It’s been a hot and sweaty week, no doubt about it, but getting some vitamin D at outdoor festivals (or just getting out of the house into someone else’s air conditioning) might be good for him. humidity blues. Here are some of the best bets for the week ahead.
Taste of Greektown brings Greek music and Greek food to Halsted between Van Buren and Adams this weekend (sold 08/27 4-10pm; Sat 08/28 & Sun 08/29 12-10pm). More information is at festival website.
The northwest side will have flashback moments with Gladstone Park Retro music festival (featuring a classic car contest and a pet parade), which runs Friday August 27 (5:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.), Sat August 28 (11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) and Sunday August 29 (11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.). The festival lives in the area around the 6000 block north of Milwaukee Avenue, and more information can be found at festival website.
Navy Pier hosts a libation celebration with Saturday Chicago Margarita Festival, held in two paid sessions (11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to midnight) at the Miller Lite Beer Garden on the pier. Visitors must be 21 and over (natch) and will appreciate liquor vendors, salsa and reggae DJs, and more liquor vendors (hey, at least they were being honest when they named this thing). Tickets are available at festival website.
Sat 28/08 and Sun 29/08, 12 pm-10pm: My house music festival takes over Harrison Park in Pilsen this weekend with a celebration of house music, with DJs on both days (headliners and highlights include Felix Da Housecat, Mike Dunn, DJ Deeon and Ron Trent) as well as food vendors and family art activities. Tickets start at $ 25 and are available at festival website.
Edgewater Arts Festival features 70 artist, music and food vendor stalls around the 1100 block west of Granville this weekend (Sat 8/28 and Sun 8/29 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.). Donations bring beautification projects to the neighborhood, and you can check out more information at festival website.
Bronzeville Blues brings a huge roster of blues musicians to the areas around the original location of the multi-story Checkerboard Lounge on Sunday 08/29 from 12pm to 7pm. Visitors can listen to the music on three separate stages near 43rd Street and Calumet. The day also includes food trucks and walking tours of important art and blues sites in the neighborhood. See more information about the festival website and learn more about the Chicago blues in 2021 in Reader article by contributor James Porter here.
Fri 08/27, 6 p.m .: The outdoor Spark summer music series brings Rich Jones with Justice Hill, Lester Rey and Radio Free Honduras with Charlie Baran to Kosciuszko Park for a free show. Details are available on Facebook.
Sat 28/08, 8.30am-4pm: Cheer on this year’s racing teams as they compete in the 2021 Dragon Boat Literacy Race. You can have fun at Ping Tom Park and donations go to neighborhood literacy programs. More information is available on the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce website.
Sat 28/08, 6 p.m .: General admission lawn tickets are still available for the Wilco, Sleater-Kinney and NNAMDÏ show at the Pritzker Pavilion tonight. Read Reader preview of contributor Monica Kendrick’s concert here.
Sat 28/08, 6 p.m .: Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents Dream, a “reimagining” of the outdoor community A Midsummer Night’s dream, in Kelvyn d’Hermosa Park. Created by Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel and Cage Sebastian Pierre, the show partners with community arts organizations (the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center is the Hermosa partner). There are additional performances at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31 at Piotrowski Park in Little Village, Thursday 9/2 at West Pullman Park, and Saturday 9/4 at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown. The performances are free, but registration is suggested at Chicago Shakes website in case of last minute changes.
Sun 08/29, 11 am-8pm: State Sundays has lived in Lake State Street in Madison on select Sundays this summer, and today is one of the last chances to enjoy the free entertainment, pop-up vendors, and art exhibits that take over the section closed to automobile traffic from downtown for the afternoon. Today’s highlights include street food, interactive art from the Freakeasy art collective, a chance to get a poem written for you by the writers of Poems While You Wait (5 p.m. to 5 p.m.), and a 7pm performance by the country ensemble Girls of the Ouest d’or. See more details about this free family event on Chicago Loop Alliance website.
Tue 31/08, 9 p.m .: Chicago indie duo Orisun perform at The Hideout. Read Reader Senior writer Leor Galil’s concert preview here.
Wed 9/1, 4 pm-7pm: You can sweat in a fun way while learning new moves in Dancing at the box, an ephemeral event in Boxville (332 E. 51st) created by Denita Inez and Desueño. The event also offers mini-lessons in Latin dance (bachata, salsa and merengue), also featuring freestyle and Latin dance online. It’s family-friendly and free.
Thu 9/2, 8 p.m .: During the closure, the online comedy game show Wisecrackin ‘, created by Chicago comedian and Second City instructor Angie McMahon, featured comedians competing against each other to provide the best punchline for a setup they are seeing for the first time. The show makes its inaugural debut live at The factory of laughter, but it still has a virtual component: comedian / actor / improviser Greg Proops will join online from Los Angeles. Tickets are $ 10 live, and you can also stream through the Wisecrackin ‘ Facebook page and Tic channel.