Things To Do in Chicago This Weekend

From the Ginza Holiday Japanese Cultural Festival to the Bud Billiken Parade, here are some great things to do this weekend in Chicago.

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Ginza Holiday Japanese Cultural Festival: When: Friday, August 12- Sunday, August 14; Where: Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee St.; Hours: Friday: 5:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Admission: $7; Why go: Enjoy a weekend filled with Japanese culture as guests listen to entertainment, see over 100 artisans sharing the culture, taste delicious cuisine and shop for crafts, jewelry and Japanese clothing. Four Master craftsman will make an appearance at the event flying all the way from Tokyo.
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Naperville Wine Festival: When: Friday, August 12- Saturday, August 13; Where: CityGate Centre, 2155 CityGate Lane, Naperville; Hours: 5 to 10 p.m.; Admission: $32 in advance, $40 at the door; Why go: Wine connoisseur’s will have the opportunity to sample more than 300 wines from around the world. Cooking demonstrations along with the area’s best restaurants and caterers will offer their signature dishes.
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Festival Cubano: When: Friday, August 12- Sunday, August 14; Where: Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.; Hours: Friday: 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Admission: Friday: $5, Saturday and Sunday: $10; Why go: Celebrate the Cuban culture with a fun-filled weekend of activities. Festival goers can expect to see a classic car show, ride carnival rides and animals and listen to popular Cuban artists. Cuba’s lively culture will surely be noticed through the performers and delicious cuisine.
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The Fest for Beatles Fans: When: Friday, August 12- Sunday, August 14; Where: Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.; Hours: Friday: 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday: Noon to midnight, Sunday: Noon to 11 p.m.; Admission: Friday: $52, Saturday & Sunday: $78; Why go: If you’re a big Beatles fan, this festival is right up your alley. Tribute bands to the group will perform as well as appearances by authors, Beatles historians and even Mark Hudson, musician and Ring Starr’s former producer. Fans can also purchase Beatles apparel, accessories, music and much more.
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Lincolnshire Arts & Eats: When: Friday, August 12- Sunday, August 13; Where: Village Green, Milwaukee Avenue and Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire; Hours: Friday: 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: Art and food certainly go together at this event as it hosts over 100 juried artists from around the country while also offering delicious food from onsite and neighboring restaurants. Live music will accompany all the activities for the weekend.
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Beer Mansion: When: Saturday, August 13; Where: 1446 W. Kinzie St.; Hours: 5 p.m.; Admission: $20; Why go: Beer Mansion appears all over the world and this weekend it's making its stop in the Windy City. Each room in this mansion offers a variety of beer, food, live music, games and much more.
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Reggae Fest: When: Saturday, August 13; Where: Addams Medill Park, 1301 W. 14th St.; Hours: Noon to 10 p.m.; Admission: $45; Why go: Festival goers can listen to a variety of reggae genres including ska, reggaeton, root reggae and world music. Some performers include Toots & the Maytals, Iration, Lee “Scratch” Perry and many more. Enjoy entertainment for all ages including live art making, sided soccer games and soccer tennis activities for kids and adults.
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Kite Festival: When: Saturday, August 13- Sunday, August 14; Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe ; Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: Guests are certainly in for a treat at the Kite Festival with stunt-kite performances set to music by members of the Chicago Fire Kite Team and members of the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois. The Chicago Fire Kite Team has been invited to festivals all over the world to showcase their talents. Ice cream, beverages and lunch options are available throughout the weekend.
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Mokena Farm & Barn Fest: When: Sunday, August 13; Where: Main Park, 10925 W. La Porte Road, Mokena; Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: The 12th annual Farm and Barn Fest offers guests the opportunity to experience farm life through various activities. Western-themed contests, kids’ activities and games, horse rides, petting zoo and more are sure not to disappoint. Food vendors will accompany all the activities with delicious eats as well as music and dancing. Babies in the family can have fun too and register for the baby contest that’s based on beauty/handsomeness and personality.
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Retro on Roscoe: When: Friday, August 12- Sunday, August 14; Where: 2000 W. Roscoe St.; Hours: Friday: 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 10 p.m.; Admission: $10 suggested donation; Why go: Experience a blast from the past and event goers jam out to three stages of oldies and throwbacks along with popular hits. There’s fun for the whole family as guests can peruse art work, grab a bite to eat, enjoy children activities and even browse through the Retro’s Antique Car Show that features over 50 antique, classic and muscle cars.
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Pilsen Neighborhood Immersion: When: Sunday, August 14; Where: The Timberland Trailhead, 643 W. 18th St.; Hours: Noon; Admission: $15; Why go: The Timberland Trailhead is a pop-up bar and shop by Brooklyn Brewery that offers beers, a lunch, and other fun activities such as an arm wrestling tournament.
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Bud Bulliken Parade: When: Saturday, August 13; Where: King Drive south from Oakwood Boulevard to 51st Street and Elsworth Drive from 51st Street to Garfield Boulevard; Hours: Starts at 9 a.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: The second largest parade in the United States is back this Saturday as it aims to provide underprivileged children with the chance to be in the limelight. Participants in the parade range from floats, marching bands, to great performances.
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