We're back once again with your Weekend Alert! We know you're probably on a tight schedule, so let's just get right to it.
CHICAGO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL (7/31-8/6)
Vive le cinéma! Celebrate the very best in French cinema this weekend at Music Box Theatre with the kickoff of the 5th annual Chicago French Film Festival. Enjoy such films as the gripping period thriller "SK1 (L'affaire SK1)," animated classic "The King and the Mockingbird," and the timeless tale of corrupted innocence in "Forbidden Games." Ticketsare on sale starting at $12.
FIESTA DEL SOL (THRU 8/2)
Where better to hold the largest Latino festival in the Midwest than in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood? This close knit Mexican-American community has a rich history and a vibrant present. Fiesta del Sol boasts a massive spread of food and drink, a huge music/entertainment linup, and authentic Mexican artwork in the Arts & Culture Pavilion. Bring the whole family to this fabulous free event, now in its 43rd year.
It just wouldn't be summer in Chicago without this music festival, nay bonanza in Grant Park. Every year, more than 100 bands and musicians put on one heck of show for three days, and 2015 looks like it won't disappoint. If you're still looking to go last-minute and don't mind dropping some big bucks, VIP and Platinum passes are still available.
EDGE FEST (8/1-2)
Don't let the photo deceive you - Edge Fest isn't just a dog show (though that should be reason enough to attend). No, Edge Fest is one big party in Chicago's historic Edgewater neighborhood, featuring some flavorsome cuisine, award-winning entertainment and three dozen local artists. This year also has the new DockDogs traveling aquatics dog competition (above), with a chance for neighborhood dogs and their owners to take part!