June 29 – July 1: Things to Do In and Around Chicago This Weekend

Enjoy free and affordable things around the city as we say goodbye to June and welcome July 2018!

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Eyes to the Skies Festival
When: June 28 through July 1
nWhere: 1825 Short Street, Lisle
nHours: 3 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
nWhy Go: There is much to see in the skies of Lisle this summer, including hot air balloons and festive fireworks even before Independence Day. Those present can also check out the festival's carnival, kids area, live music and craft fair with the $8 tickets.
2/23
Millennium Park Summer Music Series
When: June 28
nWhere: Millennium Park
nHours: 6:30 p.m
nWhy Go: The music series began just before summer with an array of Soul Jazz and Indie sounds. This Thursday will be no different as Sons of Kemet (jazz) and Mélissa Laveaux (Indie rock and folk) take the stage. All concerts are free through August 16th and open to the public.
3/23
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When: June 29
nWhere: Polk Bros. Park, 600 E. Grand Ave.
nHours: 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
nWhy Go: Chicago Soul Music Festival — Chi-Soul — includes musical acts that bring soul music front and center for free in honor of Black Music Appreciation Month. This Friday will feature Syleena Johnson (pictured) at Lake Stage, as well as The Right Now, Isaiah Sharkey, and the Dee Alexander Quartet at varying times and stages.
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When: June 29 through 30
nWhere: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
nHours: Times vary from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
nWhy Go: The German-Canadian virtuoso, Johannes Moser, makes his Grand Park Music Festival debut in Dvořák's Cello Concerto. Enjoy the sounds orchestra music with free seating in the Seating Bowl, on the lawn, or if you wish to be closer, tickets start at $26 (rain or shine).
5/23
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When: June 29 through July 4
nWhere: Varying locations (see below)
nHours: Dusk
nWhy Go: Get a head start on Independence Day fireworks throughout the weekend! For a full list of times and locations around the city and suburbs click here.
6/23
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When: June 29 to August 24
nWhere: Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
nHours: 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
nWhy Go: Dance the evening away with free dance lessons for the first three hours or if you're already a pro, enjoy music and dancing from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., rain or shine!
7/23
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When: June 29 to July 1
nWhere: Lawrence Avenue and Broadway Street
nHours: Friday and Saturday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
nWhy Go: The Windy City Ribfest will mark its 10th anniversary when it makes its return this year. With live music, arts and crafts, and ribs, the $5 donation suggested entry seems little for all that you can experience at RibFest.
8/23
Chicago Pizza Tours
When: June 30
nWhere: 61 E. Madison Street
nHours: 11 a.m.
nWhy Go: Experience and taste a handful of Chicago's famous pizzas on a 20-mile trip in just under four hours. Adult tickets are marked as $60 and children are $36 for this cheesy adventure.
9/23
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When: June 29 through 30
nWhere: Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
nHours: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
nWhy Go: Have a taste of design and interact with the current exhibit when you drop into the studio this summer. No ticketing or registration is required to attend the free Open Studio, but it is suggested you can call ahead to confirm hours for your visit at 312-922-8687.
10/23
'Velocity', Dabin Ahn (Courtesy of Chicago Gallery News)
When: June 30
nWhere:714 N. Wells Street
nHours: Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
nWhy Go: A gallery representative leads a guided tour of four galleries, rain or shine, except on major holiday weekends. No reservations are required, but people are encouraged to call 312-649-0064 for special details or large parties.
11/23
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When: Tuesday through Sunday
nWhere: 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago
nHours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
nWhy Go: At this museum, Mexican culture exists without borders as it presents vibrant, historical artistic expressions from Mexico as well as those of Mexican communities in the United States with free admission each day it is open.
12/23
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When: June 30
nWhere: Division Street, Lincoln Park Market, Printers Row
nHours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
nWhy Go: Farmers markets typically have a day in the week where local produce and food vendors cater to the community and Saturday is not exempt! Catch a farmers market on Division and Dearborn, Polk and Dearborn, or at the Lincoln Park Market at 700 W. Armitage Ave.
13/23
City of Chicago
When: June 30
nWhere: 201 E. Randolph St.
nHours: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
nWhy Go: Get your weekend going at Millennium Park with pilates at 7 a.m., yoga at 8 a.m., strength training at 9 a.m., or Zumba dancing later in the morning, at 10 a.m. Beginners, experts and all that's in between are welcome to workout for free and misters will be available for the heat advisory this weekend.
14/23
Missi D
When: Open every day
nWhere: 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe
nHours:8 A.M. to 6 P.M.
nWhy Go: Get some exercise and inspiration wandering the 385-acre peaceful respite north of Chicago that is the Botanic Garden. Entry is free, although there is a fee for parking if you drive to the location.
15/23
When: Open every day
nWhere: 300 N. Central Park Ave.
nHours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Wed. it's 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
nWhy Go: The conservatory hosts creative exhibits and other programming for children and adults alike. Entry is free throughout the year and this Saturday, visitors can experience the Bee Demo. or to catch the exhibit of the month, The Persistence of the Unsorted, by artist Claire Pentecost.
16/23
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When: June 30
nWhere: Start at 1766 Columbia Drive, Chicago
nHours: 11 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m.
nWhy Go: See the sights Chicago has to offer on foot. The walking tours start at the east side of the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge in the Chicago Park District parking lot off Science Drive. People are advised to wear proper attire like comfortable shoes, and although free tours take place every Saturday, rain or shine, they will be canceled if weather is considered "dangerous".
17/23
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When: June 30
nWhere: Humboldt Park, Chicago
nHours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
nWhy Go: Tour de Fat encourages participants to show up in "self propelled, two wheel travel" and dress up in whatever attire makes them feel their best (capes are okay, wigs are okay). The tour has raised more than $5 million dollars for local bike non-profits and heads out to Boston next, so don't miss its Chicago date at $17.77 a ticket.
18/23
Eliana Pérez
When: Tuesdays through Sundays
nWhere: 360 N. Street, Chicago
nHours: Vary on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
nWhy Go: SNL fans will appreciate getting to know how the show gets put together for every week, as well as historical and fun facts at the SNL Experience exhibit. Tickets are $25 or less for seniors or students, and admission is free for children under 12.
19/23
Robert Banke
When: Open every day
nWhere: 5020 S. Cornell Ave., Hyde Park
nHours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri.- Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun.12 to 5 p.m.
nWhy Go: With 15 exhibitions a year and over 45,000 visitors, people can art-watch and people-watch for free at the Art Center all summer.
20/23
When: June 30 to July 1
nWhere: 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago
nHours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
nWhy Go: With a diverse collection of art, there is sure to be something for everyone in one of the thousands of pieces at the iconic Smart Museum. Admission is free.
21/23
Courtesy of Blackberry Farm
When: Open every day
nWhere: 100 S. Barnes Rd, Aurora
nHours: Vary from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
nWhy Go: Blackberry Farm was recently renovated, but it still hosts traditional favorites like the steam-engine replica train, carousel, hay wagon rides, and pedal tractors, including new features and amenities that make each visit an adventure. Admissions start at $6 with free admission for toddlers (or younger).
22/23
Choose Chicago/Abel Arciniega
When: Open every day
nWhere: 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago
nHours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
nWhy Go: The northeast corner of Grant Park is not a typical lakefront recreation center for it features an enormous playground, climbing wall, and a skating ribbon.
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Eliana Pérez
When: July 1
nWhere: 4048 W. Armitage Ave., Hermosa
nHours: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
nWhy Go: Artists from Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane María have been painting a series of murals in collaboration with local artists in both Hermosa and Humboldt Park. This date will serve as the inauguration of the murals, commissioned by the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center with the support of the Chicago Community Trust and the Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities among others.
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