Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend: July 27-29

There's no shortage of summer events happening in the Chicago area this weekend.

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Fiesta del Sol
When: July 26 – 29, times vary from 11 A.M. to 11 P.M.
nWhere: 1000-1600 W. Cermak Rd.
nAdmission: Free
n Why Go: Fiesta del Sol, which translates to “Party of the Sun”, is also a fundraising event hosted by the Pilsen Neighborhood Community Council in order to raise funds for scholarships for Latino youth, help create jobs and allow local organizations to fund-raise for their cause.
When: July 26 – 29, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., Saturday 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.
nWhere: 60 W Walton St., Chicago
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Catch up on summer reading at the Newberry Library Book Fair, where people of all ages can look through racks of used books, many of which will be on sale for $3 or less.
When: July 27 – 29, Friday 5 to 10 P.M., Sat. and Sun. 12 to 10 P.M.
nWhere: Milwaukee Avenue from North Ave. to Paulina St.
nAdmission: $10 donation
nWhy Go: The iconic Wicker Park Festival is running for three days for the first time and is expanding its space past Paulina Street. It is also incorporating fashion shows every evening, in addition to more than 40 bands on three stages.
When: July 27 – 28, 7 to 8:15 P.M.
nWhere: City Stage in Polk Brothers Park and other parks in the city
nAdmission: Free, donations welcome
n Why Go: In its seventh year, the 75 minute abridged Shakespearean tour continues to reach Chicago parks for families and neighbors of all ages. At each location, witness a specially equipped truck roll in, unfold a stage to then watch professional actors revive some of Shakespeare's famous literature. A portion the proceeds goes to support DuPage County Historical Museum.
South Loop Beer & Cider Fest.
When: July 28, 4 to 7:30 P.M.
nWhere: Women's Park and Gardens, 1801 S Indiana Ave.
nAdmission: Tickets start at $15
nWhy Go: This South Loop Beer and Cider Fest. returns to Chicago's Near South Side neighborhood for a third time! With a variety of hard ciders and beers, attendees (who must be 21 or older) can pair each with food from local food trucks and a live music show. The festival beneficiary of the event is the Chicago Women's Park and Gardens.
When: July 28 – August 12, 6:30 to 10:30 P.M.
nWhere: 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee
nAdmission: Prices for membership and passes vary
nWhy Go: Mardi Gras debuts in the Midwest – Six Flags Great America is kicking off their new Mardi Gras Festival on July 28. The is made up of two daily parades, thousands of beads, unique cuisine options, and fireworks every night!
When: July 29, 10 A.M. to 10 P.M.
nWhere: Midway Plaisance, 60th and Ellis
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Bantu Fest. promotes cultural exchange and diversity among nations. There will be food, art, and live musical performances form Amara and others, showcasing music from more than 20 different countries.
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When: July 28 - 29, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
nWhere: 1341 W. Randolph St., Chicago
nAdmission: $10 to $25, or can buy season passes up to $200
nWhy Go: The Randolph Street Market will feature 300 vendors with items of the unique, vintage, antique, & re-purposed nature. Furniture, art, vintage fashion for men/women, and food is not exempt. There will also be market bars and a cabana for lounging, plus a band line up each day to make the festival even livelier as people shop at the West Loop.
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When: July 28 – 29, 12 to 10 P.M.
nWhere: Lincoln and Fullerton
nAdmission: $25 for a daily tasting pass
nWhy Go: The 2018 Taste of Lincoln Avenue celebrates “Tributepalooza”, a musical show dedicated to the best tribute bands in the country. Other attractions include chocolate, wine, and Midwest Whiskey tasting, along with a one-block area with children's activities like a petting zoo and pony rides.
La Esquina NY
When: July 28 – 29, 11 A.M. to 11:00 P.M.
nWhere: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.
nAdmission: $20 to $65
nWhy Go: Chicago's Margarita Festival combines margarita tasting with live original music for one weekend! People (21 and over) can enjoy the day lounging by Lake Michigan and having fun while sipping Margaritas.
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When: July, varying hours
nWhere: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave.
nAdmission: Varies
nWhy Go: There is no shortage of events at Chicago's iconic Navy Pier, including music at the "Live on the Lake!", in addition to Wednesday and Saturday nights' fireworks display! Browse for more on their July calendar.
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When: July 30, 9 A.M. to 11:00 P.M.
nWhere: 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Mars is estimated to be the brightest and closest it’s been to Earth since 2003 on this date. The Adler Planetarium will be pointing its telescopes toward Mars to catch a glimpse before the next time Mars will be this close, in 2035. The event will be outdoors and is weather permitting.
When: Open every day, 6 A.M to 11 P.M.
nWhere: 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: The northeast corner of Grant Park is not a typical lakefront recreation center for Maggie Daley Park features an enormous playground, climbing wall, and a skating ribbon.
When: Open daily, hours vary from 11 A.M. to 12 A.M.
nWhere: 111 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago
nAdmission: Free, pay to drink and play
nWhy Go: Flight Club Chicago had its grand opening in the city earlier this year. It features two floors with delicious beer and on the top floor, guests are welcome to play modern darts in which screens display instant replays of your best, or worst, plays!
ROOF on the Wit
When: July 30, 2 P.M. to 2 A.M.
nWhere: 201 N. State Street, 27th Floor, Chicago
nAdmission: Free to enter
nWhy Go: ROOF has earned international praises for its beautiful design, top views of Chicago, private event spaces and entertainment programming, all on the 27th floor of the Wit hotel.
When: July – September, hotel hours
nWhere: 311 N. Morgan St., Chicago
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: An artistic combination of the five most densely populated Black cities in America: New Orleans, Detroit, Jackson, Birmingham, and Savannah, the exhibit "Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime" was created to serve as a safe space for Black and Brown people in the U.S. Guests will find traces of the exhibit at all areas of the hotel all throughout summer.
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