Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

Looking for something to do in Chicago this weekend? It is shaping up as a fine weekend in Chicago and Paul Konrad of WGN-TV says

Chicago Weather…    Today: Mostly Sunny, 82/76 Lakeside

                                       Tonight: Mostly Clear, 59

                                       Tomorrow: Partly Sunny, 83/77 Lakeside

                                        Sunday: Partly Sunny, 30% Chance of Rain, 86



On the transportation front, be sure to avoid the CTA’s Purple Line, as it will be shut down all weekend.  Starting at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22, the CTA will shut down the trains running between the Howard and Davis L stops




Oak Street is hosting its first ‘s FREE block party on Saturday, from 11am-3pm on Oak Street between Michigan Avenue and State Street. Expect lots of fun things, including food trucks, balloon artistry, live music and more.


Why not check out the  Chicago Green Music Festival this weekend running at Damen Avenue between North and Schiller avenues. This’ll be your chance to enjoy some craft beers and listen to some great live music on two stages. There’s also a kids activity area. The gates open at noon. $5 suggested donation. This innovative green event will reflect the hip and environmentally-conscious Wicker Park-Bucktown community by fusing original live music with green vendors, services and local retail, art, craft and food vendors. Here, green vendors will preview, demonstrate and/or sell everything from solar-powered techie devices to fresh organic food to unique products made from recycled materials. Click here for the lineup for Green Music Fest.



Come join the party Saturday night as Navy Pier blows off some fireworks. Come to the lakefront and join in the fireworks fun with a soundtrack featuring classic and modern day songs sure to put you in the summertime mood. As they do every summer, Navy Pier presents a dazzling fireworks display every Wednesday and Saturday from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.


Long Grove Strawberry Fest – Are you a strawberry lover? Then head out this weekend June 23-24, 2012 to the free Long Grove Strawberry Fest, drawing thousands of music-loving, food-loving, and fun-loving visitors and families to the historic business district for the three-day event. Expect every type of strawberry treat you could ever imagine, and then try as many of them as possible!


Back by popular demand, the City of Highwood on the north shore is holding its Third Annual Bloody Mary Fest on Sunday, June 24th from 10am to 5pm, sponsored by Van Gogh Vodka® and Vintage Vine Bloody Mary Mix. After an incredible turnout to last years’ event that drew in over 5,000 people, thousands more will come back once again to sample countless variations of the ever popular Bloody Mary. Vendors from all over the Midwest will bring their best recipes to share and compete in the professional and amateur competition for “Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest.”  The competition will include a ‘people’s choice award,’ as well as formal judging by some of Chicago’s finest Bloody Mary aficionados including Steve Dolinsky, ABC-TV’s Hungry Hound, Lee Litas, Dining Columnist “Table Hopping” Sun-Times Media/Pioneer Press, Julie Chernoff, Make It Better Magazine’s Dining Editor, Aly ‘on the Block’ Bockler from WCIU’s You & Me This Morning, and Ed Brill, the Opinion Writer for Highland Park’s!


Come on out to the Randolph Street Market  June 23-24 at Plumbers Hall located at  1340 W. Washington St. You’ll be able to see lots of antiques from more than 150 dealers inside and outside the hall from 10am to 5pm today — be sure to check out the gourmet food market and vinyl record swap meet.   Admission is $8 in advance online, $10 at the door ($3/$5 for students).



The Fountain Square Art Festival includes works by more than 200 juried artists with a background in jazz music. Now celebrating its 33rd year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago’s majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like “cosmopolitan” and “sophistication.”    The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. It also features a popular children’s art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food, and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup.   June 23 – June 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Suggested donation is $5; proceeds benefit the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. Church Street and Sherman Avenue, Evanston, (773) 868-3010.


All you late nighters — see a midnight movie when Facets Film School restarts its Saturday Night School.  Get ready for an explosive ride into the “Wild East” with Wonder Women(Robert Vincent O’Neill, 1973), an action-packed, karate-chopping pseudo-feminist blaster presented on a RARE 35MM PRINT! It’s non-stop 70’s action as Dr. Tsu, an evil genius intent on stealing organs from healthy athletic male bods and transplanting them into old, rich shriveling ones. Each showing includes a lecture, screening, post-screening discussion and giveaways.  June 23, midnight. Tickets are $5, free for facets members. 1517 W. Fullerton Ave.

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