August has arrived, Chicago! This summer feels like it's flying by, but don't miss out on the opportunity to check out the things happening in Chicago this weekend. From a music mega fest to unique neighborhood celebrations and special summer boat cruises, this weekend is one you won't want to miss.
Notice some big crowds around? Lollapalooza, one of the most popular music festivals in the country, takes over Grant Park starting on August 3, with its last performance ending on August 6. For some tips on where to refuel and fit in some sightseeing on a budget nearby, check out this list of cheap eats, attractions, and after shows.
Check out some of the other Chicago events this weekend that we have listed below for more things to see, do and eat!
August 4-6 // Suggested $5 donation
Neighborhoods all around Chicago host festivals in celebration of the community for their unique culture including their restaurants, retail, parks, and museums. The family-friendly neighborhood of Jefferson has Polish roots imbedded in its history and is known for having a suburban feel mixed with a city touch. Come taste the Polish flavor in the unique restaurants and experience the rich culture by visiting local art and craft vendors at Jeff Fest. The festival also features music entertainment and kids activities, making this gathering perfect for all ages.
Chicago Bears Meijer Family Fest
August 5 // $7 & up
Soldier Field is opening up their arena for a family fest this weekend in Chicago. A new addition this year is an opportunity for kids to run on the field, experiencing the turf where our own Chicago Bears play football. This open house at Soldier Field is the perfect event for the whole family, where you can enjoy a team scrimmage, fun family activities, and more! Buy your ticket and make your way to the South Side for a sports filled day with your family.
August 5-6 // Suggested $5 donation
The neighborhood of Edgewater is celebrating its historic culture this weekend with a unique experience for visitors. Hosting with an outdoor cafe setting, this festival with highlight the flavorful food, local talent, and family friendly entertainment that the area has to offer. The North Side will be hosting a handful of exciting events this weekend in Chicago and Edge Fest is one you'll want to experience.
Tickets Still Available! Cruises with Shoreline Sightseeing & Mystic Blue
August 4 & August 6 // $39.90 & up
Get a taste of Illinois with state-celebrated treats on the Chicago boat tour featuring artisans Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., Tangled Roots Brewing, Café Tola, Black Dog Gelato and more! The Illinois Made Cruise is the first of its kind with tastes and treats that are unique state specialties, plus a 90-minute evening tour of the Chicago River.
Onboard deck games, beers and light bites are on the menu with the Mystic Boat Craft Brew Cruise. This month, take in Lake Michigan views while enjoying a Midwest theme: Wisconsin beer, brats and cheese.
Final Weekends! Broadway in Chicago presents "An American in Paris"
July 25-August 13 // $24 & up
Only two more weekends to experience the Tony Award®-winning musical, An American in Paris. This story is historically enriched and musically unforgettable, featuring an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an unstoppable European city. With limited shows left, buy your tickets for this incredible performance in Chicago.
A Sweet Summer Treat! KettleCorn Comeback at Garrett Popcorn Shops
Every weekend through the month of August, Garrett Popcorn Shops are offering a limited deal for customers in the store and online. Available in stores only, shop and snack on their Summer Weekend Quart promotion, featured on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: score a complimentary one quart tin (of equal or lesser value) when you purchase a one quart tin of any Signature Recipe, which includes the limited time KettleCorn. Don't miss out on this BOGO deals for the finest Chicago popped treat — the limited release of the popular KettleCorn recipe combines a delicate glaze of sugar and a hint of salt.
August is only beginning, so make sure you check out the August festivals guide that we curated featuring events all around the city; this cheapie checklist of 10 free August events is a great reference too. A few other things to add to your agenda: Unifest, a cultural celebration of Chicago's international sister cities, featuring food, drinks and music from around the world right on Chicago's Riverwalk + the annual Rogers Park Barbeque, Arts & Music Festival on August 5 + opening weekend of the Black Harvest Film Festival, ongoing through August 31.