If you're into boxing, rolling air crafts, or runway stunting, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. This city's hosting the 2013 Air & Water Show, the Arlington Million, and Wicker Park, somehow, gets even more stylish. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.
Illinois' biggest horse racing event commences Saturday when a field of thoroughbreds compete for $1,000,000. The Arlington Million was introduced in 1981 and has been an unofficial reminder of summer's last call ever since. Defending Million champ, Little Mike, will race against a talented field that includes The Apache (out of South Africa), Grandeur (second place finisher in the Hollywood Derby) and Hunter's Light (winner of Italy's 2012 Premio Roma).
No Blue Angles? No Air Force Thunderbirds? No Golden Knights? No problem. Due to budget cuts at the federal level, this year's Air & Water Show will be without its military issue stunners, but the schedule is still packed with parachutists, acrobatics teams and enough vertical dives to make you wish you'd eaten a lighter breakfast. The show runs 10am - 3pm on August 17 and 18. For our guide, click here.
Wicker Park vaunts, like, nine specialty boutiques for every resident, so it's only natural that Chicago's creative epicenter hosts the fifth annual Fashion Fest. For a $5 suggest donation, crispy gentlemen and bespoke ladies will have access to more than 20 runway shows, 50 retail booths and a curated collection of pop-up boutiques and salons. The sangria will be flowing as well, so expect wine stained Bruno Cucinelli suit jackets to dominate Tumblr this weekend. #oopsies-I-spilled Also, more than 60 area stores will participate in the Last Call Summer Sidewalk Sale. Happy stunting!
On the street festival front, we'll be bartering for prints and listening to folk music at the Glenwood Arts Festival, nodding impassionedly with our eyes closed to the R&B joints of Dru Hill and SWV at South Shore Summer Festival, and rebuilding mind, body and spirit to the sound of koto harps at the Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival.
In 1962, Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson at Comiskey Park and Chicago has been without an outdoor boxing event ever since. Well, for the first time in over 50 years, the city is hosting an al fresco-style throw down. The headliner is a 12-round light heavyweight IBF World Title Eliminator between "Chicago's Polish Prince Andrzej Fonfara and former world champion Gabriel "EL Chico Guapo" Campillo.
For a detailed and up-to-the-minute calendar of Chicago events, click here.
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