; Where: 2200 S. Wentworth (at Cermak Road); Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: The 38th celebration of Far East culture showcases Dragon & Lion Dance Procession, artisans, great cuisine and other various activities for families and children.
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