Chicago Dancing Festival

Welcome to the weekend, Chicago! Seems like this summer is flying by, but the action keeps coming. We've got comedy cruises, bus tours of Chicago's top attractions plus a beer gathering at a zoo. A free dancing extravaganza turns 10 and Randolph Street goes vintage. Not to mention, a NEW rooftop opening. It's time to make weekend plans! 

 

Chicago Dancing Festival
August 23-27 // FREE Admission

Chicago Dancing Festival

Join the 10th annual Chicago Dancing Festival presenting 6 performances in 5 days at Auditorium Theatre, MCA, Harris Theater, Pritzker Pavilion and Navy Pier. Highlights include a Festival debut by Pennsylvania Ballet, an inaugural "Modern Men" program featuring Chicago Premieres by Joshua Beamish, the debut of Planet Chicago plus performances from Hubbard Street, Aszure Barton + Artists, The Royal Ballet and dozens more. 

 

Comedy Cruise
August 26 // $49

Comedy Cruise Shoreline Sightseeing

Take in the laughs - and spectacular nighttime views of Chicago - as two of Zanies Comedy Club's funniest comedy acts perform on the last Shoreline Sightseeing Comedy Cruise of the season with Patt McGann headlining. The cruise will depart from Shoreline's dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 8:00 pm, returning at 9:30 pm. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure time. A cash bar will be available.

 

ZooBrew
August 26-27 // Prices vary

Zoo Brew

Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, anteaters and ales...all at Brookfield Zoo's fifth annual ZooBrew. ZooBrew is a one-of-a-kind, unique beer-tasting event featuring over 80 beers. Breweries include 51st Ward, Abita, Alarmist, Blue Nose & many more. There will also be live entertainment from U.F.C. Band and No Alternative

 

Taste of Greektown
August 26-28 // FREE Admission

Taste of Greektown

Hellenic pride will take center stage when this popular culinary and cultural fest in Chicago's West Loop returns for its 27th year. In addition to food, the festival features music and entertainment including Greek bands, artisans and a play area for kids. Participating restaurants include Artopolis, Athena, Mr. Greek Gyros and much more. The Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society will also offer dance lessons on Saturday at 5 & 7 p.m. and a dance troupe willl perform Sunday at 8 p.m.

 

Bucktown Arts Fest
August 27-28 // FREE Admission

Bucktown Arts Festival

Enjoy works by 200 participating artists, plus three music stages, craft beers, food and so much more at this premier arts festival and Bucktown neighborhood tradition. The Bucktown Arts Fest is a non-profit, all-volunteer run, neighborhood celebration of the arts. All proceeds from the fest go to fund, develop and support arts education programming at Holstein Park and in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhoods.

 

Randolph Street Market Festival
August 27-28 // General admission $8

Randolph Street Market

Stock up on end of summer sales and back-to-school deals! Nearly 300 vendors set up shop both outdoors off Randolph Street and inside Chicago's Plumbers Hall for this monthly shopping fest. But besides the vintage clothing, antique furniture, local designer duds and one-of-a-kind collectibles, there's live music, food and drinks... tacos in a bag or duck fat frites anyone?

 

Big Bus Tours Chicago
Year-round // Prices vary

Big Bus Tours Chicago

Enjoy panoramic views of Chicago's finest skyscrapers, including the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower and the Wrigley Building. Take in the city's impressive landmarks while a tour guide provides an entertaining commentary and insight into Chicago's history. You'll also have the option of exploring this dynamic city with the freedom to hop-on and hop-off as many times as you wish to visit attractions like the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum.

Need more to explore? Check out our Chicago Greeter: Free Guided Tours

 

The Kimpton Gray Hotel's New Rooftop Opening
Now open

Boleo & Vol. 39

The Kimpton Gray Hotel officially opens the doors to Boleo rooftop restaurant and Vol. 39 lobby bar in Chicago's Loop

Boleo is housed beneath a retractable glass roof allowing guests to enjoy the rooftop feeling year-round. The vibe at Boleo evokes the lively soul of Argentina, mixed with the cool grooves of Chicago's bustling urban scene. The menu features bold and flavorful dishes that emphasize contemporary takes on Peruvian and Argentinian street fare curated by Chef de Cuisine Alexis Hernandez.

Vol. 39 is located on the second floor of The Kimpton Gray Hotel, and is a sophisticated lobby bar that showcases a collection of high-end wine, spirits and original cocktails as well as refined small plates and delectable bites served tableside from Chef Nick Sutton's menu.

 

 

Find a full lineup of August festivals in our 2016 event guide, or make your own weekend itinerary with this Chicago bucket list.