12 Things To Do This Weekend In The Chicago Area

Enjoy 12 things to do this weekend with family and friends in the Chicagoland area.

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Rotary Club of Downers Grove
Rotary Grove Fest: When: Thursday, June 23- Sunday, June 26; Where: Downtown Downers Grove ; Hours: Thursday: 5:30-10 p.m., Friday & Saturday: Noon- 11 p.m., Sunday: Noon- 10:30 p.m. ; Admission: Free entry, $5 cover charge for 16+ in entertainment area and $5 cover charge for 21+ in beer garden; Why go: The entire family will have something to enjoy at the fest beside the delicious food and refreshments. Kids can ride unlimited carnival rides for $25. The Festival of Cars showcases antique and modern cars, held Sunday at 8 a.m.
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Long Grove Summer Fest
Long Grove Summer Fest: When: Friday, June 24- Sunday, June 26; Where: Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road; Hours: Friday: 11 a.m.- 11p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.- 11p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Admission: $5 for adults, children 12 & under are free; Why go: The 29th annual fest provides live entertainment for all ages. Summer treats such as ice cream, smoothies and more are available. Kids can even enjoy carnival rides and face painting, to name a few.
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Gold Coast Greek Fest: When: Friday, June 24- Sunday, June 26; Where: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1017 N. LaSalle St.; Hours: Friday: 4-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: Noon- 11 p.m., Sunday: Noon- 10:30 p.m. ; Admission: Free; Why go: Attendees can expect live Greek music and dancing throughout the fest. Authentic Greek food and pastries accompany beer, wine and frappe.
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Old St. Patrick's Church
Old St. Patrick’s Church World’s Largest Block Party : When: Saturday, June 25; Where: UIC Festival Lot, 1145 S. Morgan St.; Hours: 5:30-11 p.m.; Admission: $40 (includes three drink tickets); Why go: Proceeds at the end of the event go toward social justice initiatives, local and abroad outreach programs. Along with tasty beverages, food from some of Chicago’s famous restaurants will be available. Attendees must be 21 years of age to attend
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The Art Center Highland Park Festival of Fine Arts: When: Saturday, June 24-Sunday, June 25; Where: 1957 Sheridan Rd. Highland Park; Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m .; Admission: $5 suggested donation; Why go: Besides live music, good and fun activities for kids, visitors have a chance to interact with the artists through their art demos and booth chats. The works of 125-juried artists will be showcased from around the world in a variety of fashions.
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Chicago Food Truck Festival
Chicago Food Truck Festival: When: Saturday, June 25- Sunday, June 26 Where: 2200 S Indiana Ave.; Hours: 11 a.m.- 7p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: Featuring about 50 food trucks with an assortment of delicious eats, each guest is sure to find the one for them.
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Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest: When: Saturday, June 25- Sunday, June 26; Where: 3800 N. Elston Avenue; Hours: Noon-10 p.m.; Admission: Free entry or $5 gate donations benefit neighborhood parks and schools; Why go: Various vendors will show off their signature meats as live music plays throughout the day.
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Fountain Square Art Festival: When: Saturday, June 25- Sunday, June 26; Where: Church & Sherman, Downtown Evanston; Hours: Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: The 37th annual art festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on the North Shore. Works of 150 juried artistis will be showcased. Guests can expect a children's art tent with activities, food and a jazz-centric music lineup. The Fountain Square Beer Fest will follow the art fest from 6-9 p.m. and is $25 for 15 tastings and live entertainment.
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Ravenswood On Tap: When: Saturday, June 25; Where: 1801 W. Foster; Hours: 3-9 p.m.; Admission: $5 donation helps support Ravensoowd Community Council greening and beautification projects; Why go: This first ever event features beer and spirits from local breweries and distilleries. Delicious food from some of Chicago's favorite food trucks and live music accompany the array of beverages.
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Craft Beer and Wine Festival: When: Saturday, June 25; Where: Heritage Park Performance Pavilion- 333 W. Dundee; Hours: 2-6 p.m.; Admission:$45 ; Why go: The first Craft Beer and Wine Festival gives attendees the opportunity to sample over 60 beers, ciders and wines.
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Chicago Pride Parade: When: Sunday, June 26; Where: Parade starts at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown; Hours: Noon-3 p.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: As part of Pride Month in June, the celebration of Chicago's LGBT community continues. Spectators can enjoy the parade and celebrate pride.
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Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays: When: Friday, June 24- Sunday, June 26; 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 Toronto Blue Jays in a weekend of warm weather.
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