It’s time for the weekend once again, Chicago. Summer is winding down, but the things to do in Chicago aren’t! Explore Chicago’s breweries using the craft beer trail itineraries built around six neighborhoods of the city. For sports fans, the MLS All-Star game is coming to Chicago hosted by Soldier Field. There are multiple events leading up to the big match beginning this Sunday. For more on the weekend happenings, we curated a list of things to do in Chicago this weekend below.

 

Summer Wine Fest at the Zoo
July 28 // $49 and up

Lincoln Park Wine Fest

Tickets are still available for the opportunity to experience an after-hours garden party among the lush gardens and featured animals. Stroll around the beautiful park while sipping on a glass of wine of over 35 varieties to choose from. Live performances will be scattered throughout the gardens and activities will be available including a personalized wine guide and special animal viewings and discussions.

 

Closed Loop Food Fest
July 29 // Suggested $10 donation

The Plant

Join New City neighborhood's special Farmers Market on Saturday, which will be offering a few new options this weekend. One of the city's most unique production plants will be hosting a fest where food trucks and live music entertainment will be featured for an eventful Saturday, highlighting local and sustainably made products. 

 

Bantu Fest
July 29 // FREE

In a city that is historically built from people originated in different countries, there's no better place to celebrate the rich diversity of Chicago and the nations that make up our world. This community celebration will not only bring together thousands of people from other countries, but seeks to educate people on various cultures, which will be featured in the entertainment, food, and history. 

 

Second Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party
July 29 // FREE

Have you ever wondered where you can experience Chicago's finest literary and music talent? In its second year, Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, and the National Museum of Mexican Art will be hosting a unique poetry-based festival. For all ages, this event will feature workshops, visual art activities, face painting, games and a dance party, while also experiencing poetry readings and musical performances from local artists. 

 

Taste of Lincoln Avenue Feat. Sausage Fest
July 29 - 30 // Suggested $10 donation

Taste of Lincoln Ave

Enjoy the summer sunshine with a meaty bite in the Lincoln Park neighborhood at the Taste of Lincoln Avenue. In its 34th year, a new component will be added: SausageFest. On Saturday and Sunday, Lincoln Avenue will be covered from Fullerton to Wrightwood with over 60 merchants, artists, community group, and food and drink options. A carnival themed kid's area will offer an afternoon of inflatables, art activities, pony rides, kiddie carnival rides, and so much more. On two stages, there will be nearly 20 music acts that will featured as the entertainment. 

 

Wicker Park Fest
July 29 - 30 // Suggested $10 donation

Wicker Park Fest

Head to a street fest that everyone will enjoy. Wicker Park has a unique atmosphere, filled with rich musical heritage, vibrant nightlife, noteworthy local restaurants and a phenomenal art scene. Highlighting the neighborhood's eccentric character, this weekend will celebrate with over 40 bands on three stages, food trucks, a handful of different vendors, and an area for kids to enjoy. 

 

Plus, 3 Reasons to Head to Navy Pier This Weekend!

Navy Pier Chicago

Catch a free Shakespeare in the Park performance of Romeo and Juliet on July 26, 27 and 28 at 7:00 PM. You can bring a chair or blanket, picnic and some friends, all while enjoying the beautiful summer weather and a free flick at Navy Pier, a Chicago landmark.

Escape on the lake to enjoy a breeze, while overlooking the iconic Chicago skyline. A handful of different boats dock at Navy Pier, offering daily cruises, special events, and firework cruises. Get a group of friends together and sip on some drinks while cruising on Lake Michigan.

Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones, is a tribute to the most influential rock n' roll band in the world, journeying through the early days of living in a flat together to the headlining the biggest stages in the world. This immersive exhibit experience includes beloved instruments from the band, clothing from concerts and offstage, unseen film and photos, and an interactive studio. All was created with participation from Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ronnie, but will be coming to a close this weekend! July 30 will be the last opportunity for you to walk through the life of the rock n' roll stars who still hold fame and legacy today. 

 

For more information on things happening in Chicago, check out our curated guides for the best 2017 festivals in July and August