Things To Do in the Chicago Area This Weekend

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Wrigleyville Summerfest: When: Saturday, August 6-Sunday, August 7; Where: W. School St. & N. Seminary Ave.; Hours: Saturday: Noon to 10 p.m., Sunday: Noon to 9 p.m., Admission: $5 donation; Why go: The 14th annual summerfest offers great food, music and family fun. Neighborhood vendors and restaurants will be at summerfest throughout the weekend. Also featured is a special Kids Zone with games and interactive activities.
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Chicago Hot Dog Fest: When: Friday, August 5-Sunday, August 7; Where: Clark and LaSalle Streets; Hours: Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Admission: Starts at $15; Why go: The fourth annual fest features some of Chicago’s best hot dogs. Guests will also enjoy non-stop music and fun activities for the kids.
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Chicago Bears Family Fest: When: Friday, August 5; Where: Soldier Field; Hours: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Admission: Starts at $10; Why go: The behind the scenes family outing allows visitors to watch Coach Fox and the Chicago Bears take the field for a team practice as well as participate in activities for the whole family such as games, live music, giveaways and more.
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The Big Dig North Avenue Beach Party: When: Saturday, August 6; Where: North Avenue Beach; Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Admission: $30; Why go: The 21 and over beach party is a great way to celebrate summer. A live DJ along with a variety of beach games such as giant jenga, life-size beer pong and more accompany an inclusive drink package with admission. Party goers can also enter to play in the volleyball and bags tournaments.
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Wheaton Brew Fest: When: Saturday, August 6; Where: Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton; Hours: 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Admission: Starts at $20; Why go: This strictly 21 and over event offers over 80 different types of beer. Live entertainment and food from some of Wheaton’s favorite restaurants are also featured at the fest.
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Corn Fest: When: Saturday, August 6; Where: Community Church of Rolling Meadows; Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Admission: Varies; Why go: Corn Fest is the definition of a great summer day. Hamburgers, brats and hot dogs, watermelon and all you can eat sweet corn is sure to be enjoyed by the whole family. Live music, a children’s area and the annual raffle for great prizes won’t disappoint.
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Edge Fest: When: Saturday, August 6-Sunday, August 7; Where: Thorndale to Ardmore on Broadway St.; Hours: Saturday: Noon to 10 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Admission: $5 donation; Why go: The 5th annual fest offers cuisine, award-winning entertainment and family fun. Local Edgewater musicians and vendors will be showcased.
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<Takin’ It To the Streets Urban International Festival: When: Saturday, August 6; Where: Marquette Park, 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.; Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Admission: $5 donation; Why go: Artistic expression, spirituality and urban creativity are the highlights of this fest that aim to inspire social change. Thousands of people will engage through music, dance, family activities and inspirational talks about civil and social justice. Rakim is one of the many artists performing at the festival.
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Taste of Lincoln Avenue Chicago: When: Saturday, August 6-Sunday, August 7; Where: From North Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood; Hours: Noon to 10 p.m.; Admission: $10; Why go: Enjoy a family-fun filled weekend with two days of great entertainment and a kids carnival. Good eats are also sure to be a must.
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<Lakeshore Arts Festival: When: Saturday, August 6-Sunday, August 7; Where: Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street, Evanston; Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: This art festival showcases over 80 artists. As visitors browse the art work, they can listen to live music from jazz, blues to bluegrass, rock and Motown.
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