Taste of Chicago

If you're into summer baseball, music legends or stuffing your face with smoked barbeque, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The city's hosting Bob Dylan, a banjo-fueled tribute to spare ribs and the Taste of Chicago is inviting 3,000,000 to nosh on the city's best dishes. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.

Americanarama Festival of Music at Toyota Park (7/12)

As the name would imply, Americanarama is a musical tribute to all things America *lights off bottle rocket, wolfs down Big Mac, turns up the Sammy Hagar*. Saturday's concert features sets by the lower 49's finest including Bob Dylan & His Band, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and The Richard Thomson Electric Trio. Bob Dylan is a kiss-the-ring godfather of modern day American music (apologies to Will.i.am), and having local legends, Wilco, on the docket makes this show an especially worthwhile homage to the genre.  

Cubs v. Cardinals at Wrigley Field (7/12-7/14)

Wrigley Field

This weekend the first place team from St. Louis faces off against a relatively hot Cubs squad. At 15 games out, it's "wait ‘til next year" time on the North Side, but win or lose a Saturday at Wrigley Field is never wasted, especially when the Cardinals are in town. Afterwards, it'll be anarchy on Clark Street, which is worth the price of a bleacher seat in its own right.

Weekend Festivals (7/12-7/14)

West Fest

Another July weekend means another opportunity to revel in summer festivals (Hey! That sort of rhymes!). Catch us dancing in the streets of Lincoln Square to the over 60 bands performing at Square Roots Festival, feasting in Roscoe Village at Burger Fest, cheering on the fastest fire breathing ferry at Chinatown's Dragon Boat Race, counting pairs of Chuck Taylor All-Stars at West Fest, and hoarding artisanal DIY projects at The DuSable Museum Arts & Crafts Festival.

Taste of Chicago (Through 7/14)

Taste of Chicago

As one of the world's largest food festivals, the Taste of Chicago is a signature summer event in the Windy City. Some 3,000,000 will snack and small plate their way through Chicago's culinary scene and live performances from Robin Thicke, Jill Scott and Neon Trees will serve as the feeding's soundtrack. This year, take advantage of pop-up restaurants, the Mazda6 Celebrity du Jour and the wide array of first timers in Grant Park. For our guide to the Taste, click here.

Windy City Smokeout (7/12-7/14)

Windy City Smokeout

River North is miles away from the nearest corn field, but the spirit of vast flatlands and pick-up trucks is very much alive at Bub City. The country-themed bar has unapologetically imposed itself on Chicago's nightlife and Sunday Funday scenes with a dueling banjo-like fervor. This weekend Bub City is launching its first street festival, featuring its in-house BBQ and dishes from Smoque, Lillie's Q, and nationally acclaimed Texas institution, Salt Lick. No country fest would be complete without live music, and this three-day festival has a full lineup. Tickets are $30 for one-day or $60 for the weekend.

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

Help us keep the lights on by subscribing to Chicago Like a Local. For your efforts, we'll deliver awesome stories (like this one) to your inbox. Do we have a deal?