It's Lollapalooza weekend, which means Chicago will be inundated with a stylish, youthful element that'll turn Grant Park into a 100,000-person dance floor. We're not mad about it, either. But if you're into street festivals, craving a taste of the NFL season, or just wanna dance with somebody *Whitney Houston voice*, Chicago's saved a place on its expansive things-to-do list for you. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.

Lollapalooza (8/2-8/4)


The music event of the summer has finally arrived, so bust out your jean cutoffs and meet us in Grant Park (we'll be the ones in the highlighter yellow-framed sunglasses trying to upload pictures to Instagram). We've all heard about the headliners (Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, and Mumford & Sons), but save a place in your schedule for early acts like Chicago-based Chance the Rapper (Friday), Adventure Club (Saturday), and DIIV (Sunday). For a full guide to this year's event, click here.

Street Festivals (8/2-8/4)

Burger Fest

The summer's running out, which means your judgment-free day drinking weekends are numbered. This weekend, we're making plans to win Festival Cubano's dominos tournament, eating bacon until a trained medical professional advises us to stop at Edge Fest, and crushing stadium-style dogs outside of the ballpark at Wrigleyville Summerfest.

MPAACT Summer Jam (Through 8/4)

MPAACT presents theater-based performances inspired by the African diaspora, and has been a staple in the cultural fabric of Chicago since 1990. This weekend's Summer Jam is a jam-packed schedule of acts at the Greenhouse Theater Center, including tap dancing by M.A.D.D. Rhythms, a hip-hop performance by April Fools, and the entertaining on-stage antics of  Melissa DuPrey.

Comcast Bears Family Fest (8/3)

Soldier Field

It's all love between Bears fans and their team in early August, you know, before the season starts and dads in salsa-stained Matt Forte jerseys start screaming at their TVs after every false start penalty. The Comcast Bears Family Fest invites fans to watch their team and new coach Marc Trestman hit Soldier Field under the lights for a practice. Afterwards, fireworks!

Rhythm World (Through 8/4)

Rhythm World

Rhythm World and tap dancing go together like contestants on The Bachelorette and v-necks. The oldest tap dancing festival in the world rains metal-plated shoe soles on Chicago this weekend, and you're invited. Catch Berkshires & Brazil tonight and the finale of Bad Boys, Back Beats & Best Beats on Sunday.

For a detailed and up-to-the-minute calendar of Chicago events, click here.

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