It's the weekend we've all been waiting for! Lollapalloza is back at Grant Park for one of the largest music events of the year. Not only that, we've got Navy Pier's Tall Ships®, a bunch of fun festivals, FREE beer tours, three 300-foot Slip 'N Slides and much more. It's time to make weekend plans. Share your photos on Twitter & Instagram with #mychicagopix.
July 27-31 // Ticket prices vary; general admission starting at $10
One of Navy Pier's most recognized events, Tall Ships® returns with more than 15+ majestic vessels. The festival allow visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the vessels. Guests are more than welcome to walk the grounds, board the ships and sail out to sea on one or more of the Tall Ships®. Here are the event basics, and if that's not enough, here are 5 new things to see and do at Navy Pier.
July 28-31 // Festival SOLD OUT; aftershow ticket prices vary
Keep the party going at one of the Official 2016 Lollapalooza Aftershows at some of the best — and most historic — venues around Chicago. From Metro to House of Blues and Aragon, these legendary rooms will host the ultimate Lollapalooza after-parties with performances from Tory Lanez, Disclosure, Mac Miller and many more. View the full schedule and buy tickets to join in the fun!
July 28-31 // FREE Admission
Head over to Pilsen for the largest Latino festival in the Midwest! Now in its 43rd year, the festival features entertainment, music and a variety of food including authentic Mexican favorites during this great family event. Browse works, engage with artists in the Arts & Culture Pavilion and bring kids to the Children's Area for face painting, books and educational games.
July 29 // Start at $40
The 2016 USA Basketball Showcase will feature the USA Basketball Men's National Team playing five domestic exhibition games and training camps, one of which is held in Chicago. Watch USA take on Venezuela at the United Center (1901 W Madison St.) for this exciting chance to see your favorite players. Your visit to the United Center wouldn't be complete without a selfie with one of the "greats" next to The Spirit, the bronze sculpture of Michael Jordan.
July 29 // $79
Head to Lincoln Park for the annual summer garden party Bites, Bloom, & Bordeaux, previously known as Wine & Wildflowers. Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting the party complete with wine tastings, small bites, live entertainment and of course, spectacular views. Prepare to stroll, sip and savor tastes and floral fragrances amid the zoo's lush gardens.
July 29-30 // Tickets start at $25
Do you love the classic film Titantic? Well you'll love to see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra present for the first time in the Midwest the complete film Titanic accompanied by an orchestra performing its score live at Ravinia! Join thousands of like-minded fans who will laugh, cry and thump their hearts during this first-class experience.
July 30 // Prices vary
Slide The City is a family friendly slip-and-slide event held at Montrose Beach (600 W. Montrose Avenue). There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt. The event will be rolling out up to THREE 300ft slides on steep hills, which will allow for the slide of your life. Don't forget to bring your sunscreen and a smile.
Now through August 21 // FREE Admission
Join the fun all summer long with activities for kids of all ages, including music and arts & crafts, in Millennium Park. The fest includes a reading circle for story time, performances to enjoy a mix of live music and interactive dance performances and more. This weekend, the family fun festival's activity zone partner will be the Museum of Science and Industry.
Visit our Millennium Park page for more summer activities.
Saturdays & Sundays Year-round // FREE Admission
Complimentary tours at Revolution Brewing are given to fellow revolutionaries 21 and up on a first come, first serve basis. See the schedule for exact times: afternoons Saturdays and Sundays, plus evenings Wednesdays through Fridays (closed July 29 and Aug 7). Tours last about 45 minutes and include a tasting. These cap out at 30 people and hit capacity quickly, so come early!