Things To Do In the Chicago Area This Weekend

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Dupage County Fair: When: Wednesday, July 27- Sunday, July 31; Where: Dupage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton; Hours: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Admission: $10+; Why go: Enjoy some great family fun with an array of fun activities at this year’s county fair. Guests can expect to see the demolition derby, a rodeo, along with a carnival, and various vendors and food choices.
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Lollapalooza: When: Thursday, July 28-Sunday, July 31; Where: Grant Park; Hours:11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Admission: Varies; Why go: The biggest music festival in Chicago is back with an extra day this year as many of your favorite artists join the line-up. Performances by Mac Miller, Future, Radiohead and many more are sure to make this five-day festival better than ever.
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Fiesta del Sol: When: Thursday, July 28-Sunday, July 31; Where: 1400 W. Cermak Ave; Hours: Thurs., July 28 5 p.m.- 10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., July 29-30 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.; Sun., July 31 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: Fiesta del Sol is the largest festival in the Midwest. Food, art, carnival rides, a children area, soccer games and much more make up for a fun-filled weekend.
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Chicago Cubs vs. Seattle Mariners: When: Friday, July 29-Sunday, July 31; Where: Wrigley Field; Hours: Friday-Saturday: 1:10 p.m., Sunday: 7:08 p.m.; Admission: Varies; Why go: Watch your Northside Chicago MLB team take on the Mariners during a nice warm weekend. The first 10,000 fans on Saturday will receive a free Cubs Misting Fan to keep cool during the game.
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USA Basketball Showcase: When: Friday, July 29; Where: United Center; Hours: 8 p.m.; Admission: Varies; Why go: The USA Basketball Men’s National Team is playing five domestic exhibition games leading up to the Summer Games and one of the cities is our very own Chicago. USA will take on Venezuela Friday night.
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The Book of Mormon: When: Thursday, July 28-August, 14;Where: The PrivateBank Theatre; Hours: Vary; Admission: Varies; Why go: The Book of Mormon is back for the second appearance in Chicago. The musical is the winner of nine Tony Awards and has broken 81 house records in 44 venues across the country. The Book of Mormon holds the record for the largest weekly gross in the history of The PrivateBank Theatre.
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Jeff Fest Arts and Music Festival: When: Friday, July 29- Sunday, July 31;Where: Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave.; Hours: Friday: 6-10 p.m., Saturday: 2-10 p.m., Sunday: 2-8 p.m.; Admission: $5; Why go: Back for its 16th year, Jeff Fest features plenty of tasty food, music, arts and crafts as well as kid-friendly activities. Wine tasting is available for those 21+ with up to 15 wine varietals from the U.S and beyond.
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Chicago Margarita Festival: When: Saturday, July 30- Sunday, July 31; Where: South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Dr.; Hours: Noon-8 p.m.; Admission: Starts at $15; Why go: Rain or shine guests will enjoy delicious margaritas with lots of entertainment besides. General admission provides live music, dancing and games such as corn hole, outdoor Jenga and beach volleyball.
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Bloody Mary Fest: When: Sunday, July 31; Where: Everts Park, 103 Highwood Ave, Downtown Highwood; Hours: 10a.m.- 5p.m.; Admission: Varies; Why go: Mixologists will make their special recipes and compete for the title of the Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest. A panel of judges will be evaluated on taste, presentation, garnish and more. Live music will also be provided.
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Chicago Fire vs. New York Redbulls: When: Sunday, July 31; Where: Toyota Park; Hours: 6 p.m.; Admission: Varies; Why go: Watch your Chicago MLS team take on the No. 2 ranked team in the Eastern Conference.
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Prairie Fest: When: Thursday, July 28- Sunday, July 31;Where: Community Park Ball Fields, near 655 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale; Hours: Thursday-Friday, 6-11 p.m., Saturday: 1-11 p.m., Sunday: 1-10 p.m.; Admission:; Why go: There’s fun for the whole family at this festival with delicious eats, live music, a carnival and fireworks display.
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Pepsi Tall Ships Festival: When: Wednesday, July 27-Sunday, July 31;Where: Navy Pier; Hours: Wednesday: 3 p.m., Thursday-Saturday: 10 a.m.- 8p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Starts at $10; Why go: The five-day festival features 13+ international vessels that ticketed guests will have the opportunity to view, tour and sail away on.
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