Another Chicago weekend is here which means another load of festivals, concerts, movies, and events for Chicagoans to see and do.
The Taste of Lincoln Ave. has grown to become the second largest street festival in the region and it’s going on Saturday and Sunday. The event is taking over six blocks in the heart of Lincoln Park. The event features 350 vendors and more than 40 musical acts on five stages. Every music genre is represented- from blues and country to rock and folk.
The Randolph St. Market Festival continues this weekend, paying homage to French fashion trends, foods and art. The market is home to the world-renowned Chicago Antique Market and Indie Designer Market, and a favorite destination for merchandisers, decorators and style-setters from around the globe. The market is open Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.
People have been known to stake out spots along the lakefront as early as 9 am for the longest running event in Chicago --Venetian Night. Boats will be decorated with lights and props relating to this years theme, “Hollywood on the Lake.” The boat parade sails between the Shedd Aquarium at Roosevelt Road and the Chicago Yacht Club at Monroe Street starting at 8:15 pm Saturday.
The festival with a reputation for innovative and cutting edge music takes over Bucktown Saturday and Sunday. The sixth annual Wicker Park Fest features a hefty band lineup on three stages, local cuisine, and plenty of activities for the kids.
The Morton Arboretum in Lisle welcomes Smokey Robinson to their “In Tune With Trees Summer Concerts” series Saturday night. The concert begins at 7 pm and takes place on the Arboretum Concert Lawn. Tickets are still available online. They are $45 for members, $50 for non-members and $52 the day of. Sunday, Disney’s Ralph’s World will rock out at 4 pm in an event for the entire family. Tickets are still available online for Ralph’s World, as well, and range from $13 to $16 with family-four pack specials.
It’s the season for country music and the big names are coming to the Chicago land area! Country music stars Big and Rich headline Sunday at Pheasant Run Mega Center in St. Charles. The concert starts at 7 pm. Special guests include Cowboy Troy and Cross Country Junction.
Jazz Dance World Festival continues at the Harris Theatre through Saturday night. The 16th annual festival of local, national and international ensembles features a different program each evening. Japan’s Masashi Action Machine and Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theatre are a couple of the troupes that will be performing as part of the festival. It starts both Friday and Saturday night at 8 pm and tickets are between $45 and $60. The Harris Theater is at 205 E. Randolph. Call (312) 334-7777 for ticket information.
A variety of movies hit the big screen tonight. Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler star in The Ugly Truth- a romantic comedy about the battle of the sexes. Heigl plays Abby Richter, a romantically challenged morning show producer whose search for Mr. Right has left her hopelessly alone. She’s in for a rude awakening when her bosses team her with Mike Chadway (Gerald Butler), a hardcore TV personality who plans to spill the ugly truth about how women and men operate.
Disney’s latest movie, G-force comes out tonight as well. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer brings his first 3-D film to the big screen in the story about trained secret agent guinea pigs that take on a mission for the US government. The special squad of guinea pigs is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire, who plans to take over the world with household appliances.
Those in the mood for a horror/thriller this weekend will want to see Orphan. Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard star as a couple at deep loss over the death of their unborn child. They decide to adopt a young girl named Esther, played by Isabelle Fuhrman. When Kate realizes Esther is not what she appears to be, she has to fight to convince her husband and others to see past Esther’s sweet façade before it is too late.
Have a great weekend Chicago!