Things To Do In the Chicago Area This Weekend

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Festival of the Lakes: When: Wednesday, July 22- Sunday, July 24; Where: Wolf Lake Park, 2938 S. Calumet Ave, Hammond, IN; Hours: Wednesday- Thursday: 5-11 p.m., Friday: Noon-11 p.m., Saturday: 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: You won’t want to miss this free five-day festival. Big artists such as Ludacris, Boys II Men and Eli Young Band will be performing. Guests can listen to the music while riding carnival rides or eating plenty of food.
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Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers: When: Thursday, July 21-Sunday, July 24; Where: U.S Cellular Field; Hours: Thursday-Friday: 7:10 p.m.m Saturday: 6:10 p.m., Sunday: 1:10 p.m.; Admission: Varies; Why go: The Chicago White Sox are giving away free T-shirts on Thursday and have fireworks scheduled for Friday night.
Taste of River North: When: Friday, July 22-Sunday, July 24; Where: Ward Park, corner of N. Kingsbury and W. Erie; Hours: Friday: 5-10 p.m., Saturday: Noon-10 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Admission: $5 suggested donation; Why go: The River North Residents Association hosts the Taste of River North showcasing family fun with entertainment and food.
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Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival: When: Saturday, July 23; Where: RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora; Hours: Saturday: Noon-10 p.m., Sunday: 1-9 p.m.; Admission: $10, children under 10 are $5; Why go: Top headliners like Ismael Miranda and Tony Vega are scheduled to perform, and a parade kicks off at noon Sunday all in celebration of Puerto Rican heritage.
Foam Glow 5K: When: Saturday, July 23; Where: Chicagoland Speedway, 500 Speedway Blv., Joliet; Hours: Check-in: 5:45 p.m., Race Starts: 8:45 p.m.; Admission: $50; Why go: Runners will be exposed to glowing foam and backlights all over the course, with proceeds benefiting a children's hospital. No matter if you are an experienced runner or running for fun, it's an event you won’t want to miss.
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Long Grove Craft Beer and BBQ Days: When: Friday, July 22-Saturday, July 23; Where: Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road; Hours: Friday: 5-8 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Admission: $45, VIP: $70; Why go: Even though Friday tickets are sold out, the fun continues this Saturday. With purchase of an admission ticket, guests will receive a Long Grove 5 oz. glass and eighteen 3 oz. beer pour samples from various breweries. Over 15 local breweries and dozens of beers will be featured. Guests can meet brewers and learn all about how beer is brewed.
Wicker Park Fest: When: Saturday, July 23- Sunday, July 24; Where: Milwaukee Avenue from North Avenue to Paulina Street; Hours: Noon-10 p.m.; Admission: A $10 donation is suggested; Why go: Wicker Park Fest combines cutting edge music, local restaurants and art to make it a fun-filled experience for the whole family. A Kids Fest also offers children programs with activities like face-painting, crafting, a bounce house and much more.
Taste of Latin America: When: Saturday, July 23- Sunday, July 24; Where: Division Street between California Avenue and Rockwell Street; Hours: Noon-10 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: The fourth annual festival is a celebration of all things Central and South American. Cuisine, entertainment, arts and crafts and much more will showcase Latin American heritage.
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Chicago Craft Beer Festival: When: Saturday, July 23- Sunday, July 24; Where: On Sheffield Ave. between Webster & Fullerton; Hours: Noon-10 p.m.; Admission: Advanced admission: $35 for 15 tickets (each ticket gets you a beer sample) or a suggested $5 donation; Why go: More than 80 craft beers from over 40 local, regional and national craft breweries will be featured.
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Veggie Fest: When: Saturday, July 23- Sunday, July 24; Where: 4045 N. Naperville Road, Lisle; Hours: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: The 11th Annual Veggie Fest is one of the largest vegetarian food and lifestyle festivals in North America. Food demos, international speakers and some of Chicago’s best entertainment will be featured.
Kane County Fair: When: Wednesday, July 20--Sunday July 24; Where: Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles; Hours: Thursday: 3-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday: Noon- midnight, Sunday: Noon-10 p.m.; Admission: $20; Why go: The Kane County Fair has got all the family fun you need: carnival rides, 4-H competitions, vendors, entertainment and more.
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