It's August? How did that happen? Although you might be able to convince someone it's September or early October based on this weather. No complaints. You certainly won't be when you're enjoying some of the great outdoor festivals this weekend, like Fiesta del Sol or Schuhplattler Verein Edelweiss. Oh also, that one called Lollapalooza. You may be familiar. Plan your driving accordingly!
Maybe you've heard of this one. It's only Chicago's biggest, most popular music festival of the summer. Some big hitters are headlining this year, like Eminem, Arctic Monkeys and OutKast. OutKast, people! If you were lucky enough to get a ticket, check out our nine tips for surviving the weekend, or an aftershow like Nelarusky.
FIESTA DEL SOL (7/31-8/3)
You're invited to the largest Latino festival in the Midwest! Head to Pilsen for a huge lineup of live entertainment, local art, a variety of food including authentic Mexican favorites, and carnival rides. Browse works and engage with artists in the Arts & Culture Pavilion, and bring kids to the Children's Area for face painting, books and educational games, and other fun activities at this great family event, now in its 42nd year in Pilsen.
THEATRE ON THE LAKE - THE NEO-FUTURISTS (7/30-8/3)
From July 30-August 3, see The Neo-Futurists present Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes). Combining sport, comedy, poetry, spectacle, politics, and personal honesty, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind has been exciting audiences for 25 continuous years with its ever-changing slate of 30 plays performed in random order against a relentless 60-minute timer.
SCHUHPLATTLER VEREIN EDELWEISS (8/1-3)
Come help celebrate their 100th anniversary! Schuhplattler Verein Edelweiss Chicago is the oldest ethnic Bavarian folk dancing group in North America. Perhaps you've seen them perform at local Oktoberfests. They are celebrating their platinum jubilee at the Westin O'Hare Rosemont. Come enjoy a truly ethnic celebration complete with German music, dancing performances, food and beer. German clothing and jewelry vendors will also be on hand so if you've never owned a pair of lederhosen or a dirndl, you can buy one at the event.
The Biggest Loser RunWalk Chicago is a race for all fitness levels - from the avid runner to the beginner walker. Participate in a day of inspiration with former contestants of The Biggest Loser for a 5K or a Half Marathon.
Don't forget to bring the kids for a one mile fun run where each child receives a medal and t-shirt!
The Biggest Loser RunWalk races are meant to inspire, motivate and challenge you to push yourself to a happier, healthier life. See you at the finish line!
Photos Courtesy of: BraveLux, The Neo-Futurists; Schuhplattler Verein Edelweiss Chicago; The Biggest Loser RunWalk