10 Things to Do This Weekend in the Chicago Area: Aug. 11-13

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When: Aug. 11-13; Where: Stockton and LaSalle Drive; Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Admission: Free, $5 suggested donation; Why Go: Sample the best hot dogs the city has to offer, including traditional and new dogs from city vendors. Also, proceeds from the festival go to benefit the Chicago History Museum.
When: Aug. 12; Where: King Drive south from Oakwood Boulevard to 51st Street. Elsworth Drive (in Washington Park) from 51st Street to Garfield Boulevard (55th St.); Hours: Parade starts at 10 a.m.; Admission: Free; Why go: Experience this historic parade with Grand Marshal Chance the Rapper who will give away 30,000 backpacks to kids at the event.
When: Aug. 11-13; Where: Addams Medill Park; Hours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Why Go: List to ska, reggaeton, root reggae and more at two stages alternating music throughout the festival. Past headliners included Toots & the Maytals, Iration and Lee “Scratch” Perry.
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When: Aug. 11-13; Where: 2000 W. Roscoe St.; Hours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Admission: $10 suggested donation; Why Go: Return to the past with Retro on Roscoe through retro music, vendors and food. The festival will also have more than 50 antique cars. The proceeds from the festival go to local projects and schools.
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When: Aug. 12 and 13; Where: Halsted Street between Belmont and Addison; Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. each day; Admission: Suggested donation of $10; Why Go: It is the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest, drawing a crowd of more than 180,000 people.
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When: Aug. 12; Where: Summit Avenue and the library parking lot; Hours: 12-9 p.m.; Admission: free; Why go: This inaugural charity event features a BBQ competition that is fun and family-friendly.
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When: Aug. 11-13; Where: 435 W. Menomonee St.; Hours: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday; Admission: $5 donation suggested; Why Go: This festival celebrates Japanese culture and will have stage performances, cultural displays and food. Aikido and Judo schools will demonstrate self-defense for the crowd. The temple will also be open for visitors who are interested in observing and learning about Buddhism.
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When: Aug. 12-13; Where: Chicago Botanic Garden; Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day; Admission: Free, parking fees apply; Why go: Enjoy soaring stunt-kite performances by the Chicago Fire Kite Team.
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When: Aug. 12-13; Where: Benedictine University in Lisle; Hours: 12-6 p.m. each day; Admission: Free; Why go: Visit the international food court filled with family-fun with veggies.
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When: Aug. 12; Where: Arlington International Racecourse; Hours: 11:00 a.m., gates open, 12:15 p.m., first post; Admission: $30 for adults and $4 for youth; Why go: This is the 35th running Arlington Million.
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