Tall Ships 2013

If you're into boating, antiquing, or singing along with on the world's biggest pop stars, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. This city's hosting 15 tall ships from all over the world, screenings of Alfred Hitchcock's rare silent films, and Taylor Swift in Soldier Field. Exhale, it's time to make weekend plans.

Tall Ships Chicago 2013 (Through 8/11)

Tall Ships

Chicago gets back to its seaport roots this weekend as more than a dozen tall ships storm Navy Pier. A tall ship is a traditionally-rigged vessel. If you close your eyes and picture Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, it's like you're there, though, the crews on these ships are probably less dreamy. Probably. The weekend's festivities include sails, fireworks and even a race. Oh, and tickets start as low as $5. For our full guide to Tall Ships Chicago 2013, click here.

Street Festivals (Through 8/11)

Northhalsted Market Days

Your street festival weekends are numbered in 2013. If you haven't hit a block party this year, we're sorry. That's sad. But treat yourself this weekend with a live performance from Aaron Carter at Northhalsted Market Days in Boystown, let a diamond fly at Kite Fest, or crush ethnic cuisine until you pass out at Chicago Sister Cities International Festival.

Retro on Roscoe (8/10-8/11)

Retro Car

Relive the glory days, when a gallon of gas cost a nickel and the British Invasion was an invited insurgency, at Retro on Roscoe. This all-encompassing nod to yesteryear features antique vendors, a classic car and motorcycle show, and live music from bands that will, undoubtedly, remind you of Jerry Lee Lewis. Grab your saddle shoes and meet us at the sock hop, we'll be in the Shelby Cobra bumping Motown.

The Hitchcock 9 at The Music Box Theatre (Through 8/15)


The BFI National Archives' preserved nine original Alfred Hitchcock silent films (an enormous undertaking in its own rite), and now they're taking their show(s) on the road for a national tour. "Hitchcock 9" makes its stop in Chicago this weekend with a screening of Easy Virtue, Champagne, The Pleasure Garden, The Farmer's Wife, The Maxman, Blackmail, The Lodger and The Ring this weekend. On Friday, the event's opening night, Blackmail will be shown with live musical accompaniment by The Mont Alto Orchestra.

Taylor Swift at Soldier Field (8/10)

Is your summer fling beginning to fade? Are your feelings of unrequited love boiling over? Are you about ready to show up to your ex's crib in the middle of the night and light their mom's van on fire? Then you need to grab, like, nine of your closest girlfriends, trek to Soldier Field, and scream vengeful (but charmingly catchy) anthems of sorrow alongside Taylor Swift. We've watched this girl grow up, from country starlet to pop princess, and this weekend promises another coming-of-age performance. *signs up for Pilates classes* *updates eHarmony profile* *catches up on back-logged Real Housewives of Orange County* New beginnings.

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