Your Chicago Area Guide for Events This Week

There are plenty of things to do this weekend in Chicago and the suburbs. Ongoing firework displays, live music, festivals, and lots of tasty foods are just a few events to enjoy in July!

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When: July 11-15, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
nWhere: Grant Park
nAdmission: Free, food and beverage tickets need to be purchased
nWhy Go: The annual foodie festival that is Taste of Chicago will have plenty of food, drinks, and music from top musical acts united at Grant Park. While free, tickets for food and drinks are sold as strips of 14 for $10 and ticket sales end at 8:30 p.m.
Chicago Pizza Tours
When: July 11 and 13, 11 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m.
nWhere: 61 E. Madison Street
nAdmission: $60, $36 for children
nWhy Go: Embark on a cheesy adventure to experience and taste a handful of Chicago's famous pizzas on a 20-mile trip in just under four hours.
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When: July 11, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
nWhere: 100 S. Barnes Rd., Aurora
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Blackberry Farm was recently renovated, but it still hosts traditional favorites like the steam-engine replica train, carousel, ponies, hay wagon rides, and paddle boats. Admissions are free on this date, and start at $6 thereafter.
When: July 12-15, times vary by date, 4 to 9:30 p.m.
nWhere: Locations vary, some dancing will take place at Taste of Chicago
nAdmission: Free
Why Go: Go to one or go to all SummerDance events around the city, featuring different bands, DJs, genres, as well as free dance lessons. Click here for the full schedule.
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When: July 12-13, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
nWhere: 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Fresh Fest! is a showcase of many of Chicago’s talented performing artists, with a variety of musical and dance talent including blues, classical, rock, and jazz.
When: July 12-14, times vary by date, 7:00 p.m to 10:15 p.m.
nWhere: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph Street
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: The Grant Park Music Festival offers various sounds of live, classical music this summer, and during the week people can enjoy Music of the Silver Screen: An American in Paris, Vivaldi Four Seasons, and performances from Broadway stars in I Could Have Danced All Night.nThere is free seating in the Seating Bowl, on the lawn, or if you wish to be closer, tickets start at $26 (rain or shine).
When: July 13-15, hours vary by date, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
nWhere: 1004 N Elston Ave., Chicago
nAdmission: $35
nWhy Go: The Happy Place pop-up attraction has arrived at the Windy City, for select days until early August. Filled with larger than life installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms, and colorful exhibits, people can get happy and up their selfie-game with plenty of pretty backdrops.
When: July 14-15; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
n Where: Belmont and Damen, 2000 W. Belmont
n Suggested Donation: $10
nGuests can enjoy tasty burgers while proceeds benefit the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce to continue to build the area as a place to live, work, shop and dine.
When: July 14, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
nWhere: 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago
nAdmission: $20, $15 for members
nWhy Go: Every Saturday this month, Chicagoans and tourists have a chance to admire architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan with a Gold Coast Walking Tour. Take in the history and luxury in Chicago with its early-day mansions, including the Archbishop’s Residence. Tours meet at the Chicago History Museum and walking lasts from an hour and a half to two.
Friends of the White City
When: July 14, 11 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m.
nWhere: South Side of The Museum of Science and Industry
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: Named after the Columbian Exposition that became known as "The White City" for the gleaming white color of surrounding buildings, the Friends of the White City Tours show patrons around Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance, sharing historical facts. People are advised to wear comfortable shoes, and although the tours take place on Saturdays, rain or shine, they will be canceled if weather is considered "dangerous".
Noel Amadeus Montenegro
When: July 14, 9:30 p.m. on Wed.,10:15 p.m. on Sat.
nWhere: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: During the summer, The Pier hosts Aon Summer Fireworks on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so if you missed the show on the 4th of July, another opportunity awaits!
When: Mondays-Saturdays, 4 to 11 p.m
nWhere: Tavern at the Park,130 E. Randolph Street
nAdmission: Free, pay to dine
nWhy Go: Overlook the city and Millennium Park at The Tree House, a rooftop extension of Tavern at the Park. It may be a good spot to dine as you view other events and fireworks still taking place around the city.
When: Every day, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
nWhere: 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe
nAdmission: Free, not including parking
nWhy Go: Get some exercise and inspiration wandering the 385-acre peaceful respite north of Chicago that is the Botanic Garden this summer.
'Velocity', Dabin Ahn (Courtesy of Chicago Gallery News)
When: July 14, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
nWhere: 714 N. Wells Street
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: A gallery representative guides a tour of four galleries on Saturdays, except on major holiday weekends, rain or shine. No reservations are required, but people are encouraged to call 312-649-0064 for special details or large parties.
Choose Chicago/Ranvestel Photographic
When: July 14, starting at 2 p.m.
nWhere: Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago
nAdmission: Varies
nWhy Go: There is no shortage of events at Chicago's iconic Navy Pier, including music at the "Live on the Lake!", in addition to the night's fireworks display! Browse for more on their July calendar.
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When: July 18, 25, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
nWhere: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
nAdmission: $25, free for members
nWhy Go: Jazzin' at Shedd Aquarium features Chicago’s top jazz musicians every Wednesday night, which adults can combine with cocktails, slow dancing, and the glistening night. Throughout summer, people can see more at Shedd’s, like the special "Underwater Beauty" exhibit.
When: July 19, 26, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
nWhere: Parkway Bank Park, Rosemont
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: The Parkway Bank Park entertainment district parties this summer with the Rockin’ in the Park free concert series. Happening on Thursdays, the event hosts music by numerous cover bands, food vendors on the park’s lawn, and fireworks after every show.
When: July - September, hotel hours
nWhere: 311 N. Morgan Street, Chicago
nAdmission: Free
nWhy Go: An artistic combo. of the names of the five most densely populated Black cities in America: New Orleans, Detroit, Jackson, Birmingham, and Savannah, the exhibit "Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime" was created to serve as a safe space for Black and Brown people in the U.S. Guests can also find traces of the exhibit throughout the hotel, and tune into a custom Spotify playlist.
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays, times vary by date, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
nWhere: 360 N. Street, Chicago
nAdmission: $25 or less for students, seniors, children under 12
nWhy Go: SNL fans will appreciate learning how the show gets put together for every week, as well as historical and fun facts at the SNL Experience exhibit.
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