Weekend Alert

If you're into avant-garde music festivals, cold beer in the sunshine or purging through blocks of delicious Chinese fare, Chicago's the place to be this weekend. The city's hosting neighborhood block parties, the Pitchfork Music Festival and the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon. Get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.

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Pitchfork Music Festival (7/19-7/21)

Pitchfork

Its headliners - Bjork, Belle & Sebastian and R. Kelly - speak to the diversity of Pitchfork Music Festival. So if you describe your taste as "a little bit of everything," then head out to Union Park this weekend and put your money where your mouth is. Standout undercard acts include Joanna Newsome, Solange, and MIA. Friday and Saturday are more indie rock focused, while Sunday's reserved for the hip-hop heads and R&B crowd. For a look at our must-see acts, click here.

Weekend Festivals (7/19-7/21)

Taste of River North

It'll be another sun-soaked weekend in Chicago, so take a trip to a neighborhood festival and get weird. We'll be partying in the day-time at the bar-loaded Taste of River North, noddin' to the international sounds of Celebrate Clark Street, and scarfing dim sum until we fall over at Chinatown Summer Fair. Join us.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia (7/21)

Ravinia

With lawn seats starting at $10, you can't miss CSO's summer residency at Ravinia. This is one of those summer catch-all concerts that works just as well for families as it does for date night. The show's outdoors and CSO's been around since the Benjamin Harrison administration, so you can expect flawless composition and acoustics.  

Rock n' Roll Half Marathon (7/21)

Rock n' Roll Half Marathon

The Rock n' Roll Half Marathon uses live bands for mile markers, and we mean LIVE BANDS. You'll find fully staged rock groups at this event, not some harmonica player standing in the middle of the course. Because there's more to see then sweaty runners proving something to themselves, the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon attracts a large number of spectators. We hope you're one of them.

Theater on the Lake - Barrel of Monkeys (7/21)

Barrel of Monkeys

Theater on the Lake has been a Chicago summer staple for more than 60 years. This weekend, the series welcomes Barrel of Monkeys' That's Weird, Grandma, an ensemble that holds writing workshops and performances for Chicago Public School students. The show's part musical, part wild spectacle and it's all good for the whole family. Chicagotheater.com calls it "one of the most real, uplifting and engaging theatrical experiences in town" and we can't say that we disagree.

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

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