Looking for weekend plans in Chicago? Here's the inside scoop on all the action happening this weekend in one place. From neighborhood festivals for foodies to daredevil stunts in the air to discount walking tours, we've got some events you won't want to miss. Share your photos on Twitter & Instagram with #mychicagopix.
Revival Food Hall Opening
Opens August 18
Catch one of the most anticipated openings of the year with the launch of Revival Food Hall at The National building this Thursday. It will open Monday through Friday from 7am-7pm, with the bar open until 9pm, and is located in the heart of the Loop at 125 S. Clark Street. Revival Food Hall's 15 collaborators include chef-driven neighborhood favorites like Antique Taco Chiquito, Black Dog Gelato and Smoque BBQ — now all in one place!
For more, check out how the Revival Food Hall Pays Homage to Chicago.
August 18-21 // $5 donation
The 10th annual Festa Italiana stretches along Taylor Street in our city's Little Italy neighborhood. Festa Italiana will feature Italian and Italian-American singers, an Italian dance ensemble, Italian card games, trolley tours of Little Italy and more. There will also be a traditional Italian marching band to lead flag-bearers and worshipers from the 11 a.m. mass through the streets of the neighborhood.
Grant Park Music Festival Season Finale
August 19-20 // FREE Admission
The Grant Park Music Festival is the nation's only free, outdoor classical music series of its kind. Each summer, the festival presents ten weeks of free classical concerts to all of Chicago at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, and this weekend is the thrilling finale: Damnation of Faust. The Pavilion offer free seating on the Great Lawn or in the back half of the Seating Bowl, plus reserved tickets for premium seats with a One Night Pass.
Edison Park Fest
August 19-21 //$5 donation
This annual festival highlights our city's Edison Park neighborhood, featuring food and beverages from local vendors, live music, a family parade (Saturday), children's entertainment, a dog show (Sunday), a bag toss tournament (Sunday), a craft fair, and a business expo. Music headliners are Jake Doods, Mallrats and Hairbangers Ball.
Chicago Air & Water Show
August 20-21 // FREE Admission
The 58th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, presented by Shell and the City of Chicago, will return August 20-21 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center. The popular lakefront event features a wide variety of military and civilian aerial demonstration teams with daredevil pilots performing their stunts in the skies above Chicago.
For more ways to watch the action, here's our Chicago Air & Water Show Guide and 4 Ways to View the Chicago Air & Water Show in Comfort and Style.
Chicago Air & Water Show Dining Cruises
August 20-21 // Prices vary
Come down to Navy Pier and splash aboard Spirit of Chicago, Odyssey Lake Michigan and Mystic Blue to see the Chicago Air and Water Show from the best seats in the city — from the water! As you watch the high-flying adventure, you'll be treated to a reimagined buffet, dancing, engaging DJ entertainment and spectacular skyline views!
For more ways to get on the water this weekend, here are 5 Tours By Boat.
Albany Park World Fest
August 20-21 // $5-10 donation
Albany Park, the eclectic northwest side neighborhood, will celebrate its melting pot diversity with food, global-spanning music acts, arts & crafts and carnival rides. With more than 70 languages spoken in the community, this third annual event is arguably one of the most eclectic fests in Chicago. With music headliners Occidental Brothers & Carpacho y su Supercombo.
Sure you could take a tour and pass by Chicago's top sights by boat, bike or bus... but why not go inside the buildings and see it all for yourself? This weekend's tours take you into some gems, and for the rest of the month, are all Buy One Get One Free!
- During the Open Your Eyes: The Secrets of the Loop Tour at 11 a.m. on August 19, you'll feel like you've truly seen a hidden side of Chicago: a truly unique collection of stories and details that will delight even the most Chicago-savvy tour participants.
- Walk through the foundations of modern architecture itself during a Telling the Story: Historical Masterpieces of the Loop Tour at 11 a.m. on August 20.
- Already seen the "boat" side of Chicago? Join a Beyond the Boat: Inside Buildings from Architectural Boat Tour for a totally hidden side of this otherwise "been-there, done-that" experience at 2 p.m. on August 21.
- The best budget-friendly options are the Millennium Park "Power Hour" Tours where you discover the history behind the Park, the world's largest "green roof," and get up-close to the art like "The Bean" (1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. on August 20-21).
The Dearborn's Debut Brunch Menu
The Dearborn has launched an ongoing Saturday & Sunday brunch service from 10am-3pm at their newly opened 8,000 square foot space at Block 37 (108 N. State Street) in the heart of Chicago's Loop. Dig into a playful mix of innovative egg dishes, brunch salads, and other savory items from Executive Chef Aaron Cuschieri, while Pastry Chef Courtney Joseph brings an array of sweet-tooth approved selections.
Need more to do? There's also the West Loop Art Fair, Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest and South Shore Summer Festival. Find a full lineup of August festivals in our 2016 event guide, or make your own weekend itinerary with this Chicago bucket list.