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FREE Things to Do in Chicago this Weekend – Aug 16-18

The is so much to do in Chicago this weekend, August 16-18 so get out there and enjoy yourself!


Chicago Air and Water Show

The 61st FREE Annual Air and Water Show happens this weekend, Aug. 17 and 18. The show starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. This is the largest free show of its kind in the United States, according to the city of Chicago website. The show can be seen along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street and from Ohio Street Beach. Food vendors will be stationed along the lakefront selling food like hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream.  Here are oher bars and restaurants to watch it from.

When: August 17-18
Where: North Avenue Beach
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Free


Museum of Science and Industry Offers Free Museum Entry

Wrap up summer with a free visit to the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI). On August 26th through 28th, Illinois residents receive free Museum Entry giving families opportunities to explore more than a dozen exhibits inside the largest science museum in the western hemisphere. Investigate the science behind nature’s power as you control a 40-foot tornado inside Science Storms; experiment with 50 interactive displays including a giant 3D-heart in YOU! The Experience; and discover the beauty of the patterns that surround us in Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze -all included wit Museum Entry. For more information, visit


‘We were only Freshmen …’

The Verve Pipe, the Michigan rockers who first stole (and then crushed) hearts in the ’90s with the breakout hit “The Freshmen,” have been making music and touring for the last 24 years. Relive that, “Photograph,” “Colorful” and other hits when they play Party in the Park for a night under the summer stars with food trucks, kids activities and free music at Aurora’s Chicago Premium Outlets’ east side greens. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Chicago Premium Outlets, 1650 Premium Outlet Blvd., Aurora. Free admission. (630) 585-2200 or


Sangri-uh, yes, please

The fourth annual Sangria Festival Chicago offers two days to sip more than 20 different varieties of sangria, plus a ton of live music, paint-and-sip classes (additional cost), a half-dozen food vendors and a ton of local creators selling art, wares and more. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Humboldt Park at 3015-3021 W. Division St., $15-$55;

When: August 16-18

Where: Edison Park

Time:  Friday 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: $5 donation


Clear the Shelters

Clear the Shelters is a nationwide pet adoption event hosted by NBCUniversal TV studios that aims to get animals into the loving homes they need. More than 100,000 pets were adopted for last year’s event. Shelters across the country, including many in the Chicago area, will waive or discount adoptions fees to help pets find their fur-ever homes.

When: August 17

Where: Nationwide. Find a participating shelter near you here.


Wrigley Block Party

The Gallagher Way park adjacent to Wrigley Field will host its two-day 1060 Block Party this weekend, with food from nearby restos like Big Star, Lucky Dorr, Mordechai and more. Music includes Black Pistol Fire, Foxing and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists. Food and drink come a la carte. 1-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 3635 N Clark St., free;


Edison Park Fest

Edison Park Fest first started in 1972 as a sidewalk sale on Northwest Highway. The annual community fundraiser draws about 20,000 people, and proceeds help free community programs and beautification projects.


Chicago Caribbean Carnival Parade & Festival

“A unique Caribbean experience celebrating a day of traditions, food music, culture among people.”

When: August 17
Where: Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 Midway Plaisance Park Chicago, IL 60637
Time: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: Free



Kilbourn Park Summer Festival

An event that aims to encourage the enhancement of the neighborhood while offering up DJ music, food, and plenty of fun activities.

When: August 17

Where: Kilbourn Park, 3501 N Kilbourn Ave. Chicago, IL. 60641

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Admission: Free

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Live on the Lake!

A variety of performances and a beautiful view of the summer fireworks at night.

When: August 17

Where: Miller Lite Beer Garden, Navy Pier

Time: 2 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

Admission: Free


Pilsen Fest

A festival to appreciate the Latino community and cultural talents.

When: August 17-18

Where: Pilsen, 1800 S. Blue Island Ave. Chicago, IL. 60608

Time: 12 p.m.-11 p.m.

Admission: Donation

Gelato Festival

Enjoy all you can eat gelato! Need we say more?

When: August 17-18

Where: Taylor Street

Time: Saturday 2 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.

Admission: $25

Logan Square Stir-Up

It’s a bartender competition! Who will make the best drinks? Come and find out!

When: August18

Where: Logan Square Auditorium

Time: 3 p.m.

Admission: $55

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