12 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend

From art and dancing to festivals and sports, here are 12 things to do in the Chicago area this weekend.

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Taste of Chicago: When: Wednesday, July 6-Sunday, July 10; Where: Grant Park; Hours: Wednesday- Friday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: Ten pop-up restaurants, 18 food trucks and 32 five-day restaurants are just a few of the main highlights that guests can expect throughout Taste of Chicago. Live performances as well as food demonstrations will accompany the delicious options for guests to eat.
Millennium Art Festival: When: Friday, July 8-Sunday, July 10; Where: Lake Street at Michigan Avenue; Hours: Friday: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: The 7th annual Millennium Art Festival features paintings, ceramics, photography and furniture showcased by more than 110 juried artists. Live performances and tasty treats accompany the art-filled experience.
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Irish Fest : When: Friday, July 8-Sunday, July 10; Where: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave.; Hours: Friday: 6-9 p.m., Saturday: Noon-9 p.m., Sunday: Noon-8 p.m.; Admission: Children under 4 are free, Children 4-12 are $5 and adults are $8 on Friday and $15 Saturday-Sunday; Why go: A celebration of Irish culture and entertainment, Irish Fest showcases music, dance, contests, beer, food and much more.
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West Fest Chicago: When: Friday, July 8-Sunday, July 10; Where: Chicago Avenue between Damen and Wood Streets; Hours: Friday: 5-10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: Noon-10 p.m.; Admission: A $5 donation is suggested; Why go: Festival goers can expect to see an emphasis on local talent and neighborhood retailers, restaurants, crafters and more. Adjacent to West Fest, Pet Fest and Kid Fest draw guests of all ages and sizes. The kid fest offers various activities such as pony rides, games, vendors and more. The Pet Fest has mobile grooming, pet related vendors and activities for the four legged friends.
Square Roots: When: Friday, July 8-Sunday, July 10; Where: Lincoln Square, on Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Wilson Streets; Hours: Friday: 5-10 p.m., Saturday: Noon-10 p.m., Sunday: Noon-9 p.m.; Admission: A suggest $10 donation for adults, $5 for seniors/kids and $20 for families; Why go: This craft beer and music experience highlights performances from local indie rockers to world music artists.
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Roscoe Village Burger Fest : When: Saturday, July 9-Sunday, July 10; Where: Clybourn Avenue and Diversey Parkway; Hours: 11a.m.-10 p.m.; Admission: A $10 suggested donation benefits the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce; Why go: More than a dozen local restaurants will showcase their juicy burgers for guests to enjoy. Live entertainment will add to the burger experience.
Color In Motion 5K Run: When: Saturday, July 9; Where: Montrose Beach, 4400 North Lake Shore Drive; Hours: 9 a.m.; Admission: $34.98-$50 ; Why go: Show up in all white and expect to be transformed into an array of colors. Throughout this Color in Motion 5K participants will be splashed with vibrant colors. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind race with friends and family on a nice summer morning.
Tour De Fat: When: Saturday, July 9; Where: Palmer Square, 2200 N. Kedzie Ave.; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: An event sponsored by New Belgium Brewing, the company aims to increase awareness in cycling as a sustainable form of transportation. Fear not, there will be beer galore for participants to enjoy a cool, crisp beverage throughout the event as well as delicious food. One lucky participant will even win a new bike by playing in the game show- The Bike is Right!
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Dusable Museum of African American History Arts and Crafts Festival: When: Saturday, July 9-Sunday, July 10; Where: 740 East 56th Place.; Hours: 10a.m.-5 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: This celebration of African American heritage showcases different contributions from the community both locally and globally. Entertainment is also provided.
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Frankfort Bluegrass Festival: When: Saturday, July 9-Sunday, July 10; Where: Briedert Green in Downtown Frankfort; Hours: Saturday: 10a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: Two stages of 21 top local and national bluegrass bands are performing at this family fun-filled festival. During the performances, food and craft tents will be available for guests to enjoy as they listen to the music.
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U.S. Women’s Soccer vs. South Africa: When: Saturday, July 9; Where: Soldier Field; Hours: Noon; Admission: Start at $30; Why go: Watch the 2015 FIFA World Champions take on South Africa for a warm, enjoyable Saturday afternoon.
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Chicago White Sox vs. Atlanta Braves : When: Friday, July 8-Sunday, July 10; Where: U.S Cellular Field; Hours: Friday: 7:10 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: 1:10 p.m.; Admission: Varies; Why go: Watch your South Side team take on the Atlanta Braves. Comedian Steve Hofstetter will throw out the first pitch on Saturday and Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short will throw the first pitch on Sunday.
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