This weekend is packed with things to do, highlighted by the Chicago Air & Water Show on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy musical improv, neighborhood festivals and a breathtaking Cirque du Soleil show. There's nowhere else you should be.
CHICAGO MUSICAL IMPROV FESTIVAL (8/13-16)
The inaugural Chicago Musical Improv Festival kicks off tonight through Sunday, welcoming 30 talented teams that make up entire musicals on their feet! The festival takes place at iO Chicago; while you're there, check out the theater's new space with a beautiful summer beer garden, perfect for the warm weather we're expecting this weekend.
This one's been running for a week now, but you'd be doing yourself a tremendous favor by checking out this incredible production under the iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top at the United Center. Cirque du Soleil's "Kurios" transports you to a fantasy world in limbo, where time stops and anything is possible. With all the signature acrobatics and insane stunts synonymous with Cirque du Soleil, this one is well worth experiencing.
EDISON PARK FEST (8/14-16)
The festival returns to Chicago's Edison Park neighborhood, with local vendors, live music, a family parade, children's entertainment, a dog show, bag toss tournament, craft fair and a business expo. It's really a jack-of-all-trades, one you'd do well to explore.
FESTA ITALIANA (8/13-16)
Celebrate la dolce via in Little Italy this weekend at the 10th annual Festa Italiana. Family-owned institutions and newcomer restaurants unite to serve the best food in the city, while Italian and Italian-American singers transport you to Il Belpaese with their classic tunes. Learn to dance the tarantella from an Italian dance ensemble, compete in a meatball-eating contest, and take a trolley tour of Little Italy, which was a gateway for thousands of immigrants at the start of the 20th century. Salute!
Your eyes don't deceive you, that's Bell Biv DeVoe pictured above! The iconic group headlines the Chicago Westside Music Festival this Saturday at Douglas Park, joined by R&B singer Case and a host of local artists for this outstanding free event. In one of the best community atmospheres you can experience, enjoy food, fun and entertainment for the whole family capped off with the sweet sounds of new jack swing.
CHICAGO AIR & WATER SHOW (8/15-16)
You are cleared for takeoff this weekend at the Chicago Air & Water Show, the largest FREE show of its kind in the country. Watch headliners U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the Breitling Jet Team (new this year) and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Nights take to the sky high above the city as they perform stunning aerials along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street. Get a front-row seat at North Avenue Beach, but get there early! This is one of Chicago's most popular shows of the year.
THE GREAT AMERICAN LOBSTER FEST (8/15-16)
Brought to you by the folks at New England Seafood Company, The Foxhole Chicago and Green Curtain Events, the Great American Lobster Fest returns to Navy Pier this weekend. The live lobster at the festival is flown in fresh from Boston, delicious seafood that'll have you coming back for seconds and thirds. Enjoy live music, craft shopping and family-friendly activities while feasting on delectable crustaceans.